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Landscape / Re: Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 20, 2012, 08:12:20 PM »
wickid, just curious what you did to get such a warm shot... was that light pollution, some special event such as firework smoke/fog, special on camera/post processing filters?  Just curious.
no it was raining all day and the cloud was super low thats why the sky isn't black it was a break in the rain and those shots are 5 exposures 1 stop increments run through photomatix all the colours on the opera house were because there was some event where they were projecting images onto the sails viewed from circular quay
I didnt adjust any colours or saturation (other than what photomatix does itself) I really should re-proccess these using luminosity masks. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Insurance
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:41:27 PM »
they have a specialist photography cover that includes all gear worldwide and public liability insurance too

Lenses / Re: 600mm f4.5 FD
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:31:15 PM »
thanks paul, the Fd lens is really nice to use it is massive and heavy and manual focusing take some getting used to I have found its alot easier to focus accurately with the 1D than with the 5D2 on this lens even with the EG-S screen installed in the 5D2. I think the lens might be older than me! but I was lucky and it is in absolutely mint condition wih not even a scratch on the paint or a mark on the glass

I also have the good old 300 f4L IS which i picked up cheap and I use that with a kenko 1.4 TC for extra reach giving me 420mm on FF the combo would equate to 672mm f5.6 with IS on your 7D! i paid $800 for mine and I have seen a couple going locally on gumtree for around that mark too so might be worth a look. even with the Teleconverter on its vey snappy with the autofocus. it is a really nice lens to handle and the built in lens hood is awesome I cant understand why they stopped doing this design.

I found when i had my 28-300 i was using it mostly at 300 so i got the 300f4L and realised i didnt really need the zoom that far so sold the 28-300 as when i'm going to be shooting longer distance i'm either at 300 or putting the TC on for more reach anyway.

Lenses / Re: advice on lens for evening events
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:07:20 PM »
I feel like anything past 24mm will be too long on a cropped sensor. The 24mm 1.4 would be fairly wide and be great for low light conditions with no flash.

However, with quinceaneras, I would imagine you are doing lots of large group shots with a flash. In that case, I would stick with the 18-135 or look at the 10-22 (If you are commited to using EF-S).

i was hoping to get an ef L lens but ef-s lens is not going to kill me. i was looking at the 16-35L II nice fast lens but little pricy is the mack 1 still available?
the mk2 16-35 is supossed to be a significant improvement over the mk 1, I've only used the mk 2 so cant confirm

EOS Bodies / Re: Used Mark III - Cannot belive
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:01:56 PM »
they must be changing to Nikon....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon most popular brand
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:30:27 PM »
The thing is, 'consumers' are not the only market out there, and many of the people who are upset at the 5D3 fall outside that demographic and feel like Canon has really focused on what 'consumers' want and professionals (or other markets) are only getting what overlaps with the mass market.

Really? I'm honestly surprised to hear that:
* Dual cards
* Pro AF
* Improved weather sealing
* More FPS
* EC +/- 5 stops
* Improvement to focus microadjust
* Reduction in shutter lag
* Viewfinder improvement
* X-sync improvement
* Silent mode shooting

These are pro features, especially the AF.

Understand that the 5d3 isn't what everyone wanted, but the one thing I don't think can be claimed is this was was a camera for consumers. Consumers would generally not want a pro AF but would likely want more MP. Not saying the pro market doesn't want more MP either, but if they were going for the consumer market I have no doubt MP would have increased since consumers with 5dii's would look at the 5diii as no real improvement for them.

Its alot closer to what I wanted than the 1Dx was!

now if they had made a gripless version 1Dx....

Software & Accessories / Re: Sling Straps: Black Rapid, Sun Sniper
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:10:59 PM »

but these new better copies just came out and i got a couple


and boy the quality is EXACTLY the same as genuine BR

My buddy picked up this one for $14 - I thought it was $18:

Holy crap, it looks and feels identical as the BR RS-4. It is hard to tell if it is as resilient but at $14 verses 69.99 Canadian, it will be hard to justify the real version.
Yep I got one of those and the slightly more expensive one with the flappy mount like the Black rapid TR-1 connector to see how it compares.

As I said you can pretty much replace the strap every year for 5 years and pay the same as 1 black rapid to mitigate any potential metal fatigue failure.

Black rapid need to set themselves apart by changing to high tensile stainless steel mountings then they can justify that price

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:21:48 AM »
dont mind all the sensor dust  :-[
taken with a 1D original and 28-135

Lenses / Re: wide angle lens with IS
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:18:18 AM »
I wish they'd make a 17-40 2.8L. Yeah most people might not need the extra stop since they'd be shooting landscape but it's nice to know it's there when you might need it - e.g walking down the beach with your family in the fading light of the sunset. Just a thought...

LOL.  Indeed - they made not one, but two versions of the 16-35mm f/2.8L, and before that was the 17-35mm f/2.8L.

Stopped down to f/8-f/11, the 16-35mm II isn't really much better than the 17-40/4, but the flexibility of an extra stop when needed is why I opted for the 16-35mm II.
it can do so much more than shoot landscapes, however if you were only ever going to shoot landscapes at narrow aperture then may as well save some cash and get the 17-40 but personally i love the 16-35 II

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC Announced
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:01:07 AM »
Give me a Sigma OS version! Pretty please :)
Ditto I've been burnt by tamron once I dont think i could do it again but sigmas new lenses are really stepping up

Lenses / Re: No 2X extender for 70-300mm L Series
« on: March 20, 2012, 04:33:31 AM »
if you can find an older kenko DG 1.4 teleconverter that does not report aperture it will still report the lens as f5.6 to the camera and you will keep AF but i think it will slow down
the new current model DGX converters report aperture so need the f8 AF of a 1D I used the kenko DGx with my 28-300 and 1D3 for ages and it worked great so i imagine the 70-300 will be just fine too.

I still don't understand why you need to shoot RAW+JPEG anymore?

well, i'm not a pro user, i used to shoot RAW only with 5D2, and convert them to JPEG to store after some editing in DPP/PS, and i only edit less than maybe 10% of them, Shooting RAW+JPEG can save me a lot time since i dont need to convert that 90% of photos into JPG, and the ability of storing jpeg on SD-card-only make sense to me because i can take the card out, put it into pretty much any computer/HDTV nowadays without needing a card reader or RAW file plugin (especially with 5D3 RAW format).

i often delete photos from camera after review them on the LCD. taking 12 continuous picture in 2 seconds of my kid running, i m not gonna keep all of them, out of which 1/3 or more are bad ones i can easily tell on the LCD screen. and i cant afford those high speed high capacity cards ...

solid thinking its strange as I am pretty sure my 1D3 deletes from both cards when i delete a photo i'll have to check perhaps its a setting?

I really like alot of his compositions, and attention to the natural lighting
however I cant stand his processing i think there are some great images there that are just ruined
maybe its just viewing at low res on a screen. I dunno what do others think? i know lots say he is this guru but it's pretty subjective.

My thoughts:
too much overuse of vignette,
black levels seem to be pulled up too high for my taste alot of the time killing detail
too much added grain
too much black and white

i guess his "style" is going for that vintage look and I am sure that is "the look" that people who hire him want
so in that context I am sure he has many many happy clients. I just feel that looking at the shots I want to take the filter away so I can see the shot properly.

I prefer clean, sharp, vibrant detail with nice colour and the odd black and white for effect

I dont pretend to be better (I doubt I am and i'm certainly not as experienced as him) just saying his style doesnt float my boat :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dmk2 any rumors??
« on: March 19, 2012, 10:00:39 PM »
Nice shots Paul!

I really wanted to get a 7D because its smaller than the 1D but when i compared it I still found the aging 1D to be better :( i was very sad, I really hope the 7Dmk2 fixes up the sensor
and I am sure they will give it the 61pt sensor too, I'm pretty confident the 7D2 will stay APS-C as much as i wish for an APS-H small form factor i doubt i'll see one  :'(

also unfortunately I expect any 7Dmk2 to come in at around $2500 which will make alot of people unhappy
me included but that seems to be the way of things

Ideally it would be nice if it were closer to $2000 but thats wishfull thinking :P

I posted some pics from the 1D3 with the 600f4.5 FD lens here

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