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Here's one of Will and Kate I took last summer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day - and yes we too have the Queen on our Money. Taken with my 40D and 70-200 F4 at F4. Heavly cropped.

I could have used one of the Briansquibb specials in the second shot I posted  ;D

Kate Middleton is next in line to the throne after Camilla.

someone needs to tell all those media guys that their cameras aren't up to scratch and they should be using D800's......

Technical Support / Re: Ants in 5D2
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:38:15 AM »
I hear the D800 is ant proof. :P

Nice work I really LOL'd at that one

If you can wait, I suggest getting the 17-55 or 15-85 first, and then waiting to upgrade the body once the next generation crop cameras come out.
this is the best option i think as once the new models are announced the price of the current 7D and 60D are going to drop nicely. curently you have a camera so just keep using that one and save up, get the better lens now to scratch the gear accquisition itch  either of the above mentioned two lenses wll be good then see what rolls out with the next announcements.
I think the next rebel will be better than the current 60D anyway and I think the 7Dmk2 will see the same AF as the 5Dmk3 with the 70D getting the 7D AF as a minimum possibly better with rebels getting a much improved AF (possibly the current 60D AF as a bare minimum but i think it will be better)
Canon have realised they have to pick up their game regarding AF to compete with Nikon who put great AF systems even into their low end models

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5dII with lens or 5DIII/D800
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:13:46 AM »
I would say if you are budget limited go for a 5Dmk2 kit with the 24-105 f4L IS and get yourself a 50mm f1.4
for animals you are going to need to go long so down the track look at a 100-400 or 70-300
but bear in mind the 5dmk2 AF is very limited but can still get good shots as long as you work within its limits
if you tell us the budget it will make it easier to recomend stuff

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Auto Focus Question
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:19:19 AM »
I have a late model 1Dmk3 and never had any problem with it's AF
I think only early models suffered from the debacle :P

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Auto Focus Question
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:49:33 AM »
what about the 16-35 f2.8L II doesnt it zoom backwards too? does that mean it in the same boat?

Lenses / Re: advice on lens for evening events
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:37:24 AM »
on the 60D 50mm f1.4 should be fine (about 80mm)
an 85mm will be quite long

perhaps the sigma 30mm might be worth a look for something a bit wider,

you also dont want to be changing lenses too often so with only one body i would try stick to 2 lenses
1 wider to cover groups etc and one more portrait oriented the 50mm f1.4 is really good for this on the 60D
the tougher choice is how wide and how fast do you want to go maybe rent a 16-35 f2.8L II or buy it if
i tend to use this for events because the wide angles you can shoot a bit faster anyway and f2.8 is pretty wide anyway if you are shooting a group. typically i will have the 16-35 on 1 bosy and the 50mm or 85mm on another body depending on available space, events can be very crowded so it can be hard to shoot with longer lenses

With the 5Dmk3 vs D800 being the most contraversial release in photographic history
I was just wondering when everyone thinks that things are going to return to normal around here?

Please this poll is just for fun, try to lighten up guys :D

Lenses / Re: Best third-party lenses
« on: March 15, 2012, 11:23:37 PM »
I absolutely love my Sigma 85mm f1.4
f2 is super sharp, noticably sharper than the 70-200 f2.8 IS II is at 85mm and f2.8

I chose it over the canon f1.2L due to considerably faster AF

i've got some stands and umbrellas that fit into a couple of old cheap rubbish tripod bags i had lying around you know the wobbly $10 aluminim tripods that struggle to hold a point and shoot. turns out those nylon bags hold a flash stand with head and 33" umbrella attached so nothing to break down

then i have a bigger stand with C stand and 40" umbrella in bigger manfrotto tripod bag

I have also seen 1m long bags on ebay that claim to hold 3 stands but i like this setup as i can pick and choose but there is no breaking down of stands which is nice

backdrops however :( thats another storey

also i find gorrilla pods make awesome standless flash supports if you have trees or poles around on location
so i keep a couple of them handy in my kit

I shoot most of my panos with a 1DSIII with a 100mm F2.8L Macro lens mounted in portrait mode. This makes a great pano. I'm looking forward to doing the same with the new Nikon D800E and their 100mm macro. If it doesen't work out I don't think I'll take much of a loss on the Nikon stuff. One of my Nikon friends is already to buy one after I try mine, so he can have mine if I don't like it.
this is my favourite lens for this purpose too (works great on the gigapan) and i can confirm the Nikkor 105 f2.8 Vr Micro is even better build and possibly a better lens than the L (it is 9 blade circular and mag alloy build too) just dont freak out when at certain focus it wont go to f2.8, the Nikon adjusts the widest aperture value to the actual amount of light available (this only applies to actual macro shooting due to the close focus distance doesnt apply to landscapes)

this is the lens

I posted this in the other thread

If in M mode the EC gets applied to the iso so when Auto ISO is enabled then
EC is also enabled and acts on ISO only if auto ISO is disabled the EC is disabled as normal
it would be a pretty powerfull function IMO
helps keep control over Exposure and keeps the lowest iso but allowing flexability in changing light
Auto anything only ever works where scene metering is quite balanced

Being able to more accurately control the auto iso using EC applied to the iso would be awesome for these scenes where the standard metering gets all screwy
I totally see where LTRLI is coming from with this, it should not be too hard to implement through firmware

BTW i'm not complaining just saying it would be a cool feature

I can certainly see why a person might need some exposure correction, it seems like a unnecessary omission to me.  I certainly plan to use the manual/ auto iso setting, and if I'd like to expose to the right, or correct a backlit situation, EC would be very useful.

Does the D1 X have it?

I would guess not - EC in M mode is a bit of a contradiction. However FEC works ....

not if in M mode the EC gets applied to the iso so when Auto ISO is enabled then
EC is also enabled and acts on ISO only if auto ISO is disabled the EC is disabled as normal
it would be a pretty powerfull function IMO
helps keep control over Exposure and keeps the lowest iso but allowing flexability in changing light
Auto anything only ever works where scene metering is quite balanced

I thought I read somewhere that you can trigger the shutter remotely with the new 600EX/STE3 combo. For instance, with the ST-E3 mounted on the body, I believe you can trigger the shutter on the camera via radio with a 600EX. Can anyone confirm or refute this? I really like the Odins, but this feature would be a nice perk.

Yes I've read that multiple places. Only with a 2012 camera I believe (5DMKII and 1DX). A ST-E3-RT will also remote trigger.

Very cool. That does choosing between the Odins and the 600EX more difficult. I like the performance and price of the Odins, but having an OE Canon solution for radio flash triggering as well as radio shutter triggering would eliminate a half dozen accessories out of my camera bad, which is getting crowded as is already.

I have a seperate bag for flash gear
It holds
4 x 580ex2
4 x yongnuo external battery packs
4 x odin recievers
2 x odin transmitters
1 x Ni-Mh battery charger
piles of spare AA eneloops
I also keep a physical eTTL cable in there just in case
and a gary fong light sphere and stofen omni bounce
also just in case

What would be good is if you could use the exposure compensation to affect the auto iso
ie you ahve aperture and shutter speed set but know the auto iso is going to under or over expose consistantly by a certain amount, it would be nice if when auto iso was enabled then the exposure compensation would operate on the iso leaving your aperture and shutter speed set.
This would allow you to quickly compensate for more contrasty light and get more keeper with auto iso

ie if the auto iso is over exposing (relative to the subject you want correctly exposed) it will be using an un-necessarily high iso value which you will need to correct in post anyway dropping the exposure so being able to dial in some EC into the iso will force it to keep the iso down.

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