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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone sad about no T4i/650D announcement
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:26:18 AM »
I had a dream tonight, that canon released new 650D, and it had an APC-H sensor :)

Im not saying i have superpowers, but maybe i do?  :D

stop teasing me!

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens or 1.4
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:02:37 AM »
50mm 1.2 example (italy photographer)

all picture "my-best" are taken with 50mm 1.2 and sometimes 50mm 1.4
NICE! if i could applaud you more than once i would


i gave you an applaud for having a low tolerance for stupidity :D

I always give you an applaud just because you live in the land of the sun and keep a sense of humour when you lose the ashes :P

LOL thanks! did we lose the last ashes? :P and land of the sun its a heat wave here its been high 30's low 40's the last few days and thats Celcius for all the confused emperial types out there :P

Cricket - a game to watch with a 400 + 1d4  in one hand and an ice cold in the other :D

We are just getting into spring and its about 17 in the day and the sun is shining again :D

MotoGP starts soon so there goes Sunday afternoon unless I go visit the circuits. You near Philip Island and the penguins?

hehe yeah i want to see if i can get my 600 into the next internation test
on the opposite side of the continent

I suspect (but do not know) that he feels the system has overall helped to keep things under control.

Riiiight.... it's working soo well....  Now I have -12  ::)  I feel much more controlled...  ;)
Obviously half came after I said it is childish -which is true- but what wrong have I done before?

Does this encouraging a user to post/offer help to ppl more?

i gave you an applaud to try make you feel better if that helps seriously once the scars build up you barely feel the newer smites as they build up :P

I guess new users get taken aback by it and for everyone it is frustrating not knowing which particular post earned you the smite. I think its good the smites follow the user

There definately are people that smite when they disagree
dont let it get you down you post constructive and good information not to mention some really nice pictures in the gallery section.

cheer up ;)

Canon General / Re: Gear upgrade. Is 7D still worth buying?
« on: March 12, 2012, 04:49:45 AM »
I've got a 7d (it was gonna be my 2nd body til i found out the asking price for the 5dmkiii), i've had it since 2009. it's pretty good, though i've never used a FF thoroughly before so I cant compare IQ but hey, it's a crop VS a FF. Anyways it's pretty rugged and the AF is better than the 5dmkii's so no complaints there. I've gone to and done at least 14 shoots with it shooting for over 16+ hrs in one day (the longest was about 18hrs, give or take a few mins) for a major sports event - hence why i bought the camera for sports photography.

IMO what you need to ask yourself is do you really need it? There's a differences between 'need' and 'want'. 7d's pretty cheap now compared to when i bought it 3yrs ago. Will there be a 7dmkii? WHo knows? Just look at how long we waited for the 5dmkiii and how disappointing it is in price (for me at least and i wanted a MP monster to compete with nikon's cameras).

I dunno how helpful my advice is, but if you need/really want it and have the money to spend: then buy it. If you arent 100% committed to buying a 7d now (e.g. you're waiting for the mkii or some other new camera canon might annouce [which is what i'm hoping for but i know wont happen] soon) then dont buy it. If your camera stills works and does what you want it to do and you can wait a bit longer (maybe 12-24months longer) then dont buy it. Its kinda like me waiting for the new 2012 macbook pros (i've been waiting for a few years, darn apple! Im tempted to buy a late 2011 17" MBP with maybe a 27" imac but then i dont want buyers regret when apple do finally announce and release the new 2012 MBPs and updated imac's 6 or so months later).

I think once the 650D gets announced the 7D will get cheaper since it will be a good indication of what the mk 2 will have in it. in the next few months there are going to be some nice 7D bargains to be had thats for sure :)


i gave you an applaud for having a low tolerance for stupidity :D

I always give you an applaud just because you live in the land of the sun and keep a sense of humour when you lose the ashes :P

LOL thanks! did we lose the last ashes? :P and land of the sun its a heat wave here its been high 30's low 40's the last few days and thats Celcius for all the confused emperial types out there :P

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkIII untouched files for testing purposes (RAW)
« on: March 12, 2012, 01:03:13 AM »
wickidW, do you think 5D2 will drop further in price when the 5d3 is in the shops? Now 1839 A$, I think I'll stop dreaming for the 4000+ 5D3, no point for me. This will be slowly the end of a dream.
$1839 is pretty cheap, where is selling it that cheap?

I cant see it getting that much cheaper since its not going out of production and
is going to be cemented as the entry level full frame. The fact is the 5D mk2 still
produces outstanding images this isnt going to change if you are budget concious that extra
$2000+ can sure buy alot of nice glass to go with the camera depending on what you already have

i was considering selling 1 5Dmk2 but the price drops make it pointless I'll just keep it going
(both me and my wife shoot so for weddings we need 4 cameras, just in case anyone thought i was an octopus to be able to use that many cameras at once :P

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D mkIII untouched files for testing purposes (RAW)
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:42:46 AM »
Thanks akiskev.  I looked at the videos you provided but not following exactly what/why you tweaked in ACR.  I use Aperture and PS but am an admitted novice at best.  Color balance, dodging, burning, cropping, and sharpening are easy enough.  But removing noise and cleaning up photos as you did in the videos is uncharted territory for me.   Any recommendations for tutorials?

I use Topaz de-noise which works really well
it lets you apply different strength noise reduction to shadows and highlights as well as control
specific colour channel noise and has an option for pattern noise if you are pushing that far

the only issue i have is when i load it as a plugin to lightroom the colours go all crazy in the topaz editor
(doesnt affect the image though but its annoying i'm hoping lightroom 4 fixes this)

Lighting / Re: Blackest material. Paint or, fabric?
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:49:32 PM »
If you're looking for the blackest material ever, it's called Black Fidelio Velvet. it's the stuff they use on pro home theatre screens and it just absorbs any light shone onto it (so you can overspill a projected image and you won't even see it on the black border. See below for a comparison to other 'black' materials in direct sunlight. It might be pricey though!

wow where can you get that from!?

Lenses / Re: "Walkaround" prime for FF?
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:47:55 PM »
As for 50mm, I currently do have the Sigma lens, and its autofocus bothers me to no end. Thank you for advising me to work with my EXIF data, I will devote some time to this specific task. But in the end I'll be interested to see that rumored 40mm pancake, thanks for bringing that up.
I like the canon 50 f1.4 i will usually stop it down to f2 unless I am going for maximum blur and bokeh
even wide open its not to bad, a bit softer but i find it a really nice all round lens
I am looking forward to an update to make it compete with the Nikon 50 f1.4G lens
I have been hoping for a L build similar to the 100 f2.8 macro that is considerably cheaper than the f1.2
and hope the size stays quite compact as the compact size is one of the major benfits

Lenses / Re: "Stepping up" for prime shooters
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:43:06 PM »
primes i use most

lensbaby sweet 35 (I really like this lens its great fun!)
canon 50 f1.4
sigma 85 f1.4

other primes i have and dont use as much

canon 300 f4L IS also add the kenko 1.4 TC to give me 420 f5.6
and 600 f4.5 FD (manual focus only)

at the wide end i tend to use the 16-35 f2.8 more because of the flexability of the zoom

and I also have the 70-200 f2.8 IS II to fill in that gap

But the 50mm f1.4 and 85 f1.4 are probably my most used primes

I get smited on the reg, people do it when you don't agree with them.  Or when you mock them for saying something idiotic.  If I have ever offended you, I apologize, I just have very little tolerance for stupidity.

i gave you an applaud for having a low tolerance for stupidity :D

I wish we could only have positives, it just is not a option.  We can have a total, or positive and negative, or none.

I personally don't give a rat's proverbial about smites/karma. What concerns me is the prospect that this system is stopping some/many people from truly speaking their minds. We want to delve as deep as possible into the topics raised, don't we? Then again, I'm looking at it from a photography enthusiast's point of view rather than from a business/SEO perspective.

put it this way.
If you speak your mind but put forward a civil and decent post then sure you will probably get some smite from some purile people but there is no way to know who it is and it will only be  a few. however if you put the same argument forward with name calling and abusive language then ALOT more members will smite you. I am sure there are people that smite just becasue they disagree. so getting smites is just par for the course really.
Fear of being smited should not stop you stating a point of veiw in a civil manner more often than not you will get applauds than smites, I quite often applaud posts i dont agree with just because it was a well presented argument, and i'm sure others do too.

I think there's been alot of smiting going on lately I seem to have jumped quite a few over the weekend
I didnt even post much because i spent most of it building my studio.

People shuldn't let gettind a smite or 20 bother them, I've said before if the worst thing in your life is getting smitted by some anonomous user on a web forum then you have a pretty great life so be thankfull for it and laugh off the smites.

Just give your opionions information and advice just dont get abusive and let your behaviour fall to troll level or be drawn into idiotic arguments with trolls as they will beat you everytime with experience

the 5D3 vs D800 has definately caused a stir anyway! :D

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon Lens Prices
« on: March 11, 2012, 09:58:33 PM »
basically the nikon lenses with G designation are the newest versions typically with comparable L series build
most new G lenses are weather sealed
all high end Nikkor lenses had 9 circular blade appertures and produce excellent blur and bokeh
Sorry to contradict wickid wombat, while you're right that G designates the newer versions, they're not the equivelant to Canon L's, they're the one's with a golden 'N' on the lens and a golden ring (instead of red) at the end :)

G's are just the newer lenses with inbuilt AF, where as D lenses would only AF with more expensive bodies :)

See below :)

sorry you are indeed correct :D

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