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I have about a dozen of these
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/330394641784?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
they are reasonable price and have never had a problem with any

usually write raw to the CF and jpg to the SD

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC Announced
« on: March 08, 2012, 06:49:57 AM »
With the increased high iso becoming available the requirement for IS is reduced. This is particularly true of the shorter lens where unintentional motion blur becomes more and more likely as shutter times increase. For an example a 24 mm lens shooting at 1/30 doesn't need IS - but will almost inevitably get motion blur. Put 2 stops IS on the lens and low and behold everyone starts shooting at 1/10 or slower - where even IS wont stop handshake translating into motion blur - and hoards of people start complaining about the quality of the image.

Factor in to that the pixel size and that smaller pixels typically require either a faster shutter or a more steady picture on the sensor.

For 35mm film, the accepted wisdom was that 1/focal-length-in-mm was the required shutter speed for a photo without blur. So a 300mm lens requires 1/320 or better. A 2 stop IS system potentially lets someone shoot at 1/80, hand held. Now that's 35mm film. If the sensor in your camera has twice the resolution of 35mm film then you'll need to double that. Thus there are those that say that if you are using a 5D Mark II, you need 1/2*focal-length-in-mm for a good shot. So a 300mm lens requires 1/600 hand held, but if you're using a 2-stop IS system, you're back around 1/150.

IS is required to offset the increase in MP density.

On my 5DII I stick to the basic rule which is the next stop faster than the focal length. For example the 135 f/2 at 1/200 gives sharp every time.

I think everyone is aware of the benefit of IS for longer lens - the issue being disussed is when IS falls down on short lens where handshake looks like motion blur. This is presumably why Canon didn't include IS on wa.
problem is that argument was fine until they released a bunch of slow expensive WA primes with IS

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Lenses / Re: lenses for neotropical rainforest
« on: March 07, 2012, 10:34:05 PM »
I have the L macro and its a brilliant lens very sharp great IS and nice and makes a really nice portrait lens too
It has fantastic colour

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I love my 16-35 II distortion is a non issue as its easily corrected using lens correction
I also find vignetting is not that significant even on full frame

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well hopefully i'l have my mark 3 on the 22nd march so i will be testing it side by side with my mark 2 :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: So, what about the T4i?
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:37:33 PM »
Oh yes, a touch screen. This seems like a rebel feature.

I can just imagine the hassle a touch screen would create. You put your eye to the viewfinder, your nose touches the screen before the light sensor switches it of...and .... crap, wrong exposure/wrong white balance/incorrect AF drive mode/etc. You just missed your epic shot.

I'll happily pass on touch-screen DSLR's, thanks! :-P

Hey its the new nose controlled focus with live view function what do you mean you dont like it? :P
eye controlled is so last decade

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pretty hard to tell with current samples really, perhaps the reduction in apparent pattern noise from pushed shadows will translate into a better real life dynamic range that can be extracted from raws. Once they are in the wild i am sure there will be plenty of landscape side by side comparisons with raws

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EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next? A General Breakdown
« on: March 07, 2012, 09:00:54 PM »
I wonder if the EF 100-400 IS MkII will another 'push-me, pull-you" design? I've never used this model(the original) or even held one, so I don't know how I'd like it in the field trying to quickly zoom on a moving object.
apparently its not

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Canon General / Re: Ebay items from Hong Kong?
« on: March 07, 2012, 08:38:17 PM »
I have bought more than 20+ camera accessory including tripod, filter, remote shutter, cf card(transcend) from hong kong ebay.. Never have any trouble.. It is normally for that cheap price if u ever travel to hong kong and see their local price... But for those expensive stuff like camera body and L lens, i will not bought through ebay, but have a holiday in Hong kong and shop at there.. cause the [ travel cost+L lens and body ] still cheaper than the cost of [ L lens and body only ] in my country.

i've bought hundreds of various accessories and I have had
2 arrive broken which they sent new ones after i sent photos
1 item never show up still trying to work that one out but it cost $2 so i dont REALLY care
and 1 item break, the seller insisted i send it back but the cost to ship back was more than it was worth
so i just told them not to worry and i didn't leave them feedback and wont buy from them again

everything else has been pretty good
things like studio strobe light modifiers, stands etc are soooo much cheaper from these sellers
they make nice elinchrom to bowens adaptors so you can use cheaper bowens modifiers on nice elinchrom lights

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Lenses / Re: Help decide between two Tamron lens
« on: March 07, 2012, 07:01:50 PM »
If a lens has some small dust internally it's nothing to walk away from I'm guessing?
It theoretically reduces the contrast of the lens. Nothing you'll notice in your pictures. However, many people like the idea of having a clean product. If too much dust starts heaping up it might become noticable or make the moving parts in the lens move less smoothly, or in the worst case scenario, block the aperture curtains. Doesn't really happen much in real life though.

After reading this article I no longer fear dust.  http://www.kurtmunger.com/dirty_lens_articleid35.html
nope I have a spec of dust inside my 300f4L and it causes no issues

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yep it does more groups

this guy has done a good review of the odins
http://smokingstrobes.com/odin


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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / IPAD 3 = Lame
« on: March 07, 2012, 06:33:52 PM »
I cant believe that they continue to refuse to put a USB host on the IPAD, all the android tablets are getting USB host functionality and apple in their infinte arrogance continue to cripple on of the biggest potentials of the platform. I can see this as the turning point where Android start to hand apple their Arses.

one of the main reasons I want to get a tablet is for traveling so i can take a hard drive and backup photos to the drive, with the new IPAD this is still impossible. I prefer the apple iOS interface though and really dont want to go to android...  :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III Kit Lenses
« on: March 07, 2012, 06:23:03 PM »
According to our dealers here in australia there are 2 kits the 24-105 kit and the kit with the 24-70 II
leedervilles price for the 24-70 kit was tempting as it put the lens at $2200
god knows what the retail on those lenses are going to be here maybe $2800 or 3k

Yep i'm in Oz too as it happens, but I'm more keen to find out when the 24-70 II kit will be in the US so I can go over there and buy one ;D

It just surprises me that there aren't more people in the States asking whether this will be a kit and when!

I think hong kong will be cheapest as it usually is also mainland china have very good prices on high end camera gear too

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who's in for a trip to the US ?
« on: March 07, 2012, 06:20:02 PM »
take some pictures at home and leave them on your cf. Bring the cf to the states (or zurich)
In case they want to see the camera show them pictures you took home on a previous date on the new camera of course .....

You're so wise.

If the 5D3 will display photos from another camera, would it?

it will, you can take a card out of a 1D and put it in a 5D and view the raws or vise versa, or even an SD card from a 1D and view it on a rebel

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i really want to see a performance comparison between the 580 and 600 as on camera flash using a 70-200 f2.8 at 200 to see how the 200 zoom compares to the 105 max of the 580, That would be the only reason for me to consider this flash since i already have quite a few 580s and odins for remote
How do you like the Odin's? I would imagine you prefer them over the PW miniTT system and the Radio Poppers since you own them.

I love the odins the on screen controls are really cool and super easy to use
you can adjust power in 1/3 stop increments
and balance your A/B group power ratios really easy with the rear display
reliability and range is great too
1 button push to enable / disable HSS
its very clear from the way the odins are layed out they were designed to complement the canon flash system the best


I did look at the PW and radio poppers but for the price I think the odins take the win

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