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Canon General / Re: Ebay items from Hong Kong?
« on: March 06, 2012, 12:08:55 AM »
I have bought HEAPS of stuff including expensive L glass
the following sellers i can recomend as being reliable, selling genuine products and have great service

Digital Rev
Dzone 2
OzDigital online (only better for australia because the return address is in NSW not HK)
and HK buy and sell

quite often if i order on a thursday or a even friday the item arrives monday morning order monday or tuesday its there by the end of the week.

Lenses / Re: Will these lenses be suitable for the new MkIII
« on: March 05, 2012, 11:29:06 PM »
H is the hybrid IS on the macro, currently its the only lens with it, its an awesome lens

more details there

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II specs wishlist.
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:59:20 PM »
I dunno about a wishlist but this is what I think it will be

same body basically with slight build improvement
dual card slot CF/SD
use same battery
mode dial lock
27MP sensor maybe 28(they will want to 1 up sony i am sure of it :P ) i know this is pushing the realms of resolution think of the prototype 50MP APS-H factored down to 1.6 APS-C

high ISO might be lucky to be a stop better but we will see definately wont touch the 5D3

I think they will sort out the issues with the current 18MP noise and softness
i think 2 Digic 5+ and 9FPS too
and agree 61pt AF will be on it
it definately wont have f8 AF

Price will be $2700 to $2500
and there will be rivers of tears over that last item

Thats my official prediction :D

Well, I guess I could have picked "nothing" since I ordered it. However, if there is something I really with it had it would be slow motion video.  Maybe 120fps at 640x480?  I could do really great things with that.

My fuji X10 can do that :D
actually i am pretty impressed with the video on that little puppy. super clean at 3200 iso
(disclaimer i really know very little about video at all and i only shot 1 vid on the x10 in HD)

Lenses / Re: Where do you sell used lenses
« on: March 05, 2012, 10:30:30 PM »
I sell mine on gumtree (the Australia equivalent of Craigslist).

Gumtree provides you with free ads (sell, swap or buy) , and you can meet face to face (do this in a safe, public spot) to try / purchase, etc. I've had success in selling 3 Canon lenses that way in recent months.

I sold the lenses below what I got them for, but I expected that, and the reason I sold them for cheaper was:
 - I had a LOT of use over several years
 - they were not L lenses
 - each lens had been superceded in more recent years with superior products (ie newer / better lenses available).
So I was happy with getting at least some decent money for them, but having a clear conscious I was selling them for a reasonable price.

Gumtree really worked for me!  ;)


yeah i sold all my nikon gear in a week on gumtree. i must have priced it too cheap :P

Lenses / Re: Canon 50/1.4 focusing
« on: March 05, 2012, 09:42:14 PM »
I've never had a problem with is on my 1D3 or the 5D2s i have i could try it on some other models friend have
but generally its a pretty good lens IMO

I wouldn't let it get you down, i gave you an extra applaud to offset you new smite :D

but in the scheme of it 1 neg on ebay isn't a trainwreck when the majority are positive feedback

i think on the internet the are predatory buys as well as sellers

they are clever and you really cant argue with them, my parents run an online business and there is a small percentage of buyers that are clearly ripping them off but at the risk of getting a bad reputation they just send a new item or give a refund and its a cost of doing business on the internet.

Unfortunately the more these events happen the more the cost of the item has to be increased to cover these fraud claims and its the genuine buyers that suffer the increased costs to cover the dishonest people.

Dishonest people will always be dishonest and unfortunately they will always find way to rip someone off be it online or in real life.

dont let it get you down, your products are great and 99.9% of us out there appreciate all your work

Lighting / Re: Learn More about Dodging and Burning
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:08:24 PM »
This is a really helpfull tutorial for doing it in photoshop using masks

that site is a really good resource for anything photoshop

EOS Bodies / Re: buying a 5DIII overseas or local?
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:59:59 PM »
Ozdigital online (ebay seller)
ship from hong kong grey market and offer a full warranty, the difference i found with these guys and the other hong kong sellers is if you need to return it the return address is in NSW not in hong kong and this saves a bundle of cash if you need to send something back

I have purchsed several lenses from them and returned one not because it was faulty but just because it was a tamrom and such utter rubbish I couldnt stand it. they happily accepted it back and gave me a credit with which i purchased a couple of canon lenses to replace it. great service worth a look, a little more expensive than the other ebay sellers but the Aus return address in the event of a problem is a nice draw card IMO.

I have also purchased a fair bit from digital rev but if you need to return stuff to them its got to go back to hong kong (expensive)

I wish you had put no AA filter as an option
but i chose full 1Dx AF

Lenses / Re: Lens Recommendations - Crop (7D) to Full Frame (5dMk3)?
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:44:33 PM »
I highly recomend trying out the Sigma 85mm f1.4 its one of my favourite lenses on FF

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: upgrade From 1dMk2 to ? 5dmk3 or 1DX
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:39:37 PM »
22 vs 18 mp not an issue
for weddings i find i prefer the smaller lighter form of the 5D over the 1D
I think the 5Dmk3 is going to be an excellent wedding camera

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the big deal with the AF?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:17:15 PM »
I'm on my 3rd EOS digital body now with virtually the same AF - 30D / 5D / 5D2 and I've NEVER had cause to complain about the AF. It works just fine for me for candid portraits, street, landscape and some amateur wildlife stuff.

I use centre point only and recompose. I use this method solely because I want to be 100% sure that the camera focuses on where I want it to focus. I like shallow depth of field stuff and so the focus point has to be perfect.

I'm interested to know what people will do with more than 60 AF points because aside from sports and some wildlife where you switch to servo I can't fathom the reasoning.

I think you kind of answered you own question.

why do you use the center point only? its because the other points are unreliable isnt it hence center point focus and recompose this method works.

however if you have a good AF system with a broader spread of points and good outer points you get to select the point more appropriate for you composition and compose focus and shoot. If the AF system is up to it this method is both faster and more accurate. I you get to use a 1D and try this method you will understand the massive difference in this regard.

as to the 61 points, the more points the more accurate the AI servo will track and hand over from point to point
number of points is all about focus tracking. the 9 point system is really not very good when it comes to focus tracking.

As neuro has also said the fact that the 1D meters where you have selected the AF point is also great (and essential if you are shooting in aperture priority or shutter priority however if you shoot manual and meter first its not really an issue as long as you under stand where in your frame the camera is metering)

Its all about fully understanding how your particular AF system works and where its limitations are. as soon as you try to exceed any limitation its going to cause frustration. If you know the limits and work within them then everything is fine :)

EOS Bodies / Re: So who thinks there will be a 7D Mk. II now?
« on: March 01, 2012, 08:07:01 PM »
whatever it gets called I have no doubt there willl be a king of the crops coming.
I think canon have seen the error of their AF ways and it will get the new 61 point AF
perhaps the existing 19 point AF will make it into the rebels and the old 9 point system can be retired to the canon museum.

I was never going to buy a 1Dx
if i wanted the intergrated bulky grip i'd get a 1D4 (might still)
but a couple of 5Dmk3s will surely find a home :D

I was just wondering how adamant other potential 1D X buyers are and what their rationales are.   :)

the grips are either love or hate i'm in the hate camp a non gripped 1Dx would have been fine but it is looking like the 5D3 is going to fit the bill nicely

as neuro said metering linked to AF point would be nice though

difference between 18MP and 22MP isnt much and not an issue i hope the IQ difference is not huge either
REALLY looking forward to some high res raw samples from both cameras

It looks like canon listened to most concerns regarding the 5D2 with this camera
I want to preoprder but I am worried about being on the bleeding edge if there are problems or issues with early models so might hold off till i can get my hands on one in the flesh and try it out.

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