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Lenses / Re: Your opinion about my lenses and my photography attitude?
« on: February 28, 2012, 06:07:25 PM »
Do your self a favour get a 50 f1.4 even grab the nifty 50 f1.8 for $100 it gives you close to 80mm on your crop and once you go FF 50mm is a wonderfull length then also get an 85mm for FF portraits I absolutely love my sigma 85 f1.4 its one of my favourite lenses

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EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:25:37 PM »
How's this for a consipiracy theory.  Canon intentionally leaks the photos and "release" date knowing they will stir the blogosphere into a wild feeding frenzy.  Then when the sharks are circling in for the kill, they clamp down really hard to seal off any more info getting out and let the "release" date pass with no announcement.  One week goes by, two week, maybe a month.  By then, all credibility in CR as a reliable source of Canon product information has been uterly destroyed.  Canon can now continue to operate securely in to the future knowing that anything that comes out on CR, regardlss of confidence level, will be completely dismissed out of hand.  (I don't really believe any of that.  Just thought I would throw a little blood in the water  ;))

The first part of your theory makes complete sense.
About the second part, I am positive that from Canon's perspective a site like this does a lot more good than harm. Let's face it, the harm is almost non-existent. It's not like Craig is posting roadmaps or detailed product specs years in advance or other information that competitors don't have. Most of the solid information comes very near to the announcement date and even then it's very limited in details.
On the other hand, a site like this generates ongoing "news" and brand coverage even when Canon don't have anything to announce or tell us. This kind of free and continuous publicity is priceless. Furthermore, I am positive that the buzz generated before an announcement, even if it "spoils" most of the surprises, is directly translatable to more preorder sales than if we just have waken up one day to a new model on the market.
So, in the end, while Canon might be a bit annoyed from time to time from this site, I am sure they know that they are better off with it on the air than not.

This place is free marketing for them

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EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:11:24 PM »
I'm thinking about a spider belt...anyone in here with experiences?

I prefer this

http://peakdesignltd.com/

I have some Really rigth stuff L brackets that i have modified to lock into these, and use the black rapid Tr-1
flap down loop to fix the RR bracket to the camera. the L bracket never ever comes off and the reapid strap stays connected when the bracket is clipped into the capture. It stops it swinging around and hitting stuff
also means if youare shooting with 2 cameras and one is clipped into your belt thenit doesnt fall to the ground when you are lying on the ground shooting with the other camera.

I use a think tank belt to attache the capture clips to

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EOS Bodies / Re: Neck Strap Loops Design
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:07:45 PM »
wow great link wicked thanks +1 always fancied on of those

Is the 1/4" connecting Adapter the same. ie how secure is that? I'd be worried about overtightening it as would want to make sure it ain't going to go anywhere!

well i've been using the cheap ebay ones and the genuine ones for a couple of years now and even with a 1D and 24-105 or 70-200 on the ebay ones are completely fine, I do check to make sure the mount point is secure regularly though. that rubber crush washer helps them to stay fixed and not rotate out

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EOS Bodies / Re: Do you think the 5D II will stay around
« on: February 28, 2012, 05:04:53 PM »
i think they will keep the 5d2 around

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get ur gear from HK as everyone else has said. i'm a broke as(!) photography student and we only get 10% discount which is nothing since its only GST and that's only with the one store that's linked to the institution. i would def get all if not most from online HK dealers if it wasntr for the fact that it voids the warranty if it breaks.
the reputable dealers on ebay have full warranty, you just have to return it to them in hongkong
1 dealer i have used is different and that is ozdigital online their return address is in NSW which makes it much cheaper to return if there is an issue.

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Lenses / Re: 70 - 200 f/4L vs. 70 - 300 f4-5.6 IS USM
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:20:03 AM »
oh sorry I failed at reading that properly  :-[

yeah definately the 70-200 f4L over the 70-300

however might I suggest another track

consider getting the 85mm f1.8 at $400 with a bit of movement of your feet you can cover the whole range of the 70-200 anyway, it's super fast, compact, light, brilliant IQ and you are already familiar with shooting primes
since getting my 85 for use at weddings I use it over the 70-200 most of the time now.
on the crop body its like 120mm which is a decent reach

and down the track at the long end saave up for a used 300f4L IS lenses seem to go quite cheap when they do pop up I picked mine up for $800 on ebay with the 1.4TC this becomes 420 f5.6 with IS i'll post up some pics from this lens at 300 and at 420 later this evening for you

i forgot to add that the kenko TC will also work on the 85mm if you need extra reach from that...

Hmmm... too many choices!!! I hadn't really considered the 85 1.8. I have read amazing things about it. Would it really be that much longer than my 50mm? And if I went that route, I would need to get another longer lens (as you suggested) to fill the gap when I go FF as I would be right back to where I started focal length wise (50mm * 1.6 = 80mm FF equivalent). But I do love the bokeh the 50mm produces.

when you go FF you could look at the 135 f2 which everyone loves, I dont have one but it is a very nice lens, just look at the lens gallery here for samples. see if you can try a 70-200 from someone that has one and check the zoom range then set it to 85 and see how far back and forward you need to physically move to cover the same range.

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EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:04:58 AM »
1. What do you guys read into this mistake made by Canon Japan?

2. Why so many times do Canon and Nikon make this mistake on their very own website! I mean, does the web admin type in Canon EOS 5D Mark III then click upload/update and then only realize that it's live and therefore needs to put the page "down" asap?

The credibility is high here, we're talking about Canon Japan's website!

bored IT admin showing his collegues how quickly he can whip several thousand people into a frenzy of speculation and hype?
trying to break a record for crashing the rumours server?
I think this exact same thing happend around the time the 1Dx was announced too

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Lenses / Re: 70 - 200 f/4L vs. 70 - 300 f4-5.6 IS USM
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:47:19 AM »
oh sorry I failed at reading that properly  :-[

yeah definately the 70-200 f4L over the 70-300

however might I suggest another track

consider getting the 85mm f1.8 at $400 with a bit of movement of your feet you can cover the whole range of the 70-200 anyway, it's super fast, compact, light, brilliant IQ and you are already familiar with shooting primes
since getting my 85 for use at weddings I use it over the 70-200 most of the time now.
on the crop body its like 120mm which is a decent reach

and down the track at the long end saave up for a used 300f4L IS lenses seem to go quite cheap when they do pop up I picked mine up for $800 on ebay with the 1.4TC this becomes 420 f5.6 with IS i'll post up some pics from this lens at 300 and at 420 later this evening for you

i forgot to add that the kenko TC will also work on the 85mm if you need extra reach from that...

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Lighting / Re: Advice needed on set up to shoot cats and dogs at shelter
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:40:07 AM »
if you are going to use flash mixed with fluros get some gelsso you can balance your flash colour with the room lights
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Velcro-ROSCO-Flash-Gel-12pcs-LARGE-15x4cm-Strobist-CTO-/130495276661?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item1e621fe675
then you can set your WB to fluro and the lighting should all be ok
these also work well for setting custom white balance in mixed lighting
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/82mm-82-mm-White-Balance-Lens-Cap-Custom-WB-Filter-NEW-/110757457937?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c9a8b011

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EOS Bodies / Re: The new 5D Mark III ?!?! PICS!
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:33:38 AM »
where's the guy that posted these pictures? why doesn't he get hold of the person who sent them to him and try get a little more info for the all of us, thousands of people!

If you had your hands on a 5Dmk3 would you...
a) be sitting on the computer on a rumours forum or
b) using it and enjoying shooting with it
c) out swapping it for weapons of mass destruction...
?

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Lenses / Re: 70 - 200 f/4L vs. 70 - 300 f4-5.6 IS USM
« on: February 28, 2012, 01:28:37 AM »
I would say look at the 70-200 f2.8 non IS too (similar price range)
while IS is nice you will find the stop faster apperture more usefull if you are shooting sports or plays the IS isnt going to help you as much as a stop faster glass is since your subjects will be moving mostly.
by all accounts the non IS version is sharper than the version one IS too which makes it better value
you can also get a 1.4 Teleconverter and get 280mm f4 or a 2x tele and get 400 f 5.6
I use the kenko teleplus DGX 1.4 its good value and excelent quality small and light to keep in your bag so its there when you need it.
otherwise If you have to have IS i would probably say the 70-300L since it is nice and compact, light and gets briliant reviews

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EOS Bodies / Re: DR and RAW bit depth on Canon's forthcoming...
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:43:10 AM »
How do all the high end medium format digital backs get such good DR? do they read at a higher true bit rate though sampling before the AD converter?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MarkIII at Focus On Imaging (UK) 4-7th March ??
« on: February 28, 2012, 12:17:20 AM »
I really LOL ed at that one brian, you win

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MarkIII at Focus On Imaging (UK) 4-7th March ??
« on: February 27, 2012, 11:57:27 PM »
I am cutting back on my spending so I will be looking at the 41mp mobile phones  :o :o :o

good call, but will 41MP give you enough to be able to crop still?

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