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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The best ways to (not) get your gear stolen
« on: February 17, 2012, 01:31:12 AM »
Of course I know that I can get insurance for it, and I probably will.

No 'probably' about it - get insurance.  If a thief wants to take something, they will. I pay $7.60 per year per $1K covered gear.  Low cost for piece of mind...

Could you please send me a link regard to that insurance?

State Farm.  You'd need to go through your local agent, and I don't think they write just a Personal Articles policy, you probably need to have home/renters insurance with them. 

As stated above, it's for personal use only, not business.
Do you happen to know a good quote/company for business uses?

I go through AON they are a global insurer and have a special photography camera division that deals exclusively with this stuff it also covers public liability insurance all unde 1 policy and full worldwide cover
if in australia i can give you a contact number, not sure about other countries

Lenses / Re: Should I get the existing 24-70 or wait for new version
« on: February 17, 2012, 01:21:00 AM »
Given the high price of entry to the MkII, it is quite possible that the used prices of MkI 24-70 lenses may increase from where they are now. It's happened before.

In a spectacular stroke of luck I got a stellar 18 month old 24-70 f/2.8 MkI from Gumtree for just $600. It was literally two days before the new lens was announced.

Generally a good used 24-70 will go for double this. Get a late build and they are generally very good. Avoid earlier copies. YMMV.
This is how you check the year of manufacture: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx

Paul Wright

wow bargain! most of the stuff on gumtree i see these days is overpriced to death
I sold all my Nikon gear in a week on gumtree... must have priced it too low :(

Lenses / Re: Just how important is IS?
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:51:04 AM »
Tuck your arms in, spread your legs slightly, lean against something, take a deep breath and exhale fully
sounds like preparing for canons new pricing!  :o

Lenses / Re: Should I get the existing 24-70 or wait for new version
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:48:17 AM »
i have the 16-35 f2.8L II which i think is sharper i use it on an APS-H body so effective focal range is 20mm to 48mm. the difference between 48mm and 70mm is hardly anything nothing a few steps closer cant fix
difference between 20mm and 24m is actually quite noticeable
I have found the 24-70 a little soft when i've loked at them might be bad copies though. people report them being a bit hit and miss. If you get a good copy you will probably love it. There are alot of happy owners of it

Lenses / Re: Kenko 1.4X PRO 300 TC DGX?
« on: February 17, 2012, 12:35:34 AM »
Are you all saying this will work with the 70-300 F4-5.6 L ??? I read where the Canon TC will not, so I was going to purchase a 70-200 F4.... But if this works, I'll get the 70-300 instead. As the original poster said, I would not need it much with a range upto 300, as I use a 60D, and this would be a better choice for me as I shoot birds alot.

Thanks for any info!

i'm 99.9% sure it will i guess i could take my converter into a shop and try it on their demo
the 60D wont AF though with the kenko DGX TC you need a 1 series body for that as it will be an f8 lens

Lenses / Re: Should I get the existing 24-70 or wait for new version
« on: February 16, 2012, 11:41:14 PM »
you forgot the option to sell everything and move to nikon... :P

but more seriously i dont like the version 1 lens so i'd wait and see what the new one is like

Lenses / Re: Just how important is IS?
« on: February 16, 2012, 11:14:08 PM »
it depends what you are shooting

IS is needed if

you are shooting still objects in very low light
you are shooting from a vibrating or moving platform
your shutter speeds are low (wont help subject motion blur though)

IS is not needed if

you are shooting from a tripod
you are shooting action moving subjects
you are shooting with a high shutter speed over 1/500 or so. there was alot of discussion on this recently that at high shutter speeds IS can actually cause more probles than it helps

supertele lenses are a bit different becasue the angle of view is so tight IS provides benefit in many of these situations anyway because even the smallest movement of a supertele can cause blurring.

Lenses / Re: hum...what's this lens ?
« on: February 16, 2012, 10:51:59 PM »
why didnt you go ask him?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III/X Commercials Being Shot? [CR1]
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:21:14 PM »
While I kind of see what people are getting at, video is nice and all. I like to watch movies too but a still image is different in that it's a moment frozen, capturing a certain motion blur when panning, stopping a bird in flight all of these tangible things that happen in a blink can be frozen for a viewer to spend however long they want to look at absorb the detail. Video is kind of like life its there then its gone only you cen rewind and replay pause and slow down and speed up but that still involves a process but to look at a still image all you need to do is look at it.
When cameras were invented did all the painters in the world cry that no one would be painting anymore in a few years? I dont think so.
Its a different  medium and presents the subject completely differently

Shooting on a RED camera you can essentially shoot video in RAW; each frame is like a RAW image.  Someone correct me if I'm wrong on this (it could just be their marketing speak).  Someday, I don't see why most video formats couldn't advance to a point in which each frame is a very hi res photo.  Will this change the way photographers work?

culling high shot count shoots is a PITA now can you imagine going frame by frame through that to get the best shots out of it?
might sound good in theory but practicality of time invested vs how much you are charging would likely destroy this as an option for still shooting

Canon General / Re: Is it worth *really* studying photography?
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:17:41 PM »
Never under estimate how stupid the majority of the worlds population actually are
stupidity has no prejudice it effects all races all sexes equally.

They didnt ask you to submit a portfolio of work for entry consideration?
Tafe require a portfolio of set shots to be submitted and entry is determined by a panel review of the portfolios
still a very high application to acceptance ratio too but at least then they are certain the people that apply know what a camera is and which end to hold...

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D upgrade or wait for 5DX/III
« on: February 16, 2012, 09:00:56 PM »
I have some samples here are some jpg out of camera and resized to load here
no post processing exif data should be there so you can see focal length 420mm on some

i shoot anything really also the 28-300 with the TC works pretty good in the macro department to a certain extent.

the 1Dmk3 should be between $1500 and $2000 in good condition
my mk3 is a late model (2008 just before the mk4 came out) and the AF is great
the mk3 is fine at 3200 iso I prefer to shoot as low iso as possible but have no problem with this at 3200
it can go to 6400 but i prefer not to shoot that high even on the 5d2

i love my 50 f1.4 I think i got a good copy, some people are not happy with theirs so i guess before paying for it test it out

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Off Lighting/Color With 7D
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:28:23 PM »
I tried that process i posted last night

my thoughts
the screen is still way too oversaturated for my liking I think this is why your images look duller because you are editing on an oversaturated monitor
when i did this calibration then view your images they all looked good

however I feel my monitor is too saturated I think tonight i might redo it but drop the red and blue channel gamma down further than the recomended 98%

I also feel that in the calibration section maybe trying a gamma of something different to 2.2 or 2.15 will be beneficial and might boost contrast. will need some trial and error here.

I also think I will redo with lower initial brightness as I keep my editing room quite dark.

Once I've had another go at this i'll post some more feedback.
I dont want to spend $200 on calibration gizmo that wont work properly

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1 D mark II N (used)
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:13:59 PM »
So you say 1d2n is much snappier and well-balanced. Than why should I go with 7d or 5dm2?
1Dmk3 seem to be coming down in price now too you might want to keep an eye on them too
if you crop a 5Dmk2 image to 1.3 you get about the same image size as these...
if you get a mk3 just make sure its a late model or has had canon fix the mirrorb issues for AF

Lenses / Re: Kenko 1.4X PRO 300 TC DGX?
« on: February 16, 2012, 07:09:59 PM »
They will fit a crop body, but not EF-S lenses.

Did you (or anyone else) ever try to make the lens af even w/ f5.6+1.4-extender? The kenko site says the extender disables af @f8. I've read that this is possible by covering some pins - or isn't it worth it because the af of a vanilla eos body doesn't really work @f8 anyway?

nope on my 1Dmk3 f8 max apature works fine if you can find the older DG model I think that will still AF without alteration due to it not reporting exif data

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