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Canon General / Re: Is Australia Canon's favorite?
« on: June 19, 2014, 09:02:56 AM »
Its not for sale - its still pre-order only, just like it is in the USA. Some of our major stores here (including the biggest one in Brisbane) still have no info at all about it. Only recently over the last few days has a more realistic price been placed on this lens.

There currently is nowhere that I am aware of that you can actually get hold of this lens in Australia. I've pre-ordered, and have been told mid july.

The site says 'in stock'

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR vs Mirrorless :: Evolution of cameras
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:54:59 AM »
I just LOVE evf of my Fuji Xe2. It works wonderfully for my needs.

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Canon General / Re: Is Australia Canon's favorite?
« on: June 19, 2014, 04:50:08 AM »
It is true that Australia is one of the best places in the world.
Also true that it is very expensive.

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Canon General / Is Australia Canon's favorite?
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:53:09 AM »
How come the new 16-35 is already for sale in Australia but not in rest of the world? Cant figure this one out…  :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 10:45:46 AM »
What is it with the "more megapixels"? This is a camera for action and wildlife photographers, not for landscape photographers. The landscape photographers already have a decent camera in the 6D, and might like something with a few more MP, to take advantage of the ever-increasing quality of lenses. The action/wildlife photographers want "more throughput (fps and buffer depth).

Someone at the camera club meeting last night pestered the local camera shop representative about the "7D2". Hey, everyone is in the dark, including the CR1 and CR2 sources.

Requirement of the marketing department. And people who want to crop excessively.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: ND Filter in software
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:42:18 AM »
Short answer: No.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Animals at Night
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:23:39 AM »
Nice topic

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Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 18, 2014, 05:08:03 AM »
All very good points. I'm in the same position, will be on Safari in Kenya/Tanzania for 8 days and havent figured out yet what to bring.

At the moment I'm strongly considering bringing my 5D3 as my (only) DSLR and:
- Buy the Tamron 150-600 as main lens for the whole trip
- Bring the 24-70 II for the landscapes and environmental shots (but considering the dust, that would stick on the 5D the whole day, hmmm)
- Get a RAW capable point & shoot (e.g. the G1X II?) in case wildlife gets very close and for the shots in the villages, environmental shots, etc.

Would like to prevent bringing a second DSLR body as we are already hassling with the weight limit of 15kg.

Although an other option would be renting a crop body and use my 70-300L and keep the 24-70II on the 5D3 but wouldn't that spoil the quality of the more distant wildlife?

Would love to hear your thoughs on that.

You seem to be on the right track. Unless you are into bird photography, 600mm is mostly good enough on full frame.
Crop frame would give you perfect IQ till about 400 ISO. I would recommend the full frame option.

When you will change lenses from tele to that wide it would mostly be in your hotel room or a not so dusty environment. Wildlife and tribes will be far apart and give you enough dust free options to change lenses.

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The answers to this poll are surprising to me. Considering physics instead of the business of photography, the 50mm lens happens to perform even better.

However, considering a lens without consideration of its use in photography is like an NBA team considering a draft pick without regard to his basketball skills and how they would serve the team.

For photography, I would always choose the Sigma 35mm if I was forced to choose between it or the 50mm ART. The benefits that a great 35mm can add to my photography would be more frequent and more valuable. In fact, I normally don't even have a 50mm prime in my kit.

If you are considering which of these two spectacular lenses would be more important as a member of your photography "team" (and if you can't choose both), then I would disagree with all the current votes for the 50mm, and would instead strongly recommend the 35mm.

True this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Ye Olde Film Photography
« on: June 16, 2014, 12:31:07 AM »
I'm not a relic from the analog era, but I see a few intersting points in film.

1- You keep focused on shooting instead of reviewing and you can't say for sure 'ok, got it, lets pack up.'. You 'might' stay involved longer and catch the magic moment.
2- The fact that a longer period separates  the shooting and the  viewing helps being critical of your own work.
3- it is harder to hope and fix it in post,
4- well, thats pretty much the idea...

Honestly, I enjoy shooting film in a manual camera, but in the end digital has many more advantages. The most obvious is for learning the technicalaspects, experimenting is much less costly and the exif is a nice tool to help understand what went good or wrong. I think that today, for an amateur, film is nice. But for a professional, digital is awsome. (Except for the fact that digital might have killed the last pro).

Very well put.

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Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 16, 2014, 12:21:11 AM »
Dust is an issue only when you change lens, not about weather sealing.
You say you do not even know what type of photography you will do. Hmmmm. That would be the first step for you to figure. But I already know what you will photograph:
1. Wildlife
2. Wildlife
3. Wildlife
4. Some tribes
5. Some sunsets.
6. Family photos.
You need:
a) Crop body for its reach. There will be no off road driving where you going and you need all the reach.
b) 100-400mm lens.
c) 24-70mm. (Tribes)
d) A pocket point and shoot for the real fun photos.
e) 35mm f2 IS lens for sunsets. (IS elements need for tripod)

You can do without the 35mm if you point and shoot has decent IQ and IS.

Enjoy the trip and be prepared to get addicted.

I will be in Tanzania too most of August. My list is:
1DX
5d3
200-400
70-200
16-35
35 Zeiss 1.4 for post sunset shots.
Light tripod, head.
1.4x
Fuji XE2 for evening dinner/campfire photos.
Contemplating on:
Flash
24-70

The airline allows 15kg including handbag. Having serious fights with my girlfriend already.

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Lenses / Re: World Cup started - no sign of 100-400L Mk2
« on: June 15, 2014, 02:08:11 AM »
You are both wrong.  A new 100-400 with a built-in TC would be an excellent upgrade.  The present 100-400 works well with a TC and a newer model with a built-in one would work even better.  A built-in TC gives better results, is faster to implement, and does not require exposing inside the camera to as much dust.

Myself and many others would not mind paying the extra cost for such a feature.

yes it would be an excellent upgrade but I really doubt if it will happen. 100-400 is supposed to be an 'affordable' (unlike 200-400) lens so Canon would try to keep the costs down.

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Lenses / Re: When does the 16-35/f4L IS arrive?
« on: June 15, 2014, 02:01:56 AM »
Oh the anticipation.

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Lenses / Re: World Cup started - no sign of 100-400L Mk2
« on: June 14, 2014, 04:28:21 PM »
I've seen a few 100-400 II prototypes in use.   You have to look really hard, though.  If you want to see one, check out the north side stands during the replay of the final overtime goal that Croatia scored to beat Brazil.  I also noticed one being used at the corner of the field by Mexico's goalie during a couple of the goals scored by Cameroon.

:)

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Hope you find your gear. Sometimes it is not stolen, just misplaced. I suspect it was not insured. Did you buy it using a credit card? Sometimes card purchases are insured by the card. Amex had/has this feature I believe.

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