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Messages - Bennymiata

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 04:44:36 AM »
That's one reason I love my 5D3.

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Photography Technique / Re: Jane Bown, RIP
« on: December 21, 2014, 05:06:11 PM »
What a wonderful lady.
I would have loved to have met her.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 20, 2014, 02:16:06 AM »
He says that if you have a large investment in big whites, you should go and buy a Nikon???

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Lenses / Re: Quick Comparison: Canon's new 400mm Options
« on: December 19, 2014, 11:52:03 PM »
The new 400DO 2 has me excited too.
I have the old 100-400 and I find it an excellent lens, but it's either keeping it and getting the new 400DO, or selling the 100-400 and just buy the new version.

I like birds and bugs and some landscapes, so would the new 400DO really be that much better, including things like af, than my old 100-400?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Cuban Trogon
« on: December 19, 2014, 05:46:43 PM »
And now that Obama is going to warm up relations between the US and Cuba, more Americans can soon go there and enjoy their birds.


Lovely shots!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 19, 2014, 01:14:47 AM »
Here's a few I took a few days ago in my backyard, 3km from Sydney's CBD.
I used my 5D3 and 100-400L which is about 4 years old.
I'm thinking of updating,  but I don't know if I need to.

What do you guys think?


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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony Sensors Coming to Canon DSLRs? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2014, 03:14:44 AM »
To be frank, I just want a great camera for what I normally do, and I would like more dr etc with my 5D3, and if their next model uses a Sony sensor, so what?

As long as the camera is good to use, makes great images and I can use my L lenses on it, I'll buy it, when I'm ready for a change.

Even IF Sony goes bust, I'm sure that Canon  or someone else will buy the sensor division and continue supply.
Buying some sensors from Sony could be a real advantage (Sony dr etc with Canon colours, lenses and ergonomics) and give Canon some breathing room to develop the next big thing in sensors.

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I'm definitely going to buy one of Gary Fong's flash accessory kits on the weekend.
Wanted one for ages, but after reading the story, I'll put up with the whining from my wife.

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 09, 2014, 02:07:11 AM »
I agree wholeheartedly with you Dak, but I must admit that I do enjoy doing PP on the pc.
However I was able to do almost the same stuff under an enlarger, using masks, cut-outs and adding and subtracting items, but it was a lot harder.

My first Slr ( NOT a Dslr) was an Exacta Varex of about 1959 vintage, which my father handed down to me when I was about 11.
It was still considered a very good camera in 1966!
It didn't have a built in light meter, so I had to use a handheld one, and after a while, I didn't need the light meter and developed an eye for exposure.
I still have this skill, and even with our wonderful electronic, computer controlled cameras, when you're working at a fast-paced event, the ability to jump from one lighting situation to another and be able to know what iso and exposure settings to use on the fly come in very handy.

I had a business where I employed a number of young who sat at a computer a lot of the day.
If they had a problem with their pc, they would call me ( the old fella) to come and have a look at it and call the IT guy to fix it.
I'd check it out, often open a dos window using short-cut keys and do whatever to get it going again.
These young kids, were usually shocked that I knew a lot more about computers than they did and on more than one occasion I was asked how an old guy like me knew so much about computers.
I just told them that it was my generation that invented them.

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For video,  the 7D2 is better because of the dpaf, but the 5D3 is better for quality stills.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 07, 2014, 07:05:21 PM »
I do a number of weddings and events and have used the 5D3 since they were released.
Having the camera in my hand for 16 hours or so at a wedding, the lighter weight is a blessing.

My keeper rate with the 5D3 is around 99%, so I doubt that the better af of the 1D would make much difference to  me, but the silent shutter and much lower weight really does make a huge difference to me.


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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripods - CF or Aluminum...?
« on: December 05, 2014, 06:43:30 PM »
I also have both Al and CF tripods, and my experience with them is that the CF tripods settle down much quicker than Al ones after making adjustments to the camera.
If I have my 5D3 and 100-400 aimed at the sky, my large and heavy Al tripod will take around 3 seconds to stop shaking after I touch the camera, where my smaller, and much lighter Cf tripod is settled in less than a second.

I much prefer CF to Al anyday.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 02, 2014, 04:38:15 AM »
It's interesting to note the comments on button placement. Two hands are ideal, but better one handed use can make a real difference when when part way up a construction site ladder, or other tricky places.

The button layout is quite good actually, as all the shooting buttons are on the right hand side, and the playback buttons on the left.
And it's exactly the same as my 5D3.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: November 27, 2014, 02:33:47 AM »
What I don't understand is if a mirrorless camera has so few moving parts, why are they so expensive?

To me, a DSLR does a better job with less cost.

I am a Samsung lover having and very happily using a Samsung TV, tablet, phone and even a Galaxy Gear watch and I think this camera is pretty good, but to me, it's very overpriced.

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:12:09 AM »
Get her a 100mm macro lens.
Great for portraits and pets, but the world of close-up bugs and flowers will open up a whole new photographic world to her.

She'll love you for it.

Macro lenses are not only usefull, but lots of fun.

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