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Here in Australia you have to get a commercial license to use any of the camera carrying drones.
The regulations are very stringent and the fines for breaking the rules are high.

I am sure that with today's security concerns, tough laws will have to be introduced and enforced.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Coming Next Month? [CR2]
« on: March 05, 2015, 12:31:53 AM »
Ever since I got my first Canon SLR in 1968 (!), Canon have had 3 50mm lenses available.
Usually the 1.8, the 1.4 and an even brighter version (0.95 - 1.2) for a lot more money.
I can't see Canon changing this, unless they are going to introduce a 4th model.
The nifty fifty is really old and the tooling for it must be wearing out, and seeing as Yongnuo have their nifty fifty I don't think that they want to be seen competing - and being beaten by a Chinese upstart, so Canon is moving upmarket with the new 50 1.8, even if the upgrade is only minor.
There will be a new 50 1.4 eventually and I just hope I'll still be around to have fun with it!

A real, once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Well done!

Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:45:36 AM »
My father was a very keen competition photographer and has fellowships with the Australian and European Photographic  Societies and I was given a box brownie at age 4 + other cameras until I was given my first SLR, an Exacta Varex (fully manual, no light meter etc.).
I also helped my Dad in the darkroom, and we not only did our own colour prints, but also did things like you do in Photoshop like adding things or removing them, dodging and burning etc. under the enlarger.
I got my first brand new SLR in 1968, which was a Canon FT QL.

After high school, I studied engineering, but I didn't finish as I was also working part time and I preferred working than studying, and I ended up as owner of that business and built it up from 3 employees to over 600 people in 2 countries. This was in the leathergoods trade and I'm also a fully trained designer and pattern maker.
As I worked very long hours (averaging around 65 hours a week) I didn't get much time taking photos, and even employed people that I usually trained, to take my product shots for me.
I got into digital around 1990 and my first camera was a funny looking Polaroid made camera. This was used to allow us to easily put product photos onto our computer system. We also used the original version of Photoshop, hence why I know my way around it now.
I sold my business to one of my competitors 3 years ago, and decided that as I hadn't had a holiday for 15 years that I would retire.
And so I did, and I am now as busy as ever chauffeuring my wife around and doing some professional photography in products, weddings and events etc, and I am enjoying myself.

Canon General / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy
« on: February 27, 2015, 05:21:09 PM »
I'm very sad to hear about this.
I too loved to watch Star Trek as a kid and even now I still enjoy seeing the old re-runs, especially to see and learn the wisdom of Mr Spock.
I also enjoyed the other roles he had in other movies too.

Shalom Leonard, and may you go in peace.

I've had my 16-35 2.8 for a year or so, and I'm very happy with it.
I use it mainly for architecture shots for a magazine, and if the corners are soft, I'd certainly hear about it from the art director!

I love my 16-35. It's very sharp and it's light and great fun to use indoors and outdoors.
It's always in my bag.

Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 23, 2015, 05:13:59 AM »
I have the 60mm, the 100L and the Sigma 150mm OS macro, and to be frank with you, it's hard to tell the images apart.

While a longer focal length gives you more room between the lens and your subject, the longer the focal length the more difficult to get sharp hand held shots.

EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 22, 2015, 09:17:42 PM »
A half-priced and smaller and lighter 1DC?
Sounds good to me!

If this banding is happening with other cards as well, then it's your camera that is doing it.
Try updating the firmware on your camera as the card you returned could have done something to the software in the camera when it became corrupted.

I had a similar thing happen to an android phone.
A Sandisk card in the phone got corrupted. Nothing on the card was damaged, but the phone went wacky, rebooting itself all the time, freezing as well as other faults.
I took the phone back to get it exchanged and the expert in the shop checked it out and mentioned to me that the memory card might be at fault.
I didn't believe him but shortly after putting the card into the new phone, it began acting up too.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:14:23 AM »
I was a CS3 user and needed to update PS and LR and really didn't want to have to pay AUS $1600 odd to buy CS6.
I too was against anything resembling a monthly fee, but eventually I thought I'd give it a go thinking the price would rocket up after 12 months, but it hasn't gone up at all, and I think I'm getting great value for my money.
The fact is that this system has been a gold mine for Adobe as lots of people who would never pay the price for PS now rent the entire Adobe suite, which, if you have use for these programs, is relatively even cheaper than just the photographer's package.

And if you don't want to rent, just buy Elements.

Thanks so much for this article Roger.
It's amazing to see what goes into a lens.
Such a complex piece of engineering for relatively small money.

I recently got a new pair of spectacles which cost around $1100, which my wife thought was OK.
After showing her these photos, she won't be complaining about the value for money my L lenses are!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 24mm f/1.4 Art announced..
« on: February 11, 2015, 01:55:17 AM »
The 3 Sigma lenses I own, all af perfectly.
They focus a tiny touch slower than some of L glass, but they nail focus really well.

EOS Bodies / Re: After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 10, 2015, 06:11:19 PM »
To me, the ultimate breakthrough will be the insertion of a chip in your brain which is able to take stills and video directly from your memories or directly as your eyes see it.
Downloads would be accomplished wirelessly.
This same device could also be your cellphone and do other things we can't even imagine yet.

But realistically for today, clean super-high iso, more dr, improved general iq and much cheaper costs.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: 5Ds/5DsR first impressions
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:30:24 PM »
One thing that people are forgetting is that unless you are using a lens with good IS and using a fast shutter speed, it will be difficult to get good, crisp hand-held shots with these 5DS' s.
Even the tiniest shake will kill a picture with this much resolution, hence the mirror up delay etc.
Like most MF cameras, these will virtually be tripod only cameras - in the main.

Obviously the new 11-24 lens is made to go with these new cameras, so why doesn't it have IS?
Don't they want you to use it hand held with the 5DS' s?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds & EOS 5Ds R Image & Video Samples
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:45:28 AM »
And it will still be many months before they will be available to buy, and by then, Nikon would have put out ANOTHER 2 cycles of models, and the new Canons will be old news.

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