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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:36:34 PM »
Brick and Mortar retailers are discovering that today's retail business has changed markedly and I guess it's been very difficult for many of them to realise this, and still keep going the way they always have rather than trying to re-invent themselves to suit today's market conditions.
It's not just camera stores either.
Here in Sydney, there are many empty retail stores for rent and I feel for the owners of these now empty stores as many had their whole lives and their money tied up in these.
The camera market has changed a lot.
The internet has really made it tough for B&M retailers as it is now so easy to compare prices worldwide, and when you look at some of the pricing offered by on-line sellers with little or no overheads, compared to the B&M shops with huge rents to pay as well as staff, the B&M retailers aren't all that much dearer in many cases, but people feel that B&M's are ripping them off, so many are now turning to the net first without even going into the stores.
Many camera stores relied on the sales of cheaper P&S cameras, as many people who buy them do little research and how much can you save on a $200 camera?
The sales of these P&S cameras has dwindled down to a trickle now, as everyone just uses their phones, and this has hurt them a lot.
People aren't getting many prints done anymore either, choosing to just leave the pics on their phones or computers, so there is another good profit earner down the drain.
I think we will see many more camera retailers close up, and I wouldn't be surprised to see over 50
% of them close down in the next few years, unless they can come up with something  to get people to come in a buy from them.
Things like extended credit, maybe even hiring out gear and teaching people about photography, and giving really good service and advice.

I'm sorry for the employees, as it looks like they may never get their back pay etc., but I do think the writing is on the wall for many retailers that still believe they can trade the same way now as they did 30 years ago.

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Good luck with eml58.

I have found a number of uses for it that I didn't think of originally, and as my fee for the testing was a unit, I'm going to play around with it.
I will be using it at weddings, where I can set up a camera and use it to take videos and pictures from another angle when I'm busy taking hand-held photos with the primary camera.
I'm also going to use it to take photos of birds that would fly off if they saw a human.
Being able to see what it's doing, as well as control most functions of the camera could be a real godsend to many I'm sure.
I use a Samsung Note 3, so it has a nice large and clear screen, but I've been eyeing off the new Samsung 10" tablet too..........................

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I was given a Weye-Feye XS unit to test out for an electronics importer here in Australia, and I have found it to be great to use.
The unit plugs into your camera (any DSLR you have) through the USB port in the camera, and you download an app on your I-Phone or Android device, and you have full live view on your phone or pad, without wires or cables between you and the camera.
The live view is very good, and the delay is only around 0.2 of a second. You can also magnify the live view in various steps and return to normal viewing too (handy for spot focussing).
You can focus the camera by just touching the spot on the screen you wish to focus on, and you have full control of aperture, shutter etc, and can even switch the camera to video mode and take videos at will.
The battery of the control unit lasts for around 6-8 hours and is charged via a USB port.
Any photos you take are downloaded onto your mobile device within seconds of taking the picture.
It should retail for around $100 or so.
You can see the device at www.weye-feye.com
I have no affiliation with this company.


Interesting, any idea in Australia where it's available from ??

I note the Weye Feye ($249) is not compatible with the 1Dx but it is compatible with the 6D/5DMK III

The Weye Feye S ($100) may have more compatibility, but the web site lists this cheaper version as "Not in stock".

I can find no where on their website to download actual upgrade files, though there is a manual that shows how to upgrade the unit, just no actual file or area where it could be.

Coupled with the iPad Mini Retina this might well be a sensible reasonably priced alternative to say the Marshall 70MD which I've been contemplating for a little while now.

Unfortunately the website looks like it was put together by an amateur, missing links, no support info.


I don't think this company will be going ahead with the importing of this product into Australia, as it is a specialised photo item and they are not photo specialists.
I tested the device with a 5D3 and a 60D and it worked very well with both of them.
The BIG advantage with this device is that while there is a USB cable going from the camera to the device, there are no cables going from the device to your phone or Pad, which means you can be warm and comfy in your living room, taking pictures of things outside in the freezing cold (if your camera will take the cold).
I have also found that the device will work through one concrete floor with no problems and works well from around 80-100ft away.
I just checked on B&H, and they have them for around $249.00, and they have them in stock. Just search for Weye-Feye

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I was given a Weye-Feye XS unit to test out for an electronics importer here in Australia, and I have found it to be great to use.
The unit plugs into your camera (any DSLR you have) through the USB port in the camera, and you download an app on your I-Phone or Android device, and you have full live view on your phone or pad, without wires or cables between you and the camera.
The live view is very good, and the delay is only around 0.2 of a second. You can also magnify the live view in various steps and return to normal viewing too (handy for spot focussing).
You can focus the camera by just touching the spot on the screen you wish to focus on, and you have full control of aperture, shutter etc, and can even switch the camera to video mode and take videos at will.
The battery of the control unit lasts for around 6-8 hours and is charged via a USB port.
Any photos you take are downloaded onto your mobile device within seconds of taking the picture.
It should retail for around $100 or so.
You can see the device at www.weye-feye.com
I have no affiliation with this company.

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Canon General / Re: Canon PowerShot G1 X II Image
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:15:42 PM »
This looks like Canon is trying to make it look like a mirrorless camera, rather than the rangefinder style of the current model, which I own and really like.

If the lens is as good as the current model's, then it should be a good thing, especially if they are using a similar sensor to the 70D with the dual pixel focussing.

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:47:51 PM »
Here's some other Aussie made sports cars.
These are Bolwells dating from the late 60's and early 70's.
The older one (the orange one) is powered by a Holden 6 cylinder engine, and the later ones by Ford V8's, both the 302 and 351.


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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 05, 2014, 06:43:57 PM »
Here's a car you don't get in the US.
A Skoda Superb wagon (my work car).

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Sharpness, MTF curves - these are not the most important things for a 50mm lens.
Colour, contrast and clarity are far more important.
This is why the 50mm 1.2L is so loved by those that use it often.
If you can't get sharp photos with a 1.2L, then YOUR technique is not right for this lens.

I'd love to try this new Sigma lens, as the recent Sigma's I've bought are really very good indeed and should give a bit of a hurry up to Canon and Nikon.

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There's one very important thing that you are all missing here.
The fact is that a "good" mirror less camera (omd, g7 etc) are far more expensive than a dslr with equivalent iq and the dslr probably focuses faster, and more importantly for some, the dslr looks more serious while mirror less cameras look like toys.
For a lot of people who are willing to spend $1,000 or more on a camera, they want people to know they are serious.
It's just snobbery, I know, but snobbery is an important marketing tool?

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Canon General / Re: Canon layoffs
« on: December 05, 2013, 02:52:11 AM »
Seeing as CEP500 hasn't come back, and it was his first post anyway, it's more than likely the guy wasn't working as well as management hoped he would, and they gave him his marching orders.
If it's just the one guy being layed off, it happens all the time.

I ran a company of over 600 employees, and I can tell you that sometimes, it was like a revolving door.
So many people come in with fantastic resumes, and after a few months, you discover it was all fairy tales.........

I'm not saying that was what cep's friend did, but in business, people move on or get moved on.
It's the way of the world.

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I think mirrorless is just a flash in the pan.

Why would you pay twice the price for a mirrorless camera than an equivalent DSLR?
I think a lot of people like the idea of a smaller camera, but when it comes to shelling out YOUR money, they look like a bad and overpriced piece of dead technology.
Why are mirrorless cameras so expensive in comparison to DSLR's?
They should be half the price, especially considering their poor viewfinders (if they have one at all), poor ergonomics (it's hard to keep a camera still when it's being held at arm's length) and expensive lenses.

I think Canon got it right with the SL1 (100D). As soon as the price comes down, it will mean a big hit to the sales of EVF cameras.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: A Pellicle Mirror by Canon
« on: October 31, 2013, 07:13:55 PM »
I agree with gmrza.
If you look at the drawing and read the words, it does seem that Canon are talking about a mirror that can change its reflectiveness electronically.

When looking through the OVF, the mirror reflects most of the light into the prism, and when you press the shutter, the mirror goes almost clear meaning that most of the light WILL go to the sensor.

It's basically electronic mirror lifting but instead of the mirror going up and down, it just goes clear when required.
A bit like the electronic LCD glass you can get now where at the touch of a button, the glass become opaque.
This is similar, but the glass becomes either clear or reflective depending on the position of the shutter.

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Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 27, 2013, 07:42:14 PM »
I think mirrorless cameras are just a fad and will die out in a dozen years or so.
Point and squirts will also die as smartphones get better cameras in them too.

A couple of weeks ago, I got a new Samsung Note 3 phone (and the watch too), and the quality of the photos is very impressive, especially for a phone.
I don't need to carry my G1-X around anymore as the phone does a reasonable job, but I will still take my 5D3 along if I know I will be taking pictures.
I've used a few CSC cameras, and found them to be frustrating to use and difficult to hold properly, especially for slower shutter speeds.
CSC's are usually as expensive, if not more so, than a good consumer DSLR, so why would you waste your money?
If you need small, get an SL1 (EOS 100D), then you get to choose from all of Canon's lens and accessory range.

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Canon General / Re: Canon LP-E6 Product Advisory
« on: October 20, 2013, 08:04:24 PM »
If you do want to use aftermarket LP-E6 batteries in your factory charger, they MUST have a facsimile of the Canon chip in the battery, otherwise the factory charger won't work.
I buy some aftermarket batteries straight from a small factory in Sydney, and they do put a copy of the Canon chip in the packs, and they work just like OEM Canon batteries.
If your battery pack does not have the correct chip in it, the factory charger that comes with the 5D3 or newer cameras just won't work at all, and may actually end up flattening your aftermarket battery.
However, if you have non-chipped batteries, just buy an aftermarket charger.
Many of the cheap Chinese web sites selling copy LP-E6 batteries actually supply an AC charger with each battery because they won't work with the newer Canon chargers.

Even the non-chipped batteries will work in your 5D3 or 6D etc., but you might not get accurate, indeed any, battery monitoring.

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Lighting / Re: Ring Flash
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:52:25 PM »
Those add-on ringflash things for your speedlight are big, clunky and easily broken, to say nothing about the loss of light while it is bouncing around inside the unit.
For the same or less money, you can buy a proper ringflash from many of the Chinese websites and the one I got really works well. It might be fully manual, but you can easily adjust it from the camera menu, and for around $130 - it's fantastic.
Works well for portraits and gives a very nice circular spark in the subject's eyes.

If you want slightly different lighting from one side to the other, you can just drape bits of tissue over one side of it.
That way, it gives nice slight shadowing to one side of the face.

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