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Lenses / Why don't Canon make lenses for other mounts?
« on: November 01, 2014, 07:58:32 PM »
Seeing that Sigma makes lenses for all mounts AND also makes its own cameras, why doesn't Canon sell at least some of its lenses in other mounts?

I reckon you could make a good business case for it, as many of the Canon lenses are so coveted by Nikon and Pentax users.
If Canon is being hammered in the sales of bodies (which I doubt), sales of all of these extra lenses would certainly help the bottom line.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Can I copy camera pics direct to a tablet?
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:14:56 AM »
I'd like to ask some advice from you learned ladies and gentlemen.

I have a 5D3 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
I can plug in a USB key into the tablet and copy images and videos both ways, but can I plug my camera into my tablet and download the photos from the camera directly (with the correct cables)?
Do I need some software to be able to do it?

I just got a set of the Yongnuo RF-600 TX and 4 receivers which work well with my 60D and 5D3, EXCEPT when I have either camera in live View, and then they just don't work.

When Live View is switched off, using the OVF, they work perfectly, but when I switch to Live View, it won't trigger the falshes.

Anyone have any ideas as to why, and how to get around this problem?

Video & Movie / 40th Birthday and surprise proposal
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:15:25 AM »
I did a job for a 40th birthday a week or so ago, and was hired to take stills, but I thought I'd give my G1X a go at video in low light too.
The first set of photos was supplied to me to use in the video, and they were really crappy so I had to first fix them up.
I'm not a videographer by any means, but I think the end result wasn't too bad for an amateur.
Stills taken with a 5D3.
Hope you like it.

It gets faster towards the end of the video and you'll see what average Aussie girls look like in real life.


PowerShot Cameras / Is this a G1X killer?
« on: June 06, 2012, 03:45:07 AM »
This is sure to drive down the price of the G1X.


Maybe I should have waited a while before i bought my G1X.

Landscape / Flower taken with G1X
« on: June 03, 2012, 07:59:40 PM »
I was mucking around with my wife's new G1X and wanted to try using it in full manual, including manual focus, to take some studio type shots.
Here's one of the photos.
Hope you like it.

Lenses / Which wide anlge zoom for new 5D3?
« on: May 04, 2012, 03:25:08 AM »
I've currently got a Canon 60D and use a Tokina 11-16mm F2.8 for my landscapes etc., and I'm quite happy with it, but I'm upgrading to a new 5D3 and will need a good wide angle zoom lens to more or less replicate what I can do with the 60D and Tokina lens.

I have a budget of around $1500 for the lens, but I'm torn between the 17-40L and 16-35L.
I like the 17-40 as I will be able to use all of my 77mm filters, and I have a number of them which I do use, and won't have to buy new 82mm filters if I buy the 16-35.

Is there really much difference between the 2 lenses?
I generally take most shots at F5.8-F11 and higher anyway, so the F2.8 of the 16-35 might come in handy if I'm using it indoors, but it won't be used much at all.

There are also some other Tokina and Sigma lenses that look pretty good too, and I have Sigma lenses that I think are fantastic, like my 150mm macro with OS, and I've been very happy with my Tokina, so I'm open to suggestions.

What do you guys think I should get?

Landscape / Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:54:24 AM »
Took this the other night.
Very low res, I'm afraid, but some interesting light through the clouds IMHO.

5 shots. Canon 60D with 24-105L.
Hope you like it.

Macro / Bee in the sun
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:44:07 AM »
Took these in my front garden in Sydney this afternoon, of this nice looking Australian native bee (no stinger on it).
It's sucking up a Muraya flower, another Australian native, which has a diameter of around 1/2" (12mm), so the bee  is pretty small.

Taken with my Canon 60D and a Sigma 150mm F2.8 OS macro.

Hope you like them.

Animal Kingdom / Wild Blue Tongue lizard eating my cat's food!
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:20:32 AM »
Yesterday afternoon, a blue tongue lizard decided to waltz into my house and have a good feed on my cat's pellets.
One of my cats saw it, and just stood there in amazement, and didn't even try to attack it.

Blue tongue lizards are quite common in Eastern Australia, and I live in Sydney, not more than 5 miles from the CBD and we still have a lot of wildlife and birds around our home on the lower north shore of Sydney.
Here's some shots of it.
As you can see, we gave it a grape for desert, then my wife picked it up and put it in the front garden.

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