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Lenses / Re: Macro Lense-If money were no object.
« on: March 26, 2012, 05:26:43 AM »
Chack out the Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro with OS.
I've got the Canon 60mmEF-S macro and have used the 100L, but the Sigma is just wonderful.

Sharper than the 100L, and the colours, contrast and bokeh are to die for.

With the OS, it works really well hand held too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon marketing may be working overtime soon
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:58:46 AM »
I think XanuFoto may have hit the nail on the head.

The 5D2 was considered a good camera for studio and landscape use, where the ancient autofocus and slow FPS were less important, but they have now changed their tack a little by giving us solid improvements in those areas, and also making the low light capabilities so much better.

Nikon have now gone from a relatively low-res sensor to one bursting with megapickles, but the FPS is still slow, and from the comparisons that I've seen, it's not as good in low light as the 5D3.
So, they are different horses for different courses.

Personally, I think Canon did itself a diss-service by not giving the 5D3 a new name and they should have tried to distance themselves from the 5D2, as the 5D3 is, to me at any rate, more a cut-down 1Dx.
If they would have called it a 2D for example, or a 4D (I wouldn't call a camera a 3D unless it was a real 3D camera) a lot of the crap that is floating out there would have hit the road by now and be forgotten.

Personally, I'm definitely going to get one, but I'll wait a couple of months for all the dust to be settled when I'll be able to drive a hard bargain on one, because the retailers will have them sititng on the shelves and al the dust would have clreaed away.
They would have probably done one or 2 firmware upgrades by then too.

I think Canon have been smart. Instead of giving us a camera that is really only suitable for one or 2 genres, they've given us a really usefull and competant all-round camera that can still be used in the studio, or for landscapes, but can still cut the mustard with action and low-light shooting too.
Where the 5D2 was more for serious landscapers and studio work, the 5D3 is great for advanced amateurs like me who want a camera that can do everything.
Because of its new found speed and low light abilities, I reckon the wedding photographers will also be standing in line to get them too.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Kitty
« on: March 23, 2012, 06:39:10 AM »
Typical of lions.
Just lyin' around, eating and sleeping! :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wild Blue Tongue lizard eating my cat's food!
« on: March 23, 2012, 06:37:21 AM »
Yes, the cat is still around.
Both of them, in fact.

Here's one of them in her usual pose.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III in shops in HK
« on: March 23, 2012, 06:25:17 AM »
Not much different than the US price.

That is certainly pixel peeking!

Mind you, the dark edge adds some edge contrast to the shot!  ;)

Personally, I would have like to have back-lit buttons as I do a lot of shooting at night.

Anyway, it's not a deal breaker for me, but I'll wait another month or so for all the ballyhoo to calm down, and hopefully, the prices will drop a bit when all the stores are carrying plenty of stock.

EOS Bodies / Re: Humidity
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:39:05 AM »
The worse thing that can happen if you live in a high humidity area, is that over time, fungus and mildew can start growing inside your camera and lenses, and once this starts, it 's almost impossible to stop and it can ruin a perfectly good lens or camera.
You'll notice it as a fine, almost spider web on the inside of your lenses.

If you live in high humidity areas, it is quite worthwhile to either keep your stuff stored in an airconditioned room, or buy a de-humidifying cabinet to keep your gear in.

We have similar problems in various areas of Australia, and a lot of serious photographers have a de-humidity cabinet at home.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's the frequency of shipments from Canon?
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:18:50 AM »
When shipping stuff by sea, you have to book a container and the space for it on the ship.
If you have a regular booking, like I'm sure Canon do, the frequency of shipping wil depend on how often a ship is leaving your port going to the port you want the goods to go to.
If there is a ship every day, and your production can fill a container, or more, each day, they you can ship daily.

The frequency of shipping is entirely dependant on their production rates and the frequency of the ships.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why the Japan hate Canon
« on: March 22, 2012, 05:15:05 AM »
Squarebox, we do have  a Luxury Car Tax in Oz, for cars costing more than $57,466.
The tax is calculated at 33% of the pre-tax price for the value above $57,466, so this only goes a small way in trying to work out why luxury cars cost so much here.
So if you buy a car worth say $100K, you pay 33% Luxury tax on A$42,534 or $14,036.22 extra, but we don't have a gas guzzler tax like you do in the US, hence the poularity here for large 6's and V8's.
Mind you, cars like the Corollas etc., are similarly priced here compared to the US, so it's not all bad.

If buying something for business use, we get the GST back, and we also get a depreciation allowance on our company tax, but if the item is a computer or something valued at under A$1,000, we can get a 100% depreciation allowance on it in the first year.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why the Japan hate Canon
« on: March 21, 2012, 05:20:25 AM »
Here in Australia, we have a 10%GST (same as VAT), however, if I buy something for my business, and I do need to take photos of my products to send to customers and put them up on my website, then I get the GST back.
Retail price of a 5D3 in a big camera retailer like Digital Camera Warehouse is A$3999 (about US$4199), and if I deduct the GST charged on this I end up paying A$3635.45 (US$3817.22).
A bit higher than in the US, but I figure the local warranty is worth that much, and you can find cheaper retailers too.
But as far as luxury cars are concerned,  we are REALLY ripped off over here.
A Porsche 911 Carrera for example, sells for around US$75K in the US, but here, the base model is well over A$230K!!!
And you know why?
Because you can't import a new Porsche and get it registered in OZ, because it won't have a local compliance plate so it can't be registered, even though it is exactly the same car as sold in the UK etc (right hand drive).
The funny thing is that import duty on new cars is only 5%, GST 10%, so where the hell does this huge difference come from?

Like Europe, we in Oz get virtually unlimited free health cover and when we get old, we get a government pension, as long as you aren't rich, so we are somewhere inbetween the US and Europe as far as social benefits go, and our minimum wage is around A$20 per hour, which is about 3 times what the minimum wage is in the US, hence some part of why we pay more for some goods.

Landscape / Re: Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:29:06 AM »
A couple more for you that I took in January.

The shot of the bridge was done using a star filter.
I think it makes the lights on the bridge look nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: firmware updates?
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:14:05 AM »
Most updates are downloaded as zip files, and you MUST expand the zip file on your computer and then put the full file onto the card and not the zipped file.

I've known people that get so frustrated that the update won't download onto the camera, and when I look at the card, they have just copied the zip file onto it, instead of expanding it first.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon most popular brand
« on: March 20, 2012, 06:11:03 AM »
It's interesting that they are talking to consumers, and NOT buyers!

Sure, we'd all like a small mirrorless camera, but are we buying them?
Not in great numbers, and certainly not in big enough numbers to worry the DSLR market.

Sales figures mean far more to me than the answers that people on the street give.

IF a consumer wants to spend say, $1,000 on a camera, what are they actully buying?
In around 85% of cases, they are buying a DSLR, and not a mirrorless.

Landscape / Re: Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:02:48 PM »
Thanks guys.

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