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EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff - PimpYourCam.com
« on: August 11, 2012, 05:30:56 AM »
It might be good if you photograph a lot of kids.
You'd get some quizzical looks on their faces which might make for some good pictures.

But for 800 Euros, and not being reversible, it's a big NO from me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Now a 5D3 owner after all !
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:42:40 PM »
I love my 5D3 too!
I'ts an amazing camera in so many ways.

I use the Lexar 1000X CF card, and it works REALLY well in it.
Far better than any other card I've tried.
I have the camera set to only use the CF card, but if that gets filled up, THEN to move to the SD card, which is also a Lexar 600X (the fastest there is).
Have never actually used the SD.

I download the contents of the CF card with a Lexar USB3 reader, and it transfers even 5-600 photos very quickly indeed.
With a normal reader and USB 2, I used to start the download, then go and make a cup of coffee.

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Loads REALLY slowly.

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Lighting / Re: Anyone used a LED ring light for macro?
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:31:35 AM »
I was in a similar dilema a few years ago and thought I'd try a cheap Chinese ring flash from DHGate befor eI spent $$$ on a Canon unit.
I thought that for $70 or so, it was worth the risk, and I am still using and abusing it, and it does the job.
It does the job so well, I haven't even thought about buying a better one, yet.

It screwed on perfectly with my Canon 60mm macro lens.
It also came with various step up and down rings too.

All adjustments have to be made via the camera's menu, but that's no biggie.

Even though it's only about 58mm in diameter, I bought a step up ring to fit my Sigma 150mm macro lens which has a diameter of 72mm, and I was really surprised that there is no vignetting with it (even on my 5D3), even though the opening is so much smaller than the Sigma's front element.


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Video & Movie / Re: 40th Birthday and surprise proposal
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:47:34 AM »
I used Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

I generally use Elements, and had a bit of head scratching to get around the differences between Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro, but there is so much more you can do in Pro.

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Just buy the current version.
It's a great lens.
I love mine, and I couldn't wait for another few years for a new model to come out, if ever.

Mind you, I've had mine for over a year and used it often for lots of different things from spiders through to landscapes and pictures of the moon.

Personally, I reckon it's cheap for what it offers.

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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.

http://youtu.be/xhnfLUh6sVY

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Video & Movie / Re: Abby + Justin Wedding
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:11:10 AM »
Short but sweet.

Nicely done.
I'm sure the couple were very happy with it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Upgraders (to FF) - what is your experience
« on: July 18, 2012, 03:22:47 AM »
I went from a 60D to a 5D3 and the IQ from the 5D3 is superb in comparison to the 60D.
I do a lot of parties in mostly low light, and the 5D3 means I hardly have to touch an image whereas with the 60D I had to do some work to each and every image.
When you've got 600 odd images to process, that makes a lot of difference to me.

Lucklily for me, most of my lenses were L lenses anyway, and I now find my 24-105 is so versatile for indoor use as the 24mm is quite wide on the FF.

The focussing is also much better and faster and images just have such clarity that I could not get with my 60D unless I did a lot of work to the images.

I'm very happy I went FF.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 2023: a look into Canon's flagship body
« on: July 18, 2012, 03:15:38 AM »
In 20 years time, the camera will be on a chip wired directly into your brain, using your eyes and brain to put the image on a chip inside your body, which will be accessed using a non-contact induction coupling which will go to your computer to load the images up, or it will have a type of electronic mental telephathy system to download automatically.
The internal memory will be just about endless, as it will use your brain to hold the memory of those photos you have taken.

Mind you, they say that we all have photographic memories, it's just that most of us dont have any film!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Should/can Canon keep making its own sensors?
« on: July 17, 2012, 07:29:04 AM »
Many Japanese companies truely believe that anything that is absolutely required for their products MUST either be made in-house, or made by a company that they own a large share of.

Take Toyota for example, they make their own shock absorbers, even the transmissions they use in their cars are mainly made by Jatco, of which Toyota have a large shareholding.
Same with Canon.
I believe they want to have not only ultimate control over the required sensor in the DSLR's, but also the secrecy that is only available if done in-house.
Japanese manufacturers are always worried about their new ideas getting out, and also the position they may be in if their supplier goes broke and can't supply them the neccessary components which could lead them to the position of not being able to do business.
Making their own sensors gives Canon ultimate control, and I doubt they would like to give that away.Nikon are a relatively small company in comparison to Canon, and therefore don't have the resources or money to make their own sensors, and for Nikon, it is far easier to get Sony or some other manufacturer to do it for them.
Don't forget that Canon's sensor business is not just for cameras, but for photocopiers and other electronic equipment that uses light sensors so they have a far greater use for various sensors than Nikon do.

It is also a sense of pride that Canon have that they make their own sensors.

Right now, Some of the Sony sensors MAY be superior to some of Canon's sensors, especially in purely technical terms, but the Canon sensors are still pretty good and in the real world, some of them are just superb.
Canon is a marketing lead company, and if they see their sales dwindling because someone else's sensor is creaming them in SALES, not just specs, THEN they will come up with an even better sensor.
At this time, Canon is still outselling Nikon and Sony overall in DSLR sales, so they must be doing something right.

A good camera is far more than just a sensor and in the side by side tests of the D800 -V- the 5D3, most of the testers say they can see little difference between them as far as picture quality goes, but most of them prefer to use the Canon rather than the Nikon for their everyday and professional use.

I guess it's a bit like choosing what car to buy and basing your decison purely on what its 0-60mph time is.
Just because one car does it 1/10th of a second faster does not make it a better car, as their are lots of variables in picking one make from another, like ride confort, handling, economy and so on - just like in cameras we also choose the lens system, lens cost and quality and the feel and ergonomics of the unit itself, and these can be more important than just the technical specs, especially when the end results are very similar.

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Lenses / Re: 200-400 spotted at Wimbledon
« on: July 08, 2012, 06:19:02 AM »
It certainly looks big AND heavy!

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Canon General / Re: Help in Selecting Canon Extesion Tube
« on: July 05, 2012, 03:55:58 AM »
The best tubes to get are the Kenko tube set.
You get 3 different sizes, and you can mount them together in any combination, including all 3, and they work well on Canon lenses and are cheap as chips.

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Canon General / Re: Cleaning LCD on Camera
« on: July 05, 2012, 03:52:49 AM »
I guess if you have a nice photo of a girl on the screen, you could always lick it!  :P

Being left-eyed, my nose always leaves terrible smudges on the rear screen of my 5D3 too.
At least with my 60D, I can pull the screen out to the side.

I also use lens wipes on my 5D3 screen, and they work well.
While I've got one in my hand, I also grab my smartphone and give it's screen a wipe over too, after I've cleaned my glasses.
A single wipe will clean a pair of glasses, your camera screen and a phone screen, and still have some life left in it.

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Personally, I think most (but not all) Pentax DSLR customers are first time DSLR buyers and don't have large collections of lenses, and so, are not as fussy as Canon and Nikon users.
Many Pentax DSLR's are bought on price,or because they come in pretty colours.

Lots of Canon and Nikon users are "heavy" users and so are fussier with what they have, where most Pentax users are just amazed at how much better their photos look after having only owned a P&S beforehand.

I have owned a Pentax DSLR, and while it was OK, my subsequent Canons have been superior cameras.

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