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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Interested in Hasselblad?
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:58:40 PM »
Fuji makes the Hasselblad lenses now, and have done so for a number of years.
This is something that is probably holding Canon back from buying Hassy, as it won't want to buy in lenses from another Japanese maker who is also a sort of competitor.

Personally, if you want to go MF, what's wrong with the new Pentax 645Z?
From what I've heard, it's IQ is the same as Hassy and Phase 1, but at a fraction of the cost.
Also, the removable backs from Hassy and Phase 1 sound like a great idea, but they are VERY easy to scratch and damage when off the cameras.

However, I too would like to see True Focus on Canon DSLRs.

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I hope it will have the dual-pixel technology of the 70D, as I need to do video work as well as stills, and this will end the tiresome manual focussing of my 5D3 and 60D or carrying around of a dedicated video camera.
If it doesn't, I'll buy the 70D and retire the 60D, which has around 75,000 shutter actuations and is getting towards the end of it's reliable life, even though it has never even hiccupped once since I got it.
I do love my 5D3, and use it even more than the 60D, but a good crop camera is very handy at events and with good video autofocus, I can give it to an assistant to take videos with.

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I love my 16-35 II.
I think it's pretty good already.

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Photography Technique / Re: White Optical Satin
« on: May 22, 2014, 08:51:39 PM »
Go to one of those fabric shops that sell end of rolls etc.
You'll find heaps of different materials and fabrics that you can use.
Most softboxes etc use a nylon fabric, and these can also be found at these fabric stores.
The best thing, the stuff they have is cheap as they buy fabrics from clothing manufacturers etc.
Might even be worth your while to buy some see-through coloured fabrics too as these can give some good effects.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang Teases Some New Lenses
« on: April 19, 2014, 09:55:27 PM »
Now that Sigma now Samyang, and will be calling the Samyang lenses their "Classic" series, I doubt we'll see any auto-focussing lenses from Samyang, and al their lenses will remain manual focussing.
Why would Sigma want another competitor?

As far as cine lenses go, Sigma don't really make any, so using Samyang as their vehicle to get into cine lenses seems a good idea.

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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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