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Photography Technique / Re: Can Recommend Ready made website
« on: September 27, 2014, 07:21:38 PM »
Try WIX.com
Huge choice of layouts and very customizable too.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Talk of an October Announcement of a DSLR [CR1]
« on: September 26, 2014, 08:12:05 PM »
I can't believe how much you guys whinge and whine on about your Canon cameras.

My 5D3 is a fantastic camera and even after using various Nikons over the years, I would not buy one.
Not one of my customers has EVER complained about a lack of DR or too much noise.
Like some others here,  I do a lot of different types of professional photography including shots of large equipment deep in the bowels of building sites, weddings, products, events, real estate etc., and in my 50 years of photography, I've never had such a capable camera that takes such gorgeous images.
Sure, I'd like more DR and less high ISO noise but the fantastic all around capabilities of the 5D3 more than make up for some small particular deficiencies compared to a Nikon D810.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: September 22, 2014, 05:16:10 AM »
Here's my Scottish Fold cats, enjoying Sydney.
Sugar is the laid back one and the other is called Spice.

Nikon are forced to release new models, mainly to fix the problems of their older models.
Canons are usually well sorted before release.
I bought my 5D3 just after  its release, and I haven't had one problem with it.
If a new 5D3 had come out 12 months after I had bought a new model, I'd be pretty upset about it.

The constant release of new pro bodies would make me nervous about buying.

Photography Technique / Re: Finding your Specialty
« on: September 09, 2014, 02:41:31 AM »
As a part-time pro, I get to do many jobs that really didn't interest me at all, yet when I started to get into the job, I found inspiration in all sorts of places.
Just go out and look for things. You may find lots of stuff you never thought about shooting before.

I live about 5km from the CBD in Sydney Australia.

Lenses / Re: Lens price drops around the world
« on: September 03, 2014, 04:58:53 AM »
Prices are dropping here in Australia too.
Local prices are pretty close to grey market + freight.

Animal Kingdom / Re: DragonFly Series
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:52:28 PM »
A couple of old ones from me taken with a Canon 60D and 24-105.
It's interesting to see that the head is like a helmet sitting on a thin neck.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Mary had a Little Lamb
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:23:37 PM »
Very funny.

Mary had a little lamb
Its feet were black as soot
And everywhere that Mary went
His sooty foot he put.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:10:34 AM »
So where's the new announcements?  >:(

Reviews / Re: NIKON Releasing a Medium format DSLR 50MP
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:20:45 AM »
Pentax had the 645D and now the 645Z, which is basically a Pentax K3 in a bigger body housing with Sony's 50MP 4X3 sensor.
I think it would be very wise of both Canon and Nikon to check on the sales of this camera, as I believe it is the most affordable way of getting into digital MF photography.
Even though I believe it is very good value for what it is, especially when Hasselblad and Phase One use the same sensor but charge many times more than Pentax does, I don't see the 645Z's running out of the stores.
Really, these days, there is very little reason for going MF when the full frame cameras of today are so good and indeed, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference even if you pixel peep.
Why have a removable back on the digital cameras of today? All they do is invite the bare sensor to get scratched.
In the days of film cameras, it was a godsend, as you needed to change film so often, but how often do you need to change sensors? Memory cards yes, but sensors? Never.
Pentax makes the 645Z because it has the legacy of all those old lenses to fall back on, but for Canon or Nikon to get into MF, it would just be a losing proposition, as it is for Hasselblad and Phase One.

Canon General / Re: What do you Cheap Out On?
« on: July 29, 2014, 03:43:03 AM »
I use a 5D3 and bought a cheap ($89) Chinese grip for it and it works perfectly.
Cheap Chinese centre pinch lens caps for my older lenses, and they have worked perfectly for some years.
I have an EX580II flash, but needed another one, so I bought the Yonganu copy, and I can't tell the difference between them as far as the photos look, but the Yonganu has some useful extra features, but it can only be used either by itself, or as a slave. It won't work as a master, so for that I put the Canon on the camera and use the Yongy as the slave. No problem.  I also have a small Nissin flash which has served me very well too.

I needed some new studio lights a few months ago, and I was looking at getting the new Profoto lights with the built-in batteries in the heads, as I use them outdoors mostly, rather than in a studio. They were around $5K a pair here in Oz but suited my needs perfectly.
Then I was trolling around the net, and saw these Jindbai flashes which were very similar, but 600Ws instead of the Profotos 500Ws. They looked good in the photos and at $1K for the pair including a radio Tx, I thought they would be worth the risk.
They are amazing lights! Powerful, perfect colour. I was a bit suspicious of how many flashes they would do on one charge, so I tested them. At full power, I got sick of testing at 600 flashes and they were still cycling within 4 seconds.
I used them at a large event recently, and because they flash so fast (1/25,000th of a second!!), 90% of the people didn't even realise the flash even went off!
Best bargain I ever bought.

Don't take photos of people facing the sun, unless they are wearing sunglasses. Their eyes will scrunch up because the light.
If your flash can't light up their faces with the sun behind them, then turn them at an angle to the sun so they can fully open their eyes, even if for only a short time (a second or 2), so you can get a good shot.
Don't forget, in portraits, the eyes are EVERYTHING.
A reflector is a godsend for these conditions, and depending on the strength and harshness of the light, can also be used in combination with your flash.
Don't be afraid to turn your flash up either, as you may need all it's got to overpower the sun. It's good if you can overpower the sun, as the background will look darker and hence the people will pop out of the shot rather than blend into a bright background.

Don't be afraid to play around with the flash and reflector, and if you can, pick a nice overcast day.

I could go about this for hours.
Most of my work at events is in darkness, which brings other problems to the fore, but I've done a lot of work outside too.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 03:38:54 AM »
I feel sorry for Nikon owners.
It doesn't matter what model they buy, even when first released, as a few months down the track, Nikon will bring out a new and improved version of it making your current model obsolete and now worth substantially less than it cost you. Remember the D600 then the 610?
Canon does hang onto models much longer, and hence they have better re-sale value later on as say, after 3 years, your Canon may be just superseded, but if you had an equivalent Nikon, it would be 3 models old and practically worthless.

I'm not saying that Nikon cameras are no good, in fact, they are very good indeed, but constant model updates is not how you keep up the perceived and resale value of products.
It also makes it more difficult regarding spare parts too, as many models mean lots of parts and distributors only have so much space and money for parts.

Looks pretty good for a cheap lens.

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