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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.

I dropped into Digital Camera Warehouse yesterday to get some cleaning stuff, and a guy I know that works there told me that they have something going on with Canon next Thursday the 22nd March in their Sydney store.
He said they will have some 5D3 and 1Dx's there for people to play with.

Not sure what time they will be there, but I might just drop in and have a look-see.

EOS Bodies / Re: What does Sony know that we don't know?
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:29:56 AM »
The sensor is only one part of the equation for getting good images.
The other major part is the algorithms of the processor used to interperate the signals coming off the sensor, and this is where I think Sony has been lacking in comparison to Canon and Nikon.

This is why both Nikon and Canon are making a lot of noise about their new "engines" as they have refined and speeded up the number crunching to get good high ISO and picture quality.
I guess that as Canon and Nikon both make so many more DSLR cameras than Sony, they can afford to put more effort and money into getting their processors to work better.

Lenses / Re: Tilt-Shift Lens vs. Macro Slide Rail
« on: March 15, 2012, 12:17:27 AM »
Probably the easiest and cheapest way for you to take those architectural shots is to get a tripod with rollers on it that you can lock so it runs straight.

Use a prime lens and push the trolley top the left side, take a picture, then shift the whole thing to the right so you still get overlap, then move right again etc and when you've got everything in the set that you want, stitch it together in Photoshop, or in Elements.
That way, you won't get problems with curvature etc.

A tilt-shift lens won't fix the problems you are encountering.
They are mainly designed to get a certain part of the picture in or out of focus, and for parralex errors, and won't neccesairly be able to get a whole room in perfect focus, without a lot of fiddling experimentation.

It's easy to find the nodal point of your lens.
Place 2 sticks vertically in front of, but slightly to the side of the camera on the tripod, and keep one about 4 or 5 ft behind the other.
Adjust the position of the camera on the tripod so that when you pan the camera, the sticks stay together and don't get further apart as you pan.
There's a good explanation and a video of it on the site.
Once you've done it a couple of times, it only takes about a minute to do.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wild Blue Tongue lizard eating my cat's food!
« on: March 14, 2012, 11:02:58 PM »
You're right about the renovation.
When we bought this house 15 years ago, we spent a fortune on renovating the whole house, but is due for a repaint and carpet.
Problem is that my wife and myself work long hours and just doon't have the time or the energy to get someone in to do it.
Mind you, with a view like this, I'd rather be looking at the harbour than painting!

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.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mk III vs D800/E, is the 5D3 better at anything?
« on: March 14, 2012, 05:32:37 AM »
To me, the price of the body is only a part of the total equation.
If you're serious enough to be wanting a good FF camera, you also want lenses, flashes and all sorts of other accessories to get those shots and a camera that makes it easy to get them.

To me, while Nikon make some very good cameras, their lenses are just too expensive for me and they don't seem to offer much more than Canon do for the focal lengths I use.

I made the decision to go with Canon after dallying with Nikon, some time ago and I find this berating of the 5D3 against the D800 rather childish.
I bet that in a year or 2, when you are salivating over these gorgeous landscapes taken by top photographers, and the fantastic studio shots in magazines etc., that the majority of them will be taken using Canon cameras, and not Nikon, just as they are now.

Most true pros don't pixel peep like many of us amateurs. They're too busy taking GOOD photos to worry about it.
It's a bit like boasting that your car can do 0-60mph 1/10th of a second quicker than another car, and so your car MUST be a better car. But you never mention how dreadfull it is going around corners or the poor build quality and poor re-sale value.
It's really just a childish attitude.

EOS Bodies / Re: and the real D800 competitor is ....
« on: March 14, 2012, 05:12:00 AM »
Maybe in 6 month's time they'll chuck in a 5DII for free when you buy a 5DIII!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Amazon Bestsellers and 5D3
« on: March 13, 2012, 12:23:39 AM »
Who cares!

Chevvys sell a lot more cars than Ferrari do, and which would you rather have?

Lenses / Re: Is 50mm Sigma that good?
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:37:52 AM »
If you're shooting at F1.4 and hand holding the camera, it's also quite likely that between half pressing the shutter, getting focus, then pressing it all the way, your body will sway ever so slightly and because of the very shallow DOF, you'll miss the focus either one way or the other.

As others have said, try using F4 or smaller.
You won't notice much difference in the DOF, but the chances are more of your shots will be sharp.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Doesn't Need a Compact Camera System
« on: March 12, 2012, 06:27:34 AM »
I agree with Colin.
Why would Canon go to all the trouble to make a new EVIL camera only for it to sit on the shelves like most of the other EVIL's out there, gathering dust?

Sure, when they were first introduced, they sold to the "Must have the newest thing" people, but that market has died down since people realised that an entry level DSLR is cheaper and far better.

The G1X is basically Canon's answer to EVILS, although the lens is fixed, it's zoom range covers about 90% of what most people would use anyway.
All they have to do now is to copy the Lumix focussing system and they would be home and hosed.

The sales of DSLR's are getting stronger every day, so if I was Canon, I'd be putting most of my resources into these.

Lenses / Re: Good/Better/Best Macro for T3i
« on: March 11, 2012, 05:16:15 AM »
I have a 60d and also have the Canon 60mm macro, the 100L and the Sigma 150mm with OS.

As you can see, I like macro photography!

However, for flowers, I find the 60mm lens to be the best.
With the 100 and 150, you have to stand too far away for flowers.
Insects are a different matter however, and you need all the distance you can get, hence the 150mm Sigma.

The 60mm is very sharp with great colours and contrast, and the focussing is very fast too, in fact, it is so close the 100L in shaprness that it really doesn't matter.

Here'sa shot taken withthe 60mm macro for you.
The flower is about 1/2" diameter and is an Australian native called a muraya.

Macro / Re: my first post here
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:28:27 AM »
Regardless of what type of hoverflys they are, they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves!   ;D

Great shot too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Future none light pertaining updates
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:17:33 AM »
One thing I wish that Canon had added to the 5D MkIII was backlit buttons as per the new Nikons.
I do a lot of shooting in the dark, and the backlit buttons would be very handy.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 8-16mm vs Tokina 11-16mm
« on: March 09, 2012, 05:33:16 AM »
I have the Tokina, but was close to getting the Sigma 8-16mm.

The main reason I didn't go for the Sigma, was because being an ultra wide angle lens, I wanted to use it for landscapes, and as you can't put a filter (CP, ND etc.) on the Sigma, it would be a bit useless for me.
I also like to take indoor shots without flash, and the 2.8 of the Tokina sealed the deal.

The IQ of the Tokina is excellent, as is its depth of field, and the colours and contrast are also excellent and as good as any of my L lenses.

The new model just adds faster focussing, and to be frank with you, because of the deep DOF, you hardly need to focus anyway and a lot of my work is done in manual focussing anyway.

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