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

Landscape / Sydney Harbour Landscape
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:54:24 AM »
Took this the other night.
Very low res, I'm afraid, but some interesting light through the clouds IMHO.

5 shots. Canon 60D with 24-105L.
Hope you like it.

Lenses / Re: Best third-party lenses
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:50:10 AM »
Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro with OS.

One of the test reports I read about it said it was the sharpest lens they ever tested, and the colour and contrast are pretty good too.
The bokeh is also very nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III in Stock - BestBuy $ B&H???
« on: March 19, 2012, 05:28:29 AM »
One of the guys on the Ausphotography forum has his already!

Macro / Re: Bee in the sun
« on: March 16, 2012, 09:25:56 AM »
Aperture was F7.1 at around 1/250the of a second, ISO 400

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.

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