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Lighting / Re: Ring Flash
« on: September 19, 2013, 08:52:25 PM »
Those add-on ringflash things for your speedlight are big, clunky and easily broken, to say nothing about the loss of light while it is bouncing around inside the unit.
For the same or less money, you can buy a proper ringflash from many of the Chinese websites and the one I got really works well. It might be fully manual, but you can easily adjust it from the camera menu, and for around $130 - it's fantastic.
Works well for portraits and gives a very nice circular spark in the subject's eyes.

If you want slightly different lighting from one side to the other, you can just drape bits of tissue over one side of it.
That way, it gives nice slight shadowing to one side of the face.

Lenses / Re: Size of filters for EOS Cinema lenses?
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:39:14 PM »
It would be close, as 110mm is just around 4.5" in diameter.

When are you Americans going get with the rest of the world and go metric?
It makes life so much easier.....................

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon is going to add mid format
« on: September 02, 2013, 07:27:45 PM »
Many of you seem to forget that Fuji make the current Hasselblad lenses and I don't think that Canon want to buy out Fujitsu.
However, they could easily get Fujitsu to rebrand MF lenses as Canon?

I can't see any good financial reasons for Canon to go MF as many MF using pros are going FF anyway.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Medium Format Talk
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:19:12 AM »
Perhaps Canon see the success of the Pentax 645D camera as something to emulate.
Canon always need to move forward and get people to spend ever larger amounts of money with them, so after FF, where else is there to go except to MF?

If they can do it for a reasonable price, I think there is a definite market for MF cameras and lenses.
Imagine a slightly larger 1Dx that has a 60meg MF sensor for around $10K.
If it could perform like a 1Dx but with MF goodness thrown in, I reckon a lot of pros and well-off amateurs would buy into the system, much as many amateurs, like my father, had Hasselblads back in the film days.

It would also be a halo product.
Even it didn't quite pay for itself, it would rub off on the rest of Canon's line up.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d RAW Samples
« on: August 08, 2013, 01:10:46 AM »
The big advance that none of you has mentioned, is the dual pixel focussing system, which for those of you who use live view, and/or take video, this could be a godsend.
Combine this with the rear touch-screen, where you can just touch where you want the exact focus point to be, and you can get great video out of it, without the hassle of manual focus.
Let alone Wi-Fi etc.

For many of its intended customers (and I don't include professionals here), the touch-screen, good autofocus for live view and video will be what drives them towards the 70D.
Ultimate pixel-peeping ability is not high on many people's list, although they want good quality, and half of these wouldn't even know what ISO is anyway.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: June 14, 2013, 08:57:59 PM »
I love my 24-105 too.
It's on the camera (5D3) 90% of the time and probably the most versatile lens I own.
I've done entire weddings using just this lens both for stills and movies and I'm still inlove with the colour and contrast it gives.

Here's some shots of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during Sydney's Vivid Festival to show how good it is even at night.

Technical Support / Re: Going medium format for studio work?
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:10:28 PM »
It may be easy to clean the sensor in a MF digital camera, but it's also very easy to scratch them.
Check out the sensors on rented MF cameras to see what I mean.

Just one little slip when puting the back on the body can mean a very expensive deep scratch on the sensor.

One other thing, MF cameras are relatively slow to operate comapred to a FF D-SLR, and if your work allows you to work slowly and deliberately, that's fine, but if you think that you can use them for events and just click away, you are sadly mistaken.

While I have shot a few weddings professionally, and lots of parties and events, I am not an expert.
The 24-70 will be good for a lot of the shots, but I often find myself using my 24-105 as you often need the slightly longer reach, especially for the candid "people enjoying themselves" shots.
I use a flash most of the time, especially indoors, and find that by bouncing the flash off the ceiling, that you will get good results.
I usually use aperture priority and adjust the aperture as required to adjust my depth of field.
Ideally, you will have 2 bodies wih you, one with the 24-70 and the other with the wide angle lens for the larger group shots.
Make sure you have spare batteries for your camera and flash, and at least 64gig of memory card space.
Take the shots in RAW, as you may need to pull in highlights during processing or pull stuff out of the shadows.
I've never used a crop sensor for weddings, but have often used my 60D for parties and it works fine.
Make sure you take a couple of test shots in each environment you'll be, to make sure your settings are correct.

Best of luck.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D L Announced, Shipping in May
« on: April 01, 2013, 06:38:49 PM »
I'm a lefty, and when I was about 11 years old, back in the mid 1960's, my father gave me his old Exacta film SLR, which was designed for leftys.
The shutter was beside the lens on the left hand side as was the film advance lever.

I loved it because I could use my left eye on the viewfinder and not have my nose pressing up against the body and could actually use my right eye to see the wider view.

I reckon that there is a market for left handed DSLR's, not only for leftys, but also to mount with a right handed version for stereo stills and movies.

Come on Canon, stop discriminating against left handed persons and bring one out!

Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 08:05:45 PM »
I'm left handed and left eyed.
Whenever I take pictures, I leave greasy smears on the LCD (especially on warm days) and my nose is pressed hard against the rear of the camera.

Today's DSLR's are all designed for right-eyed people without a second thought for the large percentage of leftys.

When I was a kid, back in the early '60's, I was given an Exacta SLR (film), and this was the only SLR (that I can think of) that was actually designed for left-eyed users.
So much so, that even the shutter button was on the left.

Someone needs to think about making handed versions of today's DSLR's.
How hard would it be to make a left handed version of a 5D3?

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D vs 5Diii vs 5Dii - Speedlite AF Focus Beam Assist Tests
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:46:38 AM »
I use my 5D3 for weddings, receptions etc, and mostly with a 580EXII and find the auto focussing almost instantaneous - and very accurate, with only about 4 out of 600 shots being soft (and those are probably because of me and not the camera), even ln very low-light situations.
I've never measured the time it takes to aquire focus in thousanths of a second, but it's plenty quick enough for me.

Lenses / Re: Announcement on January 8, 2013? New Lenses [CR1]
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:26:12 AM »
When you are taking these large group photos with wide angle lens, , just arrange the people so the really skiny people are on the ends, with the heavier people towards the middle.

Problem solved!

EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 19, 2012, 11:40:45 PM »
Some months ago, I noticed that Myer were having a 20% off sale in their camera department, so I went in and asked if they had a 5D MkIII in stock.
The guy checked up and said that they didn't have any of them in stock, but could order one in for me.
I asked if he ordered it, would I still get 20% off the RRP, and he said yes I would.
So, I ordered my 5D3 from him and 4 days later it arrived in and I ended up saving around $400 from the cheapest Aussie stock I could find at the time, and I even got a $75.00 gift card with it as an extra bonus.

Sometimes, you have to keep your nose to the ground to get the best deals, and sometimes, they come from the most unexpected places.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said Canon cameras suck?!?
« on: September 26, 2012, 03:26:10 AM »
Some of you Nikon D800 fanboys really make me sick.
You think the D800 is the be-all and end-all of all DSLR cameras, when in fact it has some glaring faults like poor autofocus (especially on the left side) and a rear screen that makes everything look green.

I do a lot of commercial shots where colour is very important, and if I had to go by the rear screen, a D800 would drive me bonkers!
I can and do go by the screen on my 5D3 and it is very accurate, unlike the Nikon screen.

Put properly exposed shots of the D800 beside shots from a 5D3 on a good quality computer screen and you would have trouble picking the differences, except the Canon's colours are more true to life.

Even if the D800 had a thousand megapickles, the 5D3 is still a better all-around camera and is certainly my tool of choice for the jobs I do.
In fact, with all the types of photography I do for a living, or for my own fun, it has always done a sterling job, even in very difficult and demanding situations.

You guys who carry on about how much better a D800 is than a 5D3 remind me of the immature little boys who say that their car is better than yours, because it can do 0-60 1/10th of a second quicker, yet it rides like a buckboard and handles like a limp rag.
There is far more to a good camera than a heap of megapickles, just as there is a lot more to a good car than a quick 0-60 time.

When I want to use a compact camera, I'll just stick to my wife's G1X.

$3K for a fixed lens compact, even with a FF sensor, is just way over the top IMHO.

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