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EOS Bodies / Re: Why I'm not jumping to Nikon
« on: September 21, 2012, 08:52:56 AM »
The grass is NOT greener on the other side.
It may look like it from a distance, but when you get there, you can often find it is only painted on.

Friends of mine with D800's complain bitterly about their greenish coloured screens, the poor auto focussing, especially when you pick a point on ther left side as well as other problems.
I have a 5D3 (as well as a 60D with around 150,000 shutter actuations), and I've never had a problem with them at all. In fact, I am still amazed at what a great all-around camera the 5D3 is.
It really isn't lacking anything.

While the spec sheets and DXO tests may say otherwise, in side to side testing, you'd be very hard pressed to see any differences between the D800 and 5D3.
I shoot everthing from weddings, to parties, carpets, products,interiors, portraits, landscapes - you name it, and the 5D3 always does a great job.
I initially went with the Canon system, because of the their lenses and their lower costs compared to Nikons.
The quality is maybe slightly better with Canon, but as most of us spend more on lenses than we do on bodies, the variety, quality and cost of the lenses is what really swayed me to go Canon, and why I stay with Canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Describe the 6D in one word...
« on: September 17, 2012, 02:34:53 AM »
I reckon it will make a great 2nd body to my 5D3, even if it is mainly used for video.

Now I can retire my overworked old 60D with over 100,000 shutter actuations and still going strong!

There is always new tech in every new camera.
Some of you are whining because it has GPS and wireless, but I could imagine how much you would whine if it had nothing new in it!

You can't please all of the people all the time...................................

Oh yes, and the price will come down within 6 or so months and then it will be quite affordable too.

I wonder if it will have the same green-screen display and the focus point problems as the D800?

This new D600 still doesn't sway me enough to trade out of my 5D3.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III Mirror Locked Up and Not Responding
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:32:21 AM »
Is the rotating switch around the live view button turned ot the left?
If so, it still thinks you want to take a video and hence the mirror is up.

Turn it off and see what happens.

Even with the button switched on, it will still take photos but will act as though it is in live view.

Otherwise, you may have to remove the main battery AND the small back-up battery to re-set the camera.

I just got a set of the Yongnuo RF-600 TX and 4 receivers which work well with my 60D and 5D3, EXCEPT when I have either camera in live View, and then they just don't work.

When Live View is switched off, using the OVF, they work perfectly, but when I switch to Live View, it won't trigger the falshes.

Anyone have any ideas as to why, and how to get around this problem?

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: August 20, 2012, 07:48:09 PM »
History has shown us that SLR's will still win out in the end.

Going back through the years has shown that there have always been non-SLR cameras out there that have competed with SLR's, and have been cheaper, but the SLR has always been the camera of choice for serious photographers.
Hasselblad, Leica, Canon, Nikon all made 35mm non SLR cameras, but SLR's are still in production and selling well.
This was true even in the days BEFORE auto focus, and now that auto-focus is such an important feature to have, the mirrorless cameras are still way behind the 8 ball with their poor speed of focussing amongst other things.

Until the EVF's of this world come anywhere near an OVF, and their focussing speed is within the speed of SLR's, mirrorless cameras will only ever be just one step above a P&S camera, and certainly NOT a camera of choice for serious photographers.
Then there is the price issue.
Most of the mirrorless cameras are actually more expensive than the base model SLR's, and this also dooms them to eventual obscurity IMHO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff - PimpYourCam.com
« on: August 11, 2012, 05:30:56 AM »
It might be good if you photograph a lot of kids.
You'd get some quizzical looks on their faces which might make for some good pictures.

But for 800 Euros, and not being reversible, it's a big NO from me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Now a 5D3 owner after all !
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:42:40 PM »
I love my 5D3 too!
I'ts an amazing camera in so many ways.

I use the Lexar 1000X CF card, and it works REALLY well in it.
Far better than any other card I've tried.
I have the camera set to only use the CF card, but if that gets filled up, THEN to move to the SD card, which is also a Lexar 600X (the fastest there is).
Have never actually used the SD.

I download the contents of the CF card with a Lexar USB3 reader, and it transfers even 5-600 photos very quickly indeed.
With a normal reader and USB 2, I used to start the download, then go and make a cup of coffee.

Loads REALLY slowly.

Lighting / Re: Anyone used a LED ring light for macro?
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:31:35 AM »
I was in a similar dilema a few years ago and thought I'd try a cheap Chinese ring flash from DHGate befor eI spent $$$ on a Canon unit.
I thought that for $70 or so, it was worth the risk, and I am still using and abusing it, and it does the job.
It does the job so well, I haven't even thought about buying a better one, yet.

It screwed on perfectly with my Canon 60mm macro lens.
It also came with various step up and down rings too.

All adjustments have to be made via the camera's menu, but that's no biggie.

Even though it's only about 58mm in diameter, I bought a step up ring to fit my Sigma 150mm macro lens which has a diameter of 72mm, and I was really surprised that there is no vignetting with it (even on my 5D3), even though the opening is so much smaller than the Sigma's front element.

Video & Movie / Re: 40th Birthday and surprise proposal
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:47:34 AM »
I used Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

I generally use Elements, and had a bit of head scratching to get around the differences between Premiere Elements and Premiere Pro, but there is so much more you can do in Pro.

Just buy the current version.
It's a great lens.
I love mine, and I couldn't wait for another few years for a new model to come out, if ever.

Mind you, I've had mine for over a year and used it often for lots of different things from spiders through to landscapes and pictures of the moon.

Personally, I reckon it's cheap for what it offers.

Video & Movie / 40th Birthday and surprise proposal
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:15:25 AM »
I did a job for a 40th birthday a week or so ago, and was hired to take stills, but I thought I'd give my G1X a go at video in low light too.
The first set of photos was supplied to me to use in the video, and they were really crappy so I had to first fix them up.
I'm not a videographer by any means, but I think the end result wasn't too bad for an amateur.
Stills taken with a 5D3.
Hope you like it.

It gets faster towards the end of the video and you'll see what average Aussie girls look like in real life.

Small | Large

Video & Movie / Re: Abby + Justin Wedding
« on: July 24, 2012, 07:11:10 AM »
Short but sweet.

Nicely done.
I'm sure the couple were very happy with it.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Upgraders (to FF) - what is your experience
« on: July 18, 2012, 03:22:47 AM »
I went from a 60D to a 5D3 and the IQ from the 5D3 is superb in comparison to the 60D.
I do a lot of parties in mostly low light, and the 5D3 means I hardly have to touch an image whereas with the 60D I had to do some work to each and every image.
When you've got 600 odd images to process, that makes a lot of difference to me.

Lucklily for me, most of my lenses were L lenses anyway, and I now find my 24-105 is so versatile for indoor use as the 24mm is quite wide on the FF.

The focussing is also much better and faster and images just have such clarity that I could not get with my 60D unless I did a lot of work to the images.

I'm very happy I went FF.

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