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Sports / It's just not cricket
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:26:05 AM »
Apologies for the focus but there simply wasn't time to wait for correct focus while this was going on...

... if you don't follow cricket, this photo is meaningless to you.

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Abstract / What is this?
« on: January 11, 2013, 08:33:05 AM »
Camera quiz.. What is this and what camera is it from?

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PowerShot / Canon SX50 Review - Best Superzoom yet.
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:30:21 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/cameras/canon_sx_50_review.shtml
...
"But what about image quality, Isn't something with a small sensor and a crazy zoom range too much of an IQ compromise?"
"No, it's no longer as big a compromise as it used to be".
...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 22, 2012, 09:44:58 AM »
In the last 12 to 24 months we've seen an array of new lenses from Tamron and Sigma that seem to be laying down the gauntlet to Canon/Nikon in the area of providing good IQ that perhaps started with the 50/1.4 from Sigma. Why the Sigma 50/1.4? Because it tests better than both the Canon and Nikon equivalents albeit, it is more expensive however when Canon replaces the 50/1.4 with a 50/1.4 IS, the Sigma will be cheaper.

But if we look elsewhere, what do we see?
Sigma's new 35/1.4 delivers better IQ than either Canon or Nikon for substantially less.
Tamron's 24-70/2.8 bests Canon's version 1 and is almost comparable to version 2 at almost half the price.
And so on.

Maybe 5 years ago when there was no alternative to the IQ of Canon's lenses it made sense to have a full kit of Canon lenses but today surely you'd have to ask yourself why you were willing to pay a premium for a different name.

Is the smart shooter now only buying maybe one or two Canon lenses and at least the same if not more 3rd party?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Nikon patent for digital back for 35mm SLR
« on: December 17, 2012, 11:43:41 PM »
Ok, if Nikon do this and it will fit into a Canon SLR, I'm going to find myself a 1V or EOS-33 and wait..

http://nikonrumors.com/2012/12/17/nikon-patents-a-digital-back-for-35mm-film-slr-cameras.aspx/

... or maybe I'll just go out and get a F6.

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Canon General / DxO Mark explained
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:40:54 AM »
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/essays/dxomark_sensor_for_benchmarking_cameras2.shtml

... includes specific discussion relating to Canon's "flatlining" in sensor performance and that the 5D3 bests the D800 above ISO 3200.

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Pricewatch Deals / Australia: coming lower prices for Canon equipment?
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:55:21 AM »
I don't know what Canon equipment David Jones sells but from this story:

http://www.brw.com.au/p/sections/fyi/david_jones_plays_global_game_f7qnrKLFlwBwILSqlCeXeL

In its “Lower Everyday Prices” program, David Jones has cut prices up to 50 per cent for hundreds of products from brands such as Estee Lauder, Clinique, 7 for all Mankind, marc by marc jacobs, Guess, Scanpan, Canon and Bose.

The price reductions are the result of months of negotiations with international suppliers to bring local prices into line with the global market since the company announced a cost price harmonisation program in March.


... I wonder if those negotiations and price reductions will be seen at other retailers?

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Canon General / Does Minimum Advertised Price apply to auctions?
« on: October 19, 2012, 07:20:01 PM »
I can't help but feel Canon's move here is in response to both Beach and Adorama selling a lot of 5D Mark III's for a substantially less price than they normally do. This would quite likely led to lots of calls from Canadian (r)etailers bitching about how they are being undersold and can't do a thing about it.

It could also be that Canon (USA) is planning to reduce the cost of certain items to further selling more of them but this seems unlikely.

Be that as it may, I can't help but wonder if "MAP" applies to auction websites such as eBay and if it doesn't then there's a backdoor here that is still wide open.

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Canon General / How to work around Canon shipping restrictions at B&H
« on: October 19, 2012, 05:39:31 PM »
There are already workarounds in place for other countries that companies in America won't ship to and they're called forwarding addresses..

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Site Information / "Awaiting approval"???
« on: October 19, 2012, 03:55:37 PM »
I don't think I've seen that on new threads before, is this something new? How/why?

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http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/News/DxOMark-news/Smartphones-beat-5-year-old-DSCs

Be aware that the DxO Mark Mobile score is not the same as the DxO Mark Sensor score for digital stills cameras. For example, They normally rate the Nikon D7000 as "80" but for comparing with mobiles, they rate it at 95.

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HDR - High Dynamic Range / HDR with LR 4...
« on: September 22, 2012, 11:51:22 AM »
Highlights that you thought were unusable are easily rescued with Lightroom 4.

These three images are all from the same base image that I was going to use as part of a set of 5 for HDR because of problems with highlights.

The three images are - "from_camera.jpg" (this is the image imported into Lightroom, without any adjustments being applied). "lightroom_process_2010.jpg" is the best I could get with Lightroom v3.6. Maybe I could make it a bit better but going further requires messing around with tone curves and is quite tricky. Lastly, "lightroom_process_2012.jpg" is what I get with Lightroom 4.2

Of the three, it is the one from Lightroom 4.2 that looks the most natural and as can easily be seen, a lot of detail is recovered from the clouds whilst a little bit of saturation fills out the colours with some body.

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Software & Accessories / Does LR4 do away with HDR for you?
« on: September 21, 2012, 09:34:39 AM »
I've been working with a bunch of images that I previously took for HDR purposes and I'm finding that with LR4 and "process 2012", I can normally work with one of the more over exposed images and achieve the look I want a lot easier. it's like earlier versions of Lightroom (and DPP too!) are hiding a lot of highlight detail.

What about others?

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