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Canon General / Re: Helen Oster
« on: Today at 05:26:16 AM »
Best wishes for today Helen!!  From all of your contributions I've seen here you are a great ambassador for Adorama.

Happy Birthday Helen!
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While shooting airborne shots is always an awesome experience, it's also a fantastic opportunity to portrait America's unsung heroes:

Another great series!  Love that second shot capturing the used shells being ejected out the tube.

Here a some B52 shots from Avalon last year.  The old girl can't hide her wrinkles :)

So didn't you read the specs of the camera before you bought it?

It is here in plain sight at the bottom: Operating Environment- http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_1d_x#Specifications

I don't understand how you can moan about a company who's equipment has not let you down and operates within its listed specs. But then again I am not prone to hysterical outbursts. That many people do use the cameras well outside the listed operating environment without issue is testament to how good your product actually is, but it isn't as much fun pointing that out is it?

+1 We're seeing too much of that in this thread. 

More first time posters, cribbing and crying about nothing .... all we've got so far is "show me the advisories or we deserve to know because we spent so and so amount of dollars, blah blah blah posts" without providing any design flaws that are widely complained about ... I smell a dead rat and a stinking fish.

1 or 2 complaints doesn't amount to a design flaw...even 30 or 40 wouldn't be given the high number of copies produced for the products mentioned.  I've looked at the Canon websites and they are good with their service advisories for specific issues with products, even down to providing the affected serial numbers.  This whole thing is just a beat up.

One of my all time favourite fighter jets.  Pity they weren't kept around longer.

Yep the Tomcat is up there.  As a young teenager I remember wondering why it wasn't considered along with the F-15, F-16 and F-18 when the RAAF started looking for a Mirage replacement in the mid 70s.  Funny that even before Top Gun I preferred it to the others lol.  What's even funnier is that the RAAF went for the F-18 because the F-16 only had a single engine and yet it is being replaced by the single engine F-35.  The F-15 was ruled out as there was no ground attack capable version at the time.  Thanks for posting Erik!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 04, 2014, 09:38:20 PM »
6D, if you swing it financially with the cost of lenses factored in.  I'm guessing that you're probably looking for a lens group like a Samyang 14, Canon 24-105 f/4 IS, 70-200 f/4L or 70-300L and a 100mm macro.

If you go APS-C, I'd suggest the 70D with 10-22, 17-55, 70-200 f/4L or 70-300L and a 100mm macro.  The higher quality lenses for the APS-C would cost more than the FF option above, which will offset some the APS-C's price advantage.  If the budget is less than that, then crop will get you more bang for your buck:  18-55 and 55-250 much more affordable.

Thanks Random Orbits. If I swing for the 6D which is looking like it, I would be buying the Canon 17-40, 24-105, the 100mm Macro, Tamron 150-600 or the Canon 100-400 and probably the Sigma 35 1.4 for low light photography.

6D with those lenses will cover the type of shooting you do except maybe the star trails for which you'll want something a little wider.

Pfff talk about  a storm in a tea cup.  Every company issues service advisories for small issues that come up and similarly they make small changes to the parts used in products over time.  If CR guy has posted the most serious issues first then I don't see the need to post the rest.  1DX has an issue when operating outside of specs, a noisy focus ring - annoying but really does that affect the shot? If that's all it is then its a waste of time posting the rest just to incite the rabid masses.

If you have something more serious then post otherwise stick to canonrumors and don't become canonleaks.


And for all those who were scrolling down to see if there really was a picture here or not, here's one of my all-time favourite jets! :)

Great story Erik!  Love the shot of the A-10.  I'm guessing you shot it out the back of a C-130 :)

Canon General / Re: No one sees it like you....
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:00:24 AM »
Sometimes we waste too much time over analyzing everything rather than just appreciating things for what they are...

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: March 29, 2014, 08:18:57 PM »

Thanks.  I agree about the panning but I didn't play around too long on it as even @f8 and iso 160 I was still getting a shutter speed of 1/640 which is nowhere near slow enough. I already have a new plan for the Friday next year.  High on the mound at turn 9 will allow me to shoot over the fence in one session and then I'll go back to turn 14 for the slightly faster sweeper.  In the meantime - plenty of panning practice!

By the way Roo, I think you tried the Tamron 150-600 at the GP. How did you like it for F1? I'd like to find one for rental for Montreal's GP, otherwise I'll probably rent a 100-400 as I did last year.

The Tammy was fine but I only used it on the Thursday and Friday. On the weekend there are far more people and it just becomes too big to use from my seat.  The 100-400 would be a bit better for that. The focus limiter on it is a good thing but a couple of times it did go hunting but I didn't miss anything because of it.  It tracked well when it was locked on to a subject but there were times when 600 was too much lens.  At turn 14 I could get a really nice head on shot as they turned into the corner and then track them to get the side on shot but at 600 it there was a lot more car than frame lol (see the Ricciardo shot).  I found myself getting down to 300 for the side on shots but from my seat 600 was perfect.

That's some superb editing on that B-17 shot!!

Here are some more Phabulous Phantoms!

Another great shot Erik  8)


Fascinating shot of the Mossey on page one by Marauder. I always thought there were none left flying anywhere in the world.

There is one currently undergoing restoration at the RAAF museum.  Work was started on it privately years ago with the intention of it being in airworthy condition.  However I'm not sure that will be the case now that the RAAF are doing it. http://www.airforce.gov.au/raafmuseum/exhibitions/restoration/current.htm

Canon General / Re: No one sees it like you....
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:40:55 PM »
Hi Roo.
Wow, that is incredible, but are we really seeing reflections from people's eyes or is it just more CGI nonsense? Some of the images looked to me like they strayed from the eye on to the tear duct, but only watching on an iPad 1, so I could be mistaken.

Cheers Graham.

Hi Graham

More than likely CGI but its still a nice idea to convey their message.


Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:37:53 PM »
Great images Roo, I particularly like the one where the tire carcass lies to the outside while the Force India' torn sidewalls are thrown around and the Sauber broken nose is clearly visible.

It is also great to see you had a nice weekend.

On a side note, did you try some slower shutter speeds during the weekend? I find many of your images are quite well framed (and timed) but could convey more sense of speed and movements. Using slower shutter speeds helps there by having the wheels and tire threads/lettering blurred. I think you could also give a go at panning shots. Considering how your images look, I'm sure you'd get good results.


Thanks.  I agree about the panning but I didn't play around too long on it as even @f8 and iso 160 I was still getting a shutter speed of 1/640 which is nowhere near slow enough. I already have a new plan for the Friday next year.  High on the mound at turn 9 will allow me to shoot over the fence in one session and then I'll go back to turn 14 for the slightly faster sweeper.  In the meantime - plenty of panning practice!

Photography Technique / Re: photographing motorsport particularly F1
« on: March 26, 2014, 08:12:15 PM »
A lot of good advice here.  I was going to suggest something similar to Pugshot but I was thinking more of a mid corner shot so you can see the tyres stressed under load.  If you get your angles right you should be able to get them slowing through the corner and pan with them through it.

The tickets allow you access to any area on the Friday which is always the best shooting day anyway - 2 x 90min sessions and a lot less people to worry about. That is also when you'll see some odd things like fluoro paint being put on the wings to test aero. Looking at the track map I think I would shoot one session from Grandstand B and the other session from Grass Stand J  as there are plenty of angles you can cover within each session. http://www.smartshanghai.com/smartticket/shanghai-f1. That map gives you a general idea of the views from each stand but unfortunately it doesn't allow you to pan through the whole viewing angle like the Monza and others do :(

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