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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 14, 2014, 02:45:14 AM »
My serious choice will be a 5D (or 5D2 or 6D) + 24-105L if Canon.  If you want to go for Nikon, a D700 + 24-120 VR. 
If you can get that for the OPs $800 in Australia I'm with you. But I believe even used it's a little bit out of buget.

I'm an expat that lives here in KL, Malaysia.  I can get a used 5D + 24-105 at around RM 2600.  That would be around 850.  If OP's willing to extend it a bit, I know it's possible.  There are some online stores here that allows staggered payment through credit card.  I can recommend Shashinki if you can find what you're looking for in there.  They give some kind of 1 week to 1 month warranty which I think is good for used equipment.  I mean, the OP is spending some money, maybe it's better to spend it with something you would really want for a long time.  Sometimes, if you want to be really happy, you will have to go for that extra mile.   ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommend first slr
« on: November 14, 2014, 01:51:04 AM »
My serious choice will be a 5D (or 5D2 or 6D) + 24-105L if Canon.  If you want to go for Nikon, a D700 + 24-120 VR.  Going FF has its merits but will be dependent on what type of photography you are interested with.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Super Fresh New TOY, Canon 7D MK II
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:52:06 PM »
Hey congrats! I'm sure you will love the new MK II!
I got mine on Monday Nov. 3 and got out a few days to try it on BIF action (bald eagles, osprey, and a gull fight over a caught bird)

Here are my photo blog posts for the week if anyone wants to see how I made out.

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/08/bird-on-a-mission/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/07/high-speed-chase/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/06/osprey-double-dipper/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/05/looking-for-a-place-to-land/

http://phillanoue.com/2014/11/04/get-out-of-our-neighborhood/

Excellent photos!!!

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That always seems to be the case, kits are available before bodies only.  If the kit had lens that was in demand, that might change.  There is nothing wrong with the 18-135 except that it better matches a rebel.

Does Canon just misjudge the demand of camera-only versus kit? Are they trying to push kits off on people who just can't wait (i.e., will buy the kit to get the camera, even though they don't want the lens)?  Perhaps kits attract new customers who might spend more?

An STM lens is useful enough they're worth offering in my view - they're a nice easy way to take advantage of the new video AF options for this model.  Id have got it if I didnt already have a 40 and 55-250 STM, even though my stills lenses are all higher end.

Edit:  And mine is from that kit anyhow - they just sold me the body and saved the rest to swap over with a body kit presumably.

HOW GOOD IS THAT 55-250 stm lens im planning on getting 1?
It's sharp and should go well with the green square mode. Pity it doesn't have the scn mode with a man running....  ;D

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That always seems to be the case, kits are available before bodies only.  If the kit had lens that was in demand, that might change.  There is nothing wrong with the 18-135 except that it better matches a rebel.

Does Canon just misjudge the demand of camera-only versus kit? Are they trying to push kits off on people who just can't wait (i.e., will buy the kit to get the camera, even though they don't want the lens)?  Perhaps kits attract new customers who might spend more?

The kits attract rookies and tourist who want nice durable fancy camera

I thought you bought a kit.

And who wouldn't want a nice durable fancy camera?

Mmmm... He hates rookies?  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon EOS 7D Mark II Jumps Out of a Plane
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:35:34 PM »
so how come we dont see nikon,samsung,panasonic,sony cameras taken too extremes like this???

Maybe because you are not looking?

http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2014/02/19/nikon-middle-east-sends-a-d5300-skydiving-with-photographer-juan-mayer-vide

http://www.usairnet.com/2012/08/30/new-sony-camera-for-skydivers-hits-shelves-in-september/1002361/

I hope you don't think that skydivers only use Canon cameras.
GoPro is the camera of choice.... size matters :)

In this frame from the 7D2 video we see 4 people with something other than GoPros mounted on their heads... ( in other frames they looked like the Sony Actioncam,  but most definitely not 7Da or even 1Dxs :) )

Off topic, one friend of mine says that the sony action camera is better than gopro... :). I'll see if this is true though...

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I'm just going to B&H on it's release day to pick it up.

lucky u but they havnt updated there system yet too oct 28-30th but i have the same plan but just too warn u there might be a line

And that assumes they have sufficient stock for pre-order fulfillment, both shipped and store waiting list.  They may be sold out before the product ever arrives on the first shipment.

Doubt every one will be lining up for this camera on "Black Friday" but there are a few other camera shops in the city,so I'm pretty confident I will be able to pick one up.No need to panic it's not like an XBox One or PS4 release date...lol.

ACTUALLY WE DO HAVE TOO WORRY THE ONLY STORES IN NYC THAT WILL HAVE IT
B&H ADORAMA K&M ON BROADWAY OFF CANAL STREET and MAYBE 42nd PHOTO AND BEST BESY
and every lil non pro photog and or fake photog in nyc metro area will be trying too get there hands on 1
WE ALL KNOW B&H AND ADORAMA TRADE IN DEPARTMENT WILL BE BUSY LOL
so im not goin take my chances on missing out on this phenon camera too some novice,tourist with hella $$$ or skateboard punk lol when it come too photography ya skills can only go so far without good eqipment too even it all out

yeah, he's not the one.   ;)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 70D + 18-135mm IS STM for $815
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:58:52 PM »
This should be a good alternative to 7D2.   :)

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And I thought SCN is only for the G-series and camcorders.   ;D  I have to look at my old 500D if it got one.

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i like fast glass so on the 7D2 I would go

new canon 10-18 EF-S for landscapes
sigma 18-35 f1.8 for most general stuff
sigma 50mm f1.4 Art Portraits
Canon 70-200 f2.8L II long stuff

and done till you want to go longer than 200....

+1.  For budget but excellent macro lens, the 100mm F2.8 USM non-L is certainly a very good alternative to the L version.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:35:13 PM »
Few wild flowers from 2014.

Thanks Click and Candyman...  TCMatthews, I think a good macro will serve you well.  Those are amazing flowers.  You have to get closer.  Well, its just my 2 cents...  ;)  Btw, a 100mm f2.8 macro usm L/non-L will do just fine.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: October 25, 2014, 06:15:42 AM »





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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 06:11:09 AM »
Thanks!!!  Here's some more...






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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:50:47 AM »
From my recent vacation in Pangkor Island, Malaysia








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Lenses / Re: HERE COMES THE BRAND NEW EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: October 03, 2014, 04:26:54 AM »
They make kickass 'speedlights' too. Cheap powerful easy buttons and best of all a audible beep when flash is ready. Bought two manual ones for the price of one 430ex2, but with same power as 580ex2. China rules!

Same here.  YN-560II.  I should have got the YN-560III instead but it's not available last time I bought.  They are working flawlessly since I got them. 

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