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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:34:57 AM »
I don't quite understand Nikon's strategy i.e. introduce faulty products and expect those you bought those faulty units to shell out more money to buy the replacements ... case(s) in point: SB 900, D600, 800E ... no wonder they are rapidly losing market share ... the only company that seems to benifit from Nikon's mistakes is Sony, who seem to be gaining some of Nikon's market share.

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Lenses / Re: Quality lens system for lightweight travel
« on: June 27, 2014, 08:17:55 AM »
Hi all,
I'm expecting to emigrate in the near future with the intention of owning not-much more than would fit in a rucksack. This of course would necessitate the sale and replacement of much of my photography gear - I've got chunky stuff - 1DSIII and a range of 'L' lenses. I can see that going mirrorless may be the most suitable compromise but what of lenses?

Assuming it is a fact that my 'L' lenses are too big and heavy for my plans, what manufacturer/system should I be looking at that offers lenses with an optical quality as close as possible to my Canon L's? I appreciate that I'll be making a compromise, but what would be the smallest compromise I can make in order to save vastly on weight/size whilst losing as little as possible in image quality?

...I know this is a Canon forum, but I'm entirely open to a solution of another manufacturer!
Although I cannot comment on what would work for your personal needs, I can tell you what has worked for me   ... I shoot Canon, Nikon & Sony systems (for a very long time Canon gear has been my go to system), but for the past 6 months or so, I've been shooting with Sony a7 (full frame mirrorless system) ... if you shoot only JPEG then you may not be happy with its jpeg images (Canon, according to me, has he best jpeg output of all the 3), but if you shoot RAW, then the Sony is brilliant in terms of image quality, especially how much you can post process. I use the ZEISS FE 55mm f/1.8 prime lens, which stands up very well to the "L" primes ... the ZEISS FE 24-70 f/4 is an ok zoom lens but the FE 70-200 f/4 is very good ... although I do not have the FE 35 f/2.8 lens, I did try it and it is a very sharp lens in a tiny package (so is the 24mm f/1.8 lens) ... in addition I use Sony a6000 (crop frame) for speed (shoots 11 fps ... but buffer kinda kicks in after 21 continuous shots to slow down the system, or wait for 3 seconds before you can take another 21 continuous shots at 11 fps ... but the good news is, focus accuracy is spot on) ... I now have the 10-18mm lens permanently mounted on the a6000 for 15mm-27mm fov, which gives very good results (although its a lens meant for crop frame, it does work between 12-16mm on the Sony FF a7 camera with a little vignetting (acceptable for certain ultra wide angle shots ... alternatively it can be fixed in PP).
Currently, I am able to carry 2 cameras and six lenses (plus an adapter to use my canon lenses on Sony mirrorless cameras) plus 2 speedlites in a small bag ... and its a joy to be able to carry that much gear and not feel the weight or the size. I just picked up an Sony RX100MIII yesterday and am blown away by its performance in such a tiny camera.
You may want to test the a7 and the a6000 + a few of the FE/E mount lenses at your local store and see how it works for you ... but do try out the RX100MIII it will surprise most people.
Happy shopping!

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Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:34:44 PM »
it may have been shot a million times before, but it's the first time for me, so I still enjoy it.
+1 ... life is all about experiencing it personally ... just because someone else has experienced something and captured it, does not mean we shouldn't capture it with our camera ... much of what we do in life has been done by billions of people before us, yet we find joy, happiness and fulfillment in experiencing it ourselves for the first time ... so why should it be any different just because others think we shouldn't be photographing the same scenery shot a m ;illion times before!
BTW, that's a very nice image ... I've never seen lava in real life, one day I'd like to and I'm sure I'll go crazy photographing the lava, even if there are a billion of those photos on the internet.
I agree billions of people have had sex but it still never gets boring! ;)
;D ;D ;D ... I still find it very stimulating and most exciting  ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D810!!!
« on: June 26, 2014, 02:27:16 PM »
I feel sorry for Nikon owners.
It doesn't matter what model they buy, even when first released, as a few months down the track, Nikon will bring out a new and improved version of it making your current model obsolete and now worth substantially less than it cost you. Remember the D600 then the 610?
Canon does hang onto models much longer, and hence they have better re-sale value later on as say, after 3 years, your Canon may be just superseded, but if you had an equivalent Nikon, it would be 3 models old and practically worthless.

I'm not saying that Nikon cameras are no good, in fact, they are very good indeed, but constant model updates is not how you keep up the perceived and resale value of products.
It also makes it more difficult regarding spare parts too, as many models mean lots of parts and distributors only have so much space and money for parts.

I feel sorry for people who buy cameras based on how much they can sell them for.

If your camera is in good enough condition to be sold as "mint" or "near mint" condition then you obviously haven't used it very much.

I'm one those guys. I like to keep my camera bodies and lenses nice and clean at all time. 

Just sold one of my 5D III on CL for $2600 cash. Buyer seems to be very happy with the cosmetic condition - MINT.
+1 ... I keep all my camera gear in MINT condition, including original boxes, manuals, CDs etc ... in the last 6 months I made over 70000 photos (not counting tons of video footage) ... only absolute ignorant people think that if your gear is in mint condition than you are not using your camera much ... good house keeping of your camera gear is not a sign of a poor photographer ... by the same token, just because one's camera is full of dings or scratches does not mean he/she is a good photographer.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:28:44 PM »
I really like the looks of this one. I can wait for 7 or 8 months until Sony releases the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 Vl so I can pick up the lll for $500. I wish they'd release one with a Canon hot shoe :)

Yes, that is the funny thing with Sony, you can guarantee that their next model will be along very quickly, sometimes too quickly.

May I ask though why you would want a hot shoe?

Because the current camera doesn't have one, therefore it is an indispensable feature.
Hot shoe allows for a small radio trigger to be added for off camera flash units ... I would have liked to have it, but its no big deal for me, so I'm still getting the RX100III

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Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:22:44 PM »
it may have been shot a million times before, but it's the first time for me, so I still enjoy it.
+1 ... life is all about experiencing it personally ... just because someone else has experienced something and captured it, does not mean we shouldn't capture it with our camera ... much of what we do in life has been done by billions of people before us, yet we find joy, happiness and fulfillment in experiencing it ourselves for the first time ... so why should it be any different just because others think we shouldn't be photographing the same scenery shot a million times before!
BTW, that's a very nice image ... I've never seen lava in real life, one day I'd like to and I'm sure I'll go crazy photographing the lava, even if there are a billion of those photos on the internet.

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Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:15:39 PM »
Can anyone relate?
Absolutely!
On long vacations (3 weeks or more) I tend yo carry a lot of gear but don't get to use all of it, having to carry the heft ... this is one of the reasons why I started liking the mirrorless system, as it allows me to carry 2 cameras, 6 lenses & 2 speedlites in a shoulder bag ... in fact, in about 48 days I will be selling my 5D MK III, 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II & 16-35 f/2.8 L II ... already got a buyer who gave me an advance yesterday ... but knowing me I may end up buying another Canon FF camera, most likely the 5D MK IV  ;D (whenever that comes out) ... I guess one never learns  ;D ... I once read somewhere that photography is a far more expensive vice than drug addiction, coz druggies tend to die quickly, but photographers live longer, thus spend more money.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 24, 2014, 12:47:51 PM »
Just ordered the RX100 III and it will arrive on Thursday.

Congrats Rienzphotoz, bet you are going to love it.

To be able to carry something that small around in your pocket and still get amazing image quality and video is awesome.

I still have not bought it, but have played with it extensively now, so most likely will.
Thank you ... ever since I got into the mirrorless camera world, photography has become "easier" ... I don't have to worry about which camera + lens to pack in the bag due to size weight concerns, now I can take 2 mirrorless cameras and 5 lenses in a small bag ... from what I've watched and read about the RX100III, I am hoping that it'll be a happy compromise with quality images in a tiny package ... the thought of being able to carry a good quality camera, (with RAW output, view finder, built-in ND filter, tilt screen and a great aperture), all the time is awesome.
Will post some pics once I get my hands on the camera.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 23, 2014, 11:37:39 AM »
Just ordered the RX100 III and it will arrive on Thursday.

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If I lose all my gear and have to start over, the it'll be:
EOS 70D + EF100-400 L IS
Sony a7 + 55/f 1.8 + 70-200 f/4 OSS + 24-70 f/4 OSS + 10-18 f/4 OSS

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Too late ... I was hoping for this lens from Tamron in 2012 and ended buying their first 28-300 VC version, only to be disappointed with poor performance ... but now that I've been shooting more with the mirrorless cameras, these kind of "all-in-one zoom" lenses, no longer make sense for travel for me.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 19, 2014, 01:01:39 PM »
Damn it, this forum really makes you buy even more things than you wanted before!  >:( ;D
Welcome to the club! ;D ;)

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As posted at http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/marketing-fail-worldcup-photographer-wear-sony-4k-vest-but-do-shoot-with-canon/

Sony is one of the big sponsor at the Football World Cup in Brazil. Even though photographers are “forced” to wear Sony 4K advertising vests, as you can see from the 360 degree pics posted at Visualise.com, not a single one of them shoot with a Sony. It’s all about Canon (and few Nikon). Let’s hope Sony will make a real Alpha Full Frame Sports camera that will convince some of them to switch over to Sony!

 :

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony RX100 MIII
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:59:34 AM »

The RX100 models are still fantastic and I'm now a bit bummed because I know I'll cave eventually and end up getting one too. :(
+1 ... I'll be getting the 100 MK III within this month.

sounds like your GAS kicks in AGAIN....... ;D
Indeed  ;D ... I've taken a liking to Sony mirrorless cameras and lenses ... the more I use them, the more I like them ... it has been 2 months since I touched my 5D MK III & the 70D ... but my Canon lenses do get a work out with the a7 ... I can easily carry from 12mm (FF FOV) to 200mm + 2 Sony mirrorless cameras in my office bag, its fun and convenient when the size is small while still providing great image quality.

You going to need more space under your signature soon ;D

I went to local camera shop last week, just looking for camera backpack that can hold x2 5d III with 24-70 II and 70-200 attached. I ended up with this............. ::)
Congratulations! That is one impressive camera ... I understand how easy it is to get tempted ... that's one of the reasons I sometimes do not carry my debit or credit cards (especially when I am going to a good camera store), coz I am scared  I'll end up buying something that I may not use much ;D

Yes, if you carrying that giant around, people will think you are a real photographer. The bigger the better!!

I do like my RX1 and A7r + FE 55. The X simply works better with bigger lenses.
Yeah the Sony Full Frame mirrorless cameras are a joy to use ... the passion of spontaneously taking my a7 with one or two small lenses and taking photos is just amazing ... my 5D MK III is a much better camera in every way but it is not always convenient to carry it around, thus the passion for spontaneously carrying it anywhere is not same as a smaller sized camera.

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