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Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom for landscape?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:19:52 PM »
I went recently to Japan for 4 weeks, for the first time ever I went with just Primes, and all Manual Focus.

Zeiss 15f/2.8, Zeiss 21f/2.8, Otus 55f/1.4 & Zeiss 135f/2, I felt it worked exceptionally well.

I could have taken my Canon 8-15f/4, 16-35f/2.8, 24-70f/2.8 II & 70-200f/2.8 II, and perhaps my Images would have been just as good, but I don't think so, and there's just something extra satisfying in using good primes that makes me feel better about the resulting Images.

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Lenses / Re: What to take to Iceland ?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:11:38 PM »
I certainly reinforce the comments made by "Eldar", My last trip to Iceland (2013) I went with a 1Dx & 5DMK III Body, plus my Zeiss 15f/2.8, 21f/2.8, Otus 55f/1.4, 135f/2 & the only Canon lenses were the TSE17 & 24 plus I threw in the 300f/2.8, just in case something escaped from the Zoo.

As it turned out I used the TSE 17 over the Zeiss 15, the Zeiss 21 & Otus 55 were used the most, the Zeiss 135 some, and I found out later Iceland has no Zoo for anything to escape from so the 300f/2.8 had a Holiday (there are Birds though, if your into small things that move fast, Oh yes I did see a Fox as well, sort of squashed on the side of the road).

The only issue I have with Iceland is that the place has this tendency to draw you in, the more time you spend there, the more you want to stay, and return, I've been back 5 times over 10 Years.

I'm heading back 2015 in November & this time I intend taking a Phase One IQ280 that a friend of mine is lending me, I have some nice friends   ;)

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:00:07 PM »
An interesting article, I think nothing new here though, just a well written article.

I imagine I fall into the "enthusiast" area, with some caveats, I Photograph for my own enjoyment, I have never tried to sell what I produce, and my Photography fuels my other serious vice, travel.

I do agree with Hogan though regards the difficulty today for the "Pro" photographers, wedding Photographers in particular, it's a pity these Guys don't get called back in to Photograph the "divorce" as well as the "Marriage", it would allow a doubling of revenue from what I can see today.

In the areas of Wildlife Photography I don't see too many "Pro" photographers surviving this Market without running "Workshops", it has become the bread & butter of their existence, actual sales of Prints a very distant second.

"Private" made a very interesting & pertinent point regards his own perceived lack of business acumen affecting his bottom line, it's the one area where I've felt I have been able to help several of my "Pro" Photographer friends, all exceptional Photographers & genuinely nice People, but as is often the case where Youth & skill are present, not had the time to develop the Business Skills to turn their Photography skills into something that makes Money, consistently. And this is not I believe a difficulty experienced by the few, It's from what I've seen affecting a lot of very talented Professional Photographers.

And Hogan's point regards Apple etc & the development of better & better phone cameras etc is to me a cause for some sadness, I like the fact that "Good Photography" still requires some skill, still requires some better equipment, for me it will be a truly sad day when someone can take an iPhone, point it in the general direction of a subject, take no trouble over focus, settings, time of day, etc etc, because no matter how badly you stuff up the shot, you can just make all the adjustments in "Post" and end up with a wonderful Image, sort of takes the shine out of why we currently enjoy what we do.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 22, 2015, 03:21:33 PM »
Hi may I ask? Do you guys got workshops or anything like that. Sounds like a blast.

Hi Ashton, over the last few years I've done a few photography workshops with Pro Photographers, it's one of the best ways to learn a lot in a short amount of time, in particular when it comes to wildlife photography. 

Typically a 10 day workshop/safari with a Pro will set you back around $10k plus airfares, as long as you go with someone that has a reputation for excellence you will not regret the time & money.

I've used Oryx Photography & Greg DeToit for the last 4 years, an amazing combination, there are a few others that do a great job as well, if your interested PM me & I'll be happy to send you details.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:48:54 PM »
Edward,
We still waiting for your Safari photo books ;)

Thanks Dylan, Yes, I need to stop travelling about taking Images and spend more time at Home, on the other hand, need to start packing again   :)

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 21, 2015, 08:46:29 PM »
Eml
Your images are mesmerizing! I have no words to describe the story it tells. It's painful to return to look at mine!
Thanks for sharing

Appreciated Ray5, Thank You.

I think a lot of it is about opportunity, I'm fortunate that I'm able to get to these places, and if you spend enough time in places like these the opportunity for interesting Images pretty well always presents at some point.

It does take patience, I have lost count of the number of times I've spent 4 or 5 hours following a Leopard etc, sat in the vehicle waiting under a tree for that special shot of a Leopard jumping, and a vehicle full of people will pull up, shoot off a number of Images of a sleeping Leopard, then once that's been "ticked" as "done" disappear in a cloud of dust for the next Image on the list.

I simply never share a vehicle on Safari, unless it's with my Family of course, it allows you to be in more control of what you do.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 21, 2015, 06:10:49 PM »
Thank You Gentlemen, this particular Male was entrancing, the eyes I have never seen this bright before on any Lion, and I've Photographed a few, he is the Alpha Male of a coalition of 3 Brothers in the Mashatu Plains area, on this particular morning he was on his own & was following vultures in the sky hoping they would lead him to a fresh kill, so he was constantly looking upward and the light was just about perfect.

Another day in Paradise.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 20, 2015, 04:18:38 PM »
1Dx 400f/2.8 II

Sunrise, Mashatu.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 17, 2015, 09:05:14 PM »
1DX and 70-200 2.8 II or 200-400 /4 (I lost the raw files to a dead hd, only have the previews extracted from LR´s cache folder)...

Nice image Nikolai.

If you still have the Card you used in camera to take the Images, even if you've done an "in camera" reformat, you have a very good chance to recover the original RAW files from the Card, SD or CF.

I've used two sets of software, both work, one costs, the other is free.

Wondershare is free, but limited, it will recover Files with excellent results, works for WIN/OSX.

http://www.wondershare.com/data-recovery-mac/photo-recovery-mac.html

The other is SanDisc Rescue Pro, requires a license, but well worth it in my view.

http://www.lc-tech.com/pc/sandisk-rescuepro-and-rescuepro-deluxe/

Good Luck.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 17, 2015, 07:24:26 PM »
1Dx Otus 55
Borobudur Java Indonesia
Very nice photo Edward. I see you enjoy the Otus
I had with me as well the Sony a7r, which I found not so impressive, and the Nikon Df + Nikon 58f/1.4, which I found highly impressive in particular low light situations, probably better than the 1Dx in low light, except in the AF set up, Nikon handicapped the AF to some degree on the Df, in street photography I found the 1Dx way too big, the a7r always fiddly, the Df about perfect.

I imagine I'll receive some hate mail now   :o
No hatred against Nikon here. ::)
But, you like optics of the Nikon 58mm F1.4? All test pictures I saw showed a similar picture quality to the Nikon 50mm F1.4G, and did not look like what you would expect from a lens that costs $1700. ???

I may have been a snob, after using Sigma 50mm Art for a few months... :P
I do like the 58, I can't compare it to the 50's as I've not used anything but the 58 in this range, I do have the 24f/1.4 & 85f/1.4, all superb lenses. The attraction of the Df was the look, the sensor, and the size, it's not a perfect camera, but I've not used one of those as yet. But as a tool for Street & General photography it's a pretty good camera, it's a pity Canon haven't put something like this onto the Market, Nikon made a leap of faith here, not sure how that has worked for them, he Df certainly has it's detractors, but I always liked my Nikon & Canon film cameras to look at, they had appeal that today's dslr cameras lack, at least in my opinion, I like the camera.

I have the Art 35 for my Canon set up, like the lens, only issue is like the Otus Lenses the Art 35 & 50 aren't exactly low key, so I stuck with the Nikon Lenses for the Df & remained with Primes.



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Have a look at the Gura Gear website

http://www.guragear.com/uinta/

I have the Uinta, works well for short trips, For longer trips I have 2 sizes of the Battaflae, about as good as it gets for your gear and overhead storage etc.


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 17, 2015, 05:07:37 PM »
1Dx Otus 55

Borobudur Java Indonesia

Very nice photo Edward. I see you enjoy the Otus

Thanks Candyman, yes, they are wonderful lenses, of the 2 I prefer the 55, nothing at all wrong in any way with the 85 either, I just prefer the view on the 55. The Zeiss lenses are not for every situation, but for those static situations I'm not sure there's anything Canon, or Nikon, or anyone other than Leica can come close to.

On a recent trip that covered Java, Bali, Burma, Cambodia & Japan I went with the 1Dx & Zeiss 15/21/55 & 135, only Canon lens I bagged was the 200f/2, that lens selection worked pretty well in most situations on a trip like this, would have been hopeless though for a wildlife trip in Africa. I had with me as well the Sony a7r, which I found not so impressive, and the Nikon Df + Nikon 58f/1.4, which I found highly impressive in particular low light situations, probably better than the 1Dx in low light, except in the AF set up, Nikon handicapped the AF to some degree on the Df, in street photography I found the 1Dx way too big, the a7r always fiddly, the Df about perfect.

I imagine I'll receive some hate mail now   :o

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 1DX - Page 2
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:04:43 PM »
1Dx Otus 55

Borobudur Java Indonesia

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony closing down?
« on: January 15, 2015, 05:20:40 PM »
Sony is and has been an extremely innovative company, unfortunately they have been led down the path of being everyman's (read also women) company for everything, and that just hasn't worked well for Sony, or indeed the consumer.

Sony it appears are at last waking to the fact that they need to be more specialised and concentrate their efforts in particular areas that have not just the best profits, but the best long term Market positioning for Sony.

There's a lot of Apple dislikers in the World, but fortunately for Apple they are outnumbered by the Apple likes, and say what you like about Apple, but when it comes to Business acumen, there are very few companies that can emulate them, innovative, Market specialists, concentrating on those products that Apple do better than most.

Sony would do well to take heed, it may just save them from obscurity in the medium term.

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Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 13, 2015, 04:21:47 PM »
well, when I sold (most of) my EF-S lenses recently, it came at a significant financial loss. My mistake was to trust Canon that they would a) bring a 7D successor much earlier and b) that it would be a worthwhile upgrade for me. Unfortunately the 7D II is not. Don't need more speed at all, but rather a significantly better sensor.

Sounds like failing to plan.  That's unfortunate...

No, I dont think so.

Anyways, just peanuts compared to the hit you will take, once you decide to sell your used 1d x.  :)

Have to agree here with Neuro, the "Hit" as you commented, surely is part of the plan, unless you plan not to sell gear that you feel has reached it's used by date, we do it all the time, I certainly find it difficult to sell off equipment that has given me so much enjoyment, but I do so under the clear knowledge that once you walk out of the shop with that lovely new "whatever", it's value has depreciated, it's part of the plan, anything else would be delusional.

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