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Canon General / Re: Why Image Quality isn't Everything
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:19:29 PM »
I liked best the last Photo's caption "The Leopard evaded capture and is still at large"

Landscape / Re: Deep Sky Astrophotography
« on: February 27, 2014, 09:48:12 PM »
So, I FINALLY got some clear sky for a period of several hours, and was finally able to create a nicer image of Horse Head and Flame Nebulas:

Superb, simply superb.

Really, this takes dedication few of us have, well done.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:18:12 PM »
Now if this hack would give me everything I've been fantasizing about in the a7R

My experience to date with the a7r is if it could be hacked to give 8fps ?? the rest is just fine as is, this Sensor and 8fps, my hopes for a near future 1D body.

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:09:16 PM »
Wot Nikon are going to start modifying 5D3s  :P

Ha Ha Ha, wondered how long before someone would suggest this, should be the start of another Looooooong blown out DR discussion, generating quickly into argument, degenerating inevitably into name calling, insults & Chaos.

But, if you wanted better DR than Canon offer, I suppose you could just buy a D800 ?? right ?? wouldn't void the warranty.

I think I'll just stay with my 1Dx, 5DMK III, 1DMK IV & 5DMK II as is and wait for Canon to improve DR, or not, I'm Ok either way.

I was hesitant to make a comment here, but things seem to have calmed down a little.

I do a lot of Macro, albeit it's all Underwater Imaging, I have two set ups for Underwater.

1DMK IV in a Seacam Housing, I find the APS-H format just get's me closer and for my Macro Imaging works better than anything else I've tried (FF/APS-C), primarily it allows me to better utilise the 100f/2.8 Macro L IS.

For everything else I use the 5DMK III again in a Seacam Housing, FF seems to the wide angle Imaging better than the 1.3 Crop of the APS-H format.

Software & Accessories / Re: need help choosing the right macbook.
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:38:40 PM »
I'm using both the 13" Retina (2.8Ghz) with 8GB & the 15" Retina (2.6Ghz) with 16GB of RAM.

The difference between the RAM loads becomes noticable in particular when your running several programmes at once, i.e.. LR5 + PS CC + On One, you will start running into lag in this situation with 8GB, it's not a major, but on my 13" it is noticeable at times.

Also if your working with Video, in particular from an external drive, 8GB just isn't quite enough to work without some Lag.

The 13" Retina MacBook Pro is a great machine running either 8GB or 16GB, but if you can afford the extra $$$ always load to the Max, especially as RAM today is so cheap and you'll have a great machine for a couple years.

The 15" macBook Pro is just a better all round screen experience especially with the Retina Display & it comes standard now with 16GB RAM, I always upgrade to the fastest processor, mine is running the 2.6Ghz processor. Again, if you can afford it, this is the machine to go for, the display when working with video & images is just that much better than the 13", there's a slight size/weight trade off, in my situation I use the 15" and my son uses the 13".

I understand your running to a budget, we all do, but again if you can afford it upgrade to the 1TB HD, it won't affect the running of the machine, only how long before you start having to run from an external HD. I generally only keep Images and video on the HD while I'm on a trip, as soon as I get Home it all comes off and goes onto a 32TB G Speed esPro External RAID system.

Whichever you go for, enjoy the experience, Apple + Canon, heaven   ;).

Video & Movie / Re: Galapagos Underwater - Darwin's Dream - Bronze Award
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:26:34 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I wanted to share my latest underwater film - Darwin's Dream. I was lucky enough to have it awarded the bronze award at the Our World Underwater film competition. Galapagos is an amazing destination both below and above the surface. This was shot in only 5 short days of diving. At the end of the film you will see we had a special visitor. It was very exciting. Let me know what you think.
Please feel free to like, share and comment!


Justifiably awarded I would say, very nice.

On my list of places to Dive, hopefully 2015, always the dilemma, video or Images.

I've wanted to go for a while now mainly for the deep water looking up Images of the Hammer Heads.

The Orca was a definate plus, that's going to take some topping.

Well done, beautiful piece of video work.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 27, 2014, 04:02:30 AM »
Staying with the Menacing/Big Teeth Theme.

Both shot with the 5DMK III & 300 f/2.8 II

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:10:41 AM »
f2.8 @ 400mm, ISO400, 1/1000

Very nice Menace, sort of, menacing really.

I don't think this company will be going ahead with the importing of this product into Australia, as it is a specialised photo item and they are not photo specialists.
I tested the device with a 5D3 and a 60D and it worked very well with both of them.
The BIG advantage with this device is that while there is a USB cable going from the camera to the device, there are no cables going from the device to your phone or Pad, which means you can be warm and comfy in your living room, taking pictures of things outside in the freezing cold (if your camera will take the cold).
I have also found that the device will work through one concrete floor with no problems and works well from around 80-100ft away.
I just checked on B&H, and they have them for around $249.00, and they have them in stock. Just search for Weye-Feye

Hi Benny, I appreciate this, I actually went ahead & ordered a weye feye unit from Amazon.Com for $165, seemed the cheapest option out there. I opted for the more expensive Weye Feye unit over the newer "S" unit as it seems the newer cheaper "S" unit doesn't support Live View, but does support more Cameras, at least with the Original unit the 5DMK III is supported, perhaps the 1Dx later with firmware.

I like the look of this, when I was in Botswana recently we were using cable releases on a monopod attached to a 1Dx held over the side of the vehicle at ground level with a 6" Monitor attached, hell of a solution, and no way to Focus, check Live View etc, this Weye Feye set up resolves a heap of these issues.

Appreciate the heads up, looking forward to trying it when it arrives.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 26, 2014, 07:20:06 PM »
I think everyone is missing the entire point of this lens and all of the information about it.

Perhaps not everyone, I'm reasonably sure the owners of this Lens appreciate the finer points of design & end product, and a lot of people that may never own the Lens probably do as well.

I think the "emotion" that this Lens generates is mostly around the Cost, people do tend to leave a certain common sense behind when confronted with a price that's generally twice any other 50 on the Market, excluding the Leica Noctilux f/0.95 which sells for around $11k, I'm just thankful Leica don't produce this Lens with a Canon Mount, it would likely drive some CR members to Self Immolation.

Having said that, I think you've explained exceptionally well why the Lens exists, why it's as good as it clearly is, and why some of us have opted to own it.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:21:48 AM »
Stunning shot, Edward!

Appreciated Expatinasia, to be fair though, these Animals not only make it easy, they make it a pleasure, especially Lions, they tend to lay about for 16 to 18 hours a day, so all we need to do is find them in the early morning light or at sunset. Then sit & wait until one of them get's enough energy to look up.

In this Image some fill flash helped with the bright Golden light of an early morning Sunrise showing behind the Animal.

We had gone to Timbavati again in the hopes of White Lions in the Wild, one of the very few places outside a Zoo that these very special Lions can be seen and Photographed, but I'm batting zero after two trips of 10 Days each, maybe next time.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:15:39 AM »
 200mm f/2.0 Heavy Crop

Beautiful Animal, well caught, Lovely Image.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss Otus 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T*
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:40:52 PM »
I've been told that Zeiss and Leitz lenses are manufactured in Japan now and that these brand names are just licenses leased out by international trading companies that own those names. Is this true? Or, does Zeiss and Leitz still manufacture everything in Germany? Thanks

What difference would it make?

If Zeiss puts their name on it, I don't care if they had Aunt Mabel make it on Mars.

I tend to agree, especially when you consider Canon Cameras are made in Thailand, hasn't seemed to hurt Canon's ability to sell a few units.

Nike shoes are made in Indonesia, personally I don't where Nike, but there's a few people that do, I don't think they care much where they were made.

We used to make Fords in Australia, not any more but that decision was based on economics, not Quality, well, if you can consider using the words quality & Ford in the same sentence.

Today it's very much about competing in the Market place, Zeiss want the best balance between Quality Standards and Manufacturing Cost, Japan sounds about right. As said, if it's stamped "Zeiss" I think you can take it to the Bank.

I was given a Weye-Feye XS unit to test out for an electronics importer here in Australia, and I have found it to be great to use.
The unit plugs into your camera (any DSLR you have) through the USB port in the camera, and you download an app on your I-Phone or Android device, and you have full live view on your phone or pad, without wires or cables between you and the camera.
The live view is very good, and the delay is only around 0.2 of a second. You can also magnify the live view in various steps and return to normal viewing too (handy for spot focussing).
You can focus the camera by just touching the spot on the screen you wish to focus on, and you have full control of aperture, shutter etc, and can even switch the camera to video mode and take videos at will.
The battery of the control unit lasts for around 6-8 hours and is charged via a USB port.
Any photos you take are downloaded onto your mobile device within seconds of taking the picture.
It should retail for around $100 or so.
You can see the device at
I have no affiliation with this company.

Interesting, any idea in Australia where it's available from ??

I note the Weye Feye ($249) is not compatible with the 1Dx but it is compatible with the 6D/5DMK III

The Weye Feye S ($100) may have more compatibility, but the web site lists this cheaper version as "Not in stock".

I can find no where on their website to download actual upgrade files, though there is a manual that shows how to upgrade the unit, just no actual file or area where it could be.

Coupled with the iPad Mini Retina this might well be a sensible reasonably priced alternative to say the Marshall 70MD which I've been contemplating for a little while now.

Unfortunately the website looks like it was put together by an amateur, missing links, no support info.

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