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Australia / Re: Need some advice from Aussie CR Members
« on: December 02, 2013, 07:40:30 PM »
Hi Rienz, late, too busy with the dilbert stuff.

Although I haven't lived full-time in Aus for 35 years, my Family and I visited Melbourne a few months back for a week, I hadn't been back since my Army days, a looooooong time ago, loved the City.

Melbourne is just a wonderful City for Food, especially Asian Food, Old Buildings in the City Centre.

Our best couple of days was the drive down along the Great Ocean Road, lovely scenery, some great Photo Ops all along to the 12 Apostles, weather permitting also a great area for Night time Photography.

If your driving watch out for the Aussie "Round About's", Australia's answer to a set of traffic lights, Aussies all understand the system and drive through these things with gleeful abandon emulating Schumacher Clones, a loss of nerve half way around one of these is almost a guaranteed occasion for some choice Aussie vitriol ("get your license out of a Wheeties Packet you dopey Wanker ??", springs to mind), a visit to the Panel Beaters, or worse.

It's a Beautiful Country, truly hope you and your Family have a wonderful Holiday.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 02, 2013, 06:27:37 PM »
The avatar

One of your Best, Love this Image, B&W just perfect.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:50:47 AM »
Just to be clear, I'm not trying to say my work is particularly great or anything. Not at all. Just that I don't think it's "junk"... I've never been satisfied with it, but I don't think it's junk.
Neither do we!

Absolutely, neither do we, in fact I've looked at your website and find your work damn fine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:49:11 AM »
I wouldn't want to be too quick on that as a lot of the material I've seen here and the "wow, cool" means a lot of junk is praised when it shouldn't be.

Well that's a real pity dilbert, it's a reaction one would expect from an immature 10 year old, when your frustrated at not winning the argument, you resort to blanket insults in the hope that the shock factor will win you the point, it's just not how mature adults conduct themselves, perhaps it's time to take a break.

On the the point of "Images" good or bad, most people that actually post images on CR do so because they want to share these Images with other like minded people, not all the Images Posted are or claim to be "Ansel Adams" quality, they don't need to be, most post Images for constructive feed back in an endeavour to better their Photography, and most people that understand this give constructive criticism, constructive criticism is not the same as your comment above, your comment, unfortunately, is just plain bad manners.

And yes, often less than stellar Images receive positive reviews from people on CR, it's called "being positive", or "being nice", which seems to me to be so much easier than the opposite, which in case I need to spell it out, is "being negative" or "being an arsehole".

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 02, 2013, 04:10:53 AM »

Stunning work! The first shot, in particular, is just beautiful. Love that partial silhouette and backlighting.

Hi jrista, and that is where the 300f/2.8L II shines even over the 400f/2.8L II, I had both Lenses with me during that 1st Image, but I could only get the 300 to focus fast in these conditions, and it focussed on the head immediately, the 400 tended to hunt some before eventually locking focus.

My 200-400f/4 wouldn't have a hope of taking this Image, well, in my hands at least.

Again the attached shows the Lens in action, on the 1Dx @ 12fps this was reasonably easy shooting, except when this big boy got to the top I thought he was done, he didn't even hesitate, just launched out of the Tree with the Impala in his mouth, i was too stunned to shoot, missed what would have been "the shot", that's photography though.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:59:43 AM »
How is it possible NOT to want this lens ...

Yes, it's one of my favourites, even the Version 1 was a great Lens.

Like your Avatar as well.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 02, 2013, 02:48:10 AM »
I have examples posted all over these forums, if you wish to take a look. I get a lot of compliments, but the simple fact of the matter is I'm rarely satisfied with my work. I don't blame my lack of satisfaction on my equipment. My equipment is excellent, even though these days it is technologically inferior. I blame my lack of satisfaction for not having the ability to fully realize my vision...what I see in my minds eye is often not what I see in my results. No amount of equipment will ever fix that...doesn't matter how much DR Sony and Nikon pump out...the only thing that can fix the deficiency in my art is a continued, exerted effort to improve it myself.

Lovely stuff, it's what I read CR for, small pieces of Eloquence, be it technical, Images or just plain nicely put.

Thank You jrista, honestly made my day.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 10:39:38 PM »
One of the regulars in CR asked me to post some of my Images shot with the 300f/2.8 L II, so I've pulled these four as examples of just how well the Lens works on either the 1Dx or the 5DMK III.

I wasn't able to pull up any shot with this Lens + the 1.4x converter, I've tested this Combo and found it's a perfect match, very little degradation viewable, but I very seldom use the combo as I've always had the 400f/2.8 L II as well, now the 200-400f/4.

The 300f/2.8 L II is one of my absolute main stay Lenses, sharp, fast to focus & light.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:40:56 PM »
I have read a few quite good examples of trolling here, but alongside every once in a while maybe you are missing some good points. ;-)

Diko, you may well be right, but it's a two way street, it may just be that your the one missing the point.

There's nothing wrong with having a wish list, I have several, I just don't expect that a Company like Canon/Nikon/Sony is going to give much thought to it, but that doesn't stop me living in hope and believing that all these Companies sooner or later end up at the same point, some sooner, some later, but they all end up with very similar pieces of Tech & equipment for the same Market, it's called good business.

Just pick one, large choice, buy the gear, enjoy.

Don't keep looking over your shoulder at what everyone else is doing, just leads back to CR and Posts of discontent.

And if that Green Machine has an Option to install a Canon, I'm in faster than greased lightning.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:24:53 PM »
This past summer, while I was photographing birds at one of our local wetland preserves, a fairly large group of female deer, ranging in age from yearlings to several years old and maybe a couple elders, wandered up for a drink.

All good, but the second Image is just about perfect, lovely background, almost a painterly touch to the Image, really, well done.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:23:07 PM »

All lovely, but this one is just spot on.

Would be interested to know what Gear was used.

EOS Bodies / Re: Two New Full Frame Cameras in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2013, 07:19:56 PM »
You say there's no benefit to building faster cards until there's a camera that actually has to buffer data at those rates.
You could also reverse that, what's the benefit of building a faster camera if memory cards can’t keep up with it?
The answer to the “problem” is quite simple. Collaboration between camera companies and memory card builders. That's why the Nikon D4 got XQD and the new generation Canon (pro) camera’s will have CFast 2.0 memory cards.

I honestly don't think one can argue this logic, CFast 2 is the future, I actually looked to see if I could use them in my 1Dx, unfortunately not, so perhaps the new High MP Canon will have this tech built in, I hope so. Only downside at all to the Tech is initial cost for the Cards, which will come down as companies implement the tech into their products.

Nikon took a leap of faith with the D4 and XQD, I honestly don't think any prospective buyers of this Camera didn't buy because of the XQD Card system, my Lad uses these Cards in his Sony XDCAM HD422 they work wonderfully well from what I can see, expensive ?? Yes, but as most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for, mostly.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:30:59 PM »
Not exactly.  CustomerS come first.  In aggregate.  Canon needs to keep a majority of the user base 'happy', or at least buying - that is one way to deliver value to shareholders.  They've clearly demonstrated the ability to do that.  If your particular wants/needs coincide with those of the majority, well and good. If not, as is clearly the case for you, then Canon doesn't really give a CRAP about YOU.

Yes, it's a Sad truth, must be horrible for some to wake up with the realisation that one of the largest Corporates on the Planet just doesn't know who you are. Canon like many other Companies that sell a Product, sell to the Mass Market, it's very much a case of "You can't keep all of the People Happy all of the time, but we can keep most of the People Happy most of the Time".

Except AvTvM

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: November 27, 2013, 07:02:57 PM »
On a recent Safari trip to Tanzania I was set up near the base of a Tree waiting for a Leopard to come down, been there 2 hours.

2 Car loads of People came by, spent 5 minutes taking mostly Photos of my Rig & asking if I was a Pro Photographer (I had the 200-400 & 600 set up), then drove on (they seemed confused that the Guy with all the gear, Me, was no one, the guy with the D3 & 80-400 all beaten up, was Greg DeToit, who just won Wildlife Photographer of the Year & so very definitely a consummate Pro), every single person in each of the 2 vehicles (I think around 10 People total) was taking Images with either an iPad or a Phone, not a dslr in the bunch.

Considering each person must have paid in excess of 20k to get to this spot, I was gob smacked to think none of these people thought the cost of an dslr was important enough to outlay on to get the possibility of quality Images.

Strangely enough, this isn't unusual to see, most people do these trips just to be here, a few memento Images for the Kids & Grand Kids seems to be just fine. As a Keen Photographer I can't quite get it, but they outnumber me, so maybe I'm the one that's out of sync, at least I have Greg for Company, neither of us could quite work it all out.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony to revolutionize our lives!
« on: November 27, 2013, 06:50:07 PM »
I think that people would notice if I suddenly had shoulder length purple hair....

Not if you go Live in Tokyo   :D

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