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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:08:47 PM »
300mm 2.8 is beyond my pocket but am seriously thinking about the new Sigma 120-300 2.8 S. Would love to see a IQ comparison between the two. No doubt the 300 would be superior but for less than half the price of the 300 the zoom with my 2x III is probably the closest I would ever get to a fastish super tele.

Lenses / Re: Andy Rouse Reviews the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: May 14, 2013, 09:13:24 PM »
As someone who will never own this lens (or any other super telephoto), I can only admire the photos and learn by hearing from someone who does wildlife photography for a living. Graphs, MTF's and peeping don't interest me. I like to learn about the practice of photography and what enables him and others to get the shot like those leopard shots in difficult light. And capturing the moment the way he does which I suspect is more than just having a 1DX and a fast, long lens. 

Canon General / Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: May 14, 2013, 01:41:20 AM »
Admittedly I would never want to spend this much on a single lense or piece of camera equipment, but I am struggling to see why for the convenience of having a built-in extender someone would pay so much for a relatively slow lense.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III with Continuous RAW Video Recording
« on: May 13, 2013, 11:26:49 PM »
So why is he wearing a helmet?

Lenses / Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« on: May 13, 2013, 07:44:08 PM »
I'll take two, please.  ;D
Good luck to those that can afford this luxury.  Too rich for my britches.   Would love to see some shots with this one.  Wonder how soon LensRentals and BorrowLenses will get their copies.
You'd need an even bigger bag.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: CF card recommendation for 1DX
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:44:44 AM »
I use both, Lexar Professional 1000x (128GB) & Sandisk 100MB/s (128 GB) in my 1Dx & 5DMK3.

You will find the Lexar Pro range 1000x read/write @ 150MB/s in 128/64 & 32 Ranges, compared to the San Disk Extreme Pro where the 128GB cards operate @ 100MB/s & the 64 & 32 operate @ 90MB/s.

In practise I cant say I notice the difference, I shoot wildlife, frequently @ 12FPS on the 1Dx, and having taken 10 to 15 shots & 12FPS I haven't found the buffer an issue with the Lexar Cards.

The Lexar Cards are more expensive by quite a bit compared to the SanDisk, I use the Lexar 128GB 1000x as the primary card, and the SanDisk 128GB card as the second card on the 1Dx, and on the 5DMK3 the CF Card is 128GB Lexar 1000x and the SD card is SanDisk 64GB 90 MB/s.

I did find when i recently switched to the Lexar Cards & purchased 4 128GB Cards (2 x 1Dx & 2 5DMK3 bodies), that I had to return for replacement one of the Lexar Cards, it was a Dud, have never had that problem with SaDisk, but both the Lexar & SanDisk Cards work just fine.
Excuse my ignorance, but when you refer to primary/secondary cards, do you mean you only use the secondary when/if the primary card is full or write Raw to one and jpeg to the other? I had assumed that when shooting anything in fast continuous such as wildlife the write rate is important so you wouldn't want to slow things down by writing to both cards. Thanks in advance.

PowerShot / Re: A New Large Sensor PowerShot Coming [CR1]
« on: May 09, 2013, 01:38:42 AM »
I'm very happy with my RX100 with its zeiss 1.8 zoom thanks.

That would be a 28mm-100mm f4.9-f13.2 equivalent, hardly anything to get very excited about.
Yeah, well, for excitement I'll just have to settle for my 70-200 2.8 ii on a FF. But for something that will fit in my pocket and take reasonable pics virtually anywhere, the Sony's not bad. Have you tried it?

PowerShot / Re: A New Large Sensor PowerShot Coming [CR1]
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:53:29 PM »
I'm very happy with my RX100 with its zeiss 1.8 zoom thanks.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 06, 2013, 09:54:10 PM »
what a bunch of ***??!!! <insert any desired expletive

oh well looks like i wont be changing from CS6 in a hurry
I absolutely loathe subscription software

but what real alternatives are there? seriously when push comes to shove the competition
just are not as good as adobe :( its pretty bad for to punish loyal customers like this
I hope it backfires and hurts them.

I have assumed with a name like "wicked wombat" you may be an Aussie, well, for the privilege of being in that far flung Country of Australia, you get to be charged 40% more than your American Cousins, Aussie current cost of CC is around $1200 bucks US equivalent. Adobe & Apple (among others), have a similar Model of charging by Country, AUD is up, so they take advantage of that, plus the fact that they simply can charge more and people continue to Pay.
We're used to it. We get charged a premium on cameras, lenses, memory cards and all mannner of accessories. Add to that any computers or other tech items you might want to mention. Why would software be any different? Somebody forgot to tell them our dollar is worth better than USD$1.02 and has been for the last year.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Best Point & Shoot that will fit in a pocket?
« on: April 28, 2013, 09:49:05 PM »
I have the RX100 and recommend it as the take everywhere option you are seeking. Probably a bit unkind to call it a point and shoot, more of a compact with enough configurability for the needs of most enthusiasts. Worth the rather hefty price imo. If you're like me and shoot with a decent dslr most of the time you probably won't be prepared to compromise too much on image quality just for the convenience of having a pocketable camera.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8 MkI & Mk II and Extenders
« on: April 26, 2013, 08:16:43 AM »
I have the 70-200 ii and 2xiii . I prefer to crop rather than rely on the ext; IQ a lot better. Hanging out for a 300mm 2.8 which I understand works very well with both version iii extenders.

Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:47:15 PM »
I recently did an unpaid sports shoot and although a number of the shots were published by a local newspaper (my first :)), I found out two things that are going to impact my next vacation kit. First, my 24-105 is soft on the edges wide open and marginal in low light even at high iso on the mark 3. Second, I get way better image quality with my 70-200 ii cropped than using the 2x extender. My advice if you are taking one lense is go for the 24-70 if you can afford it. I would if I could.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MK iii - Help a n00b select AF modes
« on: March 13, 2013, 10:56:02 PM »
Single point but it does take some practice. Also, in some situations it is all you can use. For example, I was shooting a waterpolo match on the weekend using the centre and 8 assist points and found it was regularly focussing on the surrounding splash rather than the subject.

Lenses / Re: Photozone has released their review of the Sigma 35 1.4...
« on: February 26, 2013, 09:55:21 PM »
TommyLee love the photos and the narratives. Any update on Biff? Thanks.

Lenses / Re: 200mm F2 IS OR 135mm F2
« on: January 24, 2013, 09:56:08 PM »
The 200mm f/2.0L is an awesome lens.  I have both lenses, and I use the 200mm significantly more than the 135mm.  If you can afford it, there is only one choice -- the 200mm.  :)

It's fantastic for astrophotography too.

Fantastic shot of pugsley. I have the 70-200 f/2.8 ii but that sharpness beats it. Seems to me the advantage of the 200 f/2 is that you are potentially getting three lenses in one: a great lense for indoor sports or low light photography, a good portrait lense and with an extender a more than adequate medium telephoto (up to 400mm f/4) for outdoor sports shooting.

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