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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 03, 2012, 09:03:12 PM »
You can't get rid of the 24L.  No sane person, regardless of what they are shooting, that, once they have, can ever sell that lens.  That'd just be insane :)

May I ask why it is easier to get rid of 35L ?

My take is that on full frame the 35L is not great up to f/2.8.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 03, 2012, 08:59:51 PM »
Interestingly, Teds Cameras in Australia has the website listing the 24-70mm ii as very limited stock, which has been changed from pre-order in the last day or so. Does this mean they have done their pre-orders and actually have available stock? Could it be!!!

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Technical Support / Re: 5D mark II reading light wrong after fall
« on: September 03, 2012, 08:43:01 PM »
Maybe you dropped it through a wormhole that transformed it (would it be back or would it be forward - I dunno) into a pre duct taped 5D mark iii. ;D

I know I shouldn't make light of your situation - dropping things sucks :'( Hopefully you can get it sorted.


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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark II or a Real Video Camera?
« on: September 03, 2012, 08:25:18 PM »
To paraphrase Paul13Walnut5, most devices are going to have a core use (something they are best at) but with many devices having additional capabilities it is tricky to make a decision. It sounds like you really need to think about what you want to focus on the most.

If it is video, there is no doubt IMO that there are better options than the 5D2 -- possibly the next (rumor only!)entry level Canon Full Frame, on the horizon - if you are set on full frame. The T4i is a great low cost suggestion, with a sensor that will hold up exceptionally well against most prosumer camcorders.

If you really want to shoot a lot of stills with a bit of video, the 5D2 could be very satisfying. I love my 5D2, because it is the best stills camera I have ever actually used.

If you want to shoot your cats chasing each other round the house you may as well throw the 5D2 out the window, or invest in some serious add-ons to make up for it's shortcomings.

I have found that the quality of my video has not improved dramatically based on which camera I actually use. I have multiple cameras but this is more about the right tool for the job rather than quality. The T2i stands up great.

My video improved most because of things I picked up over time like a decent tripod, slider, mics and editing software.

I am not saying that you necessarily need all of these, but something like a T4i would presumably leave some room in the budget (given that you are suggesting a 5d2) for a couple of add-ons that could improve your footage and final product no end.

These are just my suggestions and I hope mine and others are helping you.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark II or a Real Video Camera?
« on: September 03, 2012, 06:14:08 AM »
Go for a T4i: Flip out screen very very useful for single operator.  Recording cap not so much of an issue.
Look at Beachtek DXA-5Da or DXA-SLR for a way of getting proper microphones into any canon DSLR.
Gives you single files & single unit to hold no synching or forgetting to hit record!

The APS-C cameras have more forgiving depth of field for video (you can still acheive the shallow DoF look) exhibited slightly less jello shutter too.

+1...totally agree.

I have a 5D2, T2i(550D) and XF100 camcorder.

For any work that requires flexibility the APS-C sensor is that bit more manageable. I definitely use the 550D for video more and with the updates now present in the T4i I imagine it is much more user friendly. It is possible that the 5D2 would be too limited if there is much impromptu/fast moving footage required.

I really like the XF100 - the sensor is average - but it has a great codec for edits (especially premiere pro)...but it is not good for stills.

A good tripod is a necessity - I use a Sachtler FSB4 and am really happy with it.

Overall, it comes down to what you really will do the most. 5D2 is great if you want good value with excellent still image quality, but if more than 50% of your use would be video I would look elsewhere.

good luck with it.

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Sports / Re: 1DX & 500mm f/4L IS II Varsity Football
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:28:50 PM »
These are great. Really like the two final ones. They capture the kind of things that catch your eye during a break in play.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:16:28 PM »
Ugly and/or attitude!

Is that a shoebill? We saw a coupleof those at the bird park in Singapore. I almost fell over...utterly mad!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:12:26 PM »
Hi All,

Am from the Northern Territory of Australia.

Here are a couple of the loopier birds from around these parts.

All shot with a 550D and 400 f/5.6L.

Best wishes

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