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As others have said, the MT-24EX is better for flower/insect macro work. I have one, and some of the handy features is the ability to vary the power of the flash heads, allowing you to either create some sort of shadows (good to bring up detail on some objects) or, with bright sunlight, I can balance the light / shadows, to give a better composition. Plus, I use the 580 EX II as a slave.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: September 10, 2014, 08:56:05 AM »
Eastern Yellow Robin - Kinglake National Park.
After spending a dismal morning trying to photograph these and other small birds (they have a habit of perching in bushes, meaning, lots of images of in focus twigs and out of focus birds), this one plonked itself on a branch, in the open. The only catch was the bush between me and the Robin. Moving myself slightly, I managed to sight the bird through a gap, hence the blurry green at the bottom of the image. 20 shots later, it took off, but it certainly made my day. 5D3 with 300mm f4

Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 25, 2014, 06:25:15 PM »
Can somebody explain the appeal to me? Not trying to start a flame war, just trying to understand.

A 24mm pancake (which won't have IS) seems a bit redundant with the 24mm 2.8 IS, which by all accounts is a very good lens, has USM and which Canon cut the price to a much more reasonable level. The size seems kind of irrelevant once you put it on a 5D, 6D or other full frame body and for an SL1, you end up with a 37mm lens which is barely in the wide-angle realm.

Do people like these pancakes just because they are cute (no argument there)? What am I missing?
For me, it's a great landscape lens. Sharp at 5.6 and great contrast and colour. On a 5D3 with grip, it looks a bit odd, but, it takes great images. That's all I care about :)

Very handy as a street lens. Wandering around NY with the 5D3 stripped down (grip removed), it looked less attention seeking ;)

The 24mm pancake I don't have a need for. But, I might get one if its cheap and compact.

Photography Technique / Re: Questions about Shooting the Supermoon
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:25:23 PM »
Mr Bean - your moon appears to me upside down ;)  Actually I've got an "Australian Map of the Word" somewhere and I love it.
LOL, I was about to add to my post that mine is the "corrected" perspective of the moon pic's :)

Photography Technique / Re: Questions about Shooting the Supermoon
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:20:08 AM »
Between winter rain showers last night, I managed to get off a few shots.
5D3 with 300mm f4 + 1.4x TC. 1/200th @ f11 ISO 100

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:04:54 AM »
Scarlet robin, female.
Spring is around the corner in the Australian bush, and these little ones are starting to be more active. A tricky shot as the light was low (1/30th @ f4.5  ISO 400) using a tripod as a mono pod. But, after cranking off 130 shots or so, a few worked out :)

5D3 with 300mm f4

Macro / Re: Flower macros
« on: August 06, 2014, 09:52:53 AM »
Tall Sundew, after rain.
5D3 with 100mm L IS. Backlit with a morning sun, front lit with the MT-24EX Macro Flash.

Lenses / Re: Selling my two Zeiss lenses. Your advice?
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:31:37 PM »
I would keep the 15mm 2.8 which must be PERFECT for astrophotography (if this is your thing of course).
That's partly why I bought one.

For wide angle landscape, I don't see the need of AF. Plus it is wider than the 16-35 IS.
+1. As a landscape lens, manual focus is fine.

The 15mm is a special lens for me. It might only get used once or twice a month, but when I need it for those UWA shots, it does it's stuff really well. And at the risk of being burnt at the stake, AF is a little over rated in a lens if the subject doesn't move (eg: landscape). For me, landscape is all about the sharpness, contrast and colour rendition, which the Zeiss does really well.

Wow, beaut stuff. One of favorite parts of the world. Great to see it portrayed so well :)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:39:20 PM »
Nice pic's KeithBreazeal and Lloyd. Certainly a different view of Old Faithful :)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: July 25, 2014, 06:36:12 PM »
Beautiful.  Well done Mr Bean
Thanks Click. I must admit, trying to remove light pollution from an image is a tricky thing. Working out what is "normal" colour takes a good eye and the ability to stand back and say "...nope, that's not it again..."  :)

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: July 25, 2014, 10:01:12 AM »
From my backyard the other night. While I'm only an hour or so from Melbourne, the skies are generally fairly clear. I did tweak this in Photoshop by creating a subtraction mask, to reduce the orange glow from the City lights.

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod centre column - yes or no
« on: July 02, 2014, 08:58:25 PM »
My Gitzo tripod (can't remember the model) has a central column. I rarely use it to extend the height, because, as others have mentioned, stability issues.

However, for macro work, reversing the column and extending the legs out, works a treat. In fact 90% of my macro work is done that way, as I'm usually photographing things low to the ground. My second tripod, when I get around to buying one, will be a more solid unit without the center column, for tele lenses and landscape work.

Horses for courses really.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 29, 2014, 08:43:51 AM »

Coppersmith Barbet,(Megalaima haemacephala), by alabang, on Flickr

The Coppersmith Barbet, Crimson-breasted Barbet or Coppersmith (Megalaima haemacephala), is a bird with crimson forehead and throat which is best known for its metronomic call that has been likened to a coppersmith striking metal with a hammer. It is a resident found in the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. Like other barbets, they chisel out a hole inside a tree to build their nest. They are mainly fruit eating but will take sometimes insects, especially winged termites.


Very nice Dolina. Great capture :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 27, 2014, 11:39:11 PM »
Mr Bean, lovely shot Sir.
Thanks Click :)

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