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How is the AF hit rate when you use AF?

Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 09, 2013, 02:17:01 AM »
Having started in the 70's,I can only thank goodness for the ability to change the 'reality' that we have caputured,So much time has been spent in darkrooms that need now not happen,photography for me has always been my artform,some of us are not gifted with the ability to pick up a brush or a lump of clay to create their art,photography is after all'painting with light',having veiwed recently the touring Cartier-Bresson exhibit ,I believe that style of reportage picture making as well as modern photojournalism to be the only remaining styles with the constraints as you see them,as we will never see what another saw,even if viewing a print,what can be called photography
Looks like an old photographers vs. journalist(?) argument...

Perhaps that's a fair way to categorize my thoughts on photography - based more on journalism than creativity after the fact.  To me, if I can't go and stand where you stood and see what you saw, it's not a photograph, it's something else.  And there's nothing wrong with that - I'm not saying what people in this thread have is UGLY or undesirable, I'm just saying that they've crossed the line out of photography and into something else.  Some rely so heavily on post processing to make something interesting that they should not call themselves photographers, but post processors.  For me, photography is about capturing a moment.  If you post process the bejeezus out of something, that moment is gone and something else has taken it's place.  A fake moment, that never existed.  And again, THAT'S OKAY - I'M NOT JUDGING THAT.  I'm just saying that it's not really photography - it's a different form of art.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:41:59 AM »
Would love to know the 'other' store you mention so as not to go there.
We have a few brick & mortar stores in Brisbane some will match genuine canon dealer pricing of online stores which i will buy from because i can take it with me and not wait for couriers
I bought a heap gear(1dx + 16-35L +more) a few weeks ago local Canon Dealer because they price matched all the items no problems(from another Canon Dealer in Sydney)

Then we have the other Brisbane store which has a online presence as well a bricks & mortar store who stick to the retail price and wont budge"quote from store manager we have the best price and we dont price match even from other Canon dealers"

Well my money was not spent in his store($9000.00 +) lost sale

Lenses / Re: 70-300L with Kenko 1.4 TC on 6D
« on: January 16, 2013, 07:57:40 AM »
just shot some night indoor flash shots,focus no probs,sharpness impressive,wonder why Canon don't make one to cash in on the 70-300L owners.

Lenses / Re: 70-300L with Kenko 1.4 TC on 6D
« on: January 16, 2013, 07:31:09 AM »
Makes me want to put mine on my 70-300L and wack it on the 7D,don't remember the IQ being that good,nice to see cars driving on the correct side of road. ;)

Lenses / Re: A few words on Adorama's customer service
« on: January 09, 2013, 04:58:53 AM »
Wish we had Helen and her team here in OZ

Lenses / Re: Just bought a new Canon EF 70-300L IS USM lens.
« on: January 09, 2013, 04:50:29 AM »
Have one for over a year now,must agree with Marsu42 about the reputation.On my 7D it works fine,not a patch on the 70-200 L IS II whose image IQ is outstanding.I find the 70-300 to be sharp,colour good,really only a daylight lens as it is let down by the apertures available,a touch more contrasty than I would prefer,lack of money means this will have to me.All in all ,not a bad lens by any means,hunts for focus in less than well lit conditions but can be lived with.your experience may different to mine,I live in Queensland Australia and have no lack of sunshine,41 degrees celcius here today,so the lens performs to my satisfaction.

Macro / Re: Some nature Macro
« on: January 05, 2013, 06:04:50 AM »
A tip for a newbie,not my work though. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lordv/page2/ this man is amazing.Anyone in the macro world will agree.He uses in the main a 5DmkII w/- MPE-65.All images are hand held,he does'nt own a tripod,check out his handheld multi image insect stacks,his dewdrops are to die for.

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: January 05, 2013, 02:45:13 AM »
a 14 image stack 100mm L IS in Zerene Stacker of spider husk[obviously]

Software & Accessories / Re: DPP and dust delete data
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:22:41 AM »
Have used Dust delete DPP with my 7D,batched and no adverse effects only the registered dust spots gone.

Ha one for 2yrs,only ran canon,the jets being 1.5 picolitre,they are so easy to clog.Try living in Aus were you will pay $26 per cart.I now use Pro1 and ink is $39 rec'd

I live in Aus and all my plates,L brackets and ball heads are all RRS,for my money the best I have used in over 32yrs shooting,go to the Really Right Stuff website and peruse your options.they also talk about the systems mentioned in this thread.

Technical Support / Re: 5D Mark 111 and Lightroom 3 compatability issue?
« on: December 02, 2012, 05:10:34 AM »
Agree with PeterJ,Lr 3.6 is before 5dmkIII,upgrade to 4.2 is relatively cheap,even here in Australia,download a trial for 30 days and convert,also the latest version of DPP [on the disc w/- camera]does extremely good job,would suggest upgrade to Win 7,going cheaply at moment.The latest incarnation of Lightroom will knock your socks off,Adobe seem to finally be listening.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 120-400 OS Sigma &7D
« on: November 25, 2012, 06:19:13 AM »
Hmmm sounds decidedly odd. Do your other lenses work OK on your 7D?

The Sigma 120-400  is never going to be a match for good L glass such as the most obvious equivalent, the Canon 100-400L. But the Sigma is half the price. Even so, what you describe absolutely shouldn't be happening. If you bought it new I'd be looking at a refund or a fresh copy if you're still inside the 14 day DOA period.

way outside return period,grey import[AUS],all other lenses,bar Sigma 150 F2.8 macro: 100 f2.8L IS,70-300 L IS,70-200 f4 L and Tokina 11-16 are sharp and crisp,the Siggy 150 is fine in manual and sometimes AF,doesn't display same degree of Doris,shall post so as to give you fine folks an idea of prob

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 120-400 OS Sigma &7D
« on: November 25, 2012, 06:11:08 AM »
I have the sigma120400 OS with 7d.

Mine front focusses by about 10 (which gives the soft look you described). After calibration is a lot better, but still slightly soft @ 5.6 but still very usable for up to A4 prints.

THis was at 5.6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexturton/7475200930/#

Gets very sharp at 7.1

Other samples: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=58384486@N07&q=120400

The canon 100 400 is sharper @ 5.6. Both about the same by f8.

Because of the small max aperture I generally only use my sigma in good light.
similar front focus issues,have 70-300L which is a delight to use and extremely sharp will happily swap my Siggy for yours,lovely shots.

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