Lives in New Zealand (Aotearoa) Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
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Equipment - Canon 450D & S70 compact. Sigma 10-20mm, Canon 17-55mm IS (previously 17-85mm), 50mm 1.8, 100mm macro, 70-300mm IS. Canon 430EX flash. Canon 9500 printer.


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Vivid1: Beatiful pics. Reminds me of the amazing 'Year on Ice' documentary by New Zeelander Anthony B Powell. Anybody with interest in the south pole - you just HAVE to see this film. He talks about his cameras and problems here: http://www.creativeplanetnetwork.com/news/produce/antarctica-year-ice-recording-remarkable-environment-and-real-life-south-pole/608206

Yep, that was a great film! Stunning time-lapse photography

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2016 at 19:57 UTC
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spiderhunter: Damn! They should have made a 100-400 E mount lens instead! This 70-300 is big with a a 72mm filter and weighs in at 854 gm! Reminds me of the Canon 70-300L which came b4 the 100-400 version 2! @300mm, it is still 5.6 so why not add 100 and make a 400/5.6? That would mate well with the A6300.

At 850g, this is no heavier than its peers. Consumer grade 70-300 lenses may be lighter, but I suspect this lens will sit well above the consumer grade and closer to, but not quite at the level of the Canon L lens.

The Canon 70-300L is different to the 100-400L's ........ the 100-400LII is significantly heavier (I think it is 1500g) and more expensive ...... with a key advantage of the Sony A7 series cameras is reduced size, a number of customers will be leaning towards smaller lighter lenses. It, and the 70-200's also can complement a 200-600 lens that they may be planning, as often people find 400mm limiting.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:46 UTC
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G1Houston: Finally!.. Hopefully this is the beginning of SONY to build a set of affordable FE prime lenses that are good enough for the mass. There is already an affordable 28mm lens, so if SONY can make an affordable 85/1.8, we will then have an affordable 3-prime set that makes the whole A7 package small and relatively inexpensive. When that happens it will be the beginning for the SONY FE mount to begin to chip away from current dSLR FF offerings. Finally.

2.8 is a bit slow for the ideal portrait lens ..... maybe f2.2 is achievable? 85mm f1.8 lens aren't necessarily too big or too expensive.

Link | Posted on Mar 29, 2016 at 21:37 UTC
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Mssimo: I think canon should come out with a 1D Mirrorless camera with EF mount.
Crazy? Hear me out...

Maybe key features can be:

-No VF Blackout with very low latency.
-Medium format size viewfinder with enhanced low-light vision.
-Lots of room for sensor based stabilization (works with lens based IS)
-Face. eye and object detection (Configurable object color(s) AF for sports photography)
-Near edge to edge focus points; over 300-600 AF points(edge points will have to be contrast detect due to the physics limits of phase detection)
-Global Shutter (outcome, very high shutter speeds 1/32,000++ & 100% silent operation & theoretically unlimited "e-shutter" life)
-Frame Rate 20-30 FPS
-4k video (6k+ low FPS or timelapse)
-No autofocus calibration needed, perfect focus every time, at every focal length, any aperture.
-Now possible: Square sensor (no need for vertical grip, larger than current full frame and full support for all current lenses. 1:1 aspect ratio
-Im serious: VR headset support

I suspect they will focus of the prosumer market before a 1D mirrorless ..... they will want to get a robust offering before entering the pro market which will be less tolerant of issues. There are opportunities for new features but these are probably more valued by non-pro customers ..... who are also a greater portion of the market

Maybe the 100d/SL1 or the 6D may evolve into mirrorless first....

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2016 at 23:39 UTC

The winning photo is of weeds ....


Having seen the lupins in the McKenzie country many times before, those colours aren't far off normal, though some opening up of the shadows

Link | Posted on Feb 21, 2016 at 19:12 UTC as 16th comment | 2 replies
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (689 comments in total)
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etaggart: Can someone at DPReview confirm if the 80D has GPS on-board? I don't see any reference to GPS on any of Canons specification sheets, but it is mentioned several times on DPReview and also in the video overview.

It is still mentioned in the video preview ...... might want to edit out that part!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 18:26 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (689 comments in total)

So does it have GPS? This article says yes, but the spec sheet on the other article on DPReview says "none"

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 08:52 UTC as 130th comment | 1 reply
On article Readers' Showcase: Zhi Yuen Yap (60 comments in total)
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Blue Polaris: Hi everyone. Zhi here.
Thanks for visiting and commenting. Hope you drop by the Tongariro National Park if you do have a chance to visit New Zealand. It's a very special and pretty place (when the weather is good), and it's still relatively under-photographed.

Great photos .... having tramped, climbed, skied (and snow caved) around the park its great to see such an excellent set of images. Also, well done on your Taranaki Falls image in this months edition of NZ Wilderness magazine!

Link | Posted on Aug 24, 2015 at 20:11 UTC
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ThePhilips: I can't understand why there are so few 4.0/100mm macro lenses.

2.8 is useless for the macro, and it only hikes up the price and size of the lenses.

I also have a 60D, and always use live view for macro (on a tripod), as I magnify the image 10x to ensure I can get the most accurate focusing - I find this more accurate than using an optical viewfinder. Unmagnified, the OVF is probably better for manual focusing though.

f2.8 on a macro does give you a brighter image through the viewfinder, as the aperture is always wide open by default, and subsequently provides a brighter OVF, and f2.8 is handy when using for portraits.

But agree with the OP that it is surprising that one manufacturer hasn't given a f4 macro lens a go ..... smaller, lighter, cheaper - not for everyone, but would have thought there was some market, especially with so many 90-105mm f2.8 options on the market

Link | Posted on Jul 7, 2015 at 19:41 UTC
On article Canon PowerShot G3 X: What you need to know (614 comments in total)
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justmeMN: Two possible reasons that Canon may have wanted the EVF to be optional, rather than built-in.

Cost/Price: It's already expensive. With the addition of a built-in EVF, the price would be even higher, decreasing sales.

Buyer Experience: People upgrading from a smartphone or low-end compact camera have never used a viewfinder, and probably wouldn't miss it.

They may not be convincing reasons, but they are reasons nonetheless. :-)

The size is impressively compact when compared to the competition.

There will always be compromises and the lack of EVF will disappoint many, but not bother others. The external controls and build quality look good

Link | Posted on Jun 18, 2015 at 23:12 UTC
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bigdaddave: So now users who won't agree to pay Adobe regularly are OFFICIALLY second class. How telling that is.

Adobe are simply vile.

No, Adobe are like many software vendors ..... either a subscription model, with lots of minor updates, or a license purchase for a major version. In the past Adobe bundled up a bunch of features and offered a version that could be purchased approx. every 18-24 months. I assume these new features will be in v7 released late next year/early 2017. For subscriptions they are offered as the enhancements become available. You have the choice of two payment models, each with their own pros and cons.

I'm frequently purchasing software applications for business use, and many of these require a purchase, but you don't get any updates or support unless you pay an annual fee. Other vendors offer a monthly subscription.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2015 at 08:36 UTC
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)
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joyclick: Is there a true 50mm for APSC?
This new Canon will afterall be 80mm on APSC

To get the equivalent field of view to full frame 50mm on APS-C, then the Canon EF 35mmf2 works .... yep it is a full frame lens, but will give close to the field of view you are looking for. The only APS-c specific prime lens I'm aware of is the Sigma 30mm f1.4 Art. Both of these are very good lenses, albeit significantly more expensive than this new 50mm.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 04:38 UTC
On article Canon announces EF 50mm F1.8 STM lens (309 comments in total)

Looks promising - 7 blade aperture, small and light, but no IS .... hopefully the article will be updated shortly with the price

Link | Posted on May 11, 2015 at 04:25 UTC as 68th comment | 3 replies
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piratejabez: In slide 3, the upper fourth or so of the image is blurred (look at the mountain top)... assuming this is post-processing?

More like depth of field, as focus is on the foreground (kayaks) ....

Link | Posted on Oct 16, 2014 at 18:29 UTC
On article Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses (368 comments in total)
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Olgierd: For $300 I'll buy 10-18 for my little EOS-M. Small and fairly light, cheaper than EFM 11-22 and available in US. Good option to take while I'm hiking.

@T3 - my comment was aimed at the OP who was specifically referring to the EOSM, and I assume for hiking, would want a light compact lens ...... adding the adapter adds a bit extra weight and bulk. If you don't already own the adapter, there is extra cost. I agree with your comment about versatility, if using the lens on other Canon bodies as well, then the 10-18 is more versatile.

Link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 19:18 UTC
On article FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review (33 comments in total)
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mr.izo: next time include things like canon 17-40, 17 tse, maybe sigma 12-24 etc. you know, things that people actually use for landscape photography..

Canon 17-40 takes regular filters, so doesn't require this. For Nikon users, the 14-24 would be the main landscape lens that doesn't take regular filters. For Canon users, it's hard to know what would be the most popular, but maybe these kits are their best selling?

Link | Posted on May 29, 2014 at 19:12 UTC
On article Canon announces 16-35mm F4L and 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 lenses (368 comments in total)
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Olgierd: For $300 I'll buy 10-18 for my little EOS-M. Small and fairly light, cheaper than EFM 11-22 and available in US. Good option to take while I'm hiking.

But you need to use an adapter. With the 11-22 EFM lens, no adapter is required

Link | Posted on May 14, 2014 at 00:58 UTC
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ShelNf: Wasn't #5 part of a real time video?

He shot the video on another evening, but from the same spot ..... I was lucky enough to hear him present last week at out photographic society in Wellington where he showed both the video and the still.

Link | Posted on Mar 6, 2014 at 09:05 UTC
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ManuelVilardeMacedo: I'm disappointed. This article has been posted six hours ago and no one complained about the "equivalent aperture" yet.

They'll come along with the review of brick wall photos and cat photos.

..... and of course the comments about lens profiles in Lightroom......

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2013 at 18:08 UTC
On article Just posted: Our Canon EOS 70D hands-on preview (355 comments in total)
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Donnie G: For me, sometimes it's just fun to try and guess what Canon's next move is going to be. Since the 70D is so close to the 7D in terms of features, I'm guessing that Canon will either drop the 7D type from their line or take it up to a price point above USD $1900 (probably $2099) in order to offer buyers a clear choice of either top level APS-C performance or entry into their full frame sensor bodies. As for the new phase detection AF CMOS sensor tech, I have no doubt that it will find its way into every Canon imaging product from the 70D on up, because it really is a game changer. EOS M, Powershot, and Rebel buyers will most likely have to make do with hybrid contrast detect/phase detect sensors similar to what's available in the T5i now. It just makes sense from a marketing standpoint. And even if it doesn't, it's still my best guess for the next new product cycle.

Maybe the next will be a camera to replace the 1D MK IV and the 7D ......a type of pro level APS-C camera, maybe even a built in grip? Canon would then discontinue the need for APS-H sensors

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2013 at 00:57 UTC
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