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If you’re going to shop in countries like Hong Kong or maybe Singapore, you’d rather do a lot of research regarding shopping tips FIRST before you ask the best and the most reputable shops there.
According to Roland Lim:
Avoid shops that have “Tax Free” sign prominently displayed outside or inside the shop. Another trait of these shops is that, most of them have famous brand names like “Canon”, “Nikon” or “Sony” prominently displayed in large signs outside the shop. However, you will be hard press to actually find the name of the shop anywhere. Legitimate and reputable shop would clearly display the actual name of the shop on the sign outside, not just Canon, Nikon or Sony or whatever famous brand. Most of these shops are found along Nathan Road at Tsim Sha Tsui area. These shops are usually scammers, where “bait and switch” is common . They usually have lots of sales person inside a smallish shop. The ratio of salespersons to shop floor area/clients would be far to high to be profitable if these were legitimate honest shops. There is no sales tax or duty in Hong Kong except hard liquor and tobacco anyway. The “Tax Free” sign is basically just a trap to attract unsuspecting tourist. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
hkphotoworkshop.com|Don’t be too deceived on these lenses. Eye-candy, isn’t it? (Film cameras included!)
tvxb.com|If you’re going to Tsim Sha Tsui, this is the best shop, and so far the most reputable.
pentaxforums.com|Look what we got here! Wonder if this shop is reputable or not.
travelpod.com|Thanks jbilocca for the photo. I think this shop seems familiar to me.
Yes, I have ranted endlessly about this worst, traumatic experience ever. However, back in PH, I think it’s better to shop in your home country unless the product is not available in your region. If you’re going to ask me about shopping in the Philippines, the most reputable shop would be Infomax (TriNoma and SM Annex). Infomax is the elite version of Hidalgo (haha, never been there) since compare their prices to that of the brochure. If you’re going to analyze brochure prices, Infomax prices are quite lower, but not going to be dramatically cheap (LOL!).
Luckily, I am not alone in terms of sales dilemma in the Sinosphere.
So yeah, going to another sensitive topic again. It’s like asking Koreans or let’s say, mentioning anything “Japanese” or “Japan” with it (peace out!).
Apparently, Roland Lim’s advice doesn’t only apply for Hong Kong and Singapore wanderers. Maybe if you’re going to a shop that practices for-profit tactics, don’t ever come close to those. I’m warning you, don’t be to kiss-arse this time!
Several experiences with sellers who fool around:
I was at HK last June 11-14, 2010. I did a canvass around Tsim Sha Tsui area and found this store selling a very cheap Canon 10-22mm at HKD 3,500. I tested it and it has a flare when shooting it with lights. I tried shooting and shooting until they discourage me to buy canon 10-22 mm. The seller said efs lenses are made in Taiwan. I was not expecting that statement and then he elaborated and recommended the new Sigma 10-24 f3.5. However, the guy seem to know that I am fix with 10-22 so he suggested that he can get the Japan 10-22mm. I waited and tested the lens and it works so well, so good. So I ask him if its the same price. He said Japan is expensive HKD 5,600. So I haggle it down to HKD 5,000. In the end I was upset and did not buy and the guy keeps on shouting at me “p**t** in*”. To make the long story short HKD 3,500 was really a bait and a fake one.
BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE! BAD EXPERIENCE IN HONGKONG!
I hope you don’t mind me posting this.
Good thing nag-walk out ka dude! Gusto ko talaga gawin ‘yan! Promise!
To those who do not know yet, I should have not bought anything in Singapore. Yeah, I’d rather be empty-handed than end up with something I really do not like. HAHA, eh asa ka naman kung may kasama kang sipsip sa mga ganung tao! (Oh no!)
Okay, so what if something is Made in Japan and the EF-S is made in Taiwan? To make the story short, WE DON’T GIVE A FUCK about the country of manufacture. We don’t care at all, and I have tested the Sigma, pero nag-give up lang talaga ako kasi mataas talaga ang standards ko. This is the trait that even demure people won’t ever learn or develop.
Bait and Switch Tactic: So that’s why it’s better to go on a shopping spree in the USA
It doesn’t only happen in Hong Kong, actually, and in Singapore. In every part of the Sinosphere, this bait-and-switch tactic is almost everywhere. If this happens to you, I advise, you’d rather walk out than end up for something you really don’t like at the first place.
At least, if you’re going to shop in the US, it would be more beneficial since people there are really very frank. Also, there are a lot of Filipinos there so you won’t get out of place (OP). An Austrian deviant *spike83 stated that he’d like to purchase his 5D Mark III in the US because of very high prices in his native country, but his only concern is the warranty (I know right?).
Again, if you’re going to the United States to go on a shopping spree, make sure that the place you’re going is definitely tax-free (please enlighten me American people!).
Wonder why I am telling you that the US is the best place? Okay, here’s the thing. If you’re going to buy in Japan, yes, it is granted that gadgets are cheaper there, however, you’ll only have two language options (English and Nihongo), especially if you’re a Canonican. Canon’s marketing strategy is very regionalistic, so you’d rather opt for the US instead.
Not to generalize the Sinosphere but…
cgena.com|Infomax — best shop ever.
letteshaven.blogspot.com|The cleaner environment of Infomax — LOVE IT!
I’ll make a separate article about Infomax. I really do recommend this shop to those who are not fans or haters of Hidalgo, Quiapo. Nyahahahah!
Apologies if I have a laptop that runs slowly (unexpected for a Mac that has been solid for two years!), but anyways, the last photo is the only one edited twice by the 60D, then Lightroom. No wonder, it comes with a good result.
Good thing this made me become selective when it comes to photos. I would post photos here and choose the more presentable ones in deviantArt since it doesn’t make sense if you keep uploading photos that do not really… impress the artful eye.
Food photography has always been a fascination to me. No one would ever deny that. Not even the know-it-alls, or walking contradictions. They cannot say, “OMG you a photographer!?” Not even the most arrogant of all people would think I’m vulnerable.
Well, I’ll make a separate post about tips in taking photographs of food. AS IN THE ONES THAT YOU SEE ON MAGS! ((:
Maybe people might be wondering why I chose Canon.
There are many reasons why I chose it over Nikon, or Sony, or Olympus. In the case of Sony, I like their Cyber-shot line. For Olympus… I like their waterproof series. In Nikon’s case, maybe their film cameras.
Now that’s what I was thinking of… maybe because:
- Canon’s EF and EF-S lenses are actually designed as if a graphic designer designed it. Notice its appearance and you really wanna treat it as a museum object.
- You don’t need to worry about the autofocus dilemma in Canon — one reason why Canon was the original in terms of the autofocus system.
- Memorizing the terms L DO IS and USM is easy. Okay, for instance, EF, EF-S, TS-E, MP-E –> they’re not hard to memorize at all. Canon has this reputation for being “organized.” Naming of lenses, camera bodies and the like –> they’re labelled in a very organized way, so Canon fans find this convenient.
- Another thing about the Canon EOS camera bodies — they have more beautiful and stylish designs, but never sacrificed build quality and ruggedness.
- Starting year 2009 onwards, focal lengths of lenses are labelled by using the Myriad Pro font (except for the 70-200mm L IS II USM) and cameras that are released starting 2010 are already featured with a 3:2 (720×480) LCD monitor, which is conducive to view your photos as if you’re viewing their native 3:2 aspect ratio. In fact, 3:2 LCD monitors are considered “widescreen.” Semi-pro and entry-level cameras (within the xxD and xxxD range) usually feature this articulate LCD monitor.
- The Canon EOS system is intended for obsessive-compulsive people.
- Regardless of megapixel count, DiG!C quality is really impressive, similar to that of BIONZ + EXMOR combined.
- User-friendliness is another thing. With regards to exposure compensation, Canon’s pointer is the same with Sony and Olympus.
- Nikon did never hit the 18 Megapixel count (actual count is 17.9), but Sony achieved this.
- Canon’s Clear View LCD monitor almost has the same quality with Apple’s Retina Display, which is very much conducive for viewing photographs. I think Nikon failed to provide this, even for the D3000.
- Telephoto lenses are dirty white. Also, they’re stylish.
- Canon EOS bodies are generally lighter despite looking wider and bulkier.
- Their marketing style is “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” in terms of style, and their marketing strategy is at-par with Sony.
- Talking about wider range selection of lenses, I think Canon is the best when it comes to those things.
There are some other things, however, that are not in Canon (or let’s say, needs improvement)
- Image Stabilization in-camera: This is a Sony Minolta Alpha feature (Super Steady Shot). Whether everyone likes it or not, it’s OK to buy lenses that feature NO image stabilizer/vibration reduction/vibration compensation/optical stabilizer if you’re asking for a lens for the Sony A-mount.
- More superzoom lens options: Nikon has this 18-105mm lens, I really do not know with the rest (you know me, Canon-biased!), but Canon only has the following flexi-lenses: EF-S 18-135mm IS, EF-S 18-135mm STM, EF-S 18-200mm, EF 28-300mm… et cetera. Superzoom lenses are often lacking full-time manual focusing, so that’s why I really do avoid those kind of lenses.
- EOS M’s underrated status: I think Canon is not yet ready to market their EOS M system just yet. They’re still starting and they’re focusing on the DSLRs first to find new ways on developing their EOS M series
- Biased between the 7D and the 6D: Supposedly, full-frame cameras should have 100% viewfinder coverage. While some of you might wonder why the Canon EOS 6D only has 97% viewfinder coverage, well for me, it’s a true embarrassment. While the 7D has 100% viewfinder coverage, why can’t it also be for the 6D (This case scenario is really much worse than the 5D Mark II’s 98% viewfinder coverage)? After all, the 6D is a FULL-FRAME camera, whether it is a consumer-level one or not. This made me push through the 5D Mark III dream, though.
- Japanese version of EOS camera bodies have limited language options: Another embarrassment! This is a very tough job for lazy people, but having only English and Japanese as your only language option is the worst case scenario for those of you planning to buy a DSLR in Yodobashi Camera. I think, most Japanese people will really be very insulted with this one, because it doesn’t have to mean that Japan-targeted products = two-language options only. The only way to solve this problem is to update the firmware, but make sure that the firmware should come from non-Japanese Canon websites. (Okay correction, I think even updating the firmware does not help. There’s something in the camera that is exclusively for a certain region.)
- Lens hood for non-L series: This is one of the most sensitive topics ever, I believe. Unlike Sigma, Tokina and other third-party lens manufacturers, Canon only provides lens hoods and other accessories for their L-lenses. I do understand that since they do observe “hassle-free” investments, but for lenses that are not part of the L-series, they do not include a lens hood or a lens pouch. BAH, we need to work our arses off to get that freaking lens hood! One thing why third-party lens manufacturers could actually be venerated — they OFFER lens hoods, included with the lens!
- The 1D series deserves more megapixel count than the 5D series: Seriously, who does not want a tall full-frame camera with MOAR megapixels, right? This should also be the same for tall Nikon D’s.
- More EF-S wide angle lenses: I seriously don’t get it why Canon hasn’t released any wide-angle lens with a 12-24mm/11-24mm zoom range. Actually, this is really beneficial to those who are using APS-C cameras. It’s like supporting the fact that APS-C is meant for telephoto, full-frame for wide-angle shizz… which shouldn’t be actually happening.
- EF 24-70mm f/2.8L with an IS: This never happened at all. Reverse zoom or not, I don’t care. For as long as there is IS on it, I’ll definitely go for it.
- 35mm lens with a 58mm filter thread: I hope this might have IS too!
- Canon shops (with the Canon logo, ok? Like Apple stores with its signature logo/icon) do not provide the 15-85mm lens: HAHAHA, this is the severe problem, I think Infomax is more prepared after all (yep, my favorite shop! Much better than Hidalgo, swear that!).
Canon isn’t only about photography
Not your typical Digital ELPH/IXY/IXUS, PowerShot or EOS provider, but come to think of it, they also do offer printers, scanners, calculators (hahahah, yeah this is very unusual) and other products. It is the same with Sony (almost, actually since Canon never did offer any mobile phone or laptop, which would appear WEIRD if that really happens), but the difference is, Sony is somewhat the Japanese version of Samsung (yep, from radio, stereo, TV, laptop, mobile phone, camera…) for their versatility and flexibility — and their diversity to offer a lot more for their fans.
Okay, I’m really Canon-biased, but that’s because their marketing strategy and err… manuals and the like are very much like Sony. I think Sony started their Alpha line when it merged with Minolta because they’re the only Japanese company left behind not pioneering their very own DSLR technology. I think, Canon never needed to merge with any other company, same with Nikon. Same with Olympus, Pentax, any company that does not need that strategy. Maybe if I were to go full-frame, I think the 5D Mark III is the only thing I’m waiting for.
I hope that Canon does everything in my second list! There are a lot of things that they should improve, since I told a while ago, that it is for obsessive-compulsive people. Oh, dear. Yep, those things I have mentioned are a huge embarrassment for Canon, and another thing is that, why do they have to put ONLY TWO FREAKING SPRACHEN in their Japanese version?
After almost two years of photography experience, I finally upgraded to a semi-pro camera body… so please welcome Blooregard, aka, the Canon EOS 60D!
I named it Blooregard. Well, one thing that I want to tell you guys is that, I rarely make names for gadgets, but since it is a “norm” for mainstream popular kids, whoa like… what DAFUQ!?
Before buying the 60D…
Ever since, I thought of upgrading, if not the 5D Mark II. However, because the 5D MkII’s screen is 4:3 in aspect ratio, I chose to wait for the 5D Mark III only for higher megapixels, SD card slot, 100% viewfinder coverage and a ginormous 3:2 3.2″ LCD monitor (which is sadly not articulate).
The 60D is actually a second choice, next to the 5D Mark II. Actually, this made me realize that the 60D is actually a real semi-pro model. Why? I’ll show you everything (haha, check out YouTube.com/MolybdenumStudios soon!).
Okay, so the 60D with the kit lens. However, I still decided to use the EF-S 15-85mm lens because the 18-135mm will belong to me momma. There were “challenges” actually, rather than meticulous organized… shizz. First of all, the 60D’s manual is in Nippongo! The seller told me that their suppliers are Japanese (hontoni desu ka?). Worse, the serial number is worn out (black background is better than the white one nyahaha!).
So, here’s the story that I’d like to share with all of you guys…
One thing that I really like to share with you is an advantage when upgrading to a semi-pro model/body: Usually, people using an entry-level model (e.g., xxxD, xxxxD) upgrading to full-frame might have a hard time adjusting. Another thing is, if you’re planning to upgrade to full-frame, remember, EF-S lenses are NOT compatible with full-frame EOS bodies (e.g., 5D series, 1Dx, 1Ds). Instead, you have to invest to an EF lens, specifically the ones that are L-series (EF lenses with a red barrel, for Nikonians, it’s usually the gold barrel).
Another thing is that, third-party lenses are actually very limited in features, which is not exactly true. In fact, there are some lenses that are almost at-par with marque lenses, but marque lenses are still the choice of professional photographers.
Higher-end camera bodies tend to be heavier and more advanced in features, but the 60D serves as a mediator (or bridge) between the entry-level xxxD bodies and the xxD ones (7D included!). Usually, xxD bodies have CF card slots rather than SD card slots, but the 60D rather has a/n SD card slot, which is more accessible to those who were using xxxD models that start from EOS 450D to the latest. The only xxD features retained on the 60D is the pentaprism viewfinder (don’t get me wrong, I have a very hard time dealing with a pentaprism viewfinder, so I often adjust the grade), different battery pack and… hmmm, I’ll think about it. I’m a first-time xxD user, BTW. (:
One advantage about the xxD models is that, their strap is an identification whether a person uses an xxxD/xxxxD, xxD and/or an xD model. When you see a strap with a xxD model in it, it means that they’re using mid-range bodies, but if you spot someone with a camera strap with an xD model in it, you’re going to say, “Whoa, this person must be rich,” or “That person must be a professional.” Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that if you own an xD model, you’re automatically a professional photographer or a well-off person.
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to buy a full-frame camera body, however, is is still considered as a luxury item for some few.
Original quote. LOL.
Usually, full-frame cameras offer something that APS-C sensor bodies cannot even do, and you guessed it, wide-angle capabilities! A full-frame body is ideal for standard telephoto and wide-angle focal lengths since most camera manufacturers tend to be VERY biased in terms of focal length — especially for wide-angle lenses that are not conducive enough for an APS-C sensor.
However, there are some advantages when using a crop sensor body — and that is telephoto capabilities. You could actually use the 60D when using a 70-200mm L lens if you want to stalk your crush (oh no, BI right here!) or maybe capture a very wild animal.
EF-S lenses or short-back focus lenses are considered as “digital lenses” since they only work on digital SLRs with an APS-C sensor, while EF lenses (or non short-back focus lenses) are made for EVERY digital SLR, and also for film cameras. Make sure that the mount matches — you can’t fit Canon lenses on a Nikon or a Sony body unless there’s an adaptor. Right, yowayowa-san?
Since I’m a 60D owner already, I think I am ready to use a telephoto lens! Kidding!
Actually, the 60D and the 5D Mark III have some certain similarities. The photo above shows you everything.
Unfortunately for the 60D, there’s only one C mode (yep, custom mode, but I don’t have a hell of an idea to use this function!). But that’s okay, I don’t even know how to use it. I though that was the “Creative Filter” mode. LOL.
The switch is actually at the TOP LEFT side of the 60D, if the 550D has it on the TOP RIGHT SIDE. Indeed, this is very difficult if you’re used to having that mode dial and switch at your RIGHT side, all thanks to this LCD status panel that appears in orange light, it is actually an “obstacle” for me, but for some pros and serious amateurs out there, it is convenient.
Now how the hell should I use this… LCD status panel? All I know is the ISO thing, and that’s about it. If you’ll notice the EXIF data of some of my photographs, the most frequent ISO would be ISO 100, making sure that the photos are smooth and grain-free, but to achieve the ±0 EV, I think it’s almost impossible to achieve something that is formula-driven by:
ISO 100 –> EV ±0 –> shutter speed + aperture. Usually, everything should be balanced, from aperture to shutter speed, but it should be taken note that EV ±0 is usually the standard when it comes to adjusting the aperture and the shutter speed.
Before, 1/30 would be the default in my standards. But come to think of it, you’re not a true-blooded amateur if you’re going to rely on the default settings. Experiment on a certain basis so that you’ll get the best results.
It is not a joke that the LCD screen of the 60D is very much crystal clear — similar to that of Apple’s retina display. If you think about obsessing with crystal clarity, the 60D’s LCD monitor is actually much more crystal clear than (that of) the 550D’s.
It is also helpful when you’re going to take photographs of amazing ceiling art (hello, Basilica fresco!).
Apologies if I failed to use the RAW mode (Large — high quality). I only used the S-RAW mode, which is SMALL!
How to take a shot using the articulate LCD monitor?
Especially for the “almost-peace sign part,” this was the procedure…
Anyways, this is it! Shoot like a PRO will come back just in case you want more tutorials! <3 However, there’s a part II for this post, so stay tuned!
dpreview.com|Uh-oh! Watch out for some… chemicals!
dpreview.com TELLS IT ALL!
Canon has issued a warning to owners of the EOS 650D/Rebel T4i that the rubber hand-grips of some models may turn white, and produce a chemical that can cause an allergic reaction. According to Canon, the chemical, zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), is not used in the production of the camera but is a potential by-product of a chemical reaction between other substances found in the hand-grip. Canon has identified a certain number of cameras where a larger than normal amount of ‘rubber accelerator’ was used in the production of this component, which could potentially cause this chemical reaction.
According to Canon USA, ‘some EOS 650D/Rebel T4i cameras’ manufactured between May 31st and June 15th ‘may be affected’ by this chemical reaction, which causes the hand-grips of the cameras to turn white. Zinc bis, the substance produced by the chemical reaction, may cause an allergic reaction in some people, and ‘as a precautionary measure’ Canon advises owners of affected cameras to ‘thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grip’.
Duh! This is not new to me, but the Canon EOS 5D Mark III suffered a certain light leak. Oh noes, do you think this is the end of Canon’s “magic”? I hope NOT!
Wikipedia|Light leaking example
Seriously, like Canon 5D Mark III’s mishap would be, “LOMO-fication”?
I know every technology has its own mishaps, but light leaking on a respected camera model and some chemical reactions on a simple rubber grip for the latest model would only make Canon’s reputation tainted. There’s nothing really good in making one mishap to make your loyal fans burn their money for your “profit.”
Japanese Inconsistency (not again! Whoopsie!)
If you think that Japan is perfection to all of you, I might prove you wrong. Look what happened to Tekken, after Namco made some excuses and inconsistencies. Look what happened after Itagaki Tomonobu was kicked out because of scandals (please include the time when he did not embrace the PS3 for his games… all he wants is the Xbox!). Also, please include the Toyota thing (anyways, Toyota is still one of the best brands, undeniably true — it learns from its mistakes). I’m afraid, Canon is next in line with all these “mishaps.” Look where is the 24-70mm L lens Mark II and the 1Dx? Delayed after their announcement dates! Now I know why after Koizumi’s rule as Japanese PM, his successors could no longer stand it and simply resigned immediately — like what I have written before, the Japanese pioneered the art of balancing. However, their consistency is questionable. Companies would rather become nalipasan because they lost their magic. Olympus, Sony… and the old ones (Aiwa, anyone?), they’re no longer existing.
However, I still love the Land of the Rising Sun, though! At least for them, they believe that there’s always room for improvement.
Believe it or not — Offshoring isn’t good!
When Sony, Canon, Olympus… and other Japanese firms were not yet offshoring to China, the magic was there. They were the top giant gadget companies during their time, but when they offshore to China, there were inconsistencies that happened.
Labor costs in Japan are damn costly, and that’s undeniably true, as a matter of fact. Yet when thinking about manufacturing goods in a country with a very high labor cost, you’ll safely say that their products are really GOOD. Leica, Zeiss… and any German firms — every technology that is Made in Germany usually gets the highest form of respect; it earns a very good reputation for its durability. Scandinavian companies such as Phase One, Hasselblad and the like have a reputation that could par with German technology — no wonder cost of living in Europe (European Union included!) is very high, unless you’re going East.
Offshoring may be helpful and beneficial, but it certainly isn’t proper at all. Imagine your Apple products are really produced and assembled in the United States — see? You’re really going to smile when I say this, but please take note that the Mac computer’s prices, however in that case, might have the same price with a single vehicle. I’m not kidding on this, if a typical MacBook Pro costs USD 1,000+, it might rise to USD 2,000+ or worse, USD 5,000. In that case, iPods might cost like USD 800+. I ain’t an economics expert, but usually, manufacturers do not set the price. It is either the government or the seller who will dictate the price, whether they would implement tax on it or not.
If you’re going to ask why offshoring exists, and occurs, is because of labor cost issues. It would have been better if Filipino mobile phone companies would set up factories in the Philippines, but they had no choice but to offshore it in China, which is bad news to everyone. If only governments support technologies in the Philippines, then better! Maybe Cherry Mobile, myPhone and Torque would not only be regional but global! That would be good news if that happens.
China may be a place for offshoring, but please take note that there’s Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines as other countries to set up those factories. At least their quality is better (no biases intended) and of course… quality-oriented. After all, offshoring might not be a bad word at all!
Canon’s offshore to Taiwan
Taiwan is like the “Japan” of the Sinosphere (please, don’t take this against me!) — Asus, Acer are going global, too! However, despite controversies surrounding Japan-Taiwan relations (oh, discrimination against Japanese in Taiwan, and discrimination against Taiwanese in Japan, as Takeshi Kaneshiro and Sadaharu Oh!), you can’t blame what ever happened to history! Taiwan was occupied by Japan before… so maybe there are haunted memories still staining Taiwan… but please take note of Amuro Namie’s visit there!
I believe Canon insisted to move part of its factories to Taiwan to continue the making of some lenses and cameras there… and the first camera to be manufactured in Taiwan is no other than the Canon EOS 1100D. The Canon EOS 650D is manufactured there, yet this “chemical dilemma” should not be blamed to a certain country of manufacture. That isn’t right! I believe Canon is doing something dubious to create another issue and make excuses — again!
You can’t blame Canon for its entrance to err… ending up like the other companies I’ve mentioned. I hope it doesn’t end up that way, though.
BTW… when I first tested the 60D, I felt I wanna have it as in RIGHT NOW. But that could actually wait because I feel worried about…
…well you know why there’s a hiatus.
Okay, so I am really excited to review the 60D once it was owned by me. I’ll say, “Hurrah! I got the 60D and I’ll make the most of it!”
Getting an upgrade? No problem!
Not a fan of a DSLR’s features (e.g., optimizer) but I think taking photographs is more fun, though. (; The 60D I used isn’t mine, I only tested it and it’s really good in terms of quality. At-par with the 550D, of course, it is expected, but it’s much more challenging to operate. So once more, I will adjust.
Taking bokeh background shots or maybe clearer view of photographs should not make you a “pro.” It’s not easy to be a “pro” because you’ll earn by your own, but if you’re wishing to upgrade to another body, I think you don’t need to make photography as a “profession.” After all, who cares about your full-frame body?
You don’t need to be a pro to buy a full-frame, however it is considered as a luxury item, so no wonder people using those are mostly professionals, but professionals proved that camera bodies do not matter at all, since they consider their budget more than their taste. This is true if you’re really passionate about your field — you don’t need any high-end bodies to be called [as] a “pro.”
Now I really have this first-hand account of someone using a 5D Mark II with an L lens — and that person I think is a student. Dunno if she’s a pro but if you’d notice, if someone OWNS a 5D, you would assume, “Jeez, I think he/she must be professional.” It would be legit if you refer to zemotion as a pro. Another thing, the late Francis M owned a 5D Mark II as well, and I really do not know if he made a career out of it– but forget it.
I really do not know if you’re a Canon user switching to Nikon (oh no, don’t get me started with that! I’m forever a Canon user and will always be!) or a Nikon user switching to Canon (hello welcome to the family!). I’m really Canon-biased, so you can’t question the fact that I’d rather stay Canon forever since I have read a certain source that Nikkor lenses seemed costlier than the body (is there such thing? @_@). Also, if you’re a Nikon user, you need to match your lens with the camera, especially if your camera has no AF motor err… source? Unlike Canon, you won’t ever have compatibility problems especially if you use the xxxxD, xxxD, xxD and the 7D. If you’re likely to hit the full-frame community, don’t invest for an EF-S. Rather aim for the EF — hahaha! Caught y’all!
Also, I chose Canon because of its vibrant feel. Like, the vibrancy is present when you view a Canon photo, and the images have a more pleasant look and feel (Okay, I’m not biased this time). Canon users tend to have less stress when it comes to lenses and their marketing strategy (via brochures) are like, tinototoo. In English, their marketing strategy reminds me of Sony’s — the way they market their products is not like Olympus (which is more of a magnifier). They make the products palatable and also, their descriptions are more detailed– walang kulang sa mga features, as in they do their best to convince people.
Another thing is, Canon’s user interface is easier and faster to learn (I’ll make a video about this ok?). You won’t ever scratch your head while operating the camera itself.
Believe it or not, like what I said, it should simply not depend upon the photographer alone, but it should be from his/her personal taste — lenses, techniques and the like, there are no certain rules that should dictate to create a good photograph. Personal preferences should always be the top priority, from taste to budget… it’s in yours.
I don’t hate Nikon, actually. If I’m Canon-biased, that should not equate I myself, a “Canonican,” should say NO to Nikon. It’s only that Canon is easier to operate IMO. Hehehe.
Welcome, 6D. Finally my predictions are becoming true. That’s how promising Canon is.
The front is so much like the 5D Mark II, but the rear? For the love of gawd, I don’t think you might be impressed.
I think if you’re going to ask me, I might as well get this one instead, since this is the only EOS thing with Wi-Fi. If this is really true like what Canon shows us, we might bring this without anymore excuses when uploading photos on Facebook!
So this is the year 2012. First off, the 5D Mark III. Second, the 650D/Rebel T4i/Kiss X6i with its touchscreen feature. Third… OMG, this is it! I hope people who will buy FF cameras would consider this one, but sadly, I won’t be one of those people.
*Results may vary depending upon the person.
If you’re really passionate about being hired in weddings, magazines… or maybe school projects, for instance, here are some of the tips and advice I compiled from amateur and pro photographers… and also from my personal experience.
I am neither a professional photographer nor a photography expert, but recently, I simply thought of writing some photography tips in a notebook so that I could show you how I actually “work” with the camera.
So, if you’re really interested in photography, let me share you a few tips and advice you might wanna know about:
1.) There is no need for you to religiously follow all the rules to take a decent or a good photograph.
The rule of thirds is the usual norm when you compose your subject. However, this doesn’t really work ALL the time. You need to find the best angle even without following the rule of thirds. Each focal length has its own specialization.
2.) No, not even one single photograph is one-shot perfect.
That is why the usual, general and the most overrated rule is to “shoot in RAW.” Actually, the main purpose of photo editing is to correct certain portions. Enhancements and effects usually depend upon certain preferences. However, if your lens is decent enough to take a good photograph (although not necessarily one-shot perfect), then you may opt not to shoot in RAW at all.
3.) If your photo is good enough (at least, in your own perspective), there’s no need for you to edit it.
Editing a photo that has good aesthetics is no use at all, if that’s the case. If you think that the colors and the composition are good enough, then there’s no need for you to edit it.
4.) You don’t really need a tripod unless necessary.
Tables, books and certain types of bags make a better alternative for a tripod. You know what? I take long-exposure shots without the help of a tripod. Even fireworks. A tripod is after all, a personal preference.
5.) Sometimes, pop-up flashes create good photographs.
If you’re not satisfied with the lighting, or if there’s a certain “against-the-light” phenomena occurring, a pop-up flash is needed. However, there are certain times when a diffuser is needed.
6.) Composition should always be the top priority.
Find the best angles for you to compose a shot. Straight angles usually come out in unflattering and boring results, while extremes and bizarre angles might lead you to much better results.
7.) If everything should depend upon the photographer, that is not necessarily correct. Every photographer has his/her own personal preferences and style/s, so they have the freedom to choose their lenses/camera bodies/equipment/freedom to edit.
People would say, “It always depends upon the photographer. Well, HELL NO. Usually, it depends upon the lens that was used. If you use a lens with a damn good quality, that should not totally make your photos “good.” It actually motivates the person to take more photographs for a clearer view.
Anyways, to look for a lens, you should consider the following: Full-time manual focusing (1:3 macro ratio is the most ideal), over-all quality and most of all, flexibility. I actually do not recommend you to buy a superzoom lens since its manual focusing range is limited (that means, it cannot offer full-time manual focusing). That’s why buying a superzoom lens obviously means that you’re not the type of person who changes lenses (although it’s a hassle, at least non-flexible/specialized lenses teach perseverance).
8.) Manual Mode is for everyone.
If you really want to learn photography, maximize the manual mode more than P mode or CA mode (Canon user here, BTW). Always maintain ±0 EV depending upon lighting situations. Set ISO to AUTO since this helps you maintain the ±0 EV and the desired aperture and shutter speed.
⚠ Using the Manual Mode is not desired when taking photos in a hurry.
9.) Capture certain moments effortlessly.
Doing a roleplay should never be taken seriously. In fact, captured moments should have a story behind it, or maybe not. After all, capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments are not that hard to do!
10.) Explore, Experiment!
Always have the time to maximize your camera settings. It may be hassle, but knowing almost everything in your camera might as well earn you a one-way ticket to a full-frame DSLR. Find new ways to take photographs of subjects with natural or artificial light (besides flash of course) and always find the right angle to flatter your subjects. It’s never too late to improve your photography style, and please, never ever copy the style of other people since there’s always room for creativity!
Apologies for showing off the bad mood recently. GAH, the past should never be a hindrance, ok?
So here are the only shots I could show you. Aww so much for making me privacy much stricter haha.
I really do not want everyone to know more about me personal life, and these photographs reflect how much I really am into photography. Gosh, thesis is already there, and I really do not know who to work with. >.<