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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: March 02, 2015, 05:38:26 AM »
I am a student of Physics so Photography is definitely just a hobby at the minute, with no plans to make it my profession, but who knows!
I don't have a lot of funds with being a student and everything, so GAS is kept pretty well at bay by necessity but my gear is everything and more than my skill level currently requires.

Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: February 02, 2015, 04:18:55 PM »
Haven't felt G.A.S. like this in a long time...

Anyone want to take a stab at pricing?
I know it won't be cheap but if it is even as good as the 16-35 that would be good to me for the extra mm's on the wide end.

Lenses / Re: Which Canon Full Frame Camera is For You?
« on: December 23, 2014, 06:55:05 AM »
The most frustrating thing about this video is that he basically says don't buy any of them, just wait until the upgrade.

This is an incredibly annoying attitude and is really unhelpful.

Bottom line for me is that there will always be a better camera than the one you buy now, but unless you have the money to buy the best of the best every time it comes out, as soon as it comes out, then just buy what suits your needs and budget best right now. Stop lusting after things that don't exist and just max out what you have first.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 07:32:35 AM »
If you are already invested in a Canon system, like I am, there really isn't a need to in 99.9999% of cases.
You should be able to do everything you need with a Canon camera, if you're willing to put the time in and learn how.
One possible exception I can see is if you need super high resolution for some professional purpose, but for large prints (as an amateur) I am loving the results from my 'lowly' 6D.
If you feel the need to re-evaluate your brand of gear every time someone brings out a new camera then I would suggest focusing on taking photos.
Some amazing photos have been taken with gear a lot less advanced than what Canon has available in it's lineup.

Lenses / Re: What do you do with lens cases?
« on: July 26, 2014, 06:07:32 AM »
As far as the Canon lens pouches go, they sit in the box they came in.
I no longer have any sigma lenses but I do buy the lowepro (or something similar) padded lens cases that are very like the Sigma ones. I have one to fit each of my lenses and use them whenever I'm backpacking/hiking/daytripping and I'm not bringing a dedicated camera bag with padding, which is becoming increasingly common.
I have a non-camera messenger bag to carry 2-3 lenses for more urban shooting, and in that situation I just use foam inserts as padding because the cases are too bulky.

Basically, I use the padded lens cases so I can fire them in a backpack that will have other non-camera stuff in it and not worry about having my lenses damaged. It just a slightly more disorganised camera bag!

Portrait / Re: Gypsy Girl
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:26:40 AM »
I definitely prefer the first one.

Maybe if you had processed the second like the first I would have liked it more, due to the tighter composition and engaging eyes.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: July 18, 2014, 08:34:24 AM »
Taken with 6D and Samyang 14mm f/2.8.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: July 10, 2014, 07:02:27 AM »
Second ever attempt at HDR in an attempt to capture a beautiful scene. Think I'd go for a more natural look next time.

Thanks guys!

Northstar, I think the flash you mean was a boat going past! It came past pretty quickly but I think it was a fishing boat and when it was heading out it had a huge floodlight pointing directly towards the shore where I was.

Miah, I used a Canon 6D with Samyang 14mm f/2.8.
I took over 400 shots over roughly a 3 hour period, each shot was a 25 second exposure at ISO 6400, f/4 (f/2.8 wasn't giving me great IQ) and then there was a 1 second interval between shots. Just used a basic intervalometer I got off eBay a few years ago.

Video & Movie / Time lapse of the night sky in Lagos, Portugal.
« on: July 03, 2014, 09:23:50 AM »
Hey guys, recently returned from a holiday in Portugal and shot this time lapse during my last night there.
Hope you enjoy and can give some tips for improvement!

Photography Technique / Re: The definition of insanity
« on: June 25, 2014, 06:32:41 PM »
I know exacly what you mean. As I write this I'm on holiday in Lagos, Portugal with the family. Very little time is afforded to the taking of photographs so I have to make time for myself! I think I also brought too much kit: 6D, 14mm, 24-105, 50 1.4 and 70-200 plus filters and timer.
My tactic has been getting up before 5am every morning and hiking to all the lovely isolated beaches, coves and cliffs nearby. We have a rental car too but there's enough close by and I enjoy the walk. This works doubly well because the light is great at these times and no one else is awake so I can do whatever I want and spend hours just waiting for the right moment and enjoying the scenery! I also head out after midnight at times to do astro scenes. Sunset is off limits due to dinner/world cup.
Because I've been limited to what I can do I've only really used the 14 and 24-105 until today when I used the 70-200 at the zoo. The 50 1.4 has been brought out to dinner at times but only because its there.
I guess you just have to make the most of what you have, but I know other times I've been very limited and one lens would have been enough for all the photography I was able to do.

EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 04, 2014, 10:16:48 AM »
Is it not a little weird that nothing has been heard about the 7D2 if it's in the hands of pros for the world cup which starts in just over a week?
I understand that non disclosure agreements come in to play etc. but are we more likely to hear something once the world cup kicks off?
I'm not interested in buying the 7D2 but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested in what Canon have come up with!

EOS Bodies / Re: Focusing screens & the 6D
« on: June 04, 2014, 10:08:46 AM »
I recently purchased the 6D and have since been thinking about changing the focusing screen.
I've toyed with the idea of the Eg-s but I also used an Ec-A focusing screen with the microprism in the centre on my 7D (purchased from because I use old manual lenses a fair bit.
I really love the modified Ec-A for my 7D, because it was so much easier to manual focus, but with slower lenses the microprism would go dark very quickly and this was definitely a pain at times.
I don't think there is much point in getting the Ec-A unless you manual focus with large apertures, but the website may offer something you would be interested in.
They are more expensive, as I think they're modified to fit the 6D, and they come from Taiwan (I think) so take a while to arrive but I loved mine in the 7D.
Sorry if I didn't really answer your queries but I think neuro summed it up pretty well.

Canon General / Re: 9 Sins of a Newbie Photographer
« on: June 02, 2014, 07:39:38 AM »
Is this a joke?

I mean, "Not aiming nor focussing"..."Taking night photos with high shutter speed"...."Being conceited Humility is essential"?

From your list of choices I would go with the 60d. I have owned the 7D but if you aren't shooting sports or wildlife then I don't see any reason to choose the 7D over the 60d. AFMA probably won't be as important as you think it will, especially if you're starting out borrowing different lenses from people. I always think an articulated screen would be good for low level landscape work, but have never used one.
As another poster said, I am unsure of why you ruled the 5D out? If you're seriously thinking about video then fair enough, but for portraits and landscapes it would be by far the best choice of camera within your budget. It may not have all the bells and whistles by today's standards but the IQ will be easily better than that from your other choices.

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