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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 06, 2013, 10:11:55 AM »
I said a while ago I would like canon to do something similar to this. Full frame camera in the old built-like-a-tank design, but with lenses with manual aperture control as well.

Lenses / Re: Pimped my lens!
« on: August 22, 2013, 10:41:05 PM »
I love this. Doing things just for the hell of it. BTW it looks great!

Fellow teen on a budget here; I was in the same predicament about 6 months ago and ended up getting a Manfrotto 055XPROB with 808RC4 3 way head for £110 altogether. I think that is a pretty good deal but even if you pay a bit more, the combination is so sturdy and you'll probably never need another.

One problem with this combo: weight. I'm a pretty big guy and I lift but even for me it's a burden over long distances if it isn't strapped to a backpack. Great for a sturdy base but portability isn't a key requirement for me. If it is for you maybe a carbon fibre set of legs and a decent ball head.

Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 20, 2013, 02:38:53 PM »
Out of all my lenses my favourite is, without a doubt, my Pentacon 135 f/2.8. It is quite unbelievably sharp, has beautiful bokeh and while some may list this as a disadvantage in certain situations, it has a long focus throw for precise focussing! The build quality is excellent and ever since I re-greased it, the focussing ring is smoother than ever!
Fairly light too, and the 15 aperture blades are just a nice addition when using it stopped down.

Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:23:19 AM »
Think I'll wait for version II...

Canon General / Re: How ready is your camera gear usually?
« on: June 24, 2013, 04:57:40 PM »
All my camera gear is within 6 feet of each other.
All my bodies and lenses sit on top of my chest of drawers; filters and miscellaneous items such as cards, cleaning equipments, triggers, waterproof covers etc. stay in the bag which is beside the drawers and tripods and stands are beside the bag also.

I chose <10 mins because I rarely have my bag completely backed and ready to lift, but it's always there so I can pack what I need but in reality it takes <5 mins.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is This the EOS 3D?
« on: June 17, 2013, 01:20:50 PM »
Looks like a 3 to me...but if they were trying to keep it secret then why would they make a strap for it instead of just a standard canon one?

Lenses / Re: 70-200L f/4 IS vs 70-200L f/4
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:29:41 PM »
I have the non IS like you and am very pleased with the image quality, I wouldn't imagine there would be enough of a difference between the IS and non IS to justify the price in image quality alone.
I don't know how good the IS is on the 70-200 but I do sometimes wish I had IS on it like my 24-105mm. Personally I've only ever considered upgrading to the 2.8 but even then I don't really need that extra stop so haven't.

My call, if extra reach is what you want, is the 100-400. That or you could go with a 300 f/4 and use your 1.4 TC with it? Depends how much flexibility you need.

I would get further away from the Eiffel Tower than in your example, the positioning of the feet are a dead give away of actual proportions and positioning. Get a good bit further away, have your subject stand on a wall or something, put your subject's feet at the very bottom of the frame, using YOUR positioning place the bottom of the tower where their feet are.
Then simply take the photo, use a small aperture, maybe f/11 or smaller.

You should just experiment...the only technical knowledge required is to use a small aperture, the rest is just playing around with perspective based on the position of the subject and the positioning of the camera.

Lenses / Re: Are there custom lens hoods for canon L lenses??
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:49:00 PM »
Am I the only one who is reminded of this thread: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=13257.0

Haha yes, this is almost as frustrating as that thread.
As Axilrod said above, if you want to see a REALLY ridiculous hood design look no further than the nifty 50. I got a knock off hood from HK, safe to say I regretted even spending the 99p I did.

Lenses / Re: Are there custom lens hoods for canon L lenses??
« on: June 03, 2013, 12:11:20 PM »
A lens hood is a functional object, it's not really meant to be something people marvel over the design of.

Site Information / Re: Search for 7D focusing screen
« on: May 29, 2013, 07:06:39 AM »
Can anyone give me an approximate size for the EC-A screen so I can compare to the 7D screen?


Site Information / Re: Search for 7D focusing screen
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:40:52 AM »
The EC-A has a HUGE microprism region compared with the viewfinder in the 7D. It will seriously affect your exposure accuracy, but you can learn to compensate this.

It's easy to remove the screen from a 7D (just follow the instructions on the Katzeye site.) You can judge whether you'd be able to cut a piece of hard plastic accurately to the same shape without scratching it. Personally, I don't think you have a snowball's hope.

I've used screens from Katzeye and Britescreen. Katzeye was better.

I had expected to have to compensate exposure to some degree, but hadn't really considered the relative size of the microprism to the smaller viewfinder...will it really be that big and massively intrusive or will it just be marginally bigger?

Yeah, I have taken the focus screen out already just to check I can do it and it's really quite easy but they are so small and easily scratched I have my doubts about cutting it. Having said this there are a couple of people around the forums, and some videos, of people cutting them using scotch tape to stop scratching and cutting with a craft knife...this definitely is harder than it sounds or they make it look but I'm wondering if its worth a shot...

Only problem with Katzeye is it comes to about 50% more than the ec-a off focusingscreen.com and it's a split screen which wasn't my ideal.

Thanks for your input!

Site Information / Re: Search for 7D focusing screen
« on: May 28, 2013, 08:18:10 PM »
Thanks for the advice, it's all welcome.

I think I've decided on the Canon EC-A screen, how likely is it that I'll need a different thickness of shim for that given that I'm using it in the 7D?

Also, on a scale of "Great, go for it" to "Don't even touch it" how good an idea is it to just buy a EC-A screen and cut it myself rather than pay over twice the price for someone to do it for me? I know how fragile the screens are so I'm naturally very wary...

Site Information / Search for 7D focusing screen
« on: May 28, 2013, 03:39:16 PM »
I have spent the last hour or so looking into focusing screens for the 7D as I was, until recently, under the impression that you could not change it.
Once I found out it was possible my mind immediately jumped to whether I could get a micro prism FS like the one I LOVE in the FTb, and sure enough, after a good search I finally found what I was looking for!

I had looked through split screens, matte screens, micro prisms and mixes of all the above but finally decided that all I wanted was a micro prism.

There were many good posts on forums and a few different options, I even had a look on eBay but decided against it.
In the end the best option seemed to be a screen from KatzEye which always got consistently gleaming reviews but seemed a little pricey at $105.00 + shipping from the US (I live in the UK), and an extra $55 if you wanted some treatment on it to make it brighter...
But then I found the wonderful focusingscreen.com (I know, how did I not find this first time...) which would appear to be based in Taiwan. It offers multiple types of screens for a multitude of cameras (even Nikon screens for Canon!) and has a brilliant page to explain all the types of screen as well as what they look like while focusing in real life! In addition to all of the above they also have installation guides, with photos, for so many cameras...
Really wish I had found this site first off, and maybe I should have but maybe someone else will find this useful!

Prices are a bit cheaper than KatzEye, and I get the impression they modify screens rather than produce their own but I could be completely wrong in this assumption.

Will post my thoughts when I get it!

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