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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel SL1/Kiss X7 in White
« on: November 14, 2013, 10:14:08 AM »
I have to say that I am extremely tempted to get that 40mm in white and mount it to a 1Dx then turn up at the local sports arena to take shots of the big game alongside all the other 1Dxs and white lenses.


Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture for friend
« on: November 06, 2013, 06:07:48 AM »
I started with Aperture 2 in 2008 and used that and then Aperture 3 up until this time last year when I switched to Lightroom 4.

Overall I find Lightroom is faster and mostly has a few better editing tools (it is a lot better at highlight and shadow recovery), but I always preferred the way Aperture laid out it's projects and folders system. Much more control of how to file away you photography.

For someone looking for a new program primarily as a way to get past an overrun filing system, I think Aperture would be a much better choice.

Lighting / Re: Long exposure Portrait with second curtain Flash - Advice.
« on: October 06, 2013, 04:59:03 PM »
The problem with her arm ghosting is not from ambient light falling on her. Your flash doesn't need to be more powerful.

It is from her arm moving during the long exposure and allowing ambient light to burn through the flashed area because the arm is no longer block that light and create a silhouette (which is then filled in by flash).

It doesn't matter if you use first or second curtain sync (or even hold the flash in your hand and manually trigger it by the test button), you do not want to keep her moving. You want to set her up in a pose that she can easily hold without swaying or moving for the duration of your exposure.

If she remains perfectly still she blocks the light just like when you create a silhouette. That will allow the flash to fill her in without ghosting.

Landscape / Re: Show your Sunday shot of today
« on: September 22, 2013, 05:59:43 PM »
Good stuff guys! :)

Here is a shot I took today while exploring Winchester Cathedral with friends.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Camera Dilemma
« on: September 16, 2013, 04:01:01 PM »
I love the retro design of x100s - IQ is really good. I hope Fuji will release FF with retro design soon.

Just a 2nd thought, I carry 5D III + 40mm pancake quite often. It's quite close to x100s body size ;)

Yikes,  I was lusting after a x100s.  If it is as big as my 5DIII whats the point? I'm looking for a 2nd body and a smaller camera to carry around all the time.  Rebel SL1 with the 40mm pancake just jumped to the top of the list
Quite close is maybe a tad generous. It's not close to a 5DIII but switching from an L to a pancake on any EOS will make you start to think it is just from the change.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why CSI agents used only Nikon Cameras ?
« on: September 16, 2013, 03:59:02 PM »
Actually, I believe the correct answer is that Nikon won the bid for the government contract to supply all the surveillance equipment to law enforcement for the states of Nevada, Miami & New York.


Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:54:27 AM »
Here are a couple more shots from Nicaragua:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Camera Dilemma
« on: September 16, 2013, 06:53:05 AM »
I have the original x100 and I love it. I found that I just wasn't taking photos for fun anymore. I'd be using my gear on jobs but at the end of the day or weekends I just didn't fancy lugging round my DSLR and large L lenses.

So I bought the x100 because it was well loved by a lot of my favourite photographers in the industry. I went in knowing it was a quirky little thing and I love it.

From what I hear the x100s fixes a lot of the negative quirks of the x100 so I think I'd love that one even more.

I find I take it with me almost everywhere. It isn't pocketable but it is small enough that I really don't mind carrying it over my shoulder. I shot way more social stuff with friends and also a lot more personal projects.

And as to the image quality. It is great. I have won competitions with images from this camera.

As far as having it as a 2nd camera? It'll work. The quality is there and once you get used to using it you can move pretty fast with it. So you could use it as a back up. But obviously you are limited to the equivalent of a 35mm FF FOV so this would only replace your need for the SIGMA 35mm and 5D2 combo.

If you replace your 7D with it then you are still going to be using your 5D2 with either the 17-40mm or 70-200mm meaning you'll have to choose between long reach and ultra wide-angle to pair with the normal wide of the x100s. This still leaves you open to needing to change lenses and missing shots because you have the wrong lens on.

So, for everyday use and back-up. It is fantastic. For needing to never change lenses... sounds like you'll still be stuck with that one.

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: September 14, 2013, 12:57:47 PM »
I've been doing street photography on and off for years now. Mostly to catch culture and local flavour when I travel. It is a lot of fun.

These shots are from London recently:

These are from South Africa earlier this year:

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Where is Canon's X100s?
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:17:34 PM »
Seeing as it is a self-contained system (no changeable lenses to by into, etc) why not just buy the Fuji x100s? Waiting for a Canon when the Fuji is already so good doesn't seem to make sense when having a Canon wouldn't be aided by or improve your current system.

Unless you were asking why Canon isn't making something as good purely out of curiosity.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms 70D; Future of Semi-Pro DSLR is FF
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:14:37 PM »
First, the corporate portrait. That is as perfect a headshot as I've ever seen -- and exactly the kind of perfection I'd expect to see from Canon. Imagine being the photographer charged with doing their management headshots!
I downloaded the file and notice that all the metadata was stripped from the photo.

I wonder what camera was used to take it?

I have been to South Africa a couple of times before and will be there again in April.

I can tell you that a lot of Safari tours happen early in the morning to try and catch the animals and you will be glad of the better high ISOs from the 5DIII.

I found that while I was there I wanted to make the most of my days and was shooting early in the mornings through to late at night. The middle of the day usually didn't make much of a difference (unless I was shooting indoors in the villages - could get quite dark in there), but my 5DII made quite a difference for many of the shots I ended up loving from dawn or after twilight.

Lighting / Re: My first Studio!! Einsteins or Bowens??
« on: January 22, 2013, 06:48:21 PM »
Another very pleased PCB Einstein customer here!

I really love my lights, battery packs and all the mods I've used by them.

I haven't used Bowens other than a quick look at them before I knew much about how to use lights so I can't comment.


Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.8iii... L... Real or fake?
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:55:31 AM »
Reminds me of this "performance mod":

Lenses / Re: Picking the Best 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens by WOMP
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:18:46 AM »
To be fair, he said that it was the best for him and that you should go back to look over their results to see which is best to you.


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