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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Did you peak and what did you do about it?
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:13:04 PM »
I voted for the first option. I am still learning and I feel I'm still improving. At least I certainly hope that is the case! If I've peaked at what I would describe as reasonable for a keen hobbyist, at the age of 24 then I will be very disappointed!

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:08:13 PM »
Can't believe the rip-off price Canon have set for this in the UK - £179 inc VAT.

We are used to paying pounds for dollars, which would have made it £149.
But pounds for dollars, and then VAT on top of that is a pure rip-off.

At current exchange rates the US price would be just £95 - so we are paying almost double.

It isn't the case with the new 24-105 STM, as that is only £479 vs $599, so without VAT (£400) that is much closer to the US price of £379

Why have they singled out the 24mm STM for such an extreme markup?

All they are doing is driving UK customers to buy grey market imports from the likes of Digital Rev - lets face it, there is not much risk importing a low cost item like this.

Whoa. Wasn't expecting the UK price to be that high! If the grey market can't get it closer to the US price then I think I will give it a miss.

Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:25:25 AM »
I've been wanting to try a prime out for a longtime now, but didn't want to drop much money on one, the 40mm and 50mm options are just focal lengths I tend not to use. Depending on price I may well go for this. Would make for a great wide angle option as a 'just incase' lens for airshows or Motorsport and will be a lot lighter than my 24-105. Just needs to come in at a decent price for the UK now.

Will be interesting to see how it compares to the Tamron, especially at the long end which seems to be a bit of a weakness for Tamron.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pricing for the 7D Replacement
« on: August 28, 2014, 03:00:56 PM »
What is this, The Price is Right?
The one who comes closest without going over wins the right to say "HAW HAW! I told you so".....

Halfway through reading that I thought you were going to end with 'wins a 7DII'. I can dream can't i?  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Lens to body pairing
« on: August 19, 2014, 04:20:51 PM »
I went to Farnborough with a 7D, 70-200II and 2xIII, I kept the TC on for 60% of the day I think. Didn't need it with the Vulcan. Whilst I did occasionally want more reach, it was only the smallest of planes (WW1 battle recreation) and when the Harrier was hovering (I was just too far down one end of the runway). With things like the Red Arrows, some of the wider shots I took were at 70mm to get more of the overall formation in, I don't know if you shoot that type of shot, but its worth considering.

I'd have thought you could crop from 400 on the 7D to get the equivalent of the 40D + Sigma combo without too much loss of quality? Would save on carrying an extra lens/camera!

Wish I could go to this but I'm working sadly. Going to Clacton on Sea on thursday though, looking forward to the Vulcan again (who doesn't  :P )  but I wish they could have got the P51, that put on a great performance last year!

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 14, 2014, 02:21:58 PM »
Ye think the exhaust took a bump!

YE the Z4M is mine... For sale  ;D

Don't say that!! (how much?)  :-X

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 13, 2014, 02:50:30 PM »
Think they could have got the exhaust pipe a little lower on that CSL?  ;D Your photos of that Z4M are not helping my desire to get one of them, was it yours?

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 12, 2014, 02:46:32 PM »
Nice photo Tom. Although slightly premature in saying he is the 2014 BTCC winner. Race winner yes. Championship is anything but over yet though!  :)

Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: August 06, 2014, 08:42:58 AM »
Took this shot at a test day at Snetterton two weeks ago. Cranked up the Clarity in lightroom as it made the car pop out a bit more I felt. The sounds so much nicer without those silencers on the back  :(

Snetterton test day 23/7/14 by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

I really like your Typhoon inverted with afterburner.  8)

Thanks, couple more of it on my Flickr :) I intend to get that printed out in A3 kinda size. Need to get a monitor calibrator first though after my last experience I think.

The B&W is perfectly appropriate for this bird. Well done Keith.

Seconded. Lovely shot. The WW2 planes often seem to catch my eye a bit more in b&w I think.

Canon General / Re: What do you Splurge on?
« on: August 01, 2014, 08:19:05 AM »
I splurged on my 70-200 L f2.8 IS II. In 95-99% of the time the f4 IS would have been more than suitable, but the f2.8 kept calling to me, then I tried it out and fate was sealed.

Love that shot of the F22!

Here is a couple I took at the Farnborough airshow recently. More on my Flickr. Comments and criticism welcome. Wish the clouds had been a bit fewer and further between, a bit of glinting sunlight off the bodywork would have made them look better I feel. All shot on 7D with 70-200 II and some with the 2x TC III.

1. Typhoon

RAF Typhoon by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

2. Red Arrows

Red Arrows by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

Photography Technique / Re: Help: lightning photography?
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:20:22 AM »
An article I found a few days ago had this piece of wisdom to share: "If you find yourself reaching for your fisheye, then you're too close."  ;D

In all seriousness, if you're stood outside, plan a retreat to your car/house/place of safety if you need to make a quick getaway.

I'd go with something like ISO 100 at f12 for 5-10seconds. Focal length, wider gives you greater chance of catching a strike, but wider risks losing it I the general picture.

Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:48:18 PM »
tomscott, those shots are fantastic. I really need to go back to that area with a camera one day!

This is a lake at Flatford Mill. About a 5 minute walk from where Constable painted the Haywain.

Untitled by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

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