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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 08:52:33 PM »
You also have to bear in mind that teleconverters can reduce AF speed by up to 75% so native is always better if the subject is erratic.

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:13:00 PM »
My point is that in the uk the 500mm is £8000 the 400 is £1100 and most of the time can be found for <£800 if 20% reach one stop and IS is worth £7000 extra... By learning a little more about the subject and also learning some hunting/tracking skills and wearing camo your images will be better, your arms and body not as tired and your wallet will be a lot larger.

Most of the time to get enough DOF With birds you shoot higher than F5.6.

I would probably look at bigger, but the weight puts me off especially for a full days shooting.

Never mind that. Where are the pictures from your Amazonian expedition ?

The expedition was incredible got some amazing pictures! One of the best experiences of my life. But I currently just have my iPad mini and was shooting small jpegs to my sd on the 5D so they look ok but haven't got round to editing them and still got another 2 months on the road! Would rather have a go with the full red RAWs before I post. But will post then when I get home. Taken nearly 13,000 images so far in the first 3 months so a lot to get through!

I will make a thread when I can :)

To add to the thread I took the 70-300mm L with me on the trip and 400mm would have been perfect. Or maybe taking a crop camera, wish I'd had that extra bit of reach. But because it was down season for 2 days it was just me and the ranger traveling through the tambopota forrest so we got very close and saw a lot of wildlife we probably wouldn't have seen with a large group. The 5D has been flawless and the lenses I've had it in -20C in the states and +50C in the Atacama desert then the moisture and rain in the rainforest not got one spec of dust in any of the lenses just a little bit of dust on the sensor. What a system, a lot of people really spend a lot of time worrying about the technical features but when you get out into these harsh environments it really proves how incredible they are, the 5D hasn't missed a beat and I haven't wanted more from it apart from maybe a couple of extra FPS. The 5DMKIII 24-105, 16-35, 70-300mm and 50mm has been such a great choice can basically do anything in any situation.

The canon system is amazing.

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 12:26:36 PM »
My point is that in the uk the 500mm is £8000 the 400 is £1100 and most of the time can be found for <£800 if 20% reach one stop and IS is worth £7000 extra... By learning a little more about the subject and also learning some hunting/tracking skills and wearing camo your images will be better, your arms and body not as tired and your wallet will be a lot larger.

Most of the time to get enough DOF With birds you shoot higher than F5.6.

I would probably look at bigger, but the weight puts me off especially for a full days shooting.

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Lenses / Re: I'm conflicted please help
« on: January 26, 2015, 02:30:30 AM »
The thing is the difference between 400 and 500 is 2-3 steps. So what I would do is spend some money on camo, learn some hunting skills and improve technique and save a lot of money.

The 400mm F5.6 is one stop slower but 1/7th the price and very lightweight, missing IS but with the speed needed for birds IS isn't that usable although still animals in low light it can be very helpful. The 100-400mm MKII is pretty much equal on quality to the 400 F5.6 and has IS and the ease of a zoom but heavier.

The new 7D is a great cam good high ISO so for me I would have the 400mm 5.6 or 100-400 buy the 7D and some camo gear and maybe a hide.

In an ideal world the 500 would be awesome but for an extra stop and 100mm with the added weight it just doesn't equal the price difference imo.


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Lenses / Re: Advice - what to take to Europe
« on: January 23, 2015, 08:49:01 AM »
I'm Currently in my 3rd month out of 5 traveling I did South America Rio to Lima and everything in between now in the US doing Miami to San Francisco for 3 months.

I took 5DMKIII 24-105mm f4 L 16-35mm f2.8 L, 70-300mm L and 50mm 1.8 I would leave the 1.8 at home barely used it.

Also took iPad mini 128gb(write small jpgs to ad and send put them on the pad via sd to lightning connector) it's been a brilliant alternative to my 11" MBA but in heinsight wish I had brought it, a 1tb hyperdrive for transferring and back up, and a 2tb hdd usb3 so when I'm in the hotel lobby I can make a second back up and erase cards.

I took 6 cards 3x32gb 1x16gb and 1x8gb CF Cards 1x32gb 2x16gb SD cards in a little memory card water/dust proof case and 2 battery's. Along with that I also brought a cpl and 10 stop nd and a goby gorilla pod. Worked awesome for me so far.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel 750D Spec List [CR1]
« on: January 21, 2015, 07:30:52 PM »
I don't know why because a camera is small it has to be low down in the spec department.

Many a time I wish I could have FF in a size like the xxxd as the ergonomics are a million times better than any mirror less even the new A7II, like I love the SL1 but they crippled it same with the 6D with af and poor fps, so I don't see why a high end camera in a xxxD body would be a bad thing imo I would rather have the mirror at sl1 size than an a6000 or A7 etc and I have a Sony nex5 which I like but is too small and lenses poor compared to canon selection.

I'm currently traveling America for 3 months after 2months in South America and a camera like this would have been perfect instead I've carried over 6kg of my 5Dmkiii with lenses over 20,000 miles because I don't like the EVFs of the A7 the lenses are poor and think the 70ds 20mp sensor isn't great and the 18mp of the sl1 is awful and the 5ds perfect apart from weight is the best canon has for travel. Something that's 80-90% of the 5D in a smaller body would be brilliant. I know the mirror makes it impossible but a GOOD crop sensor is a good compromise but canon hasn't produced a good app sensor in years. I had the 7D and hated the base ISO performance and nikons 24mp Sony sensor seems to do quite well and much better dynamic range. So that would be a super camera.

So could this be an answer to higher end mirror less in a classic slr design?

Also it's strange if it were 24mp it would be Canons highest mp camera... At entry level...

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Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 23, 2014, 07:06:11 AM »
IQ of the 100D isn't up to standard for me… that 18mp sensor is awful. Otherwise it would be a good alternative.

Spoilt with FF.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: LP-E6N Backwards Compatible
« on: October 22, 2014, 06:22:02 AM »
I have the pro cube.

Its a fantastic device. But if your charging 1 or 2 batteries the 2.1A USB doesn't work on the back. The USB only works on its own when not charging any batteries. Annoying when you want an all in one charger. The hot swappable tops are good too if you have multiple camera systems or have rechargeable AA. The swappable plug system is also very useful when traveling.

To solve this problem with USB I bought the Duo traveler to charge my iPad, iPhone and RavPower 14.000mAh battery while I'm traveling. It also has the hot swappable plug system but they aren't comparable with each other which is annoying, so if your traveling across different countries you have to double up on both. (I'm traveling South America and North America for 5 months and having to take Type A, C and I type plug converters from my native Type G in the UK.

http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm?page=xtrasforipod_usb&id=148&pId=148

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Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:39:43 AM »
I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.
That's one good looking charger!  I travel with a handful of chargers - camera charger(s), AA/AAA/18650 charger, phone charger, laptop charger, GPS charger.  And then you have all the associated cables.  I'm sure there are better ways to do things.  If you ever get your blog up, I'd be keen to hear how you managed with everything.  There aren't that many sites or blogs that deal with the mechanics of travel photography - memory cards, storage, backups, editing on the road etc.  Yet these seem to be regular topics for discussion on this site.

Yes your not wrong took me a long time to find the right products for my needs and test solutions that aren't your normal photographic practice! Will certainly link it when I finally write it! lol

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Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:21:07 AM »
Check out my thread…

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=22621.0

Im traveling for 5 months across south and north america and this is my kit after a huge amount of consideration, very similar to yours. (but i would rather take the 5DMKIII than a 70D and 6D)



Top right 14,000mah rav power battery, 1tb Hyperdrive, iPad Mini 128gb, 70-300mm L, 5DMKIII 24-105mm and 16-35mm.

I was originally going to kick out my Canon gear for the Sony A7 but after handling it and the lack of lenses I decided no. I am also going into the amazon for a wildlife shoot so the 70-300mm was the minimum I wanted to take. So I really wanted to shave some weight somewhere else.

I was going to take my 11" macbook air but with the charger and an external hard drive it weighed 2kg. The iPad mini retina is a 128gb only weights 333g and will edit a full 5DMKIII raw file with photoshop express with really good results. The hyperdrive is also iPad compatible and you can connect it via wifi for media and file sharing.

The whole above kit is 4kg. Weight is a big concern for me as I have to carry everything I need for the whole 5 month trip.

My strategy is to carry 4x32gb CF cards, 1 32gb and 2 16gb SD cards. I will write small raw or large jpeg to the SD and RAW to the CF. I will back up all my CF to the hyperdrive for redundancy and keep them in separate bags, then copy all the contents of the SD to the iPad via Lightning to SD reader, for viewing and a little editing on the go.

I plan on writing a blog and editing the odd image to add to it and put on social media. Also the iPad will be used for image review. I was sceptical that the iPad could do all the above but it works very very well really impressed with it.

Might get the new version of lightroom for the iPad as it now allows you to import your images from the camera role.

I also have my iPhone which I am going to use for GPS tracking with the app Geotagphoto, I also have bought the pro cube recharge dock from Hahnel, It recharges two Canon batteries and has a 2.1A USB charger on the back.
http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm?page=li-ionchargers&id=145&pId=145



I have lots of other little gadgets check out my thread for more info. Hope this helps.

Tom

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 09:09:40 AM »
So basically making entry level FF in the canon camp less accessible… Yet you can buy FF mirrorless cameras for less than £1000… Should be coming down not up.

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: October 14, 2014, 05:10:35 AM »
Not everything has turned here yet, few from this weekend.

Ullswater looking towards Poole Bridge by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Red Squirrel by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Ullswater autumnal light by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Ullswater autumnal sunset by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: October 13, 2014, 10:05:26 AM »
Shot this little fellow yesterday! He seemed to want his pic taken as I was shooting in the undergrowth and got tapped on the shoulder by a nut he dropped out the tree!

Red Squirrel by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 12, 2014, 03:53:55 PM »

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