October 24, 2014, 09:27:33 PM

Show Posts

This section allows you to view all posts made by this member. Note that you can only see posts made in areas you currently have access to.

Messages - alben

Pages: [1] 2
Lenses / 70-200 f2.8 IS mk 2 with 2x extender
« on: October 16, 2014, 05:05:14 PM »
Just received my 70-200 today, to late to really test it as have been so busy, just know it works and focuses fast. A couple of questions, firstly is it any good with the 2x extender ( I have searched, this forum and others, Arthur Morris, birds as art on FM gets brilliant images with this combo ) others say the 100-400 (which I have) or similar gives better results. I also have the 1.4 mk3 extender and reviews say it performs well with the 70-200 f2.8 IS mk2. Second question, is there a strap that is capable of carrying this lens on a 5D3,either to my side or across my back ( as I saw a Nikon user recently using, though with a lighter lens, bigger camera) My usual method of carrying the 100-400 is to hold the lens as I am walking, I do not find this awkward most of the time but if walking with my dog it can be a problem.

Regards, Alan

Post Processing / Re: Favorite lightroom & photoshop addons
« on: September 03, 2014, 04:22:06 PM »
Check out the free presets from http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/

Agree with ahsanford`s method, only things I can add are to set WB manually before inserting BS, (one colour cast is enough to remove) daylight seems to work best and do cover the OV, blue tack or a piece of electrical tape will do the job.

Regards Alan

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:18:47 PM »
I already had  a 430exII, so decided to go down the route of two Phottix Odin radio recievers and an on camera trigger, I have since acquired a Phottix Mitros flash (similar spec to the Canon 580) The receivers and triggers were £300 the flash £200 ( a mint demo unit ) they all work flawlessly.


I have a Cokin P series CPL filter along with ND grads for skies, CPL filters are best used at 90 degrees to the sun, (do not have the sun in front  or behind you) or they give little to no effect. Cokins are OK but eventually I intend to switch to Lee filters.


Software & Accessories / Re: What size RAW should I shoot at?
« on: August 02, 2013, 06:08:27 PM »
Shoot full RAW, the camera shoots at full RAW then downsizes to medium or small, wasting proccesing time.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 II + Cokin P
« on: May 30, 2013, 06:19:21 PM »
I have the 24-105 with the same cokin single holder, no vignetting that I can notice, even is there is a little it can be corrected in post.


Come on canon :)

Lenses / Re: 16-35 maybe 17-40
« on: March 09, 2013, 03:28:40 PM »
Thanks so far, I do have the wide angle holder and it is nice to know it should be OK down to 17mm, only used it on my 24-105 till now.


Lenses / 16-35 maybe 17-40
« on: March 09, 2013, 02:07:07 PM »
I am considering one or the other mainly for landscapes, but it could be nice to have  f2.8 for the occasional indoor scene, there is a Canon cashback offer in the UK on the 16-35, still more than I would like to pay, but I have learnt in photography you have to pay for quality gear, my other concern is do these lenses vignette at wide angle especially with filters ( Cokin p system ) I would be prepared to upgrade filters over time.


Technical Support / Re: Canon User Guides - Free Download
« on: March 08, 2013, 01:57:04 PM »
Very handy, thanks.


Macro / Re: Couldn't do this again if I tried
« on: February 19, 2013, 03:51:43 PM »
Yes, some not bad insect in flight shots, but cast a look at these, http://www.pbase.com/carlogalliani/insects_in_flight, not mine but would love them to be. also if you love macro look here  http://www.dgrin.com/forumdisplay.php?f=23 You will need to go to carlos macro section and look for insects in flight.

Lenses / Filter kit
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:56:20 PM »
I would like a few filters, one to stop the sky, some for longer exposeres of waterfalls or seascapes, my main lens would be the 24-105, and would prefer something on the P system for other lenses. Budget of aprox £100, thanks,


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Extenders with 5d3
« on: November 10, 2012, 03:54:26 PM »
Thanks for the info, I had not realised the 2x would be f11  :-[ any preference between the Canon or Kenko, my instinct is to go with the Canon Mk111 even if it is more expensive.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Extenders with 5d3
« on: November 09, 2012, 01:15:19 PM »
Looking forward to f8 in April, I have the 100-400L and am wondering which teleconvertor to buy the 1.4 or the 2.0? Canon or Kenko?
I suspect 1.4 is the way to go but would love to hear opinions and see some images that may convince me which is best.

Regards, Alan

Pages: [1] 2