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Lenses / Re: Family Holiday To Florida
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:24:04 AM »
I have to admit that after our last trip there (Aug 13) I pretty much accept that on a full frame its mid range FL that counts.

I have a 5d3, a 24-70 and a 70-200 and a 50 1.4 and so took all three...I have to admit I almost never took the 24-70 off.

If going again, I would consider a tc 1.4/2x and just take the 24-105...while only F4 and not the most highly regarded lens, I used to have one and still think it is one of the best holiday photo lens.

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I know this must have been done to death, and is probably down to my own ignorance....but what is the point in the 16-35 F4 IS?
Is it to replace the 17-40 F4? If so and assuming this is for landscape then it will need to be very good quality as the 17-40 is fairly cheap these days. And again assuming this is aimed at landscape/building photography...do you need IS?

If it is to replace the 16-35 F2.8.....with an F4 lens? Sure the IS is welcome for handholding shots...but that will never replace faster glass when shooting low light (thinking weddings and events etc).

Seems like it is stuck in between two lens (16-35 F2.8 & 17-40 F4) to me??

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:38:19 PM »
Any thoughts on stacking the Tammy with a 2x TC? This would give the same kind of reach but possibly slightly better performance?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:40:57 AM »
Lots of hate towards this lens (rightly so perhaps) but not many suggestions other then buying another camera or just using a 300m and cropping.

Are there no other decent long lens/scope alternatives to consider?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: March 25, 2014, 05:46:04 AM »
Canon uses off-sensor ADCs, and maybe someone has found a way to replace those with less-noisy ones
Like from a 6D perhaps?

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Anyone else understand just what this product is for?

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:13:44 PM »
I took a 24-105 F4 on mine and honestly it was fine at the time....now however my 24-70 2.8 II almost never comes off the body, so if you splashed out on one it will serve you fine.

Honestly I think you will find you are almost never really needing much more reach while on your honeymoon and so I could see if you could either beg/borrow/steal a 70-300 4-5.6 from someone for the few shots, or a 2x teleconverter and save the weight as I have taken my 70-200 on a number of holidays thinking "I am sure I will need it" and found I almost never did.

Besides, this is not a photo holiday is it, wife will require some of your attention too!

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Photography Technique / Re: Question for Wedding Professionals
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:34:20 PM »
I have to admit, I had a bunch of different mid level lens when I started, but after my kit was stolen I took the plunge and got a 70-200 2.8 and a 24-70 2.8 II......wow what a difference.

And the 24-70 almost never comes off my body (5d3) now too!

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Photography Technique / Re: Winter Photography
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:24:05 PM »
Simple, acclimate your equipment :)

Put your kit in your bag and leave it in the boot of your car for a couple of hours before you want to use it. Then when you get there open the boot (trunk?) and the bag letting it air for a few minutes before setting off.

Once you want to start taking pictures the rear screen may fog from your breath and facial heat, but the lens will be fine.

This kinda works in most extremes such as cold or humid. As someone else said you will need additional batteries or a fully charged one not expecting it to last as long as normal.

When coming home, keep your camera bag in a cool room in the house for an hour before getting into the warmth to prevent any condensation, esp internal

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Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:57:55 AM »
As long as they were still for the duration of setup and exposure....

Maybe it's about time to bring back the neck holders so subjects don't move during exposure like on portraits in the 1800s :-o

"Stocks"?

Maybe thats where the term "Stock photos" came from  :P

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Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:33:19 AM »
I used to get lost on the math of DOF, so shoot shoot and shoot some more until you get to grips with it.

I have also come past this guys videos and he did one a while back on understanding depth of field which might help give you a better understanding:

"PhotoTips" Episode 110 - Understanding DOF (Depth Of Field) Small | Large


Simply stopping down (larger F number, from 2.8 to F8/11) as others have said or changing your plane of focus by moving to your left slightly so both of the childrens eyes are in line, or even stepping backwards to increase the DOF.

All part of the learning experience and if anyone here says they have never had the same issue, they are telling fibs!

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Canon General / Re: Great customer service - Wex Photographic UK
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:07:12 AM »
Hi Hardwire.
Sorry to hear about your personal situation, I hope things get better for you.
Thank you for posting positive feedback about a company, it is rare for people to post praise, normally only complaints seem to warrant comment. Hopefully this will encourage people to use this vendor.

Cheers Graham.

Thanks Graham.

And you echo my thoughts really...all too often people take to the interwebs to complain and it is rare to find positive feedback. I searched on here for info about Wex and in fact MPB whom I was looking at buying from in the first place and I found the lack of info on each slightly alarming.

So if anyone is worried about buying used, I can vouch for Wex. I did not use their site as I am sure they would prefer, but called them up and found that customer service does in fact still exist.

Now I just hope she likes is, will find out on the 25th lol

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Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 09, 2013, 01:45:47 PM »
I like this post.

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Canon General / Great customer service - Wex Photographic UK
« on: December 09, 2013, 10:03:29 AM »
So this year has been tough, I was laid off from the day job and doing a bit of second shooting at weddings has dried up with the guy I was shooting for (if any UK chaps are looking for a South East based second, please drop me a line!) so with Christmas knocking on our door I was filled with a sinking feeling when my step daughter (12 years old) said she wanted a camera like mine and wanted to learn all about photography.

Now this would be a lovely pass time for us and give us more chance to bond so I set about looking for a used low end dslr and settle on getting her a 450D as they have enough features for her needs starting out and cheap enough for my current situation.

I call Wex and get talking to a rep there and explained what kind of thing I was looking for and my level of equipment (5d3 24-70 2.8, 70-200 2.8 etc) and rather than just go to the huge stock list and just send anything, seems to have found me a very good example.

Boxed near mint looking original packaging 450D with most cables still in original packaging which is a great start indeed. Open the box and the body looks like it is brand new, as does the kit lens (18-55) so I am chuffed to bits with the service and the quality being totally as described which is quite unusual for used equipment.

Needless to say I will be looking for another body should I ever start to shoot weddings solo and she will want to upgrade from the 450D at some point and get a couple of her own lens....Wex will now get a good bit more trade from me in the future as good customer service is something long lost these days (or maybe I was just too used to Jessops lol).

Anyway that is all, if you want a bit of kit, sure they are not as cheap as a bunch of online traders...but you get a service that online cheap box shifters never give...so props to them :)

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Landscape / Las Vegas questions
« on: November 12, 2013, 10:33:34 AM »
Hi Guys,

So I am tagging along with the wife to a work trip to LV (from the UK) this weekend and it seems I will have at least two days of "dead time" without her during the day.

Is it worth taking the camera and are there shots worth grabbing during the day, excluding major places like the canyon as she will also want to see that?

Kit wise any suggestions, keep it light for travel? I have a 5d3, 24-70 2.8 II, 50 1.4, 70-200 2.8 I and a 600 speedlight

Many thanks in advance.

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