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EOS Bodies / Now, if this were to be applied to full frame...
« on: December 05, 2014, 02:21:12 AM »
A 48MP image from a 12MP full frame sensor (for example) could allow larger sensor pixels with much improved ISO performance and/or dynamic range for landscape and indoor photography. Not for action photography, I don't know if a tripod would be a requirement, but I presume so.

Lighting / Review: Canon MR-14EX II Macro Ring Flash
« on: November 25, 2014, 08:09:42 AM »

I have a 50 macro, and I'm planning to buy a 100L as soon as funds allow. Should I be tempted by this as both a macro flash, and also for use as a standard (albeit low powered) flash to save me buying another?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 7D II Full Review
« on: November 22, 2014, 04:15:29 PM »

Lenses / The next three new lenses? 50, 100 macro, 70-300
« on: November 12, 2014, 02:04:39 AM »
I have just received a 15% off promotion from Amazon. In particular the 50/1.4 is cheaper than I remember seeing it before in the UK, even before the 15% discount is applied at checkout. Does that mean that fans of the classic 50 prime are finally going to have a modern option?

Two other lenses included are the non-L 70-300 USM IS and the non-L 100mm macro. Are these likely to see imminent updates too?

The remaining two lenses included are modern STM models, which I cannot imagine are up for replacement.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 1Dx in favour of mirrorless
« on: November 08, 2014, 03:05:03 AM »

These seems like a fair assessment to me, but one which will change in the next decade.

Pricewatch Deals / Canon 6D discontinued?
« on: October 25, 2014, 12:46:59 PM »

Is this a mistake by Amazon UK?  Both body only and kit options are marked as discontinued. Will there be a surprise at the New York show?

Lenses / Full frame bargains
« on: September 19, 2014, 02:15:04 AM »

Does anyone have further suggestions?  Or experience of the lenses in the article?

Lenses / Haze filter - will it cut though the smog?
« on: October 13, 2013, 01:19:23 PM »
At risk of stirring up controversy ...

Earlier in the summer, I went out onto the Greenway in East London and took some photos of the city skyline some miles away. I was using my cheap second hand stop-gap Vivitar 70-300mm, and the skyscrapers on the horizon were somewhat hazy. When I get back to base in the week, I can post an example.

Is this because I'm using a cheap rubbish lens? Or would a haze filter live up to it's name and cut through the haze? Or is the city smog unavoidable?

If anyone can advise from their own experience, it will save me from gambling on the purchase of a filter that may not help, and put the money towards the next new lens. I understand from elsewhere that UV filters are not relevant for digital sensors, as they were for film.

Conditions were clear (so I thought) and the sun was shining. I don't usually use UV or protection filters - though when I invest in my first expensive L lens, I will get a protect (not UV) filter to complete the weatherproofing. I am unclear about the difference between a haze filter, haze/UV filter, and UV filter - are they the same, or is a haze filter different?

Apologies for the flurry of questions. I didn't know if the answers will cut through the haze in my mind, or add to the confusion.

Canon General / UK lens price increases
« on: October 12, 2013, 07:46:49 AM »
Several lenses I have been saving up for have gone up in price at all UK retailers that I have checked, including Calumet, Wex, Jessops and John Lewis. Examples include £30 on a 100/2.8L, £100 on a 70-200/4L IS, and similar amounts on the 24/1.4L II amongst others. There may not be a change in

Has anyone noticed an increase elsewhere in the world? Or maybe this a reflection of changes in the exchange rate, which I haven't been watching.

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