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Software & Accessories / Rain protection for 5D3 and lens
« on: July 14, 2014, 12:27:21 PM »
I have a 5D mark 3 and use it for airshows with a 70-200mm f2.8L IS II or a Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3.

Looking for some rain protection that will cover both lenses (whatever one is attached at the time) and the body as I often have to shoot in rain and don't want the camera and lens getting soaked.

Any suggestions without breaking the bank too much?

In the past I have relied upon the "wife+umbrella" technique but wife will be missing from the next few airshows!


I am trying to get my photography business running but I am encountering a problem I am sure we all have:

"Everyone's a photographer!"

Seems these days if you buy yourself a cheap DSLR and know how to press the shutter you can call your self a professional photographer.
The quality of the prints doesn't seem to matter, or does the fact that they are pricing their "services" so low they are killing the decent photographers out there.

I am surrounded by these, one who tapes a white sheet to the wall, sticks a light on it and claims to shoot "state of the art high-key!"
Another is offering shoots at 50% of my cost and giving the client a CD with all of the shots on them.

Clients seem to be going for the cheaper price and ignoring the fact I am producing very high quality, professionaly shot photographs for only marginally more cost.

How do you deal with this in your location?

Lenses / Lens choice for airshows
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:11:51 AM »
I have a Canon 5D MARK III body and have been shooting air shows using my 70-200 f2.8L IS II with a Canon 2 x III extender.

This works pretty well but I could be doing with some extra reach so I am looking at a new lens or lens/EX combination without selling body parts to finance it.

I have come down to the following options:

Canon 400mm f5.6 L with a 1.4 TC - this will get me just under 600mm but at f8. 
This worries me in low light situations and I am unsure how the 5D3's AF will suffer - it might not be good for airshows.

Canon EF 300mm f4 L IS USM with either a 1.4 or 2 x TC - this gives me IS and with the 1.4 TC a 420mm lens with f/5.6 and IS. I could also use the lens with a 2X converter to get a 600mm lens with f/8 and IS.
Once again though I am concerned about image quality and AF performance, particularly as I will be focusing fast jets.

Does anyone have a similar combination and can help with the performance of this body/lens and the image quality I can expect?

Sharpness is king for me, I was looking at the new Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD but I have ruled it out due to the poor image quality above 500mm.

Lenses / Samyang 14mm f2.8 - focusing
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:02:54 AM »
I bought a Samyang 14mm f2.8 wide angle lens for my 5D3 and it arrived yesterday.

This is the first ultra wide angle lens I have used and as we know it is a manual lens so no AF.

On my first test with this lens I have had real trouble focusing - this seems impossible using the viewfinder and I had to resort to using live view in magnified mode to lock on to a foreground subject.

Any people out there on the forum got this lens and have any tips for focusing with it?

I am really please with the quality but don't want to spend five minutes at every shot getting focus.

Software & Accessories / Doing a school photo shoot
« on: October 07, 2013, 06:25:07 AM »
I have been offered the chance to do my local school photoshoot.

This will involve shooting approx 300 kids pictures, producing proof sheets with prices and supplying the pics in mounts, etc.

I am an experienced photographer so the picture taking doesn't worry me but I need some help in the production of the proof packs and possibly the mounts etc.

I have found a few companies that will offer the whole service to me but are these any good or just a costly luxury?

Is there software that can produce the contact sheets for me and I could do it myself (although the amount of work in this would be huge).

Any advice from active school photographers out there would be greatly appreciated.

I am based in the UK.


Lenses / Canon EF 300 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens with a 2X III TC
« on: September 20, 2013, 07:17:51 AM »
Anyone used the Canon EF 300 mm F/2.8 L IS USM Lens with a 2X III TC?
How does it perform for AF, etc?

It will be the Mark I version of this lens I will be using - for air shows mainly.

Looking for something that will focus quickly and be razor sharp - I have heard very good reports of the 300mm F/2.8L and it;s reputation for sharpness but am concerned how the 2X III TC will effect it.

Body I will be using is a 5D mark III.

Technical Support / Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: July 16, 2013, 03:24:43 AM »
I am taking my 5D Mark III to an air show in a couple of weeks.

Can anyone recommend the optimal camera settings to use?

Lens on my 5D Mark III will be a 70-200 f2.8LII with either a 1.4X II or 2.0X III TC.

I will be photographing both prop aircraft and jets and the camera will be tripod mounted on a gimbal mount.

I would have thought of using centre sport AF with 4 or 8 point expansion but it was recommended to me to use the full zone AF (All of them) and let the camera track the planes through the entire AF zone - this will make it easy to get and keep an AF lock on an aircraft.

Any advice on metering modes, shutter speeds, etc. is appreciated.

Lenses / AFMA - Is is really necessary?
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:35:21 AM »
I am semi-pro and use a 5D mark III body and I have recently upgraded my Mk 1 lenses to the 24-70mm f2.8L II and 70-200mm f2.8L II.

I have never bothered with any AFMA and the mark II lenses do look sharp - even in 100% crops, but it has always niggled in my mind that they "could" benefit from some AFMA.

Should I be doing it and, without buying a calibration kit, what is the easiest way to do AFMA?

I have heard a method where you tether the camera to a PC and use the EOS tool to do it - this looks reasonably easy.

Canon General / 5D mark 3 with BG-12 problem
« on: February 28, 2013, 08:35:45 AM »
I use my Canon 5D mark 3 with the official BGE-11 battery grip and I have noticed a problem.

When using the grip to shoot, occasionaly the shutter button will stop functioning.
AF stops and the display is static.
If I remove the camera from my eye, release the shutter and then put it back to my eye the shutter button and AF starts working again.

Anyone else with this combination had this problem?

Battery grip is properly attached, camera on latest firmware and working perfectly apart from this.

Software & Accessories / On-line Wedding albums
« on: September 27, 2012, 05:28:01 PM »
I have just shot my first wedding and the couple want a wedding album made up.

I was going to do it on-line so can anyone recommend a good on-line wedding album site.

....or am I better getting it done professionally.

Any help is appreciated but don't want the album ending up costing a fortune.

UK based if possible.

Note: I want a physical wedding album printed up not just an on-line version.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / EOS 5D3 - shooting first wedding on Saturday
« on: August 28, 2012, 09:31:50 AM »

I recently upgraded to a 5D mark 3 and I am shooting my cousin's wedding this Saturday.

I plan on using the 5D3 with my 24-70mm f2.8L and 70-200mm f2.8L lenses.
For flash it will be my 580EX2 with a Lightsphere  Universal (cloud).

I don't usually do weddings so any tips or advice guys out there using the 5D3 at weddings can give me?

Use auto ISO?  Use aperture priority mode or leave it to post?

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