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Lenses / what lenses have you sold in the past and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:22:13 AM »
I see lots of posts re: "what should I buy" but I've never seen any on what people have got rid of, and more importantly why.

Here is what I've sold in the past and why (in order).

Canon 18-135 - was never really impressed with the IQ. Always left me wanting more.

sigma 24-70 2.8 (v2) - AF wildly inconsistent. Bokeh very unattractive (I would call it 'crunchy'). I never really trusted this lens, or liked the photos it took. Sold it for canon 17-40 on a whim, as I needed a gen zoom quickly for a holiday.

canon 17-40 - The IQ, flare control, contrast and AF were all great, however I was never excited by the zoom range on crop, so sold it for 17-55. However I regretted selling it once I bought my 5d3.

canon 2x TC ii - I bought it when it was mis-priced in a local camera shop. However, the IQ was crap so I never used it.

Canon 7d - was a great camera, but after 3 years of (heavy) shooting it started to show signs of wear so I decided to go full frame and replaced it with a 5d3.

Canon 85 1.8 - sold for 85 1.2 ii. However wish I kep the 1.8 aswell as sometimes the f1.2 is just to big/heavy/slow AF to use out and about (althought when it nails it the results are glorious).

canon 50 1.4 - sold for 50L 1.2. Best decision I ever made. Wish I did it 3 years ago. It now lives on my camera.

canon 100mm macro - a lovely lens. However I took it to a humid butterfly farm which killed the aperture blades (they got stuck). I got it fixed by an authorised canon repair centre but it was never the same lens after I got it back. It still worked fine, but the AF was so slow after. So sold it, on the cheap :(, and replaced it with the 100L

canon 17-55 - just sold it as I upgraded to full frame and no longer really use my 60d (I keep my 60d for backup purposes and when I go to the zoo). Plus to be honest, I've never really been impressed by wide open IQ or contrast. Given my shooting style (run and gun) I don't really have the need for IS and I prefer shooting at wider apertures than f2.8.

sigma 10-20 - A wonderful lens. Never had any complaints, however I no longer use it because I upgraded to full frame. so gonna purchase a FF equivelent like the sigma 12-24 or canon 16-35.

Lenses / General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:55:02 AM »
I'm heading on my honeymoon in April to Mauritius for 2 weeks.

At home, I shoot 5d mk iii and generally with primes (24L, 35, 50L, 85L, 100L macro and soon to have 135L).

I'm thinking of not taking any of those and just buying a general purpose zoom so that:

a) Im carrying less stuff (so my new wife doesn't kill me for taking so much stuff), and
b) I can focus on enjoying my honeymoon and taking snaps rather than worrying about having the right lens on (so my new wife doesn't kill me for taking so much stuff).

I could just take the 24, 50 and 135 + an extension ring and that would cover most scenarios. However on a general walk about I'd still be carrying 3 lenses.

I'm sure this has been covered before (somewhere) but I think my options are:

The canon 24-70 ii feels too expensive to justify.
The canon 24-70 f4 doesn't feel exciting enough (70mm @ f4) to warrant £1000.
The canon 24-105 f4 could be a reliable choice but its dated and I worry about sharpness and sample variation.
I like the look / idea of the tamron, but the stories I hear about AF inconcistency (not MFA) worry me.

So I'm kind of leaning towards the sigma 24-105 f4. But I've owned the old sigma 24-70 f2.8 in the past and found the AF to be unreliable and the bokeh to be unattractive. But I could save a bit of cash and buy a used canon 24-105 f4.

But does anyone have any good opinion (or bad opinions) of the sigma 24-105? and/or any decent and definative review sites? and/or does anyone have an opinion on whether the canon 24-105 would be a better bet?

And/or any other suggestions that I haven't considered?

Your time is always appreciated.
Thanks all

Software & Accessories / Short term gear insurance UK
« on: February 02, 2014, 05:30:35 PM »
Wasn't sure where to post this so apologies if there was a more appropriate place to post this.

I'm going on holiday for 2 weeks in may. I was wondering if anyone knew of an insurance company that did short term insurance UK?

I'm wanting to cover 5d3 + many lenses and my holiday insurance won't cover that value

Software & Accessories / Vanguard supreme 53F (or 53D)
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:22:47 PM »
Does anyone know of any reviews of the Vanguard 53F or 53D hard case? Any opinions? Sample pictures illustrating how many lenses it can store would be useful. thanks

Software & Accessories / Wrist strap / handgrip recommendation?
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:12:45 AM »
I shoot a lot on the street with 5d3 and either 35l, 50l or 85l. I don't like to use my neck strap (or black rapid) because it attracts to much attention. I'm after a wrist or hand strap that is secure.

Any recommendations?

Lenses / Canon 50f1.2L weather sealing
« on: January 16, 2014, 01:33:53 PM »
Just got me a 50L which in really pleased with.

Does anyone know how weather resistant it is?

Ie will it withstand light rain, heavy downpour? 

Anyone seen any conclusive tests on the internet? Any experiences?

Lenses / sigma 15-30
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:12:18 AM »
Has anyone tested this lens on full frame? (specifically 5d3)

I really want a super wide (something 16mm or wider) but I don't really want to spend to much as generally I only use superwide to exagerate perspective / fun creative shots rather than serious landscape or architecture.

I've seen a preowed copy of the 15-30 for £140 and wonder is it cheap because its rubbish?

Any opinions or sample shots would be really appreciated.

Software & Accessories / Lens storage for checked in luggage
« on: September 09, 2013, 03:29:01 PM »
I'm going on holiday next week. I'll be carrying a bunch of lenses in my suitcase which will obviously be checked into the cargo of the plane.

I really like the look of the betashell cases but I'm not convinced their available in the UK.

Can anyone recommend some good sturdy lens cases suitable for 70_200 2.8 is ii, sigma 35mm 1.4, canon 24mm 1.4, canon 100mm macro L?

Must be uk available stock.

THanks in advanced.

Software & Accessories / Transcend memory card problems
« on: September 08, 2013, 12:50:59 PM »
historically I have always used sandisk extreme cards (both SD and CF) as I've never had any problems.

Recently I won a competition and got a 32gb TRanscend UHS SD card for free. I put it in my rx100 and so far it has failed on me 3 times either:

not being recognised
deleting all images on the card; or
refusing to be formatted.

I wont be using it again for anything I care about so I might just stick it in a digital photo frame.

Does anyone have any similar experiences with Transcend cards?

Lenses / Holiday packing help
« on: September 03, 2013, 03:10:58 AM »
I'm going on holiday to feurtaventura in a few weeks. Just a standard beach holiday plus we might go to the zoo.

I'm having trouble deciding what to take to cover most bases.

This is my kit.

24 1.4
35 1.4
40mm pancake
50 1.4
85 1.2
100 macro l
70 200 2.8
1.4x tc
120 400
17 55
8mm fisheye

I'm thinking ill leave the 60d and just stick with 5d3.

The 70200 is a must for the zoo plus the tc.

But I can't decide what else to take. I generally walk around with 1 prime at a time and leave everything else at the hotel (because its too hot to carry loads of stuff ). Plus I hve my rx100 to cover arm length cheesy holiday snaps.

Any opinions?

Lenses / canon 16-35ii or sigma 12-24 ii
« on: August 15, 2013, 05:20:18 PM »
I'm after a wide angle lens for FF 5d3.

I already have canon 24mm 1.4 so I'm not to concerned with low light shooting at wide apertures.

I'm after it to use pretty much at the wide end, although decent performance performance at the long end wouldn't be go unmixed.

Want to use for it landscapes, environ portraits and  close up wacky wide abstracts.

ANyone done a comparison of the two lesnes? is there much difference between 12 and 16mm? is the canon worth the extra £ in terms of IQ?

Lenses / canon 50mm 1.4 vs 1.2
« on: August 07, 2013, 06:28:39 PM »
I own the 1.4 and have been coveting the 1.2 for a while. I've just seen a mint condition 1.2 second hand for a decent price.

I mainly shoot street and family photos. pretty much exclusively @ widest aperture so I would be buying the 1.2 to shoot @ 1.2

does anyone have an opinion on whether the 1.2 is worth it if I already have the 1.4?

Is there much real world difference between the two? (ignoring the obvious like build quality, size, weight and weather sealing)

Software & Accessories / photomatix merge to HDR help
« on: July 21, 2013, 02:17:27 PM »
Hopefully this should be a simple question for those using Photomatix merge to 32 bit HDR.

I'm working with Raw files in lightroom. Should I:

a). Process the raw files for sharpening and noise reduction, then merge to 32 bit HDR.


b). Merge the unprocessed raw files to 32 bit HDR then add sharpening and noise reduction?

Which gives a cleaner, sharper noise free 32 bit HDR file to work with?

Many thanks in advance.

Software & Accessories / Best software/app to log photo ideas?
« on: June 05, 2013, 03:19:19 AM »
I do a lot of what i can 'concept photography' where I think of a phrase, saying, pun, song lyric etc... Then try and capture a picture which fits the title.

I currently maintain a list of ideas in notes on my iphone. But the list is now quite long, is difficult to search and a pain to update when I complete ideas.

Does anyone else us an iPhone app to maintain a list of photo ideas? Ideally I want something I can search and also access/edit from my mac.

Thanks in advance

I'm going to an owl flying display next week with my 5d3 and 70-200 2.8 ii.
They will be reasonably close so I don't need anything longer than 200mm.

I need some help/advice on what settings to use, particularly the af settings.

It will be under tree cover with mixed lighting so raw Is a must.  I was thinking keep the aperture between 2.8 and 5.6 and aim for a shutter of around 1/1000 to freeze them in flight.

The owls will be flying side to side and straight at me.

Any ideas for the af settings or anything else I should consider?

Thanks in advance.

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