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Software & Accessories / How to carry a big lens, and have quick access!
« on: February 25, 2015, 12:43:24 AM »
Hi all.

I have a rare opportunity to trek in the restricted region of a tiger reserve in India. It is just a 1 day permit as part of a scientific expedition. I have a 500 f/4 IS II, and usually carry it in my bag (camera detached) until needed.  This is obviously no ideal, as the time to take my bag off of my bag, attach the camera and shoot will most likely be too late! Saying that, just carrying it in my hand i can foresee some fatigue issues. I have not trekked with it before!

I was thinking of just putting it on my BR strap, but that is going to be cumbersome too?

how do you guys lug around your big lenses in these situations? Any tips or advice?

EOS Bodies / Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 04, 2015, 04:33:44 AM »
I'm asking because i've been discussing this with my friends, and none of them are interested in the new line of 5D's... perhaps i'm just hanging around a skewed audience, so just curious...  how many people are considering it?

For me, it does not seem to appeal...  being a general all-found user, I have always like the balance of features in the 5DIII. 50mp does not add much for me, and the loss of FPS will hit me for wildlife as well as reduced native ISO.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / High ISO heaven!
« on: December 23, 2014, 03:24:32 AM »
Ok...  i know the 5DIII (and 6D/1Dx) are high ISO monsters...  but to get not only usable, but what i think is fantastic IQ from uber high ISO was somewhat unexpected.

I came across this leopard on a temple in the middle of the jungle in India, it was already getting dark, but still fired off a few shots at iso 12,800.  I did not expect anything amazing from them, it was more of a record shot, but when i got to my computer it was amazing.  some light post and this was the result!

5DIII + 500LII
iso 12,800

Nail the exposure and you can get fantastic images at high ISO!

Third Party Manufacturers / m42 Lenses on 5D MKIII (and 6D)
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:05:56 AM »
I picked up a Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 earlier this year and loved it...  I also inherited a Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 with an old Prakitca MTL3.

Since then I have had my eyes open for other great value old MF lenses and am will soon be picking up a Tair 11A (135mm f/2.8, with 20 bladed aperture) and a Carl zeiss 35mm f/2.4 Flektogon MC.

I'll let you know how they do and will post some images.

Have you guys got any other suggestions from personal experience? Maybe something in the macro genre? :)


Animal Kingdom / Tiger Flehmen response
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:20:18 AM »
I was fortunate enough to get a shot of a tiger having a flehmen response in Kabini, KA, India...  this is a rare sight in south india as, well, you rarely get to see a tiger longer enough to witness it! :)

I hope you enjoy. Copyright : John Rowell...  blar blar blar

5DIII + 500mm IS II, 1/250 f/4.5 iso1600

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 100D + 24mmSTM + 40mmSTM
« on: December 11, 2014, 04:20:11 AM »
I shoot with a 5D MKIII, but my wife finds it far too big and heavy, so i bought her a 100D and a 40mm..  she loved it! It even fits in her handbag (which apparently is a very important factor).

Now that the 24mm is out her kit is now becoming very appealing...  Although 24mm on crop isn't so wide, it is only a little longer than a 35mm prime on a FF, which is a focal length i can deal with. the 40mm on a crop is actually pretty nice as a portrait lens.

This is now becoming our travel kit for weekends (well unless there is something specific i want my 5D for).

Anyway, it is a cheap (ish) great small light kit. no big surprises here, just happy my wife is happy and happy 'we' have a small travel kit! :)

I would recommend this set-up to most people. :)

EOS Bodies / Wifi on 5D MK IV?
« on: October 08, 2014, 09:57:28 AM »
I really liked the Wifi on the 6D, and was kind of shocked it did not turn up on the 7D MK II...  what do you think the chances of it appearing on the 5D MK IV?

Software & Accessories / Bag suggestions
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:20:56 AM »
Hi guys...  as always, New equipment comes with new bag needs.

I've just got a 500 f/4 IS II and am looking for a bag for safaris. My current bags don't really fit it at all!

My general safari kit looks like this :
5D III + Grip
500 f/4 IS II
70-200 f/2.8 IS II
24 f/1.4 II
1.4x III
2x III
100D back-up

I'm looking for a bag to hold this comfortably, but don't want a MASSIVE bag as room in the jeep can be tight.

Easy access of course!

Any ideas / suggestions?


Lenses / Announcements before Photokina
« on: September 09, 2014, 01:33:29 AM »
Don't new announcements usually occur BEFORE a big even like Photokina?

If so, surely we should be getting press release notifications soon? Does anyone know of any NDA's finishing soon (even if they do not know the content of it)?

I'm super keen for the new pancake! :)

Lenses / Lens price drops around the world
« on: September 03, 2014, 01:23:08 AM »
We have all seen that Canon USA has reduced the prices of 26 lenses. Moreover, it is possible that this price-drop is permanent.

Has anyone heard of any other Canon branch doing likewise? I know the rest of us non-USA Canonites would love to see this....  Any rumours/thoughts?

I have cash for a 500L, and was about to pick one up when this happened...  I'm asking my contacts here in India if it will also be applicable, but no one seems to know. I guess i am not asking the right people! :)

Lenses / Breaking GAS
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:46:28 AM »
So, I've tried to have a lens free year this year...  2013 was a big GAS year, so this year i was trying to break it...  And i've failed...  BIG time. I've just ordered a 500mm F/4 L IS II....  I guess in GAS terms, this is drug/drink equivalent of a month long bender?

It would appear when i go cold turkey the pent up GAS eventually explodes spectacularly....  I think it is better for smaller GAS release for me.

Software & Accessories / Eye-fi Mobi
« on: June 28, 2014, 08:39:41 AM »
Hey im interested in this card for my wife but have a (probably stupid) question.

Is it possible to take pictures on the card, like a normal SD card, but then later (not live) transfer just a select 1 or 2 to my iphone?  Basically, she wants to be able to send selected images via her phone. She does not care about the live connection.

This is probably a stupid question, but i don't know anyone who has used this card so have no one else to ask. Anyone here using it? Is it worth it?



Lenses / Helios 44-2
« on: May 20, 2014, 07:12:55 AM »
I just picked up a Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 from 1974...  and boy, it is fantastic...  best 15 gbp I've ever spent!!!!

Software & Accessories / Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 05, 2014, 03:58:41 AM »
Hi all,

I have a BR sport...  my camera came unclipped and lens damage followed (BR kindly paid for the repairs, great company). i have since attached a leash between the strap and my camera as a secondary safety line. However, this makes it a semi-permanent fixing and not easy to undo if i want to have my camera without a strap/change strap.

I was going to get the OP/TECH uni-loop system as this would solve the problem. It is said to have a 15lbs/6.8kg tensile strength... (

However, i also noticed that OP/TECH also make the smaller Mini Quick-Disconnect Loops.  These have a 44lb/20kg tensile strength and are a lot smaller.  (

Has anyone much experience with the latter as compared to the first...  The leash would ideally be able to hold my 5DIII + 70-200 if the BR should come undone again.


Lenses / A lightwight wildlife lens
« on: April 26, 2014, 02:58:44 AM »
Hi all,

My wife and I go on wildlife safari a lot, and until now she has been using my 24-105 on her 100D...  she wants a longer lens, but does not want anything too big or heavy, but good IQ (not a big ask eh?)...

I initially thought of the 300 f/4L IS, but it heavier than I thought...  then i thought about the 70-200 F/4L IS...  200 being 320mm on her crop body. It is lighter and smaller...  it also works well with the 1.4x tc.

Any other thoughts/ideas/suggestions?

I already have the 70-200 2.8 IS II, but my wife finds that too heavy and uncomfortable. Unfortunately (?) she has become accustomed to good glass and I am in no position to argue about how much we should spend on it.

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