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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by DigitalRev
« on: December 04, 2014, 03:49:58 PM »
Seriously has anyone looked at some of this guy's videos... The one where he tries to destroy a 7d (mark 1) is hilarious.


Note that he doesn't commit an expensive lens to these tests, in fact not a battery in most of them, so not completely realistic, but it's a lot of fun anyway, and suggests that Canon bodies are pretty robust.

For the record, I got a 70d - less expensive and lighter, although if I'm feeling strong I hoik a 5d3 around. and when I feel weak or for in-town photos, one of those tiny Olympus E-PL5s. Which brings me to the point. I take care of my kit, have hardly ever dropped anything, but once dropped a 550d+15-85 and only the hood broke. The camera and lens survived, but the e-pl5? the shutter button dropped off while it was in the bag and undropped. Seriously if you want kit that lasts, get Canon!

Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: February 24, 2013, 01:30:01 PM »
If you are visiting the London area / South East, someone's already mentioned Arundel and Leeds Castles (you can visit both by train - a car isn't necessary for these two). You could add to this the wonderful Bodiam Castle (easiest by car) in the middle of a lake. I just looked up the web sight http://www.sussexcastles.com/castles/ and it shows 11 castles in the twin counties (East and West Sussex) alone. Kent has many as well including the best known at Dover, Rochester, Leeds you know about already etc. Going north, not too far from London are Framlingham and Orford castles, both largely intact. West - don't forget Windsor, and in London of course there is the Tower.

Further afield, someone's already mentioned Wales, which has perhaps the largest and most complete castles, mostly built by the English to overlord the rebellious Welsh. Scotland has mainly smaller examples, built in a completely different style.

Essentially, the UK consists of 4 nations (in the case of Ireland, just a part of one), with England dominant because of its size, wealth and history of conquest. In recent years, a limited devolution has taken place, with Scotland and Wales having parliaments, which are still subordinate to the union parliament at Westminster. The subject is huge, with perhaps as many opinions as there are Brits! Most of our large cities are now highly multicultural and diverse. Some of these localities are also highly photogenic, and in London there are several Hindu and Sikh temples, some of which welcome visitors and afford excellent and photo opportunities.

I live in Brighton - the nearest castle is Bramber which has about 2 walls left but is great for picnics. You can get there on a city bus from Brighton (2a, I think, destination Steyning). Also Lewes Castle - Lewes itself is great to wander round and there are nice shops and cafes. There is lots to photograph in Brighton and Hove city including the Pavilion, the colourful Lanes, the North Laine and of course the sea front and pier.

Lens-wise I would take at least one wide-angle. I make do with the 17-40 along with my 24-105 and 70-300 L. As others have said, allow for the weather being variable! If you are going in summer, a light-weight waterproof is advisable, but we do have shops here if you find yourself without! Have a great visit whatever you decide on.

PS I have just seen Tom Scott's images. Beautiful!

On further thoughts, you don't say what time of year you are coming. Spring and autumn are probably the best, but summer and winter have their virtues. I assume you are coming from the US. We are actually a bit further north than pretty much all of the United States (except Alaska) being beyond the 50th parallel, so expect very long days in summer, especially in Scotland; conversely very short in winter. Tom Scott's image are taken in winter (well obviously with snow). In Cumbria (nearly Scotland!) the golden hour in winter would be most of the day. Even here in the South, the sun rises before 5am in June and sunset at around 9.30pm, and in winter daylight is strictly 8 till 4. By the way, feel free to get in touch if you are nearby mark.h.b.findlay@gmail.com and if it's practical I could show you a few places.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 06, 2013, 06:06:32 AM »
I have just upgraded to a 5diii (I already had the 24-105) from 7d, which I sold, but kept my 550d (t2i)  + 15-85 as it's good for going away with, also 60 2.8 macro and 55-250 zoom as these are light and good quality. I also have (boo hiss) a panasonic g3 which great when cycling.  All my L lenses where bought used (and the pany with 14-140 lens). So I have 3 kits. I think you're better off getting a cheaper lightweight kit rather than selling your fabulous 5d3 and lenses, which are unequaled in quality. Any of the lightweight option suggested by others could be good. Have a great time whatever you decide...

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