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Lenses / Re: lens rental in london - urgent
« on: January 27, 2013, 06:28:03 AM »
Maybe try this: http://www.hireacamera.com/about/index.asp

Not in central London but they do deliver if im not mistaken.

Or maybe http://www.fixationuk.com/Fixation/Rental.html

Good Luck!

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I have experience with the CP-E3 but not the CP-E4. The only minor difference is that the E4 have weather sealing. The battery magazine is quite fragile. From time to time i broke the battery holder (the small plastic that hold between the AA) but the whole thing is still operational despite losing that small plastic.

I use it with my 580exII and Eneloop batteries.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D manual is ready to download
« on: November 28, 2012, 02:48:10 AM »
Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 70-200??
« on: November 20, 2012, 11:33:24 PM »
Either choosing a 24-70 or 70-200 is fine. Both lens are great and you'll not regret the purchase as i did with my 70-200 2.8ii. My main use is candid, portrait and some occasion also use it for street photography. Now waiting for upgrade from Canon aps-c 1000d to FF 6D.  ;)

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Dude...

You have a 1D X...   Spend a couple of hundred dollars and buy Lexar 1000x cards.  ...or even 600X

The other brands have fast cards also, but I recommend Lexar.
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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II chromatic aberration
« on: May 26, 2012, 05:41:02 PM »
i've had the mk2 for ages.. love  the lens and no problems...

No problem with my mk2 as well.

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Canon General / Re: Disappointed with Canon Malaysia
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:45:50 PM »
Not from Malaysia but im your neighbour from Brunei Darussalam (currently in UK), well that is weird for an Official Canon representative distributer or seller doing that to you.

Do you know anyone else facing the same issue like you? Get a full refund if you're not happy because they obviously did not fulfill their promise.

When i bought my 1st L lens from Canon Brunei, it only took me a week just to get it in stock and i only paid 10% cash deposit for the lens.

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Canon General / Re: Official Discontinued List
« on: May 21, 2012, 05:38:17 PM »
How do you think this will effect the future pricing for the 580EX II, as dealers try to get rid of their existing stock?

I might get an extra 580exII if the £££ is right for me.  :D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Marumi filters
« on: May 15, 2012, 04:03:08 PM »
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You will regret getting a cheap & unheard filter brand (because i did). If you can afford the 16-35 L lens, then i bet you can get a better filter for your lens.  Better be safe than sorry. Poor quality filter sometimes or most likely will degrade your image quality.

B-Man - I think you had better do your research.  It appears you are misleading Janne though I do agree with your statement about poor filters degrading your image

Marumi is NOT unheard of.  They have been around since the 1930's, Marumi Optical was formed in 1952 for starters.  See more below on the Polarizer especially.

Janne, though you don't state which filter type you are attempting to acquire I can start you off with a few links for a UV and a Polarizer that may help. Note the degradation on certain filters via the charts and photographs.  Suprisingly, Tiffen came in dead last on one of their specific UV filters - see the photos as to how much was lost on the original photograph with the use of such a filter.

UV Filter Test:  http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article-UV_filters_test.html note the specific Hoya that came in on top (there are various types).  Link #4 will take you to the finalists.

At this link:  http://www.lenstip.com/115.4-article-Polarizing_filters_test_Results_and_summary.html

for Polarizers, note B&W and Marumi were tied for first though Marumi costing considerably less.  I have this specific Marumi Polarizer in various sizes 82mm, 72mm etc.  The Marumi's work flawlessly and I have done my own comparisons as well - no discerning degradation and no vignetting.  You can get them the cheapest from an Ebay store called:  Eventcameras.  I've bought from them numerous times - excellent service, Ben always replies and their prices can't be beat.  he also carries the Hoya and various other brands.  Ask Ben for his thoughts on Marumi as well.  As a distributor he can carry whatever brand/model he wants and he is very knowledgeable

A final note is don't always believe the more you pay for a filter the better it will be.  I recently owned a filter that was over $300.  It performed horribly and back it went the next day.

My apology of being noob.   :-[

I asked my friends before about Marumi and none of them heard about this brand (obviously i need to expand my knowledge on filter then). I'm familiar about Hoya, B&W, Tiffen and Singh-Ray brand but not Marumi. The brand that i'm familiar with is the brand that i noticed most mention in this forum.

I did bought a really cheap Marumi ND filter for my 70-200mm and somehow my pictures not that really 'pop' than it use to be. Im not sure why, maybe i got a fake filter? or is it my technique using the ND filter? I know that ND filter let me use larger aperture and/or slower shutter speed during bright day light. I was not really happy about my purchase and because of that i said what i said on my previous post.

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Lenses / Re: Where to buy Canon L lense in Singapore
« on: May 15, 2012, 12:16:08 PM »
Hello,

I'll be traveling to Singapore in a couple days,
I would like to take the opportunity to get a Canon 17-40 f4 L while I'm there.
Could you please advice a location where I could get good service and best pricing?

Thank you,
Almo

Just out of curiosity, why you need it to buy in Singapore? Is there no camera shops in your country that sell 17-40?

However, the place you would want to go to when in Singapore is Funan the IT Mall…that's where most big name camera shops are all in 1 building.
The big names are TK Foto, Alan Photo, Cathay Photo etc…
because you're a tourist, you can actually fin the cheapest within Funan..just go around asking all the camera shops and compare prices…and make sure that shop has a GST (govt tax) refund policy so you can actually get you 7% GST refund when you go home at the airport… 7% out of $1000+ is alot of money you can save.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Manfrotto Monopod
« on: May 15, 2012, 12:08:17 PM »
can't help but think for night photography, i.e. very long exposures you really want the stability of a tripod...

Already got a decent carbon fibre tripod for very long exposure shot.

I bought a monopod first because it seemed like a good idea, didn't really use it.

Once I got a good (carbon) tripod setup, I figured the monopod wasted money.

Suggestion:  Get a quick-release tripod ring for the 70-200 and leave it mounted --- I've recently found use for the monopod in this way and it keeps it light and usable.

Any quick-release tripod ring that you can suggest for me?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Marumi filters
« on: May 15, 2012, 11:53:10 AM »
You will regret getting a cheap & unheard filter brand (because i did). If you can afford the 16-35 L lens, then i bet you can get a better filter for your lens.

Better be safe than sorry. Poor quality filter sometimes or most likely will degrade your image quality.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Manfrotto Monopod
« on: May 09, 2012, 02:09:11 AM »
The Wimberley C-12 clamps looks great! It is quite difficult to get that stuff in UK and it cost around £80+ each by just goggling it ..LOL! Maybe someone can point me to an online store based in UK?

How long you have been using your 694cx Monopod? Is it that really good? Have you got any problem with the lock mechanism? Any drawbacks or complain about it?

Try http://www.bobrigby.com/.

I've had the 694CX for over 2 years, no issues at all.  I use it frequently during the spring and summer.

Glad to hear that and thanks for the link. Will check it later today. :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Manfrotto Monopod
« on: May 09, 2012, 12:54:58 AM »
It is the heads that have the relatively wimpy max weight loads.  Getting a monopod that can handle 17 or 26 or more pounds is really no big deal.  Getting a head to do more than 5.5 pounds or so is a fairly expensive upgrade.

One could always buy the flat monopod only and rotate the camera inside the tripod foot on the lens, as long as you don't switch between portrait and landscape orientation constantly.

Yes, what you said is true. Getting a better ball head is a fairly expensive upgrade. Alternatively i can get the Manfrotto 679b Aluminum Monopod and able to get a better ball head but i still prefer the carbon fibre over the aluminum monopod because of the shorter closed height, higher maximum height and lighter weight of the monopod.

I can just get the monopod only and still switch between portrait and landscape orientation easily because of the provided Canon Tripod Mount Ring for my 70-200mm but the problem arise when using the kit lens. Further on, another problem is when zooming or focusing subject which is higher than my eye-level, so i have to tilt back the whole monopod with my camera just to get that shoot.

Another plan use for that monopod is taking photos in theater event or stage drama at my Uni. Using the 70-200mm hand-held for few hours is really tiring. Last February i used my tripod but it was not very practical using in a tight spaces.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Manfrotto Monopod
« on: May 08, 2012, 06:45:53 PM »
The Wimberley C-12 clamps looks great! It is quite difficult to get that stuff in UK and it cost around £80+ each by just goggling it ..LOL! Maybe someone can point me to an online store based in UK?

Maybe i'll switch to Arca Swiss system with the Wimberly C-12 Clamps some other day but not in the near future. I thought that each tripod/monopod brand have their own proprietary plate but i was wrong.

Yes the L-brackets offered by Manfrotto is not that really outstanding plus it doesn't offer for RC2 plate type L-brackets.

How long you have been using your 694cx Monopod? Is it that really good? Have you got any problem with the lock mechanism? Any drawbacks or complain about it?

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