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Photography Technique / Re: Which eye do you use?
« on: January 27, 2015, 07:10:54 PM »
I've always used my left eye as due to an accident when I was young, the sight in my right eye is much poorer even with glasses/contact lenses.

Very surprised to see the scores dead level at the moment - always considered that as a left eye user I'd be in a very small minority!

Lenses / Re: Lee Adaptor for EF24-70 F2.8 II
« on: January 01, 2015, 02:42:04 PM »
I have the wide angle adaptor for my lee filter and 24-70 F 2.8 II.

Thanks Jon - do you fit the WA adaptor directly to the lens or is the lens fitted with a UV filter too?

Lenses / Re: Lee Adaptor for EF24-70 F2.8 II
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:39:25 PM »
Not exactly what you're asking about but I use a Cokin Z Pro on mine and there is slight vignetting which I compensate for with framing and composition. I have it mounted on top of a B+W XS Pro slim filter which does not add to the vignetting.

Thanks, I guess the Cokin system doesn't have a wide wangle adaptor ring though?

Lenses / Re: Lee Adaptor for EF24-70 F2.8 II
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:37:48 PM »
Not exactly what you're asking about but I use a Cokin Z Pro on mine and there is slight vignetting which I compensate for with framing and composition. I have it mounted on top of a B+W XS Pro slim filter which does not add to the vignetting.

Thanks, just had a look at your (impressive!) gear list & see you have the 24-70. Could I fit a UV filter & then the wide adaptor & still not get vignetting at the 24 end? I appreciate separating the adaptor ring & UV filter might be tricky if ever I needed to  ;)

Lenses / Lee Adaptor for EF24-70 F2.8 II
« on: January 01, 2015, 12:23:19 PM »
Looking to get the 24-70 for use on FF. Anyone have experience of using a Lee filter holder with this lens bearing in mind the 82mm fliter thread?

I'm presuming a WA adaptor would be best/essential? Standard adaptor would cause vignetting?

I prefer to keep a UV filter on my lenses so would ideally fit a Hoya Pro-1D to the lens & then the adaptor ring - with a WA adaptor would I get any vignetting with a Lee 2-slot holder & 105mm ring fitted?

Or will I need to remove the UV filter before fitting the Lee Adaptor?

Grateful for any advice particulary from anyone with the 24-70 as to what will work or not?

Thanks folks :)

Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 02, 2014, 02:01:17 PM »
    I'm sure the Mac vs PC debate is much like the Canon vs Nikon argument ie a matter of personal choice. I prefer PCs for the same reason I have an Android phone - easier to customise to your own liking. I do think Macs seem rather over-priced compared to their PC equivalents though?

    As to OS, surely no reason not to go with Windows 7  & skip 8 if you want - Windows 10 is due out next year I believe.

    A couple of questions I'm interested in too as I'm looking to upgrade my PC soon:

    • Is 32GB of RAM always going to be enough, as some motherboards have  'only' 4 slots (so 'only' 32GB capacity)

      If you have two monitors & want to calibrate both, is it necessary to have two separate graphics cards?

6D first - the 7DMKII price is bound to drop after it's been out a while & you'll also have the benefit of user reviews just in case there are any problems with it...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:57:37 PM »
I think the difference between FF & crop IQ wise is not always that great - quality of the lens used is more important  but there's a reason why most Pros use FF. And if money was no object, who wouldn't go FF ;)

Why not go for Windows 7, plenty of life let in that yet & so much nicer than Vista (& XP in my opinion) I updated my aging PC from XP to 7 & all the programs worked no problem & install was a breeze. Does your PC good to have a clean install now and then too ...

I was against renting  at first but after price drops now consider the Photoshop CC/Lightroom package pretty good value.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 2nd hand 70D, what to check?
« on: October 13, 2014, 12:17:57 PM »
Canon 70D is the only touch screen DSLR from canon,if it is not touch screen,it is not Canon 70D.Maybe some China 70D

The 100D/SL1 also has a touch screen but it's not articulated like the 70D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D mk2 or 5D mk3
« on: October 13, 2014, 12:13:51 PM »
There's a bricks and mortar store where the 7DII is £1599 and the 15-85 is £590 and an internet store has the 5DIII with 24-105L as a kit is £2149
I can afford one or the other, and for reasons of marital harmony I need a one-body solution.

One thing to look out for, I'd assume that at that price for the 5d/24-105, it's a grey import. If you're happy going that route I reckon you'd be able to better the price for the  7D/15-85 online too, for example DigitalRev have the 15-85 for £419. no price for the 7D MKII yet.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D mk2 or 5D mk3
« on: October 12, 2014, 02:39:13 PM »
Had to start this as I didn't want to hijack LesC's post about the 6D and 7DII.

Hi Alistair, wouldn't have minded you 'hijacking' my post as we seem to have pretty much the same quandary ;)

I think if money's not too much of a concern (or you can at least get away with it without the 'financial controller' noticing), then the 5D MKIII would be my choice too although the AF for video, if that's important may be better on the 7D MKIII. My other concern would be that with the 5D MKIII, you'd want good L series glass to go with it, so what you've currently got or intend to spend on glass may come in to it too?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS6D or 7DMKII ?
« on: October 11, 2014, 09:16:42 AM »
Interesting to see so many differing comments.

I'm happy to keey the 100D for any long-range airshow type shots & I'll br honest, I use only the centre AF point for 99.9% of my shots so the logical choice would be the 6D.

Only thing is that I like the controls of the 7D MKII & I'm not sure what lens I'd get as a walkabout for the 6D.

Ideally I'd like a 5D MKIV + 24-70L F.8 MKII. Wouldn't we all.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS6D or 7DMKII ?
« on: October 09, 2014, 06:46:21 PM »
Some interesting replies; thanks guys :)

I think at the end of the day, IQ is one of my main considerations but handling/enjoyment of using the camera is important too, hence my dilemma.

I should have mentioned that I had a 6D/24-105 combo for a couple of days before returning it - I reckon I got a poor copy of the lens as it was incredibly soft in the corners at F4. However comparing shots between the 6D/24-105 & 100D/17-40 showed no discernible difference except that the 6D/24-105 shots at F4 were much softer in the corners.

Another 'fly in the ointment' with the 6D was what standard zoom to go for - the 24-105 F4L I tried didn't impress, the 24-70 F4L reviews I've read suggest is only marginally better (& some reviews mention focus-shift) which leaves the 24-70 F2.8L MKII which does look nice, but very expensive...

Whereas I probably don't absolutely need the AF performance of the 7DMKII, it would be nice to have. Not too worried about shallower DOF with FF & as to 1.6 crop factor, good for some scenarios not for others.

I think I'm going to wait until the 7D MKII has been out for a while to see what real life user reviews are like but i'm expecting the sensor to be the best APS C produced to date by Canon & with Digic 6 too I don't think there's going to be much between the two cameras IQ, at least that's what I'm hoping ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / EOS6D or 7DMKII ?
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:49:05 PM »
Been looking for a replacement for my 40D which is getting a bit long in the tooth & had first thought of going for the 70D but reports of AF problems put me off it. In the meantime I bought an EOS100D/SL1 as I'd fancied a small body too & have been very pleased with it.

Having 17-40L & 70-200 F4L IS lenses, I was looking towards the 6D as my main interest is travel/landscape photography & a bit of airshow stuff (for which the 100D is fine) so FF seemed the logical way to go.

However, the 7D MKII is very tempting; whereas the 6D is kinda bottom of the range FF, the 7DMKII is certainly top of the range APS C sensor.

I do like the 7D's joystick & the new lever round it that you can assign different functions to like Exp comp looks really good. I like the GPS too, shame no wifi or articulating/touch screen but the 6D doesn't have those either.

If the early reports about the 7D MKII's lack of noise are accurate then then I think the IQ between the two is going to be minimal unless you print really large (which I don't).

The 7DMKII just seems a more complete camera whereas the 6D seems more of a compromise? Shame there's (not yet) a wideangle L series zoom for APS C bodies.

So, head says 6D, heart thinks 7DMKII. Any thoughts ?

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