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Congrats! I'm not at all envious  ;)

I'm having the same dilemma myself, but I haven't the budget for a Macbook Pro. I don't want Windows 8, or all the bloating software that goes with Windows. Realistically I've decided to put up with this horribly slow, 7 year old, cheap at the time PC, at least until the next windows OS comes along. It runs lightroom, just takes a bit of time for the images to load, but that is probably down to the library being on an external USB2.0 drive (internal drive is full, and it isn't my PC anyway).

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: November 17, 2014, 03:43:56 PM »
At the air races

T-6 Race Pylons Reno 2013 3752 © Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

Nice shot! They look a lot lot lower and closer to the crowd (or were they event togs?) than you get here in the UK! I bet the sound was immense!  :)

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Lenses / Re: More Mentions of 2014 Being the Year of the Lens [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:18:35 PM »
Anyone know the status of the 24mm pancake? Wondering about a release date mainly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 03:54:56 PM »
I'd be interested to see how it performs at airshows, and planes in general. The mk1 suffered badly, even at very low ISO at times in my experience from it this year, so if that has improved a lot I'd going to have to ban myself from the local camera shops...  ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 05, 2014, 05:58:17 AM »
Maybe not putting my 7D mk1 away in the bag when it rained last month wasn't such a good idea (now I've seen all the extra places the mk2 has sealing). Rain covers will be on Santas wish list this year I think.

Impressive upgrades and an impressive dissection.

Most people can probably get away with not using rain covers. I mean the 60D has been rubbished so much in build and sealing but despite being dropped and rained on quite a bit it still lives. I mean it's all probabilities, but some people make it sound like it's super fragile if it's not magnesium alloyed and sealed like a 1-series.

Fair point, but an extra bit of protection wouldn't hurt. Given I don't earn my living from photography, it would be tough to justify spending again to replace the body or lens because I had skimped on a £10 rain cover. I opened up all the flaps etc and left it to dry out properly and none of openings showed signs of water ingress. But you never know until its too late.

What I'm interested to know is, will it bend in your pocket?

;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 04, 2014, 02:49:03 PM »
Maybe not putting my 7D mk1 away in the bag when it rained last month wasn't such a good idea (now I've seen all the extra places the mk2 has sealing). Rain covers will be on Santas wish list this year I think.

Impressive upgrades and an impressive dissection.

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: October 31, 2014, 03:10:12 PM »
A few from lake Bled in Slovenia.

I could pass several weeks simply sat on that bench in shot 4 and letting the time go by. Great shots too!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:20:43 PM »
Here are some sample shots https://www.flickr.com/photos/128861033@N06/ I was shooting in JPG only so just cropped the pictures. Some of these shots are below the standard I would normal post but I wanted you to get an idea of how the camera handles. You can check the EXIF data which is why I am posting to Flickr.

After seeing this thread this morning I saw the request for photos but none from yesterday were usable. I have a hide on the river Stour so I went down there despite rain being threatened. I have used the hide a few times hoping to get shots of otters (many people have told me that no otters live on the river), I have spotted them twice but never managed an acceptable shot. As I was setting up my 5Dmk3 I noticed movement in the reeds so grabbed my 7Dmk2 pointed it in the direction of the disturbance when suddenly an otter surfaced right at my feet. Using the Cannon 70-300mm L it was to close for me to focus. It disappeared so I ran down the river bank. Spotting the otter I held my finger down taking over 100 jpgs, that is when I realized I had not set RAW+JPG but just JPG, I quickly changed setting and am hopeful for the shots in RAW. Anyway thank you for demanding photos as I finally have proof otters live in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Thanks for the photos. How did the camera focus cope at tracking them as you followed them?

I may have to try heading up that way sometime to photograph some otters. Can't be any more of the wild goose chase that was deer watching at Hatfield forest last week, I saw nothing but squirrels all day.

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:13:32 PM »
Sublime is the word that comes to mind when I see all your images.... thanks for giving me a moment of peace and tranquility!

Lovely shot there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 29, 2014, 04:14:27 PM »
After all the hype and waiting. I wonder if it will be worth it. Only bought my 7D last year so I doubt I'll be upgrading anytime soon (although I do yearn for the ISO performance of a 5D...).

Then you should be all set on this one... If you want the ISO performance of a 5D, you'll have to buy a 5D.

I believe the 7D2 will have improved high ISO and will be very usable at ISO 1600 (maybe 3200) but won't be a replacement for full frame in very low light.  (disclosure:  I ordered a 7D2, so I think it will be well worth it)
It should have the ISO performance of a 5D.... or even a bit better...

Now a 5DIII.... that's a different story!

Sorry Don, and thanks... that's what I assumed we were talking about.  Should've clarified. 5DIII.  :)

Oops. I was talking about a 5DIII too.

To be fair, if the 7DII is as it sounds at ISO 1600/3200/6400 then it would be good enough for 99% of the times that my 7D starts to suffer, meaning the 5DIII is only needed once or twice a year. If I had one though, it would be used almost exclusively, relegating the 7D apart from when I want the reach.

The solution is to win the lottery!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:23:59 AM »
After all the hype and waiting. I wonder if it will be worth it. Only bought my 7D last year so I doubt I'll be upgrading anytime soon (although I do yearn for the ISO performance of a 5D...).

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:12:18 PM »
That thing has some steering angle!  :P

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 15, 2014, 08:42:58 AM »
I went to Brands Hatch at the weekend for the BTCC finale, its getting tougher and tougher to produce something to different to the hundreds of other people there with cameras, and to just work around them. I haven't linked many, or even uploaded many to Flickr as a lot of them are very similar composition, will be going back to them over winter when I'm bored though I expect.

All comments and criticism welcome.

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Andrew Jordan by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

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Untitled by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

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Rob Collard by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

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Been going through some shots from this years airshows tonight

Super Hornet

F18 Hornet by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

As requested, some shots of the two Lancs together. These are from Clacton when we had blue skies (and my composition was a bit better). The shots from Duxford really are bad, I can't see them being savable, exposure wildly off, not properly focussed as I would like, the clouds really ruined the photography aspect.

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British and Canadian Lancaster bombers by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

2. (I think I was massively lucky to get this shot from this angle)

British and Canadian Lancaster bombers by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

3. Hate the Abberation on the underside of the engines, but lightroom can only do so much and I don't have photoshop to take it out properly.

British and Canadian Lancaster bombers by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

4. Not my favourite shot, just a different angle hence my inclusion.

British and Canadian Lancaster bombers by Matt Roberts101, on Flickr

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Sports / Re: Your favourite motorsports events
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:36:45 PM »
Hi Jock.
Thank you, that basically confirmed what I suspected, that racing resumes after (or precisely as) you pass the green flag. I have always thought it was a matter of physics and never understood the blazé attitude towards crash sites, if one car spun out and ended up there, why, when these guys are all doing almost exactly the same thing wouldn't another car follow almost the same trajectory, close enough to put them at great risk?
I should like to clarify I had no intention of wagging fingers, I was merely curious, and within the letter of the rule book the marshal was correct, rule book correct, not my call!

Cheers, Graham.

Hi Graham,

I immediately after watching the video asked the same question, having never been a flag marshal or receiving any training on sectors made me ignorant to the situation.
I hope this link helps explain it for everyone! http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/yes-a-green-flag-was-waving-but-know-the-whole-story/?v=2&s=1&r=8281
End of the day, there’s always wagging fingers when the proverbial hits the fan!! :-\

Because until there is a specific number or rule that states you must be going at Xmph in a yellow flag zone, or lose X seconds, they will try to limit the loss of time.
Currently if one driver slows by a lot, he will fall back from the car in front and be a victim to those following. Which is why they all slow as little as possible. A code60 situation like at the nurburgring 24 hour race would eliminate that problem. This has been a long time coming, and sadly has taken an incident as dreadful as this for change to occur.

Not the first time more than 1 car has crashed in the same place in one race. Remember I think Brazil 03 when 4 or 5 cars each spun into the same barrier at turn 3 at Brazil?

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