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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:27:07 PM »
Ye think the exhaust took a bump!

YE the Z4M is mine... For sale  ;D

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:07:32 AM »
Sorry I meant current leader!  :-X

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Lenses / Re: 6D+70-300 DO *vs* 70D+55-250 STM
« on: August 12, 2014, 11:19:06 AM »
I dug this image out of my library from 2008. To demonstrate my personal experience.

40D 70-300mm DO 160mm 1/100 F6.3 ISO100

Shot in high contrast situation, the bokeh in the bottom is not oniony neither is there any Halo (if you believe the reviews there should be significant amounts of both). The image is also really quite sharp it was sharpened selectively using Smart Sharpen - amount 140 (which is about double what I would usually use for the 40D) at a radius of 0.8.

Lowther Lambs, Lowther Castle, Penrith, Canon 70-300mm DO by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Can make some great images  :)

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Lenses / Re: 6D+70-300 DO *vs* 70D+55-250 STM
« on: August 12, 2014, 10:52:59 AM »
I have also owned the 70-300mm DO. For its original price it is not a great lens at all, in fact I skipped it all together. Then some years later I bought a great used version for £450 which is less than a 1/4 the original value. It performs IMO similar to the 24-105mm but is a little softer and bokeh isn't as nice and needs more PP to get the images to look as you would want. The fall off is also interesting, the Bokeh is also a little oniony, but in practice I found the Bokeh onion ring effect difficult to produce, the fall off is much more noticeable quite cluttered not smooth. It also produces the halo effect in high contrast situations.

But once you get over this fact and get one for a good price and do the extra work it is a marvellous lens. If you are traveling it will be a great companion. Compressed it is the same size as the 24-105mm, it is heavy for its size (720g) but it is tiny and black which is another great strength. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the 70-300mm L but going into countries that aren't quite as developed or fortunate and waving high end white lenses around is asking for trouble. The F4.5-5.6 is a little annoying but with a FF DSLR its not a bad compromise.

I actually really liked my copy but sold it as I needed more light gathering capability for events. Wish I hadn't sold it, it fills a niche and isn't the best performer but for its size weight nothing can compete with it. With IS 70-300mm range and its size it really is a great choice.

I have been looking for another copy as I am going traveling for 6 months in South america and US in October. Been looking at lots of sample images on FF as I owned the lens with a crop camera.

Untitled by Adam Perfect, on Flickr

If you have a look at the image closely or go on Flickr and download the full res the fall off at the bottom of the frame is interesting. But it is sharp where it needs to be, having a lens that is easily carryable will get much nicer shots than a lens left at home because of its size/weight.

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Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:05:37 PM »
When in a pinch the 70-200mm F2.8 MKII with 2x converter work pretty well. I only have the V2 converter, its easier than carrying two lenses and the IQ is pretty good IMO close to the 100-400mm at 400 but the AF is slower... but with the 5DMKIII I missed very few shots, also the 4 stop IS works great with the 2x.

Couple of recent examples, all commercial. As you can see, they are very sharp, and two of the below are very quick and the combo had no trouble.

BMW CSL 1973, Batmobile, Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy, Silverstone Classic 2014 by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in flight, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Eider Duck chick, Sehouses Harbour, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Although like the above image Bokeh can be a little distracting. The problem is I want to pull the trigger on a 400mm but the one I want doesn't exist atm and I think the 400mm F2.8s are overkill, too big and heavy and definitely too expensive, although the isolation of 2.8 would be great.

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 11, 2014, 04:55:54 PM »
Had a press pass for Silverstone Classics 2014. 1973 BMW CSL driven by current leader of the British Touring Car Championship Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy.

BMW CSL 1973, Batmobile, Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy, Silverstone Classic 2014 by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:45:25 AM »
Thanks for the comments  :)

I made a thread with a few more images of my trip to the Farne Islands here:

http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=22151.0

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Animal Kingdom / Farne Islands, Northumberland UK
« on: August 08, 2014, 11:35:25 AM »
Farne Islands

Took these on the 28th June but only just got round to editing them!

5DMKIII + 40D + 24-105mm F4 L + 70-200mm F2.8 MKII L + 2x conv

What a brilliant place if you haven't been was a great experience.

If you want to see the whole album
https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZea3L5

Seahouses Harbour, Farne Islands, Northumberland by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Trinity House Store, Seahouses Harbour, Farne Islands, Northumberland by TomScottPhoto, on FlickrEider Duck chick, Sehouses Harbour, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Eider Duck, Seahouses Harbour, Farne Islands, Northumberland by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Eider Duck with chicks, Sehouses Harbour, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Crab Claw, Seahouses Harbour, Farne Islands, Northumberland by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Eider Duck chicks running, Sehouses Harbour, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Eider Duck chick, Sehouses Harbour, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Guillemots, Cliffside, Staple Island, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Cliffside, Staple Island, Farne Islands, Northumberland by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Cliffside, Staple Island, Farne Islands, Northumberland by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Shag, cliffside, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Kittiwake, chick, Cliffside, Staple Island, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seal Basking, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seal, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seals Basking, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seal Basking, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Seals Basking, Longstone Lighthouse, Longstone Rock, Outer Farnes, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seals Basking, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seals, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seal, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Grey Seal Basking, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Biologist Counting Puffins, Staple Island, Farne Islands, Seahouses, UK by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Shag showing plumage, cliffside, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Guillemots, Cliffside, Staple Island, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Billy Shiel's Glad Tiding, Cliffside, Staple Island, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Arctic Tern chicks, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Arctic Tern, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffins, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Arctic Tern chicks, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Shag, cliffside, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin, Farne Islands, Seahouses by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Cormorant and Chicks, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin with mouthful of sand eels, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin with mouthful of sand eels, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in flight, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin with mouthful of sand eels, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin with mouthful of sand eels, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Photographers close to Cormorant and chicks, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Photographers close to Cormorant and chicks, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in flight, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Inner Farnes, Cliffside National Trust boat, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in flight, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffins with mouthful of sand eels, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Inner Farnes, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in flight, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffins with mouthful of sand eels begin attacked by Black-headed gull, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffins with mouthful of sand eels, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in its burrow, Inner Farnes, Farne Islands, Seahouses by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

National Trust Biologist being mobbed by Arctic Terns, Inner Farnes, Farne Islands, Seahouses by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffins, Inner Farnes, Farne Islands, Seahouses, Northumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Arctic Tern in Flight, Inner Farnes, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Inner Farnes, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

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Landscape / Re: Moonlit Landscapes
« on: August 05, 2014, 06:17:05 AM »
Great pics guys keep them coming!

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Lenses / Re: Thoughts on 70-200 f/4 vs 70-300 vs 100-400?
« on: August 04, 2014, 09:43:07 AM »
You know exactly what I mean Neuro, stop being arsy in every post.

I may not have put changes field of view but I would expect most to know. Same with the DoF, your authoritative sarcastic posts are getting boring and doesn't make the forum a better place.

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150 600 woes
« on: August 04, 2014, 07:17:49 AM »
The likelihood of getting a perfect lens to match your body is slim at best.

Any gear in all industry needs to be calibrated correctly, just a fact of using high end gear thats designed to work for a large amount of bodies etc

Obviously its disappointing but not the end of the world, just sort it out.

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Lenses / Re: Thoughts on 70-200 f/4 vs 70-300 vs 100-400?
« on: August 04, 2014, 07:07:09 AM »
As to the weight, when many of your lenses are large aperture you get used to it and the mid range aperture lenses feel very light.

Like having a 24-105mm on the 5DMKIII feels a lot lighter than the 24-70MKI but you get used to it, so for a zoom of that magnitude 1050g isn't a lot. Compare that to the 70-200mm MKII which is 1490g add a 2x converter 325g and a mid body 860g = 2675g compared to mid range body and 70-300mm = 1935g. That weight saving is the same as taking a 70-200mm F4 IS also. So you could take another high end piece of glass to fill another gap like a wide angle.

On a full frame body 200mm isn't enough on a crop it is as you get an ester 120mm for free. But the FF bodies perform better in low light. But if you want to get plenty of DOF crop cameras work to your advantage.

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