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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: April 11, 2014, 01:43:21 PM »
Been using the 17-40mm a lot lately.

Merton Street by taperoo2k, on Flickr

From Lewis filming
Day 63 Of 365 Project by taperoo2k, on Flickr

A New Clock Tower by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
« on: April 11, 2014, 01:39:17 PM »
Got very lucky today

Day 79 Of 365 Project by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:53:25 AM »
Long Exposures from St Giles Fair in Oxford -


St Giles Fair Long Exposures by taperoo2k, on Flickr


St Giles Fair Long Exposures by taperoo2k, on Flickr


St Giles Fair Long Exposures by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Owns you!
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:07:07 AM »
Adobe has disabled the activation server for CS2 products, but they still provide a serial number so that customers who legitimately purchased the products can continue to use them.  Hopefully this will continue to be the case with more recent versions of CS products.

http://www.adobe.com/downloads/cs2_downloads/


That I know, but Adobe is not offering updates for CS2, so there will come a point when CS2 will not not work in future Operating Systems. Which means having to run it in a virtualized OS if you want to keep using CS2. Adobe probably hopes people will not want to do that and upgrade to more recent versions of it's software.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:42:41 AM »
Brasenose Lane in the early evening light. Pity it's gone back to being overcast and not at all summery.


Brasenose Lane Candids by taperoo2k, on Flickr

Punt Hire -

Punt Hire by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Creative Cloud - Adobe Owns you!
« on: June 18, 2013, 06:35:18 AM »
I bet if you read the license agreement of most of the other software, you'll be very surprised to know it's not only Adobe who owns you.

Yeah, but 99% of the time, the software is on a disk and is virtually in-enforceable. Thus, gives the end user's the power but adobe CC reverses all that.

You own the license key for the software, nothing more. All Creative Cloud does is make you pay a monthly subscription for that License key, instead of paying a one off fee for it. Adobe has always had more power than the end user. If you break the T&C's and EULA then Adobe can revoke the License key easily i.e. blacklist the license key on the authentication server side of things. Once Adobe starts to turn off the authentication servers for more recent versions of CS like they did for CS2 then you'll be in a right old pickle. If you can't use a license key, then having a copy of the software on disc is redundant.

I really don't see what all the fuss is about, if anything Creative Cloud makes it clearer just how much power Adobe has always had over users. If you think Adobe's EULA's and T&C's are bad take a look at Apple and Microsoft ones for their respective Operating Systems.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:06:33 AM »
A sunset picture taken from a boat bobbing about in the River Thames last week -


Oxford Flickr Group Thames Boat Trip by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:03:04 AM »
It's been a while....


Radcliffe Square Candids by taperoo2k, on Flickr

It's not as sharp as I'd like, but it was windy and very cold sitting in a boat on
the River Thames last week -

Oxford Flickr Group Thames Boat Trip by taperoo2k, on Flickr


Oxford Flickr Group Thames Boat Trip by taperoo2k, on Flickr

Preston Likely at work here -

Lots of weird things in Oxford by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 04:36:00 PM »
It all makes perfect sense except that the price tag is supposed to be 800$. Is that the entry-level? O.o

It'll start out at $800 but will drop over time, as other Canon cameras do.
Also I don't get all the hate for the sensor, having just got a 650D (stop gap before going FF) it holds up quite well with my 50D sensor, and that's using L lenses.

If Canon listened to people on the internet, they'd never release a camera as they'd never be able to meet peoples unrealistic expectations. I probably won't be buying this camera myself, but I can see it's appeal and the reasons for Canon producing it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:50:15 AM »
I think people need to calm down and wait to see how the 6D performs in terms of the IQ, AF system performance and ISO performance.
If they are good I will be going for the 6D. If not then I'll just have to be patient and save up for the 5D MKIII.
Canon were never going to trickle down the killer features of the 5D MKIII to the 6D (aside from the Digic 5+ processor). As that would cripple sales.




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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF70-200mm f/4L USM
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:42:47 AM »
The £2 million puke machine as I like to think of it (I will never go on it) -

St Giles Fair 2012 by taperoo2k, on Flickr


St Giles Fair 2012 by taperoo2k, on Flickr


St Giles Fair 2012 by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:38:38 AM »
Great work taperoo2k, I love trying (and seeing) those kind of long exposures :)


Thanks. Pretty pleased with how everything turned out, given that was the first time I'd tried
a long exposure at night.

My usual comfort zone....

St Giles Fair by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:30:26 AM »
It's getting pretty tempting to leave Canon. I never thought I'd say that!

Um, well... I can't say I would agree with you on that. I have once said I will never, NEVER, switch to Nikon, ever, period! And I feel the same way today as I did then. :D

Anyway that being said, as beautiful of a camera the 5D2 is, it is due for an upgrade. I can only assume that Canon will blow the D600 away by making the best full frame "compact" DSLR anyone has ever seen! I just hope the rumors of a "cheaper" plastic body is false, like the one found on the 60D. Yuck! If it has a metal body like the 5D2 or 7D, I would have to consider buying one. :)

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Don't you like a REBEL FULL FRAME? :D

A Rebel Full Frame is the way for Canon to go at some point, but that all depends on when the cost of producing FF sensors comes down vs the EF-S lens market the rebels have. I can't see Canon selling an FF body at a loss in the hope of recouping the money by way of lens purchases and other accessories. Nikon can only really offer the D600 at that price because it's getting the sensors via Sony and scrimping everywhere else. Canon is in the same boat in a way, it has the sensors and the technology to produce a budget FF camera whenever they like. I tend to think they have been waiting for Nikon to pull the trigger on the D600 before they respond. Canon loves to steal Nikon's thunder quite often or at least the PR peeps do.

As for me ? I'll be sticking with Canon. While they do need to update the sensor technology (who really knows what's going in Canon's R&D departments), it's not that bad really. My 50D coupled with my L lenses produces some very good images. I do have an upgrade itch, but I'm waiting to see how Canon responds to Nikon before I take the plunge. 

If there is a budget FF camera from Canon, It won't surprise me if it's got a similar body construction to that of the 60D. If the plastic's good enough for glocks...

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: September 05, 2012, 08:47:33 AM »
Had a go at some long exposure Photography last night at an annual fair (St Giles Fair, it's been around since the 1600's). I don't think I've done too badly, given this is my first time at trying this technique. Learning by the seat of my pants again. I used a range of f numbers and shutter speeds (anywhere from 2.5 seconds to 30 seconds).

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St Giles - Night Photography by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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St Giles Fair - Night Photography by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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St Giles - Night Photography by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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St Giles - Night Photography by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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St Giles - Night Photography by taperoo2k, on Flickr

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM
« on: August 18, 2012, 06:14:20 AM »
I'm quite pleased with this one, so pleased it's one of my entries in the Oxford Flickr Group's exhibition at the Botanic Garden in Oxford.


Flowers in the Botanic Garden by taperoo2k, on Flickr


Really awesome, how did you process this?


It was a 5 minute Lightroom processing job, I pretty much nailed it in camera, after fiddling with the CPL to get the dreamy look I was after. If I remember correctly cropping the image took the most amount of time in Lightroom. I tend to process things instinctively.

Since using a CPL, the softness of the lens seems to have reduced somewhat. Either that or I'm getting the hang of using the lens. It's got a sweet spot like most lenses.

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