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Lenses / Re: The New EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:25:12 AM »
Am I alone in feeling sad about this? I have not had a 24-105 F4 L for a couple of years, and never really looked back since getting the 24-70 2.8 II

HOWEVER, I still have this fondness for the old lens, maybe because it was my first "red ring" lens or just that it covered so much usable range with IS....damn it was a fine travel/holiday lens and coupled with a teleconverter was very useful when traveling light.

If only the 24-70 had IS.....

Lenses / Re: Best PRIME lenses to take to NYC?
« on: August 30, 2014, 09:50:10 AM »
I have to admit, from all of the city trips I have made I think 90% of the time I could live with the 24-70II alone.

Even tho I am usually flying and thus have a weight restriction I usually take a selection of lens including some heavy longer glass (70-200 2.8 etc) and again most of the time I could have got by with *just* the 24-70 and maybe a teleconverter at most.

Enjoy the trip, make a stop at the restaurant at the base of the ESB as they have some lovely beers and see if you are lucky to catch a storm while out there as if they temp close the deck atop the ESB you can shoot right up without the usual hour+ queue and as soon as it passes you are first out on the deck.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:10:55 AM »
Can someone explain something about wifi?

I have read that build quality (metal body?) precludes incorporating wifi. Yet, the wifi card manufacturers say their product works with the 5DIII in its SD slot. If that's the case, then why would camera manufacturers be unable to design a camera body that doesn't have the ability to use wifi. It seems they should be able to simply shift the wifi portion to another part of the body.

Honestly no reason at all, coming from a career in the IT world before I have worked on many laptops at board level and most have the wifi "chips" in a central location and the antenna is located elsewhere on the board for best performance. This is also the case as some of you may recall with the iphone and the issues they had with the metal body and wifi/3g when you covered a particular part of the phone body with your fingers etc.

So in reply, they could well design a metal body for the camera and pipe via a cable to an antenna external to the metal shell for best reception purposes....and this does not mean it has to remain an internal antenna...

Lenses / Re: Family Holiday To Florida
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:24:04 AM »
I have to admit that after our last trip there (Aug 13) I pretty much accept that on a full frame its mid range FL that counts.

I have a 5d3, a 24-70 and a 70-200 and a 50 1.4 and so took all three...I have to admit I almost never took the 24-70 off.

If going again, I would consider a tc 1.4/2x and just take the 24-105...while only F4 and not the most highly regarded lens, I used to have one and still think it is one of the best holiday photo lens.

I know this must have been done to death, and is probably down to my own ignorance....but what is the point in the 16-35 F4 IS?
Is it to replace the 17-40 F4? If so and assuming this is for landscape then it will need to be very good quality as the 17-40 is fairly cheap these days. And again assuming this is aimed at landscape/building you need IS?

If it is to replace the 16-35 F2.8.....with an F4 lens? Sure the IS is welcome for handholding shots...but that will never replace faster glass when shooting low light (thinking weddings and events etc).

Seems like it is stuck in between two lens (16-35 F2.8 & 17-40 F4) to me??

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:38:19 PM »
Any thoughts on stacking the Tammy with a 2x TC? This would give the same kind of reach but possibly slightly better performance?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 650-1300mm
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:40:57 AM »
Lots of hate towards this lens (rightly so perhaps) but not many suggestions other then buying another camera or just using a 300m and cropping.

Are there no other decent long lens/scope alternatives to consider?

EOS Bodies / Re: Hardware Hack for EOS Cameras Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: March 25, 2014, 05:46:04 AM »
Canon uses off-sensor ADCs, and maybe someone has found a way to replace those with less-noisy ones
Like from a 6D perhaps?

Anyone else understand just what this product is for?

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 20, 2014, 06:13:44 PM »
I took a 24-105 F4 on mine and honestly it was fine at the however my 24-70 2.8 II almost never comes off the body, so if you splashed out on one it will serve you fine.

Honestly I think you will find you are almost never really needing much more reach while on your honeymoon and so I could see if you could either beg/borrow/steal a 70-300 4-5.6 from someone for the few shots, or a 2x teleconverter and save the weight as I have taken my 70-200 on a number of holidays thinking "I am sure I will need it" and found I almost never did.

Besides, this is not a photo holiday is it, wife will require some of your attention too!

Photography Technique / Re: Question for Wedding Professionals
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:34:20 PM »
I have to admit, I had a bunch of different mid level lens when I started, but after my kit was stolen I took the plunge and got a 70-200 2.8 and a 24-70 2.8 what a difference.

And the 24-70 almost never comes off my body (5d3) now too!

Photography Technique / Re: Winter Photography
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:24:05 PM »
Simple, acclimate your equipment :)

Put your kit in your bag and leave it in the boot of your car for a couple of hours before you want to use it. Then when you get there open the boot (trunk?) and the bag letting it air for a few minutes before setting off.

Once you want to start taking pictures the rear screen may fog from your breath and facial heat, but the lens will be fine.

This kinda works in most extremes such as cold or humid. As someone else said you will need additional batteries or a fully charged one not expecting it to last as long as normal.

When coming home, keep your camera bag in a cool room in the house for an hour before getting into the warmth to prevent any condensation, esp internal

Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:57:55 AM »
As long as they were still for the duration of setup and exposure....

Maybe it's about time to bring back the neck holders so subjects don't move during exposure like on portraits in the 1800s :-o


Maybe thats where the term "Stock photos" came from  :P

Lenses / Re: 100mm L not for portraits?
« on: January 29, 2014, 09:33:19 AM »
I used to get lost on the math of DOF, so shoot shoot and shoot some more until you get to grips with it.

I have also come past this guys videos and he did one a while back on understanding depth of field which might help give you a better understanding:

"PhotoTips" Episode 110 - Understanding DOF (Depth Of Field)

Simply stopping down (larger F number, from 2.8 to F8/11) as others have said or changing your plane of focus by moving to your left slightly so both of the childrens eyes are in line, or even stepping backwards to increase the DOF.

All part of the learning experience and if anyone here says they have never had the same issue, they are telling fibs!

Canon General / Re: Great customer service - Wex Photographic UK
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:07:12 AM »
Hi Hardwire.
Sorry to hear about your personal situation, I hope things get better for you.
Thank you for posting positive feedback about a company, it is rare for people to post praise, normally only complaints seem to warrant comment. Hopefully this will encourage people to use this vendor.

Cheers Graham.

Thanks Graham.

And you echo my thoughts really...all too often people take to the interwebs to complain and it is rare to find positive feedback. I searched on here for info about Wex and in fact MPB whom I was looking at buying from in the first place and I found the lack of info on each slightly alarming.

So if anyone is worried about buying used, I can vouch for Wex. I did not use their site as I am sure they would prefer, but called them up and found that customer service does in fact still exist.

Now I just hope she likes is, will find out on the 25th lol

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