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Lenses / Re: Traveling to the UK/Ireland
« on: May 24, 2014, 05:18:23 AM »
Hi GetStoked. The 24-105 is a perfect lens for tourism anywhere, but TBH you'll be amazed just how much of the time it stays at its widest if you're heading to the big tourist attractions, - if the wallet can stretch to hiring one of the wider zooms while you're over here, then you may appreciate it. - There's only so far back you can walk in some situations!

As some people have said, the 70-300 will be good if you're outside of the cities....but  I wouldn't have thought you'd use it too much unless you were out actively seeking wildlife, or at an event or something specific.

Personally I think the 50 is actually a little narrow for general walk round use in cities. It's great for street stuff if you're wanting a very "people-centric" look, but I prefer a quick 35mm in London.

Security wise....I only ever feel self conscious when I have two bodies with me, or a white lens. I can merrily walk round London all day with with a 5d3 / 24-70 on a blackrapid strap and blend in with everyone else. (Especially if you're going to be around other tourists).

Enjoy your time over here, and I hope the weather gets a little better before you arrive!
(This weekend is a public holiday - therefore it's raining everywhere!!!!!)

If you were asking for just a second body for yourself, I'd say another 6D without hesitation. I know personally I don't touch my crop body much now that I have two FF ones.....
However, given that it's a body for your wife, plus second body for you, I'm tempted to say 70.

You mention how 70 better suits her shooting style and given it's something you do together while travelling etc. you want to both have the best "experience" you can both can, so you want to aim for the body that she's most comfortable with so you can both be getting the maximum enjoyment out of shooting together. (Hope that doesn't sound too soppy!)
Also, lets face it the 70 isn't a slouch in terms of IQ and features and maybe (playing devils advocate here) spending slightly less now, justifies you looking at a wider range of options to upgrade your 6D in a few years time.

As I say though, personally I'd go with a second 6D. The 5DIII whilst being one of the most capable bodies ever built, really needs you to have a think over whether you need the extra functionality over the 6. Only you can honestly answer that. Are you currently missing shots that the 5 would let you take?

One last thought -
If you sell the 24-105 and did get another 6.....would your wife be happy shooting with just the 17-40 (given that she prefers zooms to primes)? Do you need to factor a standard zoom of some sort into both scenarios?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What a waste of 1-serie camera
« on: December 23, 2013, 03:24:01 AM »
Not quite a vid clip....
But certainly includes a shot from one of the other photogs present, that Richard then used to challenge the player about it.

Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 08, 2013, 04:38:54 PM »
My 50 1.4 focus fail wasn't down to a fall, just down to sitting in the end pocket of my otherwise flawless Lowepro bag.
In a busy/crowded area, my bag (on my shoulder at the time) got crushed between myself and someone passing past me.

Afterwards, the 50 was still fine to focus at minimum focus difference, and fine to focus at infinity; but everything between about 2 and 5 metres produced inconsistent results.
A quick trip to a repair centre fixed it...but now it gets treated with kid-gloves.

Unfortunately I live in fear of another repair bill (about a third the lens' value), so am tempted most sorely to get the 1.2 L - Not because it's quicker or that it may be "better" in terms of IQ; but simply because (thanks to hearing about many other similar experiences) I crave the build quality I see in my L glass.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Birds with attitude
« on: April 25, 2013, 05:00:42 PM »
Caught these guys while I was shooting seascapes for a project the other day. The one with the chip (french fry if you're not from the UK) was an especially angry bird!

Lenses / Re: New Canon L-lens: EF 16-600mm f2,8 L USM
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:52:55 PM »
but but but -

what do DXO think of it?
I can't make up my mind about it until they've had a go with one.

and also of course, what does the master think?
no lens would ever come in to my possession without a thumbs up from Mr Rockwell.

Hi Cayenne,

I don't actually use my DSLRs for video much, but for my sins I'm a sound engineer. (Mostly conferencing nowadays, but formally bands, rock/folk/jazz etc. )

Yes you definitely want to use the -10dB pad, and the Zoom level might have to be a lot trimmed a lot lower than where you are used to having it. Not sure you'll get away with using the older mic straight into the camera if it doesn't have a pad...bands (especially in smaller local type venues) can produce some very high SPLs, despite not having the huge PA rigs you see flown in larger arenas/stadiums/concert halls, where they are set up to provide clarity rather than just sheer volume. If it's just for reference though....trim the input level down and you should get something vaguely listenable, not necessarily useable for the final edit though.  :)  (think "phone" recording if you're really unlucky)

Also worth noting, smaller rooms and halls (sometimes due to weird architecture/decor) can have wildly differing types of sound depending where in the room you stand. If you can, visit somewhere beforehand and see a band play, to get a feel of the acoustics. Have a good walk around the room as they play, some areas (especially right next to walls) will sound really bass heavy, some areas really bass light. There are an awful lot of factors making up how it sounds (shape of room; wall coverings; amount of audience! -seriously-literally physical mass of lots of people makes a huge difference to acoustics!!!; audio tastes of engineer; quality of house PA system; etc. etc.) so I can't give you any hard and fast rules. But - try not to have your mic+Zoom right next to the back wall, or you'll want to make use of the bass roll off that that mic has.

What I really recommend though is......... try and get a good pair of isolating closed back headphones so you can hear what you've got going to disk. Personally I use/recommend a pair of Sennheiser HD25, they give you really good separation from the gig around you. Others are available - including full noise cancelling and ear defender style models, but HD25's are good because you're getting a nice reference headphone into the bargain.

Remember just because the LOUD bass lines/kick drum etc. are sounding awesome to your ears as you listen to the gig...that doesn't necessarily mean it will make a great video. Usually "live" music videos sound NOTHING like what you hear when you're there......they are a seperate mix, taken from the splits that feed the front of house and stage monitor desks.
Obviously that's not practicable for small gigs (and outside of an O.B. truck :P ) so instead, go and ask the engineer if you can get a desk recording.

Most engineers should have at least SOME way of recording a it straight to a CD rec deck, to a laptop, or with some of the digital desks now, straight to USB drive. Ask nicely.... let him know its for the video and remember to get his/her details so you can give them a credit, and they should be amenable one way or another. Even better, is carrying a second Zoom or similar, that you can give to them to plug straight into the desk output.
The only way he'll be an arse with you is if he's had a REALLY bad day cramming loads of load-in and sound-check into very little time....or if you come across as: "yeah yeah give me a damn recording you amateur" type of idiot.
Try not to turn up at the last minute, but also try not to pester him too much while he's still sound-checking. There's a "right moment" when the check's done and he's happy.

Using the two recordings....(your Zoom which is an ambient recording of the gig) and a recording of what was going through the FOH desk.... you should be able to mix them to more faithfully represent the band's sound, rather than just a mushy, bass heavy recording of what the room and PA have let you capture.

Hope this all makes sense!
p.s. for best results.....use an Outside Broadcast Truck!!!  ;)     just kidding. Have Fun.

Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: February 24, 2013, 03:31:19 AM »

Hi, Im going on my first trip to England in just over a month and i want to take photos of castles and buildings so i'm taking my 5D mark iii and as far as lenses go I'm thinking i will take my 24-70L ii and 70-200 Lis ii but i want to get a wider lens, so I'm thinking i might go the 17mm tse.

Does anyone  have any recommendations on this lens?

Hi Creek, do you have destinations in mind yet? I'm presuming London/Edinburgh...but do you need suggestions for things slightly more out of the way? (How long are you here-& are you driving? There are some great things to see that are more out of the way, if you're not so bound to public transport).

I agree with the 17 tse. In the cities, a lot of the buildings don't quite have the room around to stand back too'll do a lot of looking UP at them, so tse is definitely a plan.
Otherwise, yes the two zooms are perfect. Just be prepared to up the iso at the moment (if you're handholding rather than tripod)...the weather is very overcast a good chunk of the time, and I can't see that changing too much in a month.

My 40mm arrived about 30 mins ago. :D

If i get time later to today (busy day so no promises) I'll take them both out and try and get some comparison shots.
first impressions:
     1- It's TINY! Looks hilarious on 5D3.
     2- Bokeh is VERY good.
     3- Looks like it's real nice IQ for the price.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 11, 2013, 04:32:13 PM »

Sorry as I am now a Ex Jessops employee I can honestly say that all cameras were a loss leader.. The trade price on a 7D was around £1100 or more.. Jessops made huge losses on cameras sometimes well over £150.. The idea was to try and compete in the market but sell profitable items like memory cards etc with the cameras.. I shall greatly miss Jessops as I was a devoted customer before I worked there..

78 years of trading and servicing the general public has been torn apart in less then 2 days..

Sigh...Highlights again how some companies (in our case Canon obviously) use such territorial bracketing to keep strangleholds on the economies that are able/willing/daft enough, to pay more than others. The worldwide marketplace becomes a joke when Canon can say "nope...your warranty is no good because you bought a camera from outside your "territory".

The current 7D body only price on a certain Hong Kong based website (ie: "post trade") whose name may rhyme with rigital-dev, is £729.99. A far cry from the £1100 TRADE UK price that Alex mentions above. For once, it's not all money going to the exchequer, 20% on 729.99 is still only ~£876, so
(even allowing for rigital-dev's mass buying power and maybe loss-leading by up to around 30% on this particular example....and I severely doubt it's that much somehow!)
- somewhere along the line UK sales outlets (and therefore UK consumers) are getting screwed over.

To be fair though....we're still nowhere near as bad a situation as some continental European countries price wise...

Is part of the problem the fact that the larger territories (US/China) have retailers with significantly larger buying power so therefore are more competitive to Canon and the other such multi-nationals?  Possibly.
I just know at the end of the day what the camera/equipment is worth in to me. I'm not a pro so it is ENTIRELY about enjoyment, and thus I have to justify what I spend on gear to myself alone.....I would have paid Jessops' prices if I hadn't imported to save hundreds pounds on my last body (about 30%, so again more than just UK tax accounts for - and not rigital-dev as it happens :P).  But the temptation to save that money and not feel like I'd been robbed, proved too strong.

To Alex, I have to say - good luck mate, sorry the administrators couldn't do anything over the past couple of days.
To the UK high street - good luck. Currys Group??? BHS??? WHSmith??? any chain that doesn't do something that can't be sourced in a visit to Tesco/Asda-Walmart/Sainsburys/Ikea had better develop some sort of USP very quickly.....or be ready to say goodbye. 
Sorry to sound so bleak ! :-\  Didn't mean to have a rant - Honest!

Slightly more tongue in cheek L vs Cinema comparison:

Possibly NSFW if anyone's a tad prudish! (More suggested nudity than actually showing anything too graphic)

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:33:05 PM »
Pro / serious Pro-sumer / P&S users......will hardly notice the passing of Jessops. It is easy to buy gear from Amazon/Calumet/Ebay/DigitalRev/ARGOS!!!/tesco!?!/ etc. etc. when you have researched and know what you want, or just "want a camera with lots of megapickles!"

It's people in the middle ground I feel sorry for, - folks who want advice on the high-street, who with the passing of Jessops (and Jacobs last year) won't really have a dedicated high street camera/video shop.

That said.....I was in one of their stores a few days ago, and to be honest the sales guy's "advice" (I was just having a browse and seeing if there were any accessories at a sensible price in their sale), ranged from a confused: "erm, uhhuh, I'm not sure about that; the guy who normally looks after the Canon stuff isn't here today," to just plain wrong. Horribly inaccurately WRONG info about the bodies and lenses I'd asked about.

It's almost a shame, but it's kind of inevitable. (Though it may mean breathing space and a new lease of life for specialist local retailers - we can but hope).

Macro / Re: Some nature Macro
« on: January 05, 2013, 03:54:18 AM »
Love the shot of the beetle, I like the way the focus is just right to catch this side of his head.

I'm in a similar position, I like to go out with a Macro lens and see what I get rather than spending too much time "setting up" - (tripod, ring flash, focus stacking etc.)

My solution is I'm thinking of upgrading my well used sigma 105mm f2.8 macro to the canon 100mm L 2.8 IS macro. I have relatively shakey hands at the best of times, so think the IS might be my friend for macro. (Even just a little help would be welcome-I've heard some comments that the hybrid IS isn't amazing)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:01:45 AM »
Now what I would really, really LOVE to see would be a 15-70 F4L IS lens for APS-C. The biggest gripe I have with my 7D is not having a weather-sealed walk-around lens.

Couldn't agree more. I have a 7 and the 15-85....which is a great combo, but a weather sealed lens would be sooooo much better. A modest price ie....lower than the 24-105 would seal the deal.

I terms of the 24-70 f4 IS. Hmmm, well, ok, Erm, could be worse. I could do with a standard zoom for my 5mk3 and I'd far rather spend the money needed for the 24-70 2.8 II on a couple of a relatively cheap compromise might do nicely.
     Then again....if its no cheaper than the 24-105, then it's still not the one for me - I'll probably go for whichever is the cheaper of the two. (Though Nuero's idea of a 17-70 has me quite giddy)

I have no problem with Canon making a cheaper L to "70-200" the range, but if they are going for a range, then given the price of the 24-70 2.8 ii, what on earth figure would the 24-70 2.8 IS command? Do numbers go up that high?

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