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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Shutter Actuation App for Mac
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:12:53 PM »
Is there a similar app for the android platform?  Would be useful when looking at a 2nd hard camera!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Experiences Switching From Nikon
« on: September 25, 2013, 05:27:46 PM »
 Skulker said: "Its photographers who take pictures not cameras.  ;D"

Indeed. All too easy to forget that!

Lenses / Re: On a crop sensor...EF17-40L or EFS15-85?
« on: August 06, 2013, 05:42:41 PM »
That is the closest to a consesus I've ever seen on the Canon Runors forum!  Thanks to all who gave me their input, the 15-85 will be it. The 50 f1.8 will be faster in low light and the 70-200 will have the required reach for my needs.
Thanks again.

Lenses / On a crop sensor...EF17-40L or EFS15-85?
« on: August 05, 2013, 05:52:41 PM »
Will also be using the 50mm 1.8 Mk1 and the 70-200 F4. Little price difference but which would you choose and why?

Site Information / Re: Moderators: You are Too Sensitive
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:28:15 PM »
Almost sorry that I missed that thread!

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 30, 2013, 04:01:31 PM »
Here are a few shots taken last year - the dawn image on my mobile phone on a misty Irish morning!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Against the odds?, or Common sense...
« on: January 26, 2013, 09:51:33 AM »
Welcome to the Forum Apop! Like you I first bought into Canon because it just felt right in my hands - in a large retailer (now gone under like so many!) I tested both the then top of the range Nikon (it might have been the F3) and the Canon T-90.  The Nikon was a very good camera and felt well built. Then I picked up the T-90 and it was an immediate 'game over' felt like it had been hand made to my measurements with all of the controls exactly where they needed to be for me to use them instinctively.  Had the same experience with the EOS 1 when I bought that some years later.

I hope you get as much pleasure out of your canon gear as I've had from mine over the years!


United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Selling used gear UK
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:52:15 PM »
I have bought and sold painlessly through Amateur Photographer but in the last few years that has declined, I would love to find a reliable source of 2nd hand equipment, most of what I see on-line in Ireland and the UK appears to be either 1) dealers (so why buy unseen by post?) 2) scammers or 3) people seeking to sell overpriced, outdated equipment to the unwary.
If you do find a good place to buy / sell please let us know!

Thanks for the link - interesting video! Here in Ireland we are mostly fans of Mr Obama - a poll taken just before your recent election showed 85% for him Vs 15% for his opponent. I like the shot enough separation of the subject from the backgrouns whilst also allowing sufficient detail to show it was made in the Oval office rather than in some studio somewhere.

Canon General / Re: How many clicks in 2012?
« on: January 02, 2013, 11:20:24 AM »
According to my Lightroom catalogue I shot 5069 frames in 2012. None at all in December.  I've suffered a lot of health issues this last year (hope that this improves this year). In 20111 I shot 14229 frames.

My Canon T-90. Way before it's time in so many ways

Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:42:26 PM »
You really don't need any more gear.
If you have a business and want to spend the money to avoid paying tax on it give it away to a charity.
If this is your personal money and you want to spend it buy your partner something that s/he would like.
Happy Christmas

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 18, 2012, 12:29:45 PM »
sagittariansrock said...

"Can I lease this picture to illustrate that the real photographic gear is the not the camera, but the eyes and the brain behind it?
Just kidding, very nice picture though!"

This quote should be made a 'sticky' post for the Forums to remind all of us that, just as the Chef makes the meal not the oven, the photographer makes the photograph not the camera - even if it's got the best L series lens on it!

Lenses / Re: Long lens recommendation for surveillance.
« on: December 17, 2012, 04:37:45 PM »
A friend of mine is a retired Surveillance Photographer for Special Branch in the UK.  He used an amazing assortment of kit for his work from sub-miniature Minox cameras which fitted into a cigarette packet and allowed for a number of real cigs too (the lens was hidden in the pack logo!) to 1200mm lenses on 35mm camera bodies (was Nikon at the time  :( ) when working from a hide (often a van or truck left parked some hours earlier with my friend left inside for many hours with a tripod, sandwiches and two bottles; one with water, the other empty.
His advice would be NEVER mix up the bottles!  ;D

Lenses / Re: Lens to take to Ireland
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:19:01 PM »
Like DB I also live in Ireland.  If you are coming by ferry from the UK with a car take the lot, if you have to fly and get your luggage down to a minimum I'd suggest the 17-40 and the 70-200 with a 40 pancake or a nifty 50 if you have one or can borrow one,  With the 5D3 you should be able to set an appropriate ISO for low light levels without worry.  As a bonus sunrise is about 8.00 am and sunset about 4.00 pm at this time of year so the 'best ' light is easily accessible!
Don't know how familiar you are with Ireland but if you want to discuss your itinerary drop me a mail and I'll be happy to help if I can ( ~ replace AT with the usual!)

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