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Lenses / Re: buy the 24-70 4 IS... or wait for the 2.8 IS?
« on: May 30, 2014, 07:12:23 AM »
  I bought the Tamron 24-70 VC a few weeks ago, having dropped my 24-105 and damaged it beyond resonable cost of repair.. I wasn't sure if I would - (a) miss the focal length of the 105 or (b) wish I'd saved for the 24-70 L II
(not really an option for me at the moment) I hired first then bought, both copies were amazing. I like a bit of pixel peeping but I honestly can't tell the difference between the Tamron & my 100 2.8 L IS or Sigma 50 1.4 (first version) when viewed at 1:1. I've been shooting an hospital heritage collection recently, swapping between all three depending on the shot and I would say the Tamron beats the  50 1.4 at the apetures I am using.  The VC is also the best I have ever come across, I can shoot 70mm at 1/4 second in low light and most are keepers.
    Downsides are strong barrel distortion and vignetting at 24mm (correctable in Lightroom etc) and solid but all plasticy feel - (no worse than the 100 2.8 IS).. I wouldn't like the chances of dropping either of them once wheras I had to have a few go's to dispatch my 24-105

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Site Information / Re: Money for something
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:33:14 AM »
Been looking at providers for the same reason myself.  Smugmug looks like exactly what I want,  problem is the name. Doesn't sound professional to me, more like a kiddie site or something!


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mk III Focusing Issue
« on: May 29, 2013, 09:23:36 PM »
Try the fourth purple focusing menu screen,top item "set drive when AF impossible" should be set to on. :)

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Lenses / Re: Lenses for canon 550d?
« on: March 03, 2013, 05:51:33 AM »
   The first aftermarket lens I got for my 500D was a Sigma 17-70 f2.8 macro - for $250 secondhnd. Great range of focal lengths, & it can focus very close to the front element, about 200mm I think, which is great for close ups, if not true macro..& at 70 mm is equivelant to 110 in 35mm terms, so great for general purpose or travel. To be honest , when I got my 16-35 2.8, (at seven times the cost) I was vaugely dissapointed as to my eye in the centre it didn't seem to be a lot sharper. The only downside really was the noisy autofocus, sounded like mini concrete mixer at work compared to USM lenses, no complaints about the accuracy though. Sigma have since released  the same lens with silent focus and vibration compensation I think, I would highly recommend any of those for a tight budget, great first step up from kit lenses. 

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Sports / Re: Post Your Panning Shots!
« on: November 19, 2012, 07:20:21 AM »
On the gentler side, monsoon in Hue, Vietnam, 2010

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