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Canon General / Re: 5d Classic Problem (??)
« on: August 16, 2011, 07:44:22 PM »
Kurt, just dusted off my 5D and did a few tests in rubbish conditions (ISO 3200, Indoors, RAW, shooting a lightblub!)

I got 1 image previewed in 4 seconds. I could do a burst of 12 shots, but only after all 12 were written, did I get auto-preview show me the 12th image. However I could look at an image after about 6 seconds, and then cycle through the images as they are being written to CF.

I also shot with no CF card - and the preview was still 4 seconds.

Next I shot with ISO 100, and got the image after 3 seconds, inline with a smaller RAW files (10MB vs nearly 13MB).

Finally, shooting with ISO 100 and Jpeg fine, gave a 2.9MB file and preview after 2 seconds.

If you'd like me to run some other comparisons to your testing, then let me know the details.

Has anyone used "Simply Electronics" ? I've only noticed them recently, but they appear the cheapest in the UK - is there a catch ???

They claim to be UK based - but I've had equipment delivered that's clearly from Hong Kong (Sigma 50mm f1.4 if I remember correctly). No problem with them otherwise, delivery was a tad slow and the website is a bit misleading but competitive prices.

I've used Digital Rev before as well - they are openly HK based.

Just placed an order with procamerashop.co.uk - great communication so far, expecting my delivery tomorrow.

Good luck!

Concur with Freshprince08, I've used Simply without any major issues, stock arrived without problems. Sales can be a bit slow, and not as clued up. Have also used procamerashop and the 3% discount. They seem to slightly undercut Simply.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Warehouse express offering £100 off 7D
« on: August 12, 2011, 12:54:36 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* This & That
« on: August 10, 2011, 04:37:17 PM »
Further rumour on one of the the forthcoming Sony dSLRs...


believe as much as you want....

Canon General / Re: Nikon to launch D800 D4 this Month?
« on: August 02, 2011, 12:08:01 PM »
Yep, I expect Canon to announce 1 body either end of Aug or early September - Nikon / Sony / Canon sometimes have a nack of launching & annoucing quite close to each other, so I expect something within a week or so. Nikon normally announce & can ship quite quickly, Canon announce then ship months later  ;)

Given Nikon Rumors & Thom seem to indicate the D4/D400 and not the D4X, I would guess that Canon intend the IDs IV and perhaps another in the G series, and will release the 5D MK III next year (so one does not steal the other's thunder) , but hey we could all be pleasantly surprised - and guessing is just that - no more likely or unlikely to be correct  :D

As mentioned, there is an uncanny likelihood of similar features across Canon & Nikon bodies which comes across like inside information...

Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 F4 L IS or 70-200 F2.8 L
« on: August 02, 2011, 07:11:08 AM »
a) For a bizarre reason, Canon chose to swap around the focus ring and the zoom ring, so you sometimes chose the wrong one. It's not a biggie, but worth knowing

Indeed.  The reason might be a design necessity (for example, the lens has a floating focus element), but may also have been by choice.  From their market position paper on the lens, Canon is aiming it primarily at APS-C users, and even though the zoom and focus ring placement is reversed from other L-series lenses, it is the same as the high-end EF-S lenses (17-55mm, 15-85mm, 10-22mm).

Cool - never realised that for EF-S lenses Neuroanatomist - definitely a mild confusion with the other lenses I use.

Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 F4 L IS or 70-200 F2.8 L
« on: August 02, 2011, 06:56:37 AM »
Canon Rumors did a review of the 70-300 f/4.5 to f/5.6 L IS, and was one of the factors which caused me to buy one. I still have the 70-200 f/4 IS - have not had chance to do an A:B comparison yet. Couple of points

a) For a bizarre reason, Canon chose to swap around the focus ring and the zoom ring, so you sometimes chose the wrong one. It's not a biggie, but worth knowing
b) The 70-300 f/4.5 to f/5.6 L IS will not work with Canon extenders - designed to prevent this. Does work with the Kenko Pro G teleconverter (again have not had chance to try comparison of with/without).
c) I've not tried this for fast moving action, but you could hire / try either of the 70-200 lenses with a 1.4x to get additional reach at the expense of some sharpness / some focus speed.

Canon General / Re: UK camera travel insurance
« on: August 02, 2011, 05:05:53 AM »
http://www.aaduki.com/ what i use for my camera insurance and liability insurance.. maybe worth a call...

+1, I use Aaduki as well...

With respect, the article states there is a longevity issue with the memory not OCZ, and that most end users will not see it, only notice a reduction in usable capacity. The memory in the 25nm OCZ is Micron.

OCZ "dubious marketing" was also picked up by Anandtech - more on performance than storage size, and OCZ agreed to make this clearer. Intel will still go to 25nm, so will face the same challenges.

We stick with the brands we are used to, and I completely understand why you will be more risk adverse when your own company is reliant upon it. I've just not personally had those problems.

Software & Accessories / Re: Filters - Screw on or not ?
« on: July 31, 2011, 12:02:28 PM »
Personal preference, but I have the B+W UV to protect, then Lee filters for the other - I leave the adapters on the lenses all the time and use Lee lens covers to protect from dust etc. Not sure if this is possible on other systems (e.g. screw), but you can independently rotate 2 filters on one of the Lee holders, so you can adjust perhaps for a bright sky, and perhaps tame a bright element in the foreground which needs a different angle.

90% of my filter needs is done by Grads (the rest is Circ or ND). I've done hand holding, but for long shots in the cold it's a little more awkward so I prefer to remove the gloves, add the filter/holder and then I can normally tweak with the gloves still on.

For the 10 stop ND, I could not work with the B+W ones as I'm always fine tuning composition (angle & zoom), so screwing on a filter at the end did not work for me.

Horses for courses, but prefer filter holders / drop in filters. The Lee glass filters are supposed to have less colour cast, but tbh, not really noticed a strong one on their resin ones.

Um, intel have had problems with their SSD and firmware as well. Also their Sata 3Gbps motherboard controllers in the Sandybridge support chips.

It is of course your choice, but a) I'm not a gamer, and b) I've not had problems with OCZ, Crucial or others over the past 3 years, plus it was only a suggestion ;-)

Memory for SSDs is only sourced from a handful of manufacturers e.g. Micron, Toshiba, Samsung. The OCZ controllers (until recently are not theirs), just the firmware etc.

I had a quick look, and the price conversion isn't as bad as I thought. The digital SLR starter kit is around £200 in the UK, and $325 on B&H. UK prices will include VAT @ 20%, so then it depends on what the import duty would be for North America and the postage options.

I've used Morco in the UK before - not always the cheapest so hunt around - but they do ship worldwide, so you could check to see if they would remove VAT before shipping.

The only other thing to note would be order time. Lee aren't a large company, and given the niche market - certainly within the UK, most stockists hold minimal stock and get it direct from Lee which can take 3 to 5 weeks. So if you consider that route, check they have it in stock and could ship immediately.

I use the Lee system, but perhaps because they're a british company and therefore well know/well used in the UK or easily available. I'm guessing import would be costly. Couple of points from the thread neuroanatomist provided.

1) You can buy lens covers for about £3 which fit over the adapter rings - I prefer this to using the lens cap inside the holder
2) I would always remove the filter holder and the filters when moving around - once scratched, they're next to useless and at £50 for a grad filter, or the kit holder, then it's not worth leaving it on. As the video shows, it takes 2 secs to remove and put away.
3) Certainly in the UK, for the Circ Pola, there is a different attachment to the one in the video, which screws on and is therefore more sturdy
4) My circ pola vignettes at 19-20mm. Lee say they have no real solution :-(

But if Cokin is cheaper and the same quality, then your decision may be made - pending stock availability for either product.

Software & Accessories / Re: Need Backpack recommendations
« on: July 31, 2011, 07:57:08 AM »
I use Lowepro, PhotoTrekker, it takes 17KG+ of weight for me (admittedly only whilst travelling, I try not to walk with that much!), and I'm on the 2nd one (Lowepro replaced it FOC when the zips went on the other one). Oh and I'm 6ft 1". Takes laptop or ipad in the zipped top. I also hang the gps off it ;-)

A friend has the flipside and it's very nice. Have looked at Kata at shows but did not work for me. Horses for courses.

But, you need to try them out if you can, ideally with some weight, at either a dealer or a show. The weight is important as it's only when they're loaded does it count and you notice the nuances :-)

Once you have it, also get a friend to adjust it with you. Definitely not a 1 person job to start off.

Software & Accessories / Re: Graduated Neutral Density
« on: July 31, 2011, 07:46:24 AM »
Concur with Matt and Neuroanatomist. You use filters when DR is too great. Post processing cannot bring back detail which the sensor has not captured. However, there are times where I don't get the filters quite correct in the field, and I definitely tweak in LR. Finally, there are times where filters won't work and you have to blend or HDR.

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