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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: yes or no..6d for video...
« on: March 02, 2013, 02:42:58 PM »
As Roger says, at the moment the 6D has quite a considerably downfall for use in Video with the Moire, and less functionality in controlling the audio settings

look at around 4minutes on this review

Canon 6D vs 5DII - Is the 6D worth the extra cost & why? Comparison Tutorial

look around 2minutes 40 on this one
Canon Full Frame Shootout! Canon EOS 6D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Made the Jump
« on: March 01, 2013, 07:17:54 PM »
congrats, enjoy it :)

I also went from 350D to FF camera (but 6D) in January, aaand... its different  ;)
my 350D now sits on the shelf and I'm playing with the idea of converting it for IR photography, I'm just not sure I like IR photos that much and whether I shouldn't rather keep the good old 350D unmolested as a backup should 6D break, or for my girlfriend, or for going to some sandy beaches, shabby places etc. I don't want to bring 6D to


yeah,put the equipment up for sale...but still wondering whether too keep it myself seeing theres a Sigma 150-500mm with Optical Stabilisation (and with the crop factor is effectively 240mm-800mm)...have got some decent photos when sat at the opposite end of a playing field

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Made the Jump
« on: March 01, 2013, 04:16:38 PM »
cheers Menace....just got to get out there more than I did with the old camera

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: March 01, 2013, 03:49:25 PM »
Seagull on the Quay Side at Towan Beach, Cornwall



Puffins off Puffin Island, Padstow, Cornwall




Martin Mere Wildfowl Trust, Ormskirk

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Made the Jump
« on: March 01, 2013, 03:42:09 PM »
Well after months of deliberation have finally decided to do it!   :)

Have jumped from an APS-C camera to a Full Frame...

I have been using a Canon 350D (apparently Rebel XT/Kiss for those in the US)....for years and is perfectly still fine to use, but today finally put a bend in the bank plastic and jumped to the 5D MKIII...

I'm like a kid waiting for christmas  ;D but also knowing the cost just laid out  :o for what effectively is a hobby and not a money earner...

Roll on next weeks delivery!


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Sports / Re: It's just not cricket
« on: February 23, 2013, 12:09:28 PM »
Really like the last one - poor bloke  though getting out like that :(
Oh yes! Middle stump, bails flying, keeper has not yet started to scream Hoooooowwwwwwzzzzzzzaaaaaattttt!
Great shot! Your picture. Not the batsman's shot - but then you knew that... ;)

Can you describe how you did that?


As honesty is always the best practice;   Pure Luck!.... ;D

Exposure Time:   0.0006s (1/1600)
Aperture:   f/6.3
ISO:   400
Focal Length:   340mm (544mm in 35mm)

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EOS Bodies / Re: mhm... open letter to canon?
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:48:56 PM »
to be honest, i like to see a website raise uncomfortable questions.

but today it´s all nice "blahblah".

when a website is lucky enough to get an interview, it looks like they do everthing to keep the manager comfortable.

the result is an interview that is nothing more then boring PR.
cheap advertising for the companys.

when have you read an interview with a canon manager where the interviewer asked question you would ask?


Just like a lot of crap bands and movie coverage...possibly too frightened of losing their ability to get hands on testing the goods to have write-ups to beat their market companions...(ie the companies controlling access to their products for only those that are willing to kiss ass!)   ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 21, 2013, 03:30:35 PM »
Well according to Wex Photgraphic website stock is due at the end of March and they're take pre-orders (looks like they've beaten Canon to the market place again: 

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-nikon-d7100-digital-slr-camera-body/p1536185?go=kits_bundles

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Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:02:16 PM »
As you picked up, and even in the reviews the lens at full max is quite soft...and too be honest the camera body is that old (ie only an 8 MP Camera and only 3.5fps) .I was getting used to the lens also as it was pretty new when I went to Martin Mere for the full day....

Other photos on the site (ie Cheshire Falconry and Gauntlet bird of Prey have had a few taken with the sigma)

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Lenses / Re: Sigma lens for birding?
« on: February 06, 2013, 08:07:43 AM »
Anyone have experience using the latest Sigma 50-500 OS for birding?  I am thinking of renting one to use on my XXD crop body.  I realize there are other better prime supertelephotos for this, but I've wanted to try this lens for a while, since it is within my budget to purchase...and the cost of rental is less too.  Also I like the idea of the 10x zoom range.  I've read many of the lens' faults, but I'm keeping an open mind.  I've tried the Canon 500 f/4 in the past, and never could get it to AF accurately (using AFMA), or even to manually focus sharply at all with Canon's version iii 1.4x TC.  Not sure why, but I do know it was an optical problem...because even when I manually focused the live view image at 10x, it was never razor sharp, before the shutter was ever engaged...nor was the IS engaged.  The tripod was a relatively sturdy carbon fiber, but admittedly not the "best".  The lens was tested and they found nothing wrong.  No doubt the new version is much better.  Not that I'm implying the Sigma would be optically better, either, of course...but I digress. 

Even if you haven't used this Sigma lens specifically for birding, please feel free to tell me some of your experience.

The birds will be mostly small at distances from 15 to 50 feet, some will hopefully be robins near the ground at a greater distance.  I own a decent carbon fiber monopod which is rated for 50 pounds.

I use the Sigma 150-500 as at the time the 50-500 wasn't in the market place...and found the lens to be pretty good..the lens is attached to an old Canon 350D. If you look here you will see how it faired:http://glongstaff.smugmug.com/Animals/Martin-Mere-Wildfowl-Trust/23729822_5TqVhF#!i=1921695068&k=gMwrdBX

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 30, 2013, 06:02:58 AM »
Your grand niece is very cute with that pony.

One comment, not sure if you're able to, but a fill-flash (preferably a 430EX or 580EX class, or even off camera) would help greatly for riders faces.

Also you're at ISO 400 @/f13, any particular reason you are stopping down so far instead of f/7.1 or f/8 or so? 1/500 is good, but you probably could go faster with ISO100 @f/7.1, and you'd probably get slightly sharper images, since on a crop you tend to (depending on pixel counts) start hitting diffraction limits quicker than full frame.



cheers for the comments.....
I dont like using Flash on or off the camera near the horses...as you never know if your going to spook one near you

The conditions look better than they were and with I was using the large Sigma Lens which cuts alot of light out in itself...

Yea, I figured using a flash around most animals would tend to spook them, unless you have them trained to it. You might need to slightly over-expose the overall image, and bring down the rest of the image in post in order to get more light on the faces.


Yeah, I have always been one in the past to believe in the photo should be OOC...but have purchased lightroom and just teaching myself the software and have revisited some photos

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 30, 2013, 06:01:26 AM »
Two of mine, before I tried to kill the riders with fill in flash  ;)

Oh, and the third one's me...........


cracking shots

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Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 29, 2013, 08:13:19 AM »
Your grand niece is very cute with that pony.

One comment, not sure if you're able to, but a fill-flash (preferably a 430EX or 580EX class, or even off camera) would help greatly for riders faces.

Also you're at ISO 400 @/f13, any particular reason you are stopping down so far instead of f/7.1 or f/8 or so? 1/500 is good, but you probably could go faster with ISO100 @f/7.1, and you'd probably get slightly sharper images, since on a crop you tend to (depending on pixel counts) start hitting diffraction limits quicker than full frame.



cheers for the comments.....
I dont like using Flash on or off the camera near the horses...as you never know if your going to spook one near you

The conditions look better than they were and with I was using the large Sigma Lens which cuts alot of light out in itself...

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Sports / Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 28, 2013, 04:53:43 PM »
Youngest Niece on her Arab - Ben Najif




Sisters Arab


Great Niece - Lead Rein


She loves her horse



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Sports / Re: It's just not cricket
« on: January 28, 2013, 04:45:38 PM »
this is cricket - local Sunday League cricket club







Under 18s




Howzat!!

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