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Lenses / Cut sized FF alternative to 28-300mm L
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:46:10 PM »
Another thread got me thinking, whilst the 28-300mm L is the difinative FF superzoom - what other options are there for full frame cameras given that other superzooms in Canon's range are APS-C only.

Just how good or bad are the old 28-200 and 35-350 lenses, will the Tamron 18-270 work on FF ?  What other options are there ?

Lenses / Standard Lens for Paris and London holiday.
« on: May 16, 2013, 05:32:58 PM »
I've hit a bit of a problem this week - I bought my 6D just before the New Year, I bought the body only and intended to use my 50mm f1.4 and 135mm f2 as my main lenses, soon after, my local shop had a second hand 17-40mm come in, I when to look and walked out with a new 16-35mm MkII Lens, which I'm really really very pleased with.  My itch continued in Feb with a Eos M & 22mm prime, which I also really love for when I'm out on long walks.  I'm missing something though...  I'm finding that I'm not using my 50mm because its fairly inflexible as a walk around lens...  What's a boy to do ???

I've now made the mistake of checking my local dealer and noticed they have a second hand 24-105mm (fantastic condition they say) in for about what a new one would have cost me back in Dec had I bought it as a kit lens.  I've a fear though, will I walk out with a 24-70mm MkII that I've promised myself next year ?

I plan to take my 10-22mm and 70-300 non L along as trade in lenses, I can't use the former and don't use the latter as my 135mm F2 gives better pictures when I crop in than the 70-300 ever could.  I'm starting to consider that what if I also traded my 50mm f1.4 too ? 

I head to London and Paris late next week for a two week holiday - I'm wanting the 24-70mm but have a niggle in my head, is it the right lens for the holiday and should I get the second hand 24-105mm now, keep the 50mm and then as planned, get the 24-70mm next year ?

I like landscapes, available light, flower and portrait photography mostly.  Won't be taking a tripod, but may just pick a joby up at the weekend for emergency ND1000 usage ;-)

Help me deal with the itch please ;-)

Software & Accessories / Poor Lightroom output of Jpg's
« on: May 07, 2013, 03:11:59 PM »
Looking for a touch of brain picking, looking at photos I've taken using my current gear, everything looks fine when viewing the raw image in Lightroom, but trying all three output options starts creating nasty colours, which are in particular nasty looking when zoomed into the jpg of people's faces and the flesh tones.

I'm forming an opinion that this is a limitation of the gamut of jpg's, but is there anything I can do to mitigate the harsh colours I'm getting when zoomed into parts of faces.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sub £100 Nikon Lens for Airshows
« on: April 06, 2013, 12:21:20 PM »
Friend of mine against my better judgement bought a second hand Nikon D40 with a 18-55mm kit lens - we are heading off to a few airshows this summer and he wants a better lens - I'm thinking an old Nikon prime might suit his needs well in the 100-200mm range - looking at less than £100 - any ideas ?

Software & Accessories / B&W vs Dorr ND1000 Colour Cast
« on: March 18, 2013, 05:22:48 PM »
Had a 72mm B&W ND1000 filter for a long while now, well from when they where the only ND1000 filters available in the UK.  I've always found it gave a brown colour cast on my 450D, but not yet tried it on my 6D, so can't say if the same is true there.  I've now a requirement for an 82mm ND1000 filter, so thought I'd give a Dorr one a try, I've ordered, it's in the post, but out of interest, has anyone used a Dorr ND1000 filter, what's the colour cast on Canon sensors and also, does colour cast vary from sensor to sensor within a camera range ? 

EOS-M / Future EOS-M Lenses
« on: February 17, 2013, 05:11:15 PM »
Ok, so I got myself a EOS-M "toy" yesterday, lets talk lenses - we have the following;
- 22mm - which is about a FFE of 35mm
- 18-55mm - which is about a FFE of 29-88mm

I'd like to see a few more, there has already been talk of a fast prime, a 55-300mm and a super tele, so what's coming and what would others like to see ?

- 55-300mm - I suspect this might be something less, perhaps a 55-200
- A fast prime ?  Maybe something like a 85mm - which is about a FFE of 135mm
- Supertele ?  Really ???  I just can't see this, maybe a 300mm ?

What would I like ?
- 15-85mm would be peachy

What about the rest of you ?

PowerShot / Fast AF Canon compact for under £100
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:25:06 AM »
I'm out on site next week - I'm a civil engineer - and rather than take my DSLR for photos of the road that I'm looking at, I thought I'd take my older Fuji E900 camera which from what I recall took semi decent photos for my site needs - however having pulled the camera out this morning, I was stunned by the sheer pedestrian speed of the auto focus, so I'm looking today for a cheap but fast AF compact camera for £100 or preferably less.

Main question is, are my expectations high due to using DSLR's for 4 years ?

Third Party Manufacturers / WW2 Kodachromes 4x5's
« on: January 12, 2013, 07:46:19 AM »
Just seen these linked by a friend on Facebook - really amazing

Site Information / Signatures
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:51:43 PM »
Posted about signature problems a few days ago, I can't access the admin section anymore, but still have the same problem, what's going off chaps ?  Can't change my signature...   Help

Lenses / 24-70 or 24-105
« on: January 06, 2013, 12:43:01 PM »
Recently bought myself a 6D, stepped out a few days later and picked up a 16-35mm, I held off the 24-xx lens as I'm unsure what I really want or need.  So I've a 16-35, a 50 (f1.4), a 135L and a 70-300 non L

I like the idea of IS and reach on the 24-105, but can't help but feel I'd get buyers remorse if I got that over the 24-70, so struggling and coming to the conclusion that I'd like to have both...  But which first, would the step from 24-105 to a 24-70 be so small I'd get buyers remorse, would a reverse of this make me feel I'd got more in the IS & 71-105 extra reach ? 

Help !!!!

Lenses / Oops, did it again !
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:42:57 AM »
So there I was, nice looking deal on a second hand Canon 17-40mm lens, down to the shop, the lens offered just the right focal range for me on my 6D, but the lens looked well used and had loose rings...  Asked how of tern they had them in, quite often came the reply, what about the 16-35 I asked, oh we don't get many of those second hand...  Can I try one please ?  Out comes a 16-35mm II, onto the camera, snap, out comes the credit card for a new lens. Naughty me. ;-)

I'm guessing many of us do this with camera equipment, what's your tale and did you get into trouble with your significant other half ?

Lenses / Canon 24-70mm F4 IS - anybody bought one yet ?
« on: January 02, 2013, 04:57:52 PM »
I'm really interested in this lens, in particular the Hybrid IS, modern optics and near macro ability, has anyone had a play with a real one yet, or better still, bought one ?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Upgrade from 6D from 450D
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:27:00 AM »
Been pondering a change to full frame for a while now, the 6D has whet my appetite, but in order to fund, I'm proposing to sell a fair bit of crop kit, specifically my current 450D and kit 18-55mm lens, my 15-85mm, my 10-22mm and possibly my very underused 70-300 IS - which would net me about £1000-1200, leaving me to find about £450 to buy a 6D body.

I'm left with the 135mm L and 50mm 1.4, but I'm wondering about a wide option, my local camera shop has a second hand 28-135mm for £125, would I be selling myself short and better off with a cheapish wide prime, 28mm 1.8 perhaps ?  Looking at my shots in the last year, my 135mm & 50mm have been used most, I'm using my 15-85 and 10-22 mostly at their widest.

I'm keen to slowly build a good lens set, interested in the yet to be released 24-70 f4, plus the 8-15 in due course, I'm not shooting much beyond 135mm as I generally shot portraits, plants and landscape, but my lingering thought right now is just how much gain will I get from the upgrade, specifically in terms of light collecting performance, imagine noise and colour rendition over my 450D

Go on, help me press the button - and no buy a 5DIII pundits thanks ;-)

Software & Accessories / Canon 250D & 500D Lenses
« on: December 22, 2012, 07:21:55 PM »
I've had a interest in plant and flower photography over the last few years, which has kinda led me into getting a 50mm f1.4 plus looking forward to some striking images with my Xmas gift, a lensbaby.  But I've also been playing with the idea of close up / macro photography - the idea of a macro lens is nice, but I'm wanting to get a feel for the close up lenses made by canon, in particular with my current lens kit.

I'm pondering a 58mm 250D or 500D to use on my 50 f1.4 and 70-300 IS or a 72mm 500D for use on my 135mm f2 L and wanted to get a feel for the handling - are these kinda lenses easier to use on a prime or zoom, I'm aware that image quality may suffer, but I've not got a high end camera...   I mostly use my 50 & 135 for flowers and plant life photos and most shots are taken in shade illumination.

Thoughts ?

Third Party Manufacturers / Lensbaby - any users out there ?
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:02:03 PM »
My wife was lost for a gift to for me this Christmas, after a discussion over lunch, we went and ordered a Lensbaby Composer for me...   

Any users out there, any tips for a beginner ?

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