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Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:50:45 PM »
Looking for lightweight but fast and cheapish, have you considered either a 135mm f2 L or 200mm f2.8 L, paired with a 1.4x extender for more reach - the 135mm in particular doesn't look too conspicuous, I've found that I get better images cropping down than on my 70-300 non L zoom - doesn't have the flexibility of a zoom, but since I got mine, I can't actually recall using my 70-300

EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Announcement Soon? [CR2]
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:55:29 AM »
I have a M and it's bloody marvellous !  With the 22mm pancake, it's light for hill walking, pictures from it are great, it looks like a cheap compact to a hit and run thief...   And importantly, gets the important capture of your life when the FF + f2.8 is just too heavy or big or expensive looking to carry along.

If you don't like the M, fine, manhandle your DSLR ;-)

Canon General / Re: Camera bags inside Versailles
« on: June 02, 2013, 06:08:52 PM »
Having crawled out of bed late today, we bombed out of Versailles, took a stroll onto the islands, Notre Dame, Ile Stait Louis, Justice Courts, then over to the Louvre...   After a rest back at the hotel, been back up to Montmarte and Sacre Coeur to get some dusk photos, get robbed in a local resturant etc ;-)  took my Eos M as a low profile shooter and thankful that I did, so many shifty looking characters at Savre Coeur, pickpocket types, people selling Paris tat, laser pens, flying things, beers from 24 packs etc - thankfully the Police kept rolling by and scaring them off, grabbed a few photos as the lights on the basilica came on, then beat a hasty retreat to Montmarte around the corner where the local resturants and bars appear to keep the dodgy characters at bay - taxi back to the hotel from there.

Canon General / Re: Camera bags inside Versailles
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:24:55 PM »
Photo 4 was indeed a fluke with no people in shot ;-)

Cheers for the comments folks, any more from anyone ?

Canon General / Camera bags inside Versailles
« on: June 01, 2013, 03:01:45 PM »
I'm currently in Paris on holiday armed with practically my full kit of lenses (see below) - we are planning on going to Versailles tomorrow (Sunday) and I've stumbled across the access rules which appear to suggest that bags and such have to be left in the cloakrooms before entering the palace, but they won't accept photography equipment left in the cloakrooms, I'm guessing for security/theft reasons - has anyone visited and could clarify the situation, as I'd like to take my kit bag or at least my small rucksack with at least the 24-70 for the gardens and the 16-35 for the interiors - but don't want to be caught out by the rules.  I would just carry the 6D and a single lens, but would prefer the flexibility of the 16-35, 24-70 & 135

I'm thinking as a one stop lens the 24-70 would work best, but would the 16-35 better suit the interiors ?  Thoughts ?

You do realize that those with an xD or xxD body and more than 1-2 lenses are a minuscule fraction of the Canon dSLR user base, right?    ::)

Out of interest, is there anywhere that shows total numbers of each camera sold ?

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 / Re: 24mm f/2.8 IS - is it worth it?
« on: May 28, 2013, 04:45:04 PM »
I have the 22mm lens on my EOS-M - not something you can use on the 100D, but my point is that the 22mm focal length works really well as a wider(ish) standard prime for general use, I've had great landscapes and portraits at that focal length, so 24mm should suit your wife's needs just fine - IMHO, 40mm would just be too tight for wider landscape work - I can't offer an opinion specifically on the 24mm IS unfortunately

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - New Superzooms
« on: May 28, 2013, 04:34:07 PM »
A 28-200 as an L lens would be pretty useful - I'd probably be happier with a 24-135mm IS L though for touristy stuff

Lenses / Re: 24-105 &/or 24-70
« on: May 26, 2013, 02:00:00 AM »
Call me old fashioned and snobby if you like, but buying into Canon as I have is because of the glass - I can't quite get my head around wanting the highest quality then buying a third party lens, other than for the fun aspect of a lens like the Lensbaby which gives me wild odd photos. 

Lenses / Re: Standard Lens for Paris and London holiday.
« on: May 25, 2013, 04:44:58 PM »
By way of an update - the photos from Kinder Scout came out great, but having used the 24-70mm today around London, I've got back to the hotel and scanned through them on the camera LCD away from the sun and bloody hell !!!!  What a cracking lens, just completely blown away with the colours, contrast and sharpness and pretty sure that it's going to be the main lens on my camera from here on.  My 16-35mm came out to play around St Paul's for a few shots, the 135mm didn't see light of day though, maybe if I go up The Shard ;-)

100% recommendation from me

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: [advice] My last tripod
« on: May 22, 2013, 09:36:16 AM »
It would depend on the grade of aluminium and thickness of anodising really - my iPhone 5 is rubbish for collecting dents and marking the anodising, but as you suggest, some cookware is a significantly higher grade.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: [advice] My last tripod
« on: May 22, 2013, 02:33:29 AM »
I just think the RRS is a half-step up (aluminum parts are anodized on RRS vs. painted on Gitzo,

Interesting this, I'd see anodised as a maintenance liability, with painted, you can administer an easier repair.

Anodised does look and feel better in my view though.

Lenses / Re: Standard Lens for Paris and London holiday.
« on: May 19, 2013, 11:54:44 AM »
Cheers for the comments and thoughts folks - been out with the 24-70 today up Kinder Scout, love the handling, true to say that it's a boring focal range for landscapes, but it's going to be perfect in the city environments. I'm currently laid up nursing some sore feet but aim to get onto Lightroom tonight to check out the raw's ;-)

As for the trip, I really like my ultra wide shots, I'm travelling by train and staying in just one hotel at both London and Paris, so whilst walking around with my camera and a second spare lens is probably the way to go, I'll most likely be taking more kit than I'd usually take on a flight based holiday - happy days !

Lenses / Re: Standard Lens for Paris and London holiday.
« on: May 18, 2013, 05:07:52 PM »
I'll get a good chance to play tomorrow when I have a walk up Kinder Scout near where I live ;-)

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