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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 6D from 450D
« on: December 29, 2012, 12:46:29 PM »
Button pushed...  I'm sat waiting for my battery to charge as I type ;-)

I'm like an excited kid !!!

Just need to sell my crop kit now...  A few months ago I'd have wanted to keep the 450D as a backup, for use with my 10-22 & 70-300, but I'd rather concentrate on one camera and get the most out of that.  My cousin said she would like my 10-22 anyways, so that's a few hundred quid towards the camera for starters.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 6D from 450D
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:15:09 AM »
I don't want to put you off, but I'm not convinced that this is the best time to be buying the 6D, as I think that there's another £100 or so to come off the price in the next month or two.  Of course, I could be wrong and you might be willing to pay the extra to have the camera now, but I thought I'd mention it as you seem to be on a tight budget.

Fair comment on future price reductions.  I'm more constrained by a wife led budget to be fair ;-)

I'm of the opinion that the 5DII has had its day when compared to the 6D, regardless of the price difference, but I'm not that advanced a photographer to justify the extra cost of the better AF that that the 5DIII brings, nor want to pay the premium difference - although that could change in the shop when I play with both.

Yes, I have considered Digital Rev, I do like the confidence of buying local, just in case something goes wrong - I like the odd risk, but buying grey market isn't for me at this time.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 6D from 450D
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:08:06 AM »
If you mainly shoot portraits save yourself a lot of money and frustration and buy a good prime. My suggestion in order of price and (my personal) preference:

1) Canon 135mm L

If you read the OP, I own the 135mm L and intend to keep it...    I also intend to keep my 50mm 1.4 too

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 ;-)

Lenses / Re: Buying used lens
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:15:52 AM »
I've bought a 135mm L, a 10-22mm and a 1.4x II secondhand from my local dealer, all with a 12 month warranty and I've been overjoyed with both lenses, not used the 1.4x much, but it's useful as a keeper.

Personally, I've always been suspicious of eBay and the like, I can drive down to my local shop, handle the lens, compare with a new one, compare with alternatives, they would even take a purchase back if I changed my mind after a few days.  I pay about halfway between new and a good low eBay price, but I'm confident of my purchase.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHOP !!!!  Before online retailers remove the option of handling and trying in person.  Both can coexist in the market, there might be a premium initially, but many local shops have price matches and offer that little bit extra that many online retailers can't

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 250D & 500D Lenses
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:07:47 PM »
I'll go and have a play with the options in the local shop after Xmas ;-)

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon 250D & 500D Lenses
« on: December 23, 2012, 06:56:37 AM »
Cheers for that, presumably the 70-200 @ 100mm vs the 100mm macro ?  Or are you talking specifically about the image quality in general ?

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 ?

Portrait / Re: Food pics - help required
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:14:17 AM »
Re the DOF problem, rather than a costly tilt-shift lens, you might want to explore the cheaper options for tilt shift, either through second hand 70's relics with a EF convertor or via a Lensbaby solution - go read up and see if that fits your problems

Not convinced yet - BF on the Japanese page is listed at 28mm, so it's just as likely to be a standard EF lens too

Given the current thinking, I'm imagining a 50mm f2.0 IS in a similar style to the 24/28/35mm lenses, no more, no less....  Except perhaps a 50mm f2.0 EF-M

As for the 50mm f1.8 - that will carry on regardless with crappy build, great in low light and a very low price.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.4 IS in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:48:36 PM »
Very sceptical on current form - I'm thinking more like a 50mm f1.8 IS is more likely, sharp at f1.8, priced at about £600 retail, with an 85mm f2.0 IS at a similar price in the new style lens package seen on the 24/28/35mm lenses and a trio "cheapo" 35mm, 50mm & 85mm f2.8 non IS for £200 retail each in a build package not too dissimilar to a 18-55mm kit lens.

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 ?

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L vs 135mm 2.0L
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:30:27 AM »
Thanks for the reply, some real world comments on macro would be good too....

Looks like I'm getting a lensbaby composer for Xmas from my wife, that opens some additional macro possibilities too ;-)

Lenses / 100mm 2.8L vs 135mm 2.0L
« on: December 09, 2012, 05:35:01 PM »
I'd like to start doing macro photography, I'm not into faffing with flash, tripods and such, I like to handhold and shoot...  I have a 135mm 2.0L and was pondering if I got a 100mm 2.8L macro, would I still use the 135mm ?  It's currently one of the three lenses I use most.  I'm aware of focal length change, but what about the look of the images ?  The colour and soft focus areas, Is there a difference to the look when used as a normal telephoto at similar lengths to the 135mm ?

Lenses / Re: Recommendations for three weeks in the Middle East
« on: December 09, 2012, 07:05:33 AM »
Given your current kit I'd be tempted with a f1.4 24/35mm prime for inside places with poor light (churches) and perhaps the 8-15mm for really tight spots in the streets of historic towns

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