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Technical Support / Re: Digital Media Backup
« on: April 13, 2012, 03:27:04 PM »
Save on main PC, regular backup to my RAID box via eSATA, then less regular back up via an eSATA external 1TB drive that is collected from the parents house several miles away and returned the same day...   Short of a nuke hitting Sheffield, I've got a copy of the majority of my data.

I also use a 256bit encrypted USB stick - 16GB to also back up daily changes of my data, which includes my locally stored Outlook .pst, my recent data and my business financial records.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 8-15mm and filters
« on: April 12, 2012, 07:35:06 AM »
Given I'm on crop, I'm likely to transform some of the wider shots, but generally looking at using them optically unchanged, other than tweaks in Lightroom.

The 10-22mm does appear to offer great optics, but I can't help thinking I'd end up replacing it at some point in the future, whereas the 8-15mm will probably stay with me for decades - I'm a firm believer of buy once in the hi-fi world, but being new to the DSLR market in 2008, I entered in with limited knowledge, gradually built over the last few years and now happy to apply the buy once mantra to future purchases.

My biggest negative on the 10-22mm is that it just doesn't feel like several hundred £'s in my hands, whereas my f2 135mm L and to a lesser degree my 15-85mm do....   I'm not convinced that I'll go full frame now, but haven't ruled it out and will see where I am when I feel my 450D isn't giving me what I want or fails...

Its the internal ND gel filters I'm interested in, don't intend to use grads or others...   thinking longer 10-30 second exposures of nature, roads and civil engineering...

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Lenses / Canon 8-15mm and filters
« on: April 11, 2012, 03:56:19 PM »
Had a play with a Canon 8-15mm and 10-22mm at the weekend, liked the 10-22mm until I handled and viewed the wide aspect of the 8-15mm on my crop body.  I'm warming towards getting my second L lens right now, want an ultra wide and already have 15mm rectalinier in the 15-85mm I already own.  The slight niggle I have on returning home is thinking about the use of ND gel filters for long exposures, what the deal, are they difficult to use, are the gel filters flimsy film, inflexible plates are somewhere in-between ?

Thoughts please ?

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Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:32:56 PM »
Hmmm...     EF-S 8-18mm (rectilinear) or EF-S 10-22mm II, EF 20mm f2.0, EF 35mm f1.8, EF 85mm f1.4, EF-S 15-50mm f2 IS, EF-S 45-135mm f2.8 IS, EF 400mm f5.6 IS

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Site Information / Tapatalk
« on: March 27, 2012, 02:45:18 PM »
Hi, does anyone know if the current forum database is compatable with Tapatalk, which I use on my iPhone and iPad ?  I find the threads easier to read through using the Tapatalk app than having to zoom into the webpages on both of these small screen devices

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 2.8x Teleconverter
« on: March 27, 2012, 09:09:37 AM »
I'd imagine this would be very popular for Police/Secret Service In that a 400mm 5.6 with a 2.8x convertor would give a FF equivalent of nearly 1800mm on a crop body - that's a good couple of miles of range, set to live view, hook up to mains power and a laptop - sorted

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Yay !  Here comes the 9D after all ;-)

I'm still thinking a crippled 18mpx FF sensor from the 1Dx, with crippled AF in a 5DIII body...   Priced lower than the better spec AF and speed 7DII which would remain as crop and who knows what Mpx

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying 60D, what lens + accessories get?
« on: March 25, 2012, 06:07:16 AM »
The standard kit 18-55mm isn't a bad lens for starting out.  If you buy it as a kit with the 60D, it's rather cheap too, so if money is tight, I'd not be worried about it. I had a 18-55mm kit on my 450D along wih a 70-300mm non L zoom, which thought would cover my photographic needs back in 2008.  However, whilst l was pleased with the photo output, I soon got frustrated with the focal range of the kit lens, the annoying AF on the 70-300mm, I didn't find the picture quality at 300mm that great and low light pictures were impossible.

My advice is to seriously consider what pictures you want to take, if you are looking at indoors, look at a wide prime, if you are outside a lot, the 15-85mm gives you greater options, if you are looking at longer lengths, look at a 70-200mm f4 over the lesser options.  I've got an odd collection of lenses at the moment, I don't miss having an external flash, I have a cheap tripod (£100) that kinda works most of the time, I've a few filters, polorising and ND, both as screw on and square format Cokin - top tip, don't bother faffing with Cokin unless you need to use grads, even then, it's often easier to hand hold rather than use the holder.

You need a selection of bags too...   One to store all your kit, another for a small selection of kit when you are out walking.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm or 135mm?
« on: March 24, 2012, 10:58:42 AM »
I'm expecting the rest of the entry level primes to be replaced over the next 5 years, pairing up bodies to reduce production costs and improve profit margins on these market.  We have had the 24/28mm, I'm expecting a 35/50mm combo soon as these are getting really old and have various issues, but also expecting a 85/100mm combo too... 

I own a 135mm which i bout second hand for £700 and really love the output on my 450D, it's practically useless indoors - never used it in a large room like a concert venues, school hall etc, but the colour rendition, sharpness and speed of focus is amazing and really gave me a taste for more L primes, but cost is an issue for a casual photographer.

If you are using a crop, then the 135mm will be tight in smaller venues, I'd try presenting your 70-200mm at 85mm, 100mm and 135mm and doing a dry run at a few familiar venues, take a few friends and sit them in typical locations, see what works for you best.

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Canon General / Re: Should I move up to FF or get more lens
« on: March 13, 2012, 08:41:00 AM »
Personally, I'd sell the 18-55mm and 18-200mm, use the money to buy a 70-200mm lens, ride the next few months using the 10-22mm, the primes in the middle and the new 70-200mm, then look at trading the 10-22mm in a local store against a 5DIII with 24-105mm kit lens.  The only issue then is covering the ultra-wide, which a 17-40mm or if you feel flush, a 16-35mm would cover and you could look at that a year or so down the line or before the 5DIII

The 550D isn't a bad camera, but of course, if its limiting your output, then a 5D is a logical step up.

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It makes perfect sense until such time you have several months under your belt with the 7D & 5D to establish what you are missing in your photography - any half decent crop kit will have a great crop lens and a longer 70-x00/100-400mm zoom, I'm currently buying new lens at about a average rate of 1 per year, I'm currently short on really wide and pondering the 10-22 & 8-15, the latter doesn't make as much sense now, but may do in a few years should I go full frame, the former makes sense now, but what if my crop body breaks tommorrow, would I buy crop or full frame, I couldn't possibly answer that right now.

Photography is a hobby that many of us build upon over the years, it's nice to have a perfect kit, but it's nicer to ensure the bills are paid and you have a roof over your head.  Don't let folks on here tell you what you MUST have, just take the advice and work out what suits you for today.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMIII or 5DMII + Lenses, from a 550D?
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:46:13 AM »
I don't feel that anyone can sensibly answer this one until the reviews have been completed.  My approach to this is that the 5D2 isn't going to disappear overnight, look at what more you can put aside over the next 12 months and work back from there.  You are short on the long end, a f4 70-200mm IS might be a useful addition, or perhaps considered something that would extend your shooting options, leaving the decision on the 5D3 until later in the year after the prices have dropped a little and the reviews have highlighted the real world differences

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon 17-40 f/2.8-4L
« on: March 03, 2012, 12:59:47 PM »
An indication that the 16-35mm might get dropped fo a 14-24mm f2.8 perhaps ? 

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EOS Bodies / Anyone for a cheap FF 9D ?
« on: March 02, 2012, 07:59:31 AM »
With the price of the 5DMk3 going up so much, currently at about 80% more than the Mk2, the rumour mill is suggesting that both will remain on sale, indeed, both are still shown on the Canon UK site, could this be a testing of the market for a value FF model, a 9D perhaps, sharing either the 18 or 22mpx sensor to finally replace the Mk2 towards the end of the year ?  Priced at 7D levels, basic AF and functions.

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: February 25, 2012, 03:01:30 PM »
Could this be another joint lens 35mm with the 40mm suggested recently ?  Both 2.0 ?

Perhaps even a new cost reducing strategy for "cheaper" IS primes ?  Sharing body and lens parts to keep manufacturing costs down and build a range of primes fit for the next 20 years

12mm & 18mm @ 3.5
24mm & 28mm @ 2.8
35mm & 40mm @ 2.0
50mm & 60mm @ 1.4
75mm & 85mm @ 2.0
100mm & 120mm @ 2.8

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