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Lenses / Re: Canon 135 f2
« on: October 16, 2011, 04:26:55 AM »
I have the 135L, the 50mm 1.4 and a crop body, the 135L is way too long for internal portrait work, but works great outside as a walk around lens and especially for fast action, I got some great aircraft shots at an airshow a few months ago, the focal length was short but the sharpness of the lens allowed a big crop of the image.  The 50mm is great indoors, but not without issues with light bleed in contrasting scenes, but I kinda like that ;-) I'd suggest a 85mm would be a good compromise on the crop and one I'm seriously considering myself.

EOS Bodies / Re: The New EOS [CR3]
« on: October 14, 2011, 12:03:14 PM »
Sorry folks, I'm just not seeing the market stomach the range topping camera droping 3mpx after three years progress....  Sure ok, I can see the 1Ds being 18mpx full frame, even considering the cost involved in development of a new full frame sensor, but with a 24mpx Sony full frame sensor out there, the 24mpx APS-C also, talk of 36mpx at Nikon, I'm smelling lots of brown stuff here and if this proves to be true in terms of a 1Ds suspect a 1D being out soon after with a big jump or some kind of change to the 1D range where the sensor is upgradable, in the same way as the medium frame cameras - a data back solution.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Loose Roadmap [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2011, 05:09:46 AM »
2008: 1000D, 50D, 5D2
2009: 500D, 7D, 1D4

The 450D also came out in 2008...  2 high end "pro" bodies in one calendar year does appear to date, somewhat unusual, so 3 would be quite something, but having said that, there are 4 "pro" lines now and it was 2009 since Canon last dropped a new pro body onto the market.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Low light compact for £250
« on: October 01, 2011, 05:12:30 PM »
To be fair, for the intended use, a camera like the NEX-5 with a 18-55mm lens would be too big, I'm not entirely convinced it would come in under the £250 mark either.  Thanks for all your input folks, I've also seen an alternative today, a second hand Canon G9 in my local camera shop - lots to discuss at work Monday ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Loose Roadmap [CR1]
« on: October 01, 2011, 01:45:03 PM »
I don't get why you would increase the filter size of the 35L to 77mm...   All the shorter focal range primes are 72mm threads..

The 24mm L is 77mm, as are most L zooms

EOS Bodies / Re: A Loose Roadmap [CR1]
« on: October 01, 2011, 01:15:55 PM »
Hmmm....   Higher end short focal length, that could be zoom or primes, so, by dates

Wishful thinking perhaps, but with the idea of an entry level FF camera body...
1990 - 35mm non L (very old, wild card make f1.8, add USM, make entry level L - £400 ? - 2013 ?)
1992 - 24mm non L (very old, wild card make f2.0, make 24mm entry level L - £400 ? - 2013 ?)
1993 - 50mm non L (very old, wild card add USM, make entry level L - £400 ? - 2013 ? )
- of course the 85mm, 100mm, 135mm & 200mm primes are all getting on a tad and could do with a refresh, perhaps IS on the longer focal lengths ?

Back in reality land....
1998 - 35mm (extremely likely replacement - move to 77mm filter diameter ? - 2012 lens for sure)
2002 - 24-70mm (very likely replacement at the same focal length - IS 25% likely, waterproof perhaps ? - 2012 lens for sure)
2003 - 17-40mm (random idea - 15-40mm, fits with 8-15mm fisheye focal length - 2013/14)
2005 - 24-105mm (quite likely - upgrade to make waterproof ? - 2013/14)
2007 - 16-35mm (possible 14-24mm - 2012 lens probably)
2007 - 14mm (replacement not likely)
2008 - 24mm (replacement not likely)

Whilst not shorter length, the 45mm and 90mm tilt shift lens are also likely at some point in the next few years

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Low light compact for £250
« on: September 29, 2011, 05:37:28 PM »
Cheers for that, the S95 might be stretching the budget a bit though, any slightly less expensive options ?

PowerShot Cameras / Low light compact for £250
« on: September 29, 2011, 04:57:38 PM »
A friend at work is looking for a new camera, she's asking me about the Samsung MV800 but she's wanting something for taking pictures at weddings and family gatherings, in particular where light is a poor.  She isn't wanting a DSLR and I'm not sure she would be up for a second hand G Series... 

Any suggestions for £250 that will fit in a pocket ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon unveils V1 and J1 Mirrorless Cameras
« on: September 21, 2011, 09:46:28 AM »
Actually, you guys are missing the point here...   Have you seen the tiny size of the 110mm zoom that gives a 35mm equivalent of nearly 300mm in a lens the size of a standard 18-55mm ?  The range also has a powered zoom for video.  Whilst this ain't my thing, I can see it flying out the door as a fancy carry anywhere camera system for folks that don't wish to lug several kg around everywhere.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Tempting Fate Being "Mirrored"?
« on: September 10, 2011, 01:56:38 PM »
and certainly not the first clue about photography.

Flake, kindly take a moment to review my website, I just redesigned it for easier viewing. Please do share with me a link to yours, thanks.

If only there was a Facebook style "like" button ;-)

Lenses / Re: Filter for direct sun photography
« on: September 04, 2011, 06:03:05 AM »
Hi Haydn, thanks for the info. Do you know if the B&W ND1000 is still a current product? While having a look around it looked like it may be a better alternative but I got the impression they no longer made them.

Bought mine about 3 months ago, about £85 for a 72mm one - it does give a slight yellow brown tint to images on my 450D, but playing with colour levels is easy.

Lenses / Re: Filter for direct sun photography
« on: September 04, 2011, 05:23:25 AM »
I suspect the sun will move quite a fair amount in 5 minutes !  I have a B&W ND1000 which at f22, a 25-30 second exposure is about correctly exposed on overcast and blue sky days and I've had numerous empty roads pictures, a novelty I still can't stop smiling at, but my point being that I suspect with the sun bleaching past the moon, a shorter exposure may work.

Landscape / Re: Water Reflections
« on: September 03, 2011, 01:04:07 PM »
This statement alone reflects a shared opinion among many, albeit a very shortsighted one at that.

I agree, HDR is a subset medium of the photographic technique, my feeling is that many dabble in such a way that their art is neither one thing of the other.  There is some great HDR stuff out there, some photographers aim for ultra realism, others aim for wide dynamic range, others go for a very apocalyptic look.

The styles and artists you mention had a distinct look, HDR is a technique thus doesn't have a distinct look in the same way because it can be many things, it is more of a medium for expressing a style, in much the same way as using different paints, chalk, spray can, or food.  My feeling is if your gonna do HDR, give it some heart, make it dynamic, make it jump out and bite he audience, don't just take a standard picture and tweak the settings to give it a HDR feel.

EOS Bodies / Re: The next body... (my speculations)
« on: September 03, 2011, 12:33:01 PM »
While the 7D may be bought by a number of "amateur" photographers, the vast majority will be more serious amateurs.....  Snip

Exactly my thinking !

EOS Bodies / Re: The next body... (my speculations)
« on: September 03, 2011, 06:15:30 AM »
Whilst I too acknowledge the principal of using less sensor types, will equate to greater profit returns, I don't really feel that using the same sensor long term in three ranges as being reasonable to the market.  The 7D will be on a longer product cycle than the xxD range, the xxxD on perhaps an even shorter cycle.  We may be entering into a new age of reusing sensors in new models, but consider the market will find it hard to swallow, which leads me to believe that the step up in sensors may well be slowing, but there will need to be a difference between the models ultimately, but don't see an issue with a lesser sensor being used in a higher end product, if that product offers other advantages.

The concept of the new 12mpx sensor for the 1100D, rather than using the older 12mpx design from the 450D suggests to me that Canon aren't really that worried about having multiple sensor lines and that the ceiling on 18mpx sensors has been fixed by the 21mpx FF sensor, which had the APS-C range started to pass, questions would have been asked about the FF product especially considering the pixel density is less by a great factor.

The term amateur is interesting here, there is a school of thought that suggests a professional will buy a 1 series camera, because the revenue stream will fund the more costly professional product.  I'm reading more and more about professionals using 5D's for weddings, they have been a landscapers favourite for some time, using the 7D's for sports, here the advantages clear to me, the 7D is a crop, thus gives more in the long end for professionals wanting reach, getting away with a 300mm rather han the cost of a 400mm...  the cost of the 5D is such that you can have 3 cameras for the price of one professional product.

Times are getting hard, people are looking at ways of cutting their outgoings, one such way is to spend less on photographers at weddings, portraits, landscapes etc, photographers are having to cut their costs to win work, one way is to put off that replacement body with something that doesn't cost as much, replacing one of your three cameras every year with something that will do 99% of what you need could save you £1000's each year.

I'm looking forward to where the lines go, my opinion is obviously differen to others, let's agree to disagree and wait for what happens ;-)

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