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Pricewatch Deals / UK Used Canon Dealers
« on: March 24, 2014, 04:57:29 AM »
I am scheduled to be back in the UK from early July to early/mid-August for work and to see family etc., and was wondering if anyone can recommend any reputable camera shops around the London (and Berkshire etc) area that buy second hand bodies and lenses as am thinking of offloading a few things to consolidate them into something more substantial.

All of the items are registered with Canon and some were bought directly from Canon (here in SE Asia), most with receipts and all in excellent condition.

I do not have an ebay account and as such do not fancy setting one up as I would not have any history etc which may put some buyers off etc.


here are a couple of 100% crops of the 450mm and 600mm

Forgive me for asking, but is it just me or is there a substantial IQ loss between those two images? The 600mm seems very soft.

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the xiao long bao while you are in Shanghai!

What aircraft have you flown in to take those and other shots?

I must admit that one day I hope to be a passenger in a fighter jet, must be one amazing experience and something you never forget.

The photos from the 310th FS were taken from a F-16D. I have been very privileged to be able to fly a few fighters, including the F-4E Phantom II, which is still in USAF service as a remotely piloted target. Each time, it is an an awesome experience but it sure is hard work, in a very unforgiving environment. 

Just breathing through the oxygen mask alone takes getting used to, it's like sipping breaths through a straw. At first you really think you aren't getting enough oxygen, but it's all about controlling your breathing - stuff you never really think about in every day life. And then there are the G-Forces, the ferocity of the changes in direction and attitude - it's a true assault on the senses. And that's even without considering taking any pictures.

My 'office view' on that particular occasion :)

I can imagine how hard it would be, just the g-forces and speed of the sudden changes must make life difficult. As a diver and good swimmer I doubt the breathing would be a problem, but still, everything combined and it all adds up quickly!

What was it like the very first time you went up in a fighter jet? And which would you most like to fly in if you were given the opportunity?

Thanks for sharing!

Lenses / Re: Thinking about this but wanting your thoughts....
« on: March 23, 2014, 08:27:27 PM »
I've rented the 300 f/4L, and posted images of it with the 2x ii extender, shot with a 1D4.  So it's not like I don't have experience with it.  My cousin also bought one and uses it with a 1.4x on his 1DX.  It was usable in a pinch, but very terrible looking outside the middle 10% of the image, with the 2x ii.  I realize the extender iii is better, but not remotely enough to argue in favor of its use on this lens, in my opinion.  I mean, the 2x extender iii, on the 300 f/2.8 ii, is only BARELY better than the new Tamron 150-600, at 600mm, if it is closed to f/8.  So if you want to argue economics, just buy a Tamron.

I think my point was more about the lens being a good 300 at f/4.0 and 420 at f/5.6. I do not think people buy that lens thinking too much about 600, the main reason is the 300 and 420 at a reasonable price. At those lengths it is a very good lens for the money, and I would prefer it to the 70-300L. It has its pros and cons, one pro is Canon TCs will work with the 300 but not (properly at all lengths) with the 70-300, another is that little bit of extra light.

Well, that's not what you said, though.  You were talking about the 2x TC.  Now you're changing the subject a bit.

Just for the record this is what I said - prior to that post you quote:

The 70-200L II can also take a 2x and still AF.  You can stick a Canon 1.4x III on the 70-300L but the OP won't be able to AF (f/8 on the 70D) and he won't be able to use much of the shorter range either because the rear element of the 70-300L interferes with the TC.  The kenko TC is an option, but then you can't AFMA else you might lock it up.

This is why I recommended the 70-200 L ii or the 300 f/4.0 IS. The latter gives you that little extra reach with a 1.4X without much loss of IQ and can even take a 2X.

Anyway, that is the great thing about opinions - everyone has one and everyone is entitled to one. Maybe I should get my 70-300L out again and mess around with it, but to be honest I think I would prefer to sell it as I have not used it in such a long time.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:47:09 PM »
The issue that I have with the setup is that I usually want single point selection with One Shot, but with Servo I want 61-pt auto (for people) or 8-pt expansion (for birds).  The dual back button approach won't change the point selection mode, AFAIK.

I think you are right, you can choose the AF point but not the setting. Mind you it only takes a second or two to toggle between those three settings and you do not need to remove your eye from the VF to do so. I think mine toggles between single small point, single point, 8-pt expansion and 61-pt auto.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS-1D X, Dual Back Button AF
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:14:57 PM »
I think eml58 and others explained it very clearly, but if you are in AI Servo mode you use the AF ON button to focus as you normally do, but if you want to switch to One Shot mode you now simply need to press the * button and it automatically shifts to One Shot and focuses under that system. Some will find it easier than using one of the front buttons to switch.

The only thing is, and maybe this is something I have misunderstood, is you need to keep the * button down because as soon as you release it, your camera switches back to what it was on before - most likely AI Servo.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon Price History
« on: March 22, 2014, 09:21:15 AM »
Thanks guys, I thought it was canonpricewatch but I just could not find any graphs. Now with your help I know to look for the product, click on it and then the graph is all the way down at the bottom.

If I was in charge of the website I would definitely add a more prominent link maybe even the option to show a few graphs of different products on the same page.

Anyway, I am happy to have finally found it. I did discover on my journey through Google but I am not sure how accurate their graphs are.


Pricewatch Deals / Canon Price History
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:42:49 AM »
People here often link to a website that displays the price fluctuations of Canon bodies and lenses over the years, but I cannot find it. What is it please?

I tried google but I must be using the wrong terms.


ErikNZ: do you fly these for a living? I am currently green with envy! Some great shots there, well done.

Thanks! As to your question - no, I'm not a fighter pilot, I wish! I'm only a mere aviation photographer who gets (very) lucky once in a while  :D

What aircraft have you flown in to take those and other shots?

I must admit that one day I hope to be a passenger in a fighter jet, must be one amazing experience and something you never forget.

400mm 1/1000 f/4

Wow! Amazing shot, Nicolai.

Have had it for a couple of weeks, but only tried it in the neighborhood. I still need some time to get used to having zoom on such a big lens, but it´s coming.
1DX, 560mm, f5.6, 1/250s, ISO1600, handheld.

You caught the duck beautifully, but I do agree with your following post that the water, especially in the corners, looks a bit odd. Did you ever figure out what it is? eml58 is probably the guy to ask, as he has had his a fair while.

Canon General / Re: Tesco uses pictures of beef cattle in milk advert
« on: March 22, 2014, 06:23:19 AM »
You never know this could just have been a clever marketing ploy by Tesco.

I can just imagine the VP of Marketing saying something like, "Stick the wrong cow in our posters and let's see how much media coverage our new milk promotion gets! Best of all it is all free!"

EOS Bodies / Re: 1D IV or 5D III or other - Wildlife photos
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:23:33 AM »
What type of safari and how close do you expect to be to the wildlife?

Reason I ask is that little bit of extra reach on the 1D Mark IV may help with the lenses you have.

As you seem comfortable with the "free hire" system, where you buy, use, and sell when you get back, then perhaps it is worthwhile thinking about a longer lens - a 300 or 400?

Also, how many of you are going on this trip? Personally I would prefer to have one very good body (or two max) and change lenses rather than have different bodies and not need to change lenses.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:28:55 AM »
it sure is fun holding that button down isn't it!!
Oh yeah!  Now I know why the shutter rating is so much higher, too!

Not quite what I meant, as I was referring more to the IQ and FPS, but is all good. Enjoy.
I know what you meant, I was just saying that my first impression was holy crap!  I can't wait to actually use it, but alas my consulting gig has me stuck behind the desk today, but I'm off to the beach tomorrow...

Haha, great times, wow. Can't wait to see your pics! Enjoy.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 300-600 f/5.6 w/1.4x TC
« on: March 21, 2014, 11:21:39 AM »
I just had a 1D X delivered yesterday and haven't tried it out yet, but I'm excited, especially after looking at the 1D X photo thread and Neuro's shots above :)

I hope you do not mind me saying, but try to make the first shot something special, as the camera will blow you away.

I will never forget my first real shots with the 1D X as all I thought was "oh s**t"!

Enjoy, and congrats!!
I don't mind at all, and thanks!  I tried the burst mode last night and so I've already had one "oh s**t" moment!  It seems 20x faster than the 5DIII, not twice as fast :)

Not quite what I meant, as I was referring more to the IQ and FPS, but is all good. Enjoy.

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