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Street & City / Re: Reprimanded for a photograph
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:25:50 PM »
There is nothing interesting, new or, if I am very honest, very good about this picture at all.

Anyone that spends a reasonable time in the Middle East, especially some of the more "cosmopolitan" places like Dubai - and I use that term liberally - see such things every day in shopping malls.

Taking a picture of someone's shoes like that is really rather culturally insensitive. It makes me think of those guys that try to get pictures up women's skirts as they go up escalators, or as they are seated. Sure, it is not the same subject matter but, that does not make it right either.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Decisions decisions...
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:45:30 AM »
I agree with a lot of what Paul has said. A 5D iii is a very good camera, though not the best for high speed sports. I know some pros that use that as their secondary camera on the pitch. You already have a 7D which has a good fps, so between the two you should be able to get some excellent results to test how far you can push your sports photography etc. You already have sufficiently good enough gear to get your foot in the door and see where it takes you. Really, you do not need more. But....

The 1D X is the best camera in the world for sports. It is also an amazing camera, full stop. So if you can afford it, have no financial issues, then why not. Go get it.

The 300 is an amazing lens, wow. And of course, it, and the 1D X go perfectly together. Plus it is not that expensive if you compare it to the 400 f/2.8 or 200-400 1.4x.

It's different with pressure.  Would you keep calm even if a ball trashed one of your lenses...

Oh that very nearly happened to me twice in the same game, just recently. Once before the match (when they were training/warming up) and the ball missed my 400 f/2.8 by millimetres. I did not see it, but I knew by the guy's face next to me, just how close to the lens it must have been as he was nearly white, and even the crowd behind me raised some eyebrows when I turned round to them! The other later in the 2nd half but then it was by a couple of centimetres so I was not too worried!!

EOS Bodies / Re: 1dx
« on: August 04, 2013, 01:23:21 AM »
It is an amazing camera, and if you have not used the 1 series before prepare to fall in love.

If you can afford it, then get it - there is nothing better!

This isnt any update....just fixing some bugs!

The difference being? When you consider these cameras are no longer in production, this is an update.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 31, 2013, 01:21:57 AM »
There are two companies that make very high end workstation/desktop replacements Dell (Precision line) and Lenovo. Both have excellent screens, power, and are often customisable. But, as with a camera, if you want the best, then be prepared to pay.

Definitely wait at least a couple or more months until the latest Haswell models hit the shops.

Great to see Canon still working on FW updates for these cameras which are no longer in production.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wrecked my 6D today, what a POS
« on: July 28, 2013, 08:28:49 PM »
The three rain covers I have are the:

EOS Rain Cover ERC-E4S, ERC-E4M, and ERC-E4L. (only difference is the size: small, medium and large, depending on your lens).

This is the large in the Canon US shop:

I am very happy with their quality, and am confident they will help protect my gear when things get wet.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wrecked my 6D today, what a POS
« on: July 28, 2013, 09:41:01 AM »
I was at a major int. sporting event not that long ago and was on the pitch with the other photographers when it started raining. Everyone, immediately put on the rain coats to protect their equipment - most of them 1D Xs with Canon's official rain cover, and a few Nikons. Everyone that is, but this one westerner. He acted almost as if he was showing off that "hey my equipment is weather proof", which was silly because everyone had pretty much the same gear. Point is, that if it is your employer's gear, protect it. If it is your gear, protect it - possibly even more.

I used to use the op-tech plastic cheap covers but now I have all three sizes of Canon's own rain covers and they are great, much stronger and well made.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:19:46 PM »
the look on this kids face made me smile...hopefully you will too.

300 2.8is
iso 1600

That is one to get framed. What a classic, and yes, it made me smile. The joys of youth. I hope you found the parents (if they are not you) and have given them a copy.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:50:41 PM »

I hope you don't mind, I took the liberty of changing the colour background. I used green/aqua to compliment the models stunning green eyes.

I like what you have done there privatebydesign. I guess one could use the red of her lips, or as you have done, the green of her eyes. Very nice.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - How much will it cost?
« on: July 24, 2013, 09:59:13 AM »
A little surprised so many think it is going to be so reasonably priced considering some of the "mini 1D X" posts we have had over the past few months.

Plus if this is going to be a "flagship" as in a APS-C flagship should that not (in part) make it more expensive than the 5D Mark III?

Canon General / Re: Fake UV filters?
« on: July 23, 2013, 09:38:16 PM »
There is very little reason to test one product of a brand. I am sure there are fake versions of pretty much everything, including cameras. I even read that there fake components (albeit still expertly manufactured) in many airplanes, cars, ships. Even food, just look at the recent horse meat issue in England!

We all try to reduce this risk by buying from more reputable dealers. But even then who knows whether a fake box with hundreds of fake filters, was swapped with a real box with real filters in it. Overruns like they have at clothing factories (where a small error is accidentally/purposefully made, but cannot be sold by the brand) have to go somewhere, and while some surely do get destroyed I know in my part of the world there are hundreds of clothing shops that sell original clothing at a very small fraction of what they would cost if they weren't overruns, and I am positive this happens in other industries, it is just more common to hear of someone selling L***oste shirts or R***x watches than it is camera lens filters... ;-)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 23, 2013, 07:59:52 PM »
Here is another same photo just don't know which edit i prefer :/

I also prefer the B&W version, though I also agree with privatebydesign that a different background colour may make all the difference with the colour version.

Also, for whatever it is worth, I think the last shot of Danielle is from slightly the wrong angle. I would love to see more (if you know what I mean)  ::) 8) ;D :D

Great work, and Glasgow is, for some strange reason, rapidly increasing in rank on the list of places I must visit real soon.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Canon 7D Mark II - How much will it cost?
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:25:56 AM »
How much do you think the RRP of the Canon 7D Mark II will be when it launches?

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