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Reviews / Pentax 645z Review
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:51:04 PM »

Here's the first proper review (I've seen) of the "affordable" Medium Format camera.

They like it, and so do I...



What with all the Canon bashing ("they're taking too long, not giving us the megapixels we want, why aren't they upgrading the lenses I like?, I'm jumping ship to Niko/Fuji/Sony etc."), I had a thought...

If the unthinkable happened and you lost all your gear, but it was fully insured, leaving you with a nice fat cheque to go out and build a new system, which company and camera system would you invest in for your needs now that you aren't tied down by lenses and accessories?

Me? It would be a tough call. I love my 5D3 and my handful of lenses, but I'd have a long hard look at the D800e, maybe even the new 645z.

So would you use it as an opportunity to move over, or would it be a simple case of buying the same gear again?

Over to you chaps.


My legs are 055C which I've had from new since 1994. It's rock steady, and reasonably light on its own. My head is a 029 which is in perfectly good condition, but I just don't get on with it and it's proper heavy. Then there's the fact I have to take the levers off to get it in its carrying bag...

First up, different maker's heads fit on each other's legs don't they? It's all the same 3/8" screw with a couple of friction inducing screws no?

Assuming we're all good there, which do I go for?

I was looking at Manfrotto to start with to keep it all in the family, but quickly learned that their ball-heads are not the greatest with regards to the quick release. So, no thanks.

Gitzo is now very much on my radar and I've seen a Series 2 with a good chunk off the price (open box deal).
Having a look through some of the threads on here, some love them, and some don't at all.

RRS get a lot of recommendations but getting one sent up here to Canada seems to be a lot of ball-ache (geddit?), and they could be cheaper.

So, should I just go for the Gitzo?

Canada / Toronto Camera Show in May - Any good?
« on: March 23, 2014, 02:39:40 AM »

Probably going to go to this as I have free tickets through Henry's, and was just wondering if anyone here went to last year's show.

I see Canon and Nikon will be there along with a lot of other big name firms. Apparently Lindsay Adler will be doing a talk too.

So has anyone been? Is it good? Lots of bargains to be had?

Third Party Manufacturers / D4S Specs confirmed.
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:37:56 PM »
Adorama just dropped the ball:

Canon General / So what have we bought this Black... Er, Weekend?
« on: November 30, 2013, 12:08:22 PM »

I just picked up a pair of Pocket Wizard Plus X triggers at $50 off so I'm happy.

What did everyone else treat themselves to?

Lighting / Time for a silly question...
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:22:47 AM »

Ok, here is the situation. I already have a set of 2 Elinchrom D-Lite heads with the El-Skyport trigger system.

I'm looking at moving over to Bowens eventually but in the meantime I'm going to buy a single Gemini 5000R head to be my main light, and a Bowens Travelpak to do some outdoor portraits. I'm only going to use the Elinchrom lights with it in the studio though.

Here's the thing... The Elinchrom kit comes with its own radio trigger system, and the Bowens strobe comes with nothing but has an option for Bowens' own trigger system.

Now the stupid question: Will the Elinchrom trigger on the camera set off the Gemini too?

I know, it's a major long-shot. But stranger things have happened, and if you don't ask, you don't know.

Assuming it is a stupid question, what are my options for triggering all three in the studio?

If I had the Elinchrom transceiver on the camera, could I connect the Bowens light using a cable? Would one cancel out the other? Would the camera throw a Sh1t-fit?

I dont want to buy the Bowens trigger just yet as I'm sure it won't trigger the Elinchroms either.

Would a Pocket Wizard trigger the built in Elinchrom receivers? I know, anther long shot.

I know the real answer is a Pocket Wizard set up that covers all three strobes, but I checked before I flushed last time and, sadly, there was no money.

Your thoughts please, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Software & Accessories / Lightroom 5.2 Now Available
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:30:08 PM »

Just click on "Check for updates".

Lighting / Rogue Flashbender
« on: August 10, 2013, 04:57:35 PM »

Thinking about getting the large one for my 430EX.

Who here uses one? Is it all it's cracked up to be? Is the optional diffuser worth the extra?

Technical Support / Worth paying for the repairs?
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:31:35 AM »
Hi all.

I put my 17 year old EF 70-200 2.8L lens in for a repair estimate last week and got the quote today.

The problems I was having were the autofocus being a bit shaky and indecisive, plus some strange coloured highlights at the end of hairs in bright sunlight. And, of course the usual calibration stuff.

They are saying that they would like to replace the focusing assembly and a couple of smaller parts to clean it and lubricate it properly.

The trouble is the cost of these repairs... Just under £200 ($300)

Now, I can pick up a brand new one for £825 or a 2.8L IS II for £1350 from overseas.

Is it worth just getting the old girl repaired for a quarter of the cost of a new one?

What would the forum do?



Pricewatch Deals / Buying from overseas: An experience.
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:25:26 PM »

I just thought I'd recount my recent experience with E-Infinity via their own online store. They are one of many Hong Kong based retailers offering genuine equipment for a lot less than RRP. 

I am based in the U.K. and refuse to pay the inflated prices asked of us here, knowing that other countries are paying a good deal less.

However, I really wanted a 5D Mk III...

I had considered buying the whole package from them (5D3, BG E11, extra battery and SD card), but decided to play it relatively safe.

I chose, instead, to buy the body from ProCameraShop, who I've used many times as they are based in the U.K. and, on most items, are not much more expensive than their Hong Kong based competitors. The transaction, as always, couldn't have been better.

I then chose to buy the BG E11, battery, and SD card from E-Infinity.

I chose correctly...

First things first, the company is legit and the service is very good. From email communication to delivery times, I really can't complain.

The items arrived as described and in good condition.

Unfortunately they didn't arrive, as I had been led to believe, from Royal Mail via E-Infinity's U.K. warehouse, and therefore without any import tax duties.

Nope, FedEx brought it all the way to my door.

Royal Mail, not to be left out, delivered the invoice from FedEx...

So, now I've got an invoice to take care of which, had I gone all in and bought all of the gear from E-Infinity, would have been considerably more than it is.

So that's that...

The bottom line is not so clear, however... Yes, I got stung (very mildly), but I still made a big saving over U.K. prices.

My advice, if you are going to go this route, is make sure that the saving is considerable, so that if an invoice does appear, then you can pay it off in the knowledge that you've still come out of it a winner. Otherwise, spend the little extra someone like ProCameraShop charges in the knowledge that there won't be any little surprises a couple of weeks down the line.

In case you were wondering, at the time I bought it, the 5D3 was £1,855 through E-Infinity, and £1,880 through ProCamerShop. Something tells me the import duties would have been a good bit more than the £25 difference in price...

On the other hand, the Canon BG E11 was £250 on ProCameraShop, and £177 through E-Infinity. Worth the risk.

The invoice was £17, so I'm not complaining. Just wary of buying anything big from overseas in the future.

That's it. That's my experience of this subject.

I hope it helps someone thinking of buying from abroad.


Software & Accessories / Photoshop CC Released Today
« on: June 17, 2013, 02:43:46 AM »
That's right people, it's the 17th June. The day that it is widely reported to be the big day.

For those waiting to get hold of the trial and see what it's like, not to mention that deblurring filter we were teased with last year, keep an eye on the Adobe page for the trial to appear.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Worth getting an SD card for 5D3?
« on: June 11, 2013, 11:54:08 AM »

So my new camera is on the wagon to me now.

I've got a 16Gb CF that's currently in my 5D2 which, naturally, will be moving into my 5D3.

Given the confusion of card reading speeds and settings changing due to cards being pulled in and out (that have different settings for each), is there any real benefit to using an SD apart from backing up?

I can't say I've ever wished for a second slot for either type in my 5D2, even while knowing that the 5D3 has the capability.

Also, would anyone recommend using JUST an SD as they are quite a bit cheaper?

Pricewatch Deals / E-Infinity
« on: June 08, 2013, 04:34:45 PM »
Are they still around?

I've seen a couple of good reviews but not quite enough to be sure of using them.

Has anyone used them recently?

Third Party Manufacturers / Haven't seen one of these before...
« on: May 25, 2013, 03:34:22 AM »

Looks like a cool piece of gear.

I can't think of what I would use it for, but I thought some of you might want to see it.

Aputure V-control USB Focus Controller

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