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Lenses / Sigma 18-35mm 1.8
« on: July 17, 2013, 10:12:23 AM »
Hi all,

The new hotness from Sigma seems to be getting some pretty decent reviews so far - looks like a solid addition to the Art line-up. Personally I'm invested in FF kit so I won't be getting this, but if I were looking for an APSC zoom it'd be this or the Canon 17-55 2.8 is...




Waiting for the big hitter reviews from the likes of TPD, Photozone etc, but promising no?

Hi there,

I use the Hoya Pro-1 ND 64 (6 stops) for my landscape stuff.


It's pretty decent, no noticeable colour cast, no vignetting on 16mm FF.

Whilst it's not a 10 stop, it does allow for long shutter speeds when aperture is stopped down. It's also a lot cheaper. I used to use the Big stopper, but I found it a bit cumbersome for daily use, particularly whilst trekking.

Even as a stop gap measure whilst you wait for a big stopper, you might want to check it out.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 05, 2013, 05:49:24 AM »
Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, DR Congo in the distance... 5D3, 16-35mm

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:10:29 AM »
Cheers! Manually focused through the grass - as you say, was a bit too much going on for af...

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: May 08, 2013, 10:03:00 AM »
Young Chimp, Gombe National Park, Tanzania. 70-300L, 5D3, Highish ISO

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: May 04, 2013, 02:18:11 AM »
5D3, 16-35ii

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon UK Cashbacks Coming?
« on: March 06, 2013, 04:14:47 PM »
I bought a 16-35 yesterday. Sigh.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:05:37 AM »
I dig this lens. Bulletproof, rapid af, excellent IS, small(ish), decent IQ. Only wish it was constant f4, but can't have everything...

Couple of sunbirds in the garden, on a 60D.

Lenses / Re: UV filters (any difference?)
« on: March 04, 2013, 11:48:04 AM »
Usually half the gear I shoot with is on loan from an agency and the other half is insured. However, I always use filters.


Because if I'm out in the bush, on an embed or just somewhere generally a bit dusty/salty/sandy, a filter getting caked, scratched or cracked isn't really an issue. Getting the front end of a lens in such a state is. I'm generally out in areas where you can't just pick up a new 24-70 and travelling light(ish) means no back-up in the same focal range.

I fully agree that guys shooting studio probably won't use protective filters, but many others like the security that a filter offers. My point is that breaking down the whole filter/no filter argument into non pro/pro isn't really valid; pros have the same range of interests and areas of expertise as non-pros, and their gear tends to reflect the type of shooting they specialise in.

P.s. I'm with Neuro on the recommendation, I use the XS-PROs - they keep the vignetting down nicely, and because they're brass, even if you ding the front of the lens and bend the filter thread you can generally get them off again if you need to.

Lenses / Re: African Safari Lens Help
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:55:59 AM »
Hi there,

I live out in Tanzania and spend a fair bit of time in the parks. Something to consider is the dust - imagine living inside a talcum powder bottle; that's the Mara in August... With that in mind, I'd advise against changing lens as much as possible - I actually don't change lenses 'til back at home.

I'd put the 100-400 on the 7D - you can't get enough length for wildlife, ever... This gives you huge reach. I wouldn't worry about the slower aperture on the 7D, most of what you'll be snapping will be in (very) bright light... Bring a bean bag though - tripods are a bit useless for in-car shooting (you can't get out in the Mara) - and the 100-400is system is not all that amazing.

On the 5Diii I'd shove your 70-200. Useful for low-light for early morning drives, you can get wider shots (useful in the mara, you'll see...) and about as good iq-wise as you can get on the EOS system. It'll also stop the dust getting in your 5dii (hopefully)

As for wide, the G15 will do you very nicely. With decent light, you'll get very good images. Just remember to give the lens a wipe every now and again...

Finally, I take a huge kitbag, including heavy tripod, nearly everywhere on internal African flights. Never had a problem. Rules seem to be that if you can carry it, you can take it on board with you...

Hope that helps...

Lenses / Re: How much would you pay for Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L IS
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:03:31 AM »
Just my tuppence-worth...

I bought the new 24-70 for £1700. I use it in nearly every shoot I do (Documentary shoots, NGO work, Conflict, Events) and I haven't once wished that I had IS.
The iso performance on the 5d3 is so good that I can just bump it to compensate if necessary. Although expensive, the 24-70ii is sharp, lightweight enough to use all day in 100F+, and perfect for my needs.
It paid for itself within 2 projects and I just don't see a time when I'd be prepared to pony up another grand to buy an IS version. Just doesn't make sense to me.

Sports / Re: Horses / Horseriding etc
« on: January 30, 2013, 02:40:59 PM »
Some I got a while back...

60D 70-300L and 5D3 24-70ii used for these:

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 09, 2013, 04:35:51 AM »
Hi all, longtime lurker here...

Fülleborn's Sunbird in the Southern Highlands, Tanzania.
70-300L @ 300mm f5.6 iso400 w/60D

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