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Best place for price in the UK that I know is
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.

Has anyone else used procamerashop? Their prices look a little on the cheap side across the board, which always sets off alarm bells for me.  I don't mean to slander them if they are genuine, but £899 for a 7D body? Most places sell them second hand for more than that!

Edit: I've looked at hdew cameras as well and they seem to be the same prices.  Neither of these sites appear on Camera Price Buster; I don't know if this comparison site takes commission (which might explain this), but it seems a bit strange...

I bought 4 lenses from Pro camera shop, first 2 turned up within 48 hours, the rest a few days. I recommended them for a reason ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLRs are a dying breed, EVIL is the future!
« on: January 16, 2012, 05:25:29 AM »
Large and medium format are still with us and going strong, DSLR's are strong as ever.
To say the thread title is hogwash is very reserved of me.

Mirrorless cameras were created to fill a gap of those who wanted better compacts and interchangeable lenses.

I was in Venice this weekend and loads of people asked me to take their photos, with their camera. All were on green box or program mode. It doesn't matter how good mirrorless gets, it's still not going to be used professionally by 99% of the market. They just want cameras that take good pictures easily.

Because manufacturers serve the markets needs they won't incorporate professional features. Not like DSLR's have. I know of some pros who have a second camera in the X100, which takes great pictures...but I prefer to change the lens on my 1Ds3 as that lens affords me lots more functions when attached to my main body.

There'll come a point where DSLR's will have smaller and smaller improvements and compacts / EVIL cameras will catch up. The only limitations will be pure laws of physics.

A good example of this was 10 years ago and audio. We had Dolby Surround, DTS, the Soundblaster cards, various upgrades and now nearly every pc has onboard 5.1 audio but since then, not much has changed in the world of audio.

The same thing will happen to imaging until something groundreaking and new comes along.

The only time I've ever used video in my 5D2 and 1D4 is if a friend asked me to record something for them.

Whilst the specs are great I would have no idea what to do with them  ;D


Best place for price in the UK that I know is
Then it's HDEW cameras.

For anything other than cameras and lenses then Dale Photographic or Warehouse Express.

EOS Bodies / Re: Will Canon price match the 1DX to the D4?
« on: January 07, 2012, 10:32:02 AM »
I don't think that people should make too much of the "ISO 12800 maximum without expansion" on the D4 versus the "ISO 51200 without expansion" on the 1D X; I think this is just a difference between the two companies' nomenculture.  The term 'native ISO' is misleadingly used by many people; each sensor only has one native ISO (its base ISO); in Canon's case this is ISO 100 and in Nikon's ISO 200.  Every other ISO is achieved by either on-chip amplification, or by under/over-exposure with post capture software signal amplification.  I had always thought that the switch over point was where the ISO expansion (boost) settings kicked in, but recent forum posts by others have led me to believe that I was wrong in this assumption.  It seems that where this transition occurs is somewhat of an opaque subject that is not revealed by the manufacturers.  Thus, one canot tell from the quoted ISO range specifications what one can expect in terms of signal to noise ratio for each sensor.  It seems that each company has its own standards for what it considers acceptable signal to noise for its cameras "normal" ISO range.  The only way to determine the sensors' signal to noise performance will be to test the actual sensor post-release (i.e. we'll have to wait for DXO Marks analysis).  Of course, some are suggesting that the camera manufacturers are starting to 'cook' their RAW files by subjecting them to a certain amount of post-capture noise reduction during the initial on-chip stages of image read out.

Something here also bothers me. If the native ISO of the D4 is 1 stop above the 1DX then naturally the stop per stop comparisons are a lot closer that the number suggest.

It's difficult to compare ISO 100 to ISO 200 but a lot easier to compare at the top end where the most noise it.

TBH, I don't care, I use the 1Ds3 for everything and the 1DX is 4 stops higher in ISO. We're getting spoilt with these cameras.

Lenses / Re: 24mm 1.4L ii vs 35mm 1.4L vs 50mm 1.2L
« on: January 06, 2012, 06:43:09 PM »
So I was a little discouraged about just buying the 35mm three weeks ago and hearing that the new 35mm ii will be this up and coming CES. 

It's a rumor.

Karma Karma Karma Chameleon it comes and goes, from where who know oh oh ohs

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 05, 2012, 06:53:56 AM »
Both the D4 and 1Dx are cameras that over and above deliver what 98% of all photographers need.

What's exciting is that perhaps, you will never need to buy another body again other than to replace a worn out one.
Even more exciting is the prospect that with so little missing from these two cameras the only way forward is a radical change to the way light is captured. You cannot beat the laws of physics, just work with them.

BTW, High ISO is great for scenes with low contrast. If you are shooting a wedding reception with a light above the bride and groom and the rest in the dark you can't just bump the ISO to fix it as it'll serve to blow them out.

Landscape / Re: Pano - Rochester, UK
« on: December 22, 2011, 05:27:03 PM »
Ah the Medway Towns....

Software & Accessories / Re: PC or MAC
« on: December 21, 2011, 07:39:16 AM »
Macbooks are awesome on the move.

Main workhorse is a PC though.

If you can look people in the eyes and call yourself a 'photographer' without feeling deceptive or a're a photographer.

As art is subjective only you will know when you reach that point.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why not 16bit?
« on: December 14, 2011, 03:14:04 PM »
I read somewhere that even those cameras with 16bit a/d actually only DXO'd in at around 13-14bits - 1Ds3 territory.

Whilst it's nice to have the best images possible nearly 99.9999% of all photographic images viewed are A4 and smaller (think magazines and ipads).

The human eye can't discern the level detail on an image that size.

EOS Bodies / Re: Should i go for the 1DX or the 5D Mk III?
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:25:13 PM »
If it's for weddings you want the one that writes to two cards at the same time.

I doubt the 5D3 will have that ability.

Lenses / Re: Is Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens too wide for FF?
« on: December 13, 2011, 02:07:31 PM »
I rarely use mine. When I have the 16-35 and 24-70 it never gets used.

That and the 17mm TS-E will be the next to go.

Whilst it's a fast piece of glass the 1Dx will negate the benefits.

On a crop though it's a fab 35mm equivelant.

United States / Re: Is 1D Mark IV boring or almost perfect?
« on: December 12, 2011, 03:58:17 PM »
It's a great camera but I can't seem to break away from the 1Ds3

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