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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:58:52 AM »
Just a quick snap with my old Canon 10D whilst out walking one evening. The 10D had been languishing in a cupboard totally unloved and unused for the last nine years, so I decided to take it out for a spin. I'd forgotten just how good each of those 6.3 million pixels is. This is still as good a camera as it ever was, just doesn't produce the file sizes out of the camera needed for stock. The 'golden hour' light was only there for a few minutes and I was in the just right place at just the right time. I could go back but will never get this shot again. In hindsight, I wish I'd taken my 5D MkIII. There again, on a subsequent outing at a different location a few days later I slipped and fell and dropped the 10D in the mud no less than three times within the space of a couple of hours!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:28:23 AM »
... my wife is fully involved in the decision, that doesn't help much as she doesn't really know herself what she wants.

From a feature standpoint, perhaps.  But ergonomics is a big factor - if you haven't already, maybe learn from Goldilocks...take her to a camera shop to handle several options. That might help narrow down the choices...

Well, I followed your advice and took my wife to a camera shop ... she spent a few seconds looking at a 100D and 700D before losing interest and making a beeline for the CSC section ... she seemed to particularly like a Nikon 1 J2/3 with red body and matching red lens (because it was all red, her favourite colour and 'cute').

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 13, 2013, 04:57:25 PM »
Wow, I wasn't expecting so many replies!

Thank you to everyone who has taken time to ponder my dilemma and offer their thoughts and opinions.

There's no clear winner at present, so I'm still pondering on it myself.

Whilst my wife is fully involved in the decision, that doesn't help much as she doesn't really know herself what she wants. I'm inclined to agree though that a second-hand camera is not much of a gift, especially as I've now spotted some rust on the neck strap lugs :(

Regarding the pop-up flash, I've checked and sure enough the 10D does have a pop-up flash. I've either never used it/ realised it was there or the camera has been in the cupboard for so long that I just forgot. Unfortunately though, I've tried it out with the 24-105L lens attached and the pop-up flash is pretty useless as the lens is too long physically and casts a shadow on the image! I could buy a smaller lens for the 10D, but then for similar price I could buy a new body/lens kit. For various reasons then, I think we can rule out the 10D.

Opinions offered vary widely, but I'm beginning to err towards a compact with a decent sensor, the problem being that all of them have pros and cons so it's really difficult to choose!

I have a headache just considering all the options :(

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:32:33 AM »
My wife wants a DSLR to replace her IXUS point & shoot, partly because some of her friends have SLRs ... so a sort of "keeping up with the Jones's" ... but mainly for better IQ. Main use will be shooting at parties and sharing the images with her friends on Facebook (although I might just borrow it on occasion as a walk around camera for non-professional use).

I already have a number of spare Canon lenses and was thinking of donating my 24-105L to her and thus limiting the financial outlay to 'body only'. It would also have better IQ than any of the 100D/700D kit lenses.

I was also thinking I might donate my old 10D, which has been sitting in a cupboard unused for the last 8 or 9 years (so no financial outlay at all other than to buy some new batteries, as the originals have died - you might consider this a 'cheapskate' option but the IQ from the 10D is still as superb as it ever was and 6mp should be more than enough resolution for the intended purpose). The only drawbacks might be that the 10D doesn't shoot video and possibly more significant it doesn't have any built-in flash, so I'd have to either donate my old 580EX or buy a new one. The need for an external flash unit would also make the whole rig quite large and cumbersome and not really what might be described as 'cute' (my wife likes 'cute')

I'm thinking that the 100D might be a better option because it's small and 'cute' and has built-in flash and video. It also has cute Kids, Food and Candlelight modes which might appeal.

There again, the 700D doesn't cost significantly more and might be better balanced with the 24-105L lens? It also has a 'cute' and useful vari-angle rear LCD screen. Also, AF has 9 cross-type points versus 1 cross-type point on the 100D, which might be an advantage for shooting in dimly lit party venues?

So, I'll be grateful for your thoughts - on a limited budget for the purpose described above (effectively a high quality 'point and shoot' for my wife and an occasional walk-around camera for myself) which do you think would be the optimal balance between financial outlay and usability?

1. ('cheapskate' option) 10D body, 24-105L, 580EX, a couple of replacement batteries

2. 100D body, 24-105L

3. 700D body, 24-105L

4. some other option (bearing in mind that my wife has her heart set on a DSLR)?


Software & Accessories / Re: Workflow, what do you do?
« on: November 04, 2013, 08:08:49 AM »

Is there a better way?


Yes - Lightroom

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:58:53 AM »
This seems on topic:

I'd be VERY interested to know what you guys think of Mr McGillicuddy's take on it?

Canon General / Re: Consumer DSLRs "dead in 5 years"
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:39:46 AM »
Consumer DSLR sales will never die because the professional market will never change all the way over to mirrorless.  Consumers just want to look professional.  The average consumer is an idiot, they will buy a DSLR because that's what the pros use, they will never take off the kit lens and keep the camera in auto, then upload the photos they take to facebook where the compression will make all cameras look pretty much the same.

So true!

Lighting / Elinchrom PolyStand versus Manfrotto 024B Black Light Boom
« on: September 11, 2013, 04:52:44 AM »
I need a good sturdy boom arm to support an Elinchrom RS600 monobloc head with 70cm softbox.
The Elinchrom PolyStand seems the obvious choice but I'm also considering the Manfrotto 024B Black Light Boom as a cheaper alternative

I'll be grateful for any feedback from anyone who owns and/or has used either of these products, or suggestions as to any viable alternatives.

I pre-ordered a 1Dx last year but the 5D MkIII became available first and I went for it instead and cancelled my 1Dx pre-order (I couldn't afford to buy both). Ever since, I've had the feeling that I missed a once in a lifetime opportunity. I'd swap my 5D MkIII for a 1Dx in a heartbeat, but unfortunately my current financial situation won't now allow it. I prefer the 1D form factor, so if another opportunity should arise, I'd definitely choose a 1D over a 5D. Another lesson I learned was NOT to be an early adopter ... apart from any technical issues, I could have saved myself almost £1000 if I could have waited (subsequent price drop plus Canon cash back).

I've been tasked with providing prints as prizes for the best dressed male, female and couple at a local community event in a village hall and I'm undecided on what lighting setup to use.

I'd like to keep the kit as simple as possible, consistent with shooting quickly and providing good quality results that will promote my photography services in the local community.

The lighting kit I have available:

3 x Elinchrom 600 watt monobloc studio lights
1 x Large 'Octa' light bank
1 x Small square softbox
1 x Large white umbrella
1 x Large silver umbrella
1 x Small translucent umbrella
Various other Elinchrom compatible lighting modifiers e.g. snoot, barn doors

1 x Canon 550EX speedlite
1 x Canon 580EX speedlite
1 x Elinchrom 'skyport' transmitter
2 x Elinchrom 'skyport' receivers

1 x background stand
1 x 9ft plain grey paper background
1 x Studio Decor reversible pop-up background (black/white)

I've more or less decided to use just the Octa light bank directly in front of the subject, with me standing in between the light bank and the subject (effectively using the Octa as a giant ring light). The grey paper background would be ideal should I decide to replace the background in post production with something a little more interesting. I know this isn't particularly creative lighting, but going by past experience the subjects will want to be in and out as quickly as possible so I don't want to be faffing around with background lights, hair lights, kicker lights etc.

However, I'll be grateful for your thoughts on this, particularly if you have direct experience of this sort of situation. Does my proposal sound good to you, or can you think of a better solution?

So I updated my 5D3 with the new firmware and now I can't seem to select any focus point groupings other then: "Single-point AF.  I can move the Single-point AF around but I can only select the "Single-point AF" ( the little soft cornered square).  I have poured over pages 72-73 of the manual but nothin' :o

Am I the only one?

Do a camera reset after installing new firmware, and then enter your settings again.

Did this work?

Software & Accessories / Re: ColorChecker passport, what's wrong?
« on: April 25, 2013, 09:24:12 AM »
At a guess (I don't claim any specialist knowledge here) I think you have to be pretty accurate on your exposure when shooting the colour chart - if any of the patches are blown out in any of the channels the resulting colour profile won't be 100% accurate. Maybe better to underexpose slightly when shooting the chart than to overexpose? I usually bracket my shots and then choose the best exposure to create the profile from.

Edit: as an afterthought, how old is your passport? They do recommend replacing every two years to maintain accuracy.

I have CS 6 ...Good luck.

When did CS6 become available???

Lenses / Re: Budget lens for birding ?
« on: April 22, 2013, 10:10:09 AM »
Re the photo above with the 400 f5.6 and 7D, please don't think that photos taken with this setup are reflective of that picture, which is a very poor shot.

I'm confused - I'll be grateful if you'll explain why it's a poor shot as it looks great to me (I was just about to comment to that effect when I saw your post). I'm probably showing my ignorance but hey ho! if you don't ask you don't learn anything!

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