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Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:18:30 PM »
Dublin and Galway are great destinations but in the cities and tourist spots my personal opinion would be that you would have a hard time setting up a tripod and TS-E due to the amount of people. The other big limiting factor will usually be the weather, it does rain here more often than not.
         If you would like a couple of suggestions, Kylemore abbey in Connemara is good to visit However when i went there the clouds were below the tops of the hills. If you do go to the Cliffs of Moher I would recommend that you do the boat trip from Doolin (The top of the cliffs are good too but harder to get a good photo due to the angles and the light). Anyway enjoy your trip!! :)

Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 11, 2013, 05:27:06 PM »
Yes Taking your tripod is a good Idea for some shots but some tourist places will have other tourists where the tripping hazard of a tripod may make it not feasible to set it up. I live in Ireland, tell me some of the places you intend to visit and I'll tell you if I know about them

Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:37:04 AM »
as with everything it depends where you go to as to whether it is feasible  to set up a tripod and set up your shot for a Ts-e lens, Any Ideas what you intend to shoot?

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D what do you think?
« on: August 04, 2013, 05:04:23 PM »
Not that video again...... Please??!!!

Thanks for your reply, the bit about the "hunting for focus" concerns me, if I upgrade  I want the camera to be at least as good as the previous camera and for general photography I know the 6d will surpass in nearly every way the 60d that I have but its that 10% of the time that I do the following type of pics that would concern me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Will the 6D autofocus match that of my 60D?
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:51:03 PM »
Hi, I have finally got the money together to get another camera and have decided to go FF. I own a 60d and take mostly portraits of the kids and landscape and other general stuff but as is the case in most families I also take pics of the kids playing sports with their teams. The 60D is not a recognised sports camera  but I am happy with the results for the sports stuff with the kids.
         My original idea was to buy a 5D3 however recent threads on this forum are giving me pause for thought about the 6D instead. I would normally try and check out the camera in the camera shop as most people would however our local shop won't show the camera with the battery in it or a lens attached and when I asked a question about the ISO they "didn't know about that" (really great sales people!!)
          Anyway My question is will the 6D AF match the 9 x type points in my 60D so that I can continue taking the type of  shots that I do (well the 10% that is sporting). Also am I reading correctly that the ISO/ noise on the 6D is better than the 5d3?
          I am purely amateur and have no intention of trying to be a professional photographer so saving the €1000 would be rather nice for other lenses etc possibly a printer.
Thanks for your time.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:46:28 AM »
I like the specs of the 70D it at least shows a moving forward of the camera range, even if that means putting higher end "old tech" in to lower end cameras (7d AF). I don't think ISO will be much better than the rebels because if it was why would anyone go FF? if the 70d has  iso performance even close to the 6d who would buy the 6d? same with the upcoming 7d2 if ISO is clean(ish) at 6400 and it costs 2k ($,£ or€) who would pay 5k for a 1dx? The most anyone can hope for is a nice iso 1600 or even a usable 3200.   Just because iso 12800 is in the native settings I don't think it will be up to scratch for many people in my opinion. (even less so for CR forum participants!!!)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:08:55 PM »
That was just ridiculous. I just wasted 4 minutes of my life watching it. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 06:05:21 AM »
Higher iso.... but really any sensor development would be welcome.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Advice on 1st flash
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:39:39 PM »
I agree the 430 ex is a great flash, but I'd like to clarify a couple of points about the Yongnuo 565ex for those people who don't own one and won't accept anything but a Canon original. I can't comment about the other Yongnuo models as I only own the 565.
  Firstly the 565 does have ETTL ii and it works fine both on camera and off camera.

  The Flash works off camera  for the 60d without any accessories (the op states its for a 60d) it uses the pop up flash and can work in ETTL or manual modes.

   It has the same flash power rating of the 580exii

   The 565 reads the camera menu and states the focal length on the menu eg 24mm 50mm 85mm  Correctly

   The 565 is compatible with all current Canon models including the Rebels and the 5D2 and 3

   The Yongnuo will also work off camera with some Nikon models ( I borrowed a friends D600 and was able to fire the flash off camera with both the D600 and the 60D without changing the settings) (I don't think the 430 is able for that)

  With all respect to the people who will only ever buy Canon Flashes there are actually serious alternatives out there that may deserve consideration.

Canon General / Re: Camera bags inside Versailles
« on: June 01, 2013, 04:11:44 PM »
Versailles is really lovely however it is a huge tourist attraction and is extremely busy. You may want to get a shot but find that the volume of people forces you to compromise on what you want, however you are probably a far more experienced photographer than I am and may just do what I failed to do, I've added in some examples to show the crowds. P.S number 4 was a fluke....

Canon General / Re: Camera bags inside Versailles
« on: June 01, 2013, 03:54:30 PM »
I was there last August and carried a small rucksack around with several lenses. The only photography related signs were related to the use of tripods and monopods in the gardens (not allowed!!). I think as long as whatever bag you carry is unobtrusive and allow to pass through an x-ray / search you'll be fine, along with the thousands of others carrying bags and sacks!!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Advice on 1st flash
« on: May 15, 2013, 03:34:22 AM »
I was in the same position as yourself up to a couple of weeks ago and seriously considered the 430 as the best flash I could buy, I borrowed one from a friend and found it great and just what I needed, however I bought 2 Yongnuo 565's for the same price and am even happier. the functionality is the same as the 430, the head swivels and tilts exactly the same, it fires and can be controlled from my 60d menu and the ettl works perfectly, the only difference is that I have 2 flashes for the price of the canon 430 ex .I would recommend giving the Yongnuo's serious consideration.

I got an after market on Ebay, I have had no problems with compatibility or reliability and rarely take it off the camera. I got it with 4 extra batteries (non canon) and I can use the camera menu to see the battery status. You get what pay for but you may be happy with what you get :)

Lenses / Re: Is An UWA Lens Useful on a Crop Sensor?
« on: May 10, 2013, 12:06:49 PM »
I have the Sigma 8-16, I find it has a novelty value in different things , like fun portraits and the obvious landscape shots too, but I'm still working on it as regards to getting my angles right and stuff, you really have to think about what you are doing with it or the shots are boring both the shots here are taken with the 8mm you get the Idea with them. (I had just got the lens when we went on holiday to Paris these shots are from Versailles, the Idea is there but maybe not the execution of it.....!!) btw neither is post processed.

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