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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.

Sports / Re: Hurling
« on: April 26, 2013, 08:12:24 PM »
Thanks for the tip about cropping the girl out. I was more concerned about getting the shots in focus and interesting than DOF, that's why I mainly kept it around the f8 mark. My other concern with it was following the action using the hi speed drive (ok on the 60D its only 5.3 p.s.) as I only use it occasionally. The real reason I was there was to get photos of a friends son who was on the team. 

Sports / Hurling
« on: April 26, 2013, 12:39:31 PM »
Hi this is from my first time doing a sports shoot, I'm happy enough with the results but is there anything I could improve??

Ok I used a 60D with a 100-400L ( That's what I have,)
The day was overcast but dry.
settings are between f4.5 and f8 and shutter speed is between 800-1250. auto iso max of 1600.
I have cropped most of the images

thanks for looking any constructive criticism is welcome.

Lenses / Re: $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 12, 2013, 03:01:12 AM »
Ok there has been some great lens selections here however.... (this is just my personal opinion and may be slammed by many...) I would buy the 430ex with an ettl extension wire (for off camera flash), get the 50mm 1.8 for your low light shots, and the next bit is where I get controversial get the 55-250 for the long range shots you mentioned in the original post. The 55-250 is a great little zoom for the price with nice IQ. That comes to $601 plus $20 for the wire, ok lets call it $650 to be pessimistic.  Ok the really strange bit... I would KEEP the 18-55 and spend the money on a "foundation in photography" course for your colleague. At this stage it would probably be of more benefit than any "better" lens..... I have seen some great photos come out of the 18-55 this is why i would keep it. then if you have money left maybe a photo editing software.

Lenses / Re: Why can a Sigma 10-20mm fit on a "FF" Body?
« on: April 05, 2013, 04:15:46 AM »
Some one on the forum put pics from a sigma 8-16 up as well.  (taken on a FF camera)

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: April 02, 2013, 02:51:57 PM »
First one taken by 7 year old daughter and second one was first shot taken with my 100-400 (at about 360mm!!!)

Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: March 30, 2013, 07:15:34 AM »
Bottom line..... THERE IS NO CURE.

Keep Calm...and Canon On  ;)

Now that is a T-shirt I would buy!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:13:26 PM »
Since the 650/700D have had the same AF system that the 60D has it is more likely that the 70D will have a better system. The most plausible AF system for the 70D (with the least R&D for Canon) is the 19 pt out of the current 7D. To make the next jump therefore, the 7Dmk2 would have to have a better AF than the 70D which would suggest more than 19pts. Again to save R&D the 61pt would be handy!!!
   IMHO I don't think a major jump in ISO or noise control will be in the upcoming generation of camera, yes the settings may be there but if they have the NR to be useful is another matter.

EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:26:33 PM »
with the lenses that you have, its surprising you haven't gone full frame already. I suppose the real question is do YOU feel the 1Dx is overkill for an amateur? Obviously the best camera in the Canon range, so would you be able to make do with the 5D mk3 instead?..... there are a lot of people who would love to have this dilemma!!!!

will anybody actually believe that it is a NEW sensor if it does have 18mp? An incremental upgrade isn't an option after 2.5 years. There also has to be some separation between the 650/700 d and the newer lines.

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