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EOS Bodies / Re: In defence of the 100D
« on: December 16, 2013, 02:42:37 PM »
Why does it need a defense?  Its aimed at a certain market segment and is the right product for that segment.  It will take fantastic photos in the right hands.
I'd love to have a touch screen on my 5D MK III.

I'd say it doesn't need defending at all - that was my point. But as I said, to read the forums here when it launched there was actually a lot of cynicism. So this post was to try and balance out that with a bit of "right product for right segment realism" but - above and beyond that to share a really positive experience of a very good bit of product design. And moreover, my point on holding off my upgrade to my 5Dmkii was that the experience of the current crop (unintended pun) of consumer grade bodies and of the 6D makes it a tough time to change. I too would love a touch screen on a 5D body.

EOS Bodies / In defence of the 100D
« on: December 15, 2013, 04:50:21 PM »
So, my mother - a technophobe with a brilliant eye for a photo and G series addict - insisted against everyone's better judgement that she needed a DSLR. Despite our fears she would never read the manual and unlock all the joys of things like shallow DoF and RAW she bought a 100D, which I had the pleasure of trying out over a recent visit.

And you know when you pick up a product and suddenly realise its a class act.


Despite all expectations, I was so impressed. The smaller size somehow gives the lighter consumer grade body a better feel - like the size and weight now match. The grippy soft touch rubber coating adds to the surprisingly premium feel.

But still. Unlike a real camera its not got enough dials. And then you use the utterly brilliant touchscreen to interact with the Q menus and realise that maybe you weren't so sure about consumer bodies being utterly crippled.

And then I put my 40mm pancake on it. And couldn't stop smiling. It's so cute. Yet so right.

So, overall, I'd not be trading my 5dii for one, but still. This was a camera many on this forum roundly panned when the specs were launched, and I think its worth a few positive shout outs. If I were going to use a smaller crop body, I think this would be a great option, and its so beautifully done that it made me more excited to be a Canon user.

The biggest flaw was making me wonder if I wouldn't rather wait longer to swap my mkii. Maybe a mkiv with a few more of the consumer refinements would be a nice thing to have instead.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Gateway drug: 600 RT + ST E3
« on: November 06, 2013, 03:16:28 AM »
Definitely a gateway drug. With lenses, there is usually an end to the accumulation. With strobes, it never stops. I'm up to number five now.

Fortunately, the 430s and 580s are still holding their value on the second hand market. I was able to recoup quite a bit of the cost by selling my 580s. It's also nice that they use the same battery pack as the 580 EXII, so I didn't have to sell those.

Be careful, too, because next you'll want to buy a new body that has the RT menus on the camera.

You've nailed it. Think  I pretty much have all the lenses I actually need but there's a 5diii out there with my name on it and at least two more 600RTs!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Gateway drug: 600 RT + ST E3
« on: November 04, 2013, 11:35:45 AM »
OK. So my new secondhand ST-E3 turned up in the post and I just tried it out with the 600 RT. It just works. Ridiculously simple to use and at less than £200 (used) seems a steal.

But I think I've realised why we've not yet seen a 430 exii replacement. When you try the new radio set up you just want to buy more RT enabled flashes for the sheer simplicity and the price seems far less of an obstacle compared to the convenience. I'm seriously considering selling on my two 430s and just buying two more 600s now.

I think Canon's marketing guys have this sussed. Once you've had a taste of the RT system you're hooked.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 24, 2013, 02:35:55 AM »

Both really like this image (the way the light has fallen on the ground, and also the rays bursting out of the cloud mirroring the shadow lines on the ground is just great), and also slightly dislike it. But I only dislike the composition rather than the content I think. The tree and shadow in the middle are just too central for my liking. But maybe that's just personal preference rather than anything else.

What settings were used? I'm sure if I'd have been there I would have botched the exposure one way or the other.

Good comment! The problem was where I could place myself to get the tree in the way of the sun without trespassing any further into the farmer's field and from where I was the surrounding areas to the sides were less interesting so not worth including. Wish I had another version less centred as well to see which would have been more effective. Might try a slightly different crop...

Settings ISO 200, f11, 100 second. Shot in manual after taking a few shots in aperture priority to get a sense of what worked. Also took lots of shots to try and get the exposure and ended up realising it was pretty impossible even with the 3 stop ND grad I was using. I ended up having to shoot using the histogram - keeping in enough tones in the shadows and highlights to know I could use the RAW file in Lightroom after.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:22:55 PM »
Panorama from the balcony of the Palais de Festival, Cannes. 14 shots with the shorty 40.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:15:08 PM »
No time for a tripod so I think the IS made this one possible. It's maybe not a pixel peeper's lens but it just does the job.

Lenses / Re: Looking for a great filter for my 135mm f/2 prime, help??
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:14:28 PM »
Just bought a B+W XS-Pro Digital MRC nano for protection, which I assume is what you meant seeing as you'd not specified anything more exotic. If there's any impact to the IQ I can't see it and it cleans well due to the coatings used. Not cheap, but exactly what I was after.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: October 19, 2013, 05:02:32 AM »
I'm from Winchester. The camera shop here has a mint 5diii for just under 2K. It's causing me all sorts of issues....

Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 09, 2013, 03:46:34 PM »
Oh, and I also went from a consumer grade tamron 70-300 to a Canon 70-200 f4 (non IS). Maybe that was the real killer blow  - that just blew my mind in terms of speed of focus and sharpness. And while its not up to the 100L or 135L I now have it still just (over)delivers in everyday use. For £399 secondhand there really is no excuse for anyone not to own one of these - it is Canon's gateway 70-200.

Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 09, 2013, 03:42:34 PM »
Sigma 10-20mm f4.5-5.6 HSM. 
I started with a T1i and the 18-55mm 55-250mm and 50mm f1.8.
The Sigma was my next lens purchase and the focussing speed compared to the other lenses  impressed the hell out of me. 
My next lens was the 200mm F2.8 L and again the focusing speed  was incredible.  A long list of USM, HSM, USD lenses have followed.

Yep - just the same for me. The Sigma 10-22 is an absolute steal and compared to the kit lens that came on the 350D was just a different league. Made me upgrade the standard one to a Tamron 17-50 (i think that was the focal length) f2.8 which was also amazing. I honestly think that unless I pixel peep the results from those on crop match some of the lovely, lovely L glass I have now.

Btw, the Sigma is still trundling on like a tank. The Tammy got a little grindy when zooming and developed a tiny bit of mould inside from jungle adventures. I'd buy Sigma again but would have to scruntinise the  reviews before buying a Tamron.

Were I starting now I suspect the Canon 40mm f2.8 could be the gateway lens. And that baby sure is tough - dropped on concrete and there's not a scratch.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Double cashback at Calumet this weekend
« on: October 05, 2013, 06:36:10 AM »
Legend! thanks for posting that - you're a scholar and a gentleman (and a menace to my bank balance).

Glad to be a menace, wotcha bought?

Nothing on the 600RTs - looks like I dodged that bullet!

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Camera Insurance (U.K.)
« on: September 27, 2013, 03:11:18 PM »
Another late reply, but props to Aaduki. OK, its a heavily qualified endorsement as I've not needed to claim thankfully. They are however, reasonable, expert, courteous, comprehensive and have a nice sensibly practical policy regarding theft from vehicles and unattended gear that made me happier buying. I've renewed for a further year and its still sensibly priced for covering gear and public liability.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Double cashback at Calumet this weekend
« on: September 27, 2013, 03:02:26 PM »
Legend! thanks for posting that - you're a scholar and a gentleman (and a menace to my bank balance).

Lighting / Re: Lighting large groups, help needed!
« on: September 15, 2013, 04:07:37 AM »

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