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Portrait / Re: First paid photo shoot - DATE: 23 March 2013
« on: April 03, 2013, 09:21:12 AM »
Good job! Maybe slightly saturated but good first shoot  :)

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The Canon 70-300mm L is not compatible with the Canon extenders, but is with the kenco.

TBH the IQ difference wont be day and night between the two in good light and low ISO.

But what will be very visible is the noise difference at higher ISO. The 40D is only just usable at 1600, 3200 forget it. So with the stops you will loose you will need to increase the ISO to compensate there the 5DMKIII will have an advantage.

TBH if you want more reach the best alternatives are the 400 F5.6 or the 100-400mm IS in the sensible bracket.

But you will get 480mm out of the 40D without the teleconverter. 672mm with a 1.4 extender.

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The 1Dx is better than the 5DMKIII in terms of IQ but your talking minute differences. Make a print and you would be very hard pressed to find a difference.

Both are flagship cameras in my mind, both are incredible and I think possibly for the marketplace for professional photography the best ever produced.

I don't like the 1D cameras simply for their size and weight rather have a smaller body.

The whole argument is like handbags at 10 paces.

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Macro / Re: Canon 100mm IS USM L Macro Photos
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:33:12 AM »
I use it for all sorts commercially, macro, landscape its a nice length compresses perspective and is tack sharp. Love it!


Foundry-34 spring/summer new menu dessert, Penrith Cumbria by TomScottPhotographyCumbria, on Flickr


Kew Gardens, London by TomScottPhotographyCumbria, on Flickr


Kew Gardens, London by TomScottPhotographyCumbria, on Flickr

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Very much agree. 40D is a brilliant camera. Had two of them myself both running in over 150k clicks and still have one.

If you compare the 7D and 40D on DXO there is not much between them at all. Put a 17-55mm on it and it creates razor sharp images.

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/(appareil1)/619|0/(brand)/Canon/(appareil2)/180|0/(brand2)/Canon

I used mine for weddings, landscape, motor sport and editorial work never missed a beat.

But lets not delude too far, it is a great camera but certainly showing its age. Screen res (you cant really tell if the image is sharp), no AFMA, one F2.8 cross type and 8 F5.6 cross type outers which aren't that useful or accurate, ISO 1600 is about as far as you can shoot and not that it bothers me as I dont shoot video but no video.

If you want a cheap fast camera with brilliant IQ then the 40D was probably the best of its era.

Its only when you get cameras like the 5DMKIII that you realise. If your not spoiled in tech like that the 40D still impresses. I upgraded to the 7D and apart from obvious body upgrades the IQ difference was not that great and they are very similar infact I found the 40D to create images less noisy where it counts 100-400. So sold the 7D for a 5DMKIII and kept the 40D.

The 50D didnt appeal to me. 50% more pixels on similar tech made the images rather noisy.


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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:45:05 PM »
It amazing how emotional people get with rumoured specs. Makes me laugh. Chill its a test camera and a rumour.

I think everything about this sounds like a 70D. But no chance it will get 10fps that would give the 7DMKII no scope at all. Even if a 7DMKII got 14fps which I also doubt the difference between 10-14 isnt that great for a proposed price increase. 8fps is overkill for most.

I would expect the 70D to have 7-8fps and the 7DMKII 10-12.

I hope the new APS-C sensors are good. Loved everything about the 7D apart form the IQ was very disappointed. Even if you look on DXO compare it to a 40D there is barely any difference.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 28, 2013, 06:12:11 AM »
No your ok I have a pretty good job doing what I love ;)

I would agree with the above.

Travel is the only thing you can do that makes you richer. The camera you have with you is always the best camera.

In this case I would be against the 1Dx and the 300/400mm because they are both niche products and a pain in the ass to carry around. 5DMKIII and the 100-400 would make a better option but still a pain for traveling.

Really the usability of 300/400mm lenses are best suited for sports and birding/wildlife. If thats your main use then ye.

I think a good compromise is the 70-200mm F2.8 MKII With a 2x extender if you are traveling around. Thats what I use but the MKI non IS lens. IQ is not stellar but more than useable on my 5DMKIII

You would have a lot of money left over and still an incredible kit.

Apart from my Camera equipment my other passion is cars and BMW M cars are my poison otherwise I would have many more exotic lenses  :D



I guess more importantly the camera is always only as good as the person behind it... (and I am not a 1DX ;) )
But I actually found that the 300/2.8 is an incredible lens also for "macro" type photography (wild flowers, and bugs, mostly). Nevertheless, it certainly is not suitable as an always-on...  :D
I must say that since I have used the 300 I am always a bit disappointed when taking a picture with the 70-200 (IS, mark I). I guess I have tasted the honey and can not let go anymore... The funny thing is that when I first rented it my reasoning was simply to see what justifies that kind of price. I believed that it is sufficiently expensive (and expected a difference sufficiently small) to never really make me consider buying it... boy was I wrong!! Most people here probably know this, but I felt like the photos from the zoom lens were taken with an iPhone (well, not quite... but almost).

I can see how BMW M are poison (that tastes good)... In that respect I am happy since cars I would be passionate about (basically Mercedes from the early 70s and before, or electric sports cars...) are so totally out of range for me that I just stick with my 15 year old volvo :)

Ye but you give a pro a 300D and he will make incredible pictures with it. What I meant was the best camera is the one you have with you as in being comfortable carrying and using it. Getting the shot is more important IMO. everything is a compromise and just because you can afford to doesn't necessarily make it a good value purchase for you. But then again life is short so do it while you can on the flip side.

Many pros work in this way, unless you are a sports or wildlife shooter it is cheaper to rent for when you need. I understand that shooting with the white primes is better but comparing the zooms to point and shoots just isnt correct. Although the MKI 70-200mm IS is the least sharp of the 2.8 70-200mm zooms its still a quality piece of glass. But the 24-70 MKII and the 70-200 MKII have many a time been comparable or better than their prime equivalents.

Again same with the 1DX it is more than twice the price of the 5DMKIII but the 5DMKIII is 90% of the camera. 6fps is nothing to be sniffed at either, 14 is incredible but in most situations overkill. As a gear head and lover of new tech I completely understand the want but what about the need? IMO the 5DMKIII is the best all round camera ever made and it surprises me everyday. Again it is a lot more useable and easier to travel with than the beast 1DX.

As a pro weight is a huge concern, with having two bodies and lenses that cover a broad range lugging it around can juts be inconvenient. But that is my personal preference.

If the best is all you can have then go for it, but there are other options that will create a similar result but cost a weigh a lot less.




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EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:06:15 PM »
No your ok I have a pretty good job doing what I love ;)

I would agree with the above.

Travel is the only thing you can do that makes you richer. The camera you have with you is always the best camera.

In this case I would be against the 1Dx and the 300/400mm because they are both niche products and a pain in the ass to carry around. 5DMKIII and the 100-400 would make a better option but still a pain for traveling.

Really the usability of 300/400mm lenses are best suited for sports and birding/wildlife. If thats your main use then ye.

I think a good compromise is the 70-200mm F2.8 MKII With a 2x extender if you are traveling around. Thats what I use but the MKI non IS lens. IQ is not stellar but more than useable on my 5DMKIII

You would have a lot of money left over and still an incredible kit.

Apart from my Camera equipment my other passion is cars and BMW M cars are my poison otherwise I would have many more exotic lenses  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 05:42:54 PM »
The 5DMKIII is also much lighter and compact in comparison and has 90% of the features you would actually use. With big whites tripods or monopods are pretty much a must so its not like the 1DX feels more balanced with it.

Carrying a massive camera, lens and tripod all the time takes its toll. Maybe a personal trainer ;) haha or hiring someone to carry your kit ;)

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The rangefinder camera has been the street choice for decades. Reason being it is small, light and to the subject it doesn't seem like you are photographing them as the viewfinder and your face is off at an angle.

35mm is more like the focal range of choice too. Many of the greats like Gary Winogrand, Tony Ray Jones, William Klein etc all used 24-35mm lenses. Getting closer was the moto, stalking the subject like prey.

Like this from Winogrand.



Cameras like the Fuji X100s, Xpro1, Leica M (for those that can afford it) are more suited IMO. I use a 5DMKIII as my commercial camera but I wouldn't take it out on the street even with the 50mm lens it is intimidating.

But again if it works for you then great. Just there are better options, the 5DMKIII apart from the fully fledged 1D series is one of the biggest DSLRs available.




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I would agree the 5DMKIII is a great camera, but for street I would disagree. Its too big and intrusive regardless how much gafa tape you use to reduce the bling. If it works for you then great but think you would be even less noticeable with a smaller camera.


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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: March 25, 2013, 05:32:18 AM »
I didnt think I would love this lens, after coming from 17-55mm F2.8. But its better sharper and longer best all rounder I think you can buy for Canon EF system.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 23, 2013, 09:00:55 AM »
I dont know if it has been said in this thread but cant be bothered to go through the whole thing.

The 100D/SL1 has 9 Af points but only one is cross type just like the 6D so the CR info is wrong. I was really excited when I read it had 9 cross type! I was going to buy one as a small second camera to replace my mirrorless because I like a proper viewfinder.

From Canon "9 AF points (f/5.6 cross type at centre, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)"

http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/Digital_SLR/EOS_100D/index.aspx#p-specification

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