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40D awesome. 50D... 50% more pixels with the same tech = very noisy, IQ is better on the 40D but better spec in the 50 (screen res, AFMA etc). The 17-85mm probably the worst lens I have ever had. Kept it for a long time because I was a student and couldn't afford the 17-55mm. Its poor everywhere it counts. Bought the 17-55mm after uni its a huge upgrade. Then 24-105mm on FF is comparable.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 31, 2013, 04:22:54 AM »
I have a octo core 2.8ghz 2008 mac pro wih 10gbs ram 8tb and a 128gb SSD and a 2013 11" macbook air 1.7ghz 8gb ram and 500gb SSD that I use for editing.

I have found the macbook air so fast that the mac pro hasn't had a look in. It is geek benching at 9000, write times are 572.6mb/s and read 725.2. I haven't found the screen size a problem either, its a brilliant little machine.

My pro benches at around 12000 but the SSD speed is well down as it only runs SATA II.

Both machines are fantastic for editing. i do a lot of location photography so the Air is fantastic.

Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:52:52 AM »
I like using AV, generally my shots come out spot on and use exposure compensation when needed. Makes getting those spur of the moments easier, especially at weddings.

I think you use whats best for you, M is best when I know the camera will struggle otherwise AV works great for me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dpreview tested the 100D
« on: July 26, 2013, 07:03:02 AM »
Its interesting if you compare this to the 6D and the 5DMKIII with the comparison chart the 5DMKIII's Metering & focus accuracy is quite a lot worse than both the 6D and 100D, which we all know isnt true...

Lenses / Re: EOS - trip in the desert: dust
« on: July 08, 2013, 04:12:16 AM »
I took my 40D and 17-85mm (a long time ago) into the Sahara, I wasn't overly careful and I got no dust into the camera itself but it did creep into the shutter button and made the zoom ring on the 17-85mm grind (unfortunately with any lens this will happen, even weather sealed Ls)

A few months later I was shooting in the Lake District in Cumbria England and it pored down and with the rain the dust from the desert was pushed further into the button by the rain and the button stopped working. That was it for the camera it was pretty much a gonner.

Only fix was to pore alcohol down the battery compartment and it come out of the button. I had already bought a new camera and the cost to fix was more than the cameras value so it was last resort, but it fixed it and it continued to shoot for another day.

You should be ok with the 7D its weather sealing is better but dust/sand with the high winds in the desert and at the coast gets into everything.

Ben Long has just done another practising photographer video series on Lynda and goes through all of the above, his 16-35mm and 24-105mm got the grind in the zoom ring its just something that happens with use and was quoted $400 to fix... But for me the pics are worth more than the gear so its a personal choice.


Lenses / Re: 70-300 DO - is it worth getting it?
« on: July 03, 2013, 06:13:23 PM »
I had one and loved it, great size, IS good range. I think the IQ problems arent as bad as people make them out. It depends what your used to its not an L lens. But I upgraded mine from a sigma 18-300mm and was a huge upgrade back in the day. But started shooting a lot of events so sold it for no loss after 18 months and got the 70-200mm L 2.8.

One benefit is that the 70-300mm 70-300mm L and 70-200mm series are massive and heavy the latter two being very obvious being white. The 70-300mm DO is small and black perfect for travel if you dont mind stepping down and it not being quite an L lens. Its a compromise.

Shooting with light over your shoulder can produce lovely images but you do get the slight white halo. Depends what you want/need.

Would I have one again yes. But do i prefer the Ls yes... but the Ls take up a lot of room and your better off having the lens with you than not at all.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Next to Be Announced
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:41:28 AM »
So no new sensor tech then  :-\

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: June 26, 2013, 09:59:50 AM »
+1 I prefer shooting wide open. Couple I shot wide open handheld in my garden last week.

Garden Bluebells by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Garden Bluebells by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

This one right place right time. Was shooting this flower and the wasp landed on it, shot a few frames and off it flew. Bright sunlight, to freeze the action and enough depth of field 1/1600sec F9 meant ISO5000!!!!! Straight out of the camera look how useable that is! Its ridiculous. 5DMKIII with 100mm macro L

Wasp on flower by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 24, 2013, 09:51:31 AM »

Wasp on flower by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Right place right time. Was shooting this flower in my garden and the wasp landed on it, shot a few frames and off it flew. Bright sunlight, to freeze the action and enough depth of field 1/1600sec F9 meant ISO5000!!!!! Straight out of the camera look how useable that is! Its ridiculous. 5DMKIII with 100mm macro L

Lenses / Re: EF 100mm f2,8 L IS Macro... is IS worth it?
« on: June 22, 2013, 06:38:38 AM »
One of my favourite lenses, I use it for food, product, macro, short tele and portraits its a great multifunctional lens.

Shot this yesterday in my garden

Wasp on flower by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

EOS-M / Re: EOS M Firmware 2.0.2 IS faster
« on: June 20, 2013, 06:10:10 AM »
If this is real then this will completely transform this camera!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: June 01, 2013, 07:53:20 PM »

Bluebell by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:43:24 AM »
It was the first clear night we have had in a while so I went out at 2am, small hike up to the Penrith Beacon.

Penrith Beacon, Star gazing by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Penrith Beacon is a monument built in 1719, on a spot where beacons have been lit in times of war and emergency since the time of Henry VIII. Traditionally, the Beacon was used to warn of approaching danger from Scotland.

I didn't really plan on going, more of a last minute decision. But this subject seemed the natural choice being up the road from me, although its high and about a mile from Penrith, there was still light leak from the town which has produced this etherial purple and orange  colour cast. Although not technically correct I feel it has enhanced the image.

The image was made possible with the 5DMKIII, it was pitch black and it was shot on a 24-105mm F4 lens. With the incredible ISO capability this was shot at F4 at 16,000ISO!!! with an exposure of 4 seconds so as not to get star trails. Then some light was filled by painting with a small torch.

Really pleased with the quality the noise for that sensitivity and duration is really impressive.

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