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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2013, 04:58:08 AM »
great shots as usual beast and tom

were those shot with a rig tom?

Thanks for the compliments!

Yes it was, but a small one close to the body three suction cup legs mounted on the drivers side door.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheapest way
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:23:08 AM »
Yes like I said all the parts were UK spec came with a UK manual and plug. You pay no import tax to the UK because they have upped the price slightly from how they used to sometimes customs would stop your product meaning unhappy customers reduced sales. Now its included its a no brainer.

I got a 5DMKIII with a 24-105mm and the 100mm L macro for just under £3000

Prices have just gone up tho with Canons new lowest price BS.

The 5DMKIII kit is £2639 at the moment

It is £2979 at wilkinson cameras and calumet UK £350 you cant argue over.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark ii with WiFi/GPS or Without?
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:35:49 AM »
But even if you have a smart phone for GPS its still an extra step in post. Which many pros dont have time to do. Far easier to have it integrated and it do it for you.

I would love GPS and WiFi think the possibilities of these new features spread a lot further than what these people with narrow fields of view can think of.

Also the swivel screen, im not a fan simply because of the weakness it creates. But in use they are extremely useful and I would benefit from it, I just dont see Canon putting one in any of its Pro weather sealed products there are a lot of issues to overcome weather sealing a rotating screen that could be reliable. You can get around it but I would rather not have it than it reduce the life of the camera.

Lenses / Re: Lens or Mark 7d Camera
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:16:29 AM »
What you lack in range with the 5D you can make up with a crop as the 5D is full frame. The 5D also has much better ISO performance than the 7D, 6400 on a 5DMKIII is comparable to 1600 so lots of scope there. Difference between 6-8fps negligible and not worth worrying about, the 5Ds AF system will more than make up for it.

I would try a 1.4x extender, cheapest option. If not the 300 F4 IS is a good choice.

Which version of the 70-200mm do you have the MKI, the MKI with IS or the MKII?

The MKII still yields incredible results with the 1.4x extender.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheapest way
« on: February 19, 2013, 02:44:56 PM »
Digital Rev

saved £700 on my 5DMKIII 24-105mm and 100mm L, no import tax as its included and arrived in 3 days.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:49:49 AM »
Looks great but I highly doubt it will come close to noise wise to a FF sensor especially with 6 more MP.

If thats what your hoping for then I think you will be disappointed. An APC camera will always have more noise than a full frame sensor.

If your wanting a super fast camera (Like most seem to) and cant afford a 1D series camera then this will fly off the shelves. Sounds like a terrific upgrade from the 7D, although like said my biggest problem with it was 100-400iso so if thats improved would be a very solid second body.

I knew there was a reason I kept my 17-55mm ;)

Everything about the 50D is better except IQ and AF. They basically took the same chip and added 50% more pixels therefore it is pretty noisy. The 50Ds are quite a bit more expensive than 40Ds, I only recently stopped using my 40D loved it. Brilliant camera, in fact I had two both lasted over 250k actuations and I still keep one.

I bought the 7D to replace it and except the AF and the Higher ISO above 1600 I wasnt sold with it. The IQ where it counts 100-400 wasnt there so sold the 7D and got a 5D MKIII it is basically a FF 40D with a crazy good AF system.

The 40D is a great camera and most are under £250 bargain buy one. As for action I used to use it for Automotive shooting.

BMW E92 M3, Rig shot by tom_scott88, on Flickr

M3 by tom_scott88, on Flickr

BTCC, Oulton Park 2010, Forster Motorsport, BMW 320si, Martin Depper by tom_scott88, on Flickr

BTCC, Oulton Park 2010, Central Group Racing, Honda Integra Type-R, Lea Wood by tom_scott88, on Flickr

BTCC, Oulton Park 2010, Porsche GT3, Carrera Cup, Racing by tom_scott88, on Flickr

BTCC, Oulton Park 2010, Formula Renault UK by tom_scott88, on Flickr

BMW Z4M Coupe CSL wheels by tom_scott88, on Flickr

I found it great for action the 6.5fps is very helpful, but technique is paramount.

Stick some good glass on it and its brilliant.

Technical Support / Re: How do you store and archive your images?
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:59:04 AM »
I use a Mac Pro which has a 128gb SSD (which I keep in my spare DVD drive bay via a DVD-2.5" converter) which I run all my applications from then 4 storage drives two 1tb drives and two 2tb drives. Both drives are mirrored so they are backed up in two places incase of a drive failure. The 2tb is for my images which is nearly full and the 1tb is for general stuff.

I then have a 4TB back up drive which does an overall back up of everything. I also archive everything on DVD because if the worst happens flooding etc at least they can be retrieved only problem is they are cumbersome.

Storage is so cheap your better off being safe. I dont like having drives all over the place clutters my desk and also my brain lol! So I like to keep everything internal and have one external drive which takes care of a third back up.

3 is the magic number to safely store your data. Best thing to remember is that HDDs fail, its a fact of life they aren't very reliable, many say to swap the drives after a years use to fresh drives.

I have had a drive fail and it is the first and last time it will ever happen without a proper back up. Can be very emotional loosing your digital life. Fortunately in that instance I managed to restore some important data so not all was lost.

Canon General / Re: Digital Rev!
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:46:16 AM »
Got my 5DMKIII from DR, arrived in 3 days to UK saved nearly £700 over UK prices with a a 24-105mm and 100mm Macro. Came with all UK standard kit etc great service IMO.

There will always be scaremongering around about companies, with the amount of kit they sell the likely hood of receiving a unit used in this way is so minuscule its not worth worrying about. Would not stop me buying from them again.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:48:10 AM »

Canon General / Re: Since 7D MkII isn't coming soon.....
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:41:20 AM »
I sold my perfect 7D 2YO with less that 20k clicks on it for £600 on ebay just before christmas. Was pretty disapointed actually thought it would fetch more. But never mind.

They offer insane value for money, also the cheaper bodies perform similar IQ wise but have non of the features the 7D has. Its a great camera, just the IQ wasn't quite what I was after.

You can also be quite confident in buying a used 7D as they are built like tanks.

I also wouldn't marry a crop camera with a 24-70 or 24-105, 24mm is far to tele on a crop camera more like 38mm so you dont get much on the wide end. I would suggest buying a 17-55mm or 15-85mm if you are going to stick with APC which it sounds like you are with waiting for the 7DMKII

Even when the 7DMKII comes out the price of the 7D cant fall much lower or it will be a better buy than the newer XXXDs as IQ is so similar and its a much better camera overall. The 650D saw no improvement in IQ infact some reviewers have said it has more noise than its predecessors.

Lenses / Re: I can't stop thinking about A MONSTER!
« on: February 07, 2013, 07:14:04 AM »
Im of the opinion of if you want something get it.

But these lenses are very specific, and cost a lot. My questions would be how often do you plan on using it? At nearly 4kg it doesn't sound a lot but after 20 minutes of holding this lens your arms will be burning regardless of who you are. After a day shooting or even just having it strapped to your back you will be very fatigued. They are not portable at all and a tripod is pretty much a necessity not only for your arms but also to keep the lens steady. These are another 4-5kg for a really steady one that will take the weight.

Your situation of having no car makes it even harder if you are carrying it around all the time the likelihood of it being banged or accidents happening is much higher, especially on a bicycle!

Also if a 70-200mm attracts attention then you will be the centre of attention with this thing.

I think for overall usability the 100-400 is a better option, it wont create the same IQ but is a 1/6th the price and you can actually take it places...

Just my 2 pence.

Lenses / Re: Please explain the need for f2.8 zooms
« on: January 31, 2013, 06:14:06 AM »
I think this is where the amateur and pro argument reaches its peak.

If you are a pro, shooting and making money then gear is a tool, any advantage is a plus. The gear pays for itself whereas an amateur may struggle to justify the purchase. Which is fair. But these zooms are there to guarantee results. Similar to ISO 'better being noisy than missing or getting blurry shots' your better having a smaller DOF than missing the shot entirely.

F2.8 lenses are there for those occasions where you cant use flash, or your in a large room where flash just isnt enough. F2.8 has saved me many a time, also if you are shooting slightly wider you can still get sharp results at F2.8 across a frame, at closer distances the DOF seclusion is more apparent, granted softer but it can be used in those 5% scenarios. Also helps the cameras AF.

If you choose F4 then your advantage is F4 thats it. I know for a fact that when shooting say the first dance at a wedding, using F4-5.6 with flash is still hard even at ISO3200.

But on the other hand, using a 24-105mm with a prime can work really well, it depends on the situation and the light. F4 on the 24-105 gives nice results on a FF camera. The zoom just gives you more scope, instead of worrying about changing lenses. As a wedding photographer using two cameras is a good idea, one with a wider lens (zoom or prime) one with a tele.

TBH a 50mm will have you covered for most of the day at a wedding, so is it necessary? No, but it is nice to know you can IF you need too. Using a zoom can make you lazy with a prime you just have to move around more to find the shot. But you could argue you are more likely to loose the shot.

There are many arguments, it depends on how you like to work and your budget.

I found where it counts the 18mp on my 7D (same sensor) at ISO100-400 was really quite noisy, because of its high pixel density. Push the images a bit and it looks a lot noisier, I just wasn't satisfied even in the prints it was blatant. The 5DMKIII is a lot cleaner but you expect that also much better higher up. In perfect light it was great but how often do you get perfect light? 10-20% of the time. Just wasn't good enough for my commercial use.

Depends what you want, money clearly isnt an issue, with being able to buy these exotic cameras and this trip, so why not have the best?

The 5DMKIII has a better burst rate too which is helpful, apart from the 1DX it is the best camera canon makes.

You also have to remember the 650D is a crop camera so with all the EF lenses you have to multiply the focal length by 1.6. So getting wide angle is difficult. 24-70 is more like 38.4mm not exactly wide. With crop you would have to buy a 15-85, 17-55 or 10-22mm to get that wide. Non of these lenses offer weather sealing but offer high end IQ. Having owned the 10-22 and still own the 17-55mm they are fantastic lenses.

But it works to your advantage with longer lenses, the 70-200mm you have is essentially 112-320mm. So you can get closer without spending a fortune on long glass.

Now I have a 5DMKIII would I go back to crop? No chance, there is something in the FF format that is more inherently film like, you also get thinner DOF like you would be used to with film. Especially that 18mp sensor, it was noisier than older canon cameras like the 40D where it counts, but obvs better higher up.

Depends what you want you could have gone between with the 7D, im not really sure why you bought the 650D and the 5DMKIII to compare, the 650D is really quite basic and the 5DMKIII much more complex.

The only reason I would keep the 650D is for weight saving, the 5D is a hefty camera in comparison. But its weather sealing is not advisable if you are in dusty situations. I took my 40D to north africa in 2006 and had it in a 4x4 and got it extremely dusty in the outback then it rained and it got wet before I had chance to clean the dust off and even with its weather sealing, dirt got into the shutter button and it stopped working. That was the end of it for that trip. Only way I got it working was when i got home was pouring alcohol down the battery compartment which was a last ditched attempt to fix it. Worked but taught me a lesson.

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