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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: January 04, 2013, 06:15:46 AM »
All shot today on a very gloomy day, facing south Howtown toward Patterdale on the west coast of Lake Ulswater, Cumbria.

The lake was flooded, hard to get to, the Howtown pier was also flooded and the Steamer wasn't operating to it, so much rainfall. 4th pic in thats 2 1/2 feet of water in the field, thankfully the path was slightly raised.

Shot with 5DMKIII 24-105mm and 100mm L Macro and a monopod. Rained all day and its fine!

All taken believe it or not between 1000-6400ISO, There was no light at all to shoot at between F8-16 so was shooting landscapes at very high ISO, usually not advisable but results speak for themselves amazing quality! Love this camera.

Howtown, Cumbria, Lake Ulswater by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

IMG_0292 by tom_scott88, on Flickr

IMG_0282 by tom_scott88, on Flickr

IMG_0298 by tom_scott88, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Vertical Grips not coming off 5D2 bodies..
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:57:29 PM »
My BG-E2N got stuck on my 40D, half way unscrewed so it would not turn on.

The problem is over tightening or over use. The main cog is plastic and the smaller one is metal so it strips. Only way i could get it off was by drilling a hole through the visible cog and un-tighten the smaller cog with a screw driver. Broke the grip, but they are pretty cheap now.
You can see the metal cog here.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: should I sell my 7d?
« on: December 30, 2012, 09:26:43 PM »
I was in the same predicament. I have a 40D which was getting slightly unreliable, so I bought a 7D.

Good cam but really wanted a full frame camera.

I also had a few EFS lenses 10-22mm and the 17-55mm. I sold the 7D on Ebay for £606 before christmas and sold the 10-22mm for £400 kept the 17-55mm because I love using it and kept the 40D.

Bought the 5DMKIII and the IQ is above and beyond the 7D so much better, and ISO is incredible in comparison wasnt overly sold with the IQ and ISO performance of the 7D didnt really think it had moved on since the 40D days. But the camera was wonderful as a complete product.

The 5DMKIII is by far the best compromise and I haven't looked back.

BTW if you want to save a few £ go to Digitalrev mine arrived in 3 days brilliant service. Got mine with the 24-105mm for just under £2500

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 30, 2012, 04:21:43 PM »

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 28, 2012, 08:16:49 PM »
Thing is £1000 more to a pro making money isnt a lot... It will pay for itself quickly, when you can rely on the quality of the lens. But it is to an amateur, and you could happily buy one if not two more lenses with that saving.

But I would rely on Canon L glass, it will take the knocks and bangs of intense pro use. Kit is for using and are not museum pieces. If they break and you get the shot its worth it and buy another.

Also IS is helpful, but IS has not been around forever. People have been shooting without it for a looooong time.

Anyway ye useful, but a deal breaker? For a pro no... You will always shoot in a range that will produce a sharp images. Although I will admit IS does help with creativity, shooting in lower light, but with better high ISO camera performance you can rely less on IS. Also the subject is more of a concern than camera shake, if you are an experienced photographer you know the limits you shoot in, its also down to technique.

I do like IS I have it in most of my lenses but more because they all now come with them. I still have a 70-200mm F2.8 that I bought in 2004, I shoot sharp non blurry images in all sorts of situations without problem.

The Tamron will appeal to the amateurs but put it though some pro shooting I dont think it will hold up well in a long term comparison.

But from a truly cost perspective ye completely understand and I dont care who you are, Canon adding an extra £1000 canon tax over the previous is a lot and you can understand why people are angry and the people that bought it are defensive. But compared to the original MKI at release its not much different.

Why not get a 40/50D instead? 40D is around the £300 price tag with 6.3fps and sensor cleaning it wipes the floor with features compared to a 1100D. The 50D has worse ISO performance but a higher res screen and micro adjust but also quite a bit more expensive still around £450-500.

70-300 would be a good starting point. What kind of wildlife? Birding or places with low light like Forrest locations?

EOS Bodies / Re: Any update to the 60D in next 6months?
« on: December 27, 2012, 04:48:36 PM »
Both are old cameras, and I would say a new one will be round the corner soon. But if recent trends are anything to go by these will be more expensive, and you may have to wait a few months to get hold of one. Depends how desperate you are. I would take a 7D over a 60D because its AF system is much better.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: World's First EOS-1D C Motion Image Shoot
« on: December 24, 2012, 01:50:21 PM »

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is it hard not to buy 3rd party lenses now?
« on: December 23, 2012, 04:42:09 PM »
Resale value is no issue for a pro. Most kit used in pro situations will be in poor condition. My kit gets used until it breaks, they are not museum pieces they are work horses that I earn money with. If it breaks getting the shot its worth it.

As for sigma vs canon. The canons are built much better, yes sigma are getting better but i mean come on the new 35mm with a piano black finish on it... would be scratched to bits in no time, they aren't particularly rugged and if they take a nock the elements move meaning blurry images. Even the higher end stuff isnt particularly well built. The only sigma lens I bought the front lens element fell out in 6 months they just arent made for heavy use.

If your making money with your gear it pays for itself many times over, its a tool, an investment yes but only to start with because it is a necessity to earn money.

Will always be Canon for me. Not one lens has let me down, look after them have them serviced and they will look after you.

Mostly Canon

Canon 300V
Canon 350D
Canon 40D
Bronica ETRSI 645
Canon 7D

Lenses / Re: Buy Canon 24-70l II today or wait for Newer version with IS?
« on: December 20, 2012, 06:35:45 AM »
And so it starts...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: right now i am not happy to be a canon user
« on: December 20, 2012, 06:28:41 AM »
Check out DigitalRev, Bought my 5DMKIII with 24-105mm lens kit for £2500. Body only its £1995.

It comes with a year warranty too so no worries, and a returns policy.

All prices include import tax, to the UK anyway may be the same with Germany. Pretty significant saving of £500 just for the camera. Was here in two days VIA DHL fantastic service with good communication. Would deftly use them again.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 20, 2012, 05:48:00 AM »
Thing is IS isnt a necessity, but a really nice useful feature. For a lot of people it means a lot more keepers and the lens can be stretched to its limits with conditions.

With the price tag I would expect to have it. It would be a force to be reckoned with in the market if it did have it. Question is why make 3 incarnations of the same lens! One F2.8 is more then enough, I think it would have made more sense to make a homologation of the 24-105mm with the macro ability.  This lens would have appealed to more people.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 20, 2012, 04:27:06 AM »
I feel sorry for the early adopters.

Similar with the early adopters for the 5DMKIII with it now less than a year later at less than £1000 cheaper!

With this in mind anyone would be mad to be an early adopter, loosing 400-500 or even £1000!!!! Within a year. MENTAL.

Canon needs to sort their structure out, or they will loose custom.

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