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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.

I had this lens as my first standard upgrade lens in about 2006. I got some lovely photos but god its soft and distortion is redic. I ended up selling it and getting the 17-55mm missed the reach but the IQ was staggering in comparison.

Ullswater, Cumbria, Winter 2010 by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Video & Movie / Re: Wildlife Doc
« on: May 27, 2013, 11:10:48 AM »
I used to live near here when I was at Uni. Awesome job! Hope you get a 1st for it  :)

Video & Movie / Re: İstanbul Turkey Time Lapses
« on: May 23, 2013, 09:37:23 AM »
Maybe a soundtrack?

Both performed as designed.

The lenses are pre built with a weak spot at the mount, so if a lens is dropped with the camera it will snap and not only protect the mount on the camera body but to reduce damage if the camera bounces with the lens intact (being font heavy with a lens its more likely to bounce with the cameras weight directly onto the glass element. The lens mount is also designed to be replaceable to protect the glass element, cheaper to replace the mount than the glass.

I like it looks good!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Am I crazy to sell my Canon gear?
« on: May 21, 2013, 06:03:32 AM »
I use a 5DMKIIII for all my work but have a little NEX 5N similar to the one your looking at.

The sensor is fantastic, amazing detail, very sharp, lots of DR and a great camera to use. I dont think your mad they are smaller, much much more portable, the image quality will be similar to what your used to with the 5DC although low light may not be quite as good.

But the camera is a compromise, but IMO a good one. Although you cannot replace your DSLR with a mirrorless for everything as of yet unless its a fuji I like the X100s and Xpro1 but they are quite expensive, even those dont track particularly well. Bang for buck nothing beats the sonys really. I have taken some great pics with mine, for little trips daily camera to have around the DSLR is a bit overkill and the Nex does a great job. It doesn't cut it for my work tho and the 5DMKIII blows it away but again its 5-6x the size without a lens.

Only problem with the sony kit is that there is a lack of lenses but hopefully in time.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon SL1 sensor a step back?
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:41:02 AM »
I dont think he was comparing the cameras he was comparing the sensor which most people expected to have similar performance as its based on the Digic 5 sensor tech. Or that it could have been tweaked to get slightly better results.

I dont think anyone expected it to be ground breaking in terms of IQ. But what we have to remember that the sensor isnt the best on the market but you can still get some damn good shots out of it, for professional use I was disappointed with the 18mp sensor IQ and noise performance but I would never use an SL1 for that, which is why I have a 5DMKIII.

I really like the camera I think its extremely cool and it would be fantastic as a travel camera or one for the family. I wouldn't scrutinise it the same way I would the better camera as you expect them to be better. The form factor is what should be focused on here its tiny and with a bit of PP the 18mp sensor can look good. I use a Nex 5N and miss the viewfinder so this would be a good alternative.

TBF tho the situation in which it was tested was really poor conditions and the amount of times you would be shooting in that kind of light is probably less than 5%. Still have to remember this is now the bottom camera in the line up and its pretty cool. I expect in a year when the new sensor tech is out that this will be a camera to be reckoned with.

The average buyer for this camera will not be able to see the difference in quality and let alone care about it. So I dont think Canon have to worry about it not being a cash cow I expect it to be a huge success.

Im actually thinking about buying one so I can use all my lenses while I travel.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: May 11, 2013, 10:25:15 AM »
Awesome Ferrari Challenge race meeting pics above! Although why you would put a camo wrap on one if beyond me!

VW Beetle by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 08, 2013, 05:02:55 AM »
I think most people on here are getting carried away and running with the sheep...

I think CC is a great idea the amount of applications from the suite you get the value per app is quite high. Like I said earlier the Full CS6 Suite is £2,500 and you can have that for £600py and 45% less if you are upgrading. Seen as tho the CS suites have had a 18month life span in theory its cheaper... and there are a lot of new aps you may not have heard of which are brilliant. Like Muse and Edge.

The suite has 38 different apps and add ons. for £48 a month to start that is 80p per application. In my business we use all of them.

If you are just a photographer and not in multimedia which I find hard to believe, then a version of photoshop is £17 a month which I also see as good value, compared to spending the full outlay on PS Extended which is £649, then a new version will be out in 18 months with an upgrade path of 50% off so thats £900 for one programme. or £204 a year for PS CC.

TBH I feel most of the people who are complaining are not current subscribers to CS anyway and get it some how under the rug... For a pro it is bread and butter and it pays for itself, its a small price to pay.

For the people who apparently bought every CS suite, what did you do with it after you upgraded? I bet you didn't sell it, I bet its still sitting on a shelf.

Its like getting a car on PP you pay for the usage then dont have to worry about residuals and depreciation because the package is better value for people who USE it.

The IF statement whether you quit and then you have nothing for your money, well as a pro why would you quit? If you are a current customer they are giving good upgrade paths... There is NOTHING on the market even close and it is an industry standard! All agencies, newspapers etc use it. The CS suite has been in development for 20 years. I don't see anything coming to market at the same scale and quality any time soon.

PS is a pro application with pro prices... people seem to forget that, its not the go to app for any old john doe, it never has been its just been made available by piracy.

Brilliant, but il stick with BMW ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 07, 2013, 06:18:59 AM »
For business this is an attractive package. I work for a small newspaper and we run 20 or so machines with CS5.5, its nice you can get the whole suite and seen as tho every machine is used 5 days a week for 8 hours with these aps in constant use it is worth it.

Also for those thinking adobe will produce poor upgrades check out their youtube channel there are some awesome additions to CC only already like Camera Raw being a photoshop filter!


Terry White's Top 5 Favorite Features for Photographers in Photoshop CC

If anything the photoshop CC seems to be willing customers with the new features as they aren't available anywhere else. Here in the UK it is £48 a month for the whole suite. Seems pretty reasonable, I am a graphic designer/photographer and I use 80% of the applications in the suite daily. At home I use PS ID IL LR and Muse. But I dont see the updates being slow or non existent I think it will speed it up to get more people on board. Once you buy the software they have you where they want you and the need for upgrades is less. Whereas with the CC they are reaching a broader audience.

Also it depends what version you are looking at. The Full CS6 suite in the UK is £2550. Now if you sign up to the CC it will cost £600 a year, each version of CS has had a shelf life of 18-24 months. For that time scale it will be £900 or £1200 thats half the price. Although the problem is that if you decide to quit then you have nothing for your money.

But at the same time I haven't been one to stay on older software, CS4 was slow CS5 was slow (on the mac side) CS5.5 64bit faster. CS4 wont work on Lion either so... IMO having the latest software to keep up with my kit is essential. Camera raw has moved on so far you are loosing out by not having the newest software especially in a competitive market such as print production.

So imo is depends on your situation. Really if you are an amateur a version of PS CS6 and lightroom 4 is a good combo but it will cost you more. But again it will be out of date in no time what so ever as CC takes hold.

But for amateurs I see this sucking pretty bad, there will be another option on its way. Early days yet.

I have full faith they will not isolate amateurs.

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