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Ok great thanks for the information!

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Canon General / Re: Digital Rev!
« on: February 28, 2013, 10:24:38 AM »
Ye I agree but I suppose for a lot of people £2-2500 for a camera is a massive purchase to have no comeback, from a business point of view its the bread and butter, failures happen and they get hammered which is why knowing a repairer is important and someone you know is much more trustworthy.

My pro kit is insured too so if the worst happens thats what its there for.

But I agree in my experience Canon cameras are like tanks. Had two 40D well over 150k actuations and apart from a sticky button where I had been in the sahara where it was incredibly dusty then back in rainy Cumbria where the camera got drenched and the shutter button started sticking. Bit of alcohol sorted that a treat.

Other than that nothing, and the 40D isnt a pro spec camera. I expect the 5D to be more resistant.

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So you can have 2 AFMA values for one lens on the 5DMKIII? For wide and tele?

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Canon General / Re: Digital Rev!
« on: February 28, 2013, 09:20:44 AM »
I was looking at DR when I was purchasing my 5D3.
Cheap prices but the lack of a UK warranty for something so expensive and time critical to me put me off buying from them.

The Kai show is entertaining, but I stick to UK based companies.

The Warranty thing is rubbish too. Typical scaremongering.

They offer a full year international warranty which can be extended to three and have a UK base where you send them for warranty repair. Export to the UK is a big part of their business, if they didnt offer support they would get trashed on the internet which is what happened in the early days now they are an international business so must offer support. Mine was a UK spec camera anyway, the first camera I bought from them in 2006 (40D) was not it was a chinese version with a chinese battery charger, but a quick call and they sent me a UK replacement for free. They have expanded exponentially since then with it being 7 years ago, and as such my 5DMKIII 24-105mm and 100mm L arrived in full UK spec with all documentation and sealed.

The price you pay Digital Rev includes UK import tax it says so when you go to check out. Therefore you have no issue with customs and hidden charges. If anything your just as protected as UK companies except you get the significant cost difference. £700 is another lens if you can afford to have to find another £700 for a lens then go for it. For me as an up and coming photographer every penny counts.

Obviously places like calumet are the best places to go if you are in the UK. You wont get the same protection as if you bought from them but Calumet are the most expensive in the UK also the most professional.

Like I said this is my second camera from them and I have had no issues what so ever.

Service I have received has been fantastic, and the delivery time of 3 days with free postage awesome. That was jsut before Christmas too.

If you can afford to spend the extra money then I suppose ye... go waste your money. Most of us pros have somewhere local you send your kit for service and repair so that has never been a problem for me.

They are driving prices down in the UK which is not a bad thing! Electronics are hugely over inflated in the UK compared to America, in the UK you pay the same number as the american equivalent but obviously the dollar is worth about 2/3s the pound. Rip off.

Here is a link to more info on the warranty although the ebay side of the business. It states once purchased and payment accepted you get a 1 year warranty.

http://ww3.digitalrev.com/ebay/guide/uk/warranty.asp

From the website

http://www.digitalrev.com/help/terms-of-product-warranty/NDE_A



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Canon General / Re: Digital Rev!
« on: February 28, 2013, 07:27:30 AM »
I assure you it was brand new in a sealed box

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Canon General / Re: Digital Rev!
« on: February 28, 2013, 07:04:06 AM »
I emailed DR 6 times regarding my order, with small changes. All were answered within the time zone of working hours, as being im the UK. Usually within 6 hours, I have had nothing but great service from them.

Especially as all the emails were written back to me in English, and well written and answered all my questions and couldn't have been more helpful.

People love to scaremonger and as they are significantly cheaper people think stay away. But everything has been fantastic and I would recommend them to anyone.

Ive had two cameras and two lenses. Happy chappy.

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What I dont get is that if you are using a zoom is where to AFMA. I use a 24-105mm and according to LR I use it all across the zoom range. Ive read that with zooms your better off AFMA'ing at the tele end so say a 24-105 at 105 or 70-200mm at 200.

Also if you AFMA from the distance calculated does that mean at other distances the lens wont operate as well. Im a bit confused.

Seems like a complete pain.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X - Few Questions
« on: February 28, 2013, 06:25:38 AM »
Bit silly using it on a job if you dont know the camera.

I would use your previous camera that you know well and experiment with the 1DX until you are confident with it.


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 12,800ISO 5DMKIII Images
« on: February 28, 2013, 05:22:58 AM »
Tom you should shoot above 3200 more often as your just barely scratching the surface with the 5diii at 3200. For me 12,800 is very useful and even 25k in a pinch and not printing terribly large.

Brilliant shots, even regardless of the ISO. The composition is stellar imho, quite inspirational.

7d owners steer clear,this thread is pure pain. :'(
Nice shots though

Thanks for the kind words!

Yes well I came from the 40D then 7D. The 7D I thought everything but IQ was better, but wasn't satisfied. High ISO was better but 3200 was still about its limits and 100-400 seemed quite noisy.

So I got the 5DMKIII and I am very happy with it.

Believe it or not the first time I went out with it shooting some landscape, the available light wasn't great for small apertures and was shooting 1000-3200ISO at F11-16. Surely for landscape the worst idea....?

Have a look at this:


Howtown, Cumbria by tom_scott88, on Flickr

From the same day 3200


Lichen and Moss by tom_scott88, on Flickr

2500


Moss by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Quality is fantastic!


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The 24-105mm is brilliant went from the 17-55mm F2.8 and I am more than happy.

Best all round zoom you can buy from Canon, price, quality and weight IMO.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: February 27, 2013, 05:06:45 AM »

IMG_0656 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


IMG_0651 by tom_scott88, on Flickr

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5D MK III Sample Images / 12,800ISO 5DMKIII Images
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:28:08 AM »
So this is the first time I have really used the camera above 3200ISO as I think the results at 3200 are amazing. In this case I couldn't be bothered to set up a tripod or my flash set up, so used this as a little test.

My car was in for a service and BMW gave me a new F30 3 series as a courtesy car. First time I have driven one and the interiors are really nice so thought I would take a few pics add them to the BMW forum im apart of.

Anyway the results are incredible. Minimal editing in post with a little NR 30 luminance on PS CS5.5. All was shot with available light, shot at night so that was the interior light of the car. Shot with my 24-105mm L and 100mm L.

Anyway if anyone else has any other images at 12,800 add them! What a camera.


BMW F30 3 Series interior by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW F30 3 Series interior, light console by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW F30 3 Series interior, centre console climate control by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW F30 3 Series interior, multifunction steering wheel by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW F30 3 Series interior, iDrive screen by tom_scott88, on Flickr

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PowerShot / Re: Compact Camera suggestions?
« on: February 26, 2013, 06:30:52 AM »
Regardless how small the aperture is on the S100 the APC sized sensor is much much bigger so noise performance is much better, shooting at 1600-3200 at F5.6 say at 55mm on a kit lens will produce better results than say the S100s lowest aperture at say 800. DOF is easier to achieve with smaller sensors but still shooting wide open for documentation is never a good idea as you may miss the focal point entirely.

You have to remember gyms are really quite dark. I do a lot of editorial work for a newspapers and shoot a lot in gym environments and flash with higher ISO for a large DOF is a necessity in most gyms.

Some are better with a lot of available light through windows but in most cases they are quite dingy.

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