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Canon General / Re: Buy canon gear from the States (for Europe)
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:45:49 AM »
You could go to Guernsey or Jersey. Tax Haven and not £600 for a flight.

Put it this way all people outside Britain.

5DMKIII with the 24-105mm is £3,500 or $5,600 dollars in UK.

In America the same kit is $4,100 or £2800! For you yanks to understand that is $1500 or £700 more for the same camera.

Again with the 24-70 MKII £2,200 or $3500!!!
In america it is $2,300 or £1426 an £800 saving. Much more than 20% import tax.

In america you could buy a 5DMKIII with a 24-70MKII for the same price as the 5DMKIII with the 24-105mm lens kit over in the UK!!!

ITS RIDICULOUS!!!!!

I dont care who you are but those savings are huge savings. Would take what an extra couple of months to afford?

It makes complete sense with the money you save you could have a week in NYC or which ever city of choice. Its sad but if your going over to America and are a photographer its what happens, as I would prefer to buy things in the UK but the prices are just stupid in comparison.

The chances of being stopped at customs for a camera are very very low. Could you imagine if they stopped everyone for electronics? I brought this iPad for the journey with my iPod and iPhone... macbook... camera... never happens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D: Buy now or wait?
« on: September 12, 2012, 07:26:18 PM »
Well I did just that. My 40D took a turn for the worst so needed something to fill untill I can get hold of a 5DMKIII. So I got one a year old under 10k shots for £750. Have to say the camera is incredible, everything is great but...

and its a big BUT! The IQ and noise are horrible in the places you don't expect. In fact I am impressed how good the ISO performance is over 1600 (as the 40D was unusable over 1600) but up to 800 it is horrible! 100-400 really really disappointing, especially 100!!! Coming from a 40D it was much cleaner, its still working to make a comparison and shot two side by side and the 7D is worse, noticeably worce. The DR has no difference either... so where it counts it was disappointing, and i was expecting it to be better especialy DR i thought the IQ would be similar. Everywhere else it is an awesome camera the AF system makes the camera useful for everything and the 8fps is great too, but now after 2 weeks im thinking of just selling and biting the bullet for the 5D MKIII and converting FF.

On my 40D I didnt use any NR at ISO100, on the 7D im using 5-10 on the slider and loosing detail. The NR is set to standard too. Its ridiculous, I was using 5-15 for 400-640 on the 40D.

Maybe I was expecting too much but was a bit disappointed. Not just my cam either have tested two to make sure its not just mine.

Is this normal from you other 7D owners. I hate dissing this camera as im a true canon guy, and ive heard great things about the 7D.I remember hearing another member being upset about the ISO100 performance and thinking he must be mad. But I really feel strongly on this one.

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Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:17:21 AM »
Europe isnt a strip mall. You could spend a two months traveling Britain.... its a big place.

But you have to hit Cumbria, England. One of the most beautiful places in the world.


Ulswater, Cumbria, Winter 2010 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ulswater, Cumbria, Winter 2010 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ulswater Steamer, Cumbria, Winter 2010 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Hallin Fell, Ulswater, Cumbria, Aug 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Hallin Fell, Ulswater, Cumbria Aug 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


IMG_4751-Edit by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ulswater Boat House by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ullswater May 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Conison Water Feb 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr

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2008 2.8 octo Mac Pro, 10gbs ram, 8tbs HDDs, 128bg SSD as boot drive, GEFORCE GTX 285 1gb. Runs very quick for an old machine.

2x 23" Apple Cinema displays

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:25:42 PM »
BMW i8 Concept car, Park Lane London

BMW i8 BMW iPark Lane by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW i8 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW i8 BMW iPark Lane by tom_scott88, on Flickr


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Street & City / Re: Night Skyline
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:34:22 PM »
Thanks

Was shot at F10 for 1/8th at ISO 200 on a 40D and a 10-22mm set to 16mm.

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Street & City / Re: Night Skyline
« on: August 31, 2012, 09:59:09 AM »

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Lenses / Re: Considering the 70-200 f4 is for my next lens
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:54:29 AM »
I vote 70-200mm Non IS F2.8 I have one and its wonderful, but you need a steady hand but at 2.8 it is stunning. That or the 70-300mm.

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Canon General / Re: gear advice for second body
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:28:57 AM »
When I shoot weddings I always take two bodies and keep a standard zoom on one, then keep swapping the lens on the second body between a 70-200mm and 50mm. If you want a prime for the 7D remember the 1.6 crop factor so a 50mm will be more like an 80mm.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Seeking for opinion about body option.
« on: August 30, 2012, 11:57:39 AM »
Why save the 5D MKIII, I dont understand? When it hits the max shutter life just have it serviced. My 40D hit 139,000 and was still going strong (although I know it is good for 150,000)

By the time you hit 150,000 there will probably be a 5D MKIV

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Lenses / Re: Help with efs 17-85
« on: August 30, 2012, 10:15:08 AM »
The 17-85 is not a good lens at all. Get rid of it!!!!

Had exactly the same error on mine no chance its worth fixing. Upgraded to the 17-55mm and it is night and day the 17-55mm is so much sharper, less distortion and vignetting. You also get a constant 2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range which is very useful.

The 15-85mm is much better than the 17-85mm so I would go for that if you cant stretch to the 17-55mm. Gives you more range but is a slower lens but the IQ and distortion are much better.

I would not recommend going for an L lens like the 24-105 or the 24-70, not because of the quality, you cant beat it. But at 24mm on a crop body it must be multiplied by 1.6, so the widest you can shoot on those lenses is 38.4mm. The other option is to buy a 17-40mm but that is still 27.5mm so the only way to get wide on a crop is to stick with the 15-85, 17-55mm. Or buy using two lenses the 10-22 and the 17-40 combo.

Hope this helps


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Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: August 30, 2012, 06:15:25 AM »
Nifty 50 1.8 and the smallest body possible. Unfortunately thats my 40D.

Street photography is the candid documentation of people.. what you see, not set up in anyway as soon as you ask someone permission it is no longer street photography it is portraiture.

My hero is Gary Winograd

"You have a lifetime to learn technique. But I can teach you what is more important than technique, how to see; learn that and all you have to do afterwards is press the shutter" - Garry Winogrand

Heres a few of mine.


Women, St. Pauls, Millennium bridge, London by tom_scott88, on Flickr


IMG_1930.jpg by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Apple Store, Covent Garden by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Couple, Covent Garden by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Man, Tate Modern, London by tom_scott88, on Flickr


IMG_1865.jpg by tom_scott88, on Flickr


London Underground by tom_scott88, on Flickr


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 29, 2012, 11:10:28 AM »
Your really not wrong.
Thats not the argument but the thing is were not talking night and day in terms of IQ it is only slightly better. Night and day is a 600D VS a 5D MKIII. What we are comparing is a camera from 2005 to a 2011 camera.

The difference in IQ between the 5DC and the 600D is not huge maybe 10%. Also the full frame sensor will mean you need to buy L glass to get good results because the sensor is bigger. So your talking £1000 just for one lens being a 24-105mm. Whereas the 600D you still need good glass but you can get away with using 15-85mm or a 17-85 which are a lot cheaper.

There is a lot more to think about. The 5Dc is not a modern camera with non of the newer useful features, which kind of makes the camera. Its like the argument with the 5DMKIII, it has lower res than the D800 but its features are much better which makes the camera. If IQ is your only concern then yes go ahead. But finding a good nick camera that is 7 years old and still paying in excess of £550 is a bit mad really.

If you want full frame its worth doing it properly and buying a modern camera.

But think we are getting carried away here. The poster is after a camera, an amateur moving from a point and shoot! A 5Dc is a silly camera to advise someone to buy! No program modes... either auto or full or semi auto, no inbuilt flash! It was designed for the more professional scene! Not a beginner!

My two cents anyway.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 29, 2012, 09:05:55 AM »
For someone not making regular prints or blowing up imagery, FF is not necessary. Nice but not necessary. APC is more than enough, if anything the IQ difference between the too will be pretty similar the 5Dc might only be 10% better.

The compromise is one totally worth it imo. We arent talking professional use. Just taking pics... without any need to pixel peep.

Holding a 5Dc compared to one of the newer cameras too... things have moved on substantially. For most people buying a newer camera with more options is always more desirable to buying an old one with minimal features. Which is why I said purists.   

A 5Dc as an upgrade from a point and shoot is not wise IMO.

pros and cons 5Dc vs 600D

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-600d-vs-Canon_EOS_5D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 29, 2012, 07:54:07 AM »
5Dc

28-135mm + 50mm 1.8.

Done. 8)

That would be my advice as well (would possibly swap in 40/2.8 for 50/1.8 ), except that the OP said it has to be new.

I like the advice of a refurbished (effectively new) T2i and 15-85.  That will be around $1000 and will be a very nice beginner setup.

Yep, there is alot of gently used 5Dc on eBay and Craig'slist. If I had to start all over again, I'd never buy a crop rebel for 799$ when I can get a FF body again.

Then again, I bought my first camera used in a pawn shop and knew nothing about photography then. I ran that rebel into the ground until its shutter died, but that's just me. :P

The 5DC might have good IQ but thats about it. No live view, no self cleaning system, slow 3fps, 2.5" low res screen, no movie mode, has no built in flash & max ISO of 3200. For an amateur FF is over the top and the XXXD/XXD offer more options. The 5DC is a very old camera. Not all the features are deal breakers but they are nice and feature packed for an amateur. Possibly for the purist the 5DC is better but all the tech is too old.

A 600D wipes the floor with it for everything but IQ and this is not going to be noticeable unless you print bigger than A4.


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