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Landscape / Re: Decaying Nature close up...
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:03:20 PM »
Hi Ivan,

I have to agree with some of the comments above. I had a look at your blog and I dont think you choose the best images from that set. The way you have described your process fits these images although I like the awkward slightly unappealing nature of them.

I also had a look at your other images.

12 minutes in Booysens. I think these are great, the awkwardness of the images and the documentary style is great. Reminds me much of Walker Evans. The documents are not aesthetic, they are very revealing and awkward.

The general public and the Farm Security Administration hated Edward westerns photographic style. What I would say is keep shooting. If you were doing a fine art photography course you could easily exhibit those Booysens pics. They would be appreciated more, unlike the aesthetic snappers style on a forum like this. No offence meant to the forum users :)

Landscape / Re: Landscape From 36,000 Feet!
« on: March 14, 2013, 08:16:16 AM »
Get pic! Slightly different perspective

North Atlantic Ocean by TomScottPhotographyCumbria, on Flickr

North Atlantic Heading from Manchester to New York

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: March 13, 2013, 08:42:46 AM »
Stumbled upon this one while out wandering around Newcastle Uk. Luckily had my walk around camera Sony Nexus 5N which I love!

Ferrari 458 Italia, Newcastle by TomScottPhotographyCumbria, on Flickr

Ferrari 458 Italia, Newcastle by TomScottPhotographyCumbria, on Flickr

Ferrari 458 Italia, Newcastle by TomScottPhotographyCumbria, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 08, 2013, 07:58:37 AM »
I find it really hard to feel Canon have the tech to produce a high performing APC sensor right now. Unless that is the reason they have left a larger time scale between the products.

I really hope that I am wrong. Going from the 7D to 5DMKIII was a massive leap for me. But I cant go back to use a 7D as a second body, that 18mp sensor just doesn't cut it.

Neither can I see the APC sensor matching the current FF in noise quality. It will come just not yet, I would say maybe 3-4 years time.

The whole APC line up seems old and lost to me, the whole range using the same sensor, with just small details of change. I will feel similar with the higher end stuff if they make the 7DMKII with this spec, all using the same AF and a similar MP count.

They need to sort out the whole line of cameras and put it back into order. If the 7DMKII is a pro camera and they replace the 7D with the 70D and do away with the 60D type enthusiast body camera and have the XXXD as it is but with a better sensor, upgrade path is the XXD to the 6D, then the higher end being the 5DMKIII 1DX and 7DMKII.

But then we have two fast cameras both weather sealed same AF similar FPS but one that gives more reach but lesser quality and one with more quality but lesser reach. Then the 5DMKIII for the event/document photographer.

Yet we still haven't got the high MP 1D performer. Not sure what their line up will be, atm it doesnt seem logical.

The 7D was never a cheap camera, it isnt for the average photographer it is for the more demanding prosumer/pro. It will never be aimed at the low end. People that complain on here are aspiring photographers who maybe cant justify the higher price tag, you are not the sector Canon are after. It was the same with the 5DMKIII, yet it is a hugely popular camera.

Just my 2p

Lenses / Re: So I decided to buy a Sigma zoom.
« on: March 07, 2013, 07:13:44 AM »
Nice review.

But I don't see many positives. Whats the point of buying a lens if in the areas you want it to perform - AF, Sharpness and IS aren't particularly great and are detriment to the image.

I understand the saving money bit but I would rather spend more and get a better performing lens. Its cheaper for a reason. if your making money which it sounds like you are then why not get something better and more reliable...

But then again the 50Ds AF isnt amazing either. It may perform better on a 5DMKIII but also the FF sensor will make the lenses problems more pronounced as your crop camera is using the best part of the glass. So I would say it will be even more disappointing on FF.

Ive never liked the Sigma lenses. Ive had two, both of the front elements fell out. Canon lenses are just better and more reliable IMO.

This lens doesn't carry sigmas EX label either, sigma hasn't rated this lens to its highest class. Aimed more toward the advanced amateur not the protog. So really its not surprising it doesn't match the quality of the L glass. Suppose if your on a budget then its ok. Is the 5.6 really 5.6 tho? A lot of sigma lenses are more like 6.3 at the long end and fool the camera to 5.6 for focus.

Lenses / Re: Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS II Design Idea
« on: March 04, 2013, 10:30:52 AM »
Jeese, its just some fun lighten up.

Especially didn't expect it from the more prolific posters and contributors like Neuro. Just poor if you ask me, you should know better.

Thats why I don't contribute much to this forum because its such a harsh environment. The BMW forum I belong to is so much more chilled and friendly and you can express anything without being bashed. But then its age range is probably higher and more mature.

BTW dont let these people get to you, playing is the best way of learning.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 12,800ISO 5DMKIII Images
« on: March 01, 2013, 01:46:17 PM »
Great shot

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 12,800ISO 5DMKIII Images
« on: March 01, 2013, 11:23:08 AM »
i wonder how much better the 6D can do in 12800.

Probably similar. Thing with the 6D is they have added a higher noise reduction setting which makes the images look less noisy out of the camera, but the 5D MKIII will retain more details.

TBH its so close its not worth worrying about if your a pixel peeper then maybe  :P

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 12,800ISO 5DMKIII Images
« on: March 01, 2013, 10:50:06 AM »
Really very nice and personal image that DavidB. Doesnt look anything like 12,800 tho! Amazing!

Lenses / Re: 17-40mm advice please!
« on: March 01, 2013, 07:52:39 AM »
A lot of people say they will upgrade to full frame but when? It is a must for most but a lot dont and fixate on it too much. Buy what will give you the most benefit now.

The 17-55mm F2.8 IS is the best standard zoom lens available for a crop sensor camera so I would go with that. I shot professionally with this lens for 3 years and its so good I kept it to use on my back up body.

Although the 17-55mm F2.8 IS is the full frame equivalent of 27-88mm F4 IS

The 17-40mm is 27-64mm F4 on crop with no IS depends if that is important, it will allow making the move easier, but full frame is generally twice the price of crop so decide what is urgent now rather than later.

The 17-40mm is nice on crop tho, and is a good price. The 17-40mm on FF doesn't perform as well as others tho, it is a little soft in the corners.

Ok great thanks for the information!

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.

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

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.

From the website

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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