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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.

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.

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.

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


Moss by tom_scott88, on Flickr

Quality is fantastic!

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.

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

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

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.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2013, 04:58:08 AM »
great shots as usual beast and tom

were those shot with a rig tom?

Thanks for the compliments!

Yes it was, but a small one close to the body three suction cup legs mounted on the drivers side door.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheapest way
« on: February 20, 2013, 11:23:08 AM »
Yes like I said all the parts were UK spec came with a UK manual and plug. You pay no import tax to the UK because they have upped the price slightly from how they used to sometimes customs would stop your product meaning unhappy customers reduced sales. Now its included its a no brainer.

I got a 5DMKIII with a 24-105mm and the 100mm L macro for just under £3000

Prices have just gone up tho with Canons new lowest price BS.

The 5DMKIII kit is £2639 at the moment

It is £2979 at wilkinson cameras and calumet UK £350 you cant argue over.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark ii with WiFi/GPS or Without?
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:35:49 AM »
But even if you have a smart phone for GPS its still an extra step in post. Which many pros dont have time to do. Far easier to have it integrated and it do it for you.

I would love GPS and WiFi think the possibilities of these new features spread a lot further than what these people with narrow fields of view can think of.

Also the swivel screen, im not a fan simply because of the weakness it creates. But in use they are extremely useful and I would benefit from it, I just dont see Canon putting one in any of its Pro weather sealed products there are a lot of issues to overcome weather sealing a rotating screen that could be reliable. You can get around it but I would rather not have it than it reduce the life of the camera.

Lenses / Re: Lens or Mark 7d Camera
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:16:29 AM »
What you lack in range with the 5D you can make up with a crop as the 5D is full frame. The 5D also has much better ISO performance than the 7D, 6400 on a 5DMKIII is comparable to 1600 so lots of scope there. Difference between 6-8fps negligible and not worth worrying about, the 5Ds AF system will more than make up for it.

I would try a 1.4x extender, cheapest option. If not the 300 F4 IS is a good choice.

Which version of the 70-200mm do you have the MKI, the MKI with IS or the MKII?

The MKII still yields incredible results with the 1.4x extender.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cheapest way
« on: February 19, 2013, 02:44:56 PM »
Digital Rev

saved £700 on my 5DMKIII 24-105mm and 100mm L, no import tax as its included and arrived in 3 days.

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