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EOS Bodies / Re: Tilt screen - Articulating screen
« on: October 03, 2014, 07:27:08 AM »
It is an issue with weather sealing as far as I know.

The pro bodies take a fair amount more hammer and are used in more demanding situations than the amateur bodies.

Saying that the 70D is Canons most appealing camera for video, it has all the features you would want including dual pixel phase detect AF with the tilting touch screen for nice smooth transitions.

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: October 03, 2014, 04:09:36 AM »
I'm also looking for a discrete bag. A few people stated the Think Tank Retrospective 7 holds a 5DIII, 24-70 2.8 and 70-200 2.8. Will it hold a gripped 5DII with those two 2.8 lenses, or would I have to look at the Retrospective 10? Thanks for great feedback on bags!!!

I think it will struggle. There are 3 compartments, middle is where you put the camera. If you put a grip on you may have to put it sideways and it will probably overlap one of the other lens pockets.

There are bigger bags in the lineup but the 7 is quite big as it is and the one up is a big bag physically.


Its truly a great time to be a photographer, and the world is so easy to travel and everything is so accessible now is the time.

People get consumed with their lives and work, they don't realise what is out there. Once you experience it, it will change your perspective of life and whats important. Photography is a really good catalyst for this IMO.

That is way too mature of an attitude for this site.   ;D

Haha maybe, well I have got fed up of work at 26… I work as a photographer and graphic designer for a Newspaper for many a perfect job in this economy. I have quit work, sold my car and going traveling for 5 months across south, central and northern America.

Bit more info here:

I felt consumed by it and wasn't happy, same thing everyday. So decided to have a life change in pursuit of… not sure when I figure it out Il write something about it!  :D

Im not sure I agree with you, there is always a need for new imagery.

The way population is expanding and natural habitats being destroyed, animals are migrating into suburban areas, new habits, new behaviour, endangered, critically endangered etc There is always something interesting and worth pursuing, its like saying ah well might as well not bother. If people did that originally we wouldn't know what we do today, pursuit of information and using it to educate the masses.

There will always be a need for new imagery for different publication. Going back to the gear, 600+mm lenses have been around for 30+ years, they may have got lighter a bit sharper but they are essentially the same, people still buy them to get closer so the tech has been there a long time. What is great now is for amateurs Sigma and Tamron have made more accessible in their 150-600mm.

Its truly a great time to be a photographer, and the world is so easy to travel and everything is so accessible now is the time.

It is also about education, how where when! Learning behaviour. The best wildlife photographers are ones who are interested in the subject and understand it. Learning is half the fun surely?

It sounds stupid, I live in Cumbria where there are more sheep than people, similar to New Zeland. You would think shooting a pic of a sheep is easy? Well any animal that is a Herbivore generally grinds its teeth while eating grass, shoot it at 1/250-1/500th and you will have a pin sharp body and a blurred head. Stupid example but I learned the hard way by thinking exactly the above. Even the most basic and domestic animals, there is a way and means of getting the right pic and knowledge is key!

People get consumed with their lives and work, they don't realise what is out there. Once you experience it, it will change your perspective of life and whats important. Photography is a really good catalyst for this IMO.

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:30:52 AM »
Thanks for the links Rusty!

Very interesting reading about other peoples travels. The packing and planning is stressful making sure you have thought of everything! But like you I will relax once i get going!

Those posts are great! She certainly travels heavy tho, her situation is a little different to mine tho so I suppose she needs all the extra gear. I am trying to keep everything down to a minimum. Those Scottvests look interesting might have to have a look at those!

Canon General / Re: Site trolling
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:18:59 AM »
Evolution is just as important as revolution. Evolution is where Canon wins, their product is so refined, it just works and works well! There isn't much scope to innovate in the market.

Mirroless is an evolution, currently nobody has made an innovative mirrorless camera. They are full of compromise and rushed to market to be first. They are just smaller cameras with a bigger sensors, EVFs are interesting but they still dont compare to optical, the hybrid VFs are more interesting I think. There are inherent problems with making something smaller. You can't get away from the fact that making high quality, fast glass makes a heavy large product. Putting these lenses on a small body compromises the ergonomics.

Make the body too small you are limiting your ability to create lenses that are comparable in quality and price to the DSLR counterparts, miniaturising reduces quality and costs more. Leica lenses are the exception in size but they don't have AF or any modern tech that we are used to and are very expensive.

Canon General / Re: Site trolling
« on: October 02, 2014, 07:38:42 AM »
The thing with rumours forums is that I would say IMO most of the users are more interested in the tech than actually getting out into the field. Discussing tech is what the forum is for, agonising over the tech. Unfortunately some take it personally that Canon doesn't make a camera specifically for them, whereas with Sony, they are trying to pull as much market share as possible, so are being more daring with products that are for niche markets, but completely ignoring their main SLR customer base! The need for better lenses! Do the sales of the A series cover the cost of R&D and then enough to create more dedicated lenses?

Canon users complain about DR and are envious of Sonys sensors, but go over to Sonyalpharumors and there are more upset people over there envious of Canons vast lenses! Also the poor AF speed with adapters meaning they can't swap their system for pro use. Sony are doing very little with native lenses and also in their DSLR range where Canon trounce them in every aspect bar DR and resolution.

Nikon and Canon are always leapfrogging themselves. First MP, then low light, then DR, now a combination of the 3. Nikon have IMO shot themselves in the foot by taking the Sony tech, positive in the short term not so much in the long term. By ignoring their own R&D if anything happens to Sony where are they going to get their sensors from? Can Nikon afford to buy the sensor tech and facilities if Sony decided to cut the photo sector of the business like they did with the computer sector? Especially when Nikon are struggling with profit compared to Canon. Whats to say Canon won't outbid them just to put the nail in the coffin for Nikon? Although Sony is now making more money by selling sensors they are selling less cameras because the Nikon DSLRs are far better than the Sony equivalent… its all a pretty unstable equation if you ask me.

Mirrorless is where Sony are innovating but IMO its just bodies the lenses aren't up to scratch. The 24-70mm F4 doesn't deserve to be warring a Zeiss badge. The 50mm and 35mm ok great performers, but slow again for primes and the 70-200mm is expensive looks redic, is slow and is a tiny range, the average photographer needs more than 200mm. The 70-200mm is perfect for events but not so much for a do it all tele like a 70-300mm. If it had been a 2.8 it would have made more sense releasing it first.

Maybe Canon are just biding their time a little, see how these products are received and see what the actual figures are.

There are thousands of users on this site. There are a group of people that always post images and a large percentage that don't and won't get anywhere near the cameras shutter life. Many buy the best cameras on the market designed for professionals to brag and have the best, thats fine, if these people didn't exist the prosumer market wouldn't exist and it would be difficult to run a company just on sales from pros. Pros don't generally swap a whole system for small gains. The amateurs are the target and they are the ones that spend the serious money as a whole group, lower cost but huge numbers. Not the pro who spends 10-15k on a kit because pro numbers are dwindled compared to amateurs upgrading the camera every 2-3 years.

I don't know if you people know many pros? But the pros I know are tight, they only spend money on gear when they absolutely have to because buying a lens for 1-4k it takes a lot of profit to justify. Bodies are justifiable as they are much cheaper and do actively improve. There are very few pros who would be willing to swap a system for small gains, they like their gear and swear by it, acknowledge flaws and deal with them through skill.

Its like many items, cars for example, 90% of cars today are made to break the law in terms of speed all will do over 70mph, but people agonise about hp, 0-60, mid range torque etc and these things in general driving make no difference in how you get from a-b unless you break the law, but are nice to have. Im a self confessed car bloke and have a high performance car that is too quick for the road but I love it, I don't need it but I wanted it, and its the same for cameras some people NEED and others WANT.

These cars are expensive so they are babied and left in the garage and become garage queens, they aren't used then they get a mediocre price for them when they trade in and feel worse because it was never used to its potential. Some people use them to track instead, used and abused and as long as it performs and the smiles are there they generally don't care. Same with cameras, I use my gear and through use and event situations it gets banged and scratched but to me its a tool and I bought it to earn money and don't expect to sell it to fund another, my skill does that. I actually prefer the used look to my cameras, detours theirs. Whereas some may buy a camera and use it very sparingly for certain occasions and clean and care for it and enjoy having it. Thats fine too.

Thats the way the world works and it would be a boring place if we were all the same.

Many of posts I read quoting that the Canon sensors can't recover shadows of 5 stops, well no it cant. Frankly its a big ask to expect, 5 stops is the difference between day and complete darkness. IMO it is interesting to see, but is it useful? For many pros no, because you would never shoot like that or ever rely on pushing the tech to its absolute limits. The limit is there IMO for a last resort and not to be relied on because you are a poor photographer, if that is the case and people are paying for your services it is unethical and it gives the rest of us a bad name.

If there is a high contrast situation then bracketing is a simple solution it adds 30 seconds to your workflow by creating 32bit TIFF files camera raw can read. Simple. Of corse not all situations lend themselves to HDR, moving subjects, portraits etc but there is enough latitude to sort these problems, if there isn't then the only option is move yourself into a place where there is better light, front lit another angle etc or if it is a portrait then add light with flash and diffusion.

That is the skill of photography controlling the light. What you are doing in post by pulling shadows and reducing highlights is the same thing but relying on the camera to be able to simulate.

Yes its easier from one raw file and what the Sony cameras can do is incredible, but for most good photographers its not a deal breaker. Now would I be complaining if I had that latitude? Certainly not and pushing the boundaries is what I expect from a successful company. Do I expect more? Yes its nearly 3 years so I expect the next iteration to be better. But at the same time I'm not looking at other systems enviously, thinking of swapping my pro gear for it! I have said many times that I'm constantly impressed with my 5DMKIII, I shoot demanding event situations and it never ever fails me. What does fail me every once and a while is my mistakes but I am human therefore I AM ALLOUD TO!!

In fact I'm about to go traveling on a photo tour for 5 months across south, central and north America. I was tempted to buy the A7 for its size and IQ as its as good as my 5DMKIII with a little better latitude half the size and 1/3 the weight. Again full of compromise the glass is slow, there is nothing past 200mm no wide angle and the cost for the body 24-70 F4 and 70-200mm F4 was £3000!! Im shooting everything from wildlife in the amazon, portraits and landscape and generally documenting the trip and the A series it just doesn't cut it for a camera that can do everything, its ok as a run and gun documentary camera but its not suited to most situations like the 5D. Really disappointing as the size would be perfect. Yes even more disappointing that Canon doesn't have an equivalent mirrorless option. I have said for ages stick the 20.2 or 23mp sensor of the 5 or 6D in a small body and it will sell like hot cakes. So it is frustrating, and i love the 5DMKIII but carrying 4kgs of camera equipment not including any of my supplies 14,000 miles isn't exactly ideal, but the compromise is worth it because I know it will serve me well for every situation, weight is something I will just have to deal with.

There are a few people that require the extremes of the scale. But the aim of any camera is to give useable quality across a range of moonlight -3EV and bright sunlight. There is always a compromise and there are always ways around problems. This is where your skill comes in to solve the problem and be able to work quickly under pressure.

The difference between a pro and an amateur, needs and wants its a complex equation.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should i get the 7D MKII?
« on: October 02, 2014, 06:04:28 AM »
I wouldn't bother with the original 7D, its so noisy all the way through the range I was really disappointed with it.

Was editing some old pictures from my trip to the BMW Welt and it was a really contrasty day, it was indoor and I was shooting at 640ISO and lifting the shadows by 1 stop left incredible noise and burned hot pixels. It is achievable to sort these issues but its such an effort and at 640 you expect more, IMO the camera isn't useable past 1600 and thats at a push under 800 is better. Even then you need to ensure you get the exposure bang on as you can't really recover shadows without excessive noise.

Hopefully the 7DMKII is better but I'm not holding my breath. I went FF with the 5DMKIII and its so much better 6400 is useable all day long such a vast improvement and the 6D is a little better than the 5DMKIII so thats where I would head.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:53:06 AM »
Another one from the same series

Mark and Bridgette, Pre Wedding Shoot, Ullswater Cumbria by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: October 02, 2014, 05:09:05 AM »
Quick update.

Got all my flights booked and my visa for America accepted   ;D

Slight change of plans, as the flight from Lima to San Diego isn't direct it stops in miami, another destination I want to go! So I have decided to travel the the other way round east to west. So I fly to miami on the 6th Jan staying there for a week. From there I aim to travel to the keys, palm beach, Tampa and then Head to Orlando and maybe have a few days at the parks. I then plan on traveling to New Orleans then Houston, Dalas, phoenix onto San Diego. From there I am meeting a friend to travel LA and Vegas via the mojave national park, then onto the grand canyon back round to death valley onto Yosemite and to San Fran. From there I want to travel San Jose and Silicon valley because I'm a massive geek, then onto Santa Cruz for some surf. Then to head north to Sacramento via nappa valley! Then I think I will have run out of time and fly from San Fran to Heathrow on the 26th March in time to be back in London for my mates stag do the see the England vs Lithuania game.

So ye thats my next 5 months in a paragraph.

Month today until I fly! Cant wait but feel a little apprehensive. I have heard of issues with one way tickets so have done as much as I can to prevent problems by booking all travel well ahead.

If anyones interested in the gear I have decided on:

I decided to take the 5DMKIII with 24-105mm L 70-300mm L and a 50mm maybe a 16-35mm if I can fit it in! Just because its no compromise the Sony A7 system would have been nice for weight and size but the price and lack of lenses made it more of a compromise. So to save weight I have decided to leave the laptop at home because even the 11" macbook air with the charger and a 2.5" HDD weighs 1.8KGs so I have bought an iPad mini 128gb retina which is only 330g and believe it or not with Photoshop express it can edit the 5D raw files no problem and you have nearly as much editing possibility as lightroom. It also has a good wordpress app so I can do a little blog on the way round.

So I'm going to write small raws to the SD card and raws to the CF, I have bought a Hyperdrive which is quite a nifty little device has CF and SD card slots and a 1tb HDD and you can back everything up to it. Not just that but it has WiFi so you can stream media from it to the iPad etc. Cool but expensive, So I will back up my CF cards with this so I have redundancy and put all the small raws on the iPad via the Camera SD card cable, so I can view the images and edit the odd one. I think this should be a viable travel alternative, took me a long time to figure it all out because there is compromise everywhere, but I suppose with travel you have to but pretty confident this should get me what I need.

TBH the MKI is renowned for being a jubious lens and getting a good copy is key they tend to need calibrating more often than not and tend to go out of tune. But get a good copy and you won't be disappointed! I bought a second hand copy in the UK a very late copy before the finished production run and its pin sharp and bought it for £750 which is less than half the MKII.

The Tamron again has similar problems get a good one and you'll be happy. Things I don't like about the Tamron is that its not built like the L I like the reverse zoom and lens hood design of the MKI. Also the bokeh isn't as nice but that is personal taste. Neither are a bad choice and in the centre/middle of the frame will be quite comparable but the edges of the MKI aren't quite as good wide open but stop it down to F5.6 and above and the gap is really quite slim.

The main draw of the Tamron is that is half the price and has IS, the MKI is also no longer available so you have to buy used and seen as tho these lenses are professional work horses they usually get good use.

The MKI is a stellar lens, but so is the Tamron. I chose the MKI because I like to stay in the Canon Camp.

Might be worth waiting and see what sigma do with the rumoured 24-70mm F2 IS

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's 2.300$ D750 said to best 5DIII
« on: October 01, 2014, 05:07:19 AM »
Ive shot hundreds of weddings with my 5DMKIII and i push the files pretty hard never 5 stops because if you need to do that sort of editing you shouldn't be shooting someones wedding day. I have never had a problem with the files intact it puts a smile on my face at how good it is. SO IMO this camera must be insane and its really exciting to see what Canon will do!

I can't see myself leaving Canon, the 5DMKIII is still a very impressive camera and has plenty of life left in it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Next purchase?
« on: September 30, 2014, 10:10:15 AM »
Why not buy a 100-400mm for now and save yourself 15k instead of buying a 1DX and 200-400. See if you use the range.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 30, 2014, 04:16:34 AM »

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: September 30, 2014, 04:14:16 AM »
+1 on the Think Tank Retrospective, I have the Retrospective 7 fits my 5DMKIII with 24-70 F2.8, 70-200mm F2.8 and a flash + diffuser, and all the rest of my accessories like batteries etc brilliant comfortable bag. Its very discrete   :)

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