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Lenses / Re: your experience of buying very old EF L lenses
« on: July 10, 2014, 05:49:04 AM »
The 70-200mm L Non IS has a weather sealing gasket on it.

Lenses / Re: your experience of buying very old EF L lenses
« on: July 09, 2014, 07:50:31 PM »
I have the MKI 70-200mm F2.8 L and have just upgraded to the MKII IS version.

Mine is a 2005 model so 9 years old and as far as I know there is no update in lens design could be wrong.

In fact there is only a very small difference IQ wise to the MKI Non IS and the MKII IS. But the smaller minimum focus distance and IS are a huge huge benefit, and it is very slightly sharper. The Non IS is sharper than the MKI IS too.

I would say go for it. Nothing like an F2.8 zoom the 70-200mm is a staple and one of the best lenses I ever bought. Use it all the time.

Just be careful, its hard work keeping that heavy 2.8 lens sharp at less than the rule of focal length to shutter speed. So at 200mm shoot no less than 1/200, It can be frustrating at times which is why the IS version is so good at 200 you can shoot at 1/30-1/50 with relative ease as long as the subject is stationary.

For the price difference it is a bargain.

The F4 is a great lens but unless you need a lighter slower lens I would have the 2.8, especially if you are shooting crop, as the F2.8 will give DOF equivalent of F4.5. On FF its a no brainer F2.8 gorgeous subject isolation at all focal lengths. You get great portrait lengths 85mm 135mm and 200mm all at F2.8 which rivals the primes at that aperture.

Enjoy! Remember L lenses regardless of age hold their value so if its not for you move it on and buy another :)

Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 11:58:20 AM »
It may not have the f1.2 and f2 respectively. But the 70-200mm gives you the best of both worlds except at 2.8 you can get both the 85mm and 135mm shot in quick succession and F2.8 at a good distance gives great subject isolation.

IQ is pretty much indistinguishable at 2.8. Much easier to work with at events, and the minimum working distance of the MKII at 1.2 meters makes life easier compared to older models.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:12:01 AM »
Thats an interesting comment Neuro didn't really think of it like that.

Isn't the noise reduction algorithm different in the 6D, slightly more NR in the standard config than the 5DMKIII giving images slightly less noise?

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better for high ISO, 6D or 5D Mk III?
« on: July 08, 2014, 05:15:19 AM »
The difference between the files are so minimal that I would call it a dead heat with the 6d just ever so slight advantage but would you notice in the real world.. don't think so.

The fact is you can get cracking results out of both cameras up to 6400ISO where i feel commercially you can push to. 12800 and 25600 can be used but only when needs must and you wouldn't get the shot otherwise.

Heres a few images shot at 12800 on the 5DMKIII and the 100mm L as a test to see what it could do!

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

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

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

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

The main positive about the 6D is the centre point is rated to -3ev whereas the 5DMKIII is -2EV.

But at the same time if your shooting in low light with large aperture glass you will be centring your image to keep focus, focus recompose with anything under F4 on a full frame camera and missing focus is very easy to do.

On the 5DMKIII you have 5 -2ev points which makes creative composition easier.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How disappointed will you be if . . .?
« on: July 07, 2014, 11:06:18 AM »
I think it would be disappointing because even if it is a dual digic 5 they have been out on the market for 2+ years with the 1DX. Have the other 'bells and whistles' really needed the time in R&D as the 7D has been sitting on the shelf for so long. If this is so it will be like the 60D announcement just a load of recycled parts again that will have people not very happy.

Im positive that we will see some nice new technology in digic 6, if not digit 6 then digic 6+ or dual digic 6 as digit 6 already exists lower down in the range.

Lenses / Re: I'm looking at rentig/buying a new lens for weddings
« on: July 07, 2014, 10:42:41 AM »
Why not buy a 24-70mm F2.8 MKI its cheap (£6-800) and a staple in any wedding photographers kit and means you can be a lot more flexible.

Primes are great but I would recommend the 35mm F1.4 L or 2.8 IS 35mm over the 24mm as it is a nicer focal length.

Either way a 24-70mm F2.8 and a 70-200mm F2.8 will give you good light gathering potential with a great focal length to play with. Including all the classic portrait focal lengths 35, 50 and 85mm all at F2.8. F2.8 is easier to nail the focus too, add a 580EX and your golden, basically my set up.

If primes are your appeal then 35mm, 50mm and 85mm. 

I also use the 100mm as a macro/portrait lens.

What camera do you use? If its full frame then I wouldn't worry about dim areas 6400ISO is perfectly useable from 5DMKII upward.

If crop a whole different kettle of fish. Crop factor and DOF become more apparent and with nay of canons crop cameras I wouldnt shoot past 1600ISO especially in low light, with available light its not too bad.

Its very rare I go wider than 24mm as you get more distortion but it is useful when your in a tight corner or you want to emphasise an environment.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 03, 2014, 02:50:01 PM »
Juvenile Green Heron at sunrise.  5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, "M" setting, f10 @ 1/640

Wow thats a lovely shot! What do you think of the 400 DO?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 03, 2014, 11:52:18 AM »
Thanks :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:51:57 AM »
Eider Duck chick, Sehouses Harbour, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Common Eider duck chick, Seahouses, Farne Islands

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