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Photography Technique / Re: Getting photos home from overseas
« on: September 02, 2014, 07:33:03 AM »
I would buy a group of cards as example 4x32gb fast CF cards and 8x32gb SD cards (because they are half the price). Use the 4 CF cards with 4 SD cards to write raw to both for stage one redundancy. Keep the SD card and store in a waterproof shock proof wallet and store in separate bag. Unload CF card while on the road moving between places to save travel time, with method explained below, format the CF card now you have two copies of your images and place back in camera with the second 32gb SD card and repeat. that gives you 128gb or 6400 images. SD and CF cards are so easy to get hold of can buy them anywhere in the UK like america and aren't too expensive if you need more.

Buy an iPad mini or retina

Battery powered 1-2tb HDD (most are wireless too) they also have a usb cable so you can use a split cable USB to power

or buy an external battery charge pack to power standard HDD from or use a wall plug USB

3rd party lightning CF/SD card reader with combined USB slot

iFile software and move pictures from memory card to HDD with ifile as a back up. Or if your iPad is big enough copy to iPad first then copy over and go through your images.

You can then view and edit images using iPhoto, photoshop touch or other App to edit the odd file on the fly to share.

Another way is to use the Hyperdrive as an external HDD but they are expensive £250 just for the enclosure without the drive when you can buy a card reader, 1tb wireless battery powered drive for less than £130 which does the same thing. The hyperdrive may be quicker to read tho.

I am going traveling to south america for 2 months and then California for 2 months. I have a 11" macbook air but with the charger weighs 1.5kg. The iPad mini retina weighs 331g, even with the macbook air I would take an external HDD and a battery pack to charge my iPhone while on the road so weight saving of one KG.

You can also put your films/tv shows or what ever else on the HDD and use it for media consumption during down time. The iPad is useful as you can look at your images at a decent size and save a few over to edit if you want to share with friends and family, also useful for web browsing and trip planning.

Lenses / Re: Recent L Price Reductions: Thoughts?
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:02:42 AM »
I hope the UK gets the price reductions too. Currently the prices of the lenses are the same numerically in the US and UK yet the dollar is 60cent to the pound at the moment therefore prices in the UK are 1/3 more. BS. Makes no sense to buy in UK when places like DR offer same prices and a 1 year warranty, and free postage with a turn around of 3 days from HK to UK. My 70-200mm MKII lens I bought from DR had a problem recently, they got me to send it to my nearest CPS centre had it repaired and refunded me the postage. Great service, so IMO grey market isn't an issue any more.

But why Canon has announced the reduction, all new lenses have been 20-30% more expensive than the previous gen and 3rd partys are taking advantage of it, being almost 50% less in some cases. Especially now these companies are getting around the issues of AFMA etc etc

They are also pushing the boundaries and not being scared to change it up a little which is exciting. Barely any excitement coming out of either Canon or Nikon that is affordable to the masses. The most interesting lens I think canon has produced in the last 3 years is the 200-400mm. Now others are making 1.8 zoom lenses, lenses with over 500mm range. Competition is good and this is the start hopefully.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:14:11 AM »
Nope mine is the sharpest Zoom lens I've ever used. I would give it some AFMA and see if its better.

Lenses / Re: Another standard zoom advice topic
« on: August 28, 2014, 08:58:07 AM »
The 24-105 for the price is a no brainer IMO. It is very similar in IQ to the 24-70 F4 24mm is softer but 50-70 is sharper. The Macro function is a gimic as you have to be so close to the subject your most likely to scare it away and you also get the 70-105mm extra reach.. and at about half the price. You can pick them up for £400-550 half the price of the 24-70 F4.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:27:07 PM »
Ye think the exhaust took a bump!

YE the Z4M is mine... For sale  ;D

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:07:32 AM »
Sorry I meant current leader!  :-X

Lenses / Re: 6D+70-300 DO *vs* 70D+55-250 STM
« on: August 12, 2014, 11:19:06 AM »
I dug this image out of my library from 2008. To demonstrate my personal experience.

40D 70-300mm DO 160mm 1/100 F6.3 ISO100

Shot in high contrast situation, the bokeh in the bottom is not oniony neither is there any Halo (if you believe the reviews there should be significant amounts of both). The image is also really quite sharp it was sharpened selectively using Smart Sharpen - amount 140 (which is about double what I would usually use for the 40D) at a radius of 0.8.

Lowther Lambs, Lowther Castle, Penrith, Canon 70-300mm DO by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Can make some great images  :)

Lenses / Re: 6D+70-300 DO *vs* 70D+55-250 STM
« on: August 12, 2014, 10:52:59 AM »
I have also owned the 70-300mm DO. For its original price it is not a great lens at all, in fact I skipped it all together. Then some years later I bought a great used version for £450 which is less than a 1/4 the original value. It performs IMO similar to the 24-105mm but is a little softer and bokeh isn't as nice and needs more PP to get the images to look as you would want. The fall off is also interesting, the Bokeh is also a little oniony, but in practice I found the Bokeh onion ring effect difficult to produce, the fall off is much more noticeable quite cluttered not smooth. It also produces the halo effect in high contrast situations.

But once you get over this fact and get one for a good price and do the extra work it is a marvellous lens. If you are traveling it will be a great companion. Compressed it is the same size as the 24-105mm, it is heavy for its size (720g) but it is tiny and black which is another great strength. I wouldn't hesitate to buy the 70-300mm L but going into countries that aren't quite as developed or fortunate and waving high end white lenses around is asking for trouble. The F4.5-5.6 is a little annoying but with a FF DSLR its not a bad compromise.

I actually really liked my copy but sold it as I needed more light gathering capability for events. Wish I hadn't sold it, it fills a niche and isn't the best performer but for its size weight nothing can compete with it. With IS 70-300mm range and its size it really is a great choice.

I have been looking for another copy as I am going traveling for 6 months in South america and US in October. Been looking at lots of sample images on FF as I owned the lens with a crop camera.

Untitled by Adam Perfect, on Flickr

If you have a look at the image closely or go on Flickr and download the full res the fall off at the bottom of the frame is interesting. But it is sharp where it needs to be, having a lens that is easily carryable will get much nicer shots than a lens left at home because of its size/weight.

Lenses / Re: Going native at 400mm
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:05:37 PM »
When in a pinch the 70-200mm F2.8 MKII with 2x converter work pretty well. I only have the V2 converter, its easier than carrying two lenses and the IQ is pretty good IMO close to the 100-400mm at 400 but the AF is slower... but with the 5DMKIII I missed very few shots, also the 4 stop IS works great with the 2x.

Couple of recent examples, all commercial. As you can see, they are very sharp, and two of the below are very quick and the combo had no trouble.

BMW CSL 1973, Batmobile, Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy, Silverstone Classic 2014 by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Puffin in flight, Cliffside, Inner Farne, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Eider Duck chick, Sehouses Harbour, Farne Islands by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Although like the above image Bokeh can be a little distracting. The problem is I want to pull the trigger on a 400mm but the one I want doesn't exist atm and I think the 400mm F2.8s are overkill, too big and heavy and definitely too expensive, although the isolation of 2.8 would be great.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: August 11, 2014, 04:55:54 PM »
Had a press pass for Silverstone Classics 2014. 1973 BMW CSL driven by current leader of the British Touring Car Championship Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy.

BMW CSL 1973, Batmobile, Colin Turkington, Jet Super Touring Car Trophy, Silverstone Classic 2014 by TomScottPhoto, on Flickr

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 11, 2014, 09:45:25 AM »
Thanks for the comments  :)

I made a thread with a few more images of my trip to the Farne Islands here:

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