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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:11:10 PM »
This is one I like, it's simple but I like the flare and the light


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 24, 2012, 04:04:35 PM »
Here's another one. It's a very simple shot but I liked it myself when I took it (although it hurt my eyes - note to self don't point big lens at sun!)

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:26:01 PM »
An Image of Ballycotton Lighthouse Co Cork Ireland

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 23, 2012, 05:21:17 PM »
One of my Images. I'm really enjoying the 5D Mark III and Fullframe

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8L USM or 70-200 f2.8L IS USM II
« on: October 21, 2012, 06:44:56 PM »
The ISII is a great lens but it's really heavy. It would break you neck with a normal strap. You'd need a Black Rapid or something. It's great indoor. I had great success with it at a wedding. I've used the F4 70-200mm. It's really light in comparison. The F4 being the only issue with it. It's a very sharp Lens too.

Landscape / Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 21, 2012, 06:35:12 PM »

I really proud of this image. It was exactly what I wanted to capture. Sometimes you get lucky the exact elements come together.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 21, 2012, 06:14:14 PM »

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 17, 2012, 06:26:45 AM »
Garraun Point Dingle Co. Kerry Ireland

Attached is  is Dunquin Pier in Dingle Co. Kerry

Great action shots. Very impressive. At least it's not the typical Oirish shots of sheep!
Love the sunset shot - The sun does shine here sometimes ;D

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 04, 2012, 09:00:22 AM »
I was wondering if I was the only person who had a problem with Lightroom 4.1
Lightroom 3 ran no problem for me on my PC (I don't know what the specs are - it's about 2 years old now and probably not state of the art).
Lightroom 4.1 runs like a dog.
A new camera 5D Mark III and it's file sizes may also not be helpful.
It's been unresponsive quite alot. Very slow in comparison to Lightroom 3.
Hopefully 4.2 will improve it somewhat. I've downloaded and installed it but not used it next.

I was thinking of buying a Laptop to run Lightroom and PS5/6.
Any one give me an idea of what I should look for in the Laptop (Windows).
eg What RAM, what Intel Processor, Do I need a dedicated Graphics Card.
Anything else I should consider.

- Hector

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Quick Review
« on: June 22, 2012, 04:07:18 AM »
My first impressions are that it is quite a good lens. It's sharp, it has nice bokeh. It's quite solid in build. I thought actually it might be smaller but it is small I suppose. It feels heaving that the 50mm 1.8. I couldn't tell the difference between STM and USM. I see someone earlier saying that someone thought it wasn't as good as USM. I'm not sure how they could judge that. I was concerned about the STM as my camera is the 500D and can't use it's function in video and that it might not be as good as USM. I've found no issues with it at all to worry me. It focuses quickly and I haven't found it hunting (as least in reasonable light).
It's an odd size on an APS-C sensor (64mm). I think it's better suited to a Full Frame.
It will force me to move around a bit. Is it as sharp as an L lens - it probably isn't (I'm sure tests will show whether or which) - but it does seem quite sharp to me. It's certainly sharper than a 28mm 1.8 (which isn't well know for sharpness). The most common lens I use is the 24-105mm F4 L and I don't think it's much less sharp than that.
I'm glad I bought it. I think it's size is quite handy for bringing around and it makes the camera more discreet.
I have a few examples on www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan , the dog is without any adjustment if you were curious on sharpness (which also may be limited by the camera and the photographer!)

Lenses / Re: ephotozine review of 40mm f2.8 STM
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:03:51 PM »
Hi All,
Mine arrived in the post yesterday and I'm quite happy with it. I can confirm it autofocuses very well on a Canon 500D. I wasn't sure about the new STM and what impact it would have on a camera which can't use it.
I'd say no impact. I understood it not to have FTM but I couldn't confirm that it can with the shutter half pressed. I'd never thought of trying that. It can manually focus as it has a switch.
The photos so far are sharp at F2.8 and the bokeh is nice and pleasing.
It is small but for some reason I thought it might be even thinner. It's quite solid to hold not heavy by feels substantial for it's size.
I'd agree with E-Photozine as in what it is for? I'm not sure why I bought it. I think I like the idea of a Prime Lens between the 28mm and 50mm ones I have. I think it would suit a full frame better and it would be wider.
64mm is an odd focal length.
Still so far I really like it. I haven't taken any spectacular photos with it but it's given me no worries in terms of the photos that are coming from it.
I feel primes force me to think more about the shot and where I am positioned which improves the photograph.
When I get around to it I will post some examples on my Flickr Page www.flickr.com/fergalocallaghan

PowerShot / Glass Scratch on G12
« on: May 09, 2012, 11:20:22 AM »
Hi All,
I love my G12 I use it as a backup camera. I often squeeze it into my pocket.
Unfortuntately it doesn't have a Lenscap (which I think the G1X now has).
At some point it must have rubbed against keys.
The lens is slightly scratched :'(.
Is there anything can be done with that - can you buy anything that reduces scratches (without reducing image quality)?
Would that be an expensive repair :o?
Kind Regards

EOS Bodies / 5D Mark III is it better than the 5D Mark II
« on: April 18, 2012, 11:14:15 AM »
Hi All,
Since the 5D Mark III came out there seems to be alot of people on this forum disappointed about it. Some say that Canon didn't listen to the users. Others are saying the Nikon D800 beats it on all specs.
I like alot of people who come here probably have invested a fair deal in Canon compatible lens and so at least for the moment are fairly stuck with Canon. It would be a major chance to move to Nikon at this stage and a major sell off of existing gear.  :-\
What I am wondering is are there people here with real world experience (as opposed to Spec knowledge) of the 5D Mark III and how does it compare to the 5D Mark II?
Is it a major improvement on the Mark II? ???
Kind Regards

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III awarded Best Video DSLR in 2012
« on: April 17, 2012, 09:40:07 AM »
Are the TIPA awards credible awards? Are they truely independent? Each company makes alot of publicity about any TIPA award they have to. It's based on a number of magazines reporters, do they have a credible history is discerning the best equipment? Is it a good guide to the best available equipment?

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