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I am surprised that this is thought of as a news piece as the Daily Mail wouldn't know news if they fell over it. This way of filming was addressed by David Attenborough a number of years back when he was asked about how some of the great shots were achieved. So Mr Editor Daily Mail, this is old news very old news.

Technical Support / Re: Internet upload sppeds????
« on: September 14, 2013, 10:07:52 PM »
I have a new version of Verizon Fios (cable) with advertised speeds of 75mb/35mb. This was installed last week and when tested gives 84mb/43mb. Be warned if you use it wirelessly the speeds are significantly less, very significantly less. That of course depend upon location to the modem. If you are connected by wire then the speeds are as above. The cost is $54 a month (not part of any bundle).

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 versus Photoshop Elements 11
« on: August 12, 2013, 04:35:39 PM »
I have both LR4 and PS5, sorry not Elements. I almost exclusively use LR4 as it has many of the functions that I need. I started with LR and would advise this is a good place to start as its functions are very straight forward and the library database is very useful and its easier to start with a database than to suddenly look and see that you have 40,000 images that you then wish to put into one. Also $79 for an upgrade is not too bad if like me you skip an upgrade. If you took this route take a look at some of the plug-ins that are available which can be really useful.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:03:25 PM »
With the money he will save from not buying the 70d, he can invest in a cleaner or perhaps someone to teach him the art of presentation

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom Help?
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:52:32 PM »
Martin Evening does books on both LR and PS, I'm not certain if he has the LR5 book yet but he is a good writer. There are on-line tutorials direct from Adobe which are very useful.

Lenses / Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:17:15 PM »
I am doing a similar trip and having lived in London most of my life I would suggest your 24-105 and throw in a flash, I'm only taking a 24-70. Travel light as you will be very likely to walk a lot, thats the best way not to miss anything

Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 05:02:41 PM »
I have to say that I have used both Adorama and B&H and have been completely satisfied with both and would have no hesitation to recommend them. They are much better than my local camera shop who tend to treat me like any idiot, which of course I may be, but I object to being treated like it. 

Lenses / Re: What else can I do with my Canon 100mm Macro IS lens?
« on: June 04, 2013, 03:05:34 PM »

My daughter borrowed my 100 macro L a year back now and has done some nice work with it. She is a London based photographer take a look at her website,

Hope it gives you some inspiration to use the 100L for something other than macro work

Lenses / Re: 24-70 2.8f II or 70-200 2.8f II
« on: May 29, 2013, 06:11:42 PM »
I am fortunate to have both the lenses you are considering and on the basis of what you have said about your subject matter I would take the 24-70 mk2. Both lenses are superb and you will be happy with either but perhaps your limited sports use looses out to the social functions you will be shooting more of and yes the wide end is very useful. Which ever you choose you will be delighted with the quality from the 5d mk3

Two early morning examples as the sun has just come up in the desert on the garden. Its a bit late spring as the temp is already 90f and will reach 110f today. Sorry about the snow Edmonton.

Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: May 10, 2013, 05:20:21 PM »
I am heading back home for a month in the summer and showing Europe to my wife. My one lens solution is the 24-70L 2.8 II. I have used it for about 2 months now and its versatile with exceptional quality.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 09, 2013, 04:48:31 PM »
This is the "I remember when......., things were so much better back in the day" argument. We are in today not in the past and today provides the tools to do all sorts of magical things. It amazes me how we torture innovators to desperately cling to the past. Turner, one of the worlds great painters was roundly abused in his day for his vision which was only reality as he saw it, now of course we recognize his genius. Surely photography is art, not just a representation or photocopy of the world around us. Manipulate your photo's however you wish and I for one will judge them purely based upon my own taste and not on others rules of right or wrong.     

Silent shooting is just as it was for me.
Other than the focus speed for assist beam, I have only been affected negatively by the 3rd party battery support, so I guess I am wondering, was this firmware worth all the wait and the hype.
I have noticed that Canon seem to spending their time on firmware for video, new lenses and cameras for video and point and shoots. The professional and advanced amateur have a bone thrown their way occasionally, am I exaggerating. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Lowepro Toploader 80/85 Pro AW
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:34:06 PM »
Have you considered a Lowepro slingshot 32AW. I bought one last year and currently it holds, 5dmkiii, 50d both with battery packs, lenses, 16-35L, 24-70L and 70-200, 580EX flash and light meter. I have spare batteries/chargers cards, cleaning items and there is still a little room for a converter. This may work for you better.

I am surprised that you find the 16-35 uninspired. I have similar lenses to you and each of them serve a different and sometimes overlapping function. I have only recently acquired the 16-35 but had a clear idea what I was looking for it to be. For me spending a large amount of money on a lens is everything to do with need and knowing in advance what I want to use it for and of course getting lots of advice, but I would never buy a lens with a single purpose in mind unless I am looking to a prime. The 16-35 provides the opportunity to be creative, perhaps more creative than with the other lenses in the bag. I have bought mine primarily for landscapes/seascapes but also intend to use it for portrait and architecture. Experiment with it and I am sure you will be surprised at its flexibility. Good luck, don't give up. 

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