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Lenses / Canon 24-70mmL II v Canon 50mmL 1.2
« on: March 17, 2013, 05:34:12 PM »
Hi all,

I have recently sold a a 300mm L 2.8 IS and have some money burning a hole in my pocket. I have recently bought a Canon16-35L II with some of the proceeds and am now trying to make my mind up between the 24-70 and the 50L 1.2 Canon as a walk around lens with occasional use for portrait I have a 70-200L 2.8 II and a Macro 100L 2.8 IS, I use the lens on a 5D mkIII.

I have tried the 50L on the 5D III and it is fast and super sharp, I have read a lot of negative comments about this lens but my experience was very positive. I had a very short time with a 24-70 II at B&H today and it was a lovely lens. I am hoping that someone who has experience with both could give me the benefit of their experience so that I can make a decision.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Made the Jump
« on: March 01, 2013, 06:13:25 PM »

I made the jump last year from a 50D to 5D mkiii and I can assure you its a big jump getting used to full from crop frame but when you get used to it you will love it. I have changed some lenses to get the best from the camera and have found that less is definitely more.


Technical Support / Re: Lost photo's on frozen and reset I Pad
« on: February 26, 2013, 03:10:19 PM »
Thanks guys I'll let him know.

Technical Support / Lost photo's on frozen and reset I Pad
« on: February 26, 2013, 11:17:23 AM »
Hope someone can help.

A friend recently visited the Galapagos Islands and loaded all his photo's onto an Ipad 2 and deleted his photos off from the SD cards. When he arrived home his Ipad froze and it was taken to an apple shop and they re-set it and he has now lost all the photo's. Is there any way he can retrieve his photo's from the Ipad or from the SD cards. The apple shop were not sympathetic and would not offer any help.
Thanks Gary 

Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: February 24, 2013, 10:15:27 AM »
As you will be in England and presumably close to London then for Castles I would recommend Arundel Castle in West Sussex which you can get to by train and/or Leeds Castle which which contrary to its name is nowhere near Leeds. Leeds Castle is located in Kent and best visited by car. Both these are still lived in, exceptional to photograph and have great historic significance.
Three places that are in walking distance of each other.  As someone mentioned the plague you could visit the Church in Wardour street London W1 where they buried the remains from the plague hence the fact that the grounds sit six feet above the surrounding buildings or the Mall where you can check out Nelsons Fleet or at least hand carved bronze copies which sit at the top of the lamp posts. Nelson is not far away and overlooks the fleet. Finally any one of the Inns of Court, Middle/Inner Temple's on the south side of Fleet Street, Lincoln's Inn behind the High Court off Fleet Street. You will find amazing buildings including the Temple Church and if you can persuade your way into Middle Temple Hall you may see part of Nelsons falgship used in constructing the hall.
While you are there make sure to get 'Timeout' magazine.

Have a great trip     

Lenses / Re: Resistance to Larger Filter Size, Kills Great Lenses?
« on: February 03, 2013, 04:28:05 PM »
I would never base my decision to buy what would be a really expensive lens on the size or cost of a filter, only on the quality of the photographs that could be achieved with it.

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L Macro IS as a portrait lens
« on: January 25, 2013, 03:36:44 PM »

The 100mm macro has harsh bokeh past macro distance. It should never be chosen as a portrait lens.

I have extensively used the 100mmL IS 2.8 for portrait work and have never experienced harsh bokeh. I have recently loaned it to my daughter who is using it in her capacity as a professional portrait and fashion photographer (Pandora', to compare with what she already has and she loves it. It would absolutely be my choice at the price it is.

Lenses / Re: Advice..what lens
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:24:19 PM »
Absolutely the 24-105 as a kit with the mkiii. I did it this way and have not looked back an excellent lens with great versatility. The price will fall well within your range on todays prices.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics 2
« on: January 12, 2013, 02:39:41 PM »
LA zoo

Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:41:19 PM »
I have had the R Sport version for some time now and used it with 5d 111 and 70-200 2.8 without a problem. I find it comfortable to use.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 01, 2013, 12:46:46 PM »
The square in le Jiang China

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Monopod & Head recommendations
« on: November 12, 2012, 07:34:39 PM »
If you are looking for price with quality take a look at Benro. I use their carbon mono and tripods and have found them all well built and great value for money. I use the monopod with a 5diii 300 2.8L without problem. I would only say that I prefer the clip lock rather than the twist lock.

Canon General / Re: Why you should take your camera to family Weddings
« on: October 25, 2012, 03:04:04 PM »
DCM, had you been at my first wedding it may have been my only one.

I had a personal friend take the photo's, he was quite talented and very excited about being asked. Some two weeks after the wedding I asked how long the photo's would take, he sheepishly backed away whilst telling me that he hadn't had enough money to buy any film ( 1980) so there were none. I asked the obvious questions, he explained he was too embarrassed to ask for money for the film and yes we did all the shots you would have expected. I then spent days calling everyone who was there trying to scrounge up some pictures and we ended up with around 10 or so. Needless to say the marriage ended as it started in disappointment and upset, so my advice would always be, if you have a camera, take it as you just never know what might happen.   

Lenses / Re: Portrait Lens
« on: October 01, 2012, 07:03:44 PM »
I have both and prefer the 100L for Portrait although the 24 to 105 is a very good lens indeed, either will serve you well. Consider the 135L which is one of the best lens out there at a very good price. As your intending to go full frame any would be great

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any update on 1DX / 5D3 AF point display?
« on: September 25, 2012, 07:30:53 PM »
Just a question... I have a 5D3 and two 1DX's... I back button focus (which really makes no difference other than I'm VERY conscious of focus...)

I've "roughly" followed this "problem" (I had two 7D's prior which had the same set up... so I really don't understand...) and I can kinda see people's concern... I am normally shooting at night, under horrible lighting at baseball and football stadiums (thus why the 1DX's...)... is there a focusing problem that you're experiencing because the focus points are dark or is there something else that I'm missing?  I routinely shoot a school who's colors are black and orange... I use a single focus point that changes if I'm landscape vs. portrait... I know where the spot is, I know I have to get it on the player... I know the spot will grab focus where I need when I have the subject framed how I want... if there's nothing there for the camera to focus on it won't matter if the point is neon pink the camera won't grab focus... if there IS something, my three bodies are grabbing focus (albeit the 1DX's grab it far quicker than the 5D3...)....

Am I missing something? Are you moving the focus point around that much under that poor of lighting conditions that you can't find the point?  If the lighting is that poor, are you getting it to focus?  Or are you concerned if it's focusing?  I'm just not getting it... I've been with the black focus points for two weeks shy of three years... I'm really not quite understanding the problem.  Help?

I agree, I have been using the mkiii for around 5 months and to be honest i have got used to it now and don't find it a problem

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