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Lenses / Re: EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:06:52 PM »
Cool!  I have the 1.4X III and have to say my 400 seems as sharp with it as it does without.

Are you going to use a monopod or tripod?  For sideline sports like football you generally can't use a tripod.  Players could be injured by it.  A monopod is far less dangerous.

I would only use a monopod for sports. A tripod is fine for portraits or landscapes, where your subjects do not move, but for sports - when space is also often limited due to the number of other media - then a monopod is the only option.


Monopod is your only option really - a nice carbon fibre one will be light and strong.

Technical Support / Re: Best way to organize photos for clients
« on: March 05, 2013, 04:10:02 PM »
Once images have been processed by me, I put them on an iPad for the clients to look at and choose from. All images are numbered so all clients have to do in tell me which ones they like and how big a print/canvas they want.

Works pretty well for me :)

Lenses / Re: Recommendations for fast & sharp 24 ff prime?
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:35:03 AM »
As I was reading your post, I started to think about the 24 1.4 II until I saw your budget  :(

You may want to save up for longer to get the above otherwise the 24 2.8 (as per hendrik-sg) may be a possibility.

Lenses / Re: EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM or EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 06:28:26 AM »
I'd suggest the 400 too especially with it's f2.8. Also, you may want to carry a 2nd body with a 70-200 f2.8 or similar for when action gets a bit close to your position.

Have fun

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: March 05, 2013, 02:58:41 AM »
Did an outdoor model shoot

Stunning :)

Lenses / Re: first trip to England any recommendations ?
« on: March 03, 2013, 03:47:40 AM »
I would recommend the fish and chips!

When you hear 'Black Pudding'... Run!

Or jellied eel ... Run!

Lenses / Re: Lenses for canon 550d?
« on: March 03, 2013, 03:42:49 AM »
$350 is a tight budget, but I would definitely say that the 85mm will be too long on that camera, it's equivalent to 135mm on full frame so it's pretty tight.  The best general purpose zoom is the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS, but it's $800-$900 used.  It really is worth the price though and is very versatile in addition to it's excellent image quality.

But for $350 the 28mm f/1.8 would be a good choice, it wouldn't feel too tight and you could use it in a lot of situations.  But if you get the 85mm I think you'll feel somewhat limited.  Even the 50mm is fairly tight on a 550d, so something in the 20-35mm range would be best.


Lenses / Re: Where's my 50mm f/1.8 IS?
« on: March 03, 2013, 03:32:06 AM »
Well, I'm betting on arrival sometime in 2013. So much that I just sold my 50mm f/1.2L, bought
a 35mm 2.0 IS instead and saving the rest of the money for the new 50mm, whatever it's gonna
be. It feels kinda empty right now, but the 35mm is a really nice, "cheap", fast, and light piece of

That's interesting - you must be pretty certain that's it's coming this year by selling your 50 f1.2 already. Would you mind sharing any more info as I'd like to get a new 50 too.


Portrait / Re: Portraits taken in Saudi Arabia
« on: March 02, 2013, 08:15:01 PM »
Very nice.  Except, the one of the "white guy" on the couch seems a little out of place. 


It is kinda unusuall setting for a male portrait. Really like the sepia tone effect.


Animal Kingdom / Re: images from our Aug -Nov 2012 photosafari
« on: March 02, 2013, 08:12:22 PM »
Lovely shots. Thanks for sharing :)

Black & White / Re: Abandoned House
« on: March 02, 2013, 02:24:18 AM »
I had a quite play about with it in PS

The cables o not bther me - I really like this version of the image though - nice work.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Made the Jump
« on: March 01, 2013, 04:07:33 PM »

Now that you have made the jump, you can look forward to years of fun and enjoyment from your 5d III.

It's worth it


5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 01, 2013, 03:53:13 PM »
Water Dragon

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 12,800ISO 5DMKIII Images
« on: March 01, 2013, 03:48:26 PM »
ISO 10,000

Water Dragon - Getting fed by hand

Canon General / Re: Portfolio
« on: March 01, 2013, 03:20:23 PM »
I've had great experiences with Adorama books. Check 'em out.


Around here, local Kodak dealership provide a photo book at a very reasonable cost.

Personally, I have my portfolio on my iPad that can be kept up to date at all times. Great when meaning clients at their homes or businesses.


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