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Canon General / Re: The end of the 5D line?
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:59:43 AM »
Hi Renaissance.
I think your letter to Canon complaints department ended up here by mistake!

Cheers Graham.

Best reply ever  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: updating to Maverick 10.9?
« on: February 08, 2014, 05:21:05 PM »
I'v not noticed anything major except a weird bug where I managed to get the new pages, keynote and numbers for free. :) Operation doesn't seem any speedier or slower, although I noticed the beach ball kinda replaces the cursor for a spilt second but it doesn't interfere with anything.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Epson R2000, R3000 or 3880 Printer
« on: January 29, 2014, 04:46:53 AM »
Well one 80mm cart for the 3880 is say £40
If you spent £56 on 4 R2000 carts you'd get 68mm of ink [17mm each]
So you get around 12mm extra with the 3880, and save £16 which isn't too bad

As far as I'm aware, the R2000 will use ink for swapping blacks too, same as the R3000 and 3880. It's not that big a deal unless your continuously swapping for matt to gloss paper. I used semi gloss most of the time, so didn't swap too often. I wouldn't worry about the maintenance cart too much, mine never needed swapping out.

There are other advantages to the 3880 too, such as bigger print sizes and grey carts for better black and white prints.

You'll save money, but it's totally dependent on how much you'll be printing.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Epson R2000, R3000 or 3880 Printer
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:51:35 AM »
I had a 3880 [sold it last year] and the ink lasts for ages. I still had on average 50% ink left from the first set of carts when I sold it. The carts are huge and although replacing the whole bunch is fairly costly, you'll find that your using some of the colours more than others, so some colours won't need replacing for a long time. In the long run, it beats a smaller printer for cost efficiency easily.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: nikon 3D scanning
« on: January 29, 2014, 03:34:56 AM »
Could help out the video game industry, development costs are already out of control and will be going even higher with the xbox one and ps4. It costs tonnes of money to make a game nowadays and if a studio puts out a poor selling game or two, it's game over [pun intended].   

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Lighting / Re: No Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S
« on: January 13, 2014, 12:14:33 PM »
That sucks my Paul C Buff lights were sourced from Australia so they are 220v native
Well I don't know whats going to happen now but it seems like PCB doesn't want the hassle of international partners anymore and is just concentrating on the U.S market for the time being.

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Lighting / Re: No Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S
« on: January 13, 2014, 10:49:33 AM »
Bummer.  :'(

They have great stuff, especially the Einstein monolight.

Yeah i'v been craving one for awhile, it's fantastic value if your in the states. Any one know of a decent Einstein equivalent in Europe?

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Lighting / No Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S
« on: January 13, 2014, 05:50:06 AM »
Received an email today from one of Paul C Buffs international suppliers stating that they have stopped stocking the products. Here's an except from the email stating why:

Please see the explanation from Paul C Buff inc, Nashville, USA. below:-

“In order to serve customers located outside of the U.S. and Canada, we pursued
relationships with international companies, allowing them to serve as authorized international dealers. Unfortunately, these relationships have ended as this method of sales was not cost effective and, most importantly, kept us too detached from our customers, prohibiting us from offering the kind of customer support that we strive to provide.

In addition we have have to inform you that from the 31st January 2014 that all future repairs will be handled directly by Paul C Buff inc in the USA with the customer required to pay shipping both ways. Complete details regarding foreign customer product repairs will be posted on the Paul C Buff, Inc. USA website after Jan 1, 2014.”

I'v been on the european website and found that is down too, so it's looks like if you want Paul C Buff stuff outside the U.S then you'll have to order from the U.S site and pay for shipping. Might actually work out cheaper than before though, as the UK prices were pretty crazy!
Anyway, just giving interested people a heads up.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 05:56:17 AM »
I kinda like it but I wouldn't buy one, even if canon made one. I'm more interested in the new sony A7 really but even then, I just love the form factor of DSLR's and will probably use them until they stop making them.  :D

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At this point in time i would stay with nikon, as others have pointed out the 5D is pretty dated and a d7000 or 7100 would probably better as you wont have to buy new glass. If you want full frame, try a D700? That's meant to be an excellent camera and you may be able to use some of your lenses on it, not sure though.

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Lenses / Re: Which setup would you have?
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:56:52 AM »
Right now I am going to buy the 70-300 VC, I then will buy a prime(s) down the line...

I'll update the thread on how the performance is this Friday!

I think all of us said that f/2.8 is a minimum.  F/2 is better.  Do you really think more reach and less light is the right decision?
Well, at what I can afford right now....yes.  :-[

I can guarantee that you'll be back a week after buying the slow telezoom asking 'what now?'

Save yourself that week, and save yourself the money you'll chuck away.   I don't have shares in canon so my only interest here is stopping a fellow 'tog making the mistakes I once made.

+100. I hate spending money on stuff but eventually learned that getting quality gear will save you more money in the end. The tamron will end up on ebay and you'll be down $100.

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Lighting / Re: Time for a silly question...
« on: October 29, 2013, 07:13:15 AM »
On my lights, the receiver is built in to the power cable and attached with a quarter inch jack into the light. The trigger then sits on my hot-shoe. If your set up is the same I think it would work with the bowers but i'm not familiar with the skyport system. On the other hand theres no disadvantage I can think of for using the bowen as as slave, it's probably the way to go until you build up your bowens kit a bit.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony A7 or A7R pre-order list
« on: October 17, 2013, 06:15:05 AM »
Not on the pre-order list but I was going to purchase a 6D next year, I think A7 has replaced the this plan now. The A7 has generally better specs, more features [crop mode, swivel screen],most probably a better sensor and it'll probably be cheaper when I get it. It'll be great for a the studio and landscape/travel stuff.  Yeah, there's a lack of lenses but it's a new system, what do people expect? I can always use an adaptor to plug any holes until they get more lenses out, I'm not one for huge lens collections anyway as I don't do a wide variety of photography.
I don't see the A7 or A7R replacing pro wedding/sports togs gear anytime soon but I think they'll make great waves in the prosumer market! 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Lens Today
« on: October 14, 2013, 02:50:47 PM »
The D7100 sounds like the way to go, it'd be a great wildlife set up with that lens. Or you could temporally move to Nikon rumours and await news of the D400   ;D

The person I bought the D300s from said his D7100 was not suitable for wildlife and was poor at tracking.  He has several Nikon bodies and uses his D800 which is good at tracking.  Do you use a D7100 to track BIF?
 
I seriously doubt if we will see a D400 soon, and certainly not for what I paid for the D300S, which I think was a very good price.
 
I'll probably sell the 200-400 eventually, but I do buy lenses locally on craigslist when the price is right, then play with them a while and keep the best ones if I find myself using them.  I have a old Nikon Film body (several actually), but none of them was really suitable for a really nice lens.
I'll keep the D300s and use it as a 2nd camera to my 5D MK III.  I might then sell my old 40D.
I'v used it for an event, and thought it was pretty snappy, good accuracy too. Didn't use it for BIF though and I guess thats the ultimate test for an af system. Congrats on the D300s tho, looks like a great camera!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Reactions, Pros and Cons, and Results to the 70D
« on: October 13, 2013, 06:13:26 AM »

40D is still my favorite Canon, 60D is very good too, but from what I've seen of the 70D you will likely find it a very pleasing upgrade from the 40D in most ways except for a few ergonomic differences.
Good call! The 40D is my favourite too, in fact I'm having a hard time upgrading because I want a camera with the same/similar ergonomics and that only leaves the 7d and 5dmkkiii. I would love a 5dmkiii but it's too much camera for what I do and the 7D is pretty old now, awesome but old.

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