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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].   

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.

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?

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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! 

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!

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.

Canon General / Re: UK lens price increases
« on: October 12, 2013, 10:29:20 AM »
Rebates are still on tho. Calumet did a double rebate offer a few weeks ago, which matched the canon rebate. So for example the 100mm l 2.8 macro was about £560, the lowest I'v ever seen it! I nearly had it but didn't really want to rush in to it, didn't know how much i'd use it really. Prices on Digitalrev are still pretty good tho, they have the 70D with 18-55 for £850, thats about £350 less than UK sites.

Sigma.........YOU ROCK!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Lens Today
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:47:18 AM »
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

I don't think the 24-105 is a good walkaround option on crop, remember it's around 38m on crop at the widest which is not all that great for landscapes. Not used that sigma lens but I have used a Tamron 17-50 2.8 vc that was very good for the price, they do a version without VC for even cheaper I think. Theres some good write ups for both on the web.

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