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Site Information / Is it possible to delete all your posted images?
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:45:26 PM »
I've looked around the site but I can't see if it's possible to delete all the images I've posted. Do I need to make a special request to the moderators?

Many thanks!


First person to find the hidden flight simulator on their 7D2 gets a prize!

Taking shots at the weekend from a bird hide with my 5D3 plus 500mm mk2 and quite a few times found the minimum focus distance was maybe just a couple of feet too far (I wasn't able to move further back). Flipping through a book by David Noton (Google him if you're not familiar with his work), he mentions having used a 14mm extension tube with a 500mm lens for the same reason. He doesn't say anything regarding losing a stop of light or what the min/max focus distances get reduced to so I wondered if any of you know how to calculate the changes in min/max focus based on an extension tube of size "x" with a lens of length "y".

If any of you have used a tube to reduce the min focus distance of a big white, I'd be grateful for any info you can offer.


While out for a walk around my local forest I discovered some sort of tiny bug wandering aimlessly across my focus screen (didn't change lens while out there). Got back home and checked which side of the focus screen it's on. Sigh, yup, it's inside the screen so no easy way of getting to it without using a hammer.

So the question is, should I

1. Ignore it. As long as it's on the focus screen, it isn't scuffing up my sensor with its hobnail boots.
2. Leave the lens off overnight and place the body next to a saucer of milk hoping that will entice the little critter out.
3. Use this as an excuse to sell the body and wait for the next big thing.

Useful suggestions please.

(Yes, I know if I'd just bought a 1DX I could remove the focus screen etc. etc.)

Thanks all.

This is very impressive but it might fool some into thinking they can compete with the world-class pro photographers.

I don't have a mobile phone so will just stick to the old-fashioned way of doing things, you know, mouse clicks whilst sniffing developer fluid.

Pricewatch Deals / Looks like Calumet are back...
« on: May 03, 2014, 09:14:09 AM »
Whilst Calumet are still operating in the UK, it appears they'll make a return in the US.

Enjoy your weekend.

I wasn't sure which forum to post in so decided this one might be best.

The BBC has a series of programs that show what various types of artist do on an average day - painters, sculptors, graphic novel artists etc. They just showed one on famous photographer, Albert Watson.

I've got a couple of his books and do like much of his work but the program just left me feeling rather sad. He spent the day driving 'round Skye in the Scottish Hebrides with 3 assistants in tow. One would set up the camera (a Phase One) and tripod, one would hold an umbrella to stop the strong wind shaking the tripod and the last one carried the tethered laptop and did all the post production. Time after time Watson was shown just pressing the shutter button while the assistants did everything else.

Clearly a half-hour program won't show the full story but I was quite saddened to see Watson do very little other than say, "yes, this is a good spot, the light will change in a moment". Meanwhile the assistants set everything up for him.

Before any of you leap on this post and say most top photographers use assistants, I agree - for a studio or location shot with lights, props and a human subject, that's understandable but this was straight forward landscape stuff!

Needless to say though, the results were superb. However, if you're familier with Skye, anyone could get excellent shots there - especially a Phase One.

For those not familiar with Skye:

Sorry for the grumble, it just annoyed me a bit.

Just a quick question on behalf of a work colleague. I should say I'm very sceptical, but anyway.....

He uses a 5D3 and 70-200mm f2.8 mk2 to shoot football matches. Normally he would keep things at f2.8 (thanks to the near-constant Scottish gloom) and let the camera do the rest. Whilst pretty happy with those results, for whatever reason decided to go fully manual and constantly juggle aperture and shutter speed to suit. Auto ISO is not used. He claims (RAW) exposures need next to no tweaking regarding over/under exposure. Now here's the thing, he says images appear sharper as a result of using manual exposure compared to Av priority.

I said I doubted things being sharper unless he's just using an "on average" faster shutter speed thus reducing any shake. He's been taking football pics for years and should know the minimum shutter speed he can get away with and seems quite convinced of the improvement.

So, sharper images when using manual exposure - is he just fooling himself? The obvious thing is for him to set up a test chart and do an Av priority shot compared to a manual exposure one. Personally, I ain't buying it.

Any thoughts?

I avoid reality TV shows like any normal human avoids vermin-infested crap on TV but this might be different:

They're looking for UK/EU photographers to apply and potentially become the next big thing. It looks like it'll be spread over 9 episodes and has the support of the Royal Photographic Society and Phase One so it'll easily beat any other reality show for signs of intelligence.

If you win, remember who gave you the heads-up!

I was looking at prices of (genuine) Canon LP-E6 batteries and stumbled across the Hahnel HLX-E6. Slightly cheaper than the Canon and if you believe the claims gives around 25% more shots from a charge compared to the Canon.

Don't know what the camera will report regarding a serial number or performance but might be worth checking out. (Ask yourself how you coped prior to having that info available and I expect you'll say "just fine!")

Anyone been using the Hahnel?

Update - I've e-mailed them to see if a 5D3 will register a serial number and give accurate recharge performance data. Will keep you posted.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Double cashback at Calumet this weekend
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:04:59 PM »
Got an e-mail from Calumet saying they're doing certain Canon lenses this weekend with double cashback - current cashback on 70-200 f2.8 is £200 so get extra £200 off at the checkout. £400 off? Sounds like a deal.

Pity I can't justify any more lens purchases for a long time  :(

Software & Accessories / Bag to carry body attached to 500mm
« on: August 30, 2013, 03:31:49 PM »
While my piggybank recovers from ordering a 500mm mk2 and 1.4x mk3 TC today, my idle thoughts turn to how to best carry the lens with my 5D3 attached. I have plenty bags already but nothing that would carry body with lens attached. Not a massive problem but could be a nuisance depending on wind/dust/rain.

I thought either the Tamrac Super Tele Lens Pack or Lowepro Trekker 600 AW II might be good. Either should allow me to carry body'lens without having the hood reversed (not so fussed about also having the TC attached at the same time).

Any thoughts on either bag or horror stories of zips bursting etc.?

Canon General / Failure rates
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:10:23 PM »
I'm going to be ordering a 500mm mk2 in the next week or so and in all likelihood will be getting a grey market one as I'll save £1000 on the UK price. If Canon want to play the global market game then so should we. As Canon no longer do international warranties (I wonder why?!?) I spoke to Canon customer services today about what happens if the lens dies in the first year. They told me if the lens went faulty I'd have to return it to a service centre in the territory it was intended for or get it repaired locally and reclaim the costs from Canon in the intended market i.e. Japan in this instance. So even if I bought European-market gear and it went faulty on a trip to, say, Brazil, I couldn't get it repaired in Brazil without forking out for the repair there and then. Customer care? Not once Canon HQ have your money it seems.

Anyway, I'm not here to question Canon's approach to their customers (although I did) but wondered if any of you have access to a table of failure rates for their lenses (or bodies for that matter). I wouldn't expect a lens to fail in the first year but clearly it's possible. Is the percentage failure rate evenly spread throughout their product range or are there specific items that are notorious among service centres?

Essentially I'm trying to convince myself the grey import option is worth doing especially when looking at the savings.

Just tell me to quit whining and buy the damn thing.

I'm in the middle of persuading myself to buy a 500mm f4 v2 and am looking around at offers in the UK - support our shopkeepers and all that.

I'd rented the lens last weekend and was talking to the bloke about getting one and wondered what his best price would be. He said his sale price is actually less than trade plus VAT and therefore he makes a loss on each one! He makes his money on sundry items like straps and filters etc.

Therefore rather than cost a retailer money, I see no problem in ordering from, say, Digital Rev.

I haven't ordered it yet so, until then, discuss.

(Papers are marked out of 25. Marks deducted for sloppy writing or insisting we pay more in the UK than we do already.)

Software & Accessories / Gimbal heads - Benro or Wimberley?
« on: June 23, 2013, 05:38:52 AM »
I'm considering a gimbal head for use with my Manfrotto 055CXPro3 tripod and wondered what the pros and cons were to the Wimberley Gimbal Head v2 and the Benro GH3.

From what I can see, the Benro is £170 cheaper, perhaps more flexible too in that it can be dismantled for storage and transport and it also has scale markers which could prove useful. It also appears that the Benro is made by Wimberley, see link:

Initially it would be used with a 5D3 and 300mm f2.8 IS (sometimes with teleconverters too) for airshows and birds in flight but I'm wrestling with the idea of selling the 300 and getting the 500mm f4.

Any thoughts or advice would be welcomed.

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