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Canon General / Seabird colony - change lens or not?
« on: May 31, 2013, 03:18:32 PM »
Wasn't sure if this was the best place to post this query but I'm sure we'll cope!

I intend going on a seabird safari in the next few weeks and wondered what the consensus was on changing lens in a "salty air" environment. I suspect the few seconds it takes to change a lens (done within the confines of my camera bag) wouldn't be much of an issue but wondered what experiences you've all had in similar situations. The island is rocky/grassy so I don't expect sand blowing everywhere but wanted to know how sensitive contacts could be to brief exposure to salt air.

I intend taking my 300mm 2.8 IS, 70-200 f4 IS and maybe 17-40mm for seascape type shots if I get the chance (body is a 5D3). I'll get a waterproof jacket for the body/lens combo just in case the weather is poor but mainly in case of bird poop landing on it  :o

Depending on the weather I won't change the lens at all but want to go prepared - the one bit of gear you need is always the thing you left at home.

Any advice gratefully received.

Abstract / Transit of Mercury - Hydrogen Alpha
« on: March 28, 2013, 07:58:14 AM »
Note the 5D3 has enough dynamic range to pick out surface detail on Mercury. Take that, Nikon owners. Actually, on reflection, take that, NASA  8).

(Disclaimer: this may or may not be an actual representation...or not...maybe....)

Abstract / Boredom on a Sunday...
« on: March 03, 2013, 09:53:16 AM »
Led to this.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Newcomer looking for budget wildlife equipment
« on: December 28, 2012, 02:20:10 PM »
A colleague tells me his son (late-teens rather than small child) is interested in getting a camera for shooting wildlife. Since he doesn't have much cash (budget to be decided) he'll be looking at the cheap end of things. As it's been a long time since I've looked at the entry-level stuff I need your help to show the lad what's on offer. A quick look around the web suggests it may be:

1. EOS 1100D (there's a £30 cashback deal on until 24th Jan.). Can get this for £278 (body) or £339 (with 18-55 IS).
2. EF 70-300 f4-5.6 IS. Can get this for £279 (US import) from same place I got my 300mm 2.8 IS so I know the guy is trustworthy.

The only drawbacks I can see are the 1100D doesn't have sensor cleaning and is only 3fps. Of course you can't expect 1DX performance for that money but I do have standards  ;).

Any advice would be welcomed. All options are possible though maybe not second-hand (who knows how high the body was dropped from?  :o)

Let the arguments begin!

Abstract / Goofing around could lead to $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:14:43 AM »
For some reason the older I get, the more tolerant I am of abstract works. Must be mellowing in old age  :o

Anyway, I was just messing about and thought there must be a market for giant "exclusive" prints of this stuff. Either go mass-market and sell zillions via Ikea or print out a couple of 8ft square whoppers to sell to Russian oligarchs for a few million a piece.

Just for fun, what do you think?

Third Party Manufacturers / Lomo camera hits the news
« on: November 22, 2012, 01:53:04 PM »
Whilst the Lomo isn't news to many of us, it appears worthy of a short BBC news article.

Though most of us would run screaming from its "charming rustic virtues", I must admit to rather liking some if the results you can get - hands up all those who have applied cross-processing or vignetting to some of our own images in post?

However I suppose it's a double-edged sword in that, if it gets more people interested in photography, then good, but if it makes every idiot think they are a photographer, then oh dear... Rather like the advent of cheap home recording gear making talentless morons think they are the next Rolling Zeppelin or Elton Wonder.

Still wouldn't buy one though - what? wait a week or two to see the results? That's crazy!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / EOS 6D sample images and video here
« on: September 17, 2012, 06:39:22 AM »

Let the pixel-peeping begin....

Lenses / 24-70mm f2.8 II video review
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:53:25 PM »
Here's Kai's take on the new lens:

Hmmm, hands up all those who want one? 8)

Canon General / Photo quotes - can you live by them all?
« on: September 01, 2012, 10:48:10 AM »
Not exactly Canon-related but certainly worth thinking about and applying to your own work:

So how many of these quotes do you live by or apply only when you remember them?

If David Bailey says he's only taken two good pics in his life and I reckon I've taken three, how come he is so much richer than me?

Sports / Shooting the Olympics - what separates us from the pros
« on: August 19, 2012, 06:31:59 AM »
And you thought you had problems juggling just a couple of lenses!

Kinda makes shooting your kid's sports day look too easy  ;)

The stories behind the most stunning Olympics photos - Rough Cuts

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Digital Rev video review of 1D X available
« on: August 19, 2012, 05:32:00 AM »
Kai over at Digital Rev TV has posted a review of the 1D X.

Technical Support / Bug in ImageBrowser EX 1.0.1?
« on: August 18, 2012, 02:30:03 PM »
Have any of you come across this "phenomenon" as Canon would refer to it?

After copying RAW files to my PC (Win 7 64bit) I'll often quickly review them in the preview mode of ImageBrowser EX 1.0.1 before deciding what keepers are worth enhancing etc. The weird thing, sorry "phenomenon", is after viewing quite a few (maybe 60 or 70+) the preview becomes really low res and things continue like this for each image from there on. If I go back to previous shots in the sequence they are fine. The exif data and histograms are all okay but the images from a certain point onwards are shown in very low res. Doesn't matter what preview mode I select - full screen or whatever, the images remain low res. Only solution is to close it down and restart and things are fine.

Not the biggest pain in the world but weird none the less.

Have I stumbled upon secret evidence that Microsoft would prefer us to shoot Nikon?? I think we should be told.

Lenses / Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:53:08 PM »
Should be going to the Leuchars airshow on Sept 15th here in Scotland and, since it's the first airshow I'll have been to in over 20yrs, wondered about the best choice of lenses.

Main gear will be 5D3 plus 300mm 2.8 IS (and Kenko 1.4x TC) (without monopod as I think it would be too restrictive).

However now the problem starts - do I also take:

24-105mm for static stuff (B-52!!) and wider field of view flying shots (Red Arrows/Patrouille de France)


17-40mm for static aircraft and 70-200mm f4 IS for Red Arrows/Patrouille de France?

No doubt some will say take it all but I want to travel as light as possible but not miss shots by leaving stuff at home. Bearing in mind I'll also be carrying food and water for a long day.

Next part of the question is: to ensure razor sharp shots of the flying displays am I better shooting at, say, f8 and let the 5d3 take care of the rest or shoot close to wide open to maintain high shutter speed and rely on the focus tracking of the 5D3 to keep up with fast jets?

Any opinions and airshow example shots would be appreciated.


Lenses / Keep 70-200 f4 IS or go for f2.8 IS II?
« on: July 20, 2012, 02:17:25 PM »
Having recently moved from a 40D to a 5D3 I'm possibly in the position where I can sell my current 70-200 f4 IS to a colleague and get a f2.8 IS mk2.

Whilst I've read about all I can about the f2.8, I still need some convincing:

1. The f4 is fantastic. It's sharp and light enough that I can carry it around all afternoon in my hand without any bother.
2. The f2.8 is faster and the IS is no doubt better BUT it is almost twice the weight of the f4.

As I have arms like wet noodles the weight is a slight issue for all-day shooting but not necessarily a deal breaker (I've got the 300mm f2.8 IS too but I don't handhold it all afternoon).

So the real question is: is the f2.8 IQ significantly better than the f4? (The fact it should focus quicker and track better with the 5D3 is also a given).

What should I do?

Thanks for any opinions.

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