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Lenses / Any comments on the 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 and 2x mk3 TC?
« on: June 18, 2013, 02:05:57 PM »
Have any of you tried the above combo?

I currently have the Kenko 2x Pro 300 DG (red dot) which is okay for the money (cost about £110) but images aren't quite as crisp as I'd like so I don't use it that often. Can any of you comment on the sharpness of the 300mm with the mk3 converter or post images? Also, is the AF speed still acceptable to you? I'd be using the combo for airshows or birds in flight etc.

Whilst I'd rather have the 500mm f4, I'm thinking of the cheaper option first! If I got the mk3 TC I'd probably also buy a Wimberly Gimbal head too.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Body is a 5D3.

Technical Support / Completely off topic but you gotta see this....
« on: June 18, 2013, 01:21:00 PM »
Firstly apologies for posting this here as it doesn't talk of dynamic range and taking shots of the inside of lens caps. Mind you, technical support is required - read on:

A brand spanking new Airbus 340-600, the longest passenger airplane ever built, sits just outside its hangar in Toulouse, France without a single hour of airtime.

Enter the Arab flight crew of Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies (ADAT) to conduct pre-delivery tests on the ground, such as engine run-ups prior to delivery to Etihad Airways in Abu Dhabi.

The ADAT crew taxied the A340-600 to the run-up area. Then they took all four engines to takeoff power with a virtually empty aircraft. Not having read the run-up manuals, they had no clue just how light an empty A340-600 really is.

The takeoff warning horn was blaring away in the cockpit because they had all 4 engines at full power. The aircraft computers thought they were trying to take off, but it had not been configured properly (flaps/slats, etc..).

Then one of the ADAT crew decided to pull the circuit breaker on the Ground Proximity Sensor to silence the alarm. This fools the aircraft into thinking it is in the air.

The computers automatically released all the brakes and set the aircraft rocketing forward. The ADAT crew had no idea that this is a safety feature so that pilots can't land with the brakes on.

Not one member of the seven-man crew was smart enough to throttle back the engines from their max power setting, so the $200 million brand-new Aircraft crashed into a blast barrier, totaling it.

The extent of injuries to the crew is unknown due to the news blackout in the major media in France and elsewhere.

Finally, the photos are starting to leak out.

A French Airbus: $200 million dollars
Untrained Flight Crew: $300,000 Yearly Salary
Unread Operating Manual: $300

Aircraft meets retaining wall, and the wall wins.

Lenses / 200-400mm1.4x - let the unboxing videos begin...
« on: June 09, 2013, 06:40:59 AM »

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.


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