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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.)

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:02:35 AM »
Aha, RPT! You've fallen into my geek-trap! (Laughs evil laugh) You shall never escape!

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 03, 2013, 04:58:12 AM »
Annoyingly, they would usually tern away from me.

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: August 02, 2013, 01:46:16 PM »
1000:  Hey anyone like binary jokes?

Jim
YES! There are 10 types of people: Those who understand binary and those who don't !   ;D
ROFL!

For those who only count in decimal, 10 binary is decimal 2...

Just wanted more people to appreciate the joke...

Ahh, if you have to explain a joke is it still funny? Personally I prefer my computer jokes in hexidecimal.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 02, 2013, 01:41:29 PM »
One good tern deserves another....cough cough....um.....

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:16:58 PM »
Hired a 500mm f4 v2 for the weekend. That lens is fantastic. My piggybank is gonna be squealin' real soon.

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 24, 2013, 01:29:21 PM »
79. Threads that seem to go on forever until you forget what the initial point was.

80. People who respond, "Great image!" to every posted shot yet never seem to post any of their own.

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Canon could do a daimante encrusted one with a pink furry eye cup surround and gold text and call it the 1D Essex.

(Sorry to non-UK readers)

And the menus would be written in text-speak.

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Canon General / Re: Bad Photography Rant
« on: July 21, 2013, 10:48:28 AM »
Can I suggest this website for a bit of a snigger about bad photography? http://youarenotaphotographer.com/

Superb! There is hope for us all!!!

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Canon General / Re: Bad Photography Rant
« on: July 21, 2013, 10:09:04 AM »
I live right next to a shopping centre and often see some "professional" with a setup consisting of a few boxes and cushions for the subject to sit on. They're armed with an entry-level DSLR and kit lens stuck on a small tripod (hey! they've got a tripod, how pro is that!!). I suppose they're just maximising profits. There is a board with example shots too - you know the type, bland images of kids against a white background. Honestly, it's just a conveyor belt of mediocrity. Plus they appear to charge about £45 a pop.

I'm not bashing entry level gear (clearly you can take very acceptable images with it) but I feel the end product from these goons is so poor yet people seem to lap it up. Is a grandparent really going to criticise any picture of their beloved progeny?

I know I could do so much better but have to consider if people would actually pay more when they're already happy with, for want of a better word, crap? I suppose you get what you pay for, especially at a makeshift "studio" in a shopping centre.

We should start asking these "professionals" how they achieve such bland results. Maybe stand next to him with a t-shirt that says, "Never pay for crummy photos".

Let the backlash begin!.

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Sports / Re: motorsport photos
« on: July 21, 2013, 05:19:28 AM »
Nice speedway shot, Paul. Hope you didn't get covered in shale - if you stand in the wrong spot, it'll take the skin off your face!

Got totally covered but loved every second, got on a bit better from the inside of the track when I shot this dslr video:

http://youtu.be/S0341ZWJCJI
Great video!

Liked the video, but what's with the thick border used throughout? I guess you maybe got covered in shale and had to wipe a wee spy-hole on the front of the lens  ;)

Call me impressed.



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Sports / Re: motorsport photos
« on: July 20, 2013, 03:26:49 PM »
Nice speedway shot, Paul. Hope you didn't get covered in shale - if you stand in the wrong spot, it'll take the skin off your face!

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 17, 2013, 02:29:32 PM »
A couple of recent shots taken on glasgow's back streets

Aye, typical Weegie girls - ootside in their knickers. Brazen hussies.  :P

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Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:57:44 PM »
I've attached some shots from last year - these are more or less straight out of camera and uncropped just to show what field of view you may get depending on where you stand relative to whatever might be flying about. I hadn't been to an airshow in over 20 years so my technique was a bit rusty.

All shots are 5D3 with 300mm f2.8 IS and 1.4x converter so 420mm.

As you can see, cropping is required to make the most of the images (though that's down to personal taste). As a consequence I'm hiring a 500mm f4 mk2 next week for an airshow and will be using a tripod and gimbal head since I won't be able to swing it about by hand all afternoon (the 300+1.4 was managable but I feel the TC softened the images just a bit much for my liking). Also I'm thinking of selling the 300mm to get the 500mm so an airshow seems a good field test.

I'll use a 17-40mm for static stuff and the 500mm for what's flying. As I'm mainly going along just to see a P51, F86 and Me109, I'm not so bothered about acrobatic teams where a wider view is required.

As others have said, use 1/1000th and above for jets and around 1/300th for props. I wouldn't go with spot metering as it's too easy to be slightly off target and get a nicely exposed sky at the expense of an under-exposed plane. (Been there, done that!). I'll probably go with centre-weighted plus 1/3rd or 2/3rds of a stop.

Of course the weather will be diabolical and the 500mm will be a liability but isn't that what photography is all about?

Happy shooting.

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I'm guilty of having 3 Colin Prior prints on my walls but the more I look at them the more I feel good landscape photography is "simply" having patience to wait for the right light. Nice if you have the freedom to wait for days at a time but for the rest of us it's a case of "I'm here now and have to move on shortly".  Cue the hate mail to say I'm oversimplifying it  ::)

Now portraits, that's the real trick. Who was it said a good portrait is worth three biographies? To capture the true character of a person (either well-known to only you or a megastar) is real photography.

Grab yourself books from these people for inspiration:

Yousuf Karsh
Anton Corbijn
Patrick Demarchelier
Jeanloup Seiff
Herb Ritts
Andy Gotts
Uli Weber
Ross Halfin

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