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If she's a pilot then I think some airforces have taken a lax view on safety. Those heels would not be suitable in an emergency situation.

I'm suitably disgusted.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 18, 2014, 02:53:46 PM »

Does Canon UK not honor gray market import warranty coverage?  Canon USA apparently does, as long as you have proof of purchase to confirm the date.

Prior to buying my 500mm v2 in the UK I considered a grey import. I spoke with Canon Europe about warranties and was told they would not repair grey imports under warranty. What they did suggest was they could repair the item but you would have to pay for it, you would then send the bill to the original territory i.e. Canon US and claim a refund from them. That was the official UK/EU response.

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Crumbs, a variety of observations - thank you for them all.

However! I feel a number of comments have veered off course. I didn't dispute the requirement and value of having assistants in photography as a whole. My point was specifically aimed at landscape photography by a respected professional. There is a clear destinction.

Every single one of us on this site will know of some corner of the globe that they would love to photograph. They can imagine the image they want in their head, they know what time of year to visit to ensure the type of light required (in the film, Watson visited Skye in October to ensure "heavy" skies and dramatic light). You may need a local guide to lead you to the ideal spot (i.e. assistance) but you would't let them set your gear up - perhaps some of you might!

I still stand by my original observation - landscape photography requires you to pick a spot, wait for the light, press the button. Did you apply the "rule of thirds" or do you subscribe to the "rules are there to be broken" school of thought? Finally, a medium format Phase One might give better results than your cameraphone.

It would seem a number of you wish to overcomplicate matters.

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Some interesting replies. I can't respond to all the points made but will add a few notes:

Albert may be 71 years old but that doesn't mean he is frail or unable to carry a tripod and camera. Skye is a relatively small island and many "views" are available without getting out of your car. Indeed, in one part of the documentary, he takes a shot through the rain-soaked windscreen of his car.

As I said in the original post, I can understand needing assistants for a fashion shoot or similar but landscape? "Yes, yes, you there, move that hill a couple of feet to the left...quickly now, we're losing the light!" ;)

The series of BBC programs is called, "What do artists do all day?" and can be found on Youtube (the Albert Watson one isn't on yet but I guess it's just a matter of time).

I still feel Watson may have taken the picture but he didn't create it wholly by himself. That to me is what the whole creative process is about - my vision, my execution, my result. Of course artists collaborate all the time but, since it's landscape photography we're talking about, shouldn't it just be you with your camera and the vista?

So there you go; one question, many answers.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:22:18 AM »
TBH calumet uk stores aren't doing much better , since they changed from KJP - anyone remember that? - since Calumet it's been downhill all the way. Decent staff left and now mostly uninterested ex students and older staff looking bored that don't know half of what I read up on with little real world experience to add into discussions. Plus many basic items have to be ordered in especially.. recently I needed a couple more standard stands and white backgrounds.. not in stock!!!
and enquired about the sony A7r , was told better go to john lewis !!
Crazy for a pro shop. Seems like they stock bags and tripods mainly now.
Times are a changing I really don't know where to buy equipment  from these days apart from the Flash centre for Elinchrom which have awesome customer service and knowledge.
As some one mentioned this could really affect Bowens lighting as Calumet  as a major distributer in UK / Europe.

RIP calumet .. globally in 2 years

I'd hired a 500mm f4 mk2 from them prior to deciding if I should buy one. The salesman showed me on their computer system that their trade price for the lens was more then the sale price! They were making a big loss on each one  - he said they make their money on accessories such as memory cards, bags, tripods, etc. Yikes, you've got to be selling lots of tripods to make up the loss on a big white.

I'm surprised they're still operating here in the UK.

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Watch it, Guy. The one in the white blouse is my wife, and you wouldn't stand a chance against her.

I know, that's why I said it - now I've got you thinking!

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If you want a mathematical duel, here is my second (taken on Monday night at iso3200, f/4 24-105)

First of all, I won't require a second for the duel (ha! take that8)) and secondly, the picture of your own second appears to be obscured by that little dude in the wheelchair's laptop screen. Funny, I'm sure I met that bloke at CERN back in 2004...looks just like him (note: he cheats at rock, paper, scissors). Anyway, be sure to tell your second that's a nice white blouse she's got on.

Oh, and as for the Cambridge sense of humour? Footlights has so much to answer for.

Game, set and match, chummy.

(I'm sure the pair of us could go on like this all day but isn't it fun to hide behind a keyboard, no?)

Regards.

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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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03y85dl/What_Do_Artists_Do_All_Day_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: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/creative/old-man-of-storr-stock-photos

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

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I didn't get a 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 and 500mm f4 mk2 (amongst others) for shots to be "slightly off". If I feel tweaking the AMFA by +1 or -9 or whatever is necessary to get razor sharp results then I'm fine with that.

Other people can settle for less if they want.

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That sir is not any old brick wall. That is a genuine Tudor base of a chimney of Trinity College Cambridge, the Home of Sir Isaac Newton, the inventor of, among many other great things, gravity, the prism, the mirror lens telescope, and the founder of modern optics, without which we would not have "glass". Any more comments like that and I will challenge you to a duel of calculus at dawn.

Here is the full frame, showing the glorious base with the Victorian addition or restoration above.

What? I didn't know Newton invented gravity and the prism. I always thought gravity existed before he came along and the prism was a toy/curio which he bought at a county fair.

Before you challenge anyone to a battle of calculus (you failed to name Leibniz), do your homework.

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Thanks for all the comments.

Got further info from my colleague today - sticks to ISO 400 unless it's really bad light. Keeps shutter speed at 1/800th or faster. Reason for using Av and f2.8 was to ensure max isolation of subject from background - he wants to separate the player(s) on the ball from the distracting background of others on the pitch.

I suggested that the improved sharpness is simply a case of him having used smaller apertures without consciously realising at the time. I also pointed out the changing sharpness depending on where in the zoom range he is (including the changing DOF for a given aperture and distance to subject).

I've had to AFMA all my gear but he claims his lens doesn't need it. Hmmm, it could happen....

Thanks again.

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Yeah Neuro, kinda what I was thinking. Said I'd ask for a consensus. I feel more people will post similar things to yourself. Ah well......

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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?

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:35:59 PM »

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) by Robin SS Lee, on Flickr

Robin,

Impressive shots on your Flickr site - whereabouts did you take the red deer shots? Was it the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie?

Regards,

Guy.

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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 08, 2014, 11:36:01 AM »
Was in Edinburgh this afternoon and on my way back to the train I passed Prof. Peter Higgs of Nobel Prize fame. He was right in front of me, waiting to cross the road. I'm a total science geek and would have loved to get his picture. Ahh, if only I'd taken my camera with me.

Kicking myself? Biggest fail of my photographic life.  :'(


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