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The current Sigma 85 f1.4 continually amazes me, it is tack sharp wide open, and jaw dropping stopped down to 2.8. I don't see that they could improve much on the sharpness, I guess it does have minor CA (less than Canon's seemingly) so I am surprised they are redoing it. Perhaps it is just to bring it into USB configuration?

I don't feel the need to sell mine to upgrade, I guess those without an 85 will be interested though.

I totally agree. The current 85mm is very sharp wide open so I wonder what a tweaked and more expensive version will do. I don't see the need for current owners to upgrade.

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.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: April 08, 2014, 01:57:33 PM »
The lens was a 300mm f2.8

SM....pretty darn awesome shot!  Where is this?

It was at the Rothiemurchus Estate, Aviemore.  The Gillie at Rothiemurchus is Julian (a damn nice guy), he can sort out hide time.

Great shots, I might catch the train up there next week. A few questions for you:

Are your osprey shots cropped much?
What lens would you recommend between a 300mm f2.8 IS or 500mm f4 v2? (Taking both would be too heavy. I've also got the 1.4x mk3.)
Did you use a tripod/gimbal head?

I'd also take either my 17-40mm or 24-105mm for a bit of landscape stuff too. Any comments?

Thanks for any advice you can give.


For everybody clamouring for this to be released, and on balance I still think it should, be prepared for your affected equipment, whether real or not, to take a hit in value.

Excellent point. Do I want my two big whites (and one small one) to potentially drop in value? On the other hand, big lenses cost big bucks and I'd want any "known" problems fixed for free. That would help the gear retain its current value.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 22, 2014, 05:39:06 AM »
Beautiful shot bornshooter  8)
Thank's click,a wee bit of beginners luck today but i will take it haha.
When trying to shoot them in flight i found it really hard to keep my point on there eyes,so used one point with 4 surrounding points but still a real challenge but i like that :).Any tips would be very much appreciated :)

Congrats on the purchase. You should check out the link below on setting things up for birds in flight (whilst it's for the 5D3, I guess the 1DX will allow identical settings). The tip on having a home focus point linked to the rear AF button and another region dealt with by the main shutter button is genius.

I'll give things about 10mths before you decide you need more reach (unaided by a TC). Start saving now!


Dude never underestimate the power in the images of a hot ch!ck with bare minimum clothing ... when it comes to such photos, there is no such thing as a "crappy shot", all are awesome and most welcomed, coz with such images you make many hearts glad ;D ;D
If you have more such photos and are in doubt of their quality, just post them here and I/we will be the judge (and I shall guarantee that they will all recieve positive feedback) ;D

Hold on a minute. On another thread you slammed me for suggesting it's easy to take great landscape shots on a very picturesque island with a medium format camera yet here you claim there's no such thing as a "crappy shot" when it comes to young women wearing next to nothing. What sort of creep would make such a statement? I'm sure you're quite a hit with the girls.

Hey, you didn't post that just to get a reaction, did you? I wonder what the moderators would make of it.

Rienzphotoz - okay, you've made it clear you didn't understand my post at all. Time to move on.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!


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?)


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.

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