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Interesting. The smile says "Hey, I'm your pal" but the arms folded says, "barrier".

If you want to see some great portrait shots of world leaders (and world-class thugs) you should check out Planton's book "Power". Ask yourself how many of these people would you want to be stuck in a lift with?

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:16:22 AM »
40D 70-200 f4 IS

At the Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta, GA

Ha! It took me a few seconds to figure out what I was looking at! Pretty neat.


That muff just ain't harry enough  ;)

Lenses / Re: EF200mm f1.8L vs EF200mm f2L IS vs EF300mm f2.8L IS II
« on: January 19, 2013, 05:52:41 AM »
You say it's for use with fast sports and portraits - what sort of fast sport? Motor sport or basket ball? Indoors or not?

Whilst I haven't tried any of the lenses you are considering (I've got the 300mm f2.8 IS mk1), I can assure you the mk2 would be stunning if it's even just a slight improvement over the mk1. That said, I can't imagine using it for portraits - it would be too bulky and would place you a bit too far away from the subject in terms of interaction with them. If you have the sort of money to buy the mk2 I'd suggest you get the Sigma 85mm f1.4 too as it is superb for portraits.

I doubt anyone would regret getting the 300mm but a shorter lens may be better depending on the type of sport.

EOS Bodies / Re: taurians upgrading to 5d mark 3
« on: January 12, 2013, 05:45:02 AM »
An Aries here, currently with a 7D. I am still weighing my options, ranging from 7DII, 5DIII, to D600 and D800.
BTW: While I generally agree with GuyF about Astrology being some major BS, the amazing number of common traits I found among a small sample of female Taurons is sometimes amazing me.  ;D

Interesting how you specify female. The number of women I've spoken to who believe in mediums and horoscopes boggles the mind. On the bright side, they do have nice curves!

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 12, 2013, 05:41:20 AM »
my guess is he does research.  when I was doing lab work there was an insane amount of waiting-for-tests-to-finish-running time that we spent on the computer, setting up strange ways to destroy expensive magnets, or meaningless arguments

What about strange ways to destroy common magnets? For the rest of us of course.

Yeah! I'm a bit of an armchair scientist :D and need to know these things! Lots of heat might be a good start  ;D

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 12, 2013, 05:36:34 AM »
Yes Alex, I hope you find something soon. I suspect the clowns at the top will be okay though with pension funds and drawings/bonuses from the business. When you come to clear out the shop you could always make sure a 1DX "falls" into your pocket  ;)

As a slight aside, the one thing I just didn't like about Jessops was when I went in to price the gear I bought last year (about £5k), the bloke said, "yeah and if you give me a minute I'll get you details on insurance too." I pointed out I was quite well sorted for that but he was quite insistant. I finally had to look him straight in the eye and say pretty firmly I was only interested in the body/lenses. I mentioned this to the ex-Jessops guys who worked in Jacobs next door and they both agreed that that was one of the things that drove them from Jessops, the "insurance push" that came with every camera purchase. Lousy business model.

Take care.

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:38:53 PM »
Jeez Neuro, for the huge volume of posts you make, you must have a colossal amount of spare time on your hands! (Not knocking your contributions, just amazed at the number!).

EOS Bodies / Re: taurians upgrading to 5d mark 3
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:32:48 PM »
Pfff, I don't believe in all that astrology mumbo-jumbo. (Typical Capricorn really).

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:18:17 PM »
Cross-border shopping can't be helping bricks-and-mortar stores. It's crazy that I could save £415 on a 5D III shipped from Hong Kong compared with the same thing from even the lowest priced online retailer in the UK.

The impact seems to be bigger for retailers in the UK than in the US because the price differentials appear to be much wider here. Contentions about local warranty and returns explain why buying from HK isn't necessarily a good idea but they don't explain why the differential is so big in the UK. I'm not clear whether the HK sellers are dodging VAT or whether Canon UK simply demands higher retail margins but whatever the reason for this disparity, something needs to be done to level the playing field for UK retailers.

I agree, I sent a letter to the CEO of Canon europe when the 5DIII was released and impossible to source for less than £3000 for body only. My query was why i could import one from the US and pay the VAT and still be 30% better off. His reply was quite an eye opener. He sited that the UK retailers were expected to sell at a discounted rate from the RRP, but nearly all of the UK sellers were selling at max RRP due to low supply. The base sale price to the vendors / shops was pretty much the same in the US and UK excluding the VAT element. The 5DIII really didn't shift many boxes in the first month, compared to the mkII and mkI. The uk sellers were making nearly £500 per unit and passing the cost blame onto Canon. Rip off Brittain! My second 5DIII was bought for £1850 last month from a shop in Jersey. Full UK warranty and manual. In less than one year that camera has dropped £1150, which points to excessive profiteering from the UK sellers.

Interesting. So what the CEO is essentially saying is don't buy big ticket Canon gear when it comes out unless you can buy it without blinking or need it there and then for what it can do over your current gear as it isn't really worth the initial asking price.

I don't regret buying my 5D3 and a bunch of lenses from Jacobs the day after they went into administration but the fact you can now get the body for £1850 (fuuuuuuuuu....!!!!) does sting a teensy bit.

So the lesson to me is simple - when I come to buy another body (and I do like the thought of a mega-pixel 1D-type-of-thing though I don't need it), I'll wait at least until it is 66% of the RRP.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Jessops close to administration?
« on: January 09, 2013, 01:19:31 PM »
I'm surprised they lasted this long. You knew things were looking bad years ago when the share price fell to 2p(!) and they were removed from the stock exchange. It's easy to speculate but I think they simply over-reached themselves by opening so many branches.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BLOWN away.
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:35:31 AM »
Hey Albi, be careful, he's an artist!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: BLOWN away.
« on: January 05, 2013, 10:21:44 AM »
That guru of all things photographic, Ken Rockwell  :o, has this to say on the RX1:

Seems a bit over-priced to me but that never stopped me running out and buying the latest gizmo that I felt I needed to make life (momentarily) better.

Technical Support / Re: Repairing Scratches - 5D MKIII
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:10:47 AM »
"Hell, this '59 Fender Stratocaster must sound terrible. Should be repaired immediately.


Hey PW,

Is that a real '59 or a Custom Shop relic? (For non-guitar geeks; real or factory fake?)



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