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Digital Rev have a head to head shootout video:


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Your Ultimate Gear (wish)list
« on: August 25, 2012, 01:22:50 PM »
Hmmm, if money is no object it would have to be:

1D X plus a few mk2 versions of the big whites (like, duh!)

I'd still keep my 5D3 for those "silent shutter" moments (take that 1D X owners!).

Hasselblad H4D-200MS for when 199 megapixels just isn't enough.

But mainly a Leica M9 Mono and the Noctilux 50mm f0.95. Yum yum. I actually gave the original M9 and f0.95 serious thought but couldn't bring myself to part with the cash - you get a lot of buyer's remorse for £12k or so.

As a slight aside - if Canon can currently do f1.2, why don't they go bananas and make a sub-f1.0? Yes it'll cost the earth but the world will always have wealthy people - it's tough to produce a £5k watch and make it sell but make one with a million-buck price tag and it'll sell tomorrow.

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:59:31 PM »
Many good suggestions from all of you. At the moment I think I'll take the 17-40 for static aircraft, 70-200 for the Red Arrows where you need a slightly wider field of view and the 300/1.4TC for everything else. I don't think I'll take a monopod as it's just something else to carry and might be too restrictive for panning quickly (though will change my mind a few times between now and 3 weeks time!).

If any of you are interested in well shot, detailed/abstract images of a variety of aircraft I can highly recommend "In Plane View: Abstractions of Flight" by Caroline Russo. Top quality images that will give you plenty inspiration for shots that you may never otherwise think of.

Keep those airshow shots coming!

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 Small | Large

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.


Technical Support / Bug in ImageBrowser EX 1.0.1?
« on: August 18, 2012, 02:30:03 PM »
Have any of you come across this "phenomenon" as Canon would refer to it?

After copying RAW files to my PC (Win 7 64bit) I'll often quickly review them in the preview mode of ImageBrowser EX 1.0.1 before deciding what keepers are worth enhancing etc. The weird thing, sorry "phenomenon", is after viewing quite a few (maybe 60 or 70+) the preview becomes really low res and things continue like this for each image from there on. If I go back to previous shots in the sequence they are fine. The exif data and histograms are all okay but the images from a certain point onwards are shown in very low res. Doesn't matter what preview mode I select - full screen or whatever, the images remain low res. Only solution is to close it down and restart and things are fine.

Not the biggest pain in the world but weird none the less.

Have I stumbled upon secret evidence that Microsoft would prefer us to shoot Nikon?? I think we should be told.

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 18, 2012, 04:26:00 AM »

Nice shots! Were the images cropped much or not at all? Also just out of interest, what exposure were you using for them? (I'm well aware I won't be seeing blue sky in Scotland in September  :( )


Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 17, 2012, 02:01:59 PM »
Many thanks for the comments. I think the 300 and 24-105 should cover all static and formation/solo flying. I guess the B-52 will call for a multi-shot panorama no matter what lens I take!

IIIHobbs - if you get to the airshow this weekend can you maybe post some 5D3 plus 300mm shots so that I can gauge what I might be able to achieve?


Lenses / Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 16, 2012, 01:53:08 PM »
Should be going to the Leuchars airshow on Sept 15th here in Scotland and, since it's the first airshow I'll have been to in over 20yrs, wondered about the best choice of lenses.

Main gear will be 5D3 plus 300mm 2.8 IS (and Kenko 1.4x TC) (without monopod as I think it would be too restrictive).

However now the problem starts - do I also take:

24-105mm for static stuff (B-52!!) and wider field of view flying shots (Red Arrows/Patrouille de France)


17-40mm for static aircraft and 70-200mm f4 IS for Red Arrows/Patrouille de France?

No doubt some will say take it all but I want to travel as light as possible but not miss shots by leaving stuff at home. Bearing in mind I'll also be carrying food and water for a long day.

Next part of the question is: to ensure razor sharp shots of the flying displays am I better shooting at, say, f8 and let the 5d3 take care of the rest or shoot close to wide open to maintain high shutter speed and rely on the focus tracking of the 5D3 to keep up with fast jets?

Any opinions and airshow example shots would be appreciated.


EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx desire (A cautious approach)
« on: August 11, 2012, 06:23:25 AM »
Careful what you wish for. Show me the prettiest girl in the world and I'll show you a man who grew fed up with her.

I could've waited for a 1D X but went for a 5D3 instead. No regrets. For less money than a 1D X I got the 5D3, 24-105, 17-40, Sigma 85 1.4 and a 32gb Extreme Pro card. Go for the one you know will make you happy rather than the one you think and hope will make you happy.

Could be an expensive mistake if you get it wrong.

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: August 11, 2012, 03:43:25 AM »
Briansquibb, Quasimodo, Distant Star,

Thanks for the comments - I only take shots for my own pleasure and to get me out the house so it's nice to hear I'm not wasting my time!

Take care,


EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff - PimpYourCam.com
« on: August 11, 2012, 03:34:23 AM »
Only if I can make a Nikon look like a Canon.........

All you need to do is lower DR, higher banding, lower resolution, and higher pricing.

Ouch! Kick a man when he's down, why dontcha?

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:21:58 PM »
Might as well throw some of mine in too...

EOS Bodies / Re: Cool Stuff - PimpYourCam.com
« on: August 10, 2012, 12:58:44 PM »
800 Euros to do a body, 600 for a small lens and 700 for a large lens?!?  :o

Pop quiz - who's been smoking the most crack? The PimpYouCam guys or their clients?

My guess - both in equal measure.

I've wasted some money in my time but not on crap like this.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixels Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: August 05, 2012, 01:46:37 PM »
I smell Nikon fanboys  :o

That's got to be the kinkiest fetish I've ever heard. Your mother would be ashamed.

On a separate note, yesterday as I glanced up at the sky I was sure I could see a dead pixel. Should've taken a picture to prove it... :-\

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