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Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 15, 2013, 01:39:44 PM »
After buying the 500mm v2 I was too cheap to buy a camo lens coat so bought a sheet of camo neoprene from here http://www.ewetsuits.com/acatalog/camouflage-neoprene-sheets-ukl.html and made my own. Use their Black Witch neoprene adhesive to bond the seams. The sheet is large enough that I made a coat for my 300mm IS v1 too and still have enough left over to make anther couple of coats. Overall saving was over £100 compared to the price of two "pro" lens coats. Okay, there's the time factor involved too but it was a reasonably straight forward process to make them.

Glad I made them as I was out last weekend when it was a bit cold (some ice on local lake) and the 500mm was fine to hold with my bare hands against the neoprene - I touched the metal body and was amazed at how cold it was! No way could you hold it without some protection....or maybe just a cheap pair of gloves!

One point though - the neoprene is about 3mm thick so neither Canon lens hood now fits and the 500mm won't fit in the flightcase. Ah, well.... Anyway, I use Optech Hood Hats for both as they're cheap and effective.

Also got the Lowepro Lens Trekker AW II - it's okay but I find the velcro collar which holds the lens in place is a bit of a hassle as one part of it seems too deep so that the lens isn't held vertically in the bag, it gets pushed away from vertical  - attached pic doesn't show too well but you might get the idea.

Finally, in case you wonder why I got the 500mm rather than the 600mm - it was a mixture of cost, weight and range.

(In the pic below of the two lenses together, the 500mm also has the 1.4x mk3 attached)

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Canon General / Re: Buying "dodgy" American Canon camera gear?
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:13:53 PM »
Warning ... Giving advice on how to break the law, be it to import something without paying taxes due, or to get expensive software without paying for it is not allowed on the site, posts will be removed.

In some cases, the poster will be banned if the violation is obviously intentional.

The above post appears to have been prompted by a post I made regarding the payment of duty and VAT on imported goods. I wish to clarify that it was not my intention to encourage tax avoidance - in each scenario I proposed, the goods were detected by customs officers and duty/VAT would rightfully be charged.

There are many posts on this site which encourage the use of certain Hong Kong based dealers (i.e. hey folks, use dealer "X" as you won't have to pay import duty!!). A number of these dealers deliberately under-declare the value of the goods for customs purposes therefore anyone who orders from them is going to be party to breaking the law yet the moderators don't appear to discourage recommendation of these dealers. You don't have to look too far to find out which dealers I'm talking about. Indeed, there is a post today re ProCameraShop and whether customs duty can be demanded retrospectively. Depending on the contract small-print YES, OF COURSE IT CAN!!! Some dealers state that they act as a source for the goods but it is you who makes a personal importation therefore you are liable for all duties and taxes.

Please don't think I am having a go at the moderators for being overly cautious about what is posted or that I feel bitter about my post being removed - we all know they have a fairly thankless task keeping track of who's saying what about whom etc. but unless they take a firm stance on all posts recommending the use of such dealers then CR may be thought to condone them.

Kind regards and thank you to the moderators for running the site - your work is appreciated.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 02:20:07 PM »
Sample images 4 and 5 here: http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/dslr/df/sample.htm were taken at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in August.

I was there and saw this photographer with an old Nikon and thought, wow, someone still shooting with film but when I saw him look at the results on the rear screen I realised what was going on and howled, "Die, hipster, die!!". The crowd applauded when I knocked him out with a single punch - most thought we were some sort of street theatre group. Ah, memories....


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Software & Accessories / Re: Opteka Gimbal Head Review
« on: October 18, 2013, 01:21:50 PM »
Spokane - they will ship anywhere as far as I'm aware. Send 'em an e-mail.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Opteka Gimbal Head Review
« on: October 17, 2013, 01:18:21 PM »
You might want to check out LensMaster. Pretty cheap and does the job. I'm happy with the RH-2 I bought from them.

http://www.lensmaster.co.uk/index.htm

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Update:

I'd e-mailed them to see if a 5D3 will register a serial number and give accurate recharge performance data and the reply was, "Yes the HLX-E6 is compatible".

Will probably get one once my current Canon one starts to lose performance.


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica rangefinder - with lens cap on
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:28:50 PM »
Ahh, reminds me of the time Clapton tried to play his guitar while it was still in its case. Boy, did he look silly in front of 10,000 people.

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I was looking at prices of (genuine) Canon LP-E6 batteries and stumbled across the Hahnel HLX-E6. Slightly cheaper than the Canon and if you believe the claims gives around 25% more shots from a charge compared to the Canon.

Don't know what the camera will report regarding a serial number or performance but might be worth checking out. (Ask yourself how you coped prior to having that info available and I expect you'll say "just fine!")

Anyone been using the Hahnel?

http://www.hahnel.ie/index.cfm/action/batterysearch/pid/853

Update - I've e-mailed them to see if a 5D3 will register a serial number and give accurate recharge performance data. Will keep you posted.

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Don't SanDisk have a lifetime warranty? Could you return the card to them for a replacement?

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Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 04, 2013, 01:36:42 PM »
Sigma 85 comparing Canon 85 1.2 is crap. period.


Wow, with such a reasonable, coherent and well thought out argument such as that, I can't understand why I feel sorry for you.

Best not feed the trolls.

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Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:55:25 PM »
Forget about Sigma, their 85 is a simply crap.

And what makes you say that? Do unqualified remarks like this help anyone?

I could've bought the Canon f1.2 but got the Sigma instead. Superb lens, great results (I've posted many portrait shots taken wide open on this site). Yes, focus at f1.4 is critical but do you really think every shot ever taken with the Canon is a keeper?

Perhaps I got lucky with my copy of the lens but it's naive to think Sigma can't make quality lenses. If they were that bad, would they stay in business?

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Lenses / Re: Photos from 200-400. Also any comments...
« on: September 30, 2013, 02:17:20 PM »
Kasperj - Great shots! I briefly considered the 200-400 but the price was just too much here in the UK so I got the 500mm mk2 - a terrific lens but the zoom capability requires you to run towards or away from the subject  :o.

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Double cashback at Calumet this weekend
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:02:01 AM »
Legend! thanks for posting that - you're a scholar and a gentleman (and a menace to my bank balance).

Glad to be a menace, wotcha bought?

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Canon General / Re: decisive moment
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:48:33 AM »
Paul Walnut - bang on the money, dude.

Oh, and who's decisive moment is it anyway? Cartier-Bresson's shot taken behind the Gare St. Lazare (Google it) might have been better a split second later with the pedestrian's toe just in the puddle causing ripples. No? We'll never know since he didn't have motordrive.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Help needed with a new canon 5d markiii
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:36:53 AM »
Go and buy a couple of SanDisk Extreme Pro 32gb cards and be happy. 30mb/s cards were okay a few years back but long bursts of shooting files with the 5D3 will create lots of data to be transferred.

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