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Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 02:15:47 PM »
I heard of someone (not me) taking pics while wearing sunglasses and after reviewing the shots on the rear screen, dialled in +1 then +2 stops to compensate for the remarkably underexposured images. Wasn't me, nope, I'd never be so foolish, none of you can prove that was me......cough, cough.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best Nikon DF Review! By Fstoppers.
« on: January 25, 2014, 09:38:39 AM »
Let's just see how long the retro-look lasts before quietly sliding off the current Nikon model inventory. Bonus points to the girl in the video at 11mins who wondered why he wasn't testing the Df by taking shots with it.

Anyone got a "Die hipster, die." t-shirt?

Disclaimer: That last comment is German for "The hipster, the". Cough cough, that should placate the lawyers...

I made my own with double-sided camo neoprene. I reckon I saved well over £100:


Lenses / Re: Should I go for the 85mm F1.2L II USM ?
« on: January 12, 2014, 10:16:44 AM »
Save yourself a lot of money and consider the Sigma 85mm f1.4 instead. I honestly doubt if someone viewed a Sigma shot in isolation they'd know it was the Sigma unless they were told.

I could've bought the Canon but went with the Sigma. No regrets.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 25, 2013, 01:35:31 PM »
Hmmm, a spot of self-immolation from AdamJ. That'll help matters. No, wait, nothing has changed apart from a few bemused looks from passers-by.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:16:34 PM »
From what I gather, the Hahnel Extreme Li-ion batteries out-perform the Canon ones.


Quite simple - only you will know if you really need the reach of the 600 and can afford the fairly large price difference over the 500.

I got the 500mm v2 and a mk3 1.4x as the cost/weight/reach ratio met my needs. I had thought about selling my 300mm 2.8 IS mk1 to help fund the 500mm but decided to keep it as it's such a terrific lens. Which ever way you slice it, the big whites provide superb image quality - end of story!

I've been aware of Terry Richardson for a few years. I first saw his book Terryworld in a book shop and none of the images had any artistic merit as far as I could see. Lots of images taken from what appeared to be "behind the camera" on the set of porn shoots etc. A few images too of him showing, um, how happy he was with himself (I'll let you work out what that might be a euphamisim for).

So if you like (mainly) crummy images that anyone could take with a mobile phone, then Terry's your man. Clearly we don't know the story behind each image but I did get the feeling he might have used the, 'do this for me and it'll advance your career' trick. I wonder how many other famous (infamous?) photographers have exploited women.

Ultimately, I doubt he cares what we think.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 in 2014 [CR1]
« on: November 20, 2013, 01:56:26 PM »

Fair enough…thanks!  I guess I was thinking of the Ford-owned years…  I wonder what would happen if Sony bought Nikon?   :o

If Sony bought Nikon you'd be able to play Grand Theft Auto (or whatever the kids are into these days) on your camera's screen whilst waiting for the light to improve.

I avoid reality TV shows like any normal human avoids vermin-infested crap on TV but this might be different:



They're looking for UK/EU photographers to apply and potentially become the next big thing. It looks like it'll be spread over 9 episodes and has the support of the Royal Photographic Society and Phase One so it'll easily beat any other reality show for signs of intelligence.

If you win, remember who gave you the heads-up!

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)

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.

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....

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.

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.


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