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Canon General / Re: You know, sometimes, when one is tired...
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:46:54 PM »
Easy portrait shot. Thinks focus, come on, focus....(presses shutter release button harder as if that'll help matters), why won't this thing focus??? Mutter, mutter, getting impatient....bloody equipment!!!!! Moment of realisation, cough cough, clicks focus limiting switch on side of lens to allow minimum focus distance. Admit it, you've done it too.

Renting 500mm lens. Open flight case in shop to inspect new toy. Nice. Close lid and flip locks shut. Lift case by handle and watch case pop open in 3.6 nanoseconds. Almost empty bladder in 3.5 nanoseconds. Luckily the velcro strap held the lens in place. Must remember to apply some compression to lid when closing to ensure locks engage. Are we insured, sir?

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:22:18 PM »
From a falconry display.

5D3 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 plus 1.4x Kenko TC.

The second one is awesome.

Thanks Click.

The owl was only about 9 inches in height (coulda just stuck it in my pocket!) and was used for a quick display for small kids - flying from its perch onto the kids' outstretched arms. I took tons of shots but only got a couple that were sharp. I think the Kenko TC slowed down the focus speed/reaction time of the 5D3 and 300mm.

I was using the combo to help decide if I should get a 500mm mk2. Overall the 300mm on its own is terrific but with the TC I wasn't completely thrilled with the results from the afternoon; some good, many bad. I hired the 500mm for an airshow a couple of weeks back and was amazed at the quality. Clearly you wouldn't use the 500mm for falconry due to the proximity of the action but I wanted to see how snappy the 300+1.4x combo would be. Might be acceptable to some, not me. Sigh, that'll be more money on this hobby.... :D

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 06, 2013, 02:03:59 PM »
A few from last weekend.

5D3 Sigma 85mm f1.4

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:51:30 PM »
From a falconry display.

5D3 300mm f2.8 IS mk1 plus 1.4x Kenko TC.

Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:46:34 PM »

Black lens?  :o That sound like a Nikon thing. The 500mm I was using is white all the way through. I was standing just at the corner of the Concorde hanger next to a bloke who was also using a gimbal.

Looks like it will be the last Leuchars show in a few weeks. So far the only thing of interest is the Viggen. Dunno if I can be bothered paying £30 plus travel costs etc. just to see that. Quite a bit of the proposed display was at East Fortune so would probably just get more pics of the same - how many pics of a Jet Provost does a man need?

Liked your pics though.


1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:38:36 PM »
Bornshooter - just wondering if your stuff is "just a hobby" or if you sell to agencies etc. i.e. main source of income. Just curious.



Technical Support / Re: Canon 5D3 at airshow
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:27:52 PM »
If I didn't want a gimbal before, I surely do now!


A few people don't like them, but I was one of two photographers there on the day using a gimbal and it was much easier than hand holding the lens.
get is balanced and positioned properly and you will have no problems tracking the aircraft either.

Looks like I was the "other" photographer with a gimbal at East Fortune!

5D3 and 500mm f4 IS mk2.

A fair point,

Capitalism is simply taking capital of some description and carrying out a process to increase that capital. Rather than a long-winded essay on why you're correct, I'll just say all our Canon gear will originate in one of a few factories and will end up anywhere on the planet. Hmmm, it's almost as if Canon are a global company who artificially carve-up the planet for their own gains. Holy artiface, Batman!! We should do something about this!

Do Canon still provide a worldwide warrany with all L-series lenses? If so, there's no problem buying grey imports.

However, the one good thing about supporting local businesses is the fact you can walk in and noodle about with the item before deciding to buy it. I wonder what'll happen when all the local shops go out of business and you can only buy goods via the web?

Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: August 03, 2013, 04:59:11 PM »
Aha, RPT! You've fallen into my geek-trap! (Laughs evil laugh) You shall never escape!
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Unless I've made a critical mistake somewhere, my response to your message is - I'd never get the stains out of the flamingo.

You should be ashamed of yourself.

You can try here get it cheaper and without the hassle of customs.

Thanks! Might just have to give them a call...

You are aware that buying from some places will incur extra customs, handling and VAT charges? This often more than cancels out any saving.

Way ahead of you - Digital Rev cover all duties and VAT. The price you see is the price you pay.

How much is it on Cheaper than the shop? More? How much can you save by shopping overseas?

Only an older mk1 available on Amazon for, cough splutter, £14,000!

Buying from DigitalRev would save me £230 which isn't to be sniffed at. A few would argue if I can buy any big white lens then what's £230? Hey, even Bill Gates is on a budget!

I'm in the middle of persuading myself to buy a 500mm f4 v2 and am looking around at offers in the UK - support our shopkeepers and all that.

I'd rented the lens last weekend and was talking to the bloke about getting one and wondered what his best price would be. He said his sale price is actually less than trade plus VAT and therefore he makes a loss on each one! He makes his money on sundry items like straps and filters etc.

Therefore rather than cost a retailer money, I see no problem in ordering from, say, Digital Rev.

I haven't ordered it yet so, until then, discuss.

(Papers are marked out of 25. Marks deducted for sloppy writing or insisting we pay more in the UK than we do already.)

Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: August 03, 2013, 05:02:35 AM »
Aha, RPT! You've fallen into my geek-trap! (Laughs evil laugh) You shall never escape!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 03, 2013, 04:58:12 AM »
Annoyingly, they would usually tern away from me.

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