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Landscape / Re: ND Filters - Solid or Graduated
« on: August 27, 2012, 12:21:16 PM »
Not strictly true, I bought the Big Stopper and a hard graduated set together with a holder and 82 mm wide angle adapter this week, I contacted Lee themselves and they pointed to their dealers in the EU, it was paid for on Monday, shipped on Tuesday and arrived on Thursday across the EU.

From which retailer did you get yours?

Conns Cameras in Ireland.

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Landscape / Re: ND Filters - Solid or Graduated
« on: August 27, 2012, 12:20:48 PM »
To me there is nothing better than getting the best RAW in camera on location. I calculate the f stop difference between highlight and foreground, apply the appropriate grad and I have the perfect file as the light was on location. No messing in front of a PC.

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Landscape / Re: ND Filters - Solid or Graduated
« on: August 26, 2012, 02:18:44 PM »
For those talking about availability: You have to understand that Lee makes as much product as it wants to sell.

I know it's hard to understand in this world of "Must make millions" to be happy... but not everyone wants to grow the largest company in the world... and not everyone has a problem with there being more demand than supply.  Maybe they don't _want_ to "do anything about it".

I read an article about Lee a couple of years ago in the UK based Outdoor Photographer magazine (which is excellent BTW... I highly recommend it for anyone getting into landscape or wildlife photography... even if you're not from the UK).  It sounds like a fairly small and tight-knit operation.  Did you know that every one of their filters are _hand dipped_ by a team of women?  Not sure why it's only women but it was evident that they take pride in their craft and insist on doing it right.

When it comes to needing a piece of glass between my lens and the world... I will trust those who take their time and care about their craft and mine over some huge factory corporation that keeps the "shelves stocked".

Lee are scarce for a reason.  There's a reason these threads pop up nearly every week on forums across the internet.  Don't let availability scare oh off from your purchase.  Take that as a sign that the product is _good_ and is going to be around for a while.

+1 there is a video on Youtube actually portraying them doing the whole process.

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Landscape / Re: ND Filters - Solid or Graduated
« on: August 26, 2012, 12:03:32 PM »
The Soft and Hard Grad ND filters are a must. Their "Big Stopper" ND is also a lot of fun. Also the 105mm Polarizer and Adaptor are essential too.
They are tricky to find and sell out fast. You can pay a premium and get them off of eBay.



Not strictly true, I bought the Big Stopper and a hard graduated set together with a holder and 82 mm wide angle adapter this week, I contacted Lee themselves and they pointed to their dealers in the EU, it was paid for on Monday, shipped on Tuesday and arrived on Thursday across the EU.

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Lenses / Re: Question regarding lenses for a safari
« on: August 26, 2012, 12:01:15 PM »
You need two bodies, one for the sake of not having your body failing you in the middle of the savannah, and two it is not ideal to change lenses when there is a huge chance of getting dust on the sensor.

As regards lenses, I usually go for a fisheye, an ultrawide (ideal would be TS-E) for landscape work, the 70-200 mm f2.8 IS II and a prime around the 400 mm or 500 mm range for mammals, longer for birding. Add an extender into the mix and you should be fine, together with the usual amount of memory cards (as many as you can), spare batteries and a way to backup on the savannah (a portable CF card reader like the Epson) and a portable hard drive for when you are back at camp.

The DO I never found to be really sharp for wildlife, the 400 mm f/2.8 IS I blows it out of the water (and also blows your shoulder to carry!)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1D X Structural Weakness
« on: August 25, 2012, 02:18:57 PM »
Ouch!  :'( A small part of me died inside  :-\

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For once he admitted Nikon lost out against the 1DX... that is one superb DSLR!

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Lenses / Re: Walk-Around Lens For Canon 1DX Camera
« on: August 25, 2012, 08:28:21 AM »
Depends for what, for street photography both are fine although the camera body is quite conspicuous to permit candid street photography!

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EOS Bodies / Re: How long to charge 1DX batteries?
« on: August 24, 2012, 12:49:22 AM »
Mine takes less than 2 hours usually

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Lenses / Re: Canon 200-400 lens - Post Olympics
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:58:41 PM »
I got tired of waiting and bought a 400 f2.8 prime instead...

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Lenses / Re: 50mm lens. I Need advice!!
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:58:05 PM »
On a similar note, are there really any concerns with sharpness and softness of the 1.2 L at apertures of 1.2 to 1.8? Because you do not invest that amount in a lens if you will not be able to use it at its strong point. Yes, you might tell me the quality of the bokeh is buttery.... but well. Any users who have the 1.2 L can comment please?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 1DX vs. EOS 5D MARK III for Weddings,
« on: August 23, 2012, 01:56:19 PM »
And the 5D3 users berating the 1DX resumes. To each his own!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 1DX vs. EOS 5D MARK III for Weddings,
« on: August 23, 2012, 02:50:49 AM »
1DX, if you can take the weight

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 3D X [CR1]
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:44:25 AM »
I think it will remain in the realm of camera rumour porn this one though. Yet again, I might be surprised come Photokina. Doubt it.

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He was quite impressed with the 1DX when he reviewed it, enough to make him teeter about whether to return to a Canon system... coming from a D4 convert, that says a lot.

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