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We might get stuff later than everywhere else.
We might pay more for our stuff than everywhere else (except Scandinavia, but they're all minted)
But finally - FINALLY - we can hold our heads up high and say LOOK!  BEHOLD!  A UK EXCLUSIVE!

Excuse me while I stand up for the national anthem and consider the wonder that isf the White 100D.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 15mm f2.8 or Sigma DG 15mm f2.8
« on: March 31, 2014, 09:06:09 AM »
I was really excited when the 8-15 F4L was announced, but when I tried it I was underwhelmed.

I don't like and would never use circular fish-eye so the 8mm end was of no interest (I also shoot with a 5D3).  And F/4 seemed unambitious.  Your mileage may vary.

I kept my eyes open and bought a second hand Canon EF 15mm F/2.8 the first time I saw one at a sensible price.  I had read good things about the Sigma, but always prefer to go Canon if I can.

I have to say it performs very well - great sharpness and colour at F/2.8  on my copy.  The AF is, however, NOISY - disconcertingly so.   I do love it for the right applications.  (For me that's generally art rock band portraits and stage shots).  It's psychedelic, Daddio.

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Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:23:10 AM »
>> I shoot portraits and weddings and here are my current lenses which I use on my 5DM3

Another vote for the 85 especially in this context.   My 135L gets very little use as the 70-200 II is so good around that F/L.

I love the 85 and if I had to only have one lens it would definitely be the one.   Slow to focus, long MFD but everything else is awesome.  A bit bland on a crop camera, but FANTASTIC on the 5DIII.

(I also love my Sigma 12-24 so there are good ones out there!)

Ash

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EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22 / 4-5.6 IS STM - officially announced
« on: July 05, 2013, 08:08:52 AM »
I use a GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition as a fourth camera for video shoots.

You can shoot at 60fps at 1080 and it amazes me how much footage you will get on a Class 10 (has to be C10 if using ProTune) 32G Micro SD card.  I use SanDisk Mobile Ultra UHS-I Micro SD SDHC 32GB which are insanely cheap.

In this, the drummer is being shot with the GoPro (1080P @ 25FPS).   Admittedly I have done a lot of noise reduction in post, but this was a stupidly dark gig.

Small | Large


Slowmo at 720p @ 120FPS is excellent but WVGA @240FPS is only worthwhile with great light and the right source material.   

Bloody great fun either way.

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Lenses / Re: If you could only have three lenses...
« on: June 03, 2013, 10:44:19 AM »
It's a bit brutal having to choose three lenses that cover video and photography.  I think, for example, that the 24-105 is a great lens for video but pretty horrible for stills.   My main lens for stills is the 85 F/1.2 II but it's really not much use to me for video.  I really like having IS for video.

Video me would go for:
16-35 F/2.8L II
24-105 F/4L IS
70-200 F/2.8L IS II

Stills me would go for
35 F/1.4L
85 F/1.2L II
200 F/2.0L IS  (I haven't got this one but still have two near-mint kidneys if anyone is up for a swap)


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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:45:01 AM »
I keep the 85 on my 5DIII almost all the time.   I love it for so many reasons and often use it wide open (probably more often than I should).   I don't take pictures of fast moving things so the slow focusing speed is not an issue.  I do wish it could focus a bit closer than the 95cm MFD so would add this to the cons.

I just love the bokeh and the centre sharpness at F/1.2.   Colour and contrast are beautiful.   I have all the usual suspects and need a good reason to move to the 50 F/1.2L or the 135 F/2L. 

I have tried the 85 on an ASP-C camera a few times and have found it profoundly "meh" compared to the beautiful performance on full-frame.  I quite like the vignetting, but as the review says, this is easy to fix in post.

Of all my lenses this is the one I would replace in a heartbeat if it was lost.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:32:03 AM »
Depends.  For me I think the 6D could be a good upgrade form the 5D2.

I only care about the low light handling and image quality.  I have a 5D2 and a 5D3 and in the low light situations I shoot, I have really started to see the difference between both the image quality and - very significantly -  low light focussing abilities.

I couldn't really care less about anything else.  I only ever use the centre focussing point.  But if the low light handling is as good as the 5D3 I think it will make an excellent second body and I guess I will ditch the 5D2.

The thing I would miss on the 5D3 would be the quiet shooting mode.  For quiet gigs, I just love this feature.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.2L VS 85 F1.2L MKII Lenses
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:41:45 AM »
Like most people who have replied, I have both and the 85LII is my main lens.  The 50L gets very little use as it sits between the 35 and the 85 which are both amazing and it is less so.  My main reservations relate to its sharpness wide open.  I do a lot of low light stuff and use the 35 and 85 wide open a great deal.

The only thing I would add is that while the 85 is amazing on full frame, I was very disappointed with how ordinary it seemed when I tried it on a 7D and a 60D.


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United Kingdom & Ireland / Jacobs Closing DOwn Sale
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:37:10 PM »
Very sad about Jacobs closing.  I always liked their stores and staff and bought a few things from them, including my 5DMkII.

I was *very* close to ordering my 5DMkIII but an odd series of events meant I ended up buying it from Jessops.

I just got an email saying they have a closing down sale in Leicester on Saturday and wondered if anyone had any inside info.

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I have had the 24-70 for a couple of years and got the 24-105 last week with the 5DIII.  I am really enjoying the 24-105.  The IS is great for video and my copy seems nice and sharp and the extra focal length is very nice to have. 

I would reiterate the simple point - if you need the F/2.8 get the 24-70.  If not the 24-105 would be my choice.  Getting the 24-105 in the kit makes it a reasonably priced option too.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 5D Mark III bug?
« on: March 23, 2012, 07:18:15 PM »
But I *do* use AF to get me started in video and I do use this technique with the MkII.

I see you also have the MkIII and the 85.  Does it work for you?  It'd be really helpful to know whether I am missing a trick.

Cheers
Ash

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I would wait to see just how good the 24-70 II is to help inform your decision.

But I have a fair few L lenses and I shoot my kids a lot and I hardly ever use anything other than the 85 or the 35.   They are both spectacular lenses. 

If I had to choose one lens on full frame over all others it would be the 85 F/1.2L II. 

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EOS Bodies - For Video / 5D Mark III bug?
« on: March 23, 2012, 06:49:30 AM »
I have mixed feelings about finding a glitch so early on.  Do I get a prize?

It would be great if someone could confirm I am not being a doofus.

Using my 85 F/1.2L II, it seems that while in video mode I cannot use full-time manual focus if the lens is switched to AF.    I often start by using AF and then subsequently use FTM to tweak focus. 

I have "USM lens Electronic MF" set to Enable After One-Shot AF.

If the lens is set to MF I have no problem manually focusing.

Anyone else able to check this or provide a suggestion?

Ash

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Got my 5DIII today
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:52:09 AM »
I am nauseous with the sheer cost of it, but I have my new 5DIII in my hands.  I unexpectedly bought the kit version and now need to sell my children to pay for it.

But I am VERY excited to finally have it in my hands.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DIII pre-order thread
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:42:12 AM »
GOT MINE!

Just picked the kit up from Jessops.

As the young people say:  OMG!

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