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Software & Accessories / Neutral Density Filters
« on: September 04, 2013, 05:51:17 PM »
So, I've recently invested in a 16-35 II. I'm looking to use an ND filter for long exposures, but I'm having trouble settling on one.

I've looked into the lee system, which is obviously awesome, but comes at a price -the big stopper is £99, the holders etc will run to about £120. Not a cheap option! The other Idea was a Hoya Vario ND in 82mm and then step down rings- even more expensive with the filter alone running to about £200.

I've just seen a NiSi filter on amazon. 10 stop coated filter in 82mm for £49.98.
I'm just wondering if this is a good buy- if anyone has experience with these filters or even this brand I'd be really grateful.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / A couple of 1DX questions
« on: August 25, 2013, 01:13:49 PM »
So, I've been using a 5dIII since November now. Its awesome, but doesn't quite cut it for me.
I shoot loads of really bad light gigs, so I'm often at rediculous iso. I like using the 5d in servo but it's not always accurate. It's probably the light being not good enough, but may be the camera being too slow.
I'm getting a 1DX this October. It's a given. But I've got a few questions anyway.

1) the 1d series has quicker autofocus. Is this noticeable? Is it a big difference?
2) due to the light I'm shooting in being mostly one color (red, blue or green) the 5ds metering usually sucks. Obviously a meter that only works in monochrome is going to see red and blue differently when aiming for 18% neutral grey. I shoot in manual which is great for when the lighting is even or unchanging. Neither of those apply. TV with the ec set to -1 works great in red light apart from it often bumps the iso and brings the aperture up. Not why I bought a 1.8 lens.
Will the 1DX RGB metering help here? Will it stop the reds clipping horribly with no exposure comp?

I get by with my 5d but I'm bored of it being a struggle. The second issue could be fixed with auto iso exposure compensation. Set to M, set ec to -1 and set my own shutter and aperture. I guess that's too clever and not totally a useful feature at all.
Any answers welcome, TIA

Lenses / +18 AFMA out of the box....return?
« on: May 14, 2013, 06:22:20 PM »
Hi all,
I got bored of waiting for a siggy 50 'A' so I bit and bought the canon 50mm 1.4 as I didn't want focus issues.
I've got it and it seemed really soft, and tried an afma.
It's at +18.
My question is : AFMA is supposed to be for dealing with tolerances and mishaps in the field. I know i'm not going to get a perfect 0, but if say, it gets knocked +3, i'm going to have a 1.4 I can't use.
Do I take it back or send it to CPS under warranty?

Portrait / Colour help...please!
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:32:41 PM »
So, this might be me being stupid, and may be in the wrong part of the site (didn't know where to put it)
I've recently gone up to the 5dMkIII but had the same issues with the 7D and the 450D.
I can't get the colour the way that is pleasing to me. I love shooting black and white, and the more contrast, the better. I also like punchy colours, but can never get skin tones to look just right to me. I know the trick about lifting red, orange and yellow luminance to stop it crunching the skin tones while bumping contrast.

Attached are two versions of the same image, this is the most to my liking I can get the colour. I almost like the black and white, apart from some composition things.

Can anyone help me here please? I can see other people's work where the skin tones appear perfect. Do I need a better diffuser? Or is the image fine?
Many thanks for any replies

Lenses / Lens issues; what replacement options do I have?
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:18:52 AM »
So a while ago I bought a sigma 24-60 2.8, for about £150. It's never been hugely sharp, but it let me down massively at a wedding recently. I ran it through a moire based AF test and it's all over the place.
Long story short, it doesn't focus consistently across the  zoom (not so much a problem) nor consistently when you are closer/further away from a subject. That's a huge problem; I can't ask everything I take pictures of to stand at exactly 3.5m and hope for the best.

Anyways, I'm looking for a replacement. With this lens and a couple of other cheapies, I can get about £200 trade in and can save a little money to go towards something else.
I've got a 7D, and I've found the 24 to be a little too zoomed for me, but I love the 2.8

Locally, one of my camera shops is selling a 17-40L for £449, and that seems like the best option to me. It's nice and wide and the L glass is always good.

I was wondering if anyone had any good suggestions? I'm not adverse to third party options but if possible I'd like to avoid Sigma.

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