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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 10, 2013, 01:46:52 PM »
So when I pay $30,000/year for a family plan, $9,000 is going to pay for that. I could use that $9K/year. If everyone waited until they were sick it wouldn't be insurance, now would it? Insurance is shared risk. Your payments go to pay for those who need it, whether it's you or someone else. The only people who don't need insurance are the independently wealthy who can afford a $1,000,000 bill. Otherwise the rest of us pay for their care because they thought they didn't need it.

I guess we both get penalised for people being stupid. That sucks wherever you are

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Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:54:25 PM »
Thanks to your excellent reviews and images Dustin, I will be changing in my 24-70 mkI for this lens. The mk1 is terrible in comparison to the mkII and I've heard the Tamron is optically nearly as good.
We already keep one mkII so it would seem stupid to spend double on upgrading what is essentially a backup lens.

Thanks for the nice feedback.  I would agree that under your set of circumstances that the Tamron should be plenty, and you will also have the opportunity to use the Tamron when/if you need the VC in certain situations.  Sounds like the best of both worlds, to me.  I would be interested in hearing your opinions when you can compare both side by side.
I would love to let you know. I don't get to use the mkII that much (the mk1 is my daily carry, which is why I want to get an upgrade) but I can get them side by side.  I believe the Tamron is the best lens for ME in this situation- the company MKII is great but I'm happier with the Tamron (as long as the focus speed isn't slow. I doubt it is, it wasn't when I used one on the Nikons)
I'm also lucky to get the chance to compare it on the 1DX and the 5dIII- I'll post my findings.
I was on the fence, but after seeing your images I have no qualms. I find the mkI focuses very quickly but is so mediocre in resolution I hate it. And it's so large.
Anyway, enough rambling
-Elliot

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:43:09 PM »
Six percent? Is that all? Try paying 20% on purchases and 60% on fuel

OUCH!!

What state is that?!?!?


His website is .UK so United Kingdom is my guess. As for the state he's in, I'd guess envious ;D
That's correct.
As for envious- I am. When you take in tax and exchange rates we pay a huge sting on gear. It really sucks.
In a direct dollars to GBP conversion from the USD price on B+H, the 1DX is £4330. The 1DX retail in the UK is £4849.
The batteries at $169 are £108 in conversion. The full retail of these is £150. That's around 40% extra (some dodgy maths there. It's late here.)

As for the whoever said that it's an apples to oranges comparison. I'm probably going to make myself unpopular with this, but it's incredibly naive to think that we might not pay very similar taxes.
tax on minimum wage is 30%. National insurance is around 10%. We then have council tax, 20% VAT (sales tax) 60% on fuel with VAT on top of that. We have road tax (based on fuel economy) and that's not to mention property prices.
With healthcare there nearly 20% of GDP-that sucks. But I (in a national healthcare system) have to pay for healthcare when I'm not sick. I have to pay for drunks to claim benefits and drink MY money away on benefits.
I feel the pain with the extra 6% on sales tax- it could seem a lot when you don't pay any. But realistically, look at the silver lining. I know there are people who pay more in other countries as well.
Before someone says it- I'm grateful for what I have. It could be worse. It could always be worse.

Amazon is cool, and I support them-they have a niche. As long as they don't close out the brick and mortars for good.
 

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Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: September 08, 2013, 06:33:33 PM »
Thanks to your excellent reviews and images Dustin, I will be changing in my 24-70 mkI for this lens. The mk1 is terrible in comparison to the mkII and I've heard the Tamron is optically nearly as good.
We already keep one mkII so it would seem stupid to spend double on upgrading what is essentially a backup lens.

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Lenses / Re: W/A zoom for 5D MkIII
« on: September 07, 2013, 10:57:35 AM »
If you have no need for front mounted filters, the tokina 16-28 is better than the 17-40 (optically)

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Canon General / Re: Camera skin for 5D MK III
« on: September 05, 2013, 03:19:50 PM »
I have one of these. The hard screen cover it comes with sucks but beyond that it's amazing

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Software & Accessories / Re: Neutral Density Filters
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:05:44 PM »
Thanks for the reply.
From what I've seen of the z pro series, it's nearly as expensive as the Lee system here, and certainly I haven't seen any Cokin 10 stop nd filters around.
Also, I found their p filters to be awful
 if I was going to go with the holder route I think I'd pay a little more and get lee

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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.
Thanks,
Elliot

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:54:46 PM »
Six percent? Is that all? Try paying 20% on purchases and 60% on fuel

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EOS Bodies / Re: Why you shouldn't be worried about DR
« on: August 30, 2013, 11:17:34 AM »
Funnily enough, some people don't care about shadow noise or read noise....because some of us shoot film and like noise/grain

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Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 11:01:27 AM »
The 14-24 would be typical as I've just bought a 16-35

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Storage and life of batteries
« on: August 29, 2013, 06:17:00 AM »
These batteries typically have a usage life of 3-5 years approximately anyway, if you use them regularly

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They've already got the bug, it's why they bought the Lens!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A couple of 1DX questions
« on: August 25, 2013, 10:28:45 PM »
Sounds good to me. Thanks for weighing in! Just counting down the days now...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: A couple of 1DX questions
« on: August 25, 2013, 05:18:17 PM »
As for focusing speed, it is identical as far as I can tell on all my lenses except the white ones where 1DX is very noticably faster on 300 f2.8 and slightly faster on 70-200 IS II.

Using the 85 L the difference is HUGE, the 85 AF is suddenly useable in Servo mode with the 1dx.
I had wondered about that. I've been holding off on the 85L because of the AF, but I want a better 85 than the 1.8. The colours and contrasts for the 1.8 aren't up to the standard of the rest of my lens stable.
In the mean time I bought the 135L, but it's too tight for some venues

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