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Lenses / Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:39:46 PM »
I want a 600mm focal length for zoos on my 5d3 but I can't afford the big canon glass.

The options I'm considering are:

Tamron 150-600 @ £950


Sigma 120-300 Sport @ £2500 + a 2x TC

I can afford either of these options but not both. My question is, which will be better at 600mm? considering, IQ and AF speed.

I have the canon 70-200 2.8ii so the sigma for its 120-200 range doesn't excite me (neither does the cost or weight). but 300mm f2.8 excites me, so does 400mm f4 but I not sure about 600mm via a 2x TC.

Have anyone come across a direct comparison of these two routes to 600mm?

All opinions greatly welcomed.
thanks in advance.

Technical Support / Re: Front focusing issue with Canon 50mm f/1.4
« on: May 20, 2014, 03:33:40 PM »
use AFMA to correct it.

If you can't correct it in camera send it back to the shop and say it has a manufacturing fault. Ask for a refund or another copy. I've never had any problems in the UK returning lenses with calibration problems.

AF inconsistencies are my biggest bug bare with lenses.

Think I'll stick with my 50L which may be softer wide open, but the AF nails it all the time every time.

Software & Accessories / Chuck a 5dmk iii in a rucksack
« on: April 18, 2014, 01:31:12 PM »
I'm looking for something to protect my 5d mk iii (with 24-70 2.8 ii on) so I can carry it in a normal rucksack and be confident that it won't get scratched.

Mild splash protection would be ideal but not a necessity.

I'm thinking something like a neoprene style wrap (which I've seen lurking around, but nothing 5d3 friendly).

Anyone got any good recommendations?


Lenses / Re: a 50mm dilemma.
« on: April 10, 2014, 04:42:21 PM »
get the 50L 1.2

Best decision I made to get mine.

Every photo I shoot is pure magic. Colour rendition is excellent. build fantastic. Sharp in the center. Corners are mush, but who needs corners @ f1.2 unless you are shooting a brick wall?!

50L 1.2 without questionable doubt

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:59:59 PM »


7d and 5dii are dated.

70d ok but ff > crop

I'm in the same camp as OP. I have the 70-200 and am deliberating the 135l.

I'm a shallow dof junkie so I'll probably get it on that basis

Lenses / Re: Anyone buy the 24-70mm in the last month?
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:22:43 PM »
I bought the 2.8 ii a month ago. 100% perfect. No issues. Great iq. Stunning sharpness

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: March 25, 2014, 02:21:59 PM »
Can't find the download link. Hate the ebook idea.


The IQ + loss of light with a 2x is a non starter for me. 1.4x is ok, but blank sheet of paper I'd go with a sigma 120-300 2.8 instead of a 70-200 + 1.4x.

Lenses / Re: 1.4 lenses kwestion
« on: March 12, 2014, 09:44:12 AM »
The sigma or canon  L 35 or 85mm are all plenty sharp at 1.4 stopped down they are amazing and leave 2.8 zooms for dead


my 50 1.2, 85 1.2, sigma 35 1.4 are all mega sharp wide open.

@ 2.8 they all leave my 24-70ii in the dust

I had my 7d fixed by CPS once (which they charged me £160 for). When it came back it needed a +8AFMA adjustment to be back in sync with all my lenses.

Problem I had is a few lenses already needed a +18 (and a +20) so canons actions rendered a few of my lenses unusable at wider apertures (namely 50 1.4 and 85 1.8).

I sent it back to canon for a calibrate. The said that it was originally calibrated versus their standard lens so they wouldn't redo it.

I had to get a third party (authorised) repair centre to recalibrate my camera (at my own cost). AFter which it came back fine.

Lesson learnt: I will never use the CPS repair facility again as they ruined the use of my 7d for a number of months.

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:12:06 AM »
if you're after a compact. RX100 is a fantastic camera.

I used it as backup for my 5d3 and sometimes (when looking at the images in lightroom) I question which are the 5d3 images and which are rx100.

AF, IQ and colour rendition is sublime on RX100.

Caveat: Crap at the long end of the zoom though.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:38:33 PM »

I bought the canon 24 70 ii 2.8. Tested it out and thought it was awesome.

Congratulations!  So, are you planning to just take this lens?

Think it might just be 24-70 and 70-200, plus a flashgun. No primes. Then everything will fit in. 1 bag with no need for extra lens cases.

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:45:43 AM »

I bought the cann 24 70 ii 2.8. Tested it out and thought it was awesome.

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