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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 07, 2014, 02:59:59 PM »
6D

+1

7d and 5dii are dated.

70d ok but ff > crop

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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

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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

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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.

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neither.

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.

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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

+1

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

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:35:03 PM »
The new Sigma 24-105 is supposed to be the new 'standard'. After playing with the Sigma 24-70, i eagerly look forward to playing with that too. Big and heavy though. But much easier than multiple lenses. Take the Sigma 24-70 if the 24-105 is not available.

I was never impressed with the Canon 24-105L. It's too soft and washed out. I take either Sigma over the Canon in a heartbeat.
I used to own the sigma 24-70. Was never impressed. The AF is inconsistent and the bokeh is hideous.

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 27, 2014, 03:32:53 PM »
Thanks for all the comments. Some really great advice here.

I think I'll go with just maybe 2 primes. Think it might end up being 24mm and 100l (because I love macro).

And pack my compact for days when life is more important than ultimate iq

Now you're talking.

The other good consideration mentioned here is the RX100.

I've got one for exactly these reasons (ie. it serves as my mid-range zoom lens). If I have any sense that my wife is going "you're taking all that camera stuff?" then I grab the RX100. In March we're going to Disney World with the family. I'm absolutely only taking the RX100. You can get GREAT landscapes with it at middling f-stops which compare very well with a dslr's images. And you can get GOOD indoor shots without flash at the wider end where you have f1.8-2.8. Great panoramas, great video, quite good noise handling at even 1600. Macro function at wide end works well. So you can just forget about the photography or you can do some photography and get good shots. Quarter the price of a 24-70.

I already have the rx100 :)

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 26, 2014, 05:39:21 PM »
I bought an rx100 exactly for this purpose. Plus arm length selfies which I can never do with 5d3 :-p


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/813142-REG/XShot_XS2379_F_XShot_2_0.html


I've done something like that to the extreme with my monopod before. with interesting results. hehe


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Lenses / Re: what lenses have you sold in the past and why?
« on: February 26, 2014, 01:13:20 PM »

EF24mm f3.5L TS-E II: I had it, loved it, never used it, sold it, missed it, bought it again and will never part with it again.

Lol

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Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 26, 2014, 01:10:57 PM »
The problem with a Dslr is that whenever you ask someone else to use it, you always end up with blurred out of focus shots, so when you look back at your photos it will be like your wife went on the honeymoon on her own!(as you end taking all the photos) Just take a good quality compact that can shoot RAW, there'll be plenty of other holidays for the whole camera kit but only one honeymoon.

Very true, but I prepare for those situations. It doesn't take me long to configure my DSLR to something like a point and shoot (smaller aperture, auto ISO, auto focus points, etc.).

For cameras that have it (Rebels do, don't know about higher steps), just turn the dial to the "green square" (or equiv for Nikon/Sony), that forces the camera into as close to P&S as you can get with no effect on your normal settings.

For my honeymoon, most of my shots were either my P&S or a waterproof P&S (a MUST if you're going anywhere wet, I got lots of good shots with my waterproof P&S that I never would have been able to get otherwise). I did have a Rebel with me and a slightly better then kit lens zoom that performed perfectly well. Carrying mostly a P&S let me capture all the moments I wanted, without letting the photography rule me during our trip.

I had a DSLR and did use it, but not that much, I focused on my new wife and enjoying myself.

Focus on what's important IMHO. This is a trip of a lifetime, make sure you enjoy it to it's fullest.

TTYL

I bought an rx100 exactly for this purpose. Plus arm length selfies which I can never do with 5d3 :-p

Thanks for all the comments. Some really great advice here.

I think I'll go with just maybe 2 primes. Think it might end up being 24mm and 100l (because I love macro).

And pack my compact for days when life is more important than ultimate iq

Yes, and also take plenty of vitamins. ;D

I'm also planning a trip and I am tired of lugging all the big gear (and worrying about it being stolen from the hotel room ) so I'm looking at something small and light with great IQ....the Fuji x100s.

So if you're itching to buy something new for the trip, the Fuji x100s would be my recommendation....and leave all the pro gear at home.

I agree with your comment. I'm interested in the x100s but haven't had a chance to play with one. Will investigate at the photography show at Birmingham nec this weekend

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