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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.


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.


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

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 26, 2014, 02:25:19 AM »
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

Lenses / Re: General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 12:38:35 PM »
I agree with a lot of the sentiment here. I can't bring myself to use crop after buying my 5d. So my 60d is just gathering dust. So I'm not convinced i like the idea of buying a gen zoom for that.

I don't like compact system cams so that doesn't sound like a good idea for me.

I think I agree with the comments re I'd be disappointed with an f4 lens.

Think that leaves me with canon 24 70ii or just go with a few primes and keep my rx100 handy to fill in the edges where neccesary. Light and simple sounds good

The truth is my photography is my hobby and I get a lot of relaxation from it. I can't sit and read on a beach like a normal person :-p

Lenses / what lenses have you sold in the past and why?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:22:13 AM »
I see lots of posts re: "what should I buy" but I've never seen any on what people have got rid of, and more importantly why.

Here is what I've sold in the past and why (in order).

Canon 18-135 - was never really impressed with the IQ. Always left me wanting more.

sigma 24-70 2.8 (v2) - AF wildly inconsistent. Bokeh very unattractive (I would call it 'crunchy'). I never really trusted this lens, or liked the photos it took. Sold it for canon 17-40 on a whim, as I needed a gen zoom quickly for a holiday.

canon 17-40 - The IQ, flare control, contrast and AF were all great, however I was never excited by the zoom range on crop, so sold it for 17-55. However I regretted selling it once I bought my 5d3.

canon 2x TC ii - I bought it when it was mis-priced in a local camera shop. However, the IQ was crap so I never used it.

Canon 7d - was a great camera, but after 3 years of (heavy) shooting it started to show signs of wear so I decided to go full frame and replaced it with a 5d3.

Canon 85 1.8 - sold for 85 1.2 ii. However wish I kep the 1.8 aswell as sometimes the f1.2 is just to big/heavy/slow AF to use out and about (althought when it nails it the results are glorious).

canon 50 1.4 - sold for 50L 1.2. Best decision I ever made. Wish I did it 3 years ago. It now lives on my camera.

canon 100mm macro - a lovely lens. However I took it to a humid butterfly farm which killed the aperture blades (they got stuck). I got it fixed by an authorised canon repair centre but it was never the same lens after I got it back. It still worked fine, but the AF was so slow after. So sold it, on the cheap :(, and replaced it with the 100L

canon 17-55 - just sold it as I upgraded to full frame and no longer really use my 60d (I keep my 60d for backup purposes and when I go to the zoo). Plus to be honest, I've never really been impressed by wide open IQ or contrast. Given my shooting style (run and gun) I don't really have the need for IS and I prefer shooting at wider apertures than f2.8.

sigma 10-20 - A wonderful lens. Never had any complaints, however I no longer use it because I upgraded to full frame. so gonna purchase a FF equivelent like the sigma 12-24 or canon 16-35.

Lenses / Re: what lens's to bring to Hawaii?
« on: February 25, 2014, 08:01:37 AM »
I would just take the 50mm 1.4.

Keep it on all the time.

Lenses / Re: Strange AFMA results with canon 50 f1.4
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:59:41 AM »
yes agreed. its called focus shift.

Something to do with the lack of an extra spherical lens to keep the bokeh smooth, means that aberations are uncorrected. That results in the focus shifting when stopped down.

I could calibrate at f1.4; thats what I used to do with my 1.4.

Interestingly the 50L 1.2 is supposed to be afflicted with the same problem. However I bought one a month ago and it demonstrates no focus shift. so perhaps there is also a little sample variation which worsens the focus shift effect...?

Lenses / General purpose zoom for honeymoon
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:55:02 AM »
I'm heading on my honeymoon in April to Mauritius for 2 weeks.

At home, I shoot 5d mk iii and generally with primes (24L, 35, 50L, 85L, 100L macro and soon to have 135L).

I'm thinking of not taking any of those and just buying a general purpose zoom so that:

a) Im carrying less stuff (so my new wife doesn't kill me for taking so much stuff), and
b) I can focus on enjoying my honeymoon and taking snaps rather than worrying about having the right lens on (so my new wife doesn't kill me for taking so much stuff).

I could just take the 24, 50 and 135 + an extension ring and that would cover most scenarios. However on a general walk about I'd still be carrying 3 lenses.

I'm sure this has been covered before (somewhere) but I think my options are:

The canon 24-70 ii feels too expensive to justify.
The canon 24-70 f4 doesn't feel exciting enough (70mm @ f4) to warrant £1000.
The canon 24-105 f4 could be a reliable choice but its dated and I worry about sharpness and sample variation.
I like the look / idea of the tamron, but the stories I hear about AF inconcistency (not MFA) worry me.

So I'm kind of leaning towards the sigma 24-105 f4. But I've owned the old sigma 24-70 f2.8 in the past and found the AF to be unreliable and the bokeh to be unattractive. But I could save a bit of cash and buy a used canon 24-105 f4.

But does anyone have any good opinion (or bad opinions) of the sigma 24-105? and/or any decent and definative review sites? and/or does anyone have an opinion on whether the canon 24-105 would be a better bet?

And/or any other suggestions that I haven't considered?

Your time is always appreciated.
Thanks all

Take the argument to the extreme and consider something like and iphone 5s. It has a tiny sensor so everything is always in focus. But it still has an f2 lens in terms of light transition. So sometimes I can get a better macro shot in low light on my 5s than I could on my 5d mk iii. Because to get an equivalent depth of field I'd have to stop down to f18 which would push up the ISO to extreme.

Lenses / Re: Picked up a new 24mm f1.4L II today
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:19:20 AM »
I agree. 24mm rapidly became my favourite focal length when I bought my 24L ii. the dof is great at 1.4 (for 24mm) the colour and contrast of the lens is sublime.

Lenses / Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« on: February 19, 2014, 03:28:34 PM »
Go with the 85 1.8. A fantastic little prime. Super sharp. Great docpf and Bokeh on full frame. 50 1.4 is dated, slow af and disppointing iq

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Best Flash
« on: February 13, 2014, 05:11:22 PM »
For the same price by 2x 430's and a set of pixel kings for off camera ettl. I use pixel kings on 5d3 for great ettl wireless control both manual and Ettl ratio. Plus (!) sync up to 1/8000 which 600 can't do over wireless

Software & Accessories / Short term gear insurance UK
« on: February 02, 2014, 05:30:35 PM »
Wasn't sure where to post this so apologies if there was a more appropriate place to post this.

I'm going on holiday for 2 weeks in may. I was wondering if anyone knew of an insurance company that did short term insurance UK?

I'm wanting to cover 5d3 + many lenses and my holiday insurance won't cover that value

EOS Bodies / Re: Repair or replace 7D
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:55:37 PM »
sell it. The 7d is over 3 year old tech now.

Photography Technique / Re: " Back Light Macro Tricks"
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:38:48 AM »
When I am boring from typical Photos shooting, I try to do some thing difference. Here are some of my tricks.

This last picture is lovely

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