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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

Software & Accessories / Vanguard supreme 53F (or 53D)
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:22:47 PM »
Does anyone know of any reviews of the Vanguard 53F or 53D hard case? Any opinions? Sample pictures illustrating how many lenses it can store would be useful. thanks

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:54:22 PM »
Three legged thing Brian.  With airhead (arcs Swiss compatible). Wonderful tripod for all use. Super light and compact. Plus a leg comes off for use as a monopod

Lenses / Re: Short tele for street portraits in Southeast Asia
« on: January 22, 2014, 04:28:13 PM »
Looking to for a short tele to use for street portraits/candids in Southeast Asia with my 5D3. I currently have the 70-200 f/2.8 IS and 85 1.2L for tele. I don't plan on bringing either due to size/weight issues or slow focus (85L).

I'm considering:

85 f/1.8
100 f/2
100 f/2.8L Macro
135 f/2L

I'm a little more interested in face shots, which I think would be better suited for 100mm+. The 85 1.8 and 100/f2 win in their size/weight/price. However, I'm less likely to find them use when I return. I can see myself using the 100L for it's Macro capability/IS/sealing or 135L for its size/image quality/bokeh.

No interest in the 70-200 f/4L (either version).

I plan on pairing this with the 40 Pancake and possibly a 24 IS.


I find 135L a great lens for street. Particularly if you want to maintain distance

Software & Accessories / Wrist strap / handgrip recommendation?
« on: January 22, 2014, 08:12:45 AM »
I shoot a lot on the street with 5d3 and either 35l, 50l or 85l. I don't like to use my neck strap (or black rapid) because it attracts to much attention. I'm after a wrist or hand strap that is secure.

Any recommendations?

Lenses / Re: 24-70mm or 70-200mm for full lenght portrait?
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:58:57 AM »
The lens with the least distortion. So, assuming those are the only two lenses available, then the 70-200mm. However, rummaging through my personal gear, I'd choose the 50mm macro.

All lenses have distortion...use the lens correction options in LR to fix.
Log lenses have telephoto compression, wides have the the photo's look is dependant on the focal length. Personallly, I like the 85mm perspective, it's a mild tele with minimal compression.

+1 85mm.

Then adjust distance to suit

Photography Technique / Re: How to replicate a 'look'?
« on: January 20, 2014, 08:53:42 AM »
get the focal length right i.e. if she is using 50mm crop you should use 85mm full frame.

Then after basic lightroom edits (like sharpness, noise, basic exposure) run your picture through "Topaz photofxlab". You can point the software at an image on the web (or in your library i.e. download the image you want to copy) and the software does its best to copy the colour, WB and tone of the image.

you might have to brush out the effect on the skin tones, but in my experience it has a medium to good amount of success

Lighting / Re: Looking for a macro ring light for 100mm L
« on: January 18, 2014, 03:05:10 PM »
if you have a flashgun already the rayflash is a good ring flash for around £150. Wonderful ring flash for macro, portraits, anything!

You can cheaper versions on amazon for around £40 but I can't comment on the cheap knockoffs quality

Lenses / Re: Canon 50f1.2L weather sealing
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:42:19 AM »
The 50mm f1.2 is weather sealed, but requires a filter to complete the seal.  Though, don't interpret that as water proof or built like a tank.  I've owned a few and broken 2 of them due to harsh environments.  If you're shooting in rain, high humidity, or dusty environments then I recommend using a clear/uv filter to protect the front element and a lens cover to protect the rest of the lens from the elements.

My first one broke while on a photo shoot in the Cascade Mountains during the winter.  Unfortunately moisture somehow made its way into the lens (even with a filter on) and the frigid cold caused the mechanism to freeze up.  When I turned the focus ring while the camera was on the lens wouldn't respond.  I was unable to focus with it until I sent it in for repairs.

A second copy broke while doing a photo shoot on the beach, then transitioning to a speed boat.  The harsh movements of the boat hitting the ways caused the magnetic focusing system to break and become unresponsive.  From the what the Canon CPS tech told me over the phone, apparently the internal lens elements were dislodged and one of them cracked inside the barrel.  It was too costly to repair so I bought another one.

Thanks for the tips. Truth be told I don't plan on going anywhere extreme like you but it would be nice to know if it starts raining I shouldn't be to worried

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just got 5D MK III. What do I check?
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:40:16 AM »
If you bought it from an authorized dealer, then you should be fine. Just go out take pictures and have fun with it


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Driving myself crazy, need help!
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:34:25 AM »
6D would give you the best all around DSLR for those needs. Though for street, you might be better served with a smaller rangefinder-like camera.


I'd go with a 6d and an x100s

Lenses / Re: Sell 16-35 II for 24-70 II/24TSE?
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:33:56 PM »
I would keep the 16-35 and just save up for a new lens. If you're after something to complete your zoom range the 24-70 would be better. but if your after architecture, pro-landscape or tilt shift FUN(!) then go for the TSE.

I personally don't believe in swapping 1 lens for something different unless I don't use the original lens.

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