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Lenses / Re: Just got my 135L!
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:49:35 AM »
Congrats...  and thanks all for an entertaining whine.

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Lenses / Re: 50mm Primes that don't suck wide open?
« on: July 12, 2013, 05:35:35 AM »
Keep the 50 and see how you like it on FF...  at 2.8 there is little difference between it and the 40, but you also get the option of opening it up if you really need to, something the 40 can't!

If you did not already have the 50, i would have said get the 40...  :P

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Lenses / Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« on: July 10, 2013, 01:38:54 AM »
Nice shots...  and thanks for the stats of lens use. :)

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Lenses / Re: 17-55mm... should I keep it or sell it???
« on: July 10, 2013, 01:37:53 AM »
Sold my 17-55...  sad to see it go, been through a lot with it, but happy to have the cash!

Why not convert your 450d to do IR? It may open a whole new world of creativeness for you.

I had long since thought about this...  might look into a place that can convert it here (India).

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Lenses / Re: Focal Reducer
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:07:24 AM »
For my 8" f/10 Intes Maksutov, it changes the optic from a 2000mm f/10 to a 1360mm f/6.3. This particular one works both with CCD cameras AND visually. There are some that will change this to a 1100mm f/5.5 or to 550mm f/3.3 but these are for CCD use only.

Thanks for the clarification.

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Lenses / Re: EOS - trip in the desert: dust
« on: July 08, 2013, 02:27:56 AM »
OK!
Thanks a lot...!

Do you recommend lens filters?

I would always use a UV filter by the sea because salt gets stuck on the front element constantly and it is pretty abrasive when you wipe it off unless you use some kind of cleaning liquid. That it completes the weather sealing on the 70-200 is also nice and I imagine that will be your most used lens when shooting surfers.

+1...  Enjoy! :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: So I made the jump to FF - now what?
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:51:19 PM »
I would probably say save up until you have better idea of what you want, then you can have more choice with a larger budget...  You will quickly realise if you need more width or length... :)

But if you really want to get something, I can understand that, then the 70-300L would be my choice!

Enjoy!

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EOS Bodies / Re: The Next EOS M Camera(s) [CR1]
« on: July 07, 2013, 11:38:49 PM »
To be able to use current EF and/or EF-S lenses is a nice feature, however, I still want pancake lenses to go with mirrorless cameras.

+1...  being able to attach you EF/Ef-S lenses to it is great indeed, and a feature that was required, but equally (or more so) is the need for smaller, lighter lenses to go with the smaller lighter body... I want a pancake feast...  preferably EF!!!  :D Bring out pancakes at all the physically available focus lengths, no matter how odd (40mm wasn't exactly normal)!

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Lenses / Re: 17-55mm... should I keep it or sell it???
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:30:04 AM »
Add another member to the club. I've not used mine in a year, and all efforts to sell it have amounted to nothing. Being in a smaller market, most people have assumed it's a replacement for the kit lens, despite my best efforts to share factual information about the lens.

My closest opportunity came when I was contacted by a very nice young person who was willing to buy it for my asking price. She'd been doing paid work for a while and was ready to upgrade her equipment to the next level. We were all ready to go when she told me she was excited, as it should be the perfect lens for her 5D mark ii...  ???

I guess she is not much into gear! ::) Not sold mine yet...  It is too expensive for most folk out here (India), and the major players use FF...  :(

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Lenses / Re: EOS - trip in the desert: dust
« on: July 05, 2013, 06:24:57 AM »
Both your 7D and 70-200 are weather sealed...  you'll be fine... :) Even with your 15-85 you'll be fine.  I have taken my old 450D and 17-55 into the north Indian dessert for a couple of days camel safari, constantly exposing it to the elements and it was fine...

Just change your lens in the best situation, away from extreme dusty/windy/wet environments, and you won't have a problem...

:) Enjoy your trip

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I think the ergonomics of small P&S cameras is not conducive of prolonged use. Yes i think their IQ will improve, but the need for a more comfortable grip/button combo will be needed.

I don't think it will be redundant, but maybe less prevalent, with a lot of amateurs and part-time users preferring the compact version of mirror-less over a DSLR sized one...  a shift in popular trends more than absolute eradication! :)

EDIT: I see the title is whether they will still have mirrors...  I think we will loose them at some point, but i think the form and function of the DSLR will exist. :)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from overseas: An experience.
« on: July 04, 2013, 12:33:35 AM »
I know it is annoying that things can be cheaper elsewhere, particularly the other side of the pond.  I only once ordered abroad long ago, and got stung with import tax etc...  In the end the saving was minimal and I didn't think it was worth the prolonged delivery and worry.  Now i buy local. I live in India now and buy from Indian shops. When i lived in France I did the same, as when i was in the UK.

I try and buy local if possible. though if i am going to a "cheap" destination, i will save some purchases until then.

I think it is rarely worth the couple of quid saved compared to the worry and actually supporting local shops/economy. 
additionally, warranty is always a concern in these situations, so the money you are saving you might loose +more if there is a problem!

Thanks for sharing your story! Just my 2p on buying abroad...  :)

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Do you think anyone actually buys these kind of deals? I would hope that even someone who knows nothing about photography would at least check out the items to see if it is worth it or not before dropping $1.7k?

Where there is ignorance there will always be some one ready to exploit it. sigh

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Lenses / Re: Home from Central Asia...Thoughts and lessons
« on: July 03, 2013, 07:23:22 AM »
Thanks for the feedback..  nice shots!  :)  I find just having the 24-105 as a travel lens is great. :)

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Lenses / Re: 17-55mm... should I keep it or sell it???
« on: July 03, 2013, 04:59:27 AM »
I'm in a similar boat...  my 17-55 has sat in my lens cupboard for the last 6 months (since i got my 5d)...  I was saving it for my back-up camera, but now i'm thinking of selling it.

My wife is getting a 100D and I was thinking she might use it with it, but attaching it to the 100D makes the combo so heavy/unbalanced i know she won't like it much.

My 450D is more use as a paper weight...  it is so bashed up and crappy (compared to the 5D) I don't see much point keeping the 17-55 for it, since i have barely used it anyway...

I vote sell it...  That is what i'm going to do, and put the money towards something else (I can get a 24 2.8 IS for not much more than the re-sale price...  A plus for the 100D/wife and my 5D alike). :)

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