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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Leica m2
« on: February 13, 2014, 02:51:47 AM »
Thanks for all your advice! :) Lets see what I can get my hands on here in India...  Processing is another matter, and one I will have to face at a later date! :P

Third Party Manufacturers / Leica m2
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:49:51 AM »
A friend of mine has an old Leica M2 and lenses that he has had since it's release. He does not use it anymore and said i am more than welcome to borrow it whenever i want... 

Obviously, i am excited about giving it a go...  but i have NEVER shot film (recent photography enthusiast). I need to source some film, could anyone advise me on what would be good b&w film?



EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 05:38:06 AM »
Thanks, though ML is not on my agenda yet...  still mainly a stills shooter! :)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:23:39 AM »

Thanks for the info...  I guess I will chalk this up to the (alcohol induced) learning curve!  ::)

When i shoot footage for 'work' (not really work, it is just for experience/favour to a friend), my cameras are firmly on tripods and I don't touch them once they are set up! I will have to adapt a new camera holding technique for run-and-gun shooting that removes the finger from temptation! ;)

EOS Bodies - For Video / Filming newbie
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:53:20 AM »
I don't film much with my 5D, but am doing so more and more, interviews mostly.

Anyway, the other day at a party, some friends broke into spontaneous song. I already had my camera out and chose to film it.  Fine the settings were far from perfect, but i shot it anyway as a memento. During filming, i took a photo, accidentally (alcohol induced snap-happy fingers). I thought nothing of it until i checked out my footage the next day, and felt both stupid and annoyed (ontop of a throbbing head). In the footage at the moment i took the still, there is a pause in the filming and an audible 'fake' (?) shutter click, before continuing normally. Fortunately, it was just friends and I think they will find it funny considering it was me, but also shoot b-roll and interviews on the side for a small documentary producer. Thankfully, nothing like this has happened in any of these jobs...

I knew it was possible to take stills while filming, but if it screws up the shoot, what's the point? Is there anyway of repairing this, or at the least disabling this feature so i don't do it again? What did i do wrong, and how can i avoid it in the future.



Thanks for this comparison...  It is certainly one I was very interested in seeing...  I would love the 300 f/2.8, especially because most of my wildlife shots are in dimly lit conditions, and with a TC it has good IQ also. But the price is a little out of my reach...  The tamron is a tempting solution, but still not won over by it...  hmmmm, Well done Tamron, you have given a lot us pause to think!

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Price leaked
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:36:05 AM »
i am still rockin' an old 50 1.8 II, which I am looking to replace. This sigma might well fit the bill...  but like anything, i'll see what people say once they get their hands on it before i make any decisions!

Lenses / Re: Why no 400mm f/4L IS exists?
« on: February 11, 2014, 09:31:55 AM »
400 DO has always interested me, but I think i would even be happy with an up-dated 300 f4 IS replacement.

Might give it a rent and see how it goes, DO that is! :)

Photography Technique / Re: Photography fail moments !!!
« on: February 06, 2014, 11:20:04 PM »
Lens cap - Check
Tripod mount/release switch - Check but have quick reflexes
Forgetting i put MF on and loathing the fact it no longer focused when i needed it to - Check
Timer left on - check
Sunglasses underexposing phenomenon - Check (though i check the histogram more than i look at the image)
Not turning on the microphone - Nope...  but am getting the RODE videomicGO to avoid this potential problem

New one for you all...

tried to blow dust off my sensor (a regular event for me in india), but forgot to flip the mirror...  No matter how many times i did it and did test shots, the dust would just not budge! It was only after I searched the interweb i remembered the mirror. Felt like a prat.

Any word on release date and price???  I think my sister would really enjoy this lens.

Does anyone but me find it bizarre that the APS-c version is actually wider than the full-frame version?  If they could make this one 16mm, it seems like they could have made the full-frame version 24mm.

Nope, just you...  :P

I'm sure it will have something to do with optic design, given the fact that canon only made a 28-300 too. Also, 16mm = 25.6mm on FF, which is closer to 28 than 24 in FF equivalent (just)! :)

Lets see how this actually stacks up against the 28-300L...  when that information comes out I will give this lens a second look. Until then, I am filling it in the 'could be interesting' pile. Like any new lens, lets see how it performs in the real world, and see what 1st round production problems it has! ;)

Good for the travel enthusiasts who like one lens set-ups!

Lenses / Re: More EF pancakes?
« on: February 06, 2014, 04:45:20 AM »
Sigh...  I am starting to think the same... I think it is a shame though, as i am sure a 20mm pancake would be as well received as the 40.

Well, i hope you are all wrong, but i'm not holding my breath!

Software & Accessories / Re: Custom SLR M-Plate Pro Tripod Plate
« on: February 05, 2014, 05:49:23 AM »
I have one and use it with 70-200L IS II as well, the "knob" is quite far from the lens' tripod mount itself but depending on what sort of head and quick release you use it might still get in the way. I use Manfrotto 322RC2 head mostly and its locking arm requires a bit trickery as it's between the mount and the "knob", but is usable.

Thanks! :)

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