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Lenses / Re: Which Canon Full Frame Camera is For You?
« on: December 23, 2014, 01:52:57 AM »
A new 5D4 with better noise control, nigher ISO, better HDR, using the 7D2 AF and wifi.

Skip the HDR
Wfi would be great, but i would not trade it for construction and durability.
The 7D AF on a FF would be too narrow...  I want a wider AF spread

Indeed, the point is wait for the next run of FF cameras...  :)

Part of me is jumping up and down shouting "buy it"! Just for the pleasure of f/1.0

However, the part of me that holds the wallet is saying "what's the point"?

I am not a big 50mm fan, I am more a man of extremes, so I would not get it. However, if you have the spare cash i don't think you will make loss if you ever wanted to re-sell...

hmmmm GAS vs need...  tough call! :)

Third Party Manufacturers / m42 Lenses on 5D MKIII (and 6D)
« on: December 21, 2014, 02:05:56 AM »
I picked up a Helios 44-2 58mm f/2 earlier this year and loved it...  I also inherited a Pentacon 50mm f/1.8 with an old Prakitca MTL3.

Since then I have had my eyes open for other great value old MF lenses and am will soon be picking up a Tair 11A (135mm f/2.8, with 20 bladed aperture) and a Carl zeiss 35mm f/2.4 Flektogon MC.

I'll let you know how they do and will post some images.

Have you guys got any other suggestions from personal experience? Maybe something in the macro genre? :)


Animal Kingdom / Re: Tiger Flehmen response
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:45:53 AM »
You can check out the rest of this trips worth (3 days) on my website:

Amazing pictures, i read many times of tiger attacks on Indian villages, is it safe to be this close?

Thanks and yes...  there has not been an incident in a national park for decades. the village attacks are mainly due to human encroachment on buffer zones and old tigers too weak to hunt deer.  The tigers in the parks are all healthy and don't attack jeeps! :) It is perfectly safe...  it is crossing the roads you need to worry about, not the wildlife! :)

Lenses / Re: How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 20, 2014, 01:43:44 AM »
The 400mm f/5.6 is a bargain lens, it would be a shame to see it replaced with a $2,000 lens.  It allows photographers to get into a front line hand held 400mm lens for a reasonable price.

Indeed...  but even if they stop making it, i think there are enough floating around the 2nd hand market to keep it a realistic option for a few years to come...  it is a gateway lens, Canon would be foolish to completely abandon their excellent OEM (non-is etc) telephotos... 

the 100-400 appears to be a worthy up-graded model...  In a way i'm glad i picked up my 500L before it was out, because otherwise i might have struggled more with the choice...  no regrets! :D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Tiger Flehmen response
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:23:32 AM »
Thanks all...  being in India is a fantastic chance to try my hand at wildlife photography! :)

Lenses / Re: How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 19, 2014, 12:15:08 AM »
it came out just after I picked up my 500L, sooooo  seems nice, but I'm good! ;)

Lenses / Re: What would you choose to complement a 50mm prime?
« on: December 18, 2014, 05:27:33 AM »
If i had only a 50mm prime, i would probably buy a camera to go with it! :D

Seriously, if i wanted range 16-35 + 70-200. 50 fits in the middle...  although, personally i would get 24-70 and 70-200 as i am not a 50mm fan too much! :P

Animal Kingdom / Re: Tiger Flehmen response
« on: December 18, 2014, 02:28:43 AM »
martti, Ryan85 - Thank you both, i am stoked with it...  I had a great trip, also got leopard up a tree, a shot i've been craving for a while now... 

You can check out the rest of this trips worth (3 days) on my website:

Animal Kingdom / Tiger Flehmen response
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:20:18 AM »
I was fortunate enough to get a shot of a tiger having a flehmen response in Kabini, KA, India...  this is a rare sight in south india as, well, you rarely get to see a tiger longer enough to witness it! :)

I hope you enjoy. Copyright : John Rowell...  blar blar blar

5DIII + 500mm IS II, 1/250 f/4.5 iso1600

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 100D + 24mmSTM + 40mmSTM
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:13:47 AM »
I would love an X100(), it is a great camera, but for me the advantage of the 100D is i can use my already large collection of expensive lenses! :)  And my wife can too, if we go shooting wildlife, she slaps on the 70-200 2.8 (320mm f/2.8 IS equivalent FL) and it and she does fantastically! :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 100D + 24mmSTM + 40mmSTM
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:16:26 AM »
You're welcome...  If they made a really wide pancake...  say a 12-18mm (don't ask me about the optical physics of this), it would be a great, albeit weird FL, kit! :)

Enjoy the kit...  I'm enjoying it...  erm, oh yeah...  my wife is enjoying it too! ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 100D + 24mmSTM + 40mmSTM
« on: December 11, 2014, 04:20:11 AM »
I shoot with a 5D MKIII, but my wife finds it far too big and heavy, so i bought her a 100D and a 40mm..  she loved it! It even fits in her handbag (which apparently is a very important factor).

Now that the 24mm is out her kit is now becoming very appealing...  Although 24mm on crop isn't so wide, it is only a little longer than a 35mm prime on a FF, which is a focal length i can deal with. the 40mm on a crop is actually pretty nice as a portrait lens.

This is now becoming our travel kit for weekends (well unless there is something specific i want my 5D for).

Anyway, it is a cheap (ish) great small light kit. no big surprises here, just happy my wife is happy and happy 'we' have a small travel kit! :)

I would recommend this set-up to most people. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D mkIV
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:42:24 PM »
I hope that they don't bunk up the MP on the 5DIV...  for me there is no need. Make another large sensor camera...

IMHO the IV needs to maintain the philosophy of the first 3 5D's. Best all-round FF camera. descent FPS but not excessive, great image quality, great video (not that I use it often), other key core features, good MP but not highest, great AF etc.... the 7DII AF would not be as good on FF as it is not wide enough...  make a FF equivalent, fine. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D MkII vs 1D MkIV "real-world"
« on: December 10, 2014, 11:14:38 AM »
Thanks for the info guys, i was pondering this myself...  not that i'm in the market right now, but out of interest! :)

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