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Lenses / Re: The Long and Short of it. 2 Photos from the same Place
« on: December 04, 2014, 05:38:31 AM »
Wildlife is another place where you can't always walk in to take a shot.... either for safety or because the subject is skitish...  Great example though TexPhoto

Technical Support / Re: DIY. How to shoot the bird from the car.
« on: December 04, 2014, 03:53:11 AM »
I use a standard beanbag on an open window, but love this light-weight option....  :)

Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 04, 2014, 03:51:15 AM »
I use a Macbookpro...  16gig Ram, 512GB SSD (4TB of external USB 3.0 storage). I use my SSD for editing pics then store them on external drives. I tend to turn off most other apps when editing... 

Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 04, 2014, 03:38:43 AM »
Hmmm...  According to LR, my most used combonation is my 5DIII + 70-200 (+/- 2xtcIII) but i blame wild life shooting for that.

I have a random Paul Frank camera bag for day to day use (as no one recognises it as a camera bag, and usually have my 5DIII + 24L for my day to day life, maybe the 40mm or 50mm too if i feel like it, or put in the 70-200 if i'm thinking portraits.

For wildlife i use a Thinktank Shapeshifter with 5DIII, 500L, 70-200L, 40mm pancake and both TC's

Travel (small) i use a Lowepro slingshot with 5D + 17-40 + 24-105

I don not have a bag for all occasions yet, that is for sure! My thinktank Shapeshifter is not ideal with a big ass lens, although it does fit it comfortably!

I have a 5DIII, which i love...  eventually i would love a second camera (I use my wifes 100D as a back-up/second body when she lets me).  Initially I thought i would wait for the 5DIV, but the 7DII is appealing as it would add length to my wildlife shooting...  5D for low-light situations and the 7DII for nice lighting and length!  hmmmm...  Tough call!

It's a tough call to make. If i where you, i would just take a minute to revel in the fact that our problems revolve around which DSLR should we get as a 2nd body! ::)

FYI...  this pic might be out of context, but it low-light capabilities are important...  this was shot after sun-set at iso 12800 5DMKIII + 500mmLII...  this is where having FF shines... some slight noise-reduction but not too much! I would never ditch my 5D, but the addition of a 7DII could be beneficial!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i to 7dii or new lens
« on: December 04, 2014, 03:22:02 AM »
+1 to everything above...  :)

I would pick up some new glass unless it really is the camera holding you back...  i had the best glass i could get for my old 450D, but i was still lacking for what i wanted to shoot...  so i upgraded my body (5DIII)...  however, since i mainly used the EFS 17-55, i also needed to up-grade glass too...  the basic answer is upgrade both, but start with glass! :)

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:08:49 AM »
Nice :)

I'm still waiting for the 24mm to arrive in India...  then my wife will have a very nice mini-kit!
100D + 24mm STM + 40mm STM


I like the idea of them being warnings...  :P

Canon General / Re: Hello everyone!
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:12:58 AM »
Welcome...  :)

If you do not know already, a great resource is
It has great reviews of pretty much all the lenses and has an image quality comparison feature that is very handy indeed! :)

A low(ish) budget suggestion for wide-angle landscape and prime would be the following:

EF-S 10-18mm (
EF 24mm f/2.8 (the version with IS if you can stretch that far)
and the classic EF 50mm f/1.8

All will be small, light and very good.  if you upgrade to a full frame camera (xD) soon, you can sell the EF-S with little loss.  Since you are using a crop-sensored body (1.6x), the apparent focal length of your lenses will be 1.6 times longer. So the 24mm would feel like a 38mm.

Another good buy might be the 40mm pancake, or even the new 24mm pancake (although this would not work on a full-frame body if you upgraded to one soon).


Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:31:56 AM »
hmmm...  it might not be as mass produced as they would want, but i doubt they would just axe it this early!

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:29:30 AM »
Since i've just picked up a 500L...  i think i would be hard pressed to justify this purchase to the wife....  Finally, it has been released and I've been excited to see it! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:56:08 AM »
5D MK IV please....

MP of 5D MK III is fine for me.
Faster AF would be great
More DR, and better high ISO - standard
WiFi PLEASE.........  :)

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 29, 2014, 08:42:13 PM »
I think my case was a horrible bit of bad luck.... But I am still using my strap, which I think says a lot.

BR where fantastic and paid for the repairs on my gear.

"a monkey hitting keys at random on a typewriter keyboard for an infinite amount of time will almost surely type a given text, such as the complete works of William Shakespeare"

I would say that the problem I had is insignificant (statistically), although I do not have the figures...  :)

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 20, 2014, 06:31:08 AM »
my 2p worth!

For travel i am more of a fan of small is all / light is right!

I cut down my kit to my 5D mk III and the 24-105! This is my general travel kit...  covers most of what i would shoot on holiday/vacation. I will always add the 40mm STM, as well, it is so small, it is pointless not to! ;)

If i think i need wider (city streets and landscapes), then i add the 17-40L too (small and light).

If the trip involves an event (wedding etc...), i would add the 24L and 70-200L, and take out the 24-105!

If i am going for wildlife, it is no longer a travel kit in my opinion! :)

Another consideration is how i am travelling. If i am going by car, then i am more inclined to add extra gear, but if it is flying, and lots of shifter around, then i go for smaller rather than larger! :)

In short, every trip requires different kit for me...  :P but if i want to go light, it is the 5D kit + 40mm.

All that being said, i often take things i don't use, and crave things i didn't bring! Sad truth! :)

Enjoy retirement, the re-introduction to the hobby and your travels! :)

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