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Lenses / Re: Picked up a new 24mm f1.4L II today
« on: February 20, 2014, 03:54:01 AM »
You'll love it...  i picked mine up 6 months gone...  It is rarely off my camera... :)


Lenses / Re: New EF-S 24mm & USM Motor Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 18, 2014, 11:32:03 AM »
pleassseeee be small...  boarder line pancake...  a scone/crumpet perhaps? :)

Thanks for the info, i have a lexar 1000x and a sandisk extreme (60MB/s). I don't notice a difference when shooting (a slight edge to the lexar) but clearing the buffer and downloading there is a noticeable difference.  I now use the lexar for when I do wildlife and I use burst mode, to any other time, i use my sandisk....  different tools for different jobs!

I would love a 300mm f/2.8, but to be honest, i would be slapping on a TC almost all the time, so having a native 600mm lens would be ideal. f/8 is a little slow for what i need (forests at dawn/dusk), but i guess this is where the ISO performance of the 5D III should come in....  hmmmmm....  I am extremely interested in this lens! I guess the 4000 Euro i would save on this lens could go to some awesome trips! ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Just got my hands on a 5D III for the weekend
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:34:40 AM »
I came from a 450D to a 5D mkIII...  you are going to love it....  But you might as well face the facts that after trying it, you will be buying a FF camera in the next 6 months! It's an investment in family memories...  or so the argument goes! ;)

Enjoy, you'll love it! 70-200 all the way!!!!  :)

Lenses / Re: New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]
« on: February 14, 2014, 05:31:34 AM »
I got fed up waiting and picked up a 17-40 in December...  I'm liking it a lot, but not loving it. I will wait for these putative lenses to be released, do the rounds, and maybe pick one up after a year or so (once the price is stabilised, and they become available here in India).

I am more interested in the 16-50 IS than the 14-24, but lets see what they are like once they are released! This year perhaps???

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.

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