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Lenses / Re: Should I replace my zooms with primes?
« on: August 01, 2013, 06:15:08 AM »
I'm not sure if it is paired with the 6D for a kit, but I'd look at the 24-70 f/4 IS instead of the 24-105. The 24-105 is a great focal range, but I never found it to be that sharp compared to my other L's and I wasn't a fan of the distortion at the wide end (although that is pretty easy to correct in post). The 24-70 f/4 is supposed to be much sharper, still has an f/4 aperture (if that fits your needs) and still has IS. on top of that, your 70-200 will cover the longer focal lengths. Personally I ditched the 24-105 for the 24-70 2.8 II, and while I sometimes miss the IS, I love the noticeable gain in sharpness (even if my wallet got a lot lighter).

With regards to zooms and primes:
Primes will be sharper than zooms at the same focal length most every time (although at smaller apertures, most zooms will sharpen up pretty good). The main reason I like primes is the wider aperture-- which is great for bokeh and thin DoF-- but I really love the fact that I can shoot in low light without cranking my ISO through the roof.

If you're always finding yourself shooting at f/4-f/8, then primes won't gain you a whole lot. They're physically lighter, but if you can't find a use for their low-light capabilities or take advantage of the wide aperture to throw the background out of focus, you might as well stick with your zooms for the flexibility.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:48:43 AM »
Yeah, the swirl bokeh is certainly interesting. Seems like a bit of a one trick pony, but if it fits your style, then it fits and that's what matters.

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Portrait / Re: Few Weddings over last 12 months.. C&C Welcome :)
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:17:26 AM »
They turned out really well, good job! I'm not a big fan of the clear plastic hanger used for hanging the bride's dress from the tree-- I would have liked to see something a little bit fancier. Also, it would have been nice to remove the water puddle at the bottom of the stairs in the final shot.

But, again, those are really minor things, I'd be more than happy with the work you did  :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Newbie - My shots your thoughts
« on: July 25, 2013, 02:44:20 AM »
+1 to dswtan

I was going to pencil in my thoughts, but they pretty much mirror his. The pictures are a great start and you did pretty well with what you had to work with (glass, fences, etc)-- but there's always room for improvement and another excuse to visit the zoo again :)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Any suggestion about back pack?
« on: July 08, 2013, 03:44:50 AM »
I was just shopping for bags the other day. I've been using the TrekPak system for about a year now and I love it. I couldn't find any camera bags that fit my needs without looking frumpy or blatantly like a camera bag, but the TrekPak dividers basically allow me to turn any backpack into a camera bag.

So, with the internals sorted, I started looking into hiking bags with panel loading and found a couple that open from the front (like normal) and from the back-- so I don't have to set down my straps in the mud to get out my camera. That was the feature I was looking for, although it sounds like your needs are a bit different.

Anyways, long story short, I'm sorry I can't think of a specific bag that meets your needs-- but I'd looking into buying dividers from TrekPak and then browsing hiking backpacks to find one that fits your needs. The selection of hiking backpacks is tremendous compared to the limited amount of camera backpacks out there.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Anyone using a Capture Camera Clip?
« on: July 05, 2013, 02:09:50 AM »
I haven't tried any other systems out there, but I have been using the Capture Clip for 6 or 7 months now. It's great and I love it.

My 7D was always a bit too heavy for my camera strap-- and after I got my 5D, I haven't even bothered taking the Canon strap out of the plastic as I've been using the Capture Clip this whole time. It's great for hiking when I can hang it off of my backpack strap. It holds it in secure, yet I can pop off my camera quickly when I need to-- which means that I'm not missing pictures that I may have been too lazy to take if my camera was packed away or just too slow to drop my backpack and get my camera out.

The only real complaints I have about it are minor:
1) If your gear is heavy (5D +70-200) and attached to your belt, you will notice it. It pulls down pretty good, so you need to cinch your belt an extra hole.
2) When you do have a heavy set up on your belt, it tends to torque the capture clip and can push into your hip some depending on how you have it. It's annoying but not bad. However, for longer hikes it might be a problem. Although, for longer hikes I'd be carrying a backpack and have it on the shoulder strap strap. I do notice with V2 they are offering some sort of pad-- that may fix this issue.

Otherwise it's secure and I love it. If I were to buy version 2 now, I might spring for the one with a metal back just because that seems like it'd be more robust for hanging $5K of gear off of it. However, I can't see that tripod screw on the back ever being used. That's why I have an Arca swiss quick release plate, why would I use this clip for that?

So, long story short, if you're a hiker/biker or just traveling  with a backpack and your camera on a fairly regular basis, get it. It's great to have your camera right there on your shoulder strap. And, really, even if you aren't toting a backpack around, it's great to have the camera clipped on your belt, especially when changing lenses-- it's a stable 3rd hand to help you out while you're juggling things around.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Buying from overseas: An experience.
« on: July 04, 2013, 01:55:12 AM »
I used E-Infinity to purchase my 24-70 2.8 II. The service was second to none, they emailed me photos of my addressed package and it came through their London warehouse-- no import duties, no problems.

I've considered using them again to purchase the 24L II, but I have a trip to the States coming up soon, so I may just spring for the lens then.

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Technical Support / Re: Help me save this photo!
« on: July 02, 2013, 06:32:05 AM »
I didn't have time to read the topic, but I usually just use Ctrl + S. This might be different on a Mac, but on a PC it works great for saving photos.


(I'm sorry, where were we?  ;) )

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Keep in mind, when you are filming video the sensor is exposed all that time as well. So, it may heat up and you may see a few (temporary) hot pixels or noise, but you shouldn't have to worry about damaging the sensor. Again, assuming you have a lens hooked up, etc etc

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Lenses / Re: Prevent Dust into lenses
« on: June 27, 2013, 01:02:32 AM »
A good idea and all, but I don't know that I'd want to sacrifice the use of my manual focus ring (hidden under the cover when not fully extended). But, depending on the shooting conditions, I suppose it could be worth it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 10 stop High quality ND filter
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:20:39 PM »
I have a 77mm and an 82mm 10 stop by Hoya. It might make the pictures a hair warmer, but overall there is no significant colorcast and I really don't have any complaints. They've performed great :)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: E-Infinity
« on: June 10, 2013, 12:32:07 AM »
I just ordered my 24-70 2.8II from them a few months ago. Great service and communication at a good price for the UK.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: More DO Supertelephoto Lenses
« on: May 17, 2013, 12:00:14 PM »
You can check out the links below for a bit more information on DO lenses. On the first link, scroll down a ways for a quick diagram.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/standard_display/Lens_Advantage_Perf

http://www.canon.com/premium-lib/movie/t005/

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/forums/thread1972.htm

Hopefully that helps some.

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Lenses / Re: I've got a screw loose (telephoto hood)
« on: May 14, 2013, 02:06:12 PM »
If you don't have Loc-Tite when you replace it, a dab of clear nail polish on the threads will do the job just fine too.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
« on: May 09, 2013, 06:58:30 AM »
The front of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.


(http://500px.com/photo/32282033)

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