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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: February 20, 2013, 09:07:15 AM »
B&H has penciled in a delivery date of April 15th, but I'm hoping some copies sneak into the hands of a few reviewers before then so we can get a good idea of the overall image quality. Fingers crossed!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading from Rebel XT
« on: February 12, 2013, 01:05:47 AM »
I upgraded from the XTi to the 7D a few years ago. With how much you use and abuse your camera, the build and better sealing on the 7D should be great for you. Yeah, it would be awesome to eventually go full-frame, but if that's not in your budget, I can't see a good reason for waiting around for another year on cameras that may or may not surface.

What if the next greatest thing comes out in 6 months? Sell the 7D, lose a few hundred dollars, and then buy the latest and greatest. In short, worst case scenario, you'll be paying a few hundred dollars to "rent" a 7D for 6+ months. That still seems like a pretty good deal to me.

I picked up a Meike 951 speedlite. It has TTL, it'll strobe and it'll adjust the flash based on your current focal length (24 to 105mm) amongst other bells and whistles (like a laser grid AF assist beam).

Yeah, it eats batteries and it's not the same build quality of Canon's-- but so far it's been reliable and functioned as advertised. Not bad for $90 if you're not a pro and looking to save a bit of money.

Lenses / Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?
« on: February 03, 2013, 01:02:48 PM »
Canon 14L (version 1) for bit under £600 (~$900), which seemed to me to be a helluva deal for the UK.

Mint condition except the lens cap had a few scratches on it, but that doesn't seem to affect the picture quality at all ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Times running out 5D Mk3 or 1DX
« on: February 01, 2013, 10:45:24 PM »
If I recall correctly, the 1DX will drive the AF on high end lenses faster due to its higher voltage (as compared to the 5D III, etc). I would imagine the AF on the 85 1.2 would be noticeably less sluggish/frustrating with the 1DX.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D to 5D Mk III - Pull the trigger?
« on: January 25, 2013, 01:24:31 AM »
I moved from the 7D to the 5D III over the Christmas holidays and I haven't looked back. The pictures the 5D has produced straight from the camera are stunning.

In addition to that, I shoot mostly landscapes, so the "loss in reach" was actually beneficial to me. Seeing how wide my 24-105 can actually go-- and being able to use my 14L to the fullest-- made the jump worth it, no doubt.

The only real loss I see form the 7D is the frames per second, but at 6fps or so, the 5D is adequate for me.

Otherwise, besides the general image quality of the 5D III, I was really impressed by the "silent shutter" feature. I hadn't heard a lot about it in my research (which is why it was a surprise), but I actually found it more useful than you'd think.

Otherwise, if you've done your research, you know what you're getting. If you love photography and you have the money, go for it. No question.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:12:00 AM »
When I'm not traveling for work, I based in the Stamford, Lincs area at the moment.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Selling used gear UK
« on: January 25, 2013, 12:08:27 AM »
Basically, on big items (L lenses, etc), if anything seemed fishy, I just dropped it. I'm sure some of the deals I ended up passing up on were legit-- but I know others weren't. That is, if the seller was suddenly out of town or wouldn't talk to me on the phone, etc they I just wrote it off as being a scam.

Yeah, you pass a few good deals, but on the same note, you save yourself a lot of grief.

United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Selling used gear UK
« on: January 24, 2013, 12:21:58 PM »
I recently sold my 7D on Gumtree.com

There aren't any fees (unless you want to "Promote" your advert) and it was pretty painless-- although I probably cold have sold it for more on eBay, I didn't have to deal with shipping or fees, etc which made up the difference to me.

Do be prepared for people trying to haggle you down on your price and either price accordingly (a bit higher than you'd settle for) or hold your ground.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: January 21, 2013, 01:53:05 AM »
Ryan, the photos look great. I love how the long exposure basically eliminates traffic (well, besides the hint of a taillight or two I see in the second one). It's definitely given me some ideas once I get some free time and good weather! Nice pics :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: January 17, 2013, 06:22:07 AM »
This is a photo I took looking across the Missouri River onto Nebraska's shores just a few weeks ago. The ice flowing with the river worked great for a long exposure.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Launches the Sigma USB DOCK
« on: January 08, 2013, 08:46:06 AM »
I think a lot of the thought behind this is the ability to change the software/firmware on a lens. This way if Canon (or Nikon, etc) decide to change the protocol of how the camera body communicates with the lens, Sigma can roll out updates so your lenses don't become fancy paperweights.

On the same note, if you are able to tweak other parameters, that could be interesting as well.

Lenses / Re: 8-15L cut it yourself gelatin
« on: December 21, 2012, 04:52:37 PM »
For my 14L I just picked up an ND gelatin filter from B&H. It set me back a pretty penny, but the first few shots I have done with it seem to have turned out great. The thin plastic sheet (gelatin, whatever) is large enough to cut half a dozen filters out of it. This way if you screw one up down the road, you can always make another.


Lenses / Re: Lenses for Ice Cream Photography
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:40:59 PM »
I agree with the posters above me. A macro lens is probably the way you want to go for lenses. However, if this camera is strictly for food photography (and not for a side hobby of yours) a 5DIII is a bit overkill. For food product photography, I can't see a sizable advantage of the 5DIII over the 5DII-- and the 5DII is $1K less expense at the moment.

Also, it will be worthwhile to invest in a good tripod and make sure and shoot your pictures in RAW format. You can search the internet for more info on RAW, but it provides for much more flexibility for adjusting tones and colors after the shot than JPEG's do.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2799
« on: November 16, 2012, 01:04:37 AM »
I pulled the trigger on the $2799 price as it was just too good to pass up, especially after Canon's recent price increases with their MAP. Also, for those interested, a few days ago I contacted Adorama and they said they can offer the 5DIII at $3050-- below their website price of $3300 if anyone is interested.

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