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Lenses / macro lens and techniques
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:13:14 PM »

ive really got into macro photography recently, especially insects and mini landscapes! but im using the reverse lens technique, 50mm on my 100m (f1.8/f.2)

its great for super close ups, but im losing alot of picture at the edges, cant really find out how to help with this, but anyway, is swapping my canon f2 lens for the canon f2.8 macro (non l)  a good idea? obvioulst i wont get a supe rclose anymore, but that doesnt bother me, i just need something more practical! do you think someone out there would find that a good exchange?.

any other tips you think might help would be great!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / aperture!
« on: September 19, 2013, 03:38:46 PM »
hi , can someone explain the theory behind choosing the aperture when shooting big landscapes.

i can understand it when shooting portraits or street stuff, for example, focal depth, to get a faster shutter etc

so for example like earlier i was in a farmers field, huge open farmland, but a terrific sunset/moonrise  sun/moon off camera but a lovely pink cloudy sky with some interesting pylons, ive got a polariser and a soft graduated filter to help me out balancingthe sky, lets assume i use the correct hyperfocal distance and focus there on 100 iso, im in manual , now if time value isnt an really an issue, whats the best aperture to use? bearing in mind i can change the time value to get a correct exposure.

this always stumps me, and i just  guess :S!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / lcd display on 6d
« on: July 19, 2013, 03:09:24 PM »
hi guys,

was just interested to know, what sort of processing is the canon 6d (or rough equivalent) doing to the photos before it displays it on the lcd display? 

i ask because i took a reference photo of a nice sky the other evening, there were some subtle colours  that i wanted to remember.

i know i shouldnt rely onthe lcd screen for colours or anything like that but a quick glance never hurts, i remember being happy with what i saw ( just a simple Av setting 100mm f2)

i downloaded the file which was a raw image, which has everything zeroed, so photos need a bit of processing, but the image i got was almost grey compared to what i saw on the lcd screen.and i had to process the raw in lightroom to look like the image from the back of my camera,as it was what i wanted it to look like!  which seems totally stupid lol  ive attached the files.

just for reference and for comparison id love to know what sort of processing is applied for the lcd output ?

sometimes digital photography is so darn  backward lol

( the first photo is the raw no processing turned into a small jpeg, the second is the procssed image to look like what i saw on back of lcd screen and more what the actual sky looked like )

EOS Bodies / remote shooting
« on: June 07, 2013, 09:47:01 AM »
can anyone advice me on the capabilities of the rc-6  ir remote control. i want to set up my camera around the garden and take shots of birds, foxes , put it up trees etc ( i havnt got any super long lenses) so itll be like a camera trap but ill be controlling when it fires.

i have a 6d but sadly i have a windows phone (no canon app)  and i dont own a laptop (my desktop pc is not close to the garden and not possible to move), so the wifi/tethered options are a no go. 

my options are , buy android phone/get alaptop (expensive ) or another remote 

is the rc-6 anygood for a budget option, is it something that  i could work around its limitations, or is there another relatively cheap option i could go for. considering my gardens not huge but might want to work at 20 meteres

i took my 6d on holiday with my 24mm 2.8 (non l) and my 100mm f2 (non l)  and the shots looked pretty good on the back of my camera. but after getting the raw files into light room, i am extremley disapointed with them, i expected a lot better shots than my old 400d , this is quite an investment for me, and to see the results so unimpressive is such a let down.

am i just being picky, for 2k worth of gear should i expect better than this? ive never been as dissapointed with a set of pictures than i am with these, it was my first proper foray with my new camera and although im no expert and i have taken some pleasing shots before with my old camera and the 50mm 1.8!

is it the camera or me?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / mirror lock up
« on: March 16, 2013, 06:34:50 PM »
ive been experimenting with mirror lock up recently, and it got me thinking, i should probably do some tests!

though probably very un scientific, i found there to be absolutely no difference between 1. remote shutter press and 2. remote shutter press+mirror lock up.

there was a noticeable difference for the worse when pressing the shutter button manually with either the mirror up or down.

this test was done on a tripod indoors same focus/apeture/iso  etc photographing some small writing on a side of a lens box.  zooming in 100% onto same part of the picture.

is mirror lock up just a battery waste?

should you always use a remote shutter press for EVERYTHING?  even hand held stuff if thats even possible ?

Lenses / best NON L long lens
« on: March 12, 2013, 07:24:04 PM »
im looking for a cheapish bird/garden lens   but cannot afford a nice L lens.

prime or zoom, doesnt bother me, probably 300mm+ on a full frame.

does any body know a good model from any manufacturer , of course its not gonna be the best optically, probably noisy, slow autofocus, bearing all that in mind, whats the best of the worst out there?

thanks for any recommendations

Lenses / 24mm (not is) 2.8 prime or 17-40 l zoom?
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:17:44 PM »
was gonna get me a 24mm 2.8 prime but  similar money second hand i have been tempted by the L lens 17-40

im just after a starter multi task WA which is really sharp,  has anybody got real world advice on the 24mm focal length on both lenses at similar apertures?

obviously one has bigger aperture (for lower light/street stuff/groups maybe) and the other is a zoom from 17-40 which is more fun! 

i read the 17-40 can be soft edged compared to the 24, but every picture ive seen the 17-40 seems be awesome!


(on a 6d) 

EOS Bodies / eos solution disk
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:09:16 PM »
right, since my drive on my imac has nt worled for years, i cant install the eos solution disk and get the utilities fro updating etc.

i borrowed a laptop to copy the files to usb for the disk but looks like that cheap diskdrive on that is playing up aswell!

is there anywhere i can download this thing online??  apparently i can use an old copy and just update it, ive also tried changing the file from the most recent download update from canon but i dont think this works for the newer version!

very very frustrating!

EOS Bodies / got a 6d yipee!
« on: February 22, 2013, 05:30:42 PM »
this may be of no interest to anyone, but i got the 6d.

luckily the very amicable london camera exchange had one that had just been returned because the  owner changed his mind, bam 250 cheaper than i would have got it new for, and he only had it a few days! 

looking forward to playing!

EOS Bodies / guess the spec
« on: February 20, 2013, 08:36:02 AM »
i thought it might be an interesting exercise to upload some pictures, and then guess the lens,L or nifty fifty? focal  length ,body, point and shoot or 1dx  etc.

i know this game is a minefield of pitfalls,  but youll just have to accept the rules.  JUST FOR FUN

heres a pic, what lens/focal length and body did i use?

EOS Bodies / where to buy my camera
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:01:27 AM »
im on the brink of purchasing a 6d. but m off travelling to australia,  is it worth buying this item ether here in london, the airport (stopover in hong kong?) or australia itself? if im buying this thing brand new from a major retailer ?

EOS Bodies / on the verge of buying, just need some final moral support
« on: February 04, 2013, 05:25:13 AM »
hi, ive been waiting to get a FF for a while now, and im pretty sure im going with the 6d.

obviously 5d3 would be great but its just a little too expensive for me, and i think i can get a pretty good deal now on the 6d.

first up ive always had canon so im not interested in nikon (though if sony had a FF i would be v interested in that , shame)

forgetting the cost for a moment, im pretty sure that the 6d is the wiser buy as its a newer camera, id prefer to get a brand new model with warranty etc,

regarding features, im an intuitive shooter, so technicalities arnt really a huge concern, i usually only use single point focus.  now i gather that overall with a good lens image quality is gonna match anything in the same sort of camera range, ill take it travelling. and one day ill get an underwater housing.

im never gonna be a proffesionl studio photographer , but i will use it in a semi professional  fine art environment for a wide range of things . im a keen travel photographer too

can anyone talk me out of the purchase or pat me on the back and tell me im dong the right thing! 

its a bit of an investment, so means alot.


EOS Bodies / 6d pushed back till march?
« on: October 24, 2012, 01:50:05 PM »

text next to picture states  This item is due to be released on March 1, 2013


(for the uk amazon site anyway)

EOS Bodies / 6d for underwater photography?
« on: September 27, 2012, 01:56:58 PM »
Im an experienced scuba diver whos shot a fair amount of pics on a few point and shoots , and ive been in the market for a FF camera for a little while with the intention of taking it underwater to take photos pf waterscapes  larger sealife and reefs etc.

do you think the 6d would be good for this?  ( just about my budget range)

plus points   good in lower light, fairly small. image quality (im sort of guessing here lol)

what do you think?

id really appreciate your opinions.  cant really see my self getting a 5d 2 for some reason, just seems to old now!

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