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Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 06:03:18 PM »
Regarding size and appearance, a DSLR is a DSLR regardless of whether it has a built-in vertical grip. Part of the OP's concern is with appearance/safety. There is no such thing as an inconspicuous DSLR other than maybe, just maybe the SL1 (with a pancake).

X100s also satisfies this need as it just looks like an old rangefinder that is much smaller than any existing DSLR today.

Apologies,  I didn't intend to quote you in my first post. Must have touched something I shouldn't  ;)

However, quoting this post, I very much doubt if a 6D with pancake would attract more unwanted attention than a 100D. If this was the case the best bet might be a £350 1200D and just hand it over rather than a £900 X100.

My reason for recommending a Canon DSLR is that the DSLR is still by far the most versatile camera you can buy as long as you're not wanting something you can put in your pocket - which I don't think the OP is necessarily requesting.

Canon General / Re: In need of a "walk around" camera
« on: March 06, 2014, 05:23:52 PM »
You don't say which lenses you're using on the 1D but I guess they're pretty big, so you're not going tomgain a great deal by travelling with large lenses on a smaller body.

However you say that photography is an important part of your excursions, and you're a 1Dx user so I guess you really want something that is as close to the 1Dx but much smaller - the 6D. I apologise now to all those who have just raised an eyebrow at me mentioning '6D close to 1Dx' in the same sentence.

With the 6D you'd need small lenses to capitalise on it's size: the 24-70 IS is a very good match for the camera; lenses like the cheap 40 pancake are excellent enough to satisfy any 1Dx user.

The other small FF alternative that's compatable with EF  lenses is the Sony a7r.

If you didn't want to purchase smaller, lighter Canon lenses, assuming you haven't already got any suitable, and were prepared to go for a camera with a smaller sensor then there are a miriad of options.

I guess I'm thinking that for anyone used to handling a 1 series the 6D + lightweight lens is gonna seem tiny.
X100s. Full feature set, great IQ, compact, no extras needed on the go other than a couple batteries.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: March 06, 2014, 04:20:18 PM »
Couple of dog walking pictures taken yesterday evening when I walk the dogs in the fields behind my house. It was almost Spring-like !

5DII + 50 / 1.4 @ f5, ISO 160

( I've just realised how to stop the attached images from not fitting the page - after two years - duh ! )

Photography Technique / Re: Tips for Shooting Equestrian Events?
« on: March 05, 2014, 11:00:50 AM »
I've got a retired eventer that competed at Lexington in my paddock, but on to the photography:

If it's a Three Day Event they do the Dressage first, then the cross country, then the show jumping. If it's a lesser one day event they do the show jumping before the cross country.

In all cases watch out for too shallow a depth of field; if horses are coming towards you they make for a long target. In dressage you must get the shot as the horse's fore leg is fully extended. otherwise even the best horses look like donkeys. Getting the shot as the horse is on the turn is a good tip, also be ready for the extended trot: this is when they look their best in a photo. You'll have to use tracking AF.

With show jumping I find it is best to zone focus on the centre of the highest rear pole of the fence. ( So if the horse is coming towards you that's the nearest one to you). Pan round following the horse, having pre set your focus,  then shoot as it jumps. They look best when they are just leaving the ground, or coming down. If you get then plumb in the air over the top of the fence they can look rather inelegant. If you are panning with the horse you don't need that higher shutter speed: 1/500 is fine.

I use the same method for cross country. I've put a few of mine in the 'Horses & Horse Riding ' thread over the last couple of years.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: March 05, 2014, 10:19:50 AM »
We get very little snow in the Vale of York where I live in England, but here's a shot of the garden in December 2010.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: March 04, 2014, 04:08:29 PM »
Not really a sunset landscape, but I'm not sure what else I'd call it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:42:37 AM »

A lot of people seem to have difficulty grasping this concept. Including some who think they know better in this thread.  ;D   Its shown quite well in this article.

Note that no where in the luminous landscape article did the guy refer to subject isolation.
DOF and subject isolation (or background blur - or do you mean something else?) are not necessarily the same.
Taking pictures with a short focal length and short subject distance vs with a long focal length and longer subject distance (for the same framing, using the same camera and aperture) results in the same dof, but the latter will give you a much blurrier background.

How about - "For the same magnification of the area in focus (different lenses, different distances), longer focal length at the same aperture will give you same DoF and more background magnification".
Yes. Or, in simple statements, which I can remember easier :) :
The longer the lens at the same f, the more blur, but same dof.
The smaller the f at the same mm, the more blur, and less dof.
(assuming the same framing)

My point is that the article deals with pure theory of one aspect, sets up an experiment to prove that theory, ( correctly ) but then does nothing to put this into practical context, creating the real possibility of leaving someone who is new to photography, but trying to learn, more confused about what they find in practice.

That's all. There are people who post on CR who are better at putting pure physics into practical context.

Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:31:45 PM »

It's a tough job, but somebody has to separate a fool from her money ... Thanks Louis!

Or a fool from his money

My wife has a LV bag and guess who paid for it ?  :(

Software & Accessories / Re: Louis Vuitton bag
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:18:47 PM »
Can you get a fake one ?  ;)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: March 03, 2014, 02:02:50 PM »
I think one of my favourites, we had planned this shot the day before, the Male Leopard was mating so we knew he would be in the area late at night, not hunting, moving slowly as his work was cut out for him mating about every 5 minutes (tough guys these male Leopards), light was from another vehicle placed with it's headlights on the Animal.

We were able to set up quite close to the Animal without spooking it, allowing a series of Images, of which I think this was the best.

1Dx & 300f/2.8 II

What a great shot ! Honestly some of your African wildlife shots look as if you'd have to shoot them in a studio ! ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:57:50 PM »

Intriguing use of a 600 mil. Great perspective, like it !

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:27:08 PM »
Lovely Image Sporgon, Sunlight on the boats, Mist on the Sea, Beautiful.

Edward & Click; many thanks. As often happens with landscapes the beautiful light was fleeting, which is why many of my Panoramics are hand held, as this was. The mist parted for about two minutes, allowing the sun to shine through, then it was dank and dark again.

EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: March 03, 2014, 01:18:35 PM »

A lot of people seem to have difficulty grasping this concept. Including some who think they know better in this thread.  ;D   Its shown quite well in this article.

Note that no where in the luminous landscape article did the guy refer to subject isolation.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: March 02, 2014, 05:00:37 PM »
A visit to Nottingham University - more expense coming  :(

Took my point-and-shoot @ f2.8 ( 5D + 40 pancake).

If that's your daughter, congrats!

 ;D ;), yes she gets her looks from me.

Here's another 40 Pancake shot, this time a panoramic of North Landing, a cove just North of Flamborough Head, famous for it's chalk cliffs and nesting sea birds.

5DII + 40mm @ 1/200, f9, ISO 160. Hand held five frame pano.

It was a very misty morning, but the sun broke through for about one minute, then everything was covered in a blanket of fog again. No time for a tripod.

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