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IMac 27 incher
I have also switched to a 27" Mac from a PC and I am loving it. I use Lightroom as its what I'm used to. If you have the MAC disk you could try installing it and using the same product key. I know the disk I have for LR5 is for both Mac and Windows

11 07/06/2014 - 7:36 PM
By ancient_mariner
Battery-powered Studio Lighting
not tried any of those I'm afraid. If its portability and power you're looking for I can recommend the Lencarta Safari2 600. As I've borrowed a set of these from time to time

3 02/06/2014 - 7:13 PM
By brian1208
yongnou flash

Quote: I have got a 565II, buggered if I can get it to work wireless with my Canon 600D unless the on camera flash fires

I have a 60D which I believe uses the same triggering system. The camera uses the inboard flash to send a signal to the slave unit which has the ttl settings. Typically the output of the onboard is so low it doesn't contribute to the overall exposure

16 02/04/2014 - 10:32 AM
By beeza410
Panamz - is this retailer OK
I've used them twice now and both times had excellent service. In depth tracking data available on all deliveries. It's worth bearing in mind that the warranty isn't with Canon but provided by Panamoz, however I believe they have an agreement with a UK based repairer so the lens wouldn't need to go back to HK.

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15 24/01/2014 - 9:04 AM
By LenShepherd
Need a Canon 24-105mm Lens
It may be worth investigating the international warranty first. Although this used to be the case canon as well as others have started clamping down on the whole "grey import" market. I have just had a quick look on the Canon USA, UK, Asia & Singapore sites and there is no mention of international warranties. I've also heard of cases where Canon have refused to work on imported lenses. I've nothing against these companies and have used them myself, but it's best to be armed with the correct facts first.

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29 17/01/2014 - 7:56 AM
By chris.maddock
Just before I do; I thought I'd Check.
Exactly Mike, because the fewer numbers the more expensive Smile

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28 03/01/2014 - 9:24 PM
By Mozzytheboy
Just before I do; I thought I'd Check.

Quote: Mozzy,

I've pretty much decided on the 70D over the 7D, just got to have a conversation with she who doesn't understand camera's.

I find this has benefits as they also dont know the prices Grin

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28 03/01/2014 - 9:24 PM
By Mozzytheboy
Panamoz - Any Good?
Firstly as to Panamoz, I have used them twice now first for a 60D and second for a Tamron 70-200 VC, and on both occasions their service has been excellent and would be happy to use them again if the price warranted it and this brings me to my second point, price. Currently the 5D3 is available circa 18/1900 as a grey import, something I was considering until checking UK prices. I have just ordered a 5D3 with Canon grip and LR5/PSE bundle for 2299. So all things considered the body is costing 1870. (Based on 249 for the grip and 180 for the software) and this is for a UK supplied body carrying manufacturers warranty (which Panamoz or HDEW purchases doesn't) and this is before you take into account all the other aspects of Grey Imports. In a lot of cases now the savings are not as big as they used to.
I have also heard from a reliable source that Canon UK along with other Manufacturers are starting to refuse to repair grey imports

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9 16/03/2014 - 12:26 AM
By GandalftheGrey
canon 7d and 5d m2 for a 5d mk3

Quote: . We must be Fools paying these high prices. Still the above price is better than 2300. Good Luck.

You're right we must be, I've just done the same Smile

13 05/01/2014 - 9:03 PM
By Mozzytheboy
Black Rapid - which version?
I have the Sport version which comes with the BRAD. I find it incredibly comfortable even when used with a gripped body and a sigma 150-500 or gripped body 70-200 2.8 and 430ex ii

24 25/06/2014 - 10:08 PM
By ChrisJD
Day 01 August 2013: Photos Of Landmarks

Wollaton Hall


Brighton Pier

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47 05/08/2013 - 2:26 PM
By NDODS
Day 01 August 2013: Photos Of Landmarks

St Albans Cathedral

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47 05/08/2013 - 2:26 PM
By NDODS
Comfortable camera strap or harness

Quote: Black Rapid straps are also worth a look. I've been using my Black Rapid Cargo for a few weeks and it's great. On it I've been carrying a D700, sometimes with grip, and Nikon 80-200 or 24-70; fairly hefty combinations. And a speedlight occasionally.

I'm looking at the black rapid RS-7 do you know if it can be worn with a rucksack, I use the Lowepro Vertex 200.
Sorry for the hijack Grin

I use a Black Rapid sport along wit a Fastback 350 backpack, without any issues

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14 23/06/2013 - 6:37 PM
By colin beeley
Wildlife photography ...
As amateurs, why do we feel the need for labels. I would describe myself as a photography enthusiast who specialises in wildlife and bird, rather than a wildlife photographer. As long as you enjoy what you do, who cares. When asked if I am a photographer, I answer "no I just enjoy taking photographs"

16 11/06/2013 - 4:30 PM
By NeilS
sigma 150/500
Since getting mine, It's a great lens, stopped down to F8 it's sharp right the way to 500mm. Yes in low light the focus can struggle, I use BBF and AI servo to track BIF and it works fine. The OS works really well and makes it easier to frame when hand holding, a lot of the wildlife shots in my PF are taken with lens, all hand held. As with all lenses though I would recommend trying the actual lens before you buy. For more sample shots there is a group on Flickr dedicated to this lens

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18 16/06/2013 - 8:33 PM
By mikehit
Nature Photography ...
Hey CB great minds Grin

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21 06/04/2013 - 8:36 AM
By chrisheathcote
Nature Photography ...

Quote: Depends how you define 'semi-pro.'
I think that I've still got that on my pf.
I put it there as a joke because I once took an image for a local newsletter. They gave me a tenner. It's the only photograph I've sold in my life.
Thing is, it could now be said that I've made a part of my income from photography.

I agree that the definitions are very subjective (maybe be EPZ could publish guidelines so as to get a uniform approach). Personally I would define semi pro as a weekend warrior, or someone who takes commissions whilst still having another job, or maybe to supplement a part time job. Whilst a pro uses photography as their only source of income. Somehow I have managed to sell a couple of prints, but I still think I am an enthusiast, albeit a lucky one Smile

As to the OP I wouldn't get too hung up about using manual at the moment, I would focus on your technique and understanding of exposure and where the optimum apertures are for your lenses. Also shooting RAW gives a lot more flexibility to correct in PP. if you are shooting with a 70-300 you will need to work on trying to get close to you subjects, alternately look at upgrading your lenses. With the lenses you have I would avoid using teleconverters at all cost, you will lose AF.

Oh and avoid the use of Pro in your profile Grin

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21 06/04/2013 - 8:36 AM
By chrisheathcote
New 7D MKII
I'm not too excited because the way canon are pricing new releases, I would need a lottery win to get oneSad I'd love a shiny new 5d mkiii to keep my 60d company, however I will have to wait a while for decent 2nd hand prices

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33 31/03/2013 - 10:15 AM
By sjk123
One of those 'Oh FGS' moments...
If my memory serves me right, quite a lot of my old school meals could have been offensive weapons. If you caught one of the scones to the side of the head, that would be it, lights out!!! Grin

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12 25/03/2013 - 10:16 PM
By chrisheathcote
I'm off....
Usually yes, but surely something like that can be resolved

19 19/03/2013 - 10:28 PM
By chrisheathcote
I'm off....

Quote: There's a couple of reasons for me leaving, but I don't believe it would be in anyone's best interest (legally or morally) if it is publically discussed.

If you are going to leave in a very public way, perhaps you owe it to your public to at least give an outline of the reasons you are leaving.

One can only imagine it is some sort of personality clash or the like, rather than some technical problem with the site.

Reading between then lines CB, I think this goes deeper than a personality clash. I hope that between Prashant and Pete they can sort something, however if not I wish you the best of luck with your photography and will miss your work

Chris

19 19/03/2013 - 10:28 PM
By chrisheathcote
Black Rapid vs OP/Tech
I also use a Black Rapid, it regularly carries a gripped 60d with 150-500mm. It does fit to the tripod thread which lets it hang ready for use. I use it with manfrotto RC2 plates. There is a replacement bolt available that means the strap clips directly to the plate

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14 20/03/2013 - 9:26 PM
By jamminshots
Wordpress Themes
Thanks for all your help everyone, after playing about with the Mantra theme and in the end have ended up getting one from theme forest. It has given what I feel to be a much more polished look however I have had to forego the Nextgen plugin option, oh well.

Thanks again

14 06/04/2013 - 3:00 PM
By stepr17
Is it any wonder smaller photographic businesses are in trouble ?

Quote: I did read earlier and forgot you had paid so my appologies for that, which to me means that he excepted the Contract,

I wouldn't be so sure about that TBH.

If you pay by Paypal doesn't the money just get taken from the buyer's account and deposited in the seller's account automatically? Therefore, surely the seller has no choice over whether or not the money is taken, only whether to accept it or refund it.

This is not like a direct credit card transaction where the money doesn't actually get charged to the card until the seller actually requests it - in which case it can be said that the contract has been made. If there is a problem with the price, availability or any other reason not to make the contract then the vendor simply doesn't request the money from the card issuer.

Under UK contract law, there must be an invite to treat, negotiation and agreement by both parties before a contract is reached, offering something for sale is classified as "an invite to treat" what this means is that it is an invitation to enter into negotiations with the seller, by sending the funds you have opened the negotiation phase, by returning the funds they have declined the offer, therefore no contract has ever been reached. I will add that I am not a solicitor however I do work in the motor industry and part of my management training covered contract law. It is a common misconception that if something is priced, then the supplier has a legal obligation to sell at that price. If it is incorrect they can reject the sale. This can be further complicated by distance selling regulations. Where it is recommended that the supplier makes it clear to the puchaser at what point the contract is formed and becomes binding. A lot of companies use the point of dispatch to be this point, because most of the time order confirmations are automated. An acceptance cannot be made on someone else's behalf. Once you get into it is a minefield!

57 19/03/2013 - 1:47 PM
By pulsar69
What spec do you have.

Quote: I'm still trying to figure out what the best way to keep my pictures all backed up. I've had so many external HDD's fail over the years.

Me too. I'm starting to thinking about adding cloud to my backup solution. Ie photos backed up to external drive and the cloud

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41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
What spec do you have.
Just thought I'd give a quick update, I have just ordered the components for my new machine, in the end I decided on the following spec

Intel I5 3570K 3.4ghz
16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Vengeance Jet Black Low Profile 1600MHz CL10 DDR3 Dual/Quad Channel Kit
MSI Z77A-GD65 Intel Z77 Socket 1155 DDR3
Samsung 250GB SATA III SSD
2TB WD Caviar Green SATA III HDD

This will all be attached to my existing Graphics card, DVD RW and External 2GB HDD. All this for about 700.

Thank you for all your advice and help, and thank you for not turning it into the usual Mac V PC mines better than yours

Chris

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41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
How much is too much?
I decided to make the most of the weather today and took a trip to a nature reserve near me. Once there I decided my goal was to get images of the birds in flight, trees etc. So I mounted my Sigma 150-500, clipped it onto my BR RS Sport, locked my bag in the car and off I went. I was out for a few hours and didn't once miss my other kit. Other people I saw were laden with backpacks, scopes mounted to tripods hooked over the top of bags and so on. This set me thinking how much equipment do you all tend to carry on a day trip?

Chris

4 15/03/2013 - 8:03 AM
By JJGEE
Wordpress Themes
Brian,
On your site, how do you upload your images? Currently I use Nexgen with the LR plugin, it makes managing so simple, ie alter images in LR, click Publish and hey presto. I have been trying to see if this would still work but can't find an answer.

14 06/04/2013 - 3:00 PM
By stepr17
Wordpress Themes

Quote: The trick with paid themes is to find one that needs as little tinkering as possible, I use one called core from themeforest http://bjonesphotography.co.uk/

Still a work in progress as I keep tinkering Smile

Thats what I was thinking, I have seen one on themeforest called "dk" and also one on elegant images, can't decide between the 2 though

14 06/04/2013 - 3:00 PM
By stepr17
Wordpress Themes

Quote: The trick with paid themes is to find one that needs as little tinkering as possible, I use one called core from themeforest http://bjonesphotography.co.uk/

Still a work in progress as I keep tinkering Smile

Thats what I was thinkinking, I have seen one on themeforest called "dk" and also one on elegant images, can't decide between the 2 though

14 06/04/2013 - 3:00 PM
By stepr17
Wordpress Themes
I think you edit the CSS, the problem is I have no idea about CSS. Thanks

14 06/04/2013 - 3:00 PM
By stepr17
Wordpress Themes
After joining the online world about 3 months ago (its been a steep learning curve) and hosting my own site through Wordpress, I have finally got fed up of the free themes that are available. I was wondering how many others used the paid themes and if you recommended any. I have seen 1 in particular on elegantthemes.com and wondered whether these would give me the flexibility of design and wow factor that my site is missing. Currently I am using the Wordpress 2012 theme, which seems to give the best flexibility, but lacks the wow factor. Also I use Nexgen Gallery along with the LR plugin to manage my galleries, I assume I would still be able to do this?

Thatnks for your help once again

14 06/04/2013 - 3:00 PM
By stepr17
Composition - who knows anything about this?
I'd like to think I have a basic understanding of some of the rules of composition, however when I'm taking pictures I tend not to think about it too hard, I simplly go for what appears to look the best. If there is something in the scene that made me stop and take time out to look at it, then I will simply take pictures from different vantages viewpoints, zoom lengths etc until I find the one that makes me think "that was it". I picked this up from a Scott Kelby lecture. It seemed to break it down so simply without getting hung up on lines and spirals etc, however if you actually stop and break it down, then one or more of the rules apply.
Scott Kelby - Crushing the Composition

94 14/03/2013 - 4:37 PM
By pablophotographer
Sigma 17-70
I have the newer OS version and have been very pleased with it, by all accounts whichever one you choose you will be happy with. From reading various comments over time about Sigma lenses, you tend to get mixed reports on quality, so I would recommend trying the actual lens before you buy, having said that I have 3 Sigma lenses all which are spot on, also all new Sigma lenses come with a 3 year warranty. This added to the OS would make me go for the OS version, as others have said wide open images can sometimes be a little soft, so the OS can buy a little flexibility to stop down.

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8 27/03/2013 - 8:45 PM
By desbarnio
What spec do you have.
Thanks Keith, Looks like an Intel I7 will be going in in place of AMD then.

41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
if compact camera can take such good quality photo, why do we have to spend thousands on high end camera and lenses?

Quote: Don't forget the street-cred!

At FOCUS, you can always spot the "proper photographer"s because they always wander round with expensive cameras round their necks.

Don't forget the all important 600mm attached to the front of it Grin

I went and all I had was my 60D body attached to my BR Sport under my jacket. So that I can try a couple of lenses I was thinking of buying.

Anyway back on topic, I think there will always be a market for both, I know that I for one also have a point and shoot, which is used for nights out or those occasions where I can't carry my main kit. I will have a P&S in my pocket just in case. I've missed too many shots due to not have a camera with me in the past. Its also great on holidays for snorkelling because its waterproof to 10m.

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95 22/03/2013 - 8:02 PM
By lawbert
Canon cashback!
WOW looking at that if you get in quick with HDEW you could get a 70-200 2.8 LIS ii USM for 1469 and get 235 cashback from Canon, so only 1234. Thats a lot of bang for your buck. Now where was that credit card Grin

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7 11/03/2013 - 10:58 AM
By FrogTastic
What spec do you have.
Thanks Chris. I already have the 512gb in my current PC, was going to use that for now and upgrade later to a 2gb. I also have a 2gb external drive. As for program's, the main ones I use are LR, CS6, iTunes and MS Office. My main confusion is the whole AMD or Intel battle. Can anyone shed any light as to which is better

41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
What one thing would you like to improve in the next 6 months
Having just bought a long lens, my goal is to improve my wildlife photography

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17 05/03/2013 - 9:54 PM
By chrisheathcote
What spec do you have.
Have been looking into this and think I might just leave it with on board graphics and share. Even sharing 1.5GB will leave 14.5 Gb left for RAM

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41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
What spec do you have.
I'm thinking now of building my own with the following spec, any thoughts

AMD Fx 8320 3.5ghz (4ghz turbo) 8 core
16gb
120gb ssd (for os and program's)
600w corsair psu

From existing machine
DVD rewriter
Card reader
512 gb hard drive(for files)
256 mb graphics

What does everyone think?

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41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
What spec do you have.
Studioline, I've got the 60D so 18MP. Previously I ran a 8mp 350D and was using LR3 & CS3. Since all the upgrades it's almost ground to a halt

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41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
What spec do you have.
I should have mentioned that all my pictures are taken in RAW, so I believe that the conversion and also running CS6 tends to slow it down.

I'd thought about upgrading OS and RAM, but then thought for the cost I could put it towards a newer machine instead, I,ve a feeling my motherboard will only got to 4GB as well, not sure how to check.

Thanks Chris, it looks well spec'd so might investigate further.

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41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
What spec do you have.
Apologies for creating yet another pc spec related thread, however the way technology moves on, i'm aware that recommendations can change very quickly.

I have had my current desktop PC for about 5 years and it has always been fine, Core 2 Quad Q6600, 3GB RAM, 256mb NVidia GForce 8600 GT, Windows 7 32bit. It is used for Music and photography (LR3.6 & CS6). Of late Lightroom and CS6 have become very slow so I am aware that an upgrade is in order. I am looking to replace it to a laptop this time because of the portability issue, and connect it to my existing IPS monitor when I'm at home. My question is bearing in my usage, what do people recommend for about 600. Do I really need I7 or will I5 be adequate.

NB. Due to spending about 3000 over the last six months on upgrading body and lenses, I cannot justify to SWMBO shelling out 1500 on a Macbook Pro, so this WONT be on the shopping list. Please do not turn this into the usual MAC v PC debate Smile

Thanks

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41 26/03/2013 - 11:16 AM
By karl
Focus on Imaging 2013
Was thinking of going tomorrow, I was looking at a couple of lenses, what deals do Cameraworld have on?

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22 06/03/2013 - 9:26 AM
By JJGEE
Focus 2013 - EPZ involved ?
I've just found I'm going to be in the area, so might pop in. I am looking at buying a couple of new lenses at the moment, does anyone know, if there are any decent discounts likely to be flying around?

19 26/02/2013 - 11:53 AM
By nik111
New Nottingham Member
Pete, I'd be up for that

Phil, may have to visit for the grebe

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11 26/02/2013 - 6:20 AM
By Alexday1978
New Nottingham Member
I can't believe I've been on here for 5+ years and have only just found out EPZ is only 30 minutes away!

Anyway welcome Alex, Dependant how far you want to travel, locally there's Attenborough nature reserve, Wollaton hall, moving further out, there's Donna Nook Lincoln way for the seals (don't know if they're still there) chatsworth, Curbar edge over chesterfield way. Let me know if you know of any other places, I'm always looking for somewhere new.

Edit. Just checked out your PF, looking good already. I see you've already discovered Donna Nook.

11 26/02/2013 - 6:20 AM
By Alexday1978
Panamoz price rises !
I was going to be ordering 2 lenses from them, looks like Camera World will be the recipient of my hard earned instead. For 50 more I'd rather have UK lenses with extra warranty

8 25/02/2013 - 12:22 PM
By samueldilworth
120-400 or 150-500 sigma
Hi Fiona, I'm having the same dilemma at the moment. How are you finding the 150-500mm?

16 21/02/2013 - 11:01 PM
By FionaB