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DS colour labs, what are they like please?
They're awesome. Used them for years

7 10/03/2014 - 8:38 AM
By here4years
Tom Wood documentary
BBC iplayer "8) what do artists do all day. Tom Wood."

Awesome documentary. Really interesting. Thanks for highlighting it...

16 05/03/2014 - 10:16 AM
By LouiseTopp
New to photography can anybody recommend which lense i need...
Try a cheap 50mm f1.8, or a 35mm f1.8.

Both are much faster than what you've got, and much faster (and cheaper) than a 70-200 2.8.

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9 13/02/2014 - 8:04 AM
By ChrisJD
Black Skies in B&W
A polarising filter will make the blue sky darker In camera, which might help the post processing

6 12/02/2014 - 2:02 PM
By RobboB
Nikon Wide Angle
I've got the 16-35 and the 28 - if I was shooting environmental portraiture I'd always pick the 28mm.

16 10/02/2014 - 6:13 PM
By uganda
Nikon Wide Angle
The 28mm 1.8 is awesome. Very sharp and a lightweight lens. Even wide open. Much like all the 1.8G's.

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16 10/02/2014 - 6:13 PM
By uganda
How do i advertise a wedding fayre?
I would link to his website but when I've done so previously it kept getting removed.

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49 07/02/2014 - 9:48 PM
By KevinEllison
Stepup filter rings - is there a downside?

Quote: Sorry to hijack the thread but i was looking to step down fro 72 to 67 nd filters would this be ok

You'd have to test it to find out if there's any vignetting. It worked fine on the sigma 20mm with a 82-77mm step down ring ...

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10 22/01/2014 - 3:04 AM
By dandeakin
Stepup filter rings - is there a downside?
Definitely get 77mm filters and use a step up/down ring.

I used a sigma 20mm prime on FX for some time (with an 82mm thread) and used a 82-77mm step down ring - surprisingly it never seemed to vignette. 77mm is definitely the way to go

10 22/01/2014 - 3:04 AM
By dandeakin
Wedding Fayres! Advice?

Quote: I have always believed in using false price techniques to gain work.

That's going into the all time Lucian/Realestate/User Removed classics quotes. Along with:

"I send another photographer for cheap packages if i am double booked and the prices work out more expensive than meets the eye because i put limitations on what the client gets..."

"My business model is about doing as many weddings as possible and producing what the clients deems to be acceptable work in as fast a time as possible."

And my personal favorite:
"I am getting red eye in peoples eyes with my 5d mk2 and cant work out why and cant see a red eye reduction setting in the cameras menu. I am doing a wedding tomorrow so it would be good if someone could advise me on this."

30 14/01/2014 - 5:49 PM
By thewilliam
Wedding Fayres! Advice?

Quote:
4. I was somewhat shocked at the poor quality of the work of one of the other photographers.

Epic. Very entertaining.

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30 14/01/2014 - 5:49 PM
By thewilliam
Sigma 180 f2.8 Macro Compared to Nikon 70-200 F2.8 (VRII)
I've tried my nikon 70-200 vr2 on auto extension tubes (more for curiosity) and it's pretty useless.

It's pretty useless as a macro lens in general (but outstanding at what it's designed for). If you want close focusing the VR1 version is much superior. There's good comparisons on bythom.com and having used my brothers Vr1 the difference in close focusing (including tight head shots) is very noticeable.

You could get a used VR1 version AND a used sigma 180mm f3.5 macro (or any other macro) for about he same money as a used VR2

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4 11/01/2014 - 10:14 PM
By ChrisJD
SIGMA 180mm 1:3.5 APO Macro DG HSM Canon Fit.
330 is pretty cheep for a macro, certainly for one in the 150-180mm range

13 11/01/2014 - 12:28 AM
By dandeakin
SIGMA 180mm 1:3.5 APO Macro DG HSM Canon Fit.
It's a great lens. I prefer it to my nikon 105mm VR, mainly due to the focal length for macro, aswell as the tripod collar.

I know they've been superseded by a more recent version but I'm surprised they're not more popular - I got mine on eBay last year for about 320.

I hadn't realised how useful a tripod collar is for macro when using a tripod - you can compose and then just rotate the camera around the lens collar and the composition doesn't change (other than the rotation.

It's also quite fun on a miclro 4/3 body with an adapter due to the crop factor.

13 11/01/2014 - 12:28 AM
By dandeakin
Has anyone bought one? - Nikon Df
Or 2750.

27 26/12/2013 - 2:11 PM
By LenShepherd
Has anyone bought one? - Nikon Df
I agree. I could walk in to my local camera store in Vancouver tomorrow with 3300 Canadian dollars (about 2060) and walk out with DF in the colour of my choice with the 50mm lens.

Not that I think the DF is worth 2060.

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27 26/12/2013 - 2:11 PM
By LenShepherd
Nikon Df
I wonder how many enthusiastic gentlefolk with a big collection of old manual focus lenses there are in terms of percentage of potential customers

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19 10/11/2013 - 7:58 PM
By Geoffphoto
Nikon Df
Thom hogan gave a good analysis as to why he didn't think it was a desirable upgrade for the average D700 user. As a D700 user I'd agree.

Retro dials don't hold much appeal to me. I also didn't realise you couldn't use AIS lenses on any of the existing current top end bodies (not that I own any).

If they'd put the D4 sensor into a D800 type body then I'd be interested if it was priced sensibly. That would be a great upgrade for the average D700 user. Doing so wouldn't affect their D800 sales as people could choose between massive megapixels vs massive ISO performance in similar bodies.

2700 seems crazy when you get get a D800 for far less. I would guess that a mint D3s would also be an option at that price.

The street price of the D700 when the D800 was launched was about 1750. Which isn't far off the current D800 price.

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19 10/11/2013 - 7:58 PM
By Geoffphoto
classifieds

Quote: Theres no photos in it

I wouldn't send any stranger money for an item. Especially someone who doesn't have any photos on the site.

8 01/08/2013 - 6:28 AM
By robthecamman
laptop overheating
I put a Hoover suction tube over the air outlet from the fan. Gave it a blast at 3000rpm for a few seconds and all the dust was gone. It was a lot cooler and quieter after that.

9 15/07/2013 - 9:24 PM
By Term
D800 - RAM problems

Quote: I dont know how you tell whether the psd files are 8 bit or 16 bit - can you help please?
Many thanks
Jason

Image>Mode>8 Bits/Channel (or 16 Bits/Channel).

My D700 shoots in 12 or 14Bit depending what you select. I'll do all the major exposure adjustments on the 12/14Bit RAW file in lightroom and then export it to Photoshop as a 8 Bit file.

You can set 8 or 16 Bits by default.

Never noticed any benifit of editing a 16 Bit file in PS, over a 8 Bit file. And it really slows the processing down.

17 23/05/2013 - 9:08 AM
By LenShepherd
D800 - RAM problems
If your editing in 16bit psd files rather than 8bit psd files then this will slow it down massively. At least it does on my machine with D700 files.

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17 23/05/2013 - 9:08 AM
By LenShepherd
D700 Firmware upgrade
It looks like the only benefit of it is an update for using the 800mm 18k telephoto. Might give it a miss.

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3 21/05/2013 - 7:24 PM
By Trev_B
canon 200/400
Silly as in you could get a Nikon 200-400 instead, and get a "free" D4 & 70-200 2.8 for the same sort of money...

15 26/07/2013 - 2:36 AM
By StrayCat
Better
Thanks, hadn't realised that....

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20 20/04/2013 - 11:41 AM
By Sooty_1
Better
As I understand it, depth of field reduces exponentially as the the distance to the subject decreases.

That makes Real world DOF calculations difficult.

There's lots of things that affect the depth of field, and endless pointless Internet arguements about them. In my experience distance to subject is the most important, particularly when shooting reasonably close subjects - shooting a face and shoulders portrait would put you about 0.5 - 1.5 meters away depending on focal length. Which makes the distance to subject a massive factor in the amount of 'blur' you get.

Shooting a 35mm or 50mm 1.8 would mean you would be very close to your subject for a head and shoulders portrait. Admittedly there would be distortion , which may or may not be a good thing. ( Lee Jeffrie's portraits on Flickr are a good example of portraits shot at 24mm. )

Shooting a head and shoulders portrait at 85mm would give you low distortion and a 'flattering' look (hence why thats the "classic" portrait focal length ). You'd be quite abit further away from the subject though, which has a massive impact on DOF.

I've got fast 28, 50 and 85mm primes and if I want a very blurred head and shoulders portrait I'd always go as wide as possible (depending on the amount of distortion that would be acceptable). A 20mm 1.8 head and shoulders portrait would give you ridiculous amounts of blur (and distortion).

I'd use the 85mm for my wife, the 50mm for my young son, the 28mm for my grandfather, with the 20mm reserved for my little brother when Gurning.

I guess the only way to answer the question is to borrow a couple of lenses and test them out .

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20 20/04/2013 - 11:41 AM
By Sooty_1
f1.4 prime or f2.8 zoom?
It's great. Alot is written about it's distortion, which is automatically corrected in Lightroom etc.

f4 even with "4 stop" VR isn't exactly fast. Mind you, You could have a 16-35 f4 and a 28 f1.8 for about the same money as a 14-24.

I've no experience if the 14-24 2.8, but that wouldnt have been an option for me given the difficulty of using filters.

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20 30/04/2013 - 4:08 AM
By sigmasd14
f1.4 prime or f2.8 zoom?

Quote:

How do the third-party lenses fair vs the Nikon?

I've never used the new Sigma 35mm 1.4, but every review that I've seen on it says its outperforms than Canikon Equivilents by any measure, despite being significantely cheaper.

I do agree with 3) above though - the second hand value of the Third party lenses is pretty poor compared to Canon/Nikon Equivilents.

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20 30/04/2013 - 4:08 AM
By sigmasd14
Full frame vs APSC sensor DSLR for wildlife photography.
I would expect either a D7000/7100 to give you a spectacular upgrade from a D70, particularly in high ISO performance.

Lenshepherd made a very interesting comment in another recent thread about pro sports photographers using the new D7100 with its x1.3(?) crop modes to get to 4-500mm FX equivalent field of view without spending thousands on 4-500mm telephotos.

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25 16/04/2013 - 9:05 AM
By annettep38
f1.4 prime or f2.8 zoom?
28mm 1.8g is an outstanding lens. A lot smaller and much lighter than the 24-70.

I was looking at the 24mm 1.4 g or the sigma 35mm 1.4.

Ended up getting the 28mm and have been very impressed (I've also got a 24-70).

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20 30/04/2013 - 4:08 AM
By sigmasd14
Optical viewfinder (hot shoe)
Looks very good...

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14 02/05/2013 - 6:51 PM
By Paul Morgan
Best filters for Nikon 18-105mm VR and 35MM f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens

Quote:
- I would rather not use one but it is cheaper to replace a filter than replace my lens if it gets knocked against something


This is the opinion I take for my lens. Each to their own though.

I recently bought a 77mm Hoya Pro UV filter for 30 on amazon for a new lens. Then I found out they do a Hoya Pro Protector for just 20. I got one and it Seems to do exactly the same as the UV version ie protect the front element, for quite abit less. Wish I had known about them a few years ago.

5 03/04/2013 - 8:49 AM
By LenShepherd
Is it worth using eBay to sell anymore??

Quote: If a buyer doesn't pay there are other means of redress provided by eBay. The seller can raise an item not paid case, which puts pressure on the buyer. He can exclude that buyer from bidding on his items in future, and where there is more than one bidder, a second chance option is provided.

My experience is that there is minimal, if any redress from ebay. I had someone refuse to pay for a listing immediately after 'winning' it. I had to wait 7 days before I could register a complaint with ebay and then and sell it to the next highest bidder (even though he had messaged me on day 0 saying he no longer wanted the item). I found out that I was unable to leave him negative feedback. eBay declined to say what action they would take against him citing confidentiality. Blocking an individual time waster from buying your stuff seems unlikely to prevent further time wasters given how many there must be out there.. eBay seems stacked In the buyers favour with very little seller protection. I'd much rather sell via the epz, or the excellent talk photography, classified forums.

91 25/03/2013 - 5:22 PM
By Paul Morgan
Backup Software
Synctoy is basic but world very well.

I tried acronis trueimage aswell as the bundled program that comes with western Digital drives and neither seemed to work with all the drives that I've got in use.

Decided it was better just to do it manually with Synctoy which always seems to work.

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16 18/03/2013 - 2:02 PM
By Pete
DxO Best Lenses for D800
I've never found anything from DXO particularly useful.

Eg In one table:

what does a manual focus 85mm 1.4 with a 'score' of 36 vs an autofocus macro 105mm 2.8 witha 'score' of 32 actually mean.

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7 14/03/2013 - 4:39 PM
By LenShepherd
Nikon 16-35 f4 any good on D800
This is an interesting Recent blog on the effects of diffraction on different sensor sizes.

66 09/03/2013 - 11:01 PM
By photofrenzy
New Nikon A

Quote: Those e-x1 bodies are down in price to about 700 now.

Get a cheap adapter and fit almost any lens you like.

With the kit lens its still less than 1K

http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-fuji-x-e1-silver-digital-camera-with-18-55mm-lens/p1532704

Can't justify it on top of a D700 and a load of FX glass.

Mind you, now I'm thinking...

Not sure I'd buy the Nikon A even if it was 300.

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13 05/03/2013 - 10:31 PM
By Paul Morgan
New Nikon A
I've got an e-pl3 with the 14mm pancake already! It's the only m4/3 lens I own.

I'd love the fuji e-x1 with a 28mm equivalent prime instead mind...

13 05/03/2013 - 10:31 PM
By Paul Morgan
New Nikon A
And that retractable lens looks like it will last about 5 minutes.

13 05/03/2013 - 10:31 PM
By Paul Morgan
New Nikon A
28mm would be the ideal fixed lens for me.

That said I can't see why anyone would buy a 1k compact camera - especially one with only f2.8, no VR etc.

If I had a spare 1k I'd be getting a ex-1 , Nex 7, e-pl5 or NX300 etc with a small prime lens.

13 05/03/2013 - 10:31 PM
By Paul Morgan
D7000 - D7100: worth it?
Cheers. Let me know how you get on

33 17/04/2013 - 11:07 PM
By SEMANON
D7000 - D7100: worth it?
Do you know what magnication ratio and minimum focusing distance you'd get with the new 70-200 f4 and TC 14e? That could be very useful for flying dragonflys etc

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33 17/04/2013 - 11:07 PM
By SEMANON
Wedding Packages? Groupon Advertising?

Quote: I just think that maybe people will book impulsively meaning i can secure work without worrying about them comparing me to other photographers?

Epic !

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33 24/05/2013 - 12:38 PM
By Paul_Anthony
Nikon 16-35 f4 any good on D800
These are spectacularly Pointless posts.

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66 09/03/2013 - 11:01 PM
By photofrenzy
NIKON D800 Shock
It was all a wind up.

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138 15/04/2013 - 5:52 PM
By gary.d
Help a newb choose a camera!
If you choose to go for a CSC there's a full selection of NX cameras and lenses, including an NX1000 in the classifieds at the momentSmile

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21 17/02/2013 - 2:18 AM
By dandeakin
Nikon D800 wide angle options
It will be interesting to see how the new 18-35 that's just been announced will compare to the 16-35 or 14-24...

If you only need a wide angle for f8-16 landscape then it might make a sensible option

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10 04/02/2013 - 6:12 PM
By dandeakin
So there IS a 'White Knight' in the Photography Retail High Street!
It seems the administrators priority is to repay as much as possible to the previous investors, who knew they were gambling when they made their investments. meanwhile the people who bought goods / vouchers /preorders in good faith get not much. Seems wrong to me.

43 03/02/2013 - 8:34 AM
By dandeakin
EPZ Member wins APOY 2012 overall title.
Thanks very much!

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18 03/02/2013 - 12:15 AM
By KathyW
NIKON D800 Shock
Or trade his D800 for the D100 offered earlier...

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138 15/04/2013 - 5:52 PM
By gary.d