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upgrading from a Canon EOS450D
Hi Nicola, it would be helpful if you could clarify exactly what you want to achieve by buying a new camera. The Canon 450D is a great little camera, it was my first DSLR and I opted to upgrade my lenses first and the image quality gain was fantastic.


13 04/06/2015 - 11:10 AM
5D Mk4
Sorry forgot to qualify that comment, what I meant was what you get in return for the price you pay. As an example when compared to other systems, with improved resolution, sensor tech this is what you would pay out.

Canon 5D MkIII - 2,299
Nikon D810 - 2,399
Sony A7R - 1,850 (inc metabones adapter to use existing lenses)

12 20/11/2014 - 1:36 AM
By Chris_L
5D Mk4
I'm in a similar situation looking to upgrade from my 5D MK1 next year. I think Canon users have suffered a lot of disappointment in recent years, especially with other manufacturers making advancements in the market with new sensor tech and mirrorless systems. As Mike has indicated, the 1st quarter of next year is when some sort of announcement/release is expected, but we've heard those kind of rumours before Wink Personally if nothing happens then I may have to consider a different system as I would feel cheated paying the full price for a 5D MkIII.

12 20/11/2014 - 1:36 AM
By Chris_L
Canvas Print Frame Depth Question
Procanvas do them at 25mm, I've used them before and the quality of the printing & finish is excellent.

3 06/11/2014 - 7:27 PM
By Camairish

Quote: If I recall correctly I pay 1 extra per month on my household policy to insure my camera equipment (upto value of 3k),...
The main criteria for insurance companies services cost is the estimated risk degree. If the numbers remembered correctly - it's about zero, they just get a pay for making legal script. Please check small writing - what are the events you are insured against? And how the claim will affect your policy as a whole. A couple of times I found on my own that not reading it was a serious mistake.

I agree you should always read the small print, how many do that I wonder, not many I bet.

Quote: P.S. Please update your profile since you are still with us. I don't mind it at all - but that looks weird. Thanks!

Each to their own I guess, but I don't feel the need to change my profile as I only check out articles and forums.

6 16/10/2014 - 2:52 PM
By DalesLass
If I recall correctly I pay 1 extra per month on my household policy to insure my camera equipment (upto value of 3k), this includes away from home. I can't see the benefits of having separate insurance unless you're a pro and use it for business purposes.

6 16/10/2014 - 2:52 PM
By DalesLass
1st Landscape Commission Advice
Thanks Keithh that does put it into perspective Wink

Quote: Does it have to be a one off? Would the customer object to you selling the image elsewhere once complete?

I can see where you're coming from, but then the image loses it's personal appeal and for me it's value as it's not an area I would ordinarily photograph anyway.

5 02/10/2014 - 1:31 PM
By IanBurton
1st Landscape Commission Advice
Thanks for your input Keithh. 1000 would be nice Wink but for the average Joe Public it's not going to be entertained and ultimately would scare them off. It's only going to be printed once for this customer so it'll be unique and personal for them. It's hard to put a price on that yet I don't want to under value my work.

5 02/10/2014 - 1:31 PM
By IanBurton
1st Landscape Commission Advice
Hi everyone,

I've just received my first landscape photo commission and would like your advice on pricing.

The image to be taken will be a one-off edition and mounted/framed for a returning customer (not commercial I add) who wants an image of his village or surrounding area. The location is only 5 miles from my doorstep so travelling is minimal but I do plan on getting out there a few times before Christmas. For arguments sake say a normal open edition image costs 100 (inc mount/framing) then based on that number how would you mark up for this one-off?

Any help will be greatly appreciated Smile

Thanks in advance.


5 02/10/2014 - 1:31 PM
By IanBurton
portable storage
New device from WD that requires no mains, no computer/tablet interface whilst on the move.


It's only for SD cards, would be interested in one myself had it done it for CF cards. Worth a look though.

15 24/09/2014 - 11:45 AM
By KingBee
DNG files are universally accepted, whereas manufacturer specific raw files can potentially change and no longer be supported by third party software. I always use DNG, slightly reduced file size and no loss in quality.

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3 08/08/2014 - 10:22 AM
By galalad
Roseberry Topping Are the bluebells in flower yet
Just sent you a PM.

5 22/04/2014 - 8:31 AM
By IanBurton
Best long term storage of photos.
This is something I've recently researched due to losing a hard drive (data was not recoverable) on my laptop and got lazy with backing up. It will very much depend on what you can afford, although CDs are good you may want to consider purpose made archival cd storage, as for memory sticks they are good but they are quite small and easily lost/misplaced. Cds are susceptible to scratches and shouldn't be relied on as the sole method of backing up. Solid State Drives (SSD) are a brilliant alternative, these are basically an oversized memory stick and because they have no mechanical parts the data is safe from mechanical failure. I recently bought a My Book Live Duo 4TB personal cloud storage. This is wireless and sits in my living room so even if I am away I can still back up directly to this drive. I have this setup as Raid 1 so if one drive fails then I have the other to extract the data from, so far it has been brilliant. I do still backup to an additional external drive. My advice is to make duplicate backups on at least 2 or 3 different drives/media, as technology advances there is no guarantee any will be compatible on PCs in say 20-30 years time so always check each time you upgrade.

Hope this helps Smile

14 06/02/2014 - 11:00 PM
By lobsterboy
Advice on Camera Rain Cover
I use a rain cover from one of my hiking rucksacks and use a hair bobble to secure it. It works a treat as it doesn't flap about and tear like plastic bags do.

9 14/12/2013 - 8:09 PM
By colin beeley
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
which body
I agree with Mike, if I'm not mistaking the 550d uses the same processor as the 7d (DIGIC 4). My father-in-law has the 550d and the IQ is really good.

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6 22/11/2013 - 8:52 PM
By youmightlikethis
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

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93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
Day 20 November 2013: Panorama Photography

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93 25/11/2013 - 9:14 AM
By IanBurton
Backpack Camera Bag
I use an F-stop backpack because of its versatility. You can swap the camera compartment for different sized units depending on what you carry. Very comfy to carry on long walks or climbs. Although not cheap they are built to last.

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12 23/11/2013 - 7:47 PM
By letooms
Photographing the Northern Lights
I travelled to Lapland last December when the aurora activity was supposed to be high. Never seen the lights during my 5 night stay, low cloud and continuous snow fall prevented that Sad Was still a lovely experience, particularly for my little daughter. Anyway, I never did any hiking so I took my full sized tripod and head along with my 17-40 & 24-70 lenses. I never took the 17-40 lens off the camera. If I was you I would leave the prime at home and carry both the 10-20 & 18-135. I had a quick look at the Manfrotto BeFree tripod I think the head comes with it. Have a look at the EPZ review also has some other recommendations. Also take a look at the Feisol traveller tripods, they've been getting some good reviews.

4 14/11/2013 - 11:16 AM
By Rick51
A3 Calendar Printing
I've recently designed from scratch an A3 calendar of my landscape images for the first time, it was quite a learning curve but very satisfying. Asking similar questions like yourself I found the best way was to approach a local printing firm (AlphaGraphics was my choice) to discuss options and actually go down and see what the paper/printing quality was like. They even proof printed/finished one of mine to see what the final product would look like, in the end they never charged me for that as I placed an order with them. So my advice would be to look for someone local so you can physically see an end product before committing to batch prints (the more you print the cheaper it becomes per unit). It may depend on where you get this done, but note that although you want an A3 calendar the paper size may actually be something they call SRA3, which is slightly larger. This allows the printers to trim to size so you will have to include crop marks if you design it yourself. Don't forget to check what colourspace they use, the preferred dpi and margin measurements for bleeding/trimming.

To give you an idea my specification was:
A3 Portrait calendar (12 month pages, plus front/rear cover)
200gsm digital silk paper
punched/wire bound
shrink wrapped with grey board back

I've attached an image to give you an idea of what it looked like, I was very happy with the end product. They have sold very well, I think I only have 4 or 5 left from a batch of 100.

I hope this helps, and good luck with it.


8 04/10/2013 - 3:10 PM
By Andy1979
Mounting Tape / Glue advice
Click T-Hinge method to see instructions. It's handy to use a paperweight to hold the print in position until hinged and stuck in position on the back board (I put the weight in a sock so it doesn't scratch the print). Never put print under tension nor tape along full length of sides, paper likes to breath so it will expand and contract, under tension it will ripple eventually. Once you stick the backboard to the mount the print will be held firmly in place.

14 05/08/2013 - 5:14 PM
By pulsar69
Mounting Tape / Glue advice
I prefer to mount my images using the 'T' hinge method. I create the hinges using pH neutral tape which is strong enough to hold the image in position as well as allowing for repositioning. I will then stick the mount to the back board using a very strong double sides adhesive tape, I have tried cheap tape but it does not hold well. So far none of my images have suffered from rippling so it works very well. Buying standard sized mounts in bulk is very economical, for these I use Cotswold, for one off special sizes I use local framer from Guisborough market.

Hope this helps


14 05/08/2013 - 5:14 PM
By pulsar69
No portfolio...why?

Quote: ...........but I started disagreeing with some things, deleted my PF, and drifted away. I've recently started dipping my toe in the site again, reading the forums, contributing a bit if a thread interests me or I can offer an opinion, but the gallery here doesn't really hold any interest for me anymore.......................... I'm actually pretty indifferent to what people think about my work here now. So I understand perfectly now how it's possible to like the interaction of the forum without partaking in the gallery side.

I did almost the same as Steve, with exception to deleting my PF (I deleted a lot of images but got bored of doing that one by one Wink ). I've not uploaded any images here for a long time and therefore my PF no longer reflects my photography. I suppose through a lack of enthusiasm I took a breather from this site and spent more time looking at my own photography rather than others and developing my own style and website without influence. I have recently started to be more active on this site, although I haven't uploaded anything recently I do participate in other ways.

Quote: ...... I love looking at other peoples work. Its frustrating though to get forum posts claiming this that and the other and not get the slightest bit of 'evidence' even when asked for.......

If they have a website link you could always visit the site to see their work.

42 25/07/2013 - 9:12 PM
By Eastlands
As the old saying goes "You only get what you pay for" and not everyone can afford Lee filters (or a 1,500 lens for that matter), but I think Gundog was making the point that in practical terms they all do the same job and yes quality will vary. Why put anything in front of the lens if it's going to affect IQ? There has to be a compromise somewhere be it using post-processing or getting it right in the camera using filters.

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11 02/07/2013 - 5:36 PM
By Nick_w
Tripod Without A Centre Column
Have you considered Feisol? They are very similar to the Gitzo design, but at half the price. They may not look as pretty as Gitzo but they are just as good. I have one without the centre column and can honestly say I do not miss that feature. The tripod stands at eye level and is very robust, also has the twist lock legs. So far it has been a joy to use and have had no need to clean the leg joints even after many dips in saltwater.

13 18/07/2013 - 5:13 PM
By dcash29
Hi Peter, in response to your first question it is possible to take decent landscape images without filters, it is often debated that when you start introducing plastic/glass filters in front of the lens the image quality starts to diminish. Different people have different ways of accomplishing an image. I prefer to use ND grads and full ND filters to complete the image in one photo rather than spending lots of time post-processing/manipulating. There are times when filters are of no use, then I will use the hand blending method rather than HDR to gain a natural look. Don't feel compelled to buy Lee filters just because someone makes the comment, as good as they are, they are too expensive for most and there are many other manufacturers to consider. I use Hitech and they have been great.

11 02/07/2013 - 5:36 PM
By Nick_w
Hello from North Yorkshire..
Hi Tracey welcome to the site, I too am from North Yorkshire. You have come to the right site as there is plenty of useful information to get your teeth into. You will find the critique gallery particularly useful for your uploads as they will advise you on improving your technique and processing of images, just make sure you have a thick skin and don't take it personally Wink



4 18/06/2013 - 2:59 PM
By saltireblue
Display Help !!
Thanks guys I think you may have just found what I am looking for, prices are very favourable too Smile

6 24/05/2013 - 11:08 PM
By Coventryphotog
Display Help !!
Thanks for the advice Keith, but I don't have any idea how to make them let alone have the time to do this plus I think it's going to be cheaper to buy the plate holders.
I'm a bit disappointed there hasn't been much of a response to this topic given there are lots of people on here that attend craft fairs or have displays Sad

6 24/05/2013 - 11:08 PM
By Coventryphotog
Display Help !!

Hopefully someone can help me out with this.
I've got a window display to setup in a couple of weeks time and I need to buy something that will prop up 20x16 and 16x12 frames, plus I plan on using these for arts & craft fairs. I have considered large plate holders, but I would prefer something like a small wooden easel as they look nicer, unfortunately I can't find any that are a suitable size and support the weight of the frame. Price needs to be reasonable too.

Has anybody done a display like this in windows or in craft fairs, what did you use? Any suggestions welcome.



6 24/05/2013 - 11:08 PM
By Coventryphotog
Inspirations, Mood & Life.......
Hi folks,

It's certainly been a little while since I've uploaded any new images to EPZ, but for the past 6 or so months I have been working hard on my photography meaning less time on the PC and more time out. Another reason for my absence and one I'm proud of, I will be holding my first solo exhibition "Inspirations, Mood & Life" at the Danby Visitors centre on the North York Moors. It starts this Saturday (see details on image) for a few weeks I will be there on the opening day.

It's certainly been an educational experience and a lot of hard work, but one I have enjoyed putting together. It would be nice to see some of you guys and gals there so if you get chance pop along on the opening day and say hello.

Have a good weekend and hope to see some of you.


(for more details details or view my website click here)

1 26/04/2013 - 7:14 PM
By janeez
Is that it?
Yes it's nice to receive comments & votes on EPZ, but you can't beat having your own work mounted and framed. It certainly breaths new life into an image. Why don't you try getting a few small mounted prints into an outlet to see what interest you get and where it takes you? You will also learn a lot along the way (i.e. presentation styles).

For me it started when friends wanted to buy prints, then I got interest through word of mouth and even had a couple of images published & televised locally. Now I have my own website and participate in a couple of joint exhibitions a year, my first solo one starts next week (so I'm learning a lot on this one), plus it's interesting to see peoples reactions to your work and discuss it with them - even better when you make a sale Wink

I'm still very much an amateur and won't be quitting my day job, but it pays for my hobby and it's certainly challenging and keeps me thinking how can I take it forward.

Whatever you decide to do I wish you the best of luck.


14 19/04/2013 - 8:03 PM
By KevSB
All Around Us - Danby, North Yorkshire
Hi everyone,

There is an exhibition being held at the Moors Centre in Danby tomorrow for a few weeks. I have a couple of images in it, but there are other landscape photographers and ceramicists exhibiting.

As tomorrow is the opening of the exhibition there is a "Meet the Artists" event, so I'll be there from noon till 3pm, nibbles and drinks provided.

If you're in the area and have spare time why not pop over and check it out, it would be good to put faces to names. Wink

If you do go, it would be good of you to post your feedback here.

Thanks for your interest.


2 01/03/2013 - 8:53 PM
By Graysta
What gear?
From the gear you have listed I say you're pretty well covered, but I suppose you should be asking yourself why do you think you should be considering another camera and lenses? Your PF is really good and I don't see what immediate impact a different camera and lens would bring.
You could maybe use a macro lens, but they can prove to be expensive and would only consider purchasing such a lens if that's something you're serious about. Alternatively try some close-up filters to get a taste of it. I used to use the Canon 450D (still have it) coupled with sigma 10-20 lens and the sigma 24-70, in my opinion the 450D is a decent enough camera and IQ is excellent with the right lens.

I would stick with what you've got at present until you know exactly what it is you want to achieve and with what hardware. Maybe looking at techniques and processing before considering the above would have more benefit.

All the best,


7 28/02/2013 - 6:48 PM
By Meheecho
FEISOL Tournament Tripod CT-3442 Rapid
Last year I purchased the CT-3342 Rapid Tournament and can say it is the best tripod I've owned. Extremely light and yet rock solid. They've been compared to Gitzo and although the finish is not the same the build is comparable and the fact it's about half the price is a bonus. What I like about it is the fact it has no centre column and at full extension the camera is at eye level. I can recommend the spikes as an extra, I use these 90% of the time and it really anchors it when doing landscapes.

Nearly forgot to mention the customer service is outstanding and quick to respond to emails.

2 27/02/2013 - 1:12 AM
By shalik
Gloves for -20oC
I went to Lapland recently and the temperature plummeted to -30C. I bought a pair of ski mitts as they tend to be waterproof & windproof, only cost me 20. Them couple with a pair of silk gloves so you can take the mitts off to operate your camera without feeling the nip.

15 26/01/2013 - 11:02 AM
By saltireblue
Start 'em young
Snap! My 3 year old daughter has shown an interest in photography so I have got her the same camera for Christmas. Hopefully that'll stop her using my iPhone. It's interesting to see the pictures she takes and the moments she captures.

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6 26/12/2012 - 12:12 PM
By User_Removed
Norway trip next year - can I manage with this lens for possible Northern Lights shots
I'm heading to Lapland beginning of December so will be better experienced after that trip to advise on lens for northern lights. I'm yet to decide on my own kit but at present will be using 2 wide angle lens, Sigma 17-35mm and Sigma 28-70mm. These I hope will enable me to travel light but have enough range to capture the lights and landscapes, plus some closer comps. Have you considered lens hire, possibly 24-105, I hear it's very versatile.


16 24/11/2012 - 12:20 PM
By Fluke
Tamron 24-70
Hi, I've no experience of this lens but you may find this review helpful Tamron 24-70. Also EPZ Review
Good luck.

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4 14/05/2014 - 7:25 AM
By discreetphoton
Hi! Eager and willing to learn but how????
Hi Chris,

There is so much to learn in photography and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. The best way is to first become familiar with your camera by reading your manual and getting out with your camera and taking shots. Review your shots, try to be critical and question why things don't work and what you want to achieve. You could always upload your shots to the critique gallery where you will find the biggest help on how to improve.

Structured learning can help, but I have found reading books and magazines have been the biggest help and of course on this website through the techniques and forum pages.

Hope I have helped a little, I look forward to seeing your photos.


15 16/10/2012 - 10:12 PM
Titles for photo mount
Hi Keith,
Have you considered simply writing the title directly onto the mount in pencil ? I tend to use a pencil that is not too soft so it does not stand out too much, after all it's the photo that should dominate the frame.

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7 05/10/2012 - 1:15 PM
By gpwalton
Twitter Widgets
I'm experiencing the same problem, believe it effects IE users so I have reported the problem to EPZ and they insist it will be resolved by twitter. Hopefully it won't take too long as it is frustrating.

14 29/08/2012 - 3:16 PM
By Jestertheclown
Brighouse Print / RGB Labs Middlesbrough
I received an email from them the other day explaining the closure, sad to see them go (See below). I am now trying to find a high quality lab locally that I can reproduce my images with particularly using fine art paper :

"As some of you may already know, Emma and Graeme have been offered the opportunity to live and work in Australia on a permanent basis.
Although very short notice they have worked to ensure that all their customers are not left high and dry, and thanks to colorworld, the transition should be fairly painless.
Thanks for your business over the years, it has been a pleasure to deal with all our customers, and we are sure you will have no problem switching to the new lab. You will love the extra services they offer.

Services will continue.
Colorworld are a much respected professional lab with decades of experience, so DONT WORRY!
Colorworld have also taken our staff from Brighouse, so this means you can still call Leanne on 0191 2596926 if you have any questions, you can even e-mail the same e-mail address.
We have arranged for all work to be completed using the same FTP system, with prices held until Christmas, as we both understand that you may have already committed to quoted jobs.
Services will resume as normal after the bank holiday weekend."

3 28/08/2012 - 6:29 PM
By pulsar69
Heliopan or Lee Polariser
I have the Heliopan and can say it performs very well. I opted for this over the Lee equivalent based on price as well as the heliopan is thinner so any chance of vignetting at wide angle is reduced. Never noticed any vignetting. It is built solidly, and does not affect image quality. The only thing I have noticed about it is that it does have a tendency to stick if it is not used for a little while, found a gentle tap releases it far easier than trying to twist.

A quality piece of glass you won't be disappointed.

Hope this helps,


5 22/08/2012 - 8:05 PM
By User_Removed
2012/2013 fantasy football league
I'm in Smile

5 17/08/2012 - 10:59 AM
By cats_123
Filter holder - plastic or aluminium?
Personally I would go for the plastic holder as the aluminium one is heavier and more expensive for what is essentially the same design as the plastic one. Aluminium may look aesthetically pleasing but I think this may be prone to denting and warping if mishandled or stored in your bag incorrectly, but since I have never owned one I can't be certain. You have to ask yourself why Lee & Cokin produce there systems in plastic.

10 16/08/2012 - 9:40 AM
By TanyaH
Hi chaps
Welcome to EPZ from another Boro lad. Don't underestimate the 450D, I started out with the same camera and have got some good images with it (IMO). I have progressed to the 5d recently. You'll find the community very helpful here.

I look forward to seeing your pictures.


3 15/07/2012 - 7:21 PM
By IanBurton
85mm or 100mm filter system on a 17-40 lens?
I too recommend the 100mm system. I have the Lee filter holder and W/A adapter, I got mine from eBay at a very reasonable price. I opted for the hitech filters (100mm), went directly to them and can say they are very good quality filters.

4 05/07/2012 - 4:44 PM
By TanyaH