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  • I have second shot loads of times for a local wedding photographer who has since become a close friend. On starting I used an 18-50 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 both sigma, also kept a 50 1.8 in the bag. Those are good lenses to have with you (not so much the 50mm I find). I have over time added more kit including a 17-40 useful for taking shots of the location, along with off camera flashes and triggers 3 bodies etc etc ( all comes with time and paid weddings I took on myself.)

    However as long as you have something in the ranges of 18-50 and the 70-200 particularly 2.8's you should be fine, it gets challenging when the light levels are low but a combination of aperture and a camera with low noise really helps.

    Whatever you do don't be put off by comments made by Lemmy and the like as I did, these types of comments put me off for a while, however it turns out by getting in and second shooting I not only learned the limitations of my kit but also how the day runs and what does and can go wrong, I also learned that the dinosaurs don't know it all like they keep telling everyone, no one possibly can know it all. Since which I have had happy customers and keep getting asked to shoot weddings which sadly I'm turning down at the moment due to work and family commitments, this WILL change.

    Enjoy it and good luck, oh and backup up everything to more than one drive as you never know when you may need the files again.


  • Quote:Hackintosh I had been running for 3 years, for photo editing trust me cs is quicker under windows. Im now back running on windows 8 and wont be going back to osx, the advantages of pure power on a pc do not translate to osx simple as, the os does not support the most up to date hardware pcs can have. Have a play, get over the fun part and then it will hit you smack in the face your wasting power on osx. Either way you will have a better system than apple can sell you.

    Just buy the original osx install disc or download and your legal in uk.

    Cheers Gareth

    Thanks for letting me know that, this is why I won't be buying their hardware as as you say I'd have a decent Windows system should it not work out as desired or expected. Good to hear some real world experiences
  • Anyone had a go at building a Hackingtosh?

    Me and a mate have been looking into it as we are both looking to upgrade our machines, looking at correct parts all the way through to the install procedure. All looks very straightforward, looking at a single i7 4770K and a 7 series GTX graphics card on an intel board, own choice of screens, a similar spec to a Mac Pro but a lot less 's and the ability to Dual boot with Windows and Mac OS. Best of both worlds in one is the idea.

    I have been very much Windows and Linux (Ubuntu Dual booted) for years, however I do like the Mac OS as I've dipped my toe in the water at work with a Mac Pro, I like Windows and Mac for different reasons, I also don't want to pay out the cash for a 27" iMac laptop on a stick and don't fancy prizing it open to replace a HDD although I did come close recently but I managed to see past the shiny shiny case, it's just the OS I like.

    I'm just wondering how anyone here finds their Hackingtosh on a day to day basis and in particular with photo and video editing.

  • Cheers for the link, anything is worth a try as it would be a shame bin to the printer just because of a firmware issue.

    I searched loads of pages in various forums etc and came up with nowt, so your link is much appreciated. Smile

    I'm away from the PC at the mo but will update the thread when I try it
  • I have an old inkjet 1200 that has been sitting gathering dust, however I still have plenty of ink and a set of brand new print heads. The old heads are blocked so I decided to replace them. Just for day to day printing instead of using all the ink in my canon printer.

    Problem is the printer firmware needs updating to use the print heads as per the instructions on HP Website, however the page they send me to does not list any links for the firmware for this printer .

    Any idea where the firmware may be listed other than the HP site as I've searched there high and low to no avail.

    The error is all lights are on after new heads installed. HP site says upgrade firmware to fix.

    Seems they stopped listing the updated firmware
  • Out of the 2 I would go 70-200 F2.8

    I use Canon and had a Sigma 50-500 F4-6.3 which I sold to buy a Sigma EX 70-200mm F2.8 the 2.8 is far better than the F4-6.3 yes the reach was good but it had to be quite bright in order to use it, the F2.8 is better not only at grabbing more light but the optics are better and the results and far superior.

    If you ever need more reach you could always get a 2x if really needed. My 2.8 came with a 2x and in all honesty I never feel the need for it.

  • Just wanted to share this with you all.

    I got a bit bored with photography for around a year or so, not to the point of wanting to sell up. Although it did cross my mind, but I just couldn't get motivated to pick up the camera most of the time, I still took it places but it stayed in the bag or in the boot or the shots deleted.

    However I took it on our annual holiday to Saundersfoot just over a week ago and the "want" just came flooding back, I got up early several times and took the camera out not only taking shots and thinking about what I wanted to capture but enjoying being the only person there on the beach just taking it all in, just breathing, looking and most of all smiling.

    I'm now going through old shots on my hard drive and editing a few instead of leaving them there hidden away from view, watching Youtube tutorials on Lightroom and Photoshop are adding fuel to my fire.....my passion is back and what a wonderful feeling it is.

    No matter what happens just go with the flow the passion always returns if you want it to, you just have to wait it out.....

  • I'm looking at getting a shot printed and framed and as I have never sent any shots off to get them done I thought I'd ask here first to see who people here use.

    Cheers for any pointers.

  • I keep meaning to have a go at some if these locally, it's quite easy to find old photos of local landmarks online since a lot of people are uploading them. Think my mom has a box full of photos I could digitise
  • I got a bottle of single malt, after a few of those my photos start look better
  • Canon are more popular due low noise and ability to mod the camera easier. With Canon have a look at the software Backyard EOS there is a free 30 day trial

    Dslr wise it's Canon for astrophotography

    Webcams are good for planetary and moon, I have been using a webcam via my 8" SCT recently with some ok results via Sharpcap and registax. I just need some more clear skies

    For dedicated Astrophotography via telescope then look at dedicated CCD cameras and a good mount such as a Skywatcher NEQ6

    Some good info here.


    Also have a look at some astro photographers on Twitter. @Astrotanja is very good and you can find others by searching the astrophography tag

    Tring Astro

    First Lights optics

    Are online astronomy shops and worth looking at for info.

  • Starts at 17:59 in the West more info at...

    Heavens Above

    Merry Christmas Everyone!
  • We had the mortar come loose, roof was wet inside when getting Xmas tree out. 140 and a few mugs of tea in the end done by a roofer who was recommended and all sorted. Hope yours is as easy as ours was
  • Just had a quick look at the specs and just on the processor alone it looks overpriced as it's dual core, most tablets including the Hudl tablet are quad core. If it was sub 100 I'd say buy it but not at close to 200.

    Quite a few devices get hot when used for power hungry processes including our iPad and phones it's pretty standard
  • Not heard of that one, but have you looked at the Hudl tablet at Tesco it's a very capable tablet and worth popping into a store for a look
  • Cokin holder but used with Kood filters ND's and a grad. Cheap as chips and been great
  • Complain to your workplace as you are being harassed at work.
  • Visa Debit cards offer the same protection as credit cards too
  • Velcro
  • Alan

    One to be aware of is exploding batteries, a mate at work gave his daughter his old 3GS he had on contract all original parts inc battery. It exploded whilst sat on the side not charging and not in use either. Broke the phone apart, thankfully it wasn't in her hand at the time or up to her face.

    Google show quite a few cases.

    Just thought I'd let you know as I wouldn't want your son to get injured.

    Apple are aware of the issue from what he was told when he called them.

  • Sad news I remember Andy from the first time I joined the site prob 8 or so years ago
  • I have a Quad LNB linked to the Humax HD PVR and the other feeds for other rooms (I got it new for 7 locally), trouble is the german satellite is in a differnet direction to the Sky one so it's one of those if I get round to fitting another dish just for F1, plus it would need to be out of view as possible.
  • I was very tempted to get a second dish and watch free to air in German whilst using the radio for audio, also a few peer to peer sites online to watch via.

    But instead I've just lost touch with F1 and do something else instead as I refuse to pay for Sky TV as I would only use it for F1 coverage and it's way overpriced for just that.
  • To be fair it was just a heads up for Mac users who didn't know, but then it went rapidly downhill.

    Tune in next week for "How to start a wedding photography business with a camera phone, whilst undercutting everyone else for pocket money"

  • Quote:MrGoatsmilk "Erm ok thanks for that, not sure why you needed to tell us that but hey ho"

    I didn't realise humour removal was a requirement for membership of these forums?

    I din't realise it was humour, I just thought you were pissed Grin

  • Quote:Hack attack means Mac taking flack over virus software lack, Apple expected to strike back Tongue

    Erm ok thanks for that, not sure why you needed to tell us that but hey ho
  • Major spyware being developed


  • Quote:Why not just use the Wireless signal strength meter on your laptop's taskbar ?

    its the most accurate indicator because it is actually using the wireless card you'll be receiving the Wi-Fi with

    Because tools like the previous mentioned will provide far more detail such as signal strength in dBm, which channels are the busiest or quietest, the meter also gives a more accurate reading than 5 or so bars which is normal for the one on the taskbar.

    Saying that the one on the taskbar will be helpful, just depends on how much you want to know and to what quality really.
  • Another good tool is WiFi Analyzer I use it on my phone to find hotspots when out and about, I can use this to walk towards the strongest point and log in from there, also gives me names etc of the WI Fi in a given area.

    For Android on the Play store (Free)


    Developers site
  • You could do better by getting a used Newtonian reflector and a T adapter, your Moon shots would be loads better with that. My first scope was an Orion Europa 150 and I used to use that with a T mount and adapter. No need for motors for Moon shots.

    But beware you'll want to upgrade before you know it, it's much like photography for kit Grin

    "If I buy that I could do this, however if I spend more i could also do this......" That's how it goes for me Blush

    Skywatcher do some good ones, have a look on Stargazers Lounge in the classifieds

    Plus you could do some observing of other celestial objects