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  1. I almost changed myself from the Canon system to Sony, however after much research and testing I moved from the 5D3 to the 5D4. The issue with the Sony system clearly isn't the image quality, but the handling and build-quality is someway behind Canon in my opinion. Things may have changed with this new release, of course. A lot of the review sites pixel-peep to find the most minute issue but for the most part the 5d4 is doing everything I want (if I was starting afresh now I'd probably get the Nikon 850 though!). Still, crazy specs Sony are putting out. I hope Canon's next set of Pro SLRs begin to catch-up again.
  2. Yes did one a few years ago using Wild Photography Holidays, though I went in February. It was absolutely stunning and you can see why so many photographers go there. WildPhotography were pretty good as well, taking you off the well-worn paths and giving you a fair amount of information about the locations so it become as much of an adventure as it did about landscape photography They weren't great for helping out technically if you needed it but otherwise very good hosts. Album from my trip here: https://www.petejohns.photography/Gallery/Iceland Last weekend I dusted off my trusty Macro lens to get some damsel and dragon flies. Following taken using the Canon 2.8 USM (not L) and Canon 100-400L.
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    Nintendo Switch

    I get hardly any game time these days and have never used a Switch, but I quite fancy one either for the family or just myself on occasional downtime! What are the parental controls like? Can you restrict content and even restrict how long it can be used? Secondly if I was feeling mean and kept it away from the family is the system usable 100% handheld?
  4. Chiefs miss out again Great game though.
  5. The last shot is on a mobile, the rest are 5d4.
  6. Probably up to a grand if it gets the results. Cheers, I'll check these out.
  7. Hey, I'm looking for a good quality compact camera that is good for landscape photography (and potentially Macro). I love my SLR photography but of course it's only any good when I have it with me. When and about with the family I don't like to take the full kit with me so then only have my phone. I want a small alternative that I can have with me at all times. Are there compact camera that improve enough over a mobile phone to make it worthwhile carrying two devices? I have a Pixel2 (and probably at the end of the year a Pixel4), which is great for what it is but I've never felt the need to take any images off of the phone. Any thoughts on compact cameras? Looking for something that fits in a pocket.
  8. I never saw Captain Marvel, she's a bit dull isn't she? Didn't think her character was needed, or fit, at all.
  9. Anybody playing this? They are doing great great at sticking to their schedule - major update 3 released a few days ago and the game continues to mature. Still only two levels but the combat is slowly proving more opportunities with an increasing number of powers you can (randomly) find per run. More variety in each run, with challenges appearing and occasional story monologue by Hades are all helping to bring more polish and depth. The second world is definitely more fun than the first but I struggle to get there. I can reach the first boss every time but she keeps taking me out. The combat can feel flat at times though, as they add more powers the chances of getting a nice mixture during a run seems to decrease. It's also not always clear what the upgrades are doing. Only dipping in an out though. 25 runs so far and no completes.
  10. My new camera turned up yesterday - canon 5d mark 4. Only incremental improvements over the mark 3 I had previously but first impressions are positive. Need to get out on a proper shoot though rather than annoying the cats. Things that have stuck out so far: - touchscreen is surprisingly well implemented - WiFi and NFC to app have great potential, almost makes up for immovable screen - improved burst rate - camera feels pretty much exactly the same (can still operate in total darkness) - haven't been able to notice the apparent improvement in autofocus (I'm more used to manual) despite trying - silent mode not much difference to normal - haven't tested added detail from resolution increase or improvements to dynamic range I'm not sure if the mark 4 will be with me as long as the 3 was before, depends on how good the rumoured new high end EOS R is. Also remains to be seen if it was worth the £1000 I paid for the upgrade, but 'more of the same but better' is just right for me.
  11. I enjoyed the Half Dead2 QL, worth a watch.
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    Google Stadia

    If this is to succeed then surely it needs to support controllers you already own...I expect it will. Maybe. I've been using ShadowPC quite a bit recently and streaming games works surprisingly well. It's not perfect by any means but it's pretty damn good, I look forward to seeing how the Google service pans out as Shadow is quite expensive.
  13. Cool, didn't know that, not sure if I'd ever find a use for it mind. Yes agree with polariser!
  14. If you are shooting handheld then I don't recommend filters as they'll just get in the way. A lot of pros are moving away from grad filters as they can just bracket and sort in post, though personally I prefer to use the filters still as I prefer to know I've done it 'right'. You'll still need to use a full ND filter to slow the exposure time though. If you do buy filters the cheaper ones will put a nasty colour cast on your image, which aren't always easy to recover from in post.
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    Crackdown 3

    The drip feed of weapons and gadgets is perfectly judged against the gradual improvement of the agent and rise in difficulty of the challenges. It really feels like my power and options are increasing and yet the game never seems to become easy. It's just more chaos. Amazed the performance remains topnotch despite the crazy stuff that occurs on screen, can't believe people day this looks like a 360 game! I'm playing on hard (second from top). Feels spot on. I don't think my thoughts have been so different from the review scores before!
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