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Andy - I don't suppose you've used the 50mm have you?

Thanks Rev-happy!

I've not even had the camera for a day yet and can already tell what a step up it is from my Canon G9. I got it with the two kits lenses. A 16-50 and a 55-210. I think the glass is ok but already I can see it's limitations.

I'm going on holiday on Friday so the kit lenses will be perfect for me to get used to the camera.

Ok before I start waffling on, can I ask you (everyone) what do you think would be the best 3 lenses for portrait (shallow dof), all round use and telephoto?

It's a bit of a mine field because the Sony lens range is limited and yet you can get a metabones adaptor which then opens you up to hundreds of different lenses from everyone else! So yes I'm confused but I'd say my budget for 3 good lenses would be around £2,000.

Personally I'd leave it for a bit, find out what you're enjoying most and then spend money there. The exception to that is that I'd get a pancake (ie. thin) lens quickly for the sake of general portability. This seems to be the Sony one of choice at the moment:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-SEL20F28-Alpha-Series-Lens/dp/B00BBWMHBG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401114055&sr=8-1&keywords=sony+20mm

When you want portability, and you will, there's nothing better than that sort of thing. It's not going to be the perfect-perfect lens, but it seems to be pretty good.

It's better to get used to it all though and then decide what you want next.

Congrats on the new camera!

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Sigma were always better than they seemed, it was just their quality control used to be appalling. My (previous version) Sigma f1.4 was a good lens as I made sure I got a decent copy, even that needed microadjusting on camera, but the new one looks to fully obliterate it.

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just ordered the cheapo samyang 14mm f2.8 lens for my 5d... primarily for milky way shots... should be nice and wide on the full frame, full manual focus etc, but apparently its pretty good for astro stuff...managed to find it for £250 so we shall see...

'Tis my favourite lens for playing with. The distortion is an utter pain, it's impossible to fix - there are a few Lightroom profiles kicking around but they're all just differently wrong. But as long as you're not doing architectural it's fantastic. Weirdly, 100mm f2.8L aside, it's my sharpest lens for the very centre. Miles ahead of the 24-105mm. Drops off rapidly, but it's a neat little bonus. And dead easy to use too - the depth of field is forgiving enough that anything beyond 3m is at infinity, the aperture is nicely clunky. The Sigma 12-24mm is shit in comparison.

You'll love it.

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Well I've bought it primarily for Milky Way photos.... Am I right in thinking the infinity marking on the focus is as far as the focus will go, which will come in handy as a lot of other lens's still have a bit if travel when you reach infinity....

Hopefully it will turn up before next weekend as I'm off to Cornwall and hoping for some clear skies...

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IIRC, yes it stops at infinity. My Sigma 100-300 is awful for that, it actively changes the focus after reaching infinity meaning there is no way to tell where actual infinity is.

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Apologies if this is asked recently but I figure these are things are sometimes worth revisiting anyway as new products come out.

I'm after a new screen for editing photos.

I obviously want it to be 1920x1080 but I don't know if there's benefit from going higher? Primarily it's for post processing. I figure if it's good for that - it'll be good for anything else I want it for. I don't really play games any more so I'll probably watch netflix in bed on it but I don't give a shit how good quality that is. I need to be sure that the photos I'm editing in lightroom or camera raw are being represented as true as they can.

I'd like it to have multiple HDMI inputs, just as a convenience - apart from having my desktop in permanently, I'd like a spare cable for occasionally plugging my laptop in when i'd need to, and for leaving a chromecast plugged in. Possibly. I guess it's not a dealbreaker. Ultimately editing photos is the priority over all else.

I don't know what my budget is. Under £300 I guess. Depends what over £300 gets me.

Now I'm sure there are "professional screens" out there that are £1000 or whatever and I'm sure they're better for some reason but I don't think I need to be that purist about it and my budget can't stretch that high - once it gets over a certain point I might as well buy a new lens or something and 'make do' :P

I'm just wondering what I should look for, can people recommend some good screens, good brands, what do peope here use, and so on.

Thanks!

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IIRC, yes it stops at infinity. My Sigma 100-300 is awful for that, it actively changes the focus after reaching infinity meaning there is no way to tell where actual infinity is.

You can't lock focus or back button focus it?

Apologies if this is asked recently but I figure these are things are sometimes worth revisiting anyway as new products come out.

I'm after a new screen for editing photos.

I obviously want it to be 1920x1080 but I don't know if there's benefit from going higher? Primarily it's for post processing. I figure if it's good for that - it'll be good for anything else I want it for. I don't really play games any more so I'll probably watch netflix in bed on it but I don't give a shit how good quality that is. I need to be sure that the photos I'm editing in lightroom or camera raw are being represented as true as they can.

I'd like it to have multiple HDMI inputs, just as a convenience - apart from having my desktop in permanently, I'd like a spare cable for occasionally plugging my laptop in when i'd need to, and for leaving a chromecast plugged in. Possibly. I guess it's not a dealbreaker. Ultimately editing photos is the priority over all else.

I don't know what my budget is. Under £300 I guess. Depends what over £300 gets me.

Now I'm sure there are "professional screens" out there that are £1000 or whatever and I'm sure they're better for some reason but I don't think I need to be that purist about it and my budget can't stretch that high - once it gets over a certain point I might as well buy a new lens or something and 'make do' :P

I'm just wondering what I should look for, can people recommend some good screens, good brands, what do peope here use, and so on.

Thanks!

Well looki what we got here..

NEC MultiSync EA273WM

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2013/04/24/best-monitor-for-photo-editing-4-top-models-tested-and-rated/3/

One left...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/NEC-EA273WM-MultiSync-Backlit-Monitor/dp/B006DEG416

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You can't lock focus or back button focus it?

It has to be manual focus for space stuff, 5D2 AF is nowhere near that clever. It's only messing about stuff anyway, nothing serious. Just a bit crap/annoying.

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I'm having problems with the Canon 24 - 105 f4 on a 5d3. The autofocus seems dodgy when attempting to focus at infinity or near infinity. Often it can't do it at all and just continually focuses in and out trying to find the correct focus forcing me to manual focus it. Is this a known issue, or am I doing something wrong?

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It seems to do it often if I have cloud or something in the middle of the frame - which is kind of understandable because it's blurry, but shouldn't it focus on something else instead?

But it also does the same thing sometimes when focusing on something sharp like a building. It's odd because it pulls the focus in and out, but it's not like it's focusing between things in the frame. It's focusing on nothing.

It was new so the shop can sort it out.

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It seems to do it often if I have cloud or something in the middle of the frame - which is kind of understandable because it's blurry, but shouldn't it focus on something else instead?

But it also does the same thing sometimes when focusing on something sharp like a building. It's odd because it pulls the focus in and out, but it's not like it's focusing between things in the frame. It's focusing on nothing.

It was new so the shop can sort it out.

AFAIK It'll try to focus at whatever your pointing it. It won't move to another adjacent focus spot if your shooting a single shot (assuming that applies) UNLESS the Cannon does do that. Bit weird if it does (but if your in a hurrey and don't have time to compose)

And continuous mode requires a moving object (at least thats using my D7100 as a guide)

The sharp building shot is the key thing i'd reckon.

Unless the building's line is obscured by background (unlikely) then it should lock. I don't think the lens would need fine tuning in this instance as its hunting so i reckon you've done the right thing.

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Thats Canon's catch all error code isn't it?

Can you try it on another mount?

Try cleaning your contacts.

X100 trends at £400 used on eBay. The x100s at 650-700. I'd have liked an x100s obviously but figured if I liked the old model I could upgrade in future and if not then I can shift it.

Yeah, I tried it on my old 40d body with the same results, oddly enough the error only manifests itself when the lens is set to past 70 so I think it's something internal within the Tamron lens. I've had enough of it tbh as it had no warranty (grey goods) so have bought a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS as a replacement.

Gonna take apart the Tamron and see what went wrong.

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6D body for £749 after price match and canons cashback :ohttp://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/canon-6d-body-only-for-749-after-john-lewis-price-match-150-summer-cashback-from-1934777

Really tempted but I don't think I'd do it justice, is there much of a reason for the step up for a non pro user over a 600D? I doubt it tbh.

Got a little bit excited there. Seems only the original poster managed to get them to price match the online retailer though.

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Yeah, I was posting it yesterday evening but forgot about it in the tab and just posted it this morning, in that time it seems like John Lewis has wised up :( Could be worth buying it and not opening it and then returning it if it's not honoured.

I bought a couple of filters for my lenses earlier in the week and they arrived this morning, they are made of metal and seem well made. Amazing for the price imo http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/320755990888

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is there much of a reason for the step up for a non pro user over a 600D? I doubt it tbh.

I was looking at a website last week where a pro photographer put this to the test and I think it was a 600D he used, cheap speedlights, but set the shot up like he would as a professional shoot, and the results were amazing. A friend of mine, Mike King, is a well known sports photographer, and his favourite shot was taken on a 2mp camera:

9409300813_8591f1bf74_z.jpgOh Superman... by mikekingphoto, on Flickr

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