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The "New Gear/Willy Waving" thread

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Fusion, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Fusion

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 9,669

    Location: Notts

    I'm quite surprised we don't have one of these threads already, where we can pose, show off and generally chat about new kit we've splashed out on.

    My initial contribution won't excite many, but it's a solid and needed purchase- the Canon EF 28mm F/2.8. At the moment, I manage to wring the most out of a 1000d body and have the nifty fifty, the excellent Tamron 70-300mm SP DI VC, and the bog standard Canon kit lens.

    I was lacking solid, sharp glass at the wide end of the focal scale, so thought the 28mm F/2.8 was the best option (considering price) at £170 new. This lens was bought for wedding use as myself and a fellow forum member have been enjoying working in this field over the past year, and have started to find our gear limiting in various ways (he's been able to cover 17-55mm using his Tamron F/2.8 zoom, a great little lens but pricier than a prime and ultimately, not as faithful in image reproduction).

    I'll endeavour to post some results when it arrives. It looks to be a solid addition to the Canon photographers' arsenal and obtainable at sensible outlay.

    Come on then, lets see what you've been spending your hard earned on!
     
  2. Pringle W

    Capodecina

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    Location: Glebe Park

  3. Fusion

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 9,669

    Location: Notts

    Doesn't have to be a £1,000 lens or £4,500 body, can be anything from cleaning cloths and straps to battery grips and filters, anything that enhances and contributes in some way to your hobby/profession.

    Even a list of "wanted kit", stuff people are planning to buy and how it will help expand their portfolio. It's also handy for stuff that wouldn't warrant a thread on its own, like mine :p
     
  4. Hunders

    Mobster

    Joined: Jan 6, 2006

    Posts: 3,507

    Location: Plymouth

    Well within the last month I have bought:
    - Canon 7D
    - 24-70L 2.8
    - Yongnuo YN565EX speedlite
    - Sanyo Eneloop NiMh AA batteries for above speedlite
    - Black Rapid RS-7 camera strap(not bought - was a present for my birthday)
    - Hoya Lenspen

    Need to buy:
    - Decent tripod
    - Flash stand + umbrella
    - ND and ND grad filters
    - Canon 10-22mm
    - Canon 50mm 1.4
     
  5. Gaffer

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 1, 2007

    Posts: 1,052

    Ok, I'll play.

    New Gear: 480GB replacement SSD for my 11" Macbook Air. Small enough to take anywhere. Enough capacity to be properly useful.

    Wish list: 400mm f/2.8 L IS II Probably a year before the proce comes down from the stratosphere.

    Andrew
     
  6. Nexus

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 13, 2003

    Posts: 10,619

    Location: London

    A 'What's in your camera bag' thread might be a good idea.
     
  7. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 59,154

    Location: Wish i was in New York

    It won't all fit in my camera bag! :p
     
  8. oO Stevie Oo

    Hitman

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    Location: Behind the camera...

  9. mangobreeder

    Mobster

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    I think you would need a skip, or a shipping container.
     
  10. Pringle W

    Capodecina

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    Location: Glebe Park

    My wanted list consists of exactly what you highlighted it doesn't have to be ;)

    16 - 35 mm f2.8 - for landscapes
    Canon 1dx (could settle for a mkiv though) or two :D

    As gaffer mentioned as well a 400 f2.8 although I do wonder if thats too big a lens and just the 300 f2.8 would do me instead. (currently use 70 - 200 f2.8 with 1.4 extender and that works for the footy)
     
  11. Rojin

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 6,978

    Location: Gloucester UK

    I recently picked up a Canon 70-200L IS f2.8, although I'm not particularly overwhelmed with it so will probably sell it and keep my old Sigma. Thinking of a 135L as my next purchase...
     
  12. Fusion

    Sgarrista

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    Why not?
     
  13. Dunky

    Gangster

    Joined: May 16, 2005

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    Location: Glasgow

    Ditto - yet to hear anything bad about that lens. Everyone who's got one seems to love it and that in itself makes it seem like a worth while purchase.
     
  14. Rojin

    Soldato

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    Location: Gloucester UK

    It's not a rubbish lens or anything, it's just that it isn't that much better than my current Sigma. It obviously has IS which the Sigma doesn't, I just don't know that I will use it very often. The Sigma is actually sharper at the wide end and whilst the Canon AF is very slightly better, it's not £600 better.

    I am tempted to sell both and get a Canon mkII, but can't really justify that much outlay on a single lens as a happy snapper!
     
  15. Pringle W

    Capodecina

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    seriously?!? :eek:

    Stepping up from my 70 - 300 f4.5 - 5.6 to the 70 - 200 f2.8 I nearly made a mess of my pants the quality was that good* :D













    Slight exaggeration for effect ;)
     
  16. footman

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

    Posts: 3,527

    [​IMG]

    Bought one of these yesterday, just come back from trying it out with a Kenko 1.4 TC.
     
  17. Vertigo1

    Capodecina

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    Everything's relative. I upgraded from my 70-200 f/4L IS to the f/2.8L IS and 'downgraded' back a while later. The f/2.8L IS isn't as sharp as the f/4L IS, even at f/4, and is noticably softer at the long end at f/2.8 than it is at shorter lengths. I found myself using it at f/4 all the time as it was noticably better so figured there was little point keeping it.

    The Mk2 is a different proposition altogether but is hellishly expensive.

    As for kit, so far this year, I've acquired a 7D, BG-E7 grip, 24-70, 50 f/1.4 and a 'frotto tripod. Been an expensive year :/
     
  18. K.C. Leblanc

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Sep 13, 2003

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    Location: Glocestershire

    I've just bought a TTL cable for 9 quid. Looking forward to having a proper play tomorrow.

    [​IMG]

    On the shopping list at the moment is a reflector, more AA batteries, another fast memory card (or 2). I'd also like to get one of those Raynox macro doofers.

    Lens wise I'd like a 55-200 and also an 85 prime, trouble is the D60 doesn't have a focusing motor.
     
  19. Pringle W

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    ah its the mk 2 I've got anyway ;)
     
  20. Razor-BladE

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 15, 2009

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    Location: Bristol

    Bought the Canon 10-22mm lens the other week. Really nice lens!