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  1. Jimi-the-fish

    Car buying advice please...downsizing, or am I?

    Dear Hivemind, I need your collected wisdom. Need to buy a used car but completely unsure what to get. Need space for three adult sized children in the back when they are back from uni. and to go on holiday (yes, they still want to come with us!) as well as space for taking their stuff to and...
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    first shots with 100mm macro

    Got a 100mm macro at the weekend and had a lot of fun chasing small things around the garden! Thanks to Neil Burnell (TP member) for the inspiration. '][/URL] '][/URL] '][/URL] J
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    School prom - 2 flash setup advice

    I have been volunteered to do some small group shots at my wife's school's prom. I have two flashes on stands with shoot-through brollies and have managed to borrow a 3m wide white paper roll background and supports etc. My question is do I use one flash for the group and one for the background...
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    50mm with 1.4x teleconverter vs 70-200mm at 70mm - weirdness

    I am considering an 85mm f/1.8 so thought I would try my 50mm f/1.4 with my Kenko 1.4x teleconverter for a bit as this should give a similar-ish 70mm at f/2. I ought to point out that I am shooting on a 7D which has a crop sensor of course. As part of this I compared this set up with my...
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    Does my 70-200 lens need repairing?

    I have thought for a while that my Canon 70-200mm L IS is not focussing properly. Looks OK through the viewfinder but I am not impressed with the results. I thought it might be front or back focussing so tried this test with batteries at 45 degrees to the focal plane and at f/4, minimum focus...
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    Review Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC Review

    This is the beginning of a review into my new Sigma 30mm f1.4 DC. This is the new "Art" branded one. I had been searching, reading and pondering a lens in this range for a while as I sometimes find my 50mm too close on the 7D. Lots of options in this area: Canon 28mm 1.8, old Sigma 30mm 1.4...
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    Bat in flight

    Think this might be a pipistrelle. Any help? Also, does it have a broken wing? http://japhoto.smugmug.com/Other/Nature/28778592_CdCqTZ#!i=2443098716&k=G2ZDqB6&lb=1&s=S thanks J
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    Basketball advice please

    Hi team, I am going to take some photos of basketball at a school and would welcome some advice. I'll be using a 7D with 50mm f1.4 and can get anywhere around the edge of the court. I was thinking of going with f2 so its not too soft and ISO 1600 to keep the shutter speed up, this would give...
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