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General Photography Discussion / Sigma 120-400m v Canon 100-400mm
« on: February 15, 2012, 02:03:19 PM »
I'm currently looking to purchase one or the other of the above and wonder if anybody has experience of both.

I tried Hairrig's (Andy Brown's) Canon yesterday and was pleased with the results in what were rather crap conditions but there were 3 things that made me unsure about it, Andy said they have a habit of suffering from dust ingress (and some websites say the same) which is something i would like to avoid, and that you need to be very careful in damp or wet conditions. Also the zoom on the canon is a pull out with a locking ring whereas the Sigma has a twist zoom (like my present 300mm zoom lens), must say I prefer the latter but possibly as I'm used to it - having said that I got the hang of the Canon reasonably well.

The Sigma is quite a bit heavier (1.8kg to the Canon's 1.4) and even the Canon seemed heavy compared to what I was used to - andy showed me the best holding position and that made it better but the extra 400g of the sigma might make it a bit of a lump to cart round all day. The reviews I've read suggest the Sigma doesnt suffer from dust as much as the Canon.
Quality wise most of the reviews say there's not much in it until you are right at the top end.

The other factor is price of course and the Canon is about 80% more than the Sigma but I dont mind if the Canon is a better option.

so, has anyone got comments on both please, really i'm looking for a user's comparison between the 2 if possible rather than 'I always go for Canon but have never tried a Sigma'. feedback welcome, thanks

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Aviation Waffle / something to interest Denis (F.4 restoration)
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:45:50 AM »

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Aviation Waffle / Phantom anybody?
« on: December 20, 2011, 05:07:08 PM »
Just spotted this on Denis's favourite forum:
http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=39394" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Aviation Waffle / 12 Harriers at southampton
« on: December 20, 2011, 04:26:01 PM »
noted this on fighter control:

On a railway enthusiasts forum, someone went looking for locos at Soton Maritime yard and reports 12 Harriers at Soton Docks near Gate 4 on Quay 44, so maybe not too hard to see. (Whereas loco 08624 was well hidden).

might be of interest to those ob the south coast if they are visible

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Aviation Waffle / BONE at Mildenhall
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:55:25 PM »
There's currently a B.1 at Mildehall, diverted in around 3.30 this p.m. after his tanker rendezvous had a problem and couldn't give him a drink, due out early tomorrow if weather etc okay ( was routing with another back to USA )

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Photo Competitions / the 2011 photo competition - the final result
« on: November 20, 2011, 05:39:40 PM »
These are the 5 finalists in the 2011 photo competition, for photographs taken between 1st November 2010 and 4th November 2011, congratulations to all 5 finalists for making it this far from an entry of over 200 photographs

The photographers are not named to ensure equality as far as possible

Please do not post any comments, moderators will remove any comments to ensure the voting is as fair and un-canvassed as possible, thank you.

You will only be able to vote once, thank you for your support, enjoy the photos and if you can please spare a few pounds(at least) to support XH558.

Never has one aircraft generated so much interest by so many!

Please select your favourite and vote for it (one vote only) and I have set the poll for 7 days so voting will close on Sunday 27th at around 5.40 pm. You may vote for your own photograph (I have no way of preventing that anyway)

The choices are these 5:

1: Section 1 winner – pictures of XH 558
Between the trees, Fairford RIAT 16 July 2011


2: Section 2 winner- other aviation photos
Harrier Sunset RAF Cottesmore 10th November 2010



3: Section 3 winner -  Vulcan village and other trade stands  
All tucked up for the night. Friday night, Waddington 2011



4: Section 4 Winner – aircrew and groundcrew
Taff



5: Section 5 winner – photos of XH558 taken on a compact camera
XH 558 over Highclere Castle 16-10-11

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Photo Competitions / 2011 photo competion section 4 finalists - please vote
« on: November 12, 2011, 05:33:37 PM »
These are the 6 finalists in section 4 of the photo competition, for photographs of the Vulcan Aircrew and ground crew  activities taken between 1st November 2010 and 4th November 2011-11-12

The photographers are not named to ensure equality as far as possible (I hope to have the submission topics hidden until after the conclusion of the competition to assist this).

Please do not post any comments, moderators will remove any comments to ensure the voting is as fair and un-canvassed as possible, thank you.

You will only be able to vote once in each section, thank you for your support, enjoy the photos and if you can please spare a few pounds(at least) to support XH558.

Never has one aircraft generated so much interest by so many!

Please select your favourite and vote for it (one vote only) and I have set the poll for 8 days so voting will close on Sunday 20th at around 5.30pm. You may vote for your own photograph (I have no way of preventing that anyway)

The choices are these 6:

1 Team Vulcan - the ground crew and air crew that bring '558 to the country's air displays lined up at Doncaster on 30-7-11



2 RIAT 16.07.11 Playing footsie



3  Finningley 30 July 2011 Taff preparing to guide XH558 into her parking space after the Sunderland display



4  Taff



5  Sam with the contents of the 'Gobbly Box'



6 Hibernating???    RAF Lyneham, March 2011

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These are the finalists in section 3 of the photo competition, for photographs of the VTTS Vulcan Village or other trade stand activities taken between 1st November 2010 and 4th November 2011-11-12

There was a 2 way tie for 6th place so there are 7 finalists

The photographers are not named to ensure equality as far as possible (I hope to have the submission topics hidden until after the conclusion of the competition to assist this).

Please do not post any comments, moderators will remove any comments to ensure the voting is as fair and un-canvassed as possible, thank you.

You will only be able to vote once in each section, thank you for your support, enjoy the photos and if you can please spare a few pounds(at least) to support XH558.

Never has one aircraft generated so much interest by so many!

Please select your favourite and vote for it (one vote only) and I have set the poll for 8 days so voting will close on Sunday 20th at around 4.50pm. You may vote for your own photograph (I have no way of preventing that anyway)

The choices are these 7:

1  Our Chair-person enjoying an ice cream whilst talking to visitors to the Vulcan club stand at Bruntingthorpe's CWJ day 29-5-11


2  happy customer - These pink shirts were viewed as being too small so were being sold as kids. This rather pregnant young lady proved otherwise and went away very happy


3 Stormtroopers guarding Vulcan Village Bournemouth 2011
 

4 bryank 11174-15 Darth in Vulcan Village Bournemouth 2011


5  "Oy mister, mind our flagpoles" Waddington set up, July 2011


6  All tucked up for the night. Friday night, Waddington 2011


7 There she goes !  Waddington

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These are the finalists in section 2 of the photo competition, for aviation photographs other than XH 558 taken between 1st November 2010 and 4th November 2011-11-12

I have received the judges' votes in on this section and there will be 8 finalists in this section as there was a 3 way tie for 6th place

The photographers are not named to ensure equality as far as possible (I hope to have the submission topics hidden until after the conclusion of the competition to assist this).

Please do not post any comments, moderators will remove any comments to ensure the voting is as fair and un-canvassed as possible, thank you.

You will only be able to vote once in each section, thank you for your support, enjoy the photos and if you can please spare a few pounds(at least) to support XH558.

Never has one aircraft generated so much interest by so many!

Please select your favourite and vote for it (one vote only) and I have set the poll for 8 days so voting will close on Sunday 20th at around 4.15pm. You may vote for your own photograph (I have no way of preventing that anyway)

The choices are these 8:
1: Mike Jeffries’ spectacular take off at Little Gransden


2: sea fury & misdeameanour at Dunsfold


3: hunter formation riat


4  reds at eastbourne


5 Harrier Sunset RAF Cottesmore 10th November 2010


6  Chinook strobe


7: F.16 50th Tiger Meet @ Cambrai


8:  sea king at yeovilton

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These are the finalists in section 1 of the photo competition, for photographs of XH558 taken between 1st November 2010 and 4th november 2011-11-12

I have received the judges' votes in on this section and there will be 9 finalists in this section as there was a 4 way tie for 6th place

The photographers are not named to ensure equality as far as possible (I hope to have the submission topics hidden until after the conclusion of the competition to assist this).

Please do not post any comments, moderators will remove any comments to ensure the voting is as fair and un-canvassed as possible, thank you.

You will only be able to vote once in each section, thank you for your support, enjoy the photos and if you can please spare a few pounds(at least) to support XH558.

Never has one aircraft generated so much interest by so many!

Please select your favourite and vote for it (one vote only) and I have set the poll for 8 days so voting will close on Sunday 20th at around 4pm. You may vote for your own photograph (I have no way of preventing that anyway)

The choices are these 9:

1: Vulcan XH 558 over trawlers at southend

 
2: RIAT2011 wingover catching the sun on her belly


3: Taken at HIghclere Castle 16th October 2011


4: Hello Kev!


5: Wellesbourne 16 October 2011


6: Between the trees, Fairford RIAT 16 July 2011


7: Arrival at Finningley 29 March 2011


8: nose on at Finningley


9: XH558 at Home - Passing by No. 3 Hangar

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These are the finalists in section 5 of the photo competition, for photographs of XH558 taken on a compact camera during 2011.

I have had all the judges' votes in on this section and there will be 6 finalists in this section as there was one clear leader and then 5 with the same number of votes all in second equal place.

The photographers are not named to ensure equality as far as possible (I hope to have the submission topics hidden until after the conclusion of the competition to assist this).


Please do not post any comments, moderators will remove any comments to ensure the voting is as fair and un-canvassed as possible, thank you.

You will only be able to vote once in each section, thank you for your support, enjoy the photos and if you can please spare a few pounds(at least) to support XH558.

Never has one aircraft generated so much interest by so many!

Please select your favourite and vote for it (one vote only) and I have set the poll for 8 days so voting will close on Sunday 20th at 10.30am. You may vote for your own photograph (I have no way of preventing that anyway)

The choices are these 6:

1: Big Thunder Bruntingthorpe - 29.05.11


2:Highclere cCastle 16-10-11


3: PA474 overflies XH558 at RAF Waddington - 2 July 2011


4:Doncaster 30-7-11


5: Underside view, Waddington

6: Doncaster 30-7-11

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I've finished collating all the entries ready for the judges' scores and in total there have been 292 entries (corrected form earlier figure), thanks to everybody for your excellent contributions and good luck with your photos.

If my spreadsheet is correct (and I tihnk it is now), the total raised excluding gift aid is £543, if that is subject to gift aid it raises the total to £679, thank you to everybody who entered and good luck in the competition

Watch out for the forum poll for round 2 of voting next weekend once the judges have returned their votes for round 1

Andy

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Photo Competitions / entries received before deadline - section 1 XH558
« on: November 05, 2011, 06:05:40 PM »
these are the 3 entries from Terry Lee that he was having problems trying to post and had e-mailed me about before the deadline, I am posting on his behalf

tc11195 -01 RIAT commence display


TC11195-02 climb out


TC 11195-03- perfect landing RIAT

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Photo Competitions / 2011 photo competition , closing date extended
« on: November 03, 2011, 05:20:56 PM »
entries will now close at Midday on Saturday rather than 5pm tomorrow. I probably wont be around to monitor it at 9am so chatted to Ian and decided that we would go for Midday on the 5th so that give you an extra evening and Saturday morning to get those last minute entries submitted.

good luck!

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General Photography Discussion / How to load photos onto topics in the forum
« on: September 08, 2011, 10:04:51 PM »
As promised in a topic elsewhere here is a rough guide on posting photos to the forum. I’ve used photobucket as an example because that’s where I have an account but other sites are available. I’ve created screenshots to help to show the process

1:First of all select the photos you want to upload and I normally put them all into one folder together edited as necessary and ready to go. Personally I either size them at 1024 pixels or 800 otherwise the files are very large. This forum seems to trim the edges above 800 pixels so unless I want to really show the detail I go for 800 and they load up quicker as well. – here’s a screen shot of the files ready to be uploaded in a folder on my computer:


2: Next thing to do is to sign into photobucket, from here on if you are using another photo hosting site I’m afrad I can’t help you much  and you will have to generate your codes and then pick it up from slide 15, anyway assuming you’re using photobucket for now go to photobucket.com and select sign in – if you haven’t got account you will have to go through the sign up process first.


3: Once photobucket is open either select the album you want to post directly into OR create a sub album within an existing one, I am going to do that just to show how it’s done. I’ve got a separate album for all my photos for each month (in this case Aircraft Sept 11) and then sub albums within each month for different sets  Select all albums (circled) and navigate to the one you want as the host album for your new album:


4: now select organise from the menu:


5: And the page will appear with the album tree shown on the left, select ‘create album’ as shown


6: name your new album – I’ve called mine cosbymodels (because that’s what it contains!) and tick the box to say that you want it as a sub album of the parent one , in this case Aiercraft Sept 11. (you can select any parent album from the drop down). When you’ve done that and checked you have the correct parent album click ‘add album’


7: the new album will now appear but for the moment it’s empty but we will now upload some photos to it, click the green upload now button on the first row of menu buttons


8: When you see the screen below, navigate through the album tree to the album you want to host the photos in. in this case cosbymodels:


9: now click on the green ‘Select photos to upload button’ and a file box will open fthrough which you will need to navigate to the folder with the photos in it created in the first screen shot, when you reach that folder, select the photos to upload by clicking and dragging the cursor over them so they are highlighted


10: click open and the files will start to upload and this screen will appear


11: and  when the files are uploaded it will change to this:


12: further down the same page you will see these 2 boxes, firstly stick the select all box and then from the drop down menu select generate link codes for selected


13: photobucket will then generate the codes and this page will appear as an overlay, left click on the box titled full size


14: and the box will turn yellow and say copied:


15: at this point the codes will only be saved on your mouse so I copy them onto a word document for safe keeping for now:

 
16: and once they are saved on a document  , close the overlay by clicking on the cross in the top right corner


17: now it’s time to post the pictures to the forum, you may want to post them as a reply to an existing topic e.g. into the photo competition , OR you may want to create a new topic as I am doing here by selecting NEW TOPIC:


18: first add a title to the topic (it won’t load without one), then copy and paste the image codes into the post


19: now add any text you want to accompany the photos and move the images into a preferred order if desired. A little tip here, I usually create all my text and put the image codes in where I want them in a word document (I’m doing it now) and then copy and paste the whole lot. That does 2 things: 1- it gives you a back up copy in case it fails to load and 2- if you hit a wrong button whilst typing you don’t lose everything  but you can do it either way – your choice



20: Almost there now, the moment of truth!  Click ‘Submit ‘ at the bottom of the text box – just as you would any normal post AND – your post , complete with phots should appear thus:


21: all that remains now is to close photobucket – I wait until I know the photos have loaded successfully as in the screenshot above just in case I need to re-copy the image codes for any reason


And that should be that! – if I’ve missed anything or you have some useful tips please feel free to add them as a reply to this topic. Have fun

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