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Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM – Review

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Yes that’s correct. It has been a while since I last did a review. There is a very good reason for this too, instead of doing them on my site, I have been offered the opportunity to reach a bigger audience and do them for Cafetography. An online photography magazine that features lens reviews and tutorials as well as showcasing any photographic news. They work with my preferred place to rent camera gear, Lens Locker. So when Lens Locker asked if I would do a review for them, I jumped at the chance.

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Now, I used to own a 70-200mm f/4 L USM which I used on my now sold Canon 50D for motorsport, it seemed to be a match made for someone just starting out. However when I went full frame, the 70-200 became a little too short for me. And because I am not made of money, I started renting lenses from the guys at Lens Locker and the 300mm f/4 L IS USM became my new weapon of choice. Anyway, enough of that here’s the video. Let me know what you think, it is my first one so no doubt I won’t sound a smooth as butter.

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Gear Review: Hahnel Combi TF Triggers

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Hahnel Combi TF

I have had these triggeres for about a two years or so now and I can honestly say that I would recommend them to anyone. (Providing they had a need for triggers) They come in two varieties, Canon/Nikon.

They came by recommendation from a chap in a  Jessops store which is not a place I normally take advice from but turns out on this occasion that it was a good one.

Since getting them I have probably had less misfires than you can count on one hand. They have only refused to fire twice, once because I accidentally changed the channel they were on and the other because it was -10 degrees centigrade. I can’t really blame them for that seeing as I don’t even want to operate in that kind of temperature.

The cool thing about this system is that it is so incredibly simple to use. You put the trigger on your camera and put the receiver onto the flash and BAM! You are good to go! Also you can reverse the set up so you can mount the receiver to the camera and hold the trigger to remotely fire the camera. Pretty neat huh!? The basic kit comes with one trigger and one receiver but if you need to upgrade, you can also buy additional receivers. They work right out of the box so you don’t have to fanny about setting them up.

One thing I have noticed with these is that if you leave the batteries in the receiver and put them in your bag, they can go through batteries quite quickly, so it might be an idea to remove them when not in use.

There is one feature that I would really like to have from this kit and that is the ability to fire the flashes on the second curtain rather than the first. I really want that. BADLY!

Want one? Get one!