Lives in United Kingdom Brighton, United Kingdom
Joined on Apr 11, 2010
About me:

Self deprecating talentless amateur photographer hoping to become better. Biggest impediment to overcoming low opinion of photographic skills is having an extremely talented and successful photographer as a sibling. I strive to improve, think I have then I am shown some of their recent photos and realise that I still have a long way to go. This could be very depressing if it wasn't for the fact that I am having fun which is why I do it. This and that I can see that my photos are slowly getting better, bit by small bit encourage me to continue with this wonderful past time.

paulbysea's current gear

Nikon Coolpix A
Pentax Optio W80
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
I recently bought this whilst I had a broken collar bone and couldn't lift my DSLRs. I wanted a compact with a large sensor, I saw this camera at a bargain price for a refurbished unit in a local camera strore. So are I am pretty happy with it and image quality wise it blows away my waterproof pentax and any phone camera. So far very happy with it even if I do have to cope with the Nikon menu system, Canon seems much more intuitive to me, but I know this is very much as personal preference. Enjoying the challenge of only having a fixed wide angle lense to use which is helping me think about my photography in a different way and take me back to my early days of photography in the 70s with prime lenses and film. Will definitely be still using the Coolpix A once I fully heal as a carry everywhere camera.
Tough go anywhere point and shoot that gives reasonable results for a cheap camera. It has been white water rafting with me several times and survived.
Love this camera, for me it does pretty much all I want a full frame DSLR to do and is a better camera than I am a photographer.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
I missed the reach of a crop when I went full frame, when this was released and the control layout was so similar to the 5D3 it was a no brainer. Only downside is now that I have to fly easyjet so I can have two camera bodies in my hand luggage as I can never decide whether to take this or the 5D3.
This was my first L lens and is an amazing lens, great for macro work and short telephoto use, especially on a crop. Great portrait lens on a full frame and ideal on a crop for when you want to have some distance from the subject. This was the lens that converted me to L lenses, my bank balance will never forgive Canon.
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EF 300mm f/4.0L IS USM
Got this as a bit of an experiment and find I have used it a fair bit, sometimes use it as the walk around lens when I don't think I need reach. It does have some limitations which lightroom can correct; and thought when taking a shot can overcome to a degree. A cheap way to go very wide on a full frame and has the added bonus of being a lightweight lens so ideal for travelling.
I love this lens, sure it is very old and probably not as sharp as modern lenses, doesn't focus a quickly either I expect. IS is only 2 stops which makes low light use harder, but as I use it most in sunny bright places not such a big issue. For me the main thing is that it takes fantastic photos (well when this photographer is at the top of his game), pleasing bokeh and colour rendition. I am not a birder which I think the sluggish by modern standards focus would be most noticeable. I do feel that for fast moving insects I would like it to focus faster but for everything else is it fine. I bought it as a stop gap whilst waiting for the much rumoured 100-400Mk2 to be released, intending to sell it and trade up. Haven't so far and think I will probably keep it when I get the Mk2 as I like it so much. A final point is that tt also works pretty well with the 1.4 converter, sure there is a slight trade off in image quality and focus speed.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III
The focal length is a bit long for a standard lens on a crop but the 1.4 is a good performer. What I do like is that it makes a good portrait lens on a crop. Works well on my full frame when I need very shallow depth of field. Whilst the better image quality of the Sigma 1.4 or the Canon 1.2 are tempting, the weight of them puts me off as I do most of my photography out and about. The 1.4 is light and pretty robust so an ideal camera to have in the back when hiking or travelling where weight is a concern.
Love this lens
Epson Stylus Photo R3000

paulbysea's previous gear

Canon EOS 50D
Canon EOS 7D
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM
Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye
A great lens for the money
Other gear:
  • Canon AE1 My first canon, bought second hand to replace my stolen Contax. I kept it for about 20 years, it was a tough bit if kit, withstanding the abuse of an african safari, tramping through rain forests in Bali, being neglected in Australia.
  • Contax 139 A great camera, would have stuck with it, but it and all my Zeiss lenses got stolen whilst camping in France.
  • Praktica MTL 3 A great value camera, my introduction to SLR photography in the late 70s
  • Yashica FR I A very easy camera to use