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  1. New Tax Rules

    Sounds promising. I'm with NatWest and their banking app is really good so hopefully they do just as a good a job with the Tax/Accounts app!
  2. New Tax Rules

    I've seen a few that are £24 per annual submission. I don't mind that, tax deductible of course. That said, we have a min of two years and during that time I'd imagine there will be a load more software options appearing.... after they've Beta tested it on people with £85k+
  3. New Tax Rules

    At the moment it seems it only refers to companies with turnover of £85k. They'll not extend it to incomes below that until the system has proven itself to work with April 2020 being set as the earliest point it would be introduced. Looking at the software requirements, it seems like a good money generation scheme for accountants / software developers to charge clients regular fees for something they would otherwise be perfectly capable of managing themselves. "The government will not widen the scope of Making Tax Digital beyond VAT before the system has been shown to work, and not before April 2020 at the earliest. This will ensure that there is time to test the system fully and for digital record keeping to become more widespread. The changes mean that the smallest businesses and landlords will be able to move to keeping digital records for tax at a pace that is right for them." https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-tax-digital-changing-the-scope-and-pace-technical-note/making-tax-digital-for-business
  4. Who Are We?

    Full time stock shooter. I had the opportunity to take a nice redundancy package from working as a Risk Analyst for a bank back in Feb 2013 aged 42. Decided to give it a go shooting stock full time, less stress and more freedom. Never looked back. Naturally there are days that make you curse but, when I walk the dog first thing in the morning and see people getting on the bus to go to work.... yeah, wouldn't swap it!
  5. Backup camera body?

    Same here, I always carry two cameras when I'm out, especially in the mountains etc. One with the 12-24 and the other with 24-105. I also use identical cameras as different ones tend to irritate me when the settings, buttons or functions are different
  6. I have the 24-105 and it is an excellent lens. I use it as a walkabout lens but also if I need something with a bit of flexibility in the studio... it handles it all very well indeed!
  7. Article 13 of the EU's draft Copyright Directive

    Agree. The law is being introduced to help Copyright owners not destroy them. I wouldn't get too worked up until the new regs are reviewed by legal bods who can work it all out. From initial glances, it could be a good thing but I'll reserve judgment until the experts are let loose on the details.

    All the new G & GM lenses are designed for the mirrorless systems. The GM are also designed to handle very high MP cameras as well.

    +1 I use the 24-105 on a a7riii and with the 42mb gives me the reach of approx 150mm + but in a smaller and lighter package. The 100-400gm gives extremely thin DoF but thankfully the focus tracking is spot on.

    Sony FE 100-400 GM. If you had it and used it you would know. It is without doubt the best long zoom lens I've ever used. It's sharp from wide open across the frame at all FL's and is very fast to focus. Shooting action is a breeze with it and it tracks very well. It also has superb micro contrast and has lovely OOF rendering. It is one lens I'd buy in a heartbeat again if I had too. My main goto lenses are the FE 12-24 G f/4, FE 24-105G f/4 & the 100-400GM. I save the primes for working in the studio now and the zooms for high quality convenience. As for OP. Save your money on the Sony FE 70-200 f/2.8 and go for the A6500 and pair it with the 70-200 f/4 . It has IBIS and will help with stabilise all lenses inc which ever long lens you go for. The 70-200 F/4 is a very capable as well and unless you're shooting a lot in low light, the constant f/4 will be more than enough. It's also a lot lighter to carry around. (duh, misread and thought you said a6000 :-) and you've bought the f/2.8 ....I need new glasses I think )
  11. The Nik Collection

    I've used the 15 on a flight but it\'s a bit more of a squeeze. Still using Sierra on the Laptop as there are a couple of apps I need that won't run on High Sierra. The Mac Pro 2013 is on Hi Sierra now (last couple of weeks). Tried a couple of times before that but had some significant issues with it. Seems more stable now. Hopefully there will be fewer issues with the next version.
  12. The Nik Collection

    Excellent.... I'll be running my 2015 15" for a while yet but I think it will be replaced by a 13" given it's not my main working computer! At one point, I did have a 11" MacBook Air.... really light and powerful for it's size!
  13. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    The Sony version is exactly the same as the Capture One Pro full version. I transferred to the Sony one after C1 Pro 10 (all cameras) when I sold the Olympus camera to fund a 2nd Sony and now use C1 Pro 11 Sony version. Because they are working with Sony, most of their main features all work with them. I use the tethering a lot, I don't think it's available to all Sony Cameras but it is for a lot of the newer cameras. Tethered without live view means you can control the camera from the laptop and the image is transferred to the laptop directly and not on the camera. Live view gives you the extra benefit of being able to see any changes to the scene on the laptop. ILCE-A7III Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support ILCE-A7II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7R Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support ILCE-A7R II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7R III Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7S Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A7S II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View ILCE-A9 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View SLT-A99II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support SLT-A99 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support SLT-A77 II Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support and Live View a6500 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a6300 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a6000 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a5100 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support a5000 Yes Yes Pro Only: Tether support
  14. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    It works really well. There are a lot of controls to manage NR. I tend to turn it down a lot when at base ISO as the Sony sensors are very clean. I can quite easily process images at ISO 6400 (a7riii), maybe a little more and still sell them. Just need to make sure you over expose a little when at higher ISO and then dial back to make the shadows cleaner. If your coming from LR, it will take a little getting used to but they do have a load of video tutorials! CA is managed well. They are very quick to get lens profiles out (made by Phase One) and don't just rely on Sony's manufacture profiles. Also, the diffraction correction is very affective. I guess a lot will depend on lenses used as well though. The good thing is, for the $79 for the Sony.... plus another 10% off if you pickup a discount code from Sony Alpha Rumours, it's yours and if you don't upgrade camera or lenses, then it's good for 2-3 years really. They normally update the current version to work with the new OS before the new version of C1 Pro is released. Best thing to do is try it out for free for a month. You have a choice of using Catalogue or Sessions (mini catalogues). I prefer Sessions, easier to manage.
  15. Adobe PS CC and the alternatives

    I dropped Adobe CC in favour of Affinity Photo & Affinity Designer. I already had Capture One Pro both 10 (all cameras) and 11 for Sony only. Paid for not on sub. Affinity apps are great as you pay £49 (or £32 when there's a discount ;-) and all updates are free!!! For Mac users it's great. Stick on 2tb iCloud and you have a workflow that's available on all computers (synced) so you can go from one computer to another and the updated files are there for you. Affinity is geared up to work with iCloud and Capture One sessions work excellent on it too! Only there software I use is FCP X & Motion 5.