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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 24, 2015, 06:31:04 PM »
Beware of bulk sellers of grey market items on Ebay. I've been bit. Never again.

eBay is full proof..

Buy only items that are coveerd by eBay buyer protection program. Pay via eBay through PayPal.

If item comes in bad. Click to return item, item not as described, item broken etc... seller approves claim and eBay provides you a label at sellers expense. It arrives they refund.

If anything does not go as scheduled above eBay will step in and take care of it. Its not instantaneous but it always works.

Have bought several items from RU and Asian listings that never showed up. Knew it was likely going in, in all cases eBay ponied up (they hold questionable sellers funds until item is delivered)
Have bought several items that were just not right, in all cases the seller refunded or eBay sucked it out of them and ponied up.

go through eBay for all returns. If sellers are vague unresponsive and or make demands., let eBay handle it...


Admittedly, I have never been bit, but have complete confidence with the 6 or so grey market sellers I have ordered from, Big Value Inc being my favorite among them.

Yes, some are bad, however, I don't think BVI is necessarily one of them. Even GetItDigital, whom I was skeptical about with the last $1,999 deal has turned out to be great to work with.

As TeT said, if anything goes awry, let eBay handle it.

I hope this helps!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:45:54 PM »
Anyone who has ever bought from Big Value Inc., can you please share your experience--good or bad.
I'm in the market for a 5D Mark III, but not sure if I should pull the triger for an unauthorized dealer.  Thanks!

I have purchased a 5Diii from BVI in the past. Packing wasn't the best, but the camera arrived in perfect condition. I would not hesitate buying from them again. I bit on the last $1,999 deal, but would have waited if I knew that BVI was going to have the same offer.


Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:24:06 PM »
Do you think that 35 and 50 are too close in focal length for crop to own both and maintain a non-redundant set-up?

Nope!  ;)


Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 09:22:07 PM »
From the options you listed, there is very little doubt that the 70-200 f/2.8L ii is the best option. That being said, the 85L is (in my opinion) Canon's best portrait lens and wow is it good. The 70-200 f/2.8L ii, is a very close second.

Yes, but not for 650D.

Certainly not for the 650D. I was basing my opinion on him saying;

I've been thinking about getting a new lens mainly for portraits
I'm going to upgrade to FF within a year or two. So I'm only considering FF lenses.
What lens could you recommend? What are they reasons why you would choose one over the other?

It seems as though even his shortest (85mm) is rather long if he keeps the 650D. He could always get the 50L, it's cheaper and can realistically be used for portraits on a crop or full frame. I just got the gist that he was planning well into the future with his next lens purchase.


Lenses / Re: Which Lens to buy for Portraits
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:54:37 AM »
From the options you listed, there is very little doubt that the 70-200 f/2.8L ii is the best option. That being said, the 85L is (in my opinion) Canon's best portrait lens and wow is it good. The 70-200 f/2.8L ii, is a very close second.

My wife's better with the 85 and I'm better with the 70-200, when we go on a shoot together, those are our preferred lenses. If you compare our two shots side by side, hers "wins" more often, but we often give our clients both. Either way, you should be dandy.

With regard to the 100 f/2, no first-hand experience.

With regard to the 100L Macro, also good, just not as great for portraits, (again, from my experience).

I hope this helps a bit! Feel free to look on our gallery site, for any shots that suit your style, then click on the info button in the bottom right corner. Chances are, we may be using a lens that you are considering.

Have fun shopping!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $1999
« on: February 18, 2015, 05:36:20 PM »

Also, for the skeptics. I bought another one of my 5Diii's from GetItDigital before. It works just like the others. The packaging wasn't the best, but the product holds true.

I hope this helps!


EOS Bodies / Re: The New Rebels Will be Called the 760D and 750D
« on: February 04, 2015, 09:17:01 AM »
Is it weird that I love it when CR says that they were wrong? I think it shows a greater amount of character for the admin(s) to open an update informing everyone of the error rather than just erasing and/or updating the thread. Kudos SeƱor CR Guy! It's one of the many things that makes this forum great.


EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 30, 2015, 02:03:56 AM »
So in two recent photo leaks, one has gold letters and the other has silver. My two cents, I hope it's silver. The listed specs sound good to me though!


Portrait / Re: The New Guy
« on: January 30, 2015, 01:35:14 AM »
First of all, congratulations! Kids are amazing, I have a small collection of them myself, (3 to be precise).

Knowing that you are seeking some insight, I would recommend;
1) taking these types of pictures as frequently as possible.
2) when choosing a blanket and setting, yellow can make things a bit more challenging for white balance, whether it is an ambient yellow from the walls or lighting, or the yellow of a blanket or toy, white is fantastic or a color that is no where near the babies normal skin tone (I try not to use yellow to red, but most every other color is fine, though probably just a personal preference).
3) I am a person fan of very shallow depth of field, especially for the little ones
4) (Again may be my taste, but) if you look through my family/baby galleries online at you may find some inspiration with regard to memories you would want to capture. We shoot "lifestyle newborn sessions" and really try to capture the early days of the newborn, interactions with everyone, and all the time they spend sleeping. Though we will occasionally take more posed photos, it is certainly not our preference. When we look back at photos of our kids, the ones we cherish most explain the relationship, through a photo.

I hope this helps and congratulations again!


Software & Accessories / Re: Photostitch ain't perfect, or is it me?
« on: January 28, 2015, 02:40:03 AM »
First of all, I agree with Private.

My 2 cents; distance, rotation, alignment, and most importantly (in my humble opinion) is the number of photos. Rather than 3, try 7. Rather than 8, try 15. I take most of my panos with the subject at least 10 feet away and typically aim for a 120 degree rotation and 11-13 photos keeping the shutter half depressed rather than refocusing as I go. I edit them all the same time in Camera Raw, use the photo merge option in bridge, check the boxes for blending the images together as well as geometric distortion correction, and leave vignette removal unchecked (I already removed the vignette in camera raw. After hitting OK, Photoshop goes to work and does an amazing job. I'll merge anywhere from 8 to 100+ photos together with very little error rate.

Experiment, have fun, and best of luck!

All my best,

Post Processing / Re: Assembling Portraits
« on: January 28, 2015, 02:27:09 AM »
Yes I do. During busy season (March-November) I would say I merge photos about once a week. It is never my first choice, but often the only way to get the best result in post. With groups (especially with kids) I'll often put the camera on a fast shutter release and say, "alright, on three! One, two!!! (click, click, click, click, click) Three!!! (click, click, click, click, click, click) Though ridiculous, it has mitigated the need to merge photos as often as I used to.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2149
« on: January 21, 2015, 02:16:07 PM »
Dang! This is $50 LESS than I paid for my 5Dii, AFTER the 5Diii was announced!

I've never purchased from this particular seller, but I have bought from practically all of the others that CR has announced eBay deals for.

If anyone jumps on this, have fun with your new 5Diii!


Photography Technique / Re: Indoor Wedding help
« on: January 19, 2015, 07:56:57 PM »
Av or Tv, yes.

P Mode, maybe?

If the setting is bright and wonderful, Av, set your depth of field to 2.2 or 2.8, shoot around, check your shutter speed AND iso and adjust as needed.

If the setting is dark, Tv is your friend, for dancing, I shoot at 1/125 at the slowest, adjusting iso as needed to keep it out of the 3200 and above range on the fringe of my high iso shots and quite frankly aim to hit my shots with an emphasis on making sure they are still and secondly, making sure my depth of field is accurate. If the reception is dark such as it was at my last wedding, I keep the photo a little darker, I use a separate bounce flash and do my best.

I hope this helps! Feel free to look at the info button on any picture to see the settings I used.

All my best,

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 17, 2015, 10:01:24 PM »
If you want an amazing camera for your trip, I don't think you could go wrong with the 6D.

If you have the budget then ABSOLUTELY the 5DIII.

If you have the patience, 5DIV all the way, it's hard to go wrong with Canon's latest and greatest.

I hope this helps!

Wedding Photography / Re: Bride: Extreme Closeup
« on: January 16, 2015, 09:19:59 PM »
Great shot Pabst!

I look forward to seeing more of your work, you do an excellent job.

Cheers from Oklahoma,

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