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i kind of agree that you (along with most people) don't need 1dx.  i would definitely take one, but i don't shoot anything that would warrant 14 fps.

if you are seriously considering waiting for the new camera announcements, but need a camera now, i would personally grab a 6d to save cash. even if you decide you don't need one of the new camera, you've still got yourself a 6d which sounds like it would be more than enough of a camera for the uses you specified.

as for myself, i spent money on the 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM & EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.  neither lens suited my needs and i learned not to buy variable f/ lens.

it also took me way too long to get a heavy duty tripod and serious tripod head.  the head i use now is the manfrotto jr geared.  it's built like a tank and works excellent along with the 17 & 24mm tse's.

Lenses / Re: Upgrade or not the 24-70 f/2.8, a thousand dollar question.
« on: December 27, 2014, 01:13:23 PM »
i had borrowed the original 24-70 from a friend - to use at an event but also to test it out to see if it was a lens i would be interested in purchasing.

as i began taking pictures at the event, i glanced at the screen to make sure my exposure was ok.  it was so i kept on shooting.

after 25-30 shots i took a minute to really look at the images to see how sharp they were.

almost none of them were sharp where they were supposed to be. i took off the 24-70, put on my 16-35 2 and took some more pictures.  they were all fine.

later that afternoon i was photographing a band at an outdoor wine/art festival.  unfortunately i ran into the same situation with the 24-70.  hardly any of the shots were editable - all out of focus.  the few that were in focus looked great though.

i had haver really heard anything super negative about this lens previously, so i just chalked it up to a bad copy.

a few months later i was sitting in on a class at a local university.  after the class i was talking to some of the students about the equipment they were using.  all of them mentioned a copy of the 24-70 that the school had bought which had the same problem as the one i borrowed.

after that, i decided that i either had to look at a different brand, or wait until a new canon 24-70 was released. 

luckily, the 24-70 2 was announced a few months later and i preordered from b&h. 

the copy of the 24-70 2 i bought is amazing.  always very sharp at all focal lengths. 

i would recommend the 24-70 2 over the original to anyone.  i don't see the point of having an AF lens that isn't reliable.

Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 09, 2014, 08:11:59 PM »
like most photographers, i love seeing my work printed.  i bought an epson 2400 around '07.  sometimes the prints would looks good.  sometimes they wouldn't be sharp and there would be lines.  using maintenance techniques  to clean the printer heads used ink.  every time i thought i was good to go and ready to make some prints, i would run out one one color of ink or two.  i don't even want to even think about how much money i spent on replacing ink cartridges that ran out of ink during maintenance.

i saw prints from another photographer and asked them which printer they used.  they said, "i'm a photographer, not a printer.  i get everything printed at a lab."

i took their advice and ordered some prints from a few different labs.  i made sure to order prints of some of the images i had printed on the epson numerous times. for a comparison when the prints arrived.

when the prints from the labs came, they were so sharp.  no one in their right mind would have picked the inkjet prints over the lightjet/lambda prints from the print labs. 

i completely understand that it's a really cool feeling to watch your epson print out your images right there in front of you.  for me, print quality is far more important.  i'm also not an expert when it comes to inkjet prints and there is a good possibility that someone who knew more about inkjet/epson printers could have produced prints that were comparable in sharpness and overall quality.

after buying a printer, ink and archival paper - paying $2.20 for an 8x10 on kodak or fuji paper kind of seems like a steal.  i mainly use whcc and pro dpi for my prints and i've never had any complaints.  everything looks flawless.

i know you were asking advice on which printer to buy. i just wish someone would have shared this info with me a long time ago.

i have grips for both of my cameras.  in my opinion, they make your camera much, much easier to hold onto - especially if you have big hands and it's wet or snowing.  the extra shutter button prevents the fashion claw when shooting portrait/vertical.  it's much more comfortable shooting without reaching all the way over to the top left corner of the camera.  the extra battery power is great for long shoots - like weddings.

grips clearly make your camera heavier, so if you don't like carrying around heavy things a grip may not be for you - or nice lenses for that matter.

just because you have a grip doesnt mean it has to be on your camera.  i generally have one camera with a grip on a one camera with a grip off.  i shoot with a tripod 70% of the time and unless youre doing a really long exposure, i dont see any point in mounting a gripped camera on a tripod head - it's just unnecessary weight.

both of my grips are canon and they've always worked perfectly

Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:47:13 PM »
gaffers tape would probably be a safe bet.  it generally doesnt leave residue.

as for taping up your camera - i went to puerto rico earlier this year and you'd better believe i covered up anything that said canon.  both of my cameras were so taped up it they looked like they had been checked out from a hign school AV club.  obviously doesn't mean someone cant take it, but they sure didin't look fancy or expensive by any means - they looked like they were being held together by tape.

i'd say the most important thing is to potentially get an inland marine policy on your equipment. 

white ceiling tiles will befinitely bounce light - especially at 7.5 feet.  you also may find that it bounces too much light during shoots when you dont want extra light coming from directly overhead.

all depends on how you shoot

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 09:54:08 AM »
a 5d3 at the current price is pretty awesome.

who knows how much the 5d4 will be.

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 06:22:36 PM »
I'm curious, if this turns out to be bigger than a Zeiss Otus, would that put people off buying the updated lens?

i dont mind heavy glass  :)

Lenses / Re: canon 70-200 2.8 is 2 - 1.2m/2.5m focusing distance switch
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:15:22 PM »
makes sense.  thanks guys

Lenses / canon 70-200 2.8 is 2 - 1.2m/2.5m focusing distance switch
« on: October 28, 2014, 04:55:49 PM »
there is a switch on the 70-200 2.8L's that says 1.2m to infinity or 2.5m to infinity.  i understand that this switch determines the closest possible focusing distance for the lens.

aside from the closest focusing istance, what else changes when you switch between 1.2 and 2.5?  battery use?  af speed?

Landscape / Re: Within Forests
« on: September 01, 2014, 10:43:27 PM »
quinault rain forest.  late july

looks better here

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 Auto ISO
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:29:09 PM »
at 24mm, i would like it to stay at or above 1/50.  at 200mm, 1/200 would generally be fine for me.

i wish you could set it for a few different focal lengths instead of a single deault.  16, 24, 50, 85, 100, 150 & 200mm would be cool   8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D3 Auto ISO
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:00:29 PM »
i've never used this feature until today.  took some shots with it around my house with with a 24-70 & 70-200.  at 24mm the shutter speed on AV was at 1/30.  at 200mm it was at 1/200. 

anyone have experience with this feature and whether it's reliable or not?

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:37:16 PM »
16-35 2.8 II.  graduation present for my photojournalism degree.

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