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United States / Re: Second Body Investment
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:46:12 PM »

Yes I noticed this as well when using it before. It's pretty similar and the two combined is a good combination IMO.

United States / Re: Second Body Investment
« on: January 22, 2015, 09:56:22 PM »
Well this certainly made things easier.

Looking at Rebate from now, trying see how this is supposed to add up to $650

United States / Re: Second Body Investment
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:39:11 PM »
Twostone, wow. That is very different and intriguing. Food for thought!

United States / Re: Second Body Investment
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:45:34 PM »
Steliosk, please elaborate.

United States / Re: Gear or Wedding Photographer
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:44:07 PM »
Thank you, Neuro.  ;D

United States / Re: Second Body Investment
« on: January 19, 2015, 08:43:32 PM »
Freddie. Thank you for the suggestion but I really can't go over the 1800 limit.
I'll take the +1 on 6D though.

Cheers  :D

United States / Second Body Investment
« on: January 19, 2015, 07:41:06 PM »
Hello All!

So I have the opportunity to get a 6D or 7D MKII and am a bit torn between them.  I currently shoot with a 70D and I need a second body.  I am not too concerned with high ISO for my general photography. That being said, I have a few weddings coming up this year and low light is a must.

The question is do I get a 7D MKII and rent a 6D/5DMKIII for events or do I get a 6D and have a Full Frame on hand for whenever it may be needed.

An alternative to this is that I get another 70D as a backup, rent both the FF body and the glass for weddings and try to get more glass with the remaining amount of money. (However, there are few FL options remaining given the 1.6 crop factor)

One issue that I anticipate is that I don’t have the glass for events (24-70 or 70-200) on a FF. So I can get the FF but will be left renting the glass when needed (which is fine but does add overhead). 

I really want to put this money in a good place (glass is not an option) what body do you think would be the best investment?

Current gear is as follows:
70D | 10-22, 17-55, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8

United States / Re: Gear or Wedding Photographer
« on: January 19, 2015, 07:36:09 PM »
Thank you all for your valuable input. I did decide to have a friend shoot and was impressed with the images.  I do consider myself lucky though. Glad that I have the RAW files to work on myself.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mark III. For video. Which one?
« on: December 28, 2014, 01:50:55 PM »
This depends on the post processing you may have in mind for your video productions.  Mainly, 5D Mark III has clean HDMI out which means if you wanted to use an external device like an ATAMOS you can send a clean signal to that and record in ProRes 4:2:2 or various other formats. ProRes offers far less compression and offers more latitude than the inboard formats. Be prepared to color grade, sharpen, add contrast, etc. in post.

The ATAMOS also uses cFast cards and does not limit your record time to 30 minutes. Some even come with external monitors.

The 6D would limit you in this area which means you will be stuck with the compressed MOV file format.  Other than that the 6D would suffice.

A 5D or 6D wouldn't impact if you will need a follow focus, steadicam, shoulder rig, jib, slider, etc.  Of course you will need these.  Your end product is going to be the quality of your video and your other half---audio.

If I may suggest,

The canon 7DMkII has clean HDMI out allowing you to record at the less compressed formats with an ATAMOS.  You should be able to get the 7DMkII a ATAMOS device and a very good microphone and still be within the price you would have spent on a 5DMkIII.  This would get you the most value out of your dollar production wise.

One more thing,
Most people are raving over shooting at 4K and the future of watching/recording in it. If you intend on working with these devices for the next 3-5 years you will be doing so without that ability.

Good Luck.

United States / Re: Gear or Wedding Photographer
« on: January 05, 2014, 09:22:35 PM »
That's a valid point to consider but I have seen their work, it's nothing they cannot handle.    I have no focus issue with my 70D and a wedding at 11am will offer more than enough light.  So as far as technique and proper gear goes that is not a worry. 

What is of concern is whether or not money will be better spent on gear for a person who more than capable for the job or higher a pro who would like to charge 2K + 500 more for second shooter just as a shooting fee. The prints will be extra.

That being said, I think it's becoming clear what is the better value. :)

United States / Gear or Wedding Photographer
« on: January 05, 2014, 08:46:19 PM »
Hello All!

I am getting married in June and have 2 options as far as wedding photography goes.  1. higher someone to do it.  2.  I buy gear that I don't have and have a talented friend take the photos. They have been very successful with portraiture but are looking to break into a weddings.

The wedding itself will very small and short. Roughly 10 people including my fiance and I and the ceremony will be 15minutes.  It's also in the mountains. A pro wedding photographer would definitely want to get their monies worth for the travel alone.  We've been quoted by 3 different local photographers for 2-3K.  The price is a bit of an issue for what we a looking for.

After sharing this, my fiance suggested that we put the roughly the same mount of money into my gear and have my friend do the photos. :) Were talking roughly 1.5K on gear.

This appeals to me because, aside from the wedding photos, I would have something to show for my money spent.  In addition to this, my friend will hand over all RAW files.

I intend on shooting APS-C for a while so APS-C lenses are something that I won't regret investing in.  Also, the wedding will take place during the day and we will not require in any low light photography.

I currently have a 70D and a EF-S 10-22, 28 F/1.8, 40 F/2.8, and a 50 F/1.4.  I was thinking about adding a 17-55 to give my friend some flexibility while shooting and an 85 F1.8 for close ups.

They will be using my camera as their 5DII was recently stolen and all they get their hands on at the moment is a Rebel t3i.  I am assuming that they will get another FF by June but do not know what they really have planned.

I know it's a stretch to only have one camera and one photographer but we are also talking about a very small wedding.

What do you guys think?  Go with the gear? :) Or hire a pro who has their own gear?

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