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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: For 1dx owners
« on: November 27, 2014, 03:30:17 PM »
Upgrading the 1DX is not on my plan for the next 5 years no matter what they invent. It can do what I need it to do.
However, there are features that I want it to have but don't justify another $6000. Money should go to lenses.
I want these features to be on the 5D IV instead. That includes dual pixel, 4K, better live view functionality, better ISO in low light.

Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 03:22:02 PM »
1 - don't fall in love too much in shallow depth of field - discover all
2 - Learn to use all focal lengths from 10mm to 600mm
3 - Master flash photography from day 1.

Sports / Re: 17 Year old Sports Photographer
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:16:40 PM »
The key to good sports photography is cropping.  There is very rarely a shot produced by a professional sports photographer that can not benefit from cropping.   

I looked at your basketball shots and they are all horizontal and environmental. Try to shoot more often vertical and very, very tightly, cropped. It looks like your lens is too short.

Good luck!
If I had only the same chance you have when I was 17!

Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:13:24 AM »
Thanks guys. I made it....  ;D
I prefer NOT to do this for living.

Congrats on your first time.

"I prefer NOT to do this for living."
I am with you. I have done it few times and I do it twice or 3 times a year to fund my gear.
In fact, I do it only for friends of friends who know what I have done before. But doing it as a main source of income is not in my agenda at all.
All 3 parts of it (the prep, the shoot and the post) cause me stress and I have never fully satisfied with what I did. I always find something I did wrong.
But it is a good practice, if you can handle the stress.

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:32:28 PM »
100mm from 11 inches away
What are you shooting, butterfly?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 02:24:32 PM »
I learn something new every day. Who knew that my bare-bones FF camera 6D had a better ability (metering wise) to use a precision matte screen (S-type) than the top-of-the-line 1DX. Of course I am using the screen to focus with old film era fastish all-manual lenses (eg AIS Nikkor 50 f/1.2 and 105 f/2.5), not with the exalted 135 APO-Sonnar.  ;)
I´m actually on the verge of getting a 6D, unless Canon unleash the holy grail/unicorn body soon ...
This is why I am on CR. Different people from different background can convey what you never expect, suffice to have an open mind.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Would you get Zeiss 135 f2?
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:17:32 AM »
To me, buying this lens is a waste of money. A prime lens without auto-focus! That is a pure definition of specialized gear. I need the 200 F2.0 from time to time but I rent it whenever I need it.
I would do the same, if I were you; not only to test it but if you like it and you would use it very rarely then just rent it when needed.

Looking at what you own already though, allow me to judge that you are a top of the top lens collector. Everybody is different. Don't let anybody to tell you what do you need and what you don't. It's your life, your decision.
If another top of the top lens satisfies your need, go for it.
Just make sure to rent it, and learn more about it before taking the decision.

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 10:06:20 AM »
I am an 85mm guy. Other focal lengths are not favorite, just musts or diversity.

Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:33:06 AM »
If comes out before June, I will get one. Otherwise will go for ART.

Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:34:12 PM »
I use neutral at all times. I am a post freak. I like retouching every single photo that I decide to keep.

My wife is going to kill me!
Good luck! Not sure if to her or to you :)

Lenses / Re: Canon 85mm f1.2 or Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art?
« on: November 10, 2014, 10:59:32 AM »
Both!  ::)

Love your ALL IN attitude!!
It is not that "ALL IN attitude" though.
As someone said, these are two different lenses.
From the moment you stepped into the prime world, your are doomed to choose, unless ready to buy both.
I don't own the ART but I rented the Canon version to see what is it all about. Now, since I discovered the art of 35mm I will have to find the budget for it; it was a big miss in my arsenal.

I use the 35mm when making a portrait more environmental. It allows you to go inside the event you are shooting like you are part of them. Example: dancing party, street manifestation, vacation portrait, life style, selfie, ...
The 85 is the beginning of telephoto. I use it when going close to my subject in order to focus on her/his feature (eyes, mouth, ...). Compression is the key word. The 35mm will exaggerate the distance between face features.
Using the 35mm for feature portrait becomes more like an art than portraiture.

I tried to use 50mm before but I hate it, it is in a no man's land. I like emphasizing what I am doing and as a result, I am fully aware of which lens I should use for what purpose; feature-based or environmental.
It is quite ok to use only one of them (I only discovered the 35mm a couple of months ago), but no one will help you choose your taste. Rent both and compare.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Who doesn't love Toucans?
« on: November 10, 2014, 10:29:57 AM »
Indeed, who doesn't love the toucans?
Nice piece of work. Thanks for sharing.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:28:30 PM »
Long live the unicorn!
Let the "shy lizard" shooting begin (0.98m mfd,  .31x m mag)!
Summer will be fun in Canada!

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