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Lighting / Re: Diffuser for Canon 600ex for event
« on: March 03, 2015, 05:00:32 PM »
I second the Large Rogue Flashbender and the option to take the speedlite off camera. If you can get some help, A speedlite+umbrella on a mono-pod w/ an assistant moving it quickly through the event will be a life-saver if everything is black.

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Lenses / Re: Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:31:57 PM »
I like the idea of a 135mm F/1.8L IS. Then I'd have no want for a 70-200II. Even a 50mm 1.4 update with Ring USM will cause money to part from my wallet and no F/2 lens will do for me. A f/2 50mm will only confirm a purchase for the Sigma A 50mm.
Why not make it faster to say... 135/1.4  with IS? :D
It'd be like the Piggly 200mm F/2, smoshed even tighter, heavy and have a massive price tag. It would be a dream item but a f/1.8 135mm is reasonable.

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Well, You can commend the guy for running a great business. I suppose he's not all that different from ken rockwell in peddling his wares to the clients he can get sales from. Massive respect, even though I think there is much more amazing Fine Art photographers who don't get a 1,000,000th of the monies this guy makes.

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Lenses / Re: Next L Lens From Canon Will be a Prime [CR2]
« on: March 03, 2015, 04:21:38 PM »
As this is not a 50mm IS refresh rumor (which will undoubtedly not be an L lens), if there was a new L lens on offer, I'd guess the one most in need of a refresh would be:

35mm   f/1.4L - 17 years old
135mm f/2L - 19 years old

Those aren't the oldest L primes, but they are a strong combination of old and in high demand.  My money would be on one of those.

- A

Is the 135mm in need of an update? I haven't heard anything put praise for that lens.

Crudely, there are three camps with the 135L:

  • The lens is stellar and does not need modifying.
  • The glass is fine but IS would be a great add.
  • Sony has a 135 f/1.8 and we don't.  Also: Waaaaaah.  (My rebuttal?  Our autofocus works.)

And deep down, as legendary as lenses like the 135L and 200 F/2L IS have been, old is old:  there's always room to improve resolution for higher resolving sensors, reduce flare, reduce distortion, reduce chromatic aberration, reduce weight, improve weathersealing, offer or improve the IS, etc.

The bigger question is whether those improvements are worth putting off my future non-L 50mm f/nooneknows IS USM.  And the answer is no.  Gimme my 50, dammit.

- A

I like the idea of a 135mm F/1.8L IS. Then I'd have no want for a 70-200II. Even a 50mm 1.4 update with Ring USM will cause money to part from my wallet and no F/2 lens will do for me. A f/2 50mm will only confirm a purchase for the Sigma A 50mm.

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Very Meh compared to the 7D2 but a relative competition to the 70D.

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Photography Technique / Re: Does this photo work?
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:28:25 PM »
I prefer the original composition with the launch pad. It brings my eye back into the frame after looking at the blurry bird and then back to the launch pad. Without it, it doesn't do anything for me.

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 04:16:39 PM »
A full time photographer, mostly commercial portraiture or other forms of portraits. I've also been working slowly into real estate and a stock portfolio adds additional income. Occasional weddings and being hired as a second shooter also has given extra stability to my income. Overall I'm varied in my experience as a photographer and it's mostly due to freelancing this long.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: A Suggestion on the EOS-1D C Replacement
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:16:12 AM »
Canon should just put these features in the 5D4. It would sell more 5D4s than splitting the line again for a camera I won't buy solely for 4K but also won't upgrade to a 5D4 because it lacks 4k.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 24, 2015, 09:05:58 AM »
I like the idea of a 24-32mp sensor as it gives the flexibility of both resolution and of ISO performance. The 1Dx2 would be the high ISO champ in the future lineup, the 5Ds studio camera, and 5D4 as a general purpose all rounder.

I'd probably keep my 5D3 with a spec list like this.

I see the need for 2 5D cameras.  High ISO camera, lower MP, no need to 1D build (though it would be nice if price is right) and an intermediate MP camera, similar to the Nikon D810.

Don't expect 12 FPS, that is the territory of 1Dx.
I wouldn't buy a lower MP 5D4 than my 5D3. Plus knowing canon being canon, they'd want you to spend more money on the high ISO champ the 1Dx2 rather than a low MP 5D4. 24mp or a 32mp sensor with improved performance would make the 5D4 more General purpose than a 18mp sensor when the extra resolution is needed. (Especially since stock sites usually require at least 20mp to sell the largest size.)

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Photography Technique / Re: POLL: Do you wide-screen frame/crop?
« on: February 23, 2015, 02:01:57 PM »
I only use 16:9 to get rid of excessive sky or foreground in a landscape or real estate photo. Really, I'm liking the 4:3 aspect ratio every time I shoot portraits as I gives me plenty of room to crop to just about anything.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 23, 2015, 01:43:46 PM »
I like the idea of a 24-32mp sensor as it gives the flexibility of both resolution and of ISO performance. The 1Dx2 would be the high ISO champ in the future lineup, the 5Ds studio camera, and 5D4 as a general purpose all rounder.

I'd probably keep my 5D3 with a spec list like this.

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Lenses / Re: 16-35F4 L IS, Any good?
« on: February 19, 2015, 03:05:31 PM »
Any good?

It's Really Good. So good I see the 14-24mm nikkor as a m00t swithcing point now. Roger Circla also agrees that the 14-24mm seems alot less attractive now.

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Reviews / Re: Buy a FF camera now or wait?
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:12:55 PM »
It's probably the prices overseas that make the 5d2 expensive. Here's a beatup but working functional 5d2 for 900$, a total bargain

Ugh, seeing the US prices for used gear like this and new gear like the 6d is really depressing :-\

For some reason or another, over here there is a hefty premium on "quality" gear (probably because Germany like sturdy stuff) and Canon L lenses of ff cameras are sold for ridiculously high prices. On the other hand, you can get a pristine d800 for €1200 ... €400 less than a new 6d :-o
Canon is teh best. Thats why the 6D is more expensive than that horrible D800.  ::) ::) ::) I've bought alot of gear used through craigslist and I've never lost money on a purchase. To see a 5D2 under 1K is unreal and soon they will all be under 1K.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 19, 2015, 01:05:28 PM »
like it!
* perpetual license available
* performance gains / use of GPU hardware
* better healing brush - selection of irregular shapes
* improved possibilities to control black&white conversion
* face recognition (as long as there is no cloud/internet/NSA backdoor involved)
* HDR directly in LR
* panorama/stitching directly in LR

All of this makes it even easier to completely jettison Photoshop (or other software) for all of my photo PP requirements  8)

Will definitely buy the upgrade after a few weeks / first bug correcting update.

It looks like adobe will be getting my money this year. Upgrade from LR4 ---- LR6 and its going to be a massive speed bump with GPU acceleration.

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Reviews / Re: Buy a FF camera now or wait?
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:15:35 AM »
You could buy a 5Dc for like 400$ where I'm at.
Good suggestion.

The suggestion is so good because (at least I find) the 5d2 rather overpriced esp. vs. the 6d. But if going for a 5d1, be sure you know or research the shortcomings.
It's probably the prices overseas that make the 5d2 expensive. Here's a beatup but working functional 5d2 for 900$, a total bargain

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