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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 09:35:33 AM »
This is a cool thread! Interesting to see the mix of people of this community..

And no talk of sensors and geeky stuff!!!!

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Canon General / Re: Spartans, What is your profession?
« on: February 28, 2015, 09:32:15 AM »
I'm a creative director/ designer/ illustrator in the toy industry in NYC. I also do commercial product photography in toys, consumer electronics and luxury beauty.

Photography became my creative outlet after I became a professional artist- as that art then became "work".

Then people started asking about my photography. After taking on a few event jobs and portrait work I realized I hated turning photography into my "work" too. So I made a rule with myself that I will only do commercial photography professionally since it ties in nicely with what I do (I do all photoshoots for the products I work on), and I keep all other photography as my "fine art" and personal work!

If any photographer lives in the NY area, feel free to send me your contact info as I do turn down all requests for wedding, portrait and event work! I'd love to pass that work on to the community here. All my people are mostly designers.

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What are people's thoughts on the Otus' switch to a rubber coated focus ring? How does it feel compared to the metal on older lenses?
I think both are good and I live happily with both. But the Otus focusing mechanism is smoother than the others, so that adds to it. If I had to choose I´d pick the Otus, but it might be because of the very smooth and also very precise movement just as much as the rubber coating. i also like the shape of the Otus lenses. They are simply good to hold.

Thanks Eldar!
I'm intrigued by this lens as I've been contemplating the Zeiss 50mm f/2 for a while. Will have to try them out.

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What are people's thoughts on the Otus' switch to a rubber coated focus ring? How does it feel compared to the metal on older lenses?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I just want a stills camera.
« on: February 23, 2015, 12:48:58 PM »
A stills only camera would appeal to a smaller audience which would drive up the cost. I don't really use video, but I don't care it's there. I don't use bulb mode either and some other features my camera has.

And remember, "video", is still very much a part of "stills photography"... Just a bunch of low res blurry pics tied together.

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Lenses / Re: New Unique Macro Coming? [CR1]
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:42:41 PM »
Wasn't there rumors of a tilt-shift macro a while back?

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Lenses / Re: EF 50 1.8 STM
« on: February 08, 2015, 09:22:50 AM »
I like primes because they can be smaller, lighter, faster, have less moving parts...

I like being able to stop down to f/2.8 as opposed to being wide open at 2.8. Then having the option to open a little more if/ when needed.

The single focal length at a time also pushes my creativity with its "limitations".

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 06, 2015, 11:11:20 AM »
I'm interested in the 5Ds for commercial product photography. I'll probably pass on the "R" version because I shoot a lot of products with print on them and printed packaging- I have a feeling those things may cause issues with the sensor. Also, I never think my 5DII isn't "sharp" enough, I just sometimes need to blow up small products like lipsticks to poster size!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Who is going to buy the new 5Ds's?
« on: February 04, 2015, 08:50:42 PM »
I might be interested depending on how the actual camera performs. I shoot a lot of commercial product photography, so if the resolution increase allows me to make larger prints that look significantly better than my 5DII I'll bite.

I constantly struggle with filling the frame with the entire product ( mostly shoot small cosmetics) to maximize output resolution, but then DOF gets too shallow.

Hopefully they announce those (rumored) new longer focal length tilt-shift lenses too!

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:38:43 AM »
Lots of nice photos in this thread.  Do any of you know (first hand or otherwise) whether this lens has suffered from the AF inconsistency problems that people complain about re some of Sigma's primes?

I use this lens on my 7D to shoot my very active daughter (see the many pics in this thread) and have no complaints on it's AF accuracy.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:35:43 PM »
and my new kid:
X Marks The Spot by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Being a picture taker that has an interest in cameras, I think one big issue out there is too many choices.

I heard many people put their 401K money in a money market because there are too many choices.

The same holds for cameras. Should I get the 7D II, the 6D, the 5D III? Now there are new models coming... I think I will wait and see what comes next. Oh wait, new cameras in 3 months, I will wait some more... Then, I guess my 40D is good enough.

So I see: 1 D, 5D, 6D, 7D, xxD and Rebel. Current versions and new versions... Wow that is a lot choices.

Not being in marketing or the camera business Canon should have something like: 1 D (Pro), 5/6D (Serious FF), 7D/xxD(Serious), Rebel (Picture takers). Give me big differentials and I can make a decision.

But all of those cameras aren't being offered to the same customer. It's not like the average consumer that walks into Best Buy to buy a DSLR has to struggle choosing between all of those models.

The 1DX isn't offered there. If they are walking in looking to buy their first DSLR they most likely arent looking at the over 1k cameras either. When I bought my first DSLR it was based on what I could afford at that time. So I knew I liked Canon from my Rebel film days- then purchased the DSLR I could afford.

When you look at their whole catalog it looks like a ton of models, but in reality, they are a consumer/ professional products company with a diverse offering of products. Each camera has a market.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 03, 2015, 07:17:07 PM »

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:05:39 AM »
Love this lens for portraits too.
Snow Day by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM
« on: February 03, 2015, 11:04:22 AM »

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