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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: March 14, 2013, 11:54:18 AM »
Wharareki Beach, Farewell Spit, New Zealand.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:13:48 PM »
Canon EF 24L II 1.4 USM

Lenses / Re: Are you going to "upgrade" your 24-70 2.8 I
« on: August 16, 2012, 03:18:21 PM »
I have a very sharp and relatively new v1(UZ), so I haven't made up my mind.  If v2 had IS, there would be no deciding.  I'm going to wait and see the reviews and real world results before deciding.


Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:32:03 AM »
Canon EF 24L 1.4 MKII
Sigma 50 1.4
Canon EF 70-200L 2.8 IS

Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 21, 2012, 08:26:48 AM »
Canon 24L MK II

Not my most used lens, but definitely one that allows endless possibilities and gets me thinking about my composition almost every time.

Got a brand new, never used EF Canon 24mm 1.4 MK II USM for $1150CAD. It was originally purchased for a short film project but it was never used. Thanks craigslist!

I also got a used 17-40mm 4.0L USM for 400$. An amazing deal considering the money I've made with it!

Software & Accessories / Re: Laptops for photo editing and other use
« on: April 28, 2012, 02:21:31 PM »
The Mac vs PC is an endless debate.

That being said, the following is based on personal experience.

Last year I moved to New Zealand for graduate studies, and purchased a maxed out Lenovo T510. At the time there weren't any quad core, but that model was offered with a 1920x1080 screen. In addition, Lenovo has a 45% discount special (circa September 2010). At the time the equivalent Apple computer was more than double the price I paid(with discount factored in).

I also purchased an ultra bay HDD rack to replace the dvd-rom and install a secondary HDD. I've used this setup for the past 18 months, used it in New Zealand as well as in Europe where I currently am. The laptop is still solid. I've dropped it a few times, I've even spilled tea twice on the keyboard..... Its solid, its built like a tank and as far as using for photo editing it's been performing beautifully since day one. It's also great to easily swap drives from the HDD ultra bay.

There are better laptops out there spec wise and I don't know it lenovo runs deals like it did when I purchased mine, but for the money, I still think at the time it was the wises investment, especially that beautiful 1920x1080 95% gamut screen, simply stunning.

If I was to replace my laptop I would certainly get Lenovo's latest T5XX model.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: August 22, 2011, 04:03:28 AM »

Totaranui Beach @ Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait or Bite?
« on: May 06, 2011, 03:03:14 AM »
I can only second what other posters have said.

While the photograph really represent the key factor in taking beautiful pictures, getting a 5DII was the second smartest decision I have ever done for my photography. Like you I mostly take pictures of landscapes and portraits. The 5DII has significantly help me improved my photography, or maybe it has helped me love photography even more, nonetheless I have 0 buyer's remorse.

Then on my #1 best decision, the tripod! I agree with ronderick. Investing in a good tripod combo, with a good head would be a wise decision.

Last year I was faced with that decision. I had a manfrotto tripod which was great and at 300$ (including the head) it was doing an ok job. However, it was big, a bit awkward and I really wasn't enjoying the exercise of both carrying and using it.

I finally decided a worthy tripod combo was worth it. You see, I moved to New Zealand, and loving the outdoors I wanted a tripod that was light, solid and above all else that gave me the flexibility I needed for landscape photography. I bit the bullet and purchased a gitzo Series 1 tripod the 1541T and got a Markins Q3T to complement it. the combo weights in at 1.25kg. I also purchased a kirk L plate. This setup helped me improving my landscape photography and above all else made the usage of my tripod a pleasant experience. It's not cheap, the entire setup set me 1100$. Again I have no regrets.

Invest wisely in your equipement, but again as many have said, the internet is your friend, sell it, someone will always be interested.

Lenses / Re: Fast USM Lens that will give me 35mm FOV on 1.6X
« on: April 08, 2011, 04:53:40 AM »
If you can get the 24 1.4L II by waiting a while I would recommend that you do.
Like some have already mentioned, quality glass comes with a price, maybe, but the benefits are worth it.

I'm currently using a 24 1.4L II on a 5D MKII as well as on a 40D, mainly for landscapes and low light photography. Every time I use this lens I'm amazed at the quality shots I get. I also use it in wet conditions and the weather sealing comes in quite handy, it's also built like a tank!

I can't say I've tried any of the alternatives, nor that I have tested the lens on a 7D, however considering I haven't had any buyer's remorse can only be positive ;)

Do get primes, it probably varies from one person to another, but they have greatly improved my photography skills.

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