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Gino, it isn't 5-6 hours work, it is 5-6 hours on the wedding day at the same location as the couple, with probably another 5-6 in travel, getting gear ready, ingesting the files etc etc plus all the pre and post production work.

$2,000 is the budget end for stills and video, at that price I would probably look to get two separate people in for around $1,000 each to cover the event, this is really on the low side but you will probably find two better people than one good one that is working for so low a price. I would be very suspicious of any photographer who was offering that kind of package for that money.

Questions; ask to see their work, if you like it then keep talking. Ask for references from previous couples, at least five or six, and get in touch with them. Ask to see their contracts, good shooters have good contracts.

Other than that, just talk and play it by ear, but don't think for one second it is 5-6 hours work.

Thanks for your advice.  When I stated 5-6 hours of "work", I meant 5-6 hours of taking photos & video...I understand that doesn't account for set-up time, and post processing time. 

When you suggest hiring two people, do you mean one photographer would do the still photos and the second would do the video?  Also, are most photographers willing to work with another photographer that they don't know?

Thanks

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Hi Everyone,

My sister is looking to hire a wedding photographer to do both still photos and video for her wedding coming up this January in St. Paul, MN.

Can you please give me some advice on what questions my sister should ask wedding photographers when considering who she should hire?  Also, is there anyone in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area that she should consider who does good work at a reasonable price?  She has about a $2,000 budget, and she is looking to hire someone for 5-6 hours of work.

Thanks

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs D4s
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:36:39 PM »
The 1DX v. D4 debate is like comparing a Lamborghini and Ferrari...you can't go wrong with either!

I currently own the 1DX, and I used to own the Nikon D4.  Both cameras are very similiar, and here are a few observations from my point of view:

* I don't care what the tests say, in the real world the 1DX has about the same dynamic range as the D4, even at low ISO i.e. with RAW files, I can pull about the same shadow detail in Lightroom from the 1DX that I could with the D4.

* Even though the 1DX has more cross type focus points, I'd say both camera's autofocus systems deliver very similar results.  The D4 obtains focus a little better in very low light situations.

* It was easier to get the correct exposure with the D4.  I think the D4 has better metering compared to the 1DX, especially in challenging lighting situations.

* The 1DX has better automatic white balance, and for me it is easier to fix the white balance of the 1DX RAW files in Lightroom if the camera doesn't get it right.

* I like how the autofocus points appear in the viewfinder of the D4 compared to the 1DX.

* The D4 is about 200g lighter than the 1DX, which can feel like a big difference after a few hours.

* It's so much better having both memory card slots take the same type of memory card, and compact flash cards cost a lot less compared to XQD cards...a big plus for the 1DX.

* The 1DX has a better menu system.

* I like the shape and rubber material of the D4 grip


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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2014, 06:04:54 PM »
The newest member of the family...

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Software & Accessories / Neutral Density filter for 24-70L MKII???
« on: June 30, 2014, 11:26:50 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I wold like some advice on purchasing my first ND filter.  I have never used a ND filter before, and I was thinking about starting off with a 0.6 filter, like this one:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/856171-REG/B_W_66_1067373_82mm_702_Graduated_0_6.html


I also noticed these variable ND filters, which would be very flexible, but I believe there could be drawbacks to image quality:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/905894-REG/b_w_661075252_82mm_xs_pro_nano_mc_nd_vario.html/prm/alsVwDtl

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/829300-REG/Heliopan_708290_82mm_Variable_Gray_ND.html/prm/alsVwDtl

Please let me know which filter you think I should purchase.

Thanks

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Lenses / Build quality of Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM?
« on: June 28, 2014, 07:11:03 PM »
Hi,

I just purchased a Canon 70D kit with the ef-s 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens for my sister, and I noticed the front part of the lens has a tiny bit of play, both when the lens is retracted and extended.  When I say a tiny bit of play, it is tiny, but it is still noticeable.  I'm comparing the 18-135 lens to my Canon L zoom lenses, and my L lenses don't have any play at all, so that is why I'm wondering if this 18-135mm lens is defective.

Is this tiny bit of play normal for this lens, or should I exchange the lens?  I took about 75 photos with the camera and I don't see any issues with the photos.

thanks


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Hi Everyone,

I'm looking to purchase a point & shoot waterproof/tough camera for my sister, and I would like to hear your recommendations.  Here are things to consider:

* My sister knows next to nothing about photography, so the camera needs to take good JPEG photos, and video, in auto mode.
* The camera needs to have easy to use wifi connectivity, so my sister can easily download photos to her iPad/iPhone, and share the photos on Facebook.

Right now I'm leaning toward the new Olympus camera, but I'd like to know if there is a better camera available.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1042476-REG/olympus_v104140ru000_stylus_tough_tg_3_digital.html

Thanks

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX2 5D4 to be announced in January/ February 2015
« on: June 22, 2014, 08:58:39 PM »
*  3.5" OLED screen with better visibility in sunlight

OLED screens are actually worse in sunlight as they can't have as much backlight as a traditional LCD screen. 

Are you sure about that???  The Galaxy s5 has an OLED display and it looks better than my iPhone.

Regardless of what technology Canon uses for the next generation screen, I would like it to be easier to view the photos on sunny days.

Thanks

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX2 5D4 to be announced in January/ February 2015
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:00:20 PM »
I just bought my 1DX a few months ago, but I'd upgrade to the 1DX MkII if it has the following type of enhancements (in order of importance to me):

*  22+ MP sensor with improved Dynamic Range
*  GPS & Wifi
*  I'd like the body to be slightly smaller and to shed 200g in weight
*  1 stop ISO improvement in RAW across the entire ISO range
*  70d Dual Pixel autofocus for video
*  Backlit buttons for low light shooting
*  3.5" OLED screen with better visibility in sunlight

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EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: June 22, 2014, 05:41:38 PM »
My wish list:

*  100-400L Mk II lens

*  24-200L lens weighing under 800g for travel

*  5d MkIV - 26-30MP with improved DR sensor, 1 stop RAW image quality improvement in all ISO ranges, enhanced metering and autofocus system from 1DX, dual pixel autofocus from 70d, improved buffer (40 photos in full RAW), dual compact flash memory card slots, backlit buttons for low light shooting, 3.5" vari-angle OLED touch screen, GPS & WiFi, improved low light autofocus points in viewfinder for low light shooting in Ai servo autofocus mode

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: May 31, 2014, 07:46:20 PM »
I've had my 1DX for a few months and it's a great camera!  The photos from the Twins game have been cropped to about 60% of the original photo size.

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interested to see what 7D II has to offer..... ::)

I think it is G.A.S.  :P

What about the 1DX?
A dream no?
And the 16-35 f/4 IS?
choices choices choices...... 8)

Just for the record, I DO NOT have G.A.S....... ;D   I talked myself out of 600mm: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19923.120

1D X would be a dream camera for many us(including myself). If I can talk myself into selling A7r + FE 55mm, then 1D X is within reach..... ::)

Regardless how fast 7D II might be, I highly doubt I would add crop sensor to my kit. Anyways, still want to see the specs
Well, there is no such thing as : "I DO NOT have G.A.S". It is "I DO NOT have G.A.S NOW!"  ;D

LOL.......... ;D

Some of you know me better than I know myself  ;)

Dylan, get a 1DX and you won't regret it! 

I tried talking myself out of buying a 1DX for about 6 months, but I finally bought a 1DX about a month ago, and I'm loving it!

Yeah, the 1DX is big and heavy, but it's like driving a Porsche...there is no substitute! Plus, the files are so much easier to work with in Lightroom...I don't see the banding/color noise in the shadows, like I do with my 5dMkIII.

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 06, 2014, 05:25:05 PM »
Hi Dustin,

Great review as usual...keep up the great work!  Your portfolio of photographs is exceptional! 

Thanks,
Gino

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PowerShot / Re: Canon PowerShot G17 Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: April 04, 2014, 07:15:28 PM »
If this is legit, and the camera is small enough to put in a jacket pocket, then put me on the pre-order list!

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Technical Support / Re: 5D MKIII autofocus points display?
« on: March 23, 2014, 06:40:42 PM »
It's the fifth tab under AF, third on the list that gives you the option to illuminate the AF point/grid.
When it will illuminate depends on your AF point visibility setting (second on the list).
Note that this is not available in AI servo (which is a bummer).

Thanks...I was hoping to have the autofocus points in red while in AI servo mode.  It looks like I'll have to hope canon releases a firmware that allows the 5d mk III the same function as they just released with the 1DX....or maybe, this gives me a good enough excuse to buy a 1DX  8)

To support the needs of wedding, portrait, sports, wildlife and theatrical performance photographers working in low light, AF points in the EOS-1D X's viewfinder can now be illuminated in red with a half-press of the shutter in AI Servo AF mode, for easy viewing of the selected point. Illumination is intermittent, not continuous, and does not interfere with metering accuracy. Two brightness levels are available for the most suitable level of illumination in dark settings and illumination is fully compatible with the range of focus points and focus zone selection options on the EOS-1D X.

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