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Sports / Re: Motion Blur (on purpose) in Sports Photos
« on: January 24, 2015, 04:59:02 PM »
This was my first try at the local track.

Lenses / Re: 17-40 ---> 16-35 f4
« on: January 24, 2015, 03:49:45 PM »
Congrats on the new lens!

Lenses / Re: Upgrading lenses for college student
« on: January 24, 2015, 08:55:11 AM »
I understand photography on a budget and also agree that small primes may be the best way to extend your buying power.  Check into the 24 and 40 pancake lenses.

Since you are doing a lot of landscape/architectural shots, you also may want to consider the 10-18 ef-s lens, or the older 17-85.   I think you will notice the missing width of your 18-55 if you swap for the 28-105.

I hear that the tamron 17-50 f2.8 is an excellent lens.  I don't know what they go for though.

Good luck and let us know what you decide to get.

Lenses / Re: Used Gear stories....
« on: January 23, 2015, 05:53:12 PM »
I wanted to check out FF photography on the cheap so I purchased a used 5D off of ebay.  So far, the only issue I had with the camera was aging batteries, but the seller disclosed that up front.  I was able to pick up a 5D with 3 batteries, battery grip, 8G flash card, external A/C power brick, and two battery chargers for ~$450 USD.   No issues with it that I can tell other than me learning the equipment.  I bought two new batteries and I'm good to go.

I've purchased refurb equipment from Canon as well - all have been in excellent condition with great packaging.   To me, I do feel more comfortable purchasing refurb from Canon than used from a person.  I'm always afraid of picking up someone else's problem that I won't catch until it's too late.  I took a chance with the 5D and so far I'm pleased with the purchase.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help with upgrade from T3i?
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:37:05 PM »
With your low light requirement, I would agree you should consider a 5D III or 6D.

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 23, 2015, 01:31:09 PM »
I'm in the enthusiast category, but I'm not old as the article suggests this group to be.   I'm not sure I share all of the opinions of this article, but many here on this forum have said that the money isn't what it used to be.   Do you pro's out there agree that the market is getting tougher?   


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel 750D Spec List [CR1]
« on: January 21, 2015, 10:41:57 AM »
But I don't get why there would be a 750/760. That smells bad.

I'm not sure it smells bad, but I don't get why they would turn out two levels of rebel cameras.  I would think that would muddy the decision tree even more.  Perhaps they are producing the next 60D type of camera.

Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 18, 2015, 07:25:46 PM »
I may have to try the extension tube out!

Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 17, 2015, 06:10:26 PM »
Do you know that you can use EF-S 60/2.8 Macro on your 5D with EF 12 II Extension Tube, or similar third party alternatives? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAr9FfFxlqo

No I didn't.  Wouldn't the vingetting be severe?

Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 17, 2015, 09:12:56 AM »
I have both the 24-105, which is one of my 'go to' lenses as well as the new 100 Macro...both very fine lenses and worth every penny of their cost.....now you need the 70-200 and a 1.4 extender

Hi Greatland.  Thanks for the advice and I do have a 70-200 F2.8 Mk II with the 1.4 extender III.  That lens and teleconverter have been my go to combo for all of the sports shooting I do.  It's perfect for little league baseball :)  Actually, I haven't found anything the 70-200 isn't perfect for!

Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 17, 2015, 09:09:36 AM »

You shoot crop, so the 60mm will double as a very good portrait lens while the 100mm will be a bit long for many portrait purposes.

Can I encourage you to focus your L envy at a different L? I think you'll get more benefit...!

Hi Joey - thanks for your response.  I have both crop and FF camera's and I would like a macro to fit my 5D.  I have no problems with the 60mm macro, it is a fine lens and has produced some awesome pictures, but I don't see the need to keep both lenses when I would have one lens that will work with both cameras.   I've attached one of my favorite pictures using the 60 macro.  The exposure is a tad dark, but the butterfly had just hatched and was posing perfect on my daughter's finger for a hand held shot.  It's amazing just how furry butterflies are.  :)


Software & Accessories / Re: What monitor????
« on: January 17, 2015, 08:41:35 AM »
I use HP's z series displays.  They are the workstation class monitors. Never had a problem with them.

Lenses / Re: My New "L"
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:25:54 AM »
No kidding, my first L was the 70-200 F2.8 mk II.   I was blown away with the quality of pictures it could produce compared to my 70-300 IS USM.   Now I've got the itch and expect to have a total of 3 L's added to my kit this year.

Lenses / My New "L"
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:01:39 AM »
I just received my second "L" lens.   Nothing sexy, at least for the audience here, but I needed a standard zoom to compliment my used 5D.  Just received a new 24-105L for $650.   I'm impressed with the build quality and am excited to give it a workout this weekend.  It's a white box, but that's okay for me. 

Next on my list is to upgrade my EF-S 60 to the EF 100L macro.

Portrait / Re: WTF Images - Funny Head Scratchers for Sure!
« on: January 15, 2015, 12:02:55 PM »
This is exactly what I needed today!   ;D ;D ;D ;D

Loved it - Thanks Rusty.   I'm LMAO over the unicorn pic.

I agree that a just for laugh's section would be good.

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