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I have both and both have their separate uses.  I agree with Neuro.  I use the 135 for single person portraits and for indoor sports where I need fast shutter speed (table tennis).  I use the 70-200 for more than one person portrait shots and also for sports where I need extra reach, but then I have to bump up the ISO (depending on the light).

I usually get in a rut and use a certain lens too often.  That was the case with my 135, as I didn't use it as much due to having the 70-200, but after doing a maternity shoot for my wife, solely with the 135, I believe it to be superior as a portrait lens and will be using it more often.

I'm sorry you are running into these problems.  After reading all the replies and issues cc companies have with these type of purchases from camera stores online, I tried to figure out why I've never run into any problems with my big purchases over the years.  Then it dawned on me I usually choose the Bill Me Later option where I can usually pay 6-12 months interest free.  That's a good option to choose if you have issues with the cc company.

Canon General / Re: Random (but Legal) Use of your Photos
« on: November 25, 2013, 01:56:56 PM »
A lot of photo "competitions" seem to just be ways of getting free use of images.

Ain't this the truth.  My mom entered a Jekyll Island photo contest, and to her surprise, she was picked for publication in the "best of" Jekyll Island book, plus they enlarged the photos and made them into canvases to put up on the walls of the new convention center at Jekyll.  My Mom told me she felt honored, however, to the rest of us photographers, we already know the real scam here.  The competitions prey on people that just want their published somewhere to feel "honored".  In return, the competition gets tons of free photos, and in this case, photos for a best of Jekyll book, in which they are selling for $25-$30 a pop.  What's in honor in that?

Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:46:20 AM »

Try using manual mode during a live performance with constantly changing back and front lights, considerably changing the exposure. Your manual mode would be dead in the water. By the time you changed settings the light would change again.  AV + exposure compensation and I am good to go. I can look at most scenes and have an idea what EV I will need prior to me taking the shot. I generally nail my exposures.

I hate "M-mode" snobs...

I disagree with this.  I shoot live concerts on a professional level and always use manual.  Because of the ever so changing lights, the camera is constantly choosing the wrong shutter speed for me.  It's all about preference and what we are comfortable with.  I shoot manual everything and I nail my exposures 95% of the time with concert photography and wedding photography.  The more you practice, the better you get.  I can look at most scenes and have an idea of what my shutter speed/aperture I will need prior to me taking a shot.  This comes with practice.  You practice with AV mode and I practice with M mode.  You've mastered the AV mode and I've mastered the M mode.  It's not about being a snob, it's about preferences and what works for you and your style and ability.

I think in this situation, less is more.  I would bring the 5DMIII, the 70-200, and either the 24-70 or the 50mm.  If I were doing this just for the Company, I wouldn't want to be bogged down with all this equipment, changing lenses, toting around a big camera bag, etc.  You want to have fun at this event too, I'm guessing.  Being outdoors, the 70-200 I think is plenty to catch the action up close.  The wide angle or the 50mm prime would be good enough to capture the scenery surrounding the events. 

I don't think you need a backup body.  If your camera bugs out, remember you aren't getting paid.  Same thing could happen with someone who volunteers with a point and shoot.

Less is more.

Technical Support / Re: Is this dust or sensor damage?!
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:29:40 AM »
dust shouldn't show up at f/2, but see if it is more pronounced stopped down.

Canon General / Re: Physical Ailments From Heavy Gear
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:56:14 AM »
I have found if I am shooting in excess of 4 hours and mainly with the heavier kit like the 70-200, I experience pain and fatigue in my 'trigger' hand between the index and middle fingers - I wonder if there is some kind of long term problem. It goes away after a couple of days. I suspect that the longer lenses further complicate the equation as it not only weight but a combination of weight and the moment forces due to the perpendicular direction of the forces.

I had the same issue, shooting with a 50D after a 5-6 hour wedding.  My right hand would just pure ache.  I determined my problem was that I was using to much grip power with my right hand and not enough support power with the left hand, which caused the aching after several hours.  It was not a conscious thing I was doing, but now that I am more aware of what I was doing, I have consciously made an effort to provide better support with my non-trigger hand.  This has helped.  I also mainly shoot with a larger body (5DM3) now and have had no issues.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Best HDR Software?
« on: January 14, 2013, 10:04:55 AM »
I use Photomatix Pro 4.  I don't use it to make unrealistic photos.  I really like the B&W presets it has, then fine tune back in Lightroom. 

IMO, the photo used above isn't a good HDR candidate to compare processes.  In Lightroom, you could probably use the Highlight and Shadow slider to get the same end result as the photos shown.  If you took a photo will a dimly lit room, lit by lampshades, that may have been a better candidate to work with.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d2 officially discontinued.
« on: December 24, 2012, 08:36:56 AM »
Does this mean that Canon will no longer service a discontinued item?  Just bought mine as a backup a month ago and has a 1-year warranty.  I'm sure they will honor the warranty, but what about after the year is up?

First, why f/8?  During your test shots, a low ISO and small aperture is making your flash work a lot harder.  A hard working flash will overpower any ambient light in the room and only light up the subject in the foreground, leaving the background dark. 

If you have several people in a frame you are photographing, I would shoot at f/4.  If only one person, you can open up the aperture to let more light in.  You can shoot at 1/60 to 1/80, or less if you can.  The flash should help freeze motion in the foreground.  Also increasing your ISO will help with the ambient light in the background.  Bounce the flash as said previously.

For tips:  Don't always shoot standing tall.  Take photos from different perspectives.  Stand on chairs, crouch down, etc....  Also, know what's happening and when and be there to catch it.  Sometimes this doesn't work, as parties are mostly spontaneous.  Just be aware of what's going on and enjoy yourself.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 03, 2012, 02:17:17 PM »
Once I import photos from my harddrive into LR, before I go into the Develop module, I wait for all the photos to "load", by waiting for the 3 tiny dots to disappear from each photo, indicating the photo is loaded.  The problem is, only the photos that are displayed on the screen actually "load", so I then have to scroll down to have the next line(s) of photos to show on the screen before they actually load.
You don't have to do this.  It sounds like you have LR set to build "minimal" previews on import.  Then it has to work hard to load them later.  Instead, set LR to build "1:1" or "standard" previews on import.  This way the import process takes longer, but the previews are all built when it's done.  This setting (called "Render Previews") is in the top right of the Import screen. 

Also, I've heard it's good to give LR a big cache for Camera Raw Settings.  This is done in LR Preferences, under File Handling.

Awesome, I'll take a look when I get home today.  Thank you.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 03, 2012, 02:01:14 PM »
So basically nothing to fix the VERYVERY uselessly slow performance.....
I don't have a performance problem.  Sounds like a configuration issue if you have a PC.

I have a PC (with plenty of RAM, etc.) and maybe someone can answer my problem about loading photos into Lightroom.  Once I import photos from my harddrive into LR, before I go into the Develop module, I wait for all the photos to "load", by waiting for the 3 tiny dots to disappear from each photo, indicating the photo is loaded.  The problem is, only the photos that are displayed on the screen actually "load", so I then have to scroll down to have the next line(s) of photos to show on the screen before they actually load.  I have the thumbnails set to the smallest setting so more photos are on the screen at once in the Library module.  Is there something I'm missing or I'm doing wrong.  I would rather have all the photos load on their own and go do something useful, instead of having to scroll down every 30 seconds until my 1,000 photos or so are finished loading.  The reason I make sure all the photos are loaded, meaning the 3 dots have disappeared, is so that in the Develop module it doesn't take forever for a single photo to become ready for adjustments.

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