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EOS Bodies - For Video / Help with 70D / 7D MK II auto focus and audio
« on: November 07, 2014, 09:37:22 PM »

I recently bought a 7D MK II and need some help. Since the 70D has been out longer, maybe someone using it may be able to help.  This is just something to capture video while my grandsons play, I’ve tried manual focus on my 5D MK III and it’s a bit fast pace and is one of the reasons I bought the 7D MK II.

I’m using a f/2.8 24-70 Tamron VC lens and with autofocus on I’m getting a lot of audio noise.  I also tried a  Zoom H1, but I still get the same results, unless the H1 it’s off camera.  Would a Rode VideoMic Pro solve this issue, or should I buy the 18-135 STM kit lens.

EOS Bodies / 70D or 7D MK II
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:19:13 PM »
I’m interested in a second body to compliment my 5D MK III. I mostly shoot candids, portraits, my grandson in the park and his T-ball and soccer games.  The 5D MK III has done really well and  I rented a canon 1.4 III extender and will try out this weekend.

The reason I’m interested in the 70D or 7D MK II for my second body are.
The extra reach and video auto focus.

70D advantages
Touch Screen
Articulated Screen

7D MK II advantages
Ergonomics (similar to 5D MK III)
65 Focus Points
10 FPS
Weather Proof
Headphone Port
Viewfinder coverage, 100%

I’m leaning towards the 7D MK II, but I’d like to hear your feedback and suggestions.

Which one would/will you buy or would you buy?

Lenses / Canon 135mm F/2
« on: August 18, 2013, 06:11:51 PM »
Question about the Canon 135mm f/2.0/L. I have a T3i as well as a 6D, my favorite lens today is the Canon 85mm f/1.8. Would I gain any thing buying the Canon 135mm for my 6D, vs using my 85mm on my T3i or would it be a waste of money?

Lenses / Need Help with a 24-70 lens
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:42:39 PM »
I'm thinking of selling my Canon 24-105 f/4 with IS lens.  The two lenses I'm thinking of replacing it with are the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mark I or the Tamron f/2.8 24-70 with VC. Has anyone used and/or compared both of these lenses?  I would like to hear of your experience if you have as well as your thoughts, inputs and recommendations. I would use this lens as my walk around lens, indoor functions, sunrises and sunsets on beach and video. As much as I'd like to have the Canon 24-70 MK II, it's a bit out of my budget.  For portraits I'm truly enjoying my 85mm f/1.8.

Lenses / Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 06, 2013, 10:43:26 PM »
I currently have a 6D and 24-105mm lens.  I want a portrait lens to take photos of my grand children.  I'm thinking of these 2 lenses.  Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS vs Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS.  The reviews I've read point that both are great lenses, but the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS is slightly better, but the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS is more versatile.  I don't have the cash for the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS. 
I have a Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS coming this week that I rented, so I'll have a chance to try it out. I just wanted your opinion on the better portrait lens.

I've attached a couple of pictures shoot with the 24-105.


I like to get some advice. I sold my Sigma 70-200 f2.8 non IS and I'm having a hard time on what to buy to fit my 6D. 

I currently have a Canon 24-105mm f/4,  I also have a 50mm that's attached to my T3i.

Option 1: Buy a Canon 70-200mm IS f/4 and a Canon 85mm f1.8  to capture those low light shoots.

Option 2: Buy a Canon 70-200mm IS f2.8. 

I like to shoot portraits, strobies and beach scenes.

Once I get whatever I choose, I'll probably sell the 24-105 for a Canon 24-70 or Tamron 24-70 with vc.

I would appreciate your suggestions.

Thank you

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Light Meter & SpeedLites
« on: April 07, 2013, 09:10:33 PM »
Hello All,
 I live on the emerald coast, between Panama City Beach and Destin, Florida. As a hobbyist photographer, I went out to shoot two young ladies today against a 1 o'clock sun sky with a canon 6d, a canon 430ex II, Yongnuo YN568EX, beauty dish, reflectors, umbrellas and soon on. Needless to say, I didn't have enough power. Just learning, it took me a good 30 minutes to figure it all out.  In this environment would a light meter had help me out?  I'm learning, and I'm not sure how well a bright day, speed lites and a light meter would work together.  The meter I'm wondering about is the Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Master Trigger for Canon 6D
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:48:20 PM »
I'm received my 6D today and having a blast with it.  I also have a 430 EX II that I want to use as a off camera flash. From what I've read so far the options I have ares use a 90EX as the master (trigger) or a  Yongnuo YN622C ETTL Wireless Transciever Triggers. I really don't want flash coming off the camera, is there a way to control the 90EX so that it doesn't flash?  If there are any other options in those price I'd like to hear from you.

Lenses / Canon 24-105 F/4L
« on: March 25, 2013, 09:35:21 PM »
 I currently have a T3i with the kit lens, a Canon 50mm f/1.4, Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM II Macro Zoom Lens and a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM that I'm selling.  I will be buying the Canon 6D with the 24-105 f/4L  In your opinion will I be able to get low light shots with the  24-105 f/4L on the 6D, as I have with the Sigma f/2.8 on my T3i?

EOS Bodies / $2,800.00 budget
« on: March 19, 2013, 10:19:21 PM »
Hello CR friends.
 Have you ever got the fever to buy a new car?   Well I have the fever to buy a full frame camera.  I'm not a professional, just a hobbyist.  I currently own a T3i, with a kit lens, a Canon 50mm F1.4, Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II.  I also have a Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 that I'm selling.  For the last 2 months I've read so many reviews, watched every video on YouTube, as well as many on vimeo. 

If you had 2,800.00 to spend, what you do?
Canon 6d with kit lens or 5d MK III body only

I feel the 5d MK III would hold it value longer that the 6d.

EOS Bodies / Help with Canon 6D Purchase
« on: March 11, 2013, 10:14:07 PM »
I want to purchase the Canon 6d. I currently own a T3i and I want to keep it as a secondary camera. I have the following lenses; the kit lens that came with the T3 (I never use), a Canon 50mm f/1.4, a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 and a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8.  I don’t think the 17-50mm is compatible with the 6d, but do you think I can get by with the 50mm and 70-200mm?  Instead of buying the 6d with the 24-105mm f/4L, would it make better since to buy the body only and later buy the Tamron 24-70 with VC?  What would you do?

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