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Lenses / buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 02:11:07 AM »
Hi all, I'm here again with a buy question: lots of online reviews state that the 85mm f1.8 is nearly identical to the f1.2 II in terms of image quality when stopped down to f2. It even focuses faster than the L version. All that the f1.2 version has going for it seems to be that it is very sharp wide open, and has slightly better sharpness and contract than the f1.8 version. Again, money is not an issue here. Is the f1.2 II worth my money with nearly identical visuals and even slower focus, to be offset with f1.2 for low light conditions? Let me know your real-world thoughts! Thanks!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 02, 2014, 05:06:39 AM »
Hi guys, I've asked for recommendations/opinions on various gear purchases from fellow users here and have always gotten great real-world advice. Here I am again with a buy question:

My old 1Ds3 is dying after serving me well for many years. I do mostly event coverage (weddings, graduations, conferences... generally "people doing stuff") that do NOT involve high-speed athletes or motor vehicles. All I really need is excellent low-light performance and good-to-great AF. Online research seems to indicate that the 5D3 can produce just as good an image as the flagship 1Dx under the same conditions. I don't need 14fps, I don't need extreme weather sealing, I don't need the 1Dx's extra AF speed. Does that mean the 5D3 is the right choice for me? Can anyone who own or have used both bodies offer a reason why a 1Dx would still be worth twice the $$$?

For the record, money is not an issue. I just don't want to spend twice as much for the 1Dx if I can achieve the same results with a 5D3 (the money saved can go to a new lens!). Thanks guys!

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Lenses / recommendation: canon 24mm f1.4 or 85mm f1.2 for wedding?
« on: October 08, 2014, 05:56:07 AM »
Hi folks! Need your input on a next-lens purchase: Canon 24mm f1.4 II or 85mm f1.2 II for wedding?

I've dug through shotkit.com's pages and found that both of these lenses are mainstays in a large number of wedding photographer's kits. Please help me decide, based on your own experiences, which one I should go after when considering the lenses that I already have:

Tokina 11-16mm f2.8
Sigma 35mm f1.4
Canon 50mm f1.2
Canon 70-200mm f2.8

My dilemma is, the 24mm is only slightly wider than my excellent 35mm so it's not a drastic upgrade in wideness. The 85mm is already covered within the range of the 70-200mm. Both offer huge aperture for indoor wedding shots and would be an improvement over my existing lenses.

I plan to eventually steal/rob/plunder/pillage my way to both lenses. But if you were in my shoes right now, which lens would you guys pick? Thanks in advance!

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Lenses / used 300 f2.8 IS or new sigma 120-300 f2.8
« on: September 22, 2014, 10:15:58 PM »
Hi guys, I saw a used Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS (mark I) going for $3500. The Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 (new S version) is slightly cheaper. I need the 300mm reach at f2.8 (already have a 70-200mm f2.8, but with TC it becomes f4) so the ability to zoom on the Sigma doesn't really matter.

The Canon is older but the image quality is obviously a little better being a prime.
The Sigma is newer and will save me some money, but there's a little bit less sharpness at the edges. (Vignetting can be corrected in post so I don't mind that.)

I regularly print medium-sized prints (anywhere between A3+ to A2) so IQ is somewhat important (most regular clients can't tell the difference, they just like bright colors and great expressions). I guess the main question is, should I pay more for an OLD lens with slightly better IQ, or should I pay less for a newer lens and suffer a tad in IQ? Am I paying $500 more for a $20 difference in visual results? Thanks guys!

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