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Lenses / 70-200mm F4 IS vs 70-200mm F2.8 non-IS (70-200mm F2.8 IS ver. 1?!)
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:17:09 PM »
Hi guys,
Currently, I only have a 50mm 1.4 and 24-105mm L on a 60D, and its all fine for my shooting, but when I help others photograph events, I found it a bit short.
Usually, I'll photography assemblies/stage presentations for people, and the 70-200 would come into great use.
So, I have around $850-$1000 USD to spend on a 2nd hand 70-200mm... It'll take me sometime to save up to around this range, but, I wanna have a goal ahaha. :)

So, here's the question, should I spend $900 on a used 70-200mm F4 IS... OR around the same price for a used 2.8 non-IS? Or... Spend an extra $170 or so on a used2.8 IS ver.1?

Usually, I'd be shooting at ISO 800, F4 and at 1/50th of a second on my 24-105, which i know, is way too slow of a shutter speed to shoot a 70-200.

Also, in terms of sharpness, would they all be similar to each other, and perhaps on par with my 24-105mm?
I also want a good amount of shallow DOF, well, having the option wont hurt would it? But is F4 on a crop going to provide enough shallow DOF? F4 vs 2.8, is the DOF really noticeable to the average person, a mere person who knows nothing about photography?

IS better suited for my situation or 2.8s the way to go? I prefer not to spend that much as I don't get paid often, so 70-200mm 2.8 IS ver.1 isnt my preferred route...

Lenses / When to switch lenses during events?
« on: November 17, 2012, 12:39:28 PM »
Hi all,
I'm going to be shooting a birthday party in less than 12 hours.
When would it be an ideal time to change to another lens to get better shots?
Lets say I shoot on a 50mm on a crop sensor, when do you think I should change lenses, when everyone finishes their games/activities and prepare for their meal? Cause most of the time, I'll leave my 50mm. or do I even need to change lenses?
If it helps, my kit: 60D
50 1.4
28 1.8

Ps. With these two primes, you think I'll need the zoom? Considering I won't shoot a lot of telephoto...

Thanks guys, starting to shoot more events, so I'm still learning!

Video & Movie / Payphone - Maroon 5 Music Video Cover with the 60D
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:56:38 AM »
Hi guys,
My friends came to me and asked for help on a music video.
I have never done one in my life, so this was quite a mission.
To put things into perspective, we only had half of the song during the recording, making it very difficult to film a proper "story".
I was in charge of the video whereas my friends were in charge of the audio.
Audio equipment includes the IRig (cheesy, but handy) and Zoom h1 I believe.
Anyway, camera used was 60D, no rigs or any stabilizers (except for a tripod!)
Mainly used the 50mm 1.4, and occasionally switched to the 24-105mm when I needed wide shots or non-shaky shots.
Hope you enjoy it guys, give me some feedback (both video wise and singing wise)!

Payphone Music Video Cover -

I also made a short film -  Impossible (Short Film)
The script was a bit of a problem, so the acting was improvised.

Lenses / 28mm 1.8 or 40mm 2.8 on 60D?
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:04:55 PM »
Hi all,
Currently have a 24-105mm and 50mm 1.4, both are brilliant lenses on the 60D.
Gonna go on a trip soon and need to bring just one standard lens.
Read a lot of reviews on both the lens, suggesting that the 40mm 2.8 is superior optically.
But the thing is, I'm on a crop dslr, will the softness of the 28mm really affect me as much?
And the focal length, will 40mm be too long? (64mm eqv.)
I may have to take group shots of people during the trip.

Many thanks.

Video & Movie / Short Film With The 60D and Kit lens.
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:49:22 AM »
Hi everyone!
Kinda new here, but I read these rumors every now and then.
So because it's summer, my friend and I decided to work on a small project, being a film.
It's our first time making a short film, so we're still messing around with stuff, but we get really inspired by people like WongfuProductions, Film Riot, FinalCutKing, etc

First things first, camera gear used ;) :
Canon 60D
50mm 1.4
18-200mm 3.5-5.6

More of the film was shot with the 18-200mm, because the 80mm fov from the 50mm just wasnt wide enough, especially for the earlier shots. However, the "hardcore" training bits were shot most with the 50mm ;)
Sexy much?

Anyway, I was wondering if you guys could give me some feedback on what needs to be improved for our upcoming videos? The storyboard was kinda messed up in this one :P

For this short film, we had no budget and therefore used parks, houses as the set, and lamps as lighting. We do have requests to shoot a dancing documentary and a short music video for a friend dedicated to his gf <3

 Any recommendations for lighting (With a budget of no more than $200usd).

Give me your opinions and enjoy our short film "Impossible"!

Remember to watch in 1080P!


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