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Lenses / My "Minimalist" Lens Arsenal on Crop?
« on: February 16, 2015, 10:15:10 AM »
     In the name of trying to fight off GAS would you be so kind as to review my lens line-up?  I pretty much do it all minus sports.  My daughter's high school volleyball career is over and my son is about to kick off 4+ years in a pretty amazing high school marching/jazz band career.  Low-level soccer will likely still be in the mix, though, and I probably won't do much college volleyball.
     I also do a lot of portraits, landscape, street, travel, etc.
     My camera is a 70D and will likely stick with crop.  With that, does this make sense?:
     - Canon 10-18
     - Canon 35 2.0 IS (had a 50mm Sigma Art, but there didn't seem to be a whole lot of difference)
     - Canon 85 1.8
     - Canon 100-400 II (not yet obtained and will possibly sell my 200 2.8 since it's not used a lot and I could use the 85 when really needing the low light performance and the zoom when needing the focal length - although it might be tough at times indoors)
     Thanks for any advice to include good-to-go, almost all the time, with those 4.

Third Party Manufacturers / Sigma 150-600 Contemporary?
« on: February 14, 2015, 09:45:34 AM »
What do you think of the potential of the upcoming Sigma 150-600 for outdoor events, birds in flight, etc.?

Lenses / 70-200 4.0 IS Best of Non-2.8 Bunch?
« on: February 09, 2015, 04:49:16 PM »
I already have the 85 1.8 and 200 2.8 for indoors and they are, you know...  In stewing over a 70-200 4.0, 70-300L and 100-400II (for outdoors) is it safe to say that the image quality of the 70-200 4.0 IS is a notch "better" than the longer zooms?  If so, would it make sense to go with the 70-200 4.0 IS for the pure image quality and then pair that when funds allow with maybe a Sigma 150-600 for when really needing the longer reach outdoors?

Sports / Critique My "Running" Photos?
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:20:57 AM »
     Here's one of the 300+ pictures I did for a race today.  Most are of a similar quality, but this one's my favorite.  Conditions were sunny and a bit snowy.
     If you get a chance does it look like I could have maybe dropped the Exposure Compensation down 1/3?  Good to go or could I have done a bit better?

Software & Accessories / ND and Graduated ND Filters?
« on: December 11, 2014, 10:00:47 AM »
     For general everything I thought I might get a B+W 3-stop ND filter and maybe a Singh-Ray 2-stop soft graduated ND filter with the Cokin-P set-up as a minimalist do-it-most kit (for my 67mm 35 2.0 IS and 67mm 10-18 lenses).
     Does that make total sense, not total sense and/or any way to improve before pulling the trigger?

Lenses / Zoom or 135 in Place of 100 and 200?
« on: October 20, 2014, 02:32:22 PM »
     My daughter's senior year volleyball season is winding down.  My 100 2.0 was perfect from the side and 200 2.8 perfect from through or above/below the net, but now it's onto my son in band and outdoor sports/events.  She's been recruited to schools that she doesn't want to go to so will likely try out as a walk-on, but my volleyball photography days will be limited.
     In the constant effort to simplify while increasing quality would you say maybe the 135 2.0 (will work in many cases and I'm willing to make that compromise for the ultimate in image quality) to replace the 100 and 200?  The zoom that'll work for indoors/outdoors would be one of the 2.8's and that might be a bit too conspicuous. 
     So I wonder if the 135 might be the ultimate one-lens solution for indoors and then maybe a dedicated outdoor zoom one day (like maybe a 70-300L) if the need really jumps out.

Lenses / Thoughts on Having a 35 and a 50 on Crop?
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:34:01 AM »
     I have a crop sensor camera and really do like my 35 2.0 IS for most things.  Paired it with a 10-18 and I have most non-sports things covered.  Just got a job to photograph a large legal practice so figured that I would do well to have a 50.  The Sigma 50 1.4 Art just arrived and I've all but already welded it to my camera.  Focus is spot on and the colors/contrast/etc., well, you know.
     I view the 35 as my landscape lens, wide angle zoom for large groups/tight spaces/foreground subject and the 50 as the portrait lens and general purpose (similar to the 35).
     Does that make sense?  Any thoughts on coexisting with a 35 and 50 (or a 50 and 85 on a full frame) would be a great thing.

Software & Accessories / Aluminum vs. Carbon Fiber?
« on: August 14, 2014, 03:36:46 PM »
     Leaning towards one of the MeFoto tripods for general photography/no video.  If I use a cable release and shutter lock and don't care about the weight would aluminum maybe be a "better" choice?  The only advantage that I'd prefer carbon fiber for would be vibration reduction, but is that an actual advantage if the technique is at the highest levels of photographic excellence?

Lenses / Thoughts on 70-200 f/4 vs 70-300 vs 100-400?
« on: August 02, 2014, 11:20:22 PM »
Just tried a new superzoom on a vacation last week to a lot of "blah".  Rented a 100-400 last Summer which was AWESOME.
I have a 70D with indoor sports telephoto needs met with a 100 2.0 and 200 2.8II.
So I'm looking for that one special telephoto zoom for outdoor sports/activities, travel, etc. and am slightly leaning towards the 70-300L.  400mm would be useful at times, but 70-100 might be attractive and the rest up to 300 probably good-to-go 95+% of the time.
70-200 is likely enough most of the time so I'm willing to make a "focal-length" sacrifice for the most image quality possible.
Is there one of the above that really shines above the rest in image quality?  Of course, there's the upcoming 100-400 which is somewhat of an unknown and the 70-200 4.0 non-IS maybe the bargain of the bunch. 
Thanks for any direction even though this has been discussed a lot.  The latest thoughts can't hurt, though, I guess.
Much appreciated.

Software & Accessories / Bag for EX430ll?
« on: August 01, 2014, 02:19:28 PM »
Can anyone recommend a case with a shoulder strap and/or belt loop that a 430EXll Flash barely fits into?  It's for travel/street when using my EOS M.

Photography Technique / Sunset/Ocean Techniques?
« on: July 11, 2014, 06:01:00 PM »
     Any words-of-wisdom for sunset/sunrise shots over an ocean?  I've got the usual stuff down, but would a graduated ND filter be something to consider?  Any other thoughts are very welcome.
     The gear will likely be a 70D/35 2.0 IS and then maybe a 10-18 for sunrises.  In this case the sunsets will be at the beach and the sunrises over rocks with water breaking all around.
     Thanks for any and all responses.

Software & Accessories / Small Bag Recommendation?
« on: July 02, 2014, 02:24:11 PM »
Is there a favorite small bag for one DSLR w/small lens + an additional small lens?  In this case it's the 70D, 35 2.0 IS and 10-18.  Looking for something as concise as possible, but still a bit snazzy.  Nothing over-the-top, but with at least a little bit of style. 


EOS-M / M+22mm for Travel/Street?
« on: June 27, 2014, 10:24:56 AM »
Could the EOS M with 22mm lens be "it" for a do-it-most travel/street solution when wishing to travel light?  Just back in stock at my friendly retailer.
I like prime lens, by the way, the EOS software already on my computer and ability to use my Canon flash if necessary.  Not sure how I feel about no viewfinder, but probably can't have it all. 

PowerShot / G16 or ?
« on: May 07, 2014, 03:45:16 PM »
     I handled a few of the leaders today for a few seconds each and found the G16 to be the most readily intuitive.  That might point to seeing what the G17 entails, but do some of you like the G16 over any of the others (like the RX100, X20, etc.)?
     I'm on the search for the "ultimate" compact for travel/street.

Photography Technique / On-Camera Flash Technique/Gear?
« on: April 14, 2014, 10:42:28 AM »
     Just did my fourth professional shoot (a Bat-Mitzvah) and the results were the best I've yet done.  Haven't yet ventured into off-camera flash, but used a variety of "bounce" tools (simple diffuser, small soft-box and on-flash bouncer).  My camera's a 70D and flash is the 430EX II.
     Are there any other recommended tools/techniques like brackets, etc.?  Off-camera seems like it might be tough while remaining mobile.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I might like to stick with on-camera.
     Thanks for any discussion.

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