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EOS Bodies - For Stills / M RAW or "full" RAW on a Canon 6d?
« on: May 14, 2013, 03:34:51 AM »
Just curious what most are using with their 6D or even Mark III?  M RAW to save file space, or "full" RAW?  According to the manual it is faster to shoot in full RAW, but the files are about 30% larger.  How much quality will I lose if I shoot in M RAW?  What are the drawbacks?  When would you shoot ful full RAW, and when would someone shoot in M RAW?  Also, why would full raw, with larger files sizes be faster in burst mode than M RAW?

Any info or help on this would be great, thanks!

Pricewatch Deals / Canon refurb sale...what happened?
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:01:31 AM »
So I got an email from a price notification website that Canon was having a refurb sale yesterday.  I went on and the sale was on the website and on all the product pages.  I placed an order, my CC was charged and I got an email confirmation.  I went back today to see what was still available and the sale is gone (Canon's website said it would run to May 4), and I looked at my order and Canon has cancelled my order, but of course, I haven't received any such notification or a refund on my CC.

Anyone else have this happen to them?  Any advice?  It wasn't a crazy deal or anything, spend $100 save $10, spend $250 save $50, spend $500 save $125.

Lenses / $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:57:22 AM »
So where I work, there is an employee that takes all of the photos for the office.  Right now he has the Canon t1i with the kit 18-55 lens to shoot all of the “official” photos.  Of course the biggest issue they have is in low light situations, and while the kit lens does well in some situations, in others it can struggle.  So they have requested and been approved for $1000 to spend on additional equipment.  The person who uses the camera is not super comfortable using any mode but auto, although I’ve been working with him on using aperture priority and he is getting better.

 So what would you suggest for upgrades?  Please remember, the $1000 limit is a hard budget, and we have to purchase through normal channels, amazon, b&h, no ebay option, craigslist or refurb is an option. 

They will use the camera indoors, and outdoors about 50/50 and some of the indoor venues will require tight shots as the rooms are often very small, and sometimes indoors a flash won’t be able to be used.  Also, at times outdoors, it will be necessary to shoot from a distance.  I do think they need the external flash for sure, but any input is great.  Plus they will also commonly do portraits both indoors and outside.  So a fairly versatile lens combo is necessary.  It also won't be possible to sell any equipment that they currently have, the kit lens or the canon t1i body. 

I’ve put a list below of the lenses and flash which seem to make the most sense, but I'm not sure in what combination.  So what would be the most versatile package for under $1000 in your opinion?  (I wouldn’t mind having a little left over for a tripod and basic case, and all the prices below are from B&H, which is where we will likely order from)  For example, my first thought is the 430ex flash, a 50mm f1.4 and the 55-250, but I'd appreciate any other input.  Thanks.

Canon 430ex II flash $254
Canon 50mm f1.8 $109
Canon 40mm f2.8 $179
Canon 55-250mm IS $233
Canon  50mm f1.4 $339
Canon 85mm f1.8 $359
Canon 28mm f1.8 $449
Canon EF-S 15-85 f3.5-5.6 IS USM $649
Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro $499
Sigma 17-50 f2.8 $594
Canon 70-200 f4 $649

Software & Accessories / Lens filter question for 24-105 and 17-40 lenses
« on: December 05, 2012, 07:35:15 AM »
Currently I have several prime lenses, 24 f1.8, 50 f1.4, 100 f2.8 IS USM, and I have put the B+W UV Haze filters on each one.  I recently purchased the 17-40 f4 and the 24-105 f4, but I have not purchased filters for them. 

I have talked to enough people that I am firmly on the side of wanting filters on my lenses.  I like the idea of the protection, and I'm also interested in a CP after doing some research. So here are my questions:

  • Is the B+W UV Haze a "good" filter to choose for the 17-40 and 24-105?
  • Should I consider a CP filter for my 24-105?
  • If I put a CP on my 24-105, is that just for outdoor photography would I remove it for indoors, take it off and on depending on conditions?
  • Would I stack a UV with a CP filter?
  • I know that normally you don't put a CP on a wide angle, but what about the UV?  Does that have an impact?

Most of what you find about lenses devolves into an argument over whether they affect IQ.  I'm just wondering what people recommend for filters and if a CP is worth it?  For the CP, I think I would probably go with the B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter, but I'm open to suggestions.  Especially if that is overkill, I see that Tiffen has a CP for $38 on B+H, is the extra money worth it?  Thanks in advance.

Also, if it matters, I'm shooting with a 5d.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / a used Canon 5D, a budget way to go full frame?
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:03:41 AM »
So I've really gotten into DSLR over the past 1.5 years.  I've spent some money on lenses, I have the 28 f1.8, 50 f1.4, 100 macro IS USM, 24-105 f4, and my DSLR is the t3.

I don' t have an unlimited budget, so I was thinking of picking up a good condition used 5d online, looks like around $600 is the going rate, and spending the $1000 I'd save over a Mark II towards the 70-200 f2.8 IS USM.

Bad idea or good idea?  What are the primary drawbacks with using a 5d?  How is the ISO performance?  I shoot mostly portraits of family or landscapes, not a lot of action or fast movement. 

Is the 5d obsolete or is it a good carry over for a year or two until I spring for a newer full frame camera?  Anyone still using the 5d alongside a newer full frame?  What are the primary differences?  Thanks.

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