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at f 11 the sigma is sharper across the board…i wonder if the f8 is a mistake

Canon General / Re: Greetings ! New York , Boston Trip advice ?
« on: June 28, 2014, 04:16:31 PM »
The Boston tourist places are going to be crowded in August so wide angle and fast speed are your friends.  18-55 will likely be your most used lens though I'd have the 50 1.8 with you.  If you're getting out of the city then bring the 70-200 too.  If you go to Fenway bring the 55-250 instead for even more reach.

Lenses / Re: Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 04:07:40 PM »
thanks for all the advice everyone.  I should add that I have a pentax waterproof camera that is very nice with good light and wide angle…(F2.8).  However, the tele is not so good.

What do people think about for small fill flash on a 6D?  I'd rather not have my Nissin di866 with me at all times.  could I buy a 270 and be happy with it?

Lenses / Re: Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 12:19:16 PM »
OK when I get home from work I'm going to do some weight checks and see what I can fit into my amazon low budget backpack.  It's small but I have a 13lb weight limit on the inter island flight or else it has to go into checked baggage.  That means the expensive stuff 6D/24-70ii/70-200ii/ipad would all have to fit and be less than 13lb.  so we'll see what I can fit in that bag.

I do a lot more portrait and environmental portraits of the kids than anything else.  I don't use a lot of ultrawide.  Essentially the 24-70 is my inside lens and the 70-200 is my outside lens. 

How about flash.  I have a Nissin 866 which works well but I was wondering what people thought of the small canon flashes...i'm thinking as a tool for fill flash.  maybe the 270?  any good for that? 

I also wonder if it is time to buy a black rapid...I've never used one but people talk about it a lot and I saw a wedding photographer the other day with what I think was two of them, two cameras and other stuff and I have to say she rocked...and did a fabulous job.  It would be great when at pearl harbor.

Lenses / Hawaii travel advice
« on: June 28, 2014, 09:19:40 AM »

Going to Hawaii, big island and Oahu. It is a family trip. I will not get time to set up a tripod and take long exposure photos of stars or volcanoes etc because I will be chasing a 4 yo...among others. I will be trying to take a lot of pictures of my family all over the islands.

I will use a 6D
My gut reaction is to take the 24-70 and use that almost exclusively.

Then I thought I might want something a little wider like the 17-40...or even use it as an excuse to purchase the new 16-35 F4. Then I thought I could use the 14 2.8 samyang if I happenned to be seeing a great sunset. Then I thought what If I'm tryin to take pictures in really low light the 50 1.4 would be usefull. Of course for outdoor portraits my go to lens has been the 70-200 2.8 ii which I love so I shouldn't leave that behind. Alternatively maybe I should rent a 70-200 f4 for weight. I do have the 1.4 extender. Should I rent/buy macro?

Oh and at pearl harbor you aren't allowed any bags so I can only have one lens. Do I need a superzoom for that day...what should I get?

Lastly, I do have the tamzooka ordered...though who knows when that will arrive.

Mostly I want to take great photos of my kids in Hawaii.

any thoughts?

Gear:  6d 2ti.    14 2.8 Samyang, 17-40l, 24-70ii, 40 2.8, 50 1.4, 70-200ii, 1.4x, 55-250

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: May 29, 2014, 09:00:04 AM »
I'm a long way from printing my own though I have moved from cheap prints at walgreens to using my local camera store with very nice improvements.  I have a monitor that was supposedly calibrated in the factory (came with documentation I didn't really understand) I usually ask for no changes to be done on the print. 

Would it be even better if I used color profiles and costco...?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Canon EOS 70D at B&H Photo, Amazon
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:40:41 PM »
Why would anyone buy a used 900 7d when you can get a new 70d for 1049?  8 vs 7 fps?  Anything else?

Lenses / Re: Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
« on: March 06, 2014, 03:55:00 PM »
My debate since I don't think I can convince ny wife to let me buy a used 300 2.8 for 3600 is buying a used 100-400 which is a good copy for 1-1.2k or get this lens.  I'm looking to take photos of kids soccer and field hockey.  It sounds like the tamron is as good or better from 200-400 and then obviously much better from 400-600.  It would seem that I should get the tamron instead...unless I can figure out a way to get 300 2.8... Maybe the sigma 300 2.8 I've seen that for 2500 used...arghhh

Any thoughts on this lens and sports?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: In-Depth Review: Tamron 150-600 f/5-6.3 VC
« on: February 21, 2014, 08:50:27 AM »
Thanks for the sports photos.  I'm trying to decide between a used 100-400 vs a new one of these.  I would use it to take pictures of kids sports primarily but I do like to take pictures of eagles and other birds when they visit.  I'd love to see more sports, soccer, rugby or any other field sports.  I use a 6d center point focus. 

Ok. 300 2.8 l is used from ebay 3400ish.  Rental $60 per day at 10 days per year.  Resale in 5 years 2000.  So I can tell my wife I can buy the tamron 150-600 with the money I save buying the 300 instead of renting right?  That should work. 

Has anyone tried using the tammy to take pictures of field sports?  I'd love to know how it was compared to the 100-400 or the 300 2.8 in a real life scenario.

Pricewatch Deals / Refurb 200 2 and 800
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:48:55 PM »
Canon with refurbs of these.  Maybe they've been there before but I thought I'd mention it

Lenses / Re: How 'bout primes
« on: January 06, 2014, 04:09:39 PM »
Ok what do I shoot?

I shoot photos of my kids and friends.  I shoot field sports using 70-200 and 100-400(borrowed) and I shoot occasional indoor sports though not as often recently since they have given up basketball.  I shoot indoor school events and gatherings primarily with the 24-70 though sometimes with 70-200.  (Sometimes with flash).  I take pictures of kids outside playing or hiking with 70-200.  I shoot at zoos and other animal parks with 70-200 and 100-400. 

I use the 50 1.4 when I don't want to bother with flash. 

So what could I improve on...I guess both the 14 and the macro don't help with what I do.  They are more aspirational.  I would like to be the guy who takes cool landscape, nighttime or macro shots but as of yet I have not been.  This or course is why I don't own them.  However at as little as 300 and 400 for these lenses it isn't too much to spend.   

I do like the 85 fl.  However the 85 1.8 is not as good as my zooms and I can't justify the L.  I considered the sigma but I don't think I can justify that either. 

If my kids started playing more indoor sports I would definitely consider  a 135L.  If they started doing more drama I would consider either the 135 or the sigma 85 though something with IS would be nice For video. 

For what I shoot the best addition would be a 300 or 400 2.8 but I don't have that kind of money.  I guess I could sell the 24-105, 17-40, 2ti and 50 1.4...then beg lens authority to sell me a used one for the cyber Monday price but I would still need 2500 or so and I don't think my wife would like that. 

What does all this mean...looks like I'll ask for the rokinnon for my birthday...might be going to Alaska and a wide angle would be fun.

Same background with dressing changes.  Modeling?   :)

Lenses / How 'bout primes
« on: January 06, 2014, 02:07:29 PM »
So I have 24-70ii and 70-200ii.  Everyone talks about the need for some primes. 
I have 40 2.8, 50.1.4(yeah I know seems sort of redundant but I swear it's not)
Now what.  Of course I would love 35 1.4 and 50 1.2 and 85 1.2 and 135 2.0 but I'm not made of money. 

I need another reason besides focal length to get a lens

For example the 40 2.8 is so small I can just throw it in my pocket in case I need wide and I'm shooting with my 70-200 or rented 300.

The 50 1.4 is a lens that can do about anything and is faster than my zooms for low light

Then I thought the Rokinon 14 for really wide.
And the 100 non-l macro for portraits and macro

This make my own unholy trinity of utility primes 14/50/100 with the pancake for fun

What do you think? 

(Yeah I'm snowed in and bored)

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