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Getting them in focus is the hardest part. Not that I have any real experience in the matter.
This guy actually liked me I think. That's the key - you have to find the domesticated hummingbirds.
ISO 2500  //  200mm  //  f/3.2  // 1/3200sec (and cropped a little).

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Are there any other benefits of joining CPS? That is, none of my gear has needed repairs and while cleaning is free a couple of times a year, shipping is not (if I recall)-- so it pretty much cancels out on my end.

So, besides a fancy neck strap, is there anything else an amateur photog like me is forgetting? I've read through the list, but I didn't feel like anything jumped out at me.

CPS Loaners. With Gold, you can try out a body or lens for a little over a week for free. I think any model, one time. Free shipping to you (you pay the shipping back). I think with gold, shipping is free 1 way for everything.

I signed up when I needed a repair and it paid for itself.

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm f2.8L IS II Repair
« on: August 15, 2013, 11:50:59 PM »
This made me first think of Roger's recent blog post over at lensrentals: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/08/lensrentals-repair-data-2012-2013

It can't be simple: http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/media/2012/09/double.jpg

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 22, 2013, 11:30:21 PM »
65: Canon's next offering needs (...insert specs for 1DX…)
and if they price it in the $1000 range, THEN I'll be interested.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: first paid gig need help
« on: July 20, 2013, 02:52:43 AM »
This may be obvious, I dunno - but I don't think it was mentioned:
Aside from the gear (I agree that you are over prepared - the gear you have available will do you plenty),

I would recommend you make sure you do your best to know what's happening next.
Because the "action" will happen at a frantic pace, the more you can get yourself into position before the action, the easier it is to stay calm when it's actually happening. (And then get the candid shot you are looking for.)

Good luck! Have fun!

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Canon General / Re: Debranding a 5DIII
« on: July 09, 2013, 02:22:00 PM »
I've seen some DSLR's where all the branding looks cleanly shaved off.  Usually they seem to be older models.  I'm wondering if there are any tutorials on doing this, but in a professional-looking way (like filling the cutout logo, finishing/painting to match, etc).

I'm aware that most of you will probably think that the idea of even attempting this is ridiculous, but if anyone has any experience doing this or has any advice that would be constructive, Id appreciate it.

I attached a pic where I roughly photoshopped what I'm talking about.



1) Ridiculous
and
2) Sexy.

I want.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Bag suggestions?
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:29:20 PM »
I share alexanderferdinand's recommendation of the Think Tank Streetwalker HardDrive backpack.  If you want or need more room, try the Think Tank Airport Accelerator backpack.  I use the Streetwalker bag for my flashes and flash-related gear, and the Airport Accelerator for my cameras and lenses.

Here is a link to the Airport Accelerator:

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/products/airport-accelerator.aspx
I stand corrected. Good LORD that Airport accelerator is a beast.

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Canon General / Re: Where you keep your wedding gear?
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:20:57 PM »
I usually try to find a room out of the way, and a dark corner where it will hopefully go unnoticed. That's not a fantastic solution I admit (and not original or creative), but knock on wood it's worked out so far. The rest I leave up to insurance ;)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Bag suggestions?
« on: July 07, 2013, 02:16:25 PM »
I use an Incase Pro DSLR Sling pack - http://goincase.com/shop/incase-dslr-pro-slingpack

If you fancy 2 straps (which it seems you do) they also have that - http://goincase.com/shop/incase-dslr-pro-pack#color/129/view/8 which seems like it has a different configuration than mine, but similar capabilities.

I really enjoy that with 1 strap I can swing the bag around to the front and grab gear on the fly (it also makes a useable 'tabletop' that way). It's actually as functional as they advertise in that respect.

It carries all that you listed and probably more, and yes it ends up weighing a ton, but it's manageable. It's very capable and fashionable when traveling. (I like to think it just looks like a backpack, and not necessarily like $8k worth of camera gear.) When forced to pack it all it can hold
a 5D3 attached to 70-200/2.8,
a 5Dc attached to a small prime (40/2.8 pancake usually)
24-105
85/1.8
580EX
2 Battery Chargers
15" MBPro
I can even find a way to arrange a 2x extender in there too if I'm feeling dumb.
and of course all the extras (and it has a strap for a tripod). And again, all that is ridiculously heavy, but possible.
I would imagine the 2-strap is a similar size. the pictures certainly seem to suggest it.
Oh and lastly - build quality: Incase stuff is built fantastically. Soft shell on the outside, so it's no tough case but it will certainly last.

- EDIT - 
Sorry, a double take made me reconsider my assumption of "all that you listed and probably more"
your
- another prime lens or 2
in combo with
- 2 yongnuo speedlights
and
- at least one 2.5" external HDD …
Depending on the size of those drives.. I seriously don't know if anything not on wheels can handle all of that.
Good luck! ;)

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Lenses / Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« on: June 22, 2013, 04:00:08 PM »
@sjp010 - side note: for what it's worth I can to vouch for the 35/2 IS - depending on what you use it for - I found it to be really sharp even wide open, great bokeh, and a very nice size. It's what I'm saving my money for (I rented it previously).
Also nice to hear that the 28/1.8 is in fact better than the internet reviews out there - great topic.

I will echo a lot of what has been said.  The 28/1.8 is a lot better in real-world use than various internet reviewers would have you believe.  I use it indoors and out with good results in both areas.  In my estimation it is moderately soft wide open, then only slightly soft from f/2.2 to maybe f/2.8.  Above that, it is as sharp as I would ever need - f/4 to f/8 are really excellent.

I will also echo what others say about the 28mm focal length.  It is perfect for some, but for me, I'd prefer something that is a little longer on FF, and a little wider on APS-C.  After a year and a half using the 28mm, I think I would prefer a 35mm better on my 5D.  Trying to decide whether than should be the Sigma 35/1.4 or the new Canon 35/2 IS - or whether I should save my pennies and just enjoy the 28mm for what it is.  It's a tough choice.

Build is excellent - on par with 85/1.8 and way better than 50/1.4.

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Lenses / Re: 50 f1.4 vs 85 f1.8.....
« on: May 16, 2013, 01:08:25 AM »
I've been doing a lot of senior photo shoots, and also some general portrait work over the last few years and I was thinking that a prime lens might be in order for better DOF and results....

When you say better DOF what do you actually mean? A shallower DOF or deeper DOF or a particular bokeh look? Your 70-200 is a fantastic portrait lens, it's the go-to lens for portrait shooters across the planet. I'd suggest looking at the exif data on your portrait shots and see what focal length is your most used for what you consider the best results. PS Bridge or Lightroom will sort these for you. That might help aim you towards a well informed decision for a 50, an 85 or a 135 or just to stay with what you've already got.

Looking at your current lens list, I see a gap at the wider end if you're looking for quality. You'll pick up a good pre-owned 24-105 for the $amount in your budget.

-PW

PW,
I'd like to have a shallower DOF. I know I can't get much with Crop, but using a faster lens should help, correct?
Also as I mentioned, I'll be leaving the crop world and heading towards FF around the end of the year, as I save up for the 5D3. Once I go FF, I will no longer have the 15-85, as it's for Crop bodies only. If I can collect enough, I could get the 5D3 with the 24-105 as a kit. Until than, I'd like to have a little shallower DOF in my photos.

Thanks,
Matthew

If you are that sure that you are upgrading to a 5D3, then you might reconsider the 85 f/1.8 as an investment - that you would rather have that focal length on a full frame. Also - if you find you want a wider prime with full frame, the shorty forty is only $150 away.  (Granted f/2.8 isn't f/1.4, but it's a great lens)

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 02:37:22 PM »
Why would I pay the same price as a Nikon D7100, for a camera with fewer features ??? Will the 70D have 51 point autofocus ??? Will the 70D shutter be tested 150,000 cycles ??? Will the 70D have a 2,016 pixel RGB 3D Matrix Metering System ??? Will the 70D have dual SDXC slots ???

Shutter lifecycle is irrelevant ...

Dual memory card slots are irrelevant  ...

As for the rest of your specs...well, they're meaningless. What matters is the actual real-world autofocus and metering performance, ...


So you think that 61 point autofocus is important on a 1Dx, but irrelavant on a 70D ??? The nice thing about Nikon is that they treat all their customers with respect. Nikon has no second class citizens when it come to autofocus and metering.

In a marketing driven world, having lesser specifications won't win the sales war.

Nikon only has second class citizens when it comes to their customer service ;)
Better specs don't equal respect, they are trying to compete.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 02:28:41 PM »
[T]he 5D Mark III does not present such a technological leap[....]

Erm, that's complete bollocks.

Best autofocus system of any camera on the market at the time of its release, best high ISO performance of any camera on the market at the time of its release, best video of any consumer DSLR....

There's a whole hell of a lot more to a camera than just its megapickle count.

Anybody who claims that the 5DIII isn't a big deal isn't a photographer or is just plain clueless.

It may well be the case that the advancements made in the 5DIII aren't relevant to your particular type of photography. And, if all you do is low ISO work of static subjects, you'd be exactly right.

But that's such a marginal part of photography that's already been so well served that it's ludicrous to suggest that that's all that matters.

Cheers,

b&

So you are saying the 5D Mark III's AF and ISO performance is better than the 1DX?  My point is many people upgraded just to have the latest and greatest.  I would bet you 95% of 5D Mark III upgraders never go above ISO 640

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I'll take that bet.
That's a joke right? Or at least exaggeration for the sake of creating a point?

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 02:25:41 PM »
[T]he 5D Mark III does not present such a technological leap[....]

Erm, that's complete bollocks.

Best autofocus system of any camera on the market at the time of its release, best high ISO performance of any camera on the market at the time of its release, best video of any consumer DSLR....

There's a whole hell of a lot more to a camera than just its megapickle count.

Anybody who claims that the 5DIII isn't a big deal isn't a photographer or is just plain clueless.

It may well be the case that the advancements made in the 5DIII aren't relevant to your particular type of photography. And, if all you do is low ISO work of static subjects, you'd be exactly right.

But that's such a marginal part of photography that's already been so well served that it's ludicrous to suggest that that's all that matters.

Cheers,

b&

+1

To call the the MkII is a "superb" camera, and then in the same sentence say that the MkIII isn't good enough makes me think you haven't even held one, let alone put one through it's paces. Have fun with your DXO sensor scores, but on the whole, it's undeniably in a different league than the MkII.   

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