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Lenses / Re: Gear for upcoming trip to Italy and Greece
« on: February 23, 2015, 03:43:25 PM »
Bring the lenses that fit your shooting style and the shots you are going for. Since we don´t know what you will want to shoot, it´s hard to help you.

If street photography only, bring 35 /1.4 and 85 /1.8 since they are small. They also rock for portraits if you want to go all in on that.
But seriously just go for the 16-35 + 70-200. There is honestly not that much of a gap between 35 and 70. I usually go for 17-40 + 70-200 on trips. The DoF from 200/4 on the 6D is rather nice anyway.

Don´t get more lenses, get another body instead for quicker access to the right focal length, if you feel like you have to buy new stuff. A crop body can be interesting, that would give you a standard lens, a super wide lens, a telephoto lens and a little longer telephotolens depending on body/lens combo. Get a rebel. It will be a backup camera aswell, and perhaps your company wants to borrow it if you bring two cameras.

Or, more preferably, spend money on your company so he/she/they can have a nice breakfast as you are elsewhere photographing the sunrise. That should give you better photos.

Good luck

Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: February 21, 2015, 10:48:48 AM »
No. Don´t switch.

24-70 /4 L IS and 70-200 /4 L IS is a perfect travel kit. Use more money on location to get more interesting shots instead.

If anything, sell your 40 /2.8 and don´t get a 50 mm. Your 85 /1.8 should handle low light or shallow DoF portraits fine.

For travel, less is more. You have great gear already. Get a great bag and good shoes.

I´ll upgrade when my current 5DII and 5DIIII no longer either work or my clients no longer want their ~20 mpix files. I have promised myself to not get a new camera this year.

The 11-24 however... and a new 50mm... new monitor... and some speedlite-stuff...
Stuff will be bought, that´s for sure.

Lenses / Re: EF 11-24 f/4L USM Specifications
« on: January 30, 2015, 11:16:53 AM »
oh crap no filter...
Well, there has to be some disadvantage or it would be too perfect...

Now the wait for reviews and prize information

Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:22:25 PM »
Please let them come soon! At least the 50.

I love my 85 /1.8 and hate my 50 /1.4, and yet the 50mm focal length seems to fit my shooting style really good. I use it a lot even though I don´t like it... Hate that the AF misses so often.

Of course I am thinking of a sigma 50 ART, but it is heavy and reports of so-so AF makes me hesitate - accurate AF is my biggest issue with the canon 50 /1.4 since I can live with shooting at f/2. So bring me an equivalent of the 35/2 IS, preferably 50 /1.4 - 1.8 IS USM, and I will be very happy!

If instead canon gives us a 50 /2.8 IS as in the 24 and 28 lenses, I will go for the Art.

EOS Bodies / Re: 2015 wishlist
« on: December 21, 2014, 06:03:15 PM »
1 and 2, yes please! F 1.4-2.0, I don't really care as long the IQ is great and AF is accurate and fast.

Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 09:13:43 AM »
1. Use the godd@mn tripod! Yes it takes time but the shot gets better!
2. Don't fokus+recompose!
3. Give loads of energy to your model!

Frist rule is mostly for landscapes oviously. Second and third for model shoots.

Of honorable mention
4. Tag the shots in post!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 19, 2014, 05:34:57 AM »
I think this has been said already, but from my perspective I use FF to get a better use of my lenses. The shallow DoF and less noise on higher ISOs makes me able to use my f4 zooms and not upgrade to f2.8.

Then when I want super shallow DoF I use primes, and same story here, I don't need the 50/1.2 L or the 85/1.2 L but I can make due with the /1.4 versions. That saves a lot of money and make my kit lighter so crop does not have to be cheaper and lighter, I'd say.

The larger viewfinder is also key. Large and bright, perfect. And important when shooting long hours.

When I bought my 5D the lenses available to crop did not fit my style, there were no good 15-85, the 70-200 was awkvard - too long on the wide side.

Sometimes though I get too short DoF for some agricultural landscapes, crop could have helped there. I don't often carry the tripod when I do agriculture so I have a hard time with really long DoF. Also, when shooting with speedlites and modifyers and wanting a lot of the model/models in focus, crop could be usable since there is a limit to how much light the speedlites can give, and that is as you know controlled by aperture. Of course I can bump the ISO but anyway. To me, those are the two main downsides to FF.

I don't see any way for me to go back to apsc. It does not fit me.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Variable Diffusion Focusing Screen
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:36:58 PM »
I like it!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:06:08 AM »
Clearly it has to say "pro" in the name of the camera.
So... canon pro-1 must be the only canon pro camera, right?
Canon Pro-1! Whoa! (Rhymes with Pro...) Now there's a killer of a camera. This is embarrassing, but I had the misfortune to know someone whose neighbors brother-in-law actually had one of the ten or so of these cameras that were sold in this country.

You know.... the pro-1 has a sensor made by... sony!!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: So what makes a camera a "pro" camera?
« on: October 15, 2014, 05:15:00 AM »
Clearly it has to say "pro" in the name of the camera.

So... canon pro-1 must be the only canon pro camera, right?

I starten out with the AE1. Film, that is. No autofokus. No "professional mode" ;) . Crappy exposure measurement. Just single shot.

with AF I would have had more shots in focus. With beter exposure metering I would have had more correctly exposed shots. But I was learning and now My understanding of the gear is deeper than it would have been otherwise. And now I feel spoiled by my cameras, both the 5d mk II and the mk III. They are so great and make my photography so much Better.

Lenses / Re: Sigma APO 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
« on: October 05, 2014, 02:14:46 PM »
I have the 120-300 EX OS HSM and I really like it.
On the plus side,
- cheap compared to other 300/2.8 (plus it zooms!)
- sharp (considering how cheap it is)
- takes 1.4 extender nicely if stopped down to about f/5.6 or f/8.

On the down side
- heavy
- not as contrasty as for instance the 135 /2 or the 70-200 /4 L IS (I can only compare to other lenses I own, I bet the 70-200 /2.8 L IS II is better aswell). It kind of lack "magic" but produces good photos.
- not so sharp in corners wide open
- not so sharp in corners @300 mm

But considering the fact that you get a unique lens... I´d say it is totally worth it, even the non sport one (that I own).

Ehm, photos.... well I mostly use it to shoot agriculture so

Anyways... I like it. As always, use it where it shines and you will get great results.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: October 02, 2014, 04:00:34 PM »
This will sound like a typical fanboi/kenrockwellfan but..

I like canon gear, it works for me and sure other brands have their points but frankly all my gear is payed for and so the money I make from my photography can be used for more important things than buying (almost) the same gear with a nikon logo instead. I like that.

And nowadays I´m too busy to be obsessed by gear, I´d rather plan a shoot, find new clients or just grab my gear and take a ride to find tractors or modells to shoot ;)

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 06, 2014, 05:40:59 PM »
17-40 /4 L and 70-200 /4 L IS. I bought them at the same time in 2007 as a student. Still use them. They were also my first Lenses in the EOS - system.

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