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United States / Re: Second Body Investment
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:51:56 PM »
Twostone, wow. That is very different and intriguing. Food for thought!
  The best way to do it is to have a 35mm film camera for each film type and speed.  That way all you need to do is switch cameras and sometimes switch lenses but you will have each film type at the ready.  I have 4 7NE's each with a different film or push speed.  Also go look at YouTube videos on Pushing Tri-X.  You can see the effect there.  Portra is a fantastic color film that gives natural skin tones and vibrant color at the same time.  It is a wedding film for sure.

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United States / Re: Second Body Investment
« on: January 19, 2015, 09:31:38 PM »
 My advice may differ somewhat from others but get a full frame 35mm film camera.  The Canon Elan 7NE, 7N and 7E are all great film cameras that use EF lenses just like those for your 70D.  Shoot the wedding using Kodak Portra film and Push Kodak Tri-x two stops to 1600.  Your result will be legendary wedding photos not matched by digital.  You can buy these cameras in great condition for around $100 - $150.  35mm film cameras are versatile and well worth the small investment.  Go to Flickr and search for Kodak Portra and Kodak tri-x to see what I am talking about.  Film is fantastic at weddings.

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I second the recommendation for the 35mm f2.0 IS USM.  It is a great lens and the IS will improve your keeper rate.  I like using it on a Canon Elan 7NE film body. Another good choice if you get close is the 28mm f2.8 IS USM.  Both lenses will focus faster than the 50mm 1.8 and are wider for street photography. If you want to have some fun get a Canon film body with the EF mount and shoot pushed Black and white film or box speed color film.  It gets addicitng and the images are really different and well worth it.

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Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:15:35 AM »
For those of you that have never owned a 50mm1.4, it really is a good lens.  The focus is easily stuck if the front extension is bumped but it still is a good lens.  I would not hesitate to buy another if mine was lost.  Sure I would love a 50mm with IS but until that day I am still enjoying my 1.4 version.  I imagine we will see the new 50 in the near future.  The delay could be due to the new fast IS primes are currently being made where the new 50 will be made.  Changeover in tooling and calibration will probably be done when enough of the other focal lengths are stockpiled.  The new fast primes, 24mm 28mm and 35mm, with IS are very good and very popular so it may be a while before the 50 with IS appears.  I will buy one when they are available.  I use my 50mm f1.4 on both full frame and cropped sensor and 35mm film. I like to shoot wide open when shooting film and the 50 is good enough for that.  Having two 50's sounds good to me.

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Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:43:51 AM »
My new year gear resolutions.
 Buy one of everything that comes out in 2015 that has “EF” or “EOS” on it.
 Shoot more film.
 Stay single.

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 dropped, no AF or MF
« on: December 29, 2014, 03:45:37 AM »
My 50mm 1.4 was mounted on the camera and inside a camera bag when it suffered a bump.  As a result the lens focus was jammed.  I sent it in to Canon and they repaired it free.  It is a known issue for this lens to be easily stuck when the lens front is extended and bumped.  I keep my lens hood on all the time now to protect the front end from bumps and impacts.  The returned lens had some rough feeling when focused by hand but it works fine in auto and manual after the repair.  I’m really happy with Canon for standing behind their products.
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Were you still within the warranty period?

No it was not under warranty.  The lens was 4 years old at the time.  On the form i simply said the focus was stuck.  I was very happy it was repaired free.

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 dropped, no AF or MF
« on: December 27, 2014, 03:13:50 PM »
My 50mm 1.4 was mounted on the camera and inside a camera bag when it suffered a bump.  As a result the lens focus was jammed.  I sent it in to Canon and they repaired it free.  It is a known issue for this lens to be easily stuck when the lens front is extended and bumped.  I keep my lens hood on all the time now to protect the front end from bumps and impacts.  The returned lens had some rough feeling when focused by hand but it works fine in auto and manual after the repair.  I’m really happy with Canon for standing behind their products. 

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 I use only Lithium batteries in my speedlights.  The DOT regulations and the TSA say you can fly with Lithium AA batteries and other lithium batteries but they require you carry them as “carry on” baggage and not “Checkd Baggage."  Here are the regulations. http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/safe-travel-batteries-and-devices 

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Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 17, 2014, 10:04:08 AM »
If you want prime:

EF 35mm f/2 IS USM and/or the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM

If you want zoom:

EF 24-70 f/4 IS USM (if you are living in Canada it's on sale at $799 - about $600 off from regular price)
or
EF 24-105 f/4 IS USM

If you don't want "L" lenses, the you could consider the new 24-105 STM but I am not sure if it's available already for purchase.
I agree with Triggyman except i do not reccomend the 24-105 STM

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 02:47:44 PM »
No offense to other posters but if you get a camera, avoid the 60D, get the 70D.  I own the 60D, 70D and 7D2 and the 60D sensor wasn't that great.  (Same sensor as the 7D.)  70D sensor is much better.  In fact, the entire camera works better including the handy touch screen, faster fps, better AF, etc.
   No offense to the above poster.  Using that logic if price isn't a consideration why not get her the 5D3 and a 70-200mm f2.8 L version 2 to go with it. The 5D3 has a better sensor, better AF, higher resolution, less noise and it's full frame.  It is all depending upon how much bang you want for your buck or in this case buck$.  You can get two 60D's for the price of one 70D. Saying the 60D sensor "wasn't that great" is to say anything "better" makes everything else "Not that Great."  Hasselblad has a fix for that comparison for around $25k.  It makes every canon sensor "Not that Great."

Twostones.  Dude.  Chill.  The 70D is $300 more than the 60D and it's the current model.  Black Friday sales will likely produce a better price on both models.  I simply gave my opinion based on my actual use.  It's up to the OP to decide what's best.  I'm not sure why you mention $5000+ (or $25K) worth of extreme out of range stuff on my choice of 3 words to describe a sensor.  My point is simply that if one is going to spend $700, why not spend $300 more and get a more up to date camera that works better?  And BTW, the 70D was also suggested by many others.  No need to freak out, it's not that big of a deal.

70D = $999  http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-Camera-Body-Only/dp/B00DMS0GTC
60D = $699  http://tinyurl.com/m8fj9zb

   Chill Rusty.  I'm not freaking out.  The 60d can be had refurbished for $406 from Canon direct.  It is a step up from a rebel. The 70D refurbished is $909 from Canon direct.  I am talking bang for buck here.  The 70D is twice the cost plus $100 more than one 60D with the, as you describe, "wasn't that great" sensor.  I prefer to use my math when making comparisons.  Why spend full retail when you can get the same as new 60D with warranty for much less. I just went further using your logic and your comparison.  You should reread my first sentence that says, "No offense to the above poster." After all what you and I are doing here is making a recommendation to another person.  In addition I would ask her what she would like as a gift.  By letting her choose you can determine her needs and give her time to do research.  We all know making “Her” happy is the goal here.  Now go have a Snickers.  :)

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 01:57:04 PM »
No offense to other posters but if you get a camera, avoid the 60D, get the 70D.  I own the 60D, 70D and 7D2 and the 60D sensor wasn't that great.  (Same sensor as the 7D.)  70D sensor is much better.  In fact, the entire camera works better including the handy touch screen, faster fps, better AF, etc.
   No offense to the above poster.  Using that logic if price isn't a consideration why not get her the 5D3 and a 70-200mm f2.8 L version 2 to go with it. The 5D3 has a better sensor, better AF, higher resolution, less noise and it's full frame.  It is all depending upon how much bang you want for your buck or in this case buck$.  You can get two 60D's for the price of one 70D. Saying the 60D sensor "wasn't that great" is to say anything "better" makes everything else "Not that Great."  Hasselblad has a fix for that comparison for around $25k.  It makes every canon sensor "Not that Great."

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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
The Canon 60D refurbished is selling for $406.99 at Canon Direct.  It would be a step up from the older Rebel she is using.  It has a better view finder than the Rebels and has the articulating screen.  It is a larger body that supports the larger lenses very well.  At the current price you can also get a refurbished lens of your choice like a fast prime or the 100mm "L" Macro.  The 100mm Macro "L" is selling for $709.99 refurbished.  A refurbished Canon and lens combined would be $1100.  That is money well spent. Both are fantastic products.  I have both and they are a great combo for macro shots in the garden as well as portraits.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Must have Android apps?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:46:16 PM »
“Google Sky Map” is good if you enjoy photographing the Milky Way, star clusters or the planets and it is free.  Also free is “Canon Lenses.”  It shows all the Canon lenses complete with vital specifications, price and several reviews.  If you are a film shooter and developer, “Black and white film development DB Full” is free and has a built in timer for all agitation and development times using all the available films, developers and chemistry. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade current body or wait?
« on: November 17, 2014, 01:31:59 PM »
Just a different view.  Upgrading would be a good idea in the next few months but don’t rule out the crop sensor camera’s like the 60D that can be had refurbished for around $500.  I bought mine refurbished for $431.  The 7D can be had new for $999 right now.  Landscapes do not always need a full frame body.  The 6D is a nice camera but with only the center focus point being cross type it can be limiting for some applications although it would be good for landscapes.  Have your cash handy.  Expect a “Black Friday” sale of some sort. Good glass may also become a sale item.

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Lenses / Re: The next three new lenses? 50, 100 macro, 70-300
« on: November 12, 2014, 09:49:36 AM »
I have been waiting for the 50mm F1.4 replacement. The 50mm F1.4 is still an excellent lens, just fragile with the front extending on focus. Replacing it with a new version with better build and “IS” like they did with the 24mm and the 35mm would be a seller.   I have both the 24mm F2.8 IS USM and the 35mm F2.0 IS USM and they are fantastic lenses.  I hope they make the 50mm replacement with “IS” available before Christmas and follow it with an 85mm "IS" replacement. 

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