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The person starting this thread came here with a question, he is new and learning so i think its good that he is finding out what to do. I dont think he knew or thought he was doing something wrong by selling his images. It was his first wedding.

With that being said Weddings are tough hard long work, and their are some clients you should take a pass on. This was clearly one of them. If their only concern is money not the work let them find a family friend to do it for free and get what they deserve. She should have already seen his work when she hired him and knows what she is getting. A working pro should above all things be consistent. You most likely choose this individual to learn from because you liked their work. This bride is clearly playing a game to save money and renegotiate price.

Run like hell from this situation and this bride. You are lucky in that you had an opportunity to learn another aspect of the business. Always have a contract to protect yourself and always get paid up front!! Everyone else does so should you. You have a lot to learn still dont just jump in head first until you understand some of the business aspects.

Nailed it!

Software & Accessories / Re: Kelby, Jardine, NAPP, Etc.?
« on: July 13, 2013, 10:53:20 PM »
+1 on kelby training.  A lot of good info. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX Damaged by CPS
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:30:31 PM »
I sent in my 300mm f2.8 II to have the firmware update done.  I put it in the original box with all the great packing and protection.  I received my lens back in the same flimsy type of box that you received your camera in.  It was poorly packaged.  Luckily it made it back ok.   Still makes me angry though and I miss the quality of the original box if I ever need to ship it again.     

Technical Support / Re: Going medium format for studio work?
« on: May 27, 2013, 10:21:33 PM »
Thanks for letting me know. Saw the Zack Arias video.... still doesn't convince me to be honest.

I definitely agree with you that I wouldn't by a Phase one medium format because Zack did.  In his write up he went over the reasons that he chose his current system which brought out a few points the OP should consider.  I am more than sure that the people who bought Hassy were very happy with their purchase as well.  Only way to know what is the right one for you is to try them out for yourself.  Fortunately both companies offer the try before buy option.   

Technical Support / Re: Going medium format for studio work?
« on: May 27, 2013, 08:19:36 PM »
You should definitely get one from the dealer to try out before you buy.  Phase will send one out for you to try and I would suspect Hassy will do the same.  Here is a Zack Arias blog post about how he ended up choosing his Phase One. 


By the way the 645DF+ with the IQ 160 is magic.

Lenses / Re: Insurance on camera equipment
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:28:33 PM »
Just purchased my insurance from Hill and Usher today before reading this post.  Hope I didn't get ripped off as the cost was 1200/year for 53000.00 coverage+liability insurance etc.  Maybe I should have shopped around more with RGF saying 1.25-1.50 for $100 dolllars of coverage and Pierceography saying $100/year. 

AFMA +8, and AI servo worked great at my sons high school basketball game with 5d markiii.  It wasn't the best lighting either.  Just my experience FWIw

Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:01:04 AM »
It could be worse.  I am really eyeing a Phase One IQ 160.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Sets New Benchmark for Excellence
« on: March 18, 2013, 04:05:59 PM »
Autofocus is fast even in poor light.  I used it at a poorly lit high school basketball game with excellent results.  I have no complaints at all about this lens.  It is stellar.  I think the resale argument doesn't hold water.  Solid build, superior optics, accurate and fast autofocus etc.  I think the people who own the current canon 35mm 1.4 will have the problem with resale.  Why pay near new price when you can get a new higher quality product for much less.  This is my only non canon lens and I love it.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Problems with Canon mk3 locking up
« on: February 23, 2013, 09:54:48 AM »
I don't know if it is related but I almost exclusively shoot stills.  I have had it happen around 3-4 times where the display buttons on the back of the 5d mark iii become unresponsive.  The lcd will not show any images (or menu items) for review.  The camera will allow me to continue taking pictures though.  I use lexar 400 and 1000 cf cards.  I haven't found any pattern as to when it occurs.  I wonder if this is the stiils equivalent of what you are seeing in video.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Times running out 5D Mk3 or 1DX
« on: February 02, 2013, 01:02:16 PM »
Thanks for everyone's input I do appreciate it. I am a hobbyist so yes the 5D will be more than sufficient and the 1Dx does seem to be a bit of overkill. Like Schruminator mentioned previously the ability for faster focus on the 85 1.2 is applealing.

I've been told here and by some close friend to get the 5D and invest in in glass. I  can't place my order till after 6:30 at B&H so I have the day to think about it. Thanks again :)
Faster still does not mean fast! The 85 1.2 is slow no matter what, if you get a lens like that live view is your best friend :)

I used my 5D mark III and 85 1.2 at a high school basketball game and got a good number of great shots.  I was very happy with the results.

EOS Bodies / Re: Case focus on 5D MIII
« on: January 26, 2013, 11:17:34 PM »
I believe this is what you are looking for.  Here is a focus guide for the 1dx that also applies to the 5d Mark iii.  It should be helpful.  Download the PDF file.


I see no sharpness loss until over 12800 on my 5d3, must be lens choice and PEBCAK errors.

Maybe you are just special ;D

My experience with the 5d iii is that i cannot go above 3200 without losing significant sharpness.  Interestingly I was shooting at a high school basketball game with a guy using a nikon D4 and the pics were tack sharp at iso 8000.  Will the 1dX tolerate this high of ISO?  This is an honest question not a nikon vs canon comment.

Lenses / Re: I want a 135mm 1.8 IS L
« on: January 18, 2013, 05:33:42 PM »
I was waiting for the lens announcement this week just in case a new 135mm f1.8 was coming out.  When no announcement was made I went ahead and ordered the 135mm f2.   Can't wait to get it ;D

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