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Canon General / Re: Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack”?
« on: December 24, 2013, 02:27:14 PM »
The title should read "Why GOOD Wedding Photographers' Prices are Wack"  I book about a dozen or so weddings a year and my portfolio is as good as anyone else's out there (been shooting for 40 years, so if I can't take a good wedding pict by now I'm never going to!).  If a perspective client doesn't like my prices I encourage them to shop around, they usually come back after a week or two and book my services, if they don't then they can shoot their own wedding with an iPhone and hope that they get decent results!  The market (for really good photos) drives the price.  Like everything else, you get what you pay for.

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Lenses / Re: New to Canon - please help me decide on lenses
« on: December 18, 2013, 11:48:08 AM »
The 70-200 f4.0 L IS is a great lens, I use mine more that almost any other lens in my kit, save my 50 1.4, it (70-200) is light enough to carry and still has a nice reach, I sold my 70-200 2.8L IS as I was not using it nearly enough, I feel the 70-200 4.0 is sharper if you pixel peep.  As for my 17-40 f4.0 wide angle, I have been very pleased with the IQ from, no really soft corners on my copy and the center is plenty sharp.  I use the Canon 100mm f2.8 Macro, it is an excellent macro lens that can also be used as a fine portrait lens, I would consider the L version for the IS and may change out in the future but only for the IS and not the IQ, the non L has outstanding IQ.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Need seasoned advice - keep 5D Mark II or NO?
« on: February 09, 2013, 08:50:38 AM »
Stick with the 5D Mark II, it is a HUGE leap from the T4i in IQ, especially in low light / high ISO conditions.  Spend the money you save on a good prime lens and enjoy taking great photos.  The IQ jump from the 5D II to a 6D or a  5D III is nothing compared to having a great lens in front of your 5D II.  Don't concern yourself with chasing the latest camera body, there will ALWAYS be one better than the one you are shooting with, concern yourself with your images. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D vs 5D2???
« on: November 20, 2012, 07:55:02 PM »
5D Mark II I should have been more clear

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D vs 5D2???
« on: November 20, 2012, 07:44:19 PM »
I have extensive experience with both cameras, I love the 5D for it's full frame. where a 50mm lens acts like a 50mm lens as an old film shooter, I'm home.  Also the low light ability of the 5D is AMAZING.  Having said that I also love the 7D and feel that in many ways it is a superior camera, better, faster autofocus, excellent image quality, very fast frame rate.  If I had to chose between the two (thankfully I don't) for everyday shooting I would pick the 7D over the 5D. 

I love the extra reach and the frame rate and the low light ability of the 7D it is not that awful although not as great as the 5D.  I Use my 5D as more or less a studio camera and for portrait shoots.  I use the 7D for everything else.  Having said all this, I would hold off on purchasing the 7D for a couple of months as the 7D mark II is right around the corner, the release of that camera will drive the price of the 7D down a couple of hundred (both new and used) and you may like the features of the 7D mark II over the original 7D.  My 2 Cents.

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Lenses / Re: 100mm F2.8 macro vs 100mm F.28L IS macro
« on: September 01, 2012, 06:57:56 PM »
I own the 100mm 2.8 non IS and it is a great lens.  I would look for it used on ebay and put the savings into a strobe.  A good strobe coupled with f~2.8 will allow a fast enough shutter speed to make a tripod un-necessary, as well as giving you a lot more versatility in your other shots at a wedding.  As a footnote, the 100mm makes a fantastic portrait lens.

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