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Lenses / Good, relatively cheap prime that work well across formats
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:56:05 AM »
Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a new prime or two before I upgrade to a pro level body. I'm looking to get a 5d/ 6d or 70d/7d. I have a 28mm 1.8, 50mm 1.8, the 100mm l macro, and some lensbaby stuff. Anybody have some advice on primes that work well on both formats?

I've been thinking about the 135mm f2.

I like the 28 on my rebel

I like the 35mm and 50mm on ff.

But I'm lost at this point

Lenses / Re: Next step? New lens?
« on: October 04, 2013, 11:38:55 AM »
Hi guys, thanks for all the feedback. I'm going to shun off the comments about the new ef-s lenses, I've been photographing for a 5 years. I'm looking to go a bit better, like I said, I'm looking at primes, and I'm unsure where my body will go.

Lenses / Next step? New lens?
« on: October 03, 2013, 12:20:13 PM »
Hey guys, haven't been on here in a while, I need a recommendation on where to go next.

Body: rebel xs: upgrading to newer aps-c camera


Zooms: 18-55, 75-300

Primes: 28 1.8, 50mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8l is, lensbaby composer (double-glass optic, sweet 35mm, edge 80)

So I'm wondering where to go next, I can't seem to find a gap in my set up. I really liking primes, as I'm not needing pro zoom set ups.

I'm not wanting to spend a ton of money. Is there anything worth waiting for, anything that I should get now.

I've been looking at the 135mm f2.

I'm also wondering about the new sigma zooms and primes. Maybe sell some stuff, look at the new 18-35 1.8.

I'm a very big photo enthusiast, and I make some money, but all I care about is making beautiful images, and getting better as a photographer.

I also might be looking to move over to a full-frame prime setup, but right now all options are on the table.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Announces New 30mm f/1.4 for APS-C
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:35:50 PM »
The "45mm is the Nikon 1.5x equivalent, on our canon eos 1.6x bodies, we will see a 48mm~50mm.

Which is good news, because the crop will give us the better glass in the center, but perhaps some more distortion, for canon, we are in a win/loose situation.

I have a 28mm 1.8 usm, and I love it, if we see better performance on aps-c with this new lens, it will be a big hit.

But if people are wanting to move to ff or aps-h, the canon 28mm 1.8 or 35mm 1.4 might be a better option.

However, with this being an aps-c consumer lens, I presume we will see a cheap price tag.

And now seeing sigma's rising, I hope that this lens will out perform all the new canon is primes.

So in conclusion, I thing sigma is spot on with putting a new aps-c prime on the market, it will sell we'll, just like the 35mm.

And, the results, will show us how well a new 50mm would perform.

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 16, 2013, 09:10:42 AM »
Canon 28mm 1.8 usm, best crop prime there is.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:11:05 PM »
Here's Snort, a one-eyed pug...

I think he's adorable, that's the thing about dogs, they live and let live, life is simple. Glad to see he's running around and enjoying life. That's the beautiful thing about dogs, they accept one another, enjoy things the way they are, and look cute by any means.

Lenses / My greatest wish: the cheap-fast glass!
« on: January 11, 2013, 07:51:22 PM »
Hey guys, opening up to thoughts here. What would you guys think about a line of canon lenses with wide aperatures, but no aperature blades.

If there were 1.0-2.0 prime lenses, with no aperature blades, sharp glass for the single aperature (L or not), built quality of the new IS primes, and a USM for a cheap price, would you buy it?

Of course aperature blades are important, but a line like this would be really nice for amateurs and enthusiasts wanting wide aperatures.

I have no ballpark price estimate, but this would make for a much simpler computer.

Reviews / Re: Any thoughts yet on the Canon 24-70 f/4 IS
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:27:14 PM »
I personally haven't used it, but even for the price, I believe it is worth it.

For me, it seems the aperture doesn't matter for this lens, there is something else.

The hybrid is is amazing, I have it in my 100mm l macro.

Also, it does macro.

And also cano bumped up the price, because they had to shave down the lens to put it in that small package. A lot of architecture went into the lens.

If I want a 24-70, I'll go for this lens over the old f2.8. But also, the tamron is an option, or if you can't justify the price, look at the sigma 24-70's. the new one is the canon 24-70 f4 size, and the old is huge, but cheap.

Hope it helps :)

Lenses / Re: TS-E lens
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:20:24 PM »
If you really need the lens on a regular basis, get the 17mm, you wound regret it.

If you need a 24 ts, look at the rokinon.

But, if it isn't your regular shoot, and its only a little bit, I bet a local photography store would be willing to rent you one.

Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:15:21 PM »
40mm, nice standard, small prime, iso should handle shutter speed.

The thing is, if a 24-70 is on the agenda, then an L prime may not be a good idea. You could get a 24-70 #1 for the $35mm 1.4.

Lenses / Photo jargon question: f/stops
« on: January 10, 2013, 12:12:22 PM »
Hey guys quick question.

"Does anybody know why the name of the lens includes the widest aperature (f/...)?"

Why not the smallest, or the sharpest?

Canon General / Working as an assistant.
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:51:16 PM »
Hey guys, I'm starting and internship at my local photography store. I'm working as an assistant for their top portrait specialist.

I will work both as a studio hand, and as a second photographer, how should I go about my job. I know these guys take things seriously, and he's one of the best, but how do I please him?

What angles should I look for while shooting?

How should I ask questions (regarding his needs, or to get information) without getting in he way.

I understand he will be a bit more passive having me under his wing, but I don't want o mess up.

Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:13:36 PM »
I understand what you mean, what I do, is I have a second strap and lug connected to the camera, so if one breaks, they will be saved. This, I have tested (above my bed of course, and should protect your gear, if something like this happens, check the mount just to be safe.

Lowepro has a bag finder, where you can choose plenty of various models.

Crumpler is also great, they are my favorite urban photography gear.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: December 23, 2012, 06:48:36 PM »
like to hear some comments about this photo.
*like how well the bokeh and etc

I think it's ok, the bokeh is a little distracting. I don't like the flowers, they are blurry, and it takes away from the sharpness of the image, it looks more of slow shutter than motion blur.

But I really like the idea of blurry petals, and the girl blowing.

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