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Canon General / Re: Advice on which DSLR to get
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:43:57 PM »
I have a 5d mkiii and it shoots at 6ish shots per second... and I use that feature about 3% of the time... so it does come in handy, but not enough to persuade me one direction or another.  I'd probably suggest a t3 or a t5 used... maybe $250 to $350... and then buy a decent prime lens... maybe a 35 f/2 is... or a 40mm pancake... and then tell her to learn... learn learn.... learn....

Oh... and if she outgrows it... sell the body for $200 to $300... the bodies keep their value well enough... and the lenses really hold their value well... 

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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:38:38 PM »
I love the lens, its super heavy, but for portraits, its amazing  :D

nice shots.  It's heavy for its size, but I'm also used to lugging around the 70-200mm f/2.8 mkii. 

It's funny... when I hold an 18-55mm kit lens... it feels like there isn't anything there... it's just gonna float away.

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Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:50:55 PM »

Is the quality in optics noticeably better in the 50 1.4 compared to the 1.8?

I didn't think it was noticeable, but the 1.4 is a little better.  I'm not sure I'd anyone mentioned this, but the lenses are really sharp at f2.8, but wider than that and it gets soft... so just be aware that you won't be shooting wide open without paying a price.

That's both of them, not just the cheap one.

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Lenses / Re: DANGIT! I rented the 85 1.2ii
« on: December 18, 2014, 01:45:04 PM »
Agreed.  The 50mm f1.8, 70-200 mm f2.8L mkii, and the 85L mKii are the only purchases where there was zero buyer's remorse.  I did really like my 100L, but over time I lost my preference for it.

It will melt 85mm f1.8 and 135L in second.

Your next best is 200mm f2 IS

I disagree that the bokeh you posted cannot be achieved with a 135L. You should try a comparison with yours :)
What the 85L can do is achieve that with a much wider field of view

I wish I had brought 135L and taken same shot to compare the two ::)

I'm going to skip the debate about bokeh between 85L II Vs 135L - we all know which lens has upper hand. The photo was to demonstrate how 85L II can be at f1.2 in low light. This photo was taken at f1.2 1/125 I believe ISO is about 2000.

With 135L, I'm more likely to be f2  1/160min ISO=????
Own both and the 135 gets used only when shooting fast moving subject and need to jump from MFD to infinity quite often.
Otherwise, 85 all the time. Both bokeh and focal length match my needs way better.

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I meant to bring this up last night... Do you have insurance?  Homeowners might cover the theft. Also I have a policy on my gear, and it is General to the device... so I didn't list a serial number. 

So if you have an mkiii covered, this might cover you as well. 

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Btw: Rusty, did you manage to record your serial numbers on Lenstag before this occurred? (https://www.lenstag.com)
I have some of my gears serial numbers listed there; if I wasn't so damn lazy I would even had them verified so that they would be useful if the fit hit the shan...

Good question.  Not on Lenstag but I do keep the serial numbers in case someone ever tries to pull a switch and return on me.

Can you contact CPS... see if someone who unknowingly buys it off ebay/amazon, or whatever... then they register it on cps... and bam, cps lets you know, you tell the police...

the buyer then has to mail it back to you... and they will then contact amazon/ebay or whatever and demand a refund... and the theft guy then gets his payment stopped... maybe even goes to jail.

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I was reading freakonomics 2 the other day... And there is a story about a prostitute who requires a work phone number & she calls to confirm... in her words no one wants a crazy prostitute coming to their work...

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Obviously you called the police and asked the taco bell manager there are surveillance videos. 

Well, the hits just keep on coming!!  I met someone yesterday to sell the 5D3 I bought to sell and... they stole it.  Yep, STOLEN.  I met him at a Taco Bell, we talked a few minutes, he inspected the camera stuff in the box, talked about computer stuff a little, calm as can be and then proceeded to say he would get his money, started to walk away with the box and before I could stop him he was out the door, across the street and beatin' feet.  Bye 5D3!!   :-[   >:(

So, I feel like a chump even though I wasn't about to chase him down and risk meeting all his friends down the street, in a car or around the corner.

So keep that in mind, even though no one was hurt (except my pride/ego), this crap can happen.  So once I sell all the stuff I have to sell, I'll still probably come out ahead but most of my profit is gone now.  What a pisser.

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Technical Support / Re: Happy ending...
« on: December 17, 2014, 01:03:48 PM »
I have to confess, I am completely confused about calibrating monitors and printers. I should say, that I understand why one needs to do it, it's how to do it in practice that I don't understand. I also don't know what I should buy as there seems to be a number of systems out there.

If you've got the $$$, get the stuff from x-rite. There's ...
* the color checker passport to calibrate the scene and lens: shoot it and then run the software on the img to create a custom dng profile (doesn't work for outdoor scenes, only constant light and studio.
* the monitor spider to calibrate your monitor to let you do proper post-processing: hang it onto your montor, click through the software and get an icc profile
* the printer checker so you can calibrate your prints to the chain before (this one is a bit more expensive)

Hi Marsu42 and all others that posted in response to my inquiry:

I saw on CanonPriceWatch that B&H had a special on one of the x-rite monitor calibrators so I ordered it.

http://www.canonpricewatch.com/blog/2014/12/hot-bh-dealzone-x-rite-i1display-pro-for-129-ar-one-day-only/

At an effective, after rebate, price of $129, it is less expensive than the company's other device. Wish me luck in setting it up when I get it!

Thank you again for all of your assistance!

Vivid

I have that one... And it does make a difference... but I haven't printed anything recently to confirm what I see on the screen is what is on the page.

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 17, 2014, 01:01:54 PM »
Those are very nice shots. Nobody is saying that the 85L isn't a great lens it is. But for action shots it's focuses to slow and shooting it wide open theres a low keeper rate. They are to completey different lenses.

I agree with everything you said... but when you hit that thin sliver of depth of field just right... wow! 




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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 16, 2014, 11:15:54 PM »
I had both, only the 85L II right now.

If money is not an issue buy both. Seriously. These lenses are often compared because they're the same focal length but beyond that they handle very, very differently.

If you're shooting above f/1.8 there is almost no reason to get the 85L. Only get the 85L if you need f/1.2 to f/1.8. Of course you can't get this range in the other lens so there is no comparison at these apertures.

To answer another question, it does not focus fast enough to shoot motion at f/1.2. This is not an indictment of the lens, but rather the DOF is going to be so thin that subject will have moved by the time you shoot. The closer you get, the worse the effect. If you're shooting a more environmental portrait and have a subject distance far enough to have a deeper DOF then yes, it might work. But in this situation a 70-200 IS is going to be a much more versatile lens.

+1 really good point of money isn't a issue like you said go with both! They really are to completey different lenses

If we can play with all the money we want... I say 85L mkii + 135L (rather than the 85mm usm).  Honestly... it is only $600ish more... and every penny of that is worth it...

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Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:55:53 PM »
I'm pretty pleased with this one from today... f/1.2, with 2nd curtain flash bounced from a corner of the room, 1/80 of a second... I'm pleased on the whole.

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Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:51:35 PM »
No  matter what else you get, be sure to get the 50/1.8.  Dirt cheap and optically excellent.  If it falls to the ground on a cold night while you're shooting astro because you foolishly placed it on the bumper and forgot........get another one.  ;D

I was more afraid of breaking my 50mm f/1.4 because of it's history with auto focus problems... so much so I didn't take it out more than I ever did my f/1.8...

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As long as you don't plan on shooting in lower lights, both f/4 lenses are superb.  I'd lean that way personally.  And yes I know the 50 can do the low light work...

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Lenses / Re: Buying Advice: What First Lens for a Full Frame?
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:26:49 PM »
+1 for the 85 1.8. Id still go with a 24-105L as your first ff lens for all around. But for a prime if you can afford the 350 or so it cost the 85 1.8 is a great lens. Very sharp, has a extremely fast focus. If it's over budget the 50 1.8 for 100 would be my next choice for a prime.

I still have my 24-105mm... it was my first L lens and I really liked it... though I'm not sure I would say I ever loved it...

I'm considering the sigma 24-70 f/2 if that ever becomes a reality... otherwise 24-105 is just fine.  That's my I'm going to be outdoors and I don't know what I am going to photograph lens.  Otherwise... if i know what is on the docket... I know which lens to take.

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