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very interesting, especially
from now on I know where I'll guide my gear recommodation hungry friends  :)

Canon General / Re: The Top 11 Lies Photographers Tell
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:10:24 PM »
I will take better photos once I have that camera/lens
This is a special lie because it is one that photographers tell themselves. The problem is they don’t even know they’re lying to themselves. They imagine that all their creative ruts, their entire lack of imagination and all the laziness will go away on the special day their order arrives.

I'm guilty of the latter. I keep thinking about the next lens, the next lens, the next lens.

I will admit, though - nothing gets me out of the house faster than I new lens that I just bought since I gotta try it out!

How many of us are constantly thinking about our next purchase? Almost all of us?
Well it depends what is meant by "better photos" and in which way you can make better ones. Someone interested in wildlife/birding might say 400mm lens would deliver better (more interesting) results for him than 200mm...

But in general, those of us suffering from GAS know what does this point really means  ;D

Canon General / Re: First Nikon Experience
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:57:44 PM »
When I held Nikon dslr in my hands (some entry level I think - I didn't care about model that time), I had no problem to change some settings (Av, AF point, ISO) to do some shots for people who asked me.
One think I have to say is, it simply felt the camera didn't fit my hands,  I like Canons broader bodies and body shaping.

Here's a real newbie question...

After reading more than a few threads here I've seen that one of the same lenses keeps coming up in conversation - Either one of the EF 24-70mm's...

Is this the MUST HAVE lens for everyone?

For everyone?  No.  The 24-70 (and 24-105) are general purpose zooms for full frame - they cover wide angle, normal, and short telephoto focal lengths. Very useful range for general/walkaround shooting.

On APS-C, 24-xx doesn't include wide angle, making it much less useful, IMO.  The EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS and 15-85/3.5-5.6 IS are much better options on crop bodies.

I was using 24-70 on APS-C (60D) for about a year and I was very happy with results. In general, there were some situations where I missed wide angle of 15-85, but for me the constant aperture and image quality improvements over 15-85 were more important (so maybe 17-55 would be better choice for crop).
From last thursday I'm happy owner of 5D mk III and now I'm realizing true potential of my 24-70 mk II - it's incredible lens.
As others already mentioned, another must have lens is 70-200 f/2.8 IS - I fell in love with that lens on first try, it will be my next upgrage, but right now I have to save up (and enjoy 100L and 24-70 mkII on FF :))) )

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
« on: March 15, 2014, 07:50:44 AM »
one of my first shots with my shiny new 5d mk III and trusty "old" 100mm L
500px link
(sorry, can't find out how to directly attach picture from 500px right now)
I have to say, I'm very happy with results  :)

Lenses / Re: Filters Question
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:17:57 AM »
I have a 5D II with EF 24-70 2.8 I.
I want to buy a variable ND filter and a circular polarizing filter. For both filters i think that is better to buy 82mm filters although my lens is 77mm, because in the future maybe I will buy some other lens..Am I right?
Have you any suggestion for these filters? For the ND i saw the Hoya variable ND, what is your opinion is it worth? For the Circular Polarizer I saw the B+W  Kaesemann XS-Pro Circular Polarizer MRC Nano Filter.. Please tell me your thoughts.
Thank you in advance

don't know about the variable ND one...sorry (just heard they are not so uniformly ND due to two polarized glasses used)

but I have THE second one - B+W Keaseman nano and I can bet you would not regret buying it - I'm very happy with it ;)

Lenses / Re: lenses cut in half @ dpreview
« on: February 16, 2014, 06:29:40 AM »
Thanks for superb post, very interesting to have a this very nice view on whats going on inside.

For me especially 200-400 zoom and Zeiss Otus are very remarkable pieces of engineering.

Software & Accessories / Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« on: January 29, 2014, 08:48:07 AM »
well I assume you are just getting into using DSLR, so my points are
  • dig trough web learn, how does your camera work i.e.: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/
  • learn about right exposure and exposure compensation - it makes a lot of difference to have a properly exposed shot and not
  • check out online courses or tutorials. I'm very satisfied with http://kelbyone.com/
  • buy some fast prime, focal length is up to your preference - it gives you more light and makes you think about scene and composition
  • get lightroom - invaluable for managing and post processing
  • tripod - and I vote for quality stuff, it will last and you won't need replacement soon

If you decide you need some accessories, then buy quality stuff even if it's more expensive. If you are only little bit serious about photography it will save you all the money you would use on all the previous upgrade steps and probably you will end with the same gear.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: January 27, 2014, 09:54:44 AM »
Curious, has anyone attempted to use this lens for sports?
Care to share your attempts?
Yes, I did.
Sorry, but I don't have any samples right now. There were two occasions. One was youth ice hockey outdoor training (artificial light) and I was not very impressed (however I'm not blaming the lens because I'm totally inexperienced in this kind of shooting). The second try was outdoor medieval fair tournament (does it count as a sport? :D )and results were better (lens focused quicker).

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: January 22, 2014, 12:43:28 PM »
one shot bit in hurry and heavily cropped


Really nice shots, now I am tempted to have a closer look on that 20mm pancake :)

Photography Technique / Re: Photography online courses and education
« on: January 13, 2014, 06:02:24 AM »
Great topic!

I already knew about lynda.com, but kelbyone.com and also creativelive.com look awesome too. :o

Thanks guys

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: January 07, 2014, 06:43:08 AM »

Photography Technique / Re: Cheap LED Ringlight for Macro Photography
« on: January 07, 2014, 04:16:57 AM »
very interesting, maybe I'll give it a shot  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Best Camera for New-bie
« on: January 02, 2014, 04:18:14 AM »
Have a friend who is interested in upgrading from her sony P&S for taking pic of her 3 boys...mainly family stuff but keeping cost around $700-ish. I'm a Canon loyalist and thought about recommending the Canon SL1 or maybe the T3I with kit lens and a 50mm 1.8. But there are so many other avenues to go...Samsung, Olympus, Sony, Nikon...all make decent looking mirroless and/or intro level DSLRs that look to have better specs than the intro Canon cameras.  Although the size of the SL1 would/could be appealing for some one new to DSLRs. One feature that also seems appealing is built in Wifi transfer (of course Canon doesn't offer this near the price point she wants to keep at). Need advice on some good set-ups under $700. And for those of you with wifi built in, is this a must have??  Thanks

Well, I think you should ask her what her preferences are.

  • Does she expect the camera to be small so she can carry it with her all the time?
  • Does she want to learn new options?
  • Does it have to be interchangable lens system?
  • Is there any need for RAW output, or all the photos will be just posted to her FB account?

All these questions came up my mind because not so long ago my cousin wanted me to help her with notebook choice. I was considering lot of options and found two-three better options than she proposed ... AND then I found out the most important requirement is that the notebook has to be white and 15"  ... so long my search for quality and reasonable priced stuff...

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