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Lenses / Re: Considering the 70-200 f4 is for my next lens
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:03:14 AM »
I've got a 70-200 f/4 IS and its an excellent lens.  However, since picking up a 135 f/2, I rarely use the 70-200.  The 135 is sharp at f/2.  While the zoom is good at f/4, it is much better at f/5.6.  All things being equal, you can use a much faster shutter speed with the 135, whereas a slower shutter speed on the zoom might lead to some motion blur.  The wider aperture of the 135 also allows you to blur backgrounds more if you want (which is a nice look for some portraits).  Also, its not a big white lens - you feel a little less conspicuous carrying it. They're both around the same price - I'd at least give it some thought.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: World's most expensive lens
« on: August 28, 2012, 02:12:56 AM »
If I had that lens I could stay between the football stadium and soccer field and shoot both games from the same location :) :)

The Canon 1200mm and 1.4x extender might be a better choice for sports - It has autofocus. :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: World's most expensive lens
« on: August 27, 2012, 10:26:28 PM »
Hubble would have to be near the top of the list, too.  At $2.5b to construct, then all of the maintenane and the big upgrade a couple of years ago, I think it has cost almost $7b.  But it does get some spectacular shots.

Go small F number meaning large apertures. I shoot F16 when i want to make the sun starburst thru the trees which is the opposite of what you want. Also i believe the number of star points is related to how many aperture blades are in the lens as well.
first one is a 5d with 35L second a 5d and 15mm Fisheye.

I've never consciously thought of doing this on purpose.  Something new to think about and experiment with!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: OUT: DSLR // IN: Micro 4/3
« on: August 21, 2012, 03:03:43 AM »
I picked up a micro 4/3 camera a while back (an older EPL-1).  I thought it would be the be-all and end-all.  Sadly, while I like it a lot, I just use it occassionally.  Ultimately, I've found the image quality just isn't quite as good.  Its not bad, just not excellent.  I know the OM-D is better than the EPL-1, but I'd still suggest taking baby steps.  Buy the OM-D before selling the 5Dii just to make sure you are 100% happy.  Plus, there's no reason you can't have two cameras.  Your Canon lenses will work fine on both cameras (obviously without AF, but not a problem with the tilt shift).  The OM-D is one feature packed little camera.  I wish Canon noticed it when designing the EF-M.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 19, 2012, 05:20:49 AM »
My home.  Any takers?  A few clues - Southern Hemisphere, on the coast, good surfing.


Good guess.  I'll give you half marks.  Technically its the Gold Coast.  Brisbane is an hour down the road.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 19, 2012, 04:22:38 AM »
My home.  Any takers?  A few clues - Southern Hemisphere, on the coast, good surfing.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:57:49 AM »
TexPhoto, I might be cheating by looking at your flickr page.  But is it San Juan, Peurto Rico?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: August 19, 2012, 03:54:42 AM »
Vietnam?  Ho Chi Minh City?

Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 15, 2012, 03:09:31 AM »
You should just buy a 1200mm when you're down at the shops next and try to complete the set.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: What to tell a newbie?
« on: August 15, 2012, 03:00:05 AM »
Now newbies don't have a clue about ISO and shutterspeed and aperture and focal length etc - they want to push the button and get a great shot. Of course they will be disappointed and then they want to learn more on how to get the better shot.

I think you've answered your own question.  If people are interested enough to take one of your courses and learn more about photography, it shouldn't really matter what camera body they start with.  What's more important is buying into a system that gives flexibility and options.  Because, as newcomers, they're probably not going to know initially where their long term interests really lie.  I've come across some new Nikon buyers who are now a bit disillusioned that Nikon only offers some lenses in top dollar format.  Canon offers more choices at varying price levels - especially at the longer end.  And to my sister who chose some D5000 thing and now wants to start shooting sports on a budget, ha ha, I told you so.

Software & Accessories / Re: Other photography websites...
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:23:28 PM »
Several years ago when I first went looking for a photosharing site I considered flickr.  But, although free, it seemed to have many restrictions relating to uploads and file sizes (I can't remember if it had any "pro" options then).  I ended up signing up with smugmug instead.  Since then, I don't know if Flickr has innovated or changed much.  Flickr pages look the same as they always have.  Being the first big kid in the market certainly helped them become popular.  But I'm just wondering if some of the initial users have moved onto other sites that give them more options and flair with how they present things?

Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:57:13 PM »
Initial though is: -

16-35mm f/2.8L
135mm f/2.0L
400mm f/2.8L IS II (Have never used one, but I think I'd have a lot of fun with it).

I've got a Mamiya 6 which only has three lenses - 50 / 75 /150mm.  Sometimes I wish the 50mm was a bit wider, but in theory I don't mind being restricted in lens choice.

Technical Support / Re: General Client Advise Sought
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:26:00 PM »
FWIW, in Brisbane, Australia, most photographers seem to be around $2000 - $3000 (but of course, some are quoting $15k+).  Generally the price includes a few planning meetings, pictures of the bride and bridesmaids before the event, arriving early to get some pictures of the groom and groomsmen, the ceremony, after ceremony photos at a nice location, and early parts of the reception.  Then, I guess, there is all of the post production work.  When you think about the work involved, the price seems very reasonable.

How do I know about local pricing?  Well, my sister in law has just got engaged.  And she's a bit short of money.  She's asked if I'll DIFF.  Having never done anything like this before, I just know it will be a FWIGTEW! But, with about a year to plan, maybe I can do something that won't disappoint her too much and she'll still speak with me.  But I'm hoping to meet someone local who will do it for $399 as part of building a portfolio and that can be their wedding present!  Any volunteers?

Ok, back on topic.  Pricing anything is difficult.  If you don't "need" the extra income, I'd be tempted to put your pricing at the higher end of the average range.  What's the point of doing it if you're not getting a reasonable return on your time and investment in equipment?  Surely, you're not putting yourself through all of the stress just for fun?  Charging a higher amounts means that you can spend the time to plan things properly.  Rather than running around to two jobs every weekend, you could do one per fortnight and do it well.  You're clients will think you are awesome.

Competing with lower cost providers is never easy.  You just have to become good at sowing the seeds of doubt and uncertainty in people's mind.  Where are the cheaper people skimping?  What steps aren't they doing?  Are they using professional equipment?  Do they have assistants, backup cameras etc etc.  Are they just people looking for extra cash, or do they really care about wedding photography and take their role in the bride's most important day seriously?  Ultimately, you want people to conclude that if you are charging more than other people, you must be better.  And everyone knows that you get what you pay for.

Agree totally about not wanting to do printing.  But, I'd at least consider an "extra optional services" guide for your customers.  On this, you would offer prints and enlargements, canvas mounts, albums, labelled DVDs with slideshows for guests etc etc.  Because you don't want to do it, these would be priced with a significant profit margin.  And you'll make it clear that you'll be providing all of the photos for them to do it themselves anyway.  But done properly, you can get a reasonable return on your time.  If clients ask why they should pay more for you to do it, you just mention things like retouching for colour matching, consistency, supervised print quality, artistic flair, professional printing equipment etc etc.  If they're happy to pay for it, great!  If they choose to do it themselves, you're not really losing anything.     

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to announce medium format dslr?
« on: August 08, 2012, 02:58:07 AM »
Wouldn't they go for a big MP 6x6 or 6x7 system?

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