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Animal Kingdom / Re: Luckiest Shot - Please Share
« on: October 16, 2013, 04:36:24 PM »

Maybe not my luckiest shot but I was on the ferry to the statue of liberty and saw it approaching fast so no time to compose through the viewfinder. I just held the camera at arms length and just eyeballed the center point confirming, panned with its flight path and shot. Oh and before all y'all that are going to be posting crazy stuff with crazy expensive super teles, this was shot with a 40mm pancake on a 60D.

Lenses / Re: How bad is the 24-105?
« on: October 13, 2013, 12:43:02 AM »
The 24-105 is just an "enough" lens for enough situations. It will not excel at any single task nor will it catastrophically fail either. f/4 used to be a bottleneck back in the day when sensors couldn't handle high ISO well. That is obviously no longer the case. There are plenty of reasons why ALOT of people buy it as their first L lens and for those who get it in a kit, there are ultimately fewer reasons to get rid of it than to keep it.

for the millionth time: 50mm now! 50mm now! Say it with me!

EOS Bodies / Re: Fixed Lens APS-C camera - What would you buy?
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:21:28 AM »
It would have to be reaaaally small for me to buy it. Like S100 sized. I could so without a viewfinder as long as live view is 100% (pretty much everything is these days).

Canon General / Re: Cannot find CPS points list
« on: July 22, 2013, 09:44:46 PM » click on "eligible CPS products" and what do you get? That's the list I'm trying to find

Canon General / Cannot find CPS points list
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:14:14 PM »
Keep getting a 404 at

Anyone have the list?

A crop mode and Drop the AA filter, yo. 3 pages in and i'm surprised nobodys mentioned this.

Lenses / Re: 50mm Primes that don't suck wide open?
« on: July 11, 2013, 03:26:18 PM »
If you like the 50mm view on the crop, how about the 85mm f1.8?  It is quite sharp wide open and about the same price as the 50mm f1.4.

already said I'd get it.

Lenses / 50mm Primes that don't suck wide open?
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:54:12 AM »
In preparation for my upgrade to a 5d3 (from a 60D) later this year I'm trying to compile a list of potential prime lenses to get between the 35 and 100mm range. I've already got a 24-105L and will sell my non-L 70-300 to get the L version. Also have a 50mm 1.8 so I'll need to get a 85 1.8 to get my portrait capability back.

Then the question remains: Do I keep the little plastic toy (which never use wider than 2.8 anyways) or just get a pancake (which is actually pretty usable wide open, vignetting aside)? Do I even need a 50? I know the 50mm 1.4 isn't great wide open either and has fragility issues but at least it'll work with the automatic CA corrections in the 5d3 (I shoot RAW+jpeg). The sigma 50 1.4 is...really big for a 50mm prime, has AF quality control issues and won't work with auto CA corrections. Rumor mill has it that the sigma 50 is due for a rebody to the "art" line they've got going now but probably won't get an optics refresh... Oh yeah, the 50mm 1.2 is a no thanks I'll keep the money. Everything 50mm seems to be a compromise and you'd think after so many decades of people using such a prolific "normal" lens the designers would have perfected the formulas by now.

Do I even need a 50?

Lenses / Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:28:17 AM »
40mm pancake. or the 35mm samyang if you're on a budget or the the 35mm sigma if you're not.

85mm is a little too long indoors unless you're always shooting in bigger spaces.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 03:35:51 PM »
"7D AF system. Put it in everything thats not full frame." - Canon

Lenses / Re: Why no lenses like 35-135mm anymore?
« on: June 18, 2013, 11:04:09 AM »
I would prefer a 20-120 f/4 IS. Makes the 17-40 less necessary to get those wider angles.

Lenses / Re: $1000 .. what to buy
« on: June 18, 2013, 11:00:39 AM »
sell your 70-300mm to me  ;D and get a teleconverter for your 70-200 2.8. Or sell them both and get the II version of the 70-200mm (and a teleconverter). It seems redundant to have more than one telephoto zoom.

Lenses / Re: 24-105 &/or 24-70
« on: April 19, 2013, 10:41:41 AM »
If you have a 5d3 then your high iso is good enough that the extra stop isn't going to be a big revelation. Besides, you can get some sort of 50mm 1.4 AND the 24-105 for the same price as a 24-70. I don't own a 24-70 but I can say that aside from primes, I cannot bring myself to buy a lens that doesn't have IS, which is another factor.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 01:31:27 PM »
Canon made a great move developing the 7D AF system, not just for the sake of the 7D itself but for lower end bodies years and years down the line. When rebels get to the point where their AF "seems" lacking compared to whatever Nikon is putting into their entry level stuff, just slap the 7D AF in it. Of course the system itself will probably be like 10 years old by that point but will average joe consumer even notice?

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