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Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:19:28 PM »
I have almost $9000 left for spending on some canon gear :-)

what would you suggest to buy?

I have got:
2 x 1DX
24-70 L 2.8 II
70-200 L 2.8 II IS
24-105 L 4.0 IS
70-200 L 4.0 IS
17-40 L 4.0
100 2.8 L Macro

some speedlites and some other small things.
As I do not know your photography, your gear line up looks like a PJ or wedding photog to me. How about a 3k reserve for the rumored 14-24 f/2.8 in late 2013. For now I'd go for a 16-35 or/and some fast WA primes. Have fun with your purchases and Merry Christmas.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 12:07:36 PM »
As one grows up, the excitement of Christmas diminishes... you know what your getting (socks) and it's focus drifts away from the presents and more towards spending time with your family and friends...

But this year...  this year....  i can not wait for Christmas morning!!!!!  I feel like a 10 year old kid eagerly anticipating the nintendo shaped box under the tree... Why am i so excited this year?...  well let me tell you! While finding a hiding spot for my wifes present at home (macbook air), i was rummaging at the back of the guest room closet to see if there was space there, i found a 5d mkiii kit!!!! :D soooo....  it is there, 15ft from where i sleep....  and i can't touch it until the morning of the 25th! Hence the excitement... I just hope she charges the battery for me! :)

Anyway, this has no real relevance to anyone, but since i don't have many photo-buddies (recently moved to india) here so i needed to share...  now i need to act all nonchalant so my wife doesn't find out...

I hope you all have a great Christmas season and a happy new year...  :)

This is the absolutely BEST and MOST HILARIOUS post I've ever read on one of the photog fora...Merry Christmas, adhocphotographer...well as I said in the days before the 5D3s official announcement: "there is joy in the waiting..."  8) And be aware: The 5D3 is an awesome camera! Bought one in August, payed the premium but it was worth every swiss franc! Took some 2.4k photos to date.

Lenses / Re: Fellow stargazers & nighttime landscape loners!
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:57:19 AM »
The former poster is right. But if you just like to do nightsky/nightscapes without deep space pics, then here's another link. Lots of tips here from the outstanding nightshooters who came up with the whole thing on a broad scale. A classic page: http://www.thenocturnes.com/

Lenses / Re: Fellow stargazers & nighttime landscape loners!
« on: December 19, 2012, 06:22:18 AM »
Quick question to the OP, or anyone really:

To capture those stars, constleations, and other space oddities do you need a special body like a 60Da or a modded sensor to capture all that stuff in space? I have a regular Canon 500d and I'm really interested in nighttime long exposure shots. I have all the required stuff to start (tripod, levels, remote trigger w/ timers, a UWA lens). Any tips for me?

Well, your 17-35 lense is quite good to start with. You don't need an awful lot of camera, as long exposure star shots work well at iso 100, F/5.6 or even wide open. if you like a wider lens and will stay aps-c for a while try the 10-22 from canon. I did quite some stuff with my 30D before I went fullframe again.

"3286" color by Peter Hauri, on Flickr
for more stuff:

Lenses / Re: Fellow stargazers & nighttime landscape loners!
« on: December 19, 2012, 03:07:11 AM »

 i had a 17-40mm that i used for many things including star shots. it was okay. then i replaced it with a 16-35mmv2. it was better only because of now i was at f2.8, and it was noticeably(just) wider. i've since sold it and now have a pro-optic 14mm. I haven't gotten a chance to do much of anything with it yet, but i'm hoping to give it a go with the night sky over the christmas holiday.
@risc32: Thanks for sharing your experience with the 17-40. I am pondering on the Sigma 12-24 F/4.5-5.6. I know it is very slow but it seems attractive by its lenght (24mm, good for 500/600 rule photography 600:24 yields 25 seconds of exposure, and at the wide end you are at F/4.5). Can it compensate a 16-35 2.8 wide open? My current 28 F/2.8 does pretty well, although it is quite narrow. As I have never stopped it down to 4.5 I am asking a kinda silly question...Sorry. I'll try to test it out during christmas holidays to get to a better conclusion, but your comment would be welcome anyway. Thanks and cheers, Pedro.

Here's a sample of my Canon 28 F/2.8 with the 5D3 @ISO 10.000 F/3.2 25s exposure

Z96A0762aALTxMasterKLEINDEF by Peter Hauri, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:32:39 PM »
@AdamJ: Thank you for your reply!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 16, 2012, 01:04:46 PM »
I can see it being $2499+ (hopefully Canon prepares it's 2.8 trinity of the 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 2.8 IS within the $2-2.5k mark), though I am personally prepared and set aside up to $3k for this lens!

Besides optics, I just hope they don't screw up the lens cap design with the protruding glass front with a cheap plastic cap cover that just comes right off in your bag like on the Canon 8-15mm fisheye, Nikon 14-24mm or like the the slide in caps on the Zeiss 15mm or Canon 14mm II that over time and use will show noticeable wear on the built in lens hood. Hopefully Canon can get it done right like the twist-on cap design on the 17mm ts-e!

My Sigma has a flock-lined metal slide-on cap that fits over the metal petal hood. I don't use it; instead I use a LensCoat Hoodie which is made of stretchy neoprene with a rigid disc in the base which abuts the petal hood and protects the front element. It fits very nicely with no chance of scuffing the hood, yet tightly enough not to come off accidentally. They come in lots of sizes.
@AdamJ: and how is your Sigma doing so far. I do nightsky/nightscapes at ISOs 6400 or so. How does it behave? Would it work out well, as my exposures avoid stars from trailing? 25 sec ISO 6400 to 8000 on the 5DIII is that an okay value for enough light? I guess so, my 28 F/2.8 does well even wide open...So I'd like to hear some Sigma results...as the price of the Canon lens will be very high...Thanks!

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 10:23:26 AM »
I will use it for nightscapes. Due to the 500 or 600 rule (500 divided into the longest length of your lens yields sharp stars without trails) the shorter the better! It may cost me a fortune as an enthusiast amateur. But it will be a great lens, one you buy once in a lifetime. Thought about the Sigma 12-24 4.5-5.6 first, but I held myself back and now I am glad I did. 16-35 seemed a bit long according to the above mentioned technique. So, can't wait to add it to my lens line up and do night sky at 14mm even wide open and ISO 6400, 8000 or even 12800 on my 5Diii! Won't buy it in the first hour once it hits the shelf, as saving up for it is almost as much as great! Meanwhile, the 28 2.8 will do.  8)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 04:55:06 AM »
When I saw this on CR, I thought if this doesn't get a bunch of ecstatic posts, then the forum members are just plain weird.

I guess I'm weird.

My least used lens is my ultra wide rectilinear.  I either use a 24-xxx rectilinear or my Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye.  That fish is every bit an L-prime, and I find a fisheye is a much more useful lens than an ultrawide rectilinear.  I shot 18 times as many shots in 2012 with the fish as I did with my ultrawide rectilinear.  That number appears to be going up over time, as it's only 3x over the last 6 years.  I guess I'm getting more and more comfortable with the fish.

Oh, you're fine. An ultrawide zoom isn't what everyone wants.
But there are so many people here who have been posting repeatedly asking for the 14-24 and praising the Nikon, I wonder where they are hiding now. Even yesterday someone responded to the 50 1.4 IS post by saying where's the 14-24.
The ones that were asking for a 14-24 in the 50 1.4 IS thread was another poster and me. And here I am, jumping up and down. ;-) See my former post.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 04:50:08 AM »
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<strong>A New Canon Ultrawide Zoom<br />

</strong>This lens comes up every now and then as something that will be added to the Canon lineup. A couple of patents that have referenced this optical formula are out there, which tells us it’s something that is on the minds of the R&D team at Canon.</p>
<p>I was told today that the lens is in the pipeline and will be coming in 2013 if there are no more delays with lens production. I was told to expect availability to be in late 2013, but the announcement date was unknown at this time. It makes perfect sense that this sort of lens would be announced with the imminent large megapixel camera that Canon will unveil in 2013.</p>
<p>There were a few lenses that were to be announced in 2012 that will be pushed into 2013. A lot had to do with production delays with the new supertelephotos as well as the <a href=\"http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/843008-USA/Canon_5175B002_EF_24_70mm_f_2_8L_II.html/bi/2466/kbid/3296\" target=\"_blank\">EF 24-70 f/2.8L II</a>.</p>
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YESSSS! Virtual Christmas present for me then. There is joy in  the waiting. Hopefully it won't be more than 2k

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.4 IS in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:57:33 PM »
Where's the 12-24?
+1 here. No IS please. If not, we top the 3.5 k (?).

Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 10, 2012, 09:14:37 AM »
A still utopical dreams lens for me would be a Canon 12 or 14-24mm 2.8 or 2.8-4.0
As having marvelled about the likeliness of such a piece of glass, before I do not add too many words  8)

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Who Invented the Video Camera?
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:14:09 AM »
Well, it seems to date back even further (1956)...have a look here:

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