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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 08, 2014, 12:07:25 AM »
I had the 100L... and I sold it when I got the 70-200mm f/2.8L is mkii.  Then I bought the 85mm f/1.8 and I liked it... but I didn't like the 3 ft minimum focusing distance... so I bought the 100L again... and I sold the 85 f/1.8 because I wasn't using it at all... and I just bought an 85L f/1.2... so... I'm not sure I have a point... but the 100L is a lovely lens... and while I have a good deal of affection for the 85 f/1.8... you'll be quite happy with the sharpness, and the bokeh, and the the think depth of field...

Someone tell me this isn't an illness! I think it is particularly worse for those of us who don't make money at this. Its for the love of the game. Some of us also like taking pictures  ;) I blame my dad. I must have been in elementary when I inherited his old Nikon FG after he got the FA. Its been non stop since. BTW, my daughters will have nothing to do with my old 20D. Just not interested  :-[

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 06:42:31 PM »
OMG, still laughing!

In all honesty, my "significant other" (how that Mrsfotografie?  ;) ) can't really tell when or if I have a new lens on. I also don't think she really cares and I don't really have to sneak lenses in, but that is probably because she doesn't know how much some of the lenses cost :-) I actually don't have any crazy expensive lenses.

This has been fun. I'm still going to be bummed when I get the 100mm macro L and I have to give up on the 85mm 1.8 which I kind of like. I suppose I should be glad I diagnosed this issue before I got out of hand!

Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:47:22 AM »
You guys are hilarious. For some of us non pros, having a strategy is not something we think about. I just ordered the Canon 35mm f/2IS. I think that is a good move for me. Prior to that, I recently purchased the Canon 85mm f1.8 which I think is a great lens (compared to my nifty 50 which keeps missing focus) but I really want and plan on getting the 100mm macro which will probably negate the use of the 85mm. I am now, thankfully able to avoid the hype over the new Sigma 50mm...for now.

Sounds obvious, look before you leap.

I should start a thread on how to purchase equipment and sneak it into the house without your wife knowing  ;)

Lenses / Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:16:38 AM »

Before you buy you next prime lens, take a deep breath and watch this video. I've been lurking on this site for a while now and I must confess, I've been sucked into the lens acquiring vortex. I don't have a lot of lenses now, and I am not a pro, but I am at a point in my life where I can actually start to afford these toys. The discussion around here is generally geared towards and around specific lenses and their attributes but somehow or the other, I have managed to miss or avoid posts about a lens acquisition strategy. I stumbled across this video this morning and got some clarity. Please forgive me if it has been previously posted.

Photography Technique / Re: Thin dof posing/shooting advice
« on: April 30, 2014, 08:04:29 AM »
I'm also waiting for the pros to weigh in on this but I'm guessing your choice of lens, and your desire for compression might be working against you. Out of curiosity, were you also using a flash with these shots? On camera?

Photography Technique / Re: How do I get the whole picture sharp?
« on: April 30, 2014, 07:56:29 AM »
You guys are so deep!

My rookie self looked at that picture and wondered if the leaf was perfectly flat, and what the focus was on, the leaf or the water. A few posts later, he posts a picture of a flat sheet of paper that didn't look so bad.

You all are so smart, you crack me up. I did learn one thing here, what those charts that are assigned to lenses actually represent  :) Thanks.

Have a great day everybody!

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 26, 2014, 10:08:32 AM »
OK Dustin,
One more question as I'm probably going to pull the trigger on my next lens in the next few weeks. The Canon's price drop pushed you to seriously consider the 35/2. So my question is, if the Canon stayed at its original price or was the same price as the Sigma today, and you had to make the decision, all over, which would you choose? I understand there were many factors governing your choice and that price was only one them. Just curious how much of an impact price was.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:47:08 AM »
Reading your review for the third time. Seriously considering this lens. On my third read, you are starting to sound like a pirate  ;)

"The Sigma is incredibly sharp, but to me eye it seems like there is an imbalance between sharpness and “creaminess” in the defocused region."

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: April 16, 2014, 11:59:42 PM »

As always, thanks for an awesome, down to earth review. You always get me thinking.

I will say I was a bit disappointed in your YouTube review. Not in the content, but in your voice! In my mind's ear, I assumed you would sound like you were off the set of Strange Brew (you are from Canada, right?) so this Southern Illinois accent you are sporting threw me off  ;D

Seriously, thanks for the incredible effort I'm sure it took you to pull this off.

Oh, I do have a question. As a fellow 6D shooter, I am curious to know if, with available light, you use the other focus points outside of the center one. Do you ever find yourself locking in focus with the center and recomposing? Personally, I am embarrassed to say that I am just starting to experiment with my other focus points.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art
« on: April 14, 2014, 06:19:18 PM »
I love all these new options coming to market! It seems if you already have a 50L no big deal, keep it. Question is, will anyone still buy the 50L for an extra $600 over the 50A? Is the bokeh $600 better if you don't already have the 50L? Not so sure.
50A is now on my list (along with a bunch of other lenses). Starting my letter to Santa now!


I think what you should do really doesn't have much to do with the law, but more to do with what's right.

I give you credit, it sounds like you are trying to do what's right and have put your neck on the line by asking for advice here. It also sounds like you have done what I would have suggested in asking the pro or at least, bringing him into the loop and getting his blessing.

While there might be a bunch we don't know here, I am dying to know what the pro's response or advice is.

On an aside, did you give the pro all your pictures or was it just the 40 images? If not all, were the 40 you gave random or what you thought were the best? Are the pictures the bride likes from the 40 you gave the pro or others? This question really is just an aside. I don't think it changes anything, just curious.

I have been in a slightly similar situation where I showed up at a friend's reception and brought my camera just in case they hadn't hired a photographer. It turns out they had hired a photographer but I took some pictures anyways. I didn't think much of it till now, but shortly after the wedding, the bride (my friend) asked if I would share my pictures. I didn't think twice, and sent her all the pictures I took, for free. These were just candids I took at the reception, mostly of neighbors and other guests who were present but some of the bride and groom also.

Hang in there Chris, I know you have taken a beating here, but if your heart wasn't in the right place, you wouldn't have asked. I'm sure you will do the right thing, local laws be damned.

Here is a slight twist on the question. Many of you have weighed in on what the OP should do in response to his question.

If you are a pro, and someone who tagged along with you on a shot to learn from you actually approached you afterwards with the OPs dilemma, but in this case, he deferred to your decision. What would you do or tell your apprentice?

Just curious.

Wow! Lots of opinions on this! There might even be some subtleties that we may be missing so, here comes my opinion.

To the OP, do the right thing, and keep your conscience clear. Do what you will, in the light of day. Talk to the Pro who let you tag along. What are his/her thoughts on the situation? If the pro is cool with it, then, you have no issues. If the pro suggests a price, honor that. If the pro requests a percentage cut, honor that too. If the pro ultimately objects to you billing for the pictures, then provide the service free to the bride, or, give the RAW files to the pro and let him/her process them as you did with the 40 or so shots you already provided.

This way, you can sleep at night  :)

Video & Movie / Re: Barrier Reef video ...
« on: April 02, 2014, 10:53:31 AM »
How amazing was that?! Its worth reading the process and time it took to put that together. I would love to see it in 4K!

Learned something new today. Thanks, done for the day ;D

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