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EOS Bodies - For Stills / GAS Advice (crop sensor)
« on: December 04, 2014, 04:03:37 AM »
I have my T2i (great camera) and lenses. However - I feel its time to upgrade the body which is already approaching 5 years old. Surely the newer bodies will be miles better as electronics improved....

or maybe not ? And all he new crops from an IQ point of view are the same thing ?


Comments ?

EOS Bodies / Canon 70d center focus point -bug- problem
« on: May 14, 2014, 06:26:49 AM »

I was considering upgrading from my t2i to the canon 70d. I use quite a few fast primes at 1.4 like the canon 50mm 1.4, and 35L 1.4.

There is quite a "buzz" on the net - claiming a focus problem with the 70d when using the view finder and center point for maximum accuracy. it seems there is a quirk which does not provide sharp focus.

Can anyone confirm or negate this ? If I cannot focus like my t2i with my fast glass - then the 70d is not for me?

Lenses / Sigma 18-35
« on: January 29, 2014, 06:46:45 AM »
I was thinking of purchasing this lens as a walk around for my 550d. I currently own the Tamron 17-50

Its quite allot of money - and I was wondering if anyone here in the forum can give me feedback on my debate.

I borrowed the canon 17-55 for a while - and for some reason - simply did not like it. Its heavy, build quality is dicey, and the IQ was somewhat boring as compared to L lenses like the 24-70.

Thoughts ?

Lenses / Upgrade for 17-55 2.8
« on: December 31, 2013, 05:55:26 AM »

I currently use a t2i and have no intentions to move to FF in near future. I'm fine with crops.

What I would like to see is a high quality wide to long zoom to rival the new 24-70 L mark 2 for FF. I guess this would mean a mark 2 for the 17-55. The current version is quite old, and could use an upgrade to something more modern, smaller, better build, and improved IQ to match the look and feel of the new L lenses - and the new fuji / tamron/ micro 4/3 lenses flooding the market.

I'm surprised this seems to be a non issue and nobody else brings this up?

thoughts ?

EOS Bodies / L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 19, 2013, 03:57:01 AM »
As the lines between FF and crop continue to blur - and we are seeing very high performance crop bodies - I am hoping canon will invest in high quality lenses for crop bodies. Why not L lenses for crops ? There is no good wide angle prime lens options for crop (outside third party lenses) this is a pity.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 70d for stills - IQ Improvement ?
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:17:06 PM »
I am a 550d shooter looking to upgrade. I primarily shoot stills not video, so my question is pertaining stills only.

From this perspective - would the 70d give me more of an upgrade then say the 650d which is half the price ? They seem to have the same ISO range.

I am very confused - as I see that canon has been re-packaging the 550d for the past few years ? Call it a 60d, call it a 650d, call it a 7d, call it a 700d ? Why are we not seeing a significant jump in asp-c sensors and performance?

All the other companies Nikon and the like - seem to be leaping ahead ?

Did canon get stuck or something ?


I would like to step up my portrait photography - and maybe even have a little home photography business.

I have a limited space (my living room - about 20 square meters) and would like to purchase quality, small, lighting for portraits. The whole setup needs to be totally collapsible, and easy to setup /dismantle - so I can pull it out, do my thing, and put it away. I was thinking of LEDS on stands ? Can anyone guide me here to some kind of kit ?
Any feedback is appreciated.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Moving to FF Canon vs Nikon - I'm Confused...
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:26:40 AM »
I have a canon 550d rebel and was considering the "jump" to FF.

The Canon 6d is in my budget. However the Nikon D800 is available (refurb) for $2,300.

I ask myself - why spend almost the same on the inferior 6d ? Why does canon seem to give less and charge more ?

Lenses / Advice needed aps-c long prime
« on: November 13, 2012, 08:24:04 AM »

I am a rebel user and love indoor soft light style portraits, using window light etc.

I use a 50mm 1.4 + Samyang 85mm 1.4 MF. Both are superb.

I wanted to purchase something longer with AF (using the samyang MF requires a tripod) than can be used for candid head shoulder shots, both indoors and out no flash.

I was looking at:

canon 85mm 1.8
canon 100 2
Canon 100mm macro L IS 2.8
Canon 135mm f/2

Obviously the price range of the first 2 options is opx 1/3 then the second two.

Any of our seasoned users can give me some input ?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Future of APS-C
« on: October 09, 2012, 03:39:00 AM »
With the canon 6d / nikon d600 being in the $2,000 ballpark, can we expect the entire aps-c size sensors to slowly disappear as the whole idea was to make a DSLR cost effective ?

EOS Bodies / Understanding AF on the new 650d
« on: August 05, 2012, 06:08:29 AM »

I currently have the 550d rebel. I'm happy with it, and the IQ is very nice for the price.
My only gripe is the auto focus. I use the center point only and re-compose.
However, even this method, seems to be both somewhat slow, and not tack on accurate. I find my fast primes (50 1.4, 35 1.4) lacking in AF accuracy and speed.

My question is: Would the 650d give me any advantage here, as far as AF accuracy and speed, using its center point only ? I understand that even on the 550d the center point is extra sensitive ? On the other hand, I seem to see on some websites an explanation showing the center point of the 650d even better (like the 60d) ??

Can one of our tech oriented seasoned members clarify this for me?

Is there ANY real advantage for stills - moving from 550d to 650d (another question) ?

Lenses / Understanding the diffrence between FF and EF-S - Question
« on: June 20, 2012, 07:24:23 AM »
Can some of the more tech oriented members, please explain in layman's terms, what the difference is between FF and crop lens mounts, advantages and disadvantages of each type of mount, why crops can take EF and FF cannot take EF-S? Thank you. I have heard/read all kinds of partial descriptions, but still don't have a clear picture.

Lenses / Samyang 85mm 1.4 on canon t2i
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:53:47 AM »

Lenses / canon T2i + Zeiss 50mm macro planar ZE - Question
« on: June 04, 2012, 05:18:29 AM »
Recently I loaned this lens from a friend. I expected to be blown away by the results.


The pictures are super sharp this is true, however:

- The colors are somewhat dull.
- Portraits are somewhat warm/dark/underexposed
- overall color not accurate and somewhat missing "brightness".

Very Very frustrating. Any ideas from experienced users ?


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