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I think this thread brings out a simple painful? truth. That is electronics have developed to the point, that the overwhelming advantage the FF cameras had some years back - is rapidly closing down.

Another truth is that in the digital age - electronics plays a big role - shadowing the role of optics that dominated the film cameras.

So here we see, a small sensor camera + an entry level lens - produce - at least under certain conditions - results that are for all practical purposes - almost identical if not better then a $2500 combo !

Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Re: Samyang 14mm f2.8
« on: April 15, 2013, 01:28:54 PM »

Ahhh, good to know that you're one of those people who think the sensor is the sum total of a camera.  I bet that DxOMark T-shirt looks great on you!  ::)

I understand there are many other important components to a body - but I still dont see any great "leap" from a say 550d to the 60d ?

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 ?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 700d/100d as a first DSLR or wait for 70d?
« on: April 08, 2013, 05:26:47 AM »
I am a 550d owner. As far as I can tell - all the recent crops are the same IQ overall. The primary differences pertain to the overall handling, focus speed, and build. The 7d being the top of the line as a fast moving rugged sports camera - which is great but probably not your priority.

I would just get the 700d + A GRIP

Lenses / Re: Wedding with crop bodies, help with rentals.
« on: April 08, 2013, 04:28:58 AM »

I've shot daytime events with a 550d. A few suggestions:

The UWA is nice but the 17 on the 17-55 should be enough.

I would get the 17-55 and a 35mm f/2 - GREAT little bright lens for shooting events no flash.

make sure to have a grip - or plenty of extra batteries.

You did not specify what style of photography you are focusing on. So here are some general ideas: I own all these lenses and use a t2i.

1) Tamron 17-50 Non VC - great general purpose.

2) Canon 15-85 wider range, more expensive general purpose option.

3) Canon 50 1.4 excellent affordable portrait lens for 7d.

4) Canon 60mm EFS macro + portrait combo lens.

5) Samyang 14mm wide angle

For 1,000 USD I would get numbers 1 + 3 above - you will have change.

Any help would be appreciated

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions requested
« on: January 31, 2013, 04:14:29 AM »
I currently have the following lenses and looking for advice on "what's next"...welcome thoughts of the group

Canon EF-S 10-22mm
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8
Canon EF 24-105 f/4
Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC

The Tamron lens is an OK lens but I am finding limitations from an image quality perspective.  I typically use the 24-105 as more of my everyday lens now that I have a started to become a stronger photographer. 

So what do folks think I should consider next?  My problem with choosing is that I love taking portrait shots  but landscape is a lot of what I shoot as well. 

So what say you wise ones?

1) Trade 24-105 for canon 17-55 2.8 as a "walk around" lens.

Purchase canon 50mm 1.4 - this will be a step up into another league of IQ for portraits
Purchase canon 100mm 2.8 macro L IS - as you have a crop and you need the IS. This will be a long telephoto + interesting portrait lens + macro ability.


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.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:29:18 PM »


Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L Macro IS as a portrait lens
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:06:31 AM »
Dear All,

I shoot a rebel t2i. I recently received the Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 L as a gift from a relative.

It is my second "L" lens, the 35L being my first. It is my only long telephoto prime lens, so I used it for a few portrait shots.


The color and overall IQ on this lens - is superb. Its AF is very fast and accurate. The skin tones and overall rendering for people shots - in my opinion - is superb - just as fine as the 35L.

It is a tad slow 2.8 compared with the 1.4 of the 35. It also requires quite a large working distance on a crop.

I highly recommend it for portraits. For crop users - I would be careful before buying a 135L - the working distance would be very LONG.

Canon General / Re: IS canon 650D going to be discontinued?
« on: January 23, 2013, 07:24:41 AM »
you seem to have a typo in your post.

Your salesman recommended a 600d (t3i) over a 550d. (t2i).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF Speeds on Different Canon EOS Bodies
« on: January 13, 2013, 07:20:40 AM »
Auto focus accuracy is a function of the equipment + user skill. This means using good light, and a high contrast area for the focus to lock - as apposed to something with a solid color and no pattern.

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 ?

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