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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 ?

Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 05:41:05 AM »
Very original question for this forum :) "I've got extra cash in my pocket - ichin' to get out - please help !".

You don't specify what kind of photography you do, however based on your gear, your obviously a pro.

In an attempt to address your actual question, your long list of gear includes only one prime the 100mm L

Why not add some primes ? 24L, 35L, 85L, 135L ?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D: 'I need a Must Have's List'
« on: December 18, 2012, 05:21:05 AM »
I used the 15-85 extensively on my 550d for a few weeks daily.

Very nice "do it all" lens. Great IS. For indoor shots - requires flash as its slow on the long end.

15mm wide is very nice on a crop. Lens has great vibrant colors. Nice skin color / overall IQ for people shots.

a little costly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Only 1 lens
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:26:32 AM »
The street value of your used equipment should be something like:

5d2 = 1,200

24-70 mark1 = 1,000

70-200 = no IS = 800 yes IS mark1 = 1,200

speedlight = 200 ?

Total = $3,600 on a good day.

Get a t3i + kit + save your 50mm 1.8 = $600

Savings opx $3,000

EOS Bodies - For Video / Do you miss APS-C?
« on: December 18, 2012, 03:26:58 AM »
I have a rebel APS-C body 550d. I added a grip. It is light, inexpensive, easy to use, and fits my needs as a hobby photographer as well.

For me and my hobby, the experience of getting the shot is the priority. I use primes, and get to use the sweet spot of the lens. I have a 35L, 50 1.4, and samyang 85 1.4 MF. The MF is a challenge to use, but fun and rewarding. For WA I use the samyang 14mm 2.8 MF (excellent lens).

I have spent much time comparing FF images with crop images online. True, for professional work, especially high end photography, you would need a FF, however you would also need, lighting, studio, props, and all the other equipment a pro works with to take advantage of the FF abilities. For what I do, the heavy/expensive FF, would not make my hobby more pleasant. I am also not sure my general street shots / home portraits would be substantially better.

So for me, the question "is it worth it" - is totally subjective, depending on my needs, and financial abilities. For me the answer right now is no.


Lenses / Re: Help me choose: EF lens for 60D
« on: December 13, 2012, 04:39:38 AM »
Consider Tamron 17-50 2.8 non VC - much cheaper/lighter then the expensive/heavy canon 17-55.

Video & Movie / Re: Israel with my Canon 5D Mark III
« on: December 06, 2012, 03:29:03 AM »
I live in Israel - and know the places you shot.

Being a very bright - sunny - blown out country - it is hard to get good stills.

Nice work.

Canon General / Re: Is it worth it...for me?
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:07:10 AM »
Heh Fonts

I'm not sure why you feel the need to spend so much $$$ so quickly - your shots are very nice with existing equipment. You seem to have good natural skill for someone shooting only a few short months.

As I see you like portraits with blurred backgrounds, maybe consider a longer lens. Id'e skip the 50mm options and go to 85mm options. Either:

1) Canon 85mm 1.8 = classic lens not expensive.

2) Samyang 85mm 1.4 MF lens - in the right hands this can produce stellar results.

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