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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: T3i vs T4i for first dslr
« on: November 27, 2012, 05:46:19 AM »
I started with my first DSLR 2 years ago the t2i and I am very happy that I did not jump to an expensive body.

1) You can get stellar results with a t2i - quality that a few short years ago earlier in the "digital" camera world, where only available with very expensive equipment.

2) All the basics of photography are available on the t2i - full control over WB, TV/AV, EV, etc.

3) if you are a hobbiest - I'm not sure you need a bigger heavier more expensive body - made for fast moving pros who as part of work are forced to work under all kinds of conditions, requiring FF and very high ISO + AF.

4) I wholly agree with the other members of the forum - who advised getting your feet wet with higher end primes before investing in more expensive bodies.

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Im looking into getting a new camera
« on: November 18, 2012, 04:25:38 AM »
I'm sure you are lost in a sea of all the suggestions:

My 2 cents - to you as a first time DSLR user:

Get a t2i (should be cheaper then t3i) kit (18-55) + canon 50mm 1.8

Should all be well under 1,000. Stop there. As you develop a style and get experience you will build up.

Lenses / Re: Advice needed aps-c long prime
« on: November 13, 2012, 11:04:25 AM »
Well it seems that the 135mm L scores quite high with everyone. Especially since I have the 85 samyang.

I have a friends 18-135 and I'll see if the 135 is too looooooooooooong


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 ?


Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-85mm
« on: October 25, 2012, 05:38:25 AM »
I own the 15-85 I got it together with my rebel 550d 3 years ago.

It mostly sits in the draw... I developed an aversion to the lens as it has VERY ANNOYING lens creep, is quite heavy, is a slow 5.6, and I found not particularly sharp unless stopped down to f/8.

I walk around with 2 primes, a 20mm voigtlander for outside, and a 50mm 1.4 for people shots / something longer.

The IQ of the 15-85 is nice - and it has the WIDE 15mm side which is special for a crop.

I compared it to the 18-135 of a friend - the 15-85 is a step up, the 18-135 is very entry level.


I own the Samyang 85mm MF,and the 14mm MF

I use the 85mm as a portrait lens. The canon version does not have focus confirmation = you need LV.

The only real way to get a sharp shot, is to use a tripod, and have a subject who can sit still for a few seconds = not suited for most children, or in a casual setting where people are moving around.

For quick portrait shots, I would not recommend MF lens.

Having said all the above, the IQ of the 85mm is awesome, and I understand the 35mm is just as good.

Canon General / Re: Rockwell knocks one out of the park (no kidding)!
« on: October 17, 2012, 04:32:15 AM »
It seems like photography means different things to different people.

To some, it is an expression of serious art, like painting or sculpting.

However for many of us, it is a much more casual. We walk around and snap interesting pictures. As we get more experience we get better results.

What Rockwell and many others of this following mean by "your camera doesn't matter" translates to "you can express your imagination and creativity with any camera".

It also emulates the reality of today's camera's - where even the entry level of p&s can produce very nice results.

I was in a photo store the other day watching a woman choose photos for development on a photo kiosk. The pictures struck me as very well done. Nice, colors, light, composition, and overall IQ.

I couldn't help but ask what she shot them with.

She showed me a p&s nikon from about 3 years ago!!

Lenses / Re: 85mm lens
« on: October 11, 2012, 07:02:09 AM »
If your seeking an 85mm portrait lens, consider the Samyang 85mm 1.4 MF lens. You will need a tripod, and need to master MF (not as bad as it sounds) - the results are awesome!

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 ?

Canon General / Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 04:08:34 PM »
Great Topic

As others have already mentioned - in today's reality - with all the PP software and low cost equipment - almost anybody can produce decent images. Most people are very happy with their own p&s results of family events and children.

The primary source of income for still seems to be either wedding photography, or if you become one of the elite chosen few who hit the top of the ladder as celebrity fashion photographers.

I unfortunately do not see myself as either of the above 2.


So, no money, but lots of personal pleasure.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle for Crop and FF?
« on: September 11, 2012, 08:42:28 AM »
Samyang 14mm MF lens. At this FL the MF is not a problem.

The sharpness and IQ resembles zeiss.

Better on crop but FF compatible as well.

Lenses / Re: How to complete my lens lineup? Help!
« on: September 04, 2012, 04:13:16 AM »
I understand from your post - that your basic next step is to upgrade the canon 50mm 1.8 by adding additional fast primes, for people pictures.

You seem to have a nice collection of glass - in quality zooms.

The 85mm L is a slow focusing lens, probably not best for shooting kids, who tend to move around and require a more casual style of shooting.

I would recommend the 35L and 50mm 1.4 - both very useful on a crop for portraits and kids shots. I have them both used on a rebel. The 85mm 1.8 is somewhat tight but also an option. On a FF is more usable.

Landscape / Re: Sunrise
« on: September 02, 2012, 06:02:47 AM »

Lenses / Re: All street photographers share your gear here!
« on: August 28, 2012, 03:54:53 AM »
Canon t2i + Voigtlander 20mm
Small, light, stealth.

If I want tighter shots exchange the Voigt for canon 35mm f/2.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D or upgrading lenses
« on: August 27, 2012, 05:14:31 AM »
The primary advantage of the 7d is the superior AF. Maybe better for the birds.... but not relevant for the macro + landscapes.

40d is a nice body - I'm not sure the 7d is a "leap" as far as IQ.

FF might be a leap.

I'd start upgrading the glass, as you have mostly consumer zooms.

Suggestions on the wide:

1) Canon 10-22

2) Samyang 14mm MF lens - SUPERB - your whole landscape photography will change. For so wide the MF is not a problem.

3) For the macro - you have the Tammy 90 - which is nice.

4) For the birds - maybe consider canon 135mm L OR Canon 70-200 f/4 IS.

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