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Canon General / Re: What should be my first dslr?
« on: February 02, 2012, 07:49:13 AM »
For me, I went with the 60d as my first DSLR, and spent money on lenses. My first was the 10-22, a fantastic first lens actually, as it teaches the important lesson of zooming with your feet, while still giving you amazing wide flexibility. Not long after, I got the 24-105 f/4. About a year later, I got the 70-200 2.8 2, and am likely going to be getting the 85 1.2 before I buy another body. I'm really happy with the 60d, and what I get from a new lens is more than I feel like I'd get from a better body.

Lenses / Re: Circular Polarizer
« on: January 10, 2012, 05:32:14 PM »
To put it another way, your nice 24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 2.8 ii becomes an f5.6ish in terms of attainable shutter speed :(

Software & Accessories / Re: Audio Recording Device
« on: December 13, 2011, 08:05:12 PM »
I have the H4n and love it. It's versatile, has XLR inputs, and has been very reliable. My only feedback other than what you'll read in the literature is that you'll want to get their remote control (unfortunately a wired one), and that you'll probably lose the windscreen pretty quickly. I'm very careful with my equipment, and I lost the windscreen in a very short time.

Lenses / Re: Lens hoods and pouches now included with all non-L lenses?
« on: December 08, 2011, 10:02:52 AM »
I bought my 10-22 in Japan, and it didn't include a lens hood, for what it's worth.

I totally agree with all of the above, and that you can take great photos with cheap equipment. Just to play devil's advocate though...

What if you took a photographer that takes pretty good photos with a 600D + Kit lens and handed them a 1ds with an 85 1.2? I've gotta say that the quality of my images went up dramatically when I bought my first DSLR ;)

Of course, the rub of the whole statement is "only as good as", when there are many tricks you can do with lighting/post production to squeeze better images out of devices that weren't designed with those uses in mind. I've seen many examples of studio photographers using their iphone to take great pictures. On the other hand, they used thousands of dollars worth of studio lighting + makeup artists, so to me, it kind of undermines their point.

All things being equal, the same photographer will take better pictures with better equipment 9 times out of 10. We all know this or we wouldn't even bother buying more equipment (except of course to show off our new equipment) ;)

Anyway, in a general sense, I agree with all of you, but I think there is still a grain of truth in Nikon's statement.

Lenses / Re: Hey Rumor Guy: What about any LENS rumors?
« on: September 26, 2011, 10:42:05 AM »
I'm also curious about likely release timing for the new EF 200-400 L IS lens.

I'll second that one. I check every day looking for something about this lens.

Canon General / Re: 580EXII SpeedFlash
« on: August 06, 2011, 10:53:37 AM »
This may sound stupid, but by default, Custom Function 01 (C.Fn-01) is set to 0. This automatically switches the flash power off after some amount of time. From the factory, the 580 ex ii switches off. If you're used to that, and your CF-01 is set to 01, it's possible that you're not flipping the power to off, in which case, the batteries will certainly drain over night. I purposely have my flash set to 01 (do not power off) because to me, I'd rather occasionally forget to switch it off (and have the batteries drain down) than have it not flash while it's on a remote trigger and a pain to get to. Like I said, I could be way off base on this, but the times that my flash has drained power in a short time has been because of this.

So, in summary, check to make sure your C.Fn-01 is set the way you want it.
0 = Auto Power Off
1 = Don't Auto Power Off ("drain your batteries when left on" mode)

Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 19, 2011, 09:19:16 PM »
I'd be interested to see how these work ;)

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