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EOS Bodies / Re: Tokina 35mm F/2.8 for video with 7D
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:26:15 AM »
Agreed its twice as fast but the Samyang is still 2x price if pachacutek is looking for cost as the priority..

Canon General / Re: Canon 16-35 vs Tamron 17-50
« on: January 02, 2012, 11:09:41 AM »
I had the Tamron for awhile and liked the IQ for the price.

I returned it after I got back from Australia however because I was getting a lot of ER99 issues and hadnt had that with any of my canon lens and to this day was the only lens that ever gave me that issue.

The 16-35L is probably my next lens

Lenses / Re: Filters - Help!
« on: December 30, 2011, 10:16:13 AM »
+4 fow B+W.. not only is the glass and coatings better quality but even the threading onto the canon lens seem that much better..

That being said i have a Tiffen CP for my 24-105 and its very nice

Lighting / Re: Color temp of pictures using flash
« on: December 27, 2011, 08:14:31 PM »
Do yourself a big favor, the best $30 you will ever spend and pick up a copy of Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites.  Not only is it geared for Canon's flash system but it addresses  your questions precisely: 

- Controlling exposure for ambient and flash lighting separately
- balancing color temperature so your ambient and flash are naturally blended
- manual flash, when, why, and how
- every single function and setting explained for 580s, 550s, 430s, ST-E2, and even the 270
- gelling speedlights

I don't mean to keep plugging this book on CR (I think this is the 3rd time), but trust me, the book is really that good!   BTW it also comes in a Kindle version, but don't buy the Kindle instead of the printed copy--too many photos, charts and illustrations.  Buy it in addition if you need a portable copy.

Agree with this - very informative read.

+1. My favorite photography book of all time...

Lenses / Re: So what kinda gear did Santa bring you this year?
« on: December 27, 2011, 02:25:51 PM »
Santa (aka wife) upgraded my 50mm F1.8 to the 1.4 and also got the 85mm F1.8.. with a pair of B+W UVs for each.. Probably see if I can get a few bucks for the 1.8 on Craigslist now

Hoping my late January b-day will bring the 35mm F1.4 II if released

PowerShot Cameras / Re: SX240
« on: December 22, 2011, 08:58:34 PM »
I picked up the SX230 recently as a Amazon Lighting Deal for $150 as a P&S.. Great little camera for price though had I waited a couple weeks the recent deals on the S95 and the ability to shoot RAW would have been nice..

Landscape / Re: Pano - Rochester, UK
« on: December 22, 2011, 02:40:40 PM »
brainsquibb, Im also live in Rochester but NY that is :)

Anyways very cool photo!

I got the 100-400L for $950 still about 200 dollars cheaper then the cheapest used Ive come across it.

Lens had never been used and even came with original purchase receipt a few months before I bought..

I got my 24-105L in 9.5 condition for $825 which was a pretty good buy though im sure I could come close to that these days be a kit lens with the Mark II.

Both off of Craigslist...

Another seller has a MP-E 65 for $725 im highly considering

EOS Bodies / Re: any flaws in the canon 60d?
« on: December 19, 2011, 08:25:28 AM »
Also both (7D and 60D) are now available through the CLP at a 20% discount on the refurbs...

You can pick up a refurb 60D for around $640 or a 7D for around $1090 which are both excellent deals

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 15, 2011, 03:01:09 PM »
+1 for a real flash like a 430 or 580ex to rent and possible a diffuser.. Lens aside its going to be the most important thing in a dimmly lit room.

If its a indoor reception your going to have to shoot at least 1600-3200 and wide open

Spend a couple of hours watching youtube and get a sense how to use, bouncing it off ceilings, through a softbox, etc..

Dont forget extra batteries with a couple hundred shots the voltage in the battery will take forever to recycle the capacitor

United States / Re: Is 1D Mark IV boring or almost perfect?
« on: December 12, 2011, 02:39:37 PM »
For me the Mark IV would be a dream camera... I think its the best worlds for the photography I enjoy (Action and some low light stuff).. and IMO its the best camera Canon camera you can buy until the 1DX is released.

For me photography is strickly a hobby and therefore the Mark II and 7D are more in my budget  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Hoping for a Entry level FF
« on: December 12, 2011, 10:34:39 AM »
Been looking to upgrade my body for the last 6 months about the same time I discovered this site... Have done a lot of reading through the forums without a lot of posting.

Computer Engineer by day, amatuer photograher by night  :D

Im been debating the 60D, 7D, and Mark II for a few months but have a tough time deciding what I love shooting most and is primary why I havent pulled the trigger yet. Part of me would love the 7D for wildlife (100-400 is my favorite lens.) but at the same time would love the Mark II because most of my pictures are portraits of my son/family and landscapes..

I even thought of getting a ebay 5D classic and a 7D which would be similar in price to Mark II.

If money wasnt an issue Id get the 1D Mark IV but since its just a hobby I can justify it to the old lady. So im hoping for a 7DII with a ISO performance comparable to todays Mark II. A new entry FF though might also be ideal!!

So for now my trusty XSI will be increasing its shutter count :)

Canon General / Re: New APS-C Camera in February?
« on: November 08, 2011, 12:30:57 PM »
over the T2i, the T3i had wireless flash triggering, articulated LCD screen, creative filters, manual audio control and digital zoom while filming.

other than Digic V what's going to be the draw for consumers to pick the T4i over the T3i? Built-in GPS? D7000-style AF during video? Touchscreen?

Agreed. I think the wireless flash triggering available in the newer XXD/XXXD line is sometimes completely over looked IMO. Its such a huge benefit to use the body as a master when you have a limited number of flashes.

I dont really need video so I am holding on to my 450D a little longer until a new 5D or maybe a rumored 6D comes out but I really hope they make that standard in all lines.

EOS Bodies / Re: Final shopping list for tomorrow..
« on: November 04, 2011, 01:25:41 PM »
@ mreco99. Sounds like your going to have a great Saturday. Thats exciting even if your looking at a 9K+ or so day :)

It sounds like you have a purpose for these and planned it out well.

I have a similar lens collection to the ones you plan on buying minus the 17-40 and the 70-200 II (Got the old one non-IS) and the

I shoot a lot of my wife and son a lot and my most valuable piece is my 580exII.

I was going to get a 17-40 or 16-35 next but since I dont do much wide-angle I may just get another 580.

Good luck and enjoy..

Canon General / Re: Canon 28mm 2.8
« on: November 03, 2011, 09:34:07 AM »
I have a few lenses that cost 10X the cost of the 18-55 and honestly out of my 6 or 7 favorites pictures Ive taken since I started photography I know of 2 have them have been with the 18-55 IS

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