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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: January 09, 2013, 05:14:45 PM »

Sell it. Unless you're pro and have to have spare body, or you have very specific need that this body can fulfill (articulating LCD?).

I'm not a pro, but after upgrading to Mk II, was hanging to my 30D for way too long, and eventually realized I haven't touched it in 2 years. Sold at that point and got only $180, but that's better than nothing.

I did build secondary and thirtiary system eventually, but for completely different reasons/needs. Sony SLT for taking pics of kids through the LCD, as I have more flexibility to take pics using LCD, and also defend cameras from babies' prying fingers :) SLT allows phase detect (fast focus) through Live View.

Admittedly, my need was very niche, but most people like to have small portable camera, so if you do too, you can use money towards G15, or Fuji X10/20, Panasonic LX7, maybe Sony RX100, or Olympus XZ2. I tried first three, and liked X10 best.

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 07, 2013, 10:14:26 PM »
Recent ones...
Anyone cares to comment if they prefer darker or natural version of the photo where my daughter was trying to help with manual flash setup?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of downgrading my 5d3 system
« on: January 07, 2013, 01:11:42 PM »
I have been considering selling my setup

24-70 2.8 mkii
70-200 2.8 is mkii
Cf cards
600 exrt speedlite

To get a 6d
24-70 f4 is
Newer speedlite 430ex ii replacement

I just spent thousands of dollars this year and have hardly used the gear. When I do its for candids or vacations. I wonder if I am wasting the money and should sell it to downgrade to something more enthusiast level and cheaper. Also it's just so much to lug around. Just not sure and wanted some opinions.

Hey, Hey, no one is trying to help you here!!!

Here, I've got 5d mk III with some cheap lenses and can use 24-70L II. I've got to offer you in exchange:

# Option 1: Sony A57 with kit lens, 35 1.8, 50 1.8, 55-200, and Tamron 28-75 2.8
# Option 2: Sony F3 with kit lens, Sigma 30 2.8, Sigma 19 2.8, EOS->NEX adapter, FD->NEX adapter, ALPHA->NEX adapter and 3 FD lenses, 50 1.8, and 2 tele zooms

You pick either option for your 24-70. Gee, I'll even get you some money. After this, you have full system, and bunch of equipment to sell and park the money. Great shape, few months old. I went crazy few months ago and built 2 more camera systems, just like you did, but I recognized it, so I went crazy on the inexpensive systems :) I blame it on pursuit of baby/fast/indor camera, but I'm not sure that theory would hold water.

Now to be serious for a moment, I want to share my experience. Always was interested in photography. Cobbled decent 30D system with few lenses 6(?) years ago, was active, and then this hobby fell along the wayside. Equipment gathered dust. Used twice a year.

My kids were born 16 months ago, and that revived passion. Upgraded couple lenses, got 5D mark II, sold, upgraded to Mark III, got crazy, got one sony system (Alpha - fast Live view focus) and then other (NEX - ultimate lego for grown up, could attach ALL my lenses to it). But in reality, without impetus of babies, I could have been dormant for another 10 years... You need to recognize where you interests lay, because it may happen you don't do much for YEARS. Keeping lenses is usually ok financially, but you'll lose everything on a camera body. And, can you afford to keep lenses and sit on quite a bit of dormant capital?

I'm joking about trade :)
Unless you're not, I'd like 24-70 II, and I'm not convinced I need 3 camera systems...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:12:46 PM »
Oh my... This makes me feel even more bad about early adopters.

I have never heard of the selling company AJ Richies.  Anyone have any experience with them?

Tried to get one, Mr. AJ called (blocked number) and told me the menus are not in English, the build quality is less and I should buy the USA version (with warranty).  After looking at some reviews and the thought of a non-returnable 2nd rate/badly refurb'ed Mk3 I told Mr. AJ to cancel my order.

If anyone gets one, I'd love to know how it worked out.

Good for you.
Check this out:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: January 01, 2013, 06:17:28 PM »
Has no one noticed that price is now $2799 for refurb? Originally reported price may have been a fluke, misprint, or canon trying to get rid of a small batch of mark iii refurbs...

Portrait / Re: Post your best portraits(street, studio, candid etc...).
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:30:27 PM »
Some of mine that I like

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