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Lenses / Re: 17-55mm... should I keep it or sell it???
« on: July 01, 2013, 03:36:56 AM »
First of all, my gear: 

Body: 5d mkiii
All purpose zoom: 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Tele-zoom:  70-200mm f/2.8L IS mkii
Primes:  8mm Rokinon fisheye & 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro which I am selling and will replace with a 135mm f/2L which will then eventually be replace by an 85mm f/1.2L prime
Speedlite:  430ex mkii and I am in the market for a 90 ex to use as a hotshoe master for off camera triggering. 

Now the circumstances I find myself in.  I was looking for a backup for my mkiii just incase it decides to flip out one day and I'm stuck without a camera for a week or two (though I know CPS is good about giving you a temporary replacement. 

Well... what I did was buy a 17-55mm and a 50D.  I previously had a 60D and my lone issue with the 60D was the lack of AFMA.  I know AFMA is less of a concern at f/4 and above, but as discussed above, I'm looking at f/2 and eventually f/1.2.  And yes, I will more often than not use those lenses on the mkiii, but you never know. 

Part of the reason I wanted the 17-55 is to get a sense of the focal length.  On the 50D, the focal length is roughly 27-88.  If I have the focal length, then I know I won't care for the 24-70 f/2.8L USM mkii. Also, the extra stop would be nice... but again... if I'm going to an indoor event... I can't imagine taking the 50D over the mkiii. 

So am I going to use the lens?  I'm almost leaning towards no.  I have it up on Amazon, so if it sells the decision is out of my hands... Dang EF-s...

As long as you have ANY crop body (besides a 1D series) KEEP that 17-55.  It's the perfect walk around on your 50D.  I much preferred mine (when I still had my 40D) compared to my 17-40, 16-35, or 24-70 on crop use.=.  It's just too good of a range to give up.

But he has a 5D3 and 24-105, which has a better range! Why would he walk around with less range? Don't get me wrong if all you have is a crop body I fully recommend the 17-55 as a walkaround. But now that I have my 24-105 I will use that as a walkaround lens. Am I missing something?

Because I don't think he's talking about selling the 50D and lens, just possibly the lens.  The 5D bodies and 24-105 are a great walk around combo in most places.  The 50D and 24-105 to me is not a great walk around combo when compared to the 17-55.  Yes you get more reach which is useful, but I'd rather have more wide angle and that 2.8 IS as a bonus.  But that's my personal experience, as I pretty much didn't like using the 24-105 on my 40D compared to when I used the 17-55 on the 40D.  Shots in tight places with my family and/or friends turned out easier to use with the 17-55 on crop than 24-105.  Yes there were a few times the extra reach of the 24-105 was nice to have on the crop, but not as often as having the wider end, again at least for me.  I love the 24-105 range on my full frame bodies, works out much better than 24-105 on crop.  There is nothing wrong with having the 17-55 as part of a backup lens on a crop body.  I had that combo as a backup set myself for a long time, until I went dual full frame body.   If he consider's selling just the lens, then I'd rather he sell the 50D as well, and get a used 5D classic.   That would be a better backup, as he woudn't have to re-adjust for range in a pinch.  But only if he's willing to sell both.  Since I don't think he is, then I don't see why he should sell the lens.

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Lenses / Re: 17-55mm... should I keep it or sell it???
« on: June 28, 2013, 11:26:52 PM »
First of all, my gear: 

Body: 5d mkiii
All purpose zoom: 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Tele-zoom:  70-200mm f/2.8L IS mkii
Primes:  8mm Rokinon fisheye & 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro which I am selling and will replace with a 135mm f/2L which will then eventually be replace by an 85mm f/1.2L prime
Speedlite:  430ex mkii and I am in the market for a 90 ex to use as a hotshoe master for off camera triggering. 

Now the circumstances I find myself in.  I was looking for a backup for my mkiii just incase it decides to flip out one day and I'm stuck without a camera for a week or two (though I know CPS is good about giving you a temporary replacement. 

Well... what I did was buy a 17-55mm and a 50D.  I previously had a 60D and my lone issue with the 60D was the lack of AFMA.  I know AFMA is less of a concern at f/4 and above, but as discussed above, I'm looking at f/2 and eventually f/1.2.  And yes, I will more often than not use those lenses on the mkiii, but you never know. 

Part of the reason I wanted the 17-55 is to get a sense of the focal length.  On the 50D, the focal length is roughly 27-88.  If I have the focal length, then I know I won't care for the 24-70 f/2.8L USM mkii. Also, the extra stop would be nice... but again... if I'm going to an indoor event... I can't imagine taking the 50D over the mkiii. 

So am I going to use the lens?  I'm almost leaning towards no.  I have it up on Amazon, so if it sells the decision is out of my hands... Dang EF-s...

As long as you have ANY crop body (besides a 1D series) KEEP that 17-55.  It's the perfect walk around on your 50D.  I much preferred mine (when I still had my 40D) compared to my 17-40, 16-35, or 24-70 on crop use.=.  It's just too good of a range to give up. 

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Where is the 5Dmkiii selling for under $3000?
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If you don't mind factory refurbished..... directly from Canon for $2799.21

http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/cameras/refurbished-eos-digital-slr-cameras/eos-5d-mark-iii-body-refurbished

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 40D to 5D Classic. Good upgrade?
« on: June 28, 2013, 01:41:44 AM »
Turns out I won't have the budget for the Canon 6D but I know a photographer that wants to sell a 5D Classic that was recently serviced by Canon not too long ago. The whole reason I want to go from a crop camera format to full frame is to print big. I asked a friend that has a 5D and 5D Mark II if I could obtain 20x30" prints from the 5D Classic and he said yes, easily. I'm assuming he means at 300 dpi since that is what WHCC uses.

So since I don't have the means to jump to a newer full frame Canon, the 5D Classic would be a good upgrade?

I did a similar upgrade a few years ago.  I was able to have the 40D and 5Dc at the same time though.  I will say, if the 5Dc had 40D AF and Liveview/larger LCD, I would have just went with 2 5Dc's.  I eventually got a 2nd 5Dc for $500 and sold the 40D for $500, so I got lucky on an even swap, and had dual 5Dc's.  BUT the images that come from the 5Dc were amazing, even at low light.  I agree with everyone that says the 5Dc has a unique look that even a 5D2 doesn't have.  Again I mean "doesn't have", not "can't beat".  I eventually went to sell one of the 5Dc's I had to help fund a 5D2.  I then went to have a 5Dc and 5D2 for dual/simultaneous use (recently got a 5D3 and that is the best camera overall...obviously). While the 5D2 is sharper, with using the same lenses, the bokeh on the 5Dc seems smoother/creamier to me.  That's one thing I still like on the 5Dc.  Other than that, the 5D2 is still a better upgrade if you can raise your budget to the $1200-$1500 range.  If not, don't hesitate on the 5Dc.  It's a great buy, and good upgrade for image quality.  Just remember to ditch any EF-S lenses while you're at it when going to full frame only.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 27, 2013, 11:37:07 PM »
If these are close to what the 70D specs would be like, then I can't wait to see what the 7D MkII specs would be like!

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Currently I'm using a 5D Classic and 5D Mark II on my Blackrapid DR-1.  Decent combo.  In a few weeks that will change to a 5D Mark II and a 5D Mark III.  The ISO performance compared to the previous was much better on the Mark II.  I can only suspect it will be even better with the Mark III.

Previous setup was a 40D and 5D Classic.

Yeah, I'm one of those guys that don't like switching lenses that often, so I use the dual body setup at the weddings.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon 7100 has been anounced
« on: February 20, 2013, 06:55:22 PM »
Ok... come one 7D MkII, show'em your stuff.....when you get announced. lol

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Software & Accessories / Re: Black Rapid and dropped camera?
« on: January 07, 2013, 01:38:27 PM »
I've been using the BlackRapid DR-1 (Dual strap) since it came out.  No problem at all.  One side is a gripped 5Dc with 24-70L, 580EXII.  Other side is Gripped 5Dc 70-200, 580EXII.  Never had any strap problems with this setup.  Also I think BlackRapid has some sort of money back garauntee for your camera if it breaks because of the strap as long as you buy from them or something.  May have to check, but I thought I remember reading about that.  I would recommend BlackRapid to anyone.

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Technical Support / Re: Mirror fallen out of 5D - self repair ?
« on: December 14, 2012, 02:26:20 PM »
i recommend not fixing it yourself.  It's not impossible, but you don't want to have uneven amounts of glue dry on one side.  If it does dry unevenly, the image viewed by the mirror may be slightly distorted.  Canon will fix it for free even if it's years after warranty.  I am just speaking for myself on that matter though.  I had 2 5D classics.  1st once got fixed in 2010.  2nd one fixed in 2011.

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 12:18:05 PM »
The Bataflae looks awesome.  I want to win!

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Canon General / Re: Why you should take your camera to family Weddings
« on: October 03, 2012, 01:25:58 PM »
Just got back from my daughter's wedding in Brooklyn and so glad I took my camera! She told me she wanted me to just relax and enjoy the fun, but I took the camera and got shots of the family events and pre-ceremony, when the paid photographer wasn't there. In addition, I got the shots of her coming down the aisle, which he missed completely. Said his card filled up (persnally I always change cards immediately before the ceremony). He had a 5d2 and a 5dc, so I'm not sure why he didn't switch to camera 2, perhaps it was too tight due to a telephoto lens.

WOW!  Congrats and I'm glad you were able to get CRUCIAL moments during the wedding.  Even with pre-ceremony shots, there is no way the photog should have ran out of memory.  Unless he only had a 2GB card or something, which is horrible.  That should justify a partial refund if that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2012, 01:45:18 PM »
So what do you think Canon would call this if it comes out?  1DXs  or 1DSX?  lol

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of Mirrorless Informaton [CR3]
« on: July 20, 2012, 06:17:13 AM »
Hmmm still looking forward to specs.  Very exited though.

No viewfinder.... perhaps this is Canon's entry level Mirrorless, and a possible higher end model will have the viewfinder?  Similar to the Nikon J1 and V1.  One had a viewfinder, the other only had live view.   I only hope for this, as I pretty much 99.9% of the time do not use the LCD screen to compose a scene.  Could that work against me?  Of course.  I just am used to using my original 5D not having live view.  When I use my backup 40D, I gotta admit, it does help sometimes.

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Lighting / Re: PocketWizard FlexTT5 and 580exII RF Issues?
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:26:42 PM »
Does anyone here have experience with PWs FlexTT5 and the 580exII?  I'm looking at moving into remote ETTL, but have seen some reviews where range was severely limited due to high RF interference from the 580. 

Granted, I'd probably eventually get the AC7 RF hard-shields, just because that horizontal mount configuration is awesome for umbrellas, but I'd still like to hear some real world experiences.  Thanks!

I have 2 FlexTT5, 1 MinTT1, and 2 PlusIIs.  The PlusIIs never gave me a problem.  The 580EXII does give me problems some times on the FlexTT5s.  It comes with the "Sock" and I don't like using it, as it blocks all the controls.  That shouldn't matter as I use it for ETTL,  BUT sometimes I want a quick adjustment on the swivel head.  I ended up using my 430EXIIs and they work like a champ.  Never had a misfire yet with the 430EXIIs.  One suggestion that works better for the 580EXIIs that my friend Edmond said he uses.  Using the the Canon Off Shoe cable.  It adds some distance between the Flex and the wizard.  With that solution, he says he never had a problem since, and since its a cable, he still gets ETTL functionality.  I will try that next.

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