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Lenses / Re: 70-200 Choices
« on: June 12, 2013, 10:26:19 AM »
I have the 70-200 f2.8L non-IS.

It's grrrrrrreat. 

I love the guy who took the bit where you said "Unfortunately my budget cannot stretch that far and is capped at £1000" and replied "If you earn money from these jobs you should really be investing in the 2.8 II, why spend £1000 for such an old lens?". LOVE HIM.


Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:35:56 PM »
Many of you know that I recently acquired a Canon 6D, and I have been asked by multiple posters both in the forum and by email to give my reasons why I made the decision I did.  I have wasted far too much time doing just that today  ;D

Here is the link to my website where I shared my findings:

Also, if any of you are interested in adapting old M42 lens to the new 6D, here are my findings with my little kit of vintage glass:

Disclaimer:  I have no intention of starting a flame war.  I believe that the 5D MK3 is overall the better camera and I intend to upgrade my MK2 to a MK3 down the road.  I came to the conclusions that I share for myself and felt those conclusions and hands on experiences might help others making a similar type decision.

Who are you?

Ummm, Dustin Abbott :)  No one more or less famous...

google must be hard for some, huh?

One question ... one helpful answer ... the rest in the name of "humor" were ::)

humor is never a bad thing.

Plus I'm glad so many people agreed with me  ;D

Where is the, Downloading from CC now option? Using it currently and its not bad~

This- although I have been using 4, but 5 is currently upgrading my catalog and about to launch... :-)

What you're seeing first is a jpeg preview, then when the RAW loads, it is displayed. RAW files are mean to be processed, hence the lower contrast and saturation.

from a focal range point of view the only lens that adds to what you already mentioned is the 70-200mm.

the 24-70mm would definitely outclass your 24-105 and be much sharper but it wouldn't really offer too much of a new point of view for you. the 85mm from what i have seen is a spectacular lens but i think you can still get a look in a similar ballpark using the 50mm you already have.

the 70-200mm is also a very special lens but it offers great versatility. i would get that one if i were you.

if i were starting from scratch the two lenses i would get first are the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm so that i had a good range across focal lengths with the highest quality available for zoom lenses. i would then start addressing lenses for those special eye catching looks that you can get in fast primes. finally i would get specialty lenses such as a 15mm fisheye or the 100mm macro.

get coverage first then go for "the look" then go specialty. my 2 cents.

I agree with this, I think the 70-200 will open more doors for you first, and if you need wider coverage you can reach for the 24-105 until you've saved up another 2k to upgrade to the 24-70 II.

Software & Accessories / Re: Third Party LP-E6
« on: June 07, 2013, 10:33:12 AM »
Keeping the above considerations in mind, I have come to trust Wasabi Power batteries. I have two of their LP-E6es, which have actually served me better than my OEM battery. I also use them in my GoPro and have had very good luck. They're on amazon for $15. Never heard of the others you mention, so I can't comment either way.

Lenses / Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« on: June 06, 2013, 10:31:43 AM »
I saw a post on CL - 85L f1.2 II selling for $1775.

Condition according to seller:
1. Like new  in term of funtionality and cosmetic. ( I did saw the pictures from seller, the lens looks new)
2. No dust, B&W filter is included
3. Date code UA(2012)
4. Comes with everything box, foams, etc....original receipt from best buy. Warranty is just expired
5. Reason for selling: seller wants 50L. 85L is little to tight.

I spoke to seller over the phone and we agreed @ $1550 cash.

Question: Would you go for it if all conditions above are true?

If the above conditions were true, as well as #6 below, then yes, I would go for it. For a meet-in-person transaction, where you have a chance to inspect the lens using your camera body, seems like someone who simply didn't realize how well the lens holds its value.

6. I had $1550 extra cash available for a lens.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Act Fast! 600 RT Refurb in Stock
« on: June 04, 2013, 02:16:17 PM »
I find the Canon Refurb store fascinating. Usually, a day or so after the sales end, many of the items that were out of stock magically go back in stock. Then, another sale begins and suddenly things go out of stock again right away. During the sale, some items may come back in stock for an hour or so, but it is pretty random.

I'm set with 600 RTs for the time being. One of these days, I hope to score a 200 2.8 prime, but I've found that one a real challenge.

I'm not complaining, in fact I kind of enjoy the game. But, I'm pretty much know that Canon USA is manipulating the stock. I wonder if they have an office  pool going – "Let's put ten 70-200 2.8 zooms on the site and everyone in the pool guesses how many minutes it will take to sell them out."

Totally agree with this. I find it very amusing, and quite a fun game. Plus I've gotten some pretty good deals (50 1.4 for $270, 430 EX IIs (which are always there) for $203, both of which are cheaper than I usually see those items used on POTN).

Next purchase will probably be a 100L next time they have a 15-20% off sale... :-)

Portrait / Re: The official: Portrait Humor Thread....
« on: May 31, 2013, 08:00:51 PM »
When your girlfriend agrees to model for you so you can play with lighting, there are bound to be some good faces...

Portrait / Re: My first portrait session and what I learned
« on: May 31, 2013, 09:27:09 AM »
Thanks for this report- A very well-thought post, and some valuable info for anyone looking to get started in portraiture. I hope she gives you another chance, so you can get a final product you're both happy with, because it sounds like you did a lot of things well, and once you're on the same page you could give her some portraits she'll be very happy with!

Portrait / Re: Senior Portrait Session. Criticism Welcomed :D
« on: May 31, 2013, 09:21:16 AM »
First, I'll start by saying that I like the set. Good variety of angles, poses, and good use of light. I like your processing, and in general, these look way better than what I got when I was a senior in HS.

Looks like all available light, and if you were into adding your own light, I think a touch of fill flash on some wouldn't have hurt (7 and 9 were the ones that made me think that, for some reason 6 did not even though it's very similar to 7). But, that's the kind of thing that the client wouldn't notice at all, because they're already really good. Just something to think about when you want to push yourself as a photographer a bit.

As far as poses, I'm not super keen on 14 and 15. Love #12. The ones with the chair are really good as well.

All in all, nice set, thanks for sharing!

EOS Bodies / Re: New Patent App: Improved primes
« on: May 30, 2013, 12:41:50 PM »
A new Patent Application US20130135514 is filed
It seems to deal with improvement of SA and COF for these primes:
EF85 F1.2, EF85 F1.8, EF130 F2 and EF50 F1.4

Don't have time to read the detail - it might only be a "patent maintenance" app..
But those having time can have a read and may want to fill us in...

~ hans ~ 
EF130 f/2? Is that a typo?

I'm sure it's supposed to be 135... However, not surprised to see a 50 1.4 on the list. I just bought one, so I'd say if any lens is likely to get updated soon, it's that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D frozen when turned on
« on: May 30, 2013, 08:58:42 AM »
I've never experienced this, so I'm sure this post will be of marginal usefulness at best, but I'm posting anyway.

It sounds like something to be wary of, but not overly concerned with. Sure, it would suck if it happened again in the middle of a wedding, but you know a fix, which can easily be applied in a pressure situation if need be. And if it happens again, then I'd say it might be worth sending to Canon for a checkup.

But these things happen- they happen to my computer, they happen to my phone, and they happen to the microscope in my lab. Every so often, random chance will cause a kernel panic, and once you do a hard reboot, and everything gets a fresh start, the problem is resolved. It's totally software based (well, probably a bit quantum, really, I've always suspected it was a matter of a totally normal logical process getting disrupted by current fluctuations or something), and nothing's wrong with your hardware. If it's been 3 years, then your camera will probably be due to misbehave again in another 3 years... or maybe 8 years, or maybe 6 months.

And, maybe you know all this anyway, and this post was totally useless because I couldn't corroborate this behavior. But I said that up top, so you didn't have to read it all. ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Press event on may 31st
« on: May 29, 2013, 08:58:36 AM »
Yes, "must" (you forgot the italics). I may only be one, but (a) whether or not I buy the 100D (or any other APS-C camera) depends largely on whether or not Canon comes up with a small EF-S prime to match; and (b) the 60D/7D replacement is now so long overdue and horrendously under-spec'ed compared to the Nikon, Panasonic and Olympus offerings that neither they (the 60D and the 7D) nor the 6D is a viable option for me (singular, one).

I will say, I don't quite understand why Canon still hasn't made any competition for the likes of sigma's 30 DC HSM...

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