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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: This momma is looking to buy a camera ?
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:30:34 PM »
If you're not stuck on CANON, there are a lot of other excellent imaging machines out there, worth considering.

Nikon D5300 w 18-140mm if you can afford it, fast, good video, no touch screen tho but does have articulating display.
Nikon D5200 - on price reduction or kitted with extra lenses.
Nikon D5100 if you can still find them- low cost, great images

Pentax K-30 or K-50 with 18-135mm WR lens - tough and weather/spill resistant


Fast focusing mirrorless cameras:

Fuji X-A1 or X-M1 w 16-50mm lens  fits in your budget, great image quality, good features, interchangeable lens

Fuji X-E1 with 18-55mm lens, taking it up a notch

Olympus Pen E-P5 with 14-42 lens or one of the many other good micro 4/3rds camera systems

All the above cameras compete well, if not exceed in some cases, any APS-C Canon body out there.

You must not have seen the part about wanting to shoot video along with photos.

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Thanks for all the info. I thought I'd let everybody know that I had decided on the Canon Teleconverter. I did save a little extra money and Purchased a new MK3 version. Since I had to save a little extra money to be able to purchase this, I just got it a couple weeks ago.

Been using it as much as possible and I think it does a great job! I do want to get a longer lens, but that will have to wait a lot longer.

Thanks for all the information and posts.
Matthew

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Macro / Re: who am i?
« on: October 05, 2013, 09:33:03 PM »
Looks like the creature from Alien that has the double set of teeth. That's just my opinion... Could be rapper too.

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Mine loads very fast too.... unless there's a Nikon ad, than I have to reboot to get the green tint off my screen. My phone loads fast too.

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Technical Support / Which is really better? Kenko 1.4 or Canon 1.4 Mark II?
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:31:19 PM »
I have a chance to get a nice used Canon 1.4 II TC for the same price as the Kenko 1.4 pro 300 DGx. I'm not worried about weather sealing, as I don't really shoot much in the rain. It will be mainly to increase the range on my 70-200 F4 IS for getting a little closer to the birds that sit on the branches around my feeders that are about 25 ft from me. I can get some nice shots, but I'd like to fill the frame a little bit more. Other info.. I use a Canon 60D and I mount on a tripod with a wired trigger with mirror lock-up.

I know their will be a loss in image quality, but is one better than the other for the least amount of loss?

Thanks in Advance,
Matthew

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D vs D7100 ISO Comparison at 100%
« on: September 02, 2013, 05:24:36 PM »
BOB N has now presented the figures for 70D regarding read out noise, DR etc
here we can se 70d in comparison with one Toshiba and one Sony made sensor
The read out noise is 4,35 times higher , compare this to 5dmk3 vs d800 there 5dmk3 has 12,2 times higher read out noise.

Dumb question? Why is the sensor for the Canon dated 10/1/2010 on this chart? Isn't that a little odd if the 70D uses a new sensor??

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 31, 2013, 09:05:51 AM »
This is the meanest woman I know. She sits here throughout the day and chases off the other hummingbirds and sometimes she even goes after the woodpeckers. 

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Canon General / Re: Canon Camera Sales Down in Q2, Imaging Revenue Up
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:16:39 PM »
Yes, you are correct, Sony makes most of it's money by selling insurance. Here's that article regarding the electronics division, which does not do well and looses money on everything they sell.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/business/global/sonys-bread-and-butter-its-not-electronics.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Matthew

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Second body is a must, along with extra batteries. You cannot go to a paid shoot and have a camera failure. And if it's a wedding, that can be the end of you going pro if word gets out that you did a wedding and your camera failed and the bride and groom got no photos after the failure. I help a professional wedding shooter here in town and together, we show up with 4 bodies. It also makes shooting much easier if you are not switching lenses all the time. We both use the 24-70 on one body, I use the 70-200 on my other body and he will have a 100 on his second body. We will use a macro lens prior to the wedding to shoot the rings and other items, but that's about it.

So, I agree with everybody else.

:) Matthew

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Next to Be Announced
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:35:23 AM »
I'm at a loss? So, the 20.2 MP sensor with dual pixel CMOS AF is not a new sensor?  I would think that having 2.2mp over the current 18mp sensor, they would have had to make a new one? I'm not at all a techie person, so that's the reason I ask.

Thanks,
Matthew

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Portrait / Re: Wedding pics. need critique
« on: June 04, 2013, 12:35:53 AM »
I'm by no means a wedding photographer or a professional!

I did shoot a wedding last week with a friend who ask that I help him. I think the photo of the groom with the bride in the background is reversed from what I think it should be? I kinda of feel that a wedding day is really more about the bride than anything else, but that's just me! Here's the one I took at the wedding I helped shoot.

I also agree with others about the ?bridesmaid?, she does not work in the photo with that look on her face, etc...

Thanks,
MJB

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Lenses / Re: 50 f1.4 vs 85 f1.8.....
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:16:43 PM »
I've been doing a lot of senior photo shoots, and also some general portrait work over the last few years and I was thinking that a prime lens might be in order for better DOF and results....

When you say better DOF what do you actually mean? A shallower DOF or deeper DOF or a particular bokeh look? Your 70-200 is a fantastic portrait lens, it's the go-to lens for portrait shooters across the planet. I'd suggest looking at the exif data on your portrait shots and see what focal length is your most used for what you consider the best results. PS Bridge or Lightroom will sort these for you. That might help aim you towards a well informed decision for a 50, an 85 or a 135 or just to stay with what you've already got.

Looking at your current lens list, I see a gap at the wider end if you're looking for quality. You'll pick up a good pre-owned 24-105 for the $amount in your budget.

-PW

PW,
I'd like to have a shallower DOF. I know I can't get much with Crop, but using a faster lens should help, correct?
Also as I mentioned, I'll be leaving the crop world and heading towards FF around the end of the year, as I save up for the 5D3. Once I go FF, I will no longer have the 15-85, as it's for Crop bodies only. If I can collect enough, I could get the 5D3 with the 24-105 as a kit. Until than, I'd like to have a little shallower DOF in my photos.

Thanks,
Matthew

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Lenses / Re: 50 f1.4 vs 85 f1.8.....
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:00:25 PM »
I can't afford the Sigma 85 f1.4, it's a little out of my range. I'm sitting in the $500.00 dollar range for a lens. So, I need to stay within my means, as I only spend the money I make from photo shoots on camera stuff, keeps me in line. The Sigma 30 F1.4 is out of the question, as I do plan to upgrade to FF by the end of the year and I don't want to invest in APS-C lenses. I already have the 15-85 which I'll sell with the 60D when the time comes.

So, it seems that both lenses are good choices but maybe the 50 is a little better from what I'm reading. I guess I can mount the 70-200 F4L IS is I need the 85mm range.

Thanks for all the feedback! Unless I see any other reason to not get the 50 or if you think their is something that might work better than either of the 2 lenses I mentioned, I'll order the 50mm 1.4  next week.

Thanks again,
Matthew

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Lenses / Re: 50 f1.4 vs 85 f1.8.....
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:18:40 PM »
I've been doing a lot of senior photo shoots, and also some general portrait work over the last few years and I was thinking that a prime lens might be in order for better DOF and results. My current photos are very nice and I have gotten many complements on the shoots. I'm just thinking that going prime is the next step. A lot of my photos are head or head & torso shots, so I could go either way, just am not sure which is a better lens as the 50 is pretty old, but people say it's still great. When comparing them on the Digital Pic website, the 85 looked to have a better result on the charts.

Thanks,

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Lenses / 50 f1.4 vs 85 f1.8.....
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:33:38 PM »
I'm about to purchase a prime and am wondering which lens would be the best to get. I'm shooting with a 60d and  currently have a 15-85 ef-s and the 70-200 f4 is. I'm in a class doing portrait photography, indoors  and outdoors. thoughts as to which lens you would is on crop body? thanks

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