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Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: December 06, 2011, 06:00:18 PM »
Well for the first time I got a chance to do a wedding in the bahamas, and one in Astoria, Oregon. All for 2012! I don't have money for lenses yet, but in time I will make the money, I hope! For now I will have to rent, for major photoshoots because my 30D will not cut it, even though it is iconic camera! Winning this contest would make a whole lot of headaches go away. . .. but it just never works out like that haha :(

Whomever wins this contest, I hope it is a person down on his/her luck in terms of money and gear. . . . it would make me happy, even if it weren't myself.


I'm with you on that one, but it's hard to win a contest like this when you are going up against those who have 5,000 to 10,000 dollars in high end gear.

Truly going to be a tough choice, as I saw some very nice photos that I will have to get ahold of the shooters to see how they did some of them. Very impressed.

Good luck to all the entries.


Lenses / Re: New Lens on December 6, 2011? [CR1]
« on: December 05, 2011, 11:32:46 PM »
OMG this is today....6 December
So where's my 24-70 f/2.8 MkII?

Wouldn't that be a welcome Christmas present?

Paul Wright

It's December 5th today............

Only because you yanks are a day behind the rest of the world.
It's been december 6 for 12 hours here already...

What! You mean the world doesn't revolve around us?

I still have an hour and a half to go  :-[

Thanks for the replies! The main reason I asked was to things: 1) I have alot of negatives and a bunch of slides that I want to scan with my Canon image scanner. It has a slot in the lid for negatives and if I take out the negative holder, I can insert slides in it to scan. I just am not sure what resolution to choose 15dpi, 300dpi,????

The second part is kind of along the lines of getting a full frame digital camera. I have had some of the negatives blown up to poster size and they look excellent (B&W's as that is what I mainly shoot). If a 35mm film camera is about equal to 8-15mega pixels, than the 5dMark II should be just fine as it should perform better than my film camera???

I read so mny comments about more MP's and I just wanted to know why you would want more? How many MP's do you need to make a 20x30 poster if you only need equally 8-12 with film?



United States / How Many MP's On A FF Equals a 35mm Canon AE1 Film Camera?
« on: December 03, 2011, 06:03:59 PM »
I would like to know how many MP's does a FF sensor need to be equal to a 35mm Film Camera? I had an AE1 and I thought the photo's I shot with it were very nice.


EOS Bodies / Re: “Revealing” Canon C300 Test Video
« on: November 30, 2011, 12:01:40 AM »
That was an Excellent video.... Funny too.  I really like the amount of DOF it gets. And to be able to shoot at 20000iso.... That's really cool.

EOS Bodies / Re: How often do you go through a body? Why do you upgrade?
« on: November 29, 2011, 11:42:53 PM »
I bought my Rebel XT in 2007, when I traded my Canon AE1 in. It was a very nice camera and I used it alot! Last year, I got an error code that would go away after I pulled the battery out and put it back in. Than it finally quit all together. I have the local camera shop send it in for repairs and it was going to cost more than it was worth. So, I purchased the 60D.  I really like this camera alot. I'm not a pro, so I don't need anything fancy. I'll keep it until it dies and then I'll buy whatever is new at the time. Just an FYI, My Rebel did pass 240,000 clicks before it totally died. I really used it alot.

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: November 26, 2011, 10:36:14 PM »

An image is an image.

We'll see how much it will be photo contest or photo+ps/lr contest.
This is where things might get interesting.

Yeah, some are amazing and would have been really hard to set up with multiple flashes, long exposures, HDRs, whatever.
But there's a few than imply impossibility, ie could have only been made using photoshop/gimp/whatever.
I don't mind competing against them, my photos look good to me and that's what counts. I don't have photoshop and my gimp skill is limited to a bit of colour/curves tweaking. I'd rather use a lensbaby instead of a cheesy 'blur the edges' filter. I'd rather use a super-fast lens than cut my subject onto another layer, blur the background, and put the subject back. I'd rather use a Tilt lens than just blur the top and bottom of an image. But if my photo is competing against someone who does do one of these, I don't mind, it's just the same as a B+W competing against a bird shot, or a portrait against a landscape. There's only one lens at the end of the day, so we all have to be the best of everything to get it...

ps, I don't think CR-guy would like the multiple-image-gallery idea, it specifically detracts from ad-revenue (4 ads per 15 entries or so) which is probably paying for the prizes. But either way, it didn't load for me anyway...

I am in no way bad mouthing your comment, so please don't take it that way! I use elements to modify my photo's as I am not able to afford a tilt-shift, or an F2.8 or faster to blur backgrounds. I do try to tweak my colors a little as the lenses I do have are not very good. But I still have a passion to take photos as I just love to do it. And it's true about some of what you say, but I see it in a different way. I see it as a person with low quality lenses and trying to make them look better going against people who already have high-end gear.

OK, I'm done posting my 2 cents worth... And I do wish everybody best of luck with all the nice photo's that were posted. I looked at alot of them and they made me want to spend more time shooting like alot of you do.


United States / Re: Looking at 70-200 F4 IS vs 70-200 F2.8 Non-IS
« on: November 26, 2011, 01:22:38 PM »
OK, Thanks for all the suggestions. I think renting a 2.8F Non-IS might be what I need to do. I've used the F4 IS and I really loved the IQ it produced. I'll do the rental and see what looks the best.

Thanks very much!

Canon General / Re: Very strange lens mug
« on: November 26, 2011, 01:02:08 PM »
It is funny. The description says it's a hollowed out 24-105 lined with plastic.. The top rim says 28-135 EF-S, and yes, you might spill your drink if it's too "top" heavy!

Lens Giveaway Contest / Re: Contest Announcement!
« on: November 25, 2011, 10:06:42 PM »
I'll have the finalists to show sometime this weekend. It's been more work than I thought it'd be.


I feel for you! I think the photos that were posted for this are fantastic! I thought mine looked pretty good and than I looked at other people photos.... Man do I have a lot of learning to do!!

Thanks for the update!

United States / Re: Looking at 70-200 F4 IS vs 70-200 F2.8 Non-IS
« on: November 25, 2011, 08:20:13 PM »
I've got the f4 IS and use it primarily for sports, motor racing and other action activities.  In good daylight, even at ISO 100, I'm often shooting at around 1/1000 of a second, which is fast enough for an action stopping photo.  If the speed starts to dip, I just bump the ISO up.  The image stabilization also works great.  If you are shooting a static subject, this helps you to keep a low ISO when handholding.

Of course, the f2.8 will allow a faster shutter speed.  This can be invaluable in low light conditions.  It also has the ability to blur the background a bit more which helps to highlight the subject better.  But it is a lot bigger and weighs more.

Do you think the F4 IS will do good with night time football games? I have not really shot much above ISO 2000 and with the ancient lenses I have, they turn out pretty bad! I really loved the IQ of the F4 IS I rented for my trip, but will it blur the background enough when shooting senior photos? I normally borrow my brothers Tamron 17-50 F2.8 when I do those.

United States / Looking at 70-200 F4 IS vs 70-200 F2.8 Non-IS
« on: November 25, 2011, 06:15:31 PM »
Please give me your thoughts on which you think is a better lens for about the same price.

I use a 60D and currently only have my old, old ef-s 18-55 from my Reble XT and an old ef 28-105.

I have done alot of senior photo shoots with a borrowed 17-50 tamron F2.8 and it works well, but I seem to always be at 50mm. I am thinking of shooting a little bit of High School Sports, and enjoy shooting landscape.

I just got back from the Rockies in August and rented the 70-200 F4 IS, and it was a treat! So, is the IS more important for what I tend to do over the speed? I do handhold for senior photos and do most of that outside on locations. Sports? might use my Mono-Pod and I have a nice tripod for landscape. Is one really sharper than the other? Is it a noticable difference when you blow the photos up to 24x30 for printing?

Thanks for all your input.....


EOS Bodies / Re: how much should i expect to pay for T3i ?
« on: November 23, 2011, 08:27:36 PM »
As mentioned above, B&H is a very nice place to buy from. I have bought my last three DSLR's from them. The first 60D I bought came in and the built-in flash was not working all the time. I called after using the camera for about a week and they had me ship it back and I got a brand new unit overnight. Love those guys.

You really need to watch some of the "super low price" places on-line. I had a very good friend buy his 60D from one of those places and it was about 150 dollars less than mine. when he ordered it, they called him to confirm his order and started to let him know that he would need to buy a battery and a charger, as they are not included. You really need to stay with Adorama, B&H, and the others that support this site too.

That's MHO...

Lenses / Re: Your Go To Portrait Lens?
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:42:03 AM »
OK, This might be a little off topic..... I see some of the posts saying that a 2.8 is really a stop slower on a 1.6 crop camera? I'm not sure how you figure that? Doesn't it still let the same amount of light go to the APS-C Sensor as it would a FF Sensor? ...And no, I really am not that smart!!  And this is my next question.... Does the EF-S 17-55 F2.8 suffer the same thing as the EF lenses on an APS-C even though it's made only for the smaller sensor?

Thanks in Advance.
neuro can probably explain it better but in simplest terms if you get a lens that works on both FF and crop let say a 17-40 f4L then fit it to each and frame the shot exactly the same so that both images filled each cameras view to the same extents. You would be standing closer to the subject using the FF and further away using the crop. Because you are closer to the subject you will have a shallower depth of field than the same lens taking the same shot on the crop since using the crop you are further away.

does that make sense?

since the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 only works on a crop body it behaves more like the 24-70 f2.8L so they are compared more to each other. So the 17-55 f2.8 doesnt suffer from anything

OK, That makes sense, since the 1.6 crop factor "brings things in closer" than shooting with a full frame......

Thanks very much for the Simple Terms!

Lenses / Re: Your Go To Portrait Lens?
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:38:50 AM »
Well.... This is one:

So...just as the 'crop factor' affects the effective focal length, it also affects the DoF - by the same 1.6x.  That means that for the same framing you'd get on FF, an f/4 lens on APS-C is equivalent to f/6.4 on FF.  That means very poor background blur unless you are very close to your subject and the background is well-separated.  Not that it can't be done...it's just not ideal.

If I am understanding it right, F4 on a Full Frame is about F6.4 on a APS-C? So, to truly get down to F2.8, I should go FF?  And the other part was, the EF-s 17-55 F2.8, is it like F4 on an APS-c, or is it trult F2.8?

Maybe I need to get to a website that explains this better..... 

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