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Lenses / Re: Canon should change name to Coma
« on: October 10, 2012, 12:00:50 PM »
I'm on an iPad, so I'm not going to go look at all those sites right now - i will later when I get to a computer.

However, are you saying that all canons are total cram at sky shots?  I find that hard to believe because I've seen some INCREDIBLE ones from the 5D ii & iii.  I've also seen the most amazing time lapses ever shot on the mark ii.

I'm not trying to dismiss what you're saying, but to me it sounds like you're stating that no canon camera can take a good star shot.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Ultra long daytime exposures - 5D mkiii
« on: October 09, 2012, 09:41:28 PM »
what gel are you using?  brand?  price?  link? 

these have always been some of my favorite types of shots, but i ain't spending 80 bazillion dollars on a square piece of glass from Lee (don't care how good it is).

Lenses / Re: A final goodbye to my 50mm f1.4 lens
« on: October 09, 2012, 03:02:57 PM »
While the 24-70 ii seems like an amazing lens, it does not replace the 50 1.4.  When I have that thing on I tend to stick around 1.6-2.2.  This is for the nice bokeh which 2.8 cannot replicate (unless you are super zoomed).  Also, 1.4 vs 2.8 is completely different in low light.

I'm not saying I wouldn't rather have the 24-70ii, but it does not replace the 50 1.4, but I can see how the 35L does.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Once you go "L" you'll never go back....
« on: October 04, 2012, 12:58:32 PM »
The 50mm 1.4 & 100mm 2.8 have got to be some of the sweetest lenses out there, and neither are L.  But, there are no other non-L lenses that I have my eye on.

i shot a wedding a few weeks ago with the 5d3.  the lighting was terrible and i pretty much lived at f/2.8, ISO 6,400-10,000 while using a flash - and the pics turned out fantastic.

of course i would have preferred ISO 100, but it wasn't a possibility.  It's better to have slightly noisy shots that are properly exposed and sharp (no motion blur) than to have the opposite.


I would recommend against renting a camera that you've never used before for this wedding - especially one that is so different from your 7D.  The last thing you want to be doing is worrying about settings and focus systems and wondering how the images will actually look once you put them on your computer.

My first week of using the 5D3 was a big learning experience.  I found the ISO's I could use in different lightings in order to get good looking shots.  I figured out which AF systems I wanted to go with during different situations.

For the first week I had it, I was getting held up thinking about settings.  After a few months, it became second nature and I don't have to spend any extra time fiddling with buttons because I know what things will look like, and I know where the buttons are.

Also, the metering is a little different on the 5D3 than other Canons that I have used.  I find that it tends to underexpose, and the histogram confirms this.  If there is harsh contrast you will almost always have to bump up the exposure compensation nearly +1.  It's like the 5D3 won't allow for ANY blown highlights when set to 0 - not even a single street light.  This might not sound like a lot, but unless you're shooting in full manual all the time be ready for this.

Then there is the problem with lenses.  I know people might yell at me about this, but the nifty 50 looked like garbage on FF in certain situations.  If there is any harsh contrast you are going to get HORRIBLE chromatic aberration - and I do mean horrible (even when stopped down).  It was beyond repair in LR.  I loved my nifty-50 on crop, but I ended getting rid of it and got the 1.4 instead and it's like a different galaxy.  My point is that at least one of your lenses will act very different because more of the glass is included in your picture.  I used the 24-70 on it for a wedding I just did, and I made sure to spend about 3-4 days with it before bringing it on a gig - and I'm glad I did because I found some sweet spots after trying everything.  I wouldn't have been able to do this if I just tried it for the first time that day.

I remember having a conversation with a friend after I had my camera for about a month, and what I literally talked about was how I would have been in deep dookie if I rented a 5D3 and used it for a wedding before spending a few weeks with it.  I would have missed moments fooling with things, I would have had blurry or noisy shots because I wouldn't have been sure what ISO's would look good in certain lightings, and certain shots would come out like garbage because I would not have been taking into account how my lenses act on FF.

If you feel comfortable with a new camera, different layout, different focus systems, different capabilities, and literally something that makes your pictures look different (crop vs. FF) then by all means rent it - it's an incredible camera.  But my honest suggestion would be to either use it for at least a few days and try it in just about every setting you can think of before the wedding or just stick with your already sweet 7D and just rent some more glass.  I'm sure you will end up just renting it, and I'm also sure that you'll get some amazing shots - but you'd double the amazing shots if you used it for a week or two before taking it into battle.

I would strongly recommend against it.

First, let me say I have a 5D3, and I love it.  It's the most amazing thing I've ever used.  With that said, it takes a while to get used to how it operates.  There are a few different focusing systems, all very useful if you know when.  Also, it takes a while to get used to knowing what ISOs you're comfortable with.  Then there is the general layout and getting used to where the buttons are.

If you're using this for a wedding, take it out for at least two days beforehand and try out all the settings and all the different ISOs.  This is especially true since you're coming from a crop sensor to a FF - all your lenses will look different.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 03, 2012, 02:03:52 PM »
LR runs fairly slow on my computer too.  I have a quadcore iMac (i7) with 12GBs of RAM.  I also convert to .dng

The only thing that is slow is when the photo actually loads up.  Other than that there are usually tiny delays after adjustments.  Maybe i'm expecting too much, but Aperture didn't run this slow.  However, LR punishes Aperture in just about every other regard, so I can live with it.

Lenses / Re: Wide or ultra-wide angle with excellent corner performance
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:36:37 PM »
I have the 20mm and 50d and 5diii.  I love the lens, and I find it sharp compared to other wide angle lenses, but it is certainly not the sharpest thing out there.  I'm not sure that you're ever going to get something really sharp when you go super wide because of the distortion, but I am no expert.

Software & Accessories / Re: On-line Wedding albums
« on: September 27, 2012, 06:24:15 PM »
Aperture and Lightroom both have a book option.  They are both nice.

I've ordered one through aperture, and it came out great.  I'm ordering a different one made through Lightroom within the next week or two, so I can give you an update then.

Focus limiters are great if you're shooting stuff further away, because it prevents the lens from searching at closer ranges and it helps lock onto your target quicker.  One problem is that I forget its on sometimes and I can't focus on close things.  However, my 100mm will still search close with it on, but it tries the further range a few times first.

This is a silly poll because it depends.

On high ISO indoor shots I usually bring it down, because everything looks yellow, even with WB balance adjustment.

For gritty looking street shots I usually bring it down.

For landscapes I either only bring up vibrancy or some saturation.

The list goes on.

First, i'll say that my 50D was, and still is, and excellent value.  That thing takes amazing pictures, and has all the base features that you really need.  I also believe that the 5D3 is an excellent value.  The camera is unreal once you actually use it.  On paper, it might not seem like the great deal, but after using it I think it was worth every penny.

I imagine that Canon's intended base for the 1D, 5D, and to some extent the 7D bodies are towards the pro crowd.  These are people that make money off photography, so its definitely worth it to them.  However, a lot of casual shooters and hobbyists end up buying these things, so they seem expensive and people get upset.  There is nothing wrong with this.  Why wouldn't you want the best gear out there even if you aren't making money off of them?

I think this forum tends to amplify the views of the more outspoken, so if you're always on here it seems like everyone is upset with Canon for their prices and "lack of features."  However, Canon cameras sell like crazy, so there must be a ton of people out there who think otherwise - myself included.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Sync speed only 1/180s?
« on: September 19, 2012, 02:51:08 PM »
@SRHelicity - agree that this isn't an upgrade from a 7D, which is why I said this is a FF Rebel/x0D series camera.  The point about the flash is good, but I think they plan on selling that little 270EX or whatever it's called to go with it.

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