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Canon General / Re: To canon 5D iii or not to canon 5D iii Advice
« on: July 29, 2013, 06:42:14 PM »
Unless you're going to come into a lot of extra money, get a 5d3 and have fun.  Waiting is an endless game, and the shots you'll be able to enjoy in the mean time are well worth any depreciation in the value of the camera.

EOS-M / Re: EOS-M Annoyances
« on: July 29, 2013, 02:07:39 PM »
My big gripe is the standoff used on the EF to M adapter - it's too short and you can't swap the adapter on and off the body with a tripod plate attached.

Toss in the issue with there being no normal strap attachment point available, I've got a wrist strap attached to the tripod mount.

The Continuous AF kills batteries - disabling that doubled the shots I got out of a charge.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 27, 2013, 01:30:51 PM »
See my sig :)  Did you also catch he was in Money recently?

I frequent LR, and seeing things disappear over the last few weeks made me concerned.  To have LA up and going is great.  They would do better to group common lenses like the 24-105 or 24-70 together, rather than have them all list on the lens page.  Yes, their pricing can be higher at times, but when things go on sale - watch out!  I keep the cost of a new refurb in the back of my mind, but would not hesitate to purchase at this point.

I actually have my eyes on a toy that I will share photos of/from once I get it.

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: July 27, 2013, 12:24:44 AM »
My original question had more to do with why these lenses seem to be so slow in reaching the dealers.  I realize that those who have pre-paid, or put down a deposit get the first ones that arrive, but once again it seems like this lens is really just dribbling in because I have not found any dealer, anywhere, who seems to be getting this lens delivered in any numbers at all....that was my question.....I appreciate the responses though.,

The elements in it are huge, and the tolerances are really tight, so my question is what is the keeper rate on them, and what are they doing with the cast offs?

EOS-M / Re: 85mm EF is not recoginzed by my EOS M
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:40:08 PM »
85mm f1.2 mk2 works fine for me...  damn that AF constantly hunts - and kills the battery.

EOS-M / Re: ebay EOS M adapters?
« on: July 22, 2013, 01:35:42 PM »
I want a taller tripod post for the mount.  I've got the Canon version attached to an Arca plate and can't swap the EF adapter on or off the body with it attached.

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrading from the Rebel XSi: Perpetual indecision
« on: July 19, 2013, 11:45:29 PM »
Pick up a refurb T3i or T4i and save your money for the moment.  Going FF means you need to replace your kit 18-55.  Yes, the 7D is amazing for sports, and rumor of the mk2 is always around, and the 70D will be a hit if they can get it to do everything as stated.  A t3i/t4i is not going to lose much value, and make sure you look at their Canon Loyalty Program.

Do you mean the 9000?  I need to get more ink for mine - this 13x19 size is addicting, and pricy

For full featured with room to add on, the 600-EX-RT is amazing and worth every nickle.  Yongnuo's work but can be hit and miss, and take a more dedicated to speedlights attitude.  For the casual flash user, go the Canon route.

Lighting / Re: Softbox Size question
« on: July 13, 2013, 09:29:15 PM »
Something to keep in mind, the shape of your softbox dictates what you're trying to mimic in nature.  Square/Rectangle boxes mirror a window with the sun coming in (I've even seen someone gaffers tape a grid onto the front of one).  Octa's and beauty dishes are round and more sun like.

Strip boxes I don't have a relative light source off hand.  Big softboxes are fun because with some foam core, you can turn a 4x6 into 2 1x4's with 4' between them.

CarrySpeed F1 plate + SpiderHolster kit for ThinkTank belts. (the post on the the F1 works fine with the Spider setup)

Yes, it's a mix and match, but it gives you:
- a built in Arca plate (when you need to shoot from a tripod)
- pockets and bags as needed (lots of options from ThinkTank)
- when you bend forward, your cameras don't swing forward

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 1Ds Mk II wireless remote
« on: July 12, 2013, 07:29:45 PM »
I use my Hahnel with my 1Ds mkII fine.  It doubles for interval stuff as well.

Lenses / Re: 200mm f/2.8 II vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:12:22 PM »
Both lenses are great for different reasons.  Based on your sig, I take it you'd be upgrading your nonIS 70-400 f4 lens with this decision.  If you're old school, the non-IS 2.8 is really fun, and would allow for the 16-35 or 17-40.

Oh the options...

Camera Body Gallery / Anything shot with the EOS-M
« on: July 11, 2013, 05:50:08 PM »
Since a number of us got one.  I'm really impressed and will shoot something worth posting later today.

Lenses / Re: Indoor Lens recommendations?
« on: July 11, 2013, 12:20:42 PM »
+1 to the folks talking flash, as even at f1.4, your tremor will impact the shots.  Honestly, in some situations I'd add a flash with a Rogue flashbender on it.  In other situations, bump the iso up even higher.  I would recommend you rent/hire the tamron, or consider the 6D for a little more money.

I know tripods can be a royal pain to setup and tear down, but I wonder how a mono-pod would work with your tremor.  Treat it like a walking stick, set the camera to 2 second self timer, and hold a strap while it takes the actual picture.  Either that or one of the basic glidecam setups, with a wireless trigger on your other hand, using live view to frame things.

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