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Canon General / Re: Seeing Rebels....
« on: July 07, 2014, 06:12:08 PM »
It's common, I find myself looking when people watching.  I think there is something to be said by brand identity, but you're missing the biggest point - these people will not purchase a new camera for at least another 5 years.  How do I figure - look at all the silver rebel's out there.  Canon and Nikon are competing with themselves as there isn't a must have feature on any current dslr made - a T1i does video and that was 2009.  The old adage was to take your photos to the next step, the dslr body on Auto is better than a Point n Shoot.  No one says what you'll get by replacing it with anything better.

Lots of folks will talk your ear off about what they've been shooting or what they're brother in law has, but generally, the compact low end dslr has 99% of what these folks want.  Nothing you tell them will get them to upgrade, let alone get a lens other than the kit zoom(s).  All these cameras will hang from their OEM straps, sit in proudly labeled OEM bags, with a few hundred shots per year.  Folks don't really care if they can get bigger, cleaner, better images - they'll just take the memory card down to the local print shop and get some 5x7's and call it a day.

I worry that the slacking demand for low end cameras will adversely effect the development money that Canon and Nikon have going forward.

Lenses / Re: I'm looking at rentig/buying a new lens for weddings
« on: July 07, 2014, 01:37:41 PM »
Welcome Diane,

Give us a little more info as to what tools you're working with, and there are lots of options to consider.  Generally speaking, as stated above the 24-70 & 70-200 f2.8 zooms are the wedding workhorses - other lenses are used for specific looks or shots, but entire weddings are shot with just those two lenses every day.  If you can swing it, you won't regret investing the money into either of the 2nd gen of these lenses.

Depending on what you want, the 24-70 VC from Tamaron or the 85mm f1.8 or the 135mm f2 are all options that will work in dimmer locations.  Also consider the high ISO performance of the newer FF bodies (5d mk3/6d) may be your best place to put cash.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 03, 2014, 05:23:51 PM »
Reconsider what you're trying to accomplish.  Are you looking to add more light sources to a frame, or are you looking to add more power?  If the latter, you may want to look at the Einstein in the post above, or the Profoto B1.  Yes, they are more than what you're looking to spend right now, but both of them offer up a lot more power and light shaping options than ganging together more speedlites.

I would also point out that most folks don't do well selling 'packages' so break your gear into 3 parts, each lens, and the body with grip/battery.  Keep in mind refurb prices as selling at or above that level won't happen.  Otherwise, Craigslist has been good to me, took a bit longer to sell my 85mm 1.2L II than I thought, but it did sell.

Art Wolf was an Explorer of Light - one of their most famous ones at that, and he is no more since he picked up Phase One.

The branding that goes into the EoL program is heavy, and I can respect a photographer who uses the best tools available to them a touch more than one that just goes with any program.  If I was an EoL and wanted to use the Profoto TTL B1 flash, would I be able to?  What about a metallic paper from Moab that Canon doesn't make?

Heisler (an EoL) did the Boston Marathon 1 year photo on Canon, and I lost some respect for him for sticking with Canon for such a large group.  Yes, the photo was only printed at letter size, but to do it as a huge testament print would have been better.

Lenses / Re: World Cup started - no sign of 100-400L Mk2
« on: June 16, 2014, 01:21:59 AM »
Yea, the 1200mm is a lens that I would love to play with for about 30 minutes, but I don't think I'd want to pack one any distance.  The photo of the FD version with the TC over a guys shoulder on a beach pops to mind but I can't find it currently.  B&H had fun with the one they flipped for some serious cash - you have to wonder who would walk into a used department with one, and what they offered for it.

There isn't going to be a built-in TC in a consumer level L lens - the costs and expectations don't allow for it.  Would I like to see a TC in a new 800mm - sure, but then you're talking about a lens that would command any price they wanted.  Canon sells too many 100-400 lenses currently that to add in a TC would push the price up too high.  Add in the whole lack of f8 AF on the crop bodies, and you see where selling a lens that doesn't work on their entire lineup just doesn't make sense.  Plus it gives Tamron a great niche to sell their 150-600mm lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ye Olde Film Photography
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:25:52 PM »
There are reasons to pick up film, and it's a great way to challenge yourself.  Plus, film is the only cheap way to shoot larger than 35mm, and being able to 'chip' digitally, then shoot with medium format 6x45 or 6x7.  I'm taking some Fuji instant pack film and a Mamiya RZ camera for a beach excursion next weekend.

Lenses / Re: Filter for Tamron 150-600?
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:43:10 PM »
Reconsider if you want a UV filter.  Might be better putting that money into the polarizer you'll want anyways.  I love my B+W 95mm CP.

Get LR 5 as a boxed product now and you'll be fine.  Toss it on a shelf, and it'll last a few years easy - long enough that you'll have this same debate about LR6 / LR7.

You also have that 30 day trial fun if you want to give it a no-risk go.  Install today, see what gets announced on the 16th and then decide what you want to do.

Lighting / Re: Rogue Flashbender Diffusion Kit vs actual softbox
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:43:05 PM »
Seconds are like half the price....  http://www.expoimaging.com/index2.php?cPath=21

The Rogue's are great for speedlights, I prefer them over the Fong's.

Lenses / Re: Re : B + W 105mm Circular Polarizer
« on: June 10, 2014, 01:17:16 AM »
Might consider the 4x4 CP or LP filter as well.  How many filters are you going to combine the polarizer with?  How wide of a lens are you going to use this with?

I know, so much money, and no one carries them on hand.  I got the 105mm holder for my Hitech 4x4 stuff, but returned it since when I want to go wide, I really need the 130/150mm stuff.

Unless a safe is 'Data Rated' the interior is designed to go up to 400 degrees which renders all electronics melted.  Data rated safes are required to keep the internals no hotter than 120 degrees.

I've got a printer on one of these, gives lots of short drawers, http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/business/10711/  I've also got an older Ikea drawer setup that gives me 8 additional boxy drawers that seems to fit just about everything other than a great white prime.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 30, 2014, 06:12:17 PM »
After reading his glass options, I'm thinking a single IV and a round of upgrades to his 24-70 and 70-200 IS, plus a 6D?  Having 2 identical bodies makes moving between them much easier, but it seems that you're all over the board, and sinking your entire budget into a single X isn't going to solve all your issues at once.

Not that spending money isn't fun, but hitting these upgrades now would make adding a 1Dx in a year just that much stronger overall.

I thought I was clear that I need to shoot both indoor and outdoor action so upgrading lenses I already have and getting a 6D will not provide a solution.  Thanks for your input and for everyone who stayed on topic, you gave me tremendous insight.  Since I have a respite between fall sports and late fall dance performances, I can wait a bit for the purchase.  I have 2 more CPS 1Dx loaners to cover anything that may come up that I can't cover with my 5D2 and 70D. I know I can't cover volleyball in the venues I shoot so I think I will opt for a 1Dx just before volleyball season starts.  Hopefully, Canon will have made announcements before my next purchase and drive the price down.  If the announcement means I wait for the new camera rather than the 1Dx, then I can rent as needed.

I'm sorry if you didn't read it that I started with getting a single IV - aka 1D mk4 - and spending the balance on the lens upgrades.  You seem to be overtly demanding on the performance of the bodies, and getting an extra FPS or two seems to be critical.  Might I recommend you consider the AF drive performance while tracking of your current lenses - a 1Dx may be held back by their af speed especially if it's looking for focus confirmation.

You're already talking about limping along with your 200/2 - outdoors, so I'd also point out you're better off with a 300/400 2.8 IS lens otherwise you lose any of that added fps.

I don't disagree that the 1Dx would be all that you want, but you came here looking for opinions, and my opinion is to get the 1D mk4 and upgrade your glass.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 29, 2014, 07:10:10 PM »
After reading his glass options, I'm thinking a single IV and a round of upgrades to his 24-70 and 70-200 IS, plus a 6D?  Having 2 identical bodies makes moving between them much easier, but it seems that you're all over the board, and sinking your entire budget into a single X isn't going to solve all your issues at once.

Not that spending money isn't fun, but hitting these upgrades now would make adding a 1Dx in a year just that much stronger overall.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Printer for Posters
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:55:45 PM »
Check out who is local to you that has a color profile on this list:  http://www.drycreekphoto.com/icc/ - almost every Costco has an Epson setup for banners, and my prints look ok, but you are limited to their paper.

Next, check out the X-Rite ColorMunki: http://xritephoto.com/ph_product_overview.aspx?id=1115
or rent one (LensRentals http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/calibration/colormunki ) - calibrate your screen and printer together.

Full control comes at a cost, and I'd suggest looking for a used printer (seen them for under $1k locally on Craigslist).

In the end, decide what you want to spend your time doing, shooting, editing or printing.  To get the perfect print, you may spend more time and money trying to get it perfect rather than just outsourcing.

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