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Lenses / Re: 24-105L or 70-200L f/2.8?
« on: April 08, 2013, 06:17:52 PM »
I think that a 70-200 is the second most important lens in any photogs bag, right after the standard zoom (or a set of primes in the standard range). So, I say either buy the kit or buy the body & a few decent primes like a 50 & a 24. Then save for the 70-200. Just my 2 cents.

I own a Sirui 2204. I have had it about a year & a half. I use mine probably every other week at least. It is a very sturdy, well made, high quality tripod! I never had a single issue with it until a few weeks ago. I had it on a trip four states away from home with the tripod in its protective bag. I had used it just the day before & I take it out of the rental car & the center column is locked in the up position. I managed to get by. When I got home I emailed Surui & they were quick to respond & help me with the problem. It turns out that the plastic collet piece that tightens down on the center column had broke. They sent me a new piece to install. I did end up buying another tripod though.....a Gitzo GT3541L. I plan on buying a motorized camera dolly for time lapse video & so I did need another tripod, but decided that a Gitzo was probably better suited for my needs. I think that Sirui is a good tripod for an amateur user. 

Canon General / Re: Ever borrow from CPS
« on: April 05, 2013, 09:34:00 AM »
I have borrowed several times. I also have insurance on my camera gear through Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The first time that I borrowed from CPS I was taking the gear on a long trip & so I called PPA about insuring the gear for the short time I had it. This is what they told me in a paraphrased manner.... Since I was borrowing the gear & not renting it, that I had nothing invested in the gear for that length of time, so they would not insure it. I told them that I did have an investment, the yearly membership fee. They still didn't agree to insuring the gear for that short of a period. So, I was just extremely cautious with the gear. You could always add a permanent $ amount to your policy that would cover you in any unfortunate event, but you would always be paying for coverage that you rarely use. You can always roll the dice like I did. Your call.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:53:56 AM »
Take a look:
(I imagine that if Canon released a new 6D every year, prices would drop very, very fast).

BPLOL hit this one on the head! This is the main reason that you see such a long wait between each version of a model. It is very costly to develop new technologies & incorporate new features into a product that is up to the standards for manufacturing. Canon makes sure that it can get every penny that it can. That is why Canon does come out with new features  but they put them on a new model & not a new version of an existing model. If they com out with feature "X" & you just HAVE to have it then you can get that feature ONLY if you buy camera model "F", even if you already have camera model "E". Then two years down the road when camera model "E version II" comes out with feature "X" you will buy that one also. Simply put Canon is going to sting it out so that they are more profitable, & they are masters at it! They aren't going to speed up their development process & at the same time become less profitable...... it just isn't going to happen.  Buy, the 5DIII & enjoy it until there is a new model or new version or a current model that you just can't live without.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gitzo Center Column Jammed
« on: April 03, 2013, 11:03:33 AM »
Sorry to hear that! I have recently had the same trouble, but with a Sirui tripod. I wrote the manufacturer an email & didn't get any response. Since the 6 year warranty was essentially worthless (because I didn't get a response) I bought a new Gitzo GT3541L. Hopefully I don't have any trouble with its center column as well. I'm sure that with a Gitzo you won't have any trouble with them responding back to you. I hope you get it fixed one way or another!

Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:52:49 AM »
I'm not a frequent poster, but I do browse this site almost every day. I was thoroughly entertained reading all the posts in this thread, probably because I can relate so well to the posts!! I got into photography 3 years ago & when that bug bit me it bit me HARD! I used to have a motorcycle that I just rode for pleasure....... USED to being the operative words! I sold the motorcycle to afford more & better photog gear! I could have bought a small house with the $$$ I've spent on photo gear in the las few years!  It is SO addicting!!

This link might help you out. In the bottom left of the chart it states the average peak aperture of each lens/camera body combo.

Lenses / Re: What next?
« on: March 20, 2013, 09:15:05 AM »
Wait for both the 200-400 f/4 & the 14-24 f/2.8

Also buy a second 5DIII, you always need a backup camera body.

Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
« on: July 02, 2012, 11:21:00 AM »
There isn't much room for improvement on the current version of this lens. Although Canon has been coming out with some lenses lately that are close optical perfection. I would be interested in trying this new lens out!

Lenses / Re: will canon make more pancakes?
« on: June 18, 2012, 12:42:59 PM »
there seems to be a fair bit of interest in the shorty 40 (love that name!)

so will this be the start of a series of pancakes? I'd be pretty interested in a 20 or 21mm f2.8 pancake of similar design and price

Voigtlander makes a 20mm for a FF EF mount that is very close to being a "pancake" in size. Very high quality optically as well!

You could always get a cheap laser pointer & either manual focus or auto-focus on the laser dot. It's super accurate!

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod Suggestions
« on: May 13, 2012, 01:27:46 AM »
Take a look at the brand Sirui. I have their model N-2204 legs. This brand is very high quality & especially for the price! I have mine coupled to a Arca-Swiss Z1 sp ballhead. That setup is about $800, which I realize is above your budget. That doesn't mean that you have to buy the same ballhead as me though. The largest lens I currently have is the 70-200 II. My tripod setup handles that lens & gripped 7D with ease! Great setup!! My buddy was so impressed with the legs that he bought a set for himself. Highly recommended!

EOS Bodies / Re: Help with Camera decisions
« on: May 11, 2012, 01:08:34 PM »

If these camera bodies are good enough for the hottest Hollywood film out right now, then its a safe bet that they are good enough for what you need them for. The movie "Act of Valor" also used the 5D Mk II heavily in their filming.

EOS Bodies / Re: Help with Camera decisions
« on: May 11, 2012, 12:50:40 PM »
If you combine the 7D with the 5Dii you get the 5Diii!

I totally agree with that statement! I own a 7D & a 5D Mk III. The 7D is very ergonomic camera body with a really good AF system, good IQ & ok at best ISO performance. The 5D Mk II has a much better IQ & MUCH better ISO performance than the 7D, but the AF system leaves MUCH to be desired. If you take the best of both of those camera bodies & you inject a healthy dose of improvements into the AF system, the IQ, & the ISO performance then you have the 5D Mk III. It really is up to you on how you use the camera & your budget as to which one you pick. I just wanted to give you some  info to help make that decision a little easier.

Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 2.8 MkI vs MkII
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:32:36 PM »
Thanks for your comments everyone.

My MkI is now listed on eBay (with a bunch of others).  :-\

 ;D LOL That is too funny!! Good choice though. I have played with the MkI & I own the MkII & there is a very noticeable difference!

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