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Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 22, 2011, 11:01:19 AM »
the 24.70mm is an amazing lens, ive used it basically at all my weddings this year

+1 for the 24-70L!  My old 28-70mmL almost never left my camera on wedding days...  The 20-35mmL was great for interior shots of the church during the service and some edgy WA stuff during the reception.  The 70-200mmL was what I shot from a tripod at the back; if the church was "photog unfriendly" and was on my second body for B&W portraiture (if requested by the bride & groom)...

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:57:29 AM »
You will be directing people as well during stuff like the formals and group shots. That is a big part of the day some people don't realize they even have to do.

So VERY true!

Almost every wedding is a rush, things like makeup and hair always run late.

LOL!  Again, so VERY true!

Software & Accessories / Re: Your Personal 7-Point System
« on: December 20, 2011, 07:03:44 AM »
Some of the questions which have been going through my mind are how do you get the sharpest and highest IQ images possible from your gear. For example, I always shoot in (large) RAW, lowest ISO possible, and the optimum aperture setting.  My Picture Style is set to standard and usually with highest sharpening.

I, too, have my first DSLR body after a long association with film.  I shoot RAW, at lowest possible ISO, and the optimum aperture setting, for highest IQ.  But here's where we differ...  And I'm not saying I'm right, I just want to hear from the more experienced digital shooters...

I set the Picture Style to "Neutral" and apply no in-camera sharpening.  I also switch off/disable all the automated optimizers in the Custom Functions.  Everything I do to the RAW image is applied in PP.  Have I got something wrong?

Thanks in advance for the advice!

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 18, 2011, 11:22:38 PM »
Wow!  I can't believe you got three pages of such great advice!  After I read through it all, I thought I would give you a few suggestions about "timing" your shoot that day...

If possible, attend the rehearsal.  You can pick your locations and angles for the wedding day.  You can also check with the minister to see what his rules are regarding photographer's and flashes...

On the wedding day, I would get to the church three hours early.  Let's say it was a 12:00 ceremony; I would get there at 9:00 AM.  The first hour was my time to set up equipment and scout shooting locations.  Walk around the grounds and evaluate backgrounds and lighting.  See what spots will be best for solos, couples, and groups...

The next hour was for the bride and her party.  Bride, bridesmaids, Mom & Dad, family shots if she wanted them.  You will finish her one hour before the ceremony so she can hide before anyone gets there...

Last hour is for the groom and his party.  Everyone has seen a guy in a tux so it is no big deal to shoot him as the guests start arriving.  Groom, groomsmen, Mom & Dad, family shots if he wants them.  You can shoot these practically up to the start of the ceremony...

If you follow this schedule, then all you have to do is shoot the ceremony and the bride & groom couple shots afterward.  Then off to the reception; which is like photographing a party but with a few special twists...  Their entrance, first dance, cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet/garter, their departure...  Then you're done!

Lenses / Re: New Photographer. Need suggestions :)
« on: December 15, 2011, 02:22:42 PM »
If you want to get a taste of weddings, I suggest you find a local wedding photographer and offer to be a volunteer second-shooter.

This is a great suggestion!  It's how I learned the business years ago...  It's all about knowing the event and positioning yourself for the next shot.  If you work with a pro you will also get some great tips on posing and lighting...  See if they have a "shoot sheet" they'll let you look at; a list of all the standard wedding shots that every bride expects and no one ever seems to grow tired of...

I shot 35+ weddings a year and almost never took my 28-70L off the camera; but that was full frame (film)...  You can certainly shoot a wedding with a standard lens (50mm) but on a crop body you're talking an 80mm equivalent...  Nice for single portraits or tight twosies but not very good for those groups...  I think the suggestion to rent/borrow a 10-22mm for those crop bodies is sound...

Amen on the strobes!  Natural light is beautiful, but when it goes away a strobe will let you get the shot.  I would rent one for each camera...

Oh, a tip...  Put the lens shade on that 28-70 and leave it on...  Canon engineers have done an amazing job controlling flare and you don't want an otherwise perfect shot ruined by stray light...

Good luck!

United States / Re: Metz 45 CT-5 and Canon 5D Mark 2
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:18:44 AM »
My two cents worth...

I have used Metz' and Canon EOS film bodies for years.  When I bought my first digital (XSi) I called Metz and asked if I could use my 60 CT-4's.  They told me "no", that the CT series was not recommended for digital cameras but the CL series was.  I ended up buying a 45 CL-4 with dedicated module and have had no problem with either flash or Canon body...

I would call Metz (201-818-9500) and ask them.  They have always been extremely helpful when I've dealt with them.  They will also tell you every part required to make a camera communicate with one of their strobes.  Lastly, they are a great source for spare parts and hard-to-get items.  They will probably answer that phone "Manfrotto" because they are handling Metz USA business now...

Hope this helps!

Nice! Available light or a little flash blended in? What ISO were these shot at? I have the original 70-200L myself and still love it!

EOS Bodies / Re: The things I love about the 5Dmkii
« on: November 25, 2011, 09:37:47 AM »
Very nice! Did you use any of the in-camera, long exposure NR? Or do you switch that off and take care of it in post?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How bad is the AF on 5DmkII really?
« on: November 24, 2011, 02:10:45 AM »
I recently upgraded from a T1i, and I had a terrible time deciding what to upgrade to. I bought and returned a 7D. I think the 7D AF system is overly complicated for what it provides, but I am also not the 7D target market- I am a "mom with a camera". I also thought the image quality was no better than my Rebel, and that it amounted to a big heavy camera that was still a crop sensor, and frankly, I just didn't like the camera. So I didn't know what to do, and I rented a D7000. The camera had amazing, very fast, AF. Grabbed and locked very quickly, worked well. But, I could not justify selling all my lenses, flash etc. to switch to another crop sensor camera. And most importantly, I do not prefer Nikon colors, or the contrastiness (not a word, I know) of Nikon files. You can address it through editing, but it seemed like it would be a constant struggle.

So I bought a 5DMII, and based on everything I has read about the focus system, I expected pretty much all of my photos to be out of focus. I thought it was going to be just horrible. And I have found that via One Shot or AI Servo, shooting my toddlers, my keeper rate is very high. I do find it hunts in low light. I do not use the center point exclusively, I do toggle, and I find the outer points are ok in most situations. No, I probably would not choose it for a serious birds in flight, sports camera. It doesn't necessarily feel like a "fast" camera. But overall, factoring in the size and weight, and the image quality, and the affordability of the camera relative to other full frame options, it is the right camera for me.  A lot of extra information there, but to address the original post, I don't think the AF is "that bad"- other cameras have better AF for sure, but I think that people make it out to be more of an issue than it is. And I decided I would rather stay invested in Canon and hope that by the time I upgrade, the AF will be better. But the AF is good enough for most situations I photograph.

Sounds like a lot more expertise than "mom with a camera"!  I'm curious what lenses you have paired with your 5DII and what you think of the results?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L Sale Price
« on: November 24, 2011, 01:15:00 AM »
i find the best place to buy thats not shady and is reliable is b&h

+1  I've been dealing with them for over 20 years...  Not the cheapest place you'll find; but they are very helpful, reliable, and honest...

EOS Bodies / Re: how much should i expect to pay for T3i ?
« on: November 22, 2011, 02:04:22 AM »
Or could it be grey market?  I learned recently about photography equipment and the whole grey market thing and am now a little paranoid of buying one... but of course also want to pay the lowest legitimate price.

It's been said; if it's too good to be true, it probably is...  I'm a cheapskate - I try to save every dollar.  But when you start trying to buy from small, internet shops; you might run into problems...

I have bought stuff that they SWORE was USA warranty and when it showed up it was gray market.  I think they hope you just won't fool with returning it.  I've had people try to sell me "better" batteries, lens caps, and other things that are already included in the box!

Go to Canon USA and find the item you're interested in.  Look at the "What's in the box" tab.  If Canon ships it as part of the kit, don't let someone talk you into paying extra for it.  Me, personally, I have NEVER felt cheated by B&H, Adorama, or Newegg...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L Sale Price
« on: November 22, 2011, 12:34:10 AM »
Just about every Canon shooter on the planet is looking forward to the refreshed 24-70 f/2.8 more than a personal visit from Santa.

That's the truth!  It's on my Wish List!

Lenses / Re: Upgraded to a 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II
« on: November 22, 2011, 12:26:45 AM »
Yeah they are sweet lenses It's my favourite, can feel a bit heavy after shooting for long periods, I've taken the tripod foot off mine as I find it lets me hold the lens barrel a bit more comfortably

LOL!  I rotate mine around to the top of the lens and use it as a carry handle when not on the tripod!  They can get AWFULLY heavy after a while!

United States / Re: Good SDHC card for canon 60D
« on: November 22, 2011, 12:20:35 AM »
In general, there have been several notices in the past about Lexar cards having various issues with Canon cameras, so I tend to avoid them.  Usually I just buy to of the fastest/largest SanDisk card I can afford.

It's funny you should mention that...  When I bought my first digital (XSi) I bought two Lexar Professional cards.  One would shoot a certain number of frames and then completely lock up.  When I called their Customer Service, they said I couldn't format the card in the camera; that I had to use the disk utility on Windows XP.  That seemed to solve the problem, but I have never bought Lexar again.  My new SanDisk Extreme Pro works flawlessly; regardless of where I format it...

United States / Re: Good SDHC card for canon 60D
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:32:45 AM »
It's hard to beat this SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro SDHC UHS-1 (although only the T3i can benefit from that currently)...  Up to 90MB/s write speed...  It's hard to imagine a 32GB card for $126.50!


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