I don't mind flickr. There are some pretty good photographs up there. I tend to use it for compositional ideas and as a starting point for learning new techniques.
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I played with mine some more today. With the lens mounted to my powered up 5D MK II, I pushed the barrel of the lens all the way back, and did a lot of other screwy things, but it kept on working perfectly. Apparently not all of them have the issue, or it is particular to certain camera bodies.
My wife and I started up a photography business last year. I'm currently in the process of getting her a camera body. We primarily shoot family portraiture and are moving into weddings this summer. I currently have:
Canon 5d Mk2
Canon 35L 1.4
Canon 50L 1.2
Sigma 85mm 1.4
Canon 135L f/2
Canon 580ex II
I do have the mark 3 preordered but damn the D800 is tempted... I could sell everything and start from scratch... I would lose some money yes, but does Nikon have equivalent primes as Canon does?
soft soft soft.where is sharpness?
It's Martin again telling us in every topic that the images are soft !!
Long time lurker here. I was not planning on registering but I simply could not take any more of your little show. I have been taking notice of your consistent behavior throughout several topics and just decided to skim through your posts and oh, boy... You began, months before 5DM3 was released, complaining about this and that, how you used to be a Nikon-guy a year ago and were seriously contemplating going back, and you go on to complain about leaked 5D specs, and when 5D comes out, you complain a little bit more, followed by further complaints about sample images. Each time with a definitive statement on how that is it and you are certainly switching back to Nikon. "I know it is going to be expensive but I have to do it". OHHH-KAY! We are bloody idiots on the verge of jumping ship and you are that guy who will give the final nudge, eh? And if that's not it, that's even worse... Like if you do not have a hidden agenda and are simply somewhat neurotic. Because people are taking your comments seriously and responding to your monological rants.
Please, let it go.
I'm going to revise my earlier recommendation.
Since you are brand new to photography, 14 years old and learning, you need to bring gear you can use effortlessly, very fast, and without thinking about it.
You don't want to be 'that guy' who has a duffle bag full of gear and is always fumbling with lenses and tripods, and holding everyone up.
You want to be able to capture a memory as quickly as possible - and get back into the action with your friends and family.
You don't have enough time between now and April to get comfortable with 3 lenses.
Pick one lens, and get to know it. You have a lot of trips ahead of you.
I'll often take a trip and bring one prime lens (e.g. 50mm). It forces you to think about composure rather than taking lenses on and off.
I'd say bring one lens and learn it:
Either: 17-40mm f/4 if you want a zoom
Or... if you want to become a better photographer, bring only a 24mm 2.8 prime and learn composure (thats equivalent to a 38mm perspective)
I see your point and it is very good, but as I'm not really sure what kind of situations I will be in during the trip, I don't really want to have one lens, and then regret not renting one that could have given me the chance to get that photo I need the other lens for. I guess I could rent the lenses (only 2 or 3) for a bit of extra time, and get to use them for a few days before the trip, how does that sound?
I just wanted to back up Scrappy's point and reiterate mine from earlier. When I first started I made the mistake of buying lenses and kit I thought I needed but then found I didn't. You've got a few months before your trip, would strongly recommend you getting to know one lens well (I'd say either the 18-55 kit or the 15-85), and taking it from there. I totally get your point about wanting to be prepared for the trip, however you'd be surprised how effective one lens (even just a prime - I was in New York recently with my fiancee and used a 35mm 95% of the time) can be, and it forces you to think about composition too. I've also been in situations where I've missed shots and opportunities whilst faffing with lens choices! Getting pleasing results from your first DSLR (with any lens) is not trivial either, so there will be a learning curve from the outset.
If you are dead set on a lens/focal length then go ahead - but if you aren't sure then save the cash for now and pull the trigger later
All the best.
Use this website http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/cat1.html
5d mark II is still at an all time low price.
Thanks for the link!
So what do you guys think is the reason for the price increase?
Either end of Canon wholesale discount/incentive or exhaustion of stock.
Prices could drop tomorrow if new incentive on offer.
that mean something new coming?