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I have been tracking the price of Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for quite some time and it has never gone down $2299.
I want to get it but I am not in any hurry, did any one see the price lesser than $2299. Do you think during Christmas it might go down further?
Not sure where you live but at least in the states slickdeals.net is a good place if you're looking for deals on lenses. I have a tracker setup for Canon and get posts all the time. You obviously get a lot of other random stuff but there's some good deals in there too pretty regularly.

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Lighting / Re: Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 19, 2012, 11:56:19 PM »
Thanks for the input. I don't totally understand depth of field yet but the closest I've come is that the depth of field is based off the size of the object and the aperture. What I mean by this is if you have someone 10 feet away at 50mm and then you move them 20 feet away at 100mm, they'll both have the same depth of field.

That's a reasonable intuition for wedding photography.  This works as long as the subject is much closer than the hyperfocal distance. This is usually true if you're shooting with tele lenses at fast to normal apertures.
Sure, I realize there are other things that come into play but that's my dumbed down thing that you can't "cheat" depth of field in some way. Hyperfocal is definitely something that while I understand it to some extent, I don't even take it into account yet for the work I do.

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Lighting / Re: Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 18, 2012, 11:20:49 PM »
I always use flash at weddings.

When they return down the isle I have a flash on either side in two places (4 flash). So I get two really good flashed photos.

Outside groups are always flashed, whatever the conditions - saves missing a shot.

Indoor reception obviously flashed.

Take plenty of rechargables

Thanks. Good to know this is fairly common. I'll have to look into this some more for future weddings

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Lighting / Re: Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 18, 2012, 11:19:37 PM »
I don't totally understand depth of field yet but the closest I've come is that the depth of field is based off the

Um I dont mean to be rude but if you dont understand depth of field then you really should not be shooting a wedding!

weddings are about as full on shooting conditions that you will ever encounter you need to be 100% clear on how your camera works and all fundamental photography basics

otherwise you might end up here
Judge Joe Brown - Cheap wedding photographer

OMG! LOL I never knew that Judge Joe Brown was such a big photographer LOL. Thanks for the laugh. In response to your point, I knew my point might be a little confusing. I of course understand the concept of depth of field but I think it takes a lot of practice to get to the place where you truly know how much depth of field you'll have at a given aperture and distance. Anyways, thanks for the laugh. I love the 18-55 lens part in the video best.

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Lighting / Re: Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 18, 2012, 02:01:01 PM »
I currently shoot with a single 430 or 580 flash during wedding ceremony's. For the stuff closer up where I can bounce it up it's pretty decent but for longer distance shots where I have it running straight through a gary fong lightsphere to soften it up some but still straight at them it's not as nice an effect. I've been thinking of getting a third flash (we shoot with 2 cameras) and I'm wondering if it would be weird to have another slave flash off camera just bringing up the ambient light in the room or if that's too distracting. Anybody have thoughts on this or done something like that before?

I don't think it would be weird at all.

As the guy who got married not that long ago, the photos were one of the big ticket line items in the wedding budget (I think it was third and not too distant third after food and drinks), so I was quite happy to help the photographers do the job that we were paying good money for.

In fact I'd be all for going slightly further and putting one on either side in front of the altar.

Regarding larger apertures -- depth of field doesn't just depend on aperture. For example, with a 50mm lens, f/22 at 3 feet gives you less depth of field than f/1.4 at 15 feet. At mfd with 50mm f/1.4 or 85mm f/1.4, you have less than 1 inch dof,  but when you're at those longer working distances, it is much more manageable (1ft-2ft).

Thanks for the input. I don't totally understand depth of field yet but the closest I've come is that the depth of field is based off the size of the object and the aperture. What I mean by this is if you have someone 10 feet away at 50mm and then you move them 20 feet away at 100mm, they'll both have the same depth of field. Obviously it will look different but the actual in focus distance will be the same. So if I want to fill the frame tightly with two people then I'm learning it's hard to get them both in focus if they're not on the same plane at even f4. Granted one of them isn't super out focus but it's noticeable. If instead you're doing something where it's a wider shot though then I'm sure you could do a much larger aperture but unless you have a really exciting background it's kind of eh. The only thing that helps all is using a crop camera over a full frame which will give a little more depth of field. But then of course a full frame camera will pretty much always have better iso performance so you can shoot at say 3200 5.6 vs 1600 4.0 and get relatively similar results. I'm not trying to be real accurate here so you don't have to tell me that that's not correct due to various other items. These are just the general ideas I've learned. It takes skill to be able to know what needs to be in focus and what's not and I'm still learning that. It also takes skill knowing when to take the shot so that everything you want in focus is on the same plane. I definitely still have a lot to learn there. So until I do, I'll continue to use a smaller aperture to make sure I get the client usable pictures. For that flashes are invaluable.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: July 17, 2012, 01:15:04 PM »
All my research seems to indicate most services only run once daily. This definitely wouldn't suffice for being alerted the minute a product is in stock.

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Lighting / Re: Need a new flashgun
« on: July 16, 2012, 10:23:11 PM »
My Jessops 360AFDC Flashgun had decided to die on me just when I want to start teaching myself about flash as I know little when it comes to flash photography. Can anyone recommend a decent flashgun I could buy, I currently have a Canon EOS 450D but in the near future I would like to upgrade to FF like the 5D Mark II. One I have looked at is the Canon Speedlite 430EX II, this seems to be a popular flash, also the Canon Speedlite 580EX II, but because of the cost I would have to look at getting that one used.

Thank you very much!
I've got both. I got a real good deal on the 580 used from lensrentals $310. Spent also the same for the 430 brand new. They're both great flashes. I've had more issues with the 430 not holding in place as well as the other but that might just be mine. Otherwise you can't wrong with either. If you're just starting out I'd say go with whichever one you can get a better deal on. Chances are you'll probably end up more than one eventually.

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Lighting / Re: Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 16, 2012, 10:20:57 PM »
Thanks for the info wickidwombat. The one thing I've always wondered with shooting manual is how you handle changes in light. Are you having to just manually adjust it as you go? If I setup a manual flash then I theoretically have to either shoot in manual mode on the camera as well or dial in an exposure compensation equivalent to what the flash will fire during the exposure.

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Software & Accessories / Re: PixStics
« on: July 16, 2012, 08:45:30 AM »
Just wanted to let everyone know I'm currently working on several fixes/improvements to the script. Hopefully will have a new version up sometime this week or next week.

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Lighting / Re: Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 15, 2012, 09:28:46 PM »
Good to know. I wasn't sure if it would be annoying to people but people do tend to like getting married in really dark places and while I'm working on getting better with larger aperture lenses, I think it looks very amateurish if you have a very narrow depth of field and it doesn't have the right part of the picture in focus so I'd rather use flashes until I get there to provide enough light. wickidwombat, what did you use for triggering the flashes? Did you shoot in manual or ttl?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Old Nikon Lenses with Adaptor
« on: July 14, 2012, 11:13:41 AM »
So I often hear people talk about using old Nikon lenses on a Canon with an adapter. I never actually see what lenses they use it with though and what they are comparable to performance wise of a current Canon lens. Is this one of those urban myths or can you actually get a nicer picture for less money going this way? I realize the limitations and so of course that has to be factored in but if we're just talking strictly image quality is this a good option?

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Lighting / Multiple Flashes During Wedding Ceremony
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:58:36 AM »
I currently shoot with a single 430 or 580 flash during wedding ceremony's. For the stuff closer up where I can bounce it up it's pretty decent but for longer distance shots where I have it running straight through a gary fong lightsphere to soften it up some but still straight at them it's not as nice an effect. I've been thinking of getting a third flash (we shoot with 2 cameras) and I'm wondering if it would be weird to have another slave flash off camera just bringing up the ambient light in the room or if that's too distracting. Anybody have thoughts on this or done something like that before?

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Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:19:34 AM »
If I had a strict choice between the two, I'd get the 40mm lens.  Why?  First, it's cheap.  Second, it's sharp.  Third, it's 64mm on your camera which is pretty good.  However, as RLPhoto hinted at, what focal length do you need?  I would be happy with 64mm, but really the reason I shoot all FF is because when I buy a 40mm lens, I prefer not to deal with a crop factor for most shots.  I have a 1D4 because I don't mind the crop factor for sports.  So it really depends on what you need.  Picking between your two choices though, I would personally pick the 40mm.

I realised I have missed out a lot of great lenses when looking for a lens to mimic the "normal" perspective on a crop body. Any other things that I should take note of?
This is just my personal experience but the three lenses I've liked a lot on a crop camera are:
Canon 35 2.0 - Nice sharpness on a crop camera, focus is loud and a bit erratic but since it's a fairly wide lens even if focus isn't perfect it's normally close enough. Right now our main setup is this on a crop camera and the 24-105 on the fullframe. Works pretty well and I think I bought it for around $270 refurb from Canon. Great for the price

Sigma 10-20 - Obviously we're talking about normal range lenses here but if you've never used an ultra wide angle then you might look into something like this as well. Instead of giving you something BETTER that you already have it will give you something NEW. The same could be said of any of the macro options as well

Tamron 17-50 non VC - This is a pretty good lens for the money. If you're looking for something better rather than something new then this is a good option. Usable at 2.8 and really sharpens well at 4.0.

I've used the Canon 50 1.8 and actually like it better for video because the focus ring is smoother than the 35 2.0 but for everything else I've liked the 35 2.0 better. Sharpness wide open can't compare and I think the 35 has better contrast too. The Canon 50 1.4 might be a little bit better but believe me I've researched it over and over again and I a have hard time wanting to upgrade. Being on full frame now I do miss the framing of the 35 2.0 on crop so I'm renting a Zeiss Makro 50 2.0 for a wedding in September. Looking at the charts, it looks to be much better than Canon's options. Of course it's manual focus only and not cheap but I'm using it in place of the Canon 100 2.8 IS macro I normally use so if it can meet both needs it might get rented again.

I've also researched the 40 2.8. Everything seems to be really nice about this lens. My main hesitation is I already have the 35 2.0 and I'm waiting a little while longer to make sure there aren't any issues with the new focusing system on the 40 2.8. Otherwise I think I'd recommend it over the 50 1.4 but that's based on the fact that I like my lenses to be sharp wide open mainly because of the fact that unless you have the camera in AV or M it's going to use the biggest aperture.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:00:30 AM »
Mt Spokane Photography, which one do you specifically use? I'd like to try it out and see how long it takes to see an update on a page. Thanks.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon Direct Instock Alert Tool
« on: July 13, 2012, 09:56:13 AM »
I use one to monitor the Canon Refurb store for 1D Mark IV availability.  It e-mails a notice when the product availability changes.
There are lots of web page trackers that can be customized.
http://www.bing.com/search?q=track+web+page+changes&qs=n&form=QBRE&pq=track+web+page+changes&sc=2-22&sp=-1&sk=
Good to know. I'll have to investigate this further.

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