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The Guy on Digitalrev.com does a good video about this. He does however come at the question from a very different angle.  That is to say less technical point of view then some of the replies above. I'm not making fun of any one-  it's just that he (he's called Kai) talks about how the lens feels and how 50mm is a kind of natural field of view on a FF camera. If I had any real computer skills I would leave the specific URL here, but you know google Digitalrev.com and 50mm and theirs are among the first videos come up.

this one?
5 Reasons Why You Need a 50mm lens

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Lenses / Re: Would you be interested in this trade
« on: May 16, 2012, 08:02:48 PM »
also be carefull trading this lens as lots of the early mk1 24-70 are not great it would seem that most of the newer production models are better based on what people say of this lens

you might regret trading an awesome sharp lens for something you are not happy with

have you considered buying the tamron 24-70? the new one? and keeping the 16-35?

or perhaps keep the 16-35 and get a canon 85mm f1.8 for those times the 35 doesnt reach enough
I know its 2 lenses not 1 but just throwing some options around

for me 16-35 + 85mm gives perfect coverage for events you could also grab a nifty 50 f1.8 if you feel lacking in that range they are only $100 and the 85f1.8 go pretty cheap so you could be better off financially doing something like this and have wider apertures available for shooting gigs

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Lenses / Re: Which 85 - 85L, 85L ii or Sigma 85 1.4?
« on: May 16, 2012, 07:41:31 PM »
the sigma is better than the canon mk II in many respects
compared to the mark 1 it beats it handily on every count IMO

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Lenses / Re: Would you be interested in this trade
« on: May 16, 2012, 07:23:10 PM »
i think you are mad to be getting rid of the 16-35 f2.8L II it's one of my favourite lenses

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Lenses / Re: Lens Question
« on: May 16, 2012, 07:19:18 PM »
What Filter should I buy for the 50mm1.2L
72mm B+W MRC UV for protection

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5DM3 serial number
« on: May 16, 2012, 06:39:40 PM »
my first one that was faulty was a 1 my new one which seems fine is a 3
it seems some people with "1" dont have problems bar the light leak when shootign with their lens caps on :P
you could test it and see if its a good 1 copy

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A good analogy, however the REAL issue is not of cost but of compromised features to accomodate video
eg the stronger AA filter which sacrifices still sharpness to gain improved moire perfomance in video

Taking your life in your hands there Wicked - I got thoroughly beaten up suggesting that before  :(


HaHa but there is no more smitey smitey anymore mwahahahahahaha :P

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A good analogy, however the REAL issue is not of cost but of compromised features to accomodate video
eg the stronger AA filter which sacrifices still sharpness to gain improved moire perfomance in video

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I have one more question ... I use Hoya UV filter on my lenses, just for protection and easy cleaning purposes. Do these filters degrade the quality of the pictures? I haven’t seen any difference in specific though.

Thank you all, for your responses!

I use high quality filters on all my lenses
you will be very thankfull for it if someone accidentally spills beer on you nice L lens
B+W filters tend to be easier to clean the hoyas can be a challenge
i use both


these lens pens clean the hoyas very easily though so keep one with you
this little cleaning kit has one in it very cheap and the blowers are good too
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5in1-Lens-Cleaning-Pen-cloth-Fluid-Blower-Kit-Canon-EOS-500D-550D-1000D-600D-/180763011624?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item2a1650aa28

also a tip with shooting flash is if the background is brighter than the subject you will need to add flash EC to balance it to ambient if the background is darker you will need to reduce EC on the flash do some testign at home with bright window backlight vs dark candle background once you get the hang of balancing flash to ambient its pretty easy and ETTL is wonderfull. the amount of EC required will depend on the brightness  / darkness it just takes a while to get a feel for this

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my question is do you need the zoom?

the 300 f4L IS is a really sweet option too and can be had second hand for around $800
put a 1.4 Tc on this and you have 420mm @f5.6 with IS
its a really nice weight and balance on any camera very nice IQ too

@300mm its a full stop faster than the other 2 lenses you mentioned

worth considering as an option

if i need the zoom i'll tend to go with my 70-200 I typically find at the longer focal length you are chasing all the reach you can get so the longer primes work well

of course there is also the 70-200 f2.8L with a 2x TC giving you 140-400 f5.6 as an option that includes zoom
more expensive though

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PhilDrinkwater –
Thank you for your inputs. I checked the link you have posted and the pictures in it are amazing. I didn’t get a chance to check the other 3 links you have but I will.
Yes, you are correct, event photography is definitely challenging and tougher.

I forgot to mention, I do have the stofen diffuser. I tried it manual mode and the automatic mode before and I got better results in the manual mode. Any suggestions for me in terms of what mode and the other settings I should use?

Thanks. In the first ones with the dancing, I balanced the natural top lighting by using a geled flash straight forwards. It took away some of the "bright noses" you get with top lighting.

I tend to use my flash on ETTL as I move around a lot and use different lenses.
Any particular colored gel you recommend?

Various types of CTO..

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LumiQuest-FXTRA-8-Universal-Rosco-Flash-Gels-Holder-NEW-/360457488939?pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item53ecf0ca2b
this is worth while for a speedlight, you get a full strength CTO half and 1/4 strength as well as some other colours and fluro equilising gels

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Lenses / Re: Macro decisions
« on: May 15, 2012, 08:30:12 PM »
I just picked up the 100 2.8L, can hardly wait to use it. :)

let me know if you get any funny noises from the IS on the 5Dmk3

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[Event photography is a lot tougher than people think, isn't it? :)

It is, I really like your wedding post processing, any tips on your processing style you might be generous enough to share?

Thanks :)

I wouldn't share my "formula" but I can point you to this: http://www.phildweddingphotography.co.uk/index.php/2011/10/colour-checker-passport-for-wedding-photography/

ah worth a shot :P
I've been doing allt hat manually that gizmo looks like it can save a pile of time!
nice websites, and it refreshing to see the colour spelled correctly too ;)

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PowerShot Cameras / Re: Typical Small Camera Question
« on: May 15, 2012, 07:16:08 PM »
i bought the x10

I got it because i had front row tickets to see roger waters and they would not allow dslr camera in only point and shoots so i figured i needed the best low light capabilities i could get in a point and shoot and the x10 performs well up to 3200 iso (it will go higher but i avoid it) and the lens base apertures is f2 to f2.8 on the 4x zoom. build is really really nice and functionally everything works really well I noticed the other day in manual focus mode it has a depth of field indicator on the live view screen as you focus, Nifty! also i've used ex580 flashes off camera with it using ebay poverty wizards and it will sync to 1/800 sec

as to be expected the smaller sensor doesnt yield the sort of narrow DoF that you get from a 5Dmk2 at f2 but its great for low light shooting battery life that I am seeing seems to be around double what the documentation says, hell I got over 1000 shots off 1 battery and they rate it at 400!

Also a nice accessory i have picked up for it is this
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Lowepro-DMC-Z-Slim-Memory-Card-Wallet-Holder-Accessory-SD-CF-Batteries-/120912267727?pt=AU_Cameras_Photographic_Accessories&hash=item1c26eec9cf
you can fit the spare batteries and memory cards in it and they are well protected

I havent encountered the white orb issue that people have complained about yet so cant comment on that

great little camera

about my only gripe is i would like to have some basic data in the VF like exposure scale aperture shutter speed and ISO, but the auto iso is so good you can use the camera in manual all the time and let auto iso adjust your exposure

AF is a little sluggish though however it will shoot 10fps and another neat trick is when you are reviewing shots it groups all bursts so you see the first one for each group then the next group and you cna then just go into each group to view each individual shot.

also video looks to be exceptionally clean i havent used it much but it is lacking an external mic port

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I forgot to mention, I do have the stofen diffuser. I tried it manual mode and the automatic mode before and I got better results in the manual mode. Any suggestions for me in terms of what mode and the other settings I should use?

with this the best bet is if you have a white ceiling just bounce off it (if you are bouncing dont use diffuser)diffusers suck power from your flash
but if you have to use it straight on the stofen will soften the light a little, its not going to make a massive difference though, best just using ettl and the flash will compensate for the loss of power because it meters off the delivered light to the subject

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