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For your stated purpose I think the Nikon but more becasue of the Nikkor 14-24 than because of the body


Right, so....Ive discovered that I have been smited like hell....in the same way mosquitos sting you if you walk out into the forest at night. ...

I guess the people who smite me are those who feel insulted because I have not recommended their lenses or bodies in my replies to other people's posts. People smite you because they can't stand their lenses being "unrecommended". Most of the time, thats the only lenses they have and they take it too personally....also I've found that some people can't stand it when others says something negative about Canon. 

On this site, by giving your opinion = smite :(

so.....since I have 120+ smites and only 30+ thumbs up, I cant careless about my reputation, so people go on smite me! Your lenses can be S___. Canon can sometimes be S___. And your camera bodies are probably need an upgrade.

You are so right. I joined this forum a few weeks ago as a retired photography instructor, with the beautiful idea of helping others for free with any and all photography questions--hence, my chosen name "helpful."

But as soon as I had started posting some images to use as examples of depth of field, white balance, etc., I started collecting an negative karma out of no where. I decided to devote my time to people who might actually want it. I deleted nearly all my posts, and all my images--why share my work at site and get smites when the same photos have won me photo of the year awards and publication in the Tribune, etc.

I am still willing to help anyone who actually wants it. Don't hesitate to ask me anything about photography.

Now watch my smites add up!

don't worry matey :D

I'm celebrating my 100th smite today ! I try to help out as much as possible other who are very helpful round here have a boatload of smites too, its just par for the course

Thanks for all the advice!

Good news though - I've managed to find a 5DMkIII and it is due to be delivered tomorrow, together with spare battery and circular polarising filter  ;D

The only slight downside is that to get the 5DMkIII I had to buy it as a kit with the 24-105 f/4 IS lens. Is it a downside though? Actually, I'm thinking the 24-105 lens might be an excellent all round lens and perhaps all I need to take with me? I don't really want to lug too much equipment around, not only because of the bulk and weight of it but also the value for insurance purposes. Come to think of it, using just the one lens would also avoid the need (or temptation) to change lenses and expose the sensor to dirt, dust etc. So, do you think it's a good idea to travel with the 5DMkIII and just the one lens?

Regarding a ND/grad filter, I'm thinking of buying in to the Lee Filter System, unless there is something better/more practical?

One thing I think I definitely need is a tripod, for landscapes. I don't want to take my existing Manfrotto model as it's way too heavy and bulky to travel with, so can anyone suggest a good travel tripod that is light but sturdy and won't take up too much space?

Oh and the 5DMkIII camera strap is WAY too conspicuous - can anyone suggest a good alternative?

I just got my new model ebay black rapid copy

and man the quality of these new ones is awesome
i would recommend taking the 24-105 and a fast prime 50 f1.4 or something similar if you have it not sure how light you want to travel though

D-Rochat that video is always good value :D

Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 24-105 for landscapes?
« on: March 17, 2012, 04:44:52 AM »
if you don't have the 5D2 yet then getting the 24-105 in the kit with it is the best way to go, its a great all round lens

I never found safety shift particularly good, maybe i did something wrong but I just ended up turning it off

I would like to buy a nifty-fifty (most likely the 50mm 1.4). I'd like it for portraits but want it for music/concert photography (right between the stage and the crowd, where the security personnel stand...if I can figure out a way to get a media pass without paying extra to the tour organisers :().

But while some people say everyone should have a 50mm in their lens collections, one of my teachers (I'm a photography student) have said that some people find 50mm lenses boring, etc. So what's the next best kind of lens? I guess my (stretched) budget wpuld be up to $1500 including the B+W filter I would buy. What does everyone think of these 'kits' and which one is better? http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Filter-Accessory-Digital-Cameras/dp/B002PX21JS/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1331887805&sr=1-7 or http://www.adorama.com/CA5014AFUA.html

I don't need this lens (canon branded or otherwise) but I would like it. I guess the alternatives would be a prime such as the 24mm/35mm or the 17-40mmL. Any suggestions/advice is appreciated.

sigma 85mm f1.4 is awesome i got it for $999 here in oz they go for around $900 on ebay
then you got change of $500 so i think the 50 f1.4 is around $350 $400 so get one anyway
those 2 lenses and the 16-35 f2.8 and i'm all set :)

Here's one of Will and Kate I took last summer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Canada Day - and yes we too have the Queen on our Money. Taken with my 40D and 70-200 F4 at F4. Heavly cropped.

I could have used one of the Briansquibb specials in the second shot I posted  ;D

Kate Middleton is next in line to the throne after Camilla.

someone needs to tell all those media guys that their cameras aren't up to scratch and they should be using D800's......

Technical Support / Re: Ants in 5D2
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:38:15 AM »
I hear the D800 is ant proof. :P

Nice work I really LOL'd at that one

If you can wait, I suggest getting the 17-55 or 15-85 first, and then waiting to upgrade the body once the next generation crop cameras come out.
this is the best option i think as once the new models are announced the price of the current 7D and 60D are going to drop nicely. curently you have a camera so just keep using that one and save up, get the better lens now to scratch the gear accquisition itch  either of the above mentioned two lenses wll be good then see what rolls out with the next announcements.
I think the next rebel will be better than the current 60D anyway and I think the 7Dmk2 will see the same AF as the 5Dmk3 with the 70D getting the 7D AF as a minimum possibly better with rebels getting a much improved AF (possibly the current 60D AF as a bare minimum but i think it will be better)
Canon have realised they have to pick up their game regarding AF to compete with Nikon who put great AF systems even into their low end models

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5dII with lens or 5DIII/D800
« on: March 16, 2012, 02:13:46 AM »
I would say if you are budget limited go for a 5Dmk2 kit with the 24-105 f4L IS and get yourself a 50mm f1.4
for animals you are going to need to go long so down the track look at a 100-400 or 70-300
but bear in mind the 5dmk2 AF is very limited but can still get good shots as long as you work within its limits
if you tell us the budget it will make it easier to recomend stuff

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Auto Focus Question
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:19:19 AM »
I have a late model 1Dmk3 and never had any problem with it's AF
I think only early models suffered from the debacle :P

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 Auto Focus Question
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:49:33 AM »
what about the 16-35 f2.8L II doesnt it zoom backwards too? does that mean it in the same boat?

Lenses / Re: advice on lens for evening events
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:37:24 AM »
on the 60D 50mm f1.4 should be fine (about 80mm)
an 85mm will be quite long

perhaps the sigma 30mm might be worth a look for something a bit wider,

you also dont want to be changing lenses too often so with only one body i would try stick to 2 lenses
1 wider to cover groups etc and one more portrait oriented the 50mm f1.4 is really good for this on the 60D
the tougher choice is how wide and how fast do you want to go maybe rent a 16-35 f2.8L II or buy it if
i tend to use this for events because the wide angles you can shoot a bit faster anyway and f2.8 is pretty wide anyway if you are shooting a group. typically i will have the 16-35 on 1 bosy and the 50mm or 85mm on another body depending on available space, events can be very crowded so it can be hard to shoot with longer lenses

With the 5Dmk3 vs D800 being the most contraversial release in photographic history
I was just wondering when everyone thinks that things are going to return to normal around here?

Please this poll is just for fun, try to lighten up guys :D

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