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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: February 21, 2012, 08:38:00 PM »
This is my kind of topic. It takes up too much bandwidth to upload a couple dozen images, so let's try this:

nice shots!

Lighting / Re: Do I need the 580?
« on: February 21, 2012, 07:24:16 PM »
For external power, the options begin with aftermarket knockoffs of the Canon battery pack which takes 8 AA cells; readily available on eBay. The knock-offs are almost certain to disappoint. At the other end of the scale is the unbelievably durable, justifiably expensive  Quantum Turbo series of batteries. This is what I have used for years.
I disagree about the knock off external battery packs
I have 4 yongnuo external battery packs at $46 each they are great filled with eneloops the flashes are good to shoot all day with no battery change and fast recycle time. they are a great matchup with the 580exii

Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 21, 2012, 06:43:28 PM »
i would like to see the karma thing disappear.  it's hard to be honest about a Canon product without having someone who has a red stripe around their panties getting them into a wad.  let's get into imaging instead of getting into personalities.

Meh I've been smited plenty for being honest :) doesn't stop me, some people smite if they disagree i guess I only smite if someone is being abusive etc I prefer to applaud if i agree or even if its a well presented arguement. I think karma is good.

Lenses / Re: Lens recommendations for fashion photography (catwalk)
« on: February 21, 2012, 04:52:09 AM »
damn someone really said that? what a tool anyway looks like you got some good shots,
backgrounds are a bit distracting, would have been good to blur them even more but as you said you were already at f2.8, Your shooting angle was also quite high, you must be reasonably tall, I would have sat on the floor and shot from a low angle to do two things
1) get less background distraction and
2) make the models look more imposing and dominant
glad the back button worked well with the ai servo it's nice and reliable on the 1D series

I would guess the guys using flash would have more killed shots due to all the other flash and flashes recycling, but i looked pretty well lit and the 1D can handle iso 800 easy.

so would you do it again?

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii price?
« on: February 21, 2012, 02:20:24 AM »
If you want it to be a better overall camera than the 5D II in terms of built guilty, shutter life, quality of buttons, weather sealing, Dual cf, better AF, Etc.. then you will also ask for a higher price.

i hope it would be all those and wishing for a 3500-4000$ price range.

Exactly! I just really want a 1D/1Dx build functionality with no integrated battery grip and excessive bulk
keep build the 5Dmk2 and sell them as entry level FF which they are. It's not going to change the fact that 5D mk2 take great pictures just because a new model comes out.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d Mark iii price?
« on: February 21, 2012, 12:41:28 AM »
it WILL be $3000-3500 . . . count on it! (hope I am wrong)

If the 1Dx would've been a $5000 camera, then the new 5D would be around $2000-2500.

First ever post, likely my last for along time, but my local photog store manager said 3500 body only price and that's all he had been told from his supplier take as you want but I generally trust him.

+1 karma for a great username :D

my advice is buy the sigma 85 f1.4 and dont worry about the 70-200 at all for weddings
yes the 70-200 is a fantastic lens.

to shoot a wedding I would be happy with only the following gear
1D APS-H sensor with 16-35f2.8
used 1Dmk3 say $1800 + 16-35 say $1400
5dmk2 with sigma 85 f1.4
5dmk2 $2000 ish, sigma $900
2 x 580ex2 flashes
2 x yongnuo external battery packs
the 2 flashes and battery packs about $1000 for all

since you have the 24-70 f2.8 probably keep that on FF
and pick up another FF body for the sigma 85 used 5Dmk2 maybe

I got the phottix odins
and I have to say they are really awesome, the screen on the back of the transmitter makes it so eay to control your groups, ballance your flash ratios etc definately worth a look

check out the new video from joe mcnally with the new pocket wizards though

cant see when i would ever use that feature. personally i think the PW are way overpriced

Lenses / Re: upgrade, in a sense...
« on: February 20, 2012, 06:14:06 PM »
Yeah, I'm not a fan either. Here come the karma hits for uttering the S word... I kept going back and forth on the Sigma 50 & 85 1.4 lenses vs. the Canon equivalents. I couldn't for the life of me decide, but when I realized that both of the Sigmas had 77mm filters, it became a very convenient tiebreaker.  I have six  or seven lenses with 77mm filters and it just eliminates a lot of hassles.

I just got my sigma 85 f1.4 back from being recalibrated in the AF department and its much better I hadd to bring it forward 3 notches where as it was 13 back before. The interesting part is the guy in the shop says sigma just have to plug the lens in and recalibrate the AF software its a simple process.
It really is such a fast lens to focus. I absolutely love the shots from this lens on the 5D2 and the balance of the combination is really nice to work with too.
It is easily my favourite lens right now, in fact I am regretting having 2 x 70-200f2.8L ISII now because i dont use my one nearly as much anymore because I take the 85 over it in almost every situation. my wife still loves the 70-200f2.8 the most though both awesome lenses but the 85 sigma give better IQ than the zoom

Lenses / Re: Recommendation: Filter for premium lenses
« on: February 20, 2012, 05:10:01 AM »
I cant see any difference between my Hoya Pro1D, Hoya HMC, Kenko Zeta, or B+W filters they are all good, i've never tried a tiffen due to the bad press they get

Things you get in the 'pro' level of bodies that you don't get anywhere else (in other canon bodies, at least):

Gripped Body (like it or not).
No mode-dial (like it or not).
Best AF (45pt or 61? in 1DX), next best is 7D's 19pt.
f/8 aperture focussing (at least, in 1D and 1Ds, not 1DX yet, although there's still hope).
Longer shutter lifetime 300k vs 150k for 7D or something).
Dual card slots (SD+CF, dual CF in 1DX).
Best weather sealing (1D > 7D > 5D > 50D).
5-7 (and 9?) bracketed exposures (all others do 3-shot only).
More +/-EV compensation (i think).
Counts as a 'pro' level body for Canon Professional Service (rules vary wildly depending on your continent).
What have I missed?

(nb, I hope most of this is right, no time to confirm specs.)

Awesome viewfinder (much better than 5D)
little lever that closes a shutter over the viewfinder for long exposures
veiwfinder protrudes from back so more comfortable than any others
nice squishy viewfinder surround.
much higher level of button customisation

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Panoramas or Stitching + Interior Shots
« on: February 20, 2012, 12:07:02 AM »
Adobe CS5 stitching is remarkably good,

here is a good tutorial

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Wish
« on: February 19, 2012, 09:44:06 PM »
I see a place for mirrorless Canon rather somewhere closer to Leica M9 than Nikon and Sony toys.
With the new line of great lenses (4, 5 at start). Compatible with EF, EF-S with adapter (no matter how big).
Big fps, high MP, FF or APS-H, no AA, video with AF.
We can only hope :D

Software & Accessories / Re: Is the GuraGear 22L+ worth the price?
« on: February 19, 2012, 06:34:02 PM »
Yeah I thought about the 30L but I think the 22L+ will hold more than I will ever have (don't think I will ever buy anything larger than a 400mm)  I also like the idea of the extra laptop pocket.  I just worry about the durability.  I am all about buying something that will last regardless of the price.  You come out better in the long run by not having to replace it.  I am also kicking myself for not jumping on the sale they ran back in November.  I just didn't have 600 to throw around with christmas coming up.  Stupid move on my part.  I should have found a way
I wish the 22L could fit a 600mm Lens :( but I dont think it can. I would rather the 22L over the 30L if possible
I'll just keep using my lowepro for now and maybe they will bust out a deal again

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Wish
« on: February 19, 2012, 06:13:42 PM »
I went to our local photography store, and looked at several of the mirrorless cameras yesterday, thinking of getting one to replace my wife's G11, and came back discouraged. 

There was nothing that could be considered ultra wide angle, many of them have no viewfinder at all, and, though the bodies are fairly small, as soon as they add a zoom lens, they get much larger.  The Nikon J1 wasn't much for the price, the V1 was nicer, but way over priced, with little in the way of lens selection.

I am beginning to think Canon was wise to stay out of that market.  I'll go back and look at the G1X when it comes out, but I think its also too expensive.

For now, I'll just stay with a G11 for my wife.  The S100 looked to beat them all for those who want quality in a small body.

have you had a look at the fuji X10, I am loving mine
funnily enough they rate the battery life at 220 shots
at the concert I shot over 800 off 1 battery and still have 1 bar on the life by the end
I filled the 16GB card with RAW files before i drained the battery.
nothing ultra wide angle though but 28-112 is not a bad range for the little beast and the f2 to f2.8 lens is really sweet

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