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EOS Bodies / Re: Advice On 7D Purchase
« on: December 04, 2011, 09:20:29 PM »
Glad you ordered it. I was going to suggest that. I LOVE my 7D, and I couldn't care less about a replacement. It's absolutely wonderful for what it does.

Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom or Aperture?
« on: November 24, 2011, 10:51:28 AM »
I've been using Aperture for years, and I love it. No complaints except for some minor frustrations with the watermarking and book creation tools. But otherwise, I love it. I now use version 3 on a 2009 17" MacBook Pro. I have never used Lightroom, but there's nothing about Aperture that makes me want to switch.

Lenses / Re: Battle of the 50mm's - 1.8, 1.4 and 1.2L
« on: November 23, 2011, 03:25:55 PM »
You owe it to yourself to just buy a 50mm 1.8. It's cheap, yes, and it feels cheap. It feels horribly cheap like some plastic toy that doesn't deserve to be on your camera. The manual focusing ring is horrible. The auto-focus motor is slow. You'll have instant buyers' remorse as soon as you feel its low build quality. BUT... that said, it produces some fantastic photos. I used mine reluctantly at first, but when I'd go back and edit a session, I'd find that 80% of the keepers were from that lens. It won me over in the best kind of way - with surprisingly beautiful images.

I was using mine on a video when it got hit and destroyed by a frisbee disc (those hard ones). It was sad, but it was $100. Life moves on. I used it for years before that, so my investment was a good one.

I have not owned or used the other 2 Canon 50mm lenses. I own the Zeiss 50mm 1.4 ZE, and I love it. I mainly use it for video though.

Here's an album I took years ago with my 50mm 1.8 right after I got it:

Bottom line - buy the 50mm 1.8 and shoot with that for a long time before upgrading. Don't think of it as wasting $100 that you could have put towards a better lens. I never did.

Lenses / Re: Owners of 70-200f2.8L IS mk.II & 70-300 L IS
« on: November 22, 2011, 07:23:50 PM »
I use the 70-200 2.8L IS II on a 7D with a battery grip. I carry that and a 60D with a wide angle & flash on many assignments. The weight would bother me if the images weren't as good as they are, but the truth is that I am so happy with the images coming off of the 70-200 that I have no ill feelings towards it at all. It's just a matter of physics that if you want that focal range with that f-stop and image stabilization, you are going to pay in more ways than one. But at the end of the day, it's the one lens I know I can count on every single time.

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