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Canon General / Should I move up to FF or get more lens
« on: March 13, 2012, 05:29:05 AM »
Probably a ton of other posts like these here already, but I thought I'd ask specifically for my situation.

I currently have the following gear
  • 550d
  • aluminum tripod
  • 10-22mm EF-S
  • 18-55mm EF-S
  • 18-200mm EF-S
  • 30mm 1.4L EF
  • 50mm 1.4 EF

I mainly enjoy shooting landscapes, buildings and night photography.  I've only been serious shooting for about 6 months.  I don't make money of my pictures as this is just a hobby.  And moving to FF, in particular the 5dmk3, interests me for low light performance as the biggest issue i have is with my night shots and AF in low light.

What I wanted to ask, would you recommend that i just get the 5dmk3, where I could only use the 35mm and 50mm.  I'd be pretty limited by my glass, and after dropping $3500, it'd be a while before i could get more glass.  Though eventually i'd like to get the 24-70mm mk2

Or would you recommend I spend more money on gear and glass to make the move to FF lens painful when  it happens?  That and i could work more on my shooting skills and get more experience.

If i picked up more gear, I'd be looking at
  • ND filter
  • 6xx Flash
  • lightroom
  • possibly a macro lens

Picking up the 5dmk3 would be a stretch financially, but doable, and the gear no sweat.

Canon General / Re: $50 off full Adobe Lightroom 4 @ B&H
« on: March 12, 2012, 05:38:45 AM »
I've purchased stuff from B&H and had it sent to japan.  Had teh 50mm 1.4 and 35mm 1.4 sent to Japan and the shipping was soemthign like $35 USD.  The bigger issue was the $80 i had to pay in import duty.

Lenses / Re: Rumored 10 new lenses, 5 of which (CR) mentioned...
« on: March 10, 2012, 01:24:26 AM »
A new something to replace the EF-s 10-22? The market is saturated with other-brand alternatives, canon could trump the lot if they tried.

the 10-22mm is a relatively new EF-S lens at the top tier of EF-S.  I:d be surprised if they released a new version of that.  And the other 2 lens on the market all have their own trade-offs. 

What i see is a new set of cheap primes being released with the new rebel, like the 50mm 1.8.

I:d expect a mk2 of the 35L or the 24L as both lens are near the bottom of the L barrel in image issues or mechanics.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: IPAD 3 = Lame
« on: March 09, 2012, 01:58:24 AM »
. The iPad has changed the whole experience. A PC/MAC needs time to boot, has keyboard, whereas the iPad (or any tablet) just appears when you whip it out.

i think you meant "SSDs" here instead of Apple...  It takes 15 seconds to boot my laptop, including post into windows with 0% cpu utilization. 

And I think your comparison might be flawed... iOS takes forever to boot up on my iPhone 3GS.  Typically though your ipad/tablet/iphone is always on so it doesn't really boot.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What about new crops ?
« on: March 05, 2012, 11:06:20 PM »
all they would need to do to release a new rebel is through the digic 5 chip in it.  In fact that's all they need to do to refresh their entire line of crops.  Though i'd like to see the new higher iso sensors in the crops as well.  That would be great.

Just be careful, you can't use the built in flash at the wide end of the 10-22mm because the flash will cause a huge shadow to be cast into your pictures.  For that reason alone i am considering getting a 600EX-rt.

One other thing you don't get with the pop-up flash is AF assist beam which gives you more accurate faster AF in low light.

Lenses / Re: zoom lense advice
« on: March 03, 2012, 12:03:34 AM »
This may be too wide for what you are thinking but the EF-S 10-22mm is an amazing lens.  What i love about it the most is that you can literally stand next to a building and get a shot with noone in it.  Makes for some great picks.  On my last trip out to England, Iceland, and France, this lens was on my camera 80% of the time.  In england and france it was just amazing for taking pictures of whole buildings in small crowded streets and in Iceland for breathtaking landscapes.

Lenses / Re: two new lenses vs 5D3 Kit
« on: March 02, 2012, 11:51:44 PM »
my recommendation would be to go for a 35mm 1.4L as that will turn out ot be a great walk around lens when you decide to go FF.  The 24mm has alot of picture quality issues compared to the 35mm from what i've read from http://www.photozone.de/canon-eos/152-canon-ef-24mm-f14-usm-l-test-report--review

I myself am stuck in a similiar situation of whether to get more glass or a new body (i having the 550d means i have the same AF as the 5d mk2 it seems)

Since all you have is the 50mm prime the biggest limiter you have right now is lack of a wide lens and a zoom lens.  My thinking is that there is alot of camera equipement that i still don't have, so i'm going to concentrate on getting a flash, a good zoom, nd filters and such before i get a better camera. As those will help with my actual photography skills while upgrading my body not so much.

A friend once gave me this sound advice "you should only upgrade your body once your photography starts to become limited by it.  I upgraded because the AF was horrible and the camera kept having problems and wasn't reliable for concert photography". 

One other thing that has been said on the forums, it is better to have a L glass on a rebel (500d series) than to have a kit lens on a pro body.

EOS Bodies / Why the Japan hate Canon
« on: March 02, 2012, 01:04:12 AM »
So where the 5dIII is selling for $3500 USD in the states... Those of us in Japan get it at the lovely price of $4100 at today's exchange rates...  This is why I buy all my canon stuff from the states...  Was figuring it was goign to be more normalized with current exchange rates.. but apparantly not.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon has the 5D Mark III on the USA website
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:56:25 PM »
can't seem to click on it though...

to those talking about the prices going up, comapred tot he MK2... in actualality from teh JPY side they haven't.  The USD was trading at 108 yen to the dollar back in 2008 when the MKII was released.  The USD is now trading at 80 yen to the dollar.  THat alone would justify the seemingly 25% increase in the price of the 5D MK3.

One thing that is a shame is that all the new lens and bodies coming out this year will have be based on the new exchange rate, meaning I won't be able to buy stuff for a 30% discount by buying from the US and having it shipped over.

From my experience of just Japan and America, bodies and lens have all been significantly cheaper in the U.S.. So all my lens have been purchased in the states.  In general I've saved been $200-300 per lens by buying it in the U.S.

The grey-market isn't as bad.  When I dropped my U.S. lens here in Japan, which of course wouldn't be covered because it is shock damage, Canon Japan still fixed it, for a cost, without a problem.

the firmware is the same so no worry there.  The only issue might be the kiss x5 would have no warranty in the UK.

Canon General / Re: Truth in photography
« on: February 02, 2012, 02:26:52 AM »
I'm just starting out so my opinion will probably change, but i'm of the mindset that there are two distinct groups of professionals photographers and photo manipulation.  I can appreciate both of them for what they bring to the table, but I do get upset when a friend of mine points out that a picture i thought was real has been heavily post-processed.  It gets me worked up because I think photography should be able capturing those RARE moments in lighting and shadows when everything comes together to show to other people.  Going in after the fact and changing stuff I see as cheating unless they mentioned they photoshopped the image.

Personally, I'm still learning about photography and taking pictures, but I have zero interest in post-processing outside cropping and removing lens distortions.  But like i said before, I'm no pro, and that might be the difference a pro and amateur.

Canon General / Re: What should be my first dslr?
« on: February 02, 2012, 01:11:33 AM »
The other question one would ask is how soon do you need the camera?  if you can wait a new Rebel camera will probably be announced next week and since teh 7d is old there is speculation that it will get announced this year.  If you decide to go for the t2i i'd wait until next week to see if canon announces a newer version of the t2i.

But i second other people's advice that the lens are more important than the body.  If you have the cash i'd recommend the 35mm f2 ($350 i think) over the 50mm 1.8 as the 50 is a little "long" that is to say zoomy on a crop.

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