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Site Information / Re: In Sympathy for CR Guy
« on: July 17, 2012, 04:26:32 AM »
My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 10:00:36 AM »
as a hobbyist, I don't really need 61 AF points or the fps, and this camera is very tempting.  I'm also very curious about that non-L kit lens that would come with it.

 

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Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 14, 2012, 12:33:54 PM »
if you don't need the wide aperture, then go for the 40mm as it's sharper across the board compared to the 50mm. 

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whichever mid-range zoom i get, would become my walk around lens.  Since i was hoping to take pictures of people mostly, i figure the IS wouldn't be as useful as say the small aperture.  I do have a 600ex, but have had limited success in using it at bars as the ceilings are all kinds of colors.  But this is just lack of experience, and something i plan to practice more with.

I'd save the primes for portraits and low light.

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Thanks for all the tips and advice.  After look at lens I have decided to pick up the 16-35L.  Thanks again for all the help.


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What you do in this case is get the kit with the 24-105L lens.  This solves all of your problems.

That's what I said :-) ... @squarebox: Maybe have a look at your Lightroom stats again, how many shots did you do with open aperture - so is f2.8 really necessary considering you've already got the primes? And then look at the LR stats for zoom length (you can create a smart filter for this, zoom lenght > x and < y) - is dropping the 70-105 range on the zoom a good idea :-p ?

That's a great way to look at it.


Looking at my stats from the 24-100mm range, 80%+ of my shots were at max aperture, which might not help cause we are talking in the range of f3.5-5.6.

The other thing is that moving up to FF should get me a few stops increase in light performance, so when i see apertures i'm thinking how they work for me on the crop sensor and with weaker ISO capabilities.  So just by moving to the 5D, F4 might work for me. 

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Thanks for the advice. 

Looks like i'll need to take another look at the 16-35 and 17-40.

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I currently have a trip to Maui planned for the first week in Oct. and my wife told me it would be a great reason to go out and buy a 5dmk3 (Yeah I was shocked too).  My issue is that I lack lens to really take advantage of the 5dmk3 if I pick it up.

Have the following lenses
10-22
18-55
18-200
100 macro (non-usm)
35L
50 1.4

With the idea to fill out the gaps in my kit, I had gone ahead and pre-ordered the 24-70mk2 back in March.  Recently, I heard of 5dmk3 24-70mk2 kits on pre-order in Australia and thought that if there is a kit, I might as well get the kit to save a few hundred dollars.  With the idea of picking them both up this week and then having 2.5 months to play with the lens and the camera to get a feel for when I go to Hawaii.  However, now that the 24-70 has been delayed to the end of Sept.  I am concerned that the lens won't arrive in time before i leave, and even if it did and i got the kit, it would only give me a week or two to play with the camera and get used to it.

Now, if there isn't going to be a kit, then I would just go ahead and pick up the 5dmk3 now (or wait at least until after the announcement coming later this month).  Though be gimped with my lenses as I really prefer shooting on my 10-22mm.  So far this year, this lens accounts for over a 1/3 of all my pictures.

What do you need in FF? A 7D would be good for your trip if you already have the lenses to go with it.

I've been wanting to move up to FF for the past few months and the wife gave me the go ahead cause we are going on a trip.  It's not necessarily for the trip that i want the camera.

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You may also want to check out the 14mm and 17mm primes. I also love to use wide angle lenses, but I do prefer primes in this area (currently owning the 14mm prime and 17-40mm zoom). While the 14mm will give you a focus length similar to a 22mm on crop, you will have a stunning super-wide on full-frame. In this way you will replace using your 10-22mm zoom with something at least somewhat similar, although the optical quality should be different.

Yeah, this was another lens i was contemplating for the UWA end.  But it is very expensive.  This lens is probably where i want to end up.  This or the 14mm zoom that Canon released a patent on recently.

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Have the following lenses
10-22
18-55
18-200
100 macro (non-usm)
35L
50 1.4

Though be gimped with my lenses as I really prefer shooting on my 10-22mm.  So far this year, this lens accounts for over a 1/3 of all my pictures.

If you shoot ultrawide a lot, the 16-35/2.8 seems a natural choice - or the 17-40/4 if you want to save some $$$, carry less weight and don't depend on the best sharpness.

Did you really think the 24-70ii decision through? Maybe a lens with IS would suit tourism needs better, and after all you already got the 35mm & 50mm primes! Have a second look at the very good 24-105/4 kit (longer on the zoom end, w/o your 18-200 you'll have to tele capability at all) or at the Tamron 24-70vc which is available now if you want f2.8.

The decision for the 24-70mk2 was not specifically for tourism.  I decided to pick it up because sometimes the 35L would either be too wide or too long in situations where i can't move where I am.  I figured I'd get the 24-70mk2 as my midrange zoom and save the 35L for lowlight shots.  With the 50 used for portraits.

I thought long and hard about the Tamron actually.  I figured i'd be using the 24-70 in general to take pictures of people, and in that case the IS wouldn't be as useful.  Also, i'm a brand whore/like having the best. I'll admit it.  When possible I go canon. 

I looked at my LR stats and telephoto shots only accounted for 1/6 of all my shots.  And all those shots were of the moon, or planes flying overhead.  I do plan on picking up a 70-200L 2.8 IS at some point, but will probably wait till next year when i have the money.

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I currently have the 10-22mm on a 550D, but will be upgrading to a 5dmk3 at some point this year. 

My question is that I do alot of landscape shots while hiking (though without a tripod).  I know that I can't use the 10-22 on the 5d, but was wondering if the 8-15 fisheye might be a good FF replacement for the 10-22mm.  Looking over my stats in LR for the 10-22 lens, i find that over half the pictures are at 10mm and alot of the times i wish it was a little more wide.  I personally like the distortion on the 10-22mm but if it was a little stronger, I'm sure I would like it.  Hence why I started looking at the fisheye.  I figured anytime the distortion is not what I wanted, I could just apply the lens profile in LR, though I realize it will result in some cropping of the picture.

I'm just starting out in photography, but it seems that the 16-35L is an ok lens, but not an amazing lens like the fisheye or the 10-22.  Long term, I would probably get the 14-30L lens (if Canon ever decides to make one), but think in the short term i could get away with just the fisheye.  Oh, one last thing, the fisheye is $600 USD cheaper than the 16-35L in Japan, which is also a factor.

So my question is, does this logic seem sound, or is the 8-15 a really niche lens that won't really fill the gap of the 10-22 for purposes of hiking and landscape shots.

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I currently have a trip to Maui planned for the first week in Oct. and my wife told me it would be a great reason to go out and buy a 5dmk3 (Yeah I was shocked too).  My issue is that I lack lens to really take advantage of the 5dmk3 if I pick it up.

Have the following lenses
10-22
18-55
18-200
100 macro (non-usm)
35L
50 1.4

With the idea to fill out the gaps in my kit, I had gone ahead and pre-ordered the 24-70mk2 back in March.  Recently, I heard of 5dmk3 24-70mk2 kits on pre-order in Australia and thought that if there is a kit, I might as well get the kit to save a few hundred dollars.  With the idea of picking them both up this week and then having 2.5 months to play with the lens and the camera to get a feel for when I go to Hawaii.  However, now that the 24-70 has been delayed to the end of Sept.  I am concerned that the lens won't arrive in time before i leave, and even if it did and i got the kit, it would only give me a week or two to play with the camera and get used to it.

Now, if there isn't going to be a kit, then I would just go ahead and pick up the 5dmk3 now (or wait at least until after the announcement coming later this month).  Though be gimped with my lenses as I really prefer shooting on my 10-22mm.  So far this year, this lens accounts for over a 1/3 of all my pictures.


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Next time I'm in the Canon Showroom in Nagoya, Japan I'll ask the tech guys about this.

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Lenses / Re: POLL: When will the 24-70 mk2 really be delivered?
« on: July 07, 2012, 11:45:31 AM »
it seems the currently trend with missed release dates is to extend them twice, which would put us at the sept. release date.

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which is funny cause it's actually hard to buy a 32-bit system nowadays...

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