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Lenses / Re: Should I sell my 70-200L vii for the 85mm 1.2?
« on: October 20, 2012, 01:47:22 AM »
i have the 70-200 v2 and bought the 85 1.8 returned it and just received the 85 1.2 L today . i would recommend renting it to see if you like it. It's slow to focus in low light even with my 1Dx. The 85 1.8 would focus much faster and cheaper and lighter. Like the 70-200 L2, this thing is heavy. Thinking about returning it and get the 24-70 V2

I also find the 85mm f/1.2 AF to be slow. But what I noticed is that if I "pre-focus" before I compose, it is much quicker to achieve the final focus when I need it. And now that I pre-focus habitually, I almost never notice how slow the AF is. But that's just me. And I tend to compose rather carefully and I'm not shooting sports and trying to focus back-and-forth between all sorts of distant a close-up objects.

Lenses / Re: Should I sell my 70-200L vii for the 85mm 1.2?
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:22:05 PM »
If you already have the 35mm f/1.4 L, and it stays on your camera, then a "holy trinity" quiver might be considered:

35mm f/1.4 L
85mm f/1.2 L
135mm f/2 L

You could get either the 85mm or the 135mm and see how it works for you. Of course, if we are talking about a prime lens "replacement" for the 70-200mm f/2.8 L, I would recommend the 135mm f/2.

Lenses / Re: Good starter lens for the Canon 60D for filmmaking.
« on: October 19, 2012, 04:02:52 AM »
You should buy the 70-200 f2.8L IS II, sell it, buy a less expensive lens, and then pocket the difference.

I have a 5d3 24-105, 70-200 2.8 is ii, 50mm 1.4. I want to start a photography business shooting family portraits at family outings or where ever they want to shoot. I like Candids and would love to go and capture those moments for families like first days at schools, parties, holidays, etc. just not sure how to get started and if I should do some free work to gain experience, etc. Any suggestions would be helpful.

If you're passionate, talented, and entrepreneurial, you'll find a way to make it work.

Otherwise, you'll join the graveyard with the other 99% of photographers who wanted to be a pro photographer (but for whom it didn't work out).

Black & White / Re: I'm new here
« on: October 17, 2012, 08:49:54 PM »
Much better in color! I feel a difficult color shot is worth the extra effort. Sometimes B&W is often used as a way to avoid difficult color processing.

If you are motivated, curious, and talented, it probably makes more sense to invest in gear and time, rather than pay people to teach you things you can possibly learn on your own. Plus, gear is expensive on its own. And a few a la carte classes and workshops can go a long way to filling gaps in your experience. If you're in a big city, you can apply to crew for a photographer to learn lighting techniques.

Black & White / Re: I'm new here
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:32:27 PM »
Great first post. Keep posting pics! We've got lens-specific threads, which are great for posting shots. Another fun activity here are reprocessing challenges. There's a bunch of us here who like to get other people's RAWs and have a go at post.

Canon General / Re: Rockwell knocks one out of the park (no kidding)!
« on: October 17, 2012, 03:01:39 AM »
I've said it before....content is king.

I would say context is king, because the perception of content is influenced by context. And context is all about purpose. And this is why we will never come to a consensus on this issue, because we are all responding to Ken's article with different purposes, influenced by our personal contexts.

Canon General / Re: Rockwell knocks one out of the park (no kidding)!
« on: October 17, 2012, 02:13:34 AM »
One of the cool things about photography is that it involves a balance of art and science.

It is perfectly OK to enjoy the technical side of photography and not worry about the artistic merits of your photos. A lot of people assume that we should all try to be better at the artistic side of photography. But that's a bunch of crap. Photography can be whatever you want it to be. :-)

Portrait / Re: Ruined photo, or rescue opportunity?
« on: October 13, 2012, 02:06:07 PM »
IMO, the money is irrelevant. The responsibility is on the wedding planner. They pick the photographer. If you screw up the shots, they have only themselves to blame. When people go cheap they are taking a huge risk. But this does provide a valuable learning opportunity to an upstart wedding photographer like yourself. Plus, this shot here is salvageable, so don't sweat it.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Settings for a movie
« on: October 12, 2012, 12:13:47 AM »
This is super helpful. Thanks for great info and to the original OP. I'm just starting out and little details like this aren't necessarily obvious.

Portrait / Re: Ruined photo, or rescue opportunity?
« on: October 11, 2012, 01:42:08 PM »
It's a good idea to check your big group shots while you're shooting, to look for problems like this. Of course, equipment failure has only one solution: backup equipment.

Portrait / Re: Ruined photo, or rescue opportunity?
« on: October 11, 2012, 02:25:34 AM »
Here's a quick pass in Lightroom.

I didn't do much to the face shadows. But if you use Lightroom, I think a combination of the brush tool with exposure, shadow, noise, highlight, contrast, saturation, and noise adjustments should be able to recover quite a bit from the face shadows.

My personal opinion is that the overall is more important than a few mistakes. You've got 23 people in the shot and most look good. But it is true that some client's might be unhappy with this.

Portrait / Re: Ruined photo, or rescue opportunity?
« on: October 10, 2012, 03:16:23 PM »
Post the full-size, original file. That will give people a chance to post high quality edits. 

Lenses / Re: Canon Rumors Reviews
« on: October 04, 2012, 02:08:06 PM »
Bringing the rental perspective into the review is great. It brings real-world usage into the mix.

Lenses / Re: About to buy the 135L, and then saw this....
« on: October 02, 2012, 04:57:42 PM »
I agree that the 85mm f/1.8 is perfectly good for the price. And it's true that the CA is something to watch for. I've had good results correcting CA in Lightroom 4.

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