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Lenses / Re: can you help me decide on a few lenses
« on: February 27, 2012, 10:57:57 PM »
For a beginning photographer, you are looking at some serious pro gear!! :-) Lucky you!!

A 50mm f/1.4 was what really opened my eyes to photography. Zooms are versatile, but shooting in the < f/2 range is it's own special type of photography. Plus, fast primes open up a lot of indoor  and low light photography that will stretch the limits of even an f/2.8.

For me, having a single prime is more fun for me than having tons of focal length range above f/2.8.

But it really does depend on what you want to shoot, and what types of lighting situations you will be in.

Lenses / Re: A Canon Competitor for Nikon 14-24 f/2.8
« on: February 26, 2012, 02:19:51 PM »
Doesn't the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 also have low distortion?

For me, 35mm + focal range is better covered by primes, where I want the ability to shoot at < f/2.

I would gladly sacrifice some focal length range for that amazing sharpness, high IQ, and low distortion.

+5 for the 14-24mm f/2.8 being one lens that makes me want a Nikon FF body. (Not that I have the $$$$ for it ;-)

Software & Accessories / Re: does anyone here own lensbabies?
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:39:28 PM »
I am rarely impressed with Lensbaby shots. They don't seem to compare with shots from a tilt-shift lens.

My question is whether software (like Alien Skin) can match all the qualities of a shot with a tilt-shift lens.

Lenses / Re: 5DIII/X Kit Lens? (please vote)
« on: February 24, 2012, 02:34:12 PM »
I think it's safe to say there's going to be a lot of "body only" purchases of the 5D3.

Lenses / Re: Problems with 50 f1.4 & 135 f2.0 on 1.6x crop sensors
« on: February 21, 2012, 10:49:48 PM »
With a 50mm f/1.4, I often have issues with Chromatic Aberration on both a 5DII and 40D. I've just come to accept that as a normal part of an extremely fast, and low-priced lens. For me, the solution is to avoid blowouts from f/1.4 to f/2.

I'm hoping a 50mm f/1.2 will have better AF and low CA, at which time I'll switch. I haven't had significant CA problems with my 135mm L on the 5DII, but haven't used it on a crop.

United States / Re: best camer for beginner
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:58:35 PM »
Canon 40D was what I started on. Used copies are a very good deal.

I also 2nd the comment about going for a less expensive body, but with a better lens than the vice versa (great body, cheaper lens).

If you really want to learn about the full range of photography, then you need a fast piece of glass to give you the full range of f-stops. Shooting at f/1.4 is very different from f/4.

The ISO performance on a 40D and other less expensive models is not so good and will be very noisy. So fast glass is especially helpful with these bodies (20-40Ds and Rebels).

With regard to focal length, just make sure you have something that gives you anything in the 18-85mm range, whether it is a prime or zoom (crop or full frame) doesn't make much difference to learning fundamentals, imo. Exposure is the first thing to learn. Composition comes next, for which you would probably need a zoom or additional primes.

I started with a Canon 40D + 50mm f/1.4. And that is what I would recommend for a beginner. Although a 40D + 35mm f/1.4 L would be even better :-)

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:24:05 AM »
What I think makes the 135mm f/2 L so useful and rewarding is that it's really solid at its widest aperture (unlike the 50mm f/1.4 and the 85mm f/1.8 ). Plus, the 135mm f/2 L has a great price and it's faster, smaller, lower-profile, and waaay less expensive than a 70-200mm f/2.8 L II.

I'm in the inverse situation of "fsu_dan17"... I've got the 135mm L, and thus I'm reluctant to get the 100mm L. And I doubt I'll have the $$$$ necessary for a 200mm f/2.8 L macro if/when it comes out.

Bottom line: the 135mm f/2 L is a reasonably sized $1000 lens with IQ and bokeh to match almost any lens out there. It's probably the best deal on a no-compromises lens. Admittedly, the 100mm L macro also sounds like an incredibly good value. But since I already have the decent 85mm f/1.8, the 135mm is a better complement to extend my range its current outer limit of 135mm.

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 18, 2012, 11:08:01 PM »
Plus, there are rumors of a 200mm f/2.8 L. So the opportunity cost might be getting a little higher this year!

Lenses / Is a heavier lens more steady?
« on: February 18, 2012, 06:13:09 PM »
Some people say a heavier lens makes it more steady in their hands.

For me, it always feels like extra weight increases camera shake.

Or maybe it's just that longer/heavier lenses have a longer focal length that makes the shaking more noticeable?

Any thoughts?

Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm f2 mk2?
« on: February 18, 2012, 01:36:04 PM »

Lenses / Will the price of a used Canon 24-70mm L mk1 go up now?
« on: February 08, 2012, 12:32:40 AM »
Considering the steep price increase, will used copies of a Canon 24-70mm L mk1 start to increase?

Any guesses on where the used cost will be in a few years?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Photography magazines
« on: January 30, 2012, 05:53:02 PM »
Personally, I've found most photography magazines to be really cheesy and uninspiring.

But when I was first starting out, the one I bought was Digital SLR.

For me, what distinguishes Digital SLR (aside from being the only one with a first-rate layout) is that both the advice and the photos are relatively high quality. A lot of magazines have good advice or techniques, but the presentation and photos are lame. Put simply, I find a lot of photo mags don't seem very artistically savvy.

Digital SLR also puts out some special edition guides that are pretty good.

Canon General / switch modes, keep settings
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:51:48 AM »
I have a Canon 5D2.

I want to switch between shooting modes, such that whatever mode I switch to inherits the settings of the previous mode.

For example, if I am shooting in Aperture Priority mode and I switch to manual, I want manual to be the same as whatever the last setting for the Aperture Priority was.

Is this possible with the default firmware?

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I need MPs
« on: December 10, 2011, 05:19:38 PM »
What about post-processing?

Do increased megapixels give greater ability to process images?

It seems like people are discussing too many variables here.


Is there an "all other things equal" way to compare different megapixel counts ???

All these formulas and extra variables mean 90% of people viewing this thread probably don't understand the discussion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why I need MPs
« on: December 10, 2011, 01:38:06 PM »
The original question here is not about cropping.

The question is whether increased megapixels increase the ability to crop without losing detail.

I've read the responses and now I'm more confused.

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