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EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera to Come in Two Variants? [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2014, 07:14:29 AM »
As Canon wouldn't do the D800-D800E split, I'm not reading this as a high megapixel camera in 2 variants, but as a high mexapixel SENSOR coming in 2 variants:
- in DSLR
- in Mirrorless

Let's hope....

Lenses / Re: First fast prime for weddings & portraits
« on: October 29, 2013, 01:30:14 PM »
Currently, I'm think I made up my mind, thanks to the comments, so I guess the decision is made: I'll go for the Sigma 85mm f1.4, as it gets good reviews (just the AF has to be a good copy). I'll probably also go for the sigma 35mm f1.4.

Why: 35 = general purpose, 85mm = definite portrait range, and also, there is no real 'good budget' 50mm, being the sigma with focus issues, the 50mm 1.4 isn't sharp until f2, and the 50mm 1.2 is very expensive.

Afterwards, I can still get the 100 or 135

Lenses / First fast prime for weddings & portraits
« on: October 25, 2013, 11:01:41 AM »
Hi all!

To set the scene: I've been working with zoom lenses for the past 3 years (24-70 f2.8 and 70-200 f4 IS). I use a 5DmkIII, and as backup a 650D/Rebel. Now, I want to take my photography further, as I absolutely admire the look of photo's taken with a fast prime lens, being f1.2 or f1.4, the nice bokeh, the thin DOF which gets the attention to the subject...

So, I am looking for my first prime lens, which I'll use for weddings and portraits, but I don't know which one. I already have the 50mm f1.8, but the quality isn't perfect, not sharp wide open and no nice bokeh.

Therefore, I'm doubting on following combinations:

- Set with: 35-85-135mm: Get the sigma 35mm f1.4 and maybe canon 85mm f1.8 as well right now, afterwards I can still get the 135mm, or;

- Set with 24/28-50-100mm: Get the canon 50mm f1.4 now, buy canon 100mm macro afterwards, possibly get the 24mm or 28mm later as well.

I don't have a huge budget, so the expensive lenses above 1200 EUR/USD are out for the moment... When I look at which focal lengths I use most, there is no clear winner between 35mm range or 50mm range. 35mm gets used more during preparation, party, the 50mm more during portraits, ceremony, etc.

I want to get out of my comfort zone of shooting with the 24-70, as I use this lens always at f3.5 or f4 due to lack of sharpness at f2.8.

To give you an idea of by whom I'm inspired:
- first of all Lindsay London (http://www.wellhellophotography.com/blog/,
- Trevor Dayley http://www.trevordayleyblog.com/ and
- Jasmine Star http://www.jasminestarblog.com/index.cfm
I know I won't get such results in the beginning, but as they prefer fast primes and shoot these wide open a lot of the time, I believe practising a lot with a prime would help me the most..

Thank you so much for your advice, experiences, comments!

Best regards!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:36:06 PM »

I'm in a competition with this picture
- please click here: http://canon.nrc.nl/Picture/view/9682
- push STEM just left underneath the picture and fill in your e-mail

thanks a million!

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 07:47:54 AM »
All others are just joking when they say they want to win. I'm a big fan of Gure Gear but never had the budget to buy any of these, so I am already looking forward to the 15th, because I would really really like to win!

EOS Bodies / Re: Here's an Invite for March 2, 2012
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:22:17 AM »
From what i saw. There's a lot more of big IXUS sign than the Jackie Chan with EOS logo. Let's see what will happen on that day. Gonna be there and do some coverage.

Do you mean that at this moment, there are a lot more IXUS signs visible at this location??

That would be 100% logical: imagine using 5DmkIII posters/signs on this location, they would just 'give' us the announcement already then  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-Order Canon 5D Mark III
« on: February 29, 2012, 10:18:46 AM »
Voted 'no'.

I will definitely buy it, but not at launch, probably too expensive then. I just bought a used 5D classic, so will buy the 5DIII when prices drop (end 2012-early 2013).

EOS Bodies / Re: Here's an Invite for March 2, 2012
« on: February 29, 2012, 08:21:40 AM »
Yes yes, he's coming!

Ps: this invite is in Italian, so an event in Italy probably as well then..

Ps: the little cupcake next to the coffee looks really good  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Lack of information with announcement so close
« on: February 21, 2012, 03:37:22 AM »
Northlight suggests March 2nd announcement and 22MP,6fps,full 1DX AF,best video quality of any DSLR.

NDA's expire on the 2nd, so probably announcement on the 1st. So test shots of pre-production cameras can only be put online the day after, like with the D800.

Note: March 1st 1987: announcement of the first EOS ever: EOS650 --> 25th anniversary is an nice announcement date :)

I think you would get away with

- used 5D2
- used 5Dc
- used 24-105
- used 17-40

Unfortunately, I really like the shallow DOF of the 2.8 lenses. So the 24-70 remains, which makes I need a tele as well (I'd rent this the first years).

Ps: added a poll

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III & 5D X Specs?
« on: February 19, 2012, 07:59:00 AM »
I don't understand:

5D was once famous for the first with high MP
5DII exactly the same
5DIII would then normally be high MP as well

1DX merges full frame with high fps
You would expect 5DX to do the same: combine ff and high fps

Based on rumors they would do the opposite: not logical to me...

PS: like these specs much less than the previous ones

EOS Bodies / Leaked photo of 5DIII/X to be 38MP ?
« on: February 17, 2012, 07:34:05 AM »
Someone on the dpreview forum did some calculations and I just wanted to share this:


Based on the size of the LCD screen, the size of the zoom area on the back of the camera it might be 38MP...

For me personnaly, I hope this isn't true!

OK, i'm thinking the 5D3/X is your best choice here  ;)

So, how about this for a side ways swing...
If the 5D3/X comes with the new 24-70 as a kit lens, why not buy them as a kit, and flog the current 24-70. I'd guess you wouldn't be much out of pocket and also get the latest quality of wide angle.

If you're doing weddings - how can you possibly go with a single body? I've said it before and i'll say it again - it takes a brave person to tell a bride that there are no pics of her special day because you gambled on everything going exactly right. How do yo fancy being on the BBC news or in the Daily Mail as the next example of a 'wedding tog' being sued?

So, with that in mind, i'd say get yourself a nice 5Dc as a back up (get it now if you want to start playing).
I would also suggest getting a second flash to cover redundancy there. Your 50mm f1.8 will make a good back up if the 24-70 goes adrift.

Now, that long lens - what is the cost of renting several times a year as opposed to buying?

If you are getting paid for these weddings then you can list this as a part time profession and a bit of careful accounting could offset the purchase against the income... That would also apply to any purchase you make )in the UK.

Good idea in fact of bying the 5DX in a kit with the new 24-70, the price at that time of the kit will then decide which one I'll be doing.

Of course, when I'm at a wedding I always take 2 bodies with me. I will keep on taking the 350D with me as back-up, as well as the second body mentioned in all sets above.

The cost of the long lens is exactly 1/100th of the purchase price (good renting service here)... so for me it's worth renting it a few times... because it does cost a lot! And I really like the IS II version, which I rented a few times, I guess buying the non IS version I'll be a bit disappointed....

Anyway, thanks for your good input! 1 vote already for set 1 :)

Hi all!

My problem: I am thinking for a few weeks now what will be my future camera bag content and I don’t know where to head in the future related to purchases. I don’t do photography for a living but I give a high value for good photographs, so I’m limited in budget. So two 1DX cameras is not an option :)

Why do I ask this? It's time to upgrade my 350D, a few babies are getting born in the family and we’re getting on a nice vacation this summer, so I want to severely upgrade my equipment.

What do I have at this moment: 350D, 24-70 f2.8, 50mm f1.8, 580EXII. I already rented the 5DmkII and the 70-200 f2.8 IS II a few times and this is the quality I want for the near future.

What kind of photography do I do: 3-4 weddings during the summer, portraits (babies, kids, families, etc), and I want to take beautiful pictures during my holidays. We especially travel to locations to visit special nature, historic elements, cultural elements, etc. (e.g. temples, waterfalls,…)

So, the purchase of a 5DX/III is 100% sure, I'll buy this one when prices drop a little, end 2012 or spring 2013, my 350D will go to my mother. The question is all about what second body and to keep in mind what camera to use in the coming year, before purchasing the 5DX.

My possible solutions:

Set 1: 5DX+24-70,  5D (buy now), 24-85 (buy now), rent 70-200 for weddings
Result: I’ll have a full frame to use this year already, with a smaller lens (24-85) to take on holiday.

Set 2: 5DX+24-70, 60D (buy now), 17-40 (buy now), rent 70-200 2.8 IS for weddings
Result: large range possibility due to crop and FF combination, somewhat smaller body and short lens for holidays

Set 3: 5DX+24-70, rent 70-200 2.8 IS for weddings, Panasonic GX1 +14-42mm
Result: one DSLR, one small camera for holidays + snapshots and a second small camera for weddings

Set 4: don't buy a second body, only 5DX+24-70, rent 70-200 2.8 IS + second 5DX for weddings
Result: one DSLR and lens = smaller investment, I will always have to keep on renting stuff for weddings, relative high weight for travel (5DX + 24-70)

Everyday my mind changes, so usefull advise, tips, own experiences, etc, everything is welcome to clear up my mind. Also taking costs in mind, e.g. 5Dc with 24-85 might cost only as much as GX1 + 14-42 for example. Thanks a lot for reading and huge thanks you for giving your thoughts!

Edit: I know reading it all and then answering takes some time, therefore I added a small poll, I'd be really thankful for answering this.


EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III/X Information [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:35:27 AM »
At the moment I'm still thinking these specs are listed once somewhere and everyone one is repeating it, because it is so good, and almost everyone will be happy with it.

On the other hand, the nikon d800 specs were also always the same, and it appeared to be true. So where is the point of saying 'as from now these specs look really believeable instead of a probably wishlist'.... I don't know :)
Canon being a conservative company let's me think the wishlist, Canon needing to produce a model that will be relevant for the next 3-4 years let' me think the other way :) I'm just hoping this could be true, and we'll have to see then :)

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