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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 (,
- Trevor Dayley and
- Jasmine Star
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!

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!

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.


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