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Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:22:37 AM »
EF 14-24 2.8L
This.
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+10 count me in! i don't really want this for myself, but hope you guys get what you want ;)
+11 ... sounds awesome ... whatever it is
+12. Not really interested. I just want to see how far we can go before the internet breaks.
It's like a crazy mat job!
+13 When it's gets to +20 I'm going to take a picture
+14 Actually this is probably not the best way that Canon should be gaining market info from  ;D
She can't take it!  She's breaking up!
+15 or I'm buying the Nikon one + the 16-9 converter!
+16 I would rather this than a new body.
I have never hoped that Canon reps read this board as much as I do right now.

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Lenses / Re: Lens advice: which prime should I buy first?
« on: March 31, 2012, 01:18:21 AM »
Positron,

Later on you admit you don't even "have" a MK3 to try the nifty fifty on, that's funny :)

I do and brand new 70-200 F/2.8 II, 16-35 F/2.8 II and 24-105 F/4.
There is NOTHING unbalanced about the shots from the nifty on the MK3, in fact, I think that in poorer indoor light, they have given the sharpest best quality images out of all of my lenses.

So, rather than "speculating" when you give someone advice, how about referring to direct experience?

ET  :D

I wasn't in any way referring to image quality, but rather physical weight distribution. Apologies if my wording was unclear. While I don't own a 5D3, I've spent quite a bit of time using a friend's 5D2 and with my 50mm f/1.8 the camera is so back-heavy that it's just awkward to use. The images it puts out are still phenomenal.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Ken Rockwell Updated 5D MK3 Review
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:43:46 AM »
Chase Jarvis is a well-known Canon-basher, as was the not-quite world-renowned Jared Polin (FroKnowsPhoto) until he actually started getting his hands on Canon gear.

I can't think of an instance where Jared has bashed Canon and meant it. He does the Fro Vader thing every now and then, but purely in fun. The 5D mkIII has actually inspired him to purchase one and possibly the Canon "Hebrew Trinity". I don't know about Chase Jarvis though. I always figured that Nikon pays him some sort of advertising fee to talk about how awesome Nikon is. That being said, I just saw a poster today of Ashton Kutcher (sp?) slinging Nikon rather than Rebels, so maybe he's right  ::) Out with the old, in with the new. Right Ashton?!

It's quite possible that Chase is paid by Nikon to be an evangelist for them, but it doesn't change much. He wouldn't be offered such a job if he weren't in the boat already. It's true that most of Jared's bashing has been in jest, but some of his older videos were fanboyishly harsh and based on "Canon is bad become it's Canon" rather than "Canon is bad because their new camera lacks feature X that Nikon has had since Moses brought down the D1 and 70-200 f/2.8 VR I from Mount Sinai."

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Lenses / Re: What lens are you patiently waiting for?
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:34:18 AM »
Hey all,

    The sanely priced one! :(  Thanks, Canon!

Gary W.

I think the 17-40L and 70-200 f/4L, potentially among others, are incredibly good value already. I've yet to use a standard range zoom aside from the EF-S kit lens that felt like it was worth every penny.

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Lenses / Re: Lens advice: which prime should I buy first?
« on: March 29, 2012, 02:31:12 AM »
I've been a regular assistant wedding photographer for almost 5 years, and I started out with a gray plastic Digital Rebel (300D). I quickly grew out of that and went with one more Rebel for a while before getting my first 5D. I am just now getting to where I can recognize good composition and timing, setup, etc. Actually capturing it consistently is another story. I can tell you, this stuff is hard.

These words hit me a little too close to home. I've had a DSLR for about 4 years; been into photography for approximately 7, and I still can't translate my vision into a final image consistently. Right now I shoot on a T2i and I want to get a (probably used) 5D Mark II so badly, but I feel like I'm not good enough to make use of it and I can't swallow the $1600 cost. I've been waiting with my hand on the trigger for almost a year now but just can't go through with it. I've been to my local photography store and electronics stores dozens, if not over a hundred times just to play with the 7D, 5D Mark II, and D700 over the past year. I feel terrible about wasting their time but when I look at the pictures I take I'm not even close to mastering what my current camera is capable of.

To the original poster: All these words aside, congratulations on your grand entry into the DSLR world. The images you posted as taken with your P&S are probably better than the ones I take with my DSLR now; you definitely seem to be serious about your pursuit of photography and the advice neuro gave you is probably the best that can be given. Shoot as often as possible, and as you improve, you'll also come to realize on your own which focal lengths you enjoy shooting, and the answer as to which lens to get next will make itself clear to you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Ken Rockwell Updated 5D MK3 Review
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:55:07 AM »
I have yet to hear one world renowned photographer tout one brand over another, BECAUSE THEY GET IT!

Chase Jarvis is a well-known Canon-basher, as was the not-quite world-renowned Jared Polin (FroKnowsPhoto) until he actually started getting his hands on Canon gear. In both cases, though, it was most likely a sensationalist ploy for attention, since just about anyone--pro or amateur--who has used both systems, can easily see that the differences are idiosyncratic and a matter of preference. Can you tell whether that magazine cover, stock photo, newspaper photo, graduation shot, landscape, etc. was taken on Canon or Nikon? Neither can I.

There are two reasons people bash. The immature one is that they've sunk a lot of money into the system of their choosing and are afraid to be "wrong". The unavoidable one is that once they've learned how to use one system, the aforementioned idiosyncrasies of the other are foreign and difficult to adapt to. That doesn't make one or the other system better in general, but it does make your preferred system better for you.

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Lenses / Re: Lens advice: which prime should I buy first?
« on: March 29, 2012, 01:39:34 AM »
Whichever focal length you shoot at the most often. For general purpose photography, I'd personally pick the 35L if I could afford it.

I'd get the 50mm F/1.8 "Nifty Fifty".

I have to respectfully disagree. Build quality aside, the 50mm f/1.8 is just too light to be well-balanced on a 5D Mark III. I love my 1.8, but I'd go with the 1.4 for balance if nothing else. Then you also get the benefits of the larger maximum aperture, sharper image when stopped down to the same aperture (within limits), better build, better autofocus, and better resale value if you decide you don't like it.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Cherry Blossom festival
« on: March 28, 2012, 11:25:56 PM »
EXIF says March 24, 2012. Making me wish I were still visiting Japan. :P

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Defective 5D MK III.....
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:01:29 PM »
As a person who generally doesn't bother pixel peeping, I'm actually very curious about where the issue is, since I can't see it. If someone could point it out to me (say with a comparison to a similar image that doesn't have the same problem), I'd be greatly appreciative, so I know what to look for in the future (for example if I can ever afford a 5D3 of my own :) ).

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III and 1D-X Screen Size
« on: March 22, 2012, 01:21:50 AM »
If my math is correct, it should be 2.6625609418810997856880403205936 by 1.7750406279207331904586935470624 inches, assuming the aspect ratio is 3:2, which I'm too lazy to check. If it's 16:9, those numbers will be wrong.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Gutted! (5DMkIII Adorama Bundle)
« on: March 22, 2012, 01:06:38 AM »
I don't understand why more people just don't visit New York and pick up a package from Adorama or B&H. Might as well spend the extra cash doing some sight-seeing. Heck, buy two and sell one.

Because depending on where you're going back to, you can be slammed with taxes as high or higher for doing so. Although the sightseeing excuse is a good one. New York is something to behold. It's a lot more impressive than almost anything here on the west coast just by virtue of its sheer density (both popular and cultural).

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Software & Accessories / Re: Best Place for buying memory
« on: March 22, 2012, 01:03:02 AM »
I got my cards at Best Buy when they were on sale--16GB SanDisk Extreme HD Video for $20 each.

Although nowadays, you can get them for a similar price just about anywhere, since they've been replaced by the 45MB/s ones...

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Camera arrives, open box and start shooting. Hopefully the battery is not completely empty - otherwise, will have another couple beers until battery is ready.

Probably not an issue; lithium-ion batteries are usually shipped with 25-40% life as storing them like that over prolonged periods (such as from manufacture -> sitting on store shelf -> purchase) is the best for their long-term survival. Have fun!

Mine came about 20% charged... which I then promptly worked down to zero... haha  ;)

Mine came with 50000% charge on it and I spent about 7.5 hours shooting 6 FPS burst the whole time without running out and there was no noise even at 1,048,576 ISO, then I woke up from the dream and realized I need that $3500 to finish college.  :(

And you'll need another $3500 for a new camera after those 162,000 frames.

Well since they were all taken at 1,048,576 ISO, I actually put 169,869,312,000 ISO-frames of mileage on it. Yep, definitely gonna need to drop out of college.

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Camera arrives, open box and start shooting. Hopefully the battery is not completely empty - otherwise, will have another couple beers until battery is ready.

Probably not an issue; lithium-ion batteries are usually shipped with 25-40% life as storing them like that over prolonged periods (such as from manufacture -> sitting on store shelf -> purchase) is the best for their long-term survival. Have fun!

Mine came about 20% charged... which I then promptly worked down to zero... haha  ;)

Mine came with 50000% charge on it and I spent about 7.5 hours shooting 6 FPS burst the whole time without running out and there was no noise even at 1,048,576 ISO, then I woke up from the dream and realized I need that $3500 to finish college.  :(

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