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Wow, terrific photos! Congratulations! I myself felt like buying quite a few... :)
(On the other hand, I wish I hadn't seen your work; now I can't blame my 60D anymore...)

Thank you Daniel.

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I had a 7D. Sold it, got a 60D and a better glass 24-70, 200 etc...
Now I shot w/FF but I still have the 60D. It's only a backup and I use it for macro w/the EFS60, and for wide with the Sigma 8-16, both are awesome lenses. It's an awesome little cam and apart from the lack of AF adjustment I see nothing wrong with it for most uses. Actually I never even needed the AFMA, but maybe I was just lucky. (used that a lot on the 7D, barely use it on 5D2)
It would be great if the ISOs would be cleaner above 800 but the 7D won't make a diff. there anyway..
After all it all depends on your style, your subjects, knowledge...etc.

Just one more thing. If you visit my site and go to portraits, or even if you just sit back and see the main slide I doubt that you could tell which photo was taken with what... think about that for a sec..  ;)



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Canon General / Re: What's your definition of "Pro"?
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:00:41 PM »
Someone who doesn't spend his/her time on forums, but out shooting/working  ;)

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Canon General / Re: anyone had someone over their shoulder on a job?
« on: February 07, 2013, 02:03:04 AM »
I actually make it clear by contract  with the client  that I am the hired gun for the day... brides are better to deal with because they usually run the show. Explaining that if they want great results, they must follow my lead or I can pack it up. Usually the client will wholeheartedly agree because they want perfection and they are paying good money. Sure, you'll never be able to shut it completely down but you can get yours in first and then let the guest go at it. Usually all it takes is a quick... "Right here!!!" and I get the attention back but you need to make this clear with the client before it all goes down.

Exactly.
Almost impossible to avoid from uncle Bobs but discussing this at the consultation with the couple and/or the coordinator + the contract could be a big help.

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Lenses / Re: How much would you pay for Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L IS
« on: February 05, 2013, 11:38:39 PM »
$5000, but if it comes with the new cap maybe $7500.
 ::)
Please do not joke about such things ... Canon might take you seriously and we'd all be 5crewed, having to pay $7500 for our beloved lens. ;D

Haha.. I think it's too late, they already grabbed on to the idea..

The way I see camera gear is a tool for the "professionals" and a toy for big kids, hobbyists.
Nothing wrong with that but as every school yard, there are always kids who have more money than the rest and they want to be popular by "flashing" their stuff :).
I see the same here. Some could take an amazing photo with a piece of emmental some couldn't with a 5d3/1dx if his life depend on it. Yet, these people have money and can and will buy the most expensive and/or the newest stuff even if they don't "need" it, because it's a status symbol. Look at me I have a ....
They (especially the flock of non pro early birds) practically "outbidding" each other and ensuring Canon that the price is not high.
More people, more social media and photography is getting more and more popular. Now there is a larger pool who can afford a lens at $2500 then many yrs ago.
Canon realized this (like Apple) and now the more they charge the more people want to buy.

A fun BBC movie "Secrets of the superbrands" pretty much explains it.

May I offer you some cheese to go with that wine?

A good man indeed! :)

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Lenses / Re: How much would you pay for Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L IS
« on: February 05, 2013, 04:07:40 PM »
$5000, but if it comes with the new cap maybe $7500.
 ::)
Please do not joke about such things ... Canon might take you seriously and we'd all be 5crewed, having to pay $7500 for our beloved lens. ;D

Haha.. I think it's too late, they already grabbed on to the idea..

The way I see camera gear is a tool for the "professionals" and a toy for big kids, hobbyists.
Nothing wrong with that but as every school yard, there are always kids who have more money than the rest and they want to be popular by "flashing" their stuff :).
I see the same here. Some could take an amazing photo with a piece of emmental some couldn't with a 5d3/1dx if his life depend on it. Yet, these people have money and can and will buy the most expensive and/or the newest stuff even if they don't "need" it, because it's a status symbol. Look at me I have a ....
They (especially the flock of non pro early birds) practically "outbidding" each other and ensuring Canon that the price is not high.
More people, more social media and photography is getting more and more popular. Now there is a larger pool who can afford a lens at $2500 then many yrs ago.
Canon realized this (like Apple) and now the more they charge the more people want to buy.

A fun BBC movie "Secrets of the superbrands" pretty much explains it.

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Lenses / Re: How much would you pay for Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L IS
« on: February 05, 2013, 01:57:29 PM »
$5000, but if it comes with the new cap maybe $7500.
 ::)

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Microfiber (always have a few in my bags, cases) works fine.

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Portrait / Re: Portrait suggestions needed
« on: February 03, 2013, 05:56:28 PM »
Please watch this:
http://youtu.be/c8AC4VeIgkg
also watch some of these: http://www.youtube.com/user/BHPhotoVideoProAudio
these videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/creativelive/videos?query=portrait
and of course don't forget to try them.
A photo is not "Good" because it is unedited and untouched - unless you are a journalist. So don't be afraid and edit it a bit.



 

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Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: February 03, 2013, 03:28:40 PM »









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something like this could be useful too.
umbrella and softbox in one, but I would buy it locally. no more stuff from China for me...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261073491658?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

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I use something similar to this except 2 lights have 5 bulbs and they can be turned on independently. (srry, had no time to search for it) The whole thing fits in a midsize bag.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Linco-Studio-3-Color-Muslin-Backdrops-Video-Light-Lighting-Boom-Kit-New-CK008-/271117155808?pt=US_Photography_Background_Material&hash=item3f1fd77de0

On ebay you can find tons of these kits. I bought mine over a yr ago and had no probs, the stands are good quality w/springs. Obviously if you want to spend more you can find way better ones and now I might wold go for leds but they did/do the job so far..

http://youpic.com/#!/user/AtlanticPicture

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Black & White / Re: Black and White Landscapes!
« on: January 29, 2013, 02:51:34 PM »



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Lenses / Re: Can You Beat it?
« on: January 27, 2013, 05:17:46 AM »

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As for third party batteries, I paid £10 ($16) for two 5D1 batteries years ago, versus something like £55 for a single Canon branded battery. The no name brand third party batteries had a higher capacity and held their charge better than the Canon battery, in my experience over a number of years. I now have similar third party batteries for my 5D2 and 5D3 and they are once again a fraction of the cost and perform very well, although this time I would guesstimate that the Canon versions are a little better in terms of self discharge and maybe capacity. Hard to go wrong with some cheap additional batteries that are absolutely fine and do the job...


Back then when I got a 7D the LPE6 batteries were going for $100 and they were hard to get... The 7D were a hit and the chip made it difficult to get a 3rd party battery for a while...

Still, there is nothing that can justify a hundred dollar tag on a battery. Same goes for the grips, caps, hoods, timers, etc.... especially when the 3rd party product is as good or better than the original..

Not, that I mind to pay a bit higher for Canon, but when I can get a 3rd party perfectly good battery for $15-20 bucks 3-5 times the rate is just not going to happen... no matter how much scare tactics Canon throws in..

On a separate note, David, your photos are amazing.
 

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