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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm 2.8L
« on: August 26, 2012, 03:29:15 AM »

Lenses / Re: What lens/es for holiday with a family
« on: August 24, 2012, 08:37:01 PM »
I looked at your site and you have awesome photos from all over. I really liked the Thai gallery.
The question is how much time/energy you'll have to take photos since you'll be "tied" to them... 

So, if you'll have plenty take the 7D, 15-85, 70-300, tripod/ballhead, flash, filters, remote...
If you don't think you'll have that much time I'd take the 7D, 15-85 and a flash (maybe a gorillapod and a remote).
If you're planning to do a lot of scenic shots add the 10-20.

Not sure how much you trust your gear with others but you could also give the 350 and 18-55 to the children and see what they'll came up with. Could be interesting :)

Lenses / Re: Lens choices for airshow
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:21:55 AM »
Shot one at the beach this summer. Mostly shutter p. mode, spot metering. AF (on servo) wasn't a prob at all, almost every shot was in focus so the 5d3 should nail 100%.
200mm 2.8L on a 60D, and many of my shots were too tight. Once I'll hit the lottery I'll get the 70-200 II. Until then I have to live with these.. (


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Decision made, it will be a 5D2 w/BG
« on: August 21, 2012, 02:41:17 PM »
Decision made.  I'm going with a 5D2 with a Canon battery grip

Best of luck with shootting AI servo

Most of these were in AI Servo and several in AI Focus. (5D2+200mm f/2.8L at f/2.8 or f/4)
The guys were flying around and from the 530some photos 470some were sharp where I wanted it to be. (Keep in mind I shot at 2.8 to 4.) I just started to upload so there will be more and some I might remove at the end but I'm happy with the keeper ratio.

While I'm not "amazed" by the 5D2's AF it is not as bad as some wants to show.
Obviously for the pros like most people here it's not good enough as their income depends on it. In that case I would have gotten something better too - will write it off from taxes anyway-, however as many pointed out the 5D2 is still a great FF camera in every aspect for everyone else who cares about IQ, doesn't shoot high speed sports and/or willing to learn and use the camera with its "limits".

I think you picked the right combination in your case. Not because I have a 5D2 too, but because I believe the eye-lens-body-software order. 

One thing that many people forget is that cameras ARE TOOLS. Like pen, typewriter, computer was/is for writers.
Should make your work easier but not designed to DO ALL your work. (That will be the NS-1x.) Once you LEARN to use that tool it will help you to create great photos.  I'm still learning mine. Hopefully one day I will have amazing shots like the ones here with 2-3 5D3s and 1Dxs.

If you have a min check this page: (might need to translate) It's an awesome site and if you click around you can see the cameras the people used to create the photos... some are from the "stone age", yet there are amazing work there... stuff I can only dream to create with my advanced gear... :)

All the best, A.

Portrait / Re: Quality of Portraits
« on: August 16, 2012, 02:55:36 PM »
this is also very helpful to start with:

Portrait / Re: Quality of Portraits
« on: August 16, 2012, 12:55:14 PM »
I just struggle with the term semi-pro.  Do semi pros pay tax?  Do semi pros have liability insurance? 

I've never heard of an amatuer doctor who does a little bit of paid surgery here and there when asked.
Or an enthusiast accountant who will do a passable job for a knock down rate.

Right, but nowadays everyone with a camera-phone is a photographer (see social pages) and everyone who has 1 good photo is a model :)
People buy a cheap dslr with kit lens and next day they are "Photographers". Same with people with money. Buying expensive gear won't give them skills no matter how many 1Dx or Mk3s they have.

I like the idea of the: What if your doc or mechanic would be like that?
-Well. Mrs Smith let's remove that nasty..
-No, I don't have a scalpel and I wouldn't know how to use it anyway but I have a Gerber and my friends say I'm very good with it... Now hold still, it's not too sharp in the corners and we only have available light... :))

Sorry for the detour..
To the OP.
I would do a check on what the others in the area are charging. If they are better and you only start, charge a bit less. If they like your work they will pay anyway. If you are better than them and you only start charge the same and point out the excellent quality and added value they will receive. I understand the exposure thingy.
It's nice but if they like your work that should be rather a plus not a substitute for payment.

Lenses / Re: best wide or ultra wide angle lens for crop sensorh
« on: August 16, 2012, 11:37:09 AM »
I'm very happy with my Sigma 8-16mm.
About 12.8 to 25.6? That's pretty wide and the build and image quality on mine is just great.
Sure, it's true that the QC isn't the very best at Sigma - I had issues with my 50mm 1.4 once -  but you can run into that in every other company, including Canon.

This worth a read:

Canon General / Re: Adorama issues anyone? Ever try to return a product?
« on: August 15, 2012, 08:05:35 PM »
Never had any problem with them in the last decade.

What was the problem?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Vanguard Equipment
« on: August 14, 2012, 11:35:05 AM »
They have good reviews on BH and Adorama too so I'm sure you'll be happy just make sure the head can hold enough lbs in case you'll upgrade to a heavier setup...

Have a 264AT leg (pretty much the same as the 263, just 4sect. and folds shorter) and a SV BH2 head (inexpensive but good, holds 18lb). Not a Gitzo or RRS but does the job just fine. Used them on the beach in strong wind, on hiking and of course indoors and in the last couple of years I had zero probs. with them.
The pivoting center column is awesome for macros.

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower. Share your photos.
« on: August 12, 2012, 09:47:08 PM »
Very nice shots, wish I could go out and shoot but we have a hot, humid and cloudy night here... :(

Landscape / Re: Perseid Meteor Shower. Share your photos.
« on: August 12, 2012, 04:25:35 PM »
Awesome capture.
Proves it that a good photo worth to leave our comfort zone :)

Landscape / Perseid Meteor Shower. Share your photos.
« on: August 12, 2012, 03:15:00 AM »
I was wondering if anyone was out tonight or will go tomorrow...
Would you share your best shots and maybe a bit about the shoot?

Black & White / Re: Black & White
« on: August 11, 2012, 07:22:25 PM »

Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 70-200 IS USM II. Used is fine. Ideas?
« on: August 10, 2012, 03:10:23 PM »
A few weeks ago newegg sold brand new ones for $1999.00

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D and 5D II that different?
« on: August 10, 2012, 01:36:14 AM »
But also the 5D MKII is a step backwards. AF system is so old and ruins the camera really, is it still worth £1600 I don't think so, if it were £1250 £1300 then I would say yes. But then the 5D MKIII is that worth another £1000 premium again no, but this is a frustrating time as a buyer for Canon so you did right pulling the trigger I just won't! It would be my luck to pull the trigger on one and it be dropped in price by a big margin or this consumer FF camera would be released. Also still shooting a 40D and spending £1600 on a camera with the same AF system would be counter productive IMO.

Sold my old 5D2 and got one for $1899 brand new not that long ago, canon auth. dealer+freeS&H (that's about £1212 right?).

Doesn't work like that here in the UK cheapest atm in around £1600 second hand the 5D MKII are about £1250. The 5D MKIII is £1000 more here than it is in america..

That offer from adorama on the home page for $4299 with a 24-105mm and the grip. Well it is $4299 body only in the UK or £2800, prices are ridiculous over here.

Fry's ships worldwide... I got it from them a few weeks ago.

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