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Portrait / Re: Happy Holidays Photos!
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:03:58 PM »
Happy Holidays :)

(a shoot mainly for stock/port therefore the white back but thought some might like it...
still editing some but have a few more here: http://atlanticpicture.com/p212321456)




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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM 99% off
« on: December 16, 2012, 05:55:55 PM »
..or they just followed Canon's recent trend..
overprice it like crazy, establish/justify that cost than people after 6mths will feel privileged to get it at a retail price.. :)

..remind me of the classic... _______(whatever nation you prefer :) ) discount.. where the man goes to the apple stand, writes twice as much above the price and cross it .. :))

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Lighting / Re: New to off camera flash, any tips/guides for beginners?
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:07:15 PM »
Controlling the Light: Beginners Guide to Off-Camera Lighting and Control

That video is the single most informative resource for beginners I've come across.

+1 on Erik (with a K), that's a good start.

didn't want to post another one but agree on Syl Arena's stuff too.. Good guy, awesome photographer, I like his presentations: http://www.youtube.com/user/BHPhotoVideoProAudio/videos?query=syl

..and of course Zack Arias   http://www.youtube.com/user/creativelive/videos?query=Zack+Arias
like his blogs too...

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The advantage over ps?
- Showing off :). In fact I think that's about 25-50% of the dslr users.
I think you covered the serious side so let's see the funny side.. :)

It's amazing how many guys buy a camera just for that. Especially in developed countries men in that range have more $$ then skills or desire to learn.
They get their 1st cam (min a 5d3 to start with) in their 30s-40s and after a month they give advice on forums :) or they get a Rebel and next week they ask how much should they charge after becoming a wedding photog overnight...
I have a little view on that due to the stories I hear from the gallery/frame shop, the local printing places I'm in business with and the models I worked with.. I.e. there are plenty pervs on MM who only registered to snap some photos with pretty girls in a bikini (or nothing). The last guy told my GF he has 30+ yrs of experience and his photos suck on multi levels... and let's not talk about local wedding photogs...

Anyhow, a 7D can make great images, (heck, most recent cameras can) it can even do family/vacation photos, yet some people are "convinced" they can only do that with a 1Dx or at least with a 5d3 and L glass only. :)) Then they snap shots that are never printed larger than 8x10 and could be easily done with an entry dslr, a m4/3 or with a ps.

It's probably related to midlife crisis too. :) It's cheaper than a red/yellow Porsche and easier to sell when it's over. It's also easier to "explain" to the wife.. or maybe it's just marketing.. like: you have to have an SUV or you're not a good/safe parent, you have to use this detergent, baby/dog/cat food.. etc.. or you are not a good... etc...


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Lenses / Re: Which (if any) non-L lenses are enviro-sealed?
« on: December 13, 2012, 03:52:51 PM »
To actually pull that off is actually hard, and it impacts the cost of the lens and body.  With ef-s, it's a trade off platform.  If you want weather protected, grab a $6 cover.
The lens you'd be using is the EF 17-40mm f4L with a UV filter to achieve weather sealed.

True.
On the other hand Oly did it with the E3, E5 and they cost about the same as the recent crop bodies.
(http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=10724.msg192116#msg192116)

eventually I agree with the rain cover, even if the gear is sealed, it saves time cleaning later.

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Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 04, 2012, 12:17:15 PM »
Seems like f/2 is the new f/2.8, how long before we see an f/2 zoom? Has it ever been done? Is it feasible?
Oly.. but that's 4/3rds so....
http://www.adorama.com/IOM35100.html?gclid=CNDRh5CggbQCFQSf4AodJ3kAyA
..still, Zuikos were/are pretty awesome quality..

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Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 04, 2012, 11:57:52 AM »
10-500mm f/1.2 IS II in the 24-70 size around $100
..at least this was my dream lens, then I woke up...
 ;D ;D

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Canon General / Re: Is it worth it...for me?
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:47:17 AM »
1. go FF (5D2-it will be a good backup later, if you won't do it as a pro go for a deal on a 5D3)
2. since you like primes I'd check these out (inexpensive, yet great quality)
- canon 85 1.8 (you'll love it on crop and will be even better on ff)
- sigma 50 1.4 (smooth finish), I shot these with the 1st version.. still not that bad (http://atlanticpicture.com/p460965309)
- canon 200  2.8L
(Disagree with the lenses are losing value faster than bodies comment but that's another topic...)

You already have a good skills so you prob. already realized it's not the gear that makes the photos.. :)
Some big name in the industry shot with only one or two lenses for years.. if you have a little time I suggest to
see some of the vids here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/creativelive
http://www.youtube.com/user/BHPhotoVideoProAudio

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Haven't heard about it but would buy one. 
On the other hand that lens isn't that bad on the first place. I prefer it to the canon 1.4

Some photos that I took with it are in the lens gallery, I think they came out ok ...

You must be one of the lucky ones that got a copy without focus issues. I tried 2, and both had to be returned because of inconsistent AF that couldn't be fixed by MFA.

That's how my first lens was - tried to ma on the 7d without much success, then I sent it back and it was fixed under warranty however I still wasn't completely happy about it (but I'm kinda picky..) so I eventually sold it but looking at the photos now it wasn' that bad... and I heard a lot more + comments on the never version (smooth finish)
...it's a crop.. about half the original size..

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Haven't heard about it but would buy one. 
On the other hand that lens isn't that bad on the first place. I prefer it to the canon 1.4

Some photos that I took with it are in the lens gallery, I think they came out ok ...

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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« on: November 30, 2012, 05:12:44 AM »
I would check these out in a store from a friend or by renting them:
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Canon 17-55 2.8 , 10-22, 15-85,
Tokina 16-28 2.8
I used to have the 16-28. Never had a prob with its sharpness or speed. That can be used on FF later... and the approx 26mm isn't that bad.

16-28 is good.  I'll only warn you that it can't use filters (though there are special/expensive way of doing it).  Filters are very important for landscape photography.

True, the front element is nice and curvy :) however since CS5 I barely used a filter.. save for NDs a couple times.. but I see that could be a prob.  The other thing is the AF switch... a bit different and not everyone likes it... still its a good lens.

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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:07:01 AM »
I would check these out in a store from a friend or by renting them:
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Canon 17-55 2.8 , 10-22, 15-85,
Tokina 16-28 2.8
I used to have the 16-28. Never had a prob with its sharpness or speed. That can be used on FF later... and the approx 26mm isn't that bad.

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Third Party Lenses (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) / Ann
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:28:40 AM »
Model: Ann.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lens: Sigma 50mm f/1.4
rest of the shoot: http://atlanticpicture.com/p460965309








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Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 70-200??
« on: November 21, 2012, 02:04:42 AM »
depends, but....
..would start with the 70-200.
 (not sure which one you are looking at but they are all pretty good, you might also want to look at the newer sigma 2.8 OS)
If you are shooting portraits and you already have a 50, the 24-70 isn't going to be a huge diff. unless those mentioned indoor shots are kinda tight... (I use mine at the 50-70 range a lot). Plus by the time you're ready to get that 24-70 hopefully you'll have a larger selection ;) and lower price once the waves calm down after the early adapters....

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United States / Re: Fall Foliage Trip - Your advice please.
« on: November 21, 2012, 01:53:06 AM »
I hope you had fun on your trip! The shots you posted look good so far!
I have some very similar jelly shots as your first two, from the boston aquarium.
I REALLY like your third shot of the jelly!


sorry, i missed this..  :-[


Thank you Ryan.
Per you recommendation we went to see the Grand Caverns.
It was awesome. It is pretty big and we only saw part of it. It was a small group. In fact only 4 of us :)
They allowed us to use flash and tripod. The only requirement was not to stay behind... Which isn't possible if you want to set up a tripod for a shoot...  :(
Anyhow my GF did some ninja tricks and disappeared in the shadows to take some photos but I'd like to go back one day and spend a little longer time there as they do tours for photogs as well...

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