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Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 23, 2014, 09:29:30 PM »

Another vote for the 85 f/1.2. My camera generally has this lens or my 35mm mounted on it.

Sooooo very true. If the OP is wanting something more versatile than just a head shot lens, the 35L is by far our most used lens. When I have executive head shots, the 85 is a no-brainer, however, for a wedding, engagement, or simply capturing the kids, the 35L is there for me. Food for thought, potentially.


Lenses / Re: Which Bokeh Monster?
« on: July 23, 2014, 08:30:11 PM »
I would say the 85ii. It can be finicky when you are trying to nail a portrait at 1.8 or wider, however, when it hits, it's sharp enough to make your eyes bleed, and the bokeh it produces is incredible.

I hope this helps!


Awesome job JL!

I am, admittedly, a bit jealous. I have always wanted to go up in a chopper, especially with a 5Diii. Great job!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Where do you buy 5D Mark iii?
« on: July 21, 2014, 10:25:23 PM »
Both of mine came from 6ave's steal of a deal, $2,550 on eBay. I bought one several months ago, and another a couple months ago, they came horribly packaged, but are resilient as ever and seemingly flawless. B&H and Adorama have always been my go-to's, but it was hard to pass up the eBay deal. I'll actually be purchasing another one next time the sale comes up and I would recommend that route to anyone.

If you can wait until, say, April of next year, do it. I imagine the 5Div will be announced by then at which time you can purchase the 5Diii from a more common dealer at a better price than offered today.

I hope this helps,

Lenses / Re: I'm looking at rentig/buying a new lens for weddings
« on: July 07, 2014, 08:04:06 PM »
Welcome to the forum Diane!

I am with Halfrack in that we need to know more about the tools you already have to give you the best advice we can.

I agree with agierke in that the 50 1.2L and 100L can be slow to focus in dark settings, I rented the 50L for a low-light wedding May 2013 and decided not to purchase it after all. I would also second the 35L and 70-200 2.8L ii, both are phenomenal and have been to nearly every wedding we shoot.

I agree with tomscott's comment on the 24-70L MK i. That lens is wonderful to have on any camera body and still performs quite well. The 24-70L ii is likely my next lens purchase. Even with the gear we use now, it seems as though the 24-70 would be a perfect range. I also agree with his suggestion of the 35/50/85 primes. I already mentioned my opinion of the 50 and the 35, but the 85 is incredible for portraits, just not the fastest focusing lens to say the least but I still used it with great success at a wedding we shot a few days ago.

I agree with Schruminator that we need to know more info and that it is all in balancing the equipment you have with the shot you are aiming to achieve.

All in all, there are so many possibilities that can help you in your wedding adventures. In order of "usefulness" for our weddings, I would say:

70-200 2.8L ii
24L ii
85L ii

If I had to choose one lens for rental purposes, I would go with either the 35L or the 24-70L ii completely depending on how dark the venue actually is.

I hope this helps!


I use ePhoto by Elegant Themes. It's suited my needs pretty well over the years, however, when I updated the jQuery plugin last week the nav bar drop downs stopped working, but now the slideshow works on my wedding page!  ::) I've contacted a techie who told me how I need to fix it in the .php, I just have not had the time. I think I'll work on it again tonight though.

I too am interested to hear of others out there.



Kind of random, but are you from Oklahoma? I figured I was one of the only lucky Okies on this site.


I am not from Oklahoma. Sorry to disappoint! I'm from Massachusetts and was down there to cover the tornado.

That's fine as well. There are plenty of good people in Massachusetts! Happy Independence Day!

Cheers from Tulsa,


Kind of random, but are you from Oklahoma? I figured I was one of the only lucky Okies on this site.


EOS Bodies / Re: What do you hope-for MOST from Canon in 2014
« on: June 22, 2014, 11:07:54 AM »
A new 35L ii would be incredible, it is by far our most used lens.

Technical Support / Re: 5d3 Buttons not working
« on: May 27, 2014, 11:38:24 AM »
3 suggestions:

1) If you have another protog friend, check about borrowing some gear.
2) Check lens rentals and borrow lenses.
3) Look into the CPS program and see if you qualify for a loan while they fix your gear.

I hope this helps, and best of luck amigo!

Hi Scott,

To preface: I booked 1 wedding in 2012, 8 in 2013, and now approaching 40 so far for 2014. I actually began as a 'faux'tographer with a T1i and kit lens, but I have upgraded along the way. Just last December, I left my doctoral program, my wife left her job as a CPA, and we both pursue wedding and portrait photography full time and have actually begun hiring employees to help with growth. It was difficult to get away from the amateurs, yes, but once out there is no turning back for us.

Do you have a website where your work is stored? Also, what type of work are you wanting to dominate the market for?

I would love to help pitch some ideas your way.

All my best,

Canon General / Re: $10,000
« on: April 26, 2014, 11:02:05 PM »
(Using prices I actually paid for some of the equipment below or have seen very recently.)

$2,549 Canon 5D Mark III
$1,799 Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
$1,799 Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
$1,399 Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
$1,299 Canon 35mm f/1.4L USM
$899    Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Grand total = $9744

Seeing my wife's reaction to the splurge... priceless.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50L - Love or Hate?
« on: April 17, 2014, 12:49:33 AM »
Neither love, nor hate. I enjoyed the 50 1.4, sold it, wished I had kept it, rented a 50L, did NOT enjoy the rental, sent it back, bought the 85L ii, liked it for portraits, am just now learning the best way to use it in fluid environments, such as weddings, and now think the issues I had with the 50L came from more of a operator error than failure of the lens itself.

In summary--
Did I like the one I used: No
Would I buy another: Yes
How does this make sense: I have become a better photographer since working frequently with the limitations of the 85L.


Software & Accessories / Re: Please be a simple fix...
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:57:44 PM »

You have once again, come to the rescue. Your service is so very greatly appreciated!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Software & Accessories / {Resolved} Please be a simple fix...
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:40:50 PM »
I really don't want to burn through favors asking for help... again, but here's the skinny.

My wife and I shot a wedding together last Sunday, and as is customary, I synced the time on the four cameras, but low-and-behold I synced one of the 5D3's one hour off.

Is there ANY way to revert the time back on the one camera? I know how to do it one pic at a time, but we're talking about roughly 800 pics.

I am working with LR and PS, and have the line of Canon DPP, etc up as well if that is of any help.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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