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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body $2296
« on: January 02, 2015, 03:04:59 PM »
Says "Kit Box ... lens removed".  Wonder what else was removed?  I always get a bit skeptical about open boxes and online dealers.    Often we get "sold" the battery, charger, cables etc for added $$ ... 

Though I know of a case where my friend bought a 5Dii online and it didn't come with anything except for the front cap and the body, I bought one of my 5Diii's through a getitdigital and had a great experience. Packaging was not the best, but indeed, all they removed was the lens. I would suggest the buyer do their research (as I did before buying), but I would not hesitate to buy this camera from them, BigValueInc, 1080 photography, and other big gray market companies again. I have only had good experiences to date.


EOS Bodies / Re: High Megapixel Camera Coming in 2015 [CR3]
« on: December 17, 2014, 08:16:52 PM »
All I need now is this new high MP camera, a fisheye, and the ability to crop, right?  ;D


Lenses / Re: buying advice: canon 85mm f1.2 II or f1.8?
« on: December 15, 2014, 11:17:57 PM »
Is the 85L incredible? Yes, and it is what I would recommend, hands down. We use it for every portrait event, BUT not every wedding, it is just... too... slow...

That being said; I did use it for the bride walking down as well as various dancing shots at a wedding we had this July. http://photosbytabor.smugmug.com/Tulsa-Wedding-Photography/Lisa-Isaiah/i-R6GPLb2/A
Since I had displaced a rib just a few days before, I updated their wedding to a 3 photographer event, (myself essentially being the third photographer). I figured, what the heck, I'll see how the 85L will handle action. I was wonderfully surprised actually. One of the many things that helped me during their wedding was a great deal of ambient light, wonderful shadows, and I would prefocus my shots just before I would focus/shoot, (basically I would focus quickly, twice, and then fire). This helped save my keep rate, but it is not something I would recommend everyone try, especially at a wedding.

For stills/portraits, it's incredible in essentially every aspect. For weddings, there are so many better options, most notably the 70-200 f/2.8L ii. Though not as wide, amazing, amazing, wedding lens. We used all of our lenses during that wedding, (apart from the 17-40 so look around the gallery (or galleries if you keep going), and use the info button in the bottom right to see if the shots you like were taken with the 85L.

As always, you could rent the thing, but yes it is well worth the money, just maybe not as a dependable, moving target at a wedding, lens.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D mkIV
« on: December 11, 2014, 04:00:41 PM »

Think just the same. Give me all those small adaptions and please do keep the mp increase low. I don't need 35mp or more.

I keep thinking the exact same thing. I think it's great that other camera companies are lining up high MP dslr's but I really would not care for one. We come back with 2-3K shots per wedding, and would take SO many advancements over high MP. Every time I hear about high MP cameras in the works, I keep thinking, please let that not be the 5D IV.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5DIV: 36 MP US $ 3799 TBA in March 2015
« on: November 23, 2014, 12:54:00 AM »
If it doesn't say Canon Rumors, I don't pay as much attention. Is that normal? lol


What I would gladly accept would be a system designed to modify the focal point within, say, 3 inches.

I can only imagine how many shots would be saved if the focus of the image could be brought just a touch closer/further away. It would be incredible for bridals, families, even our little canine buddies. I also think it would help with the time needed to capture, process, and move on to the next image in camera.


Software & Accessories / Re: Must have Android apps?
« on: November 21, 2014, 08:16:32 AM »
Sun Surveyor ($6.49 US) is my new favorite, because it gives me a widget that shows blue hour, golden hour, solar noon, and sunrise/sunset on a little panel + along with moon phases.  I use the other apps listed as well, but found Stellarium to be much better than Google Sky Maps.

+1 on Sun Sureyor, even if you get the free one. I used the paid version and use the AR View option to see where the sun will rise and fall. I also use the widget that comes with the download to see sunrise/sunset options on one of my home screens.

Enjoy the Droid! They're amazing pieces of equipment.

Post Processing / Re: Image size for web site
« on: November 18, 2014, 09:58:28 PM »
If you want a little reference, you can head over to my site; http://photosbytabor.com

The largest images I use are 1,500 x 1,000 These are the top photos on my posts and part of the highlight reel on my homepage.

The other pics in each post are 900x600 which is also the size I use on my wedding photography page; http://photosbytabor.com/tulsa-wedding-photographers/

Lastly, the thumbnail images I use, also on the wedding photography page, mid-way down are 300x200.

I hope this helps!

I had to re-download EOS Utility, but PS CC and everything else is fine.


Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2014, 09:45:17 PM »

Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: November 13, 2014, 03:40:16 PM »

Why would you recommend the 35?

I've had  a 35mm 1.4 Zeiss Distagon and have a RX1R so I'm familiar with the FL.

Is there something about the contrast/sharpness/AF etc?

Contrast, noticeably yes.
Sharpness, definitely yes.
AF, noticeably yes.

During the busy months (March through October) we have 1-3 weddings every weekend and 1-2 portrait shoots every weekday, the colors and sharpness I get from the 35L surpass those from the 24L 98% of the time. In dim lit environments, the 35L is about 1.25 times faster at focusing than the 24L. The main reason we keep the 24L around is that, several times a year, I will be shooting a wedding where the groom's getting ready room is quite small and there are often several people in there. Sometimes the brides room is tiny, but more often it's on the grooms side. When I'm in this scenario, the 24L works fine for my needs. Overall, I would say that it is about 87% what the 35L is in quality, but it is a handy little fellow when I need it.

I've been following the 35L ii rumors closely, hoping that they start to figure out when this lens may come about. When it does come, I'll be selling my current 24L and picking up the new 35L ii.

(I am also a huge fan of the 24-70 f/2.8 ii and will begin using it, over the 24L, for my wide angle needs, when lighting is sufficient)


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So what CR Admin is saying is that it's the number of posts not the quality that counts??? While many of the top contributors have really valuable input, it's easy for anyone to just say "nice picture" or something equally unmeaty to boost their post counts and enter exclusive circles. Really??

Yes.  ;D

Wedding Photography / Re: Tough LARGE group photo
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:59:12 PM »
Ok, I gots a total noob question to ask, having never done anything like this shot.

Could this have been shot as a pano?  Is that ever a good technique for these wide group shots?

Nooblet minds want to know.

Quick answer: yes
Follow up answer: I wouldn't recommend it

The way Pabst handled it was, in my opinion spot on. Using wide angle and deep depth of field for the distance he was shooting. On panos, I typically shoot 5-8 vertically mounted shots and re-crop for a horizontal final product, or I shoot ~80 shots, as in the sample photo I posted here. When folks are moving, I may only get 3 in, but I take my time and shoot with purpose to hopefully mitigate the frequent movers. If they are standing still, I go for shots like the one linked.

I hope this helps!

Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: November 12, 2014, 07:24:56 PM »

Confetti and Cake by dancook1982, on Flickr

You are brave to use a manual focus lens for a wedding!

:) I think I'll consider getting the 24mm 1.4 II lens for the next one.

Though I love my 24L ii, I do. I would recommend the 35L over the 24L any day of the week, (just for future consideration).  :)


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