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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).  :)


Wedding Photography / Re: Wedding - Kat and James
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:55:51 PM »
Great work!

You know, we are considering hiring on a fourth photographer. You should come to the mid-west US sometime!  ;)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Possibly ok after dropped?
« on: November 09, 2014, 11:09:10 PM »
Most venues require liability insurance in case guests damage private property.  The wedding party provides that insurance.  You have to document the incident and the bridal party's insurance should cover damage done by an inebriated guest.

Again back to damaging your reputation.... I would pursue it through your insurance first. While the brides insurance might cover it, they will possibly be anywhere from hesitant to peeved at using it on your account.

I would check with the newlyweds first (or parents, if they're already off on honeymoon), to see if they have this kind of coverage. I can't imagine why they would be peeved; it's one-off coverage, not ongoing like car insurance. If I were the groom and my photographer came to me with this kind of claim and I had purchased the insurance, I would welcome a claim (unless I was liable for any deductible), because then the price of the premium wasn't wasted.

If I inquired and the bride & groom did not have this coverage, I would just tell them OK, thanks, and then take it up with my own insurance provider.

I like this advice the best. Be civil (as you've already shown you are), and simply explain that a guest ran into you while you were loading out and it caused you to drop your incredible camera. I imagine it will be received well.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Possibly ok after dropped?
« on: November 09, 2014, 06:29:10 PM »
I would definitely send it in to insurance. Only two of my items have been dropped, (17-40 and 70-200ii) they both seemed to work fine for about a month, but as time progressed the 17-40 has shown me that it does not manually focus anymore and there is a slight separation near the zoom ring. The big tele still works like a champ though. Even if the 1DX is great now, it may have a glitch that hasn't shown its face yet.

I'm sorry to hear about what happened.


:-[  I gotta throw out an apology to the OP because unfortunately it appears that this thread has (yet again) devolved into a Mac vs PC debate and I don't think the OP has received much in the way of useful advice about his request.  I started out just wanting to counter the all too common 'Mac just works' lines and ended up writing a dang novel and falling into the tempting debate trap.

I don't think we went THERE per se.  ;D  He got the standard advice:
1) A desktop is more powerful
2) Some useful hardware suggestions
3) Some specific suggestions of systems

All we're missing is the "You should get Linux" guy.  Otherwise, it was pretty civilized and tame :)

You should TOTALLY get a Linux! Just kidding, I love my macs.  ;D


Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Need Best Monitor for Photo Edits
« on: November 07, 2014, 11:44:23 PM »
We only use 27inch iMacs, and I've got to say, I love everything about them!


Once you go Mac, you won't ever go back... Kind of. I bought a Toshiba after owning two 27in iMacs, but the Toshiba was not for editing purposes. Looking back, I wish I had bought a Retina MacBook Pro, as bchernicoff has suggested. I have edited on MacBook Pro, Toshiba, and Dell and the Mac is substantially better for laptop editing (of the three). I would up the ante on screen size since, even on my 17in Dell, I was constantly having to zoom, I could only imagine what it would be like to try to edit on a 13in screen.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:05:07 PM »
You reliably post these shady web sites selling expensive cameras for minimal discounts. Here is my question. If you are prepared to shell out 5k for a camera body, would you spend a little bit more and purchase it from a reliable retailer, or save a few bucks on one of these gimmicks.. Why even post deals if they are not from reputable camera shops / retailers?

I have bought from all of the companies CR has posted about and have had excellent experiences with all of them, BVI included.

I love seeing these deals and would buy this from BVI in a heartbeat.


Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:57:32 AM »
I have two BR double harnesses, neither of which have ever given me grief... until about a week ago. Within days of one another, 2 of the 4 rubber pieces have fallen off. I recovered both, but now I need to contact BR about possible replacement rings. (rings, gaskets, o-rings?)

No where near as bad as the OP's experience. Best of luck to our fellow BR folks.


EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:13:01 PM »
The 35L is by far our most used lens, and we need to get another. So, order now, or wait until next quarter?  ;D I'm actually going to wait since we don't truly need it over the winter, but I still hope it comes to fruition.


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