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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 430 RT
« on: May 15, 2014, 08:42:19 PM »
with bundled deals for 2x 600EXs and the ST-E3 for $1019, I've completely dropped the idea of using any RT version of the 430EX.  Even if all you wanted was the transmitter, you can sell off what you don't need and get any single component for very little.

http://www.adorama.com/CA600EXUWK.html

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I would get the grid screen, throw it on a tripod and call it good.  The slower aperture and super wide angle helps mitigate not having LV.

Tilts will be harder to gauge focus without LV, so make sure you stop down enough to ensure your plane of focus is solid.

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Lenses / Re: Canon Lens Pouches
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:10:54 PM »
Has anyone ever used the lens pouches or found another use for them?

Converted each and every one of them into $20 bills.  Seems plenty of people on eBay will pay $20+ for your OEM lens pouches!

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There's good debt and bad debt.  That's probably a great place to start as a mental exercise before spending a dime.

good debt = anything you need but can't afford to pay for up front without wiping out cash reserves or liquidating all your investments.  In cases where debt makes sense, only take loans for which you can afford the monthly payments. 

bad debt =  debt you've taken on for things you don't need and can't afford (e.g. 12fps vs 6fps)  the worst form of debt being credit-card debt, since it usually carries the highest interest rates.

But it sounds like you'll be pulling in $20k so why bother with loans?  Get the 1DX after you get paid and avoid the months or years of accrued interest.

As far as gear goes, I think you are more than equipped for paid work.  two bodies, 24-70 and 70-200, 600EX, etc.  As a student, you have better gear than my buddy who shoots portraits and weddings 4-5 times a month lol.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Safety Line for my camera
« on: May 12, 2014, 04:37:29 PM »
my joby sling strap came with this tether that locks an unused strap lug to the strap itself, should the tripod attachment ever come loose.



I'm sure you can rig something up for nothing that should provide you some insurance to prevent such a thing from happening again.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 10, 2014, 12:30:50 PM »
1Dx, 1/250, f/2, ISO100

@6mo, finally starting to stand on his own with some confidence :D

Good shot, very appropriate T shirt !

gotta start 'em young ;)

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: May 10, 2014, 03:51:37 AM »
Simply an amazing lens.  I generally only shoot primes, and this is the one EF zoom lens I own, and it never disappoints.






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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: May 10, 2014, 03:44:19 AM »
one of my favs for sure paired with the M


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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: May 10, 2014, 03:38:51 AM »
works pretty good in the studio too ;)

all taken with the EOS M








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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 10, 2014, 03:00:00 AM »
1Dx, 1/250, f/2, ISO100

@6mo, finally starting to stand on his own with some confidence :D


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EOS Bodies / Re: upgrade from t2i to 1dm4 or 1dx??
« on: May 09, 2014, 09:07:29 PM »
On the other hand, you have the money set aside for the 1DX (pending sale of the truck).

Just do it man.  Life is too short.   ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: upgrade from t2i to 1dm4 or 1dx??
« on: May 09, 2014, 03:22:44 PM »
Have you considered renting?  Try the 5D and maybe even throw in the 70-200 2.8 - 5 days rental will likely cost somewhere around $200.

Renting could save you $2000-$3000+ if you find the 5DIII suits your needs and don't feel the need for a 1D body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: upgrade from t2i to 1dm4 or 1dx??
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:16:35 PM »
If you feel comfortable, and he is a close enough friend, ask him to borrow it over a weekend when you are shooting MMA or sports when he's not shooting 2nd.

This will likely answer most of your questions.  Something tells me 6fps from the 5D will be sufficient - getting keepers has more to do with technique (e.g. timing and anticipation) in action, imho anyway.  1Dx just takes spray and pray to a whole new level.

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EOS Bodies / Re: upgrade from t2i to 1dm4 or 1dx??
« on: May 09, 2014, 12:25:16 AM »
If you've got the budget for it and the wife gives you the green light, what are you waiting for?  ;D

As a hobbyist, what's wrong with using great gear if you can afford it?  A few of my buddies are into cars (GT3, RT/10, etc.)  and these things enjoy life as garage queens that never hit a track. 

However, a 1D body is going to open the floodgates of spending for white lenses and fast glass.  You've been warned...



wait a second... THIS is your truck?



forget the 1DX... stick with your rebel  :o

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