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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

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

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

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.

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.

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

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell a spare 5d3 for 1dx?
« on: May 08, 2014, 01:12:00 AM »
I am considering getting the 1dx for manual exp comp, better tracking, cleaner iso images 3200-6400, more customizable features with the second mn function button.

Is this worth $3k+ to you?  I think the biggest gain with this upgrade would be 12fps, but I get the impression these are more wants and nice-to-haves. 

Get 16-35 2.8 ( for landscapes, large groups)
More backdrops, lighting, etc
300mm f4 is
1.4 ext iii
Canon 8-15 f4

Based on what you like to shoot, I think you can do a lot more with the above.  The 1DX and a 50 aren't going to let you do a whole lot more than what you're likely capable of shooting now.

Lenses / Re: so finally
« on: May 07, 2014, 01:32:37 PM »
that's what happens when I go in to buy some guitar strings. 

come back out with a "free" guitar  ;D

Without documentation, there's little else you can do except take the seller's word for it.  I would have liked to know why the sensor was replaced.

Did they say how many actuations have cycled?  Is the viewfinder relatively clean?

If everything checks out, seems like a pretty solid deal.  You can always sell the 50 and those RRS L plates are really nice, and can run well north of $150+ by themselves (depending on the body)

Videography Technique / Re: 1D X and Manfrotto MVH502AH
« on: May 07, 2014, 12:38:04 AM »
Do what makes the most sense here - use the tripod collar.  No idea why on earth someone would tell you otherwise.

I use the exact same setup as you and it works great.  In fact, without using the collar, the whole rig is pretty unbalanced.

Dear Surapon,

I wish I was as strong as you!  ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF Guide 1Dx renewed
« on: May 02, 2014, 05:29:08 PM »
I don't believe any of the content is new.  Just formatted for tablet/mobile devices.

Thank you nonetheless!

Canon General / Re: My weapons of war.
« on: April 30, 2014, 10:52:47 PM »
looks like you need a bigger table  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: More Sensor Technology Talk [CR1]
« on: April 30, 2014, 05:32:10 PM »
Can someone help me understand why foveon sensors are a big deal? 

I get that the 3 layers can do away with moire and other false color noises, but this tech doesn't feel like a game changer, and rather a small evolution of what we currently use now.

Photography Technique / Re: On-Camera Flash Technique/Gear?
« on: April 30, 2014, 03:59:08 PM »
     Just did my fourth professional shoot (a Bat-Mitzvah) and the results were the best I've yet done.  Haven't yet ventured into off-camera flash, but used a variety of "bounce" tools (simple diffuser, small soft-box and on-flash bouncer).  My camera's a 70D and flash is the 430EX II.
     Are there any other recommended tools/techniques like brackets, etc.?  Off-camera seems like it might be tough while remaining mobile.  Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I might like to stick with on-camera.
     Thanks for any discussion.

I prefer flash off camera, but when if I'm forced to to stay on the hotshoe, I really like using the spinlight360

Here's a link to Niel Van Nikirks review/useage video

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