« on: May 07, 2012, 09:13:06 PM »
I currently have 98 posts and this is my 99th. I want to see if my rating of PowerShot G12 changes when I hit 100.
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I just need the best "film". And by best I mean the sensor with the highest resolution, widest DR, widest color gamut and lowest noise in my primary shooting range - 100-800. More DR means I have more zones to work with before I clip. That's vital.
Care to let us see an example of your work? It must be extraordinarily demanding, if you can only accomplish it when all of those criteria are met - in fact I can hardly believe that you've been able to make a single image so far.
So let's see what it is that you simply couldn't do with a lowly 5D Mk III then - we obviously have much to learn here.
For the avoidance of any doubt, yes, I'm "calling" you on this.
BUT remember: If you go from the crop-sensor (7D) to the full-frame (5DmkII) you instantly lose a LOT of length. That is fine if you have the long glass to compensate, but you would have to buy that also. If you intend to shoot persons or birds farther away than comfortable shouting distance, you should add into your budget the price of the long lens (300mm) you will need just to compensate for the loss of the 1.6x crop factor. The good Canon offerings at that length are not cheap, and neither are the good off-brand lenses, really. You can always crop your photos in post to get closer, but that is more damaging to IQ than getting there naturally with your camera and glass. Not to mention it seems a little unsatisfying to have nothing big and beautiful in the viewfinder when you shoot.Another possibility is the 5DII. Just browsing around on the websites of the local electrical shops, the 5DII with the 24-105mm kit lens fits in with my budget (just), but doesn't leave any overhead for extra glass. Is this a good option to consider?
Yes. Yes. Yes. Although I would personally go with body only, and get a 50 1.8 or 1.4, and, if you can afford it, the 70-200 2.8 or if you can only afford the F4 get that. Then if you want a landscape lens, maybe look into the cheap manual rokinon lenses for a wide angle. MF is fine for landscape.
. . . would have been great photo if you could get composition from vantage point in front of the island connecting the bridges! Would love to see that !
Personally I'm a read and practice person.
My recommendations of books, sites, and podcasts:
Beginner (Digital Photography Books 1-3): http://amzn.to/JcAj4Y
Lighting (David Hobby - Strobist blog): http://bit.ly/PINy
Online Tutorials (Cambridge): http://bit.ly/JNBeV
Composition (The Photographer's Eye): http://amzn.to/JlnZOQ
Zone system, technical (The Negative): http://amzn.to/HX39en
General (Understanding Exposure): http://amzn.to/IUtKSv
Portraits (Perfect Picture Practice): http://amzn.to/IrI6gf
Photography Podcast (Nik Radio): http://bit.ly/9Na3zG
Photography Interviews Podcast (The Candid Frame): http://bit.ly/lgVVd
Lightroom Book (Evening): http://amzn.to/HHBZnZ
Photoshop Book (Evening): http://amzn.to/I8t6kJ
Sounds like a good plan to me. My upgrade path for bodies stops at 7D, or whatever its micro-adjusting, magnesium-built, weather-sealed, fast-autofocusing, crop-sensored equivalent is in about 2 years.
The plan that's evolved as a cheaper 5D3 solution for me is this:
1. Replace the T2i with a new 7D.
2. Upgrade (my interpretation) my walkaround lens from the 15-85mm to a 17-55mm.
3. Upgrade my 70-200 f/4.0L to a 70-200 f/4.0L IS.
4. Get a 10-22mm for the wide side.
Good luck with the 7D.