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Technical Support / Re: Need help with upgrade decission!!
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:52:33 AM »
My advice: First of all forget about the macbook air, that 128G HD will fill up faster than you realize and you will not be able to upgrade it. I'm also in the position of upgrading my 2007 macbook and I'm looking at the entry level 13inch Macbook Pro, I cant afford the retina, if you can then go for it. [although the cheaper 13inch is due soon]

With regards to the camera, If you upgrade, you imac should be fine. Like I stated, I have a 2007 macbook and It handles 5D mkii files quite well. Your I mac should be more powerful than my macbook.

As for what to upgrade first, I'm unsure. How big a problem is getting the pictures to your mac then emailing the finished photos to your clients? The errors on the camera are worrying, may be time to upgrade. I'v taken some great gig shots with my 40d, you just have to hope the venue has powerful spotlights and wait for those to illuminate the subjects. But in situations where there is one or two weak lights then not even full frame will help. [Maybe 1dx tho  ;)]

Good point with the storage size Sith Zombie and also about the upcomming 13"pro... maybe I should wait for that.

Regarding the Camera issue, the errors are a pain in the a** when they happen. I've also taken some nice gig shots with my 40D, specially with flash. But the venue I shoot for is very dark and illumination is quite often kept down, so I often end up with too many not usable files...

Technical Support / Re: Need help with upgrade decission!!
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:25:15 AM »
It's a little risky to get advise from people who do not know your needs and/or your equipment. But since concert photography is challenging even with 1.4 lenses I would say that you need a 5DMarkIII. Assuming you have FF 1.4 lenses (like 50mm or 35mm).

I guess there are too many questions in my post… I'll try to simplify:

   1.   Apart from screen size/ quality difference, would a MacBook Air work fine for Aperture? or should I go with the (Retina) MacBook Pro?
   2.   If I should decide to invest my money on a new camera instead, would my late 2007 iMac be up for the task? (with increased file sizes compared to the 10Mpx of my 40D)

TRON: my needs are: portrait, food and indoor locations (as in restaurants) and concert.
          my equipment is: 40D, Canon 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 60mm macro, 17-55mm 2.8 and 55-250mm; Sigma 30mm 1.4 and 10-20mm 4-5.6... so I have a bit of investment in crop.

5Diii would be a dream, but not sure if it's realistic looking at my budget and if it would be overkill for me. I'm an amateur after all…

Portrait / Paranormal Activity: Levitation
« on: August 22, 2012, 06:19:23 AM »
I'm not sure if this post is the right category...
Anyway, I was looking around some old photos, and I came across these ones  ;D
They are a bit old, from before I really got into photography. But it made me think that I should do more of those fun photo-sessions doing crazy things. I miss that.

Did you ever or do you still do fun/crazy sessions?


Technical Support / Need help with upgrade decission!!
« on: August 22, 2012, 05:39:12 AM »
Hi guys. So this is the situation:
I'm lucky enough to earn some extra money doing some photo jobs (2-6 per month), mostly restaurant/food pictures for a website. And I have decided that this money will be re-invested in photography (or other hobbies).

For some months my thougt was to save money for a new PC. I have a late 2007 iMac, which is still doing fine, but I often find myself not being able to do post-production work because of the obvious portability issues with the iMac. So My thought was to by a MacBook pro/ Air.
So, with the money I have saved I could by:

   1.    A retina Macbook pro
   2.   13" Macbook Air (128GB storage with 8GB RAM upgrade) + New Tripod (my thought was MANFROTTO 055XPROB m/498RC2) + Lastolite Ezybox Hotshoe Kit (I'm starting to play a little with the 2 flashes I have)

On the other hand, I'm also quite tempted to by a new Camera. My 40D works OK mostly (it has though some very annoying, sporadical ERR 99 problems). But I have started doing some concert photography, and I have found it to be quite challenging even with my f1.4 lenses.

But, If I use my money on a new house (and maybe a couple of lenses if going full frame), I'm concerned that my (relatively) old iMac will struggle with the bigger file sizes that a the new camera will produce.

I'm afraid I'm losing the perspective here... What would you do???

Lenses / Re: Help choosing a new medium tele prime
« on: February 27, 2012, 03:12:01 AM »
Thanks a lot for the very illustrative picture underjamer.

I actually didn't give it too much thought to focal length before now. I saw a concert picture-gallery from a venue close to me, which was very good, and all the pictures were taken with a 85mm 1.4 (I think it was Nikkon though). So I just thought that I needed a 85mm.

The venue which I normally visit is a bit special because I can get as close as 1,5 meters to the musicians, so my 30 & 50mm work very nicely in terms of distance. But I want to be able to shoot at other venues and also festivals, where you cannot count on getting so close to the subjects.

So the dilemma know is to find out if 85mm is enough, or I should go for 100 or 135mm...

Thank you all for your imput  :D

Lenses / Re: Help choosing a new medium tele prime
« on: February 24, 2012, 05:12:22 AM »
Thanks a lot for your comments everyone.

I gues I it all will come down to how tight my budget is.
Right now I'm leaning towards Canon 85mm 1.8, but I'm very tempted by the sigma 1.4...
I'll try to see if there is a shop in Copenhagen, which has both lenses and compare them myself

Lenses / Re: Help choosing a new medium tele prime
« on: February 23, 2012, 04:27:41 PM »
I suspected the canon 85mm 1.4 didn't exist, but it just keeps appearing in threads around... Must be typos  :)

Is the Sigma 85mm worth the money compared to the slightly slower canon?? Here in Denmark, the Sigma is 2X the price of the Canon...

Lenses / Help choosing a new medium tele prime
« on: February 23, 2012, 03:48:35 PM »
Hi. This is my first time righting in this forum, even though I have followed it for some time.

I'm into concert photography (mostly rock) and I'm currently using my canon 50mm 1.4 and sigma 30mm 1.4 on my 40d, when I shoot at concerts. I want to be able to get closer to the musicians, so I'm considering getting myself a new medium tele lens.

The options I've been looking into are:
1. Canon 85mm 1.8
2. Sigma 85mm 1.4
3. Canon 100mm 2.0
4. Canon 85mm 1.4 (I've seen this one be mentioned different places, but I can't find it anywhere for sale here in Denmark... :o

I would appreciate very much any advice, comment , suggestion.

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