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Software & Accessories / Photoshop incorrect brush color preview
« on: November 28, 2012, 12:57:25 AM »
Hello! I've been struggling with this issue recently. I'm not sure what exactly I could have done that would cause something like this.

Problem is as follows:

If say I open up the color picking screen for a brush and put 0/0/255 as RGB values, then it shows as purple in the toolbar, even though it paints with proper blue.

This is really confusing at times. Could someone please help me out?

Lenses / Re: Budget wide-angle for FF
« on: November 09, 2012, 09:46:22 AM »
Thanks a lot for the heads up. Looks like I know what I'll be getting now. One question though. Is there any difference between picking up Samyang or a Rokinon (which from what I understand is the same thing, but rebranded). Are they absolutely the same and Rokinon is just a North American name of Samyang?

Lenses / Budget wide-angle for FF
« on: November 09, 2012, 08:45:08 AM »

As of this moment my only lens is 85 f/1.8 and I am in dire need of something wider for landscape, architecture and some street photography.

Next year I am going to get myself some quality L lenses, but in the meantime I still would like to shoot stuff :)

I need the lens to be under $300, and within the 16-40mm range. I'm fine with both prime or zoom.
Need it sharp at F4-F6.3.

I'm leaning towards purchasing the recent 40mm pancake, though realising that it is not quite wide enough.

Which other lenses should I take note of? What good stuff is available at this price in the 16-24-28mm range?

Would I be correct to assume that my best bet is a used 24 f/2.8?

Lenses / 5D Mark III / EF 85 1.8 - General Portraiture AFMA
« on: August 17, 2012, 05:32:50 AM »
Unfortunately I do not have the option to perform a full calibration at the moment, so I am going to have to settle with AFMA for at least one more month.

I understand that in most cases settings are different for different units, but I am just curious as to what AFMA settings people use for head / torso / full body shots.

I myself find that mine produces slightly sharper images at +5, when shooting from a ~1m. distance.

EOS Bodies / Weather temperature and outside shooting
« on: March 26, 2012, 11:03:09 AM »
Looks like I missed the section of the forum, please transfer the topic to where it is supposed to be.

Hello! I am from a country with a colder climate, so this is pretty important for me during winter.

What kind of temperatures is it safe to expose Rebel and 5D bodies respectively? How does performance scale down depending on how cold it is (aside from an obvious fact that the battery charge is going to run out faster)? Any info about this?

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: March 25, 2012, 03:27:04 PM »
Is Marumi or Hoya any good?

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: March 25, 2012, 10:37:22 AM »
Can you please give me advices on which filters are good and what I should get for the respective lenses?

Canon EF 85 f/1.8 USM
Canon EF-S 10-22
Canon EF-S 17-55
Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L (this is probably later down the road)

Complete name would be preferable, so that it is easier for me.

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: March 14, 2012, 12:22:27 PM »
Forgot to mention that it preferably should be compatible with FF body. So even though 10-22 is good - I need other options, so that I don't have to sell the glass when I switch to FF.

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: March 11, 2012, 01:58:51 PM »
Ok, now that 650D is not so imminent, it looks like I will be able to save up a little more by the release date.

Since I plan to shoot quite a lot of landscapes - which wide-angle lens should I look into?

Sigma 12-24, Sigma 10-20, Canon 10-22, Canon 16-35 or what other options are there?

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 26, 2012, 01:33:05 AM »
Once again, great replies!

Most of my pictures would probably have to be landscapes and weather (whether it is in my hometown or during travel), with portraits of people and animals taking a close second. Some minor macro as well. I'm not looking to buy something like a 70-200 or 300, because it simply looks like I do not have any material here for it to work with.

I plan to do quite a lot of night-time photography, mostly landscapes with starry skies.

Not eliminating the possibility of wanting to shoot some time-lapses.

I really do not like the idea of purchasing used gear. First of all, because I'm not living in USA, and not even in EU, and I won't be able to find these used for good prices in my country. Secondly, I will still have to pay import taxes for it as if it was "new". And last, but not least, I really prefer to have brand new gear, even though it might not be practical from a financial position of a starting photographer, since I intend to keep it and I like to be a sole owner of the stuff I have ^_^. Plus, by purchasing stuff from second hands you are not making any profit for manufacturers, and being an enterpreneur myself I think that this is not exactly fair to companies that put a lot of work to provide us with any kind of gear.

Also I consider purchasing expensive and fragile stuff like lenses from abroad very dangerous, because delivery would take over 30 days from the seller to my doors, and if anything was to happen to it, I'd have to ship it back and that would be another 30 days before sellers gets it and is able to replace me with a new one (if at all). And obviously I'll be out not only for time, but for importa taxes as well, which no one is going to refund me.

I'd rather purchase brand new stuff in my country, once it becomes available. Even if I have to pay 20% extra.

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 25, 2012, 01:46:00 PM »
As much as I'd like to start out right now. I do not like to purchase stuff, when I know that right around the corner is a new and better (if even slightly) model that will cost about just as much as models from previous years.

Thank you everyone for your input. Do not forget that for this money I also have to buy a flash, tripod, and some other minor accessories.

Neuroanatomist's recommendation still looks like the best option now. I will try to do my best and get the 17-55 over 15-85mm, and if I run very tight for some reason (i.e. T4i turns out to be costly), I will settle for Tamron 17-50.

Question is, how do 17-55 and 24-105 compare to each other in terms of IQ and everything else? I bring this up, because 17-55 is EF-S and I won't be able to use it after I switch to FF. I don't mind this much, because I'm not planning to sell nor body nor glass and keep them in case I will sometimes feel like using APS-C, even after I have FF. But if lenses are not too much different, then I would probably be better off with 24-105?

I imagine that in general 17-55 would be better on an APS-C body than 24-105?

24-105 actually costs even less than 17-55 nowadays.

For prime it looks like it will have to be 85mm f/1.8, seeing as according to you it is much better than 50mm f/1.4

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 24, 2012, 10:51:24 AM »
Thank you for such a detailed  recommednation! I might just go with what you said, even if T4i turns out to be closer to $1k.

85 1.8 definitely looks like a better choice to me now that I have compared the samples from the net.
For the flash I was leaning towards 430EX II as well. But had no idea whatsoever about what tripod I should buy, so thank you for that!

Hopefully I will be able to allow myself to spend extra couple of hundred bucks, so that I can afford 17-55mm.

Best regards,

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 24, 2012, 05:36:40 AM »
I have just realized that Mk III kit will probably come out with a new 24-105 L lens, so it kinda makes sense to purchase 5DMk3 instead? ^_^

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 24, 2012, 05:17:57 AM »
Reason I set myself a $2.5k limit is because if I go over $3k - I would be tempted too much to purchase the 5D Mk III, even if with a kit lens, and just buy additional lenses couple months later.

With where this discussion is going it looks like I might just have to do exactly that >_<

Lenses / Re: Lenses for 650D
« on: February 24, 2012, 05:10:33 AM »
Sigma 17-70 is just $450, and I dont think any other lens beats it for that price?

15-85 is a great lens, no doubt, but costs 50% more - $750.

Having seen more of it now, I'm debating whether it is worth the additional $300 or am I better spending it elsewhere, i.e. better tripod, uv, accessories.

24-105 is definitely a good investment, especially since I will probably switch to FF in a couple of years, but costs $1000.

I was planning for $2.5k. ~$1k is going to be the camera itself. So with 50mm 1.4 costing around $400  and sigma costing $450, I'm already close past $2k and am only left with around $500 for everything else.

If I get a 24-105 L lens - I will not have any money left for tripods and will be forced to shoot on-the-go ^_^ If I can find some extra $1k I will consider getting 24-105, or may be 24-70, since the price for it decreased now.

Unfortunately with $2.5k budget my best option still seems to be 17-70.

Also, what tripod would you suggest? Not something too heavy, since I'm going to use it both indoors and outdoors.

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