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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Peace of mind for high end gear
« on: March 21, 2012, 11:42:46 AM »
If you don't own a home, you can still get valuable property insurance from State Farm or other insurance company. Also try your credit card company.

Homeowners insurance note...

My insurance (USAA) covers over 100K in personal property with at $1000 deductible. I am not required to register these items. Everything I have is covered, the moment I own it. My insurance company offers valuable property insurance with no deductible. This requires I register my equipment with them and I pay based on the value. I was quoted about $5.50/month for $7,000 in equipment.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Peace of mind for high end gear
« on: March 20, 2012, 05:06:56 PM »
Canon will warant the equipment for one year for manufacturer's defects.
The instore warranty is for damage, but is limited I believe, so you may want to check it. You must return the damaged equipment for the warranty. Lost or stolen obviously is not covered.

In my opinion, the best way to cover youself is by adding these items to your homeowners insurance.

Portrait / Re: Candid portraits
« on: March 20, 2012, 02:45:33 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: L lens for 5d MK III
« on: March 19, 2012, 02:49:32 PM »
+1 for 135L.... very reasonable price at sub $1100 USD. Part of the Canon L Holy Trinity (35 and 85 are others)

EOS Bodies / Re: Rebel T4i/650D Information [CR1]
« on: March 19, 2012, 02:19:31 PM »
get a 5d classic or 5dii... That way you won't have a bunch of crop lenses to sell like me when you finally go FF.

Lenses / Re: 5d3 or lenses
« on: March 19, 2012, 09:04:36 AM »
Seems like you might do better with a new macro lens or 85L, perhaps 35L. I would wait on the 24-70 ii. If it not as sharp as the 70-200, you won't need to wait long for the price to drop.

EOS Bodies / Re: L lens for 5d MK III
« on: March 19, 2012, 08:09:51 AM »
I am thinking about getting the 5d Mk III even if it looks like the D800 is better on paper... I still think it remains to be seen if IQ would be better. I have used the 5D Mk II before and IQ is just superb! And Im not planning on printing billboard size pics anytime soon so I think 22MP is more than enough. I used to have a XTi and a T2i and have sold these too upgrade to a FF body. I have a EF 28-135mm and thinking about getting a L lens with the Mk III. Which L lens would you guys suggest I get. Im basically going to shoot mostly portraits, street photography, landscape probably within the budget of $1500.

Thanks for your input.

135mm f/2.0L is only $1050 USD. It is considered one of the fastest and sharpest lenses you can get. It has 9 blades and delivers bokeh much like an 85L. The AF is nearly light speed. The reason you get all this is because it's 16 years old. Somehow, they hit is out of the park in 1996. Despite this, the 135L probably won't be updated anytime soon.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Distagon 15 f/2.8 ZE Official
« on: March 16, 2012, 12:55:19 PM »
i am totally happy with my Canon 14L II.  no complaints.

Thanks, I didn't know about the samyang. It looks like a great buy!

Lenses / Re: Good/Better/Best Macro for T3i
« on: March 15, 2012, 10:47:15 PM »
Tamron 90 is better than canon 100 non-L IMO. Super sharp. Great bokeh

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mk. III user manual download -where?
« on: March 15, 2012, 02:09:15 PM »
I'm reading the manual and I don't even have a preorder. Something is wrong with me.  :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: The Megapixels are Coming [CR1]
« on: March 14, 2012, 03:33:29 PM »
How about this....

The XD series turns into the "All Around Camera" Series. It becomes the favorite of hobbyists, wedding and street photographers.
The XXD Series goes Sports... High FPS... Crop... AF...
The XXXD Series loses the Rebel tag and goes landscape or studio... MP... DR...
The XXXXD Series keeps the Rebel tag.

Lenses / Re: Group photo with 16-35 and Speedlite430
« on: March 08, 2012, 06:24:26 PM »
Don't have the flash pointing directly at the people. Point it at the ceiling, behind you, at a nearby wall, anything to bounce the light to create a larger light source. It'll be better than on-camera, but still not great.

I'd shoot full manual, shoot a couple of test frames as people are gathering and check the exposure, background lighting (dim or bright depending on shutter speed), etc are working well. Also, if they want you in the photo (very likely), you'll need a tripod and the self-timer and/or remote release.

Above all, build in a couple of hours (or more) before you actually need to shoot, grab one or two victims...err...subjects and find a similar room to where you'll be shooting and start experimenting. Keep track of which way the flash is pointing, how high up (or down) the flash power is, etc. That way you'll have some experience shooting with it before you really need to shoot with it, and your images will come out much better.

What this guy said... Also if you have all this figured out before everyone shows up, you'll have more time to focus on setting everyone up and getting them relaxed. No matter how textbook you make the set up, you still have to get everyone to look good.

This is good advice.

Lenses / Re: Good/Better/Best Macro for T3i
« on: March 08, 2012, 01:24:33 PM »
The Tamron 90mm Macro is just as sharp and even has a bit more contrast than the 100L. However, the AF is a bit slower and motor is a bit noisier. For nearly 1/2 the cost, it's the better bargain IMO.

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