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Lenses / Which to buy: 16-35 f/2.8 vs. 17-40 f/4...
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:47:46 AM »
Hi All,

I'm at the point of researching and saving for my next lens.  It's either going to be the 35 f/1.4 or one of the following option: 16-35 or 17-40.  But my question is on the 16-35 or 17-40 option, I'm debating which one of these two to get.  Main usage is for:

1) Wedding (primary)
2) Landscape (secondary)

I'm shooting w/the 5D Mark II (w/430EX)
Please provide your reasons for choosing one over the other.  Thanks again!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Lens case for 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:53:54 PM »
Hi All, just a simple question but I'd like to know for those who owns this lens, do you use the Canon - LZ1326 Lens Case that came along w/the lens purchase or did you get something like the Lowepro S&F Lens Exchange Case 200AW?

By reading these two items, it looks like the Lowepro is more on the 'heavy duty' side?  What's the pro/con of each in your opinion?

My main usage w/this will be for walking around the city, assisting with weddings, on a Lowepro S&F Light Utility Belt

Thanks again for your input!!

Hi All,

I'm not sure if any of you have ever experienced the Shutter Speed on your 5D Mark II to be limited up to only 200 when the 430EX is attached to the camera AND turned on?  I'm been experiencing this every time lately.  However, when the speedlite is turned off (even while still attached) I do not have the same issue.  Please share your experience.  Is this a problem w/the camera or the speedlite?  Is there a Canon repair/servicing center in NYC area?  Thanks for your help!!

EOS Bodies / AF Focus Point on 5D Mark II...
« on: August 27, 2012, 06:59:58 PM »
Ok All, I just got my 70-200 2.8 II and so far it's awesome!  I had a chance to shoot a few portraits in natural light, when sun is almost setting and the lens just blows me away.

However, when I was indoor and had my aperture wide open at 2.8 and tried to shoot a couple zoomed in, the picture was focused on only 1 of the couple...the other person was out of focus.

I had my camera set at Evaluative Metering & chose Center Point focus.  What settings should I set it if I desire to shoot at f2.8 but have all parties, be it a couple or a group of people, focused?  What methods do you suggest?

Thanks for your input!

EOS Bodies / EOS 1DX vs. EOS 5D MARK III for Weddings,
« on: August 22, 2012, 01:53:39 PM »
Dear Photogs,

If price is NOT a concern, which camera would you choose for weddings, engagements, & portraitures?

1DX or 5D III, and why?

Lenses / NEED HELP!!! 70-200 F/2.8L IS II USM vs. 70-200 F/4L IS USM
« on: August 18, 2012, 10:37:18 AM »
Ok fellow Photogs,

I know someone just posted a very similar post but he was comparing the f/4 IS w/the f/2.8 non IS.
Canon's having another rebate and I just purchased the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II USM for $2200.  However reading some of the posts from the other similar question, I'm starting to think, should I return the 2.8 IS II & get the f/4 IS for a $1,000 less and use that to get my next desired lens, the 35mm f/1.4 selling for $1329 now at B & H. (total of these latter 2 options will be $2528, which is only $328 more than what I paid for the f/2.8 but at least w/this option, I have 2 lenses. 

Now, I shoot w/the 5D Mark 2 w/grip and have the speedlite 430EX.  I also currently have the 24-105L and 50 f/1.8 II.  I do not shoot action, no sports, etc.  I do portraitures, scenery, vacations, indoors, and assist w/weddings here and there.  What's the better option for me:

1) stick w/the 70-200 f/2.8 IS II or
2) go w/the 70-200 f/4 IS & 35 mm f/1.4 (or something else/a prime you would recommend in this price range for what I'm shooting).

Please share you valuable insights
Thanks a lot!!

Software & Accessories / Good Camera Backpack for 5D Mark 2 &...
« on: August 16, 2012, 08:42:28 AM »
Hi All,

I know this is not the forum dedicated for this type of post (sorry), but I figured this is the forum with the most visits and posts, thus I'll likely get the most feed backs.  I'd like to know what's a good camera backpack you would recommend for light/semi-light travel (mostly walking around the city, & vacations) to fit these gears:

1) Canon 5D Mark II w/grip
2) 70-200 f/2.8 II
3) 24-105 f/4
4) 35 f/1.4
5) Speedlite 430EX II
6) spare batteries

Thanks again!

6) battery charger

Lenses / If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 08:43:14 AM »
Fellow Photogs,

Just for the "what if", so if you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they be...& if you want, why?

Lenses / Best filter for 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM?
« on: August 13, 2012, 10:42:08 AM »
Guys, I'm going to get this lens and was wondering for the Photogs out there that owns and uses this lens, what's the best lens filter for this?  Please advise and thanks for your help!

Sorry...purpose basically is for:  Front element protection & Polarizing the incoming light...but mainly for Front element protection w/o degrading much of the quality.  Thanks.

EOS Bodies / B & H shipping...
« on: July 30, 2012, 05:42:06 PM »
Hi folks,

I just wanted to know if it's me or B&H has started charging for their UPS ground method of delivery to NY/NJ area?  I could've sworn I recall my last two purchases back in March and April and shipping was for free, but now shipping is being charged.  Any thoughts/inputs?  Thanks.

Lenses / Your 70-200 f/2.8L IS II...
« on: July 28, 2012, 01:05:18 PM »
Hi All,

I'm looking to purchase the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II as my next lens within the next couple of months and want to do some research and get some insights/inputs from users of this lens.  This is rather a pricey lens, so I would like to know as much as possible (practical 1st-hand usage rather than charts) about it prior to purchase.  I use a 5D Mark II.

I'd like to know:

1) what you love about this lens?
2) what don't you like about this lens? 
3) How many times did you return it before you get the right copy (I've heard the 24-70 is known to go through many returns before photogs are happy w/theirs, so I'd like to know if this is the case for the 70-200 f/2.8 as well)?
4) what price did you purchase your's for?  what's a good price to get in now as it seems prices of lenses have gone up lately?
5) anything else you'd like to add...?

Thank you so very much for all your help!!!
I'm so excited and looking forward to this lens.

Hi All,

I was wondering if any of you have any experiences or suggestions on which lenses to use for shooting bands while they perform mini performances (mostly indoors).  I never shot in this situation.  Quite frankly I really don't have much shooting experiences.  I've shot in baby showers, a couple of weddings (but not as the paid prof, rather as an 'unofficial' assistant as I'm the friend of the BG), and informal events.  But recently I've been approach to assist in shooting a friend's band (might not be a one time thing).  Thanks for your advice in advance.  Thanks!

MODIFIED:  I apologize for failing to state I have a 5D Mark II and have only 2 lenses: 24-105L & 50 1.8 II.  I am thinking on getting a new lens, thus asking for suggestions.

« on: July 02, 2012, 12:41:39 PM »
Hi All,

I'll 'unofficially' assist in shooting a wedding for a friend.  They will have a paid-hired pro shooter at the wedding (from 1pm to end of reception, likely 11pm).   However, the pro will not be there from 8:30am  to 1:00
pm, so I will shoot, probably solo during this time (make ups, dress, getting ready period).  I've done this once before a couple years back with a Rebel & CF lens.  Currently I shoot w/a 5D Mark II and have 2 lenses: 24-105L & 50 f/1.8 II (just upgrade to the Mark II w/24-105 as kits lens 3 months ago).

My question is, SHOULD I RENT A LENS?  If so, WHICH LENS should I rent?

Your input is much appreciated.  Thanks!

Lenses / Is there a best time to buy new lenses...?
« on: June 30, 2012, 01:02:37 PM »
Hi All,

I'd like to know if there's a particular time of the year to buy lenses for the best price (aside from ocassional rebates)?  E.g.  Does lens prices normally stay the same throughout the year of dip during particular parts of the year, say Black Friday, around Christmas time, etc.? 

I wanted to know if it's practical to time my next purchase, very likely the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM, or 35 f/1.4L.

Thanks for your input!

Lenses / Best lens cases for....
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:27:22 PM »
Hi everyone,

I'd like to know what's your recommended strap around waist lens cases for these lenses:

1) 24-105 f/4L
2) 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
3) 35 f/1.4L
4) 85 f/1.2L II


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