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EOS Bodies / EOS M or ...???
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:23:16 PM »
Hi All,

I'm looking for a small, easy to use camera for my wife.  I have never shopped for cameras aside from DSRL's, so I need your help! 

She will mainly use it for travel and weekend getaways.  I have in mind these options:

1) EOS M
2) PowerShot G1X
3) PowerShot G15
4) PowerShot G12

Please provide your input and why you would go with your selection.

Thanks again!!

Thanks All for all your inputs and ideas.  It was tough deciding on which to get.  I finally came down to two choices, Luma Labs Cinch & Carry Speeds FS Pro.  At first I leaned towards CS FS, but at the end, pulled the trigger on LLC (put in the order today).  The determining factor for me was how LLC strap is connected to two points on the camera and not just one.  But aside, I liked everything else on CS FS system.  The two points connection is important to me as I would feel it's 'more secure'.  Thanks again All!

Software & Accessories / Need Help: What type of DVD's do you recommend...
« on: September 25, 2012, 12:25:21 AM »
Hi All,

This sounds silly, but I've not burned any pictures on a DVD yet.  I've only save them on thumb drives and give them to friends I help take pictures for.  However, as I'm taking more photos for people, I have realized it's more practical to burn them into DVDs.  But since I've never done so, I'd like to ask everyone for suggestions on which DVDs to use?  Your help is much appreciated!

Thanks All for all your feed back thus far.  There seems to be a few very good products.  I do have a question for anyone who has ever used the Carry Speed sling strap.  They seem to be a newer company.  Has anyone ever used either the FS-SLIM Camera Sling Strap with F-1 Foldable Mounting Plate or the FS-PRO camera sling strap with F-1 foldable mounting plate version?  If so, please identify which one you've used and on what camera body and what's your opinion of it?  Thanks alot!

Do anyone uses a neck/shoulder strap other than the one that comes w/the ESO bodies?  I'm looking for a more comfortable one and would like to know for those of you that uses one other than the one provided by Canon upon purchase of a camera body.  I also have a slight concern on the safety/strenght of some that have easy release clips/buckles.  Are they secure?  I'm shooting w/a 5D M2 and main usage is for walking around the city and vacation and I could use one that's more comforting to the neck.  Thanks for your input!

Lenses / Which to get next: 35 f/1.4L or 16-35 f/2.8L...?
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:39:50 PM »
Hi everyone again.  Now that I've received responses on your feed back on picking the 16-35 over the 17-40 from my previous post, I am in need of your input again.  Here's my situation.

I shoot w/the 5D Mark II (griped) w/the 430EX
Other lenses I have now are: 1) 70-200 f/2.8 II     2) 24-105 f/4      3) 50 f/1.8 II

I assist with weddings/events, and shoot portraits.  I also shoot often on trips and vacations.

Which lens should I get next to better suit my needs:
1) 35 f/1.4 or
2) 16-25 f/2.8
3) some other lens you would recommend?

I can only get one for now.

Thanks again for your help!

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!!

Thanks for clearing that up, Neuroanatomist!

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?

Software & Accessories / Re: Good Camera Backpack for 5D Mark 2 &...
« on: August 21, 2012, 11:05:24 PM »
Hi All, thanks for all your helpful responses...I actually just made a purpose last week...before most of your recommendations.  I wished I saw/read some of ur posts (especially w/the f-stop backpacks) before I went with the Lowepro Flipside Sport 15L AW Camera Backpack.  I just got it today and haven't used it yet.  I did put my gears in there:

1) griped 5D mark II w/the 70-200 2.8 attached
2) 24-105
3) 50 1.8 II
4) speedlite 430EX
5) space for one more lens
6) batteries
7) battery charger
8) tripod on the side

Although I wished it would have a few more small pockets in there for small personal items, I think I'll enjoy this backpack...for now.  I'll probably look for another bigger one in a year.  Thanks again everyone!!!

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

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