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Lenses / Re: North American Customers--Availability?
« on: February 17, 2015, 10:11:53 AM »
Check out canonpricewatch.  There was at least one authorized dealer that has it in stock...

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Lenses / Re: Making a wise choice on lens purchases.
« on: February 16, 2015, 12:29:04 PM »
I have no girlfriend. I do have a very disabled wife that is unable to pose at all. If we had children at home, I'd be golden. I see no harm in shooting portraits of friends and neighbors... then emailing them the files to print themselves. Those are the only models I'd have until I felt comfortable with my skill level. Like I said, I won't ever go pro. Thanks though!

+1.  I started looking into more formal portrait photography to take pictures of my kids.  Some friends liked what I was doing, so now I take their Christmas photos.  They pay me, they like their photos a lot more now than who they were using previously, and I have a bit of pin money in my pocket for the effort.  I actually find posing people a lot more challenging than getting the light the way I want it, so that is one area that I'm looking to improve.

I also take photos of my kids' soccer practices and scrimmages.  I send the links to the galleries to the parents, and they are very appreciative.  I also get the freedom to shoot away, so putting the parents' minds at ease gets me better chances at getting the shots I want.  Same thing with their class functions and parties.

If the list you produced is in the order of importance, then I'd suggest moving to FF first and picking up a good midrange zoom lens (didn't see a FF-compatible one in your gear list).  FF will make a difference in noise/IQ when shooting indoor events (i.e. sports), and the DOF difference is noticeable with the larger format.  It will also shift how you use your current lenses.  My 70-200 became more important once I made the switch to FF.  The zoom is really helpful for studio portraiture.  I'd suggest moving to FF first and reassessing how you use what you currently have.  Then you can decide what other lens you'd need when you start wanting to get shot that you currently can't get now.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses to consider
« on: February 03, 2015, 02:07:22 PM »
Why?  There already is a 135L, which is even faster at f/2 and it's not that big a lens.  150 is too close to 135, and the other thing is that the 70-200 zooms are really good lenses.  The primes have better bokeh, but why come out with primes with a max aperture of f/2.8 when the 70-200L f/2.8 IS II fulfills that role so well?

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Yes. I was not clear enough: i would like to have an EF 24/2.8 pancake ... as small, cheap and good as the ef 40/2.8. And a EF 75/2.4 pancake in addition. ;)

Just get the 24 f/2.8 IS.  It's a gem of a lens, and it's fairly small.

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Lenses / Re: POLL: Which of these UWA options would you buy?
« on: January 24, 2015, 02:32:14 PM »
Really interested in seeing the 11-24 reviewed.  It's hard enough framing at 14mm... it'll be interesting to see how 11mm can be used well.

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Technical Support / Re: 18-135 STM Focus issue
« on: January 22, 2015, 05:57:03 PM »
If you've had it for a couple of months, then you should be dealing with Canon directly.  It's easy.  Give them a call and follow their instructions.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 09:46:56 AM »
This is a misstep with Sigma and their new product philosophy (Art/Contemporary/Sport).  They had clear wins with the 35 and 50mm primes, but missed with the 30 for APS-C and now the 24-105.  Sigma is a company like any other -- a new marketing scheme does not make them immune to missteps or not understanding the market properly.

I don't think Sigma had any real expectation of replacing Canon 24-105 with their 24-105.  It would have been nice for Sigma if it did.  But other camera systems lacked a good quality 24-105.  I think that was the intended market, not Canon users.

We need to make sure that we are not just looking at this from a Canon-centric viewpoint.

I think Sigma was hoping to take a large chunk out from Canon and Nikon.  It's available in 2 other mounts:  Sony and Sigma.  How much will they sell of those?  When Sigma's lens came out, the white box Canon was available for about 800.  Now the white box Canons go for closer to 600.  Sigma can't compete with that when it has to charge 800-900.  Canon has a larger user base than Nikon, and failing to penetrate the market in the largest segment will hurt overall profitability.

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Technical Support / Re: 18-135 STM Focus issue
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:58:58 AM »
No, not normal.  Probably a bad AF module in the lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 24-105 f/4 DG OS Discontinued
« on: January 22, 2015, 08:50:03 AM »
I would tend to agree that optically the lens was not really superior in real world photography to the Canon 24-105mm f4L and as the Canon lens is widely available as white box & good S/H ones on Ebay then the critical mass was likely not there for Sigma. Throw in the newly launched Canon EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM lens and  the volume drops again.

+1.  I agree that Canon's introduction of the non-L 24-105 probably is the final nail in the coffin for Sigma.  With an intial price of ~600, it's primed to be sell for a few hundred in a kit.

This is a misstep with Sigma and their new product philosophy (Art/Contemporary/Sport).  They had clear wins with the 35 and 50mm primes, but missed with the 30 for APS-C and now the 24-105.  Sigma is a company like any other -- a new marketing scheme does not make them immune to missteps or not understanding the market properly.

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Now is good time to get the 5DIII, with prices below 2200.  There is big difference in IQ between the 60D and the 5DIII and you have the lenses to take advantage of FF.  What it comes down to is price.  I'd rather get a 5DIII now for 2200 or less rather than buying a 5DIV, which is probably be 3500+.  You could always upgrade without too much of a loss as the price of the 5DIV will fall more in the first year than the 5DIII.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Body + lens for design office
« on: January 20, 2015, 09:02:28 AM »
How about a 70D with the kit lens and supplementing it with a 10-18 if you need an UWA lens?  Rebels don't have AFMA and that feature might become necessary if you do get faster glass for it later on...

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I use a BR strap with a RRS clamp at the end of it.  I leave the L-bracket on my 5D3 and also have a RRS foot for the 70-200 IS II.  I can then choose to attach the BR to the lens or body depending on the situation.  It takes only a few seconds to get it on/off the strap.

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Lenses / Re: Would you buy this lens? Small, lightweight, 17mm/2.8
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:38:55 AM »
It would be nice to have, but I don't think it's possible for that price.  The existing 24mm f/2.8 IS is about 10 oz, and the existing 20mm f/2.8 is a bit larger and weighs about 14 oz.  The existing 16-35 f/2.8 II weighs about 22 oz, so your looking a a 17 f/2.8 that would be close to 20 oz, which would be about twice the weight of the existing 24mm f/2.8 IS with its concommitant increase in size.  The Canon 20mm f/2.8 is already above 500 and that is for a lens that was introduced in 1992.  With a new design, I'd suspect the launch price to be closer to 1000.

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Canon General / Re: What's a good studio lens for a small studio?
« on: January 14, 2015, 08:16:19 AM »
If you're shooting at f/8, why would you restrict yourself to a prime?  I have a similar setup in my garage, and I primarily use a 24-70.  The zoom makes it easy to take pictures of kids from half body to full body shots.  If I want something for a particular effect, then I'll use a prime with a large aperture, but most of the time, it's the zoom.

I have one prime and two zooms... but when I am in a controlled environment, I gravitate to primes... While the zooms at f/8 are really good... I really like tickling excellence when it comes to using a really good prime. 

I have all the respect for the canon 24-70 f/2.8L mkii... but I'm holding out for the rumored sigma 24-70 f/2 art if it ever comes out.  I just like the idea of having an extra stop of light (two stops form where I am now) for my normal zoom. 

I've just become a bit of a prime snob.  I like my zooms... they are good (great), but there just a little something missing which makes me sad.

Perhaps you should give the 24-70 f/2.8 II a try.  It performs well wide open, and will be 3 stops faster than f/8.  I do wish that the long end of the 24-70 f/2.8 II was a bit longer many times.  Much fewer shots were are f/1.4 or larger.  Those were reserved more specialty shots, but I usually found myself running out of space in the double garage to get the foreground/background distances right.

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Canon General / Re: What's a good studio lens for a small studio?
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:01:39 PM »
If you're shooting at f/8, why would you restrict yourself to a prime?  I have a similar setup in my garage, and I primarily use a 24-70.  The zoom makes it easy to take pictures of kids from half body to full body shots.  If I want something for a particular effect, then I'll use a prime with a large aperture, but most of the time, it's the zoom.

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