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Software & Accessories / Re: Gura Gear Kiboko 22L????
« on: May 23, 2012, 11:00:40 AM »
I am very happy with this Think Tank: http://amzn.to/LqtPyU

Obviously it depends on how much gear and what size laptop you have as well, but I love that bag.


Lenses / Re: Reikan FoCal for Mac?
« on: May 23, 2012, 09:22:17 AM »
The Mac version is under development.
They are hoping for a July release.


Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Full Frame Lenses
« on: May 23, 2012, 12:17:14 AM »
Based on a $1400 budget, this will give you $1000 in your pocket...

I would consider this guy here:   
Canon 85  1.8

200+ reviews for a 5 star rating.
Highly liked by portrait photographers.
Very well reviewed on various lens sites.

Great IQ. Great value. Very sharp stopped to 2.8.
It is my only non-L canon lens and I am very happy with it.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations
« on: May 21, 2012, 09:53:35 PM »
I love this 16-35: http://amzn.to/K2VcP2

Lenses / Re: zoom lens suggestion?
« on: May 21, 2012, 09:10:18 AM »
Not sure what the budget it, but here are some ideas...

100-400: http://amzn.to/Lu1KNo
70-300: http://amzn.to/LaFaDH
x 1.4: http://amzn.to/KCvT7Y
x 2.0: http://amzn.to/JKnHaA


Yes please do format, that would be best practice.

READ THE MANUAL!  If you start a new thread for every question you're going to have in the next few weeks people are going to get really annoyed.  You already have 4 or 5 posts at the top of this page, at this rate this section will become "Cayenne's Question Corner" pretty quickly.  Use the search and google, the answers to the majority of your questions are already out there.  If you absolutely can't find it after a few minutes of digging, then ask.

Give the guy a break, he asked a question, he's new by the sounds of it. No one RTFM . That's just life. Support centers wouldn't exist if people googled or read it . At least he's not a Nikon troll .


EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: camera system suggestions
« on: May 17, 2012, 05:32:15 PM »
I really like the Think Tank bags: http://amzn.to/J3I0v0

EOS Bodies / Re: NEED HELP W/LENSES: What should I get next...?
« on: May 17, 2012, 07:53:32 AM »
Congratulations on 'getting the itch' - good for you!

You mentioned weddings, portraits, and then landscapes.

Based on what focal range you already have covered and that you want to shoot weddings, portraits, and landscapes, here is my opinion for lenses:

Great for weddings and landscapes 16-35 - http://amzn.to/K2VcP2
Great for weddings and portraits 70-200 - http://amzn.to/K2V2qN
The ultimate portrait lens IMO 85 - great for weddings and portraits - http://amzn.to/JlEM4b
Also consider http://amzn.to/L2BS5C (17-40) instead of the 16-35.
My favorite lens right now is the Zeiss 50: http://amzn.to/JvlU7I


Here are some great books as well in the wedding and portrait fields. I highly recommend all of them.
Fine Art Wedding Photography - http://amzn.to/JytQ9R
VisionMongers - http://amzn.to/KhUGMT
People Pictures - http://amzn.to/KCA2vj
Picture Perfect Practice - http://amzn.to/IrI6gf


Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:17:56 PM »
I would strongly consider this Zeiss 50:  http://amzn.to/JvlU7I

I love it. It is an excellent lens, very well built, very high IQ. It's MF, which I find to be something that slows me down - in a good way - and forces me to think about my images before I make them.

Give it a look. It's awesome.


Nice find.
Hopefully it helps with the counterfeit issues.

I use the RC1: http://amzn.to/I4GmKe

I'm happy with it. It works well for me.


I've been very happy with this: http://amzn.to/HvmDVK

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Amazon top photography books...
« on: May 14, 2012, 04:39:23 PM »
...good to see Martin Evening near the top. I always like his stuff. He's very accessible as well (responds to emails within a few days and gives you more than a one word or sentence response).

Some good stuff here:

I just made my own.

got a 1000W pure sign wave inverter from ebay (you need pure sign wave ones)
and a couple of sealed lead acid batteries design for golf buggies and hooked them all up
cut up some car jumper leads and wired it all up in serial.

its pretty good and capable of driving 2 elinchrom 400W strobes

PM me if you want more info and I can email you the parts list
(total cost is around $400 including a lowepro bag to hold it all together)

This is pretty cool.

With my luck ordering the parts would put me on the no-fly list.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5dM3 dual card write speed results
« on: May 06, 2012, 11:47:01 PM »
This thread, started by myself, was created with the intent to answer a question I had been asked previously but was slow to respond to. I went ahead and found the original question.

It's here: http://bit.ly/JaBy4p
The question was asked by vWings. I believe it was the 6th or so entry on this thread. My response was about the 10th entry.

I conducted some tests that, in my opinion, would be helpful to people who were looking at buying the SanDisk Extreme cards shown above. I conducted them using what method I believe most people use: Shoot. Import. Format in camera. Shoot.

It's unfortunate that it turned into what it did.


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