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Lenses / Re: Want to expand my gear?
« on: March 29, 2013, 10:26:37 PM »
Indoors mostly but a group of 3-4 people.

Then you're set with the 24-70/2.8 II.  More Speedlites aren't the best answer, either.  Good lighting for a small group means big modifiers, so I'd start looking at monolights (the PCB Einstein is excellent, and cheaper than a 600EX-RT).

The 70-300L is a great travel telezoom, but IMO still not really long enough for wildlife.

Can you give me an example of a lighting setup so i could look into costs please?

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Lenses / Re: Want to expand my gear?
« on: March 29, 2013, 09:27:22 PM »
Better portraits
Wildlife
Landscape
Macro in order of importance

Better portraits = 85L, Sigma 85/1.4, or 135L
Wildlife = 2xIII for your 70-200 II
Landscape = a good tripod
Macro = 100L IS

For 'better portraits' though, do you mean outdoors, indoors, or studio?  Fast primes are wonderful for blurring a busy background outdoors or in the house.  But another option would be a backdrop setup, monolights (or more Speedlites), and softboxes.

Also, you mention school functions eventually, the 135L is great there.

Indoors mostly but a group of 3-4 people. Also I was considering the 70-300l since with the extender the weight is a lot for travel. Would love a light setup but would need something that could go up and down.

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Lenses / Re: Want to expand my gear?
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:28:16 PM »
Do you have a good tripod? If not then I would make that my next purchase.

Most of the alternatives you list are for completely different types of photography. I think that before I decided on the lens I would decide on what kind of photography I want to branch out into first.  Macro? Landscape? Better portraits? Wildlife?

Better portraits
Wildlife
Landscape
Macro in order of importance


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Lenses / Want to expand my gear?
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:16:02 PM »
I have a 5d3
24-70 ii
70-200 2.8ii
Sigma 35mm 1.4
600exrt

Take family portraits, vacation photos and eventially school functions.

Not sure where to invest next.
70-300l for more reach
2more 600exrt for flash photography
100mm 2.8 lens portraits and macro
16-35 2.8 for landscape

I know thats a lot of choices but just want to keep expnading and not sure which is the best for vacations and portraits
Considering what i have. I am staring to get into wildlife.

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Has this query been posed yet... "Do you still love your wife?" I think that would sway my suggestion.

Of course not sure how thats relevant?

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Thanks everyone. Lots of good advice. Yeah she already ok'd the sony nex 6 and it has an evf so we could keep that but then if I went that route I would consider the nex 3nl since its half the price with all the same stuff she uses. Just not sure if squeezing in the eos would be better for the fact that hopefully i can get her a 17-50 2.8 someday and it would be a better combo. Never been a fan of the 4/3's cameras. She looked at the rx100 and hated the flash placement. I want the eos m but everyone seems to not be satisfied with the af speed and grabbing you kids you need all the speed you can get.

That 17-55 2.8 is a wonderful piece of kit.  It's unparalleled in Canon's full-frame line.  The 40STM is a great lens too, but I found it too wide as an everyday walk around piece on my crop 7D, and I still find myself wanting to switch to the 35mm quite a bit, even on the FF 6D.

Have you played with Olympus' m4/3s?  They are another astonishing camera, with IQ that is lens limited, not sensor limited when compared with the T1i-T4i.  This may change if the SL1 or T5i have new sensors though.  They are also a very ergonomic series, specifically the OM-D.

In the end though, with what you mention in your later posts, specifically shooting kids, and likely some day in the future, kids sports, I would probably go SLR for the AF and long lens advantages.

Exactly. I thought eventually she could carry the 18-55, 55-250 combo and be set if she was at some indoor sports. I know these cameras are not meant for high iso but it has to be better than ps and m4/3's. but i could always get that when the time comes. They are going to be 6 this year so I guess we have sometime.

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Thanks everyone. Lots of good advice. Yeah she already ok'd the sony nex 6 and it has an evf so we could keep that but then if I went that route I would consider the nex 3nl since its half the price with all the same stuff she uses. Just not sure if squeezing in the eos would be better for the fact that hopefully i can get her a 17-50 2.8 someday and it would be a better combo. Never been a fan of the 4/3's cameras. She looked at the rx100 and hated the flash placement. I want the eos m but everyone seems to not be satisfied with the af speed and grabbing you kids you need all the speed you can get.

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I am torn between keeping my sony nex 6 for the wife or getting her the new sl1 with a 40mm pancake. She just uses auto and wants to shove it in her purse just on occasional outings where lugging my 5d would be overkill. I think the sl1 is more versatile since all my lenses will serve a dual purpose and she like my 60d when I had it. She is just not the type to want larger heavy gear but I thought with either I could start to teach her how to use the pasm modes to control her photo's at times. Does anyone have an opinion? I just dont want to get her the eos if everyone thinks that its much larger and bulkier. I have noone else to ask.

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Taking the kids to disney for the 4th and want to grab the fireworks.
I will be using my 5d3 and 24-70ii. Need a tripod to sopport it that I can carry or stuff into a locker. Any suggestions?

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A few months ago, you almost sell your your 5D III + lenses to settle for 6D + 24-70 f4 IS. ADN NOW..........you want 1D X? ??? ::) :-\ :) :D ;D

No i was in a light gear phase. I cured that with a sony nex 6. Then I was in a 1d x phase but thanks to the advice of you fellow canon rumor chaps i will go for a new lens. I am thinking the sigma 35mm.

For light gear phase, I went with Sony RX1 - small enough to carry around and takes amazing photos.

If Sony or Fuji come out FF build in P&S body like RX1 with exchangable lenses ...I'll sell all my Canon gear ;)

Here are some photos from RX1:
http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/nkq0gb6m/1/5981795

I agree that is a nice camera. I just have a hard time investing in such an expensive single fl camera. Nice pics:)

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A few months ago, you almost sell your your 5D III + lenses to settle for 6D + 24-70 f4 IS. ADN NOW..........you want 1D X? ??? ::) :-\ :) :D ;D

No i was in a light gear phase. I cured that with a sony nex 6. Then I was in a 1d x phase but thanks to the advice of you fellow canon rumor chaps i will go for a new lens. I am thinking the sigma 35mm.

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Spec out an i7 pc that you can custom build. ($700-1000)
I like the hp zr24 series ips display $360 ish
Get a 15" macbook pro retina 256gb i7 2.3ghz at microcenter.com or bestbuy for $1900 and most have great condition open box ones for $1700.

Get a 1tb usb3 external for the storage the mac lacks. And it runs windows well in bootcamp. I am running it now with no issues.

You can acheive that with $3500. Also if your monitor dies replace it. If you need a bigger hd or video card get it. You will be stuck with an imac.

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weren't you going to sell all your gear to downgrade to get a SMALLER camera a few weeks ago? :o

Ohh and I got a sony nex 6 for that lightweight it. Still nothing beats a true dslr. Its got ok quality but not a 5d thats for sure.

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weren't you going to sell all your gear to downgrade to get a SMALLER camera a few weeks ago? :o

Yeah but i have been getting back into takingbpictures and so my itch went up to the 1dx as i said going to keep what i have and try the 16-35 or 35mm prime just not sure which one.

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I'd definitely consider it. I personally think the Retina mac laptops pure helium. Can't upgrade the hard drive, can't upgrade the RAM, cost $3500 for what I'd consider a minimum computer. I have one of the first MBP Unibodies and I just upgraded the RAM and drive to a SSD.

My next body is going to be a 1D (notice I didn't say X), hopefully with a lot of pixels.

what hard drive did you use? I have a late 2010 15"unibody MBP, been thinking of upgrading the whole machine or just upgrading RAM and HD to SSD I think mine has 8GB ram already can you upgrade them to 16GB?

I have the newest 2013 refresh
2.7 ghz processor i7
16gb ram
512gb ram
15"
I am running it in boot camp windows 8
Calibrated the screen has 99% rgb
Best display ever.
This model costs $2599 if you know someone in school then you get the education discount
Hardly $3500.

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