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Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 10:20:39 PM »
How did your Disney photos turn out?

Here are a few. Just with the 24-105mm

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:18:23 PM »
How did your Disney photos turn out?

Great everyone was right the 24-105 was on 90% of the time. I will have to post one.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 06:16:53 PM »
Keep your current excellent glass and get a 600 EX-RT and learn to use it properly.
Badly used flash is appalling, used skilfully you'd barely know it was there....it's the photographers friend.
Skilfully bounce flash should look indistinguishable from natural light.


My local dealer is offering to take back my 70-200 f4 and sell me the 2.8 is ii version for $1899. Does anyone think thats worth it or should I still get the 600ex speedlite instead? It seems so heavy but thats a great deal.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:43:22 PM »
Just for fun I added a poll to see what the major coconscious is. If I missed it please just not the lens.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:37:35 PM »
One stop faster (f/2.8 vs f/4) is not going to make a big difference.  Even a f/1.4 lens might be marginal.  I usually use my 35mm f/1.4 in low light and crank up the ISO to 3200 or 6400.
At some point, a external flash is going to be needed.


So your saying that to return my 70-200 f4is for the 2.8 version will not give me the performance that I am looking for and a flash will most likely have to be used. Last year I had the 17-55 2.8 with iso 3200 on a 60d still was only 1/30 and really too slow. So I figured 1/60 @ iso 6400 would be better but that was with what the equivalent of the 24-70 ii is. I am just trying to figure out if I will need fill flash to keep a more tolerable iso say 2000 then a flash will be needed whether f1.4,2.8,4.0. Did I get that right. I also don't like really shallow DOF since the goal is to have the kids, present, etc in focus but then will my 430 ex ii be good or the 600 since it has more power and is made for my focus sensor? Sorry for all the questions but I really value everyone's opinion's. I think I will post a pic from last year so I can give a visual example for more accurate advise.

Lenses / Re: Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 09:41:23 AM »
It depends on size of indoor. If it's not enough room, then 24-70 (I or II), if you have enough place in there - 70-200 F2.8 (II in case of IS)

I checked with my 24-105 this morning and it seems as though the 24-70 range for me will be my more used indoor simply because of room. I am debating on returning the f4 70-200 for the 2.8 but not really sure the added weight is worth the extra $1k and to only gain a stop still will require fill flash to me. I do not find myself using the 50mm simply because with kids it can be hard sometimes not being able to zoom in or out plus the more light the less my twins are in focus so thats why I am having a hard time finding the best way to approach most shooting environments knowing I cannot get them all. I did great birthday portraits with it at 2.8 but there was plenty of ambient light in the room. Basically what is everyones go to suggestion for christmas morning? Should i get the 600ex and go that route?

Lenses / Need advice on indoor low light lens choices.
« on: September 06, 2012, 12:30:51 AM »
I have the following.
Canon 5d3
50 1.4
70-200 f4 is

I just bought the 70-200 f4 is for medium telephoto but still want something for better low light shooting. I ran a program to see my most used focal length and came up with 40,50,85,105.

I was looking at the following lenses for the upcoming holidays. Any suggestions?

24-70 mk ii
35 1.4
135mm f2

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: September 04, 2012, 10:51:15 PM »
I shoot a lot of travel photography and size/weight wise I would never want a battery grip I cant detach. Too much to lug around plus I attract more than enough attention with the 5diii already. Plus 22mp=more cropping ability. I was surprised the 1dx was 18mp but I guess its purpose built for speed. 5diii is a good all rouner imo

I agree. I feel like all the gear I carry is enough and to spend $3k more for slightly better metering and a little better exposure is a trade I am willing to make you cannot make the 1dx lighter. You can choose to not add the grip and it's easier to lug around crowded areas.

Technical Support / Re: CF SD Read Speed VS Photo Import Speed Problem!
« on: September 03, 2012, 11:08:14 PM »
Read and write speeds have a lot of factors why they can be slow. The file structure and file size. Lots of large files such as hd video can take longer since it needs the whole file to move to the next one. It could be the brand of card and media and finally just windows reporting. What is are you running?

Technical Support / Re: canon 5D Mark iii with 430 EX ii flash question
« on: September 03, 2012, 11:02:36 PM »
+ 1 on the batteries.

Lighting / Re: Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 03, 2012, 10:55:07 PM »
I can only say that when I had my 60d I tried the 270 ex ii,320 ex then the 430 ex before I was happy with the results. If you want off camera flash then get the 600 and wait for canon to refresh the rest of the line for slaves or get experience with. The 430 first and sell it when those come available.

Lenses / Re: A New EF 400 f/5.6L Before Photokina? [CR1]
« on: September 03, 2012, 10:41:39 PM »
Unless its sharper.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX VS 5D MKIII Cameras
« on: September 03, 2012, 05:07:45 PM »
I am no pro and considered the 1dx for the slight cleaner high iso images and the better metering system but it just felt so large compared to the 5d3 and could see justifying it unless you needed the fps or the customizable buttons. I think a higher megapixel camera sounds more enticing.

EOS Bodies / Re: New 5dmiii user - love the camera so far
« on: September 03, 2012, 05:02:04 PM »
I love the image compare feature during playback when you are deciding between settings such as exposure focus etc.

Lenses / Re: Considering the 70-200 f4 is for my next lens
« on: September 03, 2012, 02:35:54 PM »
Thanks everyone again. I do agree that this will cover my immediate needs for reach beyond 105 mm. It will give me a budget toward a L prime. Or the 24-70 ii if it ends up great. I also like the weight. The Iq is sharp wide open on my copy. I also want the speed lite 600ex to add for low light and I think that will be a better combo than the 2.8 version. I do have the 50mm 1.4. I think I will go for 35mm for my next prime. What is there for beyond 200mm? That's semi affordable?

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