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I DEEPLY/HIGHLY recommend that you take a look at newegg.com and check out the ASUS laptops they have over there.  I purchased a well-equipped, even by today's standards, laptop about 1 year ago to replace an old HP I'd been using for edits (HP is really horrible with cooling, and, well...generally).  Even thought this thing is a refurb (which caused a discount of about 800 dollars), this thing is still a beast and chews through my edits on LR/PS.  Huge drives, good motherboard, really efficient cooling, great monitor, highly expand-able memory (great for us photographers), and it's never even hiccuped over 1 year of HEAVY usage.

Love me some ASUS!

i7
very fast graphics (NVIDIA GeForce GT 680M - decent by today's standards, awesome last year)
1.5TB
8gb memory (upgraded myself to 32gb)
good monitor (17" 1080 full HD) - calibrated myself using Spyder4Pro (perfect results)
usb3.0

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Lenses / Re: Your lenses for weddings?
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:30:06 PM »
Bodies:  5DM3

during ceremony:  24-105 f4 or 24-70 2.8L mII and 70-20 2.8L mII on other body
Reception:  70-200 2.8 mII, 50 1.2L, 35 1.4 Art.  Also use my 135mm f2L
Rings and Macro:  100 f2.8L

Good Luck!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 Art Lens Should be Amazing
« on: January 15, 2014, 11:02:08 AM »
I've been following this, but haven't seen an ETA on this lens.  Does anyone know?

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Lenses / Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« on: December 31, 2013, 01:11:28 PM »
I'm a Wedding Photographer who's used other lenses to photograph rings and then cropped them with good results.  However,  I think it's time to grab the 100mm f2.8 for this job.  What would you all suggest?  The 2.8L or is the non-L good enough?  Does the L version justify the doubled price?  Any other macro lens recommendations?  I don't do any other macro photography other than my ring photos, so I'd love ideas.

Thank You in advance!


My current lineup:

5DM3
50mm 1.4
12-24mm
24-105mm f4 (great lens, but not sure why I still have it)
24-70mm mk2
70-200mm f2.8 mk2
135mm f2L

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50 f/1.4 EX DG HSM $349 at B&H Photo
« on: December 19, 2013, 01:28:29 PM »
I have the Canon 50 1.4, which is a little soft and inconsistent, but the siggy isn't enough better to jump on this.  I WILL, however, be all over the new Siggy 50 ART whenever it's released!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 17, 2013, 11:18:19 PM »
Just today I purchased my first (and only) 135L.  I'd been putting it off until I learned more about the Rumored Siggy, but realized that I'll probably be able to sell my 135L for the Sigma if it's really so amazing.  I'm sure I'll get back nearly the whole purchase price!

...not to mention that I'll have ten months using it!  For what it's worth, the 135L is a stunner.  I'm super excited.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 135mm f/2 DG OS Art Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 16, 2013, 09:00:30 PM »
Very good. The more competition and choices, better for the consumer.

+1

I'm surprised so many people here are slightly negative to another great lens entering the market.  If it sucks, it sucks and people will go back to their 135L.  If it amazes, like the Siggy 35mm 1.4, well...

...doesn't a rising tide lift all boats?  Choice is good, and good for our craft.

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Lenses / Re: New lens, Big White, if I can only get one. Which One???
« on: December 15, 2013, 12:23:03 AM »
For what you're looking to use it for, no question in my mind:

70-200mm f2.8L USM IS II

and maybe an extender or two.


you'll not regret it.

thanks for the recommendation but that's already in the kit.

 oh, I missed that.  for some reason I thought it was the f4

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Lenses / Re: New lens, Big White, if I can only get one. Which One???
« on: December 14, 2013, 11:00:40 PM »
For what you're looking to use it for, no question in my mind:

70-200mm f2.8L USM IS II

and maybe an extender or two.


you'll not regret it.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II to Finally Arrive? [CR1]
« on: December 10, 2013, 05:18:41 PM »
Thanks to my razor sharp Sigma 35, I'm not even interested in the 35L II. Not any longer.. The 35L II will probably match the Sigma 35 in terms of IQ. Maybe even outperform it a little bit.. But the price tag will be totally Canon. :D

If Canon wants to sell something new in this FL, they should release a tack sharp 16-35L III. (sharp corner to corner). I'd buy that!

+1

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 07, 2013, 01:01:12 AM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...

 ;)

Sigma 35 f/1.4 for half of the 24 f/2.8 IS, 28 f/2.8 IS, 35 f/2 IS?  Where can I find the S35 for less than $400 new?


I figured you'd have inferred that I was referring to the similar Canon EF 35mm 1.4, which retails at about $1.5K

The point of my comment is that in THAT prime, Sigma is a better deal for a superior lens. 

...I didn't think I was being very cryptic...  I'd never compare a 35mm to a 24mm.

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Lenses / Re: Canon IS primes sale price?
« on: December 06, 2013, 11:38:15 PM »
Anyone remember the price for the IS primes (24, 28, 35) earlier this year when they were on sale? Thinking about buying the 35 (mostly for video) soon and wondering if there's a chance of it having a good price for the holidays.

Or you can just buy the amazing SIGMA 35mm 1.4 prime for about 1/2 of what you'd pay for the inferior Canon prime.

...just a thought...

 ;)

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EOS Bodies / "Two New FF Bodies in 2014" - if 5DM4, would you jump in?
« on: November 29, 2013, 03:09:35 PM »
I know that if they actually rolled out the 5DM4, I'd be very interested in it.  However, if you own a 5DM3 and have realized how amazing this camera truly is, what would it take to make you grab one immediately?

I'm so happy with my 5DM3 that I truly can't wrap my brain around what they'd have to put into a mark IV to make a guy like me jump in.

Thoughts?

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Lenses / Re: Looking for a EF 135mm f2L USM...
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:04:07 PM »
Sweet!  Thanks, guys!  I'm gonna go get a new lens.   :D

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Lenses / Looking for a EF 135mm f2L USM...
« on: November 02, 2013, 03:02:45 PM »
I've been scouring the internet today looking for a decent deal on this great lens.  Do any of you have any leads which you'd be willing to share?  Nothing at Canon (refurbished).

I'd like to get a lightly used one.  Have about $830 to spend.

I need one for this weekend (two weddings).  I've been looking for a rental, but I'm surprised that I can't find a lens around!  Online rental services are going to run, with shipping, around 80 dollars.  Maybe I should just buy one!?

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