I second the Large Rogue Flashbender and the option to take the speedlite off camera. If you can get some help, A speedlite+umbrella on a mono-pod w/ an assistant moving it quickly through the event will be a life-saver if everything is black.
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It'd be like the Piggly 200mm F/2, smoshed even tighter, heavy and have a massive price tag. It would be a dream item but a f/1.8 135mm is reasonable.I like the idea of a 135mm F/1.8L IS. Then I'd have no want for a 70-200II. Even a 50mm 1.4 update with Ring USM will cause money to part from my wallet and no F/2 lens will do for me. A f/2 50mm will only confirm a purchase for the Sigma A 50mm.Why not make it faster to say... 135/1.4 with IS?
As this is not a 50mm IS refresh rumor (which will undoubtedly not be an L lens), if there was a new L lens on offer, I'd guess the one most in need of a refresh would be:
35mm f/1.4L - 17 years old
135mm f/2L - 19 years old
Those aren't the oldest L primes, but they are a strong combination of old and in high demand. My money would be on one of those.
Is the 135mm in need of an update? I haven't heard anything put praise for that lens.
Crudely, there are three camps with the 135L:
- The lens is stellar and does not need modifying.
- The glass is fine but IS would be a great add.
- Sony has a 135 f/1.8 and we don't. Also: Waaaaaah. (My rebuttal? Our autofocus works.)
And deep down, as legendary as lenses like the 135L and 200 F/2L IS have been, old is old: there's always room to improve resolution for higher resolving sensors, reduce flare, reduce distortion, reduce chromatic aberration, reduce weight, improve weathersealing, offer or improve the IS, etc.
The bigger question is whether those improvements are worth putting off my future non-L 50mm f/nooneknows IS USM. And the answer is no. Gimme my 50, dammit.
I wouldn't buy a lower MP 5D4 than my 5D3. Plus knowing canon being canon, they'd want you to spend more money on the high ISO champ the 1Dx2 rather than a low MP 5D4. 24mp or a 32mp sensor with improved performance would make the 5D4 more General purpose than a 18mp sensor when the extra resolution is needed. (Especially since stock sites usually require at least 20mp to sell the largest size.)I like the idea of a 24-32mp sensor as it gives the flexibility of both resolution and of ISO performance. The 1Dx2 would be the high ISO champ in the future lineup, the 5Ds studio camera, and 5D4 as a general purpose all rounder.
I'd probably keep my 5D3 with a spec list like this.
I see the need for 2 5D cameras. High ISO camera, lower MP, no need to 1D build (though it would be nice if price is right) and an intermediate MP camera, similar to the Nikon D810.
Don't expect 12 FPS, that is the territory of 1Dx.
Canon is teh best. Thats why the 6D is more expensive than that horrible D800. I've bought alot of gear used through craigslist and I've never lost money on a purchase. To see a 5D2 under 1K is unreal and soon they will all be under 1K.It's probably the prices overseas that make the 5d2 expensive. Here's a beatup but working functional 5d2 for 900$, a total bargain
Ugh, seeing the US prices for used gear like this and new gear like the 6d is really depressing
For some reason or another, over here there is a hefty premium on "quality" gear (probably because Germany like sturdy stuff) and Canon L lenses of ff cameras are sold for ridiculously high prices. On the other hand, you can get a pristine d800 for €1200 ... €400 less than a new 6d :-o
* perpetual license available
* performance gains / use of GPU hardware
* better healing brush - selection of irregular shapes
* improved possibilities to control black&white conversion
* face recognition (as long as there is no cloud/internet/NSA backdoor involved)
* HDR directly in LR
* panorama/stitching directly in LR
All of this makes it even easier to completely jettison Photoshop (or other software) for all of my photo PP requirements
Will definitely buy the upgrade after a few weeks / first bug correcting update.
It's probably the prices overseas that make the 5d2 expensive. Here's a beatup but working functional 5d2 for 900$, a total bargainYou could buy a 5Dc for like 400$ where I'm at.Good suggestion.
The suggestion is so good because (at least I find) the 5d2 rather overpriced esp. vs. the 6d. But if going for a 5d1, be sure you know or research the shortcomings.