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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendations for wildlife
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:12:40 PM »
Perhaps an older 300mm 2.8 IS? They're getting cheaper on Evil bay and they hold their value over time quite well.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Chinese aftermarket guns
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:08:11 PM »
I've always felt once you get to the point of stuffing 3+ Speedlites into one softbox...

Why not just use a Alienbee + Vagabond mini? Its about the same $$$, has more power and you only have to take one battery, not 3 packs for each speedlite or a box full of AA's. Sure its manual flash, sure it doesn't have HSS, and sure its alittle more heavy but It can take some serious modifiers.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D or 5D Mark III
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:02:39 PM »
The 6D is a microwaved 5D2, which was already a re-cooked 5D, which had its original serving as a 20D. (In terms of actual camera performance, not IQ :P )

If you want a better performing camera, 5D3 is the best route. It won't limit you later on like the 6D could with its AF performance.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Announces New 30mm f/1.4 for APS-C
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:52:35 AM »
Oh Snap. Sigma is on a roll.  8) If they'd make a fast 50mm that wasn't Iffy, I'd might just pick one up.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Canon may be expensive but...
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:48:39 AM »
#not impressed. :\


Are you  buying pro gears and traveling a lot  I can recommend Profoto from Sweden, used them since first Pro1

Profoto is top-notch equipment but Its not what I'll be needing. Love the Modifiers for them.

4x PCB Einsteins are my current plan.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Canon may be expensive but...
« on: January 29, 2013, 09:48:31 AM »
#not impressed. :\

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon 600EX-RT review
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:24:37 AM »
Hay mark, can you use second curtain sync off camera on the 600s?

Lenses / Re: Which 50mm (with AF) is best from f/1.4 - f/2.0?
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:47:15 AM »

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35 1.4 or Canon 50 1.4 or Canon 24-70 2.8 II
« on: January 28, 2013, 06:12:23 PM »
50mm 1.4 is cheap as chips and is decent for the $$$. I'd recommend it for is neutral perspective.

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Here comes the Sun!
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:35:59 PM »
I remember the solar eclipse last year. Ahh, it's was going to be sweet but it was cloudy. :(

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:31:54 PM »

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:29:22 PM »
This. All these are shot on wonderful canon L primes from 24LII, 50L, 85LII, and 135L.

Lenses / Re: Can You Beat it?
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:26:30 PM »
Saw a version I of this lens for 350$ with the built in hood. Didn't buy it.  :P

LOL, I know you're not a fan of this lens but you could have easily made $200-$300 flipping it.  :)

It was pretty beat up. The previous owner did some serious shooting with it and had a very good life of use. Just wasn't for me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Recommendations for a friend
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:09:53 PM »
If she is willing to learn the art of photography, I would highly recommend a

5Dc + 50mm (1.8 or 1.4) + (Maybe) 100mm F/2 or Macro 100mm 2.8 for product shots.

Far better IQ than any of the canon crop camera's so far and cheaper now with the MK3's release.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX - The Workhorse?
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:06:25 PM »
So I was reading the rumor on Canon's roadmap for 2013 and got me to thinking...  Is the 1DX really Canon's workhorse?

I'm a beginning fashion and beauty photographer that is working to get bigger and higher profile jobs.  I currently have a 5D Mark II which has served me quite well for many things in this arena.  However it's not as great an all-arounder that I would like for my non-fashion jobs which helps circulate my name and get me some additional income.

The 5D Mark III is a great camera.  But the lack of a user-replaceable focus-screen and no pro body is a downside.  It's fast enough and the AF is more than adequate.  But not sure if it's something I would be happy with for 4 or more years.  Which is what I expect from a pro camera.

The 1DX is what I want except that it doesn't have the higher MP of the 5D series.  Well, I was a little disappointed when it didn't have built-in WiFi...  But overall, it's pretty darn nice.  The way I look at it, as long as I have the appropriate lens, it can pretty much handle anything I throw at it.  Which would allow me to take more jobs that I know technical limitations won't be an issue.

However, I'm a little concerned about the 18MP.  For publication in large format magazines, I think 18MP would still be fine.  For fashion and beauty, is there a big advantage to go with 22MP?  The only step-up I see would be Medium Format which I don't see a need for at least a couple of years.  How much of an advantage would that be over a 1DX/5D3 in the fashion/beauty markets?

Keep your MK2 just in-case you need those extra MP but the 1Dx will be a tank for years of service and abuse.

As for the MK3, I jumped from 5Dc+EG-s precise screen to 5D3 standard screen and miss the old focus screen. The AF though, makes up for it 10 fold. I will probably not outgrow my MK3's anytime soon.

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