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epic fail! No lens mount, no zoom = no go.
like Sigma DP1, DP2, Leica X-1 ... dead in the water. 

I will never buy a one-focal-length camera.

X100 anyone? One of the most popular cams around until the x-pro 1.

This is just awesome, I applaud you sony.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: what to recommend a newbie
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:19:39 AM »
Hi All

a colleague of mine is thinking of dipping his toes into the DSLR, has budget around £500 (GBP) what would you recommend and why

Cheers for the advice


5Dc + 50mm 1.8/1.4


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Does Zeiss glass ever go on sale?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:18:16 AM »
If zeiss made there lenses natively with USM AF, I'd never buy a canon lens.

They rarely go on sale.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Pentax K-5 IIs - no AA filter!
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:17:24 AM »
Another manufacturer is now offering a DSLR without the low-pass AA filter - Pentax.

Nikon was first with the D800e and now Pentax with the K-5 IIs.

Will Canon offer us the option?

No. Not yet.

Lenses / Re: Which to buy: 16-35 f/2.8 vs. 17-40 f/4...
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:16:40 AM »
Hi All,

I'm at the point of researching and saving for my next lens.  It's either going to be the 35 f/1.4 or one of the following option: 16-35 or 17-40.  But my question is on the 16-35 or 17-40 option, I'm debating which one of these two to get.  Main usage is for:

1) Wedding (primary)
2) Landscape (secondary)

I'm shooting w/the 5D Mark II (w/430EX)
Please provide your reasons for choosing one over the other.  Thanks again!

16-35mm II > 17-40mm

Lenses / Re: The 50mm f/1.4: Conclusion
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:15:08 AM »
So I had to send my 50mm f/1.4 up to the lens hospital in Spokane. It was a DIY fix that went awry. It's being discharged now and is on it's way back home to me. How much did all of this cost? Not as much as a new lens. Not quite, anyway. But it sure feels like it. But it's my own fault, and ended up costing me more because of the botched fix-it job.

If you own this lens: Store it in the middle of the focus range, like around the 3 foot mark, and NOT at the infinity point like a lot of people recommend on the internets. I got this advice from the guy who worked on it, a factory-authorized lens tech.

I had the 1.4, I used to store it with the focus barrel all the way in the lens. Was this correct?

EOS Bodies / Re: Any Nikon D3x to Canon 5D MKiii converts?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:12:43 AM »
All I gotta say is "ISO performance baby  8)"

Too bad those D3X users fell violated when the d800 was released. Plus the D800 has better ISO performance than the 5D3 anyway. ::)

I use a Asus 19" monitor and an ACER 23" monitor I got from Newegg. They're pretty good as long as you calibrate them. I use the Spyder 3 elite.

IPS is the best, but eh, I get great results from what I have. If you consider most people's will not have an IPS monitor to even view your images at there best, Why bother?

Lenses / Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:05:06 AM »
So, my wife and I have three weddings right at the start of 2013, but here's the kicker; I think we're lacking a little glass.

We have the following
5DII, 60D, 17-40L, 35L, 50 1.4, and a 430ex ii. We also have a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 which I am not the biggest fan of and will be selling soon. We would like to keep our purchase at a max of ~2K and don't mind buying new, refurbed, or used (from a quality seller).

What do you all think? I strongly believe that this forum is an invaluable resource for photographers who are beginning their business and thank you all in advance for your support.


If I were you, I wouldn't even bring the 70-300. The 35L + 5D2 and the 50mm + 60D during most of the day. I would rotate either a 135L prime or the 70-200MM in when needed.

Keep it simple, 2-3 lenses and flashes on both cameras, even for just the AF assist beam. Use the 17-40 for the show stopper photos of the church but that's about it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:00:07 AM »
7d autofocus? No thanks

Ive had the displeasure of owning this camera for over a year. Worst Af ive ever seen. If I was thinking about a possible 6d, lets just say im not any more :(


The 7D's AF is superb. Nuff said.  8)

Software & Accessories / Convert your Photos to ASCII art!
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:10:10 PM »
This is cool, and converted one my more popular landscapes into ASCII Art. 8)

The best viewing is full screen and a step back from your monitor.

Sports / Re: Newbie - some feedback please!
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:50:39 PM »
You get my digital thumbs up.
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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle for Crop and FF?
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:47:30 PM »
24L  8)

Portrait / Re: Beach Portrait
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:46:04 PM »
Oh my.... shes a bit toasty...  :-X

Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 06:41:16 PM »
I can never get good direct flash, how do you get decent images like the one below.

I like off-camera and very competent in that, but direct flash I never could quite grasp it.


that shot is with a ring flash notice the lack of shadow on the face so its very bright and alive also look closely at the catch lights in the eyes, i have a rayflash that pops onto the 580 ex or exii to do this its light and portable and gives good results. a ring flash gives a much more different look to a straight up hotshoe mounted blast

Neat. I'll have to order one soon but, Still...

Any tips on direct flash? Like this one looks to be a speedlite straight on to me.

I was recently thrust into a situation with no other option but direct flash, and it wasn't as smooth as I would have liked it. I'm not implying these are the greatest photos but they're passable.

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