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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5Dc as an entry for FF? yay or nay?
« on: October 03, 2012, 11:29:28 PM »
5Dc is what i did to upgrade from a T2i.  I use it much more than the T2i now.  It performs better in low light and has a better noise characteristic at iso 1600. It takes less kindly to underexposure than the T2i.  Got a pretty beat up copy for about $650.  It has worked just fine (knocking on wood).  Image quality is great. I recommend it.  Keep the other one though, if you can afford to.  It's comparatively light and small and is easier to throw in a bag and carry along when you don't feel like lugging around the clunker.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DSLR and zoom lens for ~$1,000.00 USD?
« on: August 29, 2012, 03:52:29 PM »
I think there are some misunderstandings about image quality floating around here.  A current 18MP rebel is going to make a "better" large print than a 12 MP 5Dc because it has a higher resolution.  The difference is in the better low light ability of a larger sensor, the larger pixels, and the greater depth of field.  I have both and use both.  The 5Dc has a better noise characteristic at ISO 1600 than the rebel and it's fabulous for blowing out backgrounds.  It doesn't take kindly to underexposure though. It also has a nicer Viewfinder (No one mentioned that).

That being said, the 5Dc feels like a clunky old camera and the T2i feels much more solid and is much more responsive.

Also, you don't need L lenses. That's some crapus.  If it's your first dSLR the picture quality improvement with just about any lens is going to be amazing.  The consumer primes do just fine on a full frame too, by the way. They're not as good as the L's but they're pretty close and if you don't know L, then you won't miss it.  The Canon 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 both beat the corresponding L's in certain aspects, and beat them by a mile in terms of value.

I would recommend the rebel as a starter with a kit lens(there's a reason it comes that way), and then a fast 50 for low light and shallow depth of field.  The 40/2.8 is pretty nice too. Oh and the 35/2.0 is great on a crop camera.  $100, $200, $300 respecitively. All cheap(for a lens) and make nice photos.

Also, invest in Lightroom if you can.  Post processing can make a big difference in final picture quality.

EOS Bodies / Re: Starter Gear (newbie here)
« on: June 11, 2012, 11:12:14 PM »
Ebay is great, just make sure you do your research.  It's easy to end up paying almost as much for something used as it would cost new, and that's no bueno.  Make sure you know the value of what you are bidding on, so you can get a good deal. Don't forget the canon refurbished store either.

I'm with unfocused.  Build your kit slowly and with thought.  You can't really know what you need/want until you know what you need/want, and that will come with discovering the things that you actually want to do with your camera. Otherwise, you might end up spending money on things you may never use.

I would recommend getting the 50 1.8 upfront, unless you want to spring for something better like the 1.4 or a 35 of some sort (f/2?).  I can pretty much guarantee you'll want the wide aperture and shallow depth of field.  It's like crack.

Technical Support / Re: functional ISO
« on: June 08, 2012, 03:09:47 PM »

Go full frame, because you'll love it.  My 5D classic is better at ISO 1600 than my T2i, and it's much older technology.  T2i is about on par with the 7D noise wise. I wouldn't suggest a 5D classic if you can afford a Mark II or Mark III, I just wanted to illustrate the point.  If you want great ISO noise performance, go with a full frame sensor.

Lenses / Re: Recommendation for a small budget?
« on: May 28, 2012, 10:29:39 PM »
No one asked you what you like to take pictures of. What do you like to take pictures of?  I like a 35 prime on crop.  I use my 35 f/2 most often. It's a great cheap lens.  I can't afford a 35L and the 28 f/1.8 is overpriced for its image quality.  If you're gonna go with primes I would recommend it. If you want a lot of background blur and/or to shoot in low light you're gonna need a wide aperture, which means a prime. f/ 2.8 on a crop has never been good enough for me in low light.

The 50 f/1.8 is good and the 50 f/1.4 is a bit better. 85 f/1.8 is a great value for portrait.

I like my 10-22, but it's more of a specialty lens, so unless you really plan on taking ultra wide shots, you won't miss it. The kit lens can do pretty wide.

That's pretty much my kit.  I have  the cheap 55-250 for the occasion where i want a zoom. I rarely desire to use it, but it's decent and super cheap.

None of these lenses are rubbish. They aren't L, but certainly not rubbish.

If you press the button halfway and hold it, doesn't it stay on? No?

Metering for the ice. Spot meter on the subject.  Since the lighting looks pretty even, you could have her stand still where she's going to do the trick so that you can get a spot meter on her face.  Then make the manual settings to get the proper exposure. Then let her do the fancy stuff and you should be exposing correctly.

Canon General / Re: Suggestions on new Canon DSLR -- thinking 60D
« on: May 18, 2012, 11:44:45 AM »
60D is a nice camera, with a nice set of controls for manual mode.  If you get one, you have to learn how to use manual mode, otherwise it's a waste and you should go for one of the rebels instead (they're still very nice compared to a point and shoot).

So... if you plan to learn to use it, get the 60D.  If you plan to use it in auto mode like a point and shoot, get a rebel.

My wife loves her 18-135.  It takes good pictures. The rebel kit with the 18-55 and the 55-250 is what I started out with.  Very versatile.  The lenses are both pretty good considering what they cost.  Also, seriously consider picking up a canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. It's the supreme DSLR beginners lens and they only cost around $100 US.  Sharp and good in low light.

On top of that, I would look at buying a copy of Adobe Lightroom for photo editing. It's a very capable program that's fairly easy to learn how to use and will really help you to get the best out of the photos you take.

EOS Bodies / Re: Loss in Resale Value of 5D Mk3
« on: May 17, 2012, 12:37:13 PM »
I would expect your resale value to be about like the resale value of the previous 5Ds.  When the Mark IV comes out, you'll probably be able to sell it for about half what the origional price was.  When the Mark V comes out you can probably expect to get about a quarter of what you origionally paid for it.  Seems like the resale value is cut in half with each new iteration. Its not an abrupt change, but over time, the general trend seems to be about 50% depreciation by the time the next model comes out.

No one will care about the light leak issue by that time.  Not that many people seriously care about it now.

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 on a tripod with a homemade lightbox.

EOS Bodies / Re: 650D/600D wait or buy?
« on: May 16, 2012, 05:47:36 PM »
I would suggest getting the 550D instead of the 600D if you decide to buy now. They're still floating around and they have almost identicle features for less (as long as you're not set on the flippy screen).  479.99 If you get it from the canon refurb store, which I would definately recommend. It's a great camera and if it's your first you will love it.  I think the less you spend the first time around, the better, because if you really take to it, you'll be itching for something bigger and better in no time. Don't bother with the kit lens. Get the body only and a 50 f/1.8, or possible a 35 f/2(I love this lense on a T2i).

However, I would wait for the T4i anouncement to see if there's anything groundbreaking going on there first.

Did you send them an e-mail to let them know about their typo? That would be the appropriate thing to do.

Proper grammer and attention to detail are important when it comes to maintaining reputation, but everyone makes mistakes from time to time. 

Let he who never ever makes a spelling error be the one to cast the first stone.

Lenses / Re: Canon Refurb Store ... Not Such A Good Deal
« on: May 07, 2012, 03:39:37 PM »
What's really not a good deal is Ebay most of the time. Stupid people don't do their research and then ruin it for the rest of us.  People are always buying used lenses for as much as brand new lenses and with no guarantee of anything. Especially when there is a rebate going on. Drives me crazy! You really have to hunt, and you really have to get lucky to actually get a deal there. At least at the Canon direct store you are getting some kind of warranty and a product that should be practically new.

I notice the canon refurbs sometimes don't seem to be much of a deal as well, but sometimes the deals there are really good. You have to know when to buy to maximize your dollar. The real lesson is that people should really do their research before they buy something, especially when they are buying refurbished or used.

Not everyone is as bright as you Rocket. Don't sweat the slams.  People like to play devil's advocate and people get hurt when you point out issues with their favorite brand. Human nature. We all like to be right, but that means someone else has to be wrong.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: New monitor
« on: April 27, 2012, 01:01:25 PM »
I have the Asus pa246q.  It's a pretty good monitor and a little cheaper than the dell. 98% adobe rgb coverage. Comes factory calibrated, although not to prefessional standards, but it's not too bad out of the box.  Keep in mind that if you want to do 30 bit color you need a video card capable of 30 bit color and generally only workstation cards support it.  Workstation cards generally suck for gaming. I don't know why AMD and NVidea are stingy and don't enable it on their consumer cards. I wish I had known before i bought a 30 bit color monitor. If i had I would have bought a lesser monitor.  If your color needs aren't super critical, I would buy a standard color gamut monitor with an IPS panel.  That should still be capable of pretty accurate color, and you could spend the extra money on color calibration, and you wouldn't need to buy additional specialized hardware. 

When it comes to wide gamut and color calibration from monitor to printer, things can get very complicated and expensive very fast.

EOS Bodies / Re: What is with the censorship?
« on: April 24, 2012, 04:32:13 PM »
Ummm... I read that thread and I got there using the link from the canon rumors home page. There are plenty of whiney threads that are linked from there.

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