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Lenses / Re: 200 f2.0 first dissapointed customer ever?
« on: September 02, 2013, 06:56:50 PM »
If you're using the 5D Mark III, there's a known compatibility issue with this lens and a service bulletin from Canon.  I sent my 200 f/2L into Canon for the update.....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 07:07:49 AM »
I have both.  I reach for the 1Dx first.

Lenses / Re: Help with a potriat lens
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:53:27 PM »
If you also want to shoot macro, the 100L makes sense. For around the cost of the 70-200/4L IS, you could get the 85mm f/1.8 and the 135mm f/2L.  That's like a portrait 1-2 punch.  An f/4 lens on FF is ok if you've got plenty of physical separation between subject and background, or in a studio with strobes and a backdrop (where I use f/9 or so).  But for 'candid' portraits, a faster aperture is preferable.

This would be a great solution.  The 135mm is an epic portrait lens for the price.  Or, a version I 70-200mm f/2.8L IS might also work for you, if you can find a deal on a nice used one.

Lenses / Re: EF 200mm f2 , how much do you use it and for what?
« on: August 07, 2013, 09:49:42 PM »
The EF 200mm f/2.0L IS USM is my favorite lens, which I use for wedding and portrait work.  It creates a distinctive look unmatched by any other lens.

Software & Accessories / Re: Portability: laptops vs desktops
« on: July 31, 2013, 01:53:46 AM »
In addition to Dell and Lenova workstations, you might also want to check out HP.  I bought an HP 17" Elitebook back in '09 with a "dreamcolor" screen that's pretty functional to this day....

Technical Support / Re: Not Windows
« on: July 30, 2013, 04:31:56 AM »
My Windows 6-core box crushes Macs costing 2-3X more....  building a dual Xeon workstation that's even faster - found a killer deal on ebay.  Both with Windows 8, which is great.  Using LR and PS6/CC....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 vs. 1DX for lower-light shoot
« on: July 25, 2013, 12:47:20 AM »
I have both.  If I had to choose one, I'd go with the 1Dx.  The battery will last, too.

Lenses / Re: Sell non L primes to get 24-70LII
« on: June 16, 2013, 03:50:41 AM »
The 24-70 II is amazing, and it rivals primes....  I'd recommend buying it and keeping your 85mm 1.8.  You'll have a low light lens, an excellent portrait lens, covering a bit of range along with the zoom.

Lenses / Re: What is the next Canon lens you want or covet and why...
« on: June 11, 2013, 02:53:57 AM »
I'd like to pick up the 400mm f/2.8L IS II at some point.  Used it once on loan... epic lens.  Also, a 17mm TSE....

Lenses / Re: need help consolidating my lens collection
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:36:27 PM »
Odds are that you're taking the 5D Mark III with you for travel.  I'd jetison the 10-22 and pick up the 24-70mm f/2.8L II, which is incredibly sharp.  I'd also recommend either the 14mm f/2.8L II or the 17mm f/4L TS-E for wide angle coverage -- for landscapes and/or architecture shots.  Or, instead the 17-40mm f/4L, which is light.....  You could also jetison the 35mm f/1.4L if you need to do so as that range is covered by the new zoom.

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2L vs 35mm 1.4L for events photography...
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:22:58 PM »
You might also want to check out the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 "Art" lens....  rivals the 35mm f/1.4L....

Lenses / Re: A 4000$ budget for Lenses on 5D3... need suggestions
« on: April 16, 2013, 04:35:19 AM »
Given your budget, I'd recommend:

1) 24-70mm f/2.8L II -- tack sharp, rivals primes, also good in low light with high iso 5D Mark III
2) 135mm f/2.0L -- great bokeh, fast, light
3) 85mm f/1.8 -- cheap, light, fast, unobtrusive, decent lens
3) good tripod and ballhead

Hello CR folks,

I recently bought a 5D3 and 50mm 1.8.This is my first investment and I am based out of India. 
I mostly shoot Low Light , Landscape , Street Photography and Slow Shutter captures.

Before taking up 5D3 I had an experience of working with my colleague's Canon60D , 18-135(kits lens) ,70-200mm f4 and NikonD7000 50mm f1.4,70-200mm f4. 
I had some severe limitations while shooting Landscapes and didn't get enough experience on wide-angle shots  :-[
I will be travelling to Ladakh,a landscape,rich cultured,wildlife Himalayan Range in the month of July and I am looking for suggestions to get some 'real' gear.
All I can  say that this will be my starting point to get into some real action  ;)

I can spend up to 4000$ on the Lenses.
Please share the gear details based on your own experience.


Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Software worth it?
« on: March 27, 2013, 11:17:45 PM »
It's a great software suite....  a steal at this price.  I paid about $500 three years ago.  Very useful.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 refurb or new 7D as backup to 5D3?
« on: March 21, 2013, 10:36:01 PM »
You could possibly return the refurb, and either they replace it, or credit you.  If the latter, you can pick up a niced used 5D Mark II with relatively low actuations on ebay or craigslist.  That's the route that I took to help a friend get set up...   You should be able to find a used 5D Mark II in the $1000 - $1300 range....

Lenses / Re: 24-70 IS ii v 70-200 IS ii
« on: March 20, 2013, 02:51:13 AM »
Seems to be a general consensus here... another option though would be sell the 24-70L, get the version II, and pick up a 135L f/2...  Though the 135L is not as versatile as the zoom....

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