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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.

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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....

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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.

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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....

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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.

Regards
Hari
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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.

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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....

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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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Canon General / Re: Gear upgrade: 2 primes vs new body + 1 prime??
« on: March 19, 2013, 08:05:50 PM »
My interests and gear coincides with yours....    First, I'd highly recommend getting the 5D Mark III.  The low light performance is amazing for churches and concerts, etc....  Also it has an amazing silent shutter setting for ceremonies, and dual cards for simultaneous writes/peace of mind.    For your needs I think the feature set blows the 5D Mark II away (though it's still an excellent camera).  Next, recommend selling the 24-70L, netting somewhere around $1,200 give or take, and getting version II.... it's that good.  Then, consider the Sigma 85mm f/1.4, which is $1K less than the 85mm f/1.2L II....   

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