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Lenses / Re: Buy Canon 24-70l II today or wait for Newer version with IS?
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:56:35 PM »
Waiting for something that will never happen. I am sure the smart Japanese guys at canon tried to make this work with IS but for what ever reason they couldn't. Either the price target was too high, or they couldn't do it and also shave the weight. My money is on the latter. But don't worry the world has a stabilized 24-70 2.8, it's a tamron and its a cracker!  When, or better if, this rumored lens arrives it will be priced at $3000 or more.

Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:44:59 PM »
I wouldn't say school is unnecessary however school simply provides you an avenue for learning. I don't think anything can replace simply shooting and being critiqued. For that school is great but not something you couldn't pick up through several local venues like photo clubs, other working pros, and of course the Internet. Are some better than others, sure, but do t dilude yourself into thinking school is the only answer. Since this is only a hobby for most of us the easiest way is to just put yourself out there. Find a local pro who's work you like and see if you can pick his brain, maybe offer to help in his studio (for free) from time to time. If your into event see if you can score a few second shooting roles. I guess my point is there are plenty of ways to learn. Don't get trapped by just one.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Going FF very soon; what to do about lenses?
« on: December 16, 2012, 01:02:11 PM »
Get the 24-105 in the kit. If not then the tamron 24-70, the new canon is sure nice, but for another $1000 youre better off saving that for the little ones college fund especially since the tamron has vc which is nice whether shooting still subjects in really low light or like me have a wife with shaky hands :).

Lenses / Re: Lens choice advice please??
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:39:33 AM »
For what you have to spend the 50 1.8 is really the only option or a cheap speedlight, actually the latter will probably do more for your photos long term than the 50 at this point so my vote goes to a flash.

Animal Kingdom / Re: panorama to blur zoo fences
« on: December 16, 2012, 12:36:06 AM »
This is really a great idea but I gotta know how it would have been any different had you just taken a step or two backwards and accomplished this in one shot not needing all the extra work?

Portrait / Re: First model shoot...input pls!
« on: December 15, 2012, 03:37:56 PM »
The third image is the most interesting the first is frankly corny and a bit ill conceived, but it seems you already know that.

Reviews / Re: Review - Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD with Pictures
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:18:02 PM »
Dustin, thanks for the update. I'm two weeks into my copy and couldn't be happier. Shot with it for a few days before Afma with focal and ended up at +5 both wide and tele (5diii), that just helped make everything pop just a little more. The tamron is a keeper. I'm now thinking about renting their new 70-200 2.8 and see if it gives the canon a serious run for its money as at least the initial impressions seem to think.

if your going to use photomatix then the in camera hdr processing of the 5diii is pretty much useless unless you sort of want a preview of what things could be, but the control photomatix gives you it's not going to really match the few presets the camera provides.  Just shoot brackets and don't worry about the in camera hdr.  For those of us who think hdr is a bit of a gimmick and don't want to spend the time merging photos and pp in photomatix or any other hdr software then the in camera option is a nice feature to have, but probably not used all that much. 

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:10:21 AM »
interesting, may make me hold off on a purchase...then again I fully expect this to be priced around $3K so I'll just keep dreaming

Lenses / Re: problems with canon 50 f1.8
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:00:37 AM »
I could never get my 50 1.8 to behave nicely with focal either, I think it has something to do with the non usm motor. Luckily it's pretty sharp as is and for $100 it's tough to beat. Some softness wide open is normal, are you still getting the "dreamy" look at f2.8?  If so than maybe a bad copy and just return it if you can or forgo focal and Afma the old fashioned way with a lens align tool.

Canon General / Re: Record Spending Into Camera Gear - HIGHEST
« on: December 12, 2012, 08:26:31 PM »
Patiently waiting for the "you don't need that kind of gear for family photos" rant...

Sounds like a banner year to me! Just do what I do, tell the wife what you sold to buy it pretty much covered it all. Then buy her something really nice and she forgets all about it  ;D

On a positive note you could be set for a while.

Lenses / Re: Help me choose: EF lens for 60D
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:14:28 PM »
I never got the whole, I may buy a FF so I don't want EFS lens argument.  You may as well enjoy some of the advantages of the crop sensor such as lighter, generally lower priced, great lenses like the 17-55 f2.8 IS or 10-22 or 15-85.  For the 60D your first choice should be the 17-55 f2.8IS. If the 17-55 gives you sticker shock buy used or look at the 15-85.  Then get an 85 1.8.  Any of those hold their value well so if you want new buy with confidence, or buy used and you may even make a buck in the long run.   

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.4 IS in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:00:52 PM »
if this is a f1.4 with IS I suspect price to be much closer to the 50L than the newer IS primes.  Then Canon will line up a 50L replacement at or above 85L ii pricing.  Heck maybe they just add the red ring to it and price it that way from the beginning

Lenses / Re: 50mm upgrade or 85mm coverage?
« on: December 12, 2012, 10:19:44 AM »
Having FF with 35L, 50 1.5 and 135L, I'm thinking in:
1) selling the 50mm 1.4 and buy the 50L
2) buying the Sigma 85 1.4
3) buying 85L (more difficult due to the money involved)

Anyone had a similar debate?

1) how often do you shoot wide open on the 50, if a lot then the L would be a nice upgrade, if you're more or less at f2 or smaller all the time then there is little advantage in the L

2) a good lens indeed (caveat I don't own it), but the 85 1.8 is just as good IMHO and costs a lot less plus just be careful not to shoot wide open in high contrast or you get purple fringing, but even that is easily correctable in post and gone by f2.2. 

3) due to money sounds like it's not really an option, but if you can afford it it's one of the pieces of glass you will likely hold on to for a long time. 

Lenses / Re: Zoom vs Primes?
« on: December 11, 2012, 04:22:48 PM »
Get a zoom way more versatile than a prime unless you know exactly what fl you like. No reason to spend a bunch of scratch on a 24-70ii. The older version of that lens or the 24-105, or new tamron 24-70 will fit the bill then buy a 85 1.8 and your still saving a boat load over the 24-70ii

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