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Lenses / Re: 24-105 f/4L kit lens on 6D
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:46:47 AM »
the 24-105 is great on FF.  If you can rent first give it a try and also the new tamron 24-70 2.8.  The tamron is shorter, a bit more expensive (not canon 24-70ii territory), but gives you f2.8.  see what fits with what you want to shoot. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D3 (or wait for 7d2?)
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:27:37 AM »
sounds like a 6d would fit the bill.  after seeing the iso comparisons of the 6d and 5diii I think unless you really need all the features of the 5diii (build, af, etc) the 6d is the way to go.  If the burst rate on your t3i is good enough for you when shooting sports you won't have any issues with a 6d there other than loss of reach.  Then again you can always slap the t3i on there when you'll need the extra 60% in coverage.  One thing I would caution you is that you won't find and a FF lens that is comparable to the 17-55 2.8 in terms of being able to go from moderate wide to portrait lengths on both ends.  Your ff options either come with the trade off of reach or f stop.  That being said I own and love the new tamron 24-70 so if you need a gp zoom and don't want to fork out a small fortune for the new canon go that route or get the 24-105 in the kit. 

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Lenses / Re: Best lenses for canon 5D mark iii or 6D
« on: December 07, 2012, 11:00:13 AM »
so $8k to upload photos to instagram?  an iPhone would do that better than a dslr.  I am all for getting the best possible, but that seems a little overkill to me.  I think that begs the question of what else do you plan to do with the camera? Family? vacations?  I assume a little all of the above, in which case a 5diii is a great option.   

Personally I like the suggestion of buying the 5diii plus kit lens then see where you spend most of your time FL wise and fill in from there.  Obviously money isn't an object so you shouldn't need to rush out and spend it all at once. 

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Lenses / Re: Normal Lens or High-End Compact?
« on: December 05, 2012, 03:36:22 PM »
funny you ask this as I have been walking around a lot with my 70-200 and not bothering to take any other lens with me and using my iphone as my wide angle camera.  Seems to work for me, IQ is on par with just about any other mid range PS out there plus it has the advantage of being very light and something Id take with me anyway.  It also is the best PS on the market for taking the photograph, doing some quick pp through snapseed and off to my facebook or flickr accounts.  But if that doesn't work for you I'd invest in the 17-55 f2.8 IS over any of the wide to normal primes especially on APS C.  Its way more flexible and you don't lose much if anything in the IQ department.  My 17-55 was glued to my 7d.

If you're taking photos with facebook or flickr as the only location of the end-product, you don't need a DSLR.

...you see I was simply comparing an iphone to a mid range PS and noting the benefits that you can fire it off to facebook or flickr with the swipe of a finger.  Different strokes for different folks, I enjoy the portability of the iphone and not carrying around a bag full of lenses.  I know this may be sacrilegious to some but sometimes I don't even bring a camera on an outing :o as I enjoy the company of my wife and kids a lot more than taking photos  :)

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Lenses / Re: 17-40mm F/4 L or 16/35mm F/2.8 L I
« on: December 05, 2012, 11:48:08 AM »
Im actually looking at similar options, but I've already ruled out both versions of the 16-35 as I really see a need for f2.8 in a WA lens, especially when I think most of my shots with this lens will probably be f8 or higher.  I have a 24-70 2.8 when I need somewhat wide and fast.  I'm interested in the samyang too, probably should see if I can rent both for a week or so and see what seems to work best. 

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Lenses / Re: Normal Lens or High-End Compact?
« on: December 05, 2012, 11:42:01 AM »
funny you ask this as I have been walking around a lot with my 70-200 and not bothering to take any other lens with me and using my iphone as my wide angle camera.  Seems to work for me, IQ is on par with just about any other mid range PS out there plus it has the advantage of being very light and something Id take with me anyway.  It also is the best PS on the market for taking the photograph, doing some quick pp through snapseed and off to my facebook or flickr accounts.  But if that doesn't work for you I'd invest in the 17-55 f2.8 IS over any of the wide to normal primes especially on APS C.  Its way more flexible and you don't lose much if anything in the IQ department.  My 17-55 was glued to my 7d. 

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Canon General / Re: Is it worth it...for me?
« on: December 04, 2012, 08:11:17 PM »
One more opinion to muddy the water.

You seem to like portraits (based on your photo stream). The good news then, is that you can invest in lenses that will work on either full frame or crop without having to decide between the two just yet.

There is nothing in your pictures that will be improved by going full frame, but a lot that will be improved by getting a longer lens. Choices would be: 85mm; 100mm, 135mm or 70-200mm. All will give you a little more reach which will flatter your subjects and create greater separation between them and the background. Even on a crop sensor, all of these lenses are very usable for portraits.

Also, consider investing in a strobe. With the T3i you can remotely fire an off-camera flash. You'd be amazed at how much you can do and learn with a single off-camera flash and an umbrella.

Cameras are short-term investments, lenses are long-term investments. Invest in a lens or two now, and when you feel you've outgrown the camera, then start shopping.

+1 glass and a strobe (430exii is probably all you need for now) should be the next step. I also liked this posters photostream, some of them could have used some fill flash (dont be afraid to pop the flash on The t3i when you need some fill flash outdoors) and it seems a lot where outside so no reason to worry about small spaces inside and for that the 17-55 is awesome on crop. I'd say a 85/100 1.8,either won't break the bank and would be a great choice, if it must be L then maybe the 100L macro, also a good portrait lens plus you can play with some macro, or a 135L but that may be a little long on crop but both are still half the price of an 85L

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC Information
« on: December 02, 2012, 12:59:28 AM »
Personally I will never own this lens, I'm curious though of those who will buy it what are you planning to shoot with it?   Would you rather canon just have a 200-400 and drop the teleconverter?  Nikons 200-400 is one of the few lenses that intrigues me about the dark side.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: amazon - 5d3 -- $2999/3299 wo/w 24-105L...
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:16:20 AM »
screaming deal on the kit, hopefully some folks can jump on this.  Actually no reason to buy body only, buy the kit, sell the 24-105 for $700 (which should get it sold fast) and whammo $2600 5diii

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Lenses / Re: Is this the normal bokeh for an L series lens
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:13:03 AM »
yes totally normal when shot wide open with a lot of contrast.  I find the need to look at bokeh at 100% pretty funny, only because no normal person does this, just the gear head.  Just about every lens will show these "onion rings" in various situations due to modern design including several elements of different sizes and shapes.  Essentially all you are seeing is the reflection of one piece of glass against the other.  That being said if you are unhappy with it return it and get another one.  I don't think that will totally solve the issue, but if it gives you more peace of mind so be it. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS II vs. Tamron 70-200 F/2.8 VC
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:14:57 PM »
Considering the price difference I am sure you will see these reviews pop up in the next few months as folks get their hands on the tamron. If its anything like the tamron 24-70 they may have a winner on their hands. Granted for working pros or weekend warriors with red ring envy it will make no difference.

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Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:54:54 PM »
My real question was if canon is going to be better when they come out with 18nm or if they will just be on pair with Nikon.

One sentence and a good question. The answer: no one knows. I doubt Nikon is resting on their laurels. But i would be surprised if canon isnt able to at least address some of your concerns in the not too distant future. Whether they do that at a price point you agree with is maybe another important issue. Advances come and go and every few years one will pass the other, you just have to deal with the ebb and flow...or have enough cash on hand to own both...

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Canon General / Re: Is canon going to come back?
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:33:05 PM »
Maybe I'm just a simpleton but it seems the op's post was meant to inflame rather than to start any meaningful discussion.  And to be honest the Nikon/canon debate has been played out adnausem on this forum in the past so adding another thread does nothing to advance the conversation.  I think most of us around here would agree if dr is the primary factor then nikon wins hands down, if high iso performance/af performance are primary then its canon. Pick your tool. If the d800 is right for you so be it, you shouldn't need/require the blessing of folks sitting behind a computer screen a thousand miles away.

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 30, 2012, 11:26:08 AM »
This was with my 50d and 15-85 at iso200 at f8 and 1/8000.  I love my mkiii but sometimes miss the old guy.....

jpaz nice use of the rule of thirds

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alternative (to weddings) revenue stream
« on: November 30, 2012, 11:24:15 AM »
wow that is a pretty pathetic photo, almost looks like focus is on the bridge behind you.  In any case remember how you felt running in that awful weather.  Now imagine that poor photog was sitting out in that and trying to get photos of everyone who passed by, and likely doing it for not much more than minimum wage.  None of these guys are using 1dx's, generally I see a lot of rebels/nikon dxxxx and maybe a 7d from time to time.  All they are really trying to do is find a place or two along the race to grab a shot and then the obligatory finish line shot.  Actually the finish line guys are usually very nice.  I usually stand right behind or to the side of them as my wife comes through and grab a shot, I of course ask if it is ok first and generally they have all been more than willing to allow me to do that...just don't linger and fire off 50 shots with a big white lens. 

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