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EOS Bodies / Re: Why do you want a FF Mirrorless?
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:07:41 PM »
Primary reason I want a FF mirrorless is when I travel over sea. AF speed is not important in my case, since I'm only do still shooting. I DO NOT wish to mount my current 16-35 II, 24-70 f2.8 II, or 70-200 f2.8 IS II on that mirrorless. IT LOOKS STUPID

Just give me some pancake lenses: 14-24 f2.8, 35mm,50mm,85mm, and/or 100mm at f1.4 or bigger. I don't mind building another set of lens for mirrorless body, as long I can get decent IQ under low light and travel friendly. I'm all in.

If I need speedy AF, then I will take my 5D III with me.

My thoughts exactly. I think it's going to be tough for a manufacturer to do this at a reasonable price, but seeing as Sony took on Leica with the rx1 they don't seem afraid to give it a chance. I'd bet they come out with something with interchangeable lenses in the next 12-24 months.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 F/4L IS - Why I will Buy/Not Buy this lens.
« on: November 19, 2012, 05:27:51 PM »
cant see how you'd want this over the cheaper tamron which gives you f2.8

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+3 landscaping etc go Nikon just about anything else canon

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2886 Shipped
« on: November 16, 2012, 04:41:05 PM »
 better get ready to start feeling warm and fuzzy about these deals from unauthorized sellers with the chance you won't have a honored warrantee by canon USA because its going to be the only way to save a little cash on gear going forward. That being said this outfit has 99% positive feedback on eBay and they sell a ton of items...you don't get that by jerking people around. I'd say if you don't want to pay full boat at adorama, BH, ET al, this is probably a safe bet.

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Landscape / Re: Help Me Get Better - Crashing Waves
« on: November 16, 2012, 04:30:55 PM »
I agree with kernuak above. There isn't really anything special about these compositions, I'd spend my time working on that before worrying about the waves and exposure (also your exposures look all over the place but they generally look a good stop under exposed). I'd say of the set the third from the last has the most potential but the horizon is all messed up and it's basically in the middle (remember your rule of thirds). While I am all for breaking the rules there wasn't any reason for it in these captures. You did do a decent job of coveying the action of the waves, another thought is also to slow the shutter way down and capture what appears to be a calm ocean. I would recommend you start with reading a few books, understanding exposure by Bryan Peterson is a good place to start. Then also pick up a book on compositions. Spend a few days reading and you'll start to see the world in a whole new light (pun intended).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Used 5D3
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:33:24 AM »
I'm just guessing here but canon would likely fix if for you if in fact it was an affected model even if you bought it used. Secondly it's only really a problem if you like taking photos of the back of your lens cap, but obviously it'd better to get one without the problem up front.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:18:57 AM »
Biggest piece of advice I can give you is not to underprice yourself to the competition. You run the risk of not being able to raise your prices later. Secondly verify the tax laws in your state. For example in California if you deliver a tangible good (ie prints) then the whole transaction including session fees are subject to sales tax. The last thing you want is a problem with your state tax board or the IRS.

I've been wondering about that myself....as I think about someday getting some $$ for my photo/video work.

If you give the results, full rights and all, would that not be considered a 'work for hire', in which case you're not truly selling anything but your time....like if you're contracting to do some computer coding (which I've done before)...I worked on their site, they did furnish equipment mostly....but the code I left there, and I just 1099'ed them for the work.

I have an S corp...so, out of the full bill rate, I paid part of that out as a 'reasonable' salary for the IRS, out of that was paid employment taxes....the balance fell through on personal taxes, but only with fed and state on that.

Anyway, the point is...I never 'sold' a product, I generated something electronic for them. So, if you delivered only electronic images....would that not qualify as work for hire too?

I'm sure it varies from state to state greatly...but was something I was pondering the other day...

C

True every state varies but you can probably safely assume california is likely the most liberal in their application of state tax laws so it shouldnt be much more complicated than it is here. At least in California delivery of electronic goods are not considered tangible property. However lets say rather than emailing a photo to a client you give them a thumb drive or cd. The thumb drive or cd is considered tangible property so the entire transaction would be subject to sales tax. You can go through a convoluted process of having them document returning the thumb drive or cd to you within a specified time period to avoid the tax issues, but it's easier to use email in my opinion if you aren't going to be charging the client for prints.

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If anything the 6d release will solidify the 5diii pricing above $3k (us) for a while. If you can afford it the 5diii is a remarkable camera, IMHO it's the best all around camera on the market.

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Canon General / Re: Advice for potential rate/releases
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:57:50 PM »
Biggest piece of advice I can give you is not to underprice yourself to the competition. You run the risk of not being able to raise your prices later. Secondly verify the tax laws in your state. For example in California if you deliver a tangible good (ie prints) then the whole transaction including session fees are subject to sales tax. The last thing you want is a problem with your state tax board or the IRS.

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Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 14, 2012, 05:05:33 PM »
Nothing screams creepy more than some dude taking photos of kids from a block away with some huge white telephoto. 85 1.8 or 135L are good choices. They are relatively small and most importantly black so you don't stick out like a narc.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 14, 2012, 09:39:33 AM »
I don't want to get all emotional here, but just to emphasize my other post, there are people who have other concerns than something about Canon (that I can't really remember) the OP mentioned. I took this pictures last Sunday on a morning walk.


I hope you did more than just taking the pictures
Well that is sort of the reason we live in a country like this. My wife works with international development within human rights and rule of law. These children are not starving, they are homeless. If they are not picked up by a children's protection organisation they are doomed to a life of crime and drugs though. My helping them with money of food wouldn't make a difference. One difference I can make is to publish a picture like that to make more people aware of what's going on in the world. That is in my view one of the tasks for photographers. I am not professional, but get some stuff published on occasion. This picture happens to be taken with my 5D3 but to deliver the message any tool could have been used. Auto ISO or not.

Really? helping with money or food wouldn't make a difference?  Even if for just that day?  your lack of compassion is staggering...keep on shooting that $3500 camera

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:47:41 PM »
  For technical reasons I personally do not understand, full frame sensors have a shallower depth of field than crop sensors.

Maybe this will help...full frame sensors have shallower dof than crop for the same framing. It's quite simple really. Youre shooting ff and I'm shooting crop, were both using a 50mm lens yet I am 60% further away from the subject than you to provide the same framing in both cameras, hence I have more dof due to distance to subject.

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Lenses / Re: Advice needed aps-c long prime
« on: November 13, 2012, 12:15:46 PM »
any of the options you listed would be good, although I'd probably steer you towards the 85 1.8 or 135 L as others have suggested.  I think you are going to find the 135 pretty long indoors on crop.  Honestly on crop the 85 is probably your best bet, you can at least use it indoors when you have a little working space.  If you don't want to overlap a FL then the 100 2.0 is essentially the same lens with slightly longer FL and similarly priced.  If you end up with the 85 be careful not to shoot it wide open in high contrast scenes or you'll get the ugly purple fringes in the transition areas.  Stop down to 2.2 or smaller and it's really no problem, if that cant be done then just accept a little extra PP time to get rid of the purple. 

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Lenses / Re: For those who say 85L is too low..
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:59:34 AM »
I don't own the 85L but have rented a few times. I don't find it all that slow in the situation you were shooting. I do find it somewhat slow say going from mfd to infinity compared to a lot of other L primes. Then again it's a ton of a glass to move so that is to be expected.

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Lenses / Re: lowlight lens Af action resource?
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:53:39 AM »
It may help if you let us know which lenses you are curious about on what body. For example my 85 1.8 is fast, but the 135L I rent from time to time is rediculously fast. Switching from 5diii to 7d I don't see much of an af speed difference in the two using the most sensitive af points.

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