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Canon General / Re: European travel?
« on: April 03, 2013, 06:14:22 PM »
Is there a female involved in this trip?  If so do yourself a big favor and take one camera and one lens. Nothing ruins a trip with the wife/significant other quicker than having to deal with your photo hobby. If no by all means take as much as you want, but having traveled the euro gauntlet a lot (wife is from Budapest) I say pack light. You got that fuji, I'd be inclined to just take that.

I don't think you can.  There isn't even a full screen option on the plug in when you bring it up in normal view so I think you're stuck. 

Portrait / Re: First paid photo shoot - DATE: 23 March 2013
« on: March 31, 2013, 11:27:14 AM »
first off congrats for putting yourself out there and actually doing this.  For sure groom is one grumpy guy, gotta do more to get him to smile.  I don't get the branches cutting the frame on one of them, flowers in the others, and the pictures of the hands and rings are a little creepy mostly because you really didn't have the equipment to reproduce that shot (generally shot wide open, rings with creamy background).  That all being said considering the limitations of the gear and you not having done this before I think you did just fine.  Sure they could have been better with some more posing, paying a little more attention to the groom smiling and picking a few better locations, but it is what it is at this point.  I can assure you you probably did a better job than they expected, and certainly better than someone they would have hired for the paltry sum they were willing to pay. 

Lenses / Re: Which Super-Zoom is the best?
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:55:29 PM »
Tamron 18-279 or canon 18-200, you really can't go wrong if there is not a iq issue. May as well get the one with the longest range...siggy 50-500  ;D

Lenses / Re: 24-70 f2.8L II or.....
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:34:05 PM »
Since money doesn't seem to be an issue here go ahead and get the 24-70ii. If it was my money I'd be hard pressed though to ignore the value of the tamron 24-70 vc and a siggy 35 for the same price as the canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:50:29 PM »
I'd be in for a 5diii and then a nice vacation preferably to a place with those little umbrellas in the drinks.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Any regrets for leaving camera at home?
« on: March 26, 2013, 07:21:50 PM »
That's the exact reason I love my iPhone. And with great editing apps like snapseed its really replaced any yearning I have for a mirror less or micro 4/3 small walk around.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 26, 2013, 10:45:14 AM »
i don't think anyone has said the 6d af is in the same ballpark as the 5diii.  Center point only, its probably a tie, but everything else its not even close. 

Lenses / Re: Best tele prime for full frame?
« on: March 25, 2013, 07:01:44 PM »

You're kind of blowing my mind. I was (and maybe still am) pretty opposed to buying any lenses that are slower than f2.8, but the 70-200 f4 is is half of the weight of my 70-200 2.8 ii and would give me fantastic reach. Lens size isn't a big issue as my messenger bag can accommodate the lens with no problem. Also, the pics shot with the f4 on Flickr show nice color, bokeh and sharpness. I guess I'm just a little wary about shooting with that lens in low light and also about bringing some attention to myself with another big white lens.

Still it's worth considering. Now it's back to the 100 f2 (love the size and weight), 135L (might be a nice compromise in terms of focal length and the weight isn't too bad), along with the 70-200 f; is (great range, weight and is). This is going to be a tough choice.

Thanks for everyone's input. It's great to hear from people who have shot with these lenses.

The reason I went with the 70-200 f4 IS over the 2.8 ii was weight...that and honestly 2.8 really isn't all that fast. I'm much happier with a set of f4 zooms and fill in with fast primes when needed. I'd go that route if I was you, even consider the non IS f4, it's a bit lighter still and ridiculously cheap for what you get.

Reviews / Re: Most Objective and Less Objective REVIEWER?
« on: March 22, 2013, 06:43:13 PM »
Ken RockDull is the best reviewer ever...he makes me laugh hysterically and you cant pay for stuff like that.

Oh but you can, by donating to his ever growing family  ;D

The only opinion in the photography world that holds much weight in my opinion is Lens Rentals.

and as expected this thread devolved into a pissing match...for the record i know I'm not helping with this post.

EOS Bodies / Re: $2,800.00 budget
« on: March 20, 2013, 12:51:44 AM »
6d plus kit makes the most sense considering the budget. Or a nice used 5dii (1400 ish) and the tamron 24-70.

I hate to say it but you won't get away with a tripod for long in the crowds over a holiday weekend at Disney.

whats the old adage?  "You kill more bee's with honey."  Seriously though it's rather simple, don't be a d*ck and you should be fine.  If someone asks you not to take a photo of them oblige.  If they ask you to delete a photo of them oblige.  Don't go all 007 and shoot from cars or behind bushes with long lenses into sensitive areas, be a man and walk right up to them.  I've found most folks are more than ok with it if you approach them with a smile and tell them you like their look.   

Lenses / Re: Is there anything I can improve on this gear list?
« on: March 17, 2013, 01:41:35 AM »
I like what you have so far. I'm a big fan of the f4 zooms and then filling in with fast primes as needed. I'd say shoot a bit with the new camera and see what suits you. A 85 1.8 would be nice as would a 135L, on the wider side the sigma 35 looks like a winner. If you like the 50 I'd just stick with it, IMHO most other canon mount 50mm offerings are not interesting and simply cost more.

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