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Lenses / Re: need help with a lens decision
« on: October 10, 2012, 04:52:12 PM »

I rented the 24-70ii two weeks ago to see what the deal was.  My thoughts are if you are in the market for, or looking to replace, any two of the following three lenses: 24L, 35L, 50L, with the added convenience of a zoom then it's price is not too steep and probably right on.  Essentially my feeling is this is a prime replacement zoom if you truly don't need the extra stops of light in a prime, but still want stellar IQ.  You don't give up any sharpness, in fact I suspect you gain some.  For just about anyone else either the mark I, or the be quite honest, the new Tamron 24-70, are probably more than adequate.  I'm still on the fence as to whether I will order the new Canon simply because the Tammy does a good enough job and is far sharper than any 24-70i I ever used.  The VC is a added bonus that does turn it into a very well equipped all around zoom.  Prior I would have said the 24-105 is the best all around zoom on FF, but I suspect now I'd take the Tamron instead.  What I lose in reach I gain in light and it means on family vacations I don't have to also think about packing a 50 1.4 and/or flash. I did however hate the reverse zoom, but I can live with that and the extra $1000 in my pocket pretty easily.

ps love the field of dreams reference 

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2899
« on: October 09, 2012, 08:11:27 PM »
Congrats to those that picked one up. I got mine last month in the adorama sale, been loving it ever since. I think these sales actually do more to support a higher price on this camera than most of you sitting on the fence are going to want to hear. If adorama blows out 600-700 of them (at least I sort of remember that being the final tally) then beach blows out 120 more at $2900, I'd say your probably looking at pricing resting north of 3000 for the foreseeable future.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade or Add
« on: October 09, 2012, 12:33:17 PM »
As a "consumer" body, do you think it would hold through semi-pro work? I've been assisting when possible and want my gear to be an asset when needed. I know this is way ahead of a T2i so I'm not too worried but I also don't want to invest that much and be in serious desire of something else either.

Reading more though, it sounds like it will make a good bridge and if anything be an excellent back up cam pending I do pursue a pro body in the future.

As far as the speedlite, I figured just spend the extra cash so that it lasts through any upgrades and needs in the future (especially dropping the need for Pocket Wizards), but at half the price and what I would currently use it for, I think a 430 level flash with RF will be the right choice as well.

A little bummed about the 24-105 not working well with the crop but I'm glad I asked before purchasing :)

There Is no reason it cant last through semi pro and even pro work. I have a friend who shoots primarily weddings and almost exclusively uses crop cameras. If he ever gets into a situation where he is concerned the crop wont do the trick he just rents a ff body and off he goes. He's never had a client say, oh your not using a ff, then I'm going elsewhere. He actually says if anyone ever says that to him he'll fire them before they get the chance. So much is made of the gear when it's the eye behind the camera that does the work. You don't want to ever be used just for your gear.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unholy Trinity of Non-L Primes?
« on: October 08, 2012, 07:25:38 PM »
the 100mm f2 is better then the 85mm f1.8.

i donĀ“t know why everyone recommends the 85mm.
the purple fringing of that lens, even when fixable in post, is annoying.

It's not that bad if you stay away from high contrast areas and dont shoot wide open. plus the 100 f2 suffers much the same plight as its essentially exactly the same lens just 15mm longer. In any case I think the reason it gets recommended is two fold.  First price, relatively cheap. Second it's a good fl on both crop and ff. on crop 100mm could get a little long, and on ff you're probably more likely to buy the 135L than a 100. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade or Add
« on: October 08, 2012, 07:15:04 PM »
Im in the camp of buy the lens for the camera you have today vs some unknown in the future. 24mm isn't very wide on aps c so not that great for vast landscapes. The 6d doesn't excite me much, but as a consumer grade ff it will probably do the trick. Obviously no one has really evaluated yet so that is just a guess plus it will be a few months before you can get one in your hands. You could also just jump ship to Nikon and go big right away. On ff the 24-105 is probably the best all around lens. For you current crop camera I'd look at either the 17-55 2.8 or the 15-85, both of those hold their value and you can sell them at little loss if you go ff. the 600 flash is probably overkill for your needs. Look at the 430 or 580 or wait and see if canon releases a smaller version of the rt flash in the next few months.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 650D Results on DxOMark
« on: October 08, 2012, 06:58:13 PM »
Oh no someone has pointed out the consumer grade canon camera is just that...that's it I'm selling my gear and going to Nikon  :P

Lenses / Re: Switching Canon 70-200 2.8L to Tamron 70-200 2.8 or not?
« on: October 08, 2012, 06:35:38 PM »
If you've been shooting the 70-200 for tens years you should know no lens is going to solve the iq problem. You either need to bite the ff bullet or understand the limitations of aps c. That being said I can see you going to ff and then complaining you get grainy images at iso 25600.

Lenses / Re: Golf Tournament
« on: October 07, 2012, 12:31:05 AM »

i've shot a few golf events, the advice above is spot on if you need to get everyone.  With 10 teams you're looking at a pretty full field for the day, so our best option is to pick one or two spots on the course where you have easy access to the following three: tee shots, approaches, putts etc.  See if you can scope out the course a few days in advance.  In fact call the head pro and tell him what you are doing, he'll probably have a couple of suggestions and should also be able to make sure you have a golf cart for gear etc for the day.  If the pro is no help, try the course superintendent.  Ideally you'll find a few spots on the course without too many trees and you shouldn't have a problem with uneven lighting even as the day gets long. 

Lenses / Re: First Portrait Lens, Need Suggestions
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:32:31 PM »
If you must stay canon I'd get the 85 1.8, the 50 1.4 isn't a bad choice either, but on crop the 85 was my favorite portrait lens. It does suffer a bit wide open just make sure you stop down to 2.2 or smaller and you'll be golden. If you'll be outdoors mostly you could also look at the 100 f2.  If you'll be indoors with little room most if not all the time then maybe the 50 is a better choice.

Lenses / Re: Lens Assistance
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:58:32 PM »
I didn't see that problem with the 24-70ii I rented last weekend. As the poster above notes you can correct it in camera jpeg or through raw processing in post. Then again I don't often shoot flat grey walls so its hard to get a feel for it...

Lenses / Re: 24-70 II or 70-200 II
« on: October 05, 2012, 10:01:03 AM »
You can rent both and see what floats your boat. I rented the 24-70ii this past weekend and while it is super sharp and has nice bokeh I don't think it's twice the lens that the first version of that lens is, nor is it likely twice the lens the new tamron 24-70 is (that one has the added bonus of vc). You have a 5diii so you could get away with some of the excellent, lighter, and cheaper f4 zooms by just cranking the iso.  In fact the 25-105 probably covers all of your needs and you wont be caught with the wrong FL. I'd rent a couple of options before you decide to part with $2500 or so.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon 24-70 II
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:23:58 PM »
Rented it myself this past weekend, super sharp, great bokeh, but I don't think I need it. My take is if you are considering two of the following 24L, 35L, or 50L and don't necessarily need the extra stops of light or need the flexibility of a zoom then this is the lens for you. In that context it's not terribly every other it probably is.

Lenses / Re: About to buy the 135L, and then saw this....
« on: October 01, 2012, 10:29:35 PM »
If you have the scratch to buy the 135L do it.  If you also want to play around with the 85 1.8, go for it.  I don't think you can go wrong with either lens.  Yes the 85 has its quirky lateral ca, but that's only a problem in high contrast areas when shooting wide open. It's almost entirely gone by 2.2 and easily correctable in post.


On a point of order, though, the 85's CA at wide apertures is axial (longitudinal), not lateral. It doesn't have any lateral CA that I've noticed.

Yes my mistake.

Lenses / Re: About to buy the 135L, and then saw this....
« on: October 01, 2012, 04:29:52 PM »
If you have the scratch to buy the 135L do it.  If you also want to play around with the 85 1.8, go for it.  I don't think you can go wrong with either lens.  Yes the 85 has its quirky lateral ca, but that's only a problem in high contrast areas when shooting wide open. It's almost entirely gone by 2.2 and easily correctable in post.

Lenses / Re: Portrait Lens
« on: September 30, 2012, 02:09:25 PM »
Since you shoot a wide range get the zoom, it's probably the best general purpose zoom for ff, then look at the 85 1.8 for portraits. If you have a crop sensor camera also consider the 17-55 2.8 or 15-85. IMHO macros aren't the best for portraits as you want something sharp, but not so sharp you see every wrinkle on grandmas face or every imperfection in a brides skin.

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