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Lenses / Re: Shooting low light event with 50 1.8II or 15-85
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:56:08 PM »
Thanks for the replies, guys. Yes I am new to this and still learn the basics.

Evie: As "a pretty new to photography" you seem to know what you're talking about :). Thanks. Unfortunately I can't rent the 24 f/1.4.

robby: can you please elaborate more why manual could produce better shots than lets say Av at 1.8?

Charlie: Yep. Totally agreed. "In those days" I was still wetting my pants :). I will try to get the best out of your advice for now and for the future to come. Thanks!!   

Manual gives you full control of the exposure, av puts the camera in charge. No doubt at your level of experience the little Japanese guys who programed the processor will get it right more often than not, but if you are willing to stray out of your comfort zone you will be rewarded in manual. We have all seen photos of flamenco dancers, your goal should be not to simply recreate those images but to tell a story that is unique to your eye. The only way to do that imho is in manual. Read "understanding exposure" by Brian peterson, take just one thing you learn from that book to your shoot and try to apply it. Good luck and post some images after the event.

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Technical Support / Re: Problems with ISO 102400 (H2) on 5D3
« on: September 13, 2012, 04:41:32 PM »
Were you trying to shoot the backside of the lens cap in macro?  I honestly don't know what on earth needs that kind of exposure. I'm hoping this was more or less an attempt to see if it could be done rather than a serious photo.

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So 6d if it exists will come in at 2500

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 13, 2012, 01:08:56 AM »
do you think as suggested in other topics that:
5dii is entry level at (guessing new prices) 1599
6d at 2599
5d iii 3499

i'm interested if the new camera can fullfill my needs.

Sort of.
You will probably find that the 6D will retail around $1499, 5D2 will still kick around for a while at $2299 then just fade out once stock depletes and the 5D3 will stay around $3200.

If these rumours are true and it has thing such as articulated screen, dual SD cards and good video, it would pretty much wipe out the need for the 5D2 for video.

I can basically see this camera as being a FF version of the 60D.

I wouldn't hold my breath on that $1499 price, maybe $2499.

I was basing that price on the 60D when it came out, it was around the $1199 mark. Add a few hundred for a FF sensor and basically the same build quality and the $1499 - $1699 range would make sense and sell a bundle.

Fair enough but my guess is the d600, based on current rumored specs will be more like 2799. Honestly ff sensors are not cheap, so thinking you can get one for sub 2000 is probably a pipe dream, one id be happy to be disproved tomorrow if the d600 comes out  at 1500.  If canon can cripple a 6d it gives them the latitude to price around 2200 and not eat into sales of 5diii or rebels

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:03:32 PM »
do you think as suggested in other topics that:
5dii is entry level at (guessing new prices) 1599
6d at 2599
5d iii 3499

i'm interested if the new camera can fullfill my needs.

Sort of.
You will probably find that the 6D will retail around $1499, 5D2 will still kick around for a while at $2299 then just fade out once stock depletes and the 5D3 will stay around $3200.

If these rumours are true and it has thing such as articulated screen, dual SD cards and good video, it would pretty much wipe out the need for the 5D2 for video.

I can basically see this camera as being a FF version of the 60D.

I wouldn't hold my breath on that $1499 price, maybe $2499.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buying used 5d2 or wait for the new FF?
« on: September 11, 2012, 07:05:24 PM »
I fully expect a "entry level" FF from canon to be priced somewhere between $2200 and $2500, if that doesn't give you sticker shock and are able to wait (and wait) then by all means wait for an annoucement and make a decision. 

On a side note it doesn't sound like you are being creatively held back by your camera per say, other than it has a crop sensor and you don't like the length you get with the 70-200 on crop.  My $0.02: Don't become a gear collector, become a photographer.  Even a $25K Leica is not going to make your photos more interesting or appealing. 

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Lenses / Re: Shooting low light event with 50 1.8II or 15-85
« on: September 11, 2012, 06:38:01 PM »
don't bother with the 15-85 unless you can use flash.  Check with the event, they may be fine with flash in which case it's probably your best option.  If not then stick to the 50 and look to shoot probably at f1.8 or f2 and see what shutter speeds you get, my guess for flamenco dancing you'll probably want shutter speeds of at least 1/100 and probably more like 1/200 to stop the action.  Sounds like you may be a bit new to all of this so maybe set the camera on Tv mode and play with the shutter speed until you get what you like.  If you can get comfortable with full manual that will give you the best results .  Also play with the metering modes and af modes, but don't expect the 50 1.8 to keep up in servo mode more than likely. 

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Considering your current set up and the fact that you haven't made money at this yet go get the 17-55 2.8. Don't worry about ff or anything else until you start to make money. The 35 f2 is just fine as a "normal" prime on crop, but I suspect you'll be using the 17-55 more than 90% of the time. At 55mm on crop it make a good head and shoulders portrait lens.  I don't particularly think f2.8 is all that great for stopping action in low light (adults or children), but to outfit yourself with some fast l primes is going to be pricey so path of least resistance here.

As others have mentioned you seem to have a wide focus on your business plan.  While that is fine I would highly recommend you find a nitch and stick with it. Obviously don't pass up other opportunities, but it is very difficult to make your name as a jack of all trades.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Are Ultrabooks Fast enough?
« on: September 09, 2012, 01:55:33 AM »
depends how much editing you are planning to do.  For the down and dirty quick edits probably fine, but for much else it will likely be slow running LR 4 or aperture depending on what is your flavor.  Also more ram won't necessarily make the editing software run better/faster, you're better of with a better/faster graphics card vs more ram if you want to deal with detailed editing...just my $0.02

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Lenses / Re: Considering the 70-200 f4 is for my next lens
« on: September 03, 2012, 02:17:52 PM »
I have been shooting all weekend with this lens and wish indoors I had the 2.8 but you still have to introduce flash or push you ISo to achieve reasonable shutter speeds. I am wondering if the extra stop is worth $1,000 more and double the weight for indoor shots or should I save that for the upcoming 24-70 ii release which is a much more used focal range for me? I do hate only f4 but 2.8 is not that much faster when under tungsten lighting. Yeah the bokeh seems nicer but I just have a hard time with the weight of that lens. How do you over come it?

As others have mentioned. 2.8 really isn't fast enough to stop action in low light especially with kids IMO. I have the 70-200 f4 is as well and I wouldn't trade it for the 2.8 is due to weight and no real world image quality differences (I guess if you like to pixel peep there may be some differences). With the 5diii you should be able to push ISO quite a bit and not have to worry about the f4. In fact the main reason I'm considering saving for a 5diii vs picking up a 5dii right now is the extra stop or so in ISO you can push it vs the later. That would mean I probably wouldn't feel the need to possibly replace the f4 zoom with a 2.8. If you have money to burn than by all means take back the f4 and buy the 2.8, but I think you'd be better served by one of the L primes like the 24, 35, 50, 85, or 135. Since your problem is indoors then the 135 and 85 may be a bit long, and the 24 maybe a bit short, so look to the 35 or 50.  If you don't want to spend that much the 50 1.4 or 1.8 are good options as is the 28 1.8 and 35 2.0. You'll find obvious build quality trade offs but since you're not making money at this just buy what fits the budget and your needs at the time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shooting leveled landscape pictures
« on: August 23, 2012, 12:18:35 AM »
how off level are you?  I can't imagine more than a few degrees, if it's more than a few maybe you need to see a doctor to get your ears checked because you have a much more serious problem.  I doubt it's nothing that can be fixed in post just leave yourself some room to level it in post by not framing extremely tight. 

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Wedding Photography Photos - 5d MK III
« on: August 19, 2012, 07:23:02 PM »
really nice shots Hugo and rhommel.  Hugo, not sure what bride let you shoot her in boudoir but that is one lucky groom.   ;)

 

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Sports / Re: learning bike shoot
« on: August 19, 2012, 01:19:58 AM »
that looks like a pretty low speed tight corner the rider is heading into.  1/250 was probably too fast. Focus also looks off, but that could have been your attempt to pan. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d - max ISO issues
« on: August 14, 2012, 12:05:54 AM »
sounds like it took the pic at 3200 by your comments, not sure if auto ISO overrides the max setting in some functions, although I can say I have never seen it, and I am sure others will chime in.  Personally I haven't bothered with the firmware upgrade yet, don't see the immediate need right now and figured there would be a few bugs to work out, plus I shoot mainly in manual and don't trust auto iso in a 7d, it seems to always overcompensate on ISO IMHO.  That being said a little noise ninja or other NR software will probably clean it up nicely depending on the size you are thinking of printing it, assuming it's a keeper. 

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Lenses / Re: Travelling zoom
« on: August 13, 2012, 11:59:27 PM »
if you are happy with the IQ of the 18-200 you won't find anything in that price range that is similar.  But if you want to spend a little more, then the 17-55 and either the 70-200 f4 (is or non is) or the 70-300 would do you well.  Id say rent all three including the 28-300.  I have a feeling the second after you lift the 28-300 you will wish you saved the money renting it. 

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