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Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 09, 2012, 04:41:31 PM »
Forget the zooms?  Yeah, ok............

prime is the way to go. My only zoom lens is the 70-200 2.8 is II.

Well I shoot college sports and weddings, so that would be quite restrictive for me at least.

Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 09, 2012, 03:09:49 PM »
Forget the zooms?  Yeah, ok............

Sports / Re: Olympic Tennis 2012 at Wimbledon
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:39:27 PM »
These were all taken at 1/640 - yes were cropped but there is motion blur. I take a lot of tennis photo's and like the motion blur. Do you think it is effective or not?

Those are fine, fine photos.  As per your question, I do both blur and freeze shots.  It's tough in tennis to do freeze shots.  If you have the chance, go practice at 1/5000s.  I found that even 1/2000 isn't quite fast enough.  I take a tele, get far away, widen the aperture, set shutter to 1/5000s and auto ISO, and blast away.  Sometimes auto ISO isn't good enough.  I have to shoot in Av mode with ISO safety shift, min shutter speed 1/5000, auto ISO, EC +2/3.  My aperture can run as low as f/2.8 in this situation.  You just have to experiment.
I do, like the motion blur shots too.  And the fact you got Djokovic too, really cool!

Not to mention large hard-drive space on your computer.

Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:09:16 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« on: August 09, 2012, 11:27:11 AM »
I'm not sure this is "real."  Yes, the 1DX is cleaner at higher ISO's, but the images look darker.  So I question whether this is real or not.  I love the 1DX, don't get me wrong.  But maybe there's a reason the images look darker at ISO 6400 vs. the 5D3 at 6400?


Ok, if the 5D2 and 5D3 have relatively poor DR as some say, at all ISO's, what about the 1Ds3?  Does that have poor DR?

I've tried to argue this point time and time again.  The 5D2 isn't as good as anything regarding the 5D3.  The 5D2 isn't a bad camera.  The 5D3 just happens to be better, at everything.

Landscape shot, tripod mounted, manually focused, ISO 100. How is the 5DIII better?

(If you say 'becuase it has one more MP', I'll scream...   ;) )

1. HDR if 5d2 without ML?
2. Less More pain if going to switch to N. (so stronger the believe it's better!) :-)

No no no.  Not 1 MP better, it's 1000 pixels better :)  Just kidding.

You're right, under that narrow condition it would probably be equal.  I've never compared in landscape.  I'm wondering if you can pull out more detail with the 5D3?  You can with the 1DX vs. 5D3.  I personally like the many AF enhancements and auto ISO in M mode, like the 1D Mark IV.  I also like the in-cam ME and HDR.  I do NOT know if it can AF better/faster in lower light vs. 5D2. 

Personally if I'm shooting your conditions, I'm getting a 1Ds Mark III again :)

"But the MkII is just as good for stills and costs $1600 less."

They've clearly not used both cameras. Or perhaps they just shoot at ISO 100.

I've tried to argue this point time and time again.  The 5D2 isn't as good as anything regarding the 5D3.  The 5D2 isn't a bad camera.  The 5D3 just happens to be better, at everything.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:39:14 AM »
Hi Jaayres20,

Since people here have already given you some really good information about the 1Dx, 85mm 1.2, 5D3, etc. and how all that might work together, let me offer you a different suggestion that nobody has suggested yet.  What about the possibility of not getting anything new at all at this point?  I'm not trying to be smug or mean spirited, but rather trying to give what I feel is really good advice given your current setup.  Even you admit you have plenty of gear to make amazing pictures.

I think sometimes when we have too much gear we tend to lose focus of why we have them in the first place and how we might grow to better use them.  I hear you, it is totally tempting to try out and want to use all the cool new things out there, but in truth if your end goal is to make compelling and thoughtful images for your client and yourself none of us really need as much gear as most of us probably already have.

If you don't have much money and this would put a burden on you that will in the long run diminish your enjoyment of the craft as you will constantly worry about what you sacrificed to attain all of that gear.  And even if you do have the money to keep buying whatever you want, I still argue that constantly chasing after new pieces of gear can ultimately hurt your ability to focus on making great use of the gear you already own.  Because when we get new pieces of gear, we often do tons of tests and wonder why it does this or why it does that or why it doesn't do this right or as well as that other piece of gear, or why some people seem to be having great success with it and others not....you get the point right?  Stuff, (not just photography gear) has a tendency of complicating our lives and we often end up being obsessed (as you rightly observed) with the things themselves rather than the more important stories that we were meant to create with them.

One of the most famous current wedding photographer by the name of Jeff Ascough (http://www.jeffascough.com) had once said in an interview that he shoots about 95% of all his wedding on a 24mm 1.4 and a 50mm 1.2.  His wedding work is inspired to be sure.  Even the great HCB used mainly a 35mm or 50mm lens his entire career and he is considered by many in our field as one of the greatest human photographer of all time.

I'm not trying to preach to you---lord knows I feel the same impulse as you, but nobody was giving you the advice that I think would best benefit you as a photographer---and that is to learn to use the gear you already have so expertly that you will eventually forget the gear all together and instead focus on the craft and narrative of our subjects and ourselves---after all isn't that really our goal as photographers?

Just my two cents.  All the best to you and I hope you create wonderful images with the fantastic setup you already have.

I am a wedding photographer and have two 5D mark IIIs, a 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, a 50mm 1.2L, a 24mm 1.4L, a 100mm f/2.8L IS and three 600ex-rt flashes.  I have more than what I need to take amazing pictures in almost any situation but I after I buy something I find myself looking to the next thing to buy.  I don't know what is wrong with me it is like a disease.  I know I am crazy and should just be content with what I have.  So if you were in my situation and you were going to buy something new would you sell one of the 5D3s and get a 1DX or would you buy the 85mm 1.2?  I am a little afraid the 85mm 1.2 will be a little slow focusing at receptions similar to the 50mm 1.2.  I just don't understand that my 70-200 and 24mm are able to focus really well in almost no light but the 50mm is very slow and unreliable.  If the 85mm is anything like the 50mm in that regard it may change my decision.  I would love to use it for portraits and almost always shoot at very large apertures.  As a matter of fact I love a shallow DOF so much that I usually shoot two or three Brenizer method images each wedding to get the effect of f/0.5 or f/0.6.   

Excellent different view and great piece of advice.  I finally had to realize this and sold 3 camera bodies that I was not letting go of.  I'm much happier and more specialized now for what I really need to do.  Great post.

EOS Bodies / Re: Need Help, 1 DsIII vs 5d mark III
« on: August 09, 2012, 09:34:54 AM »

I think you'll find the 1DX will come up short vs. the 1Ds3 at low ISO's, just like the 5D3 did.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX or 85mm 1.2?
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:39:09 AM »
If you're going to shoot at f8.0, why would you need an f1.2 lens?

You don't.  But the 85L is way sharper at all apertures than any lens at 85mm.  Nobody really cares about the max aperture, it's the lens overall. 

Probably gonna need a 64TB card for this one.


Nikon are you listening????????????  The D800 is soooooooooo crap now!

Lenses / Re: First L Lens... OH MY #^(*^!& GOD
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:03:21 PM »
I found that after I purchased the 24L, I hardly ever use the 16-35L zoom lens anymore.

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