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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D Mark III & BG-E11 Stock Update
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:14:36 AM »
I was notified on 6/18 that the BG-E11 I ordered from B&H was on 3/30 was on its way to me.  I've been waiting anxiously...my battery packs are charged and ready to go.  If the experience is anything like that with the grip for the 7D, I will never remove it from the Mark III body.

I shot landscape all afternoon with it on.  Felt like a 1D body.  I love it.  Most of the time though, it's on a tripod, but when you carry the tripod around you can feel the weight.  It's cool.

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Lenses / Re: What's a good budget wide-angle lens?
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:11:01 AM »
I don't think 35mm would give you much of a wide angle on your camera.  For budget, you can get either the 20mm, 24mm, or 28mm lenses Canon sells, non-L and they all work fine and are fast.  20mm is 499, 24mm is 359, 28mm is 469.  Of course, with your camera, I recommend the 10-22 or 17-55, prices 719 and 1099 respectively, but if you are on a budget those are your only options for Canon lenses.  For the L lens, the 17-40L is 799.  For budget I'd go one of the first 3 primes I listed.  Read the reviews at:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon 600EX-RT review
« on: June 20, 2012, 08:21:46 PM »
Cool  8)  Thanks Mark.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon 600EX-RT review
« on: June 20, 2012, 02:52:04 PM »
What are the best batteries for this?  Did you just get the NiMH recharge batteries?  Thanks.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 5D Mark III & BG-E11 Stock Update
« on: June 20, 2012, 02:32:48 PM »
Mine (BG-E11) got shipped out from B&H today, originally ordered 28th of March.

I dont think i would have the patience to wait that long.

They're in stock at both places again now.  They seem to be sporadic.

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Oh got ya.  Dang.

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I use crop and FF bodies. Both are great at what they do, but 3500$ for a 5D3 plus the support it will need will be too expensive for me to justify over my aging, die hard, 5Dc.

5D3 - 3500$
Windows 7 Pro retail - 250$
RAM to run Win7 - 200$
Lightroom 4 to process RAW files - 150$

Total for moving to a 5D3
4100$ + Tax.

Ouch. Too much $$$$ for what i offers compared to just 1700$ for a MK2. Easy choice.

Just curious as to how you process now.  Why would you need all that extra stuff for Mk III and NOT the Mk II?  Compatability?

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Lenses / Re: Which 24-70 to buy for weddings & events?
« on: June 20, 2012, 02:09:14 PM »
By the way I am working on getting a few of my wedding photos to post on here, so stay tuned in case you're interested. 

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Lenses / Re: Which 24-70 to buy for weddings & events?
« on: June 20, 2012, 02:05:18 PM »
I will say that I couldn't have shot the weddings without a 24-70 zoom lens.  It was just so staple.  You can't ignore flexibility in a wedding because you must take the shot NOW.  I'd wait for reviews on the 24-70L II.  Wait awhile and see what Bryan Carnathan has to say, what users have to say, etc.  It will pay for itself after a few weddings and you'll get the shots.  Consider it down the road.  I had instances where I had no idea what focal length I should use, so I put the 24-70 on and adjusted until I got proper framing.  Same with the 70-200 zoom lens.  For framing shots I already knew, I used a prime.  You have to do both.  Go to the church and practice.  Imagine how you want to frame the aisle shots and front of the church shots and where you want to be.  Take your lenses with you and get the focal length ahead of time.  It can pay huge dividends!

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Oh here we go again.  What is it with you people?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 low light AF
« on: June 20, 2012, 01:06:35 PM »
Thank you  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:41:53 PM »
beautiful!
 8)

(now time to take it out and get it dirty! use it!!)lol

Or let ME test it out for you!  No no, it's ok, I don't mind!  8)

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Lenses / Re: Which 24-70 to buy for weddings & events?
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:40:45 PM »
but you can still get this lens new from the same online store that I bought mine from for 2/3rds of the price you quoted (see link below)

I'm in Berlin/Germany I'm afraid, and due to the weak Euro prices are climbing and the used gear market is much smaller than in the US.

Or to look at it differently, the 1/25 with the 2.8 becomes 1/60 with the 1.8, 1/80 with 1.4 and 1/100 with 1.2.

But as you know there's a cost - if the subject is close, the dof even at f1.8 is so thin it's unusable for standard run&gun portraits or small group/couple shots. I have the (extremely crappy) 50/1.8 and know about the dof limitations. Imho while wedding clients don't want life-size prints, they do care about people's eyes/faces being out of focus because it kills the *perceived* picture sharpness. And with a thin dof, I'm more likely to screw up.

Since all of your subject matter is going to be middle of the frame (or it should be), edge sharpness is not likely to worry you.

I agree, that's why the Tamron is my current favorite - but better safe than sorry and ask around.

Since the 50 primes are cheap, it wouldn't hurt.

Yes, as long as it isn't the 50L... and Sigma 50/1.4 vs Canon 50L is the same "double the price" issue as 5d2/5d3 or Tamron 24-70 vs Canon 24-70ii.

So okay, I guess maybe I'd suggest to Marsu42 to pick a few lenses and shoot as assistant.  When you start making money, then it would make sense to have all of the lenses.  You could go 50 prime, 24-70 zoom, 85 prime, 135 prime, flash, tripod, 5D Mk II.

But with all these lenses *I* will need an assistant -) ... however, given the local prices into account few people will shoot with an assistant anyway, so I'll have to work this out on my own. Luckily, I have lots of advice from a pro who has shots weddings (he now does animal portraits & macro, he says he's fed up with being the wedding clown :-)).

Getting more lenses along the way is certainly a good idea, now it's just about the basic setup now to get into weddings and see if it works out. For the time being, I have a 100L IS so I hope that'll make up for not having a 85/135 prime.

Ohhhhhhhhhh got ya.  Yeah then at first I'd definitely waive the 85/135 combo in favor of your 100.  My memory isn't quite as sharp as it used to be, you mentioned that :)

Well heck in that case you can get the other lenses b/c you're not worried about 85/135.  You can use 100 on FF for wedding aisle shots.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D2 vs 5D3 low light AF
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:36:53 PM »
All great points guys.  As a former 5D Mk II owner and current 5D Mk III owner, they're great in low light.  One other thing to add to the discussion is remember the lens matters too.  Max ap lenses of f/4, f/2.8, f/1.2, etc. tend to focus faster, especially on the 1D Mk IV than narrower max ap lenses.  Consider the 300mm f/4L lens on the 1DX vs. the 300mm f/2.8L on the same camera body.  The latter will focus faster.  Of course, stationary scenes who cares.

Had my 70-200 2.8II on the whole time.  Great, fast combo.   :)

5D III + 70-200 f2.8 IS II = a gift from heaven  ;)

I have to agree with you on that one.  I shot a bunch on the weekend and was amazed how fast that combo was.  I'm liking not having to use flash.   ;)

I tested the lens today in bright sunlight, with a B+W UV haze filter on 10 shots and without on 10 shots and noticed no difference at all in IQ.  The only thing I noticed was in the extreme corners darkening with the UV filters on, but most of the image was not different at all.  That lens is sharp!  All tests done on a 5D Mk III.

Next really stupid question:  Get ready.  How do I post photos on here for destructive criticism? :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 20, 2012, 12:31:55 PM »
*watering/slobbering*

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