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Lenses / Re: Faster cheapish prime for a wedding?
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:32:29 PM »
I'd modify my setup:  5D Mark II and 60D backup, 24-70L II, 135L, 600EX-RT flash, tripod.  That would be my bare essentials if I had to start over with gear and go right into wedding photography.  This is for the criteria of two bodies, 2 lenses, a flash, and a tripod.  Kind of a scary thought, haha.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark iii noise at 1600
« on: June 22, 2012, 09:28:05 PM »
I can't take this anymore.  You are underexposing badly.  In digital photography, if you underexpose, you can't really fix it without adding noise.  You can't just add light with LR retroactively; if you didn't collect it, it's not there.  Now let me help you out.  I'd like you to see some success.  You want to slightly overexpose in digital if you are going to be off in your metering.  +1/3 is best, but +2/3 and +1 are salvageable, as long as you don't have blown highlights.  For instance, in landscape photography I meter off the sky, set the shutter speed accordingly, then expose +2/3 typically.  If I overexpose slightly, that's not a problem in LR, underexposing is. 

Your porch photo is difficult because it's a high contrast situation, much like shooting in the woods on a hot sunny day.  In that case, meter off the brightest face, then exposure bracket, 5D Mark III will do a bunch of bracketing, I'd do -1/3, 0, +1/3, +2/3, +1.  Pick the best photo.  When you get better than shoot only on shot with no bracketing.

Lenses / Re: Faster cheapish prime for a wedding?
« on: June 22, 2012, 05:15:18 PM »
to the OP: honestly you are are going to be fine with your current set up.  If anything do as others have suggested and buy/rent a FF body. 

Obviously if you are doing this for friends you want to make sure their day is special, but since you aren't being paid don't go over board with a bunch of stuff you have to cart around with you all day.  After all I assume you want to enjoy the day celebrating your friends as much as you want to also capture it.  Set expecations low, then they will be pleasantly surprised when you deliver the goods! 

If it was me, I'd bring the 7D, 24-70, a flash, and be done with it.


Wow, bashing a camera that you don't even own. Have you even used one? This camera is built for professional photojournalists and wedding photographers in mind. The majority of us don't need or want 36 megapixels because that is not great for working out in the field. When you submit photos to most wire services you only need about 2000 x 2000 pixels at most. The samples I have seen at ISO 6400 are super clean and the ones I saw at ISO 40k had no banding (maybe if you push it a stop or two).

Go ahead and switch to Nikon if you want, then after you find out how hard it is to get Nikon bodies and lenses you'll want to come back to Canon.

For 10k? I'd buy a lot of 600EX-RTs with a 1DX.

No worries Mark.  It's a joke thread; or at least that's the way I took it.

There's a light leak issue.  Only 18MP (must suck).  Shadow IQ is worse than 1Ds III.  Images are "soft."  Only takes 2 flash cards.  Isn't mirrorless.  D800's better.

Lenses / Re: Faster cheapish prime for a wedding?
« on: June 22, 2012, 12:06:20 PM »
Again, lots of very useful stuff there - thank you all. Seriously looking at a 5D now, rather than a lens.

On the long lens argument (gosh, so sorry - I didn't mean to start a fight but really appreciate that you care  ;)), I take the point on the 70-200 and will consider renting though there aren't many options locally.

I think I'd probably only use the 70-300 for outdoor candids from an unobtrusive distance. And I'm very happy to let the wifesistant lug it around.

Interesting comments on the wireless flash for the reception. I do have wireless triggers but had originally discounted it as too much faffing around, potentially intrusive and at risk of kids booting the light stands over. But I'll take them with me when I go to check the venue, see how it looks.

I would recommend not buying an original 5D right now, especially if you need it for weddings.  2005 release date, no way, get a 5D Mark II.  Hands down it's worth the money for what you'll be doing and you need the reliability.  You'll have no idea on shutter count on a 5D.  You will notice the resolution difference, sorry.  Did you really mean an original 5D?

If you already have the 70-300L, use it.  Outside.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 200mm f/2?
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:00:51 AM »
I always recommend glass over bodies, but in this case I can't.  Upgrade to the 5D Mk III first, then start saving again and get the 200 f/2L.  Get that lens, because I can tell you, as good as the 135L is, the 200L is even better.  Whether you make money off these purchases or not, I think your photography means enough to you, that I can guarantee you that it will be worth it to you.  5D Mark III about $3500, 200 f/2L about $5999, total purchase value $9500.  That's not that big of a deal if you spread it out and your photography will go where it hasn't yet.  The 200L loses very little resale value anyways, for financial security.

EOS Bodies / Re: F1 Silverstone - advice with the 5D MkIII AF
« on: June 22, 2012, 10:57:04 AM »
Read the 5D Mark III autofocus manual.  There are settings that allow you to do what you want, ignoring objects that move in front of your target, and they work because I've tried them.  I think it's setting 2 in the AI Servo menu, if that's what you want to do.  The manual explains it all.

Lenses / Re: What should I buy next?
« on: June 22, 2012, 12:24:16 AM »
I'll just give you my wedding gear (basic) when I did them, and you can use that info however you want:

5D Mark II
1D Mark III
2 flashes
35 f/1.4L
85L f/1.2L II
24-70 f/2.8L I
70-200L (had I first, then upgraded when II came out)
135L (a fantastic lens!)

When I begin doing weddings again, I'm going to bring my 16-35L II along, 24-70L II instead of I, plus the above lenses.  I may bring my 200 f/2L for the heck of it.  Will I use every lens?  Probably not.  Better safe than sorry though.  It all depends.

Now, what you want to do is decide which focal lengths and flexibility you need.  I needed the flexibility of the 24-70mm range, and saw no reason at all to have a 50 prime considering at f/2.8-4 where I was shooting, was just as good in IQ as any 50 prime.  35L though, that is slightly better and 85L is phenomenally better.

Don't buy all these expensive lenses at once!!

A lot of CF cards.  Big ass gear bag, tripod. 

just sayin :P

I tend to use the same controls on all the bodies so this little differences get ignored

My brain cant cope with the 'which camera am I using today' analysis  ;D ;D ;D
yeah try the image review and zooming on any other camera and then swapping to the 5Dmk3 and back

drives one absolutely nuts i tell ya :P

... and changing iso in flight.

1D4 is set for auto iso, my others aren't

IIRC the 5DIII is different again  ???

No way I could change between 1D4 and 5D3 quickly.  Of course I don't need to, b/c when I can't miss a shot at sports I take the 1D4 :)

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: 580 EXII Discontinued
« on: June 21, 2012, 08:12:03 PM »
The 580ex ii is quite a lot cheaper than the 600 ex-rt. The 500ex ii is around £300 whereas the 600 ex-rt is £530. That's a fair bit of change.

From what I have read there are a few distinct advantages to the 600. One is the built-in AF-assist beam that works with the new AF system of the 5D Mark III and the 1DX, the other is the distance of radio controlled wireless transmission and another the fact that the flash do not need line of sight. Plus the backlit buttons are handy. There are more of course but these are some of the main ones. But there are also quite a few negatives too.

Are these improvements worth an extra GBP 230? You could get nearly two 500ex ii for the price of one 600 and that is brand new! As already mentioned they are cheaper used too.

I like it because I can get two, use one as master, one as slave, and two-way radio communication.  Or 14 as slave and 1 master, however many you can afford :)

Landscape / Re: Out and about around Chelsea, London
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:39:32 PM »
The cyclist was using the same lens as you?  ;D 8)

Why does this thread question ask why you DIDN'T buy a 5D Mark III, yet one of the options is that you did buy one?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Hitting Retailers
« on: June 21, 2012, 06:25:54 PM »
If you would already have a 1D body, the batteries are forward/reverse interchangeable.  If I were to sell my 1D4 body down the road and get a 1D X, I'd have 3 batteries.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for a Camera Body upgrade
« on: June 21, 2012, 04:12:34 PM »
If your doing landscapes, a full frame camera is the best. It has more resolving power that smaller sensored camera with Equivalent MP count.

If you have the budget a MK3 is the best.

If you have less to spend a 5d2 is the best.

If your strapped for cash, A 5Dc is a excellent choice and still a stunning camera.

Pick your poison. ;D

+1 on the 5D Mark II FF camera with a budget.  Especially if you don't need the lightning fast autofocus.  As an aside you're right on the 5D!  When I first began photography I had a 5D Mk II and I was practicing with a pro who had a 5D and he was destroying my photos!

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