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EOS Bodies / Re: I bought a 5D Mark III and...
« on: June 21, 2012, 11:43:16 AM »
I was so happy with it I bought another with the battery grip.  The IQ is awesome for what I do and the AF improvements are also awesome for what I do.  The downside was the price and at least I agree there, 2999 was more amenable.  However, the shots I'm getting are just as good and I'm getting a higher hit rate than the 5D Mark II for what I'm doing. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 21, 2012, 11:40:57 AM »
My account was debited on 3/16 :((( and still waiting :(((

Ummmmm.  They shouldn't have debited your account until it ships.  That's B&H's and Adorama's policy at least.

Lenses / Re: Landscape Shot Question
« on: June 21, 2012, 07:32:57 AM »
Thanks.  I guess when you compress all that haze, you can really see it.  Post-processing will continue  8)

Lenses / Re: Did I get a bad lens...or user error?
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:33:56 AM »
Thank you all for your help!  Also, to Jettatore, thank you for the compliment on my composition.  : )

Well, it's frustrating when you're doing DSLR photography.  Your picture doesn't look good and think of the myriad of things that could have gone wrong and you have to figure out which it is!! 

I personally don't think there is anything wrong with your lens.  Practice landscape shots with it.  Set your aperture to f/11 to f/22.  Your DOF will be so huge you can just change shutter speed for correct metering.  Then practice shallowing your DOF, on a tripod.  That's how I learn each of my lenses.  And it's fun!  8)

Lenses / Re: What's a good budget wide-angle lens?
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:21:18 AM »
If the 24 is in your budget, that'll give you about 38mm, which is far wider than your 50 = 80mm. 

Lenses / Landscape Shot Question
« on: June 21, 2012, 12:19:47 AM »
Hey everyone, I've always wanted to ask this.  I do quite a bit of landscape photography.  This afternoon, say about 6:15pm in Ohio, it was hazy, hot, and humid (a 3 H's day).  I was on top of Mt. Jeez near Lucas, OH and I had my 100-400L lens, with a UV haze filter on, and shot southeast across the landscape at a red barn, at 400mm, f/16, on a tripod.  The two shots I took were still incredibly hazy.  Normally I just deal with it post-processing but it takes a long time and I'm getting tired of it.  Is there something I can do on-camera and while I take the shot?  Thanks!

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.

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:


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

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.

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.

Oh got ya.  Dang.

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?

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. 

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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