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EOS Bodies / Re: Joystick issue 5d mk iii
« on: July 11, 2012, 11:46:18 AM »
Mine works (and is still attached), but i find it's overly sensitive and it's really difficult to navigate menus unless i'm holding the camera just right, and really focusing on how i'm pressing the controller.  Like, the slightest touch sends a left or right command/

Sports / Re: Post Your Panning Shots!
« on: July 09, 2012, 11:25:59 AM »
Here's one i've taken since getting my MkIII....  do you all find that having an IS lens helps?  This was with the 50 f/1.4 i believe.  I definitely need some practice to reduce the blur on the subject.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
« on: July 02, 2012, 02:10:37 PM »
Here are a few from this past weekend, i shot a company conference here in Boston with my 5D3 and the 200L (whenever possible, i had that lens on almost the entire time).  The bokeh is just unreal!  Definitely the best portrait lens i've ever come across.

*bottom photo is me,  taken by a client that I was able to chat with about photography for quite a while :)

I'm also interested in seeing what people do with these .  I shoot M full time, but it's crossed my mind that i could configure C1 for indoor/low light, and C2 for outdoor sunlight or something like that... Any feedback? 

Lenses / Re: Canon 28 1.8
« on: June 23, 2012, 12:25:58 PM »
I've had this lens for about 8 months or so - it's perfect for street photography and indoor event photos.
Yes, there's really bad CA until you stop it down a bit, but even at its worst you only need to click a check box in Lightroom to eliminate it.

Contrast and bokeh are good, for such a wide lens.  The thing is, i dont think there's another prime in this focal length with an aperture this large, especially for the price point!   Some of the ultra-nice wide primes (like Zeiss) are in a whole different class when it comes to sharpness and contrast, but they're at least 4 times the cost.
I initially bought the lens to get a ~50mm equivalent on my T2i,  and it worked really nicely for that.   Are you on crop or FF?   

Here's a shot i took with it at f/2.2 .  Keep in mind, this lens flares like crazy when shooting into the sun.   Unless i'm trying purposely to take a landscape style image, it doesn't bother me.  Probably not the best for long exposure at night (with bright lights in the scene, at least).

There's nothing done in lightroom on this image aside from default RAW conversion, crop, and removal of CA

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 200mm f/2?
« on: June 22, 2012, 12:26:25 PM »
I just happen to have this combo sitting on my desk.  I've had the 5D3 for over a month, and the 200 f/2 arrived today.
I'm renting the 200,  and i can't ever see myself spending this kind of money on a single lens at this point.  With that said,  once you have the 5D3, so much is possible with so many different combinations of glass.


Windows 7 Pro retail - 250$
RAM to run Win7 - 200$

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit w/SP1 - OEM version is only $139 on newegg.  Even if you feel wary about the OEM version, since you have Win XP you can buy an UPGRADE license instead of full retail, both of which are identical and allow a clean install.  The retail copy of the upgrade is only $175

Also,  what RAM are you buying that's $200?   Not knowing how old your system is, i can't say exactly, but 4gb of older RAM (DDR2-800, for example) can be had for under $50.    Newer memory is even cheaper!

Newegg is your friend! (and so am i)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Results from my first week with the 5D3
« on: June 18, 2012, 05:48:55 PM »
And a few more from this past weekend -  70-200mm f/4L used on most of them.

I'd do everything i could (craigslist, local shops, etc)  to see if I could get my hands on a fast prime before the event. 
Something like the 50 f/1.4 or 28 f/1.8 would be good -  Even if the lighting is so poor that you're still forced to use higher ISOs, people will see the bokeh and be like "WOW THAT LOOKS AMAZING"

Use your built-in flash in conjunction with available light - slow down your shutter speed to around 1/6, check your white balance, and then adjust the flash power accordingly.   You can do that with your kit lens, but it's going to look a lot worse than a wider aperture prime.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: My D800 Review
« on: June 12, 2012, 05:00:07 PM »
I just might get a 14-24mm lens for the D800 if it works out, and it is off to a good start. 

Do it. The Nikon 14-24mm lens will blow your socks off unless you have experienced something similar before. I went ahead and purchased it for my Nikons back before the tsunami (thankfully!), and it's a rock star. I would own it even if I didn't need the extreme wide angle capability. The only bad thing is that I am used to lenses that go to f/1.4. People brag about lenses like the 16-35mm II or the 10-22mm, and they don't even live in the same world as the Nikon 14-24mm.

I'd be interested in seeing how the famed Zeiss Distagon 21mm stands up to the 14-24  :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5DMkIII 'just for fun'
« on: June 07, 2012, 04:42:24 PM »
Can anyone spot the 'deliberate' mistake?

Uhh.... the shadow continuity?  On her left arm, where the bag has a gap, for example.
Am i thinking too narrowly?

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Results from my first week with the 5D3
« on: June 04, 2012, 04:47:14 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys.  I'll be using the camera at some upcoming work events and I'm excited to see how it'll perform indoors in the same conditions in which i've used a 5D2.  More images soon :)

And a few more :)

5D MK III Sample Images / Results from my first week with the 5D3
« on: May 26, 2012, 11:42:44 PM »
I've been lurking around here since late 2011, in eager anticipation of the 5D3's announcement. 
My first DSLR was a T2i, purchased in October 2010.  I've accumulated a few lenses since then - 50 f/1.4, 70-200L f/4, 28 f/1.8, and Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 (which now needs to be replaced with a FF equivalent).

I do primary event and street photography, some concerts, and occasional landscapes. 

Here are a few shots i've grabbed in the last couple days - more to folow.

Take care,

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