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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:47:28 PM »
I'd travel and shoot with whatever working camera I had.

This.  I used to get mostly great photos of plays even with my relatively ancient XTi.  In my experience, it isn't the camera that makes or breaks stage photos, but rather whether you shoot in RAW and whether you know how to use the camera in full manual mode so that your shots aren't consistently blown out by the automatic exposure thinking it needs to bring out the details of the black floor rather than the bright highlights that just happen to be people's faces.  :)

I think a 6D would do a stunning job, and I'd be surprised if the better autofocus of a 5Dmk3 or a 1DX would make much difference in such a controlled environment.  Just my $0.02.

Great explanation. I've always shot RAW and with my first couple of shoots, also included JPG. But since, only RAW. And it makes a HUGE difference saving images in post processing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dual CF or Combo memory slots?
« on: January 02, 2014, 06:43:33 PM »
At least with some of the specifications I've seen..  The best performing SD cards tend to be a generation slower than CF cards.

I guess it goes back to how we shoot. Even with the dance events I shoot, I rarely rapid-fire. But that's me and my style.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to spend $3000 now or keep saving?
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:31:29 AM »
5D3. The 1DX is better at the top-top end. But is it REALLY necessary? I can do low-light events with my 5D2. I struggle with it's ISO performance. The 5D3 is a whole other league. I've seen guys shoot at 100k ISO and images look fabulous.  :o I'm sure there is post involved. But I couldn't tell. Shows in which I need a flash, I see guys next to me with 5D3s without a flash. Jealous.

I shoot manual so AF doesn't matter all that much. But if I could score a 5D3 for about $2k, I'd seriously consider selling my 5D2.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: two 20ds or one 5D classic?
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:24:29 AM »
5D. No comparison. It's a GREAT camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Best Camera for New-bie
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:19:14 AM »
Yup. Any of the Rebels. I love the SL1 too. The 18-200mm lens is one of my favorites. GREAT focal range, fast focus and great quality.

I wish I could say "I don't need another body. But maybe I'll buy 'just because...'"   :P

Save the money or buy something you'll really use.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Buy a 5D Mark III or Wait for ??? in 2014
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:12:11 AM »
If you don't need the speed, the III is totally fine. ISO performance is AMAZING and AF is just a nudge short of the 1DX performance. Great bang for the buck.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Dual CF or Combo memory slots?
« on: January 02, 2014, 03:09:50 AM »
Wait till Canon starts using CFast...   ;D

Canon General / Re: Types of Photographers (Seinfeld Edition)
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:22:54 PM »
How about "The Kitty"? They are a new photographer and walk around photography meet-ups timidly. They finally gain the courage to ask a more experienced and accomplished photographer their honest opinion on the Kitty's latest masterpiece. No matter how nice the pro is, the Kitty is crushed and will forever scowl the pro.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Dual CF or Combo memory slots?
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:41:59 PM »
I was quite pissed when Canon delivered their 5D MK III with the combo memory card slot setup. But the more and more I think about it. The more it makes sense to me.

  • Backup. I went with the professional party line that dual CF was necessary in a pro body because you want a backup of your original card. Well, you can do that with a combo setup as well.
  • Speed. CF cards are faster but that really only comes into play when you fill up your camera's internal buffer first. Even with my ancient but awesome 50D, that's a good 10 - 15 shots before that happens. Even the high-level pro sports shooters have told me they've never filled up their camera's internal buffer.
  • Redundancy. I'm referring to needing different memory card formats. Yes, that's a bit of a bummer. It's certainly much simpler and easier to carry 4 CF cards that 2 CF an 2 SD. Totally. Or having to need 4 CF and 4 SD cards? Yes. It's a potential cost increase.

So I'm thinking the benefits of expansion and future-proofing with the SD slots to outweigh the negatives. Ideally, two CF slots AND an SD slot in a camera would be perfect in my opinion. But I don't see Canon doing that. With solid performance specs, you could keep that camera for a good deal longer. Hurting sales.

Your take?

Canon General / Re: B&H Photo Still Has Some Deals Going On
« on: December 29, 2013, 08:44:30 PM »
Wow! Truly excellent deals.

Lenses / Re: Review: Zeiss 50mm f/2.0 Makro-Planar T* ZE
« on: December 23, 2013, 03:33:22 PM »
I have heard nothing but great things about this lens.

I have the f1.4 version and use it for everything. Love the image attributes and quality. Though not the sharpest wide open. Which isn't a deal killer for me.

Love that Zeiss is getting some due.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $648
« on: December 22, 2013, 02:06:04 PM »
Never thought much about the 24-105 f/4 L. But at that price....

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-A1 with Hybrid EVF? [CR1]
« on: December 21, 2013, 06:27:38 PM »
I think the 'A1' is just a prototype designation.

EVF? Well, okay. It's going to happen sooner or later. As long as it's implemented well.

EOS Bodies / Re: New EOS-1 Camera Information [CR1]
« on: December 20, 2013, 02:11:10 PM »
The 1DX is a GREAT camera. I drooled over it via the youtube video and a Canon rep demo'ing it. I too bought into 'the unification of the 1-series'. It sort of makes sense.

But as a fashion and portrait photographer, I'm more interested in dynamic range vs. speed. And at the end of the day and looking at images, it doesn't offer any improvement over my 5DMKII. I think the 1DX is a big jump for sports/action photographers. But fashion and portrait? Nada.

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