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Lenses / Re: Suggestions for Zoom Lens for Canon Mark 5D Mark iii
« on: March 18, 2013, 02:45:17 PM »
A lens not listed, but mentioned, that is a good option, but a bit more expensive,  24-105mm f/4L IS USM, lightly used can be had for around $800, I know it is more but I would probably wait for that one over any of the others including the other L for what you listed you want to shoot.  Especially with the 5D Mk III high ISO quality.

It may not be the best lens made but it has great coverage and is a lot better than the 28-135.

Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 11, 2013, 05:07:55 PM »
Every time I talk to my wife about purchasing new equipment.

+1 lol

Mine is whenever my wife logs into our amazon account after I've ordered a new lens.  Tomorrow should be fun... Just ordered the 135mm f/2L yesterday.  :-)

You just need to get her own login setup!  I did that because I explained if she bought me a gift I would see it before it arrived.  It works. sort of :)

I like them all too but the black and white's are my favorites.  Followed by 9. 18. 19 and 20.
Well then there is number 10!  ;D

Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: February 09, 2013, 08:23:02 AM »

Another thanks for a review with real world implications.  I wanted a FF and at the time it was only 5D Mk II or III, so I bought the Mk III, simply because there was no other choice I felt would fit my wants list.  I have no regrets on the Mk III but I feel reviews like yours will help others make a better informed decision.

I really like the flying superman shots, it came across immediately what your vision was.  A friend of mine is also a semi-pro, he has the eye, like you do, and I always encourage him to do more.  Thankfully he has is getting more and more paid opportunities.

Lenses / Re: Which Gitzo: GT3532LS or GT3542LS?
« on: February 06, 2013, 01:17:18 PM »
I'm 6'5" and after a few back and forth emails with RRS, I bought the TVC-34L.
For varying terrain it has all the height options covered.
You can email or call the guys at RSS, they will usually reply the same day to emails, for more information or even comparisons between a TVC and a Gitzo.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4... DOH!!!
« on: February 04, 2013, 02:08:48 PM »
Go with Windows 7.  Windows 8 is just not a very good desktop interface.  There are many things that feel disconnected from each other and it is more difficult to use with a mouse and keyboard.

With Windows 7, you will feel like it is XP after just a little while and realize you could have changed earlier.

Windows 8 interface for the desktop user is just not good enough yet.  Too much reliance on touch gestures that we do not have the peripherals to do properly.

If it Windows 8 was 'just' the desktop part then it would be, by far, the best windows ever.  Saddled with the tile interface that is not connected in any way to the desktop it is a frustrating mess.

Lenses / Re: Lens Help - 17-40 & 70-200 f/4 or 24-70 f/4
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:26:15 PM »
I too suggest looking at the 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.
It could be all you need, at least for a while and not spend all your funds at once or if you need a speed light or two you could do that.
With its IS you can get great video as well.

I agree with Random orbits about the price on the 24-70mm /f4L IS USM, will come down, a fair amount soon.  Believe me, I bought the 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS USM and 5D Mark III, right around when they both came out, at initial retail.  If I had waited just a while, each dropped nearly $5000 less than they were at first.

Search for photos taken with the 24-105mm and I think you will be pleased with what it can do.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: What is the best place to sell your equipment?
« on: January 23, 2013, 09:30:07 PM »
In a van, down by the river…

But seriously, I have had really good luck with for lenses and ebay for all else. There is a lot of ebay hate out there and I understand why, it just has worked out well for me personally and I have no problem with paying a cut to those who provide the platform.

Motivationally speaking, I liked this post from the first line!

Anyway I have sold to KEH myself, it is very easy and other large companies like B&H and Adorama will buy used items.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - How bad is it? Really?
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:43:13 PM »
No offence to Pardus, this excellent image shows the detail and saturation possible even at high iso's with a 7D, I would say that set up for RAW and with the slightest of post-processing a lot of the background noise (unobtrusive in this JPEG, but there in the shadows) could be easily removed.

I think, as this and the earlier images posted show, any fears of poor image quality are largely ill founded.

The latest cameras in the best of hands are better, but for the money, in fact at any price, the 7D can be a formiddable sports camera.
I would augment my earlier comments by saying that good glass is important (what lenses do you have just now? the 85 f1.8 and 100mm f2 make brilliant short sports lenses on the 7D) and camera set up is important (tweak the AF, shoot RAW)

I have to agree.  I bought a 7D as my first dSLR having not shot in years, and back then it was film.
My post skills were, and still, are not the best, so I kept thinking the shots were not that great and very noisy.  Lo and behold, I had become a pixel peeper, and did not even know it.

Anyway what Paul said is great advice.  Spend a bit of time to get the RAW work flow down.  You will need to eventually anyways.  Had I figured some things out sooner I would probably still have the 7D and not done the full frame upgrade which I can't say I regret a lot but, it's only money.
As others suggested, look up photos of what the 7D can do and you will see it can do a whole lot!

EOS Bodies / Re: Yet Another 5D vs 7D Question
« on: January 22, 2013, 01:27:16 PM »
I agree with the others about the 7D.  I already sold mine.  Once I got the 5D Mark III, I never used it again, well once, but I thought I had grabbed the 5D MK III, until I looked at the images and knew I had the 7D.
It was right after that episode that I sold it.  I don't miss it one little bitty bit.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 F4 IS + 135L or 70-200 F2.8 IS
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:20:14 PM »
I have the big f/2.8L II IS and had the f/4L IS before and sold it.  Bothe of them get attention from people out in the public but the f/4 is so much lighter it really is nice.

That being said you could consider going primes all the way, the 200mm f/2.8L II and the 135mm f/2L would get you good coverage in smaller size.  Both new are about $1800.  There are other considerations but it is a good option.

Lenses / Re: Dust Donut - Add Weather Sealing to Any Lens
« on: January 20, 2013, 02:09:15 PM »
Is there any reason you cannot buy a Canon lens mount gasket and install it on a lens without it?  If you wanted better protection at the mount at least you would know it would be the proper material as others have pointed out with something like this you won't know until or unless you get one yourself to try.

Guess you better get yourself a Nikon body, and spend time on your knees praying for Nikon to release those lenses. 

What is the point of this post, anyway?  Oh wait, now I remember - you're the guy that Canon screwed over.  I guess it's happening again, with Canon not releasing lenses specifically for you.  Boo hoo.   :'(

 ;D  good catch Neuro

Lenses / Re: Fast lens for indoor use
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:40:03 AM »
You should look at the 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake and the 35mm f/1.4L and either of the other 35mm f/2.
Just depends on your budget.  Also consider whether you like the 35mm or 24mm for indoors shooting or even more towards 50mm.
What do you not like about your current 50?

Lenses / Re: 135L vs 85L vs 70-200L II
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:33:34 AM »
Just my .02 but I would not sell the 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS to get other lenses.
You can always have all three like many people have stated.
I "only" have the zoom now but plan on getting the 85 f/1.2L II as my next lens.  Having zooms and primes gives you a whole lot of options and there is nothing wrong with having them all.
No justification needed, if you want them, get them, and use them when you want the characteristics of each.

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