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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D vs 5Dii - The End of an Era?
« on: December 10, 2012, 03:38:11 PM »
I like the thumb joystick on 5DII.

The Speedliter's handbook is definitely the most informative book about Canon's system. But it is a little bit of a boring read, as it feels more like an advanced manual/ cookbook.

I'd also recommend Joe McNally's books. His books, "The Hot Shoe Diaries", and "Sketching Light", are more about the art and philosophy of lighting. He uses all Nikon, but he talks more about lighting concepts than gear. His books are also really enjoyable reads as he is a bit of a nut!

Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L vs 135mm 2.0L
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:40:49 PM »
Or some "real world" examples, as they like to say:

Vi <3's Swings! by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Violet by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Stick + Bench = Fun by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Pink Velcro by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

I've had the L & non-L versions. Didn't notice a difference. Didn't miss IS. I have the 135 f/2 now.
Oh, and that top one was shot on Ai-Servo, focus speed is just fine. The fun thing about a macro lens is that you can basically use it like a "zoom" since there is such a small MFD.

Landscape / Re: Seeking sky advice
« on: December 06, 2012, 11:23:32 AM »
Google: "black card technique landscape photography"


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body is $2999 Most Places
« on: December 03, 2012, 01:34:31 PM »
I'm not surprised that Canon is dropping the 5D3's price now.
In my opinion, Canon was very smart in their marketing. They launched the 5D3 higher than expected for the consumer market. This kept the old 5D2 still in high demand at an incredibly "affordable" price. Pros were fine paying the premium price early because they need it to do their job + it's a business expense. Now they introduce a cheaper full-frame body to take the 5D2's current price point, and can safely lower the 5D3.

Nikon didn't have that issue as they immediately discontinued the D700.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 03, 2012, 08:45:56 AM »
But what are you going to shoot with now? I'd rather have the camera earlier so when I am in the delivery room I know the camera like the back of my hand.

Lenses / Re: Best Value "Normal" Lens for 6d?
« on: December 02, 2012, 06:38:54 PM »
No votes for the 40mm f/2.8? Talk about "best value", that lens is awesome.

Portrait / Re: vicky pregnant (cousin)
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:57:42 AM »
If you want a bit of feedback- I'd suggest trying to lighten the green in the bushes behind her so you can see her belly! You basically have black on black and you lose the most important part of the shot. A flash a little behind her could have also been used as a rim light to separate her from background.

Other than that, she looks like a beautiful, glowing, happy mother-to-be, congrats!

Portrait / Re: Opinion needed - Portrait post processing
« on: December 02, 2012, 08:53:07 AM »
I agree with what someone else said earlier- focus on composition first. You have the the horizon in the middle, the model in the middle, a bush to the right an equal distance from the model as the tree on the left... Blown out highlights on front of the model, a blown out background, and the model is wearing white.

My eye doesn't know where to go. Only because I know that a human in a photo is supposed to be more important than the bush do I look at her. She is also more attractive that the bush. BUT, she has no more importance in the composition then the bush!

I would work on photographing the model filling more of the frame first. Environmental portraits are much harder as you have to take into account an entire scene as part of the composition.

Nothing wrong with your post processing that I can see. That is where things are more subjective. I actually like the high-key look if the shot. Just not the composition.

Just my .02

EOS-M / The Mirrorless Party
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:35:30 AM »
This video is really funny.


Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon USA refurbished stock reduced?
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:44:56 PM »
During the 20% off sale, the high end stock is gone in a few minutes. Buyers snatch as many as they can afford and later sell them on ebay or craigs list.  Thousands can be sold in nothing flat.  I doubt that the 70-200 2.8 MK II lasted 5 minutes.

Oh I know that, I keep that page open all day during sales :)

But I was saying, the listings are all gone. Normally it just says "sold out". All L's are gone, the 17-55 f2.8, the top flashes, the 5DII...

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:32:32 PM »
What do you consider "wide angle" on your 7D?

Samyang 14mm f2.8 is probably the fastest/ widest/ cheapest. But since you mentioned AF calibration, I'm not sure if MF is a deal breaker.

Don't think you are gonna get a wide-angle F/2.8 "or faster" for below 600.

Rent the 24mm f/1.4II and you'll save up for it!

Pricewatch Deals / Canon USA refurbished stock reduced?
« on: November 28, 2012, 08:22:34 PM »
Anyone else notice that Canon has completely removed the listings for all the high-end gear on their refurb store?

Usually it just says, "out of stock".

Now all the top cameras, flashes and lenses are gone.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon T4i or wait for T5i?
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:16:34 PM »
I heard that the T7i might be the return of APS-H sensor and shoot 12FPS.

EOS Bodies / Re: Refurb 7D Question
« on: November 24, 2012, 11:13:51 PM »
I bought a 5DII refurb from Canon USA. I would have thought it as new if I didn't buy it myself. A refurb can be a return, a damaged box an overstock item... basically a million reasons why the manufacturer could get the product back. Then they can't legally sell it as new so it goes for refurb. It has also been put through factory standard testing to make sure it is up to snuff. It's not a "USED" product. But I guess it's possible it could have a scuff or a few shutter clicks. I wouldn't hesitate because of that though.

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