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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Gallery
« on: August 07, 2012, 10:14:55 AM »
Fun lens to have mounted when hanging out with the family :)


Kids Racing by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Best Buy in NYC has 5DIII & D800's in stock
« on: August 06, 2012, 04:22:52 PM »
And today when I was in there on my lunch break (i do lots of CE market research there, don't really buy anything ever)... they had a Nikon D4 up in the back cages? This is just odd to me. Didn't think this was a "Consumer" product. They don't advertise having it, but there it was.

They are an odd store. All their lenses are also incredibly over priced too. I can walk down the block to Adorama and much better prices. Not sure what the "Best" part of Best Buy is.

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Perfect excuse to buy an EOS-M! Then she can borrow your lenses :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: No more Katzeye for Canon 5D Mark II?
« on: August 01, 2012, 10:36:24 PM »
Why not get the EG- S focusing screen for like 40?

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Pricewatch Deals / Best Buy in NYC has "pro" cameras in stock?
« on: August 01, 2012, 02:17:12 PM »
I was in the Best Buy near my office today (6th Ave bet. 23rd & 22nd St.), and noticed they had the 5DIII, 5DII & D800 in stock?! They weren't on display, but I noticed them up on the shelf locked away.

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Hey if we are gonna dream, how about we make that sensor square too?! Then we are really cooking :D

I'll buy that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:26:25 PM »
I was all set to buy the 5DIII from B&H for $3350, but it's back to $3500 now for some reason. Amazon is back to $3500 now too. What gives? I'm definitely not buying it without the warranty. Anybody know another place to get it for around the $3350 mark that is authorized by Canon?

$3350 vs. $3500.  That $150 concern will be dispelled quickly once you begin shooting with your 5D Mark III.  I guarantee it (just like the guy on the Burlington Coat Factory commercial).

Isn't the commercial you are referring to The Men's Warehouse? "You're gonna like the way you look, I guarantee it!"

I may be wrong.

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Portrait / Re: Heat Wave! 100 Liters of water + model + sunshine....
« on: July 30, 2012, 12:04:27 PM »
I think it's pretty rad. The title is "Heat Wave". To me, it completely captures that feeling even if I didn't see the title. It's almost like looking directly into the sun. I also love the model's non-flinching stance in the middle of all the chaos.

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Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: July 30, 2012, 08:21:41 AM »
here is my quick edit on your gf images.  i am not sure whether you like it.  however, i am still searching for a better way in editing it; therefore, any other comments on my editing will be welcomed.

I'm sorry, not offense but these edits are a little harsh. Why is she glowing in the first image? Completely over processed.

thanks for your comment, like i have said "i am still searching for a way to edit images" :) may be i have read/and see too many pictures of brian peterson.  it would be nice as if you would show me a way of editing it by posting fix(es) to my editings, in that way i could learn more.  thanks in advance...

note:  i am learning how to edit image on my own via picking brains; therefore, i need to see lots of comments as well as before and after pictures...

I would focus on taking great exposures/ compositions in camera and just use "post" for correcting lens distortion, contrast, color balance, sharpness, noise reduction, etc...

Be creative in camera first. Once you are comfortable in that, becoming more creative in your post work can come next.

This is obviously just my opinion. I am not a professional photographer (full-time), but I am a professional artist/ graphic designer. I spend every day sitting at a computer working in Adobe CS programs- maybe that is what I love about photography, it gets me away from the computer! :)

Photography and digital image processing are really 2 completely art forms to learn and master.

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Portrait / Re: Portraits of my GF, Would like feedback!!
« on: July 30, 2012, 12:34:47 AM »
here is my quick edit on your gf images.  i am not sure whether you like it.  however, i am still searching for a better way in editing it; therefore, any other comments on my editing will be welcomed.

I'm sorry, not offense but these edits are a little harsh. Why is she glowing in the first image? Completely over processed.

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Thanks for all the advice. It has made my decision easier. I think I will go with a 7D to get the strong features and use the money saved by not going FF to start saving up for a 10-22. I think for my varied landscape, portrait and event photography the 7D will suit my non-pro needs.

No bad choices really, all modern cameras are pretty rad. I actually love using my 7D more than the 5DII, it's an amazing tool. Enjoy!

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These aren't made in Japan?! Must be rubbish.

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I paid less for my 5DII than my 7D- Granted it was because it was years later and during a Canon 20% off refurb deal, regardless, it was a price I couldn't refuse.

I really don't think the "entry" level FF camera will be much (if at all) "better" than the 5DII. If you need/ want a new camera now, why wait on a camer that doesn't even exist?

Also don't consider a FF an upgrade to an APS-C, but an addition to. I love having 2 bodies with different crops.

Don't read too much into the negative comments about the 5DII's focus system. The camera is just a tool. The people that complain about it just need to get better at using their gear.

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Rod & Rail system, follow-focus unit, gears, matte-box, external audio recorder, more support rigs

Don't quite agree.


That's why I said "then to take it to the next level...".

Those item aren't necessary. But again, the OP said they want to "direct short films".

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Lenses / Re: Must-have lenses for Canon 5D Mark III
« on: July 26, 2012, 09:21:07 AM »
The good thing is that lenses hold their value extremely well. Sometimes, they even go up!

My feeling is just buy a lens you are interested in, shoot with it for a few months, if you love it, keep it! If you want something different, trade it/ sell it for a minimal loss and chalk it up to a really cheap long-term rental.

+ you get to keep all the (hopefully) amazing pictures you took with that lens :)

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