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Lenses / Re: Which to keep? EF 70-300 IS USM or 70-200 4L IS USM
« on: July 20, 2012, 10:19:26 AM »
Why not sell both and get the 70-300L?

Lenses / Re: Why is the 24-70 MK1 price so high.
« on: July 19, 2012, 07:41:32 AM »
Keep your eye on the Canon Refurbished store. Yesterday they had it on sale all day for a little over 1100 (before it sold out). I'm in the US, not sure if /how it is offered in the rest of the world.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 19, 2012, 01:01:50 AM »
I believe Canon can lower the price of the 5Diii when the 5Dii is officially discontinued. It is actually smart of them keeping the 5Diii high- it keeps the "old" 5Dii selling really well as a "value" camera at 2k!

Nikon discontinued their D700 and needed to be aggressive to compete with Canon's market dominance.

Portrait / Re: My BEAUTIFUL GF (feedback please)
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:32:15 AM »
I think the photos have a nice intimate/ dreamy look to them.

Portrait / Re: What did I do wrong?
« on: July 18, 2012, 08:17:51 AM »
I agree with SandyP. Focus on getting the shot (pun intended), and let the bokeh be secondary.
Also subject distance to background can help background blur at smaller apertures.

Here is a shot @ f/2 (on a 7D):

Lex & Violet, Thanksgiving '10 by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

And a shot @ f/3.2 (on a 5dii):

Ben Swing by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 09:26:30 AM »
The 50mm f/1.8 mkI is the way to go. <200$, metal mount, focus ring, focus scale, made in Japan.

I don't even need USM. Just give me a metal mount, great optics at a good price!

EOS Bodies / Re: Should/can Canon keep making its own sensors?
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:32:56 PM »
What is wrong with Canon's sensors? To be honest, I never really think about the sensors in my digital cameras anymore- they are all good. I care more about the user experience of the camera, and to me, Canon cameras feel better. Nikons have a ton of weird buttons & dials and other things I don't care for. Oh & I like Canon glass.

But I do love my Nikon F3 and AI-s primes!

EOS Bodies / Re: New Upgraders (to FF) - what is your experience
« on: July 16, 2012, 12:45:13 PM »
I don't really consider a FF camera as an "upgrade" to a crop sensor DSLR. They are different and can compliment each other. I like having 2 bodies with 2 different crop factors. Gives me a lot of options for focal lengths, pixel densities & DOF control.

I had a 7D first, then added a 5Dii. My opinion is that the 7D is a better "camera" in every way EXCEPT IMAGE QUALITY. And that is obviously a big deal.

I love that my 7D has a built-in wireless flash commander, more custom control s, built-in levels, Grid in viewfinder, faster FPS, more focus points, better Ai-Servo, a dedicated movie button...

I love that my 5Dii has a FF sensor, less noise, changeable focusing screens...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 11:17:46 AM »
But the real question is... will the red focus point light stay on?

My EOS-3 has more useful features than any non 1-series digital camera. Canon has been taking features away from us for years!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Next Full Frame Camera [CR2]
« on: July 16, 2012, 09:19:08 AM »
Buying a 5D mkii now is the best deal for a 35mm digital camera. I don't care if/ when it's "technology" is 10+ years old, it is still going to allow me to take fantastic photos!

I for one will be using my 7D & 5Dii till they die. All my other money will just go to glass and in my pocket :)

Portrait / Re: Semi-candid portrait
« on: July 14, 2012, 10:39:57 PM »
The b&w with just eyes in color looks a little too demonic or like Michael Jackson at the end or thriller- basically, too unnatural/ jarring. If you want to emphasize the eyes, try perhaps slightly desaturating the rest of the image except the eyes, or masking them and using a curves adjustment to punch contrast/ saturation.

I don't think you need to go to the extreme as you did.

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.4 or 40mm 2.8?
« on: July 14, 2012, 12:03:40 PM »
I would look into the 35 f/2. It's definitely an often overlooked lens. On a crop it is great and sharp. I have never had focusing issues (very fast focus at this focal range), and the sound of the focus motor does not affect the image quality!

I have a bunch of lenses, and the 35 f/2 always ends up on my 7D.

Lenses / Re: lenses for my 7D - please help!
« on: July 13, 2012, 11:20:55 AM »
Take a look at the 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. The IS will help with handheld video, it covers a good range, and is affordable.

The Tokina 11-16 is also supposed to be a good ultra wide option. I've never used it.

Then since you are primarily shooting video, you can look into buying old manual focus lenses and using adapters to EF mount.

Site Information / Re: Are you guys crazy?
« on: July 12, 2012, 03:39:45 PM »
The majority of the people complaining on this forum are:

1. People that can't afford the products they are bashing (justifying why they wouldn't buy it even if they had the funds).

2. People that haven't taken the time to learn how to use their gear. They send their lens back to Canon 6x for calibration & keep exchanging their lenses looking for "a sharp one". They care more about their sensor size, photographing the back of their lens caps & reading charts than actually taking photographs.

Once you work your way through those posts, there are some really amazing photographers on here that love to share their knowledge & ideas. It's a fun forum.

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