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Macro / Re: Canon 100mm USM MACRO (not L / IS)
« on: July 02, 2012, 10:06:47 PM »
I don't do a lot of Macro... but I use my 100 USM for beauty all the time

Infuse1 by RichMeade, on Flickr

Infuse2 by RichMeade, on Flickr

Great work!

My wife works for the skincare and cosmetics company KORRES, and they do a lot of their beauty and ingredients photography with the 100 macro.

Macro / Re: Canon 100mm USM MACRO (not L / IS)
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:48:41 PM »
I had the 100L first, traded it cause I didn't use it much. Then bought the 100 non-L on CL. I don't see a difference in IQ, they are both great! I use it for studio product photography so the weather sealing and IS are useless.

I also like using the 100 macro as a walk-around telephoto with basically no minimum focus distance. If I'm too close, well, I just get a detail shot- as opposed to no shot.

Lenses / Re: Good, inexpensive zoom lens? Beginner here.
« on: July 02, 2012, 09:39:23 PM »
If your primary focus is video, you should look into a few manual focus prime lenses. You can pick up beautiful Nikon manual glass for next to nothing. Add an adapter and you are good to go. Nikon AI-s lenses are great, E-Series are cheap as dirt.

Primes will help you become a better photographer, are more affordable and can offer you larger apertures (also good for video)

I don't know what advantage a cheap zoom gives you. The Canon Rebel 18-55 kit lens at least will give you a decent/ affordable wide angle lens.

Just my .02

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Mirrorless Information [CR1]
« on: July 02, 2012, 04:55:56 PM »
This just smells like something for the mass consumer electronics market.

In that market Canon isn't late to the party. At my local Best Buy (in between Calumet, Adorama & B&H), there are no micro-4/3 cameras and barely even a Sony Nex presence. The Nikon-1 system has it's own freestanding display (just a big picture of Ashton Kutcher and a few pink plastic dummy cameras between the DLSRs & the point-and-shoots...go figure!

If Canon makes a reasonably affordable system camera that is smaller and cheaper that a DSLR, I'm sure they will have a hit. But it will need to have a "Send to Facebook" button!

I'll pass.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« on: June 29, 2012, 07:31:02 PM »
+1 for the Shorty Fourty! I just picked it up, because at 199.00, why not?

These $800+ non-L primes are a little crazy.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS Quick Review
« on: June 29, 2012, 02:41:46 PM »
The old 24mm f/2.8 is an amazingly sharp lens, even on FF. Not sure why I would pay THAT much for an upgrade. USM & IS aren't really a priority at 24mm.

Not sure why the old lens doesn't get much love.

Lenses / Re: Need sharp wide-open
« on: June 29, 2012, 09:26:16 AM »
There are a lot of people on this forum with deep pockets, and fancy recommendations. I am jealous.

I'd recommend the old gem of a lens, the very affordable EF 35mm f/2. That lens is capable of beautiful images wide open. Especially on a 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Firmware officially announced
« on: June 28, 2012, 12:27:52 PM »
This is exciting news. It seems like I am in the minority here as I have no complaints and already love shooting with my 7D! More features for free? Ok, I'll take it :)

Also, why do people feel the need to upgrade camera bodies so frequently? I plan on shooting with my 7D & 5DII till they die. Digital cameras are finally good, the upgrades are pretty incremental now.

I'll spend my cash on glass!

EOS Bodies / Re: LightRoom...HELP!
« on: June 24, 2012, 11:55:00 AM »
+1 for

A great resource with tons of content. Even a handy app so you can watch tuts on the can! Haha.

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Day July 24, 2012? [CR2]
« on: June 23, 2012, 12:55:01 AM »
Isn't the mirrorless "ILC" category basically an evolution of the Point-and-shoot category? Why are so many people throwing around the "full frame" term in the same sentence, and making statements like, "FF or bust for me!", or,
"Another disappointment from Canon"....

Why will anyone be shocked or complain when it is not FF? Maybe there will be a "higher end" version too, but isn't one of those Ashton Kutcher mini fashion cameras also a "high-end" model???

Y'all new to relaxo.

And while I'm on a rant, why do people consider 35mm "full-frame" to be a "Pro" size? My EOS Rebel G is plastic all the way with 3 focusing points and a FULL FRAME image area!

FF is just another size, it ain't the holy grail.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is the Canon 7D firmware V2 update still coming?
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:06:42 PM »
But it hasn't been officially announced though, right? I thought it was just a leak. So, in that case, there wouldn't be a delay. Unless I am totally wrong and missed Cannon promising us something they don't owe us. I'll take it any time though :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Shot wedding with 5DIII, dissapointed in AF
« on: June 21, 2012, 10:04:22 PM »
I believe the MAJORITY of focus related complaints are user error.

Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 18, 2012, 08:09:19 AM »
I trust the quality that MADE IN JAPAN and MADE IN GERMANY. The Japanese are so proud with the mark MADE IN JAPAN. I have been seeing too much “Made in China”, "Assembled in China”. The China means low quality, low price, counterfeit and low low low, although I am Chinese. Malaysia is a country that no better than China in manufacture, even worse in Philippines. So I seldom buy the food from the above two countries in China although they are marked with “IMPORTED”.

This is absurd. Canon is a Japanese company. So why does that mean the location of one of their factories would be under different standards? You are saying if Canon has a factory in China, it would be cheap "knockoffs"? It doesn't work that way.

China has a bad reputation for manufacturing because they DO make a lot of cheap junk, but that has nothing to do with Canon. It's only low quality if the company wants it that way.

Lenses / Re: Where is the Lens EF40mm F2.8 STM made in?
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:24:01 PM »
Shouldn't the lens meet Canon's standard of quality no matter where the factory is? Why does it have to matter?

Lenses / Re: 40mm/2.8 looks better than both 50/1.8 and 50/1.4
« on: June 17, 2012, 10:20:50 PM »
Oh I was hoping to see actual photos :(

I don't like images of charts.

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