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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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mirrorless Update - APS-C? [CR2]
« on: July 12, 2012, 02:26:39 PM »
Or they could play off of this style of camera with a modern take.

Lenses / Re: Advice for trip to Hawaii
« on: July 09, 2012, 12:45:37 AM »
To me it's a bit crazy taking a bunch of lenses. I'd travel light and just go with the 24-70.

24mm is pretty wide. If for some reason it isn't wide enough for a certain shot, then you can stitch 2 images together.

70 is nice for the candids. Anything longer needed, you can always crop a bit.

The 5Diii's nice high ISO IQ will help for when you would NEED a faster prime.

Only carrying one lens will allow you to travel light, get creative, always keep your gear on you, never have to change lenses, never miss a moment, and the most important point- focus on enjoying your trip!

I'd suggest a 5D or a 5DII refurb and a 100mm f/2.8 macro.

The macro will allow you to basically have no MFD when shooting, so you can get super close for details like eyes and lips. The 85 & 135 while great lenses, will keep you at a distance and force you to crop more for those detail shots.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Argh! Photos don't look like 7D photos.
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:12:37 PM »
Like others have said, focus on photographing the light. Find good light first. Then put a subject in it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My Canon EOS-1D X Has Arrived!
« on: July 04, 2012, 10:14:38 AM »
Who needs a mirror-less when you can have a compact 1Dx!

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

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