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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

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 Lynda.com

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

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