« on: November 24, 2012, 03:25:24 AM »
Wow, definately gives you a lot of flexibility. I obviously have a lot to learn. Thank you for the help.
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If you really want a better dynamic range consider Nikon cameras. Some have 3 stops more DR than your T2i. But graduated ND filters can also be used as mentioned to work with the limitations of your camera.
Cokin holder, graduated ND, 3 stops, hard transition. Do it now, believe me later.
For family pictures, 5D2 or 6D(if you're willing to wait) might be enough. That way, you can afford a more flexible lens (24-105 or 24-70 mark 1) and a flash with some diffuser. I think having better lenses is the better way of doing it. You won't be getting your nice DOF with just 40mm. 40mm for an FF is too short to get some DOF.
Note: You can also retain your T2i or upgrade to 7D/60D and get a 50mm F1.4 or 85 F1.8 or their faster versions to get that nicer DOF than your present equipment.
Seriously? Lighter, cheaper, and in the case of the 17-55, no FF equivalent (i.e., FF equivalent 27-88 f2.8 with IS).
Again, I chuckle. Guffaw, even. While it's true that there's no 2x-7/8x f/2.8 IS zoom for FF, the crop factor affects DoF for the same framing and FF sensors collect more total light meaning lower noise. So, the real FF equivalent of the 17-55/2.8 is a 27-88mm f/4.5 lens, meaning the 24-105mm f/4L IS on FF is wider, longer, and faster (DoF for same framing), still has IS, and is a couple of hundred dollars cheaper when bought as a FF kit lens. The >1.3-stop lower noise more than compensates for the loss of 1-stop of aperture, in terms of shutter speed. All you lose are the f/2.8 AF point(s). Don't get me wrong - I loved the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and I think it's the best general purpose zoom for APS-C, but the 24-105mm f/4L IS on FF is better spec'd and delivers better IQ than the 17-55 on APS-C.
...a new “pro” APS-C camera, currently expected to be the EOS 7D Mark II.
I'm interested in this. I wonder what 'pro' means? I'd love a redesigned APS-C sensor with significantly lower high ISO noise, in a 1-series style body with the 1D X's AF system. That's what 'pro' means to me...
What is the advantage of EF-S glass?