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EOS Bodies / Re: Still waiting for 5d mkiii but should I be?
« on: January 17, 2012, 12:26:58 PM »
SGINJ, From the time you decided you needed a 5D3, or FF in general to now, how many awesome photos have you taken?  More than before? Less?  I hope the answer is more, or at least the same.  It's fine to fret and agonize about your next camera purchase, but you should be shooting to improve our skills and enjoy photography in general in the mean time.

If I was in your shoes I'd try an pick up a used 5D2 now, sell your 550, and buy a 5D3 (assuming it ever comes) 6-12 months after it shows up.  You'll be FF now, and you'll pay less for the 5D3 when it does come, and won't be getting the buggy/new camera on the assembly line version the early adopters do.  And the leap from 5D2 to 3 will in my opinion be more of a walking step. 

Anyway, the D800 and 5DIII are just rumors, tired, 2+ year old rumors.  And if announced today it would be 3-6 months before you could have one.

Contests / Re: Contest Winners Announcement
« on: January 17, 2012, 09:11:14 AM »
Incredible Photos, very inspiring.

Lenses / Re: Suggestions for macro zoom lens
« on: January 16, 2012, 09:06:56 AM »
There are no true macro zooms.  A real macro lens can focus to 1:1 or closer.  That is the subject can be made the same size or larger on the sensor or film in the camera.  Nikon manufactured a zoom several years ago that was 70-180mm macro zoom that could focus to 1:1, but it's the only one I am aware of, and it's no longer made.

One thing about focusing as close to 1:1 is you usually have to focus manually and then more the camera or subject back and forth a a few millimeters to achieve perfect focus. a zoom would not help.

Many consumer level zooms have a "macro" setting but these never approach focusing as close as 1:1.

As a first macro lens, I'd recommend a used sigma 50 or 105mm.

Lenses / Re: Should i buy/trade for the 24-70 or wait for the version ii?
« on: January 16, 2012, 02:30:44 AM »
With your collection of fast primes covering this range of focal lengths, I'd consider the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.  It is actually sharper than the 24-70mm f/2.8L USM and has IS.  One of the best general purpose lens.  I find if I'm in really low light situations, the f/2.8 is not going to be wide enough anyways.  Just depends on what your uses of the 24-70mm will be.  If it is a general purpose walk-about lens, then I'd probably go with the 24-105mm as the former is much much heavier.

I agree with this. The best reason to choose the 24-70 over the 24-105 is the faster 2.8, but you can switch to a fast prime when you need that.

Lenses / Re: Recommendation For Long Lenses
« on: January 16, 2012, 02:23:21 AM »
Why not just take a 50mm f1.8 and zoom with your feet?  ;D when people tell me that I offer to let them shoot from my 25th floor balcony.

Seriously though, I like the 500mm plus 70-200 plan plus a good medium to wide zoom. Take the teleconverters, and the 5d as a backup to the Mk4.  Anything more as space/weight allowance and your ability to carry it allow.  I can't see picking up the 400 DO or the 300 II as there are so big and expensive. Unless you have a paid assistant, or are seeking to end a marriage.

I never travel without my 8-15, but maybe that's just me.

Oh and  interestingly, if your main (normal) camera is a EOS 1 MK4, then the 7D is a 1.2 crop, and the 5D is a .77 crop.

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L
« on: January 16, 2012, 12:43:21 AM »
Love this lens.

Untitled by TexPhoto, on Flickr

IMG_0564_5_6_tonemapped by TexPhoto, on Flickr

I'm going to put the 200-500 f2.8 under my shirt and saunter out.

United States / Re: Canon's version of Fro? Kia?
« on: January 13, 2012, 08:33:09 PM »
FCW (FakeCH..) is pretty funny, but his posts have been few and far between for a long time. f*%$!

I think Nikon is better at marketing right now, but I still love my Canon cameras and glass....

Personally I love LowPro bags, and have 4 right now.  Some Lowepro bags have a laptop slot so look for those.  But as for type and size, it's all personal preference.  I recommend you visit a big camera store and try some out.

EOS Bodies / Re: Why aren't there full-res 1Dx samples?
« on: January 12, 2012, 04:36:12 PM »
Disclosure: my company is 100% Canon, but at its tipping point -- go with D4 for its awesome stills/video specs and faster release, or stick with Canon 1D series and hoping 5D comes out blazing.

that´s interesting... i always wonder how people manage such a switch?
given that we speak about more then two bodys and two lenses... how comes that people seem to think about switching brands so easily?

i made a short calculation and when i sell all my canon stuff on ebay and had to buy it new from nikon i had to invest an additional 15000 euros (ok then i had everything brand new but that doesn´t cut the cake).

that would make me think if minor video features are worth it.
i could buy a dedicated video cam for that money.

beside.... what awesome features you speak about that a 1D X does not offer??
go with D4 for its awesome stills/video specs

I switched from Minolta to Nikon in 2003 because all my gear was stolen so I had to buy new.  And I'd wanted to go to Nikon or Canon for some time.  I choose Nikon at the time because my brother had all Nikon gear.

I switched to All Canon in 2009 because the 5D III was so good, and had 21MP.  The 21MP is important to me because I shoot micro stock, and more MP means more $/per image.  I took about a year to sell off all the Nikon Gear, and although I promised not to go too nuts with Canon, I now own 13 lenses...

Why no 1Dx samples?  I think Canon is going to up the specs before they actually release it and make it look better vs. the D4.

Seems like a cool lens but not that different from the 150.   Sigma ought make something like the venerable Nikon Macro 70-180mm zoom.  I like it when they fill a gap that no other manufacturer (even Canon and Nikon) do, as with the 120-300mm f2.8.

United States / Canon's version of Fro? Kia?
« on: January 11, 2012, 10:50:01 PM »
A friend and fellow Canon shooter has asked me who it the Canon equivalent of Fro from Fro Knows Photo, or Kia from Digital Rev. (If you don't know who here guys are you are not wasting enough of your life on youtube.)

I don't think there is anyone quite like that.  Funny quirky, entertaining 1st, informative 2nd or... 3rd?  There is "FakeChuckWestfall", but he seems a little angry.

Any idea? Volunteers?

Canon General / Re: New lens: need filter advice
« on: January 10, 2012, 02:15:25 PM »
The filter/no-filter/sometimes a filter debate has raged for decades, and you must come to your own conclusion.  Here is a great article: http://www.lenstip.com/113.1-article-UV_filters_test.html

That said, a proper lens hood is a great idea with or without a filter, providing some protection in a fall, keeping stray light out, and improving the photo quality. Not many negatives aside from making polarizing filters harder to turn, and the lenses bigger in the bag. 

Lenses / Re: Does anyone here have a sigmonster?
« on: January 08, 2012, 09:08:49 PM »
I looked at this lens before I purchased my current telephoto rig: a 400 2.8 IS I, and the 1.4X and 2.0X vIII teleconverters.  Which i bought all used and for a little less than $5300 (the lens 3 years ago)  I have always had a soft spot for sigma, as most of my first lenses were sigma back in the days when that was what I could afford.

But the choice I made was based on the fact that IS is important, and f2.8 and f4 kick f5.6 in the tush.  My rig is f5.6 at 800, but the sigma is 5.6 at 300 and 400.

Zooming would be really helpful with a moving bird, or aircraft, acquire at 300, zoom to frame, but IQ is king.  Also, i shoot sports and the sigma is just not up to that.

Speaking in complete generality, someone calling themselves a photographer to tells me very little.  Are they standing on the field at the Super Bowl, 2 Canon EOS 1 Mk4 bodies in hand, a third with the assistant behind them?  Or are they holding a rebel, shooting their sister's wedding?  Standing in their own well equipped pro studio with hundreds of beautiful example around them, or standing in Sears portrait studio?   I will draw much more from the other pieces of the puzzle than from the fact that they called themselves a photographer.

But either way, I'd be happy to talk to that person about their experience, look at their work, and share my thoughts.

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