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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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Replacement? (Equivalent)
« on: January 07, 2012, 11:29:23 PM »
5DII - Great camera, great for concerts. 24-105mm - great lens, not so much for concerts.  Not bad mind you, just not great.

Some f2.8 zooms would be great.

I think I'd take a couple fast primes. How about an 85 1.2?  ;D ;D ;D or a 1.8  :)

Even in the U.S., if someone told me they were a "Photographer" without me asking, I'd assume they meant it as a profession.  But that does not tell you  much about what they really do.

Me, I tell people I sell life insurance.  They will never again ask what I do for a living.  ;)

It would be cool to see some's ratio of given karma.  That is see if they have given 4/1 Applauds/smites :), 1/1 ???, 1/4 >:(...  I think that would be a better indicator of ones karma.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 05, 2012, 02:28:11 PM »
The "Wells Fargo Advisor" site was a Phishing scam, hosted on a site that has no connection to Wells Fargo.

The new info is coming from a French Magazine that has almost no web presence, and no information about the origin of these images.  According to EXIF data, the image was last edited by a guy who calls himself Dark Wolf: http://avaxhome.ws/blogs/dark_wolf/pages/2 Clicking on Dark_Wolf's links takes you to a scam pay for clicks page.

There is little doubt there is a D4 coming, but I don't think there is any believable information here.

EOS Bodies / Re: Does Autoclean on the 5D2 do anything?
« on: January 05, 2012, 01:29:48 AM »
One thing Canon could do is make auto clean work a little more often.  How about after every lens change, and every couple hundred photos if there has been no change.

How about every time you switch your camera on/off? That's the default on the cameras I've used.

Why would I switch my camera off?  It won't take pictures that way, and does not extend battery life.  The only reason I do shut it off is to run the cleaning cycle, but that's not really automatic.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon's D4 Outed Officially
« on: January 04, 2012, 08:58:31 PM »
"Officially" means something very different today than it used to.  Come to think of it so does "outed".

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS
« on: January 04, 2012, 07:00:46 PM »
Very cool photos.  This lens is in my buy it when the lottery comes in.  I have a 400 2.8, but I'd love to have the 200 2.0, and 800 5.6 as siblings.  And Maybe a Sherpa to haul them around for me.

Congratulations.  As other have said CL is great, and is my first choice.  Always be safe and meet in a public place, like McDonalds.  If you live in a small town CL may not work for you.  Ebay is my second choice.  Fees are high, but so are sale prices.

And hey, be careful with that new lens.  Remember it is heavier and stronger than your camera.  When holding the combination you support the lens, not the camera.  And do not hang the combo from your neck unless the strap runs to the lens. Consider a monopod, it adds stability, and puts the weight on the ground.

Lenses / Re: lenses for neotropical rainforest
« on: January 04, 2012, 01:47:47 PM »
Aside from weather sealing, the 300 f4 is a fantastic lens.  If you intend to shoot in the rain, avoid it.  If you'll put it away in a safe weather tight camera bag (try a LowePro AW), I highly recommend it.

But if those are the only 2 lenses you take, you'll miss a lot.  Take a good wide to medium zoom. Heck, take an 18-55mm IS.  The wide shot is critical to establish a sense of place.

And a small light weight monopod will real improve your long and macro shots.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5d or 1ds
« on: January 04, 2012, 12:40:48 PM »
After carful consideration of both, I think you need a 60D. But if you must go with one of the 2, I'd go 5D.

I bought my 4 year old one of the olympus waterproof shock proof cameras.  Bought it used and a few years old for < $100.  He loves it.

United States / Re: Is 1D Mark IV boring or almost perfect?
« on: January 03, 2012, 07:37:54 PM »
I wonder how many 5DIIIs there are in the world vs MkIVs?  Or for that matter Rebels vs MkIVs?  10 to 1? 100 to 1?
I think that is the biggest factor.

A while back when Canon published that they had sold 50 Million EOS bodies, and 70 Million EOS Lenses, I realized most EOS owners only ever have 1 lens (or 1 Canon lens I guess).  I have 11, and 2 teleconverters so I guess I am pretty abnormal.

I would love to own a MkIV, but can't justify the cost.  My lens collection seems to grow in value, while bodies just decline.

I was sad for I had no shoes.  And then I met a man who had no feet.  So I took his damn shoes.  I mean he didn't need them and it was not like he could run after me.

Seriously dude.  Things could be worse.  If announced tomorrow, it will sell at or above retail for 6-18 months and then drop 10-20%.  Look at the 70-200 F2.8 II.   Buy the new one when the price drops, shoot your @ss of with the Mark I in the mean time.

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