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Technical Support / Re: 1100D changing focus screen!
« on: October 10, 2012, 06:45:53 AM »
Manually focusing from the screen is something thats going to be poor in that camera. 

I wont go into all the specifics, but in "the old days" before AF, low/medium price SLR's were focus adjusted by tilting the mirror such that the center of the screen was "in focus", and thus making the focusing aid - such as the split image - work with good accuracy.

Better cameras, Nikon F  series, Canon F1 series, etc... had their screens set into a holder that was shimmed at the factory (at considerable pain in the butt too I might add).  The shimming allowed a perfect 45 degree mirror, which kept the image "square" (no tilts), and it also allowed focusing on any part of the screen.

The 1100D/T3i is not made with either of those benefits, so focusing off the screen is "catch as catch can..."

Sorry.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unholy Trinity of Non-L Primes?
« on: October 07, 2012, 11:51:31 PM »
the 100mm f2 is better then the 85mm f1.8.

i donĀ“t know why everyone recommends the 85mm.
the purple fringing of that lens, even when fixable in post, is annoying.

Yup +1

I've got the 28/1.8, and have tested it against the 24-105L at 28mm and F/4.0.   The 28/1.8 is much better than the 24-105L at F/4.0.  And, you can let things suffer a little, and open it up 2-1/3 more stops if need be.

If I had three, and only three CANON lenses to pick... whew... tough choice. 

I'd go 100/2.8 macro, non-L over the 100/2.0

I'd go 50/1.4 but if I could find a version-I of the 50/1.8, I'd get it.

And,  28/1.8 easily for wide.

And thats IF my only choice was three.

People hate it, but the 20/2.8 is not a bad performer... especially when you have peripheral illumination correction.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Needing a primer on batteries
« on: October 07, 2012, 11:44:11 PM »
I got two off brand batteries from B&H for my old Rebel / 400D

They worked just the same as the OEM Canon battery.  No difference I could tell...

If you shop, you can get a spare Canon battery for a little bit less.....

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There is no one good tripod for all occasions...

I've got a 18+ lb Majestic that I used to carry thru the Everglades.  Whew...

Old "Leica Tiltall" still going after 35 years

Assorted table top tinker-pods....

Think with tripods, is to be really good at stability, they have to have some weight.   

Almost any tripod will work well _IF_ you add a sandbag from its column.

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Lenses / Re: First Portrait Lens, Need Suggestions
« on: October 06, 2012, 11:02:44 PM »
I'm a huge fan of the 100/2.0 - - - even though I'm using the 100/2.8macro

Had the 85/1.8... never really cozied up to it, but that was FF, not crop.

I think if I was shooting all crop sensors, the 85/1.8 might be worth another look.

I like the foreshortening that the added length gives.  For me, on FF, a 135mm is about the best for portrait work, but camera-subject distance becomes a problem indoors many times.

The one and only "fashion" shoot I did, was with an F1 and 200/2.8 back in film days.  It did GREAT because the entire shoot was in a silk top courtyard.  Add a little fill for specularity sake, and whammo... done deal!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: October 06, 2012, 01:13:07 PM »
yes..when it represents years of hard shooting...but in less the 6 months....??

You're doing 4 to 8 weddings a month.  Shutter actuations have nothing to do with finish wear.  But in six months someplace between 24 and 36 weddings.

Jeeze, I've been there, and weddings are rough on equipment.  You're a one man whirlwind, with hopefully an assistant to help carry stuff, arrange shots, and keep an extra eye on security matters.  It is a photographic zoo doing most weddings.  I hated them at times, but never once regretted coming home with sore back, sore legs, sore feet, soaked in sweat..... and having to sit down and clean equipment of grunge, sweat and grime, and at times icing, and champagne... it is hell on photographers AND their equipment.

You're shooting weddings with the camera.  You no doubt have a backup as well.  you're making money, as I did.   Equipment at that point was, not expendable, but it was depreciated.  I got good life out of brand H medium format, but...  did manage to go thru a body and a few backs just due to wear.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Finnish wearing on my 5D Mark III
« on: October 06, 2012, 10:07:29 AM »
Some folks would call that a badge of honor... not quite as bad a Willie Nelson's guitar....

I've had black Nikons back in the day... much much worse.  I remember one Nikkormat FT2 that was... way more brass than black.... I kept that camera with me daily with 35/2.0 on it "just in case"

First wear is always the hardest to stomach.  Just keep goin' with the flow. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Once you go "L" you'll never go back....
« on: October 05, 2012, 11:31:40 PM »
L glass never sold a shot that was crap to begin with.... that was the photographer's problem.

L glass never got a bird to turn its head and face the sun so you'd get a nice catchlight in its eye....

L glass never forced a bride to give you that cute look that her family enjoys

L glass never cured a pixel peeper of their pixel peepin'

Get the lens that does the job.

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Lenses / Re: If you could only have 2 lenses for a wedding...
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:50:41 PM »
Two bodies, FF, 5d2 or better (or 6D or better... when its finally out)

35/1.4L
50/1.4usm

thats it

All I need to do at a wedding, I can do with that.  Give me a good strobe with a small to medium softbox, I'm set

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Lenses / Re: 85mm f1.8 or 100mm f2.0 ???
« on: October 02, 2012, 07:28:42 PM »
I've owned the 85/1.8.  Not any more.

I never really cozy'd up to that lens.  I ended up just giving it away to someone.  I can't even remember who, thats how blah I was about it.

In the market again, it was a tough call between the 100/2.0 and the 100/2.8USM macro (non-L).

I ended up with the macro.  No problems at portrait focus distances, absolutely sharp at all distances in fact.  The 2.8 aperture is ample for shallow DOF, and portraits really need 5.6 or so for nose to eyes sharpness.

Possible drawback - night shooting... I'm not into that with short tele's.  Most of my night shooting is wide to normal lengths.

Can't be happier with 100mm length.  Go with 100/2.0

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Price Drop
« on: September 30, 2012, 06:19:14 PM »
A place in Monsey, NY called Profeel Marketing Inc. (an authorized Canon Dealer -- I looked it up!) has it on their eBay site (PMI Digital) for just $3,199.75.  Anyone ever dealt with them?

Canon's USA Authorized Dealer List:
http://www.usa.canon.com/app/pdf/dealer/CanonAuthorizedDealers.pdf


If you get their address from Google, then find it... you can't do a street view, but satellite view shows it to be a nice house in a residential neighborhood.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D - should i wait or not?
« on: September 30, 2012, 02:46:14 PM »
I doubt that the "new"  7Dmk-X will be priced any higher than the current 6D.

If you want a 7D, and can wait a little... new 7D prices should fall a little more when a new model is announced.
Look at the 5DmkII which has gone from $2199 to $1799 between June and Sept of 2012.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Canon EOS-M
« on: September 29, 2012, 06:59:53 PM »
Touche!~

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Big Canon EOS 5D Mark II Price Drop Coming
« on: September 29, 2012, 03:01:47 PM »
Price drops to $1699, I'm in for another.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Working with film
« on: September 29, 2012, 10:39:19 AM »

Fully manual bodies are great learning tools.  If you can find an AE1 and a couple FD lenses, they are great

I think you mean the AT-1, which was manual.  The AE-1, AV-1, and A-1 were auto exposure.

The A series suffers from "shutter brake wheeze", but its easily corrected.  FTb/n's were tanks, suffered from a failure in the meter coupling.

Keep in mind the FTb/n and F1 batteries are no longer truly available.  The mercury battery has been replaced with ... lithium? ... I forget which.  It was a 1.35v battery, and the replacement throws the meters off.  Some meters can be calibrated to the new voltage, some cannot, due to the linearity of the mechanisms.

The A series took the four into one stacked silver battery - still available.

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