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Lenses / Re: Recommendations for a fast sub-28mm lens for ~$1k?
« on: June 12, 2012, 06:51:15 AM »
Right now, I have a 50mm f/1.4 USM and a 15-85mm f/3.5-56 USM. Both are great, but I'm finding myself wanting to do a lot of indoor wide angle shots with relatively low light. The 50mm is too tight, and the 15-85mm is too slow.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a fast, relatively affordable wide-angle lens for a 60D that might fit the bill? It need not be a zoom lens, but I would like it to be very fast (faster than f/2 if possible; definitely faster than f/3). I know Canon has a 28mm f/1.8 USM, but I've read a couple of mixed reviews about its performance.

Canon 17-55 IS f/2.8 is a great lens.

If you want something faster, how about the Sigma 30mm 1.4.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My first wedding Help!
« on: May 07, 2012, 06:08:36 PM »
with that kit i'd have the 50-150 on the camera all day...

+1
The 50-150. is going to be your bread and butter. It's really hard to catch a facial expression or feel close to the action with a 17-55mm. The only time I would use that is for large groups if you can't get far enough back or for a few establishing shots during the ceremony.

I have a 17-55, love it. But when I shoot weddings, it doesn't see much action.

Sorry, but this is really bad advice, you should be working mainly in the 50mm full frame range (around 30mm on your 60d).

I don't mean any offence, but most of the folks on here are not pro wedding photographers, you might be better asking this question on a forum that is aimed more at that sort of person.

More importantly, you need a spare body.

IMHO the people who has adviced here, myself included have not pretended to be something they are not:) I looked at your pictures, and they are great.

I think the case as it was with me, many people are short on money with all the expenses for a wedding, and in that situation they tend to ask friends who they know shoot pictures more or less well to do it as a favour. It is not because we want to do it, but rather out of an obligation to friends. Alcohol, food, music and other things are expensive, but soon forgotten, while the pictures who will live on is the place many unfortunately feel it's okay to save money...

I agree, I don't have a beef with people giving advice. It's just that TBH this forum is mainly occupied by photo enthusiasts, rather than experienced wedding photographers. Nothing wrong with that, but maybe not the best place to get wedding photography advice, I would suggest maybe the digital grin wedding forum as a good friendly place to go, for example.

I don't think there is anything particularly wrong with an inexperienced person shooting a wedding, as long as the bride and groom have low expectations, which can hopefully be bettered. Maybe for a very low budget wedding. On the other hand, if the wedding is costing 20k+ and they're just trying to skimp on the photos, they might regret it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My first wedding Help!
« on: May 07, 2012, 05:23:27 PM »
with that kit i'd have the 50-150 on the camera all day...

+1
The 50-150. is going to be your bread and butter. It's really hard to catch a facial expression or feel close to the action with a 17-55mm. The only time I would use that is for large groups if you can't get far enough back or for a few establishing shots during the ceremony.

I have a 17-55, love it. But when I shoot weddings, it doesn't see much action.

Sorry, but this is really bad advice, you should be working mainly in the 50mm full frame range (around 30mm on your 60d).

I don't mean any offence, but most of the folks on here are not pro wedding photographers, you might be better asking this question on a forum that is aimed more at that sort of person.

More importantly, you need a spare body.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Um... is there a 30mpix camera on the way and when?
« on: April 18, 2012, 07:27:18 AM »
My point being, I want to stay with canon, I think that the MF is way to bulky and expensive, and would love to see something like a D800 from canon.

Still not solved.

The 5D3 is very similar to the D800, I would recommend getting that.

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The Cine-DSLR will obviously be full-frame.

Surely it will not be full frame. The C300 isn't, after all.

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EOS Bodies / Re: First DSLR: Canon 5d MkIII or Nikon D800...
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:32:09 AM »
Now, normally I wouldn't ask this on a site that could potentially be biased...however; with all the rigamarole, spec tossing, opinions and blatant fear I am thinking people might be pretty objective with my situation. As I said this would be my first DSLR(I know, either camera is way more camera than i'll even be able to utilize before the next upgrade occurs anyways), I have NO investment thus far on any series of lenses. I was 'set' on Canon because the only two pros i know use Canon...ive had Canon p+s cameras in the past and loved them compared to any others. I already preordered a mark iii, and at the same time discovered the D800. With that being said, i'm wondering what the majority of the experienced pros here would do in my situation. Starting from scratch which direction would you veer? I intend on shooting(in order of majority of):

Landscape(time-lapse videos, the higher DR is of significant value to me, although a lot of TLs I saw done with the mkII were nothing less than phenomenal)
Outdoor/rock climbing shots
Small videos
Everyday walk around camera
The occasional wedding
And hoping to get into stock photography...

I know the D800 is supposed to be amazing for landscapes, but I don't plan on cropping much due to it being a time-lapse on a dolly...so the extra MP is more of a hindrance to me I am thinking at this point. But the DR is very attractive. The canon lens are also a big factor, although I plan on shooting a lot on Zeiss lens, so how much does that factor weigh in?

So, you're starting from scratch, and you're shooting what I will be shooting, which direction do you go?

Thanks!

For your first DSLR, I would recommend a cheap D550 or something similar with the kit lens. Get used to how a DSLR works and build your craft before going into the deep end with pro gear like the 5D3.
Nothing wrong to start from FF if OP can afford

absolutely true!!! it will actually be more economical to buy top end rather than buying a crop then upgrade later. Whatever you need get it NOW otherwise you'll miss the shots ;D

for me the deciding factor will be if you can ignore cross hatches or banding noises then go with canon as you will have vast choice of lenses. the difference between competing models are small it's just a matter of your preference. before I bought my first canon camera I was using my cousins' nikon D60 and I liked it but it was taken by a burglar so I had no choice but to buy a new camera. It was a tough one since I've wanted the D700 but after comparing canon lenses vs nikon lenses, I decided to go canon thinking that my mates are with canon as well and that I could borrow some stuff whenver I need it...I wanted a FF camera but I ended up with 50D since I've heard rumors about 5d3 (that's 3yrs. ago) and now that 5d3 is here, d800 is also here so I was waiting again for another couple of months for some reviews and hopefully hands on tests before I could decide which one.

If he wants to do weddings, he will need 2 cameras anyway, and 2 main lenses. Getting the cheapest one first makes a lot of sense. It is quite possible that he may find photography to be less interesting than he expected, in which case he has lost a lot less if he goes for the cheaper option to begin with.

Of course, if he has money to burn, sure get a 5D3 and a set of L lenses to go with it. It's totally up to him, but he did ask for advice.

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EOS Bodies / Re: First DSLR: Canon 5d MkIII or Nikon D800...
« on: March 14, 2012, 06:54:43 PM »
Now, normally I wouldn't ask this on a site that could potentially be biased...however; with all the rigamarole, spec tossing, opinions and blatant fear I am thinking people might be pretty objective with my situation. As I said this would be my first DSLR(I know, either camera is way more camera than i'll even be able to utilize before the next upgrade occurs anyways), I have NO investment thus far on any series of lenses. I was 'set' on Canon because the only two pros i know use Canon...ive had Canon p+s cameras in the past and loved them compared to any others. I already preordered a mark iii, and at the same time discovered the D800. With that being said, i'm wondering what the majority of the experienced pros here would do in my situation. Starting from scratch which direction would you veer? I intend on shooting(in order of majority of):

Landscape(time-lapse videos, the higher DR is of significant value to me, although a lot of TLs I saw done with the mkII were nothing less than phenomenal)
Outdoor/rock climbing shots
Small videos
Everyday walk around camera
The occasional wedding
And hoping to get into stock photography...

I know the D800 is supposed to be amazing for landscapes, but I don't plan on cropping much due to it being a time-lapse on a dolly...so the extra MP is more of a hindrance to me I am thinking at this point. But the DR is very attractive. The canon lens are also a big factor, although I plan on shooting a lot on Zeiss lens, so how much does that factor weigh in?

So, you're starting from scratch, and you're shooting what I will be shooting, which direction do you go?

Thanks!

For your first DSLR, I would recommend a cheap D550 or something similar with the kit lens. Get used to how a DSLR works and build your craft before going into the deep end with pro gear like the 5D3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D Mark III - Price Drop Details
« on: March 06, 2012, 05:17:04 PM »
Wait a year, then pick it up at one of the big shows in the spring. I got my 5D2 from Focus on Imaging in UK with a 24-70 for around the same price as the 5D2 alone at launch.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon D800 vs Canon 5d3 sample images.
« on: March 05, 2012, 06:22:30 PM »
Hope that AA filter theory is wrong, on the other side the theory is convincing. I can belive I waited so long and the camera will produce soft images due to AA filter. After I bought canon gear and worked with it for several months I knew that I had made bad decision but I hoped that 5d3 will change a lot. I don't understand guys who say that presented official samples are sharp and ok. Samples are out of detail and very soft (not mentioning the price) We need to wait.

Apparently the AA filter is weaker than the one in the 5D2, so no. Anybody who buys a camera on the basis of the example images on the manufacturers website is a prize numpty in my book anyway. Wait until some respected pros (not paid by Canon) have had a go with it first, then make your mind up.

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You do understand that the sensor significantly needs to "outresolve" the lens to get the most of the lens?
You will gain total resolution even with the worst available lenses by increasing the pixel density in the current pixel range FF sensors are at.

I am very keenly aware of this issue seeing as I've preformed real world testing to see it's effect and I've actually run the theoretical calculations on it aswell.

Due to the extremely low resolution of Nikon's lenses they stand to gain only 8% more resolution by going from 24 MP to 36 MP for their higher end lenses. Canon's lenses would stand to gain 25% more resolution by going from 21 to 36 MP on the higher end lenses. Theoretically speaking.

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Can you explain to those of us less tech oriented - what you mean by saying a lens cannot "resolve 36 megapixels" ?? :) thanks

There are many ways to atempt to turn a resolution curve from a lens into a flat linear resolution. Two ways are to take the integral of the resolution curve and then average that over the area, or to take the resolution at the half way point of the area of the image and extrapolate it over the whole image. I use the latter because it's easier and the results are fairly representative result.

snip

Would you care to clarify your argument? For example, are you referring to centre or edge of frame resolution? Where are you getting your resolution figures from? I hope that as an engineer you're calculating them from MTF charts and not using the LP/PH from Photozone, as this will change for each lens based upon the resolution of the sensor that the lens is tested with.

I am using the photozone data, BUT I am using the crop frame boarder (not extreme corner) resolution data and extrapolating it to the full frame data. This essentially mimics a 40 megapixel sensor at the half way point of the frame which is an extremely accurate way of measuring considering we're dealing with a 36 MP sensor. Most of Nikon's lenses are barley resolving two thirds the resolution at this point so it's safe to say that they wouldn't take advantage of 36 megapixels over the majority of the frame.

FWIW, I much prefer the 5D3 specs to the D800, but I doubt your claims about the resolution on the Nikon being effectively useless, and I also doubt the benefit in spending hours crunching the numbers.

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I could fly to the US, have a mini holiday in New York and pick up the 5DMKIII for the same price as buying it in the UK.

Question - Has anyone ever done this and how did they avoid customs?

Seems like a pretty tempting idea!

As long as it's just 1 camera, surely there would be no problem (practically speaking rather than legally), tourists do tend to carry cameras around with them after all.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III Full Spec List?
« on: March 01, 2012, 10:25:44 AM »
Will the new 5dmk3 be able to record more than 12min?

Probably not, has something to do with a weird european tax thingy and laws that state that a videocamera starts from 12 minutes continuous recording.


its a 30 minute limit...

How do you know?

The 30 minutes is the EU legislation that applies an extra camcorder tax if it can record for longer than that. The current time limit (12 mins) is actually due to the maximum fils size limit on the CF card being 4GB. Camcorders get around this by spanning several files in one recording.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: February 14, 2012, 06:07:46 AM »
Would that bring the 70D pricing up to where the 7D is now (and considerably higher at introduction of course)?

Probably similar to the old 50d/40d which was in-between the 7d and 60d. The 60d was a downgrade from the 50d in many ways.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit About the 5D Mark III? [CR1]
« on: December 07, 2011, 04:51:01 PM »
This rumour sounds like a bad move for Canon. They have a great sensor from the 1DX and decent AF from the 7D. Simply combining these two would be a winning combo and make it a great upgrade from the 5D2.

30+ MP means higher cost, real world ISO similar to the 5D2, and huge RAW files. This will only apeal to a niche crowd and the like of wedding photographers will just stick with the 5D2 IMHO.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New EF Mount Video Camaera in October? [CR1]
« on: September 02, 2011, 05:20:47 AM »
Why you need FF, if HD is just 1920×1080 or approx 2,1MPx?


Because the camera probably won't record as 1920 x 1080. Take a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4K_resolution and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8K_Video_Format


Actually the main reason for full frame would be to make better use of L lenses and allow shallower DoF and better low light performance.

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