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Lighting / Re: EX600RT with 7D and 60D HSS
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:34:18 PM »
Hmm, just wondering, do other new cameras such as the 650D have compatibility with the radio flashes, or is it just the 1Dx and 5D3?

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Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:25:32 PM »
I think these shots just look good because the subjects are attractive people. I doubt any diffuser was used.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 08, 2012, 07:10:17 AM »
I have spoken to a few friends who own the 5D3 and while it is a wonderful camera, they are still torn between it and the 5D2. Like most cameras, even though the 5D3 was meant to be a replacement/upgrade to the 5D2, there are still some things the 5D2 does better, or just as well.

If the 6D does come out and it has a lower build quality than the 5D3, I would say stick with the 5D2. They are going to continue to drop in price new and used. I love my 5D2, it takes amazing photos. Honestly, the $3400 for the 5D3 is keeping me from "upgrading". That's way more money than I want to spend considering I have a 21mp FF camera at the ready. It will be interesting to see what Canon considers as a "replacement" for the 5D2. I still believe an affordable FF body is needed and the 5D2 could use some upgrades, but will the upgrades be worth the price if you already have a 5D2???

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Not to get off topic, but I owned the 5D Mark II and now have a 5D Mark III.  Excactly what does the 5D2 do better?  I cannot possibly think of ONE thing it does better.

I've heard people say that the 5D2 centre AF point is better than the one on the 5D3, and that the AF works better in low light on the 5D2. Not tried a 5D3 yet myself, so only going on what I heard.

In general, it seems like the new AF system is a lot more complex, and you need to really understand it to get the best results, where as the 5D2 system is pretty straight forward and perfectly capable for wedding photography etc.

Also, the 5D3 sensor is hardly a huge leap forward (in terms of RAW high ISO performance), so there's not a huge benefit in upgrading unless you require the FPS upgrade or the extra AF points.

Let me put it this way, it's a costly upgrade, and as a pro, it can only be justified if it's going to improve my work significantly, which I don't think it will. The new radio flashes seem like a much more useful upgrade TBH.

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Lighting / Re: Buying a Canon Speedlite 430 EX II - Advice Needed
« on: September 02, 2012, 07:07:08 AM »
Just in case you missed the thread on batteries for 600EX-RT:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=9064.0

For full-on extended projects I don't leave home without an external battery pack, a Quantum Turbo T3 with the twin outputs. The extra oomph is indispensable for prolonged bounce flash situations or when calling on speedy recycling with HSS. The 430EX and one can safely assume the 430EXII are terrific value and great performers. But they lack the option of plugging into external power.

For the same money you'd get a mint pre-owned 580EXII which delivers a bit more output plus has that valuable option of plugging into an external powerpack. With the 600EX-RT selling so strongly there are good numbers of 580's popping up on Gumtree, Craigslist or eBay. Speedlights are pretty robust creatures so I'd have no hesitation getting a good condition pre-owned 580.

-PW

580EXII flashes do go wrong (so there is a risk in getting a second hand one), and in my experience the 430EX and 430EXII are more reliable. Because the flash is less powerful, it does not put such a strain on the batteries, nor does it overheat so easily.

Adding a power pack to the 580 series flashes does help the recycle time, but increases the risk of overheating which can damage the flash.

On the other hand, a RT version of the 430 series flashes must surely be in the pipeline.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 28 1.8
« on: July 16, 2012, 06:31:29 AM »
The real question is this: Why has Canon left crop users in the cold by not releasing a "normal" prime in an ef-s mount?  Buying an ef 24, 28, or 35mm lens to substitute a "normal" on a crop body is stupid.  You'll have a close to normal focal length, but you'll have a wide angle perspective.

Fail.

 Your concept of perspective is flawed I'm afraid. A 30mm EF lens would have exactly the same perspective as a 30mm EF-S lens if they were both mounted on crop sensor cameras.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: So Nikon D600 is real after all
« on: June 14, 2012, 05:22:02 AM »
Does look pretty sweet, its even got a top panel LCD. Reading the spec list, it's also meant to have weather sealing!? How are they pulling it off? obviously it won't be top notch weather sealing, maybe a bit behind or equal to a 7D but the whole package is looking very appealing to me as I'v wanted FF for ages and was going to settle on a 5Dmkii and put up with the AF. Hmmmmmm...... I could deal with shooting Nikon and Canon.

I doubt weather sealing costs more than a few pennies to add, unless it's 'drop it in the bath and it's ok' weather sealing.

And the rumoured prices always seem to be miles off, so I wouldn't pay much attention to that. If it's a new sensor it will put a lot of pressure on the 5D3 price, if it's the old D3x sensor, not so much!

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The really good news is that the retina display will surely be applied through the entire range over the next year or two, I'd like a 27" iMac with Retina (with 2 internal drives as well if possible).

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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...

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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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