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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark iii questions (mostly AF)
« on: October 25, 2013, 03:20:54 PM »
I also shoot weddings and events with a two body set up. I came from a single 5d2 to owning a 5d3 along with the 5d2. when my 5d2 was taken from my car I quickly purchased a 6d to replace the stolen 5d2. BAD CHOICE for me! although I love that the IQ and ISO of the 6d had me not for want for great pics, the button orientation was the drawback for me. I was just too used to the 5d button lay out. My second camera ever was a 50d so with my nose to it's back for a few years the 5d systems layout became natural. hence, the toggle button along with the quick select dial allowed me more control in situations where i need to keep my eye in the viewfinder.

some points.

1-The dial of the 5d3 is more responsive to me. ( I think the 6d's dial is too plastic-ky and cheap and doesn't select my choices responsively.)

2- The 5d3 is WAY BETTER made! ( the little aluminum mode indicator disc fell off the 6d after about 3 weeks, and the rubber gripping started to peel after a month).

3-The ability to select AF points with an assuring toggle while looking thru the VF. ( I've missed a few shots using the 6d selector dial to change AF points).

4.-Which is a biggie, two card slots. I shoot J-peg and RAW. I use an Eye-Fi card to instant upload for display if the client adds that service to their package. ( I tried the Wi-Fi feature of the 6d during events and found that it's way to tedious to apply at events.)

In the end I sold the 6d and bought a second 5d3.

I think you should WORK THE BEST YOU CAN with what you can afford now, and try to get the gear that allows you to do the MOST for the type of work you will constantly do in the future.

I think this is great advice.

Canon General / Re: Irritating photography advice
« on: October 07, 2013, 01:49:28 PM »
on a side note: I love having a forum full of photographers I can share these kinds of frustrations with =) 

Lenses / Re: 85L or 135L?
« on: October 06, 2013, 03:28:07 PM »
surapon love it :-) but i am 32 and carrying 2 body's 1dx and 5d3 with 70-200 and 24-70 2.8 at a wedding all day i  have sore legs and back you must be one fit man loaded up like that lol

Hell yeah.  That one goes out to those who complain about the weight of a 70-200 2.8 IS II.  You're freakin' awesome surapon!

All joking aside, I suggest you get the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II plus a couple dumbbells.  If the weight is bothering you that much, you need to start lifting, bro. 

No judgement... seriously.  My neck and shoulders were not conditioned for the first time I carried a DSLR all day (and that was a T3i + 24-105).  I started exercising (nothing crazy) and now, I can shoot a wedding for 10-12 hours carrying TWO mk3s (1 with a 24-70 2.8 II, and 1 with a 70-200 2.8 IS II) without having to pay for it painfully the next day.

If you're unable to work out due to age, medical conditions, etc., that's another story.  Personally, I lost 20 lbs. since I started photography. It's been great for me.

Another thing that helped me was switching out my stupid (or shall I say poorly designed) neck strap for a decent strap.  Currently, I use the Spider Holster system and a spare Carry Speed strap to carry two bodies on serious gigs.  I'm sure you can find a setup that will suit your needs/budget.

Canon General / Re: Advice on upgrade (Body or lens)
« on: September 25, 2013, 03:23:32 AM »
I think the old saying still applies.  Get good glass first.  It sounds like your camera body is still working.  We use a number of mk2s with our mk3s (our full team has 6 shooters when doing both photo AND video).  We don't really hurt for the mk3s.  The mk2s work fine (even though they're a little beat up). 

The only reason I would say go for the new body is if you're planning to ADD to your list and not sell off you mk2 just yet.  Having two camera bodies with the lenses you already own would be an upgrade in speed.  I guess it depends on what you're planning to sell. 

Our lead shooter still uses his 24-70 mk1 and finds/creates beautiful shots.  He also has a 24-70 and a 70-200 II always mounted on a pair of mk3s with him.

Lenses / Re: 14mm mk2 or 16-35 mk2?
« on: September 23, 2013, 04:12:02 PM »
I like the 14mm but I think I want the flexibility of the 16-35 II.

Lenses / Re: 40mm Panckake or 35mm 1.4L For walking street
« on: September 22, 2013, 02:33:29 PM »
I vote for the pancake for a few reasons:

1) smaller and less conspicuous
2) lighter
3) for street stuff, I like shooting around f/5.6 to 8.  I'm not usually trying to totally isolate one thing from far away so f/1.4 isn't that big of a need. 
4) you can't beat it for the price

I sold my 35L a while ago.  I'm not as big of a fan of prime lenses as I used to be... not that they don't have a place in my arsenal, just not for how I shoot.  But that's just me

Canon General / Re: Accidental L Series Ad
« on: September 21, 2013, 01:28:40 PM »
Nice shot!

Here's mine, but it wasn't accidental.  The 'L' of the 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS, shot with the MP-E 65mm.

That's just showing off!!



Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 14, 2013, 04:13:14 PM »
oh man... my heart goes out to you brudda. 

Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 14, 2013, 03:50:25 AM »
I started out with the idea that I wanted to shoot only with primes.  But for the type of work I've been doing lately, I discovered that zooms are more useful for my style of shooting.  I sold my 35L and 50mm 1.4 after I got my 24-70 II.  Honestly, I regret having to sell my 35L.  It was nice for those special times when I need the low light capabilities (mainly for video) but those occasions are few and far between. 

I agree with others' posts about having both in your arsenal.  I will start building my prime collection once again after I get a 16-35 f/2.8L II.  Starting with the 100mm Macro L, then an 85 1.2, TS 17mm L, possibly a new 50mm whenever that is announced or a newer/sharper 35L (no rush on either for me), and eventually a 200mm f/2L. 

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 07:15:53 PM »
I sold mine.  I don't see the point of carrying a prime that can't do more than my 24-70 @f/2.8.  I was only somewhat satisfied with this lens at 2.5 or smaller apertures.   Any apertures bigger than that gave me horrible color and contrast.  Sure shooting at 1.4 gives you shallow DOF but I never liked how it looked.  I'll be saving for the 50L or 85L.  If I'm in need of really shallow DOF right now, I'll use my 70-200, step back, and zoom in to 150-200mm. 

Lenses / Re: I just ordered my new 70-200 f2.8 MkII today!
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:44:02 PM »
Congrats!  It's one of my favorite lenses!  I don't envy the waiting period though.  It's always torture for me, even for the little things!  =)

Lenses / Re: Size of filters for EOS Cinema lenses?
« on: September 06, 2013, 10:42:57 PM »
It would be close, as 110mm is just around 4.5" in diameter.

When are you Americans going get with the rest of the world and go metric?
It makes life so much easier.....................

Why the big fuss over which measuring system?  People can just as easily do the conversion in their heads (or at least with a calculator).  It's pretty simple math.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:07:33 PM »
actually, I think there are advantages to keeping your mk3 around. 

1) 2nd Body/Backup when needed
2) less lens switching
3) ability to slim down the mk3 when the 1DX is not ideal to carry around

And lots of other reasons others have stated here.  We should continue listing reasons to own BOTH bodies for the OP.  Keep it my friend.  The 3 reasons I listed might just be enough to justify keeping it =)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How strong is the hotshoe?
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:39:47 AM »
just save yourself the worry and pick your rig up by the body handle.  that's a lot of weight to bear for such a small contact point.  Is it really THAT much more work to do that?  or pick it up by the lens. 

I don't think it's a dumb question to ask but it does sound like you should take care of your gear with a little more thought.  Who wants to risk not only breaking the bottom of a $600 flash but also dropping over $3500 worth of gear along with it?  not me...

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