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Lenses / Re: Don't want to make a rookie mistake
« on: January 06, 2013, 04:20:29 PM »
the rookie mistake is buying the wrong gear and finding out it won't really work for what you needed it for.  I'd consider saving up a little longer for the 70-200 2.8 IS II. 

Lenses / Re: Making the most out of a 50 1.2?
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:56:34 PM »
man, i want one.  especially after selling my 50mm f/1.4...

Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 24-105
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:51:46 PM »
+1 vote for the 24-70 2.8 II                                                                   

I sold my 24-105 this year (at about $163 loss for about 10 months worth of use).  I liked it but it didn't wow me.  It was a very versatile lens and I especially liked it for daytime shooting but I'm much happier with the 24-70 2.8 II IQ.  It's much sharper and I find I use it at 2.8 90% of the time.  If I only care one lens, it's usually this one.  For casual use, when I had the 24-105, I found myself carrying a prime lens or two just in case I needed the low light capabilities.

Canon General / Re: 70-200 F2.8 mark I or mark II?!
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:05:30 AM »
+1 more vote for the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II

Lenses / Re: Educate me about why 70mm <> 70mm...
« on: January 06, 2013, 02:47:29 AM »
I've noticed this too when comparing my 24-70 II and 70-200 IS II

Software & Accessories / Re: Oddest kit purchase?
« on: January 04, 2013, 03:21:13 AM »
black shower curtains for a cheap backdrop

I too have used the jar opener for a cheap follow focus

I use these little silicon bracelets that bands/musicians give out for free at shows to protect my focus rings when I put a follow focus ring around my lenses.  I have the kind with screws

one thing I use a lot... the neighbors white garage door as a really big reflector.  the sun hits it just right through most of the morning and afternoon and I never have to pull out a reflector

I like the idea of using the beer bottle/water bottle holders to protect my lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 5D Mark iii + 50 1.4 ii?
« on: January 03, 2013, 03:37:03 AM »
I think it's a great match up.  I like the 50mm 1.4 more than the other "normal" range lenses around that price point.  It doesn't really get THAT sharp until stopped down to about 2.2-2.8 or smaller but sharpness isn't always the PRIMARY concern.  If it is, the 40mm 2.8 pancake is a sharper lens for half the money.  But if you want it for it's wide open aperture, it'll do for now.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon has Refurbished 5DIII for $2240
« on: January 02, 2013, 01:39:06 AM »
I paid about $5150 for my 5D3 and 24-70 II (purchased together).  It went down in price again a few weeks later during some holiday sales.  I'm fine with it cause I have a badass camera!  I only shoot weddings part time but I'm very happy with my purchase and I love knowing that I have the best camera on the market. 

I love a great deal as much as the next guy but if you're really hurting for that spare cash, you should probably be re-thinking your spending habits.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D II or 5D III or 6D?
« on: December 29, 2012, 07:08:53 AM »

I would take 5D II out of the equation for one reason, fixed auto ISO @ 400 in "M" mode.

6D or 5D III
A. Take 5D III if you want to have the best AF system
B. Take 6D if you plan to shoot center AF with slightly less precise


+1 for not even considering the mk2.  The fixed ISO...well, manual ISO in manual was annoying when I borrowed a friend's mk2.  I'd prefer to at least have the option to set shutter and aperture while letting the camera decide on ISO.

I vote for the 5d mkIII.  no regrets here.  no looking back thinking I could've/should've gotten something better.  Save a little longer! 

As far as the more complicated AF system is concerned, it's got more options, yes, but that means more flexibility.  It took a little reading, a little shooting, and a little tweaking to get used to the whole new AF system but it was worth it for me.  You can dumb down the 61 points of AF by using AF "Zones" instead of AF "Spots" or AF "Areas" so that the AF selection acts more like the 9-pt AF system in my 60D.  It really isn't that much info to read up on.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bought 5D III
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:49:51 AM »
oh yeah, and congrats to the OP on the new purchase.  have fun shooting with it!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bought 5D III
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:49:18 AM »
I think the one main issue with the earlier releases of the camera was the "light leak issue".  Just do a google search on what serial number ranges were affected ad compare your serial number (on the bottom of your camera).

"Issue", which affects your metering if you have your lens cap on while shining a flashlight at the top of your camera. I wound't worry too much about that, unless that's your typical shooting scenario.

hey...he asked what to check for.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or wait for New 7D?
« on: December 29, 2012, 06:45:28 AM »
to me, the jump to full frame was an immediate and obvious upgrade in my photography.  I don' think I'll go back to a crop sensor after the differences I've noticed.  The other big jump in image quality came when I switched from Aperture to Lightroom 4!

As for the 7D, If I find I really need that much more speed than what my 5d mmiii offers, I'll have to look into getting a 1DX.  For your needs, I'd say go for the 6D for the sensor alone unless you can afford (the time) to save and get a 5D mk III

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Bought 5D III
« on: December 28, 2012, 04:42:00 PM »
I think the one main issue with the earlier releases of the camera was the "light leak issue".  Just do a google search on what serial number ranges were affected ad compare your serial number (on the bottom of your camera).

Lighting / Re: Getting started with 600EX-RT, advice?
« on: December 28, 2012, 04:39:53 PM »
+1 for Syl's stuff.  The Speedlighter's Handbook is a great read, too.

Some of his main points are to:
1) get the camera off of the same axis as the lens
2) "getting interesting light means using interesting shadows"

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Coming [CR3]
« on: December 28, 2012, 08:46:17 AM »
I beg to differ. The 24-70 f/4L IS will go nicely with the 70-200 f/4L IS. Only 24-70 2.8L II goes nicely with the 70-200 f/2.8L IS II. You have to match your lenses or they will feel uncomfortable  ;D
Does not make any sense to me. I have various lenses with various f stops and they all go 'nicely together'.

Neither to me - it depends on what you want. If a shallow dof is required f2.8 on a wider lens is more important than on a tele lens. If the lens is required to be "fast" for low-light shooting it's the other way around.
Hasn't anyone noticed the smile icon  ;D in my post ?

I actually agree with this completely.  My 2.8 zooms didn't like their 24-105 f/4 adopted cousin (bought used)  and he was sold on Craigslist soon after the arrival of the 24-70 II.  The newest member of the family is having a rough time fitting in as an f/4 (8-15mm) but he's a special child so the others are a little more accepting... even though he has a tendency to lose his hat (lens cap) for no apparent reason.   

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