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EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 18, 2012, 02:31:58 PM »
Not sure which number I am, but it still hasn't been picked up by UPS.  I won't believe it until I'm holding it in my hands.  That may not be until next week.  It'll be a looooooong weekend.

EOS Bodies / Re: At what price point will you consider buying the Canon 6D?
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:50:46 PM »
The rumored spec list (largely true) and the Adorama Saturday-night special caused me to pull the trigger on the 5D3.  At $2750 vs. $2100, there was at least $650 worth of value for me to get what I really wanted.  That said, I would gladly pay circa $2k for a full frame camera with the 6D features provided I didn't have to focus and recompose for portraits (that's where they flubbed); with only a center cross-type, the 6D is no more useful to me than my trusty T1i (sensor aside). Having borrowed a friend's 5D3 for a shoot, I've come to appreciate that nailing focus is that much more critical with a full-frame sensor when shoot at a wide aperture (i.e., 1.4 on a crop vs. 1.4 on FF) because of the shallower DOF.  Because the 5D3 had useful focus points where I needed them, I didn't have to worry about getting a sharp picture; all I worried about was capturing the right moment.  That is worth every penny.

I'm still willing to bet that Canon will be successful with the 6D for the same reasons it was with the 5D2.  Folks who want a FF sensor for video will not have to get the 5D3 for very similar output.  Just my $0.02.


EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 16, 2012, 06:19:52 PM »
Tracking number received.  Come to Papa!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Adorama is selling 5d3 for $2745 on eBay now
« on: September 16, 2012, 12:43:15 AM »
I bit!  Too good to pass up. Hope I won't regret in the morning.  (I had a little too much wine tonight).  6D rumors got me down and the $650 premium is worth it.  Savings = $0, but giddy with anticipation. 

Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 15, 2012, 07:52:26 PM »
Long time lurker, first time poster... ahem...

On a T1i/500D, gripped (don't laugh, it balances much better this way and I can shoot 2000+ images without changing batteries), I have the following:

EF-S 15-85 (replaced "kit" 18-135) = this is my everyday lens and I either have a particularly good copy or this is a greatly under-appreciated piece of glass. I needed a wide lens to shoot interiors and 15 vs. 18 at the wide-end makes a big difference. This lens is much sharper wide open then the 18-135 was at it's optimum f8 and I found that, for me, if 85mm wasn't close enough then neither was 135 so I am okay at the long end. That said my copy of the 18-135 produced excellent images and I might have kept it if it wasn't for the horrible lens creep.

EF 50 1.4 = on my crop, this is my portrait lens. It's fantastic from f2.0.  Immaculate from f2.8. I now always use a lens hood to not only improve contrast but also prevent focus tube damage from "touching" the moving front element.  (Like quite a few, I had to send it in for repair, luckily under warranty). Never had an issue since starting using lens hood and it's a workhorse.

430EXII Flash with Phottix Odin OCF Controller. Giotto's Tripod/Monopod with L bracket and portable stand with umbrella and reflector.  That's it...for now.  (Saving up for a 5D3 or a 70-200 2.8 next)

I have loved taking pictures since I got my first digital camera in 1999 (not a typo--it was a 3 MP Olympus 3030 and I still have 20"x30" prints from it that look great.) I got my first DSLR (the one noted above) in December of 2009 and I have since become a bit of a photography junky.

While it's not my full time gig, friends have liked my pics and referred some work my way. Now, my wife and I do a little photography on the side--portraits, candids, interiors, products, food, ... but no weddings! You wedding photogs are gluttons for punishment and deserve medals ;)

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