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United States / Re: B&H Warranty
« on: December 20, 2011, 01:55:08 PM »
Cool, thanks again guys.  In a little over 1 year, my 60D has ZERO sign of use after 4400 photos; I'm neurotic about keeping my stuff in pristine shape. 

I've already got personal articles for some other things; I have to update that too.

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United States / Re: B&H Warranty
« on: December 20, 2011, 11:07:11 AM »
Okay; that'll make the wife happy.  I have state farm as well (I really *HAVE* to get on to sending them my serial numbers etc.) -- does that cover accidental or no?

An extended warranty did save my arse on a used vehicle once (well, repeatedly but the same vehicle) but that was the one exception.

I'm not one for extended warranties either but didn't know if because it was B&H it might have been something better.  Going back to reading it again, at that price I would have expected some extras like yearly sensor cleaning or something like that.

Well, looks like I saved some cash.  Let's hope I don't get bad news this week and save a lot more cash  ;)

Thanks again guys.

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United States / B&H Warranty
« on: December 20, 2011, 08:36:13 AM »
Hi guys,

Depending on what my boss tells me in the next 4 days (crossing fingers) my OTHER boss (the one I live with) has given me leeway to pull the trigger on the B&H deal on the 5DmkII.

My question:
The 3/5 year warranty seems like a good peace of mind (it's transferable, it handles accidental damage etc.).  Would any of you with experience with this have any reason to talk me out of it?  If it wasn't B&H (or comparable reputable dealer) I wouldn't even consider it, so what do you think?

Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: EF-S or EF 35 f/1.8? [CR1]
« on: December 19, 2011, 09:53:25 AM »
I understand the need for inexpensive lenses, but they end up being cheap and not inexpensive  :-\

I genuinely wish that they'd come up with a red ring/gold ring/silver ring standard and service the middle tier.

No USM?  That seems silly.

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Site Information / Re: Applaud or smite?
« on: December 16, 2011, 04:07:20 PM »
Unfortunately, "smite" is usually used when you express an opinion and someone disagrees with it . . . post an opinion on a polarizing topic (that there isn't really a wrong answer on) and your reputation will go down.

Honestly, I haven't seen anywhere on the internet where it's not really abused.  One of my car clubs pages has "thanks" and "groan" -- but you're more likely to get groans for bad jokes than anything else.  One self-policing thing is that everyone can see who thumbs-up/thumbs-down posts, and your own avatar has a list of how negative or positive you are.

The deals website has positive only, and 'power' users get more rep points, which seems to work better.

But, as with bigger sites (slashdot, amazon) you get both roving packs of bots and just weird people that give you a real thick skin . . .

I've tried to ignore it lately; look at the admin (lots of smites) and it's amazing that certain *super helpful* posters here have *ANY* negative reputation -- That's at least what I tell myself. :)

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Lenses / Re: Your Go To Portrait Lens?
« on: December 16, 2011, 09:31:36 AM »
For the 85mm crop frame photo to achieve a similar level of background blur to the full frame 135mm photo, an aperture 1.6x wider would be needed.
Excellent statement.

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Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
« on: December 15, 2011, 09:48:45 PM »
Honestly, if you HAVE to own only ONE lens on a crop body, this is it. 

Before making a DSLR purchase, I consulted Craig (of CR fame) and this was his recommendation.   It was not a bad recommendation at all.

Little did he know, I had a bad case of 'accessoritis' and I have to buy everything within 'reason' :)

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Lenses / Re: Buying lenses, do you listen to your heart or your head?
« on: December 15, 2011, 08:35:58 AM »
You'll be better off with your head.  I've got several great lenses that I don't use (but may!)

Yep, I keep talking myself into needing a 70-200mm f2.8, when my 70-300mm non-L works well enough 95% of the time and my 135mm F2 does what the 70-300mm doesn't.  Same with the wide too...  the 15-85 does a great job, but I can't help thinking, would a 17-55mm or 16-35mm or 10-22mm or etc etc etc....
re: 70-300mm . . . you must be a significantly better photographer than I am (or less picky, but the former isn't that hard to be :D ) I totally regret buying that and not getting a higher-end prime or one of the f4 L zooms. Everyone (not photographers) tell me that the shots are good, but what the heck do they know? :)

I have the 15-85 and WANTED the 24-105 . . . so I got that which was just plain silly.  The 10-22mm is *exactly* one of the lenses I was talking about above . . . it's fun, but unless you NEED it, 15mm is pretty wide. 

The first time you really *have* to shoot handheld at night, you'll start looking at the f2.8 lenses, but those have a LOT more application than the specialty lenses.

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Lenses / Re: 4 lens conundrum - could use some help
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:21:45 PM »
60D (recent upgrade from the XSi)
60mm macro
15-85 (recent upgrade from the 18-55 that came bundled with the XSi - and sold with it as well)
55-250 (also bundled with the XSi but I kept it and have debated the benefits of going with the 70-300L since this lens isn't used very often - but when it is the pictures are often on once in a lifetime trip)
With the exception of the tele-zoom, you're in a really good place.  The 15-85 is hyper competent and very fast at focusing.  People like to get all artsy with baby photos, but in reality, the majority of photos you're going to want to keep/share will not be done  at narrow DOF.

Babies are less like snakes and more like monkeys . . . flea-ridden, plague-carrying monkeys.  ;D (you'll get that joke after you've gotten sick for the 3rd time in a season) -- seriously though, newborns are nice and still, after they start moving, they don't stop unless they're sleeping.  Stick with something that focuses fast.

I have and like the 50mm f/1.4, but it's best in lower light, or when you're trying to make a creamy-bordered portrait. 

Photographing your own kids is different from child photography as well, at least for me.  I tend to be very 'front row' for events/parties/etc.  On a crop body, that means most things above ~60mm are way too tight, especially there's action.  The 85 f1.8 is a wicked lens, but I'd prefer to shoot it on FF for that reason.  I've never felt it necessary to try and use the 60mm as a portrait lens . . . I really need to start using it more.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 09, 2011, 08:04:59 AM »
Ok - here's one that has just received minor sharpening (what I would do for any shot coming in at ISO 200)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7011/6480510009_df4a26af47_o.jpg

And here's another that I've tried my hardest to "fixup" with sharpening and NR:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7006/6480518429_3cd975c2a1_o.jpg


I'm with the others that suggest seeing if you can try out another 7D. 

I have a 60D and I just don't see noise like this in daylight pictures as you've seen here.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel T4i [CR2]
« on: December 05, 2011, 01:44:32 PM »
<p>It was mentioned that Canon may keep the new sensor for a 60D upgrade, with the next Rebel sticking at 18mp.</p>

That seems to be the most likely, no?

I mean, wouldn't the former (digic V + 24MP) in a rebel completely displace the 60D and kill sales?

Unless they're planning on a $1.2k body, which seems silly.

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* How to Lose $2400 in 24 Seconds
« on: December 02, 2011, 08:22:46 AM »
"big log" ???  Isn't that what was said?

I, too, cry foul:
1) It goes black and muffled, then cuts out, even crappy arsed video cameras survive a few seconds before failure (don't ask how I know this).
2) Everything else everyone said (above)

Can we throw a [CR0] on the title, even though it's not a rumor?  At least last time there was a redhead involved with pulling everyone's leg  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5dMKII vs. 60D
« on: November 27, 2011, 07:56:47 AM »
Ok ima  video shooter and i have used both,

If you are just starting out then yeah the 60D will serve you well for a long time. It will get you into the understanding of DOF and how to pull focus on a DSLR etc etc.

But where the 60D has those bonuses it also lacks a fair bit. Those being low light and other details that you can only really get from a FF sensor.

On the other hand the 5D is a fantastic camera but not really a camera for a beginner. The learning curve is steep and you may be better off sticking with the 60D is you are not 100% dedicated to what you are wanting to do.

As for lenses, The 60D with the Tokina and a 50mm f1.8 (around 80mm on FF) will cover most shots you will need for basic video, maybe even chuck in a cheap 55-250 lens in there too for those shots you need the reach.
On the 5D the 24-105 will be more than capable for most video because you don't use the zoom when filming you fix a focal length and then use the focus ring only. This way you can cover the use of multiple primes with a stock lens, at least until you can upgrade it to primes that are in the lengths that suit your style of shooting....or you can afford a set of EF Zeiss Cine Primes.

The only other thing that i would suggest is skip the single 32GB card and buy 2x16GB cards, That way if anything goes wrong during a shoot then  you only loose 1 card and you can always offload during a shoot by rotating them instead of having to stop filming to do so.

Either way let us know what you decide to go with.

I don't see why the 5D has anymore of a learning curve than the 60D? Could you explain that one to me? And a 50mm is 50mm on FF. So I assume you meant to say 80mm on a cropped sensor.
I wouldn't say either are 'beginner' cameras. I'd probably get the 1100D for that.

I agree with the memory card situation. Get more smaller cards as it is possible they can corrupt. I have 4gb and 8gb's cards and about 6 of them.

Low light and depth of field are the big bonuses with full frame.
I'm guessing that he is referring to the fact that the 5D MKII only has a creative zone vs the 60D which has the more conventional presets found in point & shoot cameras. 

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United States / Re: Telephoto Zoom or Prime?
« on: November 14, 2011, 09:44:40 PM »
Sometimes people think that they need a long lens, but animals are large.

Here is a image taken up in the stands with a 35mm lens on my 1D MK

III and cropped.



That is the funniest looking horse I've ever seen . . . okay, well not the FUNNIEST, but certainly odd looking ;)

Seriously though . . . on a crop body, I recently had these two on my list: F/2.8 200mm L & F/4 300mm IS L . . . the latter got swapped out (wish list, again) for the 100-400 -> then the recent rumor intervened in my fantasy/advertising campaign to my wife . . .

Renting is a good idea, I don't think you can go wrong with the f2.8 200mm . . . as soon as I can get past a month where a relative doesn't need heating fuel or tires, I'm going to have one. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS "Soonish" [CR2]
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:57:02 AM »
The 70-300L is a great lens. Hopefully the new 100-400 will follow along that path. It will be interesting to see if it will take an extender.

Agree. 100-400 on a 7 D mk II eventually. That will with a 1,4 converter give me a in reality 224 - 896 mm zoom. Could i ask for more in landscape photos ;)
You could ask that they don't hamstring the AF with an "upgrade" :(

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