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Lenses / Re: 100-400L Version II ain't comin' either!
« on: February 07, 2013, 11:19:26 AM »
Native 400 in the zoom is better in my hands than the 70-200II+ 2xIII.

I find with the extender, the image clearly softens and the contrast goes down... Of course it can be bumped up in post but depends on what is acceptable to you. The images can be more than acceptable to some...

Lenses / Re: Finally!
« on: February 07, 2013, 09:09:52 AM »
Congrats!  Warning.  Now you will want another "L".  It is a disease!
 ;) ;)

...or TWO!!?..LOL!

Soon you will be singing the Trainspotting song which also applies to L lenses:

My therapist said, not to see you no more
You're like a disease, without any cure
I am so obsessed, I'm becoming a bore
Oh, no.
And you think you're so pretty!


Site Information / Re: Site issues, or my computer?
« on: February 07, 2013, 08:54:50 AM »
Works fine for me, except the top banner.

Lenses / Re: Finally!
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:43:38 PM »
Awesome buy. Congrats!

Canon General / Re: anyone had someone over their shoulder on a job?
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:20:12 PM »
Just produce a professional product at the end that the big lens amateur can never match...that will be your revenge.
If you cannot beat her, then you deserve a second fiddle...or in that case a first fiddle :)

Oh thank you canon for finally acknowledging this out of the goodness of your heart. So june? July? October? :p

Lighting / Re: Yongnuo st-e2?
« on: February 06, 2013, 06:13:39 PM »
I'd like to get into remotely controlling flashes, but I need a decent and reliable trigger that doesnt cost an arm or a leg. I was looking around and the Yongnuo st-e2 kept popping up. Does anyone have any experience with it? Do you like it? If you have another suggestion around the same price i'm open to that too! Thanks!

If you haven't already, watch this:  http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=related&v=hk7IRg1ApGE

I always recommend it as a must-watch if you are interested in off camera speedliting. He does touch on what you are asking but it is buried under the tons of info.

My post was tongue-in-cheek....not to be taken seriously.  :P 
For crop sensors I wont hesitate to recommend canon's 28 f1.8 or 50 1.4 ...they also hold their own on full frame.

As so often said here, a picture is more than the lens or resolution of the sensor...people who poo-poo kit zooms even on crops should see some of the excellent images on Flickr from people with limited gear and funds but extraordinary talent and creativity make.

Some of his lenses are dated but this link seems to be from a couple of years ago.

Because the post is rather broad...and has generated random lists of micky mouse lenses...here is some random lens porn for you boys from flikr ;)

I dont envy the guy he seems very humble.


Lenses / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 or Canon 85 1.8 OR 100 2.0 for 5d mark ii
« on: February 06, 2013, 10:42:12 AM »
This is really not such a difficult situation.  As always, people suggest what they have or like...while the focus has to be how can the OP get the most out of his ONLY lens in the beginning.

I suggested the 50mm for him, even though my personal preference is for the 35mm as a standard which will NOT suit his needs as the only lens. The 35mm offerings generate varying levels of distortion if he has to get a tighter shot by getting closer. 85mm and 100mm are too tight in most rooms, and certainly not ideal for indoor groups.

50mm is ideal as you can walk back and acheive near 35mm FOV or walk closer and get tighter shots that still look normal.

50mm allows him to zoom with his feet and comes in a wide price range that can be as cheap or as expensive as he wishes. It is a no brainer :)

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50 1.4 or Canon 85 1.8 OR 100 2.0 for 5d mark ii
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:30:48 AM »
50mm of whatever brand is better than the other two Lenses in your case...not because the two are bad, but because they are too long to be your only lens. 40mm  is another option but it will be f2.8.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: February 05, 2013, 05:43:58 PM »
I think the best landscape I've ever taken is this one:

Nice. I assume significant cropping in the tree-bench picture and a some cropping in the nightime-landscape? 

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX - The Workhorse?
« on: February 05, 2013, 03:59:00 PM »
I think for your purposes 1DX may not provide much more than 5D3 (and cost ~$3000 more).

I own both bodies, and hands down 1DX is a better camera all things factored in... although the 5D3 is no slouch; but whether the 1DX is a necessity for you in a studio setting is rather questionable.

You will find the 1DX sensor more forgiving, you can push/pull subpar exposures more than any of Canon's other contemporary sensors. 1DX trumps the rest of the line up in lowlight, sports, and wild life photography...you don't appear to fit any of those categories in first blush.  In which case, 5D3 will offer you ~3 MP more without too many compromises and at significant financial savings.

Though exceptions always apply, and not mutually exclusive, here is a rather simple test to apply ...

If your actual lens usage on a day-to-day basis is overwhelmingly with 85L II, 50L, 35L, 24L, 14L, or fast standard zooms in this range then 5D3 may be an adequate fit, perhaps even a marginally better fit given the added ~3 MP's.

If you mostly use the 100+mm fast primes and super teles (in real use, not I have a 70-200mm f/2.8 II that everyone and their aunt has, and therefore I am a sports photographer logic  :P) then you will love the 1DX.

Just my 2 cents.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd camera body with a twist -
« on: February 05, 2013, 03:25:29 PM »
I can recommend the 5D3 as being a worthy replacment of the 1Ds3.

I recently did just that... the 5D3 is the second body in my line up and replaced the 1Ds3. The weather sealing on 5D3 is plenty for my needs, but your needs may differ, and 1 series do offer better sealing.  If you are a fan of the 1 Series grip, 5D3 would feel a tad small...but I have never cared for integrated grips, so it's a plus. 

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