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Lenses / Re: Lens as a gift. Non Photographer buying... :)
« on: November 25, 2014, 09:19:48 AM »
How about just the 70D? She already has all the lenses she practically needs for all 'normal' shoots and then some.

There will be more birthdays and occasions to buy her a lens. You can slowly gauge her actual need for a lens over the few months and buy her that particular lens in future.

Considering the entire thread so far, this is what I agree with most.  Get the 70D and leave the rest for now.  At this point, with the lenses you listed and the age of her current body, she'll love the 70D.  It's a great camera and a great value.

Also, get a couple extra Wasabi batteries and a couple of high quality fast SD cards.  That will complete the package for now.

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 25, 2014, 08:15:34 AM »
So yeah, back to Dylan!  Hey man, you're not off the hook!  We want to see how you did!   :D

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:25:52 PM »
She found someone... so I'm off the hook.  I was thinking about it as I resigned myself to doing it... and I don't think I could do a $200 job... it just doesn't seem to do justice to the event... so there would be a studio session, a ring macro thing maybe... then 800+ shots @ the event... maybe the time lapse for shits and gigs... then then the post... then giving prints and a release... well... I can't see half assing it... even if it is for a half ass amount of pay.

I'm not sure where you're located but if you're near DFW, Texas... I want to be your friend!!   :)

If I was doing a favor like this for someone... I would shoot a few portraits but in a candid fashion, no fancy lights, etc.  I would shoot the heck out of the event the best I could.  Then I would process the images and upload them to my zenfolio site for the bride and groom to do whatever they like with.  They can order prints from there, etc.  That would be the end of it for me except for tweaking the images a bit extra and maybe giving them a thumb drive with the images.

I'm the worlds' worst about giving someone a ton of work for free because I'm a nice guy.  But at some point I figure that free (what I normally charge) is free and if they want the full meal deal, there's only so much I can offer.  And in your case, for this amount of work and its' true value, $200 is about the same as free.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: November 24, 2014, 02:55:14 PM »
Judging by your statements, you don't  have particularly deep pockets. For this reason alone I wouldn't consider anyone but Canon.
A Pro has business needs completely different than an enthusiasts. Canon has a range of bodies and glass that far outstrips all competitors, allowing you to assemble a main kit AND a lessor but crucial secondary kit that will function as backup.

No other manufacturer compares in support and service to Canon. Can you afford to replace a broken camera or lens out of pocket on short notice so as to not miss a shoot? Nikon has a downright lousy reputation for their repair service, Canon are stellar in this regard and often generous in their warranty repair. Nikon isn't  alone in mediocre performance, no one is in the same ballpark as Canon.
Join CPS, get a 2 day turnaround on your repairs, and never look back.

Totally agree with wtlloyd!  Great points!

Pros are (or should be if they're smart) much more frugal and pragmatic with their equipment purchases.  The gear needs to be sufficient to satisfy the needs of the business and nothing more.  (Where enthusiasts buy stuff because the want it, a pro buys only what they truly need.)  Running a business is more about the balance sheet, not about the photographer.  The photographer (whether it's you or an employee) is merely part of the business mechanism.  The business of photography is more about marketing, sales, customer service/services offered and reputation.  No one cares about the camera gear except the person holding it.  And every item purchased, even if it's just a memory card, takes away from the profit of the business.

Good luck with your upcoming business venture!  Just please realize it's a long, hard, slow process to profitability.

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:34:59 PM »
I'm not being bullied into anything.  When I talked to the woman, she said they were considering buying a camera and having a family friend do it... and that annoys me. 

But I figured one person would step up to the plate just for some paid practice. I go and shoot sporting events for practice...

I know the cost hurts the market value of photogs, but there wasa discount photog who did my wedding,  so I guess I have a good deal of empathy for their situation.

I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours.  So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.

Don't let anyone push you into doing something you are not comfortable with.  Especially if you are friends with this lady.

Have her contract with some other amature.  That way she won't be bitchin at you when something does not turn out perfect.

I think I understand your point and thought process.  You hate to sit back and watch something go badly if you have it in your power to help.  If you have a solid and positive relationship with the bride and she is pretty laid back, then you're a hero.  If not, then I would pass.  That's just me...

Keep in mind the old saying, "No good deed goes unpunished!".  I tend to re-learn this lesson over and over, seems like I never learn!  People who ask for favors you would assume and think would be gracious and grateful but more often than not, they are quite the opposite.  It's very strange but I've witnessed or been the recipient of demanding or highly critical recipients of good will on more than one occasion.  And the bigger the favor, the bigger the mess.   ???

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:01:19 PM »
I have my daughter's sl1as a backup,  but other than maybe a time lapse at iso 100.  I've seen enough photographers being bad and I don't want to be a part of that.  Flash going of every 8 seconds. .. moving behind the alert to get the shoot. ... it all seems quite daunting because just looking at the bride and from from behind doesn't seem compelling.

I visualize my shots in advance,  and this is a tough nut to Crack.

I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours.  So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.

You'll be fine JD, make sure to bring 2nd body + flashes. I was able to shoot the wedding with just 24-70 & 70-200.

I agree with Eldar "When you´ve done it once, you´ll do it again! The stress is a bit addictive"

I totally agree JD.  I am a bit averse to the Wedding Stress shoot.  But I've been asked a few times and I've done it a few times.  Visit the venue at least once several days before the event at about the same time of day.  Take a friend (or the bride herself!) if possible and shoot some practice shots for evaluation.  Also, make sure the venue will allow you to be in the sanctuary, etc.  Some churches prohibit ANY photography in the sanctuary and others prohibit flash.  Oh, and if you know a pro that would tag along and help, that might also put your mind at ease knowing there will be another set of images that might cover something you miss or can't get a good shot of.

With enough preparation, I think you'll do fine.  If it helps, rent something that will help you get what you need the way you think you need to get it.  I've always liked to have two bodies covering different FLs in these type of events.  Once you've done your homework and the event arrives, try to relax and enjoy it.  And if you're really stressed, have a quick beer (but just one!) before the shoot and loosen up.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:52:45 AM »

I totally agree that if a switch is desired, CONSIDER ALL OTHER BRANDS, not just Nikon.  The Pentax K-3 has been tempting me for a long time due to its interesting feature set and super rugged design.

And then there is the new Samsung NX-1 that is about to be available.

Nothing against other brands, but are K-3 and NX-1 a Full Frames???
THe Subject here is "Switching to Full Frame"

No, they aren't full frames but I think the general advice is that when switching to another system entirely, consider all options before making the jump.  Also, I think many here already own both full frame and crop and see other manufacturers' products as good alternatives that might have been purchased instead, had they been available at the time.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:11:27 AM »
I think its stupid to switch to Nikon. Are you really gonna take better pictures with Nikon? I don't think so.

If your a Nikon user, stay with Nikon. If your a Canon user, stay with Canon.

Don't switch because of the sensors. If you switch because of the lenses (because Canon/Nikon don't simply have the lenses you need), yes than you can switch.

Why not switch?
If the current system is no longer working for him, why stay? Out of some sort of loyalty? What has Canon done for him lately? I've been also looking at other brands and I've been using Canon since 1998 starting with film.
I expect to have a new and different (lighter) crop sensor camera by this weekend and looking at Sony for my first full frame next year.

I totally agree that if a switch is desired, CONSIDER ALL OTHER BRANDS, not just Nikon.  The Pentax K-3 has been tempting me for a long time due to its interesting feature set and super rugged design.

And then there is the new Samsung NX-1 that is about to be available.

Pentax K-3 or K-5ii I will be picking up on Black Friday.

Their weather resistance lens and (light weight)rugged body appeals to me and watching an (youtube) Army soldier in Afghanistan pour sand on it, than throw it in the shower and start snapping pictures afterwards sealed the deal.

Yep.  I saw that too a couple years ago.  Impressive!  I do a lot of outdoor stuff along with hiking a bit too.  If I eventually destroy a Canon DSLR in the outdoors I am going to be thinking how badly I should have purchased the K-3.

So far however, I just haven't been able to bring myself to make the investment necessary to get the body, at least a couple lenses, a flash, extra batteries, etc.  A whole other system.  And then the 7D2 came out which isn't likely as tough as the K-3 but is a step that direction.  Sigh....

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:03:57 AM »
Fun party, another guest turned out to be an attractive photographer.   :)

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:51:18 AM »
I think its stupid to switch to Nikon. Are you really gonna take better pictures with Nikon? I don't think so.

If your a Nikon user, stay with Nikon. If your a Canon user, stay with Canon.

Don't switch because of the sensors. If you switch because of the lenses (because Canon/Nikon don't simply have the lenses you need), yes than you can switch.

Why not switch?
If the current system is no longer working for him, why stay? Out of some sort of loyalty? What has Canon done for him lately? I've been also looking at other brands and I've been using Canon since 1998 starting with film.
I expect to have a new and different (lighter) crop sensor camera by this weekend and looking at Sony for my first full frame next year.

I totally agree that if a switch is desired, CONSIDER ALL OTHER BRANDS, not just Nikon.  The Pentax K-3 has been tempting me for a long time due to its interesting feature set and super rugged design.

And then there is the new Samsung NX-1 that is about to be available.

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:04:53 PM »
Black spray paint will cover the red ring perfectly well...

I used to tape for what I perceived as criminally dangerous locations but eventually figured it was largely paranoia driven. Just be the guy that never gets mugged.

-pw

LOL!!  Yes!  Just don't be slowest guy!!  (You know, the old rule that you don't have to run the fastest from a hungry bear, just faster than the slowest guy!)  Probably works for muggers too.

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:05:24 PM »
I don't tape but if I did I would use Gaffers

Gaffers tape is designed to be cleanly removed after a short period of use indoors.  I have multiple rolls of the expensive stuff.  I use it to seal my windows around my air conditioners during the summer. After about a month, it loosens or falls off, and adhesive residue is sometimes left behind.  The tape gets rock hard.  It still works better than ordinary duct tape over the same period.
 
For short term use, its excellent, but check it and replace it periodically if you need it installed for a long time.

I haven't had the time to read everything but DITTO.  Use Gaffers Tape.  Get a cutting mat, a X-Acto or other sharp cutting tool and a metal straight edge and cut the strips to fit.

I also tape my lenses, I don't care what others think, it protects the shiny plastic (and the red ring) that Canon thought would be a good idea to put right on the outer end edge of the lens where it hits and scrapes when the camera is put down.  Theft prevention aside, it helps protect the lens and hides the red ring in the process.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: November 23, 2014, 08:55:47 PM »
Quick Answer:  Canon's Lens Lineup is 2nd to NONE.

That decides it for most without any other questions.

However, without knowing more...  You are 'semi-pro' now and plan to be 'pro' in 6-9 months?  If that's the case, why not have 2 bodies?  Why not keep the 7D and add another Canon body that shares lenses?  OR, sell almost everything (maybe keep the 28 and 85 primes) and get a 7D2 that is very well reviewed and also a 5D3 which is also very well reviewed?  Then get a 24-70 v2 + 70-200 v2.  Buy the bags, insurance, flashes, memory cards and computer/software necessary to be a 'pro'.

Please don't misunderstand, I'm not trying to mock your post.  But since you don't say what you shoot or how, no one here can effectively answer the question.  So I answered with a general purpose answer that makes sense for ANY pro.  With a 7D2 and 5D3, you can shoot weddings, sports, candid, journalism, etc.  And many pros have sold many of their primes in favor of the convenience and equivalent IQ of the two lenses I mentioned.  And either of those bodies stand well on their own as a single body.  (I'd go with the 5D3 as a single body first though.)

Hope that helps.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5.7 Now Available
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:49:42 AM »
I hope they fixed all performance issues they introduced in 5.6 for spot removal and selective brush.

Keep your expectations low, auto correction on this version of lightroom have been the worst so far. Hopefully next version will be better in this regard.

Ditto.  Knowing Adobe, most of their updates break more than they fix.  In fact, it's a total crap shoot every time you install anything from Adobe.  I cringe every time...

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You know, if you are planning to do shooting while in/around the water, a Pentax K series might be something to consider.  They are very rugged and weather sealed.  Much more so than any other DSLR except the little Nikon AW1 which is actually supposed to be submersible.  (Come on Canon!  Release a better EOS M that will compete with the Nikon AW1!)

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