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Lenses / 70-200mm F4 IS vs 70-200mm F2.8 non-IS (70-200mm F2.8 IS ver. 1?!)
« on: February 17, 2013, 12:17:09 PM »
Hi guys,
Currently, I only have a 50mm 1.4 and 24-105mm L on a 60D, and its all fine for my shooting, but when I help others photograph events, I found it a bit short.
Usually, I'll photography assemblies/stage presentations for people, and the 70-200 would come into great use.
So, I have around $850-$1000 USD to spend on a 2nd hand 70-200mm... It'll take me sometime to save up to around this range, but, I wanna have a goal ahaha. :)

So, here's the question, should I spend $900 on a used 70-200mm F4 IS... OR around the same price for a used 2.8 non-IS? Or... Spend an extra $170 or so on a used2.8 IS ver.1?

Usually, I'd be shooting at ISO 800, F4 and at 1/50th of a second on my 24-105, which i know, is way too slow of a shutter speed to shoot a 70-200.

Also, in terms of sharpness, would they all be similar to each other, and perhaps on par with my 24-105mm?
I also want a good amount of shallow DOF, well, having the option wont hurt would it? But is F4 on a crop going to provide enough shallow DOF? F4 vs 2.8, is the DOF really noticeable to the average person, a mere person who knows nothing about photography?

IS better suited for my situation or 2.8s the way to go? I prefer not to spend that much as I don't get paid often, so 70-200mm 2.8 IS ver.1 isnt my preferred route...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Fuji X100s
« on: February 12, 2013, 10:32:30 PM »
When the X100s was first announced, I thought Fuji finally perfected the X100. However, at the same time the cost was $1299, while the X100 dropped to $550 in the second hand market. Now, the X100s is by all means a superior camera, but that doesn't make the X100 any less of a camera :)
I personally don't have the cash for the X100s, but in some cases I don't know if I can justify spending double the price for faster af and other subtle features that I don't think I'll use. The X100 has adequate focus after the latest firmware, and I can live with it.

But I'm still interested in the X100s :D maybe once some second hand X100s hits the market... Can't wait to see what Fuji does to their X Pro 1!

Lenses / Re: 35mm 1.4 vs. 50mm 1.2: aps-c upgrade
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:04:47 AM »
Compared to the new sigma at 6999 nok/1200$, it felt like a good deal.

The new sigma is $899!
I'd recommend the 35L, tried on a 60D and it was brilliant. 50L works great for parties, portraits and such.
I'd wait until the sigma gets more reviews.

Lenses / Re: Lenses for Ice Cream Photography
« on: November 22, 2012, 03:01:31 AM »
A tilt shift lens may come in handy if you're doing cityscape or shooting ice cream with a large depth of field.
You'll need a tripod, of course.

Lenses / Re: When to switch lenses during events?
« on: November 17, 2012, 01:02:56 PM »
Thanks Neuro! I'd probably have to carry my bag around then, as I don't have a belt for my lenses.
One question, f4 would indeed be a tad slow, so should I leave my 24-105 at home?


Video & Movie / Re: Payphone - Maroon 5 Music Video Cover with the 60D
« on: November 17, 2012, 12:42:53 PM »
You are bloody brilliant sir!
I never knew about the camera angles, having to be on the same sides.
The overexposing was cause I couldn't see my screen as well in sunny areas, as well as the lack of a good nd filter.

You are lovely sir.
Thanks. I'll keep you updated, and I'll show your posy to my fellow friends that helped make the video.


Lenses / When to switch lenses during events?
« on: November 17, 2012, 12:39:28 PM »
Hi all,
I'm going to be shooting a birthday party in less than 12 hours.
When would it be an ideal time to change to another lens to get better shots?
Lets say I shoot on a 50mm on a crop sensor, when do you think I should change lenses, when everyone finishes their games/activities and prepare for their meal? Cause most of the time, I'll leave my 50mm. or do I even need to change lenses?
If it helps, my kit: 60D
50 1.4
28 1.8

Ps. With these two primes, you think I'll need the zoom? Considering I won't shoot a lot of telephoto...

Thanks guys, starting to shoot more events, so I'm still learning!

Lenses / Re: Best Lens for photographing children
« on: November 14, 2012, 11:08:28 PM »
Well said  ;)

Video & Movie / Payphone - Maroon 5 Music Video Cover with the 60D
« on: October 25, 2012, 10:56:38 AM »
Hi guys,
My friends came to me and asked for help on a music video.
I have never done one in my life, so this was quite a mission.
To put things into perspective, we only had half of the song during the recording, making it very difficult to film a proper "story".
I was in charge of the video whereas my friends were in charge of the audio.
Audio equipment includes the IRig (cheesy, but handy) and Zoom h1 I believe.
Anyway, camera used was 60D, no rigs or any stabilizers (except for a tripod!)
Mainly used the 50mm 1.4, and occasionally switched to the 24-105mm when I needed wide shots or non-shaky shots.
Hope you enjoy it guys, give me some feedback (both video wise and singing wise)!

Payphone Music Video Cover -

I also made a short film -  Impossible (Short Film)
The script was a bit of a problem, so the acting was improvised.

Lenses / Re: 28mm 1.8 or 40mm 2.8 on 60D?
« on: October 22, 2012, 12:27:32 PM »
On my 24-105mm, I hardly go up to 70mm+ unless I'm shooting events or sports, so wide seems like it!
28mm really does seem more useful than the 50mm range.
Haha, I'd love a full frame, but not in the near future.
Well, I plan to take some medium close ups (head to waist) with the 28mm, hope distortion doesn't affect it.
35mm 1.4 would be my dream. Perhaps one day I'll say all my lenses and just get that and the 85mm 1.8 (tack sharp wide open)
Where I live, the store owners hate it when I fiddle with too many lenses, and often refuse to sell if I try too many (tried 10 copies of the 50 1.4 to get the perfect one. They got mad). well, cause the stores are always busy.

40mm does seem to close from my 50mm :P
The kit lens, not fast enough!

Lenses / Re: 28mm 1.8 or 40mm 2.8 on 60D?
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:26:57 AM »
Brilliant site, thanks!

Right, my mind is set on the 28mm now. Perspective and versatility of the 28mm should suit me rather well.

Here comes another problem, I'm a canon fan boy. No not really.
But I've been looking at the 30mm 1.4, and wonder which one would be better (28 1.8 vs 30 1.4)
I heard about the focusing problems and all that, and know we can fix it by visiting sigma. Thing is, I don't think I'll have time to go to sigma and wait for them to calibrate my lens and all that.
So, what should I go with?

Damn, the 35mm 1.4 from sigma (new one) really seems like a bloody good lens, if they can keep it the same price as the 30mm... Ah, wish I could wait

Lenses / Re: 28mm 1.8 or 40mm 2.8 on 60D?
« on: October 22, 2012, 07:45:13 AM »
Yes, the 24-105 is a bit slow for indoor shots, and for shots during night time as well!
I don't like to use a flash during camps as it causes to much attention and takes away to free and casual atmosphere :)
Also, I'd like to travel light, so the 24-105mm is out of question being 800g+
I'll go out during the day and therefore can take 2 primes, and leave one behind while I'm out.
So, the DOF at 1.8 on my 60D would be very shallow?

Thank you very much!

Lenses / Re: 28mm 1.8 or 40mm 2.8 on 60D?
« on: October 22, 2012, 06:38:24 AM »
I checked with my zoom, and both focal length seems alright to me.
Thing is, will a 40mm be too close to my 50mm?
And is it possible to get comparable shallow depth of field on the 28mm 1.8 against the 40mm?

Lenses / 28mm 1.8 or 40mm 2.8 on 60D?
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:04:55 PM »
Hi all,
Currently have a 24-105mm and 50mm 1.4, both are brilliant lenses on the 60D.
Gonna go on a trip soon and need to bring just one standard lens.
Read a lot of reviews on both the lens, suggesting that the 40mm 2.8 is superior optically.
But the thing is, I'm on a crop dslr, will the softness of the 28mm really affect me as much?
And the focal length, will 40mm be too long? (64mm eqv.)
I may have to take group shots of people during the trip.

Many thanks.

Video & Movie / Short Film With The 60D and Kit lens.
« on: August 24, 2012, 11:49:22 AM »
Hi everyone!
Kinda new here, but I read these rumors every now and then.
So because it's summer, my friend and I decided to work on a small project, being a film.
It's our first time making a short film, so we're still messing around with stuff, but we get really inspired by people like WongfuProductions, Film Riot, FinalCutKing, etc

First things first, camera gear used ;) :
Canon 60D
50mm 1.4
18-200mm 3.5-5.6

More of the film was shot with the 18-200mm, because the 80mm fov from the 50mm just wasnt wide enough, especially for the earlier shots. However, the "hardcore" training bits were shot most with the 50mm ;)
Sexy much?

Anyway, I was wondering if you guys could give me some feedback on what needs to be improved for our upcoming videos? The storyboard was kinda messed up in this one :P

For this short film, we had no budget and therefore used parks, houses as the set, and lamps as lighting. We do have requests to shoot a dancing documentary and a short music video for a friend dedicated to his gf <3

 Any recommendations for lighting (With a budget of no more than $200usd).

Give me your opinions and enjoy our short film "Impossible"!

Remember to watch in 1080P!


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