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Lighting / Constant lighting vs strobe
« on: January 23, 2013, 10:18:16 AM »
I have become extremely happy with all of my lenses and bodies. I have been thinking for a while about investing in lighting. The only problem is I shoot a fair amount of video as well as pictures. I have heard of people using constant lighting for photographs but I am not sure of how good it is. I have seen these 1x1.5ft or so led light boards that are amazingly bright and have a color temp dial as well. Would that be the ticket?
Anyone have any experience or brands to recommend that will help get me started?

EOS Bodies / CES 2013
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:18:01 AM »
I havent been around long enough to see what canon does at CES. DO they even announce anything? Or is it just a place to showcase what they already have?
I do know what I am looking from them-some APS-C updates(70d or 7d markii), And a new 50mm F?.?(i am not to worried about which lineup it replaces but L would be nice but my guess it will replace the gold ring and not red)
So what do you want? What do you think is realistic?

Software & Accessories / Filter help!
« on: December 26, 2012, 11:24:42 PM »
I am currently looking for good filters for my lenses. I have 3x77mm,1x82mm,1x67mm,1x52mm.
I have basic cheap filters on there that are good for basic stuff. How i use my filters is- I take them off when i am taking pictures of things i am getting paid for, pictures i know are valuable/useful, or where they could create an issue.
I leave them on most any other time. It helps a lot to keep my lenses clean and me not have to wipe them up or protect my nephew from actually touching a lens element.
Should i just keep to my basic extra protection i have and just buy a nice CPL in those sizes? or is there some reason i should buy all nice ones?
In my searching i found a great review that really seemed to enjoy the HOYA filters but it doesn't review CPL just the UV. ANy different recommendations for CPL?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Do you miss APS-C?
« on: December 05, 2012, 11:44:15 AM »
I have a 60d but I have an opportunity to upgrade it at a reasonable price and get a 5d Mark III. My only worry is that I will miss the extra reach I was getting with APS-C and the vari-angle screen(but thats more of a minor concern). I have a 5d Mark II and love the full frame but worried I am going to miss the reach.
I do weddings, portraits, concerts and videos of all sorts. I dont have any ef-s lenses.
Is the image quality worth the difference and loss in reach?

Lenses / Unable to AFMA 70-200mm 2.8 is II
« on: November 27, 2012, 07:48:06 PM »
So i am so excited that i finally got this lens. Sad part is no matter what i do i cannot get it into focus. It always seems to be just a bit off. On closer inspection i noticed i had it at +20 the highest AFMA available and it cannot get accurate focus. It is just a slight bit front focused. I feel like for a 2500 lens I would want it to be acurate. As i am typing this i am wondering if its on when its at 70. The sample images are all cropped and shot at 200. Should i send it and the camera to canon? I have acquired what i consider to be  a set of bodies and lenses i am content with(minus 5d mark iii) and i have heard you can send all you equipment to canon and have it all calibrated to each other. If so what does it cost? Or am i being to picky?

Lenses / 16-35 ii on crop
« on: November 08, 2012, 08:25:50 AM »
Was wondering if anyone else loved using their 16-35mm on their crop cameras. I used it the first time when my wife had dropped my 50mm and no longer af. I knew I loved that focal length so this was a temp way to get it. 16-35 on FF isn't super useful for portrait sessions but on crop at 56mm I have started to really enjoy it.
Wondering if anyone else has found this useful?
Also this is kinda making me think it might be worth looking at the 24-70 which would be much high quality. But similar focal range instead of the primes I have been thinking about....

Lenses / 135mm or 50mm...
« on: October 30, 2012, 08:55:55 AM »
I currently have a 5d ii, 60d, 16-35, 50 1.8(af broken), 24-105, 70-200 is ii.

If i had to narrow down the top two things i do with my stuff it would be portraits/weddings and videography.
i would like to have a prime for lower light video and better background separation in portraits. what would you suggest?
I have narrowed it down to three(sorta). The 135mm or 50mm(1.2 or 1.4).
I have tried the 85mm 1.2 and the focus will not do for video so nice lens but not something I wanna weigh myself down with. I have also used the 100L macro and it was good. I am actual sad i returned it but with focus being so slow it will have to come later as most of my shoots are candid orientated, great for video though.
I have narrowed it down to three(sorta). The 135mm or 50mm(1.2 or 1.4).
I love build quality of the L so would i regret the 50 1.4 like i did the 70-200 non is? or is the 135 really a beast like everyone claims and are we really that close to a 1.8 is that i need to hold off? either waiting for a refurb deal or using the current rebates to get one. Thanks for your input.

Technical Support / This Cant be Correct? Huge AFMA.
« on: October 18, 2012, 12:56:00 PM »
So I have been annoyed by the quality and the focus of my pictures with my lenses now for a while.
I have 5dmarkii, 60d, 70-200 2.8, 24-105,16-35 II.
I finally got around to building this and trying to AFMA(
All my lenses ended up being around +14 or +15. Obviously this would be mean the camera is off by that much. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that +or - 5 was a pretty huge adjustment so I can only imagine that +15 is a massive adjustment and the camera is not accurate at all! Has anyone else seen numbers this high? Is it ok?
I have heard you can send your gear to Canon for a calibration to each other. What is this cost and the worth of this? I was going to do it once I had more of a final kit but if it is so dramatic it would be worth it now.
This might explain why when i had the 100mm 2.8l macro i was unimpressed and returned it to canon.

Lenses / Need advice on buying equipment
« on: September 15, 2012, 12:02:22 AM »
i couldnt find this anywhere on the forum so i figured i would use this as my first post.
I currently have a 50mm 1.8, 24-105 f4, 70-200mm 2.8, 5d mark ii, 60d, 580ex ii, h4n
i have money i have to spend at Best buy and i can not decide what to get. I have thought about a studio flash or new lens.
the flash i am looking at is
I dont exactly have a lens picked out but here is what i shoot.
I shoot equal amounts of video and pictures, I only make money off of pictures currently, for pictures i mostly do weddings, senior pic and family pics.
For video i do a wide range of things from short documentaries for my church to promo video for groups in my town.
i am open to recommendations other then just strobes or lens but those seem to be where i end up. I do want something  that can still help me make money or improve my video skill where i can start getting paid more for those things. I do believe in buying good quality equipment that will last. I will eventually buy the 70-200mm 2.8 is ii in trade for the non-is i have now. any wisdom from people smarter than me would be amazingly helpful. Love this forum and read through most post about everyday! thanks for you help!

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