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Lenses / 24-105 vs 24-70 2.8 ii
« on: March 26, 2014, 01:25:45 AM »
I have had the 24-105 for about 2 years now. I have never been pleased with the quality which is somewhat contradictory to what the general consensus is on this lens.
I recently just purchased the BH deal for the 24-70, and have been eagerly looking forward to this lens. Reviews have been showing this lens to resolve a great amount of detail.
At 1/200 f/4 100 i can get nearly identical results from these two lens. Now it is no where near what pro are testing with but i used tripod, multiple shots picked the sharpest from each lens, and had flash to provide pretty consistent lighting.
Does anyone have these two lens? or also make the upgrade? what are your thoughts?
I will say the color and in camera rendering on the 24-70 is amazing. i love that but worth $1800? i dont feel like its worth is at this point. To be honest i love my two other 2.8 zooms lens but i dont feel like this one stacks up the same.
after looking over the picture samples on the digital picture ( it seems as though i am only looking at the center and the really "upgrade" of this lens will be at the edges.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7R Lust
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:23:43 PM »
Hahaha that's the first time I have seen that one. It's quite silly people are frustrated by it.  Any advice on getting it?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7 / A7R Reviewed by Thom Hogan
« on: March 11, 2014, 10:33:55 PM »
Yeah this seems to be a blind nikon fanboy. Rogers reviews are for the most part unbiased and I think that his take on this contradicts the other gentleman's opinions with fact. Sony may use all those compression but it's not affecting sharpness. I still am considering the a7r. Just want canon to release their version.

Third Party Manufacturers / A7R Lust
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:56:38 PM »
BH has a promo going on to get a new a7r $300 off when you give them any camera. I have an old point and shoot sitting around, and they will give me the money for it. Also the 55/1.8  is dropped down to 798.
I could get a hi MP camera for a pretty darn good deal, for street and portrait photos. This is super tempting. I have been waiting for a 7d2 to switch from cr1 to cr2/3. Hoping it would be a high megapixel camera. I know some people hate the high megapixels but i would love it! I am super tempted by this a great all around carry camera. I would never leave my 5d's at home for any paid video/photo event. But for all that other stuff? travel? street? fun? it would be so nice to have this.
Any advice on waiting for a hiMP canon(even if it was large body i would still stick with canon)?
From what i understand this zeiss 55 is sharp as it gets and pairs beautifully with this body.
also side note i have thought about waiting for the 501.4 art to come out in ef mount.(but this is no means  a small setup with a 5d.

by the way asked my wife for advice- she related it to the boots she just got, so i turn to CR.

Thank you everyone that is great advice. i dont know how many prints but there are usually 100+ in attendance and it will be free most likely to anyone who shows. If its a cost it will be money going to the organization, not profit per picture for me.
$1300 dollars is above what they probably would like to cover, and even at that i would not recieve anything. I am not above charity, but i am at the point where i need to at least have my time covered. I have a wife and first baby on the way. The time with her has a value and to give that  away for nothing seems unreasonable.

I like the idea of getting a print shop to bring something. If they would also do it for "charity" (see above).

It sounds like the print shop or getting a very basic printer and making them small 5x6. Which i dont enjoy as thats a lesser representation of my work and its not really unique or memorable.
Thanks for all your advice. Ill contact them and sit down to discuss options.

Business of Photography/Videography / Help needed! Photography job!
« on: March 03, 2014, 10:03:23 PM »
I am signed up to do a event. It will be a benefit banquet for a boys home. They would like to have a cowboy themed photo booth. The only issue is they want to have me be able to print the pictures instantly. Seems like they would be willing to cover the cost of me buying a printer. I normally just print at my local print shop. I don't really have a lot of experience with instant print type of setup. Should I buy one? Which one? Or should I try to do the print and mailing later? I 8x10 can't be that much to mail. Please help me figure this out!

Software & Accessories / Re: Nanuk cases vs. Pelican/Storm ones?
« on: January 22, 2014, 02:59:02 PM »
I cannot speak to the quality of the Nanuk, but recently purchased and used two of the Pelican cases.
Yes the latch does click loud. Doesnt bother me. It actually makes sure i know its closed. But loud yes.

I received my largest pelican case from b&h and it was cracked on the bottom. I ordered another and used it on a recent overseas trip(shipped under the plane)
It fared well and inside it i had a tripod, and some of my most precious cargo. Including coffee :)

I am very happy with purchases on both pelican cases. I have become more exhausted of carrying my 1540(i think) around for just regular usage. I will probably switch back to my natgeo backpack for most easy occasions. 

Lenses / Re: Which Lens for Ring Photos?
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:36:49 AM »
I can say the 100l is with out a doubt an amazing lens. I was having this same debate until i just waited for it to go on sale at the Canon Direct refurbished store. I thought i was buying a macro lens and that just barely scratches the surface. You get the absolutely best lens that 100mm can off up to 2.8. Portraits have never been better. Yeah you walk a foot or two back but its so worth it. I am not saying that 100 non L isnt good. If you like me you will eventually want the one that is going to deliver absolute best image quality and absolute best features. This is a lens you will have for a long time. I learned the lesson the hard way that buying cheaper just meant i bought twice.
If you have any specific questions about this lens please let me know.
Side note- Best IS out of any lens-excellent for video. if that's applicable for you.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:38:46 AM »
Thank you for increasing my confidence. I sent the broken one back to bh and they will be shipping me a new one. The box wasn't barely scratched at all so I think it was a case of something dropped on it or a fork lift or something pressed down on it while moving something.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / The unbreakable is broken.
« on: December 28, 2013, 01:46:24 AM »
So finally payed up and bought a few pelican cases. 1540 I think and the 1740. Sadly the 1740 got shipped to me cracked! I am blown away! I thought this was the unbreakable box. Super nervous now. The cracking happened when there was nothing in it and the cardboard shipping box had very little to no damage on it. Bought this so I can ship my stuff to Jamaica to do a job. Now wondering if I should switch! Any one had this happen to them ? Should I stay with pelican?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:22:55 AM »
Wow. lots of frustration about the video feature. Before you get to frustrated you should realize that DSLR became extremely more profitable when it increased its customer base. People everywhere are buying dslrs now that they can do both. People who also want a cheaper interchangeable lens system would gladly buy these over similar priced camcorder of far lesser quality.
Also if they get a new person to come on board the canon boat that is a whole new set of lenses, cameras and toys. If a current user buys one new camera its valuable and they love it but the margin difference is massive.
Be happy a bunch of video people decided to pump fountains of money into the R+D the help benefit your picture quality. Now feature wise it does seem that most features are coming out for video but look at the cameras that are out there 1dx and 5d3 are top of the line image producing machines.
We will soon have a megapixelmonster.
Both Photo and Video features have a huge dollar sign. I think it is silly to complain about something that will not disappear and according to historical pricing has not dramatically affected what either party is paying.
Long term this is awesome. More customers to canon=more canon product=more product compatible with canon=more customers to canon.
Its good for all of us. Don't get wadded up on the fact video features are part of the team now too.

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 26, 2013, 09:53:27 AM »
Ok awesome it good to know that they are working so well fo reveryone else! I am starting to learn the weakeness so i can be more proficient at using them. I am excited for canon direct refurbished to have them on sale!

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:30:13 PM »
Awesome! these are some great replies.
I went ahead and ordered the st-e3 .
As i start using the 600 wirelessly what softbox/reflectors can anyone recommend? i think there is value in only buying stuff once but there is also the reality of a budget.

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 15, 2013, 04:24:24 PM »
thank you everyone for all the awesome replies. I think those are valid points about using a off brand flashes. But i also have usedcanon for almost all my stuff. Very rarely do i order offbrand stuff(that sigma 35mm got me close). I think tha canon still sounds like the best decision for me. Glad to know i will be happy with the power. Any other instances where i may run into not enough power?
Would you think its good for wiresless portraits adding fill flash while being farther away?

Lighting / 600ex as main lights
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:44:58 AM »
I have one 600ex and i am seriously considering getting another plus the st-e3. This would be used mainly for event photography and some portraits. Wedding parties etc. Are these bright enough to be used for the formal portraits and adding ambient light at a wedding? I feel like they are pretty powerful but every review i see they are using three on each light stand. I dont have 2500 to use on new speedlights.
I looking at getting stands and maybe using the gary fong for both since they are simple diffuser that works well. I know it wont be the same as having studio strobes but i also dont want to haul those around and have to set them up each time...
Any one have this type of setup?   

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