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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Street Photography Advice...
« on: April 26, 2013, 09:40:10 PM »
I am throuroghly impressed! That was an amazing post sir! Thank you for the valuable input.
We will be going in the beginning of August. So if it will still be rainy that does sound like a factor in my decision making.
So far your review of the x100s only seems to back up what I am reading else where. I just want to make sure it is something I can use in combination with the other things I use my cameras for.
Sounds like I need to find a place where I can try both a Leica and a x100s to see what feel I want. I feel like with the x100s I am making a temporary investment whereas with the Leica or sigma it's more long term and usability.
So far that is what's keeping me from going to a x100s.
If canon made a Leica type design using ef or Efs lenses they would have my money faster than anything but eos m just is t cutting it yet.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Street Photography Advice... now with Eos-M
« on: April 26, 2013, 10:30:31 AM »
I have a 14 day trip to indonesia at the end of the summer. I love street photography and would like that to be a huge part of the trip while i am there.
I currently have a canon 5d III, 5d II, 24-105,70-2002.8 ii, 85 1.8, 50 1.8, 16-35 ii, 100mm 2.8.
I also have the canon AE-1 and a 50mm 1.8.
I feel like having the AE-1 has changed the way i look at street photography.
Its such an easier smaller form.
So i have been looking at a few options as i dont want to take this full list of lenses to Indonesia.
1-Fuji Film X100s-fast focusing(sorta), small form, good focal length-fixed lens
2-Sigma 35 F/1.4 incredible sharp(apparently), works with 5d iii
3-renting a leica for that time period and see if that is the way i want to go

I shoot in such a photojournalistic style at what ever i do(event, wedding, street, portraits) i want to make sure the equipment i have fits that agenda.
I have been hoping forever that canon would come out with some digital randefinder but unless this new EOS M rumors comes true and is out of character for canon i am still back to these 3 options as far as i can tell...Thanks in advance for all your help.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Future of EOS M [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 10:00:37 AM »
I was sorely disappointed in the EOS M. It was t a game changer at all so this news is somewhat exciting for me although I am not getting my hopes up.
My opinion is that they could blow things away if they had a large sensor with some quick basic lenses. Go very simple on body design as well like x100s. I am very tempted right now to  getting that camera. I know canon can come out with something better but it may not be good for business to do so.

So excited Arizonans represent on this forum! I live in flagstaff az. Best of all worlds- 1 hour from Grand Canyon- 30 minute from Sedona. And smack dab in the middle of as much pine as you will ever want.
Let me know if you have any questions about Sedona or flagstaff area. I can probably save you some time hunting for spots. You can pm me if you need.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Microphone recommendations?
« on: March 30, 2013, 09:18:34 AM »
Rode videomic pro is the way to go. Love it the sound is about as good as you are going to get out of on camera shotgun.
One note- it is obvious but just in case. Shotgun mics are directional. So I only bring that up because if your shooting family on your vacation make sure all the people talking are very close to each other.
If you are shooting landscape/culture and want mic for ambient realize its going to be super directional ambient sounds. For this I would recommend rode stereo mic.
Also those have been linked with plural eyes in the past when your purchase it!
Enjoy good sound.

Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 23, 2013, 07:00:46 PM »
I actually use mine quite a bit. So much so that I am trying to slow down. I use it a ton for event photography which is a horrible idea in my opinion. Its distortion can really mess with people if they are not center frame. I have the 24-105 and i do not like it so i end up going with 16-35 zoomed in to lessen the amount of distortion.
It is amazing for video. I cannot stress how great this lens is to use for any video i do. Just enough zoom and goes wide enough i can get a full room in a shot.
Basically i wouldnt sell it to get another lens. I love my wide angle i just need to learn to use it at the right times.

Lenses / Re: Advice on a telephoto lens for street photography
« on: March 05, 2013, 11:33:23 PM »
I cannot speak for the other lenses but i can say the 100mm 2.8l should not be use for night time street shots unless  you plan on manually focusing. The lens is amazing but i have to switch to something faster for focusing. In my experience with street photography you have a split second to capture a look if your lens is spinning back and forth it can get real old real quick.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Made the Jump
« on: March 01, 2013, 09:41:02 PM »
I wouldnt sell it.
Lets be honest how much are you really going to get from it? I have a 5d mark II and III and i am looking to get a third camera(it makes more sense for me because i do video where multiple are required)
But it is huge to have a camera that if i have the one risky shot I can do it with more confidence.
To me i would never sell almost any equipment to finance other equipment.
For example i could sell the 24-105 to get the 24-70II but when shooting video or having multiple cameras at a shoot is so much more helpful then the 600 dollars i would get for it.
just my opinion.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: 35mm 1.4
« on: February 26, 2013, 10:48:03 AM »
I have 5d mark iii and ii.
Yes i did mean ISO 12233.
I have the 85mm 1.8(don't really like 85mm 1.2ii just because of focus method). So i have the tighter portraits for the most part covered.
I am deciding between the 35 f2 is and 35 1.4(sigma) or waiting on a improved 50mm.
I think probably one of the best ways would be to "lock" my 16-35 at 35 and play with that focal length for a bit. I know i want a fast 50(my 50 1.8ii and FD 50 1.8 are among my favorite lenses).
I guess i am just unsure of the value of the 35mm and it seems to be a valuable to a lot of my type of photography and videography. I appreciate all your input. Its good to hear that the sigma is doing so well. I have never bought anything non-canon so i am a little apprehensive but it seems to be a great way to go. Hope Canon comes out with a upgraded L before i make my decision as that would probably change things

Third Party Manufacturers / 35mm 1.4
« on: February 26, 2013, 08:45:11 AM »
I am currently missing a large aperture lens. I am really looking for one for portraits And wedding/event environments. I looked at the sigma compared to the canon and it is way better based of the digital picture ISO 12800. Also there is the 35mm f2 is that looks pretty amazing but I first want to know if there is a huge difference between 1.4 And 2 at 35mm. If not that huge the is on the f2 would be amazing for video for me.
I have wanted a 50mm for a while but am just waiting because I would like to see a new one. The 50mm 1.2 and 1.4 is so close in quality but I would like to buy a sealed lens that isn't one I am going to want to upgrade Down the road.

Is a 35mm tight enough that the background stays blurred? Or would waiting for a upgraded 50 be better?

Technical Support / Re: Why won't mountain lion find my 5D3?
« on: February 24, 2013, 09:43:41 PM »
I have lightroom 4.3 and mac 10.7.5.
I am actually starting to believe that it is an issue with my mac.
I had a friend trying to plug a usb drive into one of my usb ports today and it would take forever to fully load. Felt a lot like trying to get the pictures to load. I think that my usb ports are having issue because there is no wayt they should be loading that slowly. I can plug a USb device into the port and it works fine but the usb storage is Very slow...

Technical Support / Re: Why won't mountain lion find my 5D3?
« on: February 24, 2013, 06:53:36 AM »
I would like to know this as well. Also in Lightroom my 5d3 takes forever or never to load the image previews so I don't know what I am importing

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark ii with WiFi/GPS or Without?
« on: February 20, 2013, 01:24:52 AM »
And, for that matter, can we please just have the articulating screen already? Anyone that doesn't like it can just LEAVE IT WHERE IT IS. Seriously, I've needed one this entire week...and no, I don't want to go buy a dedicated monitor. That's a stupid suggestion.

Huge 1+
Miss this so much with my 60d.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:23:44 PM »
Not sure why there is a lot of complaining. This camera sounds awesome! Not need for full frame. I have been waiting for an apsc camera to work well along side my 5d's. the spec list sounds great! Hope it sooner than later.

I wonder if the price is kit or body? My guess is its body. As long as they offer body option ill be happy I have no need for another kit lens.

Lighting / How to use flash with av,tv
« on: February 10, 2013, 01:51:11 AM »
I have a question that has been plaguing me for quite some time. I have searches every where but apparently I am not typing in the right search terms.
Whenever I have a flash on either 5d2/3 and it is in av,tv mode I feel as though the camera is not compensating for the flash. IE instead of an appropriate exposure of 1/60 it will be at 1" as though I didn't even have a flash on there. I felt as though it did this on my 60d when I still had it. By my 5d2 didn't. I assumed it was like the ISO 400 thing and would be fixed on 5d3.
However after using the 600exrt and 5d3 tonight it seems much more likely user error.
Please can someone explain this and possible some other flash thing like why it goes to ISo 400 ??
Or tell me where to look or how to play and figure it out.
This forum is so useful to me in learning the functions of some of the more technical sides of cameras.

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