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Lenses / Re: Best effective use of my 50mm f/1.4
« on: January 03, 2013, 12:00:27 AM »

I found the DOF on the 85 f/1.2 to be hard to work with in an active people moving around setting. If one person in the shot moves a bit forward the shot can be ruined, or with two people flanking a central subject and at a slight angle. I guess I can give it all a try. I do know what you mean about APS-C bodies. Something fun about them and an EF series lens. I personally enjoy my 100 f/2.8 Macro on that camera more then the 5d3.
I totally understand what you mean. I had the 85 1.2 ii for about a week. I like it...sorta. When people were sitting still and i got the focus right it was very good. But for weddings, portraits or any other seemingly high paced picture environment it was just a really frustrating endeavor.
Yeah the 100 2.8 has actually become one of my favorites to play around with. I can use it to take a great sharp picture and then very easily be operating the camera in video mode and it looks like i have a stabilizer. The IS works so well.
I do love the 50mm range as well. I am eager about looking for an upgrade to any of the 50mm line. Not that the current ones are good i just havent purchased one yet(other than the 501.8ii and my wife dropped it. Great manual focus lens now) and so i might as well wait to purchase one of the upgraded ones. Especially if it has IS. It does wonders for video. And it just as fun to toy around with when there is no tripod available.

Lenses / Re: Best effective use of my 50mm f/1.4
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:11:38 AM »
If the depth of field on the 100 2.8 is to shallow for what your looking for then the 85mm 1.2 would not be the lens for you. And personally just because its a lens that receives rave reviews calling it the best portrait lens doesn't mean its a lens for your portraits. I think if you should give it a chance and you have already done that but if there are things that drive you nuts then getting it again isn't going to remove them. Get 85 1.8 if you like that focal length, save your self a bunch of money, and you will get a lens that looks great stopped down.
As far as using your 50 1.4 on a crop camera that is great. Some of my favorite lens combinations are with EF lens on EF-s camera. I would challenge you to find out why though. Is it the focal length? is it the smaller body? Once you know what you like about it you can decipher for yourself if a new lens is the key to carry your style to a full frame.

Software & Accessories / Re: Filter help!
« on: December 27, 2012, 01:46:04 AM »
Not all but most. I often like to go hiking with just two bodies and two lenses. It's nice to be able to take our reflections or for landscape spreads.
When it comes to portrait or weddings I don't know that it is useful for anything there so I never really take them.

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 / Re: World's First EOS-1D C Motion Image Shoot
« on: December 26, 2012, 01:16:07 AM »
"This is the future".  Sure.  But with the 1DC?  I don't think so.

Motion blur is a big problem.  Since this shoots at 24fps, you're basically talking 1/24 shutter speed.  Right?  Well even relatively slow studio shooting is done at 1/160.  Right?  To guarantee you don't get any motion blur.  The technological leap to go from 1/24 - 1/160 is quite huge.  I mean, you can probably drop that down to 1/60 but your subjects will have to be moving pretty slow or very still.  Maybe for studio work.
Yes it shoots at 24 frames per second  but the speed at which each of those frames is taken at is what is important. There is a big difference between shoot 1/50 and 1/1000 both at 24fps. The 1/50 will have the motion blur you speak of and will create a smoother looking video but a 1/1000 you would see cleaner sharper still frames captured from the video. Although you have lost a lot of light from that and so as far as being useful for wedding photography? Not unless its a noon sunny day. Every wedding I've done is indoors and darker than preferred. So I would still rather time my 20+mp shoot with lower shutter speed and ISO then blindly hope a frame would be caught.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS Exists as a Working Prototype [CR2]
« on: December 25, 2012, 09:54:32 PM »
I for one am excited about this lens. Had i not seen this rumor i would have probably purchased the 24-70II. If they can do similiar quality in a IS model i will totally go for it. I understand there will be a cost difference and probably a fair amount at that.
I am getting tired of using 24-105 at 4 all the time. Honestly i don't really enjoy that lens and have been looking for a better general purpose zoom. But f4 is to dark for what i want to use it for. So to have f2.8 and IS? Thats like having a general purpose zoom at F1.4(subjects not moving). Thats huge.
And its just icing on the cake for video.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:45:04 PM »
I waited and bought mine at a chain store. I have really come to like their warranties. Some times can be a little fishy and not really working out but for the time that i returned a slightly off focus 70-200 2.8 and they not knowing how to test a lens gave me a 70-200 is ii back... same price.... yeah i win. So i went with them again for the 5d mark iii. Not because I am hoping to scam them but everytime i take a camera in for repair they always repair it or just replace it. So i think the highest i have ever been on a shutter count is about 35k-45k. Warranties i believe are worth it and the extra hassle. I have a warranty on just about everything i own except my 5d mark ii. 
I also got a good deal (2600) on the mark 3 so it made it easier to add the warranty price.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 60D Stock Levels Getting Low?
« on: December 23, 2012, 12:08:20 PM »
I actually really liked the 60d. I now have the 5d ii and iii. It was the first dslr I ever had and I bought it on the day it was released. The screen was amazing for video. I will eventually go back and either get another before they disappear but I am also hoping I know what either a 70d or 7d mark ii have to offer. I love the great build quality feature because my cameras see water often. But I also enjoyed the vari angle of the 60d and I have about 500gb of sd cards. I will wait to see what those two have to offer though because 1080p 60 would be worth it or even the new headphone jack. Eventually a apsc camera will be back with me but for now I am more than happy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:46:34 AM »
My wife got me one year. Bought me when of those lens cups. They even come in a canon box. Well sorta but for that first 8 seconds it really looks like a 24-105. I was clever but also kinda sad. Hah

Somehow I am feeling the urge to laugh and to cry at the same time.
What a dissonance...
i just read my post and it looks like i barely speak english. Thats what i get for using my phone when i first wake up. Yeah i was so disappointed. Not in my wife obviously she is amazing and very sneaky with her gift giving. I was just so sure for the first 8 seconds and then my spirit just dropped! ha i am still hoping to get her back this year!

Lenses / Re: Lens dilemma
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:50:06 AM »
One quick suggestion. I had the 70-200. It was nice. But it didn't quite have the pop I had seen when I had rented the is ii. I ended up selling the 70-200 and getting the 70-200 is ii. It was worth and I am glad I did especially since I got focal and learned to afma. It a more versatile lens. If your saying you would use it all the time in my opinion get the lens you will have for the next 15 years and will meet the needs of any environment. Turn off the is and your back to a better sharper 2.8.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:41:48 AM »
My wife got me one year. Bought me when of those lens cups. They even come in a canon box. Well sorta but for that first 8 seconds it really looks like a 24-105. I was clever but also kinda sad. Hah

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Do you miss APS-C?
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:45:01 PM »
went ahead and ordered the 5d mark iii. I got it for 2600 from a dealer where i can get a warranty, and with my 1300 credit i ended up at about 1300 for it. For only 500 more than the 6d i think it was worth it. And worth the wait. so excited.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Do you miss APS-C?
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:36:21 AM »
Ok so last question. I got the money and they are going to mark down the mark III if i want it. only question is i watched the new episode of Digital Rev Tv and they compare the 5d to the 6d. The 6d looked like it had way better image quality under high iso. I would assume they werent stupid enough to make the test non-comparable(jpeg to raw, high iso noise on vs off)
That kinda scared me. I am bored of the 5d II auto focus and by far ready for a better auto focus but at the cost of a higher iso image quality! thats pretty frustrating! anywhere else i can find a good similar comparison between high iso of these?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Do you miss APS-C?
« on: December 14, 2012, 11:31:04 AM »
Awesome! Thanks guys that's what I needed to hear.
I have enough and am going to go with the 5d iii.
I like what was said about how gaining an apsc is very easy especially if its just for the reach. I will miss the vari angle but if I get the 5d now then as time goes on the 60d will only get cheaper and the 7d ii will be announced even though it will be pricey. I will need a apsc though because you can't crop video but for pictures it will be awesome. And with the 5d ii and iii I think they will be good match for each other. I hope the 5d ii still gets used. Haha

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Do you miss APS-C?
« on: December 14, 2012, 01:53:23 AM »
So I did get rid of my 60d.  I won't miss the ISo but I will miss that screen.
So now I have about 3000 to spend. Obvious is the 5d 3 but I cannot decide if I should wait. Ill just have to wait and see what is announced here soon.

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