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Lenses / Trying to justify purchasing a 200mm f2.0
« on: November 29, 2012, 12:03:35 AM »
Hey guy, I'm Thinking about buying the 200mm f2, I love the 200mm on my 70-200 2.8 is ii, but I don't know if the 200 f2 will make things all that better.
My 70-200 is my dedicated sports lens, but I want to use the 200 for low ligh sports, and a medium telephoto for some portraits as well as some other things, 200 is my decided range.
I just want to hear your opinions on wether or not the purchase would be worth it over the 70-200, an also, has anybody used it with TCs, because I know they make nice 400mm f4's and okay ~300mm 2.8's

EOS Bodies / Canon's roadmap
« on: November 25, 2012, 12:24:41 AM »
Canon's road through the photography world has become very bumpy, and I think many people have gotten lost.
Please help the community, and comment, add, or correct.

Lenses / 35mm 1.4 vs. 50mm 1.2: aps-c upgrade
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:16:23 PM »
If I were to upgrade to a 7d or the future 7d replacement what should I upgrade to for my standard lens.
I currently have a 50mm 1.8 and a 28mm 1.8. And I want to upgrade to some l glass. I will give my 50mm 1.8 to my brother who is beginning with his rebel. The question is, should I keep the 28mm and get the 50mm 1.2, making a 40mm and 80mm equivalent. Or should I sell the 28 and get the 35mm 1.4, which will make a 55mm equivalent. These are my options for portraits. I have a wide angle, and a telephoto already, so these are portrait specific.
Or, could this be an easy sacrifice of $500 by selling the 28, and getting the canon 50mm 1.2 along with the new sigma 35mm 1.4

Lenses / X-mas: 16-35mm 2.8 ii vs. canon 50mm 1.2
« on: November 18, 2012, 10:13:15 AM »
hey, guys, trying to decide which lens i should go for for X-mas.
the two lenses are the lenses above. i have enough money to buy one. so which one should i chooses. i specialize in sports, portraits, and landscapes, so i want to choose, what would be better first. please also consider a 14-24 2.8 and a 50mm 1.2 ii. example, if i get the 16-35 now, i'll get the 50mm ii later.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Dslr upgrade: I found my Niche
« on: November 12, 2012, 05:22:19 PM »
Hey guys, I've found what I specialize at, and I'm looking to upgrade.
I'm now specializing in sailing(action sports), and I enjoy portraits and landscapes. Im trying to decide on a dslr, and it's hard to decide.

What I need:
-aps-h or full-frame sensor: I can maneuver close enough to boats where I can use a 70-200 at 200mm, or I can use my 2x extender
-good focusing: the sailors are moving fast
-good ISO performance: I need high shutter speeds, at f4 and 5.6 if I use my extenders. Fps isn't a big deal, 5-8 works.

I'd prefer the 1d series due to the bulk since the weight will prevent shake, and the weather sealing is important, even though I'll have a cover, I don't want to take any chances.
I'm wavering between the 1diii, iiis, and 1div.
I really don't want to go to the mark ii, because even my friend who owns one is confused by it.

Software & Accessories / L-bracket grip
« on: October 20, 2012, 09:19:57 PM »
Hey guy, I'm looking to upgrade my dslr in the future. I'm going to get a l-bracket for landscape, wildlife and portraits when I use my tripod. Regardless of the brand, material, model, etc., will the bottom part of the bracket interfere with the grip on my battery grip. If I doesn't, I may just remove the bracket for stuff other than studio, wildlife, landscape, and other monopod/tripod use. Please don't give me the option of not using, a grip, because it is just more comfortable for me.

Lenses / Canon fd lenses
« on: October 11, 2012, 08:41:24 PM »
Hey, I'm looking at some old canon fd bodies, for a film class I'm doing.
I'd like to know what some good fd primes would be.
I'd like to stay under 1000 for the total, and I'm going to get an fd to ef adapter, so I can use them mf.
I'd like a fast 50, a short telephoto, and maybe a wideangle and an ultrawide

Lenses / Sigma 300mm
« on: October 01, 2012, 06:43:14 PM »
Popular 3rd party 300mm
Sigma 300mm 2.8-$3,399
Sigma 120-300 2.8 os-$3,199

Why is this???

The 120-300 is newer, is a zoom, so it should be more expensive, has os, and apparently faster af.

Why is the prime more expensive?

Lenses / Canon 200mm 2.8 l ii: what's the deal
« on: September 30, 2012, 11:15:33 PM »
Ive seen lately that this les is one of canons most undersold lenses, why.
The only reason I've heard why people haven't upgraded, is because most people with a 70-300 or 75-300 go to a 70-200 f4. But this lens is even cheaper, and it is 2.8.

Lenses / Canon 50mm f1.4 is (L?)
« on: September 29, 2012, 09:36:56 PM »
What do you expect to seein this new lens if it comes out any time soon

Lenses / The sports and wildlife king.
« on: September 29, 2012, 08:57:33 PM »
This poll is not based on what your line of expertise, this is a wildlife/sports competition.
Pretend you aone going on a wildlife expedition, or to a sports game. You are going to use this lens handheld, with a monopod, a tripod, extenders, etc.
Which would you choose.

My question is clear, sigma has a cheaper 50mm 1.4, that is newer, and made for digital camera, with all it's coatings, and apparently it has a special digital focusing system. But, then there is the 1.2 l, it has about half a stop of luminosity more, which I don't know what difference that makes, and it's an "l" lens.

Please keep in mind that I'm asking which is better in total and in different ways.

This is to fill a gap in my range, (16-35 and 70-200 2.8 is ii), so I'm looking for one that won't fail me

Lenses / Canon 300 2.8 (is)
« on: September 29, 2012, 09:48:13 AM »
Hey guys, I'm working on some wildlife now, and my 70-200 2.8 is ii and my extenders aren't giving me enough reach.
I found a local photographer wanting to sell his canon 300 2.8 l non-is.

My question is, will using the lens with the extenders even on a monopod case blurry photos?
Sharpness is also important since I'm doing some large prints.
Should I try to negotiate a deal with him, or should I just save up and get the is 1 or 2?

Lenses / Wide angle/standard zoom
« on: September 28, 2012, 12:35:00 PM »
Hey guys, I'm having a bit of a dilemma, I'm trying to decide which way to go gear wise to accommodate my 70-200 2.8 l is ii. I am an enthusiast looking to move up to a ff, and shoot landscapes, portraits, and some sports(why I got the 70-200 and my extenders.)
I'm deciding between a canon 16-35 2.8 and maybe a sigma 50mm 1.4/canon 1.2 l/new canon 50mm 1.4
1.) a great wide angle that is good for portraits
2.) a good 50mm as an upgrade from my 1.8 that will bridge the gap
1.) there is the fact that I may need a bunch of filters, which could be worth it.
2.)it may be more expensive

Or, a canon 17-40 and a canon 24-70 2.8 l mark 1
1.) a good standard zoom that works for portraits, and vacation
2.) those along with my 70-200, I have constant 77mm, so I can carry less filters.
1.)may be heavier
2.)the weight may be a problem.
3.) if I only use the 24-70, it may be hard to take wide scenes.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Working with film
« on: September 27, 2012, 09:53:26 PM »
I have aproblem,

Im starting a photography class in my high school next year, but the first year is film only.
I want to find a cheap canon film slr that is a descent camera, but won't break the bank, and the price won't hurt me if I dont use the camera for a long time.
I need to make sure it has a canon ef mount, or else I can't use my lenses.

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