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Lenses / Re: First fast prime for weddings & portraits
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:20:51 PM »
For me, the combination of 35mm and 85mm on two FF-bodies worked absolutely stellar.
I use this setup for some of the ceremonies where i do not use flash. Works fine if I have freedom to move around (larger church, etc), but not so much in smaller venues. It still works, but I always try to get at least a few wide shots of the venue, so 24 or 10-22 (on crop)comes quite handy.

Lenses / Re: First fast prime for weddings & portraits
« on: October 25, 2013, 12:17:12 PM »
You already have 24-70 f2.8  so that FL is more or less covered with a fast zoom. For indoor weddings you might benefit from 85mm (decide which one - two Canons and one Sigma) or one of 100mm Canon primes (the macro will add some real benefit for weddings details - rings, etc). For outdoor you will really love the 135L - a bargain price-wise for what you get in terms of IQ. For weddings my 85mm 1.8 gets more use than 135L simply because FL is a bit too much for indoors usually.

However, for weddings, I'd suggest adding 70-200 2.8ISII to your 24-70 f2.8. You can add primes down the road. Add  this fast zoom and replace Rebel for 6D - you will be all set.

Canon General / Re: Is this rude or just customer apathy?
« on: October 22, 2013, 06:30:50 PM »
Yep, a deposit (and a contract) is the solution. I always tell the clients that until i have their deposit, the day remains open for other customers.

Lenses / Re: Looking for a great filter for my 135mm f/2 prime, help??
« on: October 22, 2013, 12:56:33 PM »
I have CPL filters from Hoya and B+W. Hoya works fine with the lens cap while B+W has to use their lens cap which is beyond useless and generally is a PITA to use in the field. I also feel that Hoya CPL produces better CPL effect than B+W. Generally B+W is rated above Hoya, so these are just my personal "observations".

For 135L I would get ND filter and thats about it. Cant think of any other filter which you might need for this particular lens. Use the lens hood for protection as was already noted above.

Lenses / Re: Ok, so I took my T3i/24-105 combo to Mexico
« on: October 10, 2013, 05:55:22 PM »
My Mexico kit has 7D, 10-22 plus a prime or two for evening shots (mostly people). I usually take 28/1.8 plus 85/1.8. This kit is quite small and not too heavy. I never had any need in a longer telephoto..

Every time I frame tight on a subject, I go nuts when i get to the part of my workflow when I have to print. 

Cropping is just a part of the process, no big deal really...

Software & Accessories / Re: good shoulder bag?
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:17:33 PM »
I've been using Lowepro Classified 160 AW Shoulder Bag for a few years now whenever I have a small kit to carry around. A very good quality bag. I carry 5DIII with 70-200 2.8IS II attached, plus flash and one more lens. Love this bag big time.

When a model shoot is going really well, I like to click about every 1-2 seconds.  I was hoping that with the speedlight on manual at 1/2  or 1/4 power, that it would keep up, but it didn't.  I lost about one shot out of every 3 or 4 when it didn't fire.  That was with alkaline batteries.  I later tested with eneloops and it worked a little better. 
I think Yongnuo has minimum 2 sec between shots regardless of power. I think I read somewhere this is a tech spec of the flash they produce.

Lenses / Re: 85mm prime recommendation
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:04:39 PM »
IMO, the choice of 85 depends on the use. I have no experience with Sigma, but 85L and 85/1.8 are two different tools for two different jobs due to different AF speed. Yes, there is also IQ difference but if your AF is not fast enough for the job then IQ is not going to help much. I have 85/1.8 and i love it on FF. It was a good lens on a crop body, but it shines on FF. I love it for AF speed, small size and low cost, so I carry it quite often - trips, casual shoots, outdoor kids shoots, etc, etc. Yes, there is FL overlap with 70-200 but due to weight and size difference, the 70-200 is hardly a casual lens which you would just throw into your bag next time you go for a walk in the park with kids or go on a beach vacation. I would also think twice before I take 85L to all those places. Might be missing shots due to slow AF and might also have concerns regarding safety of the lens - the replacement cost is substantial. So yeah, I would start thinking about this purchase from the usage angle first. Just my 2c

I donno much about video production, but I loved the style of this short documentary. Emotions of the day are well captured. Great work!

What Dave_NYC said - you need to adapt to a location every time you shoot. Most of the time you can scout the location before the day, so you will have a game plan which FL to pick. I'm in the same situation with my two bodies and the way i see it, 7D is not really the best option for any indoor events. I've used it for quite a long time (was one of the first 7D adopters) and yes, you can mange considering good lenses, flash, etc. But right now i can see a significant difference in IQ comparing to 5DIII.

In general, for now I keep (just like others suggested here) a wider end on my FF body and a longer lens on 7D. I also try to pair 7D with a prime whenever possible. Most of the time I  use two lens setup for indoor ceremonies  35L+ 85/1.8. But thats mostly for indoor ceremonies. For outdoor I do the opposite - 10-22 on crop and 70-200 on FF. 7D is perfectly fine for my needs when it comes to outdoor locations. Its the indoor when I see the limitations.

As the OP mentioned events, I'd say 70-200mm f2.8L IS II is the best bet. The lens is heavy but if you can manage it - this will be as good as it gets in this range. I was fine with 70-200 4.0 IS until i got into events (weddings).

Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:57:12 PM »
It really depends on what you are shooting usually. I love primes, but I use f8-f11 on my zoom for studio shooting. Groups of people at events are also tough to shoot wide open (unless you want to isolate one particular person in the group). But for individual portraits outdoors or indoors without lights - yeah, I'll be mostly shooting wide open.

Canon General / Re: Priest meltdown over photographer at wedding. Ouch!! :O
« on: September 30, 2013, 03:46:04 PM »
Establishing a good connection/mutual understanding with a priest BEFORE the ceremony is essential. Any wedding photog has to know this. Getting that close to the priest's back is always asking for trouble. At the same time, I'd say that to some extent both the photogs and the priest are responsible for the situation. If the priest thought that an outside wedding should have the same rules as a wedding in church in terms of freedom of movement for the photogs - then he had to mention that before the ceremony. You can't mess up someone's ceremony by things like that. Look at the groom's and bride's faces in that video. So yeah, I'd say both - the photogs and the priest are responsible. I doubt both will be recommended by the couple to their friends (unless the photogs managed to get amazing shots done). But nobody wants a ceremony with an angry priest...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 30, 2013, 12:21:04 PM »
Gilbo65 Thank you for taking time to respond!

Looking at the images in this thread and some deals on 6D I'm now thinking that I should strongly consider 6D as my second FF body...

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