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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:08:16 AM »
Thanks for sharing - nice shots Gilbo65! Among other things I loved the colors (the sky) in the images. Did you use a CPL for the lens or was the color enhanced in post?

Lenses / Re: Which Lens Canon 85mm 1.8 or 135 L
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:42:35 AM »
Situation is I have a tight studio, reach on the 135 might be tight, but the optics are probably superior.
Want an 85 1.2 but can't really afford it. The 1.8 might be a good compromise based on price, smaller reach for tighter spaces, I kind of think 440 might be much when the 50 1.8 is $100.
If you've got a tight studio, I'd strongly suggest don't get either the 135 or an 85. Both good lenses, but you need some flexibility. If money is tight, seriously consider a pre-owned 70-200 f/4 non-IS. Make no mistake. This is class-glass. The flexibility a zoom brings to the table cannot be underestimated. Especially one as optically strong as any of Canon's 70-200 offerings.


I agree with the above. Zooms for studio work. My studio space is tight and i use 24-105 most of the time. With lights you stop down anyway. I would go nuts with just a prime when working several hours in studio (and I love primes). Too limiting... For outdoors - thats a different story. I have 85/1.8 and 135L and i use both. 85 more of a casual lens (or clients with kids) and 135 is when I work for a client (beauty, fashion, portraiture, etc) and location allows this focal length. Both lenses on FF produce great results, but 135 always feels a bit special.

Lenses / Re: 24-105L or 24-70L (F4 or F2.8)?
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:23:33 AM »
For "portraits and travel" I would simply change your lens setup by selling 70-200/4 and getting 70-200/2.8IS and adding to it 24-105 which can be found these days brand new for a crazy price since so many of them on the market being sold as kit lenses. In terms of $$ you will be in a better situation than just purchasing a new 24-70/2.8. In terms of travel you will have a better walkaround range 24-105 for travel and a great 70-200/2.8 portrait zoom lens which is the best zoom in this focal length (lets face it - 24-70 is not the most preferred portrait focal length out there). With time, for travel I would add a 35L or a Sigma to your travel kit and then you're golden.  But if you do travel shooting as a pro and you are OK with spending almost 3 times more for 24-70 with a better IQ then yeah that might be a better option. I'm not sure how often you will be using 2.8 for travel though. I guess it depends on what exactly you're shooting while travelling.

Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 25, 2013, 11:51:24 AM »
I would keep the zooms and add one prime at a time to see how often I use it. In your situation i would add 135L to your zooms setup. This is a great portrait and street lens and relatively inexpensive. See how often you prefer it over your 70-200 zoom. See if the IQ difference justifies having a fixed FL lens.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Canon EOS 5D Mark III and more
« on: September 11, 2013, 03:26:42 PM »
Nice price! I was lucky to buy a combo and after a good sale of 24-105 I got the price to pretty much the same level back a year ago. But now just looking at this  deal i'm instantly getting wild thoughts of getting an extra body....

Lenses / Re: I just ordered my new 70-200 f2.8 MkII today!
« on: September 09, 2013, 07:12:42 PM »
Congrats! I've exchanged my 4.0IS for the 2.8IS II a week ago. Still trying to get used to this beast. Extremely happy overall!  ;D

Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:07:28 AM »

The Mt Rainier shot could benefit from the "Lumosity Blend" technique Kieth goes over at NL to make the mountain stand out without boosting the sky or overly altering the color.

If you don't mind me posting an edit of your image I can show an example.
Interesting article, thanks for the link!

Lenses / Re: How to carry 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII
« on: September 05, 2013, 02:21:21 PM »
I usually carry this lens, attached to a gripped body, with the lens facing backwards between my left arm and torso. The camera body then rests against my arm and torso. I've seen a pro do this, and copied the technique. It's surprisingly comfortable once you get used to it. I usually keep hold of the neck strap with my right hand just in case.

Yeah, I do that too. An old, slightly modified habit back from the army days when i was shooting real stuff  ;D

Lenses / Re: How to carry 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII
« on: September 05, 2013, 11:46:16 AM »
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the responses. Yes, I'll be looking at RS or CS systems for the next wedding season. I am currently using a Double Sling from OP/TECH USA and absolutely love it, but if I want to carry 5D+70-200 combo I guess would need to use the lens tripod mount and move to RS or CS system. I know there are posts about these systems right here on CR forum, so I'll check them out. I understand so far that the largest difference is that CS allows easy tripod mount without removing the strap. I also love that the CS harness can be separated into two parts for a single strap..

Give a person a fish, you feed them for a day.  Teach a person to fish, you lose a steady customer.
LOL  So true.

Lenses / Re: Big price Drop On the EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS USM
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:48:36 PM »
Thats it. I'm keeping my 7D with 10-22 just for fun and travel. Not a bad back up either...

Lenses / Re: How to carry 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII
« on: September 03, 2013, 01:42:17 PM »
Thanks guys... This means I need to move to a different strap/harness system now... My current one is not using the tripod mount...

I also see a lot of folks carrying the same combo just by the hand grip without holding or securing the lens. Is it safe? I guess not too safe as per your recommendations to use the tripod ring for the strap...

Lenses / How to carry 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:39:26 PM »
I have a question regarding how to properly carry this combo - 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII. I usually carry two bodies on a strap (double sided harness), never had any issues. But the new 70-200/2.8ISMKII is quite heavy and I am concerned if it may brake off the camera body mount if I continue to carry this combo just like that - a strap attached to the camera body. Should I attach the strap to the lens instead (the tripod mounting ring)? Seems awkward though...  Carrying one camera seems simple enough, but i am concerned regarding when i have to carry two cameras at the same time...

Share your experience please...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark III or 6d or stick with 7d
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:15:02 AM »
I had the 7D pretty much from the release and was quite happy with it. But now comparing to 5DMKIII the difference in IQ is quite noticeable. But it also depends on what you do. While studio work is not much different with the 5, the indoor shots (weddings without a flash) are almost night and day. While I appreciate the extra fl from the 7, I am now seriously considering switching it for another 5. I'm noticing that unless i want to use my 10-22 lens or i have to work with two bodies, the 7D pretty much always stays in the bag now.

Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 28, 2013, 11:05:28 AM »
IMO, the 35-85-135 combo works better if you shoot mostly people, than 24-50-etc. 

I would love to add the 85L to my set, but then i would need to carry two 85mm lenses - one for action/candids (85 1.8) and one for posed shots (85L). Tough to justify in my situation.

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