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Lenses / Re: Do you still love 24-105L?
« on: April 25, 2013, 03:29:19 PM »
I have a lot of love for my 35L and 135L. I enjoy shooting with a small 28 1.8 and with 85 1.8. My 24-105 is a tool. No mad love, no pasion. However, I use it a lot when i work with strobes. This is practically my workhorse for home studio work. This lens for studio plus primes for everything else. So yeah, I'm not planning to sell mine anytime soon. No love, but a very strong practical relationship.  ;D

Very nice photos from both photographers. I would also like to know how these photos were created:


What is texture-city? Could you please elaborate? Beautiful work...

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: mini review: Yongnuo 568EX
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:52:14 AM »
Thanks for review! I ordered mine direct from yongnuostore. Still waiting for it to be delivered (ordered end of March).

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon prices after 30th of March ?
« on: April 04, 2013, 03:10:21 PM »
Like I said - wait a bit after the month start and the holidays. Price for Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II already dropped to or below its March pricing. Not sure about other stuff though...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon prices after 30th of March ?
« on: April 02, 2013, 05:16:23 PM »
Give it a few days after holidays. Pricing is kinda odd right now. I'm looking at Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and currently it is less expensive in Canada than in the US.  :o

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: March 28, 2013, 12:05:11 PM »

XNSA1877 by PVC 2012, on Flickr

Wow thats a really cool shot!!!

As already noted - for studio shooting the 2.8 vs 4.0 does not really matter. 24-105 is a workhorse for my studio work where extra 70-105mm FL does make a difference. In fact, for me this extra FL is so big, that I never even considered a 24-70 FL for studio use. If I need an even tighter shot then i go for  135 prime.

For outdoor use where there is a lot of use for faster lens its a different story.  However, i still would not mind to have 2.8 AND that extra 70-105mm FL.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Emergency wedding, of sorts.
« on: February 06, 2013, 01:30:09 PM »
Well said Rusty.

Lenses / Re: How much would you pay for Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L IS
« on: February 05, 2013, 02:16:40 PM »
i'll be happy to pay for 24-105 2.8 IS around $2300 price. That would be a golden lens. Not really interested in 24-70 fl.

Lighting / Re: Paul Buff Cybersync advice
« on: January 31, 2013, 03:21:18 PM »
I'm using 1/200 without any problems, not at full power though (AB800). You can also check with their tech/customer support - they are truly awesome.  I believe it will also depend on how much power of your AB you are using.

Another vote for alienbees. No idea what your budget is though. One thing you will need to remember when buying your lights is how you are going to control them. Controlling light in a tight space can be challenging. Speedlights can also be a cheaper option but keep in mind recycle time. Might be a pain for longer sessions. I would stay away from continuous lights. Just my 2c

Lenses / Re: Lens Help..EF 28mm f1.8 any good?
« on: January 30, 2013, 11:09:05 AM »
I was always happy with my copy when I used it. Very sharp, light, small. Makes a crop or a ff body more portable and less noticeable. I do have a 35L now, so the 28 does not get as much use anymore. But every time I mount it on a body, I get doubts regarding selling it.  I'm not sure about your application for this lens, but it is a great take-along prime for indoor and poor light shooting.

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Single raw real estate photos
« on: January 29, 2013, 11:55:42 AM »
The interior shots look fine (especially considering this is not a high pay assignment). I would still bring down the vibrance of the outdoor image. Somehow for me this high vibrance and bad patches of grass on the left make the overall impression of an older building. Overall, good job for a quick $$  ;)

Street & City / Re: Your best street shots of any kind.
« on: January 22, 2013, 01:31:33 PM »
This was taken at an impromptu demonstration against the British National Party.

I happened to be walking down Glasgow's main shopping area with my camera bag when my attention was taken by some ragtags and bobtails wearing hi-vis vests with the union jack flag on them.

Alarm bells rang and I hung around to see what developed, within 5 minutes there were civilians of all creeds, class, colour and age protesting against these anti-immigration loon-balls, to the point where Police were mobilised for their protection.

I love Glasgow.  It has it's faults, but most of it's people are solid gold, and generally we stand up together against to people like this.

Glasgow was once one of the worlds busiest ports, our ships mobilised world trade, and brought impoverished hungry Irish and persecuted Jews to our city, enriching it's culture, fighting in our Army's, providing both brain and brawn to our industries.  We have a history of acceptance, of refuge.  And thats why we stand up to the BNP, when they attack the Eastern Europeans and Muslims who have made Glasgow their home in more recent years.
Wow! I did not know that about Glasgow! Great! More power to integrated societies.
   Well... the key word here is (quite correctly) "integrated". If only integration was a reality....  Sorry for offtop.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MKIII - file size and low MPs question
« on: December 05, 2012, 03:26:29 PM »
OK, thanks. I guess my confusion was well justified then  :D

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