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Lenses / Gateway lens
« on: October 09, 2013, 08:08:00 AM »
Photography is like a drug habit.... You get your first hit, and your hooked...  you start off small (usually) then build up to the heavier stuff, and the heavier the stuff the more you want to use! So what was your 'gateway lens'? When and what was the lens or other bit of kit that broke your barrier and led to the reduced coffers most of us face due to this pricey hobby.

For me it was the EF-S 17-55. Before that I had a 450D and kit lens + 50 1.8 for years and could not imagine or ever conceive a situation where i would spend more than a couple of 100$ on a lens.  Then i borrowed and subsequently bought the 17-55, and in doing so released the kraken. I had waited 2 years before buying it, but after that i added a 10-22, 55-250, tripod, 580ex II etc to the kit within a year...  then came the L lenses.... 

So, for a bit of fun, what was your gateway lens/piece of kit?

([stand] My name is John, and I am an addict [/stand])

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Lenses / Re: Samyang 800f8
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:46:13 AM »
Never knew this lens...  would you mind doing a comparison (if possible) of the 400 f/5.6 + 2xTC vs 800 f/8 on the same body (5D).  It would be more informative as a comparison...  or even 400 cropped vs 800 on the 5D. :) but comparing two different lenses on two different bodies is difficult! :)

ps - I like obscure lenses!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Lens Today
« on: October 09, 2013, 07:32:50 AM »
Pick up a used Nikon and you will have yourself a bargin, but awesome, wildlife set-up! :)

things that might be enough to shift systems, and as far as i am concerned, I would not question that decision (assuming you use it enough).

Nice bargain, enjoy!

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Software & Accessories / Re: My DIY "NO-POD"
« on: October 07, 2013, 07:31:51 AM »
Thanks, great idea...  but i can imagine the places you can't use Tripods won't like you bringing in a length of chain...  since it is a pretty deadly weapon! I think a retractable cord might be more appropriate!

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Software & Accessories / Lenstag
« on: October 04, 2013, 05:09:48 AM »
Does anyone use this site to register your equipment. Does anyone know of any success stories etc?

Thinking of signing up, but wanted to know if it is real/good/a scam.

Thanks

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Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f/2.8L II Horror Stories
« on: October 01, 2013, 10:11:54 AM »
There was this one time, my battery ran out and i had forgot my spare, so i couldn't use my 70-200...  it was horrible!  ::)

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I have taken a 450D and kit lens into -35deg C and it was absolutely fine...  I would not worry about my 5D.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 II L USM
« on: September 22, 2013, 10:15:54 AM »
Awesome lens...  loving it! :D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 100D+40mm pouch
« on: September 13, 2013, 12:41:22 AM »
Hi all,

I got my wife (and by extension myself) the 100D + 40mm combo. She likes it and wants to keep it in her bag with some added protection. Do you think it would fit in a lowepro Dashpoint30? Anyone have any n for other suggestions of small pouch for protection of this compact combo?

Thanks,

John

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 12:35:32 PM »
a 400 f/4 OS would have been nice... killed a lot of canon and nikon sales.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Save $50 on Adobe Lightroom 5 at B&H
« on: August 30, 2013, 12:02:31 AM »
Says out of stock for me! :(

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Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 07:26:48 AM »
Did the 200-400 have its own event, or was it part of something else?

Good point!

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Lenses / Re: A Big Lens Announcement in September? [CR1]
« on: August 29, 2013, 12:04:13 AM »
14-24 f/2.8, 16-50 f/4 IS, 400 f/5.6 IS or 100-400 replacement....

Any (or all) of those would be welcome in my eyes. :)

179
Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 28, 2013, 03:30:27 AM »
In the same boat... What i did was look at what focal lengths i use the most (using LR)....  For me, 60% of my shots with my 24-105 were at 24mm, 25% at 105 and the remaining everywhere in-between. 

I suggest doing that! It can be very interesting.

I'm picking up a 24mm Prime.  I have a 50 1.8, which I'm sure one day i will up-date, but on the long side of things, my 70-200 is doing me nicely...

My primes will be:
24, 50, x.

Another reason for 24 over 35....  you can always crop a 24 to 35 easily, but the other way round is more annoying (stitching)...  :)


ps - I am also picking up the 40mm 2.8...  so my need for a 35 is extremely low now! :P

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Lenses / Re: Wedding where you can't move
« on: August 27, 2013, 01:29:26 AM »
Sounds tough...  what i don't understand is why you can't move?


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