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United States / Re: best camer for beginner
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:15:12 PM »
without knowing your full budget
I suggest you buy a used body. 50d is great, but has no video.  They are cheap nowadays.
I 2nd the many suggestions of buying better lenses.  Buying a used body frees up budget for lenses, cards, flashes, bags, etc, etc, etc.  Did I mention that this is addictive?
Without knowing what your future plans are, I would suggest sticking with EF lenses in case you want to upgrade to full frame in the future.
Whatever you do, if you do consider buying an L lens ask yourself, "Can I afford this addiction?".  I don't know a single person, who stopped at ONE L lens.  I have 3 and going on 4.

EOS Bodies / Re: Childish Behaviour
« on: February 08, 2012, 04:49:37 PM »
it's a matter of economics
suppose Canon is considering producing a lower grade/consumer level 600 or 800 mm lens.
They still need to factor cost of R&D, tooling and materials.
How many do you think they could sell?  And is the volume enough to cover up the initial capital investment (R&D, tooling)?
My guess is NO.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is Canon 7D a good choice for my next DSLR
« on: February 02, 2012, 04:43:50 PM »
there is photography and art based photography.

Any amount of altering the image (except for cropping), in my opinion, will qualify it as art.

Trying to pass art as a photo, is just wrong on every possible level. 

Lenses / Re: If you could buy one ...
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:40:55 PM »
I own 2 out of the 3
24-70 L 2.8
35L 1.4
50 1.4 (although looking to upgrade to L 1.2)
50D user

They are all very good lenses, but serve vastly different purposes.
For walking around 24-70 is the best in my opinion.  You can make it work in indoor sports; I took some HS basketball shots (HS gym) and it was fine.  I am assuming you have the technique.
35 L 1.4 is fantastic for very low light indoors; last weekend I took shots of a band in a bar.  Great Great Great.  This lens is a bit short for outdoor shooting in my opinion; I find myself walking up to things much more than I would like.  When shooting street scene, I prefer to keep a distance.
50 1.4 is great for night street scene shooting; it's just too long for indoor shooting such as parties in a house.

Lenses / Re: Long-time lurker, first-time poster
« on: January 31, 2012, 04:29:07 PM »

nikon has a better 50mm lens.
problem for us canon user: sigma has a kind of bad reputation, zeiss is very expensiv and has no AF.

from Canon's perspective, they don't have to worry about replacing the 50mm any time soon then, do they?

it really depends on your objective/intended use
heavy processing
do you need a DVD/CD writer built-in?
do you need a big screen?

In my case, I bought a netbook for trips because I am not going to process anything mid-trip.  Just needed something to dump the pictures on to.
For processing, I have 15.6'' laptop and even that's not a big enough screen sometimes so I use my 24in monitor.
Netbook does not have a dvd/cd writer
I love Apple products but some of their stuff is just too much for me to rationalize. MBP 15'' start at $1,799.  Bought my netbook, PC laptop(windows 7 8gb of ram, 1gb of video, i7, 15.6"), and 24'' monitor for less than that.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1d Mark II N vs 50d
« on: January 19, 2012, 03:28:50 PM »
Currently, I own a 50d and I want a sensor with less noise (specially for night time shooting)
I found a 1d Mark II N.  I know it's NOT a full frame sensor. 
How does this sensor compare to the 50d?
Should I consider a 5d classic instead?
Have read reviews but I want real world life experience feedback.
Any and all feedback appreciated.

Street & City / Re: Etiquette of Street Photography
« on: January 19, 2012, 12:30:59 PM »
it varies a lot
I never take pictures of someone's face.  I focus on the action and not the people.
It also varies from country to country.  In the US, I think most won't care and if you are confronted you apologize and if need be offer to delete the photo.
In Japan, no problem at all.
Some Latin countries, DO NOT DARE TAKE PICTURES OF CHILDREN without permission.  Unless, you are in the mood for a fist fight.  Literally, villagers will come down and beat you.
England, cops might want to see your DSLR and might go through your pictures. 
Something to consider, if you want to focus on people, is a long lens. 

Lenses / Re: 35mm L vs. 135mm L. IQ?
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:00:54 PM »
2 very different tools for very different situations.
That's not even close to being a valid question.
To illustrate my point; if the 135 is sharper, are you going to leave the 35 behind and use the 135 instead?

United States / Re: Why not have the aperture in the lens body
« on: December 30, 2011, 07:33:41 PM »
size would be an issue

Lenses / Re: Extending my options
« on: December 30, 2011, 07:31:47 PM »
50D owner
I bought the 28mm 1.8 several months ago.  It's a fine less, the bokeh is excellent, great low light capabilities, sharp after f4.  No issues at all.  I was not happy with the color out of that lens mainly because I use L lenses so the colors were a bit off when compared to my other lenses.  I upgraded to the 35mm L 1.4.  If your budget allows get the 35mm, much faster focus, bokeh is better than the 28mm (others may have different results).
The 400mm is sharper than the 100-400; primes generally are.  I have the 100-400 and it's a fine less; you can get very sharp pictures with it, but there is a learning curve with it.  I don't use it often, but when I do the first several images are less than ideal in my opinion.

Lenses / Re: Which telephoto lens has the fastest AF
« on: December 13, 2011, 03:50:29 PM »
If your needs require a certain range, you are sort of stuck. 
if you need 400mm, but the 300mm has faster AF.  are you going to get the 300mm and slap on an extender/tc?

Lenses / Re: Is Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens too wide for FF?
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:57:26 PM »
I suggest you surf through this group so you can decide whether this lens suits your needs

Lenses / Re: Is Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens too wide for FF?
« on: December 13, 2011, 12:26:01 PM »
yes, you can shoot 6-7 people or 100 with a 24mm.  The problem is how much room do you have.
you are not giving us enough information to decide if the 24mm works or; we don't know if you only have 3 feet between you and the 6-7 people or 20 ft.

Lenses / Re: New Fast Telephoto Suggestions
« on: December 09, 2011, 05:19:07 PM »
if by aviation you mean taking shots of flying planes, then 300mm will not be enough.
If you mean, going to air shows and taking shots of planes on the ground 200-300 might be enough.
like others suggested the 100-400 is a good option.  I have one and glad I bought it.  I shoot motorsports, sports,

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