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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice: On buying 5D3.
« on: April 26, 2012, 04:23:33 PM »
I have both the 5dc (classic) and 5d3.  I loved my 5d, worked great but I couldn't' push it higher than 1250 in low light before I have no detail or the grain is too unbearable.  Everything lower than 1250 is great, especially when you have tons of light to work with.  Used 5d and 7d to shoot a rodeo event over this last summer, great pair.  The only thing that I wished the 5dc had was a slightly larger screen, and slightly higher fps.  But this is an ancient camera (relative terms) but its still a good camera.   Just sold my 5dc and I am stoked with my 5d3.  If you can't get 5d3, get the 5dc!  Price couldn't be better.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: BG-E11 Delayed
« on: April 26, 2012, 04:14:02 PM »
Boo indeed, but I do like the term monkey arming.  :|

Lenses / Re: about 85L III
« on: April 24, 2012, 04:00:37 PM »
50 and 85 are two completely different lenses (if you couldn't tell already).  The 50 is fast and sharp with focusing but I've had problems with it either being a tad soft (not by much and not that sharpening couldnt' bring it back) but a front focusing problem as well.  Granted I didn't MA on the lens itself.  When I used the 85, yes the focus was slower but a great thing once you got your subject in focus (esp. at 1.2).

I prefer the 85 focal length and am looking to buy the 85 once I have enough funds for it.  Both of the lenses build quality are amazing (as are all L lenses).

Software & Accessories / Re: FoCal for PC only!?!?!?!?!?
« on: April 23, 2012, 04:24:11 PM »
Does that software work?  I have it open in another tab and just don't know if its worth buying.

Well, I saw the post and was going to brag about my bag but then I saw you had a budget concern.  I love this bag that I got (even owning a slingbag 200aw and a lowpro trekker laptop backpack), the domke j-2.


Great bag, got the shoulder cushion as well, helps a bunch.  I carry everything I need to shoot a wedding with in it and it holds everything I need to pickup and go.  Comfortable with about 2 lenses and body+lens and flash.  Little more expensive but totally worth it.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50mm 1.2L or Canon 85mm 1.2L?
« on: April 16, 2012, 06:18:41 PM »
85 1.2 II.  Great lens, I used it at a wedding.  They say slow focus butttttt I got the shots I needed without missing anything.  Its slow compared to lets say 135 f/2 but when you look at the overall scheme of things its actually not bad.  85 is my goto lens, perfect for portraits.  I can't get used to 50, a little too wide but not wide enough.

I think i'm having a simliar problem here.  I think some of it (or all of it) is due to the LR4 conversion from raw to jpeg.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5d3 banding and checkerboard
« on: April 09, 2012, 05:35:10 AM »
I'm having a problem. I went out shooting tonight on my 5d3, 16-35 and shot 270 shots and stacked them of the stars. I batched out low res the first time and stacked using startrails and got this checkerboard pattern at 100%. I re-batched full res copies out using LR4.1 and stacked manually using photoshop and got the same problem. See the examples below. Can you offer any advice?

from first batch: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1637319/Capture3.JPG
from the second batch: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1637319/Capture4.JPG
final image merged: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1637319/capture5.jpg
(notice in the final image the banding bottom right)

Settings for these shots were f/2.8 iso 640, 10 seconds per shot

ANY ideas at all?  Is this my post processing?  Individual shots look perfectly clear and normal, unless there is one that is adding a checkerboard pattern to the image as a whole but i looked at a ton of them and nothing.


Lenses / Re: If you could only have one
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:15:59 PM »
35 1.4L.  Hands down. 

United States / Re: Need help from US citizens
« on: February 03, 2012, 05:52:40 AM »
If you happen to end up in Colorado I'd be happy to chat with you.  Would be interesting after seeing your portfolio on how we could end up collaborating on some projects together.  Rocky Mountain Nat'l park is a great place to visit and depending on your market has a great place for weddings.  (wedding photographer myself).  It would be good to have a location picked out ahead of time of where you would like to go therefore you can connect with people in that specific region, traveling is always good though.

United States / Re: Lens suggestion for a 1600 budget
« on: February 03, 2012, 05:48:57 AM »
I would not settle for 18-55.  Plastic cheap, 3.5-5.6, I don't believe worth the time of day to even use the lens.  yes it does cover the range but would you rather have a better piece of glass?  I figured out very early(as well as you) that primes are the way to go.  Zoom is helpful but primes make the difference.  Radical idea, sell all your glass you have (maybe not the 50 or upgrade to the 1.4) and take that money with the money you have now and set yourself up with some good primes?

Yes you won't have the versatility of going to 300mm right off the bat but in most situations you can zoom with your feet.  I own two L lenses myself and I can say I almost use my 85mm 1.8 more than those lenses.  My setup consists of 16-35, sig 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, and canon 135 f/2.  The 85 is a top performer out of my bag followed by the 135.  Since I'm shooting on a 5d i don't have quite the reach with the 135 but it beats out the 70-200 in my opinion (weight, size, cost, flashiness).  I rented the 35 1.4L over the summer and was in love, covered great angles and was sharp as all get out.

The 135 I bought for 900 was a great purchase and the 35 1.4L would be my next lens.  I've been debating myself to sell my 16-35 for it.  I'm not quite sure what I"m going to do with it, I wanted to give my opinion on the matter.  I hope you can see my point of view on it.  Rent before you buy or at least get hands on.  It'll put everything into perspective.

Software & Accessories / Re: Cable release (stupidity) for 5D mk1...
« on: January 27, 2012, 05:28:09 AM »
I happen to have a Canon release I bought.  Friend bought me some knockoff intervolimiter for a present and now I have two releases.  Just as easy to use the timer release as it is the first one, and I don't need two.  Let me know!  It's crucial to have let me tell you.

Lenses / Re: Going Wide on FF but which.
« on: January 20, 2012, 04:24:39 PM »
I have 16-35 and 50, 85, and 135 and will be adding another body to the mix (probably a 7d or something crop body just to push that 135 to 200+)  and I have to say I love my 16-35.  Yes its 82mm but if you're going to want the best expect the cost to come with.

What do the pro's use? 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1d Mark II N vs 50d
« on: January 19, 2012, 06:00:20 PM »
I have 5dc and I love it for what it does.  I'd love a mark2 but the 5d suits me fine for my needs (weddings portraits night shots stars ect ect.)  You won't regret it.

I noticed a focusing iq issue with the mk2 but it handles noise so much better than the mk1.  i have a hard time producing anything worth while at 1250, but that could very easily be how I light (or don't light) my subjects.

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