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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:38:38 PM »
Chase the Light by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Saw the beautiful light and got my wife to throw the ball so I could focus on tracking and placing our little "friend" where I wanted her!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:53:22 AM »
one of my favs for sure paired with the M

Nicely vivid shot!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:04:12 AM »

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:02:15 AM »
Grey owl in moonlight.
1DX, 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @560mm

That's nice.  Love the mood!

I'll comment partly from my own consumer experience and partly from my photographer POV...

-  In '95 we had a great husband+wife pro photography team do our wedding and they rocked!  And we have a nice hard page album that is a soft leather-like bound album.  It's great.  So I think the album is important and desirable if it's done well.

-  A lot of Brides are impressed by little details.

-  Today, it seems like it is so easy (and cost effective) to have a great album produced by a good service company that I can't imagine investing the amount of work that is required to build one from scratch from a photo printer.  My bigger concern is...

-  YOU are on the hook for supporting/fixing the album if anything goes wrong down the line, a picture fades, the binding fails, something comes apart, etc.

-  The recipient won't appreciate the work or the quality compared to an album that was outsourced.  Even worse, they think that a friend's outsourced album is better.

Dustin, I really like you, your work and your dedication to photography.  It is truly your passion.  While I'm not a professional, I have a hard time seeing the payback for you in doing albums yourself from scratch.  But it's your baby and only you can determine if an outsourced album will measure up.  The only way to know is to get some outsourced album samples done up with your photos and compare them to yours and see what you (and your clients) can live with.

Good luck!!  Please let us know what you decide and what albums you think are best.   :)

Thank you for the feedback.  I really do find it a difficult decision, partly because the range of outsourcing for albums is more limited here in Canada as opposed to the US.

I intentionally don't shoot a lot of weddings.  They are time consuming and photography isn't my primary responsibility.  I don't try to get wedding gigs, but do about 3-4 per year on request, and often for people that mean something to me.  Your advice on exploring some of the commercial options is a good one.

I hope a few other wedding photographers weigh in here.

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 10, 2014, 08:36:30 AM »
Guess what came in the mail yesterday? Got my 35/2! Thanks for the advice Dustin.


6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 08, 2014, 02:03:41 PM »
Some more shots from Krabi, Thailand.

Great images in this series, Jason.  Very nice work!

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 07, 2014, 07:54:48 PM »
I apologize if this question was asked previously - I'm at work and don't have the time right now to read the entire thread, but has anyone tried this lens with a crop sensor camera?  If so, how did it perform?
According to tests photozone, 35 F2 IS performs very well on APS-C cameras.

It is also a reasonable option on the EOS-M.  Great image quality and it is compact/light enough to not overwhelm the M.

Hello everyone. I have a quick question for other wedding photographers.  I have done custom albums for several years.  Nice, leather bound, padded, etc...  I have a nice wide format printer and can produce really stunning prints because I control the whole workflow, so the albums look fab, but....

I find producing albums time consuming and because the albums themselves are expensive, the small margin makes it seem like it isn't hardly worth my time. 

How are the rest of you handling albums these days? Any tips?

B&H is going to send me both the 50 Art along with the older Sigma 50 so I can compare them side by side.  I don't own the Sigma dock, and so I am wondering how much of a factor that is going to be to getting accurate AF from the newer lens.

Do I need to have them send me the dock, too?

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:56:07 PM »
I am going to check this lens out tomorrow. The thing I like about this lens from specs is that it is lighter and smaller as the Sigma 35 f/1.4, it has IS and f/2 (compared to the pancake 40mm)
It may be a better indoor/streetphotography lens on my 6D as the Sigma 35mm - which is bigger and heavier.
But I am still in doubt...

It is a great balance on a 6D.  You will find the AF faster than the 40mm, but isn't anywhere near as compact.  Still, if your two extremes are the 40mm and the S35, the 35IS is a nice balance between the two.

Lenses / Re: More Wide Angle Lens Speculation [CR1]
« on: May 06, 2014, 02:10:50 PM »
haha. My 14MM II is just fine in the corners from 5.6 onwards. In fact, I prefer it to the Rokinon 14mm which has such stretched corners that I find it unusable. Yes the Canon at 2.8 is soft, but really 5.6 is just peachy keeno. Albeit expensive.............

Bingo.  The Rokinon is actually bit sharper, but the extreme distortion in the corners can kill that (depending on the tilt of the sensor).

P.S.  If the rumor regarding the price of the new 100-400L is true, it had better be VERY, VERY good.  As in twice as good as the 70-300L or 3x as good as the new Tamron 150-600 VC.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 06, 2014, 09:41:11 AM »
Two of my latest shots with the 6D and the recently bought Samyang 14mm :) . I've got to thank Dustin Abott for his work and inspiration with the Samyang lens. Both shots can be seen also here:

I've shot these on a trip in Kenya, I'm still processing more shots from the travel.

Beautiful work.  I'm glad the Samyang is working out for you!

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