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EOS Bodies / Re: How do you list your CAMERA gear under your insurance?
« on: November 29, 2012, 10:03:45 PM »
I list it under an "inland marine insurance" plan. I don't know anything about Canadian insurance companies, but here in the states State farm can cover you for this very easily. Just look for inland marine.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:43:47 PM »
EG-A II Focusing Screen.

While researching I stumbled upon this focusing screen for the 6D. If applied will the focusing be better? There is no mention or an actual review of what it does. All it states was that it "makes focusing easier." As in manual focusing easier? Because I don't see how that applies to manual focus

That is the standard clear focusing screen with no specific prism or assistance lines. It isn't going to make focusing better, it is a necessity to see through the viewfinder more or less. You could purchase additional focusing screens to assist with alignment of the image or using a manual lens. See this for more info on what a focusing screen is:

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 6D Shipping This Week From Adorama
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:18:47 PM »
$600 for the 24-105mm kit lens.  Seems like a sweet deal.  Hasn't the 24-105mm been $800 kitted for years?  Currently at B&H the 24-105mm kit is $700 with 5D2, and $400(!) with 5D3, all these prices seem like a bargain compared to $1150 alone.

It is a very good deal to buy the kit here. Even buying the kit and reselling the lens becomes a way to possibly save $200, assuming that the market isn't completely flooded - which it probably is. At any rate, I'm surprised Canon hasn't announced the 24-70 f/4 IS kit yet, or at least I haven't seen that officially announced. Seems important to try and get people to wait for that kit along with the additional cost from their perspective.

I have owned both, and I have shot weddings, engagements, and other portrait work. I am not a full time professional. Now you know where I am coming from.

For you, I would certainly get the 70-200mm f/2.8 IS MkII. Why? Because it is extremely versatile and extremely good quality in all aspects. When you are at a wedding, you can use primes to get great bokeh or when the lighting is so poor you have no other choice, but the versatility is really going to be the killer here. I've shot weddings with both a 135L and a 70-200L on separate occasions, and I much prefer the capability to zoom and not have to move my feet to get the framing I desire. I don't like disturbing the ceremony or even dinner guests to "get closer". I would rather zoom in a bit to get my desired framing from further away if possible, or even keep it at 70mm if I am closer. The 70-200 in question is of excellent optical quality, and the IS really is an outstanding feature to have for a wedding. People are moving, sure - but I don't use a tripod for anything either.

For me, I prefer the 135L as my lens of choice. Why? Because of the additional full stop of light, it is lighter weight(1.8lb lighter), more compact, and it is black(not white or terribly flashy in public). I don't shoot weddings any longer, and when I go out to shoot, I want a smaller more effective kit. I bring the 135L + 1.4xTC, giving me both the 135 focal length at f/2, and 189mm at f/2.8. Even at 189mm I find the lens to be great quality, and the tradeoff of not bringing an extra 2lbs or so is huge for me. Do I sometimes miss the versatility, yes, but not for non critical casual uses. If I'm not in front of a client or in a church shooting, the versatility of a zoom is much less important at least for me. I do shoot some sports with this setup, and still find it very useful. I do not shoot any wildlife though.

As others have suggested, you likely will find a place for both in an event photographers kit. I would start with the more versatile 70-200 though, and if you find yourself looking for that one additional stop of light, or even more creamy background bokeh - then you know what to buy next.  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 3 different kits with the 6D
« on: November 26, 2012, 07:55:43 PM »
@vlim what's the body only cost?  Just for comparison sake.

It is €2099.90 as shown here:

Did a quick and dirty comparison using shots from dpreview. Canon 6D against the 5D mkIII at ISO 102400. I'll let you draw your own conclusions. - or attachment

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Coming Nov. 30th?
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:31:04 PM »
Interesting. I wonder if it is for the media and is a demo/test unit. Waaaant!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Full frame or not???
« on: November 09, 2012, 11:31:20 AM »
If you are serious about shooting weddings and paid gigs, having a kit full of f/4 glass is not a great idea. A 70-200mm f/4 lens(especially without IS) is not going to be an option at an indoor wedding venue without a flash. I don't care if you are shooting with a 5D mkIII or a 60D. If you are currently getting by on this lens with a 60D, then you are just scraping by. Wedding photography especially is very demanding in that the venues are very poorly lit, the subjects move, you typically can't use flash, and you are expected to capture once in a lifetime memories that are very expensive or impossible to recreate.

I think you would be better suited to either get a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS, 135 f/2 L, or 85 f/1.8 at this point - and if you have the money, also upgrade to the 5D mkII or higher if possible.

You are really walking a fine line of "acceptable" gear for even attempting a wedding, with a 60D and only one wide prime.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 200 f/2L IS
« on: October 09, 2012, 10:01:22 PM »
I know these reviews weren't supposed to be "super technical" and more practical. But including a coffee mug for a comparison of lenses in the lineup? Not my cup of tea ::)

Please, keep them a bit more technical!

Lenses / Re: If you could only have 2 lenses for a wedding...
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:54:34 PM »
You can't go wrong with a 70-200mm f/2.8 IS mkII at a wedding. It is one of the most used by far. Very versatile for the ceremony and reception. To pair with that, you either would want the 24-70mm as a zoom, or probably 2 primes like the 35L, 50L, 85L, or 135L.

So if you are really limited to 2 lenses, I would do:
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 IS mkII
  • 24-70mm f/2.8 mkII

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon TS-E 24 f/3.5L II
« on: October 04, 2012, 10:44:31 PM »
I wrote an article on this same lens, and how it can be used for portrait photography. I'm not a tilt-shift expert, but after trying to use it in this fashion for 3 weeks, I do have a bit of experience. Overall fantastic lens, I wish I could afford to own one myself.

I don't know the rules at this forum for posting links to other content, but this is the article I wrote:
Tilt-Shift Lenses for Portrait Photography -

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