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Even though i do not own a single sigma product,  I respect what they have done recently.   I personally want the 24-70 mm f2.  But I never thought the 24-105mm would be a winner. .. not for Canon. .. Sony & NIKON maybe.

Huh. ..

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8II or F4 for Zoo Shoot
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:42:07 PM »
If you're renting, consider the 70-300IS.

The 70-300 is a bit soft from 200-300mm.  The 70-300 L maybe but the variable aperture at f5.6... losing 2 stops of light might be a big downer.

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:39:43 PM »
She found someone... so I'm off the hook.  I was thinking about it as I resigned myself to doing it... and I don't think I could do a $200 job... it just doesn't seem to do justice to the event... so there would be a studio session, a ring macro thing maybe... then 800+ shots @ the event... maybe the time lapse for shits and gigs... then then the post... then giving prints and a release... well... I can't see half assing it... even if it is for a half ass amount of pay.

I'm not sure where you're located but if you're near DFW, Texas... I want to be your friend!!   :)

If I was doing a favor like this for someone... I would shoot a few portraits but in a candid fashion, no fancy lights, etc.  I would shoot the heck out of the event the best I could.  Then I would process the images and upload them to my zenfolio site for the bride and groom to do whatever they like with.  They can order prints from there, etc.  That would be the end of it for me except for tweaking the images a bit extra and maybe giving them a thumb drive with the images.

I'm the worlds' worst about giving someone a ton of work for free because I'm a nice guy.  But at some point I figure that free (what I normally charge) is free and if they want the full meal deal, there's only so much I can offer.  And in your case, for this amount of work and its' true value, $200 is about the same as free.

I like Dallas ...I may move there One day .Get Some Cowboys season tickets ; My daughter Marries Tony Romo's Kid...

I work for free more often than I'd like ; partly due to The wife volunteering my services .

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:38:38 PM »
She found someone... so I'm off the hook.  I was thinking about it as I resigned myself to doing it... and I don't think I could do a $200 job... it just doesn't seem to do justice to the event... so there would be a studio session, a ring macro thing maybe... then 800+ shots @ the event... maybe the time lapse for shits and gigs... then then the post... then giving prints and a release... well... I can't see half assing it... even if it is for a half ass amount of pay.

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Lenses / Re: Help me decide: should I buy an EF 135L
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:33:09 PM »
I had a 135L for a brief amount of time... and I have owned the 100L twice.  I'd say probably not... unless you are shooting somewhat stationary subjects indoor in poor light, like tennis, or volleyball, etc.  hockey with a goalie maybe. 

I really liked the 100L's min focusing distance... but if you are used the the 85 usm's 3ft mfd, you'll be fine enough with the 135.


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Lenses / Re: EF 35mm f/1.4L II to Finally Come as Well? [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:29:57 PM »
It's called 2470 f4 L IS or 17-40 or 16-35.

Size, or more specific, too much of it.

The point of a prime lens is speed.

Wrong.

+1.  35 f/2 IS:  great optics, affordable price.  Buy a few bags for "weather sealing."

Not the same. Bags of what? Oh, a few bags full of those 35mm lenses ... disposable, then? Also, an f/3.5 can be even smaller, 'cause note I said "travel lens".

If the prime is not faster than the zoom, its existence is then quite redundant. By the way, slap a filter on the 35/2 IS and be done with it. What's to seal anyway? Internal focusing, constant length - there is not much room, where the dust/water could get inside anyway...

For me a prime is shallow depth of field with a corresponding large aperture... but then I was really fond of the 100L and that is only a f/2.8... so that isn't really a big aperture.  But with a single focal length, image quality is generally better than a zoom counterpart at a comparable aperture... save for the 200L f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8L is mkii... but that doesn't happen often.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 24, 2014, 03:34:52 PM »

Tell me why would anyone purchase a 6D instead of a 70D?

I feel like poor Donnie walking into the middle of a conversation.

but. .. it depends on what you shoot.   For portraiture or landscape I would take the 6d any day of the year.  For concert photography or ballet, etc.   

So what's the beef here?


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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:09:15 PM »
I'm not being bullied into anything.  When I talked to the woman, she said they were considering buying a camera and having a family friend do it... and that annoys me. 

But I figured one person would step up to the plate just for some paid practice. I go and shoot sporting events for practice...

I know the cost hurts the market value of photogs, but there wasa discount photog who did my wedding,  so I guess I have a good deal of empathy for their situation.

I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours.  So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.

Don't let anyone push you into doing something you are not comfortable with.  Especially if you are friends with this lady.

Have her contract with some other amature.  That way she won't be bitchin at you when something does not turn out perfect.

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 11:45:43 AM »
I have my daughter's sl1as a backup,  but other than maybe a time lapse at iso 100.  I've seen enough photographers being bad and I don't want to be a part of that.  Flash going of every 8 seconds. .. moving behind the alert to get the shoot. ... it all seems quite daunting because just looking at the bride and from from behind doesn't seem compelling.

I visualize my shots in advance,  and this is a tough nut to Crack.

I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours.  So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.

You'll be fine JD, make sure to bring 2nd body + flashes. I was able to shoot the wedding with just 24-70 & 70-200.

I agree with Eldar "When you´ve done it once, you´ll do it again! The stress is a bit addictive"

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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:07:30 AM »
I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours.  So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 02:48:28 PM »
Yes, yes and don't forget trolls who do not even own Canon equipment.

I may be the only guy posting here under his real name, but for all I know, this could be two dudes in their underwear and their 55 sock puppets each deployed to do battle against each other and one of them started the war with this post.

My fake name I give at bars is Evan Sosa... though poor Evan has had very little fun lately.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 09:39:48 AM »
WOW!
Please stop awarding Canon with human like attributes, Its A Corporation! Canon have no feelings, can not be sad, has no shame or any other feelings, unlike the small mom and pap corner stores killed by Walmart or thousand small farmers before that etc. Where were you than? What kind of culture is this that very intelligent adult humans spent time and resources to conduct crusades to glorify a brand name? Please go take some pictures with a CAMERA no matter what the logo and do something good for other human beings in the season of Thanksgiving instead.
Thank you and bless you all.

Well... per Citizens United...

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 08:04:19 AM »
I think Canon has been quite conservative lately and the criticism is not entirely of base. The dynamic range conversation is stupid, but I acknowledge Canon lags behind in that department.

I'm a little annoyed at the number of bodies they put the 18mp sensor in, t2i, t3i, t4i, t5i, t5, sl1, 60d, 7d, and the mirror less... seriously... if you do portrait or landscape, there hasn't been a rebel worth upgrading to because it is all the same camera... unless you rely on auto focus. 

Other than a few video/live view break through, it is hard to say they are revolutionizing the industry... also, after today I will have 4k video in my phone, but not in my $3000 slr.  I don't want Canon handicapping gear because it will eat into the sales of other high end gear.

Having said all that, I'm more than happy with my 5d mkiii.  I love the 600ex rt system, and their lenses are a work of art... so I'm happy... though I understand why others might not be.

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Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:36:16 PM »
I bought the 40mm for my daughter because I didn't like the 28-135 I bought her... and I think she misses the zoom.  But I've used the 40mm here and there and I do like it... super light, nice focal length, solid wide open... the only problem I have with it is that I never use it... like never.

I took a cursory look through my catalog... and I didn't see a single really good shot with the 40... so maybe, for me, I just like the idea of it... but the actually product... well... I guess not enough.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: November 21, 2014, 12:31:46 PM »
I shot sports with my 60d & I primarily used my center af point...

How much cash do you have... because the  t3i  plus kit lens is worth $375 if you sold it...

I'd personally lean towards a 7d used for sports... maybe for $650, & a 6d for practically everything else.  The best all round camera by Canon is the 5d mkiii (revised from typo before where I said mkii), and if you can't afford that, then you are stuck with two bodies

1200+650-350= $1500... otherwise. Just be happy with your t3i.

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