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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 03:18:00 PM »
I bought the 70-200f4L usm... I couldn't use it indoors... and it was basically going to replace all of my other lenses... at least that was the plan.  I sent it back after less than a week... and I got some extra cash and got the 24-105... which was better...but I wouldn't say I feel in love with it. 

Lenses / Re: 24-105 vs 24-70 2.8 ii
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:19:42 AM »
Depends on the kind of photography

if you need the 2.8 aperture i'm afraid the 24-70 II is the only way to go
if you don't, the 24-70 II is useless because the 24-105 at f/5 5.6 is sharp from edge to edge, has IS and its way way cheaper.

It would be interesting though to wait for Sigma's 24-70 2.8 OS,
I bet it gonna be sharper from edge to edge from Tamron 24-70 VC and that might push canon to drop the price on the 24-70 II
unless you need a lens right now.

So the sigma isn't going to be f2? 

Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: June 03, 2014, 08:10:35 AM »
I just came back from Puerto Rico and I have a good deal to contribute.. but where.. bikini.. rears... or photos of photogs... to many choices.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 02, 2014, 05:11:32 PM »
thanks again guys for all your kind here :)

now it's settle for me :

Camera 6D 110%

lens :

1) EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM or EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

2) EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

3) EF 35mm f/2

guys if i get the 24-105 from kit deal , it is okay to get 24-70 2.8II or no need for it ? i saw some images made from 6D and 24-70 lens and they are amazing / if i don't get the 24-105 from kit deal which one i should take ? or take both

because this camera only take one SD card and i shoot RAW which SD is good ,also waiting for tripod info :p

I will take 24-70 II over 24105 any day. If you can add 70-200mm f2.8 is ii then that is a killer combo.

Many-many CR members ended up putting their 24-105 on ebay or CL after using 24-70 II. There is no point having both of these lenses in the bag.

I've bought 4 24-105s and I've sold three.  But I'm weird.  If someone is willing to pay me more than I can buy another for... you have a deal. 

Having said that.. there was minimal variation among the three I have used... so that's a plus.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 02, 2014, 11:38:05 AM »
I have vacation photos I need to process... I think I'm going to go back to shooting in raw& jpg.  That way the mediocre photos get their due as well. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 02, 2014, 11:27:09 AM »
We all make do with what we have.... but if we have a vision and the gear doesn't allow us to achieve that vision... Then there is a significant difference in gear.  If we are shooting randomly without concern for depth of field... well there are many who do... but they don't see what they want to shoot and make it happen...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5DM3 need your help guys
« on: June 01, 2014, 09:58:30 AM »
6d... It doesn't sound like you need the fps or the auto focus performance of the 5d mkiii.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII
« on: June 01, 2014, 12:14:20 AM »
Ok, totally my noob mistake.
I should have caught it, no idea why I didn't- excitement and adrenaline, etc. maybe.
I was on low speed continuous- here's why:
Turning my main wheel didn't bring up the high speed continuous. It didn't even now, skipping straight from single shot to the low speed cont., until I went into the Q menu and brought it up. Weird.
At the event I didn't notice the H icon wasn't there, just was puzzled about the slow speed.

Oops :P

My favorite mistake to constantly repeat is when I have it set for 2 or 10 second delay... and it takes me 3 or 4 shots before I figure out what the hell I did wrong... every time. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Rant about 5DIII
« on: May 31, 2014, 11:23:46 PM »
How was your battery?  I'm sure you know this, but at a half full battery the fps slow.  As for the ai servo... I probably would have use ai focus and an ir beam to lock focus. 

Also... I remember going from my 60d to the mkiii and the .8 additional fps felt like a big upgrade.  I can imagine losing 2 fps is huge. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:34:09 PM »
When I first got my mkiii shot in good light and the images were good... but they didn't blow my old 60d out of the water.  But the more I used the miii, the more I appreciated it for how great it was.  I screwed up some photos, but I was able to salvage the image because of the mkiii... the crop bodies are fine, but they aren't as good for grain... and saying that you don't notice until 3200 is a crock.  Maybe some people don't notice... but they are wearing blinders.

Lenses / Re: Buying a used lens through Adorama or B&H
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:03:30 PM »
I got a used 430 ex ii and it worked fine, but it was pretty beat up... Though described accurately.  They omitted what came with it... which add it turned out was accurate.... but I was hoping for at least a foot...

EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 30, 2014, 02:18:28 PM »
How much space are you actually saving with a Sony A7 mirrorless camera as some have recommended?  Since you can't take a picture without a lens attached, the answer is not much at all!

See below comparisons:

Sony A7 native 55mm f/1.8 vs Canon 6D native 50mm f/1.4
Sony A7 native 35mm f/2.8 vs Canon 6D native 40mm f/2.8

+1.  Everyone seems to miss this.  Sure, the cameras are thinner without a mirror, but a big sensor (generally) has big lenses.

So if I ever got tired of lugging my FF rig around and wanted a smaller body, it would be APS-C or smaller, and I'd expressly choose a system that had really well reviewed pancakes.

- A

+1.  Which is why I got the M to complement my 5DIII.  The native lenses maybe be slower, but it is a much more compact system.  But when the light levels are low, I'd rather have the larger sensor with the fastest lenses.

I don't think it's a surprise that many of the initial lenses for the Sony are relatively slow.  (i.e. 28-70, 24-70 f/4, 35 f/2.8, 55 f/1.8).  Imagine if they had come out with these lenses instead (24-70 f/2.8, 35 f/1.4, 55 f/1.2, 70-200 f/2.8), then the price and size would have killed off the A7 system at the start.

I picked up an sl1 for my daughter but it is a nice complement to my mkiii.  The problem is that I should most out my cheaper lenses and I started to let her use my L glass... and that was disconcerting... so I bought her the impressive little 40mm.

Software & Accessories / Re: Shooting in the rain
« on: May 30, 2014, 01:28:58 PM »
I'm not fond of rain photos.  It doesn't really show up in the image... It is annoying.

That is what flashes are for, just put a ziplock over it on the stand and it works great for illuminating raindrops.

I thought about doing something similar... but then I have to stand in the rain... I guess I could sit.

Software & Accessories / Re: Shooting in the rain
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:33:56 PM »
I'm not fond of rain photos.  It doesn't really show up in the image... It is annoying.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 12:15:19 PM »
Has the inertia factor been discussed at all?  The heavier the body and lens are, the more resistant to movement/torque they are.  Our are we assuming in this dystopian future the camera fully adjusts for all hand shake and movement?

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