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Yes, times do change and JD, you actually made a profit selling a body???  I've always lost 30% or more on them - mainly because I buy w/o rebates, and sell when they have a $200-400 rebate :'(

I'm patient... kinda.  I seriously wanted the 50 art, but Damn if I don't wait for a sale.

When I bought the xs, there was a loyalty rebate and I got a cheap 75-300.  Sold the 75-300 after a year, sold the xs and the kit lens after 2 years and I made a few bucks because I sold it to a guy who was buying it for his wife.  Basically I got lucky.

I lost $300 on my 60d and I suspect I'll lose $1000 on my mkiii.  But this is the business we chose...

Is that a godfather reference?


Ha ha - I know that feeling. How times change?  (or is it us and our outlook that's changed since getting into photography? )

What really changed my perspective is when I sold my Canon xs for what I paid for it originally. I might have even made a small profit... everything else in my house takes a loss in value after I use it... to include my wife... but not my gear.

I was reluctant to shell out $80 for a 50mm f1.8...seems like such a long time ago when I ruined most of my Disney vacation photos... ahhh, sweet nostalgia. 

Stop you - hell go full speed ahead.  They are great lenses.
Nice one and I think if you shoot with Canon long enough, the great white fever eventually gets you :)

I have three small whites, does that count too? ;)

Mini whites.  Not quite the great one, but still white fever
I was trying to think of a witty reply...but I had white fever for the 70-200 in my early days - back when I would say to myself, "How could I ever spend over $500 on a lens?" Then I made the fooli$$$h decision to shoot wildlife :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D N
« on: July 11, 2014, 11:55:33 AM »
Yes, in some countries electronic devices with Wi-Fi and/or GPS cannot be sold, or Canon could not get regulatory approval to do so.  Thus, there is a version without those features produced for sale in those countries.

Literally, they make a 600EX flash – no "-RT" because it has no radio frequency capabilities.

I saw that... I thought it was a practical joke.

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 11, 2014, 11:53:15 AM »
Damn this thread has gotten me to think about the 300 f/2.8 L IS II again  >:(
Want to go halfsies?

Canon General / Re: What's Would You Keep? [The anti-G.A.S. thread]
« on: July 10, 2014, 12:20:21 PM »
1 body + 1 lens: 5d mkii and probably a sigma 50mm art. 
I lived on a comparable diet way back when with my 60d and a 50mm f1.8. 

1 body + 2 lenses: 5d mkiii, 50 art, 70-200 mkii
1 body + 3 lenses: mkiii, 100L, 24-105, 70-200, which is basically what I have now and I'm pleased with.
1 body + 3 lenses + 1 accessory: the above plus a 600ex-rt
1 body + 4 lenses + 1 accessory:  no clue... which is the reason I suffer from gas.

Ah, good to know. It looks quite different in the light of this information.
Personally, I was completely at a loss with the D800E's controls. The user interface of Nikon cameras is why I went with Canon in the first place. I don't find it intuitive.

I should be embarrassed for saying this, but I chose Canon over Nikon because I got a good deal on an xs and a 75-300.  I actually already owned a Nikon lens, a 55-200 maybe...

Yeah... I really didn't do my homework... and I was surprised that the xs didn't have video functionality... So I kinda lucked it falling into the Canon camp where I have been very happy.

The gas will pass, eventually. Though sometimes it is better to just surrender and succumb to your desires. It can be a great relief, if it doesnt leave you in dire financial straits. Or as some have suggested, compromise with other less expensive lenses. Is it too late for this advice? Use your will (or wont power), but dont strain yourself. ???

There's a whole snafu with my second 600ex-rt... So I have to deal with that shortly before I consider any other lenses.  Actually, I went the other way and bought a 17-40 for S___s  and gigs... and then sold it less than a week later.  So that cured the gas a little. 

Dear "J,"

Now, dear D810, believe me, I wish you no ill. In fact, I actually feel sorry for you. I know people say you are nothing more than an overinflated mass of silicon, but I know better. We are both from established families and, like me, you have not had any say in this relationship.

I would like to wish you a long and happy relationship, but I suspect that won't be the case. In the end, you will be blamed for everything. Just remember this. It is not you...it's him.

Very nicely done...

Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 03:32:25 PM »
I would suggest the 70-200 2.8ii...it's such a wonderful and multipurpose lens.

Looking at shots from the 70-200 2.8ii compared to primes in it's focal range and there just isn't enough difference that warrants limiting yourself to just the 85, or 135, or 200.   The 85 1.2 is a great lens for portraits, but forget about it if you're trying to shoot anything that's moving, so if you're on a budget like you say, wouldn't you rather have more of a multipurpose lens that can do so much more than the 85 1.2 for about the same $?   

Think about your longer term goals/needs for photography in general.  For me, I realized after time that I hate switching lenses all the time and carrying them all with me.  So eventually i ended up with the 24-70 and 70-200 to cover 90% of my needs with excellent quality.   

good luck,

Isn't he thinking of an sigma art... So roughly a grand. 

Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:59:40 PM »
Not quite sure where you've got that idea from, the AF is pretty fast with the 100 2.8L IS. Not that AF is much of an issue for portraits.

In low light, my 100L likes to hunt...

And because the af is so finely tuned, it feels like it takes a month to find my subject... but in good light it is perfect. 

Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 08, 2014, 10:16:06 PM »
Heck... why don't you borrow a 55-250 or 75-300mm... and treat them like a prime.  Use statues... whatever... get a sense of which focal length you like.

Also... we can't really tell you if the sigma is going to be better than the canon options... because it obviously isn't out yet.

Photography Technique / Re: 85 vs 135 for portraits
« on: July 08, 2014, 09:58:03 PM »
I think this is the more obvious question... full or crop? 

As for depth of field, play with a depth of field calculator and consider if you are going to be shooting at minimum focusing distance. 

I volunteered to take our team photo for softball and some individual portraits. 

The problem is that we are going to get to the field around 7:30ish... warm up and play a game @ 8a.m.  We should be done around 9a.m., but it is a tournament so there is a chance that we will have a game from 9a.m. to 10a.m. give or take. 

So I'm preparing for a break sometime between 9a.m. and 11a.m., and for obvious reasons I'd rather not take either team or individual portraits @ Noon. 

The weather report is spotty... it will either be cloudy (score), partly cloudy (score), or sunny as all hell (dee-daw). 

So I'm preparing for the worse... which is sunny as hell... which means I need some fill light I was stupid the last time I was in this situation... I shot at f/2.8 and 1/200th of a second... and no surprise, the photo was incredibly over exposed. 

So this time... I presume I'll use hss and ettl, and maybe twin satellite flash bounced off of an umbrella. 

The problem I'm having... or at least think I have is that when I shoot in full daylight @ f2.8, I wound up shooting at around 1/6000 to 1/8000th of a second. 

Sure the problem can be resolved by going under some shade, but I want to take the individual shots on a field so the field is a pleasing background.  So maybe having a tent might work... but that's too much effort.

So am I over thinking it?  Or should I just pray for clouds and also winning enough times that I can take the images in the golden hour... though in that regard, I wouldn't hold my breath.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: to 600rt + st-e3 or not....
« on: July 06, 2014, 07:48:53 AM »
Would you guys advice against getting the yongnuo st e3 to save a few bucks? Also, is there a reason why you cant get an st e3 receiver/transceiver?

There's a thread discussing the st-e3.  With flash... you want it to work everytime... otherwise you will miss a shot that maybe that means you lose money... or maybe you just simply lose the shot and you are cursing under your breath a little. 

Either way, the canon st-e3-rt works... beautifully... every time.  The yongnuo... according to others... doesn't. 

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