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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Not sure which Canon body to get
« on: April 04, 2014, 08:57:52 PM »
I lean towards the 6d.  Check Canon loyalty program... if the 6d is on the list you should be able to get one at a reasonable price.  Also I've seen the 6d plus the 24-105 for around 1900 which isn't bad at all. 

The 7d is an upgrade but not for what you photograph.  Ditto with the 70d.

I was initially under shelled by the 6d thinking it was a lessor 5d mkii, but the low light performance is well worth the price of admission. 

I'd suggest getting the 6d and pairing it with some quality primes to begin with, the 100 mm non L.

Then the 40 f2.8... and from there moving towards more expensive lenses.

Personally... I'd say spend your money on great lenses and some decent flashes... but that's me.

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I'm in the know regarding canon prices... and these don't exactly do much for me.  It's like a fat stripper... maybe if she lost some weight... but I'm not paying $20 for that lap dance.

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Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: April 04, 2014, 12:12:47 PM »
despite all relevant comparison already mentioned, I think I'd point out the Sega story. Better make money with other companies than die trying to force your proprietary system on consumers. (before all the others 80's kids come down on me, I have to say I was a a Sega boy ;) )

I liked the dream cast... but I want motivated to buy it. I went ps2.  But I did buy crazy taxi and the other Sega related games... not all.. but some.

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Lenses / Re: Philosophical question about Sigma Lenses - Why?
« on: April 04, 2014, 11:06:47 AM »
Pentax makes bodies and lenses but they aren't really on our radar screen. 

It just depends on what you want to be.  Do you want to make lenses and bodies or do you want to make systems.  I think sigma is more the former than the latter. 

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So I picked up the tripod ring for the 100mm L.  I like it... feels solid... great value at $15... I initially installed it like I do for my 70-200 f/2.8L is mkii... but it was really off balance.  So I reversed it so the foot faces towards me... and now it is balanced better.  I don't have any immediately plans to do some tripod work... but I am looking forward to it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Rebel T5
« on: April 03, 2014, 05:42:35 PM »
For a bit of fun hands-on review
Canon EOS 1200D (Rebel T5) Hands-on Review

I'm fond of these guys... I really enjoy their crappy camera series.

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Lenses / Re: 24-105 vs 24-70 2.8 ii
« on: April 01, 2014, 10:32:51 PM »
Interesting.  The way people rave... it sounds like the 24-70 is on par with primes... ugh.

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I know it wasn't one of the requested options, but, if you're willing to spend $900 on a new lens just for indoors, get a 6D on sale and keep using the Pancake (I love the Pancake on my 5D2).
I love the out of the box thinking, but I think I'll wait another year or two before I upgrade my camera. I've only had the t4i for a year and a half, and in many ways am still learning how to use it.

I searched this website for 6D sale prices, and only see it going as low as $1600. That's a 78% increase from what I already determined to be the top of my price range!

Good news wife - I brought my lens idea to the canonrumors message board, and decided that instead of a 35mm prime, I'll get a 5d mark 3 and 70-200L! :)

If you are not doing video, a used 5D classic is also an alternative.  You will love it.  I've got a 6D already but I like editing those pictures taken by my friend's 5D.  Used 5D nowadays are very cheap.

I never had a 5dc... so I might be pulling this out of an ass... probably my own.  But the 5dc has a max iso of 1600... or was that the max usable iso... I don't remember.  With the 18mp line of canons... I think 1600 was the max usable iso for most... but for me, I tolerated 2500. 

So in good light... or even moderate light... it is a solid option... but in piss pot poor light... well... that's the 6D's specialty.

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I know it wasn't one of the requested options, but, if you're willing to spend $900 on a new lens just for indoors, get a 6D on sale and keep using the Pancake (I love the Pancake on my 5D2).
I love the out of the box thinking, but I think I'll wait another year or two before I upgrade my camera. I've only had the t4i for a year and a half, and in many ways am still learning how to use it.

I searched this website for 6D sale prices, and only see it going as low as $1600. That's a 78% increase from what I already determined to be the top of my price range!

Good news wife - I brought my lens idea to the canonrumors message board, and decided that instead of a 35mm prime, I'll get a 5d mark 3 and 70-200L! :)

There are packages where you can buy the 6d a 24-105, a printer and other assorted crap.  If you can sell the printer and if you can get a decent price for the 24-105... you might have a 6D for around $1200.  Sell the t4i for $450ish... and you are talking about an body upgrade for $750.

It is all conjecture until you get the cash in your hand, but I usually buy and sell my own gear as I progress... small upgrades and treating my gear as commodities that have value and may appreciate in value... well... it has done me well.

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I think I preferred last year's left handed camera more.

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EOS-M / Re: Want the 90EX?
« on: March 31, 2014, 10:37:40 PM »
How's this for a testament.  As I said before... I own the 90ex and I was going to do some optical triggering with it along side my 580ex ii's... and after 2 sessions with it... I'm buying a wireless transceiver because I do not like the 90 ex.  I do not like it on a train... i do not like it on a boat... I would not use it in Spain... i do not like it with a goat... sam I am...

It was slow to reload... which is a problem when shooting my 7 month old... she will smile intermittently so I have to have the shot ready when that happens... and no... the 90 exii went to sleep too often...

Sure it is fine for what it is supposed to be... a travel flash on a unit with no flash... but I whole heartedly hated the thing... and the experience MADE me to and buy something else.  I hate being forced to buy something when a stop gap measure will do just fine... this is not just fine.

Sorry... but it was pretty awful.

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:03:35 AM »
I’d love to hear your thoughts about this idea, I would like to try this and capture some of the Dubai cityscape in the foreground, but I obviously don’t want to blow the image out, so would an upside down ND grad be enough to kill some of the foreground light and help with capturing the sky and stars, I am aware that there will be light pollution but I’m liking this idea…………unless someone on here can elaborate as to why this won’t work!!

If that's the case... I'd consider multiple exposures and layers... but good luck.

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Incidentally the 85 1.8 is not sharper than the 40.
Interesting. I must just think it is because shooting outdoors allows me to lower ISO and stop it down a little. Or maybe the contrast between in focus subject and blown out background makes the subject "feel" sharper than it really is.

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Do you use a flash?
No, I don't own anything other than the t4i's built-in flash, and I don't like how it looks in photos. I would consider buying a flash that I can bounce off the ceiling if that's going to improve my indoor photos more than buying a faster lens would.

Thanks for all the recommendations everyone. Lots of stuff for me to research further here.

We all... share that opinion that the built in flash gives those highlights on the face and takes out all of the contours of the face... so you are in good company.  But you could try one of these on the cheap...

http://www.amazon.com/Deluxe-Mirror-Bounce-Device-Cameras/dp/B00H6P5Z1Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1396177850&sr=8-2&keywords=flash+mirror+slr

http://www.amazon.com/Professor-Lightscoop-Version-Universal-Cameras/dp/B0017LT7BO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1396177850&sr=8-8&keywords=flash+mirror+slr

http://www.amazon.com/Professor-LIGHTSCOOP-Standard-Version-Cleaning/dp/B00HWH7G4W/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1396177850&sr=8-5&keywords=flash+mirror+slr

But a good cheap manual flash will help a good deal... heck... you can get a 430 ex for around $150ish...

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You should really have a look at the 18-35 1.8 Sigma, that lens will make you happy.

I'll second that one.  Somewhere... I read that it is like having a bag of primes all in one lens... I never used it... but I like that line.

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FWIW, I used to shoot primes exclusively. I had a 35, 50, 85, 135. I was mostly doing fine art and street stuff, but 2.5 years ago I had a kid. Now I've sold all of the primes except the 35 and do 90% of my shooting with the 24-70 II and 70-200 IS. Since my 2.5 year old daughter rarely stops moving, f/2.8 is plenty wide enough in most cases, and the convenience and flexibility of the zooms outweighs the extra light and shallower DOF of the primes. And as others have pointed out the IQ, AF speed, flare control, bokeh, etc. of these new zooms is so good that I don't find myself missing the primes for that reason.

I still use the 35 (Sigma Art) for indoor work and when I don't want to lug one of the zooms around—though truthfully the size/weight difference between the Sigma 35A and 24-70 isn't that significant. I am considering trading the Sigma 35A for the 50A when it comes out, because I think the 50A might be more versatile as my single prime.

At some point when my daughter gets older and stops moving so continuously I might reacquire some primes for more deliberate work. But right now the zooms suit me best.

I only have one prime right now... what happened?  I sold some stuff, but there is no reason not to have a few wide open primes... just in case. 

My five month old likes to wiggle... and at shallow depth of fields... that simply won't do. 

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