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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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Here's a question.  Does the image quality improvement from stopping down balance out with the fact that you are running the image through a magnifying glass.

No, because you are not stopping down.
Ago the aperture stays the same but the amount of light that reaches the sensor changes?

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Here's a question.  Does the image quality improvement from stopping down balance out with the fact that you are running the image through a magnifying glass. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 29, 2014, 09:24:36 AM »
I hate spending money on memory cards.  So I test them like I do my lenses and bodies... so I under and remove them as little as possible.

What's your test procedure?

Stupid phone.  I treat them like my lenses and body... at least it didn't replace the word with testes... I might have more explaining to do.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 29, 2014, 08:58:01 AM »
I hate spending money on memory cards.  So I test them like I do my lenses and bodies... so I under and remove them as little as possible.

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A centennial has redeemed a groupon for a nude photo shoot.  You have a 5dmkiii, a 24-70 f/2.8 mkii, and a jar of vaseline.  Elaborate on your technique.

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If you are photographing a person at 12 Noon in bright sunlight what would you do? *
Use your flash
Over expose 2 stops
Under expose 2 stops
Reduce the ISO on your camera

I'd go with... tell everyone to stare into sun... and I'd shoot from a high angle in time lapse... so you CAN SEE the exact moment when they all go blind.

My question is where am I at 12 noon.... am I down south with the sun directly overhead or am I in the high arctic with the sun just above the horizon....

And If I was somewhere with the sun directly overhead, I'd go for a coffee and wait for less harsh lighting.....
...

I know.  Can I get a Gazebo all up in the piece?  I needs some shadows... double off camera satellite flash, and a bottle of scotch. STAT!

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https://app.e2ma.net/app2/survey/36399/213038842/594d480b5b/?v=a

This company is paying photogs $20 an hour and you might have to drive as far as 100 miles... But that's neither here nor there. 

I read through the quiz... and I really want there to be write in answers. 

For instance...

If you are photographing a person at 12 Noon in bright sunlight what would you do? *
Use your flash
Over expose 2 stops
Under expose 2 stops
Reduce the ISO on your camera

I'd go with... tell everyone to stare into sun... and I'd shoot from a high angle in time lapse... so you CAN SEE the exact moment when they all go blind.

You are photographing a 5 month old outdoors on the grass. Which would work best? *
Put the baby in a car seat
Put the baby on it's tummy
Shoot from a high angle
Use a fast shutter speed

5 months... my freaking 7 month can't sit up.  I'd ask the mother if her body has snapped back yet and if she has thought of doing nudes... oh yeah.  My concern is the grass... I think if you put a baby on the grass, it is going to poke them and they are going to freak the f out.

But hey... good for them... they are making fat cash off of people.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 28, 2014, 08:40:24 PM »
I had 2 Lexar 1000X Professional CF cards literally die on me. One time after taking 500 irreplaceable
vacation photos and the second time after 2 hours of a paid shoot which I had to restart completely.
I went back to Sandisk Extreme Pro 1066X which hasn't failed me in 13 years.
Save yourself a headache and don't buy Lexar.

Your personal anecdotes are just anecdotes.  You may have gotten counterfeit cards, you may have mistreated them, or you may be the statistical anomaly that had two fail in a short span.  Every manufacturer will have a small percentage of defects; you happened to bump into defects labeled "Lexar."  Others tell the same story with Sandisk..or whatever.  I've used cheap (Transcend) cards for years without problem.  I always test new cards thoroughly before using them.  Do you test your new cards?

I don't want to pick on anyone... but if you have multiple cards fail... it might not be the cards... it is more likely that you are the common denominator. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: BEWARE LEXAR FAIL!
« on: March 28, 2014, 01:34:11 PM »
I had 2 Lexar 1000X Professional CF cards literally die on me. One time after taking 500 irreplaceable
vacation photos and the second time after 2 hours of a paid shoot which I had to restart completely.
I went back to Sandisk Extreme Pro 1066X which hasn't failed me in 13 years.
Save yourself a headache and don't buy Lexar.

The lever cards I've had have never failed... but I do think the premium for SanDisk is warranted.

I had a SanDisk sd card die on me after my wife washed and dried it 100 times... but those were extenuating circumstances. 

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 28, 2014, 12:07:58 PM »
Did the prices change? I looked at both CF cards on the list and neither is any near 50% off as claimed.

64GB 1066x 212.95 regular 269.95 or 21.1% off
32GB 1066x 109.95 regular 139.95 or 21.4% off

Retailers do 50% off msrp... so... tricky and a good deal annoying.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:35:39 AM »
I couldn't find the write rate on the 32  gb cf... 1066x doesn't tell me what I want to know.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Weekend Lexar Memory Card Sale at Adorama
« on: March 28, 2014, 11:32:16 AM »
Last week I would have bit... this week... not so much. Ride the gas waves...

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I picked up the 1.4 mkii.  I dropped the kenko from consideration because it doesn't work with afma very well.  I'm cheap and I didn't think the advances in image quality warranted the additional cost.

I think my out the door price was $150... which wasn't bad for the three times a year I use it.
There is very little difference in the 1.4x II and III so that was a wise buy, and just 3x a year?  I use both of my TCs almost every time I shoot!

That is very good to know. Have you used both? Bryan Carnathan says the vIII is better, but if the differences aren't that great in real life, it makes sense to save some money.

I've never used the mkiii.... but I don't disagree it is better... but from what I heard and read... it wasn't significantly better.  I have a motto... make sure your upgrade is exactly that... and upgrade.  It doesn't have to be 10x better... but it should be a significant improvement to warrant the additional investment... and I personally wouldn't be sure that the mkiii is that.

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