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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: NEW TOY :)
« on: October 01, 2013, 01:50:31 PM »
I am glad you like it,  the shots are solid,  but I can't help but think it would have to be exceptional for me to leave the mkiii  at home...  and I'm not sure what I saw there is what I would call exceptional.

Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:43:35 PM »
The only f2.8 lens I shot at f8 and f11 was 16-35 f2.8 II.

1. 50L @ f1.4 - f1.6 only
2. 85L II @ 1.2 - 1.6 only
3. 40pancake @ f2.8 or f5.6 only
4. 24-70 II + 70-200 most of the time @ f2.8, sometime f5.6

With the 85 f/1.8 I was shooting at 5.6 over the weekend... it is because I was shooting my daughter with her grandfather and they weren't on the same plane... so as always... just depends on the shot.  Do I normally hover around 1.8... yep.

I bought a pair of the yongnuo 622c...  and they are supposed to both be transceivers,  but evidently only one worked  at ful capacity.  I  returned them and I'm getting a new set,  but the lesson to be learned is make sure you trust the company you buy them from otherwise you will be stuck.

Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 08:05:41 PM »
 when I had the 50 f 1.4, I  shot  at 2.8  or 4.   that is where that lens is really sharp. 

 but what is the point of having a 1.4  lens of you never shoot wide open.

Lenses / Re: Do you usually shoot your lenses wide open?
« on: September 30, 2013, 07:42:23 PM »
 yep... I  do.  I stop down my  fisheye to f8,  but the rest of my lenses I  shoot  open or close to. 

 most of my lenses  are still sharp  wide open. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:28:36 AM »
Another option I would consider is an EF-S 85-300mm F4-5.6 IS STM. With light weight and price down to $ 350 would be a perfect match for 15-85mm, and I would buy.

 why would it need to be stm?   wouldn't a usm  motor be just fine?   are many people doing video at 300mm... I  suppose for sports,  but that would still be a challenge.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent - EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6
« on: September 30, 2013, 10:18:25 AM »
Most people don't realize how much better lenses like the 70-200's are than the kit lenses, we fanatics and gear-heads are in the minority.
when I was in the market for a 70-200, f2.8L,  either one,  someone tried to convince me that the 18-200  is all the lens I would ever need  and any improvement in image quality wasn't  noticeable in real world application and certainly didn't justify the price. 

I  just wanted to shake him.   But he was so adamant...

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 29, 2013, 12:42:57 AM »
Oh okay, I really don't want to get a new body only because the fact my husband bought it for me as a gift and I really hate to make him feel bad. So I am going o use it for awhile then Ill move up :). Thank you!!

I was on a crop for about 4.5 years... there isn't anything wrong with crop.  And for what you shoot, you really don't need a big upgrade.  Maybe a 5D mkii or 6D provided your photographing interests don't change too much.  And by then, they may be 1 or 2 generations behind... so you can get a good condition used one at a reasonable price. 

I don't disagree with the advice to get a lens that is suitable for what you have right now... but I went the other way and I can at least explain why.  First, I don't like variable aperture.  If you are shooting in manual, zooming from 15mm to 50mm will make a big difference in your settings provided you are shooting wide open.  So if you lose 1/2 your light (3.5 to 4.8), then you have to kick up your iso, or slow your shutter speed. 

But that isn't an issue if you get the 17-55 which has a constant aperture.  I'm not sure if you plan on buying new... Amazon and others are selling them for around 880 right now and that is a heck of a deal, but if you plan on reselling that lens in a few years, it isn't as easy as you might hope.  I sold one on Amazon for $740... and that is when the new price was $1060.  With the dust issue, with it being out of warranty, with it simply being used, the lens is a challenge to sell.  I fully presume the price will go up and 880 isn't a long term price, but it is something to factor in because most lenses don't lose much value... but the 17-55 is a bit of an exception... though in full disclosure, the 24-105 was selling at 1100 for a while new in a retail box, and now you can get new lenses without a warranty for $660.  And the resale of the same is maybe $550, so that is about 1/2 of it's value provided you paid full retail 2 years ago. 

So just be aware of resale values... because what you have is a living breathing commodity that holds its value.  The lenses and body.  Point and shoot cameras... they are practically disposable.  But I bought my XS, the 18-55, and a 75-300 and after 1 year I sold the lens and after 2 years I sold the body.  I sold them for practically exactly what I paid (I actually made $15 bucks).  I did lose some money on a 60D and on a 24-105, but that shouldn't have been a big surprise.  Though if I did buy a 24-70 f/2.8L, I wouldn't have lost nearly as much, if anything at all (because I buy like new refurbs or like new used).  So I did err and it hit me in the pocketbook.

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 28, 2013, 09:53:32 PM »
Very true, I really hate having to stand really far back with the 50mm but i love it for newborns and toddler portraits. I know i wouldnt be able to use the 17-55mm on a full body, but I wont be upgrading to a FF anytime soon. :) I do need to find a place to rent a lens and get a feel for what I like. Any suggestions on lens rental places??

I  haven't used either,  but lensrental.com  or borrowlenses.com  seem reputable.

 I  never bothered  because shipping seems like too much,  but if you have some place local,  that would  be cheaper.

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 28, 2013, 05:09:42 PM »
24mm on a crop body camera is equilant to 38mm on a full format camera.  A nice focal length, but not very wide.  If you plan to stick with APS-C for awhile, I recommend the EF-S 15-85 or 17-55 2.8.  Both are L quality optically and will be wide enough for landscapes and group shots.

I  knew I might be looking to go full frame at some point and so the only ef-s  lens I ever bought was a 55-250.   I'm not a big landscape guy,  but I fought it out in the crop world for  almost five years before making the transition...  and the only thing I needed to sell was my old 60d  body. 

 some people transition and they have a  body, a  macro lens, 60mm, a  normal zoom like the 17-55  and a telephoto zoom like  the 55-260  that all don't work on their new body. 

 if you think a  switch is possible... I  say  prepare for the future.

Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions for T3i please!
« on: September 28, 2013, 05:04:47 PM »
I have a 24-105  and it is good... borderline great.   the 24-70s 2.8  are both great,  but at the price, 660,  the 24-105  is a  ridiculous value. 

I used to contend that the 50mm  f1.8  for 100,  the 55-250  for 150ish and then eventually the 40mm  for 150  were the best value,  bang for your buck,  lenses available for Canon.   but the decline of resale value for new kit lenses  is  astonishing. 

 having said that,  maybe in a year the resale price is  around 550. 

 yes, f4  isn't ideal for indoors and also not on a crop,  but you can use the money you save and get a very good speedlite, 430 exii, for around 250.  learn how to bounce light off sidewalls,  ceilings or use off camera flash,  and you will likely have significantly better results than using  an f2.8  lens, a  higher iso, a slower shutter speed,  and ambient light. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: NEW TOY :)
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:33:16 AM »
All I got for my anniversary was IGNORED.

Canon General / Re: Who's up for a game?
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:13:34 PM »
I don't understand garage... as in you do your shooting in a garage as a makeshift studio?

Canon General / Re: Who's up for a game?
« on: September 27, 2013, 11:11:48 PM »
It does say Missymwac.com... but I really don't see how sharing it with a friend is a big deal.  Give them this link.  Done. 

Canon General / Re: Who's up for a game?
« on: September 27, 2013, 05:08:16 PM »
I liked the business license... or ignore it.  Funny.  I also liked spray and pray.

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