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Canon General / Re: How do you sell your gear?
« on: September 20, 2012, 04:09:56 PM »
go to this forum site:

I'll second this.  Have bought and sold a LOT of gear there, with great success.  I just sold my 100-400 yesterday, for the same price I paid for it (listing was up for less than a day).  While back, I sold a 50L (again, for the same price I'd paid about a month earlier), in 22 minutes.

When you're brand new to the forum marketplace, people can be a bit wary of you.  Once you've built up some feedback, it's no longer an issue.  Also, on the buying side, it's very important to check their feedback - I've never been ripped off, but every now and then of course, you hear stories

Canon General / Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 01:03:52 PM »
Personally, I make enough from shooting that, if I did quit (or lose) the day job, I could probably scrape by and survive on it alone.  I'd have to stop buying gear, because then all my photo/video money would have to go to bills.  Right now, I'm playing both sides of the fence, and I'm able to pour all the money I make shooting, back into more (and better quality) gear, with a little left over because I've sorta run out of things I want to buy - which then in turn allows me to charge higher rates and take on more ambitious gigs.

In the back of my mind, I always say "hey, if I can get this to a point where it could take over, I could quit my life-sucking day job and just do this full time!"... but I know me.  The more likely reality is that I'll probably just keep doing both for as long as I can feasibly juggle the two...  I've done 100% freelance for years at a time in the past, and it was very feast-and-famine - so inconsistent.   The day job sorta sucks my life away, but the paychecks are good and they roll in like clockwork.  I try to look at it like it's my most frequent client - boring as it may be.  But I am also very happy to have photo/video as my slightly less lucrative "plan b" in case something happens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 14, 2012, 11:07:22 AM »
11 AF Points, f/2.8 Cross-type in the center

Weak.  Very weak.

UHhhhh, yeah, wtf.  11?!?!

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Magic Lantern on the 5D Mark III
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:41:14 PM »
awesomesauce....  that is all

Software & Accessories / Re: Selling Your Wedding Pics Online???
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:54:28 PM »

I would have also recommended Smugmug up until their brilliant "We still love you, but now we're going to bend you over a table and **** you" announcement a couple weeks ago.  100% price increase coming in October.  But hey, at least they took the time to make a video to try to be all nice about it.  (ha)

Lenses / Re: Where is Canon
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:23:24 AM »
Oh, the drama of first world problems.  Go take some pictures.   :D

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: First Canon EOS C100 Short Hits the Web
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:58:24 PM »
The external is 4-2-0, otherwise they'd be chopping the legs off the c300.

Then consider the legs chopped.  Unless a whole bunch of people are wrong, the HDMI out is 4:2:2. 
Have seen "confirmations" in a couple other places as well - but who knows...

Doesn't mean I'm going to rush out and buy this camera, but ... what I more firmly grab on to is the hope that it's a sign that perhaps Canon isn't QUITE as worried about cannibalizing itself as we all thought, and might consider opening up other doors via firmware fixes in order to deal with competition

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: First Canon EOS C100 Short Hits the Web
« on: September 11, 2012, 04:05:23 PM »
I would have been super impressed with this video, but frankly it needed more eyeball close-up shots.  Just a few more, and I would have been satisfied.  MORE EYEBALL CLOSE-UPS.  MORE!!!   EYEBALL.  Close-ups.

(I'd be curious to know if this footage was shot 4-2-0 internal, or 4-2-2 to an external recorder - picture quality looks rather good, despite the crap video)

Lenses / Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« on: September 11, 2012, 11:41:09 AM »
70-200 IS II.  No question.  You've got the wide end covered very well.  The 70-200 would become your workhorse, and if you do spring for the mk2, you'll be blown away by its IQ

Yeah, if there was any one focal length that Zeiss might not have even bothered with for Canon, 135 might've been a good bet.  I'm sure the Zeiss will be very nice, but...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Too good to be true?
« on: September 08, 2012, 01:22:57 AM »
He does say "with cash from your end"

maybe he misses the nice little icons.  goes to a soccer game and looks down at his 7D and says "doh, which one is the running man again?"

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 06:06:36 PM »
I frequently shoot with a 5D3 in one hand and a 5D2 in the other.  Have zero complaints about the 5D2's sensor, but the AF drives me crazy.  This would be awesome

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.2L VS 85 F1.2L MKII Lenses
« on: September 07, 2012, 01:38:09 PM »
Very true, the focus-by-wire takes some getting used to.  I'm actually quite fond of the almost frictionless spin of the 85's focus wheel, personally.  For video work, it allows you to do big focus racks without having to manhandle the lens much - just roll the side of your finger across the barrel.  Whereas you have to grip other lenses more firmly, often resulting in microjitters.  So, for video, I love the light touch of the 85's wheel.  For stills... eh, I'm usually using AF anyway.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 F1.2L VS 85 F1.2L MKII Lenses
« on: September 07, 2012, 12:56:30 PM »
^   what they said.

50L is much faster at focusing, but the copy I had was also rather inconsistent.  Sometimes front focused, sometimes back focused.  Could've just been my copy though.  The 85 is slower and heavier, but is much sharper than the 50 when shooting wide open at f/1.2.  The 50L looks sharp if you're not pixel peeping.  In the sweet spot, crop or zoom in, and everything has a bit of a soft blur around it.  Stopped down to f/2 though, it's razor sharp across the board with lovely color and contrast.   I sold my 50L and kept my 85L, but that's just me

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 06, 2012, 02:05:51 PM »
Sample pics!!!!!!!!!

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