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Lenses / Re: What lenses do you own?
« on: August 15, 2012, 07:28:08 PM »
Just 3 Lenses, order of purchase:

EF 50 1.4 USM - Nice and light, used it exclusively for almost a year. Can take some great images, although I find the focus to be slow at times - especially at low light. I still like to put this lens on and just go out and get creative. This was my first lens I bought to replace the 18-55 Kit lens after getting bitten and infected by a 5DII and 24-105L combo for almost 3 weeks.
EF 70-200 f2.8 L IS - Got it used from a photographer with a bigger wallet, this lens is my favorite from fell to image quality.
EF-S 17-55 f2.8 IS - Needed a normal Zoom with IS and f2.8 mainly for video, and some wideangle shots. I wish it were built like an L lens. Image quality is pretty good, and IS saved quite a few lowlight shots so far. (the tamron 24-70 f2.8 IS was released a while after I bought this lens, I probably would have gone for the tamron instead, to be compatible with a future FF camera). Most used for "documentary" work like family events.

EF 24 f1.4 L - I saw some Images a photographer took with it on a 5DII in Berlin at an event, and it just blew me away. Kinda expensive for an engineering student.
Tokina 11-16 f2.8 - interesting focal range for crop cameras.

I always say the "point", since when i said "f one four" once, I got a comment "that's kinda slow", as he understood "f1:4" instead "F1:1.4".

Lenses / Re: Lenses that inspire you?
« on: July 21, 2012, 12:38:45 PM »
Canon 50mm f1.4

This lens got me started in photography (not counting taking pictures with the kit 18-55), and I used it exclusively for almost a year. Since I used it on a crop body, it feels like an 85 on a 5D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Mark III price dropping
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:33:15 AM »
R&D costs are factored into the price canon sells these cameras to retailers - not the price end customers pay. Canon doesn't give these cameras away and asks for R&D money - they sell these to retailers at a price point that includes all costs & profits margin. As soon as Canon sells a Camera (or Lens.....) to a Retailer, Canon makes it's profits, and that's it. Different pricing to end customers affects Retailers! A one-man Ebay seller can live with much lower return than a photo store with infrastructure, employees, rent/mortage and other costs. It is these Retailers that get hurt, those that provide service beyond selling and shipping the camera.

@jrista: Ebay does not sell the camera. An independent seller is using ebay as a platform to sell it. He is raking the profits, ebay just gets a fee for it's services. Canon does not get hurt by this, as they get their money from selling to retailers.
Grey-merket imports are an exception if Canon sells the camera to retailers in that region at a lower price, but due to Canon's warranty practice, the customer might ultimately pay the price for that. But Canon is ultimately controlling pricing and it's profits through it's wholesale pricing & strategies.

Associating different retail pricing with R&D money is economical nonsense. Sorry.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 60D vs. 650D
« on: July 18, 2012, 09:43:26 PM »
Every time I use my 60D I'm glad I picked it over the 600D. The The addition of the rear dial is useful in manual video mode for setting the aperture, and the front wheel for shutter speed.
Using the 3x Zoom to eliminale Moiré will make a 17mm Lens have the FOV of a 50mm, so real wideangle is not possible with it.
If you can get your hand on both in some camera shop, go and do it. I made the decision very quickly after handling both.

Lenses / Re: New Canon 50mm Coming? [CR1]
« on: July 17, 2012, 08:27:13 AM »
Looking back at the last few updates I don't think so. Canon used the last updates to raise prices, as seen on the 5D3 and 24-70.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Dogs playing around
« on: March 10, 2012, 07:53:00 AM »
An old Dog waiting patiently for the plants to grow

Lenses / Re: Recommendation: Tele lens for 60D
« on: February 15, 2012, 08:32:43 PM »
Get the 2.8 II! It's an awesome lens, and will probably serve you longer than the older version.

I only have the Mark I (the Mark II is out of my price range), but it is still a very nice lens. I make very frequent use of the 2.8, and have also noticed the 60D outperform the lens in terms of resolution. I have used the new Version, and it really shines.

About portability: I find it quite portable, so I take it with me almost all of the time.

Video & Movie / Re: what's your favorite lens for shooting video?
« on: February 14, 2012, 08:39:49 AM »
By far, my most used Lens for Video is the Canon EF50mm 1.4 USM, partly 'cause it's been my only lens for quite a while besides the old kit lens (which is completely unusable for video). The Focus ring travels quite a distance, it feels like almost 180˚. This is my first choice indoors with low light.

Second is the 24-105L. I don't own it, but I rented it several times for video projects. It's been a good versatile lens due to its wide range of focal lengths, and IS. For now, I'm trying out the 17-55 2.8 IS on a Crop body.

With a good tripod the 70-200 2.8 L IS is my absolute favorite lens - both video and stills. The focus ring is smooth as butter, there is enough travel to focus accurately. For planned shots, the focus ring is also wide enough to stick a tape on it and on the barrel in front of it for focus marks while still having enough of the ring for grabbing the rubber.

The real question here is: Are you fine about having your second cam be APS-C instead of fullscreen, and do you intend to use the 7D's features? Or would you prefer Fullframe? How much shuttercount do you have left to the average shutter lifetime?

EOS Bodies / Re: which one should i choose ? 600D or 60D?
« on: June 14, 2011, 07:19:14 AM »
I used to have the same question a few weeks ago. Consequently, I went to a local electronics store and tried both, and left the store with the 60D because of better handling (much nicher Grip and more dials).
Best advice: go to a store and try both side by side. Try which body is compatible with your hand.

I don't reccomend the 50mm f1.8 for the extremely cheap build quality (Toy quality). Photographer friends of mine have it, but don't use it much thereof. My 50 1.4 is, except for a 70-200 2.8 L IS the only lens on my camera for about a year now. I didn't buy the kit lens.

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