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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Body + lens for design office
« on: January 20, 2015, 08:46:18 AM »

I've been out of the camera gear game for a while so I need some suggestions. I work in a graphic design office and we need to get an office camera that'll work decently most things we'll need it for.  I plan on getting a Yongnuo speed light (the one comparable to Canon's 500-series).

I always recommend a crop body and nifty 50 to beginners for the best quality to price ratio, but I need a wider angle for 90% of what this will be used for.  Product shots and food shots, mostly.. some portraits.

The budget isn't necessarily tight, but I think I can rule out a full frame and $1000+ lenses.  My guess up front is maybe a Rebel with a 24 or 28 would work.  IS would help since it will all be handheld, and a lot of handheld aerial shots, but not 100% necessary.

I realize there is not one ideal answer so don't chew me out about this. Not expecting to get ideal results—I just want to weight some options.

Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 15, 2014, 02:44:18 PM »
Well based on what everyone is saying, I feel okay about not worrying about it.  Thanks for the feedback

Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 14, 2014, 03:15:42 PM »
I think you'll find it's simple physics. You been used to mounting some heavy lenses on your camera. When you lift that amount of size and weight you have to make a certain effort. By contrast the 35 f2 IS is relatively small and light so you use much less effort to handle it. Because you're mounting less mass it feels much tighter. This is also why people report the 40 pancake to be tight compared with other lenses. If the EF mount was so tight that a large lens like the 70-200/2.8 felt tight the 40 pancake would be an enormous effort !

(I assume your 50 f1.8 has a plastic bayonet mount which is why it will feel soft).

Thats true... makes sense.  Although the 24-70 f4 IS is about the same size and weight (maybe just slightly more) and it didnt feel much different.  I've also mounted a 24-105 f4 IS and a few other metal mount lenses like the tokina 11-16 on my crop body.  All of those are heavier than the new 35 but still not even close to the 85 or 70-200.

Since yesterday, it seems to be a little less tight.  I was just uncomfortable about it for a minute since it's probably the first lens I bought online that was NOT from B&H.

Try freezing your lens before mounting it, that will shrink the metal and give it more tolerance. Of course the mount may seize up when the metals of the lens and the camera mount reach the same temperature  ;D ;)

I'll do that right after I grind the threads off, then ill apply some lube to assure no extra friction, for good measure X) 

Lenses / Re: Film starter lens?
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:29:32 AM »
There's a cine version with geared rings.

What's the difference in geared and normal then? Is it worth that bit more?

The cine version lets you manually adjust aperture with a physical ring.  But if youre on a budget and shooting relatively simple things with a DSLR (no rig, stabilization, follow focus, etc), the IS of the 28 2.8 is probably way more useful for you—plus its really lightweight compared to the samyang 35 cine lens.  If you're shooting scenes were lighting is changing, a variable ND filter might be useful.  Id feel comfortable shooting a corporate vid handholding a lightweight IS lens... not the cine lens unless i have a rig and/or tripod...

I havent used the 28 with IS but I just got the 35 f2 with IS (released around the same time) and I'm loving it.... havent shot video with it yet.

You can find a 24-105 IS pretty cheap.  If I wanted to accomplish as much as possible handholding with one lens and no extra gear, this is the lens I would go with hands down.

Lenses / Re: New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 13, 2014, 09:31:13 PM »
I noticed the same thing with the 40mm STM on the 5Dm3, a much tighter fit than all my other lenses. Neither camera nor lens has taken any damage yet :)


The grinder was my first thought LOL.  But yeah, at first I assumed maybe it was just a thing with newer lenses (modern tech allows for more precise construction?), but the 24-70 f4 IS wasn't like that...

Lenses / New 35mm f2 IS - Potential mount issue?
« on: January 13, 2014, 07:52:00 PM »

I just got a new 35 f2 IS (the newer one from late 2012), and when I mounted it to my 5dIII it felt unusually tight... almost as if there were a rubber gasket between the body and lens or something.  I'm sort of afraid to take it off and on now... Is this common with some lenses?

Not sure if this might be relevant, but I've only mounted a few lenses on this body (70-200 2.8, 85L, 24-70 f4 IS, 50mm 1.8) and none of these have given any kind of resistance when trying to mount.

- Jay

Canon General / Re: Best place to sell used Canon gear?
« on: November 13, 2013, 09:35:36 AM »
Unless you live in a big city, I guess, I'd recommend eBay over CL...  Even after fees and shipping I feel like I make more there than CL.  I live in atlanta.

Canon General / Re: How to teach a friend Photography...
« on: November 08, 2013, 03:11:06 PM »
I'd say to send her to a local store offering classes (free or otherwise). I lecture a lot and do teach advanced studio photography, but I don't teach beginners. It'll keep your neighborly friendship, your own headaches down, and she'll be amongst her "peers" at the same level of knowledge so that they can bounce ideas off each other freely with the guidance of a structured method to learn.

As she gets more "advanced" and familiar with the craft, then you could always step in and give advice, critiques, etc. Once she has the basics down, then if you were to take her out on a shoot to work on something specific, i.e fill flash, composition, etc. it would be much easier.

Excellent advice, take it.

Remember always, "No good turn goes unpunished", you have a good relationship with your neighbour, getting in boots and all has the disadvantage of changing that relationship, that may not be what you want in the long run.

If you decide to go Boots and all, do it without charging, money will almost surely soar the relationship, almost always does.

I want to dislike this advice, because I dont like to think that it's true.... but I have to agree, because it always proves to be (in my experience).  The thing about letting flickr/family/friend compliments get to their head is the most discouraging thing... In my experience it hasn't been worth it and it always becomes hostile, or just ends with no results at best.

My theory is that, if someone is motivated to actually learn to take great photos, they can and will do it on their own (internet, books, etc).  More often the case however: they see the notoriety you are gaining amongst mutual friends or family, doing something that is seemingly all fun and games, and of course that's appealing—not necessarily motivated by the artistic aspect of it.  Definitely not accusing your neighbor of being in that category, but in my experience, the latter description fits the type of person that approaches me for help.  They want the internet popularity and compliments, not a respectable final product or the path that it takes to get there.

I mean, if I were to have my brain wiped of all photography knowledge and made to start again, I would RATHER be left on my own to research and learn at least at first... even if I had access to a world-class teacher.  If I didn't even have the motivation and patience for that, what good would I be in the hands of a pro anyway?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Off Brand: Nikon Announces the Df
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:11:15 AM »
More faulty logic: you are still assuming that video costs extra,

You got it wrong. I don't care in at all, how much it costs a camera maker to add video capability to a DSLR (it does cost something). ALL I am saying is, that camera makers should CHARGE more for dual purpose gear compared to single purpose gear.

They should sell all cameras in a video-enabled version and a video disabled version. Video disabled version at significantly lower price. Video-enabled version at much higher price, but still much lower than combined cost of a stills and a video camera.  That would be fair. That way, those who clamour for additional usage and functionality in a camera that is NOT required by many (stills photographers) would be made to pay for their part of the ride.

I see where the motivation to hope for this comes from, but until the photo/video world is monopolized by Comcast, this would be purely idiotic for a company to try.  Not to mention, your suggestion benefits no one including yourself (well maybe Canon, assuming all their competition with video DSLRs immediately dies out).  The cost to add video is completely insignificant in comparison to the total price of a DSLR, and huge in terms of making it a more valuable product.

My theory is that there is ONE reason why "purists" shun new tech.  I work with them every day.  It's envy and inadequacy.  Back in their day when gear was too expensive for a non "professional" and there were less variables put into what the final product would be, it was easier to stand out and receive compliments.  One of my coworkers is 60+ and [was] a photographer.  We also have younger designers who do photography.  The old guy is constantly preaching, "its not about the camera, its about the photographer" , "its a camera, why do you need video", etc.  Everyone is respectful, and everyone (if only out of respect) lets him assume his role as the photography "expert".  But even looking down to the basics, everyone is better than him at simply taking well-framed, interesting shots—while old man Wither is reminiscing about the old days and how much better his hometown was than our city, we're working in the entire adobe suite, not just lightroom.  Don't get me wrong, I love nice gear, but ALSO appreciate going back to basics.  I'll leave my full frame at home and use my iphone if I think I'll be in a situation where it'll more likely get the photos I want and not need the ridiculous IQ of my 5D.

The fact is, you can still accomplish what you could with an old camera.  Put that self discipline to work, practice what you preach, put your camera in M and frame some nice photos.  Meanwhile, I'll be taking video with the same camera.

It's like going on a cruise ... passage in cabin with sea view does not cause (significantly) higher cost to the cruise company than passengers in a "inner" cabin.  But the price charged is hugely different. Simply, because users of the outward cabin get extra functionality/pleasure.

This analogy might be half valid if each camera model were only a released with a predetermined, limited quantity, just like cruise tickets are sold.... in which case exclusivity would justify the price.  Thats only touching the surface, but youre so far off here... it's not really worth going into economics 101.

Black & White / Re: A Light Read (EDIT)
« on: September 18, 2013, 05:43:28 PM »
I seem to be the only one, but I disagree that centered = balanced.  I love the lighting and B&W choice and I think the white space adds positively to the minimalism.  Personally, I might even add more white space (black) to the right until the guy's head is at the 1/3 length, before I'd choose to crop it in.  For me, more white space adds to the dark, immersed feel and would make the photo feel less staged IMO

I agree with the knee brightness seeming a little high, that was the first thing that caught my eye.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone Photography Course Instructor..?
« on: September 16, 2013, 12:47:08 PM »
I don't find it weird.  In fact, depending on what it teaches, it might prove to be more useful than a DSLR course.  Photographers should learn composition/framing before even worrying about manual adjustments in my opinion.

Also, what requirements and qualifications does one need to teach basic photography other than research and practice? 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Finally did a few paying jobs now what?
« on: September 03, 2013, 12:10:19 PM »
The site homepage was put back to the original and should be simpler. I will further tweak it tonight. Please remember I have only been working on it for 6 days periodically. I also think people should comment truthfully but put your money were your mouth is and show a link to your well put together site if you want to truly put your point across.

The whole idea of needing to see an example to be sold on the point.... ironically kind of strengthens the argument of only showing your best work.  A client comes at you wanting the same piece of mind.

If I were to show you a collection of the websites I've put together, you would expect me to ONLY show you the kind of work I claim to support.  I may have done a lot of work that was client-directed and that I am not proud of, and I would not show you those in my portfolio because that would discredit my arguement—just as showing anything less than your best weakens your position as a photographer :)

Like Paul said, a client will tear you a new one, and the difference will be that the feedback won't really be constructive.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Finally did a few paying jobs now what?
« on: September 03, 2013, 11:02:25 AM »
I say this with the best of intentions. 


I agree 100% with this.  It kind of does look like scrolling through an unfiltered iphone camera roll... BUT the thing is... it doesn't have to... 

Out of this entire I set, I would keep maybe 5 for display (even less once you have more to add).  If this is your portfolio that you plan to get new work from and show strangers—treat it like a portfolio or resume, where less is more.

For example, one nicely composed/edited shot of your daughter smiling looks better than when the same shot is included in a set with 10 others that are similar but where she isnt paying attention, composition is off, exposure isnt as good, etc.  Because then instead of looking like a nice composition, it looks like a lucky shot—and more importantly, it makes it look like the photographer can't interpret that it's a nice shot.  It also looks like "okay, you're showing me everything you've done", and that is never impressive, even if there are some good ones thrown in.  Limiting the front page to a few different styles of shooting, all from different sets, leaves something up to imagination which is a good thing.

I will say, I love the minimal/responsive web template you went with.  Your gear looks like it is very capable.  I'd spend a little more time getting your brand up to par.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:34:06 AM »
I've been learning my way around photoshop.

I see how you can create a logo and store it as a brush, and easily "stamp" your logo on images.

I'm curious....that process is ok if you're only doing a few images at a time.

But what if you have 100+ images you need to get out with a logo or watermark on them? Do ya'll program a PS action for this or what?

I've not gotten to 'actions' yet....but have heard about them.

Thanks in advance,


If you create a logo in photoshop and then save it as a PNG you can then use it in Lightroom. In LR go to edit > edit watermarks > and then click on the "choose" button in the Image options tab in the top right hand corner (you can also click on the "Graphic" option too which does the same thing). Find the PNG file and boom you're done. Now you can select multiple images and export with your watermark.

Or better yet, create it in illustrator and save as .eps (if you have Illustrator).

don't get too bogged down on it, as most people won't care....

It matters hugely if you're doing it right... I'm not saying its a deciding factor, but an effective name/logo is one of the single most important variables you can invest properly in

This is kind of like telling someone they are doing a machine wrong at the gym.  Even if you give them straight up facts that prove you're right and tell them you're only trying to help, 9 out of 10 people will respond negatively, if only out of insecurity.  Most people are too proud and have already received rave reviews about their name/logo choice from close friends and family to even consider listening open-mindedly to the most logical advice. ugh... /rant

Seriously though... its kind of hilarious that your name is dirty sanchez and you're going to advise her against BS lol.  I guess dirty sanchez has more of a dominant connotation whereas BS photography sounds like you're calling your skill S___.. lol

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