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Thread started 25 Feb 2013 (Monday) 19:13
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Feb 25, 2013 22:19 |  #16

LisaJH wrote in post #15652145 (external link)
You don't need strobes. 99% of the work on my site is done with ambient/natural light only. Learn to read the natural light before you move on to strobes. I'd recommend a nice, moderately priced prime lens to start with...the 50mm 1.4 and 85mm 1.8 are both good, solid choices.

after looking at your site, i'm tempted to throw away anything flash related that i own...:)


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Feb 25, 2013 22:41 |  #17

Lots of interesting points in here. For those that said get a flash, I do have a bower flash which is almost identical to the canon 430ex ii. It articulates, has a low light flash assist, works as a slave, has ettl mode, as well as full manual. I have a little softbox/diffuser for it as well.

What about towards cars? Which lens would be wider? The 24-105 or 70-200?


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Feb 25, 2013 23:16 |  #18

mikealicious wrote in post #15652512 (external link)
What about towards cars? Which lens would be wider? The 24-105 or 70-200?

which would be wider?

the one with the lower focal length is wider


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Feb 25, 2013 23:45 |  #19

mikealicious wrote in post #15652512 (external link)
Lots of interesting points in here. For those that said get a flash, I do have a bower flash which is almost identical to the canon 430ex ii. It articulates, has a low light flash assist, works as a slave, has ettl mode, as well as full manual. I have a little softbox/diffuser for it as well.

What about towards cars? Which lens would be wider? The 24-105 or 70-200?

If you're talking about doing automotive photography with cars and models then he 24-70 or 24-105 will help with getting both in frame without needing a lot of distance to step back.

As far as strobe vs non-strobe it all comes down to how well you plan out your shooting and the "style" of photo you're aiming to get. Natural light photography requires you to be thinking ahead to get the lighting you need but it can be very beautiful when done right.

Strobe photography isn't as time dependent but there is an extra cost in equipment and modifiers that you'll have to absorb in your budget.




  
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Feb 26, 2013 10:49 |  #20

Sirrith wrote in post #15651853 (external link)
You have great lenses for portraits now. Focus on lighting and practice for the time being.

Agreed. Light is crucial.


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Feb 26, 2013 12:06 |  #21

sounds like the 85 1.8 is a keeper. I guess I should use it more. It usually sits nice and comfy in my camera bag. where is that thing sharpest at? couple stops up from wide open? 2.5 or something?


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Feb 26, 2013 12:10 |  #22

mikealicious wrote in post #15654254 (external link)
sounds like the 85 1.8 is a keeper. I guess I should use it more. It usually sits nice and comfy in my camera bag. where is that thing sharpest at? couple stops up from wide open? 2.5 or something?

Mine had a little focus issue that was fixed with MFA on my 5D3. Now that I have it tweaked, I finally understand what people refer to as "tack sharp wide open". Mine really is...so much so that my wife says I can't take pictures of her with it because it makes her "look old"


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Feb 26, 2013 13:26 |  #23

Haha right on.

Noob question, what's MFA? Manual focus adjustment? Micro focus adjustment? And how do I do that?


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Feb 26, 2013 14:07 |  #24

Micro focus adjustment, and not available on the Rebels or the 60D. If you're serious about it, you can test to see how the AF is doing, and if it's off, send lens and body to Canon for calibration, at which point, those two will be your go-to combo for sharpness.


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Feb 26, 2013 14:14 |  #25

Another who is going to recommend an 85mm. The least expensive is the Canon f/1.8 and it gets rave reviews. Personally I have the Sigma f/1.4 and it would be my choice every day of the week, I love that lens. It all comes down to budget though.


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Feb 26, 2013 14:43 as a reply to  @ L.J.G.'s post |  #26

I dont think you will find that an F4 will give you good DOF control for portraits on a crop. The 70-200 is too long for inside, even a 50mm can be to long inside . You have a 50 1.8 try using that at F4 and see how you like it, also try the 85 indoors. I find that a good 24-70 2.8 is perfect for me on a crop along with a few good primes.


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Feb 26, 2013 14:55 |  #27

waterrockets wrote in post #15654684 (external link)
Micro focus adjustment, and not available on the Rebels or the 60D. If you're serious about it, you can test to see how the AF is doing, and if it's off, send lens and body to Canon for calibration, at which point, those two will be your go-to combo for sharpness.

ah. gotcha. makes sense. I was looking on YouTube for some instructional videos, and they only had the 5d mkII, 50d, and similar cameras able to do it.

L.J.G. wrote in post #15654711 (external link)
Another who is going to recommend an 85mm. The least expensive is the Canon f/1.8 and it gets rave reviews. Personally I have the Sigma f/1.4 and it would be my choice every day of the week, I love that lens. It all comes down to budget though.

I've got the 85 1.8 currently.


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Feb 26, 2013 19:03 |  #28

btw, with your gear, you're better off buying a better body... 5D2, 6D, 5D3....


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Feb 26, 2013 19:39 |  #29

mikealicious wrote in post #15652512 (external link)
What about towards cars? Which lens would be wider? The 24-105 or 70-200?

24mm is wider...

I don't think I'd put my money on lenses right now if I was you. Maybe take a class or buy a book, practice with what you have for a while, then rethink your next lens purchase.

Having said that, the 17-55 and 15-85 are both excellent choices on crop.


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Feb 26, 2013 20:42 |  #30

Charlie wrote in post #15655739 (external link)
btw, with your gear, you're better off buying a better body... 5D2, 6D, 5D3....

The 5d2 is probably going to be a purchase after my next lens. The 5d3 is a little outside my budget. What are the main differences between the two anyways?


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