New Camera Day - Canon 70D

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  1. Philligan

    Philligan The White-Knuckler Contributor

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    Just for kicks, I took some awful cell phone pictures comparing the 70D to Dawn's SL1/100D. Both with 50s - Dawn's got the plastic fantastic. It doesn't look like *that* much of a size difference, but man, you can feel it. :lol:

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    Does that control wheel select focus points by turning or is there am up-down-left-right feature to it?
     
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    There's an 8-way d-pad within the wheel. The wheel itself is awesome - on the T3, in manual, you'd have to change the shutter speed with the only click wheel, and hold a function button to change the aperture with the same wheel.

    The D-pad's a little awkward to reach, and I'd love to try a 5D with the nub toggle, but it's still a huge improvement and I could definitely live with it.
     
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    It just looks like a 6D, only the 6 has no magnify buttons on the too right, just a single one by the Q button that makes the wheel toggle zoom.

    The 5D3 nobby nob is ok, I prefer the D Pad personally. Even the 5D2 has a nicer joystick than the 5D3 I think haha, we use 5D3's at my work. 2 5D3's, the 24-70 2.8 IS II, the 70-200 2.8 IS II and the 16-35 2.8, faptastic.
     
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    Hooray for holy trinities. My dad got my T3, and he's looking at the budget trinity: 18-55, 55-250, 50 1.8. :lol:

    As much as I shouldn't buy tonnes of gear I can't afford, I think my ideal wedding setup would be 70-200 F4 L for ceremonies, so I can not get in the way, and 18-35 1.8 for receptions, so I can get close and still keep the shutter speed relatively high.

    I'm hoping I can swing the 18-35 in a couple months or so, and if I get paid at all for shoots in the summer it's going towards a 70-200.
     
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    Sounds like a solid plan.
     
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    I'm second shooting a wedding next month and my plan is to rent a K3 (dat switchable AA filter), the Sigma 35 1.4 and Pentax's 77 1.8. All primes, baby.

    Phil, when do you start shooting weddings?
     
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    I forget, I think he said May? I've gotta double check haha. I move back to Sarnia at the end of April (we're moving back into our parents' houses for the next school year to help save for the wedding), and I think they start pretty much as soon as I get home.

    There's one good camera shop in Sarnia (pretty much like Henry's only local, and the guy who owns it is super nice) and I think it more caters to pros, so I'm really hoping they do rentals. As long as it's under $100, I think I'm gonna rent the 18-35 for the first wedding if they have it, and if not, I'll get the 17-55 2.8IS.

    I figure I'll try a zoom for a wedding, and depending on how much zooming I do, maybe I'll try a prime for the next one. I just know I'll have some trouble shooting a wedding entirely on a 50mm on a crop sensor. :lol:
     
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    Having shot events (not weddings :O) even though I'm a big prime guy I wouldn't risk it, when time matters and you just gotta nail the shot, I always borrow zooms.

    Not saying you should, but my artistic vision only matters a little bit, it's 95% just get the damn shot hahaha. I don't think I could be doing with the pressure of shooting a wedding right now haha! Just shooting events you wouldn't think were such a huge deal is tense enough, I don't need the stress hahaha.

    I'd say you have two great ranges there, in 35mm terms the 24-70/70-200 combo is bread and butter for weddings and events, sling a second body over your shoulder with a nice prime if you want maybe.
     
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    Weddings are all about the 2.8 zooms - ultrawide, standard, and tele. Of course those are heavy and expensive but oh well.
     
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    On a full frame they'd be perfect, but since it's a crop, I'd like something wider and with a wider aperture to get the same feel. Hence the Sigma 1.8. :)

    In a perfect world, I'd have the 6D and 24-70 2.8. But, sadly, that's out of my budget, and I can do the 70D and Sigma for around the price of a 6D body alone.

    I saw earlier this week that the 6D's on sale at Henry's, too, and I came *so* close to checking it out, but I reminded myself that I'd be screwed as soon as I want a quality zoom.

    I'll hopefully be done school and settling into a career job by the time the next generation of full frames comes along, so we'll see what happens then.
     
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    Promit: definitely agree about 2.8 zooms being the standard for wedding work. The only reason I'm rolling with primes when I second shoot is because my main really likes my work and primes are what I tend to favor. If I were main or solo shooting you bet your ass I'm zooming all day.
     
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    ^I'd love it if I ended up being fine with primes for weddings. The range a zoom gives you is nice, but I basically learned how to take pictures on a 50mm, and I'm used to moving around to get the shot I want. I have more trouble remembering to zoom. :lol:

    That's kinda what I'm thinking with the 18-35. I can use the zoom when I need, and when I'm just out shooting for fun, I've basically got 18, 24, 28, and 35mm 1.8 primes all at the same time.
     
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    18-35 seems like an awesome wedding lens to me.
     
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    ^Agreed.

    Realistically, if I got offered a couple of wedding jobs I'd invest in a used 70-200 IS (version 1) or a non IS version, both can be had for well under half the cost of the IS2, and You can cover the 24-70 range with all sorts of options. I'd say the ultra wide end would be very much a luxury, I'd sooner buy a second body than worry about that.

    I'm still thinking about the XT-1, the two 2.8 zooms for that have been announced but now word on price yet, looking forward to that.
     
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    Congrats on the new Camera! My girlfriend has the same one and loves it to death. Henry's definitely has some awesome deals on used gear.
     
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    Thanks man! Yeah haha I keep trying to find used stuff through them but it goes so fast. I'm really digging the 70D, but now I really want one of these and a 6D in tandem. :lol:
     

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