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Old 12-03-2010, 02:10 AM #1
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:41 AM #2
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Howdy folks. To sell my M4 or not to sell my M4, that is the question. It is beat to **** and was once my uncles (which is the only reason I would not sell it), he used it to take pictures for the national geographic.

Never shoot film anymore :'(
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:00 AM #5
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Howdy folks. To sell my M4 or not to sell my M4, that is the question. It is beat to **** and was once my uncles (which is the only reason I would not sell it), he used it to take pictures for the national geographic.

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I will take it.
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:39 PM #6
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Howdy folks. To sell my M4 or not to sell my M4, that is the question. It is beat to **** and was once my uncles (which is the only reason I would not sell it), he used it to take pictures for the national geographic.

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then don't sell it
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Consensus on the Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM telephoto lens?




Remember, this would be going on my first DSLR... I'm not wanting to pay $400 per lens. Photography is not my main hobby, I just want to get into it and get something decent while spending some money but not a lot. Guns take up most of my free money. lol
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:52 AM #9
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Terrible. get the 55-250, much much better.
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Old 12-05-2010, 01:42 AM #10
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The 75-300 has better build quality over the 55-200. The 55-250 has is though.
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Old 12-05-2010, 02:06 AM #11
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I mean both are pretty garbage. Try to find a used 70-200 f/4. Much better build quality then both combined and its L glass.
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Old 12-05-2010, 03:18 AM #12
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I mean both are pretty garbage. Try to find a used 70-200 f/4. Much better build quality then both combined and its L glass.
aside from the 50 1.8 II, the 70-200 f/4L is one of the best lenses for the price, imo. you can get them for 450 nowadays.
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Old 12-05-2010, 06:45 AM #13
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Hey guys, I'm still pretty new to photography and I really want to get involved in studio shooting. Mainly taking shots of Break dancing. So I have been doing some research and have to decided to get a 55mm lens, I just know if the f1.8 would be enough or if the f1.4 would make that big of a difference and if it was really worth. Hopefully someone can help answer this b4 the weekend is over, so I can make an order by tonight.

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You don't need a large aperture for studio shooting as you'll prolly be around f5.6. That said, the 1.4 version does have slightly better build quality, AF, and bokeh.
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Old 12-05-2010, 11:54 AM #15
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Well I know these sometimes these sessions are kind of dark. So that worries me a bit. And can u please explain bokeh
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Old 12-05-2010, 12:19 PM #17
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Well I know these sometimes these sessions are kind of dark. So that worries me a bit. And can u please explain bokeh
Kind of dark? What are you talking about?
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Well I know these sometimes these sessions are kind of dark. So that worries me a bit. And can u please explain bokeh
studio means you have lights to compensate for the dark. If you are shooting in a club or in a dark place 1.4 is gonna make you go nuts if they are actually break dancing. I mean, it can work but you'll have 1-10 shots out of 100 come out decent @ 1.4 because of the movement/speed. I guess it really just depends.

Since you say studio I could only guess that you mean lights and then have the dancer pose break dancing? In studio you set it all up so you can shoot anywhere between 1.4 and 5.6+ Most studio shots are shot from f4-f8 depending on the look you are going for.

It really depends on your lights and the space provided to get the effect you want.

If you are getting a 50mm I would get the 50 1.4. It's another $250 but I believe it's worth it for the 1.4 and build quality and AF function.
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I apologize to anyway I may be confusing. Still learning as I go along.

With that being said, when I said studio, I meant a dance studio. The dance studio is pretty well lit, but does not have any lighting gear nor do I just yet. The darkest it gets is when they have a battle tournament or something then those are usally done in like a auditorium of some sort where the lighting is there just not the greatest.

I did however decide to order the 50mm f1.4, I did some reading and looked at some reviews on youtube. And to be honest, did not feel comfortable with the build of the 1.8. It just looked cheap, and the fact that I see most people selling them just to upgrade to a 1.4 just made feel like I might as well get it now instead of 3 months from now.

Also with the type of shooting I plan on doing, (Cars, Dance skating,paintball) what should be my next upgrade? I don't plan on making a purchase till after the holidays, but I was think either a grip to extend my battery life or a flash to help with shooting at the dance studio.
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I apologize to anyway I may be confusing. Still learning as I go along.

With that being said, when I said studio, I meant a dance studio. The dance studio is pretty well lit, but does not have any lighting gear nor do I just yet. The darkest it gets is when they have a battle tournament or something then those are usally done in like a auditorium of some sort where the lighting is there just not the greatest.

I did however decide to order the 50mm f1.4, I did some reading and looked at some reviews on youtube. And to be honest, did not feel comfortable with the build of the 1.8. It just looked cheap, and the fact that I see most people selling them just to upgrade to a 1.4 just made feel like I might as well get it now instead of 3 months from now.

Also with the type of shooting I plan on doing, (Cars, Dance skating,paintball) what should be my next upgrade? I don't plan on making a purchase till after the holidays, but I was think either a grip to extend my battery life or a flash to help with shooting at the dance studio.
Yeah i had the 1.8 and the quality was atrocious. Its a great lens but if your looking to get serious then you made the right choice on the 1.4.
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I apologize to anyway I may be confusing. Still learning as I go along.

With that being said, when I said studio, I meant a dance studio. The dance studio is pretty well lit, but does not have any lighting gear nor do I just yet. The darkest it gets is when they have a battle tournament or something then those are usally done in like a auditorium of some sort where the lighting is there just not the greatest.

I did however decide to order the 50mm f1.4, I did some reading and looked at some reviews on youtube. And to be honest, did not feel comfortable with the build of the 1.8. It just looked cheap, and the fact that I see most people selling them just to upgrade to a 1.4 just made feel like I might as well get it now instead of 3 months from now.

Also with the type of shooting I plan on doing, (Cars, Dance skating,paintball) what should be my next upgrade? I don't plan on making a purchase till after the holidays, but I was think either a grip to extend my battery life or a flash to help with shooting at the dance studio.
I think you'll be surprised at the battery life.. most people use grips to get a bigger/ better handhold.

If you're having trouble stoping motion for dance (as I imagine you will be), a flash will prolly become a must (and that will open up a whole new slew of options/ problems).

If you're fine using your 50mm for cars (some prefer wider) then the next advisable lens purchase would be a used 70-200 f4 L for paintball.
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