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30 Nov 2012 - 19:2394567
My equipment
Well whats on my list:

Canon 550D
18 - 55mm f/3.5kit lens
70 - 300mm Tamron F/4 lens
50mm Canon f/1.8
Canon 430 EXmk2 Flashgun

Wishlist:
Thinking of going for the 17-40mm to replace my kit lens and getting additional flashguns to add colour and effects to my pictures.
If i can afford higher budget lens i may well consider the 18-125mm f3.5-5.6 instead of the 17-40mm gives me the a little more range on top of what i have now with my kit lens.
I'm also working towards getting a full studio as well..backdrops, lights, etc. but thats prolly gonna be about 12 months down the line.


30 Nov 2012 - 21:0294574
I posted this a few weeks back but didn't get much interest, be nice to have another photographer on the forums to discuss hardware with

Primary Camera - Canon 5D Mk II
Secondary Camera - Canon 7D

Lenses

Carl Zeiss - 50mm f/1.4
Sigma - 85mm f/1.4
Canon - 50mm f/1.8
Canon L - 24mm -> 105mm
Canon L - 24mm - 70mm
Canon - 18mm -> 55mm (Kit lens)
Canon - 80mm -> 200mm

Extras

Canon EF 2x extender tube
Canon macro fittings
Battery packs x 2 (5D and 7D)
4x Speedlight flash
5x Wireless transmitters
Selection of filters and polarisors (Can't remember them all as I've amassed a collection of filters over 4 years lol)
4x Transcend 64 GB 400x CF cards
8x Transcent 32 GB 400x CF cards

Wishlist

I really want to get my hands on the Carl Zeiss 35mm and 85mm planar lenses, but can't justify the expense at the moment for them.

Also I'd love to grab the Canon 50mm F/1.2... That would be a dream to work with, especially on the 5D Mk 2... But again, spending over £1200 on a fixed lens is a pipe dream for the moment.

Next purchase will probably be a wireless transmitter pack, it can be used with both cameras and will transfer files directly via wireless network to my harddrive, negating the use for CF cards entirely

M


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03 Dec 2012 - 04:5794635
Now I know this is probably a lyching offense wandering into a proper camera discussion when you're a total n00b who doesn't know their focus length from their elbow, but I'mma gonna ask my dumb stupid person questions anyway.

Now, I have a Nikon D5000 with a standard 18-55mm lens and a cheap-ass-unbranded flash gun that I haven't really figured out how to work properly yet. This has served my purposes well for a number of years now seeing as I don't do technical stuff and anything with numbers in it just goes way over my head; I just take pretty pictures of my friends in their costumes, at family events, stuff for use in design work and nice things that happen to catch my eye. (I know, cringe, right?)

However, not that I ever intend to be a professional or owt, I'm now wanting to get some sort of... and this is the bit that will probably make people's heads explode as it's stupid dumb person question time... zoomy, macro-ey, close-up-y, portraitey (wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey) lens because I have been trying to take pictures of stuff like bees and my own eyeballs and I can't get it to focus close enough to get a decent shot without having to take about 500 shots to just get 1. Now this is sort of do-able with your own eyeball, but a bee stands still for no cameraman (or woman). And, to get decent portraits of cosplayers, I have to get all up in their personal space. Whilst this is fine with my friends, it's not quite so good with strangers who will think I am a total weirdo... which I am, but shhhh, they don't need to know that...

So, yes, to the point of this rediculous o'clock in the morning ramble... What sort of lens am I actually trying pitifully and inadequately to describe here? And see those lens adapter things you can get now, are they any good or just utter pants?

I can't seem to find any after market lenses not from Nikon (and hugely expensive as a result) with my utter lack of knowledge as to what I'm actually looking for that are actually compatible with my specific model of camera... But I can't really afford to buy a new DSLR in order to get better lenses that will work with it. Plus, my hands are too small to work a Canon properly anyway; I have tried other people's and I can't reach the buttons very well with my freakishly tiny, short person hands.


03 Dec 2012 - 10:2594639
lol, don't worry, we don't lynch people for asking questions, only for pretending they know everything

Ok, one by one... the 18-55mm lens covers most simple ground really... it's not huge but will do for simple portraits and bits.

The problem you're having is trying to find a lens that will let you do portrait work, and 'close-up-y shots' lol... these are 2 very different types of lenses.

The extender you linked to there will double your focus range... so on your 18-55mm, it will turn it into a 36-110mm lens. Which is a reasonable range for portraits and building / group shots.

However, for the work you're talking about, you actually want to go the other way... for really close up shots, specifically bees and anything where you want to get really close, you want to look into a 'macro lens' or macro adapters.

Macro tubes are reasonably cheap, you can pick them up most places to do really close up work on flowers, insects and the like...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Macro-Extension-Nikon-Camera-D3000/dp/B004TW4YI4/ref=sr_1_19?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1354530026&sr=1-19

those will help with your stupidly close up work

But for portraits and bits, you want to either work with the 18-55mm lens you have, or, and my personal recommendation, is to invest in a single 50mm lens... you'll find fixed lenses like the 50mm, will give you better image quality, and faster work... they don't zoom at all, but because they're fixed at a certain length, you get sharper images and nicer depth of field

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-AF-S-NIKKOR-50mm-1-8G/dp/B004Y1AYAC/ref=sr_1_22?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1354530090&sr=1-22

Hope that helps

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03 Dec 2012 - 23:2094665
Thanks Methos, that's great advice, I'll be on the lookout for a second hand 50mm lens when I'm a bit more flush (i.e. have not spent all my money on x-mas and cosplay supplies I wan't supposed to buy til January, but got too excited to wait... oops, I am a bad person. lol.) and in the meantime will be getting my hands on a macro tube and a lens extender to get closer to my prey without actually getting physically closer, haha.



Last edited by Pudding (03 Dec 2012 - 23:21)
03 Dec 2012 - 23:4994667
a standard 50mm will do you well for a lot of things, it's often called a 'nifty fifty' and is very useful for a lot of things... i oddly have 3 in my kit now, all of which i use for different things lol

One thing to remember with macro tubes is, you will loose auto focus... so you're on manual only, so get some practice in with manual focus rings

M


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04 Dec 2012 - 13:5994687
I have the Canon 550D with 18-55m kit lens.
I also have the Flycam Nano

I was looking for a lens that is wideangle so it shows more without moving back.

I can't spend too much on it either. I would like it to be maybe £250 or under.

If anyone can help me that would be great


04 Dec 2012 - 18:2594693
what you looking to use it for?

I mean there's lenses that go right down for wide angle, but you're going to get fish eye distortion if you go too far...

saving up is probably your best bet, as the closest in the range you're after is the 10-22mm lens.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EF-S-10-22mm-3-5-4-5-Lens/dp/B00065GZL2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1354645032&sr=8-5

The SAMYANG 14mm might be what you're after, but quality is very hit and miss on those sorts of things... with camera lenses, the old addage is true, you will get what you pay for...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SAMYANG-14-IF-ED-Wide-angle/dp/B004CS2VMQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1354645448&sr=1-1

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04 Dec 2012 - 18:4994695
oh, and just quickly, without getting too technical here... please remember crop factors when asking about lenses...

If you're using a full frame camera, like the 1D, 5D I, II and III, or a Nikon D3s, then it's not something you have to worry about... but for cameras using ASP-C or ASP-H sensors, you're going to crop down your lens information simply by attaching it to the camera.

Here's a nice little table that gives all the crop factors and multiplies for you, will be useful when looking for lenses so you can work out exactly what you're getting when it's attached to your camera.

http://www.creativevideo.co.uk/index.php?t=helpCentre/page/39/image+sensor+size+comparison

For example, a 50mm lens on a 1.5 crop factor camera (Canon 550D for example here) has an effective focal length of 75mm, because 50 x 1.5 = 75. So despite buying a 50mm lens, you're actually working with a 75mm lens.

If you fitted a 75mm lens to a full sensor camera, you'd get a photo with the same field of view.

I know it sounds complicated, but these sort of conversions will make a lot of sense when you start looking into lenses and how to get the best out of your camera

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05 Dec 2012 - 19:2294726
Quote Methos:
what you looking to use it for?

I mean there's lenses that go right down for wide angle, but you're going to get fish eye distortion if you go too far...

saving up is probably your best bet, as the closest in the range you're after is the 10-22mm lens.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-EF-S-10-22mm-3-5-4-5-Lens/dp/B00065GZL2/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1354645032&sr=8-5

The SAMYANG 14mm might be what you're after, but quality is very hit and miss on those sorts of things... with camera lenses, the old addage is true, you will get what you pay for...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/SAMYANG-14-IF-ED-Wide-angle/dp/B004CS2VMQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1354645448&sr=1-1

M


I'm planning to use it to film cosplay videos. Ohh okay I'll look around thank you. What do you think about the Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 HSM DC Lens For Canon.

As long as it gets decent footages and is a good price then I'm happy with that.

Thank you for your your tips by the way, it helped me get a better idea about lenses.


16 Dec 2012 - 22:2795108
Well for event photography we are usually a two person team with:

- Canon T3i/600d with Battery Grip (02)
- Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4
- Carry Speed FS-PRO/DS-PRo Camera Sling Straps (2)

For video productions is a whole different deal. We post a list of all the specific equipment we use on every video we post online, you can check some of them here if you're interested. We also do equipment reviews too

http://www.youtube.com/yardblesspro

Any questions are welcome


18 Jan 2013 - 05:3996074
In my backpack:
Nikon D800 w/grip
Nikon D7000
Nikon 14-24 f2.8
Nikon 24-70 f2.8
Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VRII
2 Nikon SB700

In my rolling bag:
2 Lowel flash stands
2 43" shoot through umbrellas
Lots of batteries

Pretty much all of those are my must haves... maybe not the 14-24 so much. But Flashes, D800, and 24-70 is what I reach for 80% of the time.

Every once in a while, when I'm going for a portrait or really want to blow out a background I reach for the 70-200. Check out the portfolio link below if you want to some of my work.

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Portfolio
http://www.flickr.com/photos/elitecosplay

More of my work here
http://elitecosplay.com


18 Jan 2013 - 10:2596075
Wow you guys have a lot of kit! I'm too poor to afford anything more. I simply have:

-Canon 550D with standard lens (EFS 18-55mm)
-One Halo rig

I do lots more filming now compared to photography nowadays and I would some day to like
to afford more lenses and a better stabiliser. I have my videos on my channel here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Littlegeeky

If you want to see some photography I have a handful here:
http://littlegeeky.deviantart.com/favourites/47283039



Last edited by Littlegeeky (18 Jan 2013 - 10:29)
08 Feb 2013 - 00:1997059
Current gear:

Camera:
Sony SLT-A55V.

Lenses:
Sony DT 50mm AF f/1.8 SAM
Sony AF DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.

I shot the cosplay stuff mostly with the 50mm and it works wonders, still I'm going to try a 35mm lens soon as I have to stay quite back with the 50mm and that can get annoying if I'm photographing at a con as part of the staff


18 Mar 2013 - 18:2699262
I have:

Canon 450D
Canon 650D
18-200mm (Sigma) lens
18-55mm (Canon) lens
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Unit
Hama tripod

I want to do more videography so I'm hoping to get a rig sometime soon.

My work can be found here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mangagirlphotography/


22 Mar 2013 - 16:5699563
I'm happy to share my gear load out with any one interested but I do want to make this statement first.

It doesn't matter what gear you use as long as they get you the shot.

For Photography

Nikon D300s With a MB-D10 Battery Grip
SB-900 Speed light
I always have 3 lenses on me for most jobs
Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 , Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 , Sigma 10-20 mm f/4-5.6

And a large bag of accessory depending on the individual job

Videograpthy

Same D300s
Nikkor 18-200mm 3.5-5.6 VR lens
Halo Rig / Tripod

GoPro Hero3 and a Magic Arm mount



I always have other accessory's and bags of tricks depending on the shoot but that's my 2 basic set ups


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22 Mar 2013 - 17:2099564
those lenses sounds really, really good


22 Mar 2013 - 18:2699568
Thanks basically there the best I can afford for the work I do

I went with no compromises on a standard zoom my 24-70 2.8 as I'd use it 95% of the time if not more good in low light easily gives you everything from a tight portrait to a reasonable group shot and and at 2.8 good at low light perfect for masquerades

The 50mm 1.4 is for when I am really such with low light and don't want flash or if I want to go over the top with Bokeh

And the 10-20mm that's for thoughts big wide shots you always often get stuck with


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25 Mar 2013 - 00:4999748
Let's see, I have:

Sony A350 body
SAL 50f18 lens
SAL 35f18 lens
SAL 18-55 lens
SAL 55-200 lens
SAL 18-70 lens
HVL F43AM flash
Cullman Nanomax 260 tripod
Joby Gorillapod
Lumiquest Softbox 2 (want a bigger one though)
Polarising filters etc

It's all decent-ish stuff, but I really want a new body for lower noise now. I had a look at the current models and I really don't like where they are going with these electronic viewfinders. I'd rather have an optical viewfinder plus it saves on battery. So I'm currently trying to locate an A580 new (because I'm super pedantic about the condition of stuff) which is turning out to be impossible. Well I can find one or two, but they are like £200 higher than their street value since they are so rare.

The noise performance is so much better than their current models, and the battery life is much longer too, so I'm really considering it. I also checked the benchmarks for my 35mm lens and it's supposedly sharper on the A580 than it is on the A350

I did want to move to Canon or Nikon in future as I only ever intended to own a body and a kit lens for the time being, but 4 years later, I seem to have invested a bit of money haha.

Would really like a super wide angle, something like 11-18mm, or maybe a macro lens for figure photography.

Actually hold that thought, does anyone use a macro lens at all for cosplay photos? I'm wondering how useful it will be if I buy one.


Quote Adama:
Current gear:

Camera:
Sony SLT-A55V.

Lenses:
Sony DT 50mm AF f/1.8 SAM
Sony AF DT 18-250mm F3.5-6.

I shot the cosplay stuff mostly with the 50mm and it works wonders, still I'm going to try a 35mm lens soon as I have to stay quite back with the 50mm and that can get annoying if I'm photographing at a con as part of the staff

I have the 35 f1.8 and it's reasonably good. It's about as fast as the 50 I'd say, but not quiiite as sharp (that said, according to DXO mark, the 50 f1.8 is the sharpest lens tested with my A350, even sharper than the Zeiss lenses somehow?). I think the optimal apertures are f4 for the 50 and f2.8 for the 35 if memory serves me correctly.

The 35 is also nice since it comes with a lens hood and uses the more common 55mm filter size (why does the 50mm use 49mm filters? Grr)

Next time you are out and you aren't taking any photos for keeps, just chuck your zoom on and force yourself to just use 35mm and see how you get on with it. i thought the 50mm was too close up for me for when I go to tournaments and stuff, so I grabbed the 35, but I found that I ended up reverting to my zoom and using something in the region of 24mm mostly (so I could have done without the 35 in that case).



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25 Mar 2013 - 18:2999793
Quote Zero1:

Next time you are out and you aren't taking any photos for keeps, just chuck your zoom on and force yourself to just use 35mm and see how you get on with it. i thought the 50mm was too close up for me for when I go to tournaments and stuff, so I grabbed the 35, but I found that I ended up reverting to my zoom and using something in the region of 24mm mostly (so I could have done without the 35 in that case).


I borrowed a 35mm for my last shoot and I found myself getting back to the 50mm after a while. It didn't really did it for me as I expected. It worked fine taking pictures of the crowd and tables and all that at LSCC but for proper cosplay shoot I found it lacking.

Might have to do also with the fact that I don't like taking full body shots, I like to get closer and go more for the detail.

I have a shoot in about a month with a large group, all avengers characters (comics, not movie) and focus and depth of field are going to be a bit of a challenge with the 50 I think, I'm going to have to work on that.


26 Mar 2013 - 11:4699844
Quote Adama:
Quote Zero1:

Next time you are out and you aren't taking any photos for keeps, just chuck your zoom on and force yourself to just use 35mm and see how you get on with it. i thought the 50mm was too close up for me for when I go to tournaments and stuff, so I grabbed the 35, but I found that I ended up reverting to my zoom and using something in the region of 24mm mostly (so I could have done without the 35 in that case).


I borrowed a 35mm for my last shoot and I found myself getting back to the 50mm after a while. It didn't really did it for me as I expected. It worked fine taking pictures of the crowd and tables and all that at LSCC but for proper cosplay shoot I found it lacking.

Might have to do also with the fact that I don't like taking full body shots, I like to get closer and go more for the detail.

I have a shoot in about a month with a large group, all avengers characters (comics, not movie) and focus and depth of field are going to be a bit of a challenge with the 50 I think, I'm going to have to work on that.

You might be alright with the 50 actually, but it depends what kind of look you are going for. If you are attempting a group shot with the 50, then the farther back you are able to stand (even if it means not filling the frame and cropping later possibly), the more stuff you will have in focus.

For example if you are using 50/f1.8 at 10 meters away, you have 2.9 meters of stuff more or less in focus, which is easily enough for a group 3 rows deep (I have no idea how many people you will be shooting at any one time, so I'm going to assume it's in double digits?)

If you are only say 2 meters away (which is probably too close, we are looking at face shot distance now I'd say), then you only have 11cm in focus.

So I wouldn't fret too much about stuff being in focus. What I would do though is to try and see if the group are cool with going outside for some shots because I really struggled with the available light last year (my poor old A350's sensor is really noisy - I'm actually browsing for a new body as we speak).

Uh failing that, if you have a decent flash you could bounce it off something and use f8 or whatever gets the job done, or give rear curtain sync a go.

Check this out too, pretty interesting.
http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html



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