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Old Jun 12, 2009, 9:10 AM   #1
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Default Point & Shoot vs. XSi vs. 5D Mark ii

There's a new 5D Mark ii in my bag and I am really thrilled.
It took a month to charge the battery... well......90 minutes seemed like a month. I updated the firmware and finally got to take a few photos.

Oh my.

I remember when I moved from Point & Shoot up to an XSi. The level of improvement in the quality the photos was so huge, I thought I was Anne Leibovitz.

The step up from the XSi to the 5D Mark ii... well.... Leibovitz is probably going to be calling me asking for help.

The colors are so much more vivid. The sharpness of the images (using a 24-70 Sigma 2.8 HSM Lens) is like a razor.

Can't wait to shoot some photos worth posting. So far, all I shot was stuff on my desk and some stuff out our back door. But this is going to be sweet.

Any advice from 5D Mark ii users would be appreciated greatly.

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Old Jun 13, 2009, 12:28 PM   #2
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"Any advice from 5D Mark ii users would be appreciated greatly."
Great camera, only way I could give advice on that camera is if you send it to me to check out for a couple of years. Just kidding about sending me the camera, as for using the camera just follow the same rules you were using with the XSI.
Have fun shooting.
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 1:46 PM   #3
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My advice is: practice, practice, practice. You have a pro grade camera and pro grade lens. You have now removed 'equipment failure' as an excuse for poor photos.

But with the practice I also advise: seek critique, seek critique, seek critique

Practice makes permanent it doesn't make perfect. Too much practice without critique can ingrain some bad habits that are hard to break.
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 2:19 AM   #4
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I agree, but be careful about critique on the internet. Like any advice available for free some is valuable and some is dangerous.

After technical mastery comes the hard bit. I think most people improve through exposure to good photography.

So find out what you like and look at that kind of work a lot. Try to figure out what your passion is and take photographs of that thing.

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Congrats on your 5D Mark ll, I am considering on purchasing 1 also, but would it be ok for sport shooting or not? also what would be 2 great lenses for it something like the 24-70L and maybe a zoom
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Congrats on your 5D Mark ll, I am considering on purchasing 1 also, but would it be ok for sport shooting or not? also what would be 2 great lenses for it something like the 24-70L and maybe a zoom
Hercules, I would suggest starting a new thread to get more replies.
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Old Jun 15, 2009, 8:12 AM   #7
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Hi Hercules:
The two primary lenses I have for this camera are:

70 - 200 APO EX DG Macro Sigma F2.8 II
24-70 APO EX DG HSM Sigma F 2.8


The second lens with designation of HSM is much different than the Sigma 24-70 without the HSM disignation.


These two lenses are not exactly equal to the Canon 24-70 2.8L nor the Canon 70-200 2.8L. But each lens was about $400-$500 less expensive than their Canon counterpart.


Are they as good a lens? I'm not sure, but I know they are really, really close in quality and performance.

I have been told they are a good match for the quality of the 5D Mark ii.

Lastly, you asked about sport shooting. I am sure the camera is up for just about any task for sport shooting, but the lens you use is everything.


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Old Jun 15, 2009, 2:57 PM   #8
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Any advice from 5D Mark ii users would be appreciated greatly.
To add to peripatetic excellent comments about "most people improve through exposure to good photography" I would also add the mastering of lighting. The key to most of Leibovitz amazing shots are her use of a single strobe even in daylight:

http://www.popphoto.com/Features/Mas...-Annie-at-Work
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A friend coaches a little league team and I went to the game to try out the new 5D.

These photos were shot from behind the outfield fence.
The two photos of the play at home plate are:
F4 1/1600 ISO 400 @ 200mm

The third of the play at home is a cropping of one of an earlier photo.

The 4th (the boy swinging the bat) is F5 1/500 ISO 100 200mm

It was really fun. Can't wait to use it again.

Wish I had access to better places on the field, but the baseball field was difficult to shoot because of all the fencing and coaches on the field. Turned out the only place to shoot was from the outfield.

C&C please.

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I looked thru them again. Just had to pass along 3 more.
Coach giving "5" to a batter who just hit a triple with 3 men on base.

The 3 "bad news bears" going for a fly ball only to have it hit the ground

First baseman stretching to keep his foot on the base while trying to catch a tough throw.
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