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  1. I played the demo on XBL and love it so I'll probably get it.
  2. I sure will. The 24-70 is incredibly sharp, I did have to apply some adjustment to the Auto Focusing though. Good thing the 5D has the lens specific micro-adjustment feature
  3. And now some pics from my 1/48 VF-1A CF taken with the 5D mkII
  4. First, read this article. It'll save you some money by making the right choice the first time around. I opted for a Gitzo/Really Right Stuff setup because, from what I've read, they make the best support equipment in the world. They're not cheap, but you'll be set for live. It took me nearly three months to find a tripod that matches my criteria and my budget. I do urban exploration photography, among others things, and I needed my tripod to be as compact and light as possible. The carbon tripods are way out of my budget so I got the Gitzo Basalt GT2941. It has four leg sections instead of three but that means it's able to fold down to 56 cm which work great when I'm crawling around old abandoned buildings. With the ballhead attached it weighs exactly 2 kg. The ballhead is made by Really Right Stuff. RRS ballheads are considered to be the best in the bussines (and the most expensive ). a RRS ballhead would normally be out of my pricerange but I got a great deal from my local camerashop that I just couldn't ignore. Like with the tripod, I didn't get the top of the line ballhead which is the BH-55, instead I got the BH-40 which easily matches my criteria (and then some) I paid €280 for the tripod on sale at a Dutch online retailer I paid €161 for the RRS BH-40 ballhead at my local camera store (they have since brought the price up to €330) I got the RRS B2-40 LR quick release clamp from the RRS online store for $105 And the plates to attach the camera/lens to the ballhead cost my around €55 each. That's about €630. I shopped around for the same setup just last weeks to see if I could still get it for that price, but it would now set me back around €950. I have to admit, I got a little carried away by spending that much mony on some stuff to keep my camera steady in dark environments. My initial budget was €500, but hey, you only live once right?
  5. The first and last pics have the most potential IMO. Very nice. Here's my two cents. The first pic is a little too soft. The last pic can be improved in several ways. Use a larger aperture (lower F number) to isolate the two subjects from the background. Move to the left to make the lady's face visible Move closer or use a tele lens to make the shot a little more intimate.
  6. Doesn't the D5000 have a moveable LCD display? I'd love to have that feature on my camera. I might have to get an angle finder for my Urban Exploration work. I mostly take pics from a low point of view and a a feature like that would really come in handy.
  7. If I'm totally honest, I would recommend you save up for a lens with superiour optics. Now that I've seen what a 24-70 mm L can do, I regret ever spending any cash on a non L type lens. Although a 24-70 mm would fit nicely with your 70-200 mm, it wouldn't give you significantly more wide angle coverage BTW. The new 15-85 mm seems to be better than the 17-85 mm I own and lets not forget the excellent 17-55 f2.8.
  8. I love the 5D2! I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked through the viewfinder for the first time. It's so large and clear compared to the 40D, you can literally look around in it. And the 24-70 is so sharp, I can't believe how crappy the 17-85 kitlens actually is. BTW. Anyone interested in buying a very sharp, good as new 17-85 mm kitlens? I'll post some Valk pics this weekend. LOL! That's what she said.
  9. My camera's, flash, tripod and two of my lenses. My new backpack. The 17-85 mm on the left won't be used anymore, so there's still some left space for a 17-40 mm f4.0 (or a future 14-24 mm f2.8 Canon might be developing as we speak!) and a 50 mm f1.4 that are on my wishlist along with some RRS equipment for taking good pano's.
  10. Just picked up my new toys! I'll try to post a couple of pics tomorrow. ::EDIT:: BTW. My new backpack with all the gear in it weighs a ton!
  11. a fast wide angle lens is needed in low light conditions or when you need to freeze fast moving objects. I'll be using my 24-70 mm f2.8 in the pits at racing events.
  12. You're gonna love that lens vegas! Have you still got the 450D? If so, it'll give some nice reach with the crop factor. My 5D mkII + 24-70 mm f2.8 + accessories should arrive sometime next week. Can't wait!
  13. Nice shots Vegas! Maybe I should get the 50 mm f1.4 too. Anyone else jealous or am I the only one the want to be in Vegas' shoes. (I know, bad joke, but I couldn't help myself ) I went the the local camera store yesterday to get a price for my 'wishlist' I'm up to €4400,00, but that includes a Gitzo GT2531 carbon 6x series 2 tripod to replace my current Gitzo Basalt tripod and a Lowepro Vertex 200 AW backpack.
  14. The Digital Picture has something to say about the Sigma 50 mm 1.4. Basically they say that if you get one that focusses properly it's a better lens than the Canon 50 mm 1.4.
  15. Damn, lost my jaw again! Brilliant!!1
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