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  • This post makes me excited about my 50mm f1.8 coming back from being repaired! :))

    I wondered if you were going to ever make the leap into wedding photography, and am happy to hear that this is the case! Beautiful portrayal of this wedding, especially the shot with such gorgeous post-rain skies!

    December 09, 2008
  • Neil, I definitely agree with your comments on the 50mm f/1.8 lens – every photographer should have one in their camera bag (or the more expensive f/1.4 or f/1.2 versions).

    Regarding the ISO performance, I think the larger sensor of the 5D definitely helps reduce the noise at higher ISOs compared to the smaller sensor in the 350D.
    However, with technology improving the performance of sensors, newer crop bodies still have much-improved higher ISO performance.
    I recently upgraded from a 350D to a 50D, and am very happy with the improved high ISO performance. At ISO400, the 350D would give very grainy images, while the 50D will produce usable images at ISO1600 and ISO3200!

    Before you decide to buy a 5D mark II, you might want to take a closer look at the 50D, as you may find it’ll meet your needs…at a significantly lower cost.

    I’d love to get a 5D mark II…but decided I was better off with a 50D and some new glass….so I recently added a 50D and 24-70 f/2.8L to my camera bag. The 24-70 is a great all-purpose lens, and works well in low light, due to the fast f/2.8 aperture.

    December 09, 2008
  • Neil, Some nice photographs here… I really like the garden shot… very nice.

    I’m extremely lucky to have access to my Dad’s two 5D camera bodies (though I don’t use them much) and I can say that some of the photographs that it turns out are truly magnificent. I especially enjoy the relatively good image quality on the higher ISOs… Like you, I can’t wait to get my hands on a 5Dmk2.

    I have a feeling that some of the images that are lit with flash are a it too strongly lit. Maybe a diffuser would have helped?

    Cheers!

    December 10, 2008
  • Neil, great writeup. I just purchased a used 5D as an upgrade from a 20D, and I am pretty sure I am going to be very happy. I have only taken a few test shots so far, but I can’t agree more, my view through the 50mm 1.8 is noticeably different for the better.

    December 11, 2008
  • Nakey boy

    you’ve always loved full frame :P

    Being honest, if you had more APS-C specific lenses, wide angle is just as good on crop as it is on FF. the only APS-C lens i see in your collection is that EF-S 18-55 II kit that you only use for wide angle. the EF-S 17-85 IS USM isn’t bad if it weren’t so slow, and the Sigma 17-70 isn’t long enough for you.

    the sensor out of the current bodies (with the possible exception of the 1000D) is pretty good for high ISO. yours is older than the Sony 6MP sensor out of my *ist DS. So it stands to reason that the 5D gives a better dynamic range. it’s not necessarily FF that does it (though the reduced pixel density does help)

    I know that you do have your heart set on the 5DII (and why wouldn’t anyone?. Even this Pentaxian got excited after seeing ISO6400 first hand O___O), but if finances do become a problem, Marty’s suggestion of the 50D is a very very good one. Match with some good APS-C glass (the aforementioned Sigma 17-70, or a good F2.8 zoom), and only pixel peepers can tell the difference between the 50D and the 5D

    December 11, 2008
  • Neil,

    I love my nifty-fifty as well. I don’t have a full frame, so I can imagine the difference. Congrats and great pics.

    December 11, 2008
  • Even though I’m still using a 40D + 350D combo now, I’ve known for quite a while that I would be eventually get a full-frame. Sure, I get fantastic high-ISO noise control on my 40D, but the field of view and bokeh on a FF is simply something else. The 5DII is next on my shopping list.

    December 15, 2008
  • Great photos, Neil! You’ve got me really excited to do my first wedding in 13 days (as a second photographer). You didn’t even mention any stress – awesome.

    It sounds like you’ll have more to do… :)

    December 16, 2008
  • Your wedding shots are really good. You definitely have a talent for it.

    December 23, 2008
  • Pat

    Love the effect of the full 8mm fisheye in your final image :-)

    PatB Photography

    January 05, 2009
  • Love the picture with the big blue bold sky and the full fisheye view – Please keep up the inspirational work

    Tim

    October 27, 2009
  • I particularly love the wide angle image of the sky – amazingly vivid! Totally love the last shot with the fisheye too. Great to have something a little bit different in the wedding album! Well done.

    October 01, 2011

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