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  1. #1
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    Talking Christmas has come early....





    That is Don's 20D, 580 EX and 85mm 1.8!

    I was thinking of buying the 40D but then realized I could get all three things for less then the 40D so really it was a no brainer.

    I need a back up for the wedding stuff I've been doing lately (I'm pretty sure I've got one booked for next summer now) The 85mm 1.8 complements my 35mm 1.4 quite nicely. The 580 EX gives me remote flash capabilities with my 430 EX.

    I'm excited!

    I think I'm going to give my cat the XT. She seems to like it.



    I put the camera down on the floor and she went right up to it. Almost like she was asking me to take a picture of her with my new camera (well my old camera.... you know what I mean!)! I used the 430 EX to camera left on this shot.



    And this is how I will most likely use the set up. XT + 85mm 1.8+ 430 EX and 20D + 35mm 1.4 + 580 EX
    Last edited by Nickcanada; 09-29-2007 at 12:23 PM.
    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
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    Congratulations Nick! Looking forward to seeing some of your shots with this setup.
    Are you planning on getting the battery grip for the 20D as well?
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

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    Talking

    The grip is waiting for him ... LOL

    Glad I could help ... just need to edit that signature, Nick. I know I've pared mine down a few lenses, today.
    Last edited by DonSchap; 09-29-2007 at 05:12 PM.
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    ahh you must get the grip... it makes the 20D fit larger hands nice. congrats on the new set up!!! sweet
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    dude you're pretty much a badass. wish i had that 85.
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    Congrats Nick. It's all good!
    Canon A720 IS, 40D w/ BG-E2N, 28 1.8, 50 1.4, Sigma 70 2.8 macro, 17-40 F4 L, 24-105 F4 L IS, 70-200 F4 L IS, 430 EX, Kenko 2X TC & Ext Tubes, AB strobes and more...
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    Thanks guys! so far everything is working quite well. The new gear is feeling quite comfortable in it's new surroundings. We are still getting to know each other but our first real date went well.

    I don't really feel a need for the grip. In that picture I posted above it showed my right hand down but in reality I always shoot portrait orientation with my right hand up and my right elbow out to the side. I find it, for lack of a better word, "clumsy" to use the grip on my XT for shooting portraits. I only use the grip with the XT because it makes it more comfortable to hold but with the 20D the grip so much better I don't feel I need the extra battery grip. I've been taking a small old camera bag out with me a lot lately. The battery grip on the XT doesn't fit so I've been taking it off to put it in the bag, which was kinda annoying because I don't like the feel of the Xt. The 20D fits perfectly and is real comfy to hold, win win.

    I hear a lot of people use the size of the XT as a positive when explaining why they chose it over the XXD series but really it's not much bigger it's just designed much better. The XT with a battery grip is more clumsy/heavy then the 20D naked. The Xt naked is torture to use for long periods of time.


    The 85mm 1.8 has surprised me. It is very well made. As much as I can tell it's just as well made as my 35mm 1.4. When comparing my 35mm pictures to my 85mm pictures it's hard to tell why the 35mm costs so much more. I'm not crazy about the clip on hood but it does what it's suppose to.

    I still need to read up on all the features of the 580 EX. It's not too intuitive to use in multi flash mode, but I haven't even cracked open the manual yet.

    Here are some of the images we created on our first date.

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    2 Dual flash in a room with no windows. He was looking at the 430 when I took this. He was curious to find out what was going on.



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    5D MK III, 50D, ELAN 7E, 17-40mm 4, Sigma 10mm 2.8 fisheye, 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS, 30mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 580 EX, 430 EX speedlight, Pocket wizard flex and mini.
    Canon G10

    Pentax P30, 50mm 2.0

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    Congrats, man! And to your cat. too, on her new XT. I expect to see shots of you in the "Perpetual Human Photo Thread." Will she be using a grip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickcanada View Post
    I don't really feel a need for the grip. In that picture I posted above it showed my right hand down but in reality I always shoot portrait orientation with my right hand up and my right elbow out to the side. I find it, for lack of a better word, "clumsy" to use the grip on my XT for shooting portraits.
    Just my .02, but the grip and the 20D are meant for each other - especially if you shoot in portrait orientation. It just makes it more comfortable for me using the shutter button and controls on the grip rather than having to reach up and over. Plus, keeping your elbow in just gives me a little extra steadiness that I don't have with my elbow up and out.
    Dennis

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    Great shots Nick. I will likely be adding the 85 f/1.8 to my list soon.
    Michael B.
    Canon 5D2, 550D, Sony NEX 5N, Sigma 15mm fish, 24L mkI, 35L, 40mm f/2.8, 50 1.8 II, Sigma 50 1.4, Sigma 50mm f/2.8 macro, 60mm macro, 100mm f/2, 70-200 f/4, 200 f/2.8 mk I, Tamron 28-75 f/2.8, 430EX. Growing list of MF lenses!

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