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A couple years ago, I was still carrying around my Canon Rebel T1i, which was an old school 1st gen consumer grade Rebel dSLR camera and was hanging out with @aeroLai and a few other friends in downtown YYC casually taking photos. We were joking around, talking about whether I would eventually get a 5D Mark IV. At the time, I was thinking to myself that I could never afford one, hence casually joking.

Fast forward a year and some 'x' months and I was surprisingly looking at seriously purchasing the 5D IV, and I was asking Aaron and the chc what their setup was, while taking into consideration a few other cameras and compatible lenses. I eventually settled with the 5D IV and made the purchase as of late August 2018 and arrived within a week in early September. Since I work at a private school and am part of the media and communications committee (on top of doing my IT work), I was able to sneak in a few shots for the school's event that very week I got my gear.

Here's my setup:

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  • Canon 5D Mark IV
  • Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM lens
  • Canon EF 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Ultrasonic USM lens
  • Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S37 lens
  • Thingyfy 58mm circular polarizer/linear filter
  • Tiffen 77mm 0.9 natural density filter
  • Tiffen 77mm 0.6-2.4 variable natural density filter
  • Canon 7mm lens hood
  • Canon SpeedLite 430EX II flash
  • Flash diffuser
  • Azden SMX-20 stereo mic
  • Frii TriLens lens holder
  • Velbon C-500 tripod

I still have my T1i with the EF-S 18-55mm F/4-5.6 lens I use on occasion (I used it to take the photos above :lol:). I'm looking into some other standard and telephoto lenses, so my loadout will potentially expand, but probably not in the next little while since I dropped a good amount on my equipment already thus far.

Although I've been practicing and playing around with it for just about 2 months, I still need a whole lot of work to get myself to professional grade. You can find my work on 500px here: https://500px.com/medevacvii

More sample shots of my work to come soon, so stay tuned :thumbsup:

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Nice equipment! Quite an upgrade from your previous setup (Y) Good choice on the L-series lens too haha.

Great shots too, thanks for sharing :)

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8 hours ago, Big Bang said:

This is quite an Upgrade from your T1i - how much did you spend?

It's a good portion of 2 months' worth of pay, to say the least :whistling: But here's the breakdown.

 

New purchase - Total: ~$5950 CAD + applicable taxes

  • Canon 5D Mark IV w/ EF 24-105mm F/4L IS II USM lens, lens hood & bonus advanced kit (bag, 1TB hard drive, extra battery, 16 SD card) - $5950 minus $500 discount, $5450CAD
  • Extra camera sling bag - $70 w/ 50% discount, $35CAD
  • Thingyfy Pinhole Pro S37 lens w/ filters - ~ $80CAD from Kickstarter
  • Tiffen 77mm 0.9 natural density filter - $45 CAD
  • Tiffen 77mm 0.6-2.4 variable natural density filter - $180 CAD
  • Filter pouches - ~$30 CAD
  • Frii TriLens lens holder - ~ $125CAD

 

Equipment I already owned - Total: ~$1250 CAD + applicable taxes

  • Canon Rebel T1i w/ 18-55mm F/4-5.6 & 75-300mm F/4-5.6 III Ultrasonic USM lenses - ~ $800 CAD at the time
  • Canon SpeedLite 430EX II flash - ~ $275CAD? Don't remember
  • Flash diffuser - ~$5? Jonathan and I got it as a pack, if I remember correctly
  • Azden SMX-20 stereo mic - ~ $70CAD
  • Velbon C-500 tripod - ~ $100CAD

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44 minutes ago, chconline said:

Looks like prices aren't bad (Y) Where did you order from?

Camera and bundle was from Canon Canada's eStore. Others were backing random projects on Kickstarter, like the pinhole lens and triple lens mount.

I usually shop on B&H Photo Video and compare that with Amazon.ca. If I find the same or better deal on Amazon, then I usually go with Amazon to save myself the conversion fee from USD to CAD. But if I really need it, I just order on B&H.

The rest of the stuff I find at random local photo/video stores like Vistek, Blacks (the one I went to doesn't exist anymore), Saneal Cameras, The Camera Store, etc. if I need it this instant and still care about warranty, or simply go on Kijiji if I don't really care about warranty and can find good deals.

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Looks like you did your research and sexy equipment! Please post more shots when you got 'em.

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18 minutes ago, TL6MT said:

Looks like you did your research and sexy equipment! Please post more shots when you got 'em.

Planning to go out to the Rockies again, maybe some hot springs, this weekend. Stay tuned :)

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On 11/1/2018 at 7:00 PM, medevacvii said:

Planning to go out to the Rockies again, maybe some hot springs, this weekend. Stay tuned :)

Sounds like some solid travel plans :P

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Higher res photos available on my profile. Here's a sample of this past weekend's trek up to Sulphur Mountain in the Canadian Rockies of Banff. This shot was taken in the Cave Basin.

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Will have more to follow, assuming under APH forums upload size restriction.

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1 hour ago, performance_1 said:

beautiful shots and nice equipment

isn't the eos 5d mk4 $4600 on amazon with lens

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01KURGS9Y/ref=twister_B01KYP855M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Good eye, but there's a catch with dSLR prices. This is the current price at present date.

At the time I was buying, Amazon had it priced at ~$5400. Buying from Canon Canada's eStore, it was slightly more expensive by ~$100, but I was getting additional "bonus" items which were valued over $100 at the time.

I also found that Amazon also resells through some 3rd party vendors, and sometimes they are questionable, especially with higher valued items like dSLRs. Some of them may be grey market, in which case it may still be a legit product but doesn't include proper warranty in some cases. So I opted out from buying at Amazon, even though they may have a better face value deal.

I did, however, buy my ND filters through Amazon. Yes, they were a bit 'expensive', but relative to the overall purchase and long term value of any future purchases/investment I would be making for my hobby, I didn't see the need for warranty. Plus, I usually take pretty good care of my stuff, so that made the warranty more insignificant, at least for me anyway.

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Yep, the one on Amazon is from an unauthorized reseller where people are reporting some warranty issues. You can search that one up and you will find out more. I wouldn't risk it, especially for something of this price.

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Nice shot! If you had external lighting there would look even better.

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6 hours ago, TL6MT said:

Nice shot! If you had external lighting there would look even better.

Thanks :thumbsup:

Yes, thanks for pointing out the lighting issue. I'm still working in this area to for better shots. I would have cranked up the ISO, but I didn't want to risk too much noise. Still trying to find that balance, especially for shots like this in low light conditions (i.e. caves, etc.) like the one I did.

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5 hours ago, chconline said:

Bring along some external artificial lighting. :P

But that would make it look... unnatural (pun-ception intended :P).

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On 11/10/2018 at 11:42 PM, medevacvii said:

But that would make it look... unnatural (pun-ception intended :P).

All Professionals do it with a diffuser.

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On 11/12/2018 at 12:24 PM, Big Bang said:

All Professionals do it with a diffuser.

Will definitely have that the next time around. I had left it in the car on that particular occasion. I didn't think I needed it, but obviously I was wrong.

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On 11/12/2018 at 12:24 PM, Big Bang said:

All Professionals do it with a diffuser.

Maybe with an umbrella diffuser :P

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On 11/15/2018 at 1:42 PM, performance_1 said:

didnt know the amazon one has no warranty

i guess i should look elsewhere

Yep, especially when you're spending that much money on a product.

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On 11/15/2018 at 1:42 PM, performance_1 said:

didnt know the amazon one has no warranty

i guess i should look elsewhere

Saneal Camera, The Camera Store, and Vistek are all pretty good places to look if you're interested in a store in Calgary at least.

Canon's eStore is where I have my stuff shipped from. I believe they also have free shipping, depending on their promotions and certain times of the year. Right now, I know they have free shipping, at least to any Canadian address (conditions apply, of course).

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