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I was hired to shoot some PR and marketing photos for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as they enter into an aggressive campaign to raise a record amount of money to do important (and necessary) structural repairs and updates to their 100+ year old building (originally the post office for Santa Barbara). It's a beautiful museum with several amazing permanent collections. Their Far East collection is stunning and they have a world-class Impressionism collection - on loan from Michael Armand Hammer. If you are visiting Santa Barbara you should make a point of visiting. Admission is free on Thursdays.
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@JonPatrickHyde That's awesome. The 5D Mark II is my dream camera. I currently have the 60D, so I don't have a full frame. One day! I love prime...they're the only lens I own...but sometimes they are too tight because of my 60D. Not good for group shots :/
Wow, I've never actually been, but now I want to take the trip sometime. I love Eastern art, and there seems to be a lot of it here.
@danidee You totally should! Santa Barbara is a beautiful city as well :-) Worth a trip.
@TechAtHeart I've only ever driven through it on a road trip up to Eastern Washington with a friend. I'll need to explore California a little more. I'm sort of living in a Southern California bubble
@TechAtHeart - The 5D MK II & MK III are great cameras. I've always used professional bodies - full-size bodies such as the 1D and the Nikon D1, D2, etc... Once full-frame was available I jumped to it. I learned photography on 35mm - so having that same frame size and the absence of a focal length multiplier is wonderful. Prime lenses are awesome. Fewer elements to distort color and images, fewer parts to worry about breaking, lighter and typically less weight. In cinematography primes are much more common. Now there are cinema lenses called "VARIABLE PRIMES" which is a fancy way of saying "extremely expensive high-end zooms which give the look and quality of a prime). As a photo-journalist - especially a commercial photographer who shoots company events such as banquets, etc... zooms are a must. I am shooting with a Nikon D4s now - I've always preferred Nikon lenses to Canon for clarity - and used Nikon lenses with a Nikon to Canon adapter when I use Canon bodies - and now with the impressive Canon-crushing performance and stats of the D4s - I've moved back to Nikon bodies. My main work lenses are all Nikon Zooms. AF-S - professional-quality (the best Nikon makes). I prefer the AF-S IF ED lenses - non-G - which means all of my lenses save one 85mm prime (for portrait work) are 2 generations old. They stopped making most of the lenses I use in 2009. The reason I prefer these lenses is that they all have external aperture rings - allowing for manual setting of aperture. This way I can use these same high-quality primes in video and cinematography. My ARRI 35mm motion picture camera (that I sold and no longer own) has a Nikon F-Mount to accept Nikon lenses. Primes are great but in situations where you have to react in a moment's notice to get a shot, a high-quality zoom (with a constant-set aperture of 2.8 or less) is a must. My main lenses are 17-35mm f/2.8, 28-70mm f/2.8, and 80-200mm f/2.8 I usually carry a 50mm prime f/1.4 and depending I may bring something bigger like my 300mm f/2.8 (which is a monster and you can't really use it without a monopod). 8 out of 10 times the 80-200mm f/2.8 is on my camera for event work. It's 20-30% faster to focus than the newer 70-200mm G VR and VRII lenses. Is made of metal (the body) instead of plastic and weighs the same - and has the sharpest optics you'll find - it's on par with the two newer lenses. I recently had to get it serviced, one of the focus guide rails worked loose and it wouldn't focus correctly. It was $180 to repair - and it got a thorough cleaning and new seals. And now it's good to go for another 8 years. You can pick the 80-200 Nikon up for 1/2 of what the newer 70-200 models cost. Older lenses if purchased from someone you know (and trust) or a quality used company like KEH (in Atlanta, GA), are a great value.