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Extra battery: Check. these batteries last a while regardless, but i got an extra one right after i got the camera anyway.
Flash: all i have is the one that's built into the camera....
Card: i have a 16GB main card and a couple of 4GB backups, so check
location: its a church with poor lighting, hence why i wont be using my kit lens.

I will definitely think about the rest of that stuff



I don't remember the 35's going for $300+ on ebay, what happened there?
is there somewhere else i should look for one, such as craigslist or a pawn shop?
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I'm no good at Nikon prices for stuff; that being said if YongNuo makes Nikon compatible flashes, you might want to look into getting one. You can probably get one for relatively cheap that should serve your purposes adequately, but seriously, light is the main component of photography - poor light = poor photographs. I personally think you should pick up a quality flash, but if you cant, try to find something relatively cheap as an alternative that will provide better power than the on-board flash.
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God, I hate packing for trade shows. So busy.
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Almost positive it stays down during AF, but that doesn't make sense because I feel it flip up to take the shot. Now I'm confused... I'm at work w/o the camera at the moment; I'd check if it were here obviously.
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How would I check this? I feel the mirror flip open when I go to Live View..
The mirror box flips up for live view, exposing the sensor (it has to, otherwise it blocks the sensor). By default, the camera should be set to use the phase detection sensor during live view, which causes the box to flip down momentarily (the AF sensor is directly above in the pentaprism housing), which is rather loud.

If you have either of the silent modes selected, then the mirror box stays up and just the sensor itself will auto focus (contrast detection, much slower).

Go to your Live View settings in the menu to see ("Silent Mode" is what toggles the two AF modes):

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The mirror box flips up for live view, exposing the sensor (it has to, otherwise it blocks the sensor). By default, the camera should be set to use the phase detection sensor during live view, which causes the box to flip down momentarily (the AF sensor is directly above in the pentaprism housing), which is rather loud.

If you have either of the silent modes selected, then the mirror box stays up and just the sensor itself will auto focus (contrast detection, much slower).

Go to your Live View settings in the menu to see ("Silent Mode" is what toggles the two AF modes):

I know about silent mode (or thought I did). It was in Silent mode 1 previously; I'm going to try it in a bit when I get home w/ silent mode off (and on a tripod, etc). I was getting tack sharp images out of my 70-200 f/4 hand held indoors with poor light (through the viewfinder) so I'm (sadly) thinking it's the lens, but if it is the lens I can at least still have a camera to bring with me at the end of the month.

The other thing that was suggested was to do a full reset of the camera's settings, but I dont want to do that because I use my image #s to keep track of clicks. Yeah, I could write it down (I'm about to hit 2000 on a 2 month old body!) but it's just easier to do it this way..
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I know about silent mode (or thought I did). It was in Silent mode 1 previously; I'm going to try it in a bit when I get home w/ silent mode off (and on a tripod, etc). I was getting tack sharp images out of my 70-200 f/4 hand held indoors with poor light (through the viewfinder) so I'm (sadly) thinking it's the lens, but if it is the lens I can at least still have a camera to bring with me at the end of the month.

The other thing that was suggested was to do a full reset of the camera's settings, but I dont want to do that because I use my image #s to keep track of clicks. Yeah, I could write it down (I'm about to hit 2000 on a 2 month old body!) but it's just easier to do it this way..
It is a strange problem indeed. After testing the lens with silent mode disabled, I would try it on a different camera body if possible. Looks like the lens is the culprit, but for the life of me I can't figure why it would focus accurately with contrast detect AF and not with the AF sensor.

Shoot Canon an e-mail and see what they think. They respond fairly quickly and will give their opinion before asking you to send it in.
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It is a strange problem indeed. After testing the lens with silent mode disabled, I would try it on a different camera body if possible. Looks like the lens is the culprit, but for the life of me I can't figure why it would focus accurately with contrast detect AF and not with the AF sensor.

Shoot Canon an e-mail and see what they think. They respond fairly quickly and will give their opinion before asking you to send it in.
Email's already away I didn't think that email address worked anymore, but it does! Theyve already responded with a couple of follow up questions that I thought I answered in the initial email (which I hadn't). Thanks as always GT!

If you check out some of these images from the other night.. it was super low light, and while the 50 was my best option for low light, I ended up using my 28-135 most of the night. I wasn't exactly looking for 11x17 prints here, just literally capturing stuff.. some of the stuff (???) is pretty dark in places, but I think I like how most of it came out. Minimal post work; I could have tried to draw more detail out but it would have been contrasty, noisy and nasty. But in general, the focus seemed to be working fine via viewfinder (especially for low light and no tripod/monopod)

http://mistabernie.smugmug.com/event...pring-Concert/
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Ok i will try to get myself one of those.

As far as i know i will be the only one there. pay probably wont be much as the people who want me there are a little strapped for cash, i think mainly because they are paying for everything.... but if i can pull it off it may help get my name out there....
Oh, something to note:

You should write up something about who owns the images. Standard professional photography practices are that the clients own the prints, but the photographer owns the image itself
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Alright, I'm getting a 17-55mm 2.8

Having now recently used both the 550D and D3100 for video, I have to say that the Canon is miles ahead in terms of video usability!
    
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Awesome! ^^^
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