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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 05:56:40 PM »
For a year I've eyed the 28-300L  because of the convenience of the range, but the $2500 is too much.  I can find them used for less but what I want to know is the IQ really up to L standards?

I suppose the other option is getting a 24-70 and a 70-300.  If I go that route, the question becomes which 24-70.  Tamron f/2.8, the Canon f/4, or a used Canon f/2.8, which are all in the same ballpark price wise.

BUT... if they come out with a good and less expensive 28-300 I would probably go that way.

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Lenses / Re: Tanzania with minimal gear
« on: June 21, 2014, 05:17:31 PM »
I may be naive but it seems like you can have a one lens solution in the 28-300L lens.  It seems to be a perfect fit.  Wide and long.  Although heavy at 3.7 pounds.  I assume that most of the pictures will be in decent light so you wouldn't need an f/2.8.  But I have never used it so I can't speak to its focusing ability or IQ.

Leo

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Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:09:31 PM »
The 70-200 f/4L USM with out IS.  I bought it in conjunction with a refurbished EOS 40D.  I have upgraded my camera to a EOS 6D, but I haven't purchased any more "L" lenses.  I am looking though and  I am leaning towards the EF 24-70 f/4 or the Tamron 24-70 f2.8. 

They are both around the same cost, but I don't know if the reliability of the Tamron, given some of the reviews of inconsistent QC, is worth the extra f stop.


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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 24, 2014, 12:18:56 AM »
One of the dance groups at the local dance school.  Tech data; f/4.0, 87mm, 1/200, ISO 6400.

Love this camera's high iso compared with my 40D

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 16, 2014, 08:40:41 PM »
A lighted tree in our yard in Maine.  The sodium lights really make it very yellow and difficult to get a good white balance.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70/2.8 Canon or Tamron: Which did you choose and why?
« on: February 01, 2014, 08:36:04 PM »
Can someone please direct me to Dustin Abbott's thread about the Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC ? (Looking, but no success.) Thanks.

Try here

http://dustinabbott.net/2012/11/tamron-sp-24-70mm-f2-8-di-vc-usd-review/

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Lenses / Re: Lens adapters EF-S to EF
« on: January 31, 2014, 02:13:03 PM »
"On a budget" can mean different things to different people. The first thought that comes to mind when you said wide angle on a budget was the 20mm f/2.8. Although the sharpness is not good in the corners.

Another to consider is Canon's EF 28mm f/1.8. While not as wide as the 20mm, it is considerably better in terms of image quality. It has low distortion, but a bit of chromatic aberration.

The newer Image-Stabilized primes are pretty good but more expensive than the older generation USM options.

On a budget for me is saving about $20 a week in a dedicated account.  So in a year I will have $1040.  I would also love the TS-E 24mm.  Wide and versatile, but that much more expensive.  Maybe I will check back in a year when I have saved enough.

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Lenses / Re: Lens adapters EF-S to EF
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:02:10 PM »
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If you are not using the lens 15-85mm any more, trade it with 24-105L with little top up.

If I could, I would sell the 40D and lens but, my wife wants my daughter to use the camera, so selling it isn't an option now.

I agree that a white box 24-105L would be a great option, a really nice FF std. zoom for a reasonable price. 

Assuming the 70-200 is your only EF lens currently, and you don't have the money saved yet for a 24-105, maybe a 40mm pancake would temporarily cover the sub-70mm range until you have money saved up for a 24-XX zoom?



I do currently have an old 35-80 f/4-5.6 II.  Not quite wide enough, or fast enough.  I can only save my money slowly so I don't want to buy an interim lens and start my savings at zero again.  I have the 50mm 1.8 II as well for the low light situations, but indoors I need to go wider sometimes and can't always back up.  I am eyeing the 24-70 f/2.8, the older version (used), but might settle on a new 24-105.  It depends on how fast I can save the money.  Given those two options, which would any of you go.  Speed of the 2.8, or reach of the 105?"

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Canon General / Re: Review: Canon EOS 17-40 f/4L by DxO Mark
« on: January 24, 2014, 11:00:42 AM »
If you buy a 17-40L as a standard zoom for a crop camera now that plenty of EF-s and other crop options are available, well, you're doing it wrong.  It's an ultrawide zoom for full-frame.

+1 - and that's the point of comparing it to the 18-55/3.5-5.6 IS kit lens or even the 17-55/2.8 IS.  Compared to the 17-40L on APS-C, the former delivers not-too-different IQ and the latter delivering better IQ (and an extra stop of light, a broader range, and IS).  Yet, many people recommend getting the 17-40L 'in case you go FF maybe someday,' which I think is pretty foolish unless 'someday' is next month.


Ah yes those people who have a cheap entry level Rebel camera with a 17-40L stuck on the end! Yup I agree, unless your "other cameras a FF" and currently out of action you have no excuse! Too cheap to buy a FF camera but has enough to show off with an L lens! (A cheap one at that!) you're foolin no one son!

I've read that it is better to get good glass on a cheaper camera than the cheap glass on an expensive camera.  So now the person who takes that advice is being made fun of?


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Lenses / Re: Lens adapters EF-S to EF
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:27:30 AM »



If you are not using the lens 15-85mm any more, trade it with 24-105L with little top up.
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If I could, I would sell the 40D and lens but, my wife wants my daughter to use the camera, so selling it isn't an option now.

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EOS Bodies / 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: January 11, 2014, 01:52:28 PM »

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Lenses / Re: Lens adapters EF-S to EF
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:53:42 PM »
Why would you want to do that?  The image circle is too small - you'd have severe vignetting.

In any case, there's no adapter and no room for one, since both lenses have the same flange focal distance.  You could use a short extension tube, but you'd lose infinity (and even moderately distant) focus.

Thank you.  I never thought about the image circle.  I own a 70-200 f/4.0, and a 50mm f/1.8.  I was looking for the least expensive way to get  a wide angle view.  I guess I will have to keep saving my pennies for a 24-xx lens.

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Lenses / Lens adapters EF-S to EF
« on: January 01, 2014, 02:02:47 PM »
I have been searching here and at B&H Photo, to see if there is an adapter to attach my EF-s 15-85mm to a Canon 6D.  Does anyone know it a thing like that exists?


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EOS Bodies / Re: Reactions, Pros and Cons, and Results to the 70D
« on: October 16, 2013, 11:49:20 AM »
There are a number of problems I've encountered.
Video focus tracking is SLOW. OK for family groups moving at walking pace. Useless for birds or pets moving erratically and fast. Yet that is when it is needed.
Live view autofocus is slow. The so-called FAST MODE involves exit from live view, autofocus, then retrun to live view. SLOW INCONVENIENT at the least and USELESS FOR WILD LIFE.

A MAJOR FLAW in image processing of hand-held long tele pics. The out-of-focus background is USUALLY renders as streaking from top right to bottom left with replication of detail. Out of focus detail points should degenerate to rather circular blotches but with my 70D the streaking is more common. ALWAYS TOP RIGHT TO BOTTOM LEFT. I suspect image analysis/modification during image stabilization. This is with 500mm lens and 1/750 shutter speed or faster. With the same lens and even with slower shutter speeds this has never happened in 2 years with my 5D Mk II, or many years with my 300D.

Pity. The first photos I took with the 70D were the sharpest I'd obtained, and turned my 500mm lens into 800mm equivalent. The camera is heading back to Canon.

I've never seen oof area like this before.  I would think it is either your particular camera, or camera shake.

Thanks for the heads up and photo to show it.

Leo

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EOS Bodies / Re: Reactions, Pros and Cons, and Results to the 70D
« on: October 12, 2013, 08:05:20 PM »
I was having a chat with the manager of a major retail chain outlet yesterday and we had a brief discussion about the 70D.
In short, this is probably Canon's best crop body yet, but the response from the buying public has been very underwhelming; they're sitting on the shelf much longer than expected.

40D is still my favorite Canon, 60D is very good too, but from what I've seen of the 70D you will likely find it a very pleasing upgrade from the 40D in most ways except for a few ergonomic differences.

If it is truly the best crop camera, it has to beat out the 7D which from what I have read is pretty tough to do.  I imagine they are on the shelf because of the uncertain economic climate.  If I had the money Now, I would order it today. 

I think sales will pick up before Christmas.  There may even be a price reduction to lure more customers in.  I can only hope that happens.

Leo

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