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Optically both are excellent, with the Tamron being somewhat better.

The VC is the deal point.

If you keep an eye on prices on ebay - particularly through prodigital2000 - you may find this lens for $899 as I did.

At that price buying the Tamron is a no-brainer.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup for 6D for Wedding Photography
« on: April 29, 2014, 04:55:55 PM »
Any Canon DSLR will work.

If your 6D should break down, you will be pleased to have and you will do just fine with any of the cameras mentioned.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Dissuade me to get a Rolleiflex
« on: April 15, 2014, 10:33:56 AM »
Get it!

When I was a kid, I drooled over the Rolleis - but I could not afford one.

Today I have 3 Rollei TLRs.  One is a 2.8.    I never use them, but I love them.   They are displayed in my antique camera showcase.

Clearly these cameras were in a class of their own. 

Go for it!  You will not regret it.

Software & Accessories / Re: DSLR Microphones, suggestions please :) !
« on: November 18, 2013, 09:16:38 PM »
Rode is a great choice.   Either the Stereo Video Mic Pro or the Video Mic Pro (which has a narrower angle of coverage).   You will not be unhappy.   

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 13, 2013, 08:37:40 AM »

"The cheap eBay adapters are knock-offs, not Canon. Are they well made? I'm told the Canon one is very strong. That's important if you're attaching a $2000 + lens to it."

I ordered one of the OEMs that is from a kit.    I would not consider a knock off.

I just ordered mine from Amazon - and was able to use rewards points.

The Canon lens adapter is available on eBay from several highly rated vendors at very attractive prices.

EOS-M / Re: Good tripod for EOS M ?
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:31:03 AM »
Here are two excellent tripods to consider.  I have two Sirui's and they are the highest quality and very affordable.

This one is a kit which includes the ball head:

This set of legs would need a head purchased separately:

Here is the ball head that I use with this tripod:

EOS-M / Re: The Frenzy is Over.....
« on: July 11, 2013, 01:24:03 AM »
I am looking forward to receiving mine.   The backorder date of the 18th seems like an eternity even though it is only one week (plus transit time).

This camera is getting a lot of love these days.   I guess that there is something magical about a $299 price point.

If you scroll down the page on the B & H website, the cameras still appear to be offered for 353.95(w/22)  and 399.95 (w/18-55).     

In fact, these include an extra battery, sd card, bag, filter and cloth - which are not included with the $599.95 offerings.

May we expect that B & H will honor the web orders that have already been placed for the camera which is currently on backorder?

The more I think about this deal, the more I wonder if - for those of us considering a "compact" backup - there is a logical reason not to buy one.   It can function as a compact with the pancake lens - and also as a backup to an EOS dslr without taking up much space in the bag.  Granted the autofocus has its limitations - and as I understand - much less so with the new firmware,  but the upside to this camera (especially at the $299 price point) appears to far outweigh the downside.   And at those times that a DSLR is just to heavy or bulky for the occasion,  this camera is likely to be with you. I clearly understand why so many people are jumping on the bandwagon.  It may not bring all of the answers, but it sure makes a lot of sense.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Review - Real World
« on: May 15, 2013, 08:10:52 AM »
I had a 7D from close to the date of its introduction through December 2013.   I purchased my 6D on 12/1/12.

Once I began using the 6D, I realized that its image quality and high ISO capabilities were so far beyond all of my other bodies (7D, 60D and 5D2) I immediately disposed of the other bodies.   

There is no question that the 7D is very responsive and is a "machine gun." 

The compromise today, however, is image quality and noise.  Prior to the 6D, it was not a problem for me.  But knowing what I am capable of doing  with the 6D has changed my perspectives.

Today I shoot with a 6D and 5D3.   Canon continues to raise the bar.  I know that this will continuing to be the case in future generations of cameras.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 11:51:54 PM »
I will always buy from my local brick and mortar store - if the product is there.

For the past 39 years I have been purchasing my equipment from the same store - Canoga Camera.   It is a family business with very competitive prices and outstanding customer service.

There is something very comforting about buying from people that I know and trust - people who are honest -  and who have an excellent knowledge of their products.

Also, if I familiarize myself with a product by visiting a local dealer -  should I choose to buy it, it is only fair to buy it from the local dealer - especially if they have a history of treating their customers fairly.

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