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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:08:54 AM »
Thanks everyone!!  The camera, flash and lens arrive on Monday.  How am I going to make it through the weekend?!  Alcohol?? ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Resale recommendations
« on: June 26, 2013, 07:20:13 AM »
As someone else said, it would be nice if Canon Rumors had a classifieds marketplace forum.  Similar to Mac Rumors. 

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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:57:49 AM »
Thanks for the help everyone.  Here is what I decided for my purchase:

Canon 6D ($1600)
Canon 600EX speedlite ($500)

Both were purchased from an authorized Canon Dealer.

After reading numerous reviews and CR's member Dustin Abbott review on the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC lens, I am leaning towards that.  Just seems like an awesome lens for the money.  Found it for around $1100.

So that will complete my bundle for around $3000.  Very excited to get out there and start trying it out.

For the future I am looking at Canon's 70-300 f4-5.6L.  That will give me a wide range of focal lengths. 

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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 21, 2013, 12:39:06 PM »
I know your set on a 6D and FF is the danglies but consider the 7D for just a second.

My thoughts as to why -

8fps comes in really handy for moving targets.
19 cross type AF points and AF modes to help keep said target in focus.
Better ergonomic design than the 6D, IMO.
Built like a tank (toddler proof?? Hmmm maybe)
Cheap - with the money saved buy better lenses.

Kids are tough to capture. They move around a lot so you need a camera that will keep up. The image quality will only really improve via good lighting and technique. Also maybe via expensive L lens! Going FF does improve IQ but in real life your friends and family won't be able to tell the difference.

Thanks for the advice! Definitely something I will consider.  I know glass is more important than the body. I have heard nothing but good things about the 6D's low ISO capability. How is the 7D's? Mainly just thinking about indoor pics where I don't want to use a flash.

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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 21, 2013, 07:33:12 AM »
Thanks for the help guys. Everyone has talked about the quality of L glass. Has anyone used Tamron's 24-70 Di VC?  From what little I have read it's not a bad value. Seems like the going prices are $900+ new. Might be worth taking a look at for me at least since I am just a hobbyist.

Also Sigma's 35mm 1.4 since we are talking non-Canon lenses.

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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 20, 2013, 06:09:27 PM »
I was under the assumption that FF gave better IQ than crop. So even with the new 70D on the horizon wouldn't the 6D be a better choice?

Is the 6D's auto focus as really bad as everyone says?

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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:41:26 PM »
Thanks everyone for all the insight thus far. I will need to do some more research on the 600 vs 480ii flash. See if it's worth the additional money for my needs.

I definitely want at least one zoom. Anyone with kids knows how they hate to sit still. I cannot keep up.

However I would like a few primes too. Is the 40mm worth it even if I already have the 50mm and will presumably cover that focal length if I get the 24-105? 

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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 19, 2013, 06:54:54 PM »
That's an impressive upgrade. If certain you wanna go FF for sure the 6D is a good choice. Add the 24-105 + 600exrt and you will be set to go for less than your budget. If flash not that important you may wanna go 270ex for fill or a 3rd party which will give room for perhaps a prime lens or a 70-300 telezoom. Good luck with your purchase.

Thanks. Got a referral bonus at work. Now to put the money to good work. I am positive I want FF.

I honestly do not have any experiences with flashes. But from what I have read you can do some amazing things that you can't with a built in flash. Would the 600ex be overkill for me?

I forgot to mention I have the nifty fifty. Worth upgrading it or getting a smaller prime?  I love the look of some of the wide angle auto pictures.

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Lenses / Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 19, 2013, 05:52:00 PM »
Ok so I have $3000 +/- to spend on upgrading my kit.  I currently have a T1i with kit lens and 55-250. 

I am pretty set on a new 6D.  Can get it for around $1600 brand new.

So my question is what lens/speedlites do you recommend.  I have a carrying bag and tripod already.

Not a professional nor do I intend on being paid for any pictures.  Main subjects will be my family/toddler.  Occasional landscape/auto pictures.  So I guess "recreational" would be a good term.

Appreciate all the help in advance. 

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