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Technical Support / Re: What kind of photo printer do you use?
« on: December 10, 2014, 08:17:59 PM »
I got a Canon Pixma Pro 9000 II for free w/ a rebate when I bought my 6D.  I was really excited about it.

However, it has always had a red color cast.  I have tried everything from creating my own profiles with a colormunki photo to having profiles made, testing out printer vendor profiles, various software, monitor calibration, photo papers, etc.  Countless hours of research and frustrations galore.  I know more about color management than now than I ever intended.  Still, can't get rid of the color cast.  If you can't match what is on the screen with some level of accuracy it kind of kills the joy of it.

It is also an ink hog.  I don't print much at all (see above) but when I do print it always seems one or more of the cartridges is running out.

I've turned to printing at labs.

I would still love to get all this sorted out and have the ability to do great prints on my own, but I'm not willing to pour the money into it and get a higher end printer, invest the time, etc.  It's not worth it to me.

For the quick and dirty stuff I just use my cheep epson all-in-one and it does just fine.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 7D mark II
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:19:16 AM »
I have both a 6D and a 7D.  I love my 7D for everything except the high ISO noise - which is pretty bad.  When I first got the 6D it was really a step down in handling and especially the focus compared to the 7D.  It took me a while to get to like the 6D itself - I was spoiled by the 7D.  However, the IQ on the 6D was wonderful.

I use the 6D for pretty much everything except when I need action shots.  I had the 7D on the shelf for quite a while and recently pulled it out for football season.  Now I am GASing for a 7DII - but I wouldn't get rid of the 6D - for indoor & low light the 7D can't touch it.

Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:09:46 AM »
I have a two monitor setup.  One monitor is Landscape, the other in Portrait.  It is really nice to view shots taken in portrait orientation in a portrait oriented monitor.

EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:29:32 PM »
Here is the thing for me.  The 7D is a great camera.  It does quite a lot for a very reasonable price - affordable to a large number of people.  I have used it for 4 years, to take track, volleyball, football, soccer, & basketball photos, as well as general shooting.  I have captured some awesome pictures.  The AF, once you really know how to use it and adjust the settings to your style, is very good.  The images are usable even in lower light.  Ergonomics of the camera are excellent.  Granted, in low light, needing a faster shutter speed for sports you push the ISO limits of the camera - but you still get shots you couldn't otherwise get - unless you spent significantly more money than the 7D costs.  My only wish was less noise at high ISO in low light - a lot to ask for any camera.  High ISO in good light wasn't that bad. 

The 7D II improves on the 7D in high ISO performance, AF performance, and FPS performance, among other things.  The price point has remained close to the same (comparing introductory pricing).  For what it does, and for the price it does it for, you are not going to be able to beat this camera.

Granted, if your focus is IQ and you largely use the center focus point, get a 6D.  If you want an awesome all-round camera with great IQ and very good AF, get a 5DIII (for much more $$).  If you want everything without much compromise on anything, get a 1DX for (substantially more $$).

For the price point, the 7DII provides a tremendous amount of value.  I believe this camera will sell quite well.

Lenses / Re: EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS versus EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: August 27, 2014, 10:51:03 AM »
Thanks Everyone.
I think I'm going to sell my EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS and my 7D and get a 7DmII when it comes out. (if it isn't too crazy expensive)

I have a EF 70-300L and it seems to do the trick, at least for good light.  I will have football from now until end of November, and most of the games are daylight games.  (the little guys 11 years old)

Thanks again.

Lenses / EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS versus EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:39:15 AM »
I have a EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS I bought used to use for sports, but I found that the AF never really kept up, so I haven't used it much.  Do I have a bad copy, or is this fairly normal for this lens.  (This is all with a 7D)

Is it worth selling it and getting the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II ?  I have heard the image quality of the mark II is much better.  Is this lens any good for sports, or should I go with a prime instead?


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 03, 2013, 05:04:53 PM »
I'm looking at doing just the opposite.  I got a good deal on a Canon refurb 6D at $1,400 USD so I pulled the trigger, but I am seriously considering selling it and moving up to a 5DIII.

The 6D is great, but after having a 7D (still have) for 3 years I have a hard time getting adjusted to the AF system on th 6D.  I have ended up using the center point and reframing most of the time, because the outer points don't seem to provide coverage or struggle in lower light.

I thought I would be fine with the AF system on the 6D, and although I can get by on it, I really do miss the 7D AF system.

EOS-M / EOS M or Powershot S110?
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:17:45 AM »
I can get a powershot S110 or an EOS M for about $350 USD.

The question is, which one?

I want something for taking video where I don't have to manual focus (like on my DSLR).
I want something small for times when I don't want to carry the bigger DSLR around.  Ideally to fit in a pocket.

For those that have used both the EOS M and a Powershot S95, S100, S110 - which is a better solution?

The advantage of the S110 would be its size.  It will fit in my front pants pocket or shirt pocket.  But how good is the low light ability, or the image quality.

The advantage of the EOS M is better image quality, and if I get in a video taking situation where I need a long lens I have that option with the adapter.  However, I'm concerned how "pocketable" it really is - Especially with the 18-55 lens. 

I'd love some advice, as the S110 will be running out of stock prior to the S120 coming available for $100 more.  So I need to decide or lose the opportunity to go with the S110.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d Highest Usable Iso?
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:54:45 PM »
Just got my 6D yesterday.  I shot a High School cross country race with it yesterday late afternoon.  So here is my 1 sports even comparison of the 6D vs 7D.

AF kept up for the most part.  I used center point only servo.  Not as good as my 7D, but I didn't miss many shots due to AF.  I really missed the 8 FPS and large raw buffer on the 7D.  I had to shoot JPEG only on the 6D to get any kind of fps.

I was using a 70-300L and I thought I was going to miss the crop factor on the long end.  What I found is that the wide end was much more usable at 70mm than on the 7D.  I got a lot of after-the-race candid adn posed shots which I would have had to change for a wider lens with the 7D, and the long end of the 70-300L was just fine on the 6D.  So that was kind of a nice surprise for me.

The view finder doesn't seem as bright on the 6D - at least it was very hard to see the focus points in the view finder when the subject was in darker light such as shadows.  I never had trouble seeing the focus points on the 7D.  Still, using the center point worked out OK for what I was doing.

I used auto ISO, 1/1000 shutter - I had shots at 3200 ISO and 6000 ISO.  I really couldn't tell much of a difference when the focus was on.  On the 7D, the noise bothered me at ISO 800+.  In very low light situations, noise would bother me at ISO 400.  Maybe I have a more noisy copy of the 7D.  Noise is the only complaint I have witht he 7D - othewise it is a fantastic camera.

Unless you are doing fine art prints or very large enlargements, I can't see high ISO being a real issue at all with the 6D.  I'm very pleased.  I'll have a better perspective when I do some indoor theater events with the 6D.  My 7D fell over on its face trying to do that.

I'll keep using the 7D on all my outdoor sporting events.  But the 6D is likely to be the camera I use for most everything else.

PowerShot / Re: Compact Camera suggestions?
« on: August 28, 2013, 03:58:11 PM »
Eos m.

One shot af used sensibly (in a gym the action will be fairly contained)
+ 22mm = bright sharp lens, v good low light for 'compact' too, great video.

B&H has EOS M w/ 18-55 kit for $355, or EOS M /w 22mm & 90 EX flash for $399

Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:26:40 PM »
I just picked up a refurbished 6D direct from Canon for $1,600 USD  (it arrives tomorrow).  After starting my DSLR journey with an XSi about 5 1/2 years ago, (then traded up for the 7D about 3 years ago), I am finally getting the FF camera.

For me it was a no brainer - roughtly 1,000 reasons (the difference in cost of a 6D vs a 5DIII)

I already own and will keep a 7D, so I won't use the 6D for a sports/action camera.  I don't do video, so none of those features matter to me.

I want to do portraits, indoor events (plays, etc.), landscapes, and explore some other creative stuff.

If I wasn't keeping the 7D, it would have been a more difficult decision, and I would have likely gone for the 5DIII (because I'm just not in a position to justify the cost of the 1Dx - but who wouldn't want that puppy)

Lenses / Re: We want more EF-S lens
« on: August 24, 2013, 12:43:58 AM »
Its a one sided poll.  I would not buy any because FF bodies are the up and coming thing.  I've nothing against APS-C, I own one, but EF lenses work fine on them and can be used on my FF body as well.

+1  I'm with Spokane on this one.  The EF-S lenses exist to fill gaps where the EF lenses don't exist.  For example the 15-85 and 17-55 cover the normal zoom on the crops where the 24-xx don't get wide enough.  The 10-22 is the same - a wide angle for crops where the 17-40 wouldn't be that wide.  The EF-S 60mm macro is another.

For most everything else, there is an EF lens that will do the trick nicely.  We really don't need a horde of EF-S lenses.  I think Canon has done a nice job on plugging the gaps for crop.

The rest of the EF-S lenses are consumer lenses for the entry level person.

Lenses / Re: Lens Rental Recommendation
« on: August 21, 2013, 01:25:50 AM »
Rent the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8.  Try pics with and without the flash (with is ok if there are relatively low white ceilings for bouncing).

Agreed +1


Lenses / Re: Need daily lens suggestion
« on: August 20, 2013, 11:43:33 AM »
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS.  The 24-xx zooms are great on FF, but on APS-C they don't give you a wide angle.  IMO, the 17-55mm is the best general purpose zoom for APS-C.

+1  General purpose often means indoors, and unless you want to wear a flash on your camera or use the pop up, you will want the f/2.8.

I have both the 24-105 and the 17-55.  I never use the 24-105 indoors, it isn't wide enough or fast enough. 

The 15-85 is very sharp and gives extra range either side of the 17-55.  It's one of the best and most useful APS-C lenses made.

Ask yourself how much you shoot indoors with your general purpose lens.  I had a friend that had a 15-85 on a 7D and we were at a cubscout pinewood derby event, in an church gym.  A flash wasn't useable due to the distance most of the time.  He couldn't get decent pics.  After that he sold the 15-85 and bought a 17-55.

Regarding buying all EF lenses because at some point you will upgrade to FF.  I personally think this is flawed thinking.  Buy the best lenses for the camera you have and will be using.  Especially if it is the main lens that will be on your camera most of the time.  If you get a FF camera, you will either keep the crop camera and still use the lenses, or sell the camera with the lenses.  With Canon lenses you don't lose much money on the resale.

I have done a ton of High School volleyball, and tried all kinds of lenses.  I have a 7D, so I have more reach and really can't go above 1600 ISO and be happy with the results.  I ended up using a EF 80 f/1.8 as my favorite lens.  I was able to get shots from partway up the stands as well as on the floor.  If I had a FF camera, I would use the 135L, which would be a similar combo.

I had a lot of freedom to walk around the gym for almost all games, so it worked out well for me.  However, if you are limited in where you can place yourself, the 70-200 f/2.8 will give you more felxibility.

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