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I've had the 6D for several months now, and I love the camera.  I think the 6D's target market is probably not people who previously owned the 5dII, that is what the 5dIII is for, but instead for those who want to jump from a crop sensor to full frame like I did.  I went from a t3 to a t3i to a 5d classic, and now I have my 6D and I couldn't be happier. 

I think when you make that jump, unless you are coming from a 7D, the autofocus doesn't seem to be that much of an issue, and in most cases, its an improvement from what you had previously.

The one thing that I don't like on the 6d is the GPS and how you have to turn it off when you aren't using the camera.  It will drain the battery to nothing.  There have been times I've pulled my camera out and its dead.  I'm used to switching it off now, but it seems like the camera should go into some type of GPS sleep when it hasn't moved or it can't get a GPS signal, but it doesn't do that.  Even with it turned down to the least frequent settings, it is still firing when the camera is off and draining the battery.  I'm sure this could probably be fixed with some type of firmware update, so hopefully Canon does that soon. 

Beyond that, I love the camera.  It takes beautiful photos, and has a great size for me, not as big or heavy as the 7d or 5d mark III, and it fits my hands well.  As for price, its a great value, I bought the kit, sold the included lens, and my total price ended up at less than $1600. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: M RAW or "full" RAW on a Canon 6d?
« on: May 14, 2013, 11:41:41 AM »
According to the manual, the M Raw uses 11M pixels, so what I should have probably asked is if this is equivalent to a full RAW file shot with an 11m camera?  I had a 5D, which was only 12M, and it still took beautiful photos, but it sounds like there is some degradation of the data to get the 20M pixel photo down to 11.  Which probably doesn't make it worth it.  Thanks for the help everyone.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / M RAW or "full" RAW on a Canon 6d?
« on: May 14, 2013, 03:34:51 AM »
Just curious what most are using with their 6D or even Mark III?  M RAW to save file space, or "full" RAW?  According to the manual it is faster to shoot in full RAW, but the files are about 30% larger.  How much quality will I lose if I shoot in M RAW?  What are the drawbacks?  When would you shoot ful full RAW, and when would someone shoot in M RAW?  Also, why would full raw, with larger files sizes be faster in burst mode than M RAW?

Any info or help on this would be great, thanks!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon refurb sale...what happened?
« on: April 29, 2013, 03:32:32 PM »
The sale still shows up.  Sometimes, a product is sold out by multiple buyers processing orders at the same time, Canon sells maybe hundreds or thousands of some lenses.  They cancel the orders they can't fill if this happens.
This happened to me with the super popular 70-200mm f/2.8L MK II.  The next time it was on sale, I bought it in time.

I called and the rep didn't have any idea what happened.  Then she said it was out of stock so she couldn't put in my order.  She offered to honor the sale once it comes back in stock.  I'm curious, did you get an email from Canon letting you know what happened?  Or did they just cancel your order?  That seems like pretty poor customer service.  At the least I should have gotten an email that says, "Sorry we weren't able to fill your order".  Plus they charged me, which is also strange.  Just frustrating.  I thought I was getting a 600ex this week, I guess not!

Pricewatch Deals / Canon refurb sale...what happened?
« on: April 29, 2013, 07:01:31 AM »
So I got an email from a price notification website that Canon was having a refurb sale yesterday.  I went on and the sale was on the website and on all the product pages.  I placed an order, my CC was charged and I got an email confirmation.  I went back today to see what was still available and the sale is gone (Canon's website said it would run to May 4), and I looked at my order and Canon has cancelled my order, but of course, I haven't received any such notification or a refund on my CC.

Anyone else have this happen to them?  Any advice?  It wasn't a crazy deal or anything, spend $100 save $10, spend $250 save $50, spend $500 save $125.

Lenses / Re: I have just lost confidence with Canon Rumors & B&H
« on: April 17, 2013, 07:37:45 AM »
I think the OP is holding CR and B&H to a higher standard than just about any website or business.  Their job is to make money, not always give you the best deal, or always have the best price on everything.  That is your job as a consumer to ensure you are getting the best deal. 

What are they supposed to say, "New Price!  Only slightly more expensive than we sold it for last week!"  LOL, every website/business out there makes it always seem like the time to buy is NOW!!!

Lenses / Re: $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 12, 2013, 08:47:06 AM »
Thanks for all the great recommendations.  The body can't be upgraded and he shoots photos of high level government meetings where you can't be any more distracting than the sound of the shutter, so no flash.  Portraits will be a small percentage of the shots.  I do like the idea of the Tamron f2.8 and the 55-250 canon with the 430ex ii flash.  It is a firm budget, and the office owns whatever we buy plus any order over $1000 will be rejected.  That doesn't leave much $$$ left over, but just these lenses will be a big upgrade. 

Lenses / Re: $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 11, 2013, 11:22:52 AM »
I would guess that 25% of the time, the camera will be used indoors where there isn't great light and a flash won't be possible to use.  I'm worred that the 15-85 won't be any improvement over the kit lens in that type of shooting situation.

No, the 15-85mm will not help you there.  The 50/1.4 or 50/1.8 would be good...if a short tele is what you need in those situations.  Else, consider the 35/2.

Here's my suggestion:

Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 $499 (better IQ than the Sigma 17-50 and cheaper, too).
Canon 50mm f/1.8 II $109
Canon Speedlite 430EX II $254
Manfrotto 294 tripod w/ QR ballhead $135

Leaves you $3 from your $1K budget.  :)

Thanks for the tripod recommendation.  I will do some homework on the Tamron lens as well.

Lenses / Re: $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 11, 2013, 06:58:28 AM »
There was a similar thread just a week or so ago. Get the 15-85 and the 430 flash. The 15-85 is a very good lens, especially at that price. It's basically an L-lens in an EF-S package, the range is very versatile also for the use you describe.

My primary concern with that lens is low light performance.  Will it be any better than the kit lens?  The t1i doesn't have that great of ISO performance, and the reach is only slightly more than the kit lens.  I would guess that 25% of the time, the camera will be used indoors where there isn't great light and a flash won't be possible to use.  I'm worred that the 15-85 won't be any improvement over the kit lens in that type of shooting situation.

Lenses / $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 11, 2013, 03:57:22 AM »
So where I work, there is an employee that takes all of the photos for the office.  Right now he has the Canon t1i with the kit 18-55 lens to shoot all of the “official” photos.  Of course the biggest issue they have is in low light situations, and while the kit lens does well in some situations, in others it can struggle.  So they have requested and been approved for $1000 to spend on additional equipment.  The person who uses the camera is not super comfortable using any mode but auto, although I’ve been working with him on using aperture priority and he is getting better.

 So what would you suggest for upgrades?  Please remember, the $1000 limit is a hard budget, and we have to purchase through normal channels, amazon, b&h, no ebay option, craigslist or refurb is an option. 

They will use the camera indoors, and outdoors about 50/50 and some of the indoor venues will require tight shots as the rooms are often very small, and sometimes indoors a flash won’t be able to be used.  Also, at times outdoors, it will be necessary to shoot from a distance.  I do think they need the external flash for sure, but any input is great.  Plus they will also commonly do portraits both indoors and outside.  So a fairly versatile lens combo is necessary.  It also won't be possible to sell any equipment that they currently have, the kit lens or the canon t1i body. 

I’ve put a list below of the lenses and flash which seem to make the most sense, but I'm not sure in what combination.  So what would be the most versatile package for under $1000 in your opinion?  (I wouldn’t mind having a little left over for a tripod and basic case, and all the prices below are from B&H, which is where we will likely order from)  For example, my first thought is the 430ex flash, a 50mm f1.4 and the 55-250, but I'd appreciate any other input.  Thanks.

Canon 430ex II flash $254
Canon 50mm f1.8 $109
Canon 40mm f2.8 $179
Canon 55-250mm IS $233
Canon  50mm f1.4 $339
Canon 85mm f1.8 $359
Canon 28mm f1.8 $449
Canon EF-S 15-85 f3.5-5.6 IS USM $649
Canon 100mm f2.8 USM Macro $499
Sigma 17-50 f2.8 $594
Canon 70-200 f4 $649

I'll throw out one more suggestion, the L 17-40 f4.  I have used it on a crop and a full frame sensor, and I think it is great for both, and it isn't at the typical L-glass price point.  It gives you a little less reach than your kit lens, but you already have a 50mm lens if you want more reach, and I think it is a nice improvement in IQ and build quality over the kit lens.  Plus its a nice wide angle lens if you ever do go FF.  I also have the 24-105, and I much prefer having the 17-40 on my t3i over the 24-105.

Right now you can get a 17-40 refurbished directly from Canon for under $600, which is a great deal for L glass.  That is how I have bought several of my lenses, and I couldn't be happier.

EOS Bodies / Re: 5dc still relavent
« on: January 14, 2013, 08:51:35 AM »
I just recently purchased a 5D classic in November, and I was coming from a Rebel, and I can confirm that there is a huge improvement in image quality.  Even with regards to ISO, the 5d looks much better than my t3i at higher ISO's so I guess ISO quality depends on what you are comparing it to.  The hardest part to get used to was all the settings and switching everything around, because the UI is definitely dated, so there is a bit of a learning curve in figuring out how to quickly adjust all the different settings. 

I also had the 50mm f1.4 and 17-40 f4 to work with, so I got some great results, and I definitely noticed a richness and depth that I wasn't getting before.  It was definitely an improvement in IQ, just a more polished look and better colors than my t3i.

I also would say that $450 is a pretty good deal for a 5d classic that is in good shape.  When I purchased mine, I was watching ebay and they seemed to be going from the mid-$500's and up depending on how they were packaged, and who was selling the camera.  B&H and Adorama were selling used 5d's for the $600 to $700 range. 

One caveat is that it is heavier and bigger than my rebel, and it doesn't do video.  So I've kept my rebel as a backup body to use when I want a lighter/smaller camera or for video.

Thanks so much everyone for the great info.  That is a great help!

Software & Accessories / Lens filter question for 24-105 and 17-40 lenses
« on: December 05, 2012, 07:35:15 AM »
Currently I have several prime lenses, 24 f1.8, 50 f1.4, 100 f2.8 IS USM, and I have put the B+W UV Haze filters on each one.  I recently purchased the 17-40 f4 and the 24-105 f4, but I have not purchased filters for them. 

I have talked to enough people that I am firmly on the side of wanting filters on my lenses.  I like the idea of the protection, and I'm also interested in a CP after doing some research. So here are my questions:

  • Is the B+W UV Haze a "good" filter to choose for the 17-40 and 24-105?
  • Should I consider a CP filter for my 24-105?
  • If I put a CP on my 24-105, is that just for outdoor photography would I remove it for indoors, take it off and on depending on conditions?
  • Would I stack a UV with a CP filter?
  • I know that normally you don't put a CP on a wide angle, but what about the UV?  Does that have an impact?

Most of what you find about lenses devolves into an argument over whether they affect IQ.  I'm just wondering what people recommend for filters and if a CP is worth it?  For the CP, I think I would probably go with the B+W 77mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer MRC Filter, but I'm open to suggestions.  Especially if that is overkill, I see that Tiffen has a CP for $38 on B+H, is the extra money worth it?  Thanks in advance.

Also, if it matters, I'm shooting with a 5d.

Canon General / Re: soon to be a 'Canon/DSLR newbie' here!
« on: December 03, 2012, 02:10:37 AM »
The first thing I purchased after I bought my DSLR/kit lens combo was the 50 f1.8, and I enjoyed it so much, I almost stopped using my kit lens completely after that.  The IQ difference, and ability to adjust aperture down to 1.8 is a great advantage. 

Whatever you do, I would leave yourself some $$$ to get the 50mm f1.8. 

I also have the f1.4, and it is definitely better built, but you can learn and do so much more with the f1.8 over your kit lens.  I also liked having a smaller/lighter lens on my DSLR when I was going out shooting.  I would put the kit lens in my shoulder bag and walk around with the DSLR/50mm around my neck.  The 50mm is a great focal lenghth, yes it will limit you at times, but that is why I carried the kit lens in my bag, just in case I was somewhere that I needed to go real wide or zoom in.  Otherwise, I shot almost everything with my 50, and the IQ difference is pretty big.

Also, just to mentioned, you said you are interested in the 60d as you plan to hold onto it for 5 years, but that model is 2 years old, and the t4i is the latest rebel model.  I haven't researched this, but I think the t4i might have better ISO performance, and while many other features are great to have, that is a big one to consider and research.  I do know that the t4i has the newest digic processor, while the 60d has the previous generation of processor.  Just something to think about.  If I plan to keep a piece of technology for 5 years, I prefer to have the most recent iteration of said technology, for that reason, I'd look strongly at the t4i.  Especially if its cheaper, and even more so if the ISO performance is stronger, as I suspect it might be.

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