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Hello everyone,

I have always shot Canon and love my 6D, but I would love to try one of the Sony FF cameras.

I'm booking a trip to Walt Disney World right now, and it's one of my favorite places to shoot.  I rent from LensRentals a lot, and was deciding what to rent.

Options I'm considering are the:
  • Sony RX1r
  • Sony A7r
  • Sony A7

Lenses I was thinking of renting are:
  • Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 ZA
  • Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 ZA

Normally I'm completely happy shooting in the Disney parks with just my 6D, 35mm, and 70-200mm.  As such, I'm thinking the RX1r may be the best fit with it's fast 35mm.  However, I worry that I'll miss having a viewfinder, and that the newer A7's may have a more evolved UI.

So Sony using guys, what would you recommend?


Third Party Manufacturers / Reikan FoCal with Sigma Dock
« on: September 22, 2013, 05:34:32 PM »
Hello everyone,

I just ordered a Sigma 35/1.4 and USB dock.

Has anyone developed a workflow for using Reikan FoCal with the Sigma dock?  It seems like they'd be a fit made in heaven for each other.

This obviously isn't as important for the prime 35mm as it would be for one of the Sigma zooms, but a workflow would be useful nonetheless.

If no one has tried this before I'll try and figure it out myself!

Canon General / Cannon / Nikon Meme
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:12:56 PM »
Haven't seen this on here yet.  Couldn't find an off-topic forum so I thought here would be best.

Lenses / VC on the 24-70 f/2.8 VC
« on: February 01, 2013, 02:53:54 AM »
Hello everyone!

I just rented a 24-70 f/2.8 VC from Lensrentals.com and have been using it to shoot around Disneyland.  One thing I'm noticing, and wonder if it may be just this copy is that the VC/IS, isn't nearly as good as I had expected.

I have extensively used a 7D & 17-55 f/2.8 IS combo, and the IS on the 17-55 seems at least a full-stop equivalent better than the Tamron's VC, closer to 2 full stops.  I could handhold 80% of my shots sharp on the 17-55 at 1/8, but I'm only hitting about 20% sharp with the 24-70 @ 1/20th.

Has anyone else been able to do a similar comparison?

Lenses / Need an affordable 300mm
« on: January 10, 2013, 01:25:08 PM »
Hello everyone,

I recently upgraded from the 7D to 6D, and am looking to get some length back in my lenses.  I had been using a 70-200mm f/4 IS, and liked the length at 200, so around 320mm on FF.

I will be renting for this go around, and then probably purchasing something in this range.

My thoughts are one of the below options:

Rent a 1.4x TC for my 70-200 f/4.  This will give me a 280mm lens at f/5.6, based on ISO 12233 crops, it still looks pretty sharp, but autofocus may be iffy.
Rent a 300mm f/4 IS.  Less versatility but a stop faster, and sharper.
Rent the 70-300L, good zoom range, sharp, but f/5.6 at 300mm.
Rent a 100-400mm, same speed as the 70-300mm, but the IS likely isn't as good.

If you've had a chance to use any of these options I'd greatly appreciate your feedback!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Reikan FoCal Pro with 40 STM
« on: January 07, 2013, 09:04:43 PM »
Hello everyone,

I just started using the Mac beta of FoCal with my 6D.  It worked swimmingly with my 70-200mm f/4L IS, and after 4 or 5 tries with my 50mm f/1.4.

However, with my 40mm STM, it has not worked at all.  The COF during the focus consistency check is 97.1%.  The analysis is all over the place though.

Has anyone got a 40STM to work properly with FoCal?  If so, did you have to do anything special to get it to work?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Use a Canadian or USA Canon Dealer?
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:12:29 PM »
Hello everyone,

I am going to pre-order a 6D. However, I don't know whether to order it locally or through B&H, Amazon, or other US dealer.

Speed in arrival is my key concern.  Do Canadian stores usually receive cameras the same day as a company like B&H?

I understand Canon's no shipping to Canada policy, but I have a USA forwarding address I'm thinking of using.  I have Amazon Prime shipping to this address as well.

In your previous experience, would I get it faster if I ordered from a USA store, or a Canadian store?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / CompactFlash vs SDXC (Effectively 5D3 vs 6D)
« on: November 26, 2012, 02:38:44 PM »

I haven't used a SDXC based camera other than a Kodak PlaySport in years.

Is there a major detriment to using SDXC instead of CompactFlash?

I am looking at buying a 6D, but the SDXC cards are worrying me.  Is this something to be concerned about?

I greatly appreciate your comments.

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