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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 08:18:26 AM »
I love the way it looks. Design matters. And I think (?) I would like the manual dials. But ultimately it still falls short for me and I'm not nearly as interested in this as in the Sony a7r. I've almost bought a x100s a bunch of times but have held back to see if they would do a FF version at some point. The a7r is almost that, except in the looks dept.

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It looks cool I admit that. Looks count!  8)

But 16mp? Really? Really??  :o

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Anybody want to buy my 6D body?  :o

This, especially the A7r, seriously interests me. Seriously.  8)

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Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: September 12, 2013, 06:50:57 PM »
I have own multiple copies of the lens and it isn't in my kit now...for two reasons.  One of those was highlighted ironically in my favorite picture in the review:  the lovely lady with the cool temperature blossoms in the background.  The photo is great on all technical merits save one thing beyond your control; the very nervous lining on the bokeh of the blossoms.   

The bokeh in that one picture is enough to make me not be tempted by this lens...  :o

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I use the wifi app every day. Yes, "just" for self portraits. But I take a lot of self portraits for my artwork. It depends on what you want to shoot. I understand most people don't take as many self portraits as I do. Lol

I used to have a Rebel t4i and I was afraid I'd miss the swivel screen. But I find the app MUCH more useful than the swivel screen and the remote trigger. Changing where the camera focuses is great on the app as well as, obviously, changing exposure settings. I don't have to keep going back to the camera. I can get myself in the corner of the frame and shoot easily.

I also have used it for some long exposure nighttime cityscape photos. And yes, I could have done those with just the camera and remote. But I do like the app. Also for viewing the images you've just taken. I find it easier to pinch and zoom on the pics in the app than doing so on the lcd back of the camera.

There are a couple of things about the 6D that make me wonder if I would like a 5D3 better, but I would NEVER be able to go without the wifi app after having used it so much. It has changed my photography. Or at least made it a lot easier.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Cards for 6D
« on: August 20, 2013, 08:47:36 AM »
I have to say I've not paid much attention to my card before. But I've been slightly disappointed in the burst rate of my 6D a couple of times before. But I mostly do not shoot in quick successive shots so it hasn't been that big a deal. This thread made me look at my card. It is a Sandisk with a 30mb/s speed. So I think I might be upgrading soon! I have to say thanks since I learned a little something. Thanks!  8)

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 08, 2013, 05:39:28 PM »
I just got back from Key West recently, so how about a Key West sunset.

6D with 24-105 at 24mm (after lens correction using PTLens...) The barrel distortion is really awful sometimes at 24mm!
Iso 100 f8 1/125


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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:37:28 AM »
I taught myself how to get out of Auto mode on my camera by shooting in Av mode. But I was continually frustrated at what the camera was doing, bumping up the iso too high or too slow on the shutter speed. So I forced myself to go fully manual. Shooting anything other than in M now seems like a step backwards in technique. I do use autofocus tho!

I understand when people say the need for speed on a certain shot means they'll use a non manual setting. But I don't like giving up control of the camera to the camera itself.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 29, 2013, 09:41:01 AM »
I have to admit these specs look pretty good. Not perfect, but would have been enough to get me to buy this instead of jumping to FF and the 6D when I did. My original plan, in January, was to get the 70D when it came out (as an upgrade from my t4i) and at some later date upgrade again to FF. But I'm glad I got tired of waiting and skipped this middle step. It would have just been a long delay in getting to FF. Now that I've gone to the 6D I see how unnecessary it would have been to stay shooting crop any longer than I was since I was interested in going to FF at some point.

I'm still amazed at the quality of pics my 6D produces. I shoot in low light a lot and still laugh at the high ISO I use and still get awesome photos. I hope those that will buy the 70D will be able to say the same. Like I said it does look like it will be a pretty good camera. I hope those of you planning on getting one love it. But I'm glad I did not wait.


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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Next to Be Announced
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:06:35 PM »
So glad I didn't keep waiting and went for the 6D!  8)

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Lenses / Re: Canon 100mm macro L or Zeiss 50mm makro?
« on: June 17, 2013, 09:29:49 AM »
I guess I forgot to mention I will be using these on my 6D. Thanks for all the info so far.

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Lenses / Canon 100mm macro L or Zeiss 50mm makro?
« on: June 16, 2013, 09:17:21 PM »
Hi all,

I wanted to hear if anyone has experience with both of these lenses. The Canon 100mm f2.8 L macro and the Zeiss 50mm f2 makro. I'm very interested in picking up a macro lens. And I have kind of narrowed it down to these 2. But I think they are pretty different lenses.

The macro is just something I want to try out really so I'm not 100% sure how I want to use it? I like the idea of the Zeiss being 50mm as I could also use it as my walkaround 50mm lens. I'm not sure if I can use the Canon macro for other than macro? And in any case I do have the 24-105 and I don't use it at the 105 end very often. So the Zeiss could be 2 lenses in one for me? I'm not afraid of the manual focus. But I don't want to go to the Zeiss route if the macro isn't that great. Maybe get the Canon and pick up a different 50mm(as I do want just a general purpose 50 too).

Any thoughts?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Computer Upgrade for new camera
« on: June 01, 2013, 10:13:39 AM »
Lightroom free with a 6D? I didn't get that....  :o

I've been meaning to check it out since it apparently easily does lens corrections and Aperture does not do them at all. Otherwise Aperture is great.

And get as much ram as you can afford really. I'm running a 2010 iMac with 8GB of ram. And it gets annoyingly slow at times. I just would rather put the money in upgrading this into a new machine at this point or I'd double that for sure.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs. 600D with good lenses?
« on: May 27, 2013, 10:23:43 AM »
I started with a 650D and quickly wished I had gotten a FF. Which I did. 6D + 24-105. NO regrets about upgrading to the 6D. But I do wish I hadn't started with the crop camera. I'm currently getting ready to sell it. And according to eBay prices I won't lose too much money on it. But it's just an extra step that really was not necessary. If the 6D is within your budget just do it.

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Lenses / Re: 24-105L Curved horizon.
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:34:23 AM »
Perhaps if I ran Windows, I'd use LR exclusively.  But I'm not a fan of Adobe's UI on the Mac.  I tolerate it for CS6 because there's no other option.  I prefer the native UI of Aperture. 

Since this thread is about distortion, I'll point out one more DxO advantage - volume anamorphosis correction.  Both barrel distortion and the normal corrections for it alter the shape of common objects at the edges of the frame.  It's often very noticeable with people - very few subjects appreciate the 'weight gain' from barrel distortion correction at the edges.  You can dial down the distortion correction to restore their proportions, but then you're back with curved lines.  That's where DxO's volume anamorphosis corrections come in. The presets are very good, and as presets, just one click to use.

Worth noting that while LR can't perform that sort of correction, DxO offers a subset of geometric corrections, including volume anamorphosis, as DxO ViewPoint - and it's available as a plugin for LR.

I appreciate this input. I have to say as a Mac user I really would like to stick with Aperture as it is native to my OS. I'm sure you know. It really is why I chose it over LR. I am having moments of regret since there are a few things that LR can do that I cannot in Aperture. Plus LR seems to be so pervasive there is much more help and info available on it which is appealing. But your input makes me think again. Lol I like the idea of an all in one program but I might go with a DxO + Aperture route after all.

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