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People here seem to be recommending Full frame over crop, which I completely agree with. Buying from Conn's Cameras I also recommend that too, but you also have the 2nd hand 6D market here in Ireland too after a 2 minute search on Adverts and donedeal I found several 6D's for sale (one by a guy wanting to buy a 70D instead).
This option might leave you with enough to buy an even better lens than the great 24-105, (eg a Tamron 24-70 f2.8) It is something to consider anyway.

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Sports / Re: Rugby- Heineken cup, Connacht vs Saracens
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:14:23 PM »
Thanks for the replies, I do admit that really for me it was an experiment in high ISO shots with the 5D3. I had never before shot a night game under lights, and with the 100-400 I knew I didn't have much options regarding the aperture - f4.5-5.6, so my choice was 1/250 which I felt was sort of a middle ground. As for the panning in shot one yes it was a bit crappy I didn't actually mean to post it here - but saying that I'm glad I did as it gave me the critique I needed!! I know i'm not a sports pro tog but I did have fun taking the shots!!!

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Sports / Rugby- Heineken cup, Connacht vs Saracens
« on: October 13, 2013, 02:48:36 PM »
Hi, my first sports shoot with my new 5D3 and my trusty old 100-400. I haven't post processed anything, constructive C&C welcome.

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Hi again I have decided to go with the 5d3/24-105kit and save for a few months more and get the Canon 70-200 f2.8ISii. Thanks for all the replies.

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@ Brandonking Thanks it was a fair comment about the flash
@alexanderferdinand there was a used 1dx that went up for sale a couple of weeks ago but I had just missed out (it was an exceptional €3500 ) I did consider a 1 series but it is actually finding one available at the right time and price is the problem there

Thanks for all of the comments folks it is Giving me stuff to think about!!

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Thanks for your replies,  I do find the Auto-focus  to be  adequate for the moment on the 60D for shooting the sports that I do however as the kids get older that may be less of the case.
@ mt. Spokane I had thought about the focal length change however I was more concerned with low light capabilities than reach. sports are only about 10% of my shooting, when reach might be a factor. most of my focal range would be in the standard to mid-tele range. I.E. 18-200 on a crop.
@ Brandonking, Option 3 had included the canon 70-200 f2.8 ISii I could always leave it with the 24-105? Also I have a couple of Yongnuo flashes as well as radio triggers which I find work well for me so far ( I'm not big into flash photography)

Concerning the 85mm 1.8, would this be a better option than the 135L? many on this forum seem to rate the 135 as one of canon's best? Compared to my current set up the image quality of any of these lenses should be an improvement for portraits.

@ AvTvM  the EF24-70 ii,  is a Great lens but I think it is Further down the line for me,


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Hi all,
      I have just over €4000 to spend and I want to upgrade to a FF camera. At present I have a 60D with the following FF lenses - a 50 f1.4 and a 100-400L. ( my other lenses are crop and so are probably going to be sold)
    I shoot mostly Family events, including the kids sporting endeavours, Portraits, some landscape (but not much) and I do some stuff for my kids school, all of which is as an amateur.
     I have a few options in regards as to what to buy and I thought I would share them with you to get a sounding board as to possibly what my best options would be, or possibly what I haven't Thought of, My only stipulation is that there is a standard range zoom.

By the way I'm basing this on EUROPEAN E-BAY prices from sellers with x000 positive feedback and bases within the EU so no import taxes ( I am happy with the protection paypal offers as it went horribly wrong on a previous transaction and Paypal sorted it out)

Option 1   5D mk3 + 24-105 kit with a 135L f2

option 2   5d mk3,  Tamron 24-70 f2.8 ( just too much for another lens)

option 3   6d,  Tamron 24-70, Canon 70-200 f2,8 ISii  (ok a couple hundred over)

option 4   6d +24-105 kit,  135L f2 , 70-200 f4 IS   (again maybe a bit over)

option 5  6d Tamron 24-70, Tamron 70-200 f2.8

As you can see I have a lot of options,  Which would be your choice?

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Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 13, 2013, 08:18:30 PM »
Dublin and Galway are great destinations but in the cities and tourist spots my personal opinion would be that you would have a hard time setting up a tripod and TS-E due to the amount of people. The other big limiting factor will usually be the weather, it does rain here more often than not.
         If you would like a couple of suggestions, Kylemore abbey in Connemara is good to visit However when i went there the clouds were below the tops of the hills. If you do go to the Cliffs of Moher I would recommend that you do the boat trip from Doolin (The top of the cliffs are good too but harder to get a good photo due to the angles and the light). Anyway enjoy your trip!! :)

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Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 11, 2013, 05:27:06 PM »
Yes Taking your tripod is a good Idea for some shots but some tourist places will have other tourists where the tripping hazard of a tripod may make it not feasible to set it up. I live in Ireland, tell me some of the places you intend to visit and I'll tell you if I know about them

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Lenses / Re: Lens selection for trip to Ireland
« on: August 11, 2013, 10:37:04 AM »
as with everything it depends where you go to as to whether it is feasible  to set up a tripod and set up your shot for a Ts-e lens, Any Ideas what you intend to shoot?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D what do you think?
« on: August 04, 2013, 05:04:23 PM »
Not that video again...... Please??!!!

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Thanks for your reply, the bit about the "hunting for focus" concerns me, if I upgrade  I want the camera to be at least as good as the previous camera and for general photography I know the 6d will surpass in nearly every way the 60d that I have but its that 10% of the time that I do the following type of pics that would concern me.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Will the 6D autofocus match that of my 60D?
« on: July 11, 2013, 07:51:03 PM »
Hi, I have finally got the money together to get another camera and have decided to go FF. I own a 60d and take mostly portraits of the kids and landscape and other general stuff but as is the case in most families I also take pics of the kids playing sports with their teams. The 60D is not a recognised sports camera  but I am happy with the results for the sports stuff with the kids.
         My original idea was to buy a 5D3 however recent threads on this forum are giving me pause for thought about the 6D instead. I would normally try and check out the camera in the camera shop as most people would however our local shop won't show the camera with the battery in it or a lens attached and when I asked a question about the ISO they "didn't know about that" (really great sales people!!)
          Anyway My question is will the 6D AF match the 9 x type points in my 60D so that I can continue taking the type of  shots that I do (well the 10% that is sporting). Also am I reading correctly that the ISO/ noise on the 6D is better than the 5d3?
          I am purely amateur and have no intention of trying to be a professional photographer so saving the €1000 would be rather nice for other lenses etc possibly a printer.
Thanks for your time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 08:46:28 AM »
I like the specs of the 70D it at least shows a moving forward of the camera range, even if that means putting higher end "old tech" in to lower end cameras (7d AF). I don't think ISO will be much better than the rebels because if it was why would anyone go FF? if the 70d has  iso performance even close to the 6d who would buy the 6d? same with the upcoming 7d2 if ISO is clean(ish) at 6400 and it costs 2k ($,£ or€) who would pay 5k for a 1dx? The most anyone can hope for is a nice iso 1600 or even a usable 3200.   Just because iso 12800 is in the native settings I don't think it will be up to scratch for many people in my opinion. (even less so for CR forum participants!!!)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: June 30, 2013, 02:08:55 PM »
That was just ridiculous. I just wasted 4 minutes of my life watching it. 

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