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Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: June 05, 2013, 12:40:09 PM »
How amazing is the High ISO performance on this camera?  I love the retention of detail, and the fine, grain-like noise that in many shots is actually an ASSET.

Here's two examples of ISO 25,600. I was shocked to find that I loved the results!


Grandma's Piano by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr


ISO 25600 - No Noise Reduction by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Those are incredibly clean for ISO 25600, wow. Are these out of camera uncropped or have you done any post-processing to them?

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Thanks for the flickr link for the pentagon 135mm.

Good point about possibly needing more focal length. I'll be talking with the person who got in touch with me for my services tomorrow and I'll visiting the location this week-end, so I should be able to figure out where I can and cannot stand.

In the meantime, I found what could be an interesting lens:
Vivitar (Komine) Series 1 VMC 70-210mm f/2.8-4, Olympus OM mount, which is available for ~$80.
Anyone has an opinion on it/experience with it?

For what it's worth, I could also get a Canon 70-210 f4 for $100-$150. Slower in the lower focal length part, but I do get AF. Hmmm.

Yes, discretion is a must, so I'll be sure to use silent-shutter mode and to shoot when there's music playing to avoid distracting the musicians.

Indeed, a monopod is a great idea. I have no problem shooting at ISO 3200/6400, so I'm thinking that I should be fine with f/4 at 210mm.

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I've got a photoshoot coming up in a few weeks, a live classical music (mostly flutes) performance by students and graduates.

It will be in a church, but in the middle of the day and with some lights for the gig, so I expect low-light, but nothing that bad.

My current setup is the following:
  • Canon 6D
  • Canon 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5
  • Canon 40mm f/2.8
  • Canon 85mm f/1.8
  • Canon 35-80mm F/4.0-5.6 III (modded for macro)

I intend to bring the 40mm (for wider group shots showing the environment), the 85mm (for full body shots) but I'd like to acquire a 135mm lens for tighter portraits.

As much as I'd love to acquire the beloved Canon 135mm f/2L, I simply cannot drop that kind of cash on it right now.

I could rent the Canon 135mm f/2L for four days for $76 (I live in Canada, so with Lens Rental Canada) but I'd rather invest in a lens that I can sell back in the future when I acquire either a 135mm f/2L or a 70-200mm.

The idea that I came up with was to acquire an older, manual focus, lens that I could use with an adapter to EOS, preferably one with a focus confirmation chip. I'm well aware that I'll have to use manual focus and set the aperture on the lens itself, but that's not an issue for me, as I have experience with that and I don't expect classical music performers to move around too much :P

My only issue is that there are TONS of old manual focus 135mm lenses on the market and I have no idea where to start looking to snatch up a good deal. What I mean is that I'm fine with shopping locally, craiglist, ebay, etc., but I have no idea which old manual focus 135mm lenses are worth considering.

Does anyone have experience with adapting older 135mm lenses to EOS cameras? My budget for a 135mm f/2.8 (or faster) is maximum $200. What would you recommend? This lens will be mainly used for portraits, so obviously a nice bokeh is a pro here. Thank you  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:54:47 AM »
last week and my hit rate of butterflies in flight is abysmal, 10-15% at most, with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8, a relatively fast lens when it comes to AF speed.

well i don´t like the 6D AF that much. it should have 11 cross point sensors at least, and wider spread over the image sensor.
a 2000 euro camera should have a better AF then the 6D.

BUT 10-15% ... that´s a layer 8 error and not a camera problem.

Yes, thinking back on it, I could have done a few things differently and could have changed a few AF settings in the custom functions settings.

Then again, butterflies move fast and in a very unpredictable way, so keeping them in the center of the frame (on the central AF point) is quite a challenge to begin with.

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Lenses / Re: Prime vs zoom
« on: March 26, 2013, 02:22:41 AM »
For street photography, the convenience of my 28-70mm 3.5-4.5 is hard to beat, but I prefer the pictures that I get from my primes, the 40mm 2.8 and the 85mm 1.8 (especially for portraits). If you're on a restricted budget, primes are the way to go in my opinion, if you want to achieve those magical shots.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 26, 2013, 02:20:15 AM »
I bought the 6D in December and I knew what I was getting into, AF wise: Something similar to my previous Rebel T2i autofocus system.

For stills and low-light shooting, the 6D autofocus works perfectly fine.

However, for action and moving objects, forget it, it's terrible. I took pictures of butterflies last week and my hit rate of butterflies in flight is abysmal, 10-15% at most, with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8, a relatively fast lens when it comes to AF speed.

On the good side, when they were not moving, the image quality of the shots I took was stunning, something I'd probably never see from a Rebel.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-b Images Leak & a New Kit Lens
« on: March 19, 2013, 09:26:38 AM »
By the way the fact that this camera (that none is expecting and none asked for) is coming out before both 70D and 7DII is a clear sign of how unimportant for Canon is the entire Gearhead/Pro-amateur/Semipro/Pro market.. T_T

Well, keep in mind that lower-end cameras sell a lot more than higher-end cameras and that if you intend to get people to move up to higher-end cameras, it's a lot easier to convince them if they already have one of your cameras (brand loyalty).

My guess?
Canon saw that there clearly was a market for smaller cameras with interchangeable lenses (e.g. Four Thirds, Nikon 1, Fujifilm XPro-1, etc.) and obviously know that their large selections of lenses is one of the main reasons people choose Canon over other brands.

So with that in mind, they released the Canon 6D, their smallest full-frame DSLR to date and now this EOS-b (odd name..) looks like their smallest crop DSLR.

While many of us may want a 70D or 7DII, remember that Canon isn't there to only take care of OUR needs, no it is in the business of making money, they sensed a market (and I'd agree with them) and now they are addressing it.

I have no doubt that there is a market for a smaller DSLR, I mean many of us like the idea of a smaller camera to bring around everyday when we don't want to lung around the "big" camera with the "big" lenses. Now imagine the mainstream buyer ;)

I am intrigued by the "ISO range is 100-25600" spec.  If that is not an expanded range, it would probably be a new sensor.  The 60D lists its 18MP sensor range to 6400 (12,800) expanded and uses a Digic 4.  If the 25600 is expanded, then it could be the same sensor just with better noise reduction applied via Digic 5...
I'm guessing it's due to the Digic 5, which allows for better noise reduction thanks to its higher processing power.

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Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: March 13, 2013, 03:41:46 PM »
My ex had a Canon Pro 1 (Bridge camera with "L" lens optics) which impressed me and when I got ready to buy my first DSLR (Rebel XS), I went with Canon because I was satisfied with the image quality and overall simplicity of operating the camera, yet with so many options. That and most pros that I see use Canon gear.

I eventually upgraded to a Rebel T2i (along with a 50mm 1.8, I loved that combo, even though it had no AFMA adjustments, it felt like it was perfectly adjusted) and when I went to upgrade to a full-frame, I briefly considered switching brand.

In the end, I stuck with Canon and went with a 6D, due to Canon's greater selection of lenses, especially their top-notch primes (85L, 135L) and impressive zoom (70-200 2.8L IS II, 70-300 4-5.6 IS L) lenses.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware by June? [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 01:30:47 PM »
f/8 autofocus would be a welcome addition for 6D owners, same with Servo AI confirmation, I know I'd love to see that happen. Here's hoping that we do get that firmware upgrade with those features!

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