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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 01:19:27 AM »
On Paper it looks very pleasing and I am sure there will be more 'Happy' posts here than the launch of 6D.
I am not a heavy user of flash but one thing which I saw in most of the 6D bashing posts was, sync speed. This new guy has 1/250 against 1/180 of 6D and max shutter speed is 1/8000, I wonder why these couldn't be added to 6D.
I wish 6D had all of this (with fixed LCD) and it would become the best budget FF camera (and not "arguably" the best). I am happy that I didn't go for 6D last month and as I don't need to replace my aging 40D in a hurry, I can still wait for 7DMk2  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade path from 40D
« on: June 10, 2013, 09:58:49 PM »

I have had five or six 40D's, they are a excellent camera.  The only way you will get noticibly better high ISO is to go FF.  The 6D plus 24-105mmL is a fantastic choice.  I have a 5D MK III as my main camera, but would not hesitate to get the 6D deal, since I do shoot in very low light, often at ISO 25600.
My 40D does well at ISO 3200 when shooting RAW and using lightroom 4.  The newer Raw software does really extend the high ISO capability, I would only use ISO 800 when I bought my first 40D.

I'm just curious about your technique for using iso 3200 and then the post processing. With ETTR I think it works pretty well but in dark areas I get a bit of nasty banding. Any good tips for getting rid of it or at least reducing it apart from converting to BW?

I am also curious to know this as I rarely go above ISO 800 on my 40D.

Thanks guys for your comments, it is helping me in affirming my decision to go with 6D. Only thing left now is to find the best pricing options here from a reliable seller and to choose the right accessories for the tool.
I am eager to see the FF effect  :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade path from 40D
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:20:54 AM »
I got some valueable input (not this thread) but other similar threads from people wanting to upgrade to 6D. I have now decided to keep my 40D (one of the reason being low resale value of 40D and the EF-s Lenses I have) and add another body, i.e. 6D with 24-105L.

Here in KL, its getting harder to find this kit and mostly shops have stocks of only 24-70 f4 kit, may be something to do with recent rumors of discontinuing of 24-105 kit.

Just wondering if any of you uses NFC tags with your smart phone with 6D, I can imagine one such tag hung on camera bag which is programmed to open/close Canon EOS remote app on the phone whenever you want to utilize the wifi fuction. I am not sure if we can control further instructions like transferrring the images from camera to phone etc.

Another thing is, which accesoories you guys are using with your 6D, like which memory card, is there any useful and noticeable differnce between sandisk extreme and extreme pro in real world usage. And which UV/CPL you guys prefer. I have B+W UV and a cheapo CPL on my tamron (72mm) which will not be useful anymore on this kit lens (77mm).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade path from 40D
« on: May 27, 2013, 01:17:10 AM »

Having made the transitions 40D > 7D > 5D2, I'd say the jump to the 7D was more fun but the jump to full frame made for better images. Given the price difference and the performance similarity, you might want to consider a lightly used 5D Mk II - these can be had for $1200.

Thanks noisejammer for your input. Yes I have seen stunning pictures with 5DMK2 but I believe 6D will prove to be a better camera for me and as I don't want to upgrade again in next 5 years, I would like to go for the newer camera available.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Upgrade path from 40D
« on: May 26, 2013, 10:40:41 PM »
Hi guys

Last weekend I almost bought a 6D kit (with 24-105) but then thought to get advice from this forum before I do an upgrade. I have been using my 40D for last four years and it has served me well and I have taken many memorable shots from my travels and trips from world over. There were some issue with the quick control dial which I got repaired but now I am looking for better ISO performance and more importantly better IQ and hence thought the FF is the way to go.
I have a Tamron 17-50 2.8 VC which I use more than 90% of the time. Other than that I have a 430EXII, a humble 55-250 (I think I don’t use it much because of the IQ, in comparison to my Tammy), 50 1.8 and a Canon 100mm macro lens which I wish to put into more action in future.
Most of the times I shoot during my travel, landscapes and some portraits of my family and friends. Other than some ad-hoc sporting events (like F1 or some cricket matches), I haven’t done sports much, but down the line, in 2-3 years I should be shooting kids ;D hence ability to shoot ‘action’ would be required.

Now coming to my question, what should be the upgrade path for me from the following, with a current budget of around $2300:

1.   Keep the 40D (quick control dial may need another repair/replacement) and wait for 7D MK2 and just upgrade the lenses, specially the 55-250 with 70-300 L lens and eventually buy a 24-105 and 10-22.
2.   Buy a 6D now with 24-105 kit lens. I am excited about the Wifi feature yet I am in dilemma only because this guy has got so much of bad press and the on paper AF is inferior to many of its peers, else I would have bought one few months back (no option of renting cameras available here). If I go FF, I won’t be able to use the EF-S lenses, hence I would eventually have to get a long telephoto lens.
I will appreciate if some real owners of 6D can comment on the usability of outer focus points in comparison with 40D/50D under ‘normal’ conditions as I prefer using them instead of focus and recompose.
Also if I go this way, have someone used 6D and Tamron 70-300 VC USD combo and can comment on AF performance and the IQ.

I am not thinking about 5DMK3 because of its price and I am not looking to switch the camp, even though the dark side is looking brighter on paper at the moment.

Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 15, 2013, 01:54:19 AM »
I am also in the same boad as you are and itching to upgrade my 4 years old 40D, only the "on-paper" inferior AF system is holding me back from pulling the trigger (and ofcourse I will have to re-plan the path for my lenses).
It will be intersting to read your experience when you make this upgrade :).

Most advertising is generally fake at some level or the other. True.
Here is one more example:

But I feel that everyone expect these images to be fake.
Besides I am not sure if there is any noticable IQ difference in all top of the line camera phones and if these images influence the buying decisions.

Animal Kingdom / Re: 2012 visit to KL Bird Park
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:20:08 AM »
You have some great pictures there. Hopefully will have enough to buy a 5Dmk3 sometime in future.
Your pics reminded me of this photo from my last visit to KL birdpark:
Hornbill Canon 40D, 55-250 IS @ f5.6, 1/50 sec, ISO 800

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