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Lenses / Re: DO you correct lens vignetting when sot wide open??
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:08:15 AM »
I always correct then reapply vignetting as I see fit. Just gives you more control. It also shows you what you have to work with by doing the initial correction, helps with other adjustments like exposure, shadows etc, even color. Then once all my adjustments are done I apply vignetting to suit the image. Wide open or not.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 29, 2014, 09:00:08 PM »
Thanks for all the replies! I'm glad I made the decision to get the 6D now, wish I'd done it sooner! The first day I got it I set it up in no time thanks to Canon's consistency with the menu system. Feels right at home, except the joystick. I find my thumb goes looking for it during playback! The magnify button is handy, most of the time you just want to check focus anyway so I set it to actual.

The next day I tried out the wifi remote shooting. Not overly impressed with the EOS remote app itself but it works and as a remote release it might be useful for when the camera is at an odd angle. I hope Canon improves the app and adds more functionality like the CamRanger. Image review on the EOS Remote looked handy though (but no histogram??) will definitely get some use when traveling.

Looking forward to testing it out properly, including the GPS, at the weekend if I get a chance! I think I'm gonna love this camera!


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I'd have to pass.  In a year it would be worth $5000, then the next year $2500, then the next year $1800.  I'm not necessarily an early adopter of large priced items.  Besides, they'll obsolete the model with a rebel that has wifi, cellular data and quad pixel AF.  Then the complaints will start right back up.

* disclaimer - of course, if it were making me significantly more money than what my previous camera would, that may change my mind.

Really? Do you think of it would depreciate by that much? By that calculation the 1DX should be about $1500 right now on the used market. Damn why is this not on the front page! Deal alert!  :P

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If I was a billionaire with $10k to burn then yeah I might but right now the answer is no. My limit on a camera body is probably $2k maybe stretch that to $3k if I was earning more money from photography.

I tried to do a rough calculation one sleepless night of how much my gear is worth now and I'd say close to or just under $10k including everything from lenses to camera bags and all the crap in between. No wonder I couldn't sleep! Yikes!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 10:19:37 PM »
I am really despising the 6d AF right now. A shoot yesterday yielded soooo many oof/missed focus shots, that im getting very very annoyed with it.  My t2i AF is waayyyy more reliable, and im not sure how long i can keep using this.

And this is with mostly non moving subjects.  Arjghg.

That doesn't sound right you might wanna get that thing checked out by Canon.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:27:44 AM »
All I wanted to know.... Thanks a million people.....   >:(

Eh? What are you getting all huffy about?

I asked kind of the same question, a few days ago, and nobody bothered to reply...! I'm a huffin' and a puff'n...  >:(

Sorry to hear that but that happens on forums. I've had loads of failed topics. Feel free to ask your question in this thread if you want.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:12:56 AM »
All I wanted to know.... Thanks a million people.....   >:(

Eh? What are you getting all huffy about?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:08:22 AM »
Well, what do we have here?  ;D ;D ;D

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Post Processing / Re: How to start using Photoshop
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:48:04 AM »
I recommend Phil Steele. His website has various video tutorials for photoshop basics. It's a paid site but reasonably priced and I just like the way he explains things in a nice easy way. I really learned a lot from him.

http://www.steeletraining.com

Also, even though am not a big Kelby fan his books are informative and I highly recommend his Photoshop bible! I still use it for reference from time to time. (See Harry's reply for the book in question).

All you really need to know in regards to using Photoshop as a photographer is working with layers. That and the sharpening / NR abilities are probably the most useful things that you'll encounter. Most processing can be done  directly in LR now, it's really just touching up photos where you need to soften skin and remove blemishes where Photoshop comes into its own. Good for tweeking that all important shot and making it look perfect!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:32:52 AM »
Bad...well I miss the joystick, even after a year, and outer focus points are not reliable even when they indicate AF was achieved, which is not often anyway. And getting there without a joystick is just too cumbersome to even try

I don't have the 6D but isn't it like every other Canon body where you can hit the AF pt button and can then rapidly scroll thru all (the few) AF points superfast using the control wheel?  On bodies with few AF points i found this method quick and easy to do without removing the camera from my head, and often far easier than the joystick.

And to the OP, I hope you got a great deal on the 6D, IMO, Canon's best IQ FF body so far.

Thanks for this tip! I'll try it out hopefully today when I get back from work!

I've been watching 6D prices ever since it came out. I shopped around and found some good deals but the retailers were unknown and had additional hidden fees so in the end I played it safe and just ordered from Amazon. I mean for the sake of $30 more I get some piece of mind! Ended up at ¥153,800 (about $1500) which is about average I guess.

Sold my 5D2 for ¥130,000 and with the Amazon selling fee I end up with ¥120,000. This upgrade cost me around $300 which isn't too bad, I definitely made more than that from paid work in the last two years so I'd say I'm even!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:43:55 PM »
I have both the 6D and 5D3 and I agree with everything said so far.  You'll be happy.  Enjoy the camera.

One thing that limits my use of the 6D vs the 5D3 is an incompatibility of the SunPak RD2000 flash.  I have 3 of these mightly little flashes that I have used for years and unfortunately they just don't meter ETTL correctly on the 6D.  This of course has nothing to do with the 6D per se, it's just something that I have to live with.  After all this time, SunPak has not issued a firmware update to work with the 6D and apparently has no plans to do so.   :(

Oddly, the little RD2000 still works fine on the 5D3 and even the much newer 70D.  It also doesn't work correctly on the SL1.  So Canon must have done something different on how they communicate with the flash on the 6D and the SL1.  Weird!

Regardless of my small issue, you'll love the camera.  ENJOY!!   :D

Thanks Rusty! I don't have any Sunpak flashes but good to know just incase. I'm using Yongnuo flashes these days and mostly off camera so it shouldn't be an issue.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 08:17:39 PM »
Also, any thoughts on SD cards? I'm eyeing up these Sandisk Extreme Plus cards. Not quite as fast as the Pro but they're a lot cheaper. Is the Sandisk Extreme Pro overkill? (Note - I have one 16Gb Extreme Pro I use with my EOS M - which probably is overkill!)

http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00D6Y0U8E/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=47EACC2M0EKM&coliid=I1RITTBHNMPVNV

If you were comparing the Ultra (30/11.2 MB/s) to the Pro, yes, you can feel that difference in terms of a inconsistent huge delay before images appear when shooting in RAW mode, and when doing burst shooting, but I doubt there's enough difference between 80/60 MB/s and 95/80 MB/s to matter in most applications.

Yeah I have a few Ultra cards and they are so slow it's infuriating! I think I'll try the Plus out and if it's not up to speed then I'll just make it my default card for the EOS M and use my 16Gb Pro in the 6D. The high capacity Pro SD cards aren't all that much cheaper than their CF counterparts, I thought I'd be saving a fair bit. Need to sell off my CFs to fund them. I'm gonna miss CF a bit.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 08:10:18 PM »
I have had mine for a year now. Love the wifi for commercial shoots, clients think its the bees knee and it helps a lot to see fine detail and composition  etc. GPS is great too. I shoot regularly with confidence up to 25000iso. This thing focuses where I can t see with the center AF spot.  A clear step up from the 5d2 in handling 'feel' and image quality . I regularly do commercial shoots at 1600iso.

Bad...well I miss the joystick, even after a year, and outer focus points are not reliable even when they indicate AF was achieved, which is not often anyway. And getting there without a joystick is just too cumbersome to even try.

Pared with my 40mm pancake its a little bigger but far far superior to a X100s. But the cherry on the cake is the silent shutter!

I have written a lot about the 6D here ( plus many images ) http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

Thanks Ivan, a had read through your review. It was very informative! I love your pictures. Just curious are you still using LR 4? Does the map feature just not work at all or is there something one needs to do first? Does LR 5 solve the issue?

My 6D should arrive on Monday. Getting excited now!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 11:24:37 AM »
Also, any thoughts on SD cards? I'm eyeing up these Sandisk Extreme Plus cards. Not quite as fast as the Pro but they're a lot cheaper. Is the Sandisk Extreme Pro overkill? (Note - I have one 16Gb Extreme Pro I use with my EOS M - which probably is overkill!)

http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B00D6Y0U8E/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=47EACC2M0EKM&coliid=I1RITTBHNMPVNV

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 11:17:58 AM »
Not quite sure what to do with my RRS L plate for the MkII now. Does anyone want it for a very reasonable price? Seems like a waste to not use it. I don't like ebay (it won't let me sell internationally) and Amazon.jp doesn't even list these kinds of things so I can't sell it there. It's one of those highly specialized things that are hard to sell.

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