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If you think that testing cameras inside of Costco with kit lenses on is going to show any actual difference - I would stick with your 450D. Sorry, sad truth  :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:59:33 AM »
Lots of speculation from people here who don't own the camera, have not used it, and think they have it all figured out. I've owned it for a bit over a week now. Not a huge amount of experience on it, but a week and a half more then most people here it sounds like.

I am very happy with the 6D. I come from a Canon 40D which I was also very happy with. I greatly enjoy the high ISO performance, additional creative DoF options, larger viewfinder, higher resolution screen, iOS app, GPS, video capabilities, and even the fantastic 24-105mm kit lens. I wasn't crying before about the 9 cross type AF points on my 40D, and moving to a single cross type with 11 total points on the 6D hasn't caused me any issues. I don't shoot birds in flight. I shoot landscape, travel, family indoor, portraits, etc. I'm not making money off of my equipment, I am making memories and capturing my life.

I am not coming from a 5D mkII, 1D X, etc. I also am not coming from a crippled Rebel T123xyz, but rather what I consider to be the precursor to the 7D line(40D and prior). I do think that this original post is simply trolling, but I also wanted to at least provide my opinion that the 6D is not a "joke" of a camera. It is very competent and especially for the asking price it is capable of producing great images in many conditions. I personally do not need the level of AF provided in the 5D MkIII, I also do not need dual memory card slots. If I was shooting weddings professionally, it would be an easy decision. This camera is not aimed at the professional that is using the camera every day to make a living. I could have bought a 5D MkIII, I have the money but simply do not need the additional features. I am very happy with the upgrade path from a 40D to a 6D, it offers me much more flexible ISO performance, among other key items which I find very useful.

Too many people are quick to think that integrated GPS and Wi-Fi are "fluff" features or gimmicks. They simply are not. For landscape photography having integrated GPS is a fantastic and welcomed feature. Wi-Fi and the available app for smartphones really opens up the possibilities of remote shooting, allowing comfortable macro work without an articulating screen, family photos without the need for an additional remote accessory, and easy access to photos when on the go. I personally enjoy sharing my photos while traveling with family and not having to carry around an additional dongle for my tablet to download images is a great benefit.

So now you have some thoughts from someone who actually owns this camera, and is in what I would consider one of the many target markets for this unit. If you want to troll some more, I would suggest either buying the 5D MkIII, or going to a Nikon forum to find some willing shoulders to cry on.

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Technical Support / Re: LP-E6 battery failure - Canon 6D
« on: December 11, 2012, 08:24:00 PM »
A discussion was going on at dpreview about this issue a few days ago: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3348133

Basically the 6D does not recognize 3rd party batteries, but they still function and provide power. I have one and it works fine, just no indication on the LCD or in the menu of its status.

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Site Information / 6D Sample Images Gallery?
« on: December 08, 2012, 01:36:27 PM »
Would it make sense to create a dedicated 6D Sample Image Gallery on the forum for the first few weeks/months of its introduction? It seems like many are interested in it's performance, and it might help to break these images out into its own section. The 1D X and the 5D MkIII currently have their own area.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Using 1DX in very low temperatures
« on: December 08, 2012, 01:29:53 PM »
Dear all, I will be visiting Moscow next week, and temperatures are extremely low (around -10 to -15 degrees C or 14 to 5 degrees F).  I am wondering whether I should get my 1D X with me. Is there a chance to cause some damage to the camera or lenses? Thank you..

Note: That is not extremely low temperatures.

The lenses, you have nothing to worry about. I'm assuming you have mostly L glass(ie sealed lenses). If you don't then that may be a concern, but probably not unless you get snow into them.

The body, you shouldn't worry about either. The main LCD screen may slow down a bit, and the secondary screen could even stop working temporarily, but I doubt it on a 1D X, it is designed for this.

The biggest concern should be your batteries. Make sure you have a few with you, and try to keep the ones not in use near your body so they stay warmer. Rotate them in an out of the area near your body and into the camera. Has worked great for me for years in a much colder climate.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can't find a pro review of the 6D yet
« on: December 04, 2012, 09:32:40 AM »
I would expect that a professional review gives it a thorough testing which takes time. It basically has been out since Dec 1st. The good reviews I wouldn't expect for a few weeks. DPreview has a pretty odd way of determining which cameras to review and which to wait on(see connect.dpreview.com for example of where their current priorities lie). They might be too backed up with units to review, who knows.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d Reviews
« on: December 02, 2012, 07:28:44 PM »
http://www.digitalrev.com/article/canon-eos-6d-hands-on/NTcwMDg0OTA_A


I thought it was a pretty decent first hand account of the camera. Much better than most of the people in this forum can provide, who actually are just reading from spec sheets!

I think they did a great job with an overview of the features and comparisons to other models. I particularly like the conclusion at the end "It shoots and feels like a decent DSLR should. The things that are considered inferior are hardly huge downfalls." Tech heads can go back and forth all day long about what this camera is and isn't, and compare to others - but in the end it can still take great photos as shown by this video.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d Reviews
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:27:15 PM »
They aren't complete reviews by any means, but LensRentals/Roger Cicala has both taken one apart and tested the AF center point:

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/11/a-quick-6d-af-test
http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2012/11/a-peek-inside-the-6d

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alternative (to weddings) revenue stream
« on: November 30, 2012, 02:15:00 PM »
certainly an untapped market

I don't agree at all. Many event photography companies exist. It is hard to run 50yrds at a marathon without seeing someone with a 70-200mm.  If anything, for the amount of people who really want to purchase shots, the market is already full of options.

Personally, the shots that the event photographer has taken of me are usually just fine. I don't want a 20x30 canvas print at 300dpi of myself running down a street, do you think the market does? 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 6D Shipping from Amazon
« on: November 30, 2012, 12:32:13 PM »
6D comes with software

Yes of course, good point. I figured they would have an update available already via DPP that I already have. I forgot that I could just use the CD that comes with it. I much prefer getting software via the internet and not a CD!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 6D Shipping from Amazon
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:49:53 AM »
I wonder when Canon will update DPP, or Adobe LR? I don't think I have anything that can handle the files yet.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alternative (to weddings) revenue stream
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:49:06 AM »
One tip - If you are unhappy with the images you have received from prior races, next race try to look out for the photographers and give them a good pose. When you make eye to eye contact, or eye to lens contact, put the afterburners on and give them a good show! If you give them a reason to push the FPS, they usually will! When I race I give my camera to someone who will be watching me anyways, so they usually snap plenty.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Alternative (to weddings) revenue stream
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:24:41 AM »
If you’re a pro- why not stand somewhere at a convenient spot on the course with a teeshirt or sign-board on you and your assistant with your short, easily-remembered web address plainly visible to the runner? In addition- a meta-tag on your website should mention the race such that a search engine has no trouble pulling it up. Maybe go a little further and donate a couple thousand paper cups with your name on it for the aid (water) stations or pay the port-a-potty guy to put your poster on the side for the day.

Let me get this straight, when running 26.2 miles, essentially a death march - you are going to pick up on some guy with a 70-200mm pointed at you and read the URL on his poster, then remember that until you get home hours later so you can potentially have a clue what he was doing? I've run marathons and half marathons. Especially at big races, people have signs and marching bands are playing, etc. It's usually a struggle to keep alive for me, let alone worry about URLs and or what the paper cups I throw water at myself from say.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / EOS 6D Shipping from Amazon
« on: November 30, 2012, 09:19:36 AM »
I have an estimated delivery date of 12/04/12. I preordered the 6D+24-105 about a month ago from Amazon directly. I selected the 1 day shipping w/Amazon Prime shipping for $4 extra. Just thought I'd post if anyone is thinking about ordering from Amazon now.

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