I'd keep the 5DII, sell both lenses and the 580, get a used 24-105L, a used 430 flash, and a used 50/1.8 II. I think that could net you $1500 and leave you with a very good kit for landscapes and portraits.
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Quite right, the Army hasn't used canons for over 100 years........
Below are a pair of 100% crops from shots at ISO 3200, one from the 1D X and one from the 7D. I wonder which is which?
I could guess because I know crappy 18mp iso performance :-p ... but as written above, downsize that to forum web size (like 800px wide) and ask again... that's why I say iso performance has to be considered in relation to final output size, though I admit I'm a pixel peeper and have a hard time convincing myself.
3. Thinking of moving objects(my daughter), I set my camera to AI SERVO, used all AF points, turned off IS and snapped away. How would the focus on the 6D compare to this type of situation? I would hope it would be better? BTW, this was manually pressing the shutter button, not using burst.
5. Is using LR to clean up noise an acceptable practice? Does anybody really care if they like the picture? Most people that look at my photos(all but one really) don't even notice things like bad shadows, noise, sharpness, etc..
7. Again, the sharpness in my images are also improved in LR. And again, I ask, is it acceptable practice to use PP for things like this?
6. As for the "advantage" of a crop sensor. Don't take my words too seriously I just meant that I get 1.6x vs. FF. Call that a pro, con, whatever. If I take a picture at 200mm with a 7D vs. FF, am I really getting a "closer" picture?
9. I noticed someone mention the 6D will easily beat out the 7D in low light. Thinking about that, I like to take pictures without flash whenever I can. I like the natural lighting better. I think the 6D is much better for this scenario.
10. Someone mentioned the noise when taking bird photos. I agree 100%, the noise is really noticeable. If you look at bird pics on 500px, flikr, etc... they are so clean, I often wonder if I'm missing something. I hate to say it, but I'm pretty anal about noise.
Of course, tomorrow I might change my mind and want to buy the 5D3 I'm sure you all know how that goes
So, with the same lens on each body and iso noise not being limiting...Unfortunately, my experience with the 7D in environments where/when I commonly shoot birds is that ISO noise often is limiting, in particular for the high shutter speed often necessary.
For me (on 60d) the iso noise limit is in my head, that's the annoyance - next to exposure and framing I think about shutter speed/noise tradeoff all the time - either I get less keeper because of camera/motion blur, or the shots are crappy because of too much noise or too shallow dof.
Noise is not limiting when looking back at good shots, but few people state how many shots and opportunities they lost for a good one. That's why I'm really looking forward to a ff sensor. Realistically you can use higher iso even on crop when the final output size is not 100%, but for pixel-level 18mp iso800 is the absolute max that at least gives some air for postprocessing.
Edit; Neuro beat me by a second.
So, with the same lens on each body and iso noise not being limiting...
weather-sealed 35 mm lenses
EF 200 2.0L USM IS (in black)
There was a new Canon 35/1.4 patent some time ago. As I've pointed out before, every L-series prime at 100mm and under has been updated or newly released since 2006, except the 35L. I'm hoping the Sigma release spurs Canon into releasing a 35L II - personally, I'm most interested in the weather sealing.Technically the current Canon 35L is not fully weather sealed like most other L lenses so the Sigma is no worse off. Unless Canon changes this for a new 35, the Sigma will be just as good in theory. Also, do you really think Canon will put out a new 35mm since they just released the 35mm f/2 IS? Two 35's within a year would be rare.
Nikkor 600mm F4 + Nikon D4 = £11269.99
Canon 600mm F4 II + Canon 1Dx = £15899.99
If you search "reuters photographer" on Youtube, you'll be hard-pressed to find Reuters stickers on anything other than Canon gear.