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Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 21, 2013, 07:29:17 AM »
...people may be waiting for a VERY long time for the IS version of this lens.

Personally, I couldn't be happier with my EF24-70 f2.8 II.

+1  I'm extremely happy with my EF 24-70 2.8 II.  Would I like for it to have IS?  Sure, but I'm taking lots of great pictures without IS now.

If the IS lens would be as large as Radiating suggested, I'm not sure I would want one.

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Canon General / Re: Bangkok
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:41:44 PM »
A couple more that would not fit in the prior post.

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Canon General / Re: Bangkok
« on: September 20, 2013, 05:39:40 PM »
I was in Bangkok last November on a business trip.  I only managed one afternoon/evening of free time, but got in a little sightseeing.  We were instructed to not take expensive electronics including cameras around town after dark, so I just took my Canon S100 P&S along for this trip.  Limited compared with a DSLR, but it does shoot RAW.  Here are a few shots.

Bangkok is a beautiful city, I would really like to go back and have more time to explore.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 19, 2013, 05:21:57 PM »
For those commenting about renting a body+lens and expecting the lens to be AFMA'd to that body, I really doubt a rental house would do that, it's up to the renter (which is why it's always a good idea to be sure you have the equipment in hand a day or two before you need it).

+1

I rent lenses from time to time and always perform AFMA adjustment with Reikan Focal prior to use.   

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 17, 2013, 10:03:43 PM »
I would have instead purchase/rent a 6D + 24-70 f/2.8 to really see a massive improvement over APS-C 17-55mm f/2.8, but you might spend twice as much doing so.

f/2.8 on APS-C is equivalent to f/4.5 on full frame, so, you would not have to invest in a 24-70 2.8 lens to equal the APS-C + EF-S 17-55 2.8 combo.  The 24-105 f/4.0 IS would be a reasonable FF match to this lens (but slightly faster and with added focal range).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Camera Dilemma
« on: September 17, 2013, 12:34:08 PM »
sharing accessories is nice, but so's a compact camera that will kick something like the 7D and 5D2 all the way from 100 iso to 6400 and back when it comes to IQ.

I've heard good things about the Fuji X100S and X-E1 and the Sony RX100 but wasn't aware their IQ was superior to the 5D2.  Are there any sites that do side-by-side image quality comparisons?

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Software & Accessories / Opteka MCH-25 Multi Carrier
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:27:23 AM »
Anybody have any experience with this DSLR carrying system?   I've been considering a Cotton Carrier, but saw this very similar set-up for 1/4 the cost.  User reviews at Amazon are generally good, but wondering if any CR forum users have any experience or comments?

http://opteka.com/mch25.aspx

I have a Black Rapid Curve strap that I normally use for carrying my 6D.  However for longer hikes having the camera bouncing against my hip can get kind of old.  Also, if the hiking trails go through any brush or tight spaces, having a camera on my side allows it to drag.  The chest mount seems to have some advantages.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 16, 2013, 10:29:04 PM »
Shot in my front yard a couple weeks ago, at 120mm.  Some single shot HDR and curves in PS added, still not quite there yet though.  Second is Voigtlander 58mm Nokton + 6D, from my front yard.  LR and PS processing.

Very nice!  I especially like the second shot.

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EOS-M / Re: How do you carry your EOS-M?
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:00:40 PM »
Update: I just received the Sensei 43mm Screw-In Metal Lens Cap from B&H (paid only $6.95) which is a very slim cap ... with this cap on, EOS-M+22mm lens fits a lot nicer in the pouch and does not look ugly like it used to with the thick ugly Canon lens cap.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/806920-REG/Sensei_lcm43_43mm_Screw_In_Metal_Lens.html


I like it!  This low profile cap should make the M more pocketable.

Thanks for the tip.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D + 24-105 L combo not that great?
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:30:25 AM »
Have you checked the AFMA?

+1  An AFMA issue between the lens and body would be my guess. 

I have this camera and lens and have taken thousands of sharp pictures with the combo.  This lens is best from 35-85mm.  At 24mm it has noticeable barrel distortion and it is somewhat soft at the corners.  But, overall its a terrific lens.

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Lenses / Re: Looking for opinions on a new lens. Zoom vs Prime.
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:34:56 PM »
In your shoes, I would apply the $1500 toward the purchase of a 70-200 2.8 II.  This is an awesome lens and while you current lenses are very good, you are limited to 105mm, which isn't much reach on a FF camera.  The 24-105 is a terrific general purpose lens and combined with your 50 and 85 you have the 24-105mm range covered pretty well.

Personally, I prefer the 50mm focal length to 35mm, so ended up selling my 35L about a month ago as I seldom used it since adding a 24-70 2.8 II.

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Lenses / Re: Transitioning to Primes
« on: September 13, 2013, 09:57:05 PM »
The combination of zooms and primes gives you more flexibility, depending on the type of photo.

+1

I can't imagine limiting myself to primes OR zooms.  I own both and use both frequently.  Different tools for different purposes.


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6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: September 13, 2013, 05:47:08 PM »
I like to use "one shot" mode, then hold the depth of field preview button to engage servo mode.  Works perfectly with any hand-held lens...not quite as good when using a monopod.

Do you reprogram the DOF preview button?

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M or New EF lens?
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:49:45 PM »
yeah, but add in the cost of the EF adaptor thats $150 for the canon branded one, and since i'm already using a crop body, don't see the point of choosing my T3i over an M with the same lens, as nearly adding on any EF lens ( even the 40mm pancacke ) will basically require you have a bag or strap or something to carry it around in. Which is fine, but not what i'm looking for.

( not to mention that using an EF lens is even slower than the M lens's )

True, less of an advantage since your DSLR is APS-C.  But, the M is still pretty portable (much smaller than your T3i) with the 40 pancake and smaller EF primes like the 50 1.4.

I only paid $100 for my Canon adapter on eBay.

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Lenses / Re: Rare opportunity to get some nice L glass which would you pick
« on: September 12, 2013, 03:07:19 PM »
Call your credit card company, and get as many as you can get flip them and make some coin.  I'd take an 85mm if you'd do that.

No brainer.

+1

With those prices buy everything and sell what you don't want for a 50%+ profit.

I suggest keeping:

85L
16-35 II
600EX



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