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Get a 5D III. I see your case on this forum quite often. 6D sounds great from the begining due to lower price tag. Once the camera is in your hand and crappy AF becomes crappy, then you wish I have purchased 5D III.

I've taken hundreds of great, in-focus, shallow DOF portraits in the past 11 month with my 6D at a very high keeper rate.  I didn't realize until now that wasn't possible with my 6D with its "crappy" AF  ::).  I better put it up for sale now and start looking for a 5D3... ;)

Sorry for the sarcasm, but it really IS possible to take good pictures with something less than a 1Dx or 5D3.  The 6D can handle shallow DOF photography if good technique is used.

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: November 09, 2013, 10:51:32 AM »

Actually, I did find that...but it appears to be a windows only application....

I downloaded the lens profiler (1.0.1), but can't find any profiles for the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm 2.8.  Its listed, but no profile.  Maybe I'm doing something wrong.  Has anybody else download this and found anything?

Lenses / Re: The 24-105 and/or the 24-70 II ...
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:39:57 AM »
with the used price being about 65% of that (~$500-$550), I am considering holding onto the 24-105.

I got lucky and sold my 24-105 just before the big discounts started on new lenses this fall.  I was able to sell for $700 via CR.  I thought that was too cheap at the time, but feel pretty good about it now.

If I still had it, I wouldn't sell for $500-550, I would hang onto it.

Canon General / Re: "Phones Imperil Fancy Cameras" -- WSJ
« on: November 09, 2013, 08:32:57 AM »
Smart phones could take away some of the sales of entry level DSLR's.  We have neighbor who bought a low-end Nikon DSLR roughly 8 years ago.  She found it too heavy and difficult to use, so has exclusively used her iPhone for pictures for several years.  She thinks I'm crazy for carrying around a heavy DSLR and lenses when "phones take pictures just as good".

Of course, phone cameras can't touch sales of the mid to higher end DSLR's, since people buying those systems generally know what they are doing and understand the limited capabilities of phone cameras compared with a good DSLR and interchangeable lenses.

After a lot more reading of both technical reviews and users' opinions, i'm starting to have doubts about my lens choice. I'm considering 2 cheap but good lenses, the 35/2 IS and the 85/1.8. Since DoF will be larger, will i have a higher chance of accurate focus on a 6D?

I enjoy shallow depth of field photography, but try to keep enough DOF so I can keep both of my subjects eyes and entire face in focus.  That means stepping down a little with fast primes, our in your case could mean buying lenses with a smaller maximum aperture.  The additional DOF also gives you some latitude if your focus is off a little.

The 35/2 IS and 85 1.8 are excellent lenses.  If you don't have the funds for the Sigma 35 and 85 1.2, these are great alternatives.  Even if you do have the funds, it may still be a good decision.  The more expensive lenses advantages may not be worth the additional $$$ to you.  One bonus:  The 85 1.8 autofocuses much faster than the 85 1.2!

Lenses / Re: The 24-105 and/or the 24-70 II ...
« on: November 09, 2013, 05:10:46 AM »
I had both of these lenses also for use on my 6D.  I ended up selling my 24-105 as it was not getting used much.  My 24-105 was also a good copy, but I just didn't need two zooms in the same focal range.  I was able to use the money to buy a 100 L Macro lens.

The possible advantages of keeping both would be if you shoot much video (I don't), the IS of the 24-105 will be useful.  Also the 24-105's greater focal range make it a more useful single lens solution for general purposes.  For example, I recently attended a outdoor festival with my family.  If I still owned the 24-105, I would have used it. But it was gone, so I took my 24-70 2.8 II and 135L, so I had more to carry.  The advantage with this two lens combo is better IQ and subject isolation capability. 

Lenses / Re: I'm done part II - here are all of the lenses I've sold
« on: November 08, 2013, 03:16:51 PM »
How'd you guys do on prices?

I don't remember all the details, but generally I was able to sell the EF lenses for maybe 80% of what I paid new and better for the L's.  The EF-S lenses when cheap, except for the 15-85 that went for around 80%.  I was selling on eBay until maybe 18 months ago and then started using CR as the eBay fees were getting too high.

Lenses / Re: I'm done part II - here are all of the lenses I've sold
« on: November 08, 2013, 02:33:17 PM »
My "sold" list:

EF-S 18-55mm kit lens, came with T2i, replaced by EF-S 18-135 which wasn't much better
EF-S 55-250, my first tele lens, sold when I purchased 100-400L, very good lens for the money
EF-S 18-135, nice zoom range, but marginal otherwise.  Replaced with EF-S 15-85
EF-S 15-85 one of the best APS-C lenses, sold when I sold with my 7D
EF 100-400L sold to fund purchase of EF 70-200 2.8 II, didn't often use above 200mm anyway
EF 24-105L nice lens, sold after acquiring EF 24-70 2.8 II, was gathering dust
EF 85 1.8 another nice lens, but I wasn't using it
EF 35 1.4L was gathering dust after I acquired EF 24-70 2.8 II, EOS-M and 22/2 covered same equivalent focal length

Some nice lenses here.  At this point the only ones I really miss are the 100-400 for its reach (replaced with the 2x III extender on my 70-200) and the 85 1.8 as a small, portable portrait lens. 

At times I miss the range of the 24-105 as a walk around lens.  Now I carry my 24-70 2.8 II and 135L instead. More lens changes and bulk to carry around, but optically better.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: UWA: Tokina vs Rokinon
« on: November 07, 2013, 11:43:46 AM »
I just purchased a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 that arrived two days ago.  I'm still learning how to use it, but have used it enough to determine that it is very sharp has great IQ.

Dustin Abbott recently completed an excellent review of the Rokinon 14 - check out this discussion:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Appeal of Nikon Df
« on: November 07, 2013, 06:03:54 AM »
I answered #4

I owned a Nikon FM2 back in the 90's and kinda like the retro look of the DF, but for a working camera, I'll take my 6D any day.  I'm not trying to impress anybody with the look of my photography equipment.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help please - Ideas to improve these photos
« on: November 05, 2013, 04:48:38 PM »
Great suggestions above.

One other suggestion:  keep an eye on your background.  The girl has a clean background, but there is a bush or something in the upper right of the picture of the boys that is somewhat distracting.  Moving them a few feet to the left would take it out if the picture.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D: Should I wait or not?
« on: November 05, 2013, 04:41:52 PM »
I think it will be awhile before we see another Canon FF body.  We will probably see the 5D Mk 4 before we see a 6D Mk II, and I bet that's at least a year or 18 months away.  If I was in the market, I'd keep an eye on and jump on a good deal when it comes out.  There have been some terrific prices on bodies and lenses this fall.

The Pentax images in this comparison do look sharper with more contrast.  But, were the two camera's set-up with similar in-camera jpeg processing settings? 

I'm not familiar with, are they reputable?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Lenstip review of the Zeiss Sonnar 135/2
« on: November 05, 2013, 03:07:06 PM »
Looks awesome but I personally would never buy a lens like that without AF. I have enough trouble trying to focus a 55 f/2  :'(

+1  A lens like this is made to be shot wide open, so the DOF is going to be razor thin.  My eyes are not good enough anymore to be able to reliably manual focus at f/2.0.  I'm very content with my 135L!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D - Getting started in Magic Lantern ...
« on: November 05, 2013, 08:36:32 AM »
I'm in the same boat.  I've always been curious about ML, but was nervous about possible damage to my camera.

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