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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How long until the next FF body? Or buy now?
« on: November 15, 2014, 09:10:48 AM »
My guess is that the next FF body to be released will be the 5D Mk4 maybe by June of next year. 

Personally, I feel that both 5D Mk 3 and 6D prices are pretty good now.  I'm happy with my 6D, but if I was buying my first FF now I would be tempted to get a 5D Mk3 at around $2500.  I paid $2100 for my 6D two years ago since I bought when it first came out.

Lenses / Re: Critical View of 70-200 f/2.8 mkii+2xTC III
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:03:53 AM »
OK, so here is my dilemma, buy the 70-200 f/2.8 mkii+2xTC III or the new 100-400 4.5-5.6. I have a 5dII and will be using the setup to shoot cheerleading at night football games or cheerleading competitions is a gym. I’m concerned with having to set the iso too high in order to get a good shutter speed at night or in the gym. I wouldn’t need the 2xTC all the time, it just depends on how close I can get to the action.

+1 to what others have said already.  I've used the 70-200 II indoor at 3200 and 6400 ISOs at f/2.8.  Being focal length limited may affect the types of shots you get, but it's a good trade most of the time.  And if you really need the FL, then that is when the TCs come into play, but at least you have that choice.

Yes, for that use the 70-200/2.8 is a better choice, IMO.  I sometimes also take my 135/2 to indoor action events.

Agreed.  I decided to go with a 70-200 2.8 II and TC's since I frequently shoot between 70-200 and infrequently at longer focal lengths.  When I shoot indoor sports I use my 135L and 70-200 + 1.4x TC.  The 70-200 with TC's gives you great flexibility and a wide aperture if you need it.

Lenses / Re: 24-105 IS STM: Better IQ than 24-105L?
« on: November 14, 2014, 12:27:26 AM »

How old is your daughter... I bought a SL1 for my daughter, who was 10 at the time (11 now) and she has maybe used it three times... I had an 18-55 for her initially, then a 28-135mm, then I let her borrow my 24-105 L, then I got her a 40mm prime.  I'm not sure photography is her thing...

I had a similar experience with our oldest son.  When he was 13 he showed some interest in photography, so I gave him my T2i(500D) 18-55 combo that I was no longer using (replaced with a 7D).  He complained it was too heavy compared to the little P&S he was using and almost never used it.  Other than a few cell phone pics, he doesn't do much if any photography now (he just turned 16).  Sometimes we want our kids to pick up or interest and hobbies, but they have their own ideas...

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:31:12 AM »
I expect Canon to come out with a new Rebel 750D/T6i next, just because historically they refresh the Rebel line frequently and its been 18 months since we have seen a new one.  I would expect DPAF to be added, probably using the 70D sensor with a Digic6 processor and maybe 5.5 or 6 FPS.  A refresh to the SL1 would come next.

I believe the Rebel line will continue to be "mirror-slappers" until the end.  If Canon comes out with an enhanced mirrorless camera, I bet its an M3 or maybe a new line all together.

For higher end bodies, I would expect a 5D MkIV next.  I assume Canon will stick with keeping the 5D line a great all purpose camera, so not 30+ megapixals.  My guess is Canon will come out with a high megapixal, landscape body to compete with the Nikon D810 as a different line, maybe a 3D?

Lenses / Re: Canon 6d vs 24-70mm mark ii
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:09:49 PM »
I agree with those recommending the 6D.  I upgraded from a 7D to a 6D and for my style of photography (similar to yours listed) it was a terrific upgrade.  I also own a 24-70 2.8 II and its an incredible lens.  If you have a good copy of the Mk1, you will probably be happy with the 6D/24-70Mk1 combo for some time.

thanks for the comments, very helpful. 

In response, I typically shoot portraits and family shots.  I had a senior shoot last night and found that, in most situations, if I am patient and very deliberate with the 24-70mm, it will focus well, but it doesn't get it right every time like other lenses (most notably the 70-200mm). 

I didn't realize that the autofocus improvements on the mark ii are limited to 5diii and 1d.

The Mk2 focuses extremely fast and accurately on the 6D.  Some here claim that the 6D doesn't benefit from faster lenses, but in my experience they AF faster and more accurately than f/4 and slower lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 28, 2014, 02:02:51 AM »
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.

SOMETHING IS WRONG with the camera.  It shouldn't be performing any worse than most other cameras you've used before, it should definitely perform better than a Rebel.

+1  Others (myself included) are not experiencing these problems with this camera.  Return it to Canon under warranty to have it checked.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:26:15 PM »
I am getting 70-200 f2.8 II for the same price as the following set 100 f2.8L, 135 f2 and 200 f2.8. I currently own a 60D and am planning to purchase the 7DII once it is available here in my country. What do you think is a better buy - the zoom or the set of primes? I love to shoot my kid (a very active toddler, her ballet recitals, outdoor sports, etc) and wildlife.

I own 3 of the 4 lenses you proposed - all but the 200 f/2.8, and have no intention of selling any of them.  I probably use the 70-200 the most by a small margin, but my 100L Macro and 135L get lots of use every week.  To me there is a place for all of them in my kit.  Here are the reasons why I own each of them:

70-200 2.8 II - excellent IQ, versatility, reach (200mm is my longest lens at the moment)

135 f/2 - f/2 and size.  This is my favorite portrait and low-light sports lens.  Excellent bokeh wide open (which is where is use it 90% of the time.

100 f/2.8 Macro - Short minimum focal distance and macro capability for small stuff.  Also reasonably small and light, a nice partner to my 35 IS or 24-70 II

I've never owned or used a 200 f/2.8, from what I've read its an excellent lens, but for me I don't see any advantages over the 70-200 other than size, weight and being less conspicuous.  To me the other two primes bring more advantages to the table.

If I were forced to sell 2 of the 3, I would probably keep the 70-200, but I hope that's a decision I never have to make.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 2.8 II or 100 2.8L and 135 2 and 200 2.8
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:17:08 PM »
I wish you had listed the 35L as an option, best baby/toddler/kid lens we own (Proud father of a 5 year old, 2 year old, and 9 month old).

However, since the 35L was not an option, I would go for the big tele. Yes it is heavy. Yes it is amazing.

I use "the big tele" at least 5 times a week for weddings and portrait shoots, but the weight really doesn't bother me at all. My wife, however, rarely carries the thing around and has a hard time with it when she does. If we ever split gear, I'll take the big tele, and she'll take the 100 2.8L or the 85 1.2L. We both do just fine, but I definitely prefer the 70-200 f/2.8L ii.

Last little note, I rarely take it out when we go out as a family. When we head out to the park, or spend the day at a theme park/traveling, we only take a 5Diii, and the 35.
I don't have a 35L now, but do own a 35 f/2 IS and it IS a great lens for little kids.  We have a 2 year old and lots of under 5 nieces and nephews running around.  35mm is a great focal length for capturing them around the house, in the yard or at the park. 

Lenses / Re: Building my lens system - where to go from my basic kit?
« on: October 16, 2014, 07:07:52 AM »

Alternative 1:
- 16-35 F4
- 35 F1.4
- 135 F2

Alternative 2:
- 16-35 F4
- 35 F1.4
- 70-200 2.8 II or 70-300 F4-5.6

Alternative 3:
- 16-35 F4
- 35 F1.4
- 100-400 or 400

Alternative 4 (that I think some of you might suggest):
- 16-35 F4
- 24-70 F2.8 II
- 70-200 2.8 II

Some of you must have experienced the same situation, or have some input on this situation?

I've owned a 6D since they first hit the market and after buying and selling many lenses ended up with your Alternative 4 (plus 4 primes). 

I recently ordered a 16-35 F4 and might be selling (haven't decided yet) my Rokinon 14mm 2.8 when it arrives.  The Rokinon 14 is an excellent lens and terrific value, but I often would like to use filters with it and am not interested in investing in an expensive filter kit for it.  The 16-35 F4 will be much more versatile and I think IS will come in very handy in low light situations.  Plus a already have a full set of 77mm filters for the 16-35.

I mostly shoot family/kids, portraits and landscape with some limited high school sports thrown in.  The 24-70 is my most used lens, but the 70-200 gets a fair amount of work as well.  Both are incredible!  The 70-200 often gets left at home however to save weight if I will be carrying my gear quite a bit.

If you don't have the funds for Alternative 4 right away, I think you could get along nicely with Alternative 1 or 2.

Lenses / Re: Travel gear thoughts...
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:40:43 AM »
Some really excellent advice here.  I agree with those commenting about taking everything if traveling by car and limiting your weight for air travel.  My air travel kit changes depending on where I'm going and unique aspects of the trip.  I only have one DSLR (6D), which I almost always take on significant trips and my EOS-M comes along as a backup and light/portable option.  I typically take 2-3 lenses for air travel trips.

Given your equipment list, I think the 16-35 f/4 and 70-300L would make a terrific combo. 

The only suggestion I'd make is to consider adding a small, wider aperture lens.  They come in useful at night time and when shooting indoors.

+1  Personally, I always like to include at least one wide aperture lens for shallow depth of field or low light shots.  Either your 50 1.8 or 85 1.8 would suffice.  About the only thing you give up with just the 16-35 f/4 + 70-300L combo is wide aperture.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 12:10:16 PM »
The 6D holds a critical position in the market and for Canon not to offer a basic entry level FF would not make sense. After all, an entry level full frame opens a door to buying full-frame lenses. That being said, the 6D Mark-II could well sell alongside the current 6D in exactly the same way that a Subaru WRX STI can sell alongside a WRX. There is no need to discontinue a product that caters to the needs of a specific part of the market if it still continues to sell profitably.
+1  An inexpensive, entry-level full frame body makes a great deal of business sense for Canon, as its a gateway to selling expensive full frame lenses.

The current 6D is great for my current uses.  I expect Canon to replace it in 2016 and by then I might be ready for an upgrade.

Reviews / Re: Canon 6D Review: 1+ Year Hands-On [video review]
« on: October 09, 2014, 12:19:37 PM »
Yes, the 6D and 7D/7D2 are both "specialist" cameras, in a way. 6D is not the camera to use for your kid's sports, but it is a fine landscape and general-sue camera. 7D is an action camera pure and simple.  You have to go to the 5DIII to get a single camera that combines both feature sets, though the 7D2 will still beat out the 5D3 on burst speed.

Technique will beat out camera model any day when shooting birds in flight.

When you have the technique, the best camera helps a lot.

I see the 7D2 showing up on football sidelines. Turning 300mm 2.8's into 480mm 2.8's for well lit games.

well, maybe 480mm f/4.5 in full format equivilent

We have had this discussion before.  Stop making assumptions from reading specs and rent a f/2.8 lens and try it.  I currently own 5 f/2.8 and faster lenses and the 6D autofocus is extremely fast and accurate with the center point and OK with the outer points.

Congratulations that you're doing fine with the 6d, but I have to admit that I find the assumption that I'm talking off the top of my hat rather presumptuous.

I've got the 100L/2.8 (<---- note that), and have had plenty of opportunity to shoot various situations with it, macro, portrait, wildlife. The bottom line is that the center af point performs exactly as the spec is: It's not cross at f2.8, so if there is no clear contrast target the precision suffers because it has to fall back to the less sensitive cross point.

I hope you'll allow me to state my mixed experiences with the 6d, just as I wouldn't dare to say that your good experiences are because you're only shooting sitting ducks and easy-peasy high contrast scenes. Thanks.

Sorry for assuming you had no experience with the 6D and f/2,8 lenses.

We can agree to disagree about the 6D's AF performance with fast lenses.

Samsung Note 3.  Camera isn't very good except in good light, but it's always with me and handy.  I always use one of my real cameras if time allows.

Looking at your lenses, a better af system would be useful because the 6d struggles with fast lenses (no cross point at all for f2.8, even the center is only f5.6 precision) and focus/recompose with fewer af points means way less keeper with a thin depth of field.

-1 Not true about f2.8 and faster lenses! 

We have had this discussion before.  Stop making assumptions from reading specs and rent a f/2.8 lens and try it.  I currently own 5 f/2.8 and faster lenses and the 6D autofocus is extremely fast and accurate with the center point and OK with the outer points.  I've owned and sold f/4 zooms (24-105L and 70-200 IS) and the f/2.8 versions I own now focus faster and more accurately.  My keeper rate for non sports/action is excellent.

And if you want to shoot sports as in "tracking", the 6d is simply out of the question, trust me, I've tried as a lot of others and the af system simply doesn't cope.

I agree the if action or sports is a high percentage of the OP's shots, they should look at the 5D3.  I shoot a fair amount of our sons high school sports (football, basketball, wrestling, golf).  My keeper rate isn't great, but is getting better as I've improved my technique.   I have "hobby" money set aside that will more than cover an upgrade to a 5D3, but have found my 6D sports results are "good enough" considering this is less than 10% of what I shoot and the 6D is terrific for almost all my other uses.

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