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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 23, 2013, 10:50:54 PM »
Forget all the comparisons (in terms of focal length and aperture "equivalence") between full-frame and micro-4/3, as it doesn't really mean anything. Canon is tops for nature and sports photography, due to their lenses. In every other aspect, their offerings are archaic, senselessly crippled and/or uselessly bloated. Go for the E-M5 ... I see they're on special now kitted with the 17mm f/1.8 lens.

Where did you see this kit? I would rather get this than the zoom lens kits...


And yes, I should get more confident about my photography and take more pictures in general. I'm not so much concerned with people staring at you compared to a person stealing my camera because of a white lens...
Oh well.
I shall think about this issue further. I still have a couple of months before I actually need to decide, so I'll see then.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:39:45 PM »
I think something I'm looking for is definitely not point and shoot (think: something with a viewfinder).

Thanks for all the advice so far, but I'm really considering the EM5 just because of the smaller profile.
If I intend to shoot with a 6D, its profile is much larger and would probably attract more attention. I believe the less attention that I attract, the more focused I will be when composing..
The 6D also lacks weather sealing ("splashproof", fine.)...

Oh, and one last consideration... I am a student so I don't have few thousand dollars to pull out my arse.
Thus, another plus for the lower priced, Olympus camera.
Sigh.

Maybe I should just give up and start using film (I do have an AE-1 and an AT-1 in my closet)...

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:14:49 PM »
Thanks for the lovely comments, sdsr and ArtVandelay.
I'm actually quite surprised that people were in the same predicament I am facing now...
(But to say this is a predicament is a bit over the top, haha.)

I actually never knew about the viewfinder showing the effects on exposure for the EM5, so that's a plus for me.
I've grown accustomed to Canon's cameras, so it may be a time to change to another system.
The 6D (or another full frame equivalent) will still be here if I wish to transition back to Canon, so I suppose I'm leaning more toward the EM5 right now.


I have no idea what your preferences/needs are, but given the significant differences in size and weight of the two systems, the differences in price (though some Olympus primes are more expensive than their Canon counterparts), and the small differences (if any) in photo quality much of the time, I wouldn't be terribly surprised if you went with the EM5.

Though I was (and still am) a part of my Yearbook staff, I do not intend to do much portrait or sports photography in the future. I do not have a particular liking for telephoto lenses, nor do I relish in the beauty of bokeh (fine, I do so occasionally)...
So in general, I just want a camera that I can use daily to express myself or to document my own life, which pretty much means that I'll probably be okay with any camera.
(But I mean, good gear can't hurt, right...?) c:

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 21, 2013, 06:33:44 PM »

the EM5 is not much more portable then a 6D.
sure the 6D is bigger.. but in the end that doesn´t matter much (at least not for me) as the EM5 is not pockable either.


Hm.
I suppose it's a learning experience as well.
I might try out both at a camera store before deciding.
I really like both cameras, so I'm really on the fence right now...

Is the EM5's weather sealing better?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Olympus OMD EM5 or 6D
« on: May 21, 2013, 06:08:59 PM »
I'm going to college next year, so I'm looking for a new camera to replace the one I have now.
I currently have a T1i with a 18-55 kit lens and a 70-200 f/4.
I'm thinking of getting an EM5 instead of my previous choice, a 6D, because of the portability factor.
I will probably give my camera to my older brother after I get my new camera, but I'm sure I'll stay quite loyal to the Canon brand (meaning that I will probably still get back to photography with these larger cameras in the future).

My current plan is to sell my 70-200 and get a EM5, but I would like to hear some thoughts before I do this, considering the differences between micro 4/3 and full frame...

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It would be lovely if people read the articles instead of posting beforehand.
I saw this on macrumors, and the article was badly written as it seemed as if he used it for his product images.
But no worries, I shall not judge your actions.

Here's a lovely quote from the Verge article:
"In the studio I shoot with a Phase One digital back with a Sinar X view camera, and Phase One 645 camera system."

The 5D3 is his go-to camera, not the one he uses for Apple's products.
Have a lovely day.

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Lenses / Re: Best Lens for FF 6D
« on: May 06, 2013, 02:40:12 AM »
I burst out laughing every single time i see 2. 8)

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Landscape / Re: Graduated ND Filters
« on: December 18, 2012, 06:27:02 PM »
Thank you all for the help so far!
I think getting I'll be getting a Cokin ND kit someday due to the cheaper price compared to Lee's..
How have your experiences been with these?

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Landscape / Graduated ND Filters
« on: December 17, 2012, 01:22:50 AM »
Sorry for this newbie post in advance!

Should I get graduated nd filters or should I get a regular nd filter first?
I know both have their purposes, but in general, which are better for all-purpose use?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another tripod thread...
« on: December 07, 2012, 04:02:43 AM »
Night shots mean long exposure times, which means you need a solid tripod and head.  Here is something that will be adequate:
http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-190XPROB-Section-Aluminum-Tripod/dp/B000N7VPRW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1354870275&sr=8-2&keywords=manfrotto+tripod
or
http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-055XPROB-Tripod-Legs-Black/dp/B000UMX7FI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354870275&sr=8-1&keywords=manfrotto+tripod

and
http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-498RC2-Release-Replaces-488RC2/dp/B002UOCWUK/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1354870275&sr=8-7&keywords=manfrotto+tripod
or
http://www.amazon.com/Giottos-MH1302-655-Professional-Calibrated-Release/dp/B000OODPTK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1354870422&sr=8-5&keywords=giottos+ball+head


Thanks for the fast reply!
I saw this combination previously, but I questioned whether or not I actually needed the tripod in the long term.
I currently have an extremely old, wobbly, >30 year old tripod... Not so great.

Considering that I'm potentially spending around $200 for these, I was wondering if this was any good especially because I travel often...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009A17FOO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Kudos Sigma warranty
« on: December 07, 2012, 03:54:11 AM »
I have a smooth finish 50mm Sigma f1.4 and it exhibited the focus pattern that Roger at Lens Rentals discusses, in that I could AFMA it to work from about 5-20 feet but either side of that would front/back focus.

I sent it to Sigma USA, they got it back to me in a week with a firmware update and this thing now is spot on at any distance. Good job Sigma! You probably just sold me one of your new 35 and maybe an 85 as a result.

+1.
Nice! I want to get the new 35...
But as of now, my priority is getting a 5dmkii

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Software & Accessories / Re: Yet another tripod thread...
« on: December 07, 2012, 03:45:43 AM »
I was going to buy it due the low cost and because I was only planning to use this for a short time.
I could potentially pass this down to someone else in my family if I feel the need to get a much better tripod.

I'm currently using a T1i and I'm planning on getting a Tamron 28-75...
I also have my kit 18-55 and a 70-200 f/4.
I just need a decent tripod right now for outdoor night photography.. like star trails. c:

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Software & Accessories / Yet another tripod thread...
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:18:14 AM »
I wanted to get a relatively inexpensive tripod like the Dolica Proline, but I just wanted some further advice. c:

http://www.amazon.com/Dolica-GX600B200-Proline-60-Inch-Aluminum/dp/B004XC3GWU

Are there any other good tripods for around the same price?

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Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:19:13 PM »
Sign me up!

Literally, since I had to drop my lurking anonymity to register for such a great prize!

...same.
So include me as well! c:

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