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Lenses / Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 03, 2014, 07:16:38 AM »

Before you buy you next prime lens, take a deep breath and watch this video. I've been lurking on this site for a while now and I must confess, I've been sucked into the lens acquiring vortex. I don't have a lot of lenses now, and I am not a pro, but I am at a point in my life where I can actually start to afford these toys. The discussion around here is generally geared towards and around specific lenses and their attributes but somehow or the other, I have managed to miss or avoid posts about a lens acquisition strategy. I stumbled across this video this morning and got some clarity. Please forgive me if it has been previously posted.

Lenses / From Good to Great!
« on: February 02, 2014, 09:38:44 AM »
Ever see those posts about people complaining that they "have a bad copy" of a lens? Or have you bought a lens that everyone raves about but you are not quite as excited about your "copy"?

AFMA! I'm a believer! Adjust your body to your lens. You might be pleasantly surprised  :) I knew that adjustment was available on my camera but adjusting it seemed more complicated than my mind could wrap around. A few days ago, I took the plunge and purchased Reikan's Focal and was shocked to find out my nifty fifty, which I am learning to love, was off by +16 on my 6D! All my lenses needed some adjustment (the 50mm needed the most).

You Pros already know this, but if you are anything like me, go through the AFMA exercise. I think Focal does an amazing job, it is fully automated, easy to use, but certainly not free. The good news is that there are several free options out there that are probably just as effective but maybe not as easy. Pick one, and do it. You might find a lens in your collection that you were happy with but are now happier with :D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Pairing 6D with Mac running OS X 10.8.2
« on: December 20, 2012, 10:18:00 PM »
Has anyone been able to pair their 6D with a mac running Mountain Lion over Wi-Fi? I can't seem to get it to work and this time, I actually read the manual. This isn't a must have for me, but I thought I would try it for fun. Now I'm just frustrated. I can't tell if the WFTPairing software is actually running or not.
I would appreciate any help.

Decided to do a bit of experimenting with my new 6D and the EOS app on an iPhone 5. I set my camera up on a tripod out by the bird feeder then came inside to try to get some shots of some birds feeding.

Caveat, I'm not one for reading instructions first so I jumped in assuming I would figure it out.

It seemed to me that the live view on my phone sometimes would freeze so I had to go with what I was seeing outside vs. what was on my phone. It also seemed that when I took a picture, using the app, the camera might have spent time sending the picture back to the camera or thinking because, again, the view on the phone would freeze for a while so it was hard to tell if the camera was actually taking pictures every time I pushed the button (turns out it was). Oh, one more thing, there is no audio cue or sound to let you know that you have actually taken a picture so sometimes I would push the button multiple times trying to make sure I don't miss a shot only to find out later I took 5 pictures.

I will be playing with this feature more as time goes on. Will report back if I learn something I missed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Please explain expanded ISO
« on: December 15, 2012, 11:21:56 AM »
Just got the 6D and love it however, I have never really understood expanded ISO. The fact that the word expanded is used to describe the feature implies to me that its not real. So, my question is, if I switch from ISO 100 to 50, what is happening in the camera? There isn't less noise in the image is there? Is it just 100 with half the light allowed?
I would also like to understand what is happening at the other end of the scale. Not that I would ever, but what is going on at ISO 102,800?

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