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Lenses / Re: Help Me Build My Lens Stable!
« on: July 17, 2013, 01:51:55 PM »
Get the 6D and save $1000.  Keep the 50 f1.4 and the 70-200 f4is.  Buy the 24mm f2.8 and the 85mm f1.8 (when you sell the 10-22 you've paid for both of these) Buy the 600 flash if you need one with the money you save. 
Bank the rest and save it until you find out how this covers your shooting style.  You can sell either the 24 or
85 (or both) and buy the L versions when you're flush and if you need them.  Keep you eyes open for a new wide
zoom, an improved 35L, a tele-extender for the 70-200  and/or a second flash or whatever - including a second 6D or the next click on the full frame ride.

Lenses / Different new lenses?
« on: July 17, 2013, 12:57:03 PM »
On the website NorthernLightImages there's a mock up of a 42mm f1.2 lens and the description clearly labels it as a fake.  But it did get me thinking about  what if Canon (or the N word) started to rethink their lens lines.  A fast
42mm would be wonderful (especially with APS sized sensors).  What other "new" lenses would you like to see.
It appears the zooms killed the 150mm focal length.  Could you make a "less expensive" 250mm or 350mm (the
old Leica R longer primes)?  Any other candidates?

The image quality of the X20 made me kiss the G1X good-bye despite the difference in sensor sizes.  They're about the same price but the X20 isn't as "clunky".  That said, an interchangeable lens on either one would
be wonderful.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Any Rumors of EOS M and Zeiss Touit
« on: June 28, 2013, 09:56:52 PM »
You questions begs two more
1.) Why would Canon want to partner with Zeiss who might well make a better lens?
2.) Why would Zeiss want to hook up with a turkey like the Canon M?

Technology moves on - with todays design systems there's a careful balance of optical design and coatings
formulation, computer controlled lens grinding takes the craftsmanship out of the glassworks into the NC programming lab and the secret to a quality lens is still the assembly process and the fine tuning of the unit as a whole.  That's why people pay an extreme premium for Leica lenses and why neither Sigma, Tamron, and even Canon nor Nikon can build a high quality CHEAP lens.  Robots can do a lot, but not the fine adjustments necessary to consistently produce high quality optics.  Look at the Canon 70/75-300 in its many current models to instantly
see the difference.  Even the Canon 50mm - you want good at $100, better at $400 or best at $1200 - take your
choice - and if you want a slightly different look, try a zeiss at $800.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 40D to 5D Classic. Good upgrade?
« on: June 28, 2013, 12:51:14 AM »
There are all kinds of reasons to upgrade to full frame, but printing 20X30 isn't one of them.  If you do your post processing in photoshop, buy genuine fractals and you can print as large as you'd like.  I routinely do posters
at 40X60 from 10 meg files after processing them. 

Lenses / FD to EF lens adapters
« on: June 23, 2013, 12:22:40 PM »
Anyone use one seriously?  I've got a bag of FD lenses that have been unused since my beloved A1 died, and I'd
like to continue using them if possible.  I know about the infinity focus limitation and that the glass correction
piece will cost me a stop, but with prices varying from >$20 to <$200 on ebay, anyone have any recommendations?

Lenses / Re: One lens for vacation
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:26:23 PM »
A vacation with the kids leaves a less time to fool around with a fancy camera and a heavy bag of lenses.  Go buy
a point and shoot - the Fuji x20, Canon g1X, panasonic lx7 - and enjoy your vacation - zoom lens, good images,
small size and inexpensive.  Sell it when you get back if you can part with it after using it.

Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 22, 2013, 02:17:32 PM »
regards to the above post - obviously is lenses can be used.  I had meant the ef-s crop body lenses which will
be no good with the 6d.

Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 22, 2013, 08:23:08 AM »
A major step..and one full of promise.  Going full frame for family photos and 4x6 prints is probably overkill with the
capabilities of today's cameras, but nevertheless, enjoy it.  The 24-105 kit lens is a good choice given it's discounts with the package.  Buy it, even if you turn around and sell it quickly.  Keep the 50 1.8 and sell the
55-250 since you can't use IS lenses on a full frame camera (Canon could take a lesson from Nikon here as its crop lenses work on its full frame bodies even if in a somewhat degraded mode).  I agree with the 430 recommendation for a flash since most of the 600 "improvements" are for multi-flash setups and you can use the
430 as a remote if you later decide you need the 600 or its replacement.  So you've got the new 6, a 50 and a
24-105, what to get next.  Nothing!  Learn to use what you have and see what you need next.  And while you
wait Canon keeps coming out with new lenses.  The 70-200 (probably the f4.0is is a likely option but I'd experience a little before deciding.  Good luck.

Lenses / Re: Which 70-200?
« on: June 22, 2013, 08:09:30 AM »
I guess I'm just a little slow - you've got the f.4 "trinity", are getting a second full frame body, and you want to
upgrade the lens you use the least?  Why?  If you absolutely have to spend another 1300-1500 Euros, fine, but
I think your planning is a little weird.  Why not upgrade the 17-40 to either the 16-35is (or wait for the new wider, longer model the rumor sites tell us is due in less than a month)  or the mid-range for the 24-70 f2.8?  It seems to me you'd get more "bang for the buck" with either of these choices than upgrading the lens you use least. 
If you have to get faster, longer lenses,  consider upgrading to two beautiful primes,  the 135L and/or the 200L.
You run the risk of finding out prime lenses are a bit more challenging photographically than the zooms, but they
do provide wonderful images.   You might even pick just one of these and "upgrade" to the 70-200 IS f4.0 version
since lens speed hasn't seemed to be a problem with your other focal lengths.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body - your thoughts?
« on: June 16, 2013, 05:20:48 PM »
Probably doesn't really matter.  If you get a second body that is less functional that the one you currently have,
you'll probably never use it.  If the second body has more function, then that will become your primary camera and your current body will become "backup".   Either way, the second body is mostly more of a pain in the .... to carry,
handle and use unless you have a competent "assistant".     

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Worth getting an SD card for 5D3?
« on: June 16, 2013, 10:17:47 AM »
A good quality SD card is about $10.00 for 8 gig, $20 for 16 gig.  So what's the big deal - skip a lunch and buy
one or two or three.

All valid points. But I REALLY don't have the budget to get a new camera body + new L lenses. I met with a gallery owner who said his clients want 20x30" prints and up. My 40D will do 12x18" before the quality degrades.
Could I just buy a newer Canon crop sensor camera, keep my ancient L lenses and get great quality 20x30" prints out of it?

Your "problem" isn't with the camera, it's with the printer.  I routinely print 60X100 prints from 12mp files - but only
after "fixing" them with photoshop/genuine fractals and then using an Onyx rip.  I'd investigate this solution
before plopping down money for a camera body that won't solve your problem.  The differences in your 10mp file
from the 40D and the 24mp file from the full frame aren't really significant when you're dealing with 600-900 megabyte amplified print files.  (by the way - a 20X30" print will usually only be less than 30 megabyte file)

Lenses / Re: Euro Trip Lens selection.
« on: June 15, 2013, 07:54:34 PM »
I personally wouldn't carry that much.  Mount the 50 on the camera and pocket the 24-105 and you'll have plenty.
Use the room in your carryon to bring back scotch whisky.

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