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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS not good for NASA?
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:34:08 AM »
Great. After lens envy and body envy, I now got location envy. Badly.
Try being friends with an astronaut. No matter what you've accomplished in life- you'll always feel like an under-achiever.  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS not good for NASA?
« on: January 17, 2013, 10:03:42 AM »
I'm friends with the Hadfield family and Chris is on the ISS right now. Through his younger brother- I shot him an email and posed your question. This was his reply:

Hi Flip and Doug!

We’ve had Nikons for decades, they work well. We’ve also had Linhof, Arriflex and Hasselblad, but for simplicity we just have the one make here now. The bodies are D2 and D3, and we have a variety of lenses, from fish eye to 400 mm. Lets us take some impressive photography of the Earth.

All the best from Mach 25


Canon General / Re: Canon Experience Stores Coming Soon [CR3]
« on: January 12, 2013, 06:55:15 PM »
4 pages is to many to read.....

but seriously CANADA? 
One of the few countries with a relatively healthy economy these days... As a couple people have pointed out- Calgary is awash in disposable income at the moment.

So by the same logic, we're going to see the Canon Stores in Australia being set up in Perth, Karratha, Port Hedland, and Roxby Downs?
Well, Calgary has a population of 1.2 million and is a shopping destination for tens of thousands of oilsands workers who are unable to spend their money in Fort MacMurray. In addition, those of us from larger cities often save hundreds in taxes by buying in that province, so if all of those places you mentioned have similar economies- sure, why not.  ;D

Abstract / Re: What is this?
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:47:17 AM »
Jeez Neuro, for the huge volume of posts you make, you must have a colossal amount of spare time on your hands! (Not knocking your contributions, just amazed at the number!).


Yea, I'd say someone has a nice office with a big window... and not much else to do.

That's presumptuous. Many people do a lot and also comment on their favorite forums....

and rude, uncalled for
+1  He's a valuable contributor, you should encourage him to spend more time here. And such negative personal attacks, mild or not, certainly don't encourage anyone to participate on this forum.

Canon General / Re: Canon Experience Stores Coming Soon [CR3]
« on: January 12, 2013, 09:31:05 AM »
4 pages is to many to read.....

but seriously CANADA? 
One of the few countries with a relatively healthy economy these days... As a couple people have pointed out- Calgary is awash in disposable income at the moment.

Canon General / Re: Canon Experience Stores Coming Soon [CR3]
« on: January 11, 2013, 11:16:35 AM »
My secret weapon in getting my friend in Banff to switch from Nikon. But really, Canuckleheads get it first? go figure
Too much oil money floating around Calgary? Another advantage is no PST, only 5% GST- so an 8% advantage over Toronto and the rest of Ontario right there.

Sorry, mods. I realize now that this thread ended up in the wrong place. For any other neophytes- lots of information here on the forum:
I think the 430EX2 it'll be (for now).

Software & Accessories / Re: Problems pairing Canon 6D and Smartphone
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:56:34 AM »
I know you've solved your issue, but a couple other quirks I've noticed:
-it's either/or for the camera when wifi is active and you're trying to use the USB connection for the full-size files. You can't have both connections simultaneously- Wifi needs to be disabled before connecting the cord.

-there seems to be a time limit for connecting to the phone when first turning the camera on. If you try to make the connection several minutes later (yes, the camera is still powered on)- the camera has sometimes already "given up" and needs to be powered down and back up.

Lenses / Re: Your "precious" lord of the red rings is?
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:44:02 AM »
People, seriously? Discussing what your favorite 2 lenses are in the context of a house fire? What next - a thread where you're in a sinking ship and what lenses you'll save?

No, no, no... you're shipwrecked on a desert isle and need the best lens for both self portraiture documenting your shrinking waistline AND to record your last sunsets while capturing the spectacular single-palm landscape...  ;D

Thanks very much for the suggestions and links.

I realize that the following will be obvious to you, but it shows where I'm at on my learning curve:
My last camera was a Rebel XT and all my indoor photos were made using its popup flash. (I also often used the popup outside and in back-lit situations.) Other than that, I never really gave much thought to lighting and never considered the colour of indoor light.

Along comes the 6D, happily taking pictures without flash in very low light situations- producing useable photos at ISO 12,800. Useable, but who knew that the type of lighting would so dramatically affect the colour and tone of the results. D'oh!

The effect was pleasant with the LED lights of a Christmas tree early one morning, but I've developed a dislike for incandescent bulbs. Two of those mounted in wall sconces cast an orange-brown glow on a whole series of extended-family Christmas dinner shots, ruining the photos, although maybe I can fix that in photoshop.

The 6D has provided other surprises- it's pretty happy under fluorescent aircraft cabin lighting, at least during the day. Shots that ALWAYS required fill flash in the harsh contrasts of flight deck lighting are possible using the automatic HDR backlit setting. But- what I'm really looking forward to- door-off-aerial in a Cessna with my first full-frame- will have to wait, 'cause even for a canuck- it's way too friggin' cold to even think about that before April...  :o

Hey guys- can you point me towards a thread or online resource that might encapsulate what's available and what I should be considering or perhaps even give me a fifty-cent summary here?

I'm a new 6D owner- first camera I've ever had that didn't include a built-in flash. Most of my photography is outdoors- landscape and aerial but I also take the usual family photos. The 320EX is in the price range I'd prefer but is there any compelling reason to consider something higher up the food chain such as a 430EX2 or 600EX-RT? Thanks!

6D Sample Images / for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:26:08 AM »
Somewhere over North Carolina, aircraft closure rate about 900kts (1000 mph), 6D with kit 24-105L:

(hmm... can't get the image to post. Sorry, link is valid.)


Santa brought me a 6D full frame camera with the 24-105 f/4 L lens and also an 85mm f/1.8 prime.

Unfortunately, I checked and he charged it all to MY Visa account!
Same kit but no prime + a 32GB card, hoya CP and 15L Loweprowe backpack.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 26, 2012, 08:48:36 AM »

My wife is giving birth in July and I will have a 6D by then to take pics of the kid.

My only question is when to buy.  Is it likely that the 6D will drop in price from Dec. 2011 to July 2012?  If so, I will wait...
So when exactly are you going to buy the camera relative to the baby arrival?
A week before the due date of the baby?
The day it arrives?
A week after?

You do realise that babies can arrive both EARLY and late.
Something else for darkhound to consider- I've had the 6D for about 48 hours and there's a learning curve. He'd better give himself a month or so to learn to use the camera. Not just for the regular photographic traits but also for the quirks of the wifi and remote system which is slightly less than intuitive.

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