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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:24:53 PM »
One review on Amazon stood out to me.  The buyer was complaining that images were out of focus.  He was using it in complete auto mode and it kept picking the wrong focus location.  Quit frank some of the bad reviews are by people that do not know how to use the camera.  Do not want to learn how to use the camera.  Or have unreal expectations. 

He expected it to just work. 

As for what is wrong with the camera probably nothing if you know how to use it.

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I will wait until the technology trickles down to a more reasonable price.  For me the 5D III is over priced.  It looked like the price was going to get to a more reasonable then ML came out with the RAW video and the price skyrocket back up to list. 

No I will buy a used 5D III or more likely a 6D II or III with most of the features of the 5D III.

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Technical Support / Re: 60d issues
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:43:46 PM »
The easiest way to adjust the custom controls is from the Q menu.  There is a icon of a camera with some menu items.  If you select it you will see three groupings of button the first group is AF and metering.  You can adjust the back focus option there.  I have no idea what settings you are on if all else fails you can go to the customize menu and Clear all Custom Func. and try again.

After you are done be sure to move the Q menu item to something like Exposure comp.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:20:19 PM »
Few wild flowers from 2014.

Thanks Click and Candyman...  TCMatthews, I think a good macro will serve you well.  Those are amazing flowers.  You have to get closer.  Well, its just my 2 cents...  ;)  Btw, a 100mm f2.8 macro usm L/non-L will do just fine.

I had it with me but it was just to windy.  It is kind of hard to keep the flower in focus when it is moving back in forth up 5-10 inches.  ;)  I was using a Tamron 28-75 on these and if the wind was less I could have gotten closer.  I was trying for a delicate balance whole flower in focus and back ground still melting.  The Tamron has a sweet spot at 75mm F4 for that. 

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I gave up waiting for the 100-400 and got a Tamron.

I gave up in 2005, and got a 70-200/2.8L IS, Canon 1.4x TC II and Kenko Pro DG 1.4x.  I used that stacked combo for many years.  I later sold the two Canon's and bought a 70-200/2.8L IS II and 2x TC III, and have been using that combo.
up until to 200-400 came out, I regarded the 70-200F2.8IS version 2, as the best zoom lens in the Canon lineup..... and there is no way I can even think about buying a 200-400 :( I hope a new 100-400 will be in the same class as the 70-200's

I was saving for the 70-200F2.8 IS II when I decided to try out the Tamron 150-600.  If the 100-400L II is actual announced I might cancel my Tamron 150-600 order.  I expect that it will be sharper with an Ex 1.4 than the Tamron is at the same focal length.  It will likely focus faster as well.  I expect it to be at the level of the 70-200F2.8L IS II.

But lets face the facts a new 100-400 has been rumored for years.  One reader of Canon Watch suggested it has been rumored sense 2004.  I was lurking here during the 2008 rumors.   So I am quit skeptical.  I think that if it was going to be released this year they would have announced it already. 

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If you have never shot a SLR or at least taken picture in manual mode be prepared for a steep learning curb.  I feel that it is best to set a baseline of expectation.  The 7D II is a great camera but it may be more than you can handle at first.  You can either dive head first or break up the problem. 

I suggest buying or borrowing a lower end Canon camera.  Such as a SL1.  Learn the ins and outs of M/Tv/AV modes. You can read and watch all the videos in the world and that is no substitute for doing.

In 4-6 months buy the 7D II.  When you buy the 7D II you will not have to learn the manual modes so you can focus on learning how to make the most of the auto focus system and other features.

This should give you the following benefits:
  • The 7D II should be cheaper by then
  • You will have a better understanding of what you want.
  • Better understanding of manual camera modes and a better appreciation of the 7D II auto focus system
  • If you bough a cheep Rebel, 60D, or SL1 you can keep it as a backup
  • If you find you do not like photography as much as you though you would are not out much money.

You have to keep in mind that a 7D II is around the same price as a Canon 6D.  If you are more serious about general photography I would get a 6D first.

As for lenses if Crop was my primary camera I would go for the following
  • A wide angle zoom (Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 is likely the best
  • sigma 18-35 f1.8
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC
  • A decent 70-X00 zoom (70-300L IS,70-200f4L IS, 70-200f2.8 L)
  • 100L
  • 100-400L
  • Some other primes.

I found that for starting at 24mm is not really an issue for outdoor photography if you have a ultra wide lens.  I suggest the Tamron because Canon does not have IS on there 24-70mm and it is needed on a crop camera.  The 18-35 is reported to be a fantastic lens and can fill the gap between the 24-70 and a ultra wide.  I also found that I use between 18-35 the most in indoor photography and at 1.8 it can stand in for the prime lens in that range. 

A 70-200 or 70-300 on crop is a good starting point for a wildlife lens.   But if you need the range of the 100-400L then buy it.  Who knows when a new one will be released. 

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Macro / Re: Denizens of the Forest Floor
« on: October 25, 2014, 12:46:32 PM »
A few shot with my 6D.

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Landscape / Re: Rural Landscapes
« on: October 25, 2014, 12:31:01 PM »
Off my parents porch. 

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 12:19:02 PM »
Few wild flowers from 2014. 

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I don't normally take portraits especially of myself.  So for even more challenge I used an old M42 Pancolar Carl Zeiss Jena DDR 1,8 50  on my 60D.  I think the results are OK.

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Time has passed this lens by - it is two years to late.

The 150-600 zoom is the new kid on the block...

Indeed, and like much of America's youth, the 'new kids' are big and overweight.  The retracted 100-400L is the size of a 70-200/2.8, a very convenient size for a 400mm lens.  Considering the optical improvements going from original to MkII of the 70-200/2.8 IS, a new 100-400 should be excellent.  Mount a 1.4x TC behind it, you'll have a 140-560mm f/8 lens that will AF on recent higher-end bodies, deliver great IQ, and be a heck of a lot more portable than those "I'm not fat, I'm big-boned" new kids.  ;)

How quaint. You recommend using a lens 2/3 of a stop slower, thus requiring the use of a higher ISO with an f-stop that requires many autofocus compromises.

When the issue is portability, yes.  The 1D X and 100-400L with 1.4xIII mounted fits in a Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW or even a regular backpack – it's a very portable combo. At 560mm f/8, the IQ of the 100-400 is similar to the larger, heavier Tamron at 600mm.  If I want to compromise portability instead, I'd bring the 600/4L IS II which is 1.33-stops faster, has better AF and much better IQ, and can go to 840mm f/5.6 or 1200mm f/8 (still with better IQ than the Tamron at 600mm).   

Or I'd buy the 300/2.8, which is about the same length as the retracted Tamron 150-600 (and shorter and lighter than the Sigma 150-600), and with the 2xIII is 1/3-stop faster, has better IQ and better AF.  Sure, it's more expensive...but you always have to compromise somewhere.  Personally, the higher cost isn't a big concern.

For you price is not a concern.  But for me personally I also like fishing.  A 300/2.8 and a 600/4L add up to a good down payment on a nice boat.  It might be a different if I was making money off my photography.  Or if it was my only hobby. 

As you said compromises.  I can afford to save for a boat and buy the Tamron 150-600.  I have been waiting for an updated 100-400L.  It has been rumored sense before I joined CR.  A updated 100-400 would likely be better than the Tamron 150-600.  But as I stated previously it is now to late.  I have a Tamron 150-600 on order.  I have other lenses I plan on buying  if a new 100-400L was announced it would likely head to the back of the line.   

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The biggest problem with DO is the price.  It could put it outside of the reach of many potential buyers.  If the quality is there and it handles the Extenders well many will buy it instead of the new 150-600mm flavor of the month.  Now if they added a DO and did not increase the price as much as in the past that is a different story.  But I suspect that it could cost over 3k for a 100-400L DO.    As it stands non-DO could be 2.5K at release. 

Many prefer the native option and will settle for a 100-499. 

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How Strong is a Sony Lens Mount
« on: October 24, 2014, 06:39:35 PM »
There is also a bit of the pot calling the kettle black.  I have several adapters to adapt lens to my NEX.  I was driving in a John Deere Gator taking pictures with my Nex 6 and a old 24mm FD lens when I noticed something wrong.  I could not get things to focus correctly.  It was at that time I noted the lens was flopping around. 

It turns out that the adapters screws had come loose and there is a bit of a spring pushing the lens out.  If I had not stopped to take a picture of a cactus it is very likely that the lens would have flown of the camera and landed it the dirt.  I drive fast and it is an open cab.

I just checked that lens adapter is made by Fotodiox.  It also appears to not be a bit two long and I cannot quite achieve infinity focus on any of my FD lens.  I still use it because it is better than my other Fotasy FD adapter. 

Not to mention my first cheep all manual EF to NEX adapter was also a Fotodiox.  The first lens I put on there was so tight that when I tried to release it the nob broke off.  I had to Carve out a hole by hand with a drill bit to release the lens.  Good thing the body is cheep aluminum.

If anyone wants to try it go ahead.  But I would not touch the thing chances are it is not even close to keeping in specs.


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Of course there is one coming some day.  I will still will not believe it until it is officially on the Canon website.  Besides I got tired of waiting.   I have a Tamron 150-600 on order.

Lets face it rumors of flying pigs are more likely.

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First, ask yourself why did you buy mirrorless camera over DSLR? I highly recommend staying with their native lenses - smaller, lighter, more balance and most important of all faster AF.

Otherwise, there is no true benefits carrying mirrorless with an adaptor and larger EF lenses.

All true if you plan on staying with auto focus.  However I bought mine specifically to adapt old manual focus prime lenses.  Secondary as a travel camera.  There are holes currently in the lens line up and the ability to adapt a lens you already own is a big deal. 

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