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Pricewatch Deals / Re: The opposite of a good deal
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:27:12 PM »
Did Canon's online store ever offer price matching? In most cases, Manufacturer's own stores can't offer price matching, as it would impact their retailers unfavorably. Why would one sign on as a retailer if the manufacturer could undercut you at any corner?

The best deals I've seen (so far...) were 20% off the refurb price, which is already 20% off the full retail price. You net a 36% discount off retail.

THIS. ^^^

I grabbed one of the 6d's that was 20% off. total was 1350 after tax (1230 before- wowza) . I didnt want one, but for its FF performance and that price- i couldnt say no. I debated sending it back and buying a 70d, but im glad i didnt.

All isnt roses though- canon sold me a 6D with super-busted Af. Its now in the shop. gyaddamnit.

Buyer beware- canon does a LOUSY job of proofing their equipment with their testing. The first 50 1.4 i got from them was so atrocious that i felt like i was scammed.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS M & Lens Sale at B&H Photo
« on: November 26, 2013, 08:21:31 PM »
Agree on the 85/1.8 - great value now at an even better price!.
Value on the 85? Don't think so. I bought this lens for 379 2 years ago. There's no deal to be had here.

So, $335 isn't 12% cheaper than $379?  You're right, no deal at all.   ::)

heh, didnt have time to edit- i meant, relatively speaking. Its definitely cheaper, but compared to 419...i see they did there :P

I bought my 50 1.4 for the same price too.

My opinion alone- the 85 1.8 is the greatest lens i could live without. Ridiculously quick Af. But the character of the lens..meh. Very flat contrast and just not that awesome, imho. Worst of all, all that damn purple fringing drove me nuts, especially wide open. i occasionally filter down all my shots to a certain lens to see what ive been doing with it. and unfortunately for me, the 85 just wasnt working for me. I hope others are enjoying it.


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: EOS M & Lens Sale at B&H Photo
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:13:19 PM »
Agree on the 85/1.8 - great value now at an even better price!

I'm not planning on getting the EF-M 18-55mm as a standalone purchase.  However, if I get the M2, I'll want the 18-55 kit. My plan would be to have my current M converted to IR, and my zooms in that range (16-35 II, 24-70 II) are known to have IR hotspot issues, so I'd usually use the -M prime on the M2 for portability, and the -M zoom on the IR-M for versatility.

Value on the 85? Don't think so. I bought this lens for 379 2 years ago. There's no deal to be had here.

Also, i understand it, but its a bit disingenuous to state that someones saving 300 bucks on something that's been selling for 350 for months now. AND its on clearance. But a stores gotta do what its gotta do i guess :P

The only real 'deals' ive seen lately was a flash sale on the 28/2.8 IS a while back, and the current 10-22 which i price-stalked for over a year before i bought a used version for 530 almost a year ago. Right now i have it attached to the M- its a great combo.

Im a huge fan of the 22/f2. I rented the 24/1.4 for generally the same effect on my rebel and the focus was so busted that it has been scratched off of my list. I just wish that 22/f2 had IS. The M being so light and all, with no real grip, mean s a lot of hand shake.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 21, 2013, 06:36:38 PM »
Here's a very handy noise comparison chart from The Digital Picture:
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Comparisons/Canon-EOS-70D-ISO-Noise.aspx



Thanks for that link PWP.  It's interesting to see how little progress has been made in crop sensor performance since the T2i came out.  It confirms my own comparison between my T2i and my 7D.  Judging from my photos, they seem to have the same sensor.  And judging from the information at the link you posted, the 70D is extremely similar.  I'm very glad I have a 5D3. :)


the 7d DOES NOT have the same sensor as the t2i. The 70d's image quality is at least as good as the t2i, and outclasses both in iso performance.

As the reigning pixel peeper supreme, the t2i's sensor is superior. the 7d has severe iso issues. I guess my eyes are better :)

For the record, soooooo many people post their cleaned up, shrunken images to show how good thier shots are. For my uses, which is design down to the pixel, those kinds of examples are useless.

post 100% screen shots of those unprocessed raw files. Then u will see which is better.


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Technical Support / Re: How do I order print online?
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:03:53 PM »
thats softie file seems that the Af completely 'missed'.

I have quite a few of files like that from a 6d thats going back to the shop. Thanks canon :(

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Lenses / Re: 70-200mm F 2.8 IS 2 VS 70-200mm F4 IS
« on: November 19, 2013, 05:15:08 PM »
the 2.8 version is my favorite lens that i have ever used.

The TRUTH right there

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 18, 2013, 01:52:19 PM »
My 2c

The 70d feels like a great camera in use. The plastic-ness was very off-putting at first handle- same like the 60d. Playing with it and taking sample images yesterday gave me a much better impression. I can only wonder at what the 7d 2 will be like- that's gotta be a killer.

Hmm- smaller things though will probably be the return of the spot Af mode?

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Will the 6D require somewhat more skill and planning to get the shots you want compared to a 5D MKIII?  Yes.

You're talking of focus & recompose skill with thin dof, I guess?

One thing I'm experiencing with my 100L and the 6D and I have "learned" to circumvent by taking more frames is that the 6D sometimes produces actual af misses, i.e. the focus is completely elsewhere even though the camera did an af confirm (red dot) - I practically never experience this with my 6d af, though the 60d more often has "micro misses" while the 6d is either spot-on or lost in the woods.

This.

I've been testing a refurb 6d for a week now. The AF is abominable. AF misses plenty. This is both after focal calibration - twice - and tuning by hand.

I'm now deciding whether to keep the body and get it repaired, or to return it entirely. Still not sure what to do.

Lastly, I'm pretty disappointed at the 6ds sharpness. Images - when accurate- are pretty soft out of camera. Not one image has any of the clarity from my t2i files. I'm not so sure it's the AF entirely, as I've been viewing raw files from around the net and they all show the same soft, oily looking effects.

 >:( :(

Perhaps you could look in the 6D Gallery, lots of lovely in focus pictures...either you have a bad copy, bad lens or user error!!

I'm sure the AF problems are working for some out there...but for me it's been a week of WTFs. I always love when canon snds equipment that they barely check...it's happened to me many times before. You don't want to endure what I did with a 7d.

  Good lenses, good user, so it's the body. I'll decide by morning, after reviewing some more unprocessed raw files. I'm leaning to send it back.


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Will the 6D require somewhat more skill and planning to get the shots you want compared to a 5D MKIII?  Yes.

You're talking of focus & recompose skill with thin dof, I guess?

One thing I'm experiencing with my 100L and the 6D and I have "learned" to circumvent by taking more frames is that the 6D sometimes produces actual af misses, i.e. the focus is completely elsewhere even though the camera did an af confirm (red dot) - I practically never experience this with my 6d af, though the 60d more often has "micro misses" while the 6d is either spot-on or lost in the woods.

This.

I've been testing a refurb 6d for a week now. The AF is abominable. AF misses plenty. This is both after focal calibration - twice - and tuning by hand.

I'm now deciding whether to keep the body and get it repaired, or to return it entirely. Still not sure what to do.

Lastly, I'm pretty disappointed at the 6ds sharpness. Images - when accurate- are pretty soft out of camera. Not one image has any of the clarity from my t2i files. I'm not so sure it's the AF entirely, as I've been viewing raw files from around the net and they all show the same soft, oily looking effects.

 >:( :(


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Any reason to choose a 7D over a 70D?
« on: November 12, 2013, 09:43:32 PM »
Not a single reason at all. Oh, actually, the body doesn't feel as cheap...got one reason.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap! 6D for $1215 refurb from Canon!
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:35:29 PM »
i also tried to apply the code to a 5d 3...didnt take :( booooo



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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Holy Crap! 6D for $1215 refurb from Canon!
« on: October 31, 2013, 12:17:25 PM »
Got mine! Just waiting for the shipping notice!


-ed

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Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 18, 2013, 03:45:03 PM »
I can understand the M hate.

That said, I LOVE mine. Its a great purchase, primarily for its 22/f2 that has no full frame equivalent. 

Yes there is a FF equivalent ... the 35 f/2 IS ... on a 5DIII it is far superior to the EOS-M 22 f/2 combo (I have both). Not only does the 35 f/2 have IS, it generates a much shallower DOF on FF, and the 5DIII has similar IQ at ISO 6400 that the EOS-M has at ISO 800.

I misspoke- no aspc equivalent - the 35 wouldnt be wide enough, but that IS would save the day. I didnt mention that i recent rented the 24 1.4 to emulate what i can achieve with the m. Pot even close, due to horrible misfocusing of that lens. Reminded me of the craptastic 50 1.4


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Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 18, 2013, 02:07:59 PM »
I can understand the M hate.

That said, I LOVE mine. Its a great purchase, primarily for its 22/f2 that has no full frame equivalent.  No adapter (thought about it). A 55-250 on this thing would kill. On several occasions i carry it alongside a g12, fitting perfectly with space to spare inside a lowepro dslr shoulder bag.

Sensor wise- its a strange beast. Great color range, but lacking in pixel level sharpness compared to my t2i. Almost 7d-like noise levels at anything after iso 100. Night shots are fantastic (well, so is on my g12). Ive been shooting long exposure iso 100 shots at night this past week, and the results are just awesome.

On the cons side

• Ive had a beeyach of a time creating baseline LR recipes for several shot types. The files colors and DR are just very weird to me, especially for daytime shots.
• No IS on the prime means a LOT of oof shots. That's a damn shame
• Action? Forgedduboutit.
• Screen is easily scratched- weird- not one of my regular dslrs ever managed to get a scratched screen. Must be a cheaper coating.
• Handling is goofy. Feels fragile. Hard to not put fingers on the lens front/filter.
• Needs another knob or two.

Eventually i will get the adapter, but for now the 22mm is gold, imho.


My 2c

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: "Downgrading" for a very specific reason
« on: October 15, 2013, 11:29:52 AM »
The 450d is still an awesome tool.

It was my first camera, i know (almost  ;D ) every single thing about it - using it to shoot almost everything you can think of during my training wheel days.

The camera produces images that are sharper at low isos then the t2i on up. i edit exclusively in raw and have been pixel peeping these files for years now. The biggest difference is the metering- the 450 simply cannot compete with the tonal range from the t2i+. So while i keep it around- its too hard to give it up- i occasionally toss the 70-200 on it and let off some frames. The LCD is beyond bad compared to more modern version, but the raw files are just the same. Spectacular.

So basically- stop dissin' on that cam , buddy :P

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