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Honestly, grab a used 5d or 5dmk2.  The first is half the cost of the second, and both are great at what they do.  Selling the 24-105 is a bad idea unless you're planning to add in a 40mm/50mm/85mm lenses to your collection, and your has stated her preference for zooms.

No need to break the bank, just keep shooting.

Thanks for your response.  I did consider the 5Dii.  To me camera bodies lose their value very quickly and the 5dii is a great tool.  Are you just a FF shooter in general or do you have a specific reason for a 5Dii? Wouldn't the AF system and the better low light capabilities justify the difference in cost to the 5Diii?

I'd actually lean on the 6D for the low light and AF system more so than a 5Dmk2, but for landscapes or portraits it's a solid either option works great.  I shoot full frame, and would also put out there a 1Ds mk2 as an option at 16.7mp since they're under $1k used, but since there isn't a green square mode to start in, it really comes down to what you want to shoot.  If you're ok with handing her the 6D, then shop for what you want.  If you want to hold the 6D, get her set with something that will allow her to improve her skills without breaking the bank.  How does the 6D feel in your hand, in her hands and have either of you held a 5D/5D mk2? 

I'd say FF over crop based on what you shoot, so it comes down to price point:  $2k for a new USA 6D, $1,519 for a refurb 6D, ~$1,200 for a used 5d mk2, ~$1k for a 1Ds mk2, ~$550 for a used 5D. 


Honestly, grab a used 5d or 5dmk2.  The first is half the cost of the second, and both are great at what they do.  Selling the 24-105 is a bad idea unless you're planning to add in a 40mm/50mm/85mm lenses to your collection, and your has stated her preference for zooms.

No need to break the bank, just keep shooting.

Mobile or not, how much space are you currently using and how much do you fill it?  Mac or PC?


Basically, if you're only using it at home, do a single USB/FW external as big as you think you'll go, and grab a USB dock for 3.5" drives.  Purchase a few (1,2,5??) naked 3.5" drives from Newegg.  On a regular basis you should replicate the content of the USB/FW drive to one of the naked drives, then put it back in it's packaging and put a date on it then take it offsite.  Rotate through these drives and you should be good.

Lenses / Re: Lens adapters EF-S to EF
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:47:25 PM »
+1 on the 17-40 lens .

As for the daughter, you may want to get her the 18-55 as a first step (depends on age).  Figure you can get both from the sale of the 15-85 (and a few dollars).

Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: January 31, 2014, 01:40:59 PM »
It's too bad they don't use stickies on this forum...and I invested in some good filters and my old ones have a good deal of scratches - I'd be quite unhappy if my front elements looked like my filters!
Stickies would be really helpful, as would more definitive documents as to the options for specific topics - as in wireless speedlites and such.

I wonder if there is any advantage in a type of digital Twin Lens Reflex camera?

Consumers would have to buy lenses in pairs.

Canon would love it if this concept ever got off the ground ... you'll be needing two EF 24-70mm f/2.8 blah Mark II lenses and two EF 600mm blah blah lenses. Instant doubling of sales. Whoohooo!

You wouldn't need to do pairs, a single lens much smaller than your current one would work for the frame & focus, and it could be a semi-superzoom with lots of AF points to cover a wide framing, but as you put on a longer lens, you'd end up with fewer points, but they'd cover the entire frame.  Design it to cover the 18-200mm range, the wider frame wouldn't have as full a coverage, and the tele/supertele would literally have the AF points cover the entire frame, and able to track stuff coming in and out of the frame, so if I'm tracking a subject, and something crosses from outside the frame it ignores it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Repair or replace 7D
« on: January 31, 2014, 12:32:12 PM »
Thank you all for all your suggestions. The primary reason for going to 7D was weather sealing and burst mode. When I had XSi, every time I was back from tropical weather, it used to malfunction. Exposing to little bit of rain was causing rusting of internal parts. 7D never had any issues in that regard. While hand holding, burst mode is a big plus. 7D fits nicely in my hands and going back to xxD or xxxD means loosing that "feel good" factor. Least used feature of 7D is AF system :)
I am still undecided at the moment.

Thanks once again for all your help.

Ah, so there is the issue.  The 7D doesn't really have weather seals.  It has a few, but there are bodies that are much better for use in wet conditions. 

Get the 7D fixed, sell it, and get a 1d mk3 - it's actually designed to be wet.

EOS Bodies / Re: Repair or replace 7D
« on: January 30, 2014, 07:37:00 PM »

Get signed up and see if you get a bit of a discount.  It's worth fixing, even if you were to sell it and buy a new one.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 29, 2014, 10:19:20 PM »
Toss in the devaluing of the yen, and things get more interesting.  Culturally, Sony doesn't know how to play from behind.  Their MP3 play was just horrible - remember the MiniDisk, having to re-encode your mp3's to play them?  Their partnership with Erricson on phones worked until smart phones came around, then got killed.  TV's and home electronics were undercut by Korean brands that produced the same quality for a much lower price.  Toss in their forcing everything to MemoryStick failures and you see an brand ecosystem that just didn't play with others.  Blu-ray isn't the standard for movies, even today in a 'everyone has a flat panel tv' world.

The brand value went down, and the under 30 crowd doesn't remember a time when it was cool to own a Sony - walkman, tv, phone, etc.  it's kind of like Pioneer, their scope of success is just so small now, so their headcount and legacy costs are huge.

More tidbits to chew on:

-You assume the back of the sensor is a flat plane, where has lots of electrical contacts plus a heat sink
-Microlenses on the sensor would throw a fit - they don't do this off axis stuff, plus would throw a lens color cast
-shutter - leaf shutters can do 1/800 of a second, period.  a focal plane shutter isn't going to like being moved around
-lag time - to take a photo it would have to pivot, close the shutter, take the image, and then pivot back into focus/viewfinder mode - much slower than the current setup
-Mirror box bounce - watch some slow motion video of a few frames, and see how much that mirror box bounces over and over with each frame
-general costs - a mirror box is MUCH cheaper to have replaced compared to a sensor

IMHO, sticking with the current mirrorless setups (rangefinder or EVIL) is a safer bet.

For what it is worth, scuttlebutt is that Carryspeed was sued by BlackRapid, and the lawsuit was dragged out enough that Carryspeed gave up.  Not sure how they viewed the product as a knock off.

Canon General / Re: Upcoming trip, any can't miss spots?
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:42:44 PM »
Do what the pro's do - find a local photog or tour guide to connect with at each location.  Work your social media contacts, and places like CR, connect on facebook, etc.  See what they've shot, see where they've been, it'll give you ideas as to where you want to go, and a native speaker of the local language should there be an issue.

4-6 lenses really does need to be better identified - small primes, or white zooms?  Are your bodies gripped or not?  The flycam / table glider need to be better identified as to their size.  Are your filters circular or are you using a Cokin/Lee setup?  Are you using the tripod head on the glider?

What is your second carry on?  Most every flight allows 2, so why are you forcing everything into one?  Since it is more about getting on and off a flight, might want to see about getting a maximum sized duffel bag, and put your two camera bags into it to fend off any flight attendant or counter agent.

I picked up the Niko Messenger from Chrome in San Francisco, and love it, though hate how easily I can overload it.  It fit:  H4d-50 with 28mm, 50-100mm, 80mm, 210mm lenses plus a EOS-M with 10-22 and 100-400 lenses and a 15" MacbookPro.  DAMN it was heavy. 

I was going to look at the Gura Gear bags, and use their no questions asked return policy if it didn't match up to my needs, but I'll save that for another day.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon won't offer a high megapixel body
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:29:24 PM »
I shoot MFD almost exclusively now, and it teaches you a lot of things.  The crop factor isn't .5 - it's like .7, but that depends on what back you're using.  The thing that's special about the H5D-50c / IQ250 is that it's a 1.3x crop factor, so kinda like a APS-H.  The main feature of the whole CMOS MF chip is ISO, and while you wouldn't shot at ISO3200 for a fashion shoot, you could.  It's a first gen product, so we will see how well it goes.

Canon is doing fine selling 22mp bodies, and while I wish they'd up the MP, their focus on lenses and AF has really improved the field.  Who makes the best 24-70? Canon... Who makes the best 70-200? Canon... Who makes the best 300/400/500/600/200-400? Canon...  If the weakest link in the Canon system is their lack of MPs on a 5D3 or 1Dx, we are sitting mighty pretty.

I would think their Dual-pixel AF stuff in the 70D would be VERY welcome in the MF world - you know that whole 1 or 3 AF point limitations we have.  If I were to design a camera today, I'd want one that is the dual personality of a A7r/D800 because some times you want the mirror box and grip for shooting long, but want that shallow mirrorless setup for shooting wide - ala technical camera.

I've got a crazy idea and I think I'll do it in the next few weeks.  In the USA, AT&T has this little Amber Alert device, and there are dog GPS tracking devices.  If I were to leave a bag somewhere, I'm tempted to say having one of these in it would be a gear saver in the event it decided it liked someone else more than me.  Thoughts?  I mean, I'm a backpack camera bag user, but if I were more shoulder or wheel based bag user, the number of times you set a bag down is just downright scary.


The killer app is one where it constantly tracks the GPS on my phone and the one in the bag, and alerts me when we get too far apart.  Is it perfect, no, but with the horror stories of gear stolen, I wonder what the market is like.

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