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Why not get a used 5d2 and a shiny new lens and enjoy both worlds? A new 6D offers more than the 5d2 but its priced much higher ... Unless you need the ergonomics, weather sealing, GPS and Wi-Fi (and it looks like you don't).

"Investment", if I use that word, is best made in a lens as it will outlast the camera body you buy and also retain its value (especially if you are buying an L lens).

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Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:31:08 AM »
Every time I talk to my wife about purchasing new equipment.
Hahahaha that is the best thing i've heard in a while :P

You tell your wife how much you are going to spend on camera equipment?  Gave that up a long time ago, and just hope she can't tell the difference between the anonymous looking black bodies.


+1 ... If I hadn't put my faith in the above reasoning, I would never have been able to exchange the 7D + $$$ for a new 6D.

Lenses though are another issue. I'm sure that my wife would notice a new 600mm when I get it.

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Canon General / Re: How to Pre-Visualize like Ansel Adams
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:26:18 AM »
Nice work graham. I'm heartened to know that there still are people who take the trouble of learning the old school way. Too many times I've seen photographers working with a smash and grab attitude not unlike robbing a bank. Mostly people nowadays tend to take too many shots in the hope of getting at least a few of them right. There is so much that is ignored these days - composition, lighting, shot set up and so much other relevant important stuff that makes you wonder what the hell is going on.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod/Monopod - What a clever idea!
« on: March 14, 2013, 10:02:37 AM »
The one I saw was another "new" brand which I cannot remember. I guess these are coming out of China - not disputing the quality.

I too would buy one ... Only the gold color was just too much. I'd forgotten all about it till you mentioned it. Maybe another visit to the store is needed ... Maybe it's arrived in a new avatar.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:27:08 AM »
I don't suppose the 135L is used for landscapes but in this instance I had to because this was the only lens I had longer than 105mm.

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Canon General / Re: Inspirational
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:19:18 AM »
Touching ... thanks for posting.

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:17:13 AM »
I guess the biggest trick here is to start shooting with both eyes open. Most people find it disconcerting and avoid it but once you figure it out, using either eye is easy and it becomes a simple matter of choice.

Personally, I use the left only if I'm having trouble with the contact lens in my right eye. I find the right eye more suitable because the left is free to survey the scene.

People shooting with the left ... do you find any advantage with it or are you doing it only by instinct?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Tripod/Monopod - What a clever idea!
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:09:06 AM »
I too saw something similar recently. Two legs of the tripod folded upwards and effectively merged into the center column converting it into a monopod ... and the dealer was throwing in a small ball head for free.

The only reason I didn't buy it was because some dudes in China thought a golden color would look great on it  :P

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Software & Accessories / Re: Help on interpreting FoCal results
« on: March 14, 2013, 09:00:58 AM »
I have done several rounds of FoCal, and I still find it difficult. I get seemingly conflicting results depending on distance, lighting, moonphase and what not.

I am starting to suspect that AF inaccuracy (at least in my case) is as much about random error, as it is about a constant bias (only the latter can be reliably corrected).

-h

Moonphase ... L oh L  ;D

There was the new moon a couple of days back ... maybe the OP did the FoCal back then ... explains the 100L ... BRILLIANT!  ;D ;D ;D

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Topaz DeNoise ... try out the 30 day trial. You might just like it.

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Interesting discussion. One does wonder though what would happen if Canon came close to Nikon's DR in low ISO at the cost of losing a stop or two in High ISO.

Now who would want that camera?

Why at the cost of losing a stop or two High ISO? The two are achieved via different means. I don't think the mechanisms by which Canon could improve Low ISO performance would by necessity eliminate the gains they have made at High ISO. The best of both worlds could be had if Canon can figure out how to reduce their read noise.

Thanks ... I'm not too savvy with the tech of how this is possible - only just started learning so I'm just reading any stuff which is available on these matters as and when I have time.

Anyhow, my basic issue with DR complainers is that if somehow Canon offered a sensor much alike the Nikon - high DR at low ISO and poor High ISO performance - how many takers would they have? Would the people who are grumbling now be pleased then, losing the High ISO performance?

That's the essential difference between Canon and Nikon sensors and personally, I'd choose High ISO performance any day over Nikon's DR, which, I may hasten to add, I'd love to have in my Canon cameras ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Will the 70d have a new sensor?
« on: March 14, 2013, 01:38:47 AM »
Sooooo much wishfull thinking
Sooooo much scope for massive disapointment

+1 ... Happens every time!

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Interesting discussion. One does wonder though what would happen if Canon came close to Nikon's DR in low ISO at the cost of losing a stop or two in High ISO.

Now who would want that camera?

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Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 13, 2013, 09:33:28 PM »
I was taken out by an out of control skier on a steepish slope. A number of cuts and bruises but fortunately the gear was unharmed as it fell in soft snow.

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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 09:26:58 PM »
Right eye ... With the left open usually surveying the scene

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