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if the 70-200 f/2.8 II doesn't cut it for you, I doubt anything else will.

Anyhow, compromising is a lose-lose situation because getting the Siggy will have you yearning for more. It's better to buy 70-200 II rather than buying something halfway only to upgrade later on which will eventually cost you substantially higher than getting the 70-200 II outright.

Software & Accessories / Re: Wimberley Head versus Wimberley Sidekick
« on: April 01, 2013, 02:45:47 AM »
Never used the Sidekick but got the full Wimberley II a month back. It is awesome!

BTW, I use my good old backup aluminum tripod for Macro work though changing heads is not really that difficult or time consuming.

Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: March 31, 2013, 10:11:15 PM »
I'd start by getting a girlfriend.
That's the last thing any photographer needs!!!
Always-available model!  :)

Yeah ... Only if she doesn't turns into the only "possible" model  ;D

Lenses / Re: Is the upcoming 50mm F/2 IS USM for me?
« on: March 31, 2013, 03:10:32 PM »
Rather radical, but I'd suggest ponying up to the 24-70 II. It is way sharper than either the 50mm f/1.4 or the f/1.2L.  With a lens with IQ like THAT, you probably won't need the prime.

Canon General / Re: Goodbye Cruel Canon
« on: March 31, 2013, 02:50:49 PM »
Well ... Errrr.... Goodbye then!

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:26:05 PM »
Thanks for the replies -

@ankorwatt - Thanks ... I see your point with the FPN and it is just plain bad. BTW, how many stops were you trying to raise the shadows?

@ Ewinter - Thanks and I wholeheartedly agree ... but it is good to know the limits of what your camera can or cannot do so that one can think of a workaround to the limitations

@ pbd - Thanks. I usually try exposing optimally for the shadow areas and bring down the highlights in post - which is what I did here. and you are right - I really didn't want a low contrast image. I wonder though why Canon's highlight recovery isn't considered in these DR discussions.

BTW, I feel nothing beats the good old GND filters for landscapes.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Crazy... go Nikon?
« on: March 30, 2013, 12:04:20 PM »
At the very outset I offer my apologies for wading into this rather heated discussion. This is a shot I took with the 6D. Please let me know how a Nikon camera would have helped with this.

I'm just a hobbyist and humble student of photography ... HELP!

Canon General / Re: Think I need a 12 step program
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:23:04 PM »
Interesting how people (including myself) don't in the first place buy the best stuff that we can (within our means of course).

I'm on my way to buy the 8-15, 17TSE. 24-70 II, 70-200 II and the 600 II this year ... OUCH!

Edit: not to mention the added investment in tripods, gimball heads, filters and wot not earlier this year!

Glad to see there are more crazy people like me :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:13:53 PM »
To me a sub $1,000 FF is the holy grail. And I cannot wait until it happens.

Going by Canon's recent pricing, Rebels going over $1,000 seems more likely ;)

Canon General / Re: Canonrumors Newbie
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:09:43 PM »
Welcome to CR! Just in-case you didn't know, never mention these topics.


1. Dynamic Range
2. Nikon Releases
3. UV filters
4. Lens Rendering AKA. The lens "look"
5. Canon sensor tech.



Dynamic Range ..... Where's the popcorn dude? ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D as a Compliment to 5DMkiii
« on: March 29, 2013, 01:07:16 PM »
I'm sure that the 6D would be a nice complimentary body to the 5D3 for some users. Personally, I'd rather buy a second 5D3 or a used 1Ds3. I almost never use the center focus point, and aside from the additional 50 AF points that the 5D3 offers over the 6D, what makes those points so useful is how much of the frame they cover (53% horizontally).

The 6D's -3EV center point focusing ability is very impressive. Even so, I find the 5D3's low-light focusing ability to be astoundingly good, even when it's so dark outside that you can hardly see your feet :)

Another great perk of the 5D3/1Dx AF system is how many of its 61 AF points function as cross-type sensors, even with slow glass.

The third shot is awesome

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D as a Compliment to 5DMkiii
« on: March 29, 2013, 12:57:40 PM »
If you have a 5D Mark III, there wouldn't really be any reason to buy or have a 6D, unless you shot with a backup camera and didn't want to spend the resources to buy another 5D Mark III. 


This was the reason I bought the 6D as a backup body to the 5d3. Similar IQ for less price but compromising on some of the excellent features of the 5d3.

The interface is quite different between the 5d3 and the 6d and it takes some time to get used to shooting with both cameras at an event.

Here is a natural light P&S image, it has all sliders set to zero, there is no sharpening applied, the 100% crop corresponds to a 700% or so crop on a FF camera.

Just curious ... How did you come up with 700 percent?
I was using the crop factor to reinforce the idea of sensor area that has been reproduced. I am probably out a bit as I guestimated and didn't take the time to do the maths (DOH!), but my point was a 100% crop from a 14 MP 7.6 x 5.7 sensor is a much greater magnification than a 100% crop from a 20mp 24 x 36 sensor, and you shouldn't expect as much.

Seeing as how my image has zero sharpening and the lens is not anything to write home about I think the detail and sharpness in the very narrow plane of focus is pretty remarkable.

I'm probably out a bit too ... It's 11:30 pm here.

BTW, I understood that 100% crop on any system will be the same. The image remains the same and it's only cropped by the size of the sensor.

Sorry if this is off topic.

I'd say ... Sell the 400D. The lenses, you can wait a bit and see if you need them on the 7D.

BTW, there is no such thing as a loss selling gear you never use. You can always use the proceeds to get stuff you really need.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announces the EOS T5i
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:50:49 PM »

Yeah, right - incredible iq from this sensor (in comparison to a mobile phone?), crisp/detailed images with a kit lens and shooting in low-light on crop (with tripod?) ... the Canon marketing guys are about to be hit by lightning.

Unlikely ... or else they would already have been struck by lightning for royally screwing up the AF on the 6D.


All the field reports I've heard of the 6D suggests that it actually has quite remarkable autofocus performance, including that it focusses better in very dim light than any other camera ever made.

Sure, it doesn't have as many points. And, yes -- of course! -- it doesn't perform as well as Canon's top-of-the-line cameras like the 1Dx and 5DIII. But it would seem to have the best autofocus of any midrange camera ever made.

If that's a royal screwup, I sure wish I could screw up that royally more often....


1 x type AF points looks like a royal screw up when the crop bodies are coming up with more x type Af Points. But then, maybe I am spoilt with the 5d3.

Point is, the 6D shouldn't have been crippled to such a great extent. What was preventing Canon from putting in a 7D sort of AF system is anyone's guess. It has been done on purpose and I don't see how anyone can defend that.

The low light AF is indeed a nice feature but then ... Could have been waaaay better!

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