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Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

Actually there appears to be two threads going on.  One is about the 5D3 (the hostile hijacking of the original thread), the other is about the 6D (the original thread).  I've tried to agree to disagree, but that's not always possible.

Unfortunately there is not a satisfactory amount of practical information about specifically the 6D's autofocus, and how best to use it, in this thread.  I've tried to share my impression of its capabilities (and limitations) based on 13 months' experience and 15,000 shutter cycles, on my 6D.  I have used 8 lenses (9 if you count a TC combination) on it over this period of time.  I feel there are a few others who briefly contributed to this thread, that I could learn more from.  But they might have been soured by the thread's hijacking.

As for your DSLR playing backup to an EOS M, I'm not sure why that would be.  Whatever works for you.

Just to be clear, the OP in this thread DID ask about the 5D3 vs. the 6D.

+1 ... but then, you see what you want to see. Not that it is surprising though.

Well that would make the title of the thread misleading...it should have been "6D vs 5D3 autofocus capabilities, let's bust a hole in one while heaping fanboy praise on the other one."  That is what would not be surprising...And since you want to be clear, how about reading the context of what the OP was saying?  He said he didn't want quirky autofocus behavior with fast lenses, and yet said he also didn't intend to make a living from his photography.  That last part to me, was code for "I don't think I need to spend the extra 1000 Euros to get the better autofocus".  For my part, I posted a difficult shot in very low light with a fast wide angle prime lens, that achieved the focus plane I wanted, via focus recompose on the 6D.  A shot that the OP would never need to attempt, actually...The 6D has its quirks, and the AF sensor is its biggest compromise.  Everybody knows that.  To keep belaboring it, is silly.  But the first post in this thread by the OP, did not scream out a need to buy a 5D3.  Clarity is a wonderful thing.

Whatever Carl. TBH, I don't care what you think

Feeling is extremely mutual.

Come on boys, hug it out.  Hug it out...

Thanks, but not in this case!  :)

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Lenses / Re: I'm done - I have all the lenses I need
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:12:05 PM »
Time for another confession  :-[.  The more I use the TS-E 24 II, the more I love it and while innocently browsing the Canon refurb sale, I found a TS-E 17 in stock.  Now my AMEX bleeds :'(.

I think the 16-35 II is in serious peril, however.

Congratulations on the purchase  :) and sympathies for your wallet  ;)

I too have the TS-E17 as well as the 16-35 II so, a question ... unless you are mostly a tripod shooter, why would you sell off the 16-35 II? To me, both the lenses serve completely different purposes.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:55:37 PM »
Nice images.

Gary, in the third image where there appears to be ghosting in the bottom two OOF flowers ... is this normal? I've had the 85L II for a few months now but have not seen anything like this ... yet.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: May 02, 2014, 09:45:33 PM »

My WimberleyII Arrived today....AWESOME ;) Thanks everyone.

I bought the WIMBERLEY II and a cheap gimbal head on amazon(not as smooth as the Wimberley)

I'm going to return the cheaper  version: http://www.amazon.com/Opteka-GH1-Heavy-Gimbal-Supports/dp/B0071BIQZC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399066268&sr=8-1&keywords=gimbal+head

Good choice Dylan. The Wimberley II is a great gimbal. So now we can look forward to more BIF photos from you  ;)

I too tried out a cheaper gimbal but it didn't look very reassuring. There are a few hacks which sell here in India for cheap but there is no point if you are mounting gear worth + $6K on it - Safety first! Better to spend a few hundred more and get one of the best gimbal that exists.

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Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

Actually there appears to be two threads going on.  One is about the 5D3 (the hostile hijacking of the original thread), the other is about the 6D (the original thread).  I've tried to agree to disagree, but that's not always possible.

Unfortunately there is not a satisfactory amount of practical information about specifically the 6D's autofocus, and how best to use it, in this thread.  I've tried to share my impression of its capabilities (and limitations) based on 13 months' experience and 15,000 shutter cycles, on my 6D.  I have used 8 lenses (9 if you count a TC combination) on it over this period of time.  I feel there are a few others who briefly contributed to this thread, that I could learn more from.  But they might have been soured by the thread's hijacking.

As for your DSLR playing backup to an EOS M, I'm not sure why that would be.  Whatever works for you.

Just to be clear, the OP in this thread DID ask about the 5D3 vs. the 6D.

+1 ... but then, you see what you want to see. Not that it is surprising though.

Well that would make the title of the thread misleading...it should have been "6D vs 5D3 autofocus capabilities, let's bust a hole in one while heaping fanboy praise on the other one."  That is what would not be surprising...And since you want to be clear, how about reading the context of what the OP was saying?  He said he didn't want quirky autofocus behavior with fast lenses, and yet said he also didn't intend to make a living from his photography.  That last part to me, was code for "I don't think I need to spend the extra 1000 Euros to get the better autofocus".  For my part, I posted a difficult shot in very low light with a fast wide angle prime lens, that achieved the focus plane I wanted, via focus recompose on the 6D.  A shot that the OP would never need to attempt, actually...The 6D has its quirks, and the AF sensor is its biggest compromise.  Everybody knows that.  To keep belaboring it, is silly.  But the first post in this thread by the OP, did not scream out a need to buy a 5D3.  Clarity is a wonderful thing.

Whatever Carl. TBH, I don't care what you think

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+1 or +3 or wherever we are on the standard Eneloops.  They've treated me well.  I’ve been slowly using older ones to put in remotes and clocks and whatnot around the house.  They last forever in low power applications.

I couldn't find the link, but somewhere out in the internets some guy wrote up a pretty good page comparing major brands for flash use.  I don't remember the details but I remember being surprised that the high capacity batteries didn't (Eneloop and PowerEx) didn't really pack all that many more shots in over the standard Eneloops.  I wish I could find the page to confirm, but I remember thinking that the price hike on the high capacity version just wasn't worth the cost.

Probably this link ... http://www.slrlounge.com/the-best-aa-battery-for-flash-the-ultimate-practical-review-of-aa-batteries-for-photography

Hope this helps!

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:07:03 AM »
I have both - if I had to choose between them, I'll take the 85L every time :)

+1

+2

The 50's keeper rate is lower, but having owned the 50/1.4 and 50 1.8 mrk 1, I'm very happy with the 50/1.2.  Keep in mind you are judging the 50/1.2 to the legendary 85/1.2.

+3 ... but then the 50L isn't designed for sharpness anyway - Personally, I bought it for the bokeh and it excels at that. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon's f/1.2's: What is really going on?
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:04:44 AM »

I have noticed this happens a lot on this forum, more so than others, people theorise about something, somebody with actual experience comes along and says your comments might be theoretically sound but your conclusions are off by a factor of, a lot. The theorist then goes on and on posting, giving meaningless comparisons, ever longer lists of calculations and percentages to "prove" their point, meanwhile the poster with actual experienced gets completely pissed off and either leaves the thread or annoys any readers by trying to defend their position which actually answered the point.


One could be forgiven for believing that the above paragraph was written in the context of the Ancient Aliens program on The History Channel.  :P

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 27, 2014, 12:11:21 PM »
Took this recently
Lovely picture!

You said "Light is language". True. So true!

Thanks rpt. The words belong to Joe McNally. I'm a big admirer of his work.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 26, 2014, 01:34:06 AM »
Took this recently

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Photography Technique / Re: Panning
« on: April 25, 2014, 11:40:19 PM »
Lovely shots here!

+1 for putting distance between the subject and the background. Also helps if the background has smaller elements like leaves (and not cars...).

Thanks for the suggestions rpt. I'll keep the tips in mind when I shoot this weekend. Will revert with pics  :)

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Are there really two threads going on about this camera's AF pushing 20 pages now? 

Why can't people just agree to disagree, and accept the fact the 6D is a great camera for what it is - an entry level FF body with great IQ but with simplified AF.

Sometimes one tool is better than another based on needs/wants.

To put things in perspective, my SLRs are playing backup to my EOS M at the moment  :o

Actually there appears to be two threads going on.  One is about the 5D3 (the hostile hijacking of the original thread), the other is about the 6D (the original thread).  I've tried to agree to disagree, but that's not always possible.

Unfortunately there is not a satisfactory amount of practical information about specifically the 6D's autofocus, and how best to use it, in this thread.  I've tried to share my impression of its capabilities (and limitations) based on 13 months' experience and 15,000 shutter cycles, on my 6D.  I have used 8 lenses (9 if you count a TC combination) on it over this period of time.  I feel there are a few others who briefly contributed to this thread, that I could learn more from.  But they might have been soured by the thread's hijacking.

As for your DSLR playing backup to an EOS M, I'm not sure why that would be.  Whatever works for you.

Just to be clear, the OP in this thread DID ask about the 5D3 vs. the 6D.

+1 ... but then, you see what you want to see. Not that it is surprising though.

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Photography Technique / Re: Panning
« on: April 25, 2014, 10:45:46 PM »
Nice shots yorgasor. The first one is very nice.

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Photography Technique / Re: Panning
« on: April 24, 2014, 03:14:53 AM »
Very nice shots wickidwombat ... Good to see the Tammy working well for you

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Software & Accessories / Re: Gimbal Head: Wimberley Vs Jobu
« on: April 21, 2014, 09:50:52 PM »
I got the Wimberley II last year because I'd injured my left wrist and couldn't handhold the 100-400 + 5d3 without suffering a lot of pain. Worked like a charm.

I've given the RRS Pano-Gimball a look and to me it appears to be a better Gimball overall. If not anything the fact that you can knock it down for storage and transport gives it a big +1 in my book.

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