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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D and crop feature
« on: September 13, 2012, 09:50:32 AM »
Is it possible the 6D could be a 7D replacement that matches or exceeds the current 7D in crop mode, but also provides for a full frame mode?

I don't think so, Canon has separated the two worlds quite distinctively in the past, for example ef-s lenses don't work on ff so you have to buy new gear when upgrading. I don't see why they'd change that now because I expect them to be quite happy to sell *two* camera bodies to people wanting crop reach and ff iso quality. Anyway, a crop mode imho will only make sense with a high 35-40mp body so enough resolution is left.
Yep, and I can't imagine them releasing that feature in a $2000 camera, but not having it in their $3500 camera as well. While it might benefit enthusiast users more, I am sure there are a few pros that would have gladly taken the crop mode for times they had to do sports, etc.

Its a nice idea for a feature, but, with the way the mounts work, I'm just not sure I see them doing it

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Magic Lantern Firmware - Good or Bad?
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:17:04 PM »
I put ML on my 60d, and it worked fine, no problems. I have since removed it just because I dont do anything with video, and for stills it is not that useful.
I dunno, I actually still like the focus peaking in my stills work, especially for tougher landscape shots. And if I did more macro work, the focus stacking feature is awesome.

Kinda curious how the latest release improves the timelapse/bulb-ramping. The tests I saw were great

Lenses / Re: Where is Canon
« on: September 12, 2012, 02:16:26 PM »
Sony is not noted for exactly hitting the mark.  Even if they did, would they support it after two years?
Yeah, the A99 is just bizarre. It's not gonna steal users from the 5dIII or D800, because the price is too high. And you can get the same sensor for much cheaper in the D600. And after how they botched the A77 release, I can only imagine how the A99 will go.

I think mirrorless is the only thing really keeping them it'll make sense if they get an NEX-9 out there, but, I'm surprised they haven't already. At least they finally announced a bunch of new E-mount lenses, so they can pretend to have a lens lineup there

EOS Bodies / Re: New firmware to Canon 7D, v2.0.3
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:08:01 AM »
They seem to be updating the 7D firmware a lot compared to other bodies.  7D is great and I like to see it getting the love and attention it deserves.  It does make one wonder if this means any direct successor to 7D will be slower than normal in coming, or perhaps not coming at all??
Actually, I think this is a firmware update for things the previous firmware update broke more than anything.

Does it have similarly high performance across the entire focal range?
I'd imagine its as good if not better at 50mm, since that would be the easiest part of the zoom. I think determining it at 24 and 70 makes sense, since that is when the lens has to do the hardest work, so to speak.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 06:58:22 PM »
12800 ISO sounds kind of low - perhaps it could be extended to 25600 and even 51200... that would mean that 6400 was really usable.
Yeah, the spec list says (+H1 and H2), which would seem to imply that it goes go to 51200, but 12,800 is the last true ISO level. And I'd take useable 6400.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 06:54:51 PM »
Just give me a sensor at least on par with the Mark II & better autofocus, a wireless flash controller would seal the deal. I'll gladly do without video to keep the price at $1500 as I think most people would.
If it were that simple, sure, people probably would. But removing video won't make the camera cheaper

Lenses / Re: Post your 24-70 II Experiences Here
« on: September 11, 2012, 02:07:02 PM »
The resolution numbers from Lensrental are impressive

Lenses / Re: Any Wedding Lens Advice?
« on: September 11, 2012, 01:20:56 PM »
You have the mid-range nicely covered with the 17-40, 35 and 50, but you don't have a good telephoto for weddings.  I recommend replacing your 70-300 with either the 70-200 f/4 IS (my preference) or the 70-200 f/2.8 IS (bigger and costlier, but better for low light).

I would also recommend the inexpensive but extremely good 85 f/1.8, in addition to a 70-200.  That would cover the telephoto range very well.
I agree with this. The 70-200 will cover your tele needs and be good for 90% of its uses...and a tele prime would be good for closer up portraits.

The prime route would be to get the 100mm macro (L or non-L), the 135L, and maybe the 85mm f/1.8. That set-up could work nicely if you've scouted your locations well in advance, and you know that you'll need certain focal lengths. You'd have them all covered up through 135, which is more than enough.

But, since you are starting out, the 70-200 is gonna cause a lot less panic than switching lenses a lot

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle for Crop and FF?
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:49:15 AM »
Are you sure the resell value of 10-22mm is good?  I had posted my 6 months 10-22mm on CL for two weeks and asking for 650 in bay area.  No one offered more than 600 for it.  In the last, I had to compromise the price 600 USD.  6 month lens for only about 75% resell value.
Well, there are multiple mistakes here. One, using Craigslist and being surprised that people low-balled you. If you're selling expensive photo equipment, go to a photography forum to sell it. You'd have probably gotten $650 pretty quickly from FredMiranda or POTN. This also makes the point, buy the 10-22 used from someone in mint condition, you'll save some money (say 10% off retail), and when you resell it, you'll have not lost that initial retail price.

Every lens, no matter what, is gonna lose 5-10% when its no longer brand new in the box. Only if the demand gets really high (24-70 for example) will a used lens sell higher than new. But, if the trade off of spending the extra $100 in this case is that you get a useful focal length for 2 years before upgrading, it's well worth the money

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: The Three Best Lenses for Filmmaking?
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:06:26 PM »
I did mean "play", rather than "throw". I've heard that the smoothness and tension of a focus ring can make a difference when shifting a shallow depth of field.
True, but, what you want there is a long throw. A lens that gives you a 270deg throw is gonna allow for minute adjustments in your DOF. One that has a 60deg throw is gonna be impossible to work with. Having a focus ring that is consistent is important, but the throw is even better. The smoothest ring doesn't matter if shifting it 1/2" means you throw focus 10ft

And I agree with the decision to go with Samyang lenses. You can also go with a variety of legacy lenses (Nikon AI, Contax-Zeiss, etc) that are cheap for what they offer, as you are relying on manual focus anyway. In reality, video gives you a WIDE variety of options, and the 50mm should have the most options. Might even be worth avoiding the Canon options and trying to find something more video specific

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: First Canon EOS C100 Short Hits the Web
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:02:55 PM »
Seems cool, but what exactly can't his do that a DSLR can't? Andiryou could afford that, you probably could afford the 1DC, which does 4K
Well, pretty much everything audio-wise, as it is a video camera, not a DSLR. Not to mention built in ND, and dynamic range. Those shots on the beach would be blown out on most DSLR's, though some can be recovered in grading.

And the 1DC is double the price of, it's like saying "if you can afford a 5dIII, you might as well get a 1DX". Plus, when you actually get into the logistics of using 4k, well, you'll see how insane it gets. Hope you have lots and lots of TB of storage

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle for Crop and FF?
« on: September 10, 2012, 04:14:09 PM »
Shooting on a 60d now but anticipating upgrading in the next few years.  I am aware of the 16-35L but it's out of my price range.  Any other options out there?
The Sigma 12-24 would be your only real option, as anything else sacrifices far too much on the wide end (16mm+) to be considered ultra-wide on crop. The difference between 10/11mm and 16mm is very big, and I don't think its worth the trade off for thousands of pictures on the hope you might move to full-frame in a few years

I have a Tokina 11-16, but the 10-22 and 8-16 mentioned would be equally good. And they all hold their value well (being well regarded), so you can probably trade them straight up for a 17-40 when/if you move to full-frame. Or, Canon may have an even better wide angle by then.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:44:16 AM »
Does anyone have good experience with Samyang lenses?  Are any of decent optical quality?
Generally speaking, they are highly reviewed for their optical and mechanical quality (well built, sharp, etc). But every lens they make is manual focus, so many don't use them. The general consensus is that they give you 90% of what an L lens would, but at maybe 1/3 the price. They also make de-clicked versions for video, and they are especially well regarded in that world

In this case, manual focus is a non issue since there isn't an auto-focus tilt shift. If they can price this <$1000, it'll probably work out nicely for them. Cause I can settle for 90% of Canons TS-E 24mm II, especially at 1/3 the price

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D to 5D III upgrade..worth it?
« on: September 10, 2012, 09:36:14 AM »
I like to shoot landscapes, HDRs, and some people/portrait and macro work.
It will be better for all of those purposes. And even if you end up shooting some people in action, the 5dIII AF is better, and the burst rate is still plenty fast

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