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EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:57:50 AM »
Don't underestimate just how much smaller and lighter a 6D with compact lenses is compared with your 5DII combo. The new 24-70 IS + the 6D makes a highly versatile and compact package. Put lenses such as the excellent 40 pancake on and you are as light and nimble as a 'mirrorless'.

Given your sentiments you're making hard work of it with a 5D + grip + 135L.

If you think your images are AMAZING now just wait till you've tried the 6D - especially in the dark  ;)

Yes, I can confirm this! That 24-70 IS also seems like a good lens. I had a grip for my 5d2, and although it has its uses, I actually ended up hardly ever using it for my type of photography.

EOS Bodies / Re: Debating on selling my 5D II and 35L/135L for a...
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:55:27 AM »
Those are huge and heavy lenses!

I recently swopped my 5d2 for a 6D. The 6D is not perfect but the price image quality combination is unbeatable! The 6d's body size is a touch smaller than my old 5D2, but with a 40mm pancake it really becomes a 'take everywhere all the time' type of camera. So much so that I keep on putting off my 'dream' of owing a Fuji X100s, because I am afraid that I might just not use it as much as I would like to. The 6d's high iso capabilities becomes quite addictive and once you get used to its 'uber' image quality it becomes difficult to sacrifice a bit of size and heft for the inevitable inferior image quality of a smaller body. ( The Sony 7's excepted of course) My other everyday lens is the 85f1.8 which makes a nice combination with the pancake and 6d body, and I am sure the whole bang shoot weights quite a bit less than your setup, not to mention less bulky too, and my two lenses turn in absolutely superb image quality....My backup camera is a Eos M plus 22mm which I still use occasionally, but there is just no comparison image quality wise to the 'bigger' 6D.

Have a look at my blog for reviews of the 6D etc..

Street & City / Re: Street 'portraits'
« on: March 31, 2014, 08:18:52 AM »
Thanks Jeff! i will post some more images of my journey on my blog soon....

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2014, 06:54:49 AM »

As you point out, the only people who have to wait are brand loyalists.  Obviously some people have to be, but those who don't might as well do what some of us have done and supplement our Canon bodies with an A7r.  I love mine, both with its superb native primes and my Canon EF lenses (plus a few old manual focus lenses) - so much so that I'm not sure which is my second camera....

Thanks for your impressions! the A7R , with its few drawbacks, like shuttershock, slower ef- AF still seems ideal if you want a hefty resolution increase over the 20-22mp Canon sensors. Its available now, we now what the drawbacks are, and its considerably cheaper than a 5d3 and only slightly more than a 6d. Whats not to like?

It seems ideal paired with Canon mf lenses like the 24ts, which I have, and which I many times wished that it was attached to a more dense sensor. The Canons work fien except when you want to print large. I have a HP Z2100 44 inch printer and its very easy to see when sensors fall apart on paper...

I'm not necessarily a brand loyalist but the economic reality is that I have invested in Canon and to change to a completely incompatible brand now isn't feasible for me. I have looked closely at the A7r for that reason but there seem to be three big question marks - light leak, AF performance and IQ when using an EF adaptor. You clearly love your A7r but what is your experience with these issues if you don't mind me asking?

I don't mind at all. 

1. It's not a "completely incompatible" system; they overlap.  Whether they overlap enough for your purposes I can't say, of course.  I would also say that for many people a complete switch to Sony wouldn't be sensible or desirable, and that I have no intention of doing so.  For me it's a marvelous adjunct which, in some situations, would be my go-to camera - at least until Canon comes up with a close substitute (high resolution, mirrorless, no loss of EF performance, etc. - preferably with IBIS...).   

2. The light leak applies under very limited circumstances, apparently (very long exposures in near-total darkness but with a bright light hitting part of the lens mount), and doesn't only apply to Sony cameras.  Check out Roger Cicala's blog post on the subject at lensrentals.  I never shoot in such conditions, so it's simply not an issue for me (or, I suspect, for 99.9% of people 99.9% of the time).  The shutter-shock problem is far more real (see below).

3.  AF performance with EF lenses is unquestionably inferior in terms of speed - it's not *that* slow, but if you're used to the near-instantaneous focusing you get with the best Canon lens/body combinations it will seem slow (rather comical too - it ambles towards the subject, pauses, goes a bit beyond and then comes back); and it's slow compared to native FE lenses, of course.  But it's probably not inferior in terms of accuracy; in some respects it's superior: one benefit of a mirrorless body is that with on-sensor focusing there's no need to worry about back/front focusing.  If you plan to use it to photograph things that don't move, it's not an issue.  But don't even consider it if you want to photograph sports, children running around, herons-catching-fish, etc. and rely on AF to do so.

4.  As for IQ, I've used these EF lenses: 24-105L, 28mm 2.8 IS, 40mm, 85mm 1.8, 100 L (no AF with this, but the other electronic connections work) and 70-200 f4 IS.  I haven't performed anything resembling a scientific comparison of these lenses on the A7R vs 5DIII or 6D, but I feel confident in saying that not only is the image quality not inferior on the Sony body it's probably superior (I was shocked by the superb image quality I was able to get from the 85mm 1.8 when I first attached it). 

At the time I decided to buy an A7R I had used one exclusively with Canon lenses - it was because the results were so good that I wanted one, and it was not until I had owned it for a while that I bought the two native FE primes; they're superb too, especially the remarkable 55mm 1.8. 

Having said all that, there may well be Canon lenses that don't work as well on the two Sony A7s - I have no first hand knowledge one way or another - but based on what I've read the main problems are with wide angle Leica lenses due to a design that simply doesn't apply to Canon lenses.  I would also add that if you want to use old Canon MF lenses, it's far easier to manually focus on a mirrorless camera (thanks to magnification and focus peaking) than it is on any dslr, especially if you use wide apertures; and Sony's focus peaking and magnification work at least as well as anyone else's.

5.  One flaw you didn't mention is the much-discussed shutter-shock.  This is real, and, in my experience, shows up if your shutter speed is 1/100-1/125, regardless of the lens (apparently it's worse if you use a tripod, but I don't and thus can't comment).  It doesn't seem to be a problem at other speeds, including slower speeds (though you may encounter the usual too-slow-shutter problems if you're not using a lens with IS; IS has no effect on shutter-shock, of course); I've taken plenty of sharp photos at 1/60 (a speed these cameras seem inordinately fond of if you let them decide the shutter speed).  If you avoid 1/100-1/125 you'll be fine.

I hope some of this helps.  Far more competent/savvy/knowledgeable people than I have written about all of this, though, so don't rely  too much on what I've written!
That's very helpful, many thanks for taking the time.

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 11:38:18 AM »
I have a 6D and its a pretty cool camera, chose it above the 5D3 because for my type of shooting killer AF is not necessary, and I didnt want to pay so much more for the same size sensor. Sure Canon makes lots of money with their existing line up. But you know back in the days Canon was at the fore front, first affordable full frame, then the 5D2, and then? we waited and waited.. and are still waiting! I had my 5D2 for four years before I got the 6D. I would have spend money on a D800e equivalent, even if it was more expensive than the 5d3, which the D800 is not btw.  I do need more pixels now and again. A perfect second camera will be the A7r ...which means the waiting's theoretically over..once I have it, no matter how good the rumored megapixel offering will be, I wont buy another camera for at least three years. The best thing about mirror less is that we are not tied to one brand anymore. I can walk into a shop today and get a camera that will fit my TS24...36mp and that lens sounds very tempting to me!

Why are we waiting so long for Canons megapixel offering? Personally I just don't think their technology is there yet... ( but I would love to be wrong! )

EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in 2014? [CR1]
« on: March 26, 2014, 10:30:41 AM »
Well, we have been waiting and waiting....

I think Canon is struggling to bring out a sensor that can compete with Sony's. To make it competitive they have to spend a lot more money on it, that's why the camera will cost more than the 5D3...what other reason can there be? If their technology was as good as Sonys why haven't they released it yet?

If I was Canon I would have just sourced my 36mp sensor from Sony! Then they could have had a Camera on the shelves long ago, and at a reasonable with  price point many happy Canon customers ...

At the moment my money votes for the A7R!

Start with the 5Dmk3, then:

1.  Add GPS.
2.  Add Wi-Fi.
3.  Add an articulated screen.
4.  Improve the shadow noise to be as good as the 6D.
5.  Make the settings lock a lot more intelligent, where you can control what it locks, and in what mode it locks each setting.  For example, in manual mode, I'd like the switch to protect the white balance setting, but not the three exposure settings.
6.  Prevent accidental changes of settings when pressed by your face.  This would require touchscreen-style capacitive touch sensors on the body parts around the buttons so that it can tell whether the button is being pressed by a finger or a cheek.
7.  A third wheel.  In manual mode, this would let you control exposure time, ISO, and aperture.  In the mode you described, this would control exposure time, aperture, and exposure compensation.  And so on.
8.  Replace the CF slot with a second SD slot, and use a modern SD card controller so performance doesn't suck.


Street & City / Street 'portraits'
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:57:44 AM »
Made in a small Karoo town called Strydenburg on my way down to Cape Town.

More I images here :

Street & City / Re: Street Portraits from a small Karoo town...
« on: March 17, 2014, 04:35:25 AM »
I have friends who moved to Calitzdorp... and there was me thinking it was a tiny town. In comparison, it's a thriving metropolis. :)
Great photo's.

Thanks, enclosed a screen print from LR showing exactly where I took each photograph and also how small the town really is!

I wrote some more on my Eos 6D's GPS capabilities here :

Street & City / Re: Street Portraits from a small Karoo town...
« on: March 13, 2014, 07:14:34 AM »
Thanks all for looking and taking the time to reply!

In our small Karoo towns the people are incredibly friendly, but also very inquisitive which makes it a lot easier! Sometimes people just see me with a camera and then invite me to come and take their photographs. Sometimes I  'bribe' them with a packet of chips or a lolly pop. Otherwise I just pluck up my courage and ask, more often than not I get a positive response. Just showing them pics on the lcd also works well. My plan is to get one of those small Canon portable printers to give them pics on the spot which should make things even easier!

Portrait / 'Street' Portraits . . .
« on: March 12, 2014, 11:40:50 AM »
Made in a small Karoo town called Murraysburg.

More images here at :

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 10, 2014, 11:54:21 AM »
Here is another 6D image converted to Tri-X in Nik Silver Efex. Nothing remarkable about these three old ladies walking towards the mosque on busy Longstreet, except that it was made at 20 000 ISO. No noise reduction applied plus a 100% cropto show grain and sharpness....quite remarkable I think.

More of my Tri-X images can be seen here at :

Black & White / Re: The TRI-X 'look'...
« on: March 07, 2014, 03:54:08 AM »
Its quite simple really... In LR4 I reduce contrast a bit so to ensure my highlights are protected. Then open file in Nik silver efex2 and just click on the Tri-x option...if needed I will play around with the colour filters and structure and contrast sliders...and thats it. More fully discussed here with some samples :

I image DXO is pretty similar except it hasnt got a structure sliders, which can get abused sometimes...

The good old days, shooting Tri-X and doing my own processing in a friend's darkroom.  I know DxO Filmpack has a Tri-X option but did you , Ivan Muller, use another way to get the look?  Would you be willing to share that recipe?



Street & City / Cape Town Streets in B&W
« on: March 06, 2014, 11:53:40 AM »
Some images converted to 'Tri-X' via Nik Silver Efex2 made in the iconic Longstreet and surrounding areas of Cape Town.

More of my images of Cape town can be seen here at :

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