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EOS Bodies / Re: A Real EOS M Replacement Coming Soon? [CR1]
« on: November 18, 2014, 06:23:46 AM »
Lets hope it has the new 7d2 sensor plus an EVF, or at least a 'clip on' viewfinder....

Lenses / Re: Roger Machin shows new 100-400mm
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:29:46 AM »
 Roger is a product manager at Canon South Africa....

I didnt watch his video...but the typical 'switch' scenario seems to be: " Sheesch, my new little camera is just so much smaller than that big badass 5d3 with the 24-70zoom and that huge 70-200f2.8! My new sony/leica/nikon/pentax/samsung is just so small and compact. I hardly notice its there'...which of course is all I just swap my big ugly zooms for a little pancake and the my 6D is almost just as small and compact as the best out there, and all it cost me was the price of a 'meal'...

 its sensor is seriously lagging? Especially in performance below ISO 800. Sony have also licked shadow noise and suffer no banding.

Perhaps here I don't quite agree with you...My experience with the 6D has only been a pleasure with more than enough dynamic range, plus ability to push shadows and pull highlights enough to meet my needs. Further the ability to shoot at 'any' iso is great - I regularly shoot commercial jobs at 1600iso, gps is nice to have plus wifi that works like a polaroid via my ipad plus a whole bunch of specialist lenses, like my 24TS, 40pancake, 70-300L etc...I just don't see a compelling reason yett to change. Sure the 36mp option is very tempting, but I will give Canon some more time to come up with something similar. The fact is that 20mp is pretty good as it is, and allows me to regularly make A2 enlargements that look superb.

I think the Sony's are great camera and I look forward to the next lot, but hopefully they will address some issues that the current ones have, like soft corners on almost all the lenses, no TS (Canon has Four!)...I don't know, Sony still needs some catching up to do....and judging by the new 7D2/6D sensor at least the shadow banding/noise is something of the past, so the future looks good here in 'my' Canon land....

Software & Accessories / Re: Free DxO Optics Pro 8
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:07:06 AM »
I have them all, topaz, Nik, DPP, DXO 9 and LR. I much prefer LR for everyday stuff, but when I have a very high iso image I process it with the DXO LR plugin. The user interface of DXO is very cumbersome compared to LR. I can t really see much of a difference, DXO looks like it can capture a bit more highlight detail and as said the NR on high iso images work well. For normal use it looks more 'digital' to me than LR..

But if its free, well then why not?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 01:02:56 PM »
I have had mine for a year now. Love the wifi for commercial shoots, clients think its the bees knee and it helps a lot to see fine detail and composition  etc. GPS is great too. I shoot regularly with confidence up to 25000iso. This thing focuses where I can t see with the center AF spot.  A clear step up from the 5d2 in handling 'feel' and image quality . I regularly do commercial shoots at 1600iso.

Bad...well I miss the joystick, even after a year, and outer focus points are not reliable even when they indicate AF was achieved, which is not often anyway. And getting there without a joystick is just too cumbersome to even try.

Pared with my 40mm pancake its a little bigger but far far superior to a X100s. But the cherry on the cake is the silent shutter!

I have written a lot about the 6D here ( plus many images )

Lighting / Re: Speedlites - How many are enough?
« on: October 06, 2014, 02:30:32 AM »
I have three Speedlights, 2x 430mk2's and 1x580mk2, plus two Yongnuo 580 equivalent manual backups. I use the three Speedlights with Hahnel ttl wireless triggers, they can also trigger the two manual flashes. I have stands and umbrella adapters for all of them.

For groups and portraits I usually only use one light with a huge 1.4m diameter translucent umbrella. Sometimes another speedlight for hairlight and another one for the backdrop. Depends on the look but I seldom use more than three/four lights.

Enclosed a kitchen shot I did last week using the three Canon speedlights, although I think for this shot I used only two.

Group photo was done using only one light plus umbrella.

I regularly shoot at 800 to 1600iso to give my speedlights some extra power... with the 6d FF these higher iso's pose no problem.

More of my images here at:

Lenses / Re: HERE COMES THE BRAND NEW EF 50mm f/1.4
« on: October 03, 2014, 04:16:36 AM »
They make kickass 'speedlights' too. Cheap powerful easy buttons and best of all a audible beep when flash is ready. Bought two manual ones for the price of one 430ex2, but with same power as 580ex2. China rules!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:27:42 AM »
I just think the Canon bodies are better looking than Nikon....A7 on the other hand reminds me of my old Canon F1, which was rather beautiful! If I 'jump ship' it will be an A7r mk2 body with adapter as a megapixel supplement  to my everyday workhorse Eos6D....

most of us have been somewhat disappointed that our beloved brand Canon didn't introduce a higher megapixel sensor to rival that of the competition...

"Most" of us?

What do you base that speculation on?
I think he was talking about the trinity.
"I, Me and Myself""

 :) :) :) :) :)

most of us have been somewhat disappointed that our beloved brand Canon didn't introduce a higher megapixel sensor to rival that of the competition...

"Most" of us?

What do you base that speculation on?

Almost every rumor, review, discussion and reply  I have read so far on the web, here and elsewhere laments the fact that Canon has not brought out a higher megapixel camera to rival the A7r and 800/e/810 and improve dynamic range, as it is perceived by many to be lacking in competitive shadow noise.....Keith I am sure you would probably disagree with that but that is MY impression ....

Thanks Ron! I agree re sharpness grain doesn't really matter if the image is strong...and when I look back at a lot of my 'old' film images now they all look a lot 'softer' than my modern digital imagery.

Enclosed a 25000 iso shot of my daughters school play.

Iso 2500 as an intermediate step is awkward, for best iq try to use full "analog" sensor iso stops (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, ...). All other values are derivatives and only modified digitally, as a result you're simply losing dynamic range without gaining image quality. Reminds me of the times when I shot iso 1250 with my 60d, doh.

You are right of course. But, this is a 25 000 iso shot not 2500 iso. Actually it should be 25600 iso, its the 'max' setting of the Eos6d before turning on the even higher so settings, which I haven't even looked at nor used!

What most often happens is that I set the camera on auto iso and then I think these strange iso's get picked automatically by the camera.....

The scary things is that I really cant claim any 'superior' technique...the camera did it all, I just pointed the lens in the general direction I thought would be best! ;)

Here is something from the Eos M..same sensor as old 7d for all practical purposes. 1600 iso at f4 on the 22f2. Definitely not in the 6d's league, but pretty usable me thinks....especially when I think what I paid for it!

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