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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Eos 6D & GPS is just Great!
« on: March 05, 2014, 04:40:57 AM »
When I bought my 6D towards the end of last year I thought the build in GPS feature was just another gimmick. But after activating it and seeing all the info now just one click away in Lightroom4, I actually regard it as a 'must have' for any travel photographer. I recently traveled to Cape Town and also Plettenberg Bay on the Garden route. I can now go back and precisely see where each photograph was made and things like streets & towns and minor roads are now easy to identify. My wife is now also spared her tedious travelling duties of jotting down in my notebook each and every location, plus a description, of where I stopped and photographed!

Shown here an owl that we spotted in atree just outside our restaurant on Thesen Island in the  Knysna Lagoon and the exact position where I stood, clearly shown on the map.

More of my Garden route photographs and a short review of the GPS function can be seen here at:


Camera Body Gallery / 6D does the Garden Route of South Africa
« on: March 05, 2014, 04:22:05 AM »
My wife and I spend a weekend in Plettenberg Bay on The Garden Route. At least one can swim in the sea here as opposed to Cape town where the water is bitterly cold! The landscapes are just as dramatic as Cape town but it was out of season and the large crowds, now a permanent feature of Cape Town, are thankfully absent here in the Garden route.

More of my images and a review of the GPS function of the Eos 6D can be seen here at :


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My new 6D, Two weeks in Cape Town, a Review
« on: February 10, 2014, 03:03:16 AM »
Chien, enjoy the trip & thanks for the kind words!

Lenses / Re: Lens filters or not?
« on: February 05, 2014, 11:24:31 AM »
Damn, reading this thread made me paranoid! :D

What brand/model would you recommend? I found this purposedly built filters from Hoya, the HD Protector series. Has anyone tried them?

go to 'lenstip' they have actually tested a whole bunch of filters. My personal preference based on their reviews are the Marumi filters made in Japan. But for what its worth, I sometimes shoot with the filters on sometimes off and have never been able to see a difference, therefore I keep em on.... mostly!

Lenses / Re: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Request for Samples
« on: February 05, 2014, 11:20:13 AM »
Wade send me a e-mail address to ivanmuller@icon.co.za.

Just had a look at some extreme shift images made recently and I am actually pretty happy with the results...it is when we start comparing that the headaches begin!

Lenses / Re: From Good to Great!
« on: February 05, 2014, 11:17:27 AM »
Badger, thanks for the info...I didn't even know they existed, but I shall keep them in mind!

Lenses / Re: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Request for Samples
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:51:35 AM »
Wade, my workload is such that I would not like to make promises I cant keep! But I will see if I can help you ...

I wish Canon made a A7R equivalent. I wish they made an affordable 36+mp camera... But look at the numbers and the current economic climate and one will perhaps have a better understanding  why they do what they do. Just look at Amazons top seller list and one will see what sells. Canon is not a small niche seller, because  they just cant or wont, it doesn't really matter what the reason is, its just a fact...but the world is changing. I can now buy a Sony that will fit all my Canon lenses, I can buy a Sigma lens that is better and cheaper than a Canon...so whats there to complain about?

 I just got a 6D last year and no matter what anyone says its a superb camera that gives fantastic image quality, handles well, and is relative small and affordable with tried and trusted ergonomics, image quality etc etc...just the camera I like using on paid assignments, with a wide variety very high quality lenses and accessories. It might not be as cute and daring as a A7R but I know it will bring home the bacon, just like the 5d2 did and my other ones before that...if we buy enough A7R's maybe they will change but in the meantime its not like I don't have choices right now...

Lenses / Re: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Request for Samples
« on: February 04, 2014, 04:49:17 AM »
Is very possible that you have a lemon. I went through quite a few before I got one that's better. Mine is actually slightly sharper in the corners than center...and equals the sharpness of my 17-40 and 24-105 in the center and obviously is much better in the corners, even when shifted. Very little if any distortion and very slight chroma in corners but often not noticeable...Its a difficult lens to fix as the technicians often don't have much experience or the latest software...where I live mine was the first one they ever worked on and they didn't even have the latest software...so I would make sure that I send it to a repair center that can handle such a complicated lens. Other send it back and ask for another one . Keep your original test images to compare...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: My new 6D, Two weeks in Cape Town, a Review
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:02:14 AM »
Thanks Badger, i will post some more as I process my ton of images...

Landscape / Re: Two weeks in Cape Town - a photographers paradise!
« on: January 17, 2014, 10:00:24 AM »
Thanks all! I will post some more as I get through the processing....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Driving myself crazy, need help!
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:18:02 AM »
Get yourself a Eos 6D, the low light focus is fantastic and the high iso capabilities is just superb! Forget about aps-c,  Nikon or Canon, get FF, plus a fast wide angle and your set, the Sigma 35mm 1.4 seems to be the one to get. A used Nikon D700 is also a good buy I am sure. A Nikon 610 should also be very good. I just got my new 6D at the end of last year and have just spend two weeks in Cape Town and the image quality just blew me over. My images from the trip can be seen here at . . ...http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-canon-eos-6d-review-part-1-image.html

Landscape / Re: Two weeks in Cape Town - a photographers paradise!
« on: January 17, 2014, 03:08:09 AM »
Thanks! Haven't been to Cape Town on an extended holiday myself for more than 10years, except for the occasional weekend, but I was mightily impressed by how beautiful it was, how everything just ran smoothly and by how much there is to see and do. Only problem is that the sea is too cold to swim in and there Durban/Natal beats Cape Town hands down!

Landscape / Two weeks in Cape Town - a photographers paradise!
« on: January 17, 2014, 01:21:37 AM »
From a photographers perspective Cape town must have it all. Landscapes, cityscapes, 'THE MOUNTAIN', super friendly people, wine, beaches all within half an hours drive. I just got my new 6D at the end of last year and it was just perfect.

More of my Cape Town images  can be seen here at . . . http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-canon-eos-6d-review-part-1-image.html

I make a living from photography and have been using a 5d2 for the last three years and just got a 6d. I couldnt be happier and it is a great upgrade from the 5d2. Of course 5d2's are now going used for the same price as 70d's and that makes them great  bargains! From a professional point of view the 5d2 is still great. The 24-105 is a nice general purpose lens to have but its really not canons best. My most used lenses are all primes, a 24ts, 40mm pancake and the 851.8. Granted the TS cost more than the camera, but the 40 & 85 are all 'budget' lenses that are super sharp and from a working perspective are just great and deliver far superior quality than the 24-105 zoom. I have just come back from two weeks in Cape Town and the 6D behaved impeccably, and most of my images were made with the 6d plus 40mm combo...some of my Cape Town images can be seen here at ...http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-canon-eos-6d-review-part-1-image.html

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