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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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EOS Bodies - For Stills / My new 6D, Two weeks in Cape Town, a Review
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:15:45 AM »
I got my 6d in Novemer last year. I traveled through the Karoo for a week and then spend two weeks in Cape Town over the December & January holidays. Over this three week period I took thousands of landscapes, people & travel photographs. My first impressions and review regarding the image quality & what it can do at high ISO, of this awesome 'smaller' dslr  can be seen here at . . . http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-canon-eos-6d-review-part-1-image.html

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I got a new 85mmf1.8 to go with my, also new, 6D, and yesterday I took a stroll down two streets in downtown Pretoria. to test the is combination and see how it would work in the type of location that I usualy lookout for...more images and info can be seen here at . . .http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/12/blue-is-colour.html

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Street & City / Eos 6D & 85mm goes walkabout in Steve Biko str...
« on: December 12, 2013, 02:42:34 AM »
Yesterday I took my new 6d & 85mmm f1,8 lens for a test run in Steve Biko & Voortrekker streets in Pretoria, south Africa...more of my images and thoughts here at . . .http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/12/blue-is-colour.html

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Black & White / Lion at Night - Kruger National Park, South Africa
« on: November 15, 2013, 03:13:10 AM »
We came across these lions one evening on a night drive from Skukuza camp. The males were restless and walking all around a lioness in heat...there are many more of my African wildlife & other  images here on my Zenfolio website . . .http://ivanmuller.zenfolio.com/   Please have a look and give me some feedback!

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EOS Bodies / Re: New high resolution camera
« on: November 12, 2013, 01:47:19 AM »
If one looks at the best sellers from Amazon, which are all amateur cameras with Canon's 'old' technology sensors, then it would seem that there is just no need for Canon to spend money on the R&D of bigger and better sensors. The demand is  just not there from the mass consumers. They like and love 'old' trusted brands and , so it seems, technology. In the present economic climate with dwindling sales it looks like Canon is letting the competition spend money on new products, whilst reaping in the profits from 'cheaper' old technology sensors and design . . . and not putting the company at risk finacially now (not sure about the long term effect though..)

Before the launch of the new sony A7's I was a bit worried about Canon's slow progress on a megapixel, higher dynamic range, less noisy sensor, but mirror less technology can leapfrog Canon's product developement. I can today buy a A7R and via an adapter use my 24ts. Sure I have not tried it but it is seems feasable and it can be done right now. Any technical issues like slower Af, which is not a factor with MF lenses anyway,  is just technology and could//would be improved, and colour casts can be fixed easily in post (LR flatfield correction works like a charm)

So why wait for Canon to bring out a full frame sensor that is ultra competitive image quality wise....?


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Tough Old Buffalo Bull, Kruger National Park...
« on: October 30, 2013, 07:00:12 AM »
Nice Shots Ivan: Love the exposure and Post processing...

If there is one thing I'd do different... in some of them, the composition is too tight/ cropped...

Thanks, Kamps! Re the cropping, its not always easy to photograph, compose and catch the 'beast' before he runs off and all from the confines of a vehicle, and at the same time try and miss all the other cars & people also vying for the same shot...but I do get your point!

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Animal Kingdom / Tough Old Buffalo Bull, Kruger National Park...
« on: October 30, 2013, 04:58:51 AM »
This old guy with a missing ear was standing right next to my car in the Kruger National Park...more of my sepia toned wildlife photographs from this amazing wildlife park can be seen on my new website here at . . . http://ivanmuller.zenfolio.com/p198507512

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Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 23, 2013, 04:29:49 AM »
Retro is useless but can't be worse than TRONesque designs like the A7R. All in all, retro design can be the gaffer tape of mirrorless.

As to your point of size being a marketing ploy: if you think of interchangeable lens system and carrying a kit, I'd say you think like the new version of the newbie prosummer who is the target of those systems. Some of us here want a mirrorless where size is actually the main factor, fixed lens being totally fine. One focal to rule them all (they can probably have a 3 camera lineup, trinity wielding), daily camera for the photog man purse.

Carrying 3 cameras with fixed lenses?? That don't make no sense,  aint nobody got time for that!  :o

Hey when I go photographing I carry a medium format with shift lens, tripod, small camera like a eos m and a 5d2 with some sort of a lens...photography is hard work but its a hell of a lot easier than the old days of schlepping a 4x5 with all the stuff and 10 darkslides for half a day... :)

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Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 22, 2013, 03:57:48 AM »
Northstar, thanks!

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Canon General / Re: What's Next for Canon?
« on: October 18, 2013, 07:38:21 AM »
As a loyal Canon user since the very beginning and not one that gets overly excited about new products from anyone including Canon I have been patiently waiting for Canon to play catchup with the likes of the nikon D800 sans low pass filter, quite sure that it must come at some stage ...but the latest release from sony has really got me excited..36mp in a compact body with Zess lenses...all at fairly reasonable prices. Makes me wonder when we are going to hear about Canons megapixel offering... I am starting to wonder if they dont have a sensor manufacturing problem...can they actually make a megapixel sensor or have they fallen too far behind, or what? Just wondering...

with an adapter I can surely use my Canon lenses and with software l can get rid of colour casts and vignetting...why should I wait anymore from Canon to eventually bring out something to compete?

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Street & City / Re: Milan in Three Days
« on: September 16, 2013, 11:07:10 AM »
Terrific 3d effect on these. What process do you do?  Like these a lot

Thanks, I use Nik color Efex, ' bleach bypass ' with a few personal modifications...

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Camera Body Gallery / In Milan...Street photography with the 'old' 5D2
« on: September 05, 2013, 10:23:48 AM »
I spend three days in Milan using mostly my 5D2 paired with the 24-105L. Its actually quite a nice travel combo if full frame image quality is what you want. As a street tool its probably too heavy and bulky and that old shutter is very very loud..but that's all I had and sometimes I think we fuss too much about this and that and what we have will probably work perfectly...more of my street images made in Milan can be seen here at....http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2013/09/three-days-in-milanday-one.html

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Street & City / Milan in Three Days
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:30:32 AM »

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Landscape / Re: Decaying Nature close up...
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:39:40 AM »
@Ivan: As a first pass, I tend to agree with others that the images were kinda "blah", like I was looking for the punchline. Then, as I got to looking at the detail of them, it reminded me of times I've been in the deep woods hunting elk and notice things that later in photos just don't look that interesting but still capture the memory. It makes sense that these pictures for you are more documentary and less about images with a "wow" factor. I appreciate that from my own experience.

For example, in the first image, I notice the new life growing up through the dead wood. This image captures the memory (if that's what caught your eye). The second image shows an interesting repeating pattern that would be uncommon and something to catch the eye and want to remember. The last image I actually like aesthetically because it shows a brilliant contrast between the gray, weathered exterior and the rich rust/brown interior of the decaying log. Cool.

Astute point about often benefiting more from advice about a "bad" photo than from praise of a "good" photo. I might just learn more by posting some of my "bad" photos...

@VerySimpleJason: Great idea! What an excellent way to take otherwise ordinary (looking) photos and create art. Maybe I can resurrect some of my own "blah" snapshots. :)

@Sporgon: Brilliant observation. I'll bet in less flat light that these same images would have more impact (although I understand that "impact" is not the OP's intention). Add some depth with more angular light, and these photos would probably shed most of the "blah" initial impression.

@anybody: This thread made me think about interest and closeness. I often hear people say, "If your photos aren't interesting, get closer." (If someone famous said that, forgive my ignorance of the source. :) ) It occurs to me that what makes this true so often (and maybe the primary draw into the world of close-ups and macro photography) is that we walk around every day with most everything at arm's or leg's length (or further). Go in close, and ordinary, everyday things suddenly become interesting. Why? For me, it's because I see things (textures, shapes, colors) that I may have had no idea were even there.

Anyway, fun stuff...and interesting thread (at least to me).

thanks! you have said it very well. Sometimes the 'wow' photos tire quickly and the softer photos outlast them..think of a portrait of a kid or anyone with a huge grin on their face..as a personal image of family or  friends it will work and of course never become tiresome...but for the rest of us that don't know the person  the photographs where the smile is more gentle or just a straight level gaze are the ones with staying power, the ones that grow on you...and if well done where the character is revealed...

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