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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 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 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 . . ...

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 . . .

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 ...

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .

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 . . .   Please have a look and give me some feedback!

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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