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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:46:48 AM »
Highly suspicous. 

It would seem like this spec would have at most a xxD tag, maybe Rebel tag.  And the rumors have all been about the 6D.  So I guess we've conditioned ourselves to expect an entry level to the PRO line, in FF.  This would be something else entirely.  Maybe the 70D?  Viewed in that light, it wouldn't be as bad. 

The free accessories (GPS, Wifi) sound too good to be true.  The new sensor sounds fishy.  That seems like a lot of R&D for not much difference.  I like the ISO range if its pretty clean up to 12800.  The AF system sounds like next gen rebel or xxD maybe?  And just because one of the points is a cross type 2.8 point, that doesn't mean the rest aren't the older type cross sensors. 

-Brian

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Wicki..indeed having this issue with the MK III so yes 1/60 just clears it.

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Most shots like that are not done at wide aperture.  That is the purpose of the neutral, flatly detailed backgrounds.  It allows you to get nice even lighting and a sharp picture at say F8 by using your flashes, and still have the effect of a blurred or flat background.    What a lot of folks do here is set their ISO as low as necessary, shutter to max sync speed that actually works (In your case 1/160), and then close the aperture down until a photo taken with no flash is just a black frame.  Then turn up your flash power setting until you get the exposure you want.

Used a Light Meter here for (what I thought was ) dead on accuracy but of course once the reading is taken I could rotate the wheel to say 1/125 the watch the aperture get smaller.  In watching the Joe McNally course, he shot his subjects at F2 with the 200mm for a narrow DOF on the subjects eye with a nice smooth hair flow and also 5.6 with 70-200.

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One thing to remember, the flash is only really affected by your camera's aperture setting.  The flash burst only lasts for a few thousands or ten-thousands of a second.  If the light from the flash is the only light in the picture, you won't see a single difference in exposure at any shutter speed setting below your sync speed.  So to get a wider aperture, you need less light from the flash.  Set them to their lowest power, and if that doesn't work move them farther away.   As you said you can use ND filters on your camera, or ND gels on your flashes. 

Correct.  The Elinchroms go down to 2.0 then increase to 6.0 with 1/10 stops in between (whole numbers are full stops) I had these at 2.2 - thanks for the insight

I dont have my own light meter, so I could be off here. But a fwe of them I've seen had different settings for flash and non-flash metering.  Did yours make the flash flash to take its readings?  Usually you have to hold a remote or something to fire them with the meter in place, then get the reading for aperture. 


-Brian

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Its funny the features that everyone considers 'necessary' or a body is 'DOA'.  There would have to be 1,000 versions of each model to make everyone happy.  :)  Or everyone would have to buy a 1Dx/Nikon Equivalent. 

A little lesson on how screwed up econonomics are:  someone said 'electronics are supposed to get cheaper...'  well, they do - but that doesn't mean the price has to go down.  Inflation is generally calculated on how much it costs to get what you paid for yester-year, in today's dollars.  Only, you can't get a new 1DII anymore, so they compare it to the next thing - say the 1DX.  Its more?  Yes, but it offers more features.  So they determine the relative value, and guess what, its only really 2% more, or in some cases its less.  Buy a car in 1990?  A nice Lexus for $20k?  That same one costs $40k now?  But wait...look at all those safety systems, bells, whistles, buzzers, and knick knaks the '90 model didn't have.  Lo and behold, the new one is actually the same price - from an inflationary/technological stanpoint.  That is how the calculation works.  Its how stuff is 50% more expensive now, but inflation has been 'very low' for a 'long time'.  Its also why food isn't included in inflationary costs.  Your potato today has no technological advantage over the one from 20yrs ago, but its still twice as expensive.  What would the world's governments have to do about that if that was part of inflation?

So companies think that way.  They don't want to provide better prices, they want to provide better value for the price.  And that can occur at a higher price point as long as the 'value' allows it to.  That is exactly what happened with the 5DIII.  It has a LOT more features than the II.  And therefore a lot more Value.  So it is 'fairly priced' in the eye of the seller.  Its up to us to validate the value calculation buy either buying or not buying the stuff.

-Brian

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Most shots like that are not done at wide aperture.  That is the purpose of the neutral, flatly detailed backgrounds.  It allows you to get nice even lighting and a sharp picture at say F8 by using your flashes, and still have the effect of a blurred or flat background.    What a lot of folks do here is set their ISO as low as necessary, shutter to max sync speed that actually works (In your case 1/160), and then close the aperture down until a photo taken with no flash is just a black frame.  Then turn up your flash power setting until you get the exposure you want.

One thing to remember, the flash is only really affected by your camera's aperture setting.  The flash burst only lasts for a few thousands or ten-thousands of a second.  If the light from the flash is the only light in the picture, you won't see a single difference in exposure at any shutter speed setting below your sync speed.  So to get a wider aperture, you need less light from the flash.  Set them to their lowest power, and if that doesn't work move them farther away. 

As you said you can use ND filters on your camera, or ND gels on your flashes. 


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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D600 $2700 MSRP??
« on: September 12, 2012, 05:27:32 PM »
Rumor has it canon is/has already discontinued the 5DMKII.  I think the 6D will definitely replace, not compete with it in the very short term here.  So they could bring it in at the current 5DII price or higher.  Based on recent history bet on higher.  With the 5DMKIII way up at  $3500, they got lots of room to go higher.  I hope its no higher than $2500.   Not sure I'd buy it at that, but too close to the 5DIII if it goes any higher.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 12, 2012, 10:20:52 AM »
Canon's will come in at $2500 is my guess.   My reasoning:  It has to be more than the 7D, its likely to be more than the 5DIIs final price...and they've got that at MSRP $2199.  I could see them going as high as the original 5dII price of $2700 body only.  If they put it at $3k its too close to the 5DIII.  Based on my flawed logic, I'd put a range for prices on this thing at $1900-2700.  With their trend of overpricing significantly compared to the competition, I put the odds at $2500. 

So that's my speculation.   I'm hoping to be pleaseantly surprised!

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: *UPDATE* More Canon EOS 6D Specs Surface [CR1]
« on: September 12, 2012, 08:02:02 AM »
A full frame with ONLY 12800 iso??? :o :o  If it will be so, NO thanks! Save money for the 5D mk3...

I'd be ok with this limitation if the iso 12800 is the same as on the 5d3 - I cannot imagine shooting at higher iso values anyway.

I'm with you there...if the 12800 is as usable as the MKIIIs, and it has AFMA, this could be a great deal.

-Brian


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 12:28:19 PM »
IDK...i suppose it might.  I personally prefer CF because they are more robust and you can get some super high speed ones.  SD cards are a lot cheaper, so if I have to add some that is some solace.

There are two ways to look at this:

1. I want my rebel users to upgrade, so I'll put SD card slot in so they can use their current stuff.
2. I want this to be a gateway to pro models, so I'll put a CF card slot in to make the next step easier/give it the feel of a pro set up. 

Maybe it'll have dual slots so they can cover both bases?  I wish!  But not going to happen in an entry level body.

Sorry, but do you ever use SD´s? They´re fast, durable & cheaper than cf´s... For exemple the 16GB SD Extreme Pro 95MB/s from SanDisk for only 33 €, instead of more than 100 € for an CF Card with this speed...


No, I don't use them very much.  As I said in one of my earlier posts, I have CF cards for my 40d and 5d.  I do have a couple of older SDs for a point and shoot, and a pair of micro SDs for some android tablets.  They are the same model (Sandisk Extreme IIs i think) as my CF cards, and not as fast to transfer despite the label.  I do realize this isn't a scientific test, and SD cards have advanced quite a bit along with CF cards over the years.  They also seem fragile, though I've never broken one of either type. 

I simply find the CF card a more pleaseing format for me.  Definitely not a deal killer though.  Murphy's laws would imply there is a 100% chance of this cam being SD based, since I just bought a new set of CFs.  LOL.  But time will tell. 

I see the 7D AF thing has popped up again - there is always one person talking bad for every 5-10 in a thread that talking good about that AF system.  I wonder if there is a  QC issue, or if its a learning thing.  I'll have to do some more research.

-Brian


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 09:47:34 AM »
IDK...i suppose it might.  I personally prefer CF because they are more robust and you can get some super high speed ones.  SD cards are a lot cheaper, so if I have to add some that is some solace.

There are two ways to look at this:

1. I want my rebel users to upgrade, so I'll put SD card slot in so they can use their current stuff.
2. I want this to be a gateway to pro models, so I'll put a CF card slot in to make the next step easier/give it the feel of a pro set up. 

Maybe it'll have dual slots so they can cover both bases?  I wish!  But not going to happen in an entry level body.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 11, 2012, 08:34:30 AM »
I didn't realize they switched the xxD series to SD cards.  My 40D is CF so i assumed the new ones were as well.  I hope they stick with CF cards, mainly because I don't want to have to go out and buy a second set of cards. 

Oh wait, that's not what I'm supposed to say.  Let me try again - 'if this thing comes with SD cards, it'll be the final proof that canon has lost complete touch with any sort of reality (real or imagined), and  I will instantly burn all my gear and switch to Nikon.'

There...that's more like it.  LOL

-Brian

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samyang 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift Announced
« on: September 10, 2012, 11:07:46 AM »
I guess the big question is how well corrected it'll be for distortion, and how much CA shows up when shifted/tilted.  On certain formus that shall remain nameless, many are already writing this off as DOA for those reasons.  They, of course, have no first hand knowledge that there are issues there.  I've been wanting to try out a tilt shift.  My local shop rents the older canon 24mm and 45mm.  I'll probably try them out and if I find its something I enjoy, give this lens a hard look.  I've heard these are best for tilt effets such as miniatureization at more 'normal' focal lengths, but I'll have to try it out and see. 

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 10, 2012, 10:16:34 AM »
I hate these threads... Everyone expects a 5D3 with a different name for half the price. Most of the time you get what you pay for. I'm sure if Canon did offer something like this, there would be so many complaints about purposely handicapping the camera with no this or that.

One thing is for sure with this camera - regardless of how good it actually may be, it will be FLAMED to no end. 



-Brian 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Announcement Soon? [CR1]
« on: September 07, 2012, 11:25:43 PM »
odds it'll have decent ISO 12800?  In cam HDR? AFMA?

With the first and last, I'd be in love.  With all 3 I'd be in heaven.

-Brian

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Lighting / Re: TTL + remote simultaneously?
« on: September 06, 2012, 08:34:43 AM »
The phottix strato II system also has TTL pass through.  You put the transmitter in your hot shoe, and it has its own hot shoe on top.  You can mount your TTL controlled flash there (or use an TTL cable there to use the flash in a different location).  Put a Strato II receiver on your other flashes, and they will fire in manual mode when you hit the shutter. 

The strato II system is like $99 for a transmitter and reciever, plus about $60 for each other receiver.   I have found mine very reliable.

Some flashes have an optical sensor built in that can fire them when your TTL flashes go off.  However, make sure you look for a model that has a setting to fire on the second flash, so it does not go off on the metering flash.  I know the Lumopro 160s have that feature.  Not sure about others b/c the Lumopro is all I've got.

Thanks,
Brian

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Has Made its Way To Retailers
« on: September 02, 2012, 11:43:27 AM »
I guess that we need to start rumors about the Mark III now. 
It will have 5th generation IS for sure :D

Pff..the 5th gen IS is going to be a total fail.  I'm going to wait for the 6th gen.

=Brian

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