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My 2 cents: same time next year, 6D will be on Ebay for $1200 or less.

$1200 seems pretty optimistic, I'd expect something closer to $1500.

Not optimistic at all...in fact, 12 months after release I fully expect 6D to be about $1200, and perhaps even $1100. Read the tea leaves with 5D III price trajectory.

While I too think this is overoptimistic, I hope you are right.  For that price, I would face the wrath of the wife to add this as a second body to my 5DmkIII.

-Brian

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black Friday at Adorama
« on: November 20, 2012, 11:34:52 AM »
I think that CR trusts their normal vendors; let's reserve early judgement and see if they come through . . . Adorama aren't just normal internet jerk wads, they do have deals.  Maybe this was all premature.

I love your signature. 

It is possible these are what will be on sale Friday, but the sale prices aren't shown yet....we  will see. 

_brian

It's not as bad now; The whole D600/D800 had five people that were literally thread-jacking every other post.

I think they moved over to slashdot where they try to get an apple-related thread on the front page every 12 hours to incite riot  ;D


True.  Quieted down a lot.  I was still, though, half expecting to see some folks in this thread threaten to sell all the stuff they bought from Adorama and switch to a different vendor over this 'non sale'.  :)  LOL

-Brian

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Black Friday at Adorama
« on: November 19, 2012, 08:44:48 PM »
I think that CR trusts their normal vendors; let's reserve early judgement and see if they come through . . . Adorama aren't just normal internet jerk wads, they do have deals.  Maybe this was all premature.

I love your signature. 

It is possible these are what will be on sale Friday, but the sale prices aren't shown yet....we  will see. 

_brian

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Lighting / Re: 5D Mark II triggering 2 flashes
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:24:52 AM »
You can pick up a set of phottix strato II wireless triggers for fairly cheap.  The transmitter has ETTL pass through, so your 430 could sit on top of it on the camera (or be elsewhere if you mount your ETTL cable to the transmitter).  Your 580 would be attached to the receiver and fire in maual at whatever power you set.

At short studio distances, I think you'll be surprised to find that the 430 is only negligably less powerful than the 580.  I would consider the suggestion above to mount the 580 on camera, and use it to fire your 430.  That would be free and easy.

-Brian 

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EOS Bodies / Re: February & March are Announcement Months for Canon [CR2]
« on: November 16, 2012, 08:38:53 AM »
I'll definitely have my eye on the EOS M body.  If it has an OVF and improved AF speed, I could see this being my back up body to my 5DIII.  I know this technology will get there, just not sure if it gets there this round or not.  Could be an excellent alternative to getting a new P&S, though considerably more expensive I'm sure.

-Brian

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Blinking Red AF Point Information
« on: November 15, 2012, 08:30:49 AM »
Maybe they should just consult the 10,000 internet jockeys who already know exactly how to fix it? 

lol  :)

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Need some advise: light sensitive lens indoors
« on: November 08, 2012, 08:22:55 AM »
What about the 40mm pancake?  At 2.8 its just one stop slower than your 135.  Unless you're already shooting at iso 12800, you can easily make up that one stop with ISO on the MKIII.  The lens is small, light and produces great colors and contrast.   And its DIRT CHEAP. 

If you're stuck on a zoom, what is wrong with the 24-105?  again, with the ISO peformance of the MKIII I have not seen problems using this lens in most indoor places.  Maybe a dark restaraunt or some place with 'mood lighting' would be an issue, but usually you have more control of the lights in your own home. 

Aside from that, you're looking at the new Tamron 24-70VC, or the old Canon 24-70. 

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 F/4L IS - Why I will Buy/Not Buy this lens.
« on: November 06, 2012, 09:28:52 PM »
I JUST got my 24-105 a few months ago for less than $800 used.  If I had known this was coming, i would have waited.  The better optical performance and new style IS would have swayed me.  But as it is, I will be hanging on to my 24-105.  It really is a good lens, despite the rep it gets here on the forums (or at least it did, until people started using it as a reason to pan the new 24-70 F4 :).

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: 24-70/4 MFT charts
« on: November 06, 2012, 02:34:07 PM »
Is there a legend describing the axies and various line styles for the MTF chart?  I really don't know what I'm looking at.

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Canon Makes the EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Official
« on: November 06, 2012, 08:21:35 AM »
I don't think its unreasonable for the replacement to the 24-105 to be more expensive (I'm assuming the 24-105 is not long for this world).  Improved optical performance, hybrid IS, smaller size, lighter weight.  I thought it would come in at the same price point as the old 2.8...or around $1600.  The macro performance is another huge plus. 

The price of the new prime is also not surprising based on what they did with the 24 and 28.  It is more disappointing than the price of the zoom.  I wonder if Canon is moving all DSLR lenses up the scale, catering to pros and video folks, and making room for the EOS-M system in the previous price ranges. 

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS
« on: November 05, 2012, 08:38:52 AM »
I don't understand primes that aren't in the 1.4 or at least 1.8 range. Why would i want a $700 prime that is only f2? Can someone explain this to me?

Well, 1.8 is only 1/3 stop faster than 2.0.  To get 1/3 of a stop out of shutter speed or ISO isn't that big a deal, so the difference doesn't matter a whole lot, IMO.  1.4 is 2/3 stop faster.  Again, with the ISO performance of the modern cameras, this isn't as big a deal as it once was.

Creatively, the DOF of the faster lenses can't be replicated.  But at that point you're in the realm of very carefully focused artistic shots - the realm of a more specialized lens.  I have never had any luck walking around shooting at 1.4-1.8.  DOF is too difficult to manage.  If stuff is moving, or the scene is busy than your keeper rate goes way down.  I'd much rather have the higher resolution of the new lenses and them be just fast enough to help in dim situations. 

On another note: I'm guessing $1600 for the new 24-70F4 L IS.

-Brian


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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28-135mm
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:13:15 PM »
The 24-105 L is also susceptilbe to zoom creep, btw.  Mine does, and so do those of many others.  Especially as they get older.  Its just a thing....annoying but not fatal. 

-Brian

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Lenses / Re: Choosing a kit thinking long term
« on: November 02, 2012, 04:06:36 PM »
Any other option than the best bodies and the fastest glass for nightlife with no flash?


Unfortunately, those are demanding conditions, and to get better results than you are getting with the gear you have, you need the next level of gear. 

The body with higher ISO will help.  Faster glass will help.  Flash will help.  All three together will give the most versatility.

Flash will help the most with what you currently have.  Since flash is out, you've got to look at glass.  Shooting wide open on fast glass is demanding on the focus system, which will be strained in dark conditions (true on any body, but more true on some than others - like the 6D with a 'see in the dark' centerpoint).  It is also demanding on you since the DOF will be very slim and you'll have to manage that. 

For the cost of the 70-200 F2.8 II, you could make the change to FF.  Get a 5dMK II, new or used, and a good prime like the 40mm 2.8 panckake, or maybe the 35mm F2, or even one of the faster MF lenses from Samyang/Rokinon.  If you go used (which you said is hard in your location), you might even pull off a used 5DII and a new Tamron 24-70 2.8VC lens.  The sale of your current gear would bring some of that cash back. 

You're kind of riding a line here.  Generally, glass first is a good idea.  But under your conditions you're going to need both glass and a newer body, since flash isn't going to work for you.  Hard to say which to put first.  Since you're in primes territory though, I would say that you dont lose AS MUCH by going non-L as you do when you're talking about zooms.  The 40 pancake is stunning, particularly for its cost.  You can get some faster primes now, save money over L glass cost, and put that towards the FF body you're going to nee. 

-Brian

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Just changing lenses, even at the same F number and focal length, CAN change exposure.  Camera lenses are not calibrted to have the same T-stops, only the same F-stops.  I have seen in other threads that this can make an obvious difference in an exposure.  How far off are those?  If its around 1 stop, it COULD be just the difference between the lenses.

Was the flash also in manual?  If not, the meter could also be to blame.  Something could have fooled it.  Try this - set the camera and flash in manual.  Same F stop, Same Tv, same ISO, and try both lenses on a target an equal distance away.  See what happens.  The camera's meter will have been taken out of the equation there, and you should be able to see how much, if any, the equipment affected the exposure. 

In my experience with all my canon bodies, ETTL metering is great when it works, but occasionally it goes off and does its own thing.  Manual flash is not too hard to manage after a couple of test shots, and provides more consistent results.


-Brian

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Canon General / Re: Canon's MAP Pricing Goes Into Full Effect Today
« on: November 02, 2012, 08:45:47 AM »
MAP pricining doesn't mean things won't go on sale, or that there won't be reabates, or that the MAP pricing won't change over the years.  All it means is all the dealers will list it for the same price, because they have to.   There are numerous companies that do this, and I'm guessing most of us don't even know the extent to which its happening on the variety of things we buy.

If you really don't like it, band together, collect money, hire a lawyer and sue, or better yet buy a couple of politicians to pass anti-MAP laws.  Not sure which party you need to buy though.  Dems would like the price equality, and GOPs would be torn between supporting the free market (anti-MAP) and helping small business (pro-MAP).  :) 

-Brian

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