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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 26, 2013, 02:08:26 AM »
Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:44:47 PM »

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: May 17, 2013, 11:42:44 PM »
These were shot with the loaner 6d kit from cps that persuaded me that I needed this camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Review - Real World
« on: May 15, 2013, 07:26:29 AM »
I've owned a 7D since shortly after it debuted and I love it, performance-wise.  Past iso 1000, results are iffy, and depending on the content I may find myself doing lots of pp to realize a decent print.  I've owned a 6D for around two months now and I am thrilled with iq, dr, and high iso shots compared to 7D.  I still love my 7D; they are different tools for different purposes. In good light the 7D is fine for whatever, but when the light's not great the 6D shines.  Additionally, the 6D has superior dr that is always evident. DoF is easier with the 6D due to the ff sensor.  AF, fps, are certainly better with 7D.  With this combination it will take something monumental, I think, for me to move to 7D II whenever it comes.

Extended includes video and 3d capabilities way beyond ps; at least back when I last used it (CS 3).
Additionally, can we add to this discussion software that also runs on pc, please?  I've used gimp in the past, and just downloaded gimpshop, but it doesn't seem to read my 6- or 7d raw files. I know there are external programs to open & convert to dng, or I could just use Canon sw, but bridge-ps, and LR have spoiled me in that regard...

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe to Stop Making Packaged Software
« on: May 10, 2013, 03:46:46 AM »
I buy photoshop, I pay a price upfront, I own the software, I use it as long as I have computer hardware that will run it.  I join cc, pay a monthly fee, and when I stop paying the monthly fee I no longer "have" the software regardless of my hardware.  Simple math to me.  I will probably upgrade to cs 6 and use it until I find some other "bricks and mortar" style own-it-forever bit of software and try to become more proficient and creative in my photography and even less reliant on software to realize my vision. I don't like being strong-armed...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Replacement 400d - 650d vs. 6d
« on: April 26, 2013, 03:28:50 AM »
I've had 300D, 400D, 40D, 50D, 7D, and recently bought a 6D.  I really, really like the 7D; it is clearly superior to all the xxD bodies I've owned, and it is a fantastic outdoor camera for sports, nature, wildlife and so on.  On the other hand, the FF 6D outperforms the 7D in IQ, low-light, and iso noise.  The 7D has a superior AF system, but to me that just means it is my go-to for the activities listed above.  For indoor shooting, city- and landscapes, portraits, and other instances where any movement is relatively predictable I expect I'll use the 6D.  You mentioned iso 800 or 1600 (?); try very useable 25000 with the 6D!  I mean seriously.  I'm still learning this body's capabilities, but when I shoot with auto-iso at night the body doesn't hesitate to go there and produce great images that are almost completely useable out of the camera.  If iq is your main concern, there is no contest.  Keep in mind that the newer crop-frames will provide better iq than your 400D, but again, they will not match up to the iq of the 6D.  The 6D's AF system requires a bit more diligent patience but your effort will be rewarded with greater dynamic range and all the other things I've already mentioned.  If you decide to stay with crop frames, you might wait and check out the 70D which rumor has it will be released soon, or even just wait a while longer and check out the 7D II which is supposed to come along later this year.  For a wider angle on a crop frame I would seriously consider a 17-55 f/2.8 IS.  It yields fantastic iq, provides some wide angle.  However, it is a 1000. lens not offered in a kit.  Seems we are back to simply buying the 6D 24-105 kit...

I have an epson 3800 I use at home for prints to 17".  I do most of my printing on this machine, but I also have access to a print lab that has epson models up to the 7900 series, and I also use those printers depending on the image and print size .  I much prefer to do my own printing; to me it is no different than folks developing and printing their own film so that they maintain control over the finished image. My fashion photog buddy sends all his print work to costco, or simply gives the models a thumb drive of their images to print where- and however they want.  To each their own...

EOS Bodies / Re: Bogus Canon Rebate Prices at B&H
« on: April 14, 2013, 06:53:50 PM »
Savvy buyers know that the first few hours of the rebate, when prices are still "in flux" is when the best deals happen. Sometimes the prices are even set incorrectly as the retailers don't rebate off the right base amount.

I scooped up the 6D+24-105mm deal this morning for $2199... and I added a 70-300 IS for $199.

After I sell the 70-300 IS for $300 and the 24-105mm for $700 I will have my $1200 6D body :)

...Good for you...

$2398 on B & H for the 6D + 24-105 + 70-300.  So the question is, is the 70-300 worth $200?  I have plans to buy either the 70-200 F4 IS or 70-300L.  I might just do this deal and re-sell the 70-300 non L.  It'll depend on how Amazon handles it, since I bought the kit for $2329 a week ago.

I've had the 70-300 IS for several years now and it has really good iq on the 50- and 7D for a non-L lens.  I'll have to try it on the 6D and post...

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it too late to buy a Canon 7D?
« on: April 14, 2013, 05:36:15 AM »
7D night shot @ iso 400 ( I think...) and a lit:tle work

Just ask B&H for an adjustment or just to redo the paperwork.

They would much prefer skiping a return.

...I sure hope so.  While it is most certainly preferable, it is also "old-school" (like me, regrettably, sigh...) and I am learning not to be so surprised at how the still-emerging "new-school" works...

I bought my 6d 24-105L kit from B&H for 2,329 last week, thank God!  With the "instant rebate", the price is actually higher, no?
I just checked B&H website and it's only 2199 now.  I gotta send it back and buy it again? #$**!!!

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it too late to buy a Canon 7D?
« on: April 14, 2013, 04:01:51 AM »
I just  bought a 6D after seeing the increased dynamic range and iso capabilities it offers over my 7D. Having said that I must say also that I love my 7D.  I've owned the original Rebel, xTi, 40-, and 50D bodies, and the 7D is a radical upgrade to the best of those bodies on their best days doing whatever shooting they did best.   I've owned this camera for some 3 years and it has been a fabulous tool for capturing the images I wanted, within its own limitation, which is its high-iso noise handling - for me, anything over 1600.  I generally expect to get good shots to that point.  I shot a Bulls game with a 70-200 f/2,8L IS at 2000 and the majority of the shots were very usable.  Up to 2500 is usually usable for me after some software tinkering. I haven't felt comfortable beyond that, though I have even seen other shooters get great results at higher iso settings.
The af is spot on and fast - and the 19 selectable af points  are something I miss on the 6D. I have rarely missed a shot using af.  Until last week my kit consisted of a 50- and 7D bodies, but I will now sell the 50D, grip and all, and work with the 7- and 6D bodies.  I am still hoping for enough improvement in the 7D II to warrant purchasing it, but I am very happy with my current combination. The 6D will be my portrait, landscape and low-light tool, but the 7D out-runs it for sports and nature (wild animals), the frame rate and crop fov lends itself to that type of shooting.
As for what to do, that is not so easy to answer.  If you decide to buy the current 7D, I would buy it new. The price continues to stagger downward, and it will have a longer useful life if bought new. On the other hand, the 7D II is expected by the end of the year and should be as spectacular as the original when it was introduced.  I would guess that gps and wifi will be built-in like in the 6D - by the way, those two features are fabulous, even though they do eat battery power.  I would hope that the iso noise would be greatly improved with the new (?) sensor and mfg process.  These things layered on top of the current specs would make the II very compelling for me next Spring. If you expect to need the frame rate and fov, along with the superior af system the 7D stands out, and most likely the 7D II even moreso.  On the other hand, the 6D offers clear iq superiority, and its ff sensor will probably beat out the 7D II if it continues as a 1.6 crop. The much-maligned af in  the 6D requires a little more deliberation, but definitely produces; although tracking fast-moving targets may not be all that easy.  The thing is, if you decide to go crop, it probably makes more sense to wait for the new technology of the 7D II.

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