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What can Canon put into a T6i to make it interesting?


At the moment I can't think of anything to answer either of those questions.  Anyone?

Plenty. They can put the 1Dx AF unit in. They can bring back CF. They can make an APS-C version of their 120MP APC-H sensor. Etc.

There is quite a lot they CAN put in it. The better question is what WILL they put in it, and history suggests that if there are any improvements beyond a higher model number, they'll be marginal. DPAF seems likely.

1dx AF?....that will never be in a rebel

CF, doubtful as  the market trend is SD for the low end

120MB sensor???? are you smoking something????

The rebel is never going to have anything crazy like that.  and a dev announcement????  I really doubt we'll see that as there is little to no dev going into it ---it's a rehash of the old which is what happens on a product that gets refreshed yearly.  With new FF bodies on the horizon and the 7d's replacement, they have plenty to talk about.  Rebel releases will only get hype in a year that offers no other significant model updates.

Think you missed the point man, he said they COULD put anything in from the awesome tech they already have, including the 120mp (not mb like you wrote) aps-h sensor, which is real btw. But they don't put that in becasue obvious reasons.

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 15, 2014, 11:22:17 AM »
YuengLinger: I have a swedish friend who also got the 35 Art and 50 Art the other day, his 35 works flawless and is everything it should be, whilst the 50 is all over. I had the opposite experience and I had two 35's and two 50's, only one out of those 4 worked at all, and I have the docking.

Conclusion is, Sigma just can't do proper QC, it's just to many that doesn't work.... Lucikly I got a peeerfect 50 Art the second time.

That's what I was thinking, I don't see what you can't to with the current that you can with the next, then it's time to move up to a 70d or other. Seems canon can only make it in white to make it interesting.

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 13, 2014, 04:48:04 AM »
1st photo model
2nd photo gear X2, some ebay, some home depot, some KEH. Custom cable and custom 12V modeling light mod to studio heads by me.

Will T.

Cool setup! I have tried some DIY gear myself, for example my mount bracket for my two 600's, I'll post a shot later. Thanks for sharing!

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 13, 2014, 03:04:52 AM »
So anything shot with artificial lights and, or not, ambient? Isn't that a bit broad?

Like RL I have always considered "Strobists" as small hotshoe mountable flashes users, though normally not on the hotshoe.

Well, the title brought you here didn't it? They point of this thread is to share technique and experiences with different lightning gear and how to utilize them in different ways. So if you have a strobe or a speedlite doesn't matter in that case. It's not show what you can do with the cheapest gear, although I highly recommend people sharing ANYTHING shot with any light. The more we limit the less we learn.

I have learned a lot from using speedlites and transferred that to strobes and also the other way around, the way light acts with a subject is the same.

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 12, 2014, 06:00:20 PM »
Thanks for sharing madsphil! Just the kind of detailed info I was hoping to see here, and learn from. The group shot is awesome!

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 12, 2014, 04:14:51 PM »
Excellent RLPhoto, thanks for sharing. Fantastic shots and great info. Well played!

Lighting / Re: Anything Strobist
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:08:55 PM »
Does strobist only include speedlites and not studio strobes? (Ironic?)

Strobes and speedlites  ;D

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:52:04 PM »
50 art wide open.

Lighting / Anything Strobist
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:40:38 PM »
Hi all! Let me know if there's a thread like this that I missed.

I wanted to create a thread where we post our strobist pictures (speedlites and or studio strobes) ONLY, and give info about how it was made, perhaps a BTS shot and where we positioned the light and how we modified and perhaps some post process tips. I find it's a great way to learn for newbies and a great way for experienced users to pick up new ideas.

I'll start with two simple shots from today of my kids having fun.

They are all done with two bare bulb (no modifier) 600 RT triggered by the st-e3 camera left. I used HSS (highspeed sync) to bring down the ambient to be able to use a 1.4 aperture. Camera right I used the sun for edge/rim light. I really like hard light, and I have been kind of worried about it before as it can be absolutely horrible, but found that it actually can be really cool. Adds lots of punch and contrast, and for flat children's faces it creates more definition.

50 Art, f1.4 (no filter) iso 100 and 1/2500s

Exif same as the previous one.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: July 12, 2014, 03:24:54 AM »
35mm is such a useful focal length for me, I hope Canon will weather-seal a mark-II version. That does give some peace-of-mind especially working outdoors and in humid areas.

I can say the 35 L II will be weather sealed 1000% certain.

Not that the little black rubber gasket does much! I've had most of my L primes soaked on a number of occasions by rain water and I've never had any problems regardless of the weather seal claim or not.

Great for you, but I have had an 85 L fog up after 30 seconds in the rain, but I have used sealed gear in very heavy rain all the time with zero issues.

And it's not just the rear seal that is the weather sealing. Some L's like the 300 f4 L IS Has a lower grade of sealing like the rear gasket. But like my 200 and 24-70 all the buttons are sealed and also sealings around the barrel where the zoom operates.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:45:45 PM »
No doubt, sigma 35mm 1.4 art is canon killer.

Check some reviews, many people compared the two lenses. Though I'm not quite sure about the build quality that Sigma provides — at first sight yes, it's very good, but will it last as canon 35mm does?

I'm not sure I'd call it a Canon's a little bit sharper but that's about it. Also bare in mind that I've been using my 35L for the last 8 years (and it's paid for itself time and time with great professional images) where as this Sigma is new to the market. I'm happy with my 35L and see very little reason to swap to the Sigma. My Canon 35L has provided great images and will continue to do so.
If you rate a lens by optics alone then sure the Sigma looks great. But I would wager in a comparison that few could tell from an A3 print which lens was which. The Canon is far better built, has a far more reliable AF system and will hold it's value on the second hand market over the long term. Sigma AF issues are well documented, even their 120-300 has af issues.

You're wrong about build quality, the Sigma is much better, all of my 35 L's has been squeaky when squeezing the sides of the barrel, and two of them had the small plastic pins that holds the af/mf switch in place broken, leaving an open hole right into the lens.

 But color and contrast, build and ca correction needs a BIG update.

Don't mistake engineering plastic as weak and fragile. Sure the 24IIL is a lot more robust in how it feels in the hand and the shell doesn't flex. But after 8 years of heavy professional use, it's never failed me and still looks as good today as the day i bought it...although the hood is looking a bit worn. Most Sigma's I've bought and used in the past (the old painted matt finish and earlier) have looked terrible after a year or so. My old Sigma 12-24mm lens was solidly made from metal and yet had to go back to Sigma 3 times over 10 years due to a number of mechanical and electrical issues. First the Aperture motor burnt out, amazing considering how little I used this lens. Then one of the internal lens groups became free of their housings and acted like a marble in a cup. Then for some reason the lens started to mechanically vignette at all focal had to go back for a re-build. If I compare that to my 16-35IIL which has been used in far more inhospitable environments and used a lot more...i've had no problems with it at all. I sent it into Canon last year becuase of a scratched front element (it was effecting my sun star shots) but that was my fault not Canon's.

While I'm sure the Sigma operates well, looks and feels good and delivers great results....I am very shy of Sigma. My fingers have really been burnt a lot by that company and I'm not sure I want to risk them again.

I don't have anything nice to say about the old Sigma's, I'm only referring to the new GV lenses...

Lenses / Re: Sigma 50mm Art 1.4 Focusing problems
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:43:25 PM »
A short update:

I got my 50A back from the shop, and lo and behold, the inconsistency was gone. Sigma representative said they adjusted the lens to a standard body, and then returned it. Now the lens was back focusing either when approached from INF or MFD, which is OK from my books as I've tools to correct that. So Sigma dock it is, and 20 mins of adjustments later, I was ready for real life testing.

In the 300 photos I took last evening, I didn't see focus errors, and got a very good keeper ratio. The lens is now working, and actually seems to be sharp enough that I actually need to decrease camera sharpening preset for JPEGs.

EDIT: I'll have to say that this lens rocks! The background blur stopped down is a definite improvement over Canon's 50/1.4!

Yep, it's great idea of Sigma's...make an expensive device to get customers to do their work for them.
You pay Sigma to spend you time correcting their sloppy manufacturing errors. Maybe Ford should make cars which only drive properly after you buy their laptop software to interface with it....

Lol, like a laptop can fix a Ford  ;D

Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:08:36 AM »
Had two copies of the 35 Art, both cr@p AF and issues all over. 50 Art is superb though. I will never ever buy another 35 Art. But I would buy a 35 L in a heartbeat, if I didn't already only used the 50 Art. 35 L is the best AF performer of
Any 1.4 lens.

Lenses / Re: Waiting for the 35 1.4L II
« on: July 08, 2014, 08:56:17 AM »
35mm is such a useful focal length for me, I hope Canon will weather-seal a mark-II version. That does give some peace-of-mind especially working outdoors and in humid areas.

I can say the 35 L II will be weather sealed 1000% certain.

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