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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: New Canon Speedlites and ST-E3!
« on: September 28, 2013, 03:24:16 AM »
I would like to see a speedlite with double the power of the 600

How about 1x 600rt :-o ?

While the 5D MK III and 6D do not lose quality as fast at the extreme high ISO settings over 6400, there is no discernible gain at 6400 or below.

That depends on if you think a "nicer" noise pattern is a plus, and the 5d3/6d noise pattern seems to be better for noise reduction vs. 5d2. But imho still no reason to update on its own. To the op: Compare yourself!

I got used to work around the 5Dii AF limitations, but having missed shots when using the outer AF points always or because I had to recompose while shooting with the center point annoyed me, and still does, so I would like to have better AF. I think would take advantage of the 5Diii AF system and I'm afraid of, after a while shooting with it, becoming anger at those 10 non-crossed AF points in the 6D. So, 6D users, please advise on this particular subject, please.

If you want to use the outer points for professional purposes, get the 5d3, it's a no-brainer. Even the center point of the 6D isn't cross at f2.8, and just like on the 5d2 the outer points non-cross behavior is noticeable in everyday shooting, even though the 6D has gained some precision over the 5d2.

Last not least, this hasn't been mentioned yet: Only the 5d3 can make use of the newest Canon lenses enhanced precision and has a closed loop af system, the 6d is just a warmed up 5d2 af version that you have come to fear. Not that the 6D af wouldn't work, but if you have the choice don't rely on it.

Technical Support / Re: 5d3/6d silent shutter: faster, slower or equal wear?
« on: September 27, 2013, 02:57:56 PM »
Shutter can fail for many reasons, certainly speed is a big factor.  Using one at 1/8000 sec all the time will cause it to fail sooner with all other things being equal.

Then lucky me Canon has disabled 1/8000 on the 6D (though you can set it with ml)... maybe they figured with the shutter quality they put into the 6D, using a speed that fast would let them drown in warranty cases?

I really hope the shutter in the 6D is as sturdy as in my 60D which now has 150k cycles... but I doubt so since the ff design causes more component stress :-\

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: When will we see 430/440 RT flash?
« on: September 27, 2013, 03:37:02 AM »
@ Marsu42: I was wondering where you picked up your 66D. It's not yet available in the states :)

60D and 6D are just about the same camera, that's why I came up with the combined model :-)

Technical Support / 5d3/6d silent shutter: faster, slower or equal wear?
« on: September 25, 2013, 04:07:45 PM »
If shutter lag time isn't an issue: Does shooting in silent shutter mode protect the camera since it's moving the mirror slower(?), i.e. putting less physical stress on the components? Or is the max. shutter rating due to the curtains failing, meaning silent or normal shutter doesn't matter? Thanks!

Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 25, 2013, 02:23:40 PM »
This is about what it'll be :-o though I'd like some waterproof plastic and I prefer black to make it look more impressive :-p
Get Cinefoil - matte black all metal construction, heat and water resistant, highly customizable and a product recognized&valued all over the industry.

Thanks for the advice (this forum is actually useful :-)) - I wanted to get this also for flagging flashes and just never came around to ordering it - I'll do it now, though as usual in backwater Germany the prices are ridiculous and I have to get it from GB. Are there any comparable product names I can search for on ebay except "cinefoil"?

Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:18:40 PM »
If you search the old threads, you will see many people mentioned that IS is useless on 24-70mm lens.  I think you might see those posters will tell you how good IS feature is after Canon releases the new IS version 24-70mm lens.

You're correct, but there's little that can be done about fanboys - I remember the threads you mentioned and all the people bashing the Tamron for having "useless" IS, but onion bokeh and less sharp corners(!)... until it was discovered that the Canon also has onion bokeh (though to a lesser extent) :->

Even event photography, where you need a decent shutter speed anyway because the subjects are undoubtedly not holding perfectly still.

Depends on what kind of event - with people not caring about getting photographed, you're correct. But I was surprised to read that many wedding photogs do see a use for IS with this focal range, because their subjects "pose" and move less - and a little movement doesn't show up on 20-22mp and x-sync speed, but you not holding the lens perfectly still after a stressful day would.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:10:19 PM »
Unlike Auto ISO, which introduces noise which is not correctable

Um, noise, what noise? On my 6d, I don't see any noise between 100 and 800, hardly up to 1600 - so if the scene isn't dr-limited I don't care about the iso setting. I do agree that on crop auto-iso is less useful because the sane iso range is smaller, but never the less there it is.

I usually use auto-iso with flash, shutter set to max. x-sync, select the dof I want and let the camera select the iso ... there's no other way to do this unless you want to end up with flash hss.

Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 25, 2013, 12:53:48 PM »
I mean Canon told us (with the Mark II) that we don't need it, so who are we to question Canon?

When did Canon do that? Imho all they (implicitly) told us that they see more demand for a IS-less version that has a common filter size and is lighter than the mk1 - which squares with all photojournalists having this lens on their 5d3.

Canon tested an IS version, so obviously they do see a need - but they decided to only release one version, at least for the time being. Remember: their main reason back then for updating the mk1 at all was that the Nikon had better iq, but also no IS.

You could follow Canon's advice for the TS-E 17mm f/4L...   ;)

This is about what it'll be :-o though I'd like some waterproof plastic and I prefer black to make it look more impressive :-p

Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 25, 2013, 09:50:21 AM »
The original 24-70 could only have that unusual hood arrangement because it was unusual in that it got wider FOV as it extended. It is quite possible that they could not stick to such a reversed design and radically improve image quality.

... which is a pity because with all zoom lenses that cover a larger range the lens hood is too short at the long focal end and there's more flare than necessary - I esp. notice this with my 70-300L, I'm just trying to devise a self-made lens hood zoom.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 25, 2013, 09:47:48 AM »
I just want the 6D Mark II to have the same AF with all double cross-points and sensitivity up to -3 EV.

This probably won't work with all lenses, look at the 5d3 specs - but simple cross point should be doable, and this is one of the points Canon really screwed up at. Not that the current 6d af doesn't work, but the non-cross points are noticeable to me.

11 is more than enough. 

It's not about the number, but what you can do with them - af point expansion is a great feature, but requires dense af points.

Also, a dual SD card would be good.

Won't happen since seems to be reserved for the premium cameras - but how about one *good* sd slot that isn't crippled to 40mb/s like just now? The current 6d is not able to shoot 1080p/raw for this reason.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 25, 2013, 02:16:32 AM »
I think what the other guys are saying is just use AWB and shoot in RAW and then there is no "mistake" you are just waiting until PP to actual make your choice of WB. Auto WB just means you'll make your choice later and at trigger time you can worry about things that can't be changed later.

My thinking exactly - though it really doesn't hurt to know about color temperature and to be *able* to set wb manually if quick jpeg results or previews are required - but it's not necessary to apply every knowledge in every situation. I'm a big fan of my camera taking tasks off my hand I can do later, but I know there's the "real photogs never crop & shoot in m flash, m camera, m wb, m focus" crowd, I wonder why they use a digital eos at all :-p

If you've got time on your hands though doing things before postprocessing might be a good idea, it really depends where the time or work pressure is.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Mark II
« on: September 24, 2013, 06:28:39 PM »
D610 is coming very soon with probably the new expeed 4 chip. Canon should respond

Nah, Nikon will probably find another bug in the d610 and release the d620 soon, Canon should wait for that :-p

Canon General / Re: Patent: EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:49:51 AM »
It was said that Canon did not issue 24-70 f/2.8 IS version as it would be bulky and IQ would be worse (or lens diameter size would have to be wider than 82 mm). Current Tamron 24-70 version has IS and IQ is slightly worse than Canon's 24-70 MkII version.

Problem is, as far as I understand it: In this top-range L class, improving the iq *slightly* requires a very *large* (i.e. expensive) effort, may it be to increase sharpness or corner performance. Obviously Canon found no reasonable tradeoff between (filter) size, weight and price for a IS version, and having an excellent IS system they certainly thought very hard about this decision.

Of course, with Canon, part of this equation will have been to be able to make a good profit, while 3rd party manufacturers or Nikon want to gain market share and/or recognition as a serious alternative in the first place.

EOS Bodies / Re: Big Megapixel Tidbits from the Week [CR1]
« on: September 24, 2013, 05:38:20 AM »
Development is still continuing on the sensor, batteries and software.

Well, here we go (or not): Since the current sensor design is more than maxed out, this means 1dxs in late 2014, 5d4 in 2015, 6d in 2016... unless Canon updates the 5d3/6d with the dual cmos design like on the 70d.

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