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Lenses / Re: Very Stuck Filter
« on: June 03, 2013, 03:06:41 PM »
I really don't see how you can bend the filter to the point where it is REALLY stuck, without having bent/damaged the end of the lens.

I know it's possible because it happened to me, though with a much cheaper lens - the filter acts like a bumper in front of a car and can take all damage if you're lucky.

I also know that it can be (nearly) impossible to remove the bent filter w/o specialized tools, I tried everything but failed, as a last resort I simply removed all broken filter glass, the filter thread is still on the lens...

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but canon will sure not incorporate data for third party lenses.

No one has managed to reverse engineer Canon's method to upload lens profiles yet, so the (for jpeg!) very useful in-camera correction is Canon-only.

However Magic Lantern has a "dumb" vignetting correction for 3rd party lenses, they certainly could add ca correction if you request it and someone finds the time to implement it - but the real deal would be uploading custom profiles via eos utility.

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New Camera Sensor Eliminates Need for Flash
well, no. if you believe that you don´t understand what flash is used for.

Well, do you :-> ? There certainly is your basic fill/bounce flash, and in many situations you could do without it if you could raise shadows just like that with no quality loss and/or if your sensor would have unlimited iso capability & dynamic range.

Having said that, I agree that the "no need for flash" idea is more based on smartphone photography than multi-flash setups to separate subject/background and create just the light and mood you want anytime.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What flash should I get for my 60D?
« on: June 01, 2013, 05:38:59 PM »
I would also recommend the 430EXII, but the 600EX is even better if money isn't an issue.

Not necessarily - the 600rt on the 60d is rather unbalanced and large, no fun to hold for extended times - I'm always amazed how light the camera feels when I switch my 600rt for my old 430ex, esp. at the end of a flash bracket. Plus the larger flashes aren't as easy to store, so to have at least one smaller flash around is a definitive plus for me.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body for $1624
« on: May 31, 2013, 12:20:20 PM »
You have to factor in, that prices in Germany include about 20% of VAT, which you would have to add to the US price if you import it legally.

This information is not complete for Germany/EU, see e.g. http://www.zolltarifnummern.de/zollgebuehren.php?lang=en

* up to 22€: No import tax, no vat, no nothing
* up to 150€: add vat
* above 150€: add vat *and* import tax

So basically this means with expensive items you're screwed, just as the rationale of these laws is. The good thing: cheap items are easily bought from china at a fraction of the local price...

...and for some magic reason the customs label of much more expensive items always is only 20€ :-p ... not that you'd have to ask for it, they just do it since they figure customs cannot correctly evaluate gear like flash brackets, lens hoods or caps.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What flash should I get for my 60D?
« on: May 31, 2013, 07:29:14 AM »
I never thought about needing a flash. I've seen looads of youtube videos and think I'm right in saying that I need a flash

The current 430ex2 is a good flash, it supports high speed sync, is versatile and has a nice size. Look for a Canon rebate or a used unit, I've used it for a year as my single flash on my 60d - you cannot go wrong with this. With the 60d, you can use the 430ex2 off camera as an optical slave.

The tricky bit comes later - you'll want more than one flash, and for outdoors you then have to decide between the very expensive Canon rt system (430ex2 is optical only, not radio) and 3rd party flashes & radio triggers - my advice is to buy Syl Arena's book Speedlighter's Guide and then figure out what lies ahead.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 31, 2013, 06:35:35 AM »
Does anybody know an good and honest company/forum e.g. where I can look for used Cams?
I do not want to buy at Ebay, I was cheated buying the 300mm 2.8 lens (lenses inside were broken).

Lenses are a big gamble because you cannot really check them, but afaik it's different for camera bodies: The only moving part is the mirror, and you can just ask how many shutter cycles it has (there are windows utilities for that, or use Magic Lantern) & compare vs. the shutter rating Canon warrants. If you then check for dead pixels (get a raw shot) & the overall impression (in person or photos), imho there are few things that can go wrong. If in doubt, check ebay Kleinanzeigen and such for local offers and get the item in person and not via mail.

Buying used has one advantage: you can get older pro-grade bodies very cheap, check for the Canon 1D IV - 16mp is enough for just about everything and for still shooting this is an absolutely stunning camera with 1.3x crop factor for birds.

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Lighting / Re: Speedlites help
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:38:29 AM »
Why did Canon even make the sync 1/180?? It's a bit silly. Why not 1/200 like the 5D II?

1. The x-sync on the 6d *is* 1/180s
2. It's not much of a difference to 1/200, the real problem is that even that is pitiful
3. The reason will be marketing (6d<5d3)  and production, i.e. more tolerance on the 6d and cheaper components ... the Magic Lantern devs discovered that you can force the 6d to do 1/200s, but it shows a black bar at the bottom.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body for $1624
« on: May 30, 2013, 04:14:13 PM »
What's the price in Germany? Just curious, because I always thought that photo gear was more expensive in Europe than in the US.

Since release it has dropped ~100€/month, currently it's stuck below the €1700 barrier, but I expect it to move downwards again since imho this full frame 60d is still overpriced: http://geizhals.de/canon-eos-6d-slr-gehaeuse-8035b022-a838323.html

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:58:23 PM »
Ok, I see thath a crop body would be best. But I don´t want to buy an "aged" Camera. Maybe the best is to wait and to buy an 7D2 or 70D. And in the time between, maybe an cheap body is the spaceholder.

I see your reasons given this is supposed to be a good present, but a 60d is rather cheap by now, has the standard 18mp Canon sensor but good handling (very important!) so it's a good way to learn photography. If you cannot get good shots from a 60d, you won't be get them from a 70d, 7d2, 80d, 7d3 or 5d3 for that matter - esp. in special circumstances like tracking action or low available light for large prints.

Better figure out what lenses he'd like if you've only got the tele range covered and he'd also like to do landscape (maybe a 16-35L or 17-40L)... or a really good prime, that is much more fun than another boring camera body.

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Lenses / Re: 70-300L IS + Kenko 1.4 PRO300 DGX
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:35:50 PM »
Hi. At the moment I am using a 450D but this will change shortly to either a 70D or a 7D.

In the 70d case I'd say wait until it's confirmed the new cameras are compatible with the Kenko tc, you cannot update the fw and Canon has a habit of somehow screwing 3rd party manufacturers (purely by coincidence, mind you...). But if you get a 7d1 it'll be a nice combination, it does f8 af with the Kenko and multipoint af is easier vs. 60d.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body for $1624
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:24:04 PM »
If you are buying in Canada with Canadian $ you are probably price neutral by buying locally.

Same for Germany, but the offer shows how much potential there still is for the 6d to drop in price - and imho Canon has designed it to be produced cheaper than the successor (shutter & body vs. 5d2).

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Lenses / Re: 70-300L IS + Kenko 1.4 PRO300 DGX
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:21:19 PM »
I need this work on a regular basis and not depending on certain factors.

Maybe you should state what camera body you're using :-p ?

On my 60d the combination with single af point is noticeably less precise than the bare lens, so forget about single point tracking (bad on the 60d anyway). Multi af point is better, but @f8 it does struggle in low light. All in all it's a good tc anyway because it's cheap for the resulting reach and the iq is better than cropping. Just don't expect wonders or pro grade iq, if you really want top results @300mm*1.4*1.6 =672mm go for a 5d3 with a $10000 lens...

...my advice: Try it yourself, if you get it from Amazon or similar you have plenty of time to try it and return it. Not that the tc has issues with the 5d3 and 6d, Kenko advises against using it until they do an update.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:15:42 PM »
Used to have a Rebel T4i and I like the 6d far better.

Considering the t4i/6d age and price difference, everything else would be an absolute disgrace, it's about 60d/7d vs 6d here really...

It is much easier to catch the bird with full frame and use Photoshop to crop.

... and of course it's all about capturing something on the whole sensor for min iso noise and max magnification, if you only plan to cut out a piece anyway the 6d minimal af point spread and less reach won't be an issue.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 30, 2013, 08:51:15 AM »
But I need some advice: For the high school graduation of one of my sons, I am looking for an Camera. He likes to photograph birds and planes, and now landscape at climbing.

For birds, you *don't* want a full frame camera like 6d or 5d3 because crop cameras have a 1.6x longer reach - that's why birders that don't want to spend $10000 on a lens have the 7d.

(I owned an 7D, but when I photographed with it, I did not use the continuous shooting mode. After it crashed, I use an 60D. But my son tells me, that the 60D takes a lot of time to save the images when the buffer is full. Sometimes he is not able to shoot another RAW series of 10 images for 3-4 minutes.)

I've got a 60d, and 3-4 min is certainly an overestimation, though the buffer of the 60d is not as deep as on the 7d and the 60d/7d don't support the newests/fastest sd card standard. Anyway, for landscape and climbing, and even for wildlife you don't necessarily do spray'n pray but take selective bursts, so I've never found the 60d buffer limiting myself - and for action, the 6d is for low light shooting and would be a step down (slower fps, worse autofocus).

My advice, even if you are planning to do differently: Use the cheaper 7d/60d and get a good lens like 70-300L or even a tele prime, it's the lens that takes the pictures.

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