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Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:47:59 AM »
I do a variety of styles, and my personal preference is vivid but realistic.

Right, I have my experiences with "realistic" too - esp. if it's an exotic setting back @home nobody will believe you it *really* looked like that, and the blue color in your first shot falls in the category "nearly too nice to be true" - I guess that's what digital signatures on CR2 files are for :-)

Reviews / Re: Why I Chose a Canon EOS 6D over a 5D MKIII
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:08:02 AM »
Ontario, Canada

You're really lucky to have real snowy landscapes there, in Germany (Berlin) most of the winter is rather dull and I'm very hard pressed to find anything remotely interesting that is not grey :-\ ... but nice landscape shots there, though for my personal taste some are a bit too hdr'ish/"postcard"-colorful.

Lenses / Re: Which canon macro lense 60mm, 100mm, 100mmIS, 180mm
« on: February 18, 2013, 02:05:11 AM »
If you get the nice 100L
If you do a lot of macro work, then the 180L would make sense.  It offers a longer working distance, which is helpful in a lot of instances.  If you do some macro work and would like to use it for portraiture, then a 100mm makes sense.  The IS offers you more flexibility when you try to handhold it, but is not necessary.  If you are happy with the ef-s 60 on the crop, then the 100 will perform similarly on FF.  If you have a 70-200L II, then the 100L makes less sense because both perform similarly for portaits at 100mm.

+1 ... and if you get the 100L buy the Kenko 1.4x tc which works nicely with it and gives you more working distance while keeping it a real lens that can focus to infinity unlike macro extension tubes (though these can be useful, too). Just don't expect the IS on the 100L to make any difference while shooting handheld near macro 1:1 magnification, a common fallacy (and Canon marketing will make sure to imply otherwise...).

You need to learn how to use keywords and keyword hierarchies.

+1, don't use categories ("folders") since that's not the lr way - if you want to filter down something use smart folders ("keywords contain "grandma" and "birthday" and "2012-04-01").

Start with using both date and location based keyword hierarchy.

It's also nice to geo-tag your shots, either through LR4 and metadata presets or even (and still) better with the free geosetter software that automatically adds location keywords (lr: write keywords, tag in geosetter, lr: read keywords).

You have to be religious about tagging though.

It's best if tagging is done right after import, so that there aren't lots of untagged photos floating around.

Lighting / Re: Batteries to speedlites
« on: February 18, 2013, 01:36:30 AM »
ive heard many using goodard and calumet too..,

I've got the calumet powerblock 900, got it for only €100 when they had a rebate, way cheaper than quantum and so on and does what I'd expect it to do:

Lenses / Re: New Canon USA Lens & Speedlite Rebates
« on: February 17, 2013, 08:49:00 AM »
Time to take a trip out of Europe!

Well, yes, but only after exploring lonely beaches where I can jump of the ship to circumvent European customs (= afaik paying 15% import tax plus 19% vat). And the US don't have my fingerprints and digital biometric picture yet (even though I truthfully(!) declared on all forms that I don't want to kill the president), that's why I am sad to say I didn't visit for the last years and have to wait for the next Canon EU rebate :-o ... another issue is the US warranty, I wouldn't even know if it's the foreign one is valid w/o the "EU" print on the lens.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon d7100 might be annonced next week
« on: February 17, 2013, 08:10:01 AM »
Any chance they put the 5d3 autofocus system in the 7d successor?

The af arrays for full frame and aps-c are quite different, no chance of a straight port from the 5d3.

I don't think Canon's product line will be influenced by what Nikon makes in the short run.

Imho the opposite is true - just with the d600/6d Canon will make sure the d7100 competitor (i.e the 70d) will have at least some appeal, just like the "one good feature" 6d has with the low light af center point.

Lenses / Re: New Canon USA Lens & Speedlite Rebates
« on: February 17, 2013, 08:00:26 AM »
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II ($200)

Harrgnnn - no fair, in Europe Canon only rebates low- to midrange gear, people who the interesting gear like the fast L primes or the 24-70L2 obviously are expected to have the cash to pay full price :-\

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 17, 2013, 07:44:25 AM »
Is there a reason you always carry all your gear?

Um, because I don't know what I'll shoot through the day and want to have all focal ranges covered (macro, uwa, standard and tele)? If sticking to one lens and flash works for you it's great, but I guess most people buy their gear not to admire or select at home but to change lenses from time to time - and I bought my lenses like the 70-300L because I am still able to take them with me unlike other larger and heavier versions like the 70-200L.

50 bucks a year? What insurance company is this? I just went online and got a quote for $600 a year. And thats not pro cover. That would be the cost of a small lens every year! Pretty sure I could afford NOT to pay that!

I just wrote the rates at least from a standard insurance in Germany in a post above - but the offers seem to vary between countries a lot.

Lighting / Re: Batteries to speedlites
« on: February 17, 2013, 04:06:46 AM »
I use an external battery pack to get quicker recharge / longer useable duration on my EX580 II. Battery pack takes 8 AA batteries plus 4 in the speedlite - allows me good 800+ shots. Pretty economical :)

+1, though "cheaper" Speedlites don't have an external battery connector (Thanks Canon!) - you can add it yourself though, there are instructions on the net. But I very seldom use the external battery pack, the weight & cord is a hassle, and the 600rt has a very good recycle time on it's own - so it's only for situations when I'm shooting tons of flash shots in quick succession.

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 17, 2013, 04:02:06 AM »
+1 and as someone who worked for an insurance company I can concur. Amount paid out in claims is a pittance compared to what they make. What does that tell you?

I don't think it's quite as simple, and nobody confuses insurance companies with charity, that's why I never had me as a customer. But I know there are legit cases, and I would be one: If I loose my €8000 gear, I cannot replace it because I simply don't have the money. Money I don't have doesn't pay me interest in the bank. So for risks that are too great to cope with on my own (same thing: health care) I consider insurance a good idea, even though it's basically another means of transferring wealth from "have nots" to "haves" because as written above if you've got enough money insurance might be considered a waste of it except if you want to pay for a subjective "peace of mind".

The chances of losing absolutely everything are pretty low (especially in a double-brick house with only a wooden roof to burn).

My "problem" is that I am very well able to carry 100% of my gear around, and often I do, it's (or will be) "only" 2 camera bodies + 4 lenses + the usual flash-filter stuff. And it's all conveniently packed into one bag, though I try to make it look as cheap as possible from the outside...

.. .and fortunately, in Germany there seem to be ok companies like the one menitoned above that is specialized in dslr equipment so figuring out what the terms are should be possible even for non-lawyers like me. The rates are reasonable or to be expected, I guess:

0€ co-payment: 3.25% of gear value
100€ co-payment: 2.5% of gear value
250€ co-payment: 2.0% of gear value
1000€ co-payment: 1.6% of gear value

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 Epic Shootout Video
« on: February 16, 2013, 10:59:32 AM »
The 6D has certain limitations that will make it harder to leave the 7D at home for sport/wildlife applications.

That wouldn't change with a better 6d dr and af tracking system: it's very hard for a ff camera to beat aps-c simply due to the reach advantage: that would only be possible with a 45mp+ sensor where you cropping from ff would really be like a 100% crop image.

So not designing an entry-level ff camera not around expensive tele primes is a sound decision - it's the af point spread and outer precision that can make the 6d so disappointing even for non-wildlife shooting.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DPReview: Canon EOS 6D Reviewed
« on: February 16, 2013, 10:46:53 AM »
And I will happily repeat, that  the  6D is a poor piece of crap, a warmed-over 5D2, without any real advantage as far as sensoran d IQ is concerned.

The 6d has less banding, a problem that seems to have plagued a lot of 5d2 shooters, and Nikon only has more dr in low iso. That doesn't make the 6d a more innovative camera - but without putting too much a fine point on it, I don't think you'll let facts stand in the way of your opinion anyway.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D/7D2/70D
« on: February 16, 2013, 09:32:05 AM »
Hi! I need some advice from the pro over here before I can make-up my mind for the gear selection.

Both systems have advantages and shortcomings, you need to know what you want to shoot and if there are any Nikon/Canon "only" items you need/want. Other than that, if you can't get good shots out of a Canon you won't be able to with a Nikon aps-c and vice versa.

The flash systems are incomaptible (the "intelligent" ettl2-part at least), so you have to decide - shooting as a non-pro with both systems doesn't sound clever. Since there is no 7d2/70d (yet) and the 7d is old it'd say stay with Nikon, it's not like you loose the option to switch later on though selling gear always costs net money.

The one and only reason I'll stick with Canon is Magic Lantern - ask your Nikon pals about custom firmware for their cameras with all the video & stills features of ml, you can even script what your camera does:

Lenses / UV or clear protection filter?
« on: February 16, 2013, 08:41:42 AM »
In my recent unintentional trivia series "I'm clueless, please help me out" I've stumbled across another question: I thought using uv filters were just a rip-off for old school amateurs who didn't know that a digital sensor isn't sensitive to uv - or for people who find a uv filter that is cheaper than a comparable clear filter.

My web research supports this, but I was told that just because it's in the Internet it isn't necessarily correct... and I've recently come across one application that might still prove a need for an uv filter except for protection or lens sealing:

* Vari-nd filters or two stacked polarizers - in contrast to "real" dark glass nd filters, they let uv pass and though the sensor is not very sensitive to uv, it still might make a difference with long exposures.

Is this correct? Are there any other reasons to get an uv filter over clear glass?

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