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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D or 5D Mark III
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:44:45 PM »
If I understand this correctly, RLPhoto could have been referring to a buyer's remorse over a $1K once they come to grips with the 6D. At one point you are bound to feel the pangs of having an outdated AF system.

Well, all I can say it took me years to get to the limits of the 60d af system (and to be sure it's the camera's fault and not mine) - of course if using servo af a lot it's another story, but for general stills shooting the 6d af system might be outdated, but still perfectly usable. And we have to remember that the 5d3/1dx af has to be accompanied by the latest Canon lenses to really shine esp. concerning precision.

BTW Marsu42 ... Not everyone has your level of self-control, if I can call it that.

:-p you have to explain that one to me... but you managed to confuse me alright, which reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:

"If you can't convince them, confuse them."
(Harry Truman)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D or 5D Mark III
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:00:45 PM »
Some of my photos are in the below link, please check and let me know if I should consider going for FF and if FF, should I go for the 5D MIII?

For what you seem to shoot af performance doesn't seem to be critical, you can afford to refocus, take a 2nd shot and then pick the best one - in this case I'd advise the 6d, even as underspeced (or overpriced) as it is in comparison to the competition.

I recently compared 5d3/6d side by side for 2 hours, the 5d3 is clearly the more professional gear not only because of faster fps, higher shutter rating and a bit faster x-sync, but because the handling is faster (like double button layout, mfn button, firmware customization). But if you don't depend on this speed gain or the upcoming f8 af with Canon lenses+tc, the investment in glass will give you better results.

If you want a better performing camera, 5D3 is the best route. It won't limit you later on like the 6D could with its AF performance.

True, but what exactly is "later on"? Like 2014 when the 5d4 arrives with higher mp/dr and the 5d3 can be bought for $2000? Imho an advanced investment in lenses can be a good idea, but I'll get the camera body that fits my requirements as they are right now.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Chinese aftermarket guns
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:22:52 PM »
Sadly I expect Canon's next move will be some sort of digital key authorization mechanism  to lock down the hot-shoe ETTL and HSS communications, preventing the chinese from reverse-engineering their stuff and selling  at 1/4 the cost.   

I'd expect Canon to upgrade to ettl-3 sometime (with 2nd curtain remote sync) so that there's a new protocol to reverse engineer - but I doubt even Canon would get that aggressive to encrypt their camera to lens or flash communication.

Enough people with cash will still buy Canon because of reliability and cps, no matter how good the competition is - 3rd party products and Magic Lantern serve more as a buffer to prevent budget users jumping ship to another manufacturer. And if Canon cannot grab the money, they'd rather see it go to Yonguo, Sigma, ... than to Nikon instead.

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: January 29, 2013, 12:16:25 PM »
I am worried about the Hybrid IS since someone in this post said that, because of it, his/her photos were soft (and sharp when tuned off). Though, it was only 1 comment going that route.

Nah, that's either a broken lens or people simply don't realize that IS doesn't stop the world around them and the effect diminishes to nearly zero when going near 1:1 mag. And with very fast shutter speeds you should turn IS off because the lens shutter speed is faster than the IS sampling rate resulting in a bit of blur.

The advantage of the hybrid is over other IS systems is that esp. with a 7d/5d3-type af system the lens speeds up the sample rate, so tiny adjustments are adjusted plus it also compensates for forward/back movement next to panning. It's a theoretical advantage esp. when shooting med distance handheld macros, but I wouldn't make a lens choice Canon/Sigma depend on the hybrid is - the downside is that it's noisier and might be more prone to failure since it's more complicated.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D flash sync
« on: January 29, 2013, 02:09:02 AM »
That would be a digital shutter, aka turning the sensor on and off, like on the original 1D, wouldn't it? The old Nikon d50 is the same

Interesting, I didn't know about the 1d method - why don't they do that anymore to gain higher x-sync?

As for the 6d & 1/8000, I have no idea how it's implemented, just picked it up while reading through the ml 6d dev thread - you have to look or ask over there.

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShots for CP+, no DSLRs.
« on: January 29, 2013, 02:01:49 AM »
Canon is really stupid they should lunch the 7D mk2 before Nikon lunches the D400.

Quite the opposite: It's smart to have the competition show their cards first, then design a Canon version that is produced as cheap as possible, sold as expensive as possible while keeping some marketing joker (like the af sensitivity of the 6d).

Canon market research most probably has shown that old school dslr users are very slow to change brand, and because they're late in the tech race Canon won't be able to stop early adopters anyway ("I want high mp and dr now").

So after a Nikon announcement they have 2-3 month time to cook up something for themselves, which probably will be the 70d = 60d + wifi + gps + touchscreen + afma + fw gimmicks for a start....

Reviews / Re: Review - Canon EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:20:10 AM »
Isn't the Canon a bit short on a full-frame camera for macro?
Isn't the Sigma a bit long for portraits (still on a full-frame)?

Even on crop I often add a 1.4x tc to the 100L for more working distance, the point about this lens is the hybrid is (esp. in combination with a good 7d/5d3-type af) and dual use as a 100mm portrait lens. As for portrait focal length, only you can tell what your preferred working distance & compression is, but you're bound to loose some flexibility with the sigma 150mm...

Lenses / Re: Lens Help - 17-40 & 70-200 f/4 or 24-70 f/4
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:16:47 AM »
I don't like variable apertures... especially if you are shooting in manual... it can be a pain having to do the math on the fly to make sure your exposure is right.

The latest magic lantern have an "exposure lock" option for m mode that keeps exposure constant when changing t/f/iso (and that includes changing f by zooming in or out) :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:14:03 AM »
because no competition have anything like APS-H, the image quality drop vs full frame is minimal unlike the wonderfull APS-C.

Well, I understand your point and I'd probably even buy an enthusiast aps-h camera - but as discussed all over expanding the dslr market share doesn't seem to be Canon thinking, for them it's most important to grab as much money as they can get away with while while keeping a strong position in the pro/cps-segment - and the latter is mostly ff :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D flash sync
« on: January 29, 2013, 01:09:11 AM »
Does this mean that magic lanterns software will allow the use of 1/8000 because that's a big deal

I wouldn't count on it, Canon obviously has an interest to prevent it, and even if ml manages it then it might wear down the shutter faster because it isn't designed for it. I really don't know if the x-sync and shutter speed limits are due to firmware crippling or based on cheaper hardware than the 5d3/5d2.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:18:54 PM »
Lots of discussions on if APS-H is really dead, or has an opening to return...

Why would Canon do that - it's loose-loose for them, they'd sell less expensive tele lenes for the well-off people while loosing ef-s compatibility and alienating the 7d crowd who bought a 17-55 or 10-22 lens.

The only reason for Canon would be if the competition went ahead and many Canon users would consider switching, but in Nikon-land it's also either 1.5x crop or ff.

So much for all the b*** ***t about Canon using outdated sensor technology.

You're confusing "outdated" with "bad": yes, Canon is behind the competition in sensor design (low iso sharpness, shadow noise, mp & dr) and no, that doesn't mean that Canon sensors cannot be an appropriate tool for most jobs - actually even my 60d is.

Lenses / Re: Lens Help - 17-40 & 70-200 f/4 or 24-70 f/4
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:44:26 PM »
I do a lot of walking/hiking.  I don’t like carrying a ton of stuff, and almost never bring a tripod.  So my landscapes tend to be handheld wherever I am.  I wasn't into people pictures until we had our first kid.  Now she seems to dominate my subject matter.

Then the 17-40L is not for you - you can shoot @high iso with the 6d and thus gain higher shutter speeds that compensates for the missing IS, but at the same time you will loose a lot of dynamic range that is important for landscape. And if you're shooting hdr brackets, it's best with a tripod or at least IS so that the frames overlap as much as possible.

Only you can determine if you'd miss the 17-23 range, it's quite a lot, but it's not "general purpose" on full frame and as KR (in this case correctly) says: an uaw lens is not for "taking it all in" landscape but for the uwa effect, esp. when shooting objects near to the lens (the 17-40L has a very good min. focusing distance).

As for the tele zoom, I'd also recommend to have a look at the 70-300L because of it's small pack size (extending zoom) vs. the internal zoom of the 70-200s. Then add a used 24-105L and you're good to go, the overlap of the two lenses is nice because you can skip changing them when outdoors or in a hurry.

As for the 24-70/4: Yes, completely overpriced, near-macro capability sounds nice but it lacks working distance - and the 70-300L has a good max. magnification because of 300mm + small min. focusing distance.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 28, 2013, 03:15:09 PM »
Prices of many cameras will keep climbing, as long as the US Dollar stays depressed. Nothing new here.

Keep your head up, you could do worse - like living in Europe with the current € crisis :-\

Personally I'd like Canon to introduce a 6Dv version - no wi fi and gps but a mag alloy top plate  :)

For me a 6Drts-af please, with built-in rt flash master, swivel screen and 11 pt true crosspoint af @f2.8 - *then* I'm more likely to consider the €2000 price is justified...

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