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In contrast the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II clearly loses to the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS II at 70mm f/2.8:

Don't rely on the dtp tests too much at pixel level, they usually only test one lens sample and there's a wider production spread, so if the 70-200L2 or 24-70L2 is sharper @70mm depends on your individual lenses.

Personally, I'll get the Tamron 24-70vc because I don't need to rely on cps, I don't need f2.8 all the time (it's sharper stopped down), the Canon mk2 w/o IS is more than double (!) the price and vc is useful even for shooting people when they're posing for candids. Imho the main applications for the new Canon are photojournalism and such where the objects are moving and fast af is important and for landscape if corner to corner sharpness is required.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D - error 30!!!
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:17:54 AM »
What was the temperature. The 6D's operating temperature is recommended at from 0-40C though I feel that it is not too rigid.

Doh - does this happen often? I have shot up to -10 degrees Celsius this winter, I hope I didn't risk the shutter because that wouldn't have been worth it (my 60d is also 0 to 40 degrees C).

Lenses / Re: How to reduce the nd filter warm color cast?
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:12:25 AM »
Buy LEE or schnider optic.

If you're talking about schnEider :-> optics (B+W) - they are just releasing their 82mm nd filters, they much more expensive than Heliopan (probably early adopter's premium) and one of the above posts also states that b+w also has a color cast - so I went for the cheaper Heliopan w/o coating (it's not supposed to let through light after all).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:08:13 AM »
I was looking at some old reactions for 6D.  I was surprised that some of the people bashing 6D are the same ones praising it or at least giving it some credibility nowadays.  :) ;D

Even if repeating myself: Imho it all depends on the price, because with the 6d you're basically buying good iq (well, and wlan/wifi if you need it). So "just" good iq for €2100: no, but "budget" good iq for @1500: yes.

Lenses / Re: How to reduce the nd filter warm color cast?
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:06:03 AM »
Now I'm confused: a) all I find are UV *or* IR filters, what is the manufacturer talking about and b) does this work & is it necessary or is it trivial to remove the warm color cast in post-processing?
It's only non-trivial if you shoot JPEG. If you're shooting RAW you have full control over colour in PP.

True and I shoot raw, but as paul13walnut5 full control doesn't mean easy control if it's not something that clearly falls into the wb or color slider category - so if each picture would need individual treatment it'd be easier to fix the problem while shooting with another stacked filter as the manufacturer suggests.

But from what I read, wb usually does the trick esp. if nobody knows how the real scene looked - my filter just arrived and I'll see this weekend how I can handle the color shift.

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 15, 2013, 03:16:23 AM »
Get all your gear, and all your receipts (I hope you still have them), and you'll be surprised.

I was esp. surprised that almost no orders from overseas contained a correct receipt, they were either declared as "gift" (China) or the €150 value was magically reduced to €20 for EU vat & tax evasion (US order). I didn't ask for this, though I admit it didn't bother me then, but when insuring the gear it'll be a problem. But most likely I'll go the way to only ensure the more expensive items of €100+ and not every lens cap or hood.

Lighting / Re: Weird ettl ec behavior - is this just me?
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:51:19 AM »
That is odd. Gotta think about it. Can you post some shots?

Unfortunately I always deleted them right away and set the correct camera ec, but next time I experience this problem I'll post them here.

You have a good system... 60D and 600EX are good products... although the newest cameras now have rgb metering which reduces auto and TTL flux lots.. its still not perfect.

Thanks for everybody's answers, and yes - my system is very good, after all afaik only the 1dx series has rgb metering (and of course cheaper Nikons, doh). That's why I'm so spoiled and expect my system to work all the time. And for bounce/fill near-macro shots and outdoors fill flash it usually works very reliable, though I have to fiddle with both ec values a bit to get what I want - but in comparison to full m flash this is of course extremely convenient.

But as written above I'll start shooting full camera m more often, just bought the Syl Arena book and will experiment with m flash more often - it's a lot to learn when coming from the "p&s" av+ettl2-experience, but I acknowledge it's more reliable in changing light or with reflecting surfaces, so I have to know how to do it.

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Chinese aftermarket guns
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:17:27 AM »
As far as I know, Canon RT and Yongnuo (YN-622) radio systems are not compatible. A 622 transceiver can control any modern Canon Flash but only through another 622, not through Canon's built-in RT. Similarly, Canon's RT system cannot control a 622.

I'm really looking forward to someone reverse-engineering the Canon rt protocol and 3rd party rt gear is available. I hope it's possible and Canon didn't prevent it by (too strong) encryption and that the protocol itself isn't protected by patents - nowadays just about everything seems to qualify for a patent.

Lighting / Re: Weird ettl ec behavior - is this just me?
« on: February 14, 2013, 05:29:26 PM »
When using ETTL I also find that Av is not the best mode but that manual camera setting are really the best for that. Syl Arena mentions that in his book also - something to the extent that M is really the default "automatic" ETTL mode. I know that Av is always said to be for daylight/fill flash. May be worth testing if other settings work better for you.

My lenses transmit the distance information (though some are said to be more or less precise at it) - so it's "real" ettl2. But I recently also decided to practice more full m mode for flashing with ettl, esp. since Magic Langern now has a expo lock function that allows quickly changing aperture/shutter/iso without changing the exposure. And I know that Av mode has some quirks, I was just wondering if the camera ec behaves this way for all photogs or just me...

... but you seem to recommend the book Speedliter's Handbook: Learning to Craft Light with Canon Speedlites ? The other recommendation I read about is Canon Speedlite System Digital Field Guide

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 14, 2013, 04:18:48 PM »
Low, mid and high... it all gets insured, I make no distinctions regarding replacement of my gear.

Personally, I'd 100% insure my €10k tele prime, I wouldn't do it with all the low tech stuff I'm carrying around like an mp3 player or a gps logger - that's why I was making the distinction. But good I wrote this thread, I come to realize I've invested a lot of €€€ in this during the last 2 years and it's not worth loosing it by accident :-o

Lighting / Weird ettl ec behavior - is this just me?
« on: February 14, 2013, 03:53:17 PM »
With daylight fill/bounce flash I'm mostly shooting Av mode with fixed iso 800-1250, min. shutter speed set (1/60s - 1/250s on my 60d) and a little negative flash ec to prevent overflashing the subject or positive flash ec because the diffuser eats too much light. I'm also often using camera ec to control the subject-background relation, so most of the time it's set between +1/3 and +1 to allow for a natural background.

The weird behavior I am experiencing: When changing *camera* ec a little from 0 to +-1/3 the background exposure changes a *lot*, while the following 1/3 steps are relatively minor - so on my 60d+600rt camera ec is not a constant, gradual scale. Is this just me, my camera or my flash? Is the flash exposure depending on the camera body used, or do all the ettl2 Canon cameras meter the same?

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:56:10 PM »
They all have similar values. I am at Poepping's.

I would hardly consider the 100L, 70-300L, 17-40L etc as "mid-range"
Well, I concur there are a couple of top range items included (100L, 600rt) but since for every other lens & camera there are cheaper and more expensive offers I consider €5000-8000 still midrange - a 1dx body alone costs that much, not to think of €10k tele primes. But correct me if I'm wrong, I'd happily change my perspective on my gear.

Lenses / Re: Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:30:15 PM »
That 2.5% of the gear value I pay per year is worth it the second you drop it or someone threatens you.

You seem to be German - did you do a survey for the cheapest insurance company, is 2.5%/year the best offer, what company is it? The next step for me would be to search for a company, and I really don't know where to start (again, in Germany).

Lenses / Is your midrange gear insured?
« on: February 14, 2013, 02:12:16 PM »
I didn't quite know where to put this question, so it ended up in "lenses" since these are the most expensive items in the bag.

The motive for me thinking about insuring my gear is that I though someone has nicked my 70-300L out of my bag today - but back at home I gladly saw that I didn't take it with me in the first place as I usually do. So: My current gear (camera+lenses+flashes+filters+...) I'm carrying around is worth about €5000, and I'm going to add a 6d+24-70tc totaling about €8000. I bought this gear piece by piece, but somehow it's grown to (for my standard) considerable value, though it's far from the pro 1dx/5d3+f2.8-kits other people have.

Starting as of today I somehow feel that not insuring the stuff but carrying around the greater part of it most of the time is not exactly clever, on the other hand my budget is stretched as it is so I'm wondering if other people insure their "midrange" dslr gear against theft & damage or they consider the real world risk too low to pay for the insurance?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: DPReview: Canon EOS 6D Reviewed
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:58:31 AM »
And finally it will be considered as what it is: a decent camera.

All current dlsrs are "decent", imho it's only about "value", i.e. performance vs. price - and since the price curve is unpredictable (see 5d3 price drop) imho it isn't as easy as the previous posts above or the (humorous!) lens rentals article suggest.

Esp. with the rather "basic" feature set of the 6d the price is a main component, while the 5d3 with better specs and esp. the af system will keep being "really" decent for a long time to come but the 6d will be more quickly regarded as "only" decent since it's mostly the previous 5d2 generation tech. That won't hinder me from buying a 6d, but I'm aware of the 5d3/6d difference.

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