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One option that I've used successfully is a Lumiquest Softbox III - it has an 8x9" surface which provides decent softening of the direct flash. It's about the biggest modifier that you can attach to your flash head and still move around with it (as opposed to a light stand with remote triggering).  You'll still want to get it off-camera with a flash bracket and OC-E3-type cord.  If it would help, I can take a pic of the setup I'm talking about...

* I can imagine what it looks like, and it's just the setup I have in mind - could you please share some insight about differences in ettl-cords (if any, but 3rd party is 1/3 price of canon) and what flash bracket to get, it needn't be the most expensive one but should still be sturdy & flexible?

* Does using an add-on diffuser really make a difference for bounce (the flashes have a pop-out diffuser after all)?

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70 f/4L IS & EF 35 f/2 IS Sample Images
« on: November 21, 2012, 08:03:35 AM »
Could someone explain how come the third "macro" image shot with the new EF 24-70mm 4 L IS USM shows "80mm" as the actual focal length in EXIF data...?

That's really strange, but the most likely explanation is that it's a beta lens that reported the wrong focal length ... or they were using a tc to get more working distance: 57mm * 1.4 = 80mm ... the bad iq of the macro shot would certainly allow for the latter possibility.

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I was checking out the videos and demos of Gary Fong's lightspheres. Are they any good in terms of softening the harshness of the shadows while at the same time illuminating the subject nicely?

A photog I know has it, and while the ightsphere does what it's supposed to do he says it's too heavy and large (it sits on top of the flash after all) ... and a lot of $$$ for a piece of plastic. So if you have the opportunity test-mount it on your flash in a shop.

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but for stills, I've rarely used it...

With Magic Lantern lv has the absolute killer features focus peaking, zebras, magic zoom - so for carefully composed shots I have gotten to like it because mf is easier plus with the swivel screen of the 60d it's less awkward in many angles on a tripod.

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Lenses / Re: 24-70 or 70-200??
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:44:23 AM »
The best option is to have the 16-35 II , 24-70 II and the 70-200 2.8 II. With this three lenses you can do 90 percent of all jobs.

... and you have to have a lot of jobs to pay for these :->

Btw the "best" is a difficult term, maybe the best 3-lens combination, but certainly not the best size, weight, stealth or open aperture.

Eventually I would love to have both of these however I can only purchase one of them at this time.

You probably realize that "portraits and indoor shoots" don't square, or get the 28-300L. However, your choices of fast standard zooms are much more limited, essentially the Canon 24-70 mk1 & mk2 and the Tamron. So if you find one of these attractive you won't regret it later. For tele or 85mm+ portrait range, there are a lot of other options, Canon or 3rd party, primes or zooms - so it's a more difficult choice, the 70-200 lenses are just one good option among others.

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Lenses / Re: "Affordable" telephoto lens for wildlife
« on: November 21, 2012, 06:33:40 AM »
Thanks for your quick response. Will there be an IQ difference between Canon and Kenko?

Often debated issue - I've only got the Kenko 1.4x which is said to be on par with the Canon mk2, the mk3 is supposed a little better (or different according to who you ask - center vs edge sharpness on ff).

So if you've got the cash to buy a 70-200/2.8is get the newest Canon which is sealed - otherwise the smaller and less expensive Kenko is just fine for a tc, works with f8 on any camera and on *any* lens meaning you can use it on a macro lens, too. The Kenko isn't white though :->

Btw: On my 60d f8 hunting only occurs in dim light / low contrast and single-point af (unfortunately necessary on the 60d due to few af points), but with multi-point af it locks very good.

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that this sensor is NOT the same as used in 5DMK3 but it is totally NEW and that he was thinking that 6D sensor will be performing a bit and slightly better than even the 5DMK3 but this said in the low-light-situations when using high ISO.

They developed a "totally new" sensor that manages to show " slightly better" performance?! And ony in extreme conditions (high iso @low light) and with some loss of resolution? Great work, Canon :-p

Please note: newer is not always better, and overall it sounds as if Canon is mighty proud to have reduced costs while keeping the sensor performance on 5d3 level - after all they'll want a higher profit margin even after stuffing in wifi and gps with the 6d over the current 5d2 price.

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If the subject is moving than the lag is almost unbearable. Spontaneous quick shots are near impossible. Even with the 24-70 II

Um, I don't believe it's in the product announcement that the 5d3 can track moving objects  far away in the dark with af assist? Though it should work on static objects in the 2m range, it certainly does on the 60d.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D vs 5D2???
« on: November 20, 2012, 08:48:39 PM »
The 550D uses a new, 18.7 (total) megapixel sensor that's similar, but not exactly the same as the one featured in the 7D (according to our sources at Canon).

That most probably only concerns the modified readout (dual digic4 on the 7d, single digic4 550d/600d/60d), so it's not exactly the same *physical* sensor - but it certainly has the same image quality.

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Better autofocus capabilities yet - including f/8 - will be the main draw, though.

Until now the Kenko dgx extenders talk every camera into af'ing @f8 - I'd be surprised if the 6d was an exception, even if Canon surely won't support f8-af officially to make a point for the 5d3/1dx.

And don't forget: One drawback of high iso on the current sensors is reduced dynamic range, so you have less tolerance for exposure errors, recovering highlights or raising shadow - some less iso noise doesn't help here.

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Lenses / Re: Help me choose a lens
« on: November 20, 2012, 07:48:40 PM »
Thanks, you've been extremely helpful!
Can't wait to read your thoughts after using the 17-40 on the 60D!

:-) Well, I can tell you right now it'll be great because until now I've been using a broken 1990s 28-105usm (gold ring) that is only so-so sharp @f8 on digital, even on crop. That's the good thing about my gear - there's lot of room for improvement w/o paying $10000+, so I'll try to keep my expenses in line with my abilities.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D vs 5D2???
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:45:38 PM »
Apart from hopefully having a better sensor, the replacement for the 7D would have better integration with some of Canon's latest accessories, like the Speedlite 600-EX-RT - for instance, only bodies of 2012 vintage or later integrate 100% with the use of the colour-correction gels supplied with the 600-EX-RT. 

That's the first time I've heard that's an issue, and many 600rt users wrote that Canon's gels are crap anyway and use other gels - which aren't calibrated even with the newest and shiniest 2012 bodies.

The 7D also requires a USB cable connection to integrate with a GPS receiver. - If any of these features mean anything to you, it may be another reason to wait.

Unless you want to log the direction the camera is pointing at just get a $40 external gps logger that lasts 24h w/o draining your eos battery, is very precise and keeps logging if the camera is off. And if you attach the data to the files later on you get the added value that with geosetter the real location names are written into the exif data.

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Lenses / Re: Help me choose a lens
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:37:03 PM »
About the "cheap" thing... Well, to be honest I was a little embarrassed when writing this post, because most folks here seem to own at least a 5D_ camera and a whole bunch of $1,000+ L lenses...

Sounded like that, but this (nice) forum is heavily biased towards L lenses and ff (or 7d for wildlife), most regular posters wouldn't use a crop camera as a doorstopper. Just cross-post your question to a more general photog forum where people use Rebels and think the 60d is overkill...

You're right, a FF + thin DoF would help with my kid but not with events/group shots.

Another issue often confused is "how thin is a thin dof" ... depending on your focal length and the distance to your object f4 can be extremely thin - and even with your kids you probably want to have the eyes and nose in focus at the same time :-p ... I'd like to stop down much further often but cannot due to the iso noise, that's the main reason I'm going ff.

For now I've decided to keep the 60D and go with one of these:
- 17-40 + 50 1.4 + 85 1.8 (and sell the 18-135)
- 24-105 + 50 1.4 (and keep the 18-135 for WA needs, and sell it when I go FF)
- 17-55 2.8 + 50 1.4 + 85 1.8 (and sell the 18-135, and stick with APS-C)

For ef: Only you can answer how often you need a wide or ultrawide angle (look at the statistics of your shots so far on the wide and far end, it's easy in Lightroom and there are other apps around to calculate the stats). And only you know how many lenses you are ok to carry around and change them when needed.

For ef-s: I think the 17-55/2.8 is overpriced and I wouldn't pay that much for a non-sealed ef-s lens, and if you aren't set on f2.8 (and you aren't looking at the 17-40 option) then look at the very good but cheaper ef-s 15-85, too.

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There are rumors flying around that parts of the 6D sensor are made using a new production technology.

Wow, that's exciting and exactly what a rumors site is supposed to be about - my theory: the new tech is something to cut back costs so that Canon can get a higher profit margin with the 6d over the 5d2!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D vs 5D2???
« on: November 20, 2012, 04:22:11 PM »
I found my 7D to be one stop better for ISO than the T2

... um, but, but, they have the same sensor?! And looking at sample shots the 7d is probably worse because it has higher banding due to the dual readout channels.

Thus, the main difference is that with the 7D you have 18 MP, and with the 5DII you have 8 MP.
Help me out here, neuro. My 5DmkII has way more than 8MP...it's 21.1.  What do you mean by 8MP?

Let me interpret what our good Dr. Neuro is trying to say, it was a rather large textblock which tends to confuse people :-p ... if you crop back the 21mp shot to match the 1.6x crop factor, then there are 8mp left - if that's all you need you're ok with ff over crop because the iq is similar in this case (sharpness vs iso noise). I hope I've got it right :-p

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