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"while i continue to be a loyal Canon user, Canon lacks behind Nikon in picture quality, why is that?"

I wonder if this forum was a clever move by Canon - they can't have a forum full or trolls or people who (for good reason) think that Nikon bodies have the edge, on the other hand they cannot censor posts too much w/o getting bad press and Internet karma. Better leave the Canon bashing to 3rd party forums like CR :->

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Convince me to shoot in RAW
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:10:50 PM »
Imagine those who have a D800 and shoot RAW?  Now that is hardcore.

Not quite, real hardcore is having *backups* of all these raw shots, too.

Wondering if there is any chance Canon will make a firmware update for the 1D IV so they can use the group function with the new 600EX flashes?

Canon has an interest in phasing out aps-h so that they can sell more expensive tele lenses for people who aren't satisfied a crop sensor. For this reason alone Canon imho won't add *any* firmware features, and they aren't in the habit of doing so anyway - they only do it when pressed by the market (5d2 video, 7d2 auto-iso, 5d3/1dx f8).

Bad news for you: esp. the group function is the "premium" feature only available on the newest 1dx/5d3 bodies, since older bodies like 5d2 without rt ui are compatible with the 600rt even if Canon tries to say otherwise (hss speed) - why would Canon backport this? And they didn't to paid firmware updates yet.

EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:46:02 PM »
Why the zero in the links?  Don't want to inadvertently help KR rise to the top of the searches?

Got it in one :-) ... outbound links from a large site with Canon content to KR are worth a lot of money because of the way google works - if I set them (even from the forum), I want a free 5d3  ... no, wait, I'd be even ok with a 6d!

EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:30:02 PM »
Don't you like it? I think it's great! The guy really speaks his mind!

I used to think the exact same thing, but over time I have to agree with others and concede that KR just doesn't get the facts straight (this is an updated 6d "review", the first was simply factually wrong in some parts) and even his hardcore amateur approach isn't consistent. So now I just admire his (their?) marketing skills, and don't forget to support his growing family :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help me upgrade my 550d
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:01:32 PM »
So do Canon's GP-E1 and GP-E2.

They do!? Thanks for the information - I never looked at the features after I had a look at the price (afaik Nikon bodies have a dedicated gps port longer than Canon / at all, thus they've got more and cheaper 3rd party logging solutions).

But esp. in this case it's a shame Canon didn't include this one useful feature in the 6d (if I read the specs correctly) because with the direction and the lens info it's possible to determine the exact area the picture covers.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help me upgrade my 550d
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:46:07 PM »
i'd go for a 6d.. i'd like the gps on it for my travel stuff...

... as an alternative, just get a $40 gps tagger which lasts 24h, is likely to be more precise, doesn't drain your camera's battery and keeps on tracking when your camera is safely inside your bag. The downside is that you need to merge the gps log with the shots afterwards, but this is really a minor issue and it's a good idea anyway because geosetter also puts the location area and city names inside the exif.

The one thing that would have been nice for in-camera gps is to log the direction the camera is pointing to - but alas, Canon didn't include it (Nikon taggers for the hotshoe have it).

EOS Bodies / First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 14, 2012, 12:07:09 PM »
If you enjoy a good laugh, check out what pops up when you google "canon 6d review" - it's the busy bee "Mr. JPEG" Ken R0ckwell (if that guy exists at all and isn't a front for a clever team) that knows how search engines work, so no "hands on" here though it really is a "no hands on" review:

www. kenrockwell. com/canon/6d.htm
www. kenrockwell. com/canon/6d/vs-5d-mark-iii.htm

Actually he has a point when he states that the specs of the 6d are made to upsell the 5d3 to "rich people". But he seems to read this site because he enjoys contradicting some things that are eternal common knowledge here, so esp. the 5d vs 6d is worth checking out :-> ... just that the 5d isn't $3500 anymore, but he didn't notice that.

The 6D has a simpler AF system. You may prefer either; gearheads will prefer the 5D Mark III.
The Canon 6D adds an eight-way up/down/left/right control to the big rear control dial, and thus eliminates the need for the old thumb nubbin.
Top shutter and sync speeds are the same. No one uses 1/4,000, much less 1/8,000, so the 5D Mark III having 1/8,000 makes no difference in actual shooting.
Yes, there are many minor differences in the sensors and shutters as I'll outline below, but these are designed merely to help upsell innocent rich amateurs to the 5D Mark III; they aren't different enough for a real photographer or someone without a spare $1,400 lying around to blow on camera bodies to worry about.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:57:08 AM »
Small sensors are the future, FF is the past. Expect to see more Pros drop FF and get APS-C/DX and M4/3 in the future.

On thing won't be in the past: ef lenses are designed for ff sensors, you cannot "update" that fact. So for more mp an expensive ff lens will still have an edge on ff over aps-c, simply you don't just use the center.

Lenses / Re: Need filter suggestions - Ordered Canon 100mm f2.8 L macro
« on: November 14, 2012, 04:12:23 AM »
I use on my 100 f/2.8 L - and most of my lenses - B&W UV MRC filters.

I'm using B+W clear protection filters on my lenses - what's the reason to use a uv filter with digital?

To the op: With the macro lens, you sometimes have to remove the hood at large magnifications because it gets in the way of the light or flashes, or shy animals frighten faster because the hood is closer to them. That's why I'd recommend a filter, and a 67mm to stay on all the time, I don't think there's any iq degradation and personally I feel better cleaning a filter than the lens.

Lenses / Re: Which extender is best
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:38:11 AM »
MARSU42,  I have similar setup.  I have the 50D and the 70-300L.  I have been tryng to decide on using the 70-300L with the Kenko for wildlife or purchase the 400mm 5.6.  Although I am not sure if there is any noticable difference in IQ using the Kenko extender versus the 4005.6 L by itself.
I've not shot those, but an L prime (even a modestly priced one like the 400 5.6) without an extender should significantly outperform a zoom with an extender, right?

Right. I think the 70-300L rates as "very good" (maybe not "excellent" like the more expensive/heavier/larger 70-200L or even the "stellar" 200L), and with the extender it is just "good". The 400/5.6L should not only be significantly sharper, but the af @f8 with the extender does hunt sometimes if only using one af point on my 60d - so for that reason alone it's better to get the prime. The tc solution for the zoom is just convenience and some shots.

There is no way low light AF assist focus accuracy wouldn’t be part of a new camera’s field UAT
Maybe low light af capability is just opposed to many smaller af points and there's nothing Canon can do about it, though they are aware of the problem. That's why this information from Chuck Westfall on the 6d is interesting - see

The 6D may only have one center cross-type AF point, compared to the 41 cross-type points on the 5D3′s AF system, but Westfall actually said that AF speed on the 6D could potentially outperform the 5D3 in low-light situations using that single cross-type. Westfall said that the 6D should be on par with the 5D3 at lower ISOs, but should outperform at higher ISOs, thanks to larger pixels on the full-frame sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:30:57 PM »
Do people actually care about APS-C cameras anymore?
Except for the bigger viewfinder on ff (unless it's an evf) aps-c has lots of advantages, and with more advanced sensors the iso noise problem will get less pressing - see

EOS Bodies / Re: A Brief 2013 Canon Roadmap [CR1]
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:05:54 PM »
5D3 firmware in January, not April

Canon might fulfill your with and release it in Jan 2014 ... a slight delay is not unheard of :-p

Hope instead it is both 7D and 70D??

It would be surprising if Canon wouldn't release the more expensive 7d2 way before the tech trickles down to the 70d. But that way, 70d customers might get the fixes for problems that were discovered on the 7d2 :-> ... oh my, I am annoyed today, shouldn't have read about the 5d3 problems with low-light af :-o

Lenses / Re: Which extender is best
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:58:23 PM »
Strangely, my 3 year old DG version gives me correct EXIF info. l just checked an image and it reports the lens as " EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2.0x", focal length as 380mm and max aperture as 5.7. Is this only because it's a version II lens?

As I wrote, the Kenko confusion is growing :-p ... obviously the older "dg" tries to emulate the Canon one by adding +2.0x to the lens info, the newer dgx only modifies the focal length, at least with my 70-300L + 1.4x ... maybe to get around the disabled f8 af.

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