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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:18:06 PM »
Whether or not they will put the 5D3's AF in the 7D2 remains to be seen.

Completely different size aps-c vs ff... but that is not necessarily a bad thing since it's probably easier to put a larger af point spread in a aps-c than a ff, so the 7d2 af might even have an edge for tracking across the whole frame.

cant i ask  why 6d  hasnt got the features the 7d has? if im paying more money for something that is supposedly above it in a camera range (going from 1-7, generally the cameras get better and more expensive) then surely i can ask why the 7d has so many more af points or a better body casing or a better iso performance etc etc

Except for the price of the ff sensor there is a decisive difference - the 6d has a big brother and Canon doesn't want to cannibalize their 5d3 sales, while the 7d2 will be the top of the aps-c line so Canon can put everything in it and people will still pay the price because aps-c and ff have different markets (sports/wildlife vs portrait/event). If and when the 70d arrives you'll see the the same feature-cut procedure of the 6d again.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 12:14:09 PM »
wow, sound good  8), ready for sale my 7D

Imho this sounds *too* good to be true, either Canon is going to radically change their pricing policy or the 7d2 will either be nowhere near 5d3 af/iso performance or cost a lot more €€€...

I'd prefer something officially supported - botching a production because of something unexpected happening in conjunction with a hack would seriously suck.

Magic Lantern is no hack but original quality software that has been proven a lot during the last 1-2 years.

If you are a hobby photographer and you want a 5D Mark III or 6D wait and try out the 7D Mark II before or wait for the new big megapixel camera.

But in reverse you'd still predict that the 6d will keep the edge for pro or semi-pro low light shooting, correct? However I expect the 6d price to drop a lot after the 70d/7d2 release if the aps-c iso performance has really improved.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 Epic Shootout Video
« on: February 19, 2013, 03:07:21 AM »
- Video Tests for Moire, Aliasing, Dynamic Range, Color, Sharpening

Fyi: You can do hdr video with Magic Lantern, so imho in high dr situations the 6d has the clear edge in 720p - the limited dr is only a problem in 1080p and still shots with motion.

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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 :-)

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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.

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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...).

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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.

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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: http://www.calumetphoto.co.uk/eng/product/calumet_speedlight_powerblock_900/cf0192

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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.

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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.

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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 :-\

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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