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Lenses / Re: Please help me.
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:17:44 PM »
17-40L is a good call ...has a broad usable focal range on a crop body.

Yes and no: it's ok on crop, light & good flare control - though the 17-40L is better on ff plus it's not sharp esp. at open aperture in comparison to the ef-s lenses. I'd only get the 17-40L for crop if upgrading/dual-using to/with ff is planned, or if weather sealing is important - in the latter category the 17-40L shines as an internal zoom.

If your budget allows, consider the 16-35II f/2.8 instead of 17-40 f/4, you will then have two fast lenses. But the f4 lens is no slouch and both are great walk arounds for crops.

Here I have to disagree - since there is the Tokina 11-16 for crop imho the 16-35L is complete overkill - constructing an uwa zoom for ff is much harder esp. if the corners have to be sharp, that's why the 16-35L is so expensive. On crop the mirror is smaller, the ef-s lens is nearer to the sensor and a good performing f2.8 uwa is cheaper to produce. Next to that, the 16-35L is heavy, and you're not even using part of the glass.

Disclaimer: I'd gladly switch my 17-40L for a 16-35L for free, but only because I'll get a 6d sooner or later.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Anti-Aliasing Filter
« on: February 11, 2013, 05:04:09 PM »
I'm not saying the 5D3 isn't better than a 6D and it seems practical to pixel bind with the native resolution of the 5D3 but I am seeing very similar if not the same results with the 6D and this third party AA filter that I see with native 5D3 video footage.

Terrific - just one detail though: "VAF-6D Moire / Aliasing Filter - Your Price: $365.00" ... and thinking of the current 5d3-6d price difference, the tons of things that make the 5d3 a more capable camera ... well, you know :-o ...

EOS Bodies / Re: Why's there 20mp on the 6d?
« on: February 11, 2013, 03:46:17 PM »
I think it has more to do with product differentiation and keeping it below the 5D3.

I'm always happy to bash Canon marketing, but in this case I really wonder if there isn't more to it - maybe the increased dynamic range of the 6d?

The "less than 5d3" sounds like Canon but at the same time a little strange since people paying €3000 for a camera probably know that more mp isn't necessarily better, or we'd all be shooting with iPhones.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:47:58 PM »
I think all the price drops have to due with rumors of the 70D coming soon with better features, but i doubt the 70D will be that much better so these prices may snap back to $2000 after the 70D is officially announced.

I've never experienced such a price climb, it might be +-100€ depending on how much pressure is from budget mail order on the big players like amazon, but once the public has registered how much air there is in a product's price they won't accept the higher price anymore and just wait to drop again.

Lighting / Re: The Flash Bracket? Do they really matter anymore?
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:45:26 PM »
in opposed position to its intended camera orientation it will give you side light and half way deployed it will give you a higher position (on some tilting brackets) that will give you a diff angle on light.

+1 - I just did a test series with the sto-fen & demb diffusers with and without bracket and have to say using the bracket at 45 degree angle or even forward for macro is the best feature. For simply using the flash in portrait position the demb flip-it is sufficient most of the time since it's mounted sideways on the flash.

EOS Bodies / Why's there 20mp on the 6d?
« on: February 11, 2013, 02:40:03 PM »
I am wondering why Canon put this sensor into 6d - the 5d3 seems to have the 22mp count because it's a multiple of 1080p and produces less moiré when downsizing to video resolution.

Is there any reason for the the way the 6d sensor is *except* marketing, i.e. keeping the tech spec even below the 5d2's 21mp? Maybe Canon gains a significant production advantage like less sensor waste for 6d and such is able to lower the price? Or is there any video- or stills-shooting related reason except that a little larger pixels produce a little less noise?

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: How bad is moire?
« on: February 10, 2013, 07:22:49 PM »
Both of them have better ISO options as well.

... unless of course you use Magic Lantern :-) ... but the swivel screen on the 60d definitely is a plus for video amongst other things as landscape/macro tripod work.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR @ CeBit?
« on: February 10, 2013, 06:11:35 PM »
CBIT is rapidly going down in stature.

Not an entirely new development - when I lived near Hannover 20 years ago I used to visit CeBit the whole week, but about 10 years ago it went downhill because the IT industry at last became too large and too consumer-oriented to be concentrated in one expo. And with the advent of the Internet you can get all the information you want in a second anyway, so there is less need to visit an expo just out of interest.

EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR @ CeBit?
« on: February 10, 2013, 05:46:48 PM »
I asked Canon Germany at facebook if some new products will come out at the coming events. They said they´ll update the website. They updatet quickly but for CeBit there is no more information about what is going to be showed. Do you think a new camera is announced?

Imho very unlikely, CeBit is a non-consumer computer expo, Canon will show printers and the like and reserve dlsrs or lenses for more photo oriented events.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: How bad is moire?
« on: February 10, 2013, 04:45:17 PM »
It's a heck of a lot more money, but if you are doing video very seriously or professionally you might want to go for the 5D3... sorry, just go that bit further and get a C100 instead.

I know that paul doesn't use it, but I'd like to mention that unlike the c line the 5d3 (also 6d) runs Magic Lantern which can be a big plus for many video applications.

From everything I read (which basically is paul13walnut5 :-)) you can remove moiré in post, but unprocessed it is a major hassle in some scenes and might irritate your clients a lot, just look at some samples with moiré in it like whirring rooftops or brick walls - so personally if I'd do video I'd go for the 5d3 which has superior anti-aliasing above many competing dslrs.

Lenses / How to reduce the nd filter warm color cast?
« on: February 10, 2013, 03:22:20 PM »
I'm about to buy the Heliopan 2093 nd filter with 3.0 density. The manufacturer states (German: that this density produces a warm color cast that can be removed by "adding a Heliopan UV/IR filter in front of the ND filter".

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 postprocessing?


Software & Accessories / Re: Latest version of DPP
« on: February 10, 2013, 03:16:20 PM »
I understand the latest version of DPP is v3.11 released for the EOS 5 MKIII. Is it possible to update the 2010 version currently installed when I bought a 7D? I can't find such a facility on Canon's UK or Europe site. Thanks for any info!

Yes, you can use all web updaters if you have installed the full setup from the cd that came with your camera. For some Canon software, even this isn't necessary and you can just use the web setup. Canon marketing obviously figures that adding newer software to older products webpages might cut sales of their newest gear, but it works just fine.

I do feel i'm pretty set for the time being as far as glass goes. I actually have exactly what trygved suggested minus the 5D mark iii. A 24-105L and some fast primes. I do not own any EF-S glass because I do anticipate going to FF. Just not now. I want to have gotten a couple of paid gigs before I go for the 5D mark iii. Right now the investment is not a wise one because of the uncertainty. Low-Light performance is relatively a non-issue for me. I pretty much never shoot anything in a non-staged scene, even with photography. And with photography when I do shoot non-staged I don't really mind using a flash or cranking up the ISO a bit. I'm not a wedding photographer.

+1 for the 60d (though I'm a bit biased as a 60d owner :-)) - as for the differences 7d/60d there are tons of threads about it, but I agree that they won't matter for what you do - except for the swivel screen which is a plus for video and might make you look more pro than cowering next to your camera or standing on your toes.

The one reason for the 7d that hasn't been mentioned is that it makes a better combo with the 5d3 due to the similar button layout, while 60d+6d integrate without re-thinking where the buttons are. Just remember that the 7d uses cf cards, on 5d3 cf is also best because of the broken sd slot, but you will need sd cards for the 60d (again).

Imho concerning camera bodies, just get what you really require, they drop in price too fast - once the 70d/7d2 are out with an improved sensors most people won't want to use the current 18mp generation as a door stopper.

Every 3rd party grip I have used has either stopped working (bad contacts/crummy wiring) or caused errors. I would rather pay a premium knowing the item was built to canon spec's then built sub par.

Oh well, in this case you probably get what you paid for - though there seem to be differences between the absolutely cheapest grips and the a little more expensive Meike models. For pro shooting I guess it's no question what to get, but the Canon "premium" in these cases is stiff: You can get five (5) Meike grips for one (1) Canon...

Battery grips failed after 1 year

What exactly was the problem with the grips?

I am going to get a Meike grip for the 6d because the price difference to the Canon original is immense - the only problems I read about is that some 3rd party grips loose contact when bend a lot, though the 6d version is reported to be rather sturdy.

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