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Lighting / Re: Speedlites help
« on: May 31, 2013, 04:38:29 AM »
Why did Canon even make the sync 1/180?? It's a bit silly. Why not 1/200 like the 5D II?

1. The x-sync on the 6d *is* 1/180s
2. It's not much of a difference to 1/200, the real problem is that even that is pitiful
3. The reason will be marketing (6d<5d3)  and production, i.e. more tolerance on the 6d and cheaper components ... the Magic Lantern devs discovered that you can force the 6d to do 1/200s, but it shows a black bar at the bottom.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body for $1624
« on: May 30, 2013, 04:14:13 PM »
What's the price in Germany? Just curious, because I always thought that photo gear was more expensive in Europe than in the US.

Since release it has dropped ~100€/month, currently it's stuck below the €1700 barrier, but I expect it to move downwards again since imho this full frame 60d is still overpriced:

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:58:23 PM »
Ok, I see thath a crop body would be best. But I don´t want to buy an "aged" Camera. Maybe the best is to wait and to buy an 7D2 or 70D. And in the time between, maybe an cheap body is the spaceholder.

I see your reasons given this is supposed to be a good present, but a 60d is rather cheap by now, has the standard 18mp Canon sensor but good handling (very important!) so it's a good way to learn photography. If you cannot get good shots from a 60d, you won't be get them from a 70d, 7d2, 80d, 7d3 or 5d3 for that matter - esp. in special circumstances like tracking action or low available light for large prints.

Better figure out what lenses he'd like if you've only got the tele range covered and he'd also like to do landscape (maybe a 16-35L or 17-40L)... or a really good prime, that is much more fun than another boring camera body.

Lenses / Re: 70-300L IS + Kenko 1.4 PRO300 DGX
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:35:50 PM »
Hi. At the moment I am using a 450D but this will change shortly to either a 70D or a 7D.

In the 70d case I'd say wait until it's confirmed the new cameras are compatible with the Kenko tc, you cannot update the fw and Canon has a habit of somehow screwing 3rd party manufacturers (purely by coincidence, mind you...). But if you get a 7d1 it'll be a nice combination, it does f8 af with the Kenko and multipoint af is easier vs. 60d.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS 6D Body for $1624
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:24:04 PM »
If you are buying in Canada with Canadian $ you are probably price neutral by buying locally.

Same for Germany, but the offer shows how much potential there still is for the 6d to drop in price - and imho Canon has designed it to be produced cheaper than the successor (shutter & body vs. 5d2).

Lenses / Re: 70-300L IS + Kenko 1.4 PRO300 DGX
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:21:19 PM »
I need this work on a regular basis and not depending on certain factors.

Maybe you should state what camera body you're using :-p ?

On my 60d the combination with single af point is noticeably less precise than the bare lens, so forget about single point tracking (bad on the 60d anyway). Multi af point is better, but @f8 it does struggle in low light. All in all it's a good tc anyway because it's cheap for the resulting reach and the iq is better than cropping. Just don't expect wonders or pro grade iq, if you really want top results @300mm*1.4*1.6 =672mm go for a 5d3 with a $10000 lens... advice: Try it yourself, if you get it from Amazon or similar you have plenty of time to try it and return it. Not that the tc has issues with the 5d3 and 6d, Kenko advises against using it until they do an update.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 30, 2013, 03:15:42 PM »
Used to have a Rebel T4i and I like the 6d far better.

Considering the t4i/6d age and price difference, everything else would be an absolute disgrace, it's about 60d/7d vs 6d here really...

It is much easier to catch the bird with full frame and use Photoshop to crop.

... and of course it's all about capturing something on the whole sensor for min iso noise and max magnification, if you only plan to cut out a piece anyway the 6d minimal af point spread and less reach won't be an issue.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 30, 2013, 08:51:15 AM »
But I need some advice: For the high school graduation of one of my sons, I am looking for an Camera. He likes to photograph birds and planes, and now landscape at climbing.

For birds, you *don't* want a full frame camera like 6d or 5d3 because crop cameras have a 1.6x longer reach - that's why birders that don't want to spend $10000 on a lens have the 7d.

(I owned an 7D, but when I photographed with it, I did not use the continuous shooting mode. After it crashed, I use an 60D. But my son tells me, that the 60D takes a lot of time to save the images when the buffer is full. Sometimes he is not able to shoot another RAW series of 10 images for 3-4 minutes.)

I've got a 60d, and 3-4 min is certainly an overestimation, though the buffer of the 60d is not as deep as on the 7d and the 60d/7d don't support the newests/fastest sd card standard. Anyway, for landscape and climbing, and even for wildlife you don't necessarily do spray'n pray but take selective bursts, so I've never found the 60d buffer limiting myself - and for action, the 6d is for low light shooting and would be a step down (slower fps, worse autofocus).

My advice, even if you are planning to do differently: Use the cheaper 7d/60d and get a good lens like 70-300L or even a tele prime, it's the lens that takes the pictures.

EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: May 30, 2013, 05:12:55 AM »
Let's say the 70D has the same good AF system of the 7D

I wouldn't call the 7d af good for every application - it's even somewhat less precise than the 60d, though of course the 7d af point spread, number and fw customization help immensely for tracking.

Any af system in a 2013 camera should be at *least* up to 6d precision, or better 5d3 level to be able to use the enhanced precision of the latest canon lenses (see lensrentals reviews on that).

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Real iso's?
« on: May 28, 2013, 06:45:29 PM »
So your recommendation is full iso stops and expose to the right, isn't that basic knowledge and in agreement with the article?

This isn't so, the Magic Lantern devs have figured it out, see this good read about what iso is best (see q&a section):

Then, what is the best ISO?

To the best of my knowledge, the best ISOs are the ones available in recent Magic Lantern versions (April 2012 or later), obtained from ISO 100 multiples adjusted with a small amount of negative digital gain:

* ISO 85, 175, 350, 700, 1400, 2800 - best for Neutral -4 and other low-contrast styles.
* ISO 80, 160, 320, 640, 1250, 2500 - good for a wide range of situations.
* ISO 70, 140, 280, 560, 1100, 2200 - best for high-contrast styles.

Can anyone tell me if they know of any 5DMark III's  "Bricking"

The Magic Lantern devs often "brick" their test cameras, but there are ways to recover it with a special recovery firmware so most of the time a trip to Canon service is not necessary.

As a user using a final (not nightly or alpha like currently on 5d3) version it shouldn't happen, but as all software ml has bugs, thus a minimal risk remains. For me, I've been using ml for years w/o any problems on my 60d.

But generally questions might find more ml users to answer here:

Fyi: From everything I read on the Magic Lantern forum, Canon service doesn't even care if you have managed to brick your camera and have even left the sd card with ml in the camera - obviously it's not worth the hassle to argue with the customer to them.

But of course ymmv, even though ml can be uninstalled at any time w/o any trace of it ever been there.

EOS Bodies / Re: New AF Technology Coming in July? [CR1]
« on: May 25, 2013, 05:18:36 PM »
D-U-A-L AF, phase and contrast at the same time?

This is what Canon does with the new sensors with phase af pixels, but maybe in the future they'll add the ability to do phase and contrast at the same time while currently the phase af is just a helper to tell the general direction for contrast af.

This might be interesting if they'd not use live view but a semi-transparent mirror, maybe they've got a semi-transparent non-fixed mirror unlike the old system on my eos RT that took a lot of light away, but it had a lighting fast shutter release.

But I don't trust this to be good news until I've seen it really working, for my money I'd just like a 5d3- or d600-style old school af system at a reasonable price thank you very much.

Interesting...I was starting to watch a Syl video on the Canon site, made when the 600 was just newly released...or shortly after, and he mentioned that he definitily was going to do an update to the book to include the 600 stuff.

If Syl changed his mind it's probably because 1/4th of the book and lots of diagrams is about getting optical remote to work, either with his ettl cables or with clever tilting the heads so the slaves see the master ... part of this has become obsolete with the 600rt, so he probably decided against a large update after all.

Still, it's a great book and I can only recommend it to anyone, there's little stuff about the 580ex(2) you cannot directly apply to the new flash.

A pretty sizable group has developed for people who don't like the new "layout."

Not a smart move on flickr's part (and of course "there are no pros anymore) ... the preferred way in the industry when changing anything is to add an "old layout" option, and then quietly take it away again once the media coverage has ended :->

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