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Lenses / Re: Picking the Best 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens by WOMP
« on: November 15, 2012, 02:01:06 AM »
Thanks for the link - however, you generally know some review is crap when it talks about "the best" and not "most appropriate for usage scenario xyz" :-p

In this case the criteria are supposed to be: ...
Elements like the best sharpness, bokeh, vignetting and brightness, and optical stabilization are put into account, and Kevin and John pick their winner.
... which ignores the fact that for events and such IS is no good because of motion blur and the small "lock on" time for IS, and in addition to that a faster af is critical in these situations - and the Canon has the clear advantage here.

Disclaimer: I do think Canon needs a kick in the a**, the 24-70Lii is overpriced atm and it's great Tamron released a competitive lens which probably is preferable for many cases (if really need to trade f2.8 for limited zoom range).

Lenses / Re: 100 f/2.8L or 135mm f/2L
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:48:02 AM »
First, we should be clear about the term "macro": Does that mean to you taking pictures of smaller objects like complete flowers and butterflies? This can be done with a lot of lenses, "real" macro near 1:1 mag is when your lens cap nearly hits the object, the dof gets razor-thin and the usable aperture goes down the drain so you often need a tripod - if it's the latter then you won't get around a "real" macro lens like the 100L.

Note: non-IS (imho unnecessary for "real" macro) macro lenses are quite affordable when used, look at the 100 non-L prices - you could get that next to the 135L.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Convince me to shoot in RAW
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:42:36 AM »
Not a dumb question. Very dumb t-shirt.

I wondered about the same thing when I recently saw it - but it isn't dumb at all because all publicity is good publicity, he is remembered and talked about :-o

EOS Bodies / Re: Hands On with the 6D at Photoplus CPS Lounge
« on: November 15, 2012, 12:38:29 AM »
Wouldn't the pattern detection benefit from the improved AF system like found in the 5DMkIII? I'm specifically talking about the new multiple AF scenarios and thresholds.

What exactly are you talking about? Afaik the difference between camera bodies and their af points are a) the size of the latter and b) type: non-cross, "real" cross or "hybrid" like 5d2/6d center. And for the type, it's either possible to focus at venetian blinds without turning the camera or it isn't.

"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.

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