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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mark ii or 70d
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:46:59 PM »
The lenses I got 50mm 1.8    70-300 IS     28-135 mm  al ef

Expect these older and mediocre lenses to be soft in the corners on ff, unless you stop down a lot, that's why I asked. Some lenses benefit from having only the center piece of the glass used, I had this experience with my good ol' 28-105 "golden ring" usm lens.

I shoot mostly landscapes and street photography

Ok, then the 5d2 it is for you, no question 'bout it if you want thinner dof for street. If you shoot iso 100 on tripod the 70d will also do of course, but then again so will any Rebel as you've demonstrated with the nice shots in your gallery.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mark ii or 70d
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:34:17 PM »
Acutualy I"ve been reading about both cameras for days now  .. between FF and Crop ...  but also wanted to know  what everybody else thinks before making a choice ...I appreciate the feed back...

In that case, please let us detain you from writing what your personal pros and cons are so we can comment on them  - this saves copy/pasting standard ff vs crop text and will probably more helpful. The most important questions are - what do you shoot anyway? What are your exact lenses?

Most that buy a FF camera seldom use the crop body after that. The 5d II is the way to go. The exception is if you have no skill. If your shooting skill is limited to knowing what the auto settings do then go with the 70D.

I disagree, a lot. A lot of photogs "upgrade" to the more expensive ff later on, and at the same time they have learned to shoot better. That's why there's the fallacy that your shots get better *because* you're using ff. But for anything that moves, even the 6d is abysmal, never mind the older 5d2 which even has less fps and af points.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mark ii or 70d
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:01:00 PM »
I was thinking about purchasing 70d  (new) or getting a 5d mark ii ( for $850.00 )

Simple: Do you want higher fps and an autofocus system for tracking? Or are ok to trade center-point only focus & recompose for better low-light capability and thinner depth of field?

*PS: Why am I replying to a 1st poster who probably will never come back and didn't spend 5 minutes of google'ing about the issue :-o ? Oh my, you never know, probably I'm wrong this time...

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Lenses / Re: APS-C 60mm or 100mm macro lens?
« on: February 21, 2015, 11:57:17 AM »
price wise they are not so much different. so which one should i go for?

The 100L is the better choice hands down - sealed and longer working distance so your shadow doesn't get in the way.

I admit I'm a bit puzzled why Canon insisted on releasing a ef-s macro lens at all, the 100L performance on crop is very good even if you can pixel-peep a slight sharpness difference wide open vs. ff. But actually imho the bokeh is *better* on crop as the 100L has a "radial" bokeh which can be distracting on ff.

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Lenses / Re: so, where is the Canon 35 1.4 II??
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:56:47 AM »
but to say their autofocus is arguably worse is incorrect.

Sorry, I'm not a native speaker (native English speaker, that is :-)) ... doesn't "arguably" mean that you can argue about the point, i.e. find it correct or incorrect? The trusty dict.leo.org site seems to think so, but it only translates single words and doesn't put them into a sample context.
Arguably generally means "there are very good points to argue in favor of" or "it can be argued (successfully)".

Ah, right, I didn't get this tricky part. Another reason to be in an English forum, it's not just a wider audience than just Germans, but I practice my one foreign language (well, I do speak horse, guniea pig and some rabbit).

Concerning the Sigma: Yes, I understand af can be an issue and this is probably the reason why Canon isn't too concerned about the better iq of 3rd party lenses. For what I do, I'd certainly be very undecided if a bit better iq is worth a more unreliable af.

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Lenses / Re: which telephoto for travel?
« on: February 21, 2015, 04:47:24 AM »
I've also thought about the 70-300L, but I've used it a few times and just never been taken by it.  It's not the photos it takes - they're great - but I just didn't enjoy using it that much.  Maybe I just need to use it more to get used to the reversed placement of the zoom and focus rings but ... well ... I think I'd rather keep my 70-200 4 than switch to the 70-300L.

70-200 4L IS - travel telephoto zoom / general purpose, especially outdoors, when I'm doing something where the weight/size of the 2.8L is an issue

I'd still advise you to switch this for a 70-300L - roughly same iq and aperture, but longer reach and shorter pack size. I know the switched zoom/focus rings and direction can be an issue to some, but imho you might get used to it unless you shoot with two bodies in parallel.

Having both the 70-200/4 and 70-200/2.8 seems like too much of a duplication to me, and the f4 version is really awkward to pack as it's so long (and thin). Great lens and internal zoom mind you, but not the ideal travel setup which is probably why you wrote this thread.

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Lenses / Re: so, where is the Canon 35 1.4 II??
« on: February 21, 2015, 12:43:26 AM »
but to say their autofocus is arguably worse is incorrect.

Sorry, I'm not a native speaker (native English speaker, that is :-)) ... doesn't "arguably" mean that you can argue about the point, i.e. find it correct or incorrect? The trusty dict.leo.org site seems to think so, but it only translates single words and doesn't put them into a sample context.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 20, 2015, 05:09:53 PM »
actually merge to HDR PRO is very very good you set it to 32bit and you then use ACR/Lighroom to edit it with a huge DR, now if LR does this all in LR and better it will be great

I don't deny it's useful, and I've converted some tripod hdr into floating point dng to use with LR5's high dr editing. It's just that as existing tools do just fine, it's nothing to get excited about for me...

... UNLESS: The big question is if LR6's pano/hdr tools will break the raw workflow like external tools do. If Adobe manages to do stitching and hdr merging/fusing with "layers" of their acr'ed raw files you can still edit individually, that'd be great.

IMG_0001 was cleverly joking, you, privatebydesign, are simply rude.

Good ol' pdb might be very direct at times, but he's also very helpful. I guess there's a lot of different approaches to what is polite and what's not, and in this case the paper bag analogy made me laugh :-)


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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 20, 2015, 04:17:04 PM »
anyone think LR will have focus stacking as well

They'll save that for LR7 :-p ...

... and rightly so: I'm less than excited about LR6's announced hdr and pano functions. While it'll add a lot of "value" and fix Canon's dr problem :-> I very much doubt it'll come close to specialized stand-alone tools like Helicon, Photomatrix, Autopano and such. It's the same with their recent "upright" perspective correction, nice to have, but nowhere near DxO.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Canon st-e3-rt problem
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:42:25 PM »
i really cant think of a setting that would do this, any thoughts?

Um, the "Flash firing: Disable" setting springs to mind :-> ... you can find it in the "External Speedlite Control" menu.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming March 9
« on: February 20, 2015, 02:39:33 PM »
I don't care that somebody is wrong, I am too sometimes

Hear, hear :->

I care that their inaccuracies go unchallenged.

Actually, I'm with you there - I learn a lot not only by being smug, but by writing inaccuracies and then being corrected ... without writing them in the first place, you'd never know.

What is aperture using?

No idea, I don't own a mac and aperture refuses to be run in a virtual machine as it requires a real gpu. But as it's discontinued anyway, who cares?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:24:18 PM »
The question really is how are Lightroom and Aperture different from a database point of view, LDS seems adamant they are.

I see, please, don't let me interrupt you :->


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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 20, 2015, 12:03:42 PM »
I am not arguing the benefits of databases, if you do the tagging they are unbeatable

Let me please meekly point out that the filesystem is basically a no-sql database, too - no little drawers to be found anywhere on your magnetic discs :-). So the question simply is at which point you store which data and how fast you can access/index it ... and LR is very fast handling vast amounts of data if you optimize your db now and then.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:49:43 AM »
I have two catalogs - a 200,000 image main catalog and an 800 image test catalog.  I can't tell a difference in speed between them.
Strange. Your experience is entirely different from mine.

The reason for this mystery is that's a database. It depends on the amount of history, metadata and local adjustment you keep for the images, both can result in slow performance on a cat with a few images and vice versa. Of course the hardware plays a significant role, too.

I only realized this that selecting all images + "delete history" shrank my cat size to a quarter and resulted in a significant performance gain. Still, I guess a 200k cat wouldn't behave nicely on my 4gb dual core laptop with a slow hd.

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Lenses / Re: so, where is the Canon 35 1.4 II??
« on: February 20, 2015, 11:45:35 AM »
I don't see how you are so certain to conclude ...

I'm sure Canon will have to release an update.

... from ...

The 35L shows too much chromatic aberration wide open for the new 50.6MP bodies.

... because Canon won't *update* their whole lineup to shine on 50mp, that would drive the lenses' prices through the roof even though 95% of their customers shoot with ~20mp sensors. Btw CA is easily removed, if anything's the issue it's raw resolving power. They'll certainly consider the 5ds on new premium releases like 24-70L2, but otherwise I don't see Canon caring a lot about their "system".

Canon will ask themselves the simple question: "We have to invest xyz €€€ r&d to produce a 35L2 that will have to cost abc €€€ - how many people will buy this instead of getting the Sigma over the old 35L1? And how many people will simply buy a 24-70L2 or 35IS instead, so we get the money anyway?"

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