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The 6D + 16-35 F4L would be nice too. The IS would help for museum/interior shots. or general night photography.  The range is nice too

I'd definitely take this combination - it makes a great tourist gear and has built-in gps so you know where you ended up :-) ... taking a crop camera instead is not a good idea since the iq/usability on so many situations isn't as good and you'll surely come across a lot photo opportunities. Take the M & 50/1.8 only as a backup.

Buy secondhand pro gear. I have many times, it is often bought by non pro enthusiasts and often times has very little wear or actuation numbers. I actually got my last 1Ds MkIII from a Canon Explorer of Light with well under 10,000 actuation's at nearly half the then retail price!

I just discussed this with a friend that has a 5d2 that broke down due to (alleged) moisture damage.

The problem is: around here (Germany) used "pro" gear isn't as accessible as in larger markets like the US, even cameras like the 5d2 which are definitely obsoleted by newer and even less expensive gear are sold for ridiculously high prices. Somehow, Germans seem to value sturdiness so high that there's a high level of demand and a low level of offers. No way you can snatch a 1ds3 or 1d4 for little €€€ in a public marketplace, at least no time I looked, it's rather used as backup or donated to friends or family.

However, I hope somewhere in the future when newer cameras like 1dx2, 5d4, 3d, ... are released this "pro" gear will drop in price simply because it doesn't break down a lot. Such a shame the 1d doesn't run ML :-\

The 70D's 19 AF point AF is a lot better than the 39 point AF array that Nikon fields (more is not "better" here, when the majority of AF in the Nikon points are not cross-type. All of the 70D's are)

Yeah, right, but if you skip the fanboy act you realize that Nikon has 9+30, Canon has 11+0, so it's arguable which system has the better nominal specs on paper.

The Nikon's high ISO performance is nothing much to write home about, either - unless you like fixed pattern noise/banding...

... but then again, you don't get a crop camera for that anyway, esp. not a sub-$1k one.

1/4000 max shutter speed is a crippler, too.

How so? You just wrote that high iso isn't terrific. And it's doubful people buy these cameras to use f1.4 primes which max out your shutter speed.

If 1/4k is annoying, it's for bracketing, but otherwise I don't feel really limited with it on my 6d. I am rather sure very few people use 1/8k a lot, and if then only "because it's there" and not because it makes a difference.

Disclaimer: I totally love Canon gear and think the 70d is a great camera.

I see a trend towards touch devices because it is fashionable and because of the cost savings for the producer

Let me make a visual comment here. Maybe I'm just getting old, this new wishy-whooshy touchscreen stuff isn't for me. And I'm not rich enough to avoid the consumer-level products and keep buying "pro" gear that is actually usable.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D HDR problem
« on: January 06, 2015, 12:01:12 PM »
Marsu42: Thanks for the humor in this and other posts!  Regarding Magic Lantern - really - you can set the bracketing and it will take the three consecutive shots with one shutter release?  That would be what I had before..

If you want Magic Lantern will even take any amount of shots *automatically* with one button press until it has covered the whole dynamic range - be it 2,3,7,10,whatever brackets. And yes, if you're not using ML you're missing out big.

EOS Bodies / Re: Wait for it ... Revolutionary or Evolutionary in 2015
« on: January 06, 2015, 11:42:45 AM »
It's actually pretty difficult imagining something brand new that will forever change photography

Not so: http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=23788.0

Technical Support / Re: Lighting & Flash tutorials
« on: January 06, 2015, 11:35:30 AM »
Books, well as you are a Canon shooter the book is here http://www.amazon.com/Speedliters-Handbook-Learning-Craft-Speedlites/dp/0134007913/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420561013&sr=8-2&keywords=speedliter%27s+handbook The first edition was great, the second edition is even more relevant as it includes the RT series flashes, which you might well not buy but the Yongnuo clones are very good value for money.

I already recommended this above, too. I've got the 1st ed, is there anything of significance in the update beyond a manual-like "how to use the rt flashes"? In the old version, it was a bit strange with pages over pages of hints how to properly set up your optical flashes so they can communicate...

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D HDR problem
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:56:30 AM »
Yes, my 6D did have this ability [...] Sigh...they are still in denial.

Their denial only proves that they've got something to hide :->

Technical Support / Re: Lighting & Flash tutorials
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:48:10 AM »
I'm looking to try to learn more about lighting and use flash.  Does anyone have a suggested book or online video series that you thought was worth your time and money?

* bookz: "captured by the light" (ziser) & "speedliter's handbook" (arena)
* videoz: lynda

EOS Bodies / Re: Speculate: How much noise improvement from 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: January 06, 2015, 10:34:34 AM »
The 7D2 is about a third of a stop more sensitive than the 7D and that gives you more light

Hmmmm, I don't know if this statement is precise, but I know what you're trying to say :->

In fact, what I am still missing and would like to have as a feature on the 6d is a second dial which controls the ambient light - dial left = sun goes up, dial right = sun goes down :-)

Where are the XXD Cams that meets these specifications? Is there an 80D in the near future planned????

Good grief, the picture profile hardly matters if you shoot raw to harvest the camera's dynamic range and lossless wb adjustment.

The touchscreen might be important to some, but Canon already has it, and I'd rather skip it because it's one more hardware feature that can break. Plus they made the dial smaller 60d->70d because you are supposed to touch around on the screen and not press buttons as the nearly obsolete old-school photogs do :-p

As usual Nikon has the better specs vs the low-end Rebels like 39 af pts & 1080p/60 video. Surely there are other drawbacks as compressed raw, but if the price comes down it's a budget alternative to the 70d. And that's without mentioning low iso dynamic range. No, I didn't say it :-)

Edit: Look at the comments on dpreview, it's funny, the Nikon people are just as enraged about the lack of real feature progress, they even removed internal gps vs. the previous model :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Expect Higher End Products at CP+ in February
« on: January 06, 2015, 08:54:41 AM »
It won't be the camera to take current T5i users to the next level since there is not that much space between the T5i and 7D2 outside of build quality anyway.
Wow easy on the coffee there....

:-p ... I agree the statement sounds ridiculous at first, but if you think about it, it depends on the perspective.

You can either look at the features that evolved during the last couple of years, and look at boderline shooting situations like fast fps tracking, low light, thin dof, shooting in snow and rain.

But: in the big picture since the dawn of digital dslr cameras, they are indeed rather similar: Same basic design, not too much resolution difference, same firmware foundation, the iq is a wash at base is w/o too much dynamic range. Both are crop cameras after all, and the unexpected pleasant release of the 7d2 doesn't change that. There's a reason a *lot* of people seem to be just fine using a Rebel with will appear as "high end" coming from a p&s.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: January 06, 2015, 07:21:52 AM »
Will the 6D move up to make room for the 5Dish high MP beast and serve as a revamped high sensitivity cheapo 5D?

Doubtful - they've already got the 7d2 for tracking and "ok" iq. Anyone wanting better sensitivity than that will still have to pay a lot of more than ~€2k, or accept crippling of some sort or the other. Just releasing a 6d2 = 6d1+5d3/1dx af system would endanger their premium camera sales.

I find it more likely that the 6d2 will move "upmarket" simply by better build quality and some more features (dual pixel af), but certainly not by being a re-incarnated 5d3.

And "upmarket" could also simply mean that Canon sees that customers are ready to pay more for a ff camera than the current 6d1's price tag is at least in the US, so they'll try to legitimize this somehow.

EOS Bodies / Re: Expect Higher End Products at CP+ in February
« on: January 06, 2015, 05:34:59 AM »
Am I the only one reading this site/forum with a gross income under $18k/year?  For me to invest in something like a 5D3, even just a body, would be a significant chunk'o'change.  The powershots are easily in my price range, although they aren't specifically the type of camera I'm looking at.

Nope, Mr. Budget over here, too. I took ages to decide if I could afford a 5d3 and finally decided against it, even if the 6d's af system is a pita. And this was a one-time purchase, I cannot upgrade this every other year and hope it will last some.

I plan to use it for, among other things, recording church music, and I'll want to be able to zoom from capturing an entire 200-300-member (or so) choir to zeroing in on an individual singer's face, even if it involves using a "lossless" digital zoom/crop on-the-fly in video mode cause the optical lens doesn't go far enough.

Don't you do any post-processing at all, so you depend on in-camera cropping?

For this p&s gadgets, you've got the whole market to choose from as you always replace the whole camera, body and lens together. I imagine other manufacturers might be more competitive price-wise. But "movement at long range in low light" is one of the most demanding scenes possible.

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