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Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:55:14 PM »
With your last sentence you have actually delivered an argumentation for why the new 6D may be designed as it is: Canon wouldn't like existing bodies to severely drop in price/lose value, so as not to offend existing professional customers. For people knowledgeable enough and interested in professional gear they can either go for older professional models or for a 5D Mark III or 1D X (if funds  permit). The 6D appears to target those wanting to upgrade to ff keeping their EF lenses without being overwhelmed by a more complex AF system.

The additional new features are provided to make the product appear somewhat innovative, although in essence it is not. It appears designed to fill a niche without using up too many development resources, which for a vendor is an important consideration. It is far more effective for Canon to concentrate development resources on other, more important product development. An entry-level full-frame camera certainly does not qualify for that, a new 1-series or something similar certainly would qualify.

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to start?
« on: September 18, 2012, 01:32:50 PM »
This sounds like deja vu to me. My first EF lenses were the 24-105, 17-40 and then 70-200 IS. With this kit you have a lot of overlap between zoom ranges and you are limited to f4 for anything below 70mm focal length.

This set costs less and I still happily use both f4 zooms, but I found myself adding fast primes to offset the slower zooms. I am shooting mostly primes now. You will have a more useful lens in the new 24-70mm zoom, which limits you only to f2.8, which is fast enough for many purposes.

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 11:13:17 AM »
Defense of the 6D is not even my point.

Canon observed a market niche identified with the 5D Mark II and now they try to sell into this niche again with a newer model. This may be frustrating for many, but it should not be surprising. I definitely won't buy this camera, but there may be those, who want to do this.

As for all the agitation about specs comparison, that leads to nothing.

There is an old saying in sales that features don't sell. This applies as long as there is no tangible benefit like you can do things with one camera, which you can't with another and then you must have this one. In this mid-market entry-level full-frame segment I don't expect there will be any measurement of success except for sales totals, but we will have to wait a while for the dust to settle down on this one.

Site Information / Re: So stupid but still so funny :)
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:39:54 AM »
 ;D Thank you, this is really fun!

Site Information / Re: Missing Persons -- Brian??
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:35:50 AM »
Perhaps he is just hiding from the trolls. Nevertheless it will be good, if he is back again posting.

I like black mice. Can you point me to a product description of that Nikon mouse?

And here I thought that Canon had this calculator mouse market cornered with their top of the line X Mark I. ???

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:19:42 AM »
The wish for stills cameras has been posted here quite often, but I don't think that Canon can be persuaded to go back on a feature, which has been such a match-winner for them. Just look at all those 5D Mark II sales, when Nikon had nothing to compete with it. Canon are quite aware now that a good sensor plus a mediocre autofocus system are a match-winning combination. Manual focus is not such a problem. You can still create stunning photos using manual focus. If you want brilliant autofocus capabilities Canon have that as well, but for a different budget. Just think of the 5D Mark III or the 1D X.

EOS Bodies / Re: Budget camera body choice
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:11:13 AM »
I suggest to go with the 60D. This is a pretty nice camera and will keep you happy for some time to come. I would not recommend going for a XXXD, because those are rather too small and eventually you might feel the need to upgrade, so you would invest in another camera body. With the 60D this wish to upgrade won't come so soon. Especially combined with a 70-200 f4 the 60D makes for a good combination. A friend of mine uses this setup to take sports photos and he is quite happy with it.

Canon General / Re: Loving Canon right now.
« on: September 18, 2012, 10:04:03 AM »
It might be good for someone to start a Canon-hate site, so that in this forum we can get back to discussing photography and away from all those silly troll posts.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:45:42 AM »
Let's suppose my own reaction time would be 150 msec and the camera would add another 50 msec, then most of the time taken is my own reaction being what it is. Now if you take a look at a 300 msec total you are in a totally different area and no, I won't be able to optimize a lot by a quicker reaction on the photographer's side.

Just think about seeing an interesting situation and wanting to take a photo and because of the camera wasting time on top of your own reaction time the moment is just gone.

That's no good. Staying within a sufficiently short timeframe from looking at a scene to the picture being taken is the key element.

Software & Accessories / Re: GPS, does anyone really use this???
« on: September 18, 2012, 09:04:24 AM »
well personally I don't need it and I don't want it. I guess it is mostly for those, who want their photos uploaded at Google Earth or do a lot of hiking.

Now this is nonsensical. If a business is not doing well then you exchange CEOs. If a business is doing well, why would you do that? Just compare Sony's earnings in the last years. Now this is where you see CEOs exchanged and for good reason, too. I do hope for Sony that Kazuo Hirai (their new CEO) is a good one. I would hate for that company to continue to go down the drain.

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to start?
« on: September 18, 2012, 04:39:14 AM »
The 100mm L Macro is an excellent lens, but its focal length is within the range of the 70-200mm. For a general walk-around lens this focal length is too long. I therefore stick to recommending the new 24-70mm f2.8 Mark II, which covers anything from wide angle to short tele in form of just one lens.

Okay, so the OP won't be able to do macro shots to begin with, but specialized lenses can be added later. I already listed a variety of specialized lenses I would recommend adding.

Lenses / Re: Which lenses to start?
« on: September 17, 2012, 11:21:38 AM »
It depends if you like the versatlility of zoom lenses or prefer primes or a mix of both.

For zooms I would suggest adding the 24-70mm f2.8 Mark II. Then you might add the 16-35mm wide angle zoom.

You can also mix this with primes. I would suggest the following:
85mm f1.2 Mark II for portraits
50mm f1.2 for wider portraits and as a general standard prime lens
24mm f1.4 Mark II or 35mm f1.4 for wide or not-so-wide low-light usage
14mm f2.8 for ultra wide shots

It depends on your requirements which prime(s) you buy first.

I have left out the rather expensive big whites, so as to not make super-expensive recommendations.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Mirrorless Future
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:42:38 AM »
Focus acquisition time is reported to be 150 msec. (0.15 sec).

150 msec????? This is sooo s---l---o---w. I guess that camera is not for me after all.

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