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Singh rays are not entirely scratch resistant. They will still scuff up over time. That being said, the scratches on mine haven't made any noticeable impact on image quality, I worry much more about dust than the scratches. I have no idea how it compares to the other brands' durability.

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nice choice of music to go with the video, hope you follow up with more stuff. I agree with JLRoyal42 about thinking more about the light, even if you don't have the money for a artificial light, think about using the sun and what time of day and location to shoot in order to get maximum effect out of the largest free lighting source in the solar system. lots of really excellent footage out there shot natural lighting only.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:59:35 AM »
as most people here have noted, everyone could pretty much see from the start that the 6D AF was a warmed-over 5D Mark II AF system. as a 5D Mark II owner, I have to agree that it is functional but really not "impressive", when it is pushed anywhere near its limits of low light or action (or heaven forbid, low light action) it really falls down flat. the other 90% of the time, it does it job fine.

whoever told you the 5D Mark III's AF system was hardly any different from the 6D was a total liar, they're really not in the same ballpark. if AF speed and accuracy matters to you, it's worth investing in the 5D III.

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Lenses / Re: Lens recommendation
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:40:57 AM »
given your uses (portraits, street, weddings), I agree with dickgrafix above. get the 50mm f/1.4, or even look at the 85mm f1/.8. much better suited for low light and people than the 35 f/1.4 or a 24-70 f/2.8.

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Software & Accessories / Re: One month euro trip
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:35:00 AM »
I agree with interpilot: keep your main hiking bag to carry all your stuff in, and then bring a separate, much smaller daybag for your camera in case you ever want to just bring your camera and not the rest of your stuff. frankly, if you're a really dedicated shooter, you might not even need the daybag if the camera is truly at your fingertips 100% of the time. just depends on how much of the focus is on hiking, and how much is on photography. when I went to Ecuador I realized I really only needed a bag to bring swap lenses as there was nearly zero time without camera in hand.

I'm not sure what sort of superhuman M4X is, but I have no idea how he managed to do a trip with a duffel bag. a duffel bag even full of clothes becomes a pain in the butt to haul around because of the way it's carried around your neck and shoulders. and it's not a strength thing. I've done 3-day hikes with 50+ lbs of gear on my back, and I'd rather do it again than carry a duffel bag continuously for 3 hours.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II - Light stain on a body!
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:23:51 AM »
Hold your horses folks, while you may be correct at some degree... but a lot of users out there would want take care of their gears for RESALE VALUE sake.

WTF is wrong with some people?? are you into photography or cosmetology?

WTF is wrong with some people?? are you into photography or cosmetology?

Believe it or not their are people who look at their camera more than through it.
Cameras are becoming status symbols just like phones have become. If 5d's came in gold i'm sure some people would opt for it.

LOL

I'm wondering, do you guys not wash your cars? I mean, heck, it's just a tool to transport you around. who cares if it's got mud and rust? or your clothes, I mean, really, they're just there to keep you warm and prevent other people from seeing your private areas. why do you want to get stains out? gosh, such status mongerers.

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Lenses / Re: small primes to go with SL1?
« on: March 26, 2013, 09:20:46 AM »
I'd argue that the 100D is not "crippled" at all, it's actually very competitive against the supposed "flagship Rebel" (Canon's own words, not mine). it's the t5i that's quite awkward as a 2013 lineup product.

given that Canon did design a 22mm f/2 STM pancake for its new M mount, I wonder how hard it would be for them to upscale it slightly and make a similar 22mm f/2 for the EF-S? anybody with optical/manufacturing experience able to weigh in on that?

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Software & Accessories / Re: Nik Software worth it?
« on: March 25, 2013, 04:41:05 PM »
as a hobbyist, I will say that I really like the Nik package. I find a lot of the filters sort of kitschy/tacky but I feel like it's worth it for the contrast and tonal filters alone, it does a much better job than what I get from mucking around in the photoshop menus, and I get there much faster. I still use photoshop's curves and sharpening, but Nik is my go-to for doing contrast, color, and tone work on images. currently using Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex (I feel that silver efex gives much better b+w options than the basic b+w converter in Color Efex)

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will anybody actually believe that it is a NEW sensor if it does have 18mp? An incremental upgrade isn't an option after 2.5 years. There also has to be some separation between the 650/700 d and the newer lines.

the 5DIII has at least a 2/3-stop noise improvement over the 5DII, even though their pixel density is very similar. trust me, if they really put out an improved 18 MP sensor, people will give them credit where it's due.

however, if they "improve" it so marginally that it's impossible to tell, that's not called improvement, and everyone will give them the mud-to-the-face that would be deserved at that point

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark II - Light stain on a body!
« on: March 25, 2013, 03:00:52 PM »
what have you tried cleaning it with? moist towel? alcohol rub? I had a similar thing on the grippy textured rubber of my 5D Mark II and I'm trying to remember what I did to get it out, I think I used lens cleaning solution

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Lenses / Re: How Much do you use your Canon EF 16-35mm L ??
« on: March 25, 2013, 01:38:32 PM »
my 16-35 stays on my 5DII almost all the time. I love having the 16mm to 28mm range all covered by one lens. the main thing is, I rarely am shooting people, so the distortion is not an issue. if I enjoying/was paid to photograph people, I probably wouldn't use it so much. most folks I know find it bizarre that my walk-around is an UW, but it works for the way I see things - I can't stand the "50mm is the human field of view" thing, my field of view definitely goes way wider than that.

at some point I'd like to upgrade to 24 f/1.4 as an all purpose walk-around, but I have a tough time justifying the overlap in focal length for the time being (also have 24-70 L).

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that fact that I can now buy a computer that's twice as fast and half as expensive as it was in 2009 tells me everything I need to know about how much Canon has been milking their APS-C chip. sure they've added on-chip autofocus now, but a badly implemented feature does not count as improvement.

I'm really happy to see Canon diving into a whole bunch of new areas with cameras like the EOS M and the SL1, but let's get something straight: the body development team are not (hopefully not) the same guys that are the sensor development team. so there is no justification for the near-zero evolution of Canon's APS-C sensor line.

is there anything inherently wrong with the 18 MP APS-C sensor? no. we were pretty happy when the 7D got released with it, and while it never came close to matching the 5DII's sensor, I don't think anyone really expected it to. the sensor was great then, and is just as good now as it was then. the issue to me isn't really the sensor itself, it's what it signifies from Canon. it's Canon telling us that they don't feel that they need to innovate. it's Canon telling us they think we're dumb enough to think that sticking a t5i sticker on a t4i means it's "new". it's Canon lying to us that we shouldn't judge the chip's autofocus speed on the EOS M because it's pre-production, and it'll get much faster by the time of the actual release.

I don't think the folks at Canon are stupid, but I do feel they take the liberty of thinking that their consumer base is a little dim. the t5i is definitely toeing the line of "let's see how sheep-like our customer base is" and I hope the 70D and 7DII have not been treated the same way.

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Lenses / Re: small primes to go with SL1?
« on: March 22, 2013, 11:27:58 AM »
michael, thanks for sharing that! the Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 Color Skopar looks very cool. I actually had no idea they designed any lenses natively in EF mount. too bad there's nothing faster, like a 2.8, but yeah, I could definitely see something like that pairing quite well with the SL1 body.

funkboy, it's funny that you mention the nifty 50's focus ring turning too easily, one of the few things that annoys me about my 50mm f/1.4 is that the manual focus ring is very gritty and often snags

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Lenses / small primes to go with SL1?
« on: March 22, 2013, 09:27:16 AM »
I'm actually pretty excited about the announcement of the SL1. price-wise and function-wise it seems very competitive against m4/3 cameras which I've been considering for a while for a back-up/casual camera.

the weird thing to me though, is it seems that there's a mismatch now between body and lens. the shorty-forty (40mm f/2.8) pancake lens seems to be a great physical fit for the body, but I'm not at all a fan of the 64mm-equivalent focal length that it creates. I'd love to have a 35mm equivalent pancake prime to go with a SL1, but does such a thing exist? I'm aware that Sigma produces a DX 30mm f/1.4, but even that just gives you a 50mm-equivalent, which I hate. I have a Canon 50mm f/1.4 on my 5DII, and while I love the lens for many things, I loathe it as a general-purpose walk-around lens. I enjoy shooting architecture and landscape, so the 24 to 35 range is much more my cup of tea.

it seems silly to buy a tiny, compact, reasonably-priced camera to walk around with, and then have to mount a honking 15mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens on it to get the right focal length. am I missing something? any suggestions? do we think Canon is going to start producing EF-S pancake primes to follow onto the shorty forty, or was that a one-off?

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Olympus for their Tough series, they're a little more professional looking than Canon's option. depending on where the XZ series goes for Olympus versus where the G series goes for Canon, I may switch to an XZ cam as well.

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