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EOS Bodies / Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 08, 2013, 04:03:55 PM »
As promised on my one of my other threads about the 70D (yes the one that got ugly) here are my findings about both cameras. I appreciate all of your inputs and any suggestions for future improvements are welcome, enjoy!

The 70D's moire & low light focusing are it's weak points. Wish it had a head phone jack, but other than that....holy wow, the 70D is a GREAT camera. 

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D vs D7100 ISO Comparison at 100%
« on: August 31, 2013, 01:01:28 AM », not joking.

This is the only forum I have posted on, so I wouldn't call that "carpet bombing"as you say. I've found some sincere people on here have great recommendations, feedback, suggestions for future tests, etc.

The results speak for themselves, if you disagree, show us your data.

If you can't do that, well.... then you can't authoritatively say anything can you?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 05:24:29 PM »
In addition to my dead row of pixels, I also saw a few random dead ones as well. It will be interesting to see if others have the same issue.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:16:29 PM »
Im returning the camera, luckily I was able to pick up the other one I bought for my Dad. The testing moves forward.

Hey...anything specific you guys want to see?


EOS Bodies / 70D vs D7100 ISO Comparison at 100%
« on: August 30, 2013, 04:15:31 PM »
Ill be posting a bunch of tests between these 2 cameras. Im learning a lot of really interesting things, and so far it has been an absolute slugfest. The Nikon has been surprising me in positive ways, and then the 70D comes back and crushes the D7100 in others. Ill have a full write up available soon.

Check this out. No commentary on my part, decide for yourselves. Quick and dirty test with description of what I did here:

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:03:21 AM »
Remapping didn't work. Thanks for the suggestion though! -MM

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:54:26 AM »
Ill try that. Thanks for the tip!

EOS Bodies / Canon 70D - DEAD SENSOR PIXELS! Im not happy :(
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:22:45 AM »
So I got my Canon 70D yesterday, started my initial tests, learning many interesting things about it. Go through my ISO tests, upload images....every single image has this horizontal line on it. Camera is brand spanking new. Hopefully it is just a bad copy. I bought one for my Dad too, so looks like we will be swapping out tomorrow as I can't really do my tests with this camera.

Image is ISO 12800 & is promising, but I certainly hope no one else is seeing this:

Before you go and spend thousands or even hundreds of dollars on advanced workshops or subscriptions, you might want to check out some of my Crash Courses for beginning & intermediate photographers. Have videos for the 5Diii, Speedlites and several advanced courses.

I guarantee it will be the best $38 investment you make in your photography education. If not, Ill refund your money!

Canon General / Re: your scariest photography moment?
« on: March 12, 2013, 01:49:31 PM »
An 11 year old running and kicking my 5Dii with 24 1.4 Lens on it, which I had set on top of my camera bag. Lens busted.


EOS Bodies / Really...How "Bad" is the T3i For Video?
« on: March 09, 2013, 10:09:29 PM »
So as some of you know I do a lot of camera tests and photography training videos. One of my Models, Annie, which has made numerous appearances on this very forum, has a Canon T3i and has started making some of her own exercise training videos.

She came to me recently and asked what I thought about the quality of the video because it was shot on a lowly T3i and something interesting happens when I watch....I can't seem to notice anything super bad about the quality. In fact....I don't even notice anything bad! She keeps bringing these videos over and showing them to me asking me what I think and Im like....uh...

Is it just me or does anyone else notice the same thing?

PS- You are welcome. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 Epic Shootout Video
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:09:53 PM »
@Old Sarge- Thank you for your support, I very much appreciate it.
@Albi 86- It seems as though you didn't watch very carefully. On nearly all of your points I either agree with you or provide evidence to the exact contrary. No hard feelings. I really like the D600.

Thanks guys!


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 Epic Shootout Video
« on: February 15, 2013, 12:43:06 PM »
The main thing I learned from doing these tests is that both cameras have strengths and weaknesses. The thing that drove me crazy on the D600 was having to exit Live View to change my aperture (?!?!), the sensor oil problem and high ISO noise were also bothersome, those things said, if Nikon can fix them, it really is a nice system.

The 6D is better than the general consensus. I also think the 9 cross type squares on the D600 compared to the 6D are a wash, simply because those 9 squares on the D600 are all in the center, not much difference in coverage than Canons 1 central square.

Ive read so many reviews that the 6D cannot be used for shoot sports, which just isn't true. The D600 is marginally better (about 10-15% more accurate) for subjects moving towards and away from the camera, but that doesn't mean the 6D wont work. Its works fine.

The 6D is really a low light specialist for its focusing and high ISO noise. As a wedding photographer, I would much rather have the 6D in my bag.

To answer Badger- the Crash Course Camera series is primarily aimed at beginning and intermediate photographers wanting to learn their new cameras. I assume the viewer knows nothing about either photography or their camera and try to get them shooting on an advanced level by the end of the DVD. (not an easy task). I spend about 40 minutes on the introduction to video, basic setup, basic shooting, terminology, workflow, why certain frame rates, etc. Nothing too fancy, but enough to help a pure beginner get started. 

For in depth knowledge on DSLR video shooting, Dave Dugdale has a very solid website called and has videos on the T4i and T3i.


EOS Bodies / Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 Epic Shootout Video
« on: February 15, 2013, 01:09:52 AM »
I know I havent posted for a while, but I wanted you guys to see this comparison video Ive been working on for the last few weeks. Ive gotten some great input from everyone here so suggestions for improvement on future videos are welcome.

Between the D600 and Canon 6D it Compares the Following:

- Servo Focus
- Low Light Focus
- Iso Comparisons for Video, JPG, RAW Banding
- Portraits
- Video Tests for Moire, Aliasing, Dynamic Range, Color, Sharpening
- AWB, HDR Modes
- Live View Operation & More

Worth seeing in HD if you have a good connection.

Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D Epic Shootout Comparison

Both are great cameras, but I think the 6D is a much better low light camera, perfect for wedding photographers. Yes, the D600 has a slight edge for sports shooting, but the 6D performed very solid as well. If anything, the 6D's major weakness is moire and aliasing for video, if video isn't a concern for you, its a fantastic camera. Also, the focusing systems on the 6D are not nearly as bad as they are made out to be and again, the central square is awesome in low light. (You can watch the D600 completely fail here without it's AF lamp).

It was a fun comparison to do and I learned a lot. Looking forward to hearing what you guys think.

Best wishes


Lighting / Re: Getting started with 600EX-RT, advice?
« on: December 28, 2012, 05:07:05 PM »
I know Im a little biased, but this is pretty dang good:


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