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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D7000 replacement in April...
« on: February 06, 2013, 07:10:29 PM »
Even though it seems to me that this thread is leading nowhere anymore, it has become so much fun to watch!  ::)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: D7000 replacement in April...
« on: February 06, 2013, 04:25:03 PM »
Damn, I can see clearly now: complete lack of sense of humor

Of course, it's true to say if I can't make the shot look good on the 7D, A FF body is not going to magically make my pictures look wonderful.

In spite of the unresolved personal issues some folks seem to have  :-X, it's been a very informative topic. Jrista's and Neuro's comments are always great and pertinent; plenty to learn from them. Thank you!  :)
I've been struggling to decide whether to go FF or not, and although I can afford it, maybe I should not. There are photos taken 50 yrs ago with very limited equipment that I still can't take with my 60D, TTL, AF and so on. I couldn't agree more with WildBill and insanitybeard; going FF will not improve my photos. The thing is, I seem to get carried away much too easily by new technology and by forum threads, as if hoping that someone else will make me a better photographer. I could own a 1DX and would still be the same lazy-ass photographer I am, taking the same crappy pics. It's like buying some AB toner and vibrating platform crap and hoping to get thin with only 7 mins a day, so I can spend the rest of the afternoon on the couch finishing that package of Chunks Ahoy I opened in the morning.
(Hmm, guess I just got hungry...)
I agree with jrista's comments on Topaz DeNoise. All of a sudden, my 60D is great at ISO 1600 and very good for my kid's pics at 3200. Don't need more. I'll upgrade my 60D to a 7D (mark 1!) so I can have AFMA for a little over $1,000, better AF and still have built-in flash for using as a commander with my only 430EXII. My 17-55 f/2.8 is on its way already.
(Funny to think that only a few months ago people were hoping for Canon to put the 7D's AF system on the 6D, and now it's just not good enough.)
I want more, but I don't need more; more clearly put: I don't deserve more just yet. (Plus, my wife won't let me... :) )

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Confirms 70D; Future of Semi-Pro DSLR is FF
« on: February 01, 2013, 09:12:35 AM »
...and that's why I'm keeping my humble 60D, 17-55, 50 1.4 and flash kit, and buying myself a Fuji X20 or ax X100s, with all its "limitations", for carrying around and for family events. In the future I'll probably get the successor of the X-Pro1 or X-E1, or even the successor of the Olympus OM-D EM-5, and carry lighter gear. The 60D is great and serves me pretty well -- I'm keeping it --, but my razor-thin DoF fever is cooling off pretty quickly and it looks like Fuji's line of thinking fits the bill better than Canon's for my needs.
Anyone else considering Fuji or Olympus?

Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 30, 2013, 03:02:55 PM »
Even though I wish I had better, deeper technical arguments, the actual reason was that the Canon 60D was cheaper than the Nikon D7000 when I bought my first DSLR, and it felt just right in my hands.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D reviewed by PhotographyBlog
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:32:52 PM »
Another one

Yada yada yada - I think all the bloggers just read other reviews and write a new one, what I'm waiting for is that strangely takes a lot of time, but imho is one of the best for reviews that really tell you where the hidden catches are.

We can either (1) wait on the dpreview, then, or (2) do as everyone and start our own review webpage!
(May I suggest

Lenses / Re: Prime Lens for 6D
« on: January 02, 2013, 07:41:19 PM »
You might be interested in what Kai has to say about it (50 and 35 mm, resp):

Best of luck!

PowerShot Cameras / Re: Canon France Teases New Products
« on: December 28, 2012, 12:04:05 PM »
Come on. She is clearly holding a sub $3000, 50mp, 14 stops Canon 4D.

Sorry, but you're completely wrong. She's clearly holding a bottle, pouring beer on herself for us to photograph, trying with some new no-one-no-longer-cares-about Canon camera while her shirt gets wet and beer runs down her body.
(What I find most disturbing is that the guy with the fancy hair seems to prefer table tennis.)


If this is all you've got to be angry about, I'd say you have a lot to be thankful for.

Suggest you focus on all the good stuff in life -- seek joy!!

Happy holiday season to you!!

That was sure a great #666 post! :)

Lenses / Re: New Lens Purchase Dilemma
« on: December 24, 2012, 03:03:34 PM »

LR4 should round off things nicely for you too!

Merry christmas everyone!

Is LR4 so much better than LR3 so you'd take it instead of a new lens?
And what about the complaints on LR4 running so slow? Not an issue anymore?
Merry Christmas to you, too!

I would purchase a copy of LR4 over getting the 40mm pancake.

What can you do in LR4 that you couldn't do in LR3?
Cheers :)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Body for $2599 via eBay
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:58:32 PM »
Damn, how can I decide between the 6D and the 5DmIII now?  :)

Sadly I don't have the equipment to test this formally, but I will have a 60D and 6D tomorrow for some rough analysis.
Great! Can't wait to see the results!

I understand we're talking about focus speed and sensitivity of the central point, but has anyone tested the outer points with fast glass in terms of focus accuracy? Most of the tests I've found on the web, like Roger's, concern the central point exclusively.
I'm asking this because 11 AF points should be enough for me, if they're all really usable. Maybe the only situation for which I actually need the outer points is when shooting with a very shallow DoF and placing the focus zone very off-center, when composition would change too much and the focus-and-recompose technique would sure fail. (If the subject is not so close to the camera, then the angle changes little when recomposing and I can usually take a sharp pic, even with a shallow DoF.)
I sure appreciate -3 EV sensitivity, but in very low-light situations I won't be playing around with composition anyway, and having one reliable, sensitive central point sounds good enough, IMO. The precision of the outer points concerns me the most, for I can't rely very much on them when shooting with my 60D, even in reasonably well-lit situations.
(Sorry if it's been discussed before; I searched, but found nothing.)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 10:37:37 AM »
Wow, most popular thread ever...
Well, who doesn't want to win?! I sure do! :)

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