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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M or New EF lens?
« on: September 09, 2013, 03:51:12 PM »
I say be patient.... There is a strong rumor that canon will announce a pair of eos-m cameras sometime in September, one low end and one high end... If the high end one has the dual pixel technology of the 70D, this would make a VERY capable Eos-M camera as it should address almost all of the complaints of the original EOS-M.

Might take a while for the price to drop to 400 tho...

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Yes, it will have the X problem, when wide enough lenses are used (i.e. 24mm) and if you push the filter hard enough.  I have a Schneider 77mm VND (parent company of B+W), and I can get 8+ stops out of it at telephoto ranges.  The X problem also limits how much of filter you can use.  I get about 2 stops at 24mm, about 3 at 35mm but I can get 8 stops at 70mm before the X appears.

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EOS-M / Re: EOS-M or New EF lens?
« on: September 09, 2013, 11:01:41 AM »
- AF is fine for stills but not good in servo because it is slow.
- Battery life is worse because the battery is smaller and it is driving the screen all the time, but that is a general disadvantage for this class of cameras.  You could always get extra batteries.
- I don't think the screen could be turned off, and I don't see why you'd want to.  There aren't many physical controls, and the touch screen is a great way to change the settings.
- It's OK in low light conditions, about what you'd expect for a Canon APS-C camera.  The 22 f/2 helps a lot because you can use it wide open to minimize the ISO, which degrades the image.

In general, I don't see the M replacing a DSLR.  It's a nice travel option because of its size, but it has signficant limitations.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 09, 2013, 10:42:16 AM »
If you guys have any suggestions for future testing I am all ears. I would like to do these videos when I can and make them the very best, reliable I can.

I like the servo segment, which tested AF and buffer performance.  Quantifying the hit rate with outer AF points was a good feature, and seeing the Canon 19-pt AF provide better point performance than the Nikon xx-point system provides validates that the AF system is more than just the number of points.  One question that I'd like to see answered in future camera reviews is how the cameras AF'ed using off-center points with fast glass for stills.

Servo accuracy would also be nice feature in lens reviews too.  There are many sites that show resolution, bokeh, etc, but few use it for sports and then quantify servo performance (TDP usually mentions it but doesn't quantify it).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D vs Nikon D7100 Epic Shootout
« on: September 08, 2013, 09:47:18 PM »
Thanks for the review.  Highly informative and balanced.

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I was planning on getting the Kenko 1.4 because I have a 70-300L and the Canon won't fit on it, but the Kenko will.

I have a 5DIII and 6D. Anyone's experiences with the Kenko?

I'm planning to get the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter.

I heard/ read somewhere that the kenko  causes the 5d  mkiii to freeze and requires a power off and on.   I stopped considering kenko  atthatmoment..  but i don't remember where i read/ heard that.

Probably in this forum, posted by Mt. Spokane.

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Technical Support / Re: Internet upload sppeds????
« on: September 05, 2013, 01:13:55 PM »
Contact your ISP.  Residential accounts often have much slower upload speeds.  Commercial/business accounts tend to even out the two rates, but they will cost more.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 6D v 5D3 body battle...
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:28:37 AM »
If you're in the US, consider a refurbed 5DIII when it goes on sale.  That will close the price gap considerably, or wait for the sales during the holidays.  I got mine for 2500 USD from a non-authorized seller, but the 1000 difference makes "self-insuring" much more attractive.

A lot of people think that the only advantage of the 5DIII's AF is for sports application, but it also helps out when using fast glass wide open.  It allows you more options for framing shallow DOF shots because the non-center points are useable (unlike the 5D2).  I haven't used the 6D much, but I had owned the 5DII, and the center AF point was good, but using it for sports was a chore.  You had to frame looser or stop the lens more, and AI servo was definitely less consistent/accurate.

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Lighting / EOS-M and the Canon 270ex II flash
« on: September 01, 2013, 09:35:05 PM »
Has anyone tried using the EOS-M with the 270 EX II flash?  Does it work well?  I'm looking for something small that would match the M but would still have decent power.  I don't need it to do much else (triggering, etc.), so it's mainly for fill, etc.  Trying to decide whether or not to get it while DigitalRev has it on sale for 130.

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Lenses / Re: Yet another question re ultrawide lenses
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:06:56 PM »
Sensor size (and to a lesser extent sensor generation) affects IQ a lot, so I'm not sure if your quest to determine the best lenses independent of the body makes sense.  In general, the larger format will deliver better results.  I liked the 10-22 for the crop camera, but full frame primes are something else.  Canon lacks something to match the Nikon 14-24 but the primes for the Canon system are generally better:  14L II (weakest of the lot), Zeiss 15, TS-E 17, Ziess 21, TS-E 24.  Unfortunately, the are all expensive.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D and Dxomark....
« on: August 30, 2013, 12:48:58 PM »
I have to agree with this...I'm a little surprised so many Canon shooters can't seem to publicly admit Canon sensors just aren't as good as Sony's or Nikon's. But you can be sure WHEN Canon finally come out with a new sensor with high DR, Canon shooters will finally understand what they've been missing and will be very, very happy. As a Nikon shooter that will also be the day I switch to Canon -- mainly for the superior lens selection. Until then, however, for me Nikon sensor performance trumps Canon glass by a wide margin.

We admit that Canon sensors don't have as much DR as Nikon's.  What we don't need is a daily dose of it; what we find offensive is being hit over the head with it on nearly every camera thread.  Do a search on this site, and you'll see it.

And the DR advantage matters to different extents to different people -- it is not the only factor that matters, which is point that is lost on the DR trolls (and that advantage is only there at low ISOs).  For indoors sports, I'm at ISO 3200 and above.  What advantage will the Nikon have?  The D800 will give me worse AF performance, lower frame rate and it's lost its DR advantage.  For architecture, I'm using 5 stop brackets.  The Nikon might save me a couple shots, but then I lose the ability to use the TS-E 17 and 24, which is not worth the trade to me.

If I made enough money to be able to switch systems every few years or buy both systems, then I might consider it, but I don't and so I won't.  But saying that I have cognitive dissonance because I do not switch is insulting.  For now, the Canon SYSTEM works better for me.  Canon's high end glass is better, and I've got enough of it that the DR advantage of the Nikon sensor is not going to trump Canon's advantages.  What part of this is so hard to understand?

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Lenses / Re: What to buy dilema !
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:11:56 AM »
Tripod first.  Think of it as a down payment for a macro rig.  The 100L is nice, and the IS helps for larger subjects, but if you're planning on getting close to 1:1, the DOF gets thin, and you'll have to close down the aperture to extend it or focus stack; either of which will require longer exposures that are impossible to hand-hold.

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Lenses / Re: Bought 24-70 f/2.8 II -Soft, owners, please advice
« on: August 27, 2013, 03:42:59 PM »
If you have a flash, you can avoid a slow shutter by shooting with flash.  Also, if you were near MFD the 24-70 II isn't at it's best when focusing close.

+1.  If your 24-70 II doesn't beat the 50 f/1.8 at f/2.8 in good light then something is wrong.

Just because the 50 1.8 is cheap doesn't mean it isn't good. from f/2.8 and on the 50 1.8 and 2.8 are fully L-level of sharpness (or better, better than 24-105L for instance).

It wasn't a comment on whether or not  the 50 1.8 is good or not (it has tremendous performance/cost ratio), but TDP's charts show that the 24-70 II at 50mm is significantly sharper than any EF 50mm prime, and that has been my experience as well.  Using the identical setup and camera settings, the 24-70 II should be better and would provide a good reference point as to whether the OP has a lemon.  My first post suggested comparing the 24-70 II to his 24-105 (previously owned/listed on a prior thread).  On this thread, he said that he no longer has the 24-105 but has the 50 f/1.8.

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Lenses / Re: Bought 24-70 f/2.8 II -Soft, owners, please advice
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:47:38 AM »
If you have a flash, you can avoid a slow shutter by shooting with flash.  Also, if you were near MFD the 24-70 II isn't at it's best when focusing close.

+1.  If your 24-70 II doesn't beat the 50 f/1.8 at f/2.8 in good light then something is wrong.

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Lenses / Re: prime focal length choices
« on: August 27, 2013, 11:45:26 AM »
I like the 35, 50 and 85.  The 24 is a little too wide for how I would use it for environmental portraiture so, it's the 35 for me.  85 handles a bit easier than 135 indoors.  A lot of people skip the 50 prime because all the AF lenses have flaws (50 f/1.4, 50 f/1.8, f/1.2).

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