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Canon General / Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 08:46:16 PM »
Right handed, shoot right eye most of the time, but switch hit to the left eye if my right eye contact lens is acting up, or when shooting sports with action coming from the right / natural body position favors left eye (leave both eyes open very often - habit from shooting pistols in competition).  Switch hitting doesn't really bother me....

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+1 TWI

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Reviews / Re: Meike grip MK-6d for Canon 6D REVIEW
« on: January 23, 2013, 01:27:00 AM »
Looks pretty damn close to the factory unit... Little bit of extra screen printing of functions, and what appears to be a shinier plastic..... Gotta say, good deal for $200 under retail.

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Ray, thank you for the link... Well worth watching.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D is amazing... Review UPDATED (practical usage)
« on: January 20, 2013, 01:03:27 PM »
+1 Badger!

You are right... Came from a T2i... and the 6D was right for me.

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I grew up using a Canon A-1... One point focusing ain't all that bad...... and the 6D, even if you opt to dumb it down to 1 AF point,  is pretty damn awesome in my opinion - I love mine.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon 6D - Meike grip on ebay for under $40
« on: January 06, 2013, 10:39:06 PM »
I had a Meike for my T2i, and had no problems with it for the 18 months that I used it... Just got a 6D, but couldn't live without a grip, so I got the Canon unit.... Based on my past experience with Meike, I would not have hesitated in purchasing a Meikie were it available at the time... $200 saved buys some nice filters or factory batteries.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Bg-E13 Discrepancies
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:39:45 PM »
Bought the grip, and I think it is almost a mandatory addition for the camera.... It makes the camera balance and feel right, plus no more arm gymnastics since it has the vertical shutter button.

Here are pics for clarification.




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Reviews / Re: Canon 6D review
« on: January 02, 2013, 05:27:20 PM »
Michael - thank you for taking the time to do the review... I bought a 6D a week ago, and have been quite happy with what little testing I have been able to do, and your observations confirmed many of mine.

Thanks again.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:29:43 PM »
Get the battery grip... It makes all the difference in the world with respect to how this camera feels in my hand.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:24:55 PM »
Received my 6D this week, and I am quite happy with it... Major upgrade from my 550D... Took it to a pro-photographer friends house - he shoots a 5DII, and after putting 150 shots on my camera, he was pretty impressed at the IQ and ISO performance.... he had mixed feeling on the autofocus speed, but that could have been a result of using the 24-105 in the evening hours.

Anyway, with a battery grip, it feels quite natural in the hands, and the rest of the features work pretty well for me..... Am I serious about it - yup, I paid the money to get it.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 6D from 450D
« on: December 29, 2012, 10:34:15 AM »
I just upgraded from a 550D to the 6D..... World of difference when it comes to ISO performance, speed, overall quality.

I am able to focus and take reasonably usable shots in a room dark enough that you can barely see through the viewfinder - my 550D would have just sat there and racked the lens back and forth.  In the ISO department, my personal limit on the 550D was 1600, and I really didn't like going past 800 - with the 6D, it seems like I can go 6400 and still have better IQ than the 550D, and in a pinch go higher if I can't use flash (I do a lot of band photography - dark is the status quo).  I can see where the 6D could be lacking in sports photography, but in my case it would be more from the lack of the 1.6 magnifier than auto focus behavior - if I could shoot motorcycle races with a 550D (70-200 f4), which has an even more archaic autofocus system, and a slightly slower framerate, then the only disadvantage I have going in, is the lack of reach (so maybe next Christmas a 100-400 will call my name).

It has been a few months since I borrowed a friends 5D mkII, but from what I recall, the shutter seems quieter on the 6D, focusing was faster with 6D, and ISO performance seems to better with the 6D (I compared some 6400 shots from each, there was a lot more noise on the 5DII).

I know that some people say the 6D is a plastic toy - I wonder if they have even held one ? It feels solid enough to me, and with a battery grip and 24-105mm lens, it could be used to bludgeon a mugger.

The 28-135 is a reasonable kit lens (hey they packaged it with the 7D - can't be total crap). I used it a lot on my 550D for kids parties, machinegun shoots (lots of brass comes out the side at a high rate of speed - don't want that smacking my L lenses), and bar shoots. The image quality was reasonable enough for those situations, and the dollars invested in the lens were low enough that damage wouldn't ruin the month. Was it as bright and nice to use as the L glass - no - but it served its purpose.

Am I happy with my 6D - Yes.... and in all honesty, I might just grab a 7D mkII or 70D in the future for motorcycle / boat racing photography, but that would mainly be for the extra reach with whatever lenses I have.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Bg-E13 Discrepancies
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:05:25 PM »
6D arrived, and I missed having a battery grip terribly when it came to shooting vertical... so I called Pitman Photo here in Miami, and they happened to have one for $230..... Gotta say, it is much heavier / heavy duty than my experience with Meike - very solid.

Now at least my 6D feels complete.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Bg-E13 Discrepancies
« on: December 25, 2012, 11:01:07 PM »
My 6D is set to arrive in the next day or two... and having had Meike grips in the past, I wouldn't mind saving $175 if the end result is the same, but if it is going to take 6 months to get to market, then I will scrounge up a Canon.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Bg-E13 Discrepancies
« on: December 24, 2012, 04:10:52 PM »
... Any idea when the aftermarket Meike grips, etc. will hit the market?

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