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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 6D sample images and video here
« on: September 17, 2012, 03:06:34 PM »
That D600 portrait is sharp!!! WOW! Looks like the 6D has locked onto the tip of the nose instead of the eye, although that area is sharp the Canon images have been resized? Whereas the Nikon ones are all full res?

The 6D video is stunning. I think it will be a great camera just not for the pros.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Official Specs
« on: September 17, 2012, 05:39:24 AM »
I think maybe people are asking a bit much.

Is the 6D designed to be a professional camera? I dont think so, although its product designation is quite confusing. But for the time being I think Canon will keep a full frame camera with its professional designation just to differentiate it from consumer crop cameras.

So really, I think of this as an XXD camera.

The 5DMKII was designed as a professional camera, and also its brother the 5DMKIII. Although the price has come down in Canons mind it is still a $3500 camera so releasing a new entry level camera at $2100 is acceptable. This will quickly reduce as the 5D MKIII's has.

Am I blown away no, am I angry no, am i disappointed... well a little but surprised no. I think it would have made sense to just use the parts bin to create a homologation of the 5DMKII and the 7D. But for an entry level camera this would be overkill and quickly kill the 5DMKIII although its what most people wanted. Also the complex AF is too much for people upgrading from XXXDs or XXDs, if anything the 11point will mean a seamless upgrade and the feel of the camera will not be too much of a change, and basically mean the photographer wont have to re-learn the skill. But heres hoping theres more than one cross type.

I am a photographer and am published in a lot of publications mostly newspapers. So I like crop, cheap cheerful and it works, basically have the privilege of printing on glorified toilet paper. So I was shooting on a 40D for a long time as I didn't like the newer cameras until the 7D. I only just bought a 7D a month ago as my second 40D died, and bought it because I am still waiting for the 5DMKIII to be where I want it to be in terms of price. So a 7D has filled in for now.

Anyway am I the only photographer that thinks the 18mp sensor is absolute rubbish?? The 100-400ISO range which I shoot in most, is awful in comparison to the 40Ds 10mp. It is extremely noisy, not clean at all and there is a lot of banding! I read a lot on hear about it and poo poo'd the problems because I thought people were being overly critical as its a tech forum. But 800ISO and over is a great improvement, but most of my stuff is done in the 100-400 range. So I am extremely disappointed in the 7D for IQ which is what I want. Everything else about the camera is perfect IMO, but there is no point in having a great camera with poor IQ.

So if we are real for a minute about the 6D.

The 5DMKII will be discontinued very quickly to give the 6D a chance. Therefore once the retail units are snapped up the only real affordable full frame option for most is the 6D, its specs are not bad. 11 points is enough for the amateur. This camera is not for you 'would-be' prosumer or pro photographers. So those with the XXXDs XXDs and 7D that want better IQ than the poor 18mp sensor (Canon dont seem to want to drop), the only path is the 6D.

Not everyone needs the AF spec and speed of the 7D and it is overkill for most. For portraits and landscape I would say manual focus is more popular for accurate focus, it is with me, especially with landscape as you have the time. Live view with the 10x view is very helpful. Or if AF is to be used, single point with centre point is my chosen focus path. So this is a great camera! If we ignore for a second the 5DMKII and the D600.

But then the 5DMKII and the D600 come back into the frame. If this is a camera that is to be aimed at the amateurs wanting the best IQ then the 5DMKII has more MP count and is known to be a great performer IQ wise (we wont know about the 6D for a few weeks) and the camera will handle basically the same as the camera they are upgrading from, so a duck to water. At the moment it is cheaper and widely available.

Then we have the D600, most amateurs will have some kind of brand loyalty but price and spec is everything to them the latest and greatest for the cheapest. Also how many have got a vast amount of money invested in lenses, so really its not a bad camera to switch to. Lets be fair although we dont like to admit it, Nikon are blowing the market out of the water atm and the D600 is a very compelling camera.

But the one thing canon has got going for it, its a pain to change. lenses are better and upgrading the body is simpler than changing systems. Also bodies are around what, 2-3 years? so even if it is not perfect some may still upgrade and have blinkers to the competition. It is more paramount for pros to have the best features as it could be the difference between being paid and not. But if we are talking amateurs just wanting to take pictures then not so much of an issue.

Then we get to price. It is double every APC body, near enough. It also needs all new lenses as EF-s or crop lenses wont work. The lenses are much more expensive, and cost/quality may be an issue as cheaper glass could result in poorer images than the older APC camera. But how many amateurs no this? Also no inbuilt flash, they are poor but useful for a quick portrait and you can get ok results with them. Now then will have to buy a $250+ flash and carry it around.

So this is pretty much grey area, the split between crop and FF has now shot them in the foot. Which is why I understand Nikon allowing adoption of crop lenses, although pointless in the grand scheme of things it does means they can have the new camera, without spending $3k with a lens. So really until the adoption of FF becomes more widely adopted this could be a success or a failure. We will have to see.

For the others that are pros or prosumers, the $600 is nothing extra to buy the 5DMKIII really. So the 5DMKIII is a really attractive purchase over the 6D and is where I am going I will order one in the next month or so.

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70-200mm L 2.8 is a brilliant lens. If you need IS you could have a compromise by selling the 70-200mm and buying a 70-200mm MKI IS which will give you a better hit rate with the IS and buy a 5D MKIII and with its AF youll be sorted.

Only about £500 extra for MKI IS after selling a 70-200mm L 2.8. 

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II Arrived
« on: September 14, 2012, 10:51:34 AM »
I just think IS is a value added option and is useful. Wouldn't have cost them much to incorporate it, seen as tho a lot of Canons lenses have IS. Also in 8 years when its ready to be replaced people will be desperate as every other lens will have it... so does this mean a sooner upgrade. I find it useful on my 17-55mm.

But really its not necessary I use a 70-200mm L 2.8 without IS and dont have any problems with it and it would benefit more at that range. But still for a £2200 lens bit of a skimp without it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 6D Specs Leaked?
« on: September 14, 2012, 09:09:53 AM »
Why would it take SD when the 7D takes CF!? Seems a bit of an interesting choice...

Doesn't sound very promising IMO. Weather sealed, but 11 point AF so a new system there too along with a new sensor...

I think this one is a fake.

I expect the 7D/5DMKII homologation. Makes more sense, with the parts bin, and more value for the photographers.

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Software & Accessories / Re: BG-E11 weight
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:05:28 AM »
Gym session....  ;)

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Canon General / Re: Buy canon gear from the States (for Europe)
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:45:49 AM »
You could go to Guernsey or Jersey. Tax Haven and not £600 for a flight.

Put it this way all people outside Britain.

5DMKIII with the 24-105mm is £3,500 or $5,600 dollars in UK.

In America the same kit is $4,100 or £2800! For you yanks to understand that is $1500 or £700 more for the same camera.

Again with the 24-70 MKII £2,200 or $3500!!!
In america it is $2,300 or £1426 an £800 saving. Much more than 20% import tax.

In america you could buy a 5DMKIII with a 24-70MKII for the same price as the 5DMKIII with the 24-105mm lens kit over in the UK!!!

ITS RIDICULOUS!!!!!

I dont care who you are but those savings are huge savings. Would take what an extra couple of months to afford?

It makes complete sense with the money you save you could have a week in NYC or which ever city of choice. Its sad but if your going over to America and are a photographer its what happens, as I would prefer to buy things in the UK but the prices are just stupid in comparison.

The chances of being stopped at customs for a camera are very very low. Could you imagine if they stopped everyone for electronics? I brought this iPad for the journey with my iPod and iPhone... macbook... camera... never happens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D: Buy now or wait?
« on: September 12, 2012, 07:26:18 PM »
Well I did just that. My 40D took a turn for the worst so needed something to fill untill I can get hold of a 5DMKIII. So I got one a year old under 10k shots for £750. Have to say the camera is incredible, everything is great but...

and its a big BUT! The IQ and noise are horrible in the places you don't expect. In fact I am impressed how good the ISO performance is over 1600 (as the 40D was unusable over 1600) but up to 800 it is horrible! 100-400 really really disappointing, especially 100!!! Coming from a 40D it was much cleaner, its still working to make a comparison and shot two side by side and the 7D is worse, noticeably worce. The DR has no difference either... so where it counts it was disappointing, and i was expecting it to be better especialy DR i thought the IQ would be similar. Everywhere else it is an awesome camera the AF system makes the camera useful for everything and the 8fps is great too, but now after 2 weeks im thinking of just selling and biting the bullet for the 5D MKIII and converting FF.

On my 40D I didnt use any NR at ISO100, on the 7D im using 5-10 on the slider and loosing detail. The NR is set to standard too. Its ridiculous, I was using 5-15 for 400-640 on the 40D.

Maybe I was expecting too much but was a bit disappointed. Not just my cam either have tested two to make sure its not just mine.

Is this normal from you other 7D owners. I hate dissing this camera as im a true canon guy, and ive heard great things about the 7D.I remember hearing another member being upset about the ISO100 performance and thinking he must be mad. But I really feel strongly on this one.

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Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: September 12, 2012, 04:17:21 AM »
Europe isnt a strip mall. You could spend a two months traveling Britain.... its a big place.

But you have to hit Cumbria, England. One of the most beautiful places in the world.


Ulswater, Cumbria, Winter 2010 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ulswater, Cumbria, Winter 2010 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ulswater Steamer, Cumbria, Winter 2010 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Hallin Fell, Ulswater, Cumbria, Aug 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Hallin Fell, Ulswater, Cumbria Aug 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


IMG_4751-Edit by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ulswater Boat House by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Ullswater May 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


Conison Water Feb 2012 by tom_scott88, on Flickr

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2008 2.8 octo Mac Pro, 10gbs ram, 8tbs HDDs, 128bg SSD as boot drive, GEFORCE GTX 285 1gb. Runs very quick for an old machine.

2x 23" Apple Cinema displays

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Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:25:42 PM »
BMW i8 Concept car, Park Lane London

BMW i8 BMW iPark Lane by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW i8 by tom_scott88, on Flickr


BMW i8 BMW iPark Lane by tom_scott88, on Flickr


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Street & City / Re: Night Skyline
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:34:22 PM »
Thanks

Was shot at F10 for 1/8th at ISO 200 on a 40D and a 10-22mm set to 16mm.

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Street & City / Re: Night Skyline
« on: August 31, 2012, 09:59:09 AM »

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Lenses / Re: Considering the 70-200 f4 is for my next lens
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:54:29 AM »
I vote 70-200mm Non IS F2.8 I have one and its wonderful, but you need a steady hand but at 2.8 it is stunning. That or the 70-300mm.

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Canon General / Re: gear advice for second body
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:28:57 AM »
When I shoot weddings I always take two bodies and keep a standard zoom on one, then keep swapping the lens on the second body between a 70-200mm and 50mm. If you want a prime for the 7D remember the 1.6 crop factor so a 50mm will be more like an 80mm.

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