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Lenses / Re: Wait for Sigma 50mm Art or purchase Canon 135 f2L.
« on: April 08, 2014, 03:19:57 PM »
I just got the 135 used, but haven't had a chance to get out much with it.  The few photos I got are pretty nice, but I had to do a bit of focus adjustment in the menu.  I love the 50mm focal length, but I have the 50 1.4.  It's kinda meh wider than 2.8.  I will probably get the Sigma if it lives up to the hype.  I think you would probably get more use out of the 50.  It's perfect on the 6D.  From what I've seen so far, the 135 has a special quality that I love, I just won't get as much use out of that focal length.

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We also have a Quidditch team at SIU.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5Dm3?
« on: February 28, 2014, 06:01:51 PM »
The 6D is a great low light camera, but at low light, it becomes a 1 point auto focus camera.  The outer points are basically useless for low light or contrast areas.  I figured it would be this way when I looked over the specs and have adapted to the cameras limitations.  I agree that the 5d3 would better suit you.  I'd love to own one, but I guess I really don't need the AF for what I'm shooting (would love to have it though :P)

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM
« on: February 23, 2014, 01:22:16 PM »
Finally got my hands on a used 135.  Got a pretty good deal.  It's been too miserable outside to do much with it.  Can't wait until Spring.


Canon 6D, ISO 50, 1/1000, f/2, 135mm

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Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: February 17, 2014, 07:08:06 PM »
The Canon 24-105 is a fine lens.  If it ever breaks on me, I could see getting the Sigma, although, I might think about getting a 24-70 f/4 or 2.8 instead (2.8 zooms are a bit pricey for me right now).  I've started shooting more with primes, so I really only use the 24-105 for when I'm being lazy.  Kudos to Sigma.  Looking forward to the coming war of the 50 1.4s

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I convert RAW to DNG and archive the DNGs. I hope I'm doing it right. I can't see spending all that money on equipment and not saving uncompressed files.

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I wish more people would jump ship so I could find some deals on nice glass :p. I'm a 6D fanboy because it's the best body I could afford  ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 18, 2014, 11:35:39 AM »
I don't really see the point of this.  Will it work with RAW, and how to get RAW transferred onto the iPad?  I already have snap seed for free.  I OWN Lightroom 4 for my PC.  I don't see the benefit of renting software, but this has been covered a lot already. 

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Not so good for the workers. The higher wages incentivizes Canon to automate processes to maintain profit margins. The same thing happened in the auto industry in the 70s&80s. You will start seeing more robots at fast food joints if minimum wage rises above companies bottom lines. It is good for QC as long as the machines are adjusted properly.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: January 09, 2014, 01:30:55 AM »
I wonder if this new firmware causes the battery communication error with 3rd party batteries like the new 5d3 one did.  Of course, If I could afford the 1dx, I wouldn't buy 3rd party batteries :p

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I love the 50 1.4 when it doesn't miss focus and it's at f/2 or higher. If the Sigma is better and priced at around $600-700 (or less) I would seriously consider it. It can't be less durable than a Canons 50 1.4. I've had to get it repaired once and always use a lens hood since (I set my bag down too hard and knocked something loose).  I'm just glad there is some competition.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:24:02 AM »
This will make me think twice before installing the next firmware update.  If Canon disables my 3rd party batteries, I'm not gonna be happy.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III & Third Party Batteries
« on: December 12, 2013, 10:07:20 AM »
The Canon 6D has been doing this since it was launched.  The 6D charger doesn't charge any of my 3rd party batteries either.  I can live with it since the batteries work fine once I select 'OK'.  No way I'm paying $100 for a battery.  That disturbs me that they would 'downgrade' the 5dIII this way.

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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:52:06 AM »
Chicago TARDIS 2013

430exII with Flashbender XL Pro fired with Phottix Odin hand held.  I puts out great light, but it is huge.  It's cumbersome and attracts a lot of attention.

50 1.4, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/100


50 1.4, ISO 3200, f/4, 1/125


50 1.4, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/100


70-200 f/4 USM, ISO 16000, f/4, 1/200 (no flash, cropped a bit in lightroom 4.4, NR at about 25)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D- An amateur's review
« on: December 04, 2013, 07:23:38 AM »
I upgraded from the 7D.  I think not having a flash is what I missed most.  There's no way to trigger off camera units, so I ended up buying a Phottix Odin.  Image quality, especially at high ISO, is the most noticeable improvement.  Full frame quality was what I wanted, but price was the obstacle.  I could afford a 6D (barely).  I've had it for almost a year now and am very happy I made the move up.  GPS is nice, and I use it, but I could live without it.  Wifi is awesome.  Quickly transferring photos to my iPad Air makes posting to social media a snap.  I've come to really like it.  The gimped AF system is the main drawback.  While the center point is great, the outer ones are not, which makes composition more difficult in lower light situations.  Now I know why people use the 'focus recompose' method.  If Canon continues the 6D line, they need to make at least one point on the outer parts a cross type like the center.  That would make composition easier in landscape and portrait.  A second memory card slot would be nice.  I had a San Disk SD card die on me Thanksgiving weekend.  It wouldn't let me format it in any device.  Fortunately, I didn't lose any photos.  First time this has happened to me.  Looking forward to another year.

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