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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

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.

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

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Best tablet for on-location preview
« on: November 26, 2013, 01:38:37 AM »
I'm now using the iPad air with the EOS app. It just reviews the jpegs, but that is good enough for me until I get home. I'm mainly use it to get some quick shots on Facebook or to check focus and exposure. I'm loving the wifi combined with retina display.

Lighting / Re: Phottix Odin Canon 6D/430exII setup for Noob
« on: November 18, 2013, 11:43:18 PM »
I believe I've solved the problem. There were some issues after the firmware update.  I had to remove the batteries from the TCU, reinstall and then power up. Then I had to press the 'Clear' button for 2.5 seconds to reset the TCU. It appears to have solved the issue. I now have a fully functional battle station  :P

Lighting / Phottix Odin Canon 6D/430exII setup for Noob
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:43:40 PM »
I'm wondering how to get the TTL function to work with my Canon 6D and 438EXII using the Phottix Odin.  If I put the flash in TTL, I can control it in 'M' mode on the control unit, but when I put the control unit in 'TTL' mode, it just fires full blast and over exposes everything.  Is there a setting in the camera flash menu I need to select?  I made sure that both the transmitter and receiver are firmware 1.24.  Apart from TTL, it functions perfectly.

I guess this will help me develop manual flash skills.

Took my 6D on an early morning walk a couple of weeks after I got it.  No worse for wear.

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