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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: September 13, 2013, 03:09:08 AM »
I'm going to use this lens as my full body/medium portrait lens at a Doctor Who convention this November.  I have the 24-105, but I want to try shooting primes, and I would like to keep the shutter below the flash synch.  I plan on using the rogue XL pro on my flash with a ttl cable hand held (civil war style :P).   Hopefully, I will be able to get the 135 f/2 to use for the staged event.  Lighting is very bad, but the 6D should handle it well.  I purchased the shorty forty for a cheap backup and have neglected it.  Shame on me.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 10, 2013, 10:47:56 PM »
Great colors!  I wouldn't go within a half mile of one of those events.  I'm afraid what that would do to my bodies (Canon 6D and my lungs).  Really are fantastic photos!

Lenses / Re: Will there ever be a 24-105 mkII? or 24-120?
« on: September 10, 2013, 10:41:54 PM »
I've had good results with the 24-105.  It's a fantastic all around lens.  I don't see the need for faster shutter speeds with that range so f/4 seems like a wide enough aperture, but I would like the DOF of a Sigma 35 1.4 (maybe next year).  It's the longer range where I really would like a wider aperture.  I have the 70-200 f/4L USM, and to get 1/200 for a staged event, I have to shoot 12,800.  It's no problem with the 6D (I think they are quite usable), but I think 6400 shots are much cleaner and sharper since they require less NR.  The 135 f/2L will be my next lens ;)

Well I would definitely not replace my 7D with a 70D!

I can agree with this.  The 70D doesn't seem like a big enough leap to warrant spending that much money on that much of an upgrade.  Now the 7D2....we'll see.

Lighting / Re: I need some flash advice...
« on: September 08, 2013, 03:59:46 PM »
It's all a bit advanced for me. I like to shoot scifi/anime conventions and have been using my 430ex on camera with a Lightsphere. This has worked ok in small rooms, but in convention centers it's not good. I'm going to try to shoot off camera handholding the flash with a ttl cable and a flashbender. I'll prob just keep the camera on my monopod. We will see how it works out. I'm still quite the amateur.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: RAW or JPEG
« on: September 08, 2013, 03:39:40 PM »
I shoot raw plus jpeg. 99% of the jpegs go into the trash. It's taken me over a year to get decent at post. 27" iMac is in the near future.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: If you plan to upgrade your camera, read
« on: September 08, 2013, 01:35:21 AM »
"Upgrading" from a 7D to a 6D to shoot sports is a horrible idea. I was shooting some action and it was a huge pain in the rear.  I ended up having to shoot wide with the center point and crop. Action really benefits from the joystick and extra points/zones. The shots I did get look fantastic, but I had to shoot so many to get them. Fortunately, I almost never shoot action.  I have the perfect camera for a convention shooter (who is poor)  :P If action shooting is in my future, "downgrading" to a 7D2 is an option.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 70D
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:21:09 AM »
Having only 1 SD card slot, 1 cross type AF point, no file renaming, and missing buttons really makes it tough to shoot a wedding with the 6D as a main body.

I agree with this.  I love the 6D (upgraded from 7D).  The low light performance is outstanding, but it is not a 'professional' body in my opinion.  If I were shooting weddings for a living, I'd have 2 5d3's.  I don't think the 6D deserves some of the 'hate' it has received.  Just have to remember where it's place is in the market.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 70D
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:13:39 AM »
And don't forget that there are many instances where flash is forbidden.  I've shot some events on a stage where flash was 'discouraged'.  If you are not close enough, its useless anyway.  All people will notice are the tops of peoples heads in front of you.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Boo Amazon!!!
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:07:17 AM »
I imported a dvd from Holland that had a VAT on it.  I can't imagine paying an extra 20% on everything I buy.  At least in Europe they get what they pay for.  Take Switzerland for example.  They have high taxes, but their country is beautiful.  They actually maintain everything.  In the U.S. the taxes would be wasted on entitlements and lining the wallets of lobbyists on an epic scale.  As a resident of Illinois, I'm all too familiar with political corruption.  As for the Amazon situation, I don't believe that they should have to pay sales tax in states where they do not have a physical presence.  No taxation without representation.  The 'Big Box' stores have failed to adapt to the market and want the Gov't to interfere.  Nothing good can come of this.

I replaced my 7D with the 6D.  So glad I did.  Never going to use APS-C again.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 6D v 5D3 body battle...
« on: September 05, 2013, 03:00:05 AM »
I don't mind the onboard processing for the couple of Facebook shots I post.  I do all my processing in LR with RAW, which get put up on flickr and my Facebook albums.  I really like the ability to quickly go through my photos with my iPad mini.  It's much quicker than using a cable (once the device connects to the camera).  The more I shoot with the 6D, the more I realize that I don't need a 5d3.

Lenses / Re: Is the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L MKII worth the Extra Money?
« on: September 04, 2013, 07:18:48 PM »
"Canon 135mm f/2L might be a nice choice" ;)

This is the lens that I am currently lusting over.  I've seen some amazing shots with this on the 6D on flickr.  From my research, the Tamron 70-200 2.8 and the Sigma 35 'Art' are worth it to me over getting the Canon lenses.  Even at around $1300, the Tamron is a big purchase for me.  The Canon is totally out of my price range.  If I had the Sigma 35, I'd probably never use the 24-105.  Most of my convention photos are 24-35mm.

Thanks for the excellent reviews and photos with the 6D.  The first few months I had this camera, there was nothing but hate in forums, but then I started shooting more with it and realized that most if it was unfounded.  It's an excellent portrait/low light camera.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: September 02, 2013, 11:06:02 PM »
The sorta cheap CP on my 50 1.4 really saturated my shots today.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d Highest Usable Iso?
« on: September 01, 2013, 12:36:52 PM »
Thanks.  I'm starting to see the limitation of my glass for low light events.  12800 wouldn't have been necessary to try to get 1/200 with the 2.8s.  It's nice to know that I can shoot higher and not have to go too crazy with the NR.

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