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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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6d Highest Usable Iso?
« on: September 01, 2013, 02:07:28 AM »
Just took these tonight at the DuQuoin State Fair.
Canon 6D, EF 70-200 f/4L USM
1/250, f/4, 200mm, ISO 12800

1/200, f/4, 126mm, ISO 12800

EF 24-105
1/200, f/4, 105mm, ISO 3200

If only I had a 2.8 70-200.  Maybe next year I'll get the new Tamron.  The EF 135L f/2 is next on my list.
Thank God for the White Balance Selector Tool in LR!!!

Software & Accessories / Re: JPEG as a travel alternative
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:08:09 PM »
I always shoot RAW+Jpeg.  RAW for archival and the jpegs are for those time when I need to share photos right away.  Most of the time, the jpegs just go into the trash.  I shot a convention once and got lazy and used the jpegs instead of processing the RAWs.  I don't know what I was thinking.  There isn't a camera in existence that can process files better than I can and I'm a noob.  I don't care if it takes me a week to process them, the flexibility of the RAW lets poor photographers, like myself, recover from mistakes in exposure and WB.  I process each file individually instead of syncing in order to practice my LR skills.  It can be a pain though :p  I just don't see the value in spending $2000 for a camera body and then shooting in less than the highest setting.

I had the 7D right up until the firmware update that practically doubled the RAW buffer.  It was fantastic!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5d Mark III or 6d or stick with 7d
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:58:53 PM »
The 6D is great for stuff that doesn't move  :P
ISO 1600, 40mm, f/9, 1/30

ISO 2000, 24mm, f/4, 1/50

ISO 100, 84mm, f/4, 1/125

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D or 70D dilemma - please help
« on: August 30, 2013, 08:41:47 PM »
Canon 6D, EF 70-200 f/4L USM (cropped a hair in LR)--click image for larger size

Cropped this one a little

I was pretty close to the action.  Having a 300 or even a 400 would have been even better. 

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