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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup for 6D for Wedding Photography
« on: April 28, 2014, 06:21:42 PM »
I have 2 flashes. I have a 430exII and a 580ex. If I were to get a crop sensor camera just for now until I can save up for another 6d what should I get then? 40d,50d,60d? Is the 60d much better than either the 40d or 50d? Just sorta want something that will get the job done if by chance my 6d decides to break on me (doubtful).

The 50D is a good choice if you want something cheap and durable. The reason I recommended the 60D is because it is a similar size/button configuration to the 6D, which should make it easy to switch to should you have to use your backup.

If you'd like to use your flashes off camera more, I'd recommend selling both of them and picking up a set of 600EX-RTs. Expensive, but paired with a 6D you can take some gorgeous event photos... I was stunned with the ease of use and fantastic images I got the first time I shot a wedding after selling my 430EXs and bought 3 600EXs,

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Backup for 6D for Wedding Photography
« on: April 28, 2014, 04:16:15 PM »
The 6D is a fantastic wedding camera. If it works for your style of wedding photography then don't spend money on a 5D3 (use that money to improve your lighting setup instead!)

As far as a backup, I picked up my 60D last year from Canon Direct (refurbished) for less than $475... it shares the d-pad control with the 6D and is pretty much the same size so you'll find it to be a good backup camera at less than half the price.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 05, 2013, 07:58:26 PM »
Funny that you post this thread, JohnDizzo15. I recently did something even unthinkabler!

I "upgraded" from full frame to crop. Sold my 6D/24-105 and purchased 60D from Canon for about $475 (refurbished) and a 17-55 f2.8 for $520 (LensAuthority Black Friday doorbuster!)

Really happy with the 60D so far. Being able to use the outer points in all situations is great! Though I have to be much more careful when selecting an ISO, the 18mp RAWs are the same fantastic, sharp, Canon images I am used to. 6.5 frames per second is incredibly fun!

The only thing I don't really like about the 60D is that it doesn't work as well with my 600EX-RTs as the 6D did, but that's just giving me an excuse to sell them and pick up the studio strobes I've been wanting instead. And I haven't even touched the 17-55 yet, it barely came in the mail.

I suspect my images with the new setup will be just as good as they were with the full frame combo, yet I am more than a thousand bucks richer.  8)

(yes, I have officially become one of those togs... you know the ones, who say that taking great images doesn't mean having expensive gear)

You guys are overreacting a little bit -- this looks like a great product for film production/editing companies working on big-budget television shows and movies... Not sure how many of them are on CR though.

Landscape / Re: Milky Way
« on: September 13, 2013, 05:19:35 PM »
Here's a recent shot of mine... had a good opportunity while at a beach condo facing the Gulf of Mexico on a moonless night. 

Canon 5D3, 16-35 f/2.8L II - ISO 3200, f/2.8, 16mm, 30 seconds (right around the 600 rule)
Within Adobe PS CS6' ACR tool: cooled the temp to 3300K w/ -2 tint, contrast +98, clarity +48, vibrance/saturation both +21, +52 NR w/ 82 detail, and a very slight crop.

Hope you guys enjoy and find the details helpful.

Awesome shot and thank you for the processing information. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 6d
« on: August 29, 2013, 02:04:08 PM »
If you need extreme low-light performance but you don't need top-of-the-line autofocus then the 6D is probably the best camera you can get.

Incredible full frame IQ
Easily usable images at ISO 12800
Center focus point is quick, accurate, and works even when there's no light (other points work great, but in good light only)
Build quality is excellent
Wi-fi and GPS if you're into that (I'm not, but I did try them both and they work great)

Not strobist friendly (Minor complaints, such as lacks PC sync port, 1/4000 max shutter, 1/180 sync speed)
Only one card slot (but Canon never puts 2 slots in the cheaper bodies)
Autofocus leaves something to be desired for those who shoot fast moving subjects

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 70D
« on: August 29, 2013, 01:47:40 PM »
For video, the 70D.

For still photography, hands down the 6D. The center point will focus in ridiculously low light, and I consider ISO 12800 to be easily usable with some noise reduction. You will often find yourself with little to no light during weddings and events, so the 6D's superior sensor comes out on top.

Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS : Seller's remorse?
« on: August 23, 2013, 06:35:28 PM »
I love my 24-105. It's an absolutely fantastic lens with sharpness, color, and focal range that leave me stunned every time I use it (it's currently my main lens, so I use it a lot!). Perhaps I have a better copy than most, as I've tested it against a 24-70 2.8 Mk I and I thought it was sharper than the faster zoom, both wide open on the go and stopped down in the studio.

However, I'd sell the 24-105 in a heartbeat if I had the 24-70 II as I do a lot of low-light event shooting and the extra stop helps immensely. But for all my work where I need an f/4 or smaller aperture, I know I have a single lens I can take that will cover all the focal lengths I'll need... the 24-105.

Canon General / Re: Where's the competition for the 24-105?
« on: August 20, 2013, 12:13:44 PM »
I'm a little worried the 24-105 is "outdated"

It's not. As an owner of the 6D + 24-105L combo let me reassure you, it's a fantastic lens; the perfect all-rounder lens with top notch image quality.

Better lenses are available but you will be spending much more money and/or sacrificing focal range.

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 15, 2013, 07:01:34 PM »
I would never criticize anyone for their gear decisions, but many, many photogs use "other" cheaper gear and get the results they're after. It's a cost-benefit analysis that everyone has to do for themselves. You chose one way, I chose another. Don't look down on me for that or accuse me of being too amateur. (I know you probably didn't mean it that way.)

Hey, I totally respect you and you might be surprised to find that I actually agree with you too! I own and use a pair of Yongnuo YN560 manual flashes. They do everything I want them to do, reliably and at a ridiculously low price when I don't need TTL. I am definitely not knocking the Yongnuo gear as I use their products frequently myself!

I'm not criticizing amateur photographers at all. As a matter of fact, being an amateur is awesome and FUN! You have the freedom to shoot what you want, when you want. Cheap 3rd party brands are PERFECT for that, and I'd actually argue that it would be stupid to spend more money on extra features that you don't need and won't get you different results than pro gear would.

The only reason I bring up the argument for the Canon gear in this thread is because the OP mentioned he is a wedding shooter. Wedding photographers use their gear every weekend and work it hard. For us, it is actually worth it to spend extra money on reliability -- that peace of mind knowing that our gear is X% less likely to fail has real value to us. Why? Because so many things can go wrong during a wedding, and if you aren't prepared you will fail at the job which you are being paid to do. At best, you will embarrass yourself because you couldn't get your gear working properly in front of the client and you will look unprofessional. At worst, you will ruin the most important day of someones life and possibly lose your business, money, home, etc.

Pro-level gear isn't a requirement to taking great photographs, it just makes it easier! And when you are getting paid to do a job, you want your job to be easier, even if it means spending a little extra on your gear.

That said, keep rocking your Yongnuos, because I know they can and have been used to create photographs that are better than anything I will ever produce :)

Lighting / Re: 600ex as main lights
« on: August 15, 2013, 02:20:50 PM »
These are features of the E-TTL system, and from what I understand, you can do all these things with the YN-622C E-TTL radio trigger.

Of course there are benefits to staying with a Canon system (warranty work is probably easier) but I say it's grossly out of proportion with the cost. Yes, Canon speedlite prices are coming down, but they have a long way to go to compete in "bang-for-your-buck" with 3rd party systems.

The Canon RT system is expensive, yes, but it's not grossly out of proportion. Here's the cost of a few 3-flash setups with radio TTL capabilities:

  • 4x Yongnuo YN-622 ($170) and 3x Yongnuo YN568EX ($540): $710
  • 1x Phottix Odin transmitter and 3x Phottix Odin Recievers ($535) and 3x Canon 430EX ($900): $1435
  • 3x Canon 600EX-RT ($1500) and 1x ST-E3-RT ($287): $1787
  • 1x Pocketwizard TT1 and 3x Pocketwizard Flex TT5 ($886) and 3x Canon 430EX ($900): $1796

So the Yongnuo setup is no doubt the cheapest, but you may suffer from reliability issues, and good luck getting the product repaired in a timely manner if you do. A great setup for a budget amateur, but don't count on it when you need to use it hard every day.

The Phottix setup is a much better choice for a working professional (ie. wedding shooter, like the OP) but the price is now approaching the Canon RT setup... AND you still have to manage an extra set of batteries for each radio device in addition to each flash's batteries.

So yeah, the Canon RT setup is very expensive. But it also happens to be the most reliable of the 4 due to Canon build quality and the radio being built-in to the flash. The 600EX is also the most powerful flash in any of these setups.

And then there's the "gold standard", Pocketwizard. That price doesn't include the zone controller or batteries yet and it's already more expensive than the Canon RT system.

I shoot weddings exclusively with 3 Canon 600EX-RTs and I am very happy with the performance. I would eventually like an AlienBee or Einstein for on-location portraits in bright daylight, but 600EXs perform so well that I've found I don't really need to buy anything else. Canon RT -- expensive? Yes. Ridiculously so? Not really.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D logical upgrade from 7D?
« on: August 14, 2013, 09:04:49 PM »
you'll miss the 7D's build if you get the 6D instead of the 5DIII.
I own both a 6D and 7D and haven't noticed much difference in build quality.

Agree. The 6D is built tough just like the 7D, 5D Mark II, and 5D Mark III. No concerns with the build quality of mine whatsoever.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D logical upgrade from 7D?
« on: August 14, 2013, 01:52:22 PM »
As a 6D owner I will tell you this: the outer points are accurate and reliable in good light. In low light, they start to struggle with both time to achieve focus and accuracy of focus.

My solution is to keep a 600EX-RT mounted on the 6D in low-light situations, which has an AF assist beam. The 600EX-RT is big and heavy, but I often have one on the body to control my off-camera flashes anyway, so it doesn't bother me.

If you find you will be using the outer points in dark situations, and mounting a flash with AF assist to the body would add an unacceptable amount of weight (or stop you from using Pocket Wizard, etc.), and you have an extra $1000 to spend, then you are better off with the 5D Mark III.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D Under-Exposing?
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:44:22 PM »
They've updated this article. It was actually a problem with the Nikon D600 over-exposing (aperture issue, nothing to do with JPEG), and the Canon was fine.

I own a 6D and have had no problems with exposure. Since I prefer the 'expose to the right' method I find that pretty much any digital camera exposes a little darker than I would like, and I set exposure compensation accordingly.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 6D Body $1499 New
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:46:16 PM »
By buying a gray market 6D you run the risk that if it breaks within the warranty period, Canon may not honor the warranty and charge you for any repairs.

However, all reports from people who have actually purchased from BigValue indicate that Canon is not very strict on their warranty policy and have been repairing gray market cameras under warranty even though they don't have to.

If you're interested in buying a 6D and not interested in buying a Canon warranty, this is a fantastic deal. I would jump on it, but I already have a 6D :)

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