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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70d + 70-200 II vs. 5d III
« on: July 15, 2013, 03:05:01 PM »
Having owned both the 70-200 MK II and the 6D I will say that it is an incredibly killer combo that will not disappoint you. Don't bother with the 5D3 if you can't afford a decent lens to go with it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 12, 2013, 04:54:59 PM »
Backup ... is backup! Backup ensures that when you accidentally deleted at file, you can find it and restore it. So using RAID and backup are really orthogonal issues.

I'm not sure I agree with you.

You're claiming that RAID is not a backup because it can't save you from deleting a file. But no form of backup can ever save you from deleting a file! If you make 50 backups of a harddrive and store them each in different places around the world, and then you go to all 50 locations and delete the files (accidentally or otherwise) then you're just as screwed as you would have been if you'd done the same thing with 50 HDD RAID setup.

RAID is backup, although there are other forms of backup which might offer less risk of losing your data.

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Late, but here's mine! :)

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Lighting / Re: New LumoPro flash is nearly here!
« on: July 12, 2013, 12:58:37 PM »
You can't compare the guide numbers of different flashes with each other unless all the flashes have their guide number calculated the same way (eg. by the same person with the same testing method).

I'm guessing that Canon overestimated the power of the 600EX-RT and LumoPro is using a much more realistic estimate. In any case, I don't use the guide numbers given by any company, because there is no consistent or universal standard method of calculating it and anyone can just make up any number they want and no one would know.

We'll have to wait until the flash starts shipping and the real world reviews are out but for now I'm going to believe the Strobist and assume it really is as powerful as Canon and Nikon's latest flagships.

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Lighting / Re: New LumoPro flash is nearly here!
« on: July 10, 2013, 06:05:05 PM »
Medium power? David Hobby says it's actually more powerful than the Nikon SB800, so I'd guess it's one of the most powerful AA-powered flashes out there. It seems to be a reliable workhorse and has every feature you could possibly want from a manual hot-shoe flash.

At that price range I would definitely consider looking at AlienBees instead but the reason I like hotshoe flashes is that I can fit 3 of them + camera body + L lens in a small bag and be ready to go at any time.

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Lighting / Re: New LumoPro flash is nearly here!
« on: July 10, 2013, 02:18:10 PM »
Wrong forum? Should go in 3rd Party or Lighting...

Looks awesome for a manual flash though. Love the built-in light stand mount. I won't be getting any, however, since I just bought into the Canon RT system :P

If Lumopro started adding built-in radio receivers to their flashes and came out with a transmitter allowing you to change the power remotely I would sell my 600EX-RTs and switch in a heartbeat!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Wait, Digic 6 is already out??
« on: July 10, 2013, 04:01:38 AM »
Digic 6, like Digic 5, is probably a low-performance processor for use in a point & shoot cameras.

Canon will probably develop a Digic 6+ for their future higher-than-entry-level DSLR bodies.

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Lenses / Re: 50 F1.4 durabilty question
« on: July 09, 2013, 07:31:42 PM »
I have seen countless 50mm 1.4s listed on my local craigslist with broken autofocus.

My guess is that this lens is not very durable... looking forward to a new IS update from Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 29, 2013, 11:59:11 AM »
You guys will probably think I'm weird, but depending on how improved the 70D sensor turns out, I'm thinking about selling my 6D and going to two or three crop bodies. (Downgrading from FF to crop? zomg!)

I love the sensor in the 6D, but it looks like everything else about the 70D is shaping up to be better than it's bigger FF brother. Faster flash sync, better autofocus, higher fps, articulated screen, built-in flash... I can't think of anything on the 6D that is better besides the sensor (don't use GPS). Switching back to APS-C also means cheaper bodies and lenses, which means I can afford more bodies and lenses! (f/1.8 Sigma zoom anybody?)

I would trade some sensor performance for a bit of everything else. It looks like the 70D is going to offer a lot of everything else.

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Recently got my 6D after using the 50D for 4 years, and the single biggest con that I've noticed is the AF assist lamp is placed much lower on the body... So low, in fact, that I sometimes accidentally cover it with my finger.

??

The 6D doesn't have an AF assist lamp! You need a speedlite to gain that functionality -- I know the front of the body has an IR sensor near the grip to detect a Canon remote shutter, but AF assist on Canon bodies is news to me! (The "lightning storm" provided by the Rebels does not count as AF assist :P)

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I also have the same question, but the one thing that hasn't really been addressed so far is the price difference. As of a couple of days ago, you can find a 6d body for less than $1600 while the 5dmkiii is still just under $3000. That's almost half the price. Is the autofocus worth that nearly $1500 jump or would that money be better spent in say a 24-70? (I have a 550D that is starting to showing it's age)

Where is the 5Dmkiii selling for under $3000?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=151070124973&item=151070124973&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466

Canon authorized USA dealer, new with warranty

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Would putting money into a 24-70 f2.8 or 70-200 f2.8 be of more value than moving from a 6D to 5D3 in the context of shooting weddings?  I have only taken photos at weddings as a backup to a pro and I relied a lot on flash so I don't know if 2.8 would be a significant gain to a wedding photographer other than bokeh.

In my opinion, yes. You can never have too much light at a wedding reception, plus clients love the look of f/2.8 and larger aperture images.

Of course, it all depends on your shooting style, too. I go for the high-end wedding photography look, but if you just do shoot 'n burns for cheap clients then you can get away with a 24-105.

I use flash almost the entire wedding day but most of the time it is off camera. Having the 6D lets me shoot at higher ISOs to both blend flash with ambient light (and avoid the dark cave look) as well as save flash batteries -- I usually go the entire wedding day without changing a single battery.

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EOS Bodies / Re: dual pixel cmos AF
« on: June 28, 2013, 03:20:03 PM »
dual pixel cmos autofocus

http://www.canonwatch.com/canon-eos-70d-dual-pixel-auto-focus-specs-leaked/

machine translated, but it seems that this is a completely new autofocus technology that works on the whole sensor surface. if it works well and software is implemented well (not like @ eos m first), it'd be awesome.

seems like both conventional and live view autofocus will be effective.

According to that link, the computational power required to use this new type of live view AF means that the Rebel series won't get it for a while. Sounds promising for the mirrorless crowd.

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The 6D was not designed for action shooting. I do feel that as a camera though, the 6D is an improvement overall compared to the 5D2, but it's clearly not the intended upgrade path for most 5D2 users.

I think you nailed it.

For anyone who was happy with what the 5D2 had to offer, the 6D takes that and improves on it in every way with very minor but still worthwhile upgrades. For anyone who wants something substantially more than what the 5D2 had to offer, the 5D3 is what they need.

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I also have the same question, but the one thing that hasn't really been addressed so far is the price difference. As of a couple of days ago, you can find a 6d body for less than $1600 while the 5dmkiii is still just under $3000. That's almost half the price. Is the autofocus worth that nearly $1500 jump or would that money be better spent in say a 24-70? (I have a 550D that is starting to showing it's age)

The autofocus IS worth the extra $1500, but only if you need it. As I said above, I shoot weddings and I get by without the 5D3's AF just fine. I spent the extra money on lenses and flashes.

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