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one more thing - just checked the EXIF of one of the last pictures I hae - it does not contain the serial number.
Just to learn for the new cam to come in - is that a feature I need to actively enable? I do not recall that I turned it of, but you never know...

Check the exif data of a raw file in DPP, it contains the camera body number.

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That s*cks :-[, hope you still have the pictures assuming you went to the US on a holiday?

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Lenses / Re: EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Image Samples
« on: May 15, 2014, 04:08:13 PM »
Looks like a FUN lens for aps-c users!!! Thankfully I'm immune to EF crop lenses now so that saves me from a little bit of GAS :D

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Aside from the focal length range (16mm is nice but 35 mm is limited) the lens did gain girth and weight compared to the 17-40 which is an important part of my travel kit. I replaced the Tamron 70-300 with the 70-300L this year and that was already a significant increase in weight, so before long my 'travel kit' will become too heavy and/or bulky. Travel kit = 17-40L, 35 f/2 or 50 f/1.8, 24-105L, 70-300L, 5D Mk II(I) gripless.

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Like I said in an earlier topic: This may be a dealbreaker for 17-40 F/4 owners who value the added flexibility of the  40mm focal length if the new lens isn't a 17-40 F4 IS.

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I know this must have been done to death, and is probably down to my own ignorance....but what is the point in the 16-35 F4 IS?
Is it to replace the 17-40 F4? If so and assuming this is for landscape then it will need to be very good quality as the 17-40 is fairly cheap these days. And again assuming this is aimed at landscape/building photography...do you need IS?

If it is to replace the 16-35 F2.8.....with an F4 lens? Sure the IS is welcome for handholding shots...but that will never replace faster glass when shooting low light (thinking weddings and events etc).

Seems like it is stuck in between two lens (16-35 F2.8 & 17-40 F4) to me??

Yeah, looks like Canon is making a range of consumer level 'L' lenses in full frame format, to suit the 6D ;)

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 12, 2014, 05:34:15 PM »
you counted? I'm too scared to go down that road... :-[
+1, what a foolish thing to do ;)

Well, if 'n' is the amount of lenses one owns, the ideal amount is 'n+1'  ;D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: May 10, 2014, 12:46:08 PM »
Just got the a6000 yesterday ... got it with the kit lens 15-50+55-210 ... the local Sony store gave me a really good deal (paid $950) along with free Sony camera bag and a Sony 16GB card. Have just done some random "test" shots and can say that it puts fun back into photography ... one has to use it to understand how fast and accurately it auto focuses even with the little pancake zoom lens. For times when weight is an issue, especially on business trips etc, the a6000+16-50+55-210 make for a great little package to carry around without worrying about weight and space and still get great images. The optional $5 camera apps (which can be directly installed into your camera wirelessly) make this camera a stellar performer for beginners who have no interest in post processing ... even the $10 timelapse app makes child's work of getting awesome timelapse videos without having to do any post processing whatsoever. The good part is that you don't have to buy these apps, when you upgrade to another Sony mirrorless camera including (even when you decide to go full frame), once the app is purchased it can be installed on 10 cameras.

I quickly tried out the a6000 at a local electronics retailer, and the AF is stunningly quick with the 16-50. It gave me a real shock how relatively slow my NEX-6 is. How is the AF speed with the 55-210 by the way? That lens is optically not a stellar performer but I'm curious how fast it can AF.

And how about the menu structure? I like the controls on my NEX-6 but the menu structure is inefficient and exposure compensation is a little bit fiddly.

I was surprised how square-edged the a6000 body is; I prefer the NEX-6 in that sense. I do have to convince myself that I don't need the new fast AF because I use mostly manual primes with the 6 but yeah the new camera has made me a little itchy.
The 55-210 is just as fast as the 16-50 and the image quality is a tiny bit better then the kit lens. I have 4 E lenses (28-70; 24-70: 16-50 & 55-210) and the AF speed of a6000 with any of those lenses is lightning fast.
The menu structure is same as my a7, so I found it easy to navigate. The a6000 with the 16-50 kit lens is so much fun to use and easy to carry around. It seems to give the best image quality when paired with my EF 85 f/1.8 & EF 70-200 f/2.8 L II IS (using metabones adapter), so much so, I am planning on selling my new EOS 70D :-\

Well you can't really beat love at first sight as I think was the case with you and the a6000 ;) Thanks for the info. At least I know my AF lenses aren't the limitation for AF speed should I upgrade my NEX-6 at some point ;)

I would assume the AF speed with Metabones adapter and Canon lenses isn't great, or am I wrong?

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 10, 2014, 04:39:54 AM »
HUMANS are not logical, that's why there are addicts and lenses are an addiction that's why we buy them, not that we need them, because there available, manufactures know this, that's whey they make so many ;)

I'm an addict too with 25 system lenses in total (I have a few camera's with fixed lenses too but I'm not counting those).

Other lenses I own in addition to those listed in my signature (all Canon FL & FD mount):

Vivitar C/FD 28mm f/2.8 Auto Wide Angle
Canon FDn 28mm f/2.8
Canon FL 50mm f/1.8 II
Canon FL 50mm f/1.8 II (yes I have two of these and FT-QL bodies to match)
Canon FDn 50mm f/1.8
Canon FL 50mm f/3.5 Macro
Canon FL 135mm f/2.5
Canon FD 200mm f/4 S.S.C.

Of course all of these can be adapted for use on my Sony NEX, but the Macro lens is the one that remains fixed to the adapter most of the time because it is also the dedicated macro lens for my NEX system.

Come to think of it I own six 50mm lenses.  :o

..and 7 zooms, so that means 18 primes :D

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 09, 2014, 02:28:04 PM »
I have the 24-70ii and the 70-200ii. I don't really NEED anything wider or longer... where do I go from here???

:-\

You went and bought the best there is... Boring! Now sell and buy some primes etc, and be happy :D

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony Alpha a6000
« on: May 09, 2014, 07:27:57 AM »
Just got the a6000 yesterday ... got it with the kit lens 15-50+55-210 ... the local Sony store gave me a really good deal (paid $950) along with free Sony camera bag and a Sony 16GB card. Have just done some random "test" shots and can say that it puts fun back into photography ... one has to use it to understand how fast and accurately it auto focuses even with the little pancake zoom lens. For times when weight is an issue, especially on business trips etc, the a6000+16-50+55-210 make for a great little package to carry around without worrying about weight and space and still get great images. The optional $5 camera apps (which can be directly installed into your camera wirelessly) make this camera a stellar performer for beginners who have no interest in post processing ... even the $10 timelapse app makes child's work of getting awesome timelapse videos without having to do any post processing whatsoever. The good part is that you don't have to buy these apps, when you upgrade to another Sony mirrorless camera including (even when you decide to go full frame), once the app is purchased it can be installed on 10 cameras.

I quickly tried out the a6000 at a local electronics retailer, and the AF is stunningly quick with the 16-50. It gave me a real shock how relatively slow my NEX-6 is. How is the AF speed with the 55-210 by the way? That lens is optically not a stellar performer but I'm curious how fast it can AF.

And how about the menu structure? I like the controls on my NEX-6 but the menu structure is inefficient and exposure compensation is a little bit fiddly.

I was surprised how square-edged the a6000 body is; I prefer the NEX-6 in that sense. I do have to convince myself that I don't need the new fast AF because I use mostly manual primes with the 6 but yeah the new camera has made me a little itchy.

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 09, 2014, 07:21:39 AM »
I've just found out during my recent trip that I'm using my 24-105mm F4L IS USM around 80-85% of the time.  My copy (just very recent, bought a month ago) is surprisingly sharp almost comparable to my primes.  It's almost everything I need now.  I've tried my friend's 24-70mm F2.8L and I always miss that extra 35mm.

The 24-105 is fabulous, especially for travel. If there's copy variation I also must have a really good copy; it made me sell my 24-70L (Mk I). I do have some sharper primes though, but the 24-105 delivers every time.

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Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: May 08, 2014, 11:48:43 AM »
I played around with the idea of getting this lens, or maybe the Sigma for quite a long time. As mentioned in the review, "that thick and stubby “prime” design" was very tempting too, but in the end I went with the Sigma (that was also before the Canon price drop). It may be a little clinical (the Sigma) but I happen to like the sharp rendering for night-time hand held photography. I retain the original 35mm f/2 for travel - nothing beats that compactness.

The attached shot was taken with the Sigma 35mm at f/1.8, 1/30, ISO2500 handheld (on a 5D MkII).

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:30:41 AM »
It is funny reading this and other like threads and then remembering all the times photographers say "it's not the equipment, it's the photographer".   ;D ;D ;D

I swear I can get the same result out of my Ixus 132 that I get with my 5DIII + 100mm L Macro.  8)  8) :o

Oh wait...   ::)

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Lenses / Re: Before you buy your next prime...
« on: May 08, 2014, 10:28:40 AM »
Photography is a hobby for me to ENJOY. So I weigh my purchases with this question in mind: Will this piece of gear enhance my pleasure from my hobby?

For for example, when I asked myself if I should upgrade from the 550d to the 6d - the answer was NO. For what I do - having a FF heavier camera will not make any substantial contribution to my hobby.

On the other hand I purchased a 100L - and enjoy it immensely.
6D hardly a 'heavier' camera plus the 100L looks beautiful on a 6D : }

I know :) don't think I'm immune to GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) - But I'm on a budget and need to spend carefully.

It's good to be careful, because once you take the full-frame 'leap', all hope for control of GAS is lost.

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