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Lenses / Re: Canon 24-105 F/4L
« on: March 30, 2013, 10:45:12 AM »
@ TrumpetPower - yes, me.  ;)

Low light shot with an f/4 lens:

EOS 1D X, EF 600mm f/4L IS II, 1/160 s, f/4, ISO 10000

Thanks you all for your help, your replies and comments.  A special thanks to TrumpetPower and Neuroanatomist for their inputs and awesome photo.

 I wanted to update you on my post/status, I've was able to sell my Sigma 17-50mm today for 515.00, I really liked that lens on my T3i.  However, I'm very excited about upgrading to a Canon 6d and the 24-105 f/4 and the lenses I already own the Canon 50mm f/1.4 and the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 without OS.
However, after reading your inputs, seeing the photo and knowing what a full frame can do at f/4. I'm now considering selling the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 and replacing it with a Canon 70-200mm f/4 with IS.
Your thoughts?
Would you sell the Sigma f/2.8 to purchase a Canon f/4 with IS?

I had your exact situation (well almost). I had a T1i and the 17-50 Sigma. Loved that combo. I was also worried about going from f2.8 to the F4 of the 24-105 that would come with the new 6D. Well I am pleased to report that the only thing I miss from the Sigma is the lens lock. From a versatility point and exposure point the 24-105 is just better on the 6D.

Canon General / Re: crap portraits of me
« on: March 09, 2013, 07:25:50 PM »
I have the same problem. I an using 3 techniques to get better results (of my wife and I in front of the camera together)
1 - Scout for someone with a 60D or better, preferably with a red ring lens
      I feel this helps getting someone who has the basic technique down and who can understand instruction (see point 2)
2 - I am less worried what people think so I actually ask them to shoot (try) as I explain because I am trying something specific
3 - I put the cam in P mode or at least in auto AF. 9 out of 10 times you are the closest to the camera, thus if you arecovered by an AF point the cam should select you. Focus and recompose is lost on almost everyone (if point 1 did not work)

With these mykeeperrate is much better

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: Where am I ?
« on: February 26, 2013, 12:06:57 PM »

Ottawa - More Specifically the bridge over the Rideau Canal with the Fairomt Château Laurier on the right.

Canon General / Re: Why buy from a bricks and mortar store?
« on: January 16, 2013, 07:35:23 PM »
Sorry, but it's not a loophole.  In pretty much every state that charges Sales Tax, there's an equivalent Use Tax that applies to goods purchased out of state for use in the state where you reside.  The buyer is responsible for paying that tax to their state government.  A loophole is a technicality or ambiguity that allows you to avoid the spirit of a law while obeying the letter of that law.  Not paying Use Tax on internet purchases is flat out tax evasion.  Much like driving 10 mph over the posted speed limit, it's unlikely you'll ever be caught/penalized...but it's still against the law.

I totally agree with you neuro, but where is the line drawn for what must be declared on taxes?  Purchased on eBay (new or used)?  Craigslist?  Garage sale?  What is the letter of the law?

In Australia, it is the seller's responsibility to collect the sales tax from the buyer and pay it to the gov't. Sales tax on basically everything that requires manufacturing/processing of some kind; both new & used.

Australia has a value added tax system, similar to most OECD countries.  USA does not.  So Australia technically does not have a "Sales Tax" system in the traditional sense of the word.

Sales tax is archaic, thats why you need Used Tax etc to try and close the loopholes

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 6D Automatic Lens Correction
« on: January 07, 2013, 08:48:30 PM »
Thanks Neuro, sort of thought you will be first to reply.  So for me who does not want to buy another software package, what would be best to take advantage of these functions.

I.E. how would I go about using DPP and then Aperture 3?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon 6D Automatic Lens Correction
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:47:05 PM »
Hi There

My understanding is that the 6D (along with the other newer EOS Bodies) automatically corrects for CA and vignetting caused by the attached Canon lens as per the loaded lens profile.

My question is whether this correction is applied to the RAW files or not?  I have begun shooting RAW when I got my 6D, and could see a defnitive correction when processing the RAW file in camera.  I also assume that this correction will be applied when using canon DPP (didn't test).  However, I use Aperture 3, and was wondering if Aperture 3 applies this correction automatically or not as I am seeing some vignetting that I do not see in the JPEG.  Is there a specific step I have to follow in Aperture 3 for this to be applied?

Thanks in advance

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D in Costa Rica
« on: December 24, 2012, 10:47:04 PM »
I received my 6D a bit over a week ago and I really enjoy it so far. It's a big improvement over my previous 50D! It's a great camera overall, but I must say I like the features some people here call "gimmicks". The wifi connectivity is brilliant for still life photography: I set the camera on a tripod and then I can concentrate on adjusting my composition and lighting while looking at the result in real time on my phone. No more running every 2 minutes to the back of the camera to see if things are placed properly! The GPS is also nice for landscape work, and I expect it would be great for travel photos. I already had a GPS logger for that purpose, but it's so much more convenient to have directly on the camera.

Coming from a crop camera, high iso pictures are just amazing -- it's just plain awesome to be able to take handheld photos like those without worrying about noise.

Canon 6D Test Shots by pagarneau, on Flickr

Canon 6D Test Shots by pagarneau, on Flickr

Canon 6D Test Shots by pagarneau, on Flickr

Feel the same and I am learning about my new 6D exactly where these shots were taken.  Christmas lights and early darkness, low light testing it is

2008 - 450D
2011 - 500D to sell 450D to brother-in-law
2012 - 6D > December and Christmas brought me Full Frame

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem: slow AF 6D
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:50:19 AM »
Mine is fast, even in dimer indoor lighting.  Used a non-central point last night indoors.  It was faster than my 500D and accurate.

Take it back

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Experience
« on: December 11, 2012, 05:21:56 PM »
I have some questions.

The sample images Canon released don't look exactly sharp, I don't know if it's due to the lack of sharpening or if it's just me, but can anybody comment on that or perhaps post a full-res jpg?

Any noticeable improvements in Dynamic Range?

Can you still change the AF point using the top right button like I can on my 500D, or do you have to use the wheel?


I change the points exactly like on my 500D by pressing the top right button and turning the top wheel (behind the shutter). The one also used to for eg. to change aperture values in Av mode. You can also use the D pad which I am not use to yet.  What do you mean "or do you have to use the wheel"? Do you change it just by pressing the button? Did not know you can do that, do you have to press it repeatedly?

I will post pics when I have somthing worth while (not just objects on the table and walls)

Lenses / Noisy IS on 24-105mm F4
« on: December 11, 2012, 03:41:40 PM »
If this has been hashed out before, I apologize, but I did try to search the topic but only got ISO results

As an excited owner of a new 6D and got the 24-105 L with it I noticed a very noisy sound from the lens while keeping the shutter button half depressed (i.e. locing focus). I know this is the IS and even confirmed by switching it off and the noise goes away.

Now I understand that IS is actually a motorized movement of a lens group and thus expect a bit of a sound and all of my IS lenses does that, but this sounds suspiciously louder, louder even than my Sigma 17-50 F2.8 OS and that I did not expect.

Is this normal or should I take it back to the store?  To describe the noise level is difficult, but it is noticebly louder than my 100L macro and as my Sigma


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Experience
« on: December 11, 2012, 03:25:35 PM »
Good of you to share your initial thoughts. A lot of current Rebel owners will read your summation with keen attention and will probably give you more credence given your upgrade path (as opposed to the raucous mob element a few months back here on CR that declared the 6D DOA!?).

You're probably typical of the user that Canon had in mind for this DSLR, thus your opinions count a lot. (btw I shot with my next-door neighbors D5100 two weeks ago - he had it on a tripod in the garden and he wasn't aware that it had a built-in Intervalometer, so I showed him + he didn't know what 'M' mode was?? and he's an engineer, but the menu system is simply awful and the camera's ergonomics horrible, and coming from a 7D it felt foreign too).

Good luck with your new DSLR, I'm sure you'll get a lot of mileage from it

Thats why I thought I will share it, as I felt there were more unhappy 5DII owners out there that wanted a 5DIII for sub $2000 than rebel users that might be excited about the FF prospect.

I refrained from calling the Nikon ergonomics and menu "awful" as I am sure that crowd feels the same about the Canon interface - but I could not get the damn D600 out of auto-focus point mode  :P

I do not know about DOA - the sales person said that the 6D is expected be their best Christmas model (of dSLR) without a doubt and the interest they have seen from the local wedding guys are phenominal.  He said when you get to $2100 bucks, that extra $400-$500 stretch to the 5DIII is a hurdle most cannot overcome.  Well that is definitely true for me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 6D Experience
« on: December 11, 2012, 01:32:05 PM »
I got my 6D yesterday and thought I will share my initial impressions. These impressions are from a Canon shooter coming from Rebel bodies (450D & 500D) and I thought it will help someone that is in the same boat as I was in figuring our whether or not to upgrade to the 6D.

What I use a camera for:
Family (with kids running around) and Travel.  Nothing for payment

Physical Attributes
Weight: Heavier than anticipated and with the 24-105 kit much more than the Rebel.  I had a 17-50 F2.8 Sigma on my Rebel which made it heavier than the out of the box kit already, but the 6D is beyond that.  I am glad I have a Black Rapid strap.  Would not like this around my neck.  However, the balance (not tipping over so much) is better than my 500D/Sigma combo and although heavier, definitely usable all day long.
Size: I like the physical size over the Rebel.  Using both hands on it feel much more comfortable. I handled a 5DIII&5DII in the store, and I prefer the 6D size. For me, coming from a Rebel, the 6D feels great in the hand while the 5DIII felt like a stretch.
Feel & Buttons: Everything felt better - body, buttons, shutter sound (love that  ;D).  I have to get use to using the top plate buttons, but the rest of the button layout felt very familiar even to the dated 500D.

Name an attribute, and it is better than the 500D, and you can't help but think that "this is how it is supposed to be".  The level of customization really impressed me. I appreciate that the 5DIII and 1DX is even better at this, but coming from a Rebel, WOW! What I particularly liked is:
- C1 and C2 functions
- Minimum shutter speed setting
- Customisation options in general. Like AI Servo assignability to the DOF button, ISO limits, Different Focus points in Portrait v Landscapes
- Direct access to Drive, ISO etc. on top plate
- GPS & Wifi: Did not explore this other than pairing to my iPhone and (it has a slight lag) I can see this being handy for shots where I am in front of the camera with the family.
- HDR: I liked that this is built in.
- WB: I might miss a dedicated button for this, but the Q menu does accomodate this.

ISO: High ISO is so much better than the 500D. Expressing it in Stops is beyond my ability, but with the 500D I did not use 1600 (except in the rare circumstances where shutter speed was more important than IQ). Now with this I can see no problem going to 6400 and I think 12800 will become the new 1600 (which is still 1 stop below native max). So what is that 3 Stops  ;) ? Off course this is dependent on what you can tolerate in terms of noise.
FPS: It’s faster than my 500D so that’s an improvement for me and I see it as adequate for the "action" type shots I sometimes need.
Focus: I played with it indoors (dark outside) and with the 24-105, 50 1.4, 100 L Macro and 70-200 F4 Non-IS.  My approach was not scientific at all but the focus on the centre point was snappy and quicker than my Rebel.  The Macro was slow as usual.  I used the outer points, and as I Rebel user could not complain about speed or accuracy.
Viewfinder: Forget that it is not 100%, this is much better/brighter than the Rebel's

Yes I am sure a lot of people can and will nitpick over many of the (missing) features. But coming from a Rebel, most will be blown away. So, is the upgrade worth it? Well, I felt I had to upgrade from my 500D. So it was either a 60D/650D (body only) at $800 or this. So does the extra $2000 ($1200 body + 800 lens) make you a better photographer? No, but it will make the pictures you do take look better, especially in low light. 
Why not 5DII? I liked the smaller/lighter size, Overall newer tech, Digic 5+, GPS & WiFi options and I am confident that this will now last me a very long time.
Why not D600? To commited to EOS (Lenses and Flashes) and I handled it in the shop, it felt very foreign.

Software & Accessories / Re: Which iMac
« on: December 06, 2012, 07:51:07 PM »
photo and video, by the biggest and fastest of everything....
I think this negates a valid price vs performance analysis. I just ended up building a hackintosh last night because the 27" iMac is out of my price range and the 21" is pretty much not upgradable at all unless you have apple do it which is super expensive. I think the stock CPU will be fast enough for you. Graphics card won't make a huge difference either. These are all incremental upgrades. The fusion drive though might be worth it. I made my own fusion drive since it's a hackintosh and it only cost me $75 extra. I think apple charges $250 which isn't cheap but for apple standards isn't bad. The only way to do this on an iMac if you don't get it with it is to setup a thunderbolt SSD and by that point you're better off just getting it from Apple. That's my take on it. So from Apple, possibly Fusion drive and then upgrade the ram your self.

Thanks.  So you feel the stock i5 on the 27" is good enough.  What is the advantages of i7 then?

Canada / Re: 6D arrives in Canada?
« on: December 04, 2012, 03:51:59 PM »
Put in an order to hold one for me at The Camera Store (Calgary).  The sales guy there also does not know when they will actually receive any stock.

At least they are charging the same as in the US - FINALLY. I wonder sometimes with BH and others making it so easy to cross-border shop how these guys still survive.

Oh well, I am loosing out on an SD card and Bag for not ordering from BH, but with the D600 (oil), D800 (focus) and 5DIII (Light Leek) I am willing to sacrifice that as this is the first time I will early adopt and have the luxury of convenient returns

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