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Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L Macro IS as a portrait lens
« on: February 03, 2013, 02:02:14 AM »
Are some of you going blind? The short answer is yes, a macro lens can be used as a portrait lens, technically. But when you're taking a photo of a person who is facing your camera, and your trying to get a natural look.... Macro lenses are horrible for that. Most of them are too sharp, oversaturate and don't render skin tones naturally. If you can't see that in the sample comparisons alone I suggest getting your eyes checked. That's why specialty lenses are designed specific ways, to excel in the areas they were designed for. Simple as that.

6D Sample Images / Re: for those who snub the 6D AF...
« on: January 31, 2013, 09:57:50 PM »
Somewhere over North Carolina, aircraft closure rate about 900kts (1000 mph), 6D with kit 24-105L:


(hmm... can't get the image to post. Sorry, link is valid.)

i donĀ“t want to be an ass.... but one photo does not prove that the 6D AF is worth much.

even with the worst AF system you will get good images.... sometimes.
that does not mean the 6D AF is complete crap.

but the percentage of keepers is more interesting then a single image.

+1 definitely more keepers on more expensive full frame cameras in the Canon lineup, how it should be. Although the 6D is easily underestimated because of that.

PowerShot / Re: New PowerShots for CP+, no DSLRs.
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:03:56 PM »
Disappointing, as expected.

Canon General / Re: Since 7D MkII isn't coming soon.....
« on: January 28, 2013, 02:44:53 PM »
Nothing wrong with buying the current 7D model, it's at least better than vaporware, hehe.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D not usable for shooting video?
« on: January 28, 2013, 05:02:07 AM »
For video, the 6D brings basically no advantage over a 5D2. And those can be found, used, for a lot less than you'd pay for a 6D. That would be my advice for anyone going for a full frame video DSLR and no budget for a 5D3 or D800.

More video modes like 60 frames with options for ALL-i, cleaner image at high ISO, better screen for those who use zacuto z-finders and such, longer clip recording, lighter body for support systems, manual audio straight out of the box, lens correction, faster processing chip for less lag with startup and recording, easier download of footage straight to laptops for onsite (SDE) event type editing via SD card which are also cheaper than CF, and oh wait... It's in production now whereas the 5D mark II is now phased out which means more support and availability for accessories like grips and such. Sure sounds like no advantage to me ^^

At least here where I live, a used 5D mark II out of warranty from a non dealer but in acceptable condition is only 100$ less than a brand new 6D body, obviously with a warranty. Of course, even if it was an official dealer, you also run the risk of buying into a high shutter count. Even if you're a photographer, there is no reason to buy the 5D mark II now unless you need better build quality (not as big of a difference as you may think), 1/8000th sec shutter or 1/200 flash sync which not many will need. There are ways around the shutter speed differences like ND filters and stopped down apertures, not everyone shoots in the frikkin snow, and if you're shooting with a flash onboard you can always do HSS. Event shooters usually shoot around 1/50th sec indoors anyway.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Roadmap for 2013 [CR2]
« on: January 27, 2013, 11:36:05 PM »

The 7DII will be cheaper than the 6D. That's for sure ...

... This message is needed to assert the premium-ness of FF; without it, it's hard to charge a (hefty) premium for FF.

The 6D is nothing but a FF Rebel (entry level camera), while the 7D is a semi-pro camera several steps removed from a Rebel. I'm sure that there are many people who want/need an APS-C camera, like birders, who will pay extra to get what they want/need.

Like I've said before, it's nowhere close to a rebel. They'd have to take away the ergonomics, the magnesium body parts that it does have, the top LCD screen, the thumb wheel, adjustable kelvin, AFMA, etc etc. If you've owned a 7D before, it feels very very similar in size and weight. The button layout is more like the 60D, quality of the photos is closer to 5D mark III, and the AF is closer to the 5D mark II. The only ONE feature that it takes from a rebel series is the 1/4000th sec shutter speed, and that is ALL. You'd also have to throw a POS built-in flash to throw it below the pro level. Every other feature is brand new like the way the zoom button works, wifi, and gps. Entry level FF makes more sense as you can see it as a stripped down base model luxury car. But it's very far up from being a rebel.

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 6D not usable for shooting video?
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:16:24 AM »
My core point is that all cameras have issues, the op picked up moire, the 5d3 will moire, as has any ccd or cmos camera I've used in the right (wrong) situation.

And The reason I never bought a 5d2 is exactly ad you've described,
ML had the hack as I was buying, but the wide angles were better (effective focal length for focal length) the jellio far less and the depth of field more managable, out the box pal, full hd video preview, better stills performance for my shooting etc etc.

If the answer is to buy a new camera then the question is all wrong.

Can't fix moire on a 6d not going to be able to fix it on s 5d3, when it inevitably will occur.

In the middle of making the business case for a pair of c100's and I'm considering one for my personal freelance kit.

Not the best codec, but for the occasions something above 8bit is required I'll hire a samuri.

For this specific shot, of those tiles eith that lens at that setting, a 5d3 MAY have been better.

But that really is missing the point.

I somewhat agree with the superiority complex, because the 5D mark III really is that good. =P But seeing as how the 6D is priced much closer to the level of the 5D mark II. It all comes down to you get what you pay for. I own both, and I'm very much aware of their value. If you're doing pro video then you're most likely not using DSLRs, at least not as a main cam. I can understand using DSLRs for the cinema look, because it does look great to the general public and the 5D mark II proved that years ago. But you have to think really hard about where the 6D is priced and positioned. Only someone without common sense would think that the 6D should have the same amount of advantages as a 5D mark III. We have to accept it for what it is, and it's still great for the price point and not everyone cares about moire, mostly just us in this thread. Moire is more of a technical disadvantage than a creative one. If you've seen great videos by the 5D mark II and almost all the cameras that came after it, it's silly to make moire such a big deal, even now. There's obviously a price premium to avoid it, as long as you're still dedicated to using a Canon system. If you're good at what you do then you have to be ready to accept what limits you will have in the equipment you buy. Moire is not that big of a deal if you're not ready to make the bigger investment.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better? 5D MKII or 6D?
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:47:58 PM »
5D2 > 6D better VF

Is that true?  Does anyone else feel that the 5D2 viewfinder is better than that of the 6D?  If the 5D2 viewfinder is better, what exactly is better about it?  I have a 5D2 but not a 6D and haven't had a chance to handle a 6D.  Thanks in advance.

In my experience the 5D2 viewfinder is slightly darker, not that big of a deal in broad daylight. But you'll definitely notice the 6D's viewfinder is brighter in low light situations. I can't see the difference between 98% or 97%, it feels just the same.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better? 5D MKII or 6D?
« on: January 24, 2013, 08:42:29 PM »
3. The 5D2's AF is NOT BAD AT ALL for those who know what they are doing.

if YOU knew what your saying you would not make such a simple statement.

the 5D MK2 AF is BAD compared to the MK3 AF for anything that needs tracking... period.

it has absolutely nothing to do with "those who know what they are doing".
those who know what they are doing, will have a way higher number of keepers with the 5D MK3 tracking.

a F1 driver, no matter how good, can not compete with a ford bronco on a F1 racetrack.

I think it all depends on where you want to use it.  For sports, 5D2 won't have much keepers.  Maybe for the good photographers, around 1 out of 5.  For stills, 5D2 is great already.  Having said that, I'd still take 6D.  The difference in price isn't much.

+1 It's easily more appealing than a 5D mark II for most purposes, especially indoor photography.

Update:  I actually checked how well the flash was mounted, and to my surprise, although the tightening lever was deployed and everything, the speedlite WAS slid back in the hotshoe mount, and by quite a lot.

I pushed it back forward like it is supposed to be and suddenly the camera is doing what it should.  I set it in TV and selected 1/640th shutter.  Took a few underexposed test-shots, and then turned on the speedlite.  BANG.  The camera overrode my shutter setting and reduced my shutter speed to 1/180th.  It worked 3 times, so I am calling this SOLVED.   ;D

I feel a little silly, but that is still way better than if there were a major problem with the camera.

On the other hand, I wonder if you could "squeek"  a little higher sync speed out of the camera (just 1/250th maybe) by deliberately mis-mounting the flash in the hotshoe.

Hax ftw

Lenses / Re: Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 on full frame: it's actually quite good!
« on: January 20, 2013, 08:43:16 AM »
From what I've seen in samples, the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 has better image results and a better price tag. However, I did use the Tokina 11-16 on my full frame cameras a few times and from that alone I can also agree with you that it's surprisingly sharp.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kenrockwell comments on Canon 6d
« on: January 18, 2013, 03:50:58 AM »
Whether you like him or not, you're putting his name out there. And by doing so, sparking curiosity as to why he may be the marketing clown or source of basic information and product reviewer that he is. I think it's good to have him out on the internet, because people who are just starting out need that info. Actual professionals act like they don't need him. In reality, we do, like these forums, an alternative source of information to the better information that you can easily get from simply buying the camera gear that suits all your needs and going out to shoot with it. Because of that, no one really needs to know when a new product is coming out. We're here because of curiosity. If it's out, it's out. If you need it, you get it now. We all know how it works; Something new gets released, some get buyer's remorse, but in the end we're still all relieved because there's always a price premium and stage of real world testing to new products and most of us buy it long after release anyway. Most people who already have good gear seem to only post here to justify their purchases because it's either all they have and/or used or couldn't use the alternative products correctly or just absolutely could not fit their needs. Some are here to see if Canon is doing well, some are trolls, some are just plain bored. As for people like Ken Rockwell, he helps to feed the basics to the masses to regulate the flow of information to separate the pros from the amateurs and enthusiasts. What I do see as shameful, (And of course, I'm aware that I say this in hypocrisy) that we waste time talking about Ken being a clown and fail to show respect for someone who is doing something pretty much none of us have done and by whining about his opinions you're just making him more famous. We all know he's a horrible photographer, but compared to who? He just needs to prove his point with his photographs, not submit them for awards or sell them. He probably wouldn't be focused on his job as a reviewer of many products if he was making good money with his photographs, I'm sure all of his energy would be in photography and we'd rarely see anything posted by him. That's just how it works, it's a compromise just like everything else. I see the same with the DXO worshipping gearheads, people pledge their lives to scientific tests but in reality they don't have a creative bone in their body. Ken just got even more famous because of this thread =P It's like they say, haters are gonna hate =P Don't hate the player, hate the game.

EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR & Lens Coming on January 15, 2013? [CR1]
« on: January 15, 2013, 12:58:23 PM »
It seems that Canon EOS 6D is cripled 5D Mark III and EOS 7D :) This model is aboslutely ridiculous and it is very clear that marketing department in Canon should be fired for such product!

If the 6D had the same features as the 5d3 but still cost $2000 - who would buy the 5d3 then? You have an interesting concept of marketing :)

+1. It's like saying the 5D Mark III is a crippled 1DX. It's always going to be a compromise. You pay for the specs you want, and if you don't get everything you want you're either not working hard enough or just wasting time =P

Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:06:33 PM »
Depends where I am, what I'm doing, or what/who I'm shooting =P But for the overall IQ and look I still love my 85mm 1.2L II despite it's weight and sluggishness compared to many other lenses it results in the best rewards :)

Lenses / Re: 6D & new lenses
« on: January 13, 2013, 09:33:29 PM »
When I was using crop I loved my sigma 30mm. I'm surprised you don't have a 50mm lens planned for your setup, at least the 50mm 1.8 anyway. Not sure of the 40mm will give you the photojournalistic look you want, at least not what you're used to. The perspective between 40 and 50 is much more different than people might think. First thing you'll notice is a little more distortion. However if you're like me and wish your lens was a bit wider all the time I'm guessing you're right going for the 35L

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