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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS M w/22mm f/2 STM $399 New
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:10:32 PM »
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Tempting, but really, what would I do with ANOTHER camera??

I was just thinking last night -- I can't take enough pictures to use all the cameras I now have, and I shoot every day!

you can take it with you all the time.  Time to ditch those G cams... :)  SLRs for specialty work only.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Please share your camera settings
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:08:38 PM »
On my one-slot bodies (7D and 6D) I shoot RAW and Jpeg Large, but honestly that's force of habit more than anything else since it's probably been a couple of years since I last used a jpeg file from the 7D, and I've never used jpegs from the 6D... I really should just change it to RAW-only on both, I guess...

On my 5D III I now shoot RAW + RAW, so both cards record the same files, simply as a card failure safety thing.

On the X-E1 I actually find myself using the jpegs from time to time so the dual file type recording is more handy there.

So you own both Mk3 and 6D? I've never seen someone who has both. If you have Mk3, why would you want 6D? Just curious.

I think he use it as a backup or second camera.  Primes on 6D and Zooms on 5D3 when shooting a wedding.  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Please share your camera settings
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:06:04 PM »
Raw... Set to standard or portrait, NR off.  I'll adjust through DPP alone most of the time.  If I need to "clean" the images, I use LR or PP (very seldom, mostly for portraits and some landscapes).

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Lenses / Re: $1000 budget, need lens recommendation for Canon t1i
« on: April 11, 2013, 10:37:52 PM »
Just my 2 cents... For indoors, I've been living on 28mm F1.8 (mine is a very good copy (@F2, not so much @F1.8), I bought a new one, just manufactured 2012...) + 50mm F1.8 (very good even @F1.8) for quite sometime, 1 flash, 1 led lighting (or another flash), umbrella, remote and light stand/holder.  If you're not going for branded names, you can get all of them for under $1K.  I'm using Yongnuo, Nissin and local branded (Malaysia) strobist accessories.  They're cheap but still offer good quality accessories.  For outdoors, you can try Tamron 17-50mm F2.8 (VC or non-VC).  Non-VC is cheaper and sharper but doesn't have stabilization.  VC is better all-around.  For tripod, you can get the cheapest manfrotto or jusino (if available).  You can just replace them later based on need.

28mm F1.8 - $450-500 (you may want to replace this with the 17-50).
50mm F1.8 - $100
Nissin flash + batteries/charger - $200


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cheap lighting system.  :)

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Lenses / Re: Migration from zooms to primes...your suggestions?
« on: April 04, 2013, 03:26:24 AM »
I envy your zooms... ;D  Just add some very good primes to your zooms.  Don't discard them.  If I were you, I'll just add a 135mm L and a 50mm F1.2L or 50mm F1.4.  That's it.  If you want some macro, then add a 100mm L macro also.  You can also add a 8-15 mm Fisheye if you want.  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5d Mark III Shadow recovery
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:06:02 PM »
Question for the OP.... Are you using different pictures for your shadow recovery?  Why not try to recover the shadows from the original so you can see really how good or bad is 5D3's shadow recovery?

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Squeeze every ounce of IQ out of a camera before denouncing it. I have yet to find a canon camera that truly limits my creativity.

If a system limits you, switch because your capping your creative potential.

wise words

Indeed.

I'm still waiting to have at least 100K snaps on my camera before I give it to my wife (she wants it.  she's using my G11 for quite sometime) and buy a 6D or 5D2, whichever is worth the money by that time.  It's my 500D's 4th year and it's going 80K.   :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:21:16 AM »
Maybe designing an af array for ff is more complicated/expensive - even though the af spread on 5d2/6d isn't very large?
If Canon wanted to invest in a new AF system, they would have done it.
But they obviously decided to reuse the 5D/5DII AF system.

The savings for Canon here come from reusing a mature, fully tested AF module and mirror assembly.
This saves them a lot of money for R&D, testing/validation, and subsequent support.

FYI, here are the 6D and 5DII AF sensors side by side.
The 6D clearly has a new sensor ... but one with an identical floorplan as the 5DII sensor - presumably to fit in the existing AF module.



Source: http://www.phreekz.de/wordpress/2012/09/canon-af-vergleich-2012/

I'm sorry but they don't have identical floorplan.  It might look as if the same but the there are definitely more connections inside the 6D.  Notice the amount of lines in both the upper and lower portion.  This means that something is different in their logic implementation.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Should I sell my 7D for a 6D?
« on: March 27, 2013, 02:14:48 AM »
5d2 or 6D for your purposes.  If you need to track action then 7D or 5D3.  There's no need to over-spend.  Just buy what you need and save the rest for good glasses.  It doesn't even have to be an L.  :)

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG Sets New Benchmark for Excellence
« on: March 26, 2013, 08:52:34 PM »
question to those using this lens. Would this make a good portrait lens? If I had the 24-70 lens, would this lens have any advantage for quality on portraits assuming I am using good lighting and not really needing the extra f-stop power because of the lighting? Sorry for all the questions, I am on the fence of buying either the 24-70 and the 35mm lens and I'm just trying to see the pros and cons of each

I'm using 28mm on an aps-c and it's hardly a portrait lens.  Perhaps if you need a whole body shot, it's useable.  For apsc 50mm or longer is recommended for portaits.  85 and above for FF. 24-70 is useable but not so much.  A 70-200 on FF if you really prefer a zoom is generally much better for portraits than a 24-70.  But of course, it's just me.  :)

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Its about time Canon responded to the Nikon D800 and D800E. This fixation with high ISO, low DR, and high noise needs to stop. We need a quality camera to bring back the 1Ds range, a camera that is best in class.

For whatever reason Canon have been asleep at the wheel for a while now and its time they woke up. I have no wish for ISO extremes, nor do I shoot video at all, but I do shoot landscapes, so want a camera that has a minimum of noise and world beating DR. Maybe removal of the anti-aliassing filter?

It's a valid fixation.  There are many more sports and wedding photographers than landscape photographers.  Hence why Canon has dominated the market.

High ISO if clean is great for landscape shots when movement is not desirable - for instance freezing stars without wishing to get star trails. If you're taking shots from a moving plane, then faster speeds are essential (>1/1000th is ideal). Add in the desire to shoot in the golden hour, and suddenly higher iso is useful. Finally, as has been mentioned, not having to take a tripod everywhere opens up flexibility - although I appreciate that may be negated by the higher resolution.

1Dx bodies are also perhaps better in harsher conditions - be that cold, wet or sand, all often encountered by landscape photographers.

I thought as mentioned in other threads, Canon's latest L glass is not sensor limited. And certainly not by a 40MP sensor.

Finally, as also mentioned elsewhere, higher MP resolves the subject detail better.

Cropping is useful, even for landscapes, where you can't change your position or zoom - for a variety of reasons.

The simple conclusion is of course, everyone has different needs. And sure, eventually, Canon will try and satisfy them all, but they're never gonna keep everyone happy...

But then if they did, these forums would be a lot quieter  ;D

That's great!  However, it doesn't have anything to do with why Canon has neglected a high MP body.  The reason is plain and simple.  High ISO/high shutter/super AF goes to sports and wedding photogs.  Not landscape photogs.  Take all the shooters, especially pros.  What would you guess?  98% wedding/sports, 2% other?  That's all great that everyone has different needs, but is beside the point.

I don't think that's the whole story.  You can say that high MP/DR sensor is also for status symbol, bragging rights.  If you really want to be the market leader, you need to prove that you have the best or at least will compete with the best, no matter the arena.  Sometimes, it's all about reputation.  Yes, for most of us, that's not how we see it since some things are really trivial and there are other things that are more important but on the business side for Canon, there's a reputation they must maintain.

Reputation?  You mean the one they have supported by numbers, money, and sales?  Oh that one!

"If you really want to be the market leader..." you say.  Well, guess what.  They are!

You can never rest on your laurels... That's what I'm saying.  Clear?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Autofocus not impressive
« on: March 26, 2013, 01:18:56 AM »
6D isn't intended for sports or fast action.  Why not try a 5D3?  It's AF is a lot, lot better than 6D.

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Its about time Canon responded to the Nikon D800 and D800E. This fixation with high ISO, low DR, and high noise needs to stop. We need a quality camera to bring back the 1Ds range, a camera that is best in class.

For whatever reason Canon have been asleep at the wheel for a while now and its time they woke up. I have no wish for ISO extremes, nor do I shoot video at all, but I do shoot landscapes, so want a camera that has a minimum of noise and world beating DR. Maybe removal of the anti-aliassing filter?

It's a valid fixation.  There are many more sports and wedding photographers than landscape photographers.  Hence why Canon has dominated the market.

High ISO if clean is great for landscape shots when movement is not desirable - for instance freezing stars without wishing to get star trails. If you're taking shots from a moving plane, then faster speeds are essential (>1/1000th is ideal). Add in the desire to shoot in the golden hour, and suddenly higher iso is useful. Finally, as has been mentioned, not having to take a tripod everywhere opens up flexibility - although I appreciate that may be negated by the higher resolution.

1Dx bodies are also perhaps better in harsher conditions - be that cold, wet or sand, all often encountered by landscape photographers.

I thought as mentioned in other threads, Canon's latest L glass is not sensor limited. And certainly not by a 40MP sensor.

Finally, as also mentioned elsewhere, higher MP resolves the subject detail better.

Cropping is useful, even for landscapes, where you can't change your position or zoom - for a variety of reasons.

The simple conclusion is of course, everyone has different needs. And sure, eventually, Canon will try and satisfy them all, but they're never gonna keep everyone happy...

But then if they did, these forums would be a lot quieter  ;D

That's great!  However, it doesn't have anything to do with why Canon has neglected a high MP body.  The reason is plain and simple.  High ISO/high shutter/super AF goes to sports and wedding photogs.  Not landscape photogs.  Take all the shooters, especially pros.  What would you guess?  98% wedding/sports, 2% other?  That's all great that everyone has different needs, but is beside the point.

I don't think that's the whole story.  You can say that high MP/DR sensor is also for status symbol, bragging rights.  If you really want to be the market leader, you need to prove that you have the best or at least will compete with the best, no matter the arena.  Sometimes, it's all about reputation.  Yes, for most of us, that's not how we see it since some things are really trivial and there are other things that are more important but on the business side for Canon, there's a reputation they must maintain.

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I'm a bit worried that a 1DxS would not be so much an advantage for the press, events and sports guys. I think fashion would welcome it and others like myself  doing advertising, design and corporate work would welcome it but the 1D body could be a a bit overkill,  I prefer mine without a battery grip when on a tripod. And lets not beat around the bush it will attract a another 3K on the price tag which would seem ridiculous compared to what Nikon did with D800.


I think the only problem is that Nikon already had D800.  If Canon release it on a higher price tag, then D800 will only be more attractive to high MP shooters.    Even if they release one that can directly compete with D800 after 2 years, that's still 2 + 1 years for D800.  By that time, there could be a new high MP camera for Nikon.  If they really want to retain/regain the high MP market, Canon should release something that can directly compete with D800 sooner than 2 years.

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