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There should be an RX1 variant with 24-105 F4/F2.8 lens.  Add a battery grip like the Fuji XPRO and this would be almost perfect for most usage.  The 35mm even if it's F2 isn't that interesting enough for its price of 3K.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma Announces New 30mm f/1.4 for APS-C
« on: January 29, 2013, 10:14:03 PM »
I still like my 28mm F1.8 better than this because it is an FF lens.  My only gripe is its chromatic aberration @ F1.8 though it is easily corrected in the post. 

Oh and what I really need is a cheap 18mm or 20mm with optics comparable to that of the 24mm IS USM.  It would be my choice UWA when I stepped up to an FF camera.

Canon General / Re: Why did you choose Canon?
« on: January 28, 2013, 09:36:08 PM »
Ergonomics and lens.  I also don't like initial Nikon colors.  I agree though you can change your settings or in PP but still I prefer Canon colors.  I also like their after-sales service.  I also like the quality of my Canons.

What I like in Nikon:
They're not afraid to lower down the cost.
They almost always release very competitive bodies and lenses.

Power went out during my son's birthday tonight and so I had to crank the ISO to 5000 and shoot with ambient light.  This shot is straight out of camera, ISO 5000, 1/50th second shutter speed at 70mm (Tamron 24-70mm VC):

(Even at 100% the grain looks like about ISO 800 a generation ago)

Nice pic. Im still trying to save for 6d. Your 24-70 seems a very nice lens.

Software & Accessories / Re: Starting to work with RAW. Help?
« on: January 25, 2013, 02:18:44 AM »
Most of the time, it's DPP for me (around 80-85%).  It can handle most of the basic adjustments, cropping and sometimes HDR.  For the most serious work, it's LR + photoshop + DXO.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better? 5D MKII or 6D?
« on: January 24, 2013, 07:31:22 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.


But, mainly, a pixel is a pixel, and it really doesn't matter what size the sensor was. Full Frame can deliver a better image sometimes, but there is a reason Canon's lead Action camera was a crop body (APS-H).

Where were you when 1DX was born?

I tried the VAF-5D2b filter on the 6D. While most of the moire is gone (you have to set the sharpness at -4 when shooting), the video quality is "soft". If you try to add sharpness in post, the moire comes back. The few tests I did, the 6D is better for indoor shooting. Outdoor is more difficult. I can't get details for wide shots (background subjects appear too soft in my opinion).

That's made for 5D2.  6D's sensor is different thus it will require a different filter.

EOS Bodies / Re: Which is better? 5D MKII or 6D?
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:37:54 AM »
This might be of interest.

I'm never a big fan of snapsort.  Mostly they get their information from DXO and that's it.   Sorry but I think this site is mainly for amateurs.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where are you EOS 70D?
« on: January 24, 2013, 04:35:22 AM »
70D will just be a little bit better T4I.  I'm not so surprised.  Maybe, they'll add a little bit of in-sensor noise reduction that will make the IQ a little bit mushier but a little bit cleaner.  And maybe, they'll add WIFI and restore back the sorely missed AFMA but that's it.  This will be good for those who wants a bigger-than-rebel first DSLR but for most of us, we'll just wait for the next big thing.

I have just been contemplating that particular choice, and I went for the 5D II.

What tipped it? - partly I think the fact that Canon rate the 5DII as 'Platinum' level camera and the 6D as a 'Silver' level camera for CPS membership.

I am not a member - dont have enough stuff yet (how do I put the sad smiley in here?), but to me it says quite a lot about what Canon think of these 2 in terms of professional use.....Just my 2 cents, as the guys across the pond say.


It seems 6D is on the same level as 5D3 and 5D2 at least on points...

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Noise & Aliasing Reduction for Small Pixels
« on: January 20, 2013, 06:13:46 PM »
This patent won't frighten the competition as both Nikon and even Pentax are well ahead and already have camera sensors with no anti - aliasing filters and they apparently work.

While Canon makes the finest top of the range lenses I can't help thinking they are falling behind with their sensor technology.

Don't expect much from the 7D II somehow - except delays - perhaps even the same old sensor. Well you can't have everything!
Rubbish ... The 5DIII produces no moire or aliasing in video, whereas the D800 is about the same as the 5DII.  Nikon is behind on this.

I was actually referring to the Nikon D800e for which there is no Canon equivalent!

D800E which has more moire and aliasing than D800? :D  Excellent for stills... Bad for movies.

EOS Bodies / Re: 6D is amazing... Review UPDATED (practical usage)
« on: January 20, 2013, 05:31:53 AM »
I think the real reason why 6D is being compared to 5D3 is not necessarily to look down on 6D but to gauge if the extra money to get 5D3 instead is worth it or not.  For most Canon users, Nikon D600 even if it has a "purely-subjective-superior" specifications is not under consideration due to existing lenses.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Kenrockwell comments on Canon 6d
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:16:48 AM »
KR is well ... KR! I've enjoyed his posts over the years with the most thrilling being on the lines of "digital killed the tripod". He comes up with some commonsense patched up with a lot of mindless drivel and sample pics of cardboard boxes so you know what you are in for when you visit his site.

I did not read his 6D review as I got most of the information I needed from Marsu42's excellent post the other day. Will be buying it as a second body once I sell the 7D.

BTW, ever since I've been shooting, I've learnt not to judge anyone by their gear! This is one basic rule that I feel needs to be followed ... criticizing photos, compositions other technical aspects is OK but not definitely not gear. If you do that you'll be surprised by too many people too much of the time.

I never judged anyone on their gear, point is simply,....if you love photography,...or it provides some of your income, will save money and buy a decent camera and decent lenses because they matter.
I never suggested to buy the 85 1.2 instead of 100 f2, if money is tight,...but buy something decent.
Buy only quality while trying to get the best deal possible.
My wife said to me one day,....I am too poor to be cheap.
I loved it,... because it is true.

I know, is fashionable and populist to embrace the misconception launched by some bored pros that camera and lenses do not matter while they all use the best there is all the time.

6D isn't that cheap and it's decent.  5D3 or 1DX is better but it doesn't mean that 6D isn't decent.  If professionals can produce good pictures with a 10D, 20D, 5D, 5D2, (even point and shoots) etc... there is no reason you can't treat 6D as a decent tool.  In my own link, you can see some of the pictures that I had uploaded and those were taken by my "not-so-decent" 500D and my mostly misunderstood 28mm F1.8 USM and the "cheap" 50mm F1.8 II.  I'm also using the "cheaper" 100mm macro USM.  And no, it doesn't mean that we don't really know that professionals use the best available gear to them but back then, they use whatever tool is available for them.  E.g., professionals have been able to get good pictures with the very old 20mm F2.8.  I wonder if an amateur even when using a 16-35 II can get as good pictures as those professionals using 20mm.  It just shows that the head behind the camera is more important than the tools that's being used.  If you analyze some of Ken's opinion, I think that's what he's saying all along especially to gearheads and measurebators.  It's not that he doesn't love good gears.  It's just he knows what's more important.  Sure, you can criticize his pictures but you can't say he's wrong when he says that there are more important things than your tools.

Lighting / Re: Highend Youngnuo vs Canon 430EXII
« on: January 18, 2013, 08:14:32 PM »
I recommend Nissin flashes.  They're better built than Yongnuo's comparable to Canon.

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