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I hope 5D mark IV or 6D mark II will combine the best features of 6D and 5D3.   8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lens Filter For Landscape???
« on: January 16, 2013, 10:17:04 PM »
I'd recommend CPL, ND Grad, Sunset ND Grad, and ND 2 & 6.  You can also get a reverse ND grad which is also very useful.  If you want cheap, you can get Tian Ya (not so advisable) or better yet, Lee filters.  Get those that will fit 82mm or larger.  Just use step rings which is cheaper than say getting new filters if you suddenly have a larger lens.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D + 24-105 vs T4i + 24-70 II
« on: January 15, 2013, 11:09:56 PM »
Wow!  Congratulations on your new purchase.  I hope I too have that kind of money already.  If you've got a good copy of 24-105, you might end up not wanting a 24-70 at all.  6D got an amazing ISO performance that you won't miss that much the wide open aperture.

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:08:09 PM »
Isn't someone going to say EF-S 18-55? It's supposed to be the number one Canon lens for numbers produced.... someone has to like it.... anybody?????

its not a very good lens, if they upgrade the optics to be the same as the 18-55 EF-M it will be a big improvement for this kit lens

For all its issues, I still love the EF-S 18-55mm IS for its flexibility, price and weight.  You just have to understand its weaknesses to be able to enjoy this lens at least for casual photography.  I for one can't complain on some of these pics:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/canon18-55is/

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D + 24-105 vs T4i + 24-70 II
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:01:52 PM »
Go for a 5dc or 5d2 if your money isnt enough and buy the 24-70. Those 2 ff are still a lot better than t4i and you'll be exposed to the DOF of an FF. This way, you won't think of upgrades until at least your camera goes down.  As for me, if i have that kind of money, it will be a 6D + 50mm f1.4 + 85mm F1.8.  Ive got already a 28mm to cover the wide end. Agreed, primes are more inconvenient to use but I prefer the IQ of a prime. But if youre earning money through photography, a 24-70 is a must.

I'm afraid I'll have to disagree with you. Gone are the days that prime lenses are better than zooms. As I said before, I already purchased the 6D + 85mm f1.8 and promptly returned them because the 85mm had unimpressive sharpness, color, contrast, and aberration correction compared to the 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM II that I sold. I was willing to give up the focal range versatility, but the 85mm was simply inferior in all other aspects as well. There's nothing really wrong with the 85mm f1.8, but its 20-year-old design just doesn't stand up to a top of the line zoom that costs $1800 more, which was what I was used to using before.

Also, I'm not quite sure a 5Dc is better than a T4i. The sensor is, for sure. But what about the ergonomics and controls? Autofocus? Video? (I do shoot video occasionally, mostly at home for fun.) Actually, it would appear that the T4i is better than the 5Dc in every way EXCEPT sensor. Not a very convincing argument for the full frame crowd.

I don't know if you've got a bad copy of 85mm but I've tried it and found it's acceptable for its price.  True, it might not be able to match 70-200 open wide but stopped down, I think it's almost comparable especially if you take into consideration its price.

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Compare-Camera-Lenses/Compare-lenses/%28lens1%29/322/%28brand%29/Sigma/%28camera1%29/0/%28lens2%29/241/%28brand2%29/Canon/%28camera2%29/0/%28lens3%29/408/%28brand3%29/Canon/%28camera3%29/0

I think you're into more of a consumer than an enthusiast/professional at least for now since you're also looking at video autofocus (even 6D and 5D3 doesn't have one).  By all means, T4I is better than 5DC on that area.  As for ergonomics, it's subjective from person to person.  I have suggested a good 5DC or 5D2 camera because I know a lot of photographers who want to go FF but didn't go FF all at once just because of the price (I'm one of them).  While it's still better to invest on a lens than a body, you also should know that you can only take advantage of the 24-70 or 70-200 fully if you're using an FF body.  ISO and DOF aside, I for one value the fact that I can go for a wider focal length using a 24-70 and an FF than using it with a crop body.  That alone for me makes investing on a 24-70mm lens more worthwhile.  Of course that maybe isn't the case for you.  If you think you can be happy with the T4I and 24-70, then by all means, buy it.  You can still upgrade later if needed.  I'm not here to convince you otherwise.  I'm just letting you know what I feel when choosing between an APS-C and an FF body.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D + 24-105 vs T4i + 24-70 II
« on: January 14, 2013, 07:52:31 PM »
Go for a 5dc or 5d2 if your money isnt enough and buy the 24-70. Those 2 ff are still a lot better than t4i and you'll be exposed to the DOF of an FF. This way, you won't think of upgrades until at least your camera goes down.  As for me, if i have that kind of money, it will be a 6D + 50mm f1.4 + 85mm F1.8.  Ive got already a 28mm to cover the wide end. Agreed, primes are more inconvenient to use but I prefer the IQ of a prime. But if youre earning money through photography, a 24-70 is a must.

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Lighting / Re: Off camera flash
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:54:22 AM »
If you want to learn the basics, RF603 is better than 622 since it's fully manual.  A light stand and an umbrella plus reflector are also required.  Don't worry about your 450D.  They're still be fine for strobist style photography.

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 03:00:37 AM »
I also forgot to add, 100mm F2.8 macro USM.  This is one of the best lens I've ever used that's why I dream of an FF so I can use it more.  Also the 50mm F1.8 II. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D X - HDR First frame always shaky
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:57:10 AM »
For my humble TI1, I use mirror lockup + tripod + remote shutter or 2s timer shutter release to make everything as stable as possible when doing long shutter photography.  I also use my heavier tripod for this.  I don't know if I can teach you much because I'm just a rebel user.

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Lenses / Re: Your favorite lens is?
« on: January 14, 2013, 12:50:04 AM »
Using an APS-C camera, 28mm F1.8 USM.

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Lenses / Re: Reasons why 14-24L zoom will not be coming soon
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:52:36 AM »
Give me an update of the 20mm (or 18mm and no IS please to reduce the cost) and I'll be happier.  I want a UWA with filter.  I'm not a fan of zooms.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D weatherproofness, tested.
« on: January 13, 2013, 08:41:15 AM »
Even Nikon bodies aside from D(x) series isn't as sealed as how much you subjected your 6D.  Good luck with your warranty.  If you're really on a budget, a Dicapac bag will be enough to seal away your 6D from water and dust at least up to 5-10 meters.

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The Canon Cine lenses are not targeted at Rebel owners shooting cute-cat videos to post to YouTube. Or C100 owners. The target audience is professional C300 and C500 users shooting high-end well paid work!

A Canon lens has a different look than a Cooke lens which has a different look than a Zeiss lens. Always use the right tool for the job! So renting not owning expensive Cine Lenses makes sence.

I never talked about taking videos with Rebel Cameras, but don't think who took professional videos with 5D Mark II and 5 III till now was a non professional. House anyone? Iron Man 2 anyone? ;-)

Also consider that there are lot of talented young people and filmakers who aren't that rich, but being rich doesn't mean you make nice movies. Talent does.

What I was saying is that industry thinking the cinema target is only ridiculously rich people, they price everything made for cinema with ridiculously high prices, that's why I was mentioning also the price of stupid bolts and knobs for RED cameras, so it's not about Canon specifically, I could mention lot of different brands that do the same.
Do you think is so expensive to build a stupid metal rail system? What about a stupid follow focus system? Why are rigs so expensive?
I really don't think it's about research, it's just about exploiting the market, I also think that if you know someone with very good optic knowledge you could obtain very high quality lenses for way less than €5000...and I'm talking about completely hand made stuff, considering that with such amout you could easily get an astonishing telescope with fluorite optics.
If you buy a screw, same diameter, same thread, same lenght and material at the hardware store (probably produced in the same factory) you will pay it 198233271239 less than getting it from RED or other cinema brands, so it's not just lenses but everything made for cinema...just my 2 cents.

P.S. The Samyang lenses I previously mentioned are cinema lenses.

So you're complaining that Canon and RED mostly cater to rich people only?  I guess that's their business to cater to whoever they want to.  We can only petition them to create products that will cater to less fortunate but talented people or rely to third-party lens manufacturers like Samyang.  I am guessing Canon keeps an eye towards the target market you specified now and then.  I just think that they still think that the market is still not viable enough.  To think that Canon employs marketing managers with a lot of experience, I think they've already seen the market enough.

BTW, here's some good VDSLRs lenses from Samyang...

http://shashinki.com/shop/samyang-m-137.html?osCsid=e2c3bb46169b7b32aafc03aba5c6f10c

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Yes! I am so glad that Canon finally announces the 14-24L and the 35L II. Two lenses that people have actually been waiting for!

Oh snap. Where's my reading glasses when I need them.

It's a cine-lens.  It's not intended for you.  Please no more sarcastic comments such as these.  Your needs doesn't reflect the needs of others.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: January 11, 2013, 09:36:29 PM »
Why I am not excited about 6D even though IQ seems to be quite good;

Times used Center Focus point in the last 2 year: 0x

In fact I just picked a used 1DsIII to be a back up to my 5DIII. A lot of what I shoot is in very low light environments with moving subjects. These shoots even give my 5DIII fits so I decided to sell my 5DII and 1DsII and get the 1DsIII. If the III's AF is at least as good as the II's I'll be very happy.

You don't need 6D.  It's 5D3.

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