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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 19, 2012, 08:04:42 PM »
If  we  shall discuss a specific topic (DXO measurements vs reality) let's us do that without involving other parameters.
it is very difficult to follow  when people are involving   other features in the cameras who has nothing to do with DXO measurements.

But REALITY does involve other parameters... Don't tell me you are taking pictures with just your sensor?  That is why this is titled DXO vs Reality.  Reality is what it is.  You need to consider everything and not only the sensor.  It's elementary my dear Watson...

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D Likely Price Trend
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:32:39 PM »
I hope they both drop to around 1500 or less.  It will be easier for me to buy one.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: Flash transceiver
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:27:23 PM »
If your willing to go full manual, there are available transceivers from Yongnuo.  I'm using RF603.  It's very cheap, less than 100 bucks (around 60?).  You can also go TTL but will cost you around twice.  The 90EX is also nice to have but for me a transceiver set is a better option if funds are limited.  You can add another set if you want to accommodate more flashes.

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Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:53:00 AM »


Having a mentor that can share experiences is the one of the best way to learn other than learning directly from experience.  It's just the same when you go to school.  You might have been taught the same subject and same amount of theories as that with other students but it doesn't mean that what you learn is on par with what others learn.  It always depends on the person on how fast can he assimilate the knowledge and put them to use in the real world.  That said, you'd still be better off learning from a guru.  Of course any avenues of learning is always welcome.

One more thing, please learn more on the art of real photography.  Sometimes, we tend to be pixel-peepers/tech-heads.  There's nothing wrong with that except that if we do that, we are forgetting the real essence of why we are taking pictures.  :)

I didn't say it, but that's exactly what I meant. I don't want to go to school to learn just about sensors and autofocus, the internet is already full of that.   But I love to learn about photography in general. But I consider ita expense just like anything else, and I'm trying to determine the value of it. That's why I picked to questions I asked.  If money was of no concern, I would already be there.

Pick your ways and means.  Photography school is just one avenue of learning.  It's one of the fastest and not to mention the credibility that you'll get from attending one.  Sure, it's not a guarantee that you will learn but for most people, I think they will learn a lot just by going to school.  Your friends can also be good teachers if you are sure that they have the necessary knowledge to impart.  All in all, it's up to you to analyze the situation.  Just be reminded that a diploma or certificate is certainly worth the money especially if you intend to earn from photography.  Having said that, a good portfolio is also as good or better than a diploma or certificate.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Help 600d viewfinder issue
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:43:39 AM »
+1.  Take it to an expert from Canon.  They'll know what to do.  Don't take apart the camera on your own unless you've already set your mind that it's fine for you whatever happens.

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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:39:43 AM »
My point is, why troing garbage at DXO? noting else

I respect the scores of DXO but I take them with a grain of salt.  As Neuro pointed out, if you (DXO) really want to give measurements/scores you need to divulge everything and take everything into account (no bias, take equally everything into consideration).  Without doing that, you'll never be able to escape scrutiny.

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Lenses / Re: 50 1.4 on 5d3 anyone?
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:31:06 AM »
I do love my 24-105L for travel, but lately I'm alternating between the 50 1.4 and the 28 1.8 for "walkaround" on my 5Dii. Light, relatively inobtrusive for street shooting.

You might want to add an 85mm F1.8 lens or 100mm F2.   Now you've got your perfect combo for street shooting. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:28:08 AM »
A nice LV bag will do nicely to compensate her gift.  :)  Take her someplace nice and give her an evening she'll never forget.  Don't forget to bring your camera.  It will be nice for some low-light pics with her.  :)  HOHOHO!

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Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:20:58 AM »
So what's your point Mikael?  Did we learn anything new again?  We already know those figures and we've seen it already.  So with those figures, you want to drill us that we should switch to Nikon because it's better? Here we go again...   :)  Reality is, there's more to a camera than a sensor.  Just like there's more to a woman than a pretty face.  If we choose Canon, does that mean it is wrong?  It has been long ago since we had accepted that Sony's sensors are better than Canon but what's the point?  Most of us made our decision because we considered the camera as a whole and we find Canon more attractive than Nikon.  Hmmm... Are you sure you're not a marketing agent of Nikon?  :D

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Canon General / Re: necessity of photography school
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:11:52 AM »
A few photography school related questions.

for those who went to school, do you feel like you learned a great amount, or was it more of a business decision to have a diploma.

And from 1 to 10, where would you say you were at before and then after 1 = not knowing you can take off the lens on a slr.  10 = Neuroanatomist

And lastly, could you have learned the same from the internet and experienced friends?

Having a mentor that can share experiences is the one of the best way to learn other than learning directly from experience.  It's just the same when you go to school.  You might have been taught the same subject and same amount of theories as that with other students but it doesn't mean that what you learn is on par with what others learn.  It always depends on the person on how fast can he assimilate the knowledge and put them to use in the real world.  That said, you'd still be better off learning from a guru.  Of course any avenues of learning is always welcome.

One more thing, please learn more on the art of real photography.  Sometimes, we tend to be pixel-peepers/tech-heads.  There's nothing wrong with that except that if we do that, we are forgetting the real essence of why we are taking pictures.  :)

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Canon General / Re: some money left. what should I buy?
« on: December 19, 2012, 10:02:01 AM »
I have almost $9000 left for spending on some canon gear :-)

what would you suggest to buy?

I have got:
2 x 1DX
5DMKII
60D
24-70 L 2.8 II
70-200 L 2.8 II IS
24-105 L 4.0 IS
70-200 L 4.0 IS
17-40 L 4.0
100 2.8 L Macro

some speedlites and some other small things.

Shoot, shoot, shoot.  Go to nice places around the world to shoot.  Use your money to shoot and shoot and shoot.  You've got a lot of gear and all that's left is to shoot because all of those are worthless unless you shoot.  After you shoot, you share and learn then you can acquire other things again.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 19, 2012, 04:22:54 AM »
Different strokes I guess, also, everyone looking at these bodies has their own needs to fill.  For me, I have a mk3 so this would be a backup body.  Yeah, the price difference isn't that huge (in the sticker at least, it's closer to $1200 difference after tax though).  To me, that is the cost of a 135 f2L.  If your on a mk2 looking to upgrade though, then yeah the 6d may not be as big of a leap as you want.  But if your on a 60D, then just the FF sensor alone is reason to buy!  Different strokes!

And if you're an a 50d? That's what I am and I feel that the 6d would be a downgrade in several ways:
  • Maximum shutter speed
  • Flash sync speed
  • AF-Point distribution across the viewfinder
  • Ergonomics (the joystick is missing, so I cannot switch AF points easily)
  • Burst rate
  • SD instead of CF cards

That's why I am still not sure how my "way to FF" should look like. If the 6d specs were similiar to those of the Nikon d600 I think my decision would be clear. But now I think I will go 5dMk2 (which is still much cheaper than 6d when bought used), so Canon won't be seeing any of my money.
In fact, IMO already the 60d was a downgrade from the great 50d in several ways (worse ergonomics + missing AFMA coming into my mind).

I guess it all depends on the user if he deemed it's not an upgrade or not.  5D mark III is always there for you.  It's a lot better than 6D or D600 or 5D2.  For me, the controls and specs afforded by 6D is enough.  What matters to more is the IQ and low-light performance.  I know I want the 5D3 but I can't afford it.  I think you'll find 5D2 a very good upgrade from your 50D IQ wise.  Have fun shooting.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Only 1 lens
« on: December 19, 2012, 01:40:37 AM »
Thank you all so much for the encouragement.
I kept the 5d2, 50 1.8, and 70-200 2.8 ( it is the non IS, so value was not as high as I would have liked. Plus, 75% of my portraits are with this lens. )
 
One thing I completely forgot to mention, was my gitzo tripod and rrs ballhead, and a few other rrs accessories, which just took up space.

 
The lens and tripod, plus a few other things, filters, macro rail, etc.. Made me 2700$ so my child will be okay and I'm still in the photography game :)

To those who asked about if I make money with photography, the short answer is yes, but its not a constant paycheck and and my family has the bad habit of constantly needing to eat, lol.

because of the helpful responses from people, ill probably be on the forums more often and maybe ill even be able to help a few people. Thanks again everyone.

Great choice of lenses.  You can get a cheap flash to go with those for the meantime.  Congratulations on your new baby!

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There is, at least in my 6D.

With the 70-200mm f/4 IS, in a dark room about 1/8" at f/4 and 12800, my 6D couldn't lock focus.  Simply switching to the 40mm f/2.8 it was able to lock focus, and accurately.

**This was using single point AF set to the center**

I think it's the lens but not necessarily the aperture.  It could be the focal length.  Can you try with another F4 lens and compare?  Thanks.

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Lenses / Re: The great battle: primes vs zooms
« on: December 18, 2012, 04:54:58 AM »
I'd love all the primes but I'll not carry everything.  I'll think first on what to carry depending on the situation.  Maybe a 3 lens combination.

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