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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.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Going FF very soon; what to do about lenses?
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:53:23 PM »
Put in the same shoes, I'd rather get a 17-40 F4L.  You need a UWA if you're taking a lot of landscapes.  The 50mm can serve as your walk-around lens (or you may replace it with the 40mm pancake or 50mm F1.4 if you want).  You've already got the 70-200 as your tele.  24-105 will just be redundant.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 5D Mark II Body $1599 at B&H Photo
« on: December 17, 2012, 09:26:25 PM »
You'll be better of with a 6D.  Just wait a little bit and it'll go down to around 1700 to 1800 just like the 5D3 price going down.

Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:41:45 AM »
Hi Mike, but sorry we can't see anything... Can you re-post the links of your sources?  Thanks.

Canon General / Re: DxOMark vs. Reality
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:40:15 AM »
Here's some statistics from flickr.   I don't know how relevant this is but this shows the most used cameras by flickr users.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Problem: slow AF 6D
« on: December 17, 2012, 10:24:33 AM »
Send it back.  I tried my friend's and it's very fast.  A lot faster than my 500D.  I think you got a lemon.

I hope it will be that way for 6D + 24-105L.   :)

Lighting / Re: New to off camera flash, any tips/guides for beginners?
« on: December 16, 2012, 08:32:25 PM »
Controlling the Light: Beginners Guide to Off-Camera Lighting and Control

That video is the single most informative resource for beginners I've come across.

Nice tutorial.  I'm currently viewing it.  I think it touched most of the basics in terms of lighting though I'd wish I can try some of the theories myself.

I hear focusing speed on Canon's "mirrorless" cameras are groundbreaking.

I've used the EOS M camera and found the focusing through button very slow.  However, focusing through the touch screen is the ground-breaking one.  It is decently fast enough.  You should try it sometime.  It's just like the 650D in regards to this.

Also the good thing with mirror-less cameras is that there's no mirror so there's nothing slapping back and forth when taking pictures and this means more stability.  This is aside from the fact that you can use smaller lens.  It's easier to handheld a mirrorless camera even at low shutter speed as against a DSLR set at the same focal length and shutter speed.  Also with the smaller lens, a larger aperture than what's existing now is even possible and possibly cheaper to implement.

Macro / Re: Is no one interested in macro?
« on: December 15, 2012, 11:55:02 PM »
It's surprisingly difficult to get the detail in bees' eyes for some reason, unlike most other insects. I'm assuming the facets are smaller in bees and wasps than true flies and dragonflies.

I think their eyes smoother than other insects.  I want to get a bigger picture but this bee is so small that it's only around 1 cm in length.  Shot using a 100mm USM non-L.

If you think that testing cameras inside of Costco with kit lenses on is going to show any actual difference - I would stick with your 450D. Sorry, sad truth  :'(

Gotta start somewhere.

I agree we all start somewhere, there is no need to be harsh.  When I got my Nikon Coolpix 950 I basically knew nothing beyond my P&S film camera (which was nothing), and that was an expensive high end camera in the day - I enjoyed it and have learned a lot since.

I would however recommend reading a few review sites to learn more about the 6D and D600 before making the plunge into either expensive camera.

You can get D600's real cheap. 
Buyers are not buying, perhaps due to the problem with oil or whatever splattering on the sensor every time you take a image.  Some say it eventually stops after a few thousand images, and a dozen sensor cleanings.  Resale value will be dismal.

Yes there is a sensor dust/oil problem.  I'm not sure it's the end of the world, or that it's the cause of the recent low prices - there is no evidence it's not selling well - or that it'll have bad resale values.  It's just speculation at this point, although it may be valid.  And it is a problem to consider, especially since Nikon won't admit to it; Canon seems a lot more willing to fix issues in it's new releases quickly and for free.  And I would factor in the cost of a few sensor cleanings on the D600 (don't try it yourself, that will lower the resale value of the camera, and could cause problems).  Have a look at Nikon Rumors for more information on the issue, and see and their take on it.

I hope Nikon covers the cost of cleaning for the sensor dust/oil problem.  Canon does cleaning and back-focus adjustment of all my lenses for free (I have no AFMA, 500D) with or without warranty here in Malaysia as long as you can go to their office and bring personally your equipment though it's a little bit far from the city (around 30mins ride without traffic jam).

450D to any APS-C isn't a great jump in IQ.  Unless you need the extra reach that an APS-C offers, if you're serious with your photography, it's better to upgrade to a FF camera.  Even a 5D2 will be a great upgrade from 450D.   Colors, DR, bokeh and IQ are generally a lot better in an FF body.

EOS-M / Re: To buy M or not to buy M?
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:46:39 PM »
the M that is...   the fuji is awesome...

Fuji is awesome but you need another set of lens.  I'd wait for the next M.  The fact that it can use my other Canon lenses is already a big +.  I don't have any wish to spend more on other lenses except those I can use with my SLR.  Also the cost of maintaining 2 different systems is way, way expensive for me to handle.  For me, the M is a perfect backup camera and as a light camera when you need one.  E.g., I carry my G11 when we go out for weekends and when I want to travel light.  It's still usable until ISO 800 for internet purposes.  With the M, I think it can do almost everything that my SLR can do and that's a good thing.

Lenses / Re: Lens choice advice please??
« on: December 15, 2012, 09:35:13 PM »
For an APS-C normal lens, a 28mm or a 35mm should be enough.  For me, I'd rather have the 28mm F1.8.  My copy is sharp even wide open though with some CA.  PP takes care of this for me.  I've tried the Sigma 30mm F1.4 and I'm immediately turned off because the very first copy I've tried doesn't work.  I suspect Sigma's quality.  I've also tried the original 28mm F2.8 but AF is not so fast.  50mm is not a normal lens for an APS-C.  It's too tight to be a normal lens.

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