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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Crop vs FF for landscape photography
« on: December 15, 2012, 05:11:27 AM »
I think the main advantage of FF to APS-C in terms of landscape photography will be DR.  You might argue that it's achievable with HDR but still it's different.  As for noise, @ISO 100-200, I think they're comparable except if you're printing mural-sized photos.  Also, according to some sites, DLA also occurs in much narrower apertures in FF thus helping the photos become sharper (even @ the same comparable DOF).  I still have to verify this statement since I haven't owned an FF yet though I'm already saving up for one.   This is a sample of diffraction comparison.  A 50D @ F5.6 and F11 using the same lens.  I believe DLA is also one of the determinants of how sharp your picture will be.

Lighting / Re: New to off camera flash, any tips/guides for beginners?
« on: December 15, 2012, 04:58:22 AM »
I learned much from this site.  An umbrella (first light modifier you should own) is very useful.  Learn first from one light then gradually progress towards more light.  I'm using the same camera, Ti1 or 500D here.   I'm also a beginner with strobes so let us welcome each other to being strobist.

EOS Bodies / Re: Moving to 6D from 5DII
« on: December 14, 2012, 12:17:56 AM »
5D2 -> 5D3
rebel -> either 5D2, 6D, 7D/2
7D -> either 5D3 or 7D/2

Depending on your purpose these might change.  A 5D2 to 6D seems not a very big upgrade.  However if you're in a business and 5D2 is enough for most of the things you do and it's already near breaking point, an upgrade to 6D isn't unimaginable.  Let your purpose/goal decide what's truly an upgrade for you and not just because whatever has better specs.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:58:39 PM »
@Neuro From where do you have the information that 6ds are flying from the shelfs? I dont think they do, as they arent even out everywhere in the world.

I have no such information.  AFAIK, no one has such information, one way or the other, which made the claim in the post to which I was replying baseless.  That was my point.

FYI.  Currently, I'm staying in Malaysia and 6D is already available here.  The first day the 6D is available in one online store (Shashinki), stocks were immediately gone the next day.  They are now waiting for new shipments.  There's also one store offering 6D bodies for RM 5799.  Some of my friends already bought their 6D.  From this local site:, second-hand 5D2s are becoming cheaper everyday.  From as high as RM 5800, down to RM 4600 now (as of December 2012).  ($1 = RM1).  It seems they are signs that those users are moving to another camera body.  I am guessing it's either a 5D3 or a 6D.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:52:58 PM »
Is it me or I see lots of DR? :)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L in Late 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:44:58 PM »
The 16-35 definitely covers a wider range of focal lengths, which is useful for certain purposes, but the 14-24 is theoretically better in every aspect except for the focal length in the long-range. Here's the main question: would a photographer get the 14-24 for the wider focal length and better performance, or would a photographer get the 16-35 for the versatility in focal length? I'd definitely pick the 14-24. Any day. It just offers so much more!

I don't see the photojournalist crowd going 14-24. Everybody else (who can afford it), hell yes!

Some photojournalist will certainly get one of these.  Sometimes you need to view everything that's happening but you still want to be as close as possible to your subjects.  I'm not saying the 16-35 can't do this.  All I'm saying is that you can capture more with 14-24. 

Lenses / Re: Which (if any) non-L lenses are enviro-sealed?
« on: December 13, 2012, 09:34:16 PM »
Just buy one of these (Dicapac) for your environmental sealing.  It's not perfect but you can stand in the rain for hours and hours and hours.  Just don't expect too much comfort/control when using these.  As I'm planning to go to picture Puerto Princesa's Underground river using a boat, I'm going to buy one of these and hopefully I can take some awesome pictures.

Lenses / Re: 100mm macro L on a 7d
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:59:57 AM »
I don't think you get it
selling gear is the only way for me to own L glass
Or I could sell 7d and downgrade to a rebel with 2 lenses

Personally I wouldn't hesitate lasting a decade with a 5d3 and a 50 1.2 but $$$$$ don't grow on trees specially for someone like me

For the price of 100L macro, you may want to get the 100mm macro USM non-L (same IQ, just no IS) + a 40mm F2.8 + flash.  Sometimes, getting the best doesn't equate in getting the best pictures.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 10:38:57 AM »

Great portfolio with stunning photos. I like them

Me too..!
It's not mine but I truly like it and aspire to get my photo's level to that level.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Are you really serious about 6D?
« on: December 13, 2012, 05:36:43 AM »
Please help me understand why people are excited about 6D? I cannot be excited about 97% VF, 1 x-pt AF, crippled 6D with wifi and facebook buttons. I will stick to a 5-year-old beloved 5D Mark II which is identical in IQ to Canon's newest sensors. Canon, you are not getting a dime of my money on your recent cameras. I have diversified my lenses so am not hostage to inferior sensors anymore.


But i will switch to Nikon. Where i live the difference between Nikon D800 and 6D is around $500, the Nikon D600 is cheaper than 6D.

All the best with your switch.  In some countries, 6D is more expensive while in others just like ours, it's cheaper.  Just remember that you also need to switch lenses.  It should also be expensive to switch unless you're still not yet invested in Canon lenses.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 13, 2012, 05:33:04 AM »
Very nice DR...

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50 f/1.4 IS in 2013 [CR2]
« on: December 13, 2012, 03:30:01 AM »
shooting at 1.4... just looks amateurish

this is something new to me :o

For video, going super shallow is cool, but so easily overdone, and has become a 'special effect' with DSLR video these days that's often used too much, with no regards to keeping anything particularly in focus to show off bokeh.
I like shallow, but for subject separation or for a nice dreamy feel when needed, but not for an excuse for poor composition, you can't just keep a single point in focus and ignore how the overall image is composed.
If you need 1.4 for the light, then that's certainly great if IS is part of the package too, but one is better off with a fast wide angle for lowlight video anyways

I think what's amateurish is when you use something you don't know how to use.  Having a capability of an aperture of 1.4 certainly isn't amateurish.  It's how you use it.  Your explanation didn't prove 1.4 as amateurish.

Lenses / Re: Help me choose: EF lens for 60D
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:48:36 AM »
With that budget, you can go for a 16-35mm F2.8L II or a 17-40L.  They're quite capable in a crop body as a walk-around lens and you can still use them later if you're going FF.  At least when you go FF, you've already got a UWA and a normal lens.  All's left is getting a 70-200 or 70-300 lens, a portrait lens (if you need one) and a macro lens(also if you need one).  :)

Lenses / Re: Best Value "Normal" Lens for 6d?
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:36:54 AM »
50 1.8! can't go wrong with the thrify-fifty.

i used the 50 1.8 for a couple of years when i started my career.  great lens...until i got it killed...

This is one really, really good lens.  If I'm to start all over again and I don't have lots of money to spend (even now, I'm still that way... :D), I'd gladly start with a 5D + 50mm F1.8 II + some external flash.

I would like to keep my 60D of I got a 6D, but have a feeling im too poor for that option haha. Im still thinking about a 5dMkII but im a sucker for high-iso Low-noise.

Hmmm... why not, sell the 60D, get the 6D then get a G15?  Since I doubt that you're into fast moving sports, a G15 with its super fast lens (F1.8... wow!) will enable you to get good quality pictures for those times that you leave your 6D at home...  Currently I have a 500D + G11.  I'm planning to get a 6D and give my wife the 500D.  The G11, we can share between ourselves.  Sometimes, I leave my DSLR at home and just brings the G11 due to convenience.  In good light, I can still take very nice pictures of my daughter and do some macros and landscape with it.

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