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EOS Bodies / Re: What will be the issue with the 6D
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:29:51 PM »
Well...I got my 6D...and the Wi-Fi was DOA.  The rest of the camera worked well. I did a shoot with it this weekend before I sent it in for repair.  I have to say, the High-ISO performance is phenomenal.  ISO 1600 looks like 100 on my 7D.

So far so good with mine. The first chance I had to play around with it was indoors at night at home. High-ISO performance is amazing! Being an early adopter of the 6D, its more than possible there will be issues. I can accept that with a new camera. I live 20 minutes from their repair facility.

BTW- I believe that a person like me is a likely target market for this type of camera. This is my first full frame. In fact, I skipped crop sensor DSLRs all together after owning a bullet proof AE-1 Program and having access to a couple of T-90's from the film days. when film died a sudden and violent death, money went into point and shoot digital cameras and camcorders  with the kids.
So I am going from an S100 to this. I would outgrow a T4i in a month, The 60D and 7D crops are going to be who knows what next year, and the 5Dmkiii is too much camera for me.
Good entry level full frame DSLR. If I grow out of this, maybe the 5D mark 4 or something.

+1.  or a 1DX2 since you like skipping series models.   ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: What will be the issue with the 6D
« on: December 10, 2012, 07:27:26 PM »
For me the issue with 6D was IQ. The AF was good as was the ISO. I sent mine back and got a 5D3.

Either you got that mixed up - or what factor in the iq are you talking about - sharpness, metapixies, ...?

I think he got a defective 6D because no one but him has experienced it.  He already said so in a different thread.

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3. 6D is a bit smaller than 7D in my hand. It doesn't have the solid feel like 5D II, III, 7D etc...I feel like FF sensor in Rebel chassis.

It's small yes, but it's hardly a Rebel chassis.  The Rebel is all plastic, and not very good plastic at that.  It's somewhere between the 60D and 5D3/7D in build quality.  I'm quite sure it'll take more abuse than a Rebel or 60D, if not as much as a 5D3/7D.

+1.  And being small and light isn't always a bad thing.  It's entirely dependent on the user preference.  6D being small and light has its merits.  Just asked those photogs that are tasked to carry their camera from morning till night.  Even a slight weight difference feels like heaven.  I had a lot of times where I shoot at least 3-4 hours straight (with 2 ultra-light lens, 28mm and 55-250 + external flash).  Although I find the IQ of a gripped 500D sometimes lacking, it's heaven compared to an un-gripped 5D2 that I was able to carry and shoot once for 3 hours (wedding + reception) (with a 24-70mm lens + flash).

-1 Rebel, xD and 5D,.....to me the weight of these cameras are not much different - in ounces? The lenses...yes. To have a snug fit camera in the hands is HUGE bonus.

Have you ever mount 70-200 on rebel Vs 7D or 5D?

Yes actually and they felt different.  If all else equal, I'll take a gripped rebel.  Sadly, I also take IQ into consideration. 

I guess you've got a large hand?  As I've said, this is purely subjective.  That's why I did not generalize.  Again, it is entirely dependent on the user's preference.  Of course, I'll still prefer 5D3 even with the added weight more than the 6D and a little bit of loss in IQ (almost non-noticeable) if I got the money.  But with restrained budget, a 6D + lens is more appealing than a 5D3.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Frustrated Focusing problem
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:17:04 PM »
There's no rule that says a person can't have the best or whatever they can afford, but we always don't like to hear the advice so nothing is asked.   ;)

Part of the problem is that many people assume that best == most expensive, rather than best == ideal solution that meets a need.

For example, for someone wanting a P&S experience but with better IQ, something more like a Nikon1 or u4/3 camera probably would probably be better than a 1DX with full set of f2.8 zooms...

That, but sometimes, you had to look in your future e.g., if you're going into serious photography.  As the saying goes, the poor man always pays twice.  Plan accordingly so as to avoid unnecessary acquisition.

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Lenses / Re: 100mm 2.8L vs 135mm 2.0L
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:12:21 PM »
i have the 100mm2.8 macro and i would only use it for portraits if i didn't have another lens with me.  the macro lens shows you such a narrow depth of field in your view finder that it makes it hard to focus handheld.  at least for me.  i've probably shot 2000-2500 frames with it.  i'd say about 10 of those were handheld.  that lens and a tripod make for some sharp pictures.

Why would the macro have a shallower DoF? For equivalent FoV at the widest aperture the macro should have greater DoF than the 135. Or is there something different about macro lenses? Some clarification is appreciated.

Staying away from the 135mm vs 100mm DOF conversation, and equivalent FOV, just because it is a Macro lens doesn't change the DOF you get from a 100mm non Macro lens to a 100mm Macro lens.

@bobbysamat do you have the Non L version of the 100mm which does not have IS? What makes the 100mm f/2.8 L IS great is the fact it does have hybrid IS and can be hand held.

+1.  IQ wise, they're the same.  I had the non-L.  Very sharp from edge to edge and renders the colors nicely.  It's just that with the non-L version, I limit myself from 1/150 to 1/200 (I had to use flash) handheld.  I can go as low as 1/100 or 1/60 but it will require a lot, lot of patience to shoot.  I think with IS, I can handheld more for at least 2-3 stops.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: December 10, 2012, 01:05:00 PM »
Long time reader, first time poster :)

I took this picture yesterday... I also played with LR for the first time and finally start shooting RAW. I am just not sure if I like the result. 50% of the time I look at it, I like it (because it makes the chopper look tough :)), the other 50% I am like "waaaaaaay overdone". Guess I have to find the balance somewhere :)

Lots to learn :)

Nice picture for me though I'd prefer a little bit less saturation and a little bit more warmth but it's just me.  :)

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3. 6D is a bit smaller than 7D in my hand. It doesn't have the solid feel like 5D II, III, 7D etc...I feel like FF sensor in Rebel chassis.

It's small yes, but it's hardly a Rebel chassis.  The Rebel is all plastic, and not very good plastic at that.  It's somewhere between the 60D and 5D3/7D in build quality.  I'm quite sure it'll take more abuse than a Rebel or 60D, if not as much as a 5D3/7D.

+1.  And being small and light isn't always a bad thing.  It's entirely dependent on the user preference.  6D being small and light has its merits.  Just asked those photogs that are tasked to carry their camera from morning till night.  Even a slight weight difference feels like heaven.  I had a lot of times where I shoot at least 3-4 hours straight (with 2 ultra-light lens, 28mm and 55-250 + external flash).  Although I find the IQ of a gripped 500D sometimes lacking, it's heaven compared to an un-gripped 5D2 that I was able to carry and shoot once for 3 hours (wedding + reception) (with a 24-70mm lens + flash).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Frustrated Focusing problem
« on: December 10, 2012, 12:58:32 PM »
F/4 sounds like the solution to me.

Depending on how close they are and what lens they are using.  ;)

+1.  try F8 or F9 if at least 50mm.  Long lens, of course, it will still be different.

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Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 10, 2012, 11:03:41 AM »
Why not a 15mm F4 (to reduce weight and price) non-L (to reduce price) prime rectilinear lens that can take filters?  IQ should at least be better than the current 20mm F2.8 (close to 17-40 IQ stopped down to F8).  If they price it just a little bit more expensive than the samyang 14mm, I'd take it in an instant.  It doesn't matter if it's MF or AF.  :)  The brand doesn't matter as long as those other important features are available.

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I you just take pictures of people and stuff then the 6d would be fine. Anything else then the 7D kills the 6D, also people complain about the noise on the 7D far too much, generally if you take a good picture and no Photoshop then its not a problem.

I think more accurately, if you take good pictures in good light then 7D definitely is better than 6D.  But in low-light, 6D is far superior than 7D.  I've got a 500D and I think this is comparable to 7D ISO performance.  I only raise the ISO to 1600 if it's the last option.  3200, only if I really need to get the shot.  I always envy my friend who's using a 5D2 and doesn't have any trouble going to 6400.  There are also times that you want to raise your ISO for stopping the motion.  Even if you've got a great AF, if you don't stop the motion or at least pan, it's useless.  Just recently, I've shoot my daughter's theatrical concert and almost all of my shots are taken @ 1600 and 3200.  I asked the organizer why the stage is so dimly lit.  The pictures though are still usable in the internet but I hesitate to have it displayed in a 40 inches TV monitor to have my relatives view it.  I had just stored them in my IPAD for their viewing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D hands-on reviews by many websites..
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:53:21 AM »
Professional Sports/journalism/wildlife: 1D X
Professional Studio/portrait/landscape: 1Ds Mark III
Professional Weddings/multipurpose camera: 5D Mark III
Amateur Sports/wildlife or for a Pro instead of a TC: 7D
Amateur Portrait/Landscape: 6D

If you want to lock the focus in extreme low light:
1. choice: 1D X
2. choice: 5D Mark III
3. 6D.

The 1D X and 5D Mark III can lock the focus in low light while the 6D is giving up.

Outer focus points, yes.  Center, no.  Enough of these "amateur" categories.  A lot of professionals were shooting and still are shooting with 5D2 which we can say is beaten/on par on almost all camera features by 6D.  I'm sorry but I disagree with you when you put 6D as an amateur camera.  I can even remember when all cameras were still using MF and yet those cameras were not considered amateur by anybody.

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Lenses / Re: 50mm macro vs. 60mm macro on aps-c body
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:36:32 AM »
Sell your 60mm and get the 100mm F2.8 macro USM non-L (much better than 60mm and 50mm macro lenses).  This lens will fit both your APS-C and FF bodies.  You'll be able to get this lens at almost half of the price of the L version and IQ is pretty much the same.  If you want some samples, you can go to my flickr account.  My pictures might fail to give justice on how marvelous this lens is but it will give you at least some idea of what I'm saying.  I'm currently using Canon 500D body and the 100mm macro non-L lens.  And don't worry, it's  also an excellent portrait lens.  I forgot, 60mm and 100mm price difference is only around $100.   ;)

Just some of my favorites from my collection...






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Lenses / Re: Best lenses for canon 5D mark iii or 6D
« on: December 10, 2012, 04:25:43 AM »
About 8 months ago he posted that he was going to fix up and sell for $20,000 a GMC truck that his father was giving him for HS graduation. They were to split the profit. Maybe that is the $8,000 budget and the truck hasn't sold yet.

OTOH, maybe he is dreaming and posts in his sleep ;D

Let him dream...  I myself I'm dreaming I have a Nikon D800E.  Oh well, but reality is I'm stuck with Canon and I don't have the money yet to buy an FF.  So I just keep on dreaming while taking pictures with my 500D.   ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark III Frustrated Focusing problem
« on: December 10, 2012, 03:36:30 AM »
OP has deleted his account.  :o

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Nice pics...  Though if it were me, I'd apply a little bit of EV compensation and a little bit of warmth but that's my preference.  Some would prefer it just as you had rendered it.

I think 6D will be perfect for your 70-200 especially since your preference is portraiture.  I'd suggest though to get a proper portrait lens in order to maximize 6D/FF bokehliciousness.  An 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2 comes immediately to mind especially if you're mindful of your budget.  Otherwise, 85mm F1.2L and 135mm F2.0L are better alternatives.  Any FF body will shine in portraits and landscape.

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