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Canon General / Re: Travel to Thailand/Laos should I bring my 5d mkiii?
« on: November 30, 2012, 04:15:47 AM »
Take it by all means.  Lots of very nice things to photograph.  A versatile lens like 24-105 will do (for me I always bring a normal lens and a tele lens).  Bringing a UWA is not so much required but certainly there are times you can use one.  Just be sensible.  Don't go out in less populated area (bring some friends you can trust if you feel the need to go into one) and be careful of snatchers. Make sure that you're always holding or at least feeling your camera/lens.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« on: November 30, 2012, 03:19:35 AM »
I would check these out in a store from a friend or by renting them:
Tokina 11-16 2.8
Canon 17-55 2.8 , 10-22, 15-85,
Tokina 16-28 2.8
I used to have the 16-28. Never had a prob with its sharpness or speed. That can be used on FF later... and the approx 26mm isn't that bad.

16-28 is good.  I'll only warn you that it can't use filters (though there are special/expensive way of doing it).  Filters are very important for landscape photography.

Lenses / Re: Wide Angle on a Budget
« on: November 29, 2012, 11:06:19 PM »
Tokina 11-16 and the Canon 10-22 are your best choices.  If you want faster and sharper, it's the tokina for you.  If you want a good overall lens, the Canon 10-22 is for you.  You can also consider the Sigma and Tamron counterparts but those two for me provide the best IQ and best bang for the buck lenses.

6D + pancake.  Yummier!


I've got your EF 70-200 2.8L IS USM and there is an estimate that requires your approval.

Repair cost for this unit is $1,426.74
We are going to have to replace  a few parts on the unit they are;

Thanks, Canon! I bought the lens used for less than that.  :-\

It's like building a new lens already.  Why not buy used?  ;D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Zoo Pics
« on: November 29, 2012, 09:28:22 PM »
Nice picture on the bear.  I agree, wildlife photography is also luck-based and definitely you have to earn it with sweat and money but it's truly rewarding.

EOS Bodies / Re: What will be the issue with the 6D
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:59:22 PM »
My guess is that it may well be another camera that nobody is buying.

Well, stock is gone so fast.  Is that a camera that nobody's buying?

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:16:01 PM »
Here is one with a similar theme shot with the 1.2 at 2.2 on a 5DII.

1.2 has a much softer bokeh than 1.8.  Truly one of my dream lenses.  Hmmm... is 1.2L really better than 1.4 open wide?  If so, I'd rather save more for this lens.

That's for you to decide I suppose. Wide open the 1.2 is better in my view in that it is slightly sharper and the background blur is even softer. What more significant for my taste is that contrast is the big winner. And build quality. But there are downsides to that. You get more contrast but also more chromatic aberration. Also, the 1.4 is slightly sharper when stopped down in the 2.8 to 4 range. So it is also a question how you would use the lens for the most part. It is clearly designed in my opinion for people who like to shoot at wide apertures. Here I think it beats everything else on the market. And it is more than just usable stopped down further. So yes, for my taste and usage it was really better than my 1.4. And it's also my favorite focal length so it made sense. Is it an absolutely must have? No, absolutely not. The 1.4 is a fabulous lens as well and has served we very well over many years in it's FD version on my film cameras. Actually, if the EF 1.4 was as well build as the FD 1.4 I may have not bought the 1.2. About 50% of that decision was due to build quality.

That got me into thinking.  As I'm going FF next year, 50mm seems isn't sufficient for me.  Sorry ops for hijacking the thread but since somebody with more experience is giving an advice, I want further advice from him.  I've been thinking of an 85mm F1.8 or 100mm F2.  Please note however that I already have the 100mm macro F2.8.  Is the macro bokeh on FF comparable to those previous 2?

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 6D Shipping This Week From Adorama
« on: November 29, 2012, 06:23:58 PM »
And yet we still haven't seen a real review...  what's up with that?

1 month before real reviews sprout.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS 6D Shipping This Week From Adorama
« on: November 29, 2012, 06:23:23 PM »
Fascinating... This or 5d II? ... ... ... May figure out soon...

No need to figure out.  Price is so close if you get both with 24-105L.  My hands are scratching now.  I have to keep telling myself to wait... wait...

So fast!  Here in Malaysia, stocks came already today at some Canon dealers.  Price difference between 5D2 and 6D body brand new is only around $30.  What to do?   Oh and it's also around $250 cheaper than Nikon D600.  ::)


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: November 29, 2012, 02:07:54 AM »
5D Mark III (prototype)
+ better AF system
+ faster
+ shutter durability
+ C1 to C3
+ better body
+ no visible moire
+ AEB with 7 shots
- soft images
- JPG quality
- video quality and video output

6D (prototype)
+ better image quality at higher ISO than the 5D Mark III
+ AEB with 7 shots
= AF point is only better in low light at the paper (looks like a marketing gag)
- 11 AF points compared to 9 plus 6 assist AF points in the 5D Mark II
- visible moire
- soft images
- video quality and video output
- only SD card slot (in my opinion, I want cf cards)
- body quality
- only C1 to C2
- poor shutter durability compared to the price
- quick control dial

Conclusion: If you want an entry FF camera and don´t need more speed and better AF for tracking subjects get the 6D.

Personal conclusion for both cameras: I don´t like the cameras and I am happy with my gear and two new prototypes.

I would gladly exchange any of both bodies for your 1DS3.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5D MARK III lens recommendation
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:23:32 AM »
for landscape work, i'd consider the Zeiss 21mm Distagon f/2.8 as an alternative to the 16-35L.  Considerably better image quality, and it's built like a tank.

If you'd only be buying the 70-200 f/2.8 II for portrait work, maybe you'd be better served with a 135 f/2L or the 100L Macro.

If portrait work is your thing, the 85 f/1.8, 85L, or 135L would be good places to look.  Unless you are shooting in a studio I would consider the 100L macro too slow for portrait work; more DOF control is needed IMO.

I share the sentiment for the Zeiss 21mm, the lens is just magic...though with the mkIII there is an unfortunate lack of precision focus screens, so you would be best off using live view.

Archangel Falls by posthumus_cake ([url=http://www.pinnaclephotography.net]www.pinnaclephotography.net)[/url], on Flickr

The Subway, smasher of GND and polarizing filters alike by posthumus_cake ([url=http://www.pinnaclephotography.net]www.pinnaclephotography.net)[/url], on Flickr

I love the second one.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D vs 5D MKII (Focusing?)
« on: November 29, 2012, 01:14:03 AM »
On paper, 6D might have a better AF in the center point even better than higher-end bodies from Canon.  In reality, it remains to be seen since only pre-production 6D bodies are the only one tested.  Let's wait for the actual release.  I'll be deciding what FF to get then.  5D3 is a little bit expensive for me considering I want to invest in more lenses.

Lenses / Re: 50mm 1.2
« on: November 29, 2012, 12:46:17 AM »
Here is one with a similar theme shot with the 1.2 at 2.2 on a 5DII.

1.2 has a much softer bokeh than 1.8.  Truly one of my dream lenses.  Hmmm... is 1.2L really better than 1.4 open wide?  If so, I'd rather save more for this lens.

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