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Simply put, the 6D outperforms the 5D3 for low light focusing.  It's as if we need a "6.5D" to combine the 6D AF and the 5D3 AF to gain the best of both worlds.  Geez.

First time I've seen a comprehensive review that makes me reconsider wanting this overpriced lens.  Great write up!  In addition, the composition of the shots and your documentary style appeals to me and fits my intended use.  I may have missed it because I skimmed the write up but what flash setup did you use?  What was the average ISO you had to use to get your shots indoors?  (Is that perhaps why you convert to B&W and let the white highlights blow out, to recover/mask some high ISO issues?  Or just the style you want?)  I'm also impressed that you were able to get so many of the indoor shots to focus with the 5D3.  Or, were these just the keepers?  What was your average keeper rate due to AF of the 5D3 in lower light shots?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D Part 2: Costa Rica
« on: December 31, 2012, 01:26:10 AM »
I took the 5D3 and 6D to a youth all night lock-in event recently.  Bowling, Laser Tag and old gym at a church.  In general, very low light.  I used the 6D much more than the 5D3 because the 6D would focus and take pictures quickly in all lighting conditions.  In addition, the pictures look better.  The 5D3 is not a bad camera but it isn't that good in low light.  That's just a fact.  The 6D runs circles around it in low light.

I haven't had time to finish post work on the pictures but I throw a few up soon.

Happy New Year coming soon!

Technical Support / Re: Repairing Scratches - 5D MKIII
« on: December 27, 2012, 09:09:13 PM »
I think everyone is going to agree here that light scratches on a camera are normal and can't be avoided.  You fix these scratches and there will simply be more later to replace them.  Think of it like a new car and feel relief that you can now stop worrying about the new camera finish, it's now officially scratched and ready for everyday use.  Now you don't have to park the new camera way out in the far parking spaces!   :D

The question is:  Why did you buy the camera?  I get comments sometimes from other adults when I am on campouts, etc about having my expensive fancy camera out in the elements where it's wet, dirty, hot, etc.  My simple answer is that is why I bought the camera, to take a LOT of images.  If I start leaving it home, I'll sell it.

Scratches only indicate normal use and wear.  Cracks, dents and serious abrasions are another issue entirely.  Pray you never have those!

It could always be worse... http://iphotonews.blogspot.com/2010/03/world-famous.html

Lenses / Re: Second lens for first time FF user
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:57:13 PM »
Ditto for both the EF 28/1.8 USM and the 24-105L lenses.  You would be thrilled with both.

I would probably go for the 24-105L first since it covers everything you asked for and is very versatile.

Macro / Re: Couldn't do this again if I tried
« on: December 25, 2012, 03:53:53 PM »
Love it! 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shooting With the EOS 6D in Costa Rica
« on: December 25, 2012, 02:47:31 PM »
So far I have to say the 6D is a great camera for what/how I shoot.  Anyone dismissing it likely hasn't used it.  It is definitely superior to the 5D3 for low light shooting and the IQ is excellent.  Much better than I expected.  Don't sell the 6D short based on the paper specs.  It's a great camera.

And the pics posted above are great.  They are good examples of what can be expected from the 6D.  And the low light focusing is a lot easier than the 5D3.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D Bg-E13 Discrepancies
« on: December 24, 2012, 04:47:43 PM »
Yeah, from what I read about the Pixel grips for the 5D3, it sounds like I might be happy with one of those.  I can wait.  That would be my first non-Canon grip but Canon has just gone nutso with the pricing for the 5D3 grip.  I don't use it enough to spend that much on a grip.

Lenses / Re: Selling 70-300 IS - Suggest Replacement?
« on: December 21, 2012, 08:43:27 AM »
Thanks M.ST.  I'm with you.  The 70-300 IS is great for casual work.  In the past year however, doing the swimming shots for a few hours during an indoor swim meet has made me consider an upgrade.  So far I've used the 70-300 IS, 70-200/2.8 IS L v1 (not v2) with and without a Tamron 1.4 TC and my 70-200/4 IS.

My thoughts are...

-  Upgrade to something like the 28-300 to have a higher IQ multipurpose lens.
-  Upgrade to the 70-300 L and have a great lens but not change much else.  (A little boring but still nice.)
-  Get the 70-200/2.8 IS v2 and gain several upgrades at once w the ability to use a TC for more reach.  (But lose wide use and slower AF with the TC.)  Also gain some good indoor use, portrait, etc. This is my favorite option but it's higher dollar and I can borrow the v1 lens and not have to spend the money.  And, it's still nice to the have the reach of the 300 when necc.

Or just throw it all to the wind and make do for a while.  Given my attitude this year about Canon's insane prices, this is also a pretty attractive option.  I don't care who you are or what you do, Canon is asking way too much for their new lenses (both L and non L) and the 70-200 is still a bit overpriced although it's near acceptable at the moment.

Lenses / Re: Selling 70-300 IS - Suggest Replacement?
« on: December 21, 2012, 12:30:45 AM »
The 70-300L IS is an amazing lens. Light and easy to carry/travel with. It is not great in low light though.

You could maybe get that and a kenko 1.4x DGX (forget the model of the new one) which works with the 70-300L as your canon won't.

Thanks.  Actually I have a Tamron 1.4 TC but I appreciate the suggestion.

Lenses / Selling 70-300 IS - Suggest Replacement?
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:48:35 PM »
OK, I may end up selling my EF 70-300 IS lens in a little barter deal.  So what to replace it with?  I have the following bodies to use it with... 30D, 40D, 60D, 5D, 5D3, 6D.  I shoot lots of kids on campouts, swim teams in indoor pools, indoor church stuff, etc.

As indicated in the poll, I already have a 70-200 f/4 IS and a 1.4x TC.  I also have access to borrow a 70-200 f/2.8 IS v1 when I need to.  I have always liked my EF 70-300 IS and I could even borrow it down the road if I really needed to, it would just be a bit inconvenient due to distance.

So, I'm debating on whether I should jump on this "reason" to upgrade or just let it go and not have a decent lens longer than 200mm.  (I also have Tamron 18-270 VC and 28-300 VC superzooms for less critical walk around use but those are obviously compromise lenses.)

I guess I'm leaning toward the 70-300 L if I get anything mainly because it's a simple direct upgrade, it won't totally break the bank and it's not as big/heavy as the other L choices.  Thoughts?  Obviously all of these choices have different merits.

Thanks in advance for your time, efforts and opinions.  I know everyone is busy so please don't spend more than a few hours or days pondering a perfect solution for me.  Thanks!  I appreciate it.   :D

That's good to see, Canon says they are listening, in the forums at least.  After months (or years) of testing and then 9 months on the market, I really wish they had a little more to offer.  But something's better than nothing I guess.

Thanks for the heads up!!

Software & Accessories / Re: Stop Using Instagram
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:54:07 PM »
just as the Chef makes the meal not the oven, the photographer makes the photograph not the camera

...so, I guess Instagram is the Swanson TV Dinner in this analogy?   :D

<Snigger> With all due respect, it's more like the rusty electric kettle with dodgy wiring used to prepare instant noodles. :)
Hey!  I resemble that remark!   :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Quick 5Dmkiii WiFi Question
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:54:26 AM »
Hard to compare.  You'll likely be hard pressed to find anyone willing to spend $800 for a WFT-E7 WiFi add-on for the 5D3.  Good luck with that!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: I feel like a kid again....
« on: December 19, 2012, 07:49:38 AM »
Ditto.  No Nintendos.  Pac-Man, etc at the arcade.  Pong.  Asteroids.

Sorry kiddos, no Retina for Macbook Air.  Hasn't happened yet.  The "AppleRumors" are maybe in 2013.

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