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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EF 24-105 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 08, 2015, 03:35:42 PM »
I appreciate the discussion from everyone.  I think this lens is going to be a little polarizing because Canon is moving the STM technology out of the EF-S/EOS M sphere and into full frame lenses (most will agree that the 40mm Pancake was a different story for a lot of reasons).

I'm actually happy to hear the 24-70 f/4L have some ardent supporters.  Frankly, I hadn't seen evidence of too many of them!  For me, however, this is the biggest reason why the 24-70 f/4L still doesn't make a ton of sense:


Wow Dustin!  That little image comparison is hard to argue with.  (I realize there are a LOT more factors to consider before choosing a lens but that comparison is thought provoking.)

EOS-M / Re: Portfolio of my favorite Eos M pics of the last year...
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:58:45 AM »
Thnaks and yes, I have been experimenting with Viveza LR plugin with these images...I definitely made them a lot more saturated and contrasty than I normally do, as you rightly noticed...

Thanks for the explanation.  I think your edits work for the most part.  Some folks may find they go too far but it's subjective.  If they were any more dark or saturated, sure.  But since many of them are in daylight, I think it's good.  Who doesn't like to see a nice blue sky?   :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: NatGeo 2014 Photo Contest Winners...
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:55:04 AM »
I agree that some of the images are less impressive and puzzling as to why they were included, considered, awarded or whatever.  My only idea about why might be that they didn't receive a large collection of images to choose from in that particular category.  You know, they had to give the prize to someone and maybe that image was the best one out of the small sampling they received.

Animal Kingdom / NatGeo 2014 Photo Contest Winners...
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:47:05 PM »
Some of these are stunning.  The winner is great but I think my favorite is the Shinagawa Station.  Enjoy...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 08:57:42 PM »
Not to highjack, but I'm in a fairly close situation myself. I bought a T2i kit as a noob and thought I'd have to buy a "big shot" camera someday if I wanted better pictures than I was taking. Naturally, the more I shot- the better my pictures got. To the point that through these years, I've come to love that cheap little plasticky thing, and really have a hard time selling myself on the thought that a new body is going to make my captures that much better for the investment. I've sold some pictures, and even have a full covershot of a local paper to my credit, but I'm ultimately just a ham and egger. The only reason I'm considering changing bodies is I've finally felt a little hindered by the T2i's light sensitivity and hunt and peck focusing, and I've got a couple trips this year that I really want to make the most of from a landscape wide angle perspective.

My gear is the aforementioned T2i
EFS kit lens I never use
EF 70-200 2.8L II
EF 16-35 2.8L II

I'm really torn between a)getting a 6d, simply because it's "FF", my two good lenses are made for it, etc. or b)upgrading to a 70d with better focusing a feature laden by caparison, getting an efs 10-18 for landscape, and waiting for the trickle down when Canon finally competes with Nikon in MP

I guess even at it's current $1500 pricetag, I just doubt a 6D will have been worth it. Thoughts?

That's a tough question Buzr.  The way I see it, you are more in touch and honest with yourself and your gear than most.  And obviously you don't buy a lot of gear just for sake of merely owning it.  You have a lot of confidence and experience with that T2i crop camera.  You're used to it.  You like it.  And you don't feel limited by it.  So with that in mind and your apparently frugal nature, the 70D seems like a good idea and a great value.

But let's push your boundaries a bit with the 6D FF question:  While you own two amazing fabulous lenses that would benefit in a big way from the FF aspect ratio, you don't seem that interested in FF.  But then you mention buying a somewhat inferior and dedicated EF-S lens to gain better wide angle FL.  Buying the EF-S 10-18 with the 70D will also increase your investment to essentially what you would pay for the 6D.  So that is a contradiction.  You already own a MUCH better wide angle zoom lens (EF 16-35L) than the EF-S 10-18.  The 16-35 would give you everything you could ever dream of with the 6D.  And I promise you that you haven't lived until you use that 70-200 lens on a FF camera.

Lastly, you also have a bit of a gap in your lens collection between the 16-35 and the 70-200.  Why not 'go for it' and buy a 6D + 24-105-F/4L Kit and fill that gap with a great walk around L lens in the bargain?

I think that based on what you say you shoot and the skill level you are probably at, it is probably a perfect time for you to embrace full frame and see what it can do for your creativity.  Great low light, remote shooting and expanded FL options all are waiting with a FF body.  And currently, the 6D is about as cheap as it may ever be new.  (OR, buy a used 5D Classic FF and see what it's all about for less $$.)

Look, it's a given that you'll love the 70D.  That's a no brainer.  What I think I am reading between the lines in your post is that you might secretly be pining for a FF 6D.  That EF-S 10-18 lens is a bit of a tell and possibly a step backward with the lenses you already own.  You are already in a higher class of gear with those and you may likely be disappointed with a variable aperture EF-S lens that can only be used on crop cameras.  Thoughts?

Where are you based so I can visit and be a fly on the wall!!  Great job.  It looks like it was a lot of fun.  And I agree, the music is great too.  I played it couple of times for the tune as well as the video.   :)

EOS-M / Re: Portfolio of my favorite Eos M pics of the last year...
« on: January 07, 2015, 07:47:33 PM »
Nice!  Love the fun quirky style.  Cat in window is my favorite.

On most of those shots, it appears that the saturation and black levels are pumped a bit.  Is that how you achieved the higher contrast/depth and saturation of the colors?  Deep blue skies, etc.  Thanks!

Video & Movie / Watch Airbus Risk $1.5 Billion in a Wild Airplane Stunt
« on: January 07, 2015, 06:35:22 PM »
This is pretty cool, esp for you aviation buffs out there.  AFAIK, we have several pilots on this forum.  Enjoy!


Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:59:16 PM »
Just curious, how did this trip turn out?  Can you share a few shots?   :)

Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:35:27 PM »
As long as Canon keeps selling the 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8 like they have been, I think we'll be in for a long wait.  Those lens productions must be almost pure profit at this point and while they aren't the world's best lenses, they are good enough for a great many people.  The 24, 28, and 35 lenses were rather poor in comparison and not good sellers from what I understand, so the economics to replace them made sense.  Sigma certainly hears the voices of discontent, however...

This is pretty much what I think as well.  The 50/1.4 and 85/1.8 are great as they are so the improvement will be harder to sell at a higher price point.  Canon knows that the ROI for a prime lens factors heavily into pro shooters' decisions and many already own the existing 50 and 85.  Canon must find or somehow create a demand for the replacement versions and that was a lot easier with lackluster 24, 28 and 35 version 1 lenses.  And while they're at it, Canon doesn't want to create an EF lens that is so good that the L versions become less of an upgrade at their even higher price point!

I assume zooms probably sell much better at a higher price point so they get all the love first.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:53:27 PM »
Great post NancyP!

I started back into photography in 2009 with a used 30D from a friend.  I soon upgraded to a 40D for a variety of reasons not the least of which was better weather sealing and rear LCD.  In fact, I bought four 40D cameras, all used, over the next year or so and sold each of them to good friends that were looking for a great DSLR and trusted my judgement.  They all still have and use them.  I also purchased a used 5D during that time and used a 40D + 5D combo for quite a while.  Eventually I got the 60D new about a year after it was released and kept that until I got the 70D about 6 months ago.  I feel like the 70D is a nice improvement over the 60D.  I bought the 5D3 (intentionally skipping the 5D2) about 2 years ago and use it most of the time.  I bought a 6D a month or two after the 5D3 because the low light AF on the 5D3 was lacking but was eventually improved with a firmware update.

As of now, I have sold the 6D, 60D and the 70D due to a cheap 7D2 upgrade opportunity.  But I miss a few features the 70D had like WiFi, Remote Shooting, flip screen, etc.  It's a great all purpose camera.  I also miss having two FF bodies when shooting important events because having a 24-70 and 70-200 dual body combo is very effective for that purpose.  Mixing FF and Crop can be a bit frustrating due to FL overlap and the crop body being too long indoors, etc.  So I'm considering getting another 6D at some point.  (Or simply keep the one I'm trying to sell that I got for such a low price on Black Friday.)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 01:16:56 PM »
thank you for all the advice.  i think i will stay put with what i have.  i don't think my current skills will use up 10% of my 70D's capabilities and i mainly shoot wildlife and people so the extra reach is a good thing.

thanks again for the input and the comparison images.

What lenses do you have currently?  Any lenses you are considering buying?  Glad to see that the forum helped you.  Welcome to CR!!   :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:41:06 AM »
IMO, both cameras have their place.  I own a 5D3 and a 7D-II. (which replaced a 70D I liked very much.)

I use the 5D3 with 16-35, 24-70, 24-105, 70-200, 15mm FishEye along with several other lenses for most of my shooting which is walk around, journalistic, events, candids, portraits, etc.  General Purpose shooting.  I like to shoot wider most of the time.  With FF I get the FL of the lens and it is more versatile.

However, when I shoot sports, swimming, etc I prefer a crop body because I have the extra reach I need without an extender and both the 70D (8 fps) and the 7D-II (10 fps) are much faster.  And the 7D-II has more advanced AF as well.  The main reason I upgraded to the 7D-II was because of its new "DeFlicker" feature and the fact that I got a great deal on it so it didn't cost much after I sold the 70D.  I was otherwise happy with the 70D.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 11:23:17 AM »
If you happy with 70D, continue with it till you get unhappy.

+1.  Learn and fully exploit what you have now.  The 70D is a great camera.  Buy some more glass first.  FF isn't going anywhere.  If you absolutely must get FF now, you could probably find a nice 5D classic for peanuts and learn with it first for less expense.  (Unless money isn't an issue, then the 6D would be a great starter FF body.)

The #1 thing you will experience comparing FF vs. Crop is the effect of the 1.6x crop factor difference.  Esp with ultra wide lenses.  If you prefer to shoot wide, FF will be a huge upgrade for you and will give you more creativity.  If you prefer to shoot long, not so much since all your EF lenses will become shorter on FF.

Small FYI Reminder:  EF-S lenses can't be used on FF!

In some infamous southern European cities there might be really organized crime cutting away your camera or purse strap from your shoulder, but otherwise it's personal stupidity to get something stolen. If you behave like a clueless tourist, hang your $10k+ gear in front of your belly with that "Canon digital 1dx" strap and then place your "pro" dslr case on the bench next to you while getting some Currywurst or admire the sights - well, the joke's on you.

The best example of people "pick pocketing" was when I took a boat from the train station to the Venice (IT) grand canal - it was crowded, not much room to move and as people moved to get off, a woman looked down into her hand bag and noticed that her purse had been removed.


As for camera equipment:

The videos, esp the 2nd much shorter video, are good to see to help a tourist stay alert.  The best advice is don't be gullible, let strangers get close to you or advertise/carry a lot of expensive stuff in plain sight.  And with regard to the video of the lens being stolen right off the camera, a bit of black gaffer tape would help to slow down/confuse a lens thief.  And also in the 2nd video, what's to stop all those thieves from simply mugging the guy and taking everything?  Don't walk alone in isolated areas with a bunch of tempting stuff all over your person.  Keep a low profile!

Personally, I put a high voltage device in my backpack with a proximity trigger.  If the bag gets more than 20 feet away from me, it goes off shocking the crap out of the thief causing them to loose all control and wet themselves.  Sometimes I let them flop around on the ground for quite a while as everyone enjoys the show.  (For those of you that are appalled... bummer!  And... I'm kidding.)  But there are real devices available that will sound an alarm if a proximity distance is exceeded.  The problem is that once any distance is achieved, the bag is gone anyway.  Most thieves just don't care and will simply keep running.

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