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-1 at both ends seemed to help in my case. But I have not been able to test in "real-world" situation yet.

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 IS USM $399 from Adorama !!
« on: June 17, 2013, 08:33:22 PM »
Back up to $649! Damn. (I suppose that's a good thing in a way though)

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 28mm F/2.8 IS USM $399 from Adorama !!
« on: June 17, 2013, 03:15:38 PM »
Wow, tempting...

Site Information / Re: CR wobbly
« on: June 14, 2013, 05:53:31 PM »
^ I got something like that too...while browsing on Mobile Safari (IOS 6)

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
« on: June 13, 2013, 06:39:27 PM »
With a FF kit, this would be a tempting upgrade path from the 70-300L to get a bit more reach...but at that price point it might just make more sense to grab a 70D (when it comes out) and use the 70-300 with it when I need maximum reach (I consider it an outdoor lens anyway - I don't use it inside where FF quality makes the biggest difference)...figures.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 2nd Body - your thoughts?
« on: June 13, 2013, 01:33:26 PM »
I, too, wanted a backup for my 5D3. I could afford a second 5D3, but couldn't justify the price premium when I had its features already. So I decided to go with the 6D. I think although the two cameras are somewhat different in operation, they actually complement each other really well.

- With the 6D, there is NO difference in image quality. You get the same, stunning IQ in a smaller, lighter package. High ISO is just as good...perhaps even a hair better at the extremes.
- For casual/travel photography - mostly walk around, macro work and some event photography- The 6D's AF is more than adequate for a lot of that type of work. Whenever it isn't...well, the 5D3 is sitting right there...
- The difference in size and weight is noticeable. It isn't Rebel-size but it is relatively compact without feeling cramped. Easier to manage for long periods of time.
- some other minor things not really worth mentioning.

This combo suits me quite well...YMMV.

EOS-M / Re: How many people actually like the EOS-M?
« on: June 09, 2013, 12:37:57 PM »
I'm one of those who jumped on board...and the more I use it, the more I like it. I didn't buy it as a DSLR replacement but as a compliment to my DSLR (and a replacement to the previous P&S I was using). Compared to the P&S the M is a true upgrade...not always in terms of IQ (indoors with the 18-55, often times it's a wash...) but in terms of color reproduction and clarity. MILES ahead of P&S and on par with my old 60D. That is the biggest difference I see. It truly IS DSLR (APS-C level) quality trapped in a P&S body. Unfortunately, the one downside is in terms of AF performance...it is adequate for most situations but sometimes it will just hunt for no reason at all, even in good light. Has caused me to miss shots sometimes. Stops a very good camera from becoming a great one.

If the firmware gets rid of this "hunting" phenomenon, and Canon comes out with more M lenses, this could be a winner...

To summarize, pros and cons:


- Great image quality (provided you use the right lens in the right situation)
- Small size; easy to carry around as a DSLR backup or to a party, draws less attention to you as the photographer
- Very useful "tap to focus" feature...(often times this is easier and faster than selecting focus points on a DSLR). Allows more freedom for composition
- Screen automatically brightens or darkens based on exposure you set (when in manual mode)...great pre-shot "instant feedback" you don't get with a DSLR (unless in live view)


- Focus hunts at times, even in decent light
- Switching modes via touchscreen can involve more steps than necessary - a dial would have been nice...even Powershots have one!
- Can be hard to view screen in bright daylight (no viewfinder to fall back on)
- Battery life could be better

Lenses / Re: What is the next Canon lens you want or covet and why...
« on: June 08, 2013, 03:53:39 PM »
Next one I'm looking at is a good walkaround "wide-angle" lens for my 6D - probably the 16-35. Wide-angle coverage is the only thing missing in my collection (besides a couple of 24mm zooms). Tried the 17-40 and was completely unimpressed (soft...). Actually the 16-35 didn't blow me away either. But at the same time, the wide end opens up possibilities...

I'm guessing the sacrifice made in UWA lenses is sharpness?

As for "pipe dream" lenses, the 85 1.2 is on the list...a good 50mm lens as well (tried to like the 1.2, but couldn't get a sharp shot with it to save my life...and the 1.4 is quite old now)...and I hope a good 35 or 50mm EF-M mount lens (with IS) comes out as well.

EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22 / 4-5.6 IS STM - officially announced
« on: June 06, 2013, 07:52:04 PM »
Don't know if this was mentioned previously, but I just saw this minor detail in DPreview's preview of the lens:

We're told the lens isn't going to be available in the USA, at least for now.

For those of us "stateside", I hope at least the firmware will be offered. The lens I don't mind so much.

Canon General / Re: EOS 5D Mark III w/24-70 f/4L IS Kit Coming Soon
« on: June 05, 2013, 06:46:22 PM »
I love my 24-105L, it's a great walk around lens, and gives me a lot of flexibility.  I'd really hate to be stuck at 70mm on the long side, especially since I bought a 6D.  I haven't used the 24-70, but can't imagine the image upgrade would be enough to make me want to give up 70-105 coverage and have to lug around a second lens.

I took test shots with the 24-70 at the store...and in short, compared to the 24-105, while I do see improvement at 24mm, it has a noticeable weak spot- right at 50mm. You give, you take as well...

If it delivered the performance of the 2.8 II version with one less stop and a lower price, that would be super appealing and a reason to choose it over the 24-105. Unfortunately, it cannot match. The only extra thing it offers is the "gimmick" macro mode...

I guess it depends on your style of photography...but as far as travel flexibility goes, I can't think of a better "compromise" package than the 24-105.

Taking photos?

+ 1

First thing I do upon getting or upgrading a camera is to take pictures...basically to make sure everything is functioning like it should. Also helps me get comfortable with it so when I need to use it, the "learning curve" has been greatly reduced or eliminated...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AFMA not really needed in 5D MKIII?
« on: June 04, 2013, 11:35:46 AM »
I think you just got lucky...

I have had 2 lenses so far that were not focusing optimally at 0...and needed some adjustment.
Then again, it's possible that it might be the lenses themselves and not the camera body (one needed +, the other -)

What I do know is that my 100 2.8 is the perfect match for the 6D...perfect focus, needs no adjustment at all...

EOS-M / Re: EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Announcement Soon? [CR2]
« on: June 03, 2013, 11:49:06 AM »
How many people have an 'M'? I mean there isn't even a section in the gallery for it.

Just seems like they are making a new lens for a camera that has flopped hard.

I have one, and am looking forward to any new lenses they come up with for this system.

As for wide angle, I've been eyeing the 16-35 for my 6D and thus would pass on this if it came to fruition.

What I'm hoping for is a fast prime (how about a 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 EF-M?)...

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: June 02, 2013, 10:10:51 PM »
Nice shots all.

I took a few with the 100 Macro about a week ago, currently debating whether to post them here (it's nothing like this stuff) but I must say I am wowed by the quality and detail rendition of the FF 6D, particularly at macro distances. I mean, the lens was great with my old 60D too, but something about these images just "pop" more.

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