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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.

I dismissed it as a gimmick as well...but now that I've actually used it a little, I can see where it might actually be useful in the field. For me personally, it might be a good way to browse and delete images without needing to handle the camera- it can be safely in my bag, for example.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Advice needed: performance of 6D
« on: May 30, 2013, 08:34:43 PM »
I'm quickly finding out that the 6D is better than it appears on paper. Still, don't think it would be the right fit for someone doing sports or birds...

I recently acquired a 6D as a backup (so that I now have both cameras) and I will definitely say that the 6D has acquired focus in areas where the 5D3 definitely wouldn't have. Quite amazing. That said, it still hunts at times...and the 6D's outer points, while good enough in daylight, really struggle when it gets dim. The 5D3 outer points (the cross type ones) are better, but sometimes not by much.

I experienced the same phenomenon with the 5D/24-70. It didn't seem to have that punch. The pics looked merely above average and I didn't understand what the fuss was about...was it something I was doing? Was it the camera? A mediocre copy of the lens?

It was only later (too late, after the event) that I discovered a backfocus- it wasn't severe but it was enough to soften pics...and ruin a handful of shots, unfortunately.

I figured out the lens needed MF adjustment... -1 on both ends seemed to get it back on track. Now...all I have to say is Wow!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX and 5D3 RAW files
« on: May 20, 2013, 09:01:43 PM »
I can only speak from my own experience...the 5D3 raw files DEFINITELY offer more "wiggle room" than those taken with the crop-sensor EOS M (and my old 60D)...

Lenses / Re: Canon 24 - 105 for event photography?
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:26:22 PM »
you can, but you'll have to get quite close to the stage if you want any close-ups. For me, the loss of reach when shooting concerts was noticeable when I switched from the 60D to the 5D.

Lenses / Re: Best Lens for FF 6D
« on: May 05, 2013, 06:24:47 PM »
Best all-around lens for walkaround use - probably the 24-105.

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