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By the way, I would recommend getting the 24-105L as your first lens. It's very versatile and pairs well with the 5D3. It's still my most used lens. The second lens I recomend is the 70-300L. Stunning IQ for telephoto and portraits. Very compact and well built.

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Great choice on the 5D3. You won't regret it. You will notice a huge difference from the T2i. The AF, low light IQ and depth of field control are amazing. The handling and controls are also great.  Just a couple tips. Make sure to calibrate the micro focus for your lenses. It made a big difference for me, particularly for shallow depth of field shots. Also set up the joystick to select the focus point. This is the best way to take advantage of the 5DIIIs 61 focus points. This lets you just move the point instead of "focus and recompose". Much more accurate.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: Today at 06:16:33 AM »
If you really want to downgrade you should get a 70d or an SL1. Both are great cameras and cost significantly less than the 5DIII. As others have said, going from a 5DIII to a 7DII doesn't make much sense from a technical or financial perspective, unless you are an action sports shooter.

Lenses are another issue. Your 24-70 just won't be nearly as useful on a 7D. You will probably need to get an EFS 15-85 or 17-55. Both are nice lenses, but expensive for non-L build quality.

If I were you, I'd just get a used Sl1 with a kit lens for casual shooting and keep the 5D3 for special occasions.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 11, 2014, 08:11:19 PM »
I for one am very happy about this. My old T2i with a 24mm pancake is going to be the perfect light travel kit. (It would be even better on an SL1!) Coupled with my 40mm pancake it will be a very versatile kit.


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Photography Technique / Re: Travel set up
« on: September 09, 2014, 10:46:15 PM »
Sounds like a great trip, but I think you are crazy to take that much expensive and heavy gear. South America is great, but dangerous. I've been there many times and I won't even wear a watch or wedding ring, particularly in Brazil. You will get robbed! Some counties are safer than others, but you need to plan for the worst.

I would recommend the smallest possible camera. Maybe a cheap EOS M or Sl1 kit. It will make backpacking and travel safer and more pleasurable.
Last time I was in Brazil I took my old T2i with 18-55 kit lens along with my s100. It worked out well, but I was always very careful and vigilant.

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Lenses / Re: Would you buy the 35L now, or wait?
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:49:38 PM »
Another option is to get a 40mm pancake. Great IQ, light, compact and cheap.

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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:45:16 PM »
I think a 24mm pancake would be a perfect walk around lens for a rebel. An SL1 with a 24mm pancake would be a mirrorless killer.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 70-300L IS + Kenko 1.4x Teleconverter
« on: December 01, 2012, 08:21:21 AM »
I have the 70-300L and a 5DIII. I purchased a Kenko PRO 300 AF DGX 1.4X on ebay and tried it for a few weeks. Overall, IQ was pretty good. It was definitely better than cropping. However, as others have mentioned, AF hunts quite a bit, particularly in low light.

I should mention that my unit was an older version. Apparently, the newer versions have a green or blue dot on them and have newer firmware that fixes some of the AF issues with certain lenses.

I ended up returning the Kenko and purchasing a used T2i body, which gives me 1.6x reach and better AF with the 70-300 (when compared to the Kenko+5DIII).

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 450D vs 5D MKII AF system
« on: September 28, 2012, 07:50:57 AM »
I've got both a 450d and a 5DII. You will be very happy with the upgrade. The center point on the 5DII is very good and reasonably fast. AI Servo is also much better than the 450d. It also supports microfocus adjust, which is critical to get really sharp images with shallow depth of field. You will also notice a huge improvement in image quality and low light performance. The build quality, handling, LCD and viewfinder will also be a big step forward for you.

A bit of advise. Don't upgrade to a 7d. You will love the AF system and build quality, but you will be disappointed with the image quality and noise. The 5DII is a much more satisfying upgrade for a 450d user.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Looking for an new Camera
« on: September 23, 2012, 05:04:40 AM »
The 7D continues to be Canon's best 1.6x crop body. The other options are the 60D and T4i, but they essentially use the same 18MP sensor from the 7d, so IQ will be about the same.

If you really want a crop body, get a used 7d. Learn to use noise reduction and sharpening tools in Lightroom. It's the cheapest way to improve the IQ of the 7d. However, If you can afford it, I highly recommend the 5DIII. The IQ is much better than the 7D, along with everything else.  The 6D might be worth looking at, but it will only be available in December. Just keep in mind it will have a much simpler AF system than the 7D and 5D III.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Best FF option
« on: September 22, 2012, 03:52:13 PM »
Coming from a 7d, you will only be happy with a 5d III. The 5DII and 6D offer better IQ, but you will miss the advanced AF and handling of the 7d. The 5d III is the best of both worlds. The extra megapixels of the 5dIII will let you crop a bit more so you won't miss the reach of the 7d as much as you think.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: September 17, 2012, 08:02:19 PM »
So you are a rebel shooter looking to upgrade.....

The 6D has more megapixels than a rebel. We can debate until the cows come home if that is a good thing or not, but the fact remains that more megapixels sell. Look at all the higher end users champing at the bit waiting for Canon to put out a 40+ Megapixel camera..... kind of proves the point.

GPS. Some regard it as useless, some as nice to have.... fact is that the "toy" point and shoots have it, and if you are trying to entice them up to a bigger and better camera, features like that help.

ISO range. The ISO range beats the c**P out of anything in the rebel line. It will be interesting to see what the image quality is, but with a lower pixel density than APS-C and using the latest technology, one would expect to see image quality almost as good as a 5D III.

Focusing. This is aimed at people upgrading from a rebel.... one would expect that the focusing would be better than a rebel. Canon certainly isn't going to make it worse. The low light sensitivity is the best of any DSLR out there.... period! Rather than focus on how many points and what type they are, wait until the camera is reviewed by independant sources..... anything said now is speculation. All that can be safely said is that it SHOULD be better than a rebel and SHOULD be worse than a 5D III. And they have included AFMA that is lens serial number specific and at both ends of a zoom, yet another feature rebel shooters do not have.

The viewfinder.... OK, it's not 100%, but it is way better than on a rebel.

The camera has HDR and multiple exposure modes.... sorry rebel....
63 zone metering... sorry rebel....

I would have liked to have seen the articulated touchscreen of the T4i, but the addition of WiFi brings up the potential for a phone or even Ipad to become the touchscreen and who cares about articulated when you have removable? WiFi is so much more than downloading images. This is a function that has the potential to change the way a lot of people interact with thier cameras. Time will tell how it is implemented, but there is a lot of promise here... and by the way, it is yet another feature to entice rebel shoters to upgrade.

Movie modes....I would have liked to have seen 1920 at 60 hz, but I can understand why it would be left off.

Is it better than a 5D III? Of course not. Is it better than a rebel? Of course so. And it's priced in the middle....

If I were shooting with a rebel and wanted to move up to something better, this is a good place to go.

The problem is that the 6D does not seem much better than the 4 year old 5D II, yet it costs more. On the other hand, the Nikon D600 beats it in every way and would probably give the 5DIII a run for its money for $1500 less. It has built-in flash, better AF, higher megapixels, MFA, headphone jack, and dual SD slots.  I'm sure the 6D will be a fine camera and will take great pictures. Unfortunately, it just doesn't make much sense from a strategic perspective in a competitive market environment. But hey, thats life. The same thing happened to Nikon when Canon released the 5DII. It caught them completely by surprise and catapulted Canon to the lead. Now it's Nikons turn!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Announces the Canon EOS 6D DSLR
« on: September 17, 2012, 07:07:00 AM »
It's basically a crippled 5D II with wifi and gps. No microfocus, only 1/4000 shutter speed. They could have at least thrown in a built in flash to appeal to casual photographers. Thanks Canon, at least my 5DII won't lose it's value! It is still the best, low cost full frame Canon out there.

I'm glad I bought a 5D III from the Adorama eBay deal.

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I love my crumpler 5 million dollar home. It fits my 5DII with a 24-105L and a 70-300L in the side compartment. It is very functional, looks great and protects the gear well. It also doesn't look like a camera bag.

http://www.crumpler.com/us/Camera-Bags/Camera-Bags/5-Million-Dollar-Home.html?LanguageCode=EN&SKU=MD5002-X01P50

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