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Lenses / Re: Sleeper Lenses?
« on: July 19, 2013, 04:55:07 AM »
I really like my old Sigma 400mm F/5.6 APO Macro HSM on my 550D. Great reach, quite fast AF, but sadly not re-chipped and thus no F/5.6.
Anyway, a really nice lens and great for birding :)

PowerShot / Re: G1X vs RX-100 (Underwater) Dilemma
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:15:32 AM »
Hoi Knipser

I was recently diving with my underwater cam.
Which of those two cameras you choose doesn't really matter, as long as you have a flash!
You will need a flash! To repeat myself, get a flash!

Ok, now that the most important thing is out of the way, it doesn't really matter which of those two. Important is that you take one which has a fast auto-focus. Macro is nice, but under water you try to not touch the animal so you usually keep some 50 cm distance ;)
Mediamarkt Sihlcity had last Saturday the RX100 for 399 or 459 CHF on sale (or was it the Canon G1x?), might be still the case! I nearly got one myself  ;D

Regarding battery life, I recharged it between every single dive! Rather get a good cloth to dry the case between the drives and maybe some "dry silicon" bags to dry the camera between the uses, otherwise the glass might fog up.

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: July 11, 2013, 03:57:47 AM »
Shutter speed 1/30, ISO 1600 during the sunset time, so kind of low light in my backyard...... . first 2 pictures are noisy because i did more then 30% crop.
Ah ok, that probably explains it. Did you also shoot them in RAW and then in post process not apply any noise reduction?
Was there a little air blowing? Don't forget that it takes only 1-2 mm to get the animal out of focus in such close distances.

It makes me sad to see an offer like this. In Europe we pay at least $ 2.100 for the 6D body ONLY, and we never get offers like this. Sadly the offer is only valid for the US only, this kit would still be much cheaper including shipping, handling and duties than what their charge us here.
This is actually not fully true. We just had (and still have) a cash back offer here in Switzerland for several lenses and bodies. The 6D was sadly not with cashback. Also there is currently a "bring your old camera for a cashback for your new canon" rebate. Sadly also not such a good deal as this one here from B&H Photo.

Technical Support / Re: Help needes: EOS 7D - noisy pictures
« on: July 05, 2013, 07:36:40 AM »
Hi Dani
For us to really help you, we need the original RAW image. Could you upload it maybe to some free file hoster like mega.co.nz?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:15:51 AM »
Maybe it got built-in flash as a trade to the GPS? :) I really wonder how good the ISO performance will be, that is what currently limits me the most on my 550D.

I sadly did not get it. The price in the end was much more close to 900 USD, which was to much for my current budget. I guess I have to wait for the next offer or the next version of this lens.

Lenses / A used 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM worth to buy for ~750 USD
« on: June 23, 2013, 07:31:45 AM »
Hi All
I might have an offer to buy a used Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM for around 750 USD. I don't yet have any usefull lens in that range, only the Sigma 400mm F5.6 APO Marco HSM which is not rechipped (and thus only with open aperture).
The lens has a little dust inside and the hood mounting mechanism is broken, but the seller says it's optically in otherwise perfect condition.

What do you think? Shall I rather way for the successor of this lens or get it? I'm not really in a hurry to buy it, but I think it's a really nice offer.

Abstract / Re: How do you shoot this?
« on: June 21, 2013, 04:16:09 AM »
I'd have guessed a fairly long exposure while moving the camera a bit up with the shutter open and then keep it a tad longer on the subject until the exposure is done. But just a wild guess.

Underwater / Re: Macro EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: June 19, 2013, 11:25:49 AM »
Do you have any domes mounted or other front parts?
How good is the light you have? What is the camera "suggesting" for shutter, speed and iso?
On my last dive I was with my small Canon compact camera at 20-30 meters and had no problems focusing in daylight.
Is the focus hunting?
Are you using live-view or through viewfinder? (I guess live-view, which makes it much slower)
Does the focusing work fine on land inside the case?

Landscape / Re: Flowers
« on: June 18, 2013, 09:51:28 AM »
Shot yesterday, just cropped somewhat.

I actually didn't even see the lice while shooting the flower.

added the original picture, slightly resized to 80% so that it can be uploaded.
Shot with Canon 100mm F/2.8L Macro

Is one camera configured to also store RAW images besides jpeg?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs. 600D with good lenses?
« on: May 27, 2013, 05:32:42 PM »
What I completely forgot to mention (but was already mentioned by others) and this actually pisses me a bit off, it has no built in flash. Nikon is able to do that, so I'm a bit unhappy that Canon did not manage to do this. On the other hand the 6D has GPS and WIFI built in which also occupies some little space.
Recently I checked all my pictures, I haven't often used the flash, but you might be missing some night portraits out.

Once I have the 6D I'll probably miss the reach, even with the 24-105 lens. I made a graph of all my pictures and discovered that 1/3 of all my taken pictures are made with ~140 and ~160mm, so I will need a lens with further reach. I guess it would be the 100-400mm one, once I've saved up again enough money. Until then my old, crappy, 75-300 (or 70-300) has to cover it, together with my 400mm Sigma Prime.
ExposurePlot is the name of the program, really usefull for this kind of information.

Anyway, congratulation about your choice! Maybe you could write a small follow up in a week or two after you had some time to test the kit.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs. 600D with good lenses?
« on: May 27, 2013, 02:30:26 PM »
Hi Beginner
I'm in the same situation.
Reasons for me to probably go to the 6D from the 550D are:
- bigger body = better for my hands
- more controll in manual mode (you have many additional options for ISO (more steps), more options for the AF points, ...)
- narrower DoF, could also be a problem sometimes
- bigger and brighter view finder!!!

Negative points are
- only EF lenses = more expensive
- less reach compared to APS-C with the same lens

But yeah, the positives clearly outweight the negatives :)

I recently too my EOS 550D to the beach in Thailand. I always had it with my Sigma 18-125 in a bag, together with my Sigma 400mm lens. I only changed the lens when I was sitting on a beach chair or very sure that there was no sand in the air. Was no problem at all.
And don't forget, sand grains are normaly fairly large and don't get into the really small opening in the lens. Simply be carefull while changing it, but that's more or less.
Ah and don't drop it into the sand, or at least have a air-duster (or however it's called in english) ready to clean it :)

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