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Lenses / Re: EF or EF-S for 7D/70D
« on: March 07, 2013, 04:41:56 PM »
So i was in the same situation a few years ago when i started with my T3, moved to a 60D, and now with a 6D.  I ended up buying a bunch of EF-S lenses throughout this time totalling ~2,000$, selling the used lenses as i upgraded to better lenses.

I just did a full calculation of money lost in the process, and my total monetary losses for that 2k was only 281$, and all of that was basically due to the sigma 30mm f/1.4's price drop last month.

All of my lenses i bought new first hand as well, just waited for deals on them.

Basically my point is buy the lens you need now and worry about full frame later. Canon lenses are very good at holding their value, 3rd party not so much but its not horrendous.

Also, for crop sensors, the 18-55 S___ty kit lens is actually sharper than the 17-40 except in the very center.  It also gets you IS, the 17-40 is better in build quality, color, contrast, and an extra stop at the long end.  I would say definitely not worth the 5-6x price increase.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: March 07, 2013, 02:47:59 PM »
The battery does help a camera body autofocus an EF lens faster.
From Chuck Westfall… “In addition, the EOS-1D X achieves a higher lens motor drive speed with select L-series USM telephoto lenses than the 5D Mark III because of the 1D X’s more powerful battery pack.”

Exactly, power, i.e. V x A = W.

1 x LP-E4N is 11.1 V x 2450 mAh = 27.195 W
2 x LP-E6 is 7.2 V x 1600 mAh x 2 = 23.040 W

27 W vs. 23 W, not much of a difference, but it's there.

mAh is a measure of electrical charge and not max current output   :-X

I really dont see why anyone would buy this over a Fuji X100s

Lenses / Re: your goto everyday lens and why?
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:42:06 AM »
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 on 6D, just love that focal length for some reason.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hi =) -- Need New Camera -- Need Advice
« on: February 28, 2013, 04:52:47 PM »
To the point
About the 6d,
I'm reading really bad reviews about the camera and its build qulity and I fear that I'l be missing the "Canon Feel" Which I loved so much and the reason I never Used Straps. you might think that thats stupid reason to judge camera and not by her specs But Had really Good bonding with my 7D =)

So i had the same fear but after buying the 6D i can say that it feels just as sturdy as a 5D/7D.  The bulk of the body is magnesium and feels rigid while being significantly lighter.  My only gripe with the build quality is the top plate plastic which feels pretty cheap, though its necessary for the wifi and GPS.

I had talked to canon tech support about the weather sealing and they had this to say if it helps:
"The weather sealing of the EOS 6D is similar to that of the EOS 7D and the EOS 5D Mark III.  It is both dust and water resistant.  The overall body design EOS 6D is similar to those two cameras.  However, note that unlike the EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 6D front and rear covers are made of a Magnesium Alloy and the top, side, and bottom covers are made of a Polycarbonate resin."

Also, I loaned a 5D3 and used it with my 70-200 f/2.8 and it did not have that issue, neither did my friend's.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: To buy the 6D or the 5DM3 and Which Lens
« on: February 12, 2013, 12:22:37 PM »
I think you answered your own question, if youre trying to shoot sports then definitely 5D3.  The 6D is pretty usable for sports with center point focus only but if you ever try to track across the frame it does not fare very well. Also, the extra 1.5 FPS will be useful.

+1 to getting a 70-200 2.8. Lens is wonderful. Focusing is extremely fast and if you ever need extra range just get a TC or slap it onto your 40D.

EOS-M / Re: Micro four DoF and lenses
« on: January 21, 2013, 01:10:58 PM »
There is a Zeiss 40mm f/0.33. It auctioned two years ago for 60,000 euro.  If you do buy it please share your pictures   ;D


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Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm f/2 IS Review
« on: December 28, 2012, 06:31:58 PM »
Does it bother anyone else that he thinks f2.0-f/2.8 is 3/4 of a stop and f/1.8 to f/2.8 is a full stop

EOS Bodies - For Stills / DxOMark "Perceptual Megapixel"
« on: December 17, 2012, 02:11:24 PM »
Anyone else see this article?
It makes it seem that current sensors are out-resolving lenses which I dont believe is the case.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D AF point direct selection Not Working
« on: December 17, 2012, 05:01:48 AM »
Might be stupid to ask, but when you tried this, did your camera happen to have idled out? (The viewfinder's data display goes off).  The multiselector focus point selection will not work when the camera is idling and you have to half press the shutter button or press the meter button to take it out of idle before selecting the point.

Canon General / Re: Has anyone tried the TrekPod II for hiking/monopod use?
« on: December 13, 2012, 11:18:07 PM »

Wanted a monopod that I could use as a hiking stick.  This is the most reasonably priced one i found.  Does anyone have experience with any hiking pole/monopod combinations?

Not sure how stable it'd be as a tripod, especially with a heavy weight on top, and even less so if there's a heavy weight on top and a bunch of wind. But, as far as a 'the one you have with you', it's probably a lot better than nothing. The reviews are generally pretty positive. If you are going to be doing serious landscape/macro work out on a hike, I'd recommend getting a high quality lightweight tripod (going to be costly) with a great head, but if you just need it for some basic tripod/monopod use here and there it probably will work perfectly well.
Are you an avid hiker?  If so, you'll find the TrekPod heavy and awkward compared to high quality aluminum or carbon fiber trekking poles.  You really need to decide how you will use this.  As a hand held stabilizing monopod or a self standing unit?  Personally, I have the trekpod and I ended up getting high quality trekking poles from Leki and then getting a small carbon fiber attachment thingy with a 1/4-20 stud with velcro that will attach to the top of the grip.  As you probably know, you want to be as light as possible hiking.  The heavy weight of the trekpod negates taking the photo equipment you were planning to use in the first place and it doesn't break down very small either.  I'm on the way out now but I'll try to put up some links to good ideas later.

I mostly just want a monopod, dont really care about the tripod function.  How much weight will rigging something like that be able to hold? looking for something that would support the weight of a 5D3 and 17-40 and maybe even 70-200, so a bit under 5 lbs.  And no, nothing too serious, just ~10 mile day hikes.

Thanks in advance for the help!

Canon General / Has anyone tried the TrekPod II for hiking/monopod use?
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:07:24 PM »

Wanted a monopod that I could use as a hiking stick.  This is the most reasonably priced one i found.  Does anyone have experience with any hiking pole/monopod combinations?

Lenses / Re: Which (if any) non-L lenses are enviro-sealed?
« on: December 13, 2012, 03:22:35 PM »
Customer: But prosumer bodies like the 60D are sealed as well.

The 60D has some degree of weather sealing, but not much.  The 7D has decent sealing, as does the 5DIII.  But the true pro bodies (vs. 'prosumer' whatever that means) have a much higher level of sealing - O-rings where lesser bodies use foam, rubber or foam where lesser bodies rely on tight joins, an additional seal around the lens mount that mates with the gasket on sealed lenses, etc.

+1 to this. I have talked with canon technical support and they say that the 60D is not weathersealed.
You can see the seals for yourself in these two pictures.


It just has some basic gaskets and seals under the buttons.  What actually worries me the most is lack of seals around the flash unit.  I would not take the camera in anything more than a very light sprinkle.

Also, 17-40 f/4 as someone else mentioned is a pretty cheap weathersealed lens with a filter.

Lenses / Re: Noisy IS on 24-105mm F4
« on: December 11, 2012, 04:31:49 PM »
Really depends what you mean by noisy. My 24-105 is significantly louder than my sigma 17-50 f/2.8 OS, especially when it starts up you can hear a pretty noticeable chirp.  My 70-200 is silent in operation but the startup/stopping causes a pretty loud noise. All work fine, except for the sigma actually that went in last week for an AF issue.  So i wouldnt worry about it unless there is something actually wrong with the operation.

Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 05, 2012, 04:24:50 PM »
Canon 50mm F/1.0
The "Dream Lens" Canon 50mm F/.95 converted to EF mount

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