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EOS Bodies / Re: Camera ownership on Flickr: 2013-2014
« on: January 17, 2015, 08:44:05 AM »
Flickr is a graveyard -- has been for some good time now.

That really isn't true you know. It achieves that balance between being centred on the photographs while retaining a very important social element better than any other site I know. There are other photo gallery sites, some of them visually very good, but socially they are pretty sterile. There are obviously sites which major on the social side but the photographs come a poor second.

I don't have any actual statistics, but anecdotally I'm seeing people who moved away from Flickr drifting back.

Yup, I'm one of them who drifted back. Tried 500px but decided Flickr was good enough for a place to store pics in decent quality incase someone wants to see my work. All I needed to do was clean it out a bit. The social aspect of it has been dead for a long time though, haven't noticed it getting any better.

Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 11:25:00 AM »
That new rebel looks like it's going to be a 70D on a diet. It could be the biggest change to the rebel line since the t1i / t2i. After that they were all kinda the same. Could it be they put a different sensor in this one? One that doesn't have 18MP?  ;)

Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 11:10:58 AM »
Doesn't look like it would take screw on filters. Maybe some specially made ones? With it covering up to 24mm you'd want some filtering ability to make it more versatile. Plus no IS means more than likely a tripod use only landscape and architecture lens for most people. The TS lenses kinda cover that need anyway.

Other than bragging rights to the widest glass in your kit why would you opt for this vs the TS or 16-35 or even the 14L? Not many rectilinear lenses exist between 11-14mm focal length so it's not like we have a lot of experience or prior need. I don't even know what I would do with 11mm. Already struggle with 14mm!

Canon General / Re: Canon Date codes gone? Why?
« on: January 13, 2015, 10:42:59 AM »
I have never heard of anyone asking for a receipt when buying used. I used to keep my receipts but after I started buying things online I realized there is no need to keep them. Tossed them all. Don't even need it to return an online item these days.

Like PBD said - If I have the original box and packaging and the item is in pristine condition, what more does the buyer need? A piece of paper saying someone bought it at some point in time? What if it was a present? Does that imply it's a stolen good because I don't have a receipt? Nonsense.

edit - I live in Japan where stolen stuff is rare and most people here wouldn't even dream of stealing stuff never mind selling stolen lenses. I've been spoiled! Though, I can see this being more of an issue in other countries where people are perhaps a bit more mistrustful.

Canon General / Re: Opinion: The myth of the upgrade path
« on: January 10, 2015, 10:01:16 PM »
My upgrade path was from crop to FF but I hadn't intended it to be that way at all. I thought the T2i was the only camera I would ever need. After a while I craved something more responsive and so I did some research and the 7D kept popping up. So I took my first upgrade plunge which introduced me to what a pro-grade body feels like and I liked it! However I didn't like the IQ and so again I researched and found a 5D2 would be within my budget. I kinda cursed myself for not buying the 5D2 first or even 2nd. Third time got it right. That camera served me well. The move to 6D wasn't so much upgrade but 'update'. I just wanted to have something newer for the same money. The 6D isn't perfect. I miss some aspects of the 5D2 like joystick and zoom preview buttons but it's worked out well. Think I'll keep this for a while!

EF-S lenses were a pain to get rid off.

EOS-M / Re: Why do I keep my Eos M?
« on: January 10, 2015, 06:32:59 AM »
I've had quite the opposite experience. I had very low expectations of the M and bought it during the discount period just as a novelty. However, I took it along with me on a few occasions and it proved useful enough to want to use again. It's really good at parties where a DSLR seems a bit overkill.

Indeed, some of my best shots last year were from the M mostly because I was more likely to carry it with me than my FF set up. The shots were good enough for an exhibition.

The 11-22mm lens is a must for any wide angle shooter IMO. I take this combo with me when I know I'm going to be shooting in low light where a tripod isn't practical.

I very recently bought the Samyang 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens in M mount. This is the first time I've used a fisheye lens and it was kinda fun. The combo is small and discreet and easy to wield around, in various angles. Easy to compose shots with the screen.

I also adapted a FD 50mm f1.4 lens for the M which gives killer results. The bokeh is really nice with that lens. A little hard to nail focus but worth it for portraits. I'd like to see a native 50mm f1.4 for M but I don't think it will ever happen. F/2 maybe?

Got some cheap extension tubes for it too. Dabbled in some macro.

And one final use I have is to use the M as a teleconverter but this is only occasionally. I did get a half decent shot of an eclipse from it though.

So, for $300 Vs all that usage I think I've got my money's worth! Have been thinking about getting the M2 but I'll wait to see what the M3 brings.

Technical Support / Re: Lighting & Flash tutorials
« on: January 06, 2015, 11:33:46 AM »
I'm looking to try to learn more about lighting and use flash.  Does anyone have a suggested book or online video series that you thought was worth your time and money?

* bookz: "captured by the light" (ziser) & "speedliter's handbook" (arena)
* videoz: lynda

+1 for the books.

I was looking for the print button the other day on my 6D! We had a Christmas party at our house and I wanted to quickly print of some pics as the party progressed and cut out the hassle of uploading images to my laptop first. I thought "hey! The must have got rid of that button after all!, oh well I'll use the wifi .... Nooooope!"

Turns out my cheap wifi Canon Pixma / Pixus whatever printer isn't wifi enough! What the frick? Maybe I'm too dumb to figure it out but it doesn't have an LCD screen and it doesn't have an option to "choose a network" it just connected to my router somehow when I first set it up (instructions all in Japanese don't judge me!). I can connect the 6D to my router but that's no use. Puzzled.

So, after much frustration I ended up just taking the memory card out of the camera and putting it in the laptop every time I wanted to print. I'm sure there's an easier way .....

So, until they make this simple process easier via wifi I say bring back the print button.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 02, 2015, 11:07:11 AM »
Thanks I can see the image now. I'll definitely look into Prime, thanks for the tip though I usually stay below ISO 3200 looking at my library.

Cheers and hope you have a great start to the new year! Happy shooting!

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 02, 2015, 10:29:00 AM »
Interesting shot, Zv!  I'm finally starting to get out with this lens and had a chance to use it on New Year's Eve.  I compared it against the 24-70 f/2.8 II on the 5DIII (not really a fair comparison).  It's wasn't anything scientific, but looking at two similar shots, the 11-22 is nearly as sharp, has 90% of the contrast, and only lacks in flare resistance.  I'm very impressed and the IS came in handy for the fireworks as well.

Here are a couple of the shots from the other night:

View from my hotel f/11, 20s, ISO 100 -1EV @20mm (32mm equivalent) on a tripod:

View of fireworks (from the opposite side of the river), handheld f/5.6, 1/8s, ISO6400 @22mm (35mm equivalent), processed with DxO PRIME:

Nice! Handheld fireworks shot, that's impressive! Yeah the IS totally rocks on this lens. I see you shot at ISO 6400, the shot looks amazingly clean, was that from the DXO prime processing? Maybe I should look into that.

Btw the hotel shot isn't loading on my end.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:48:53 AM »
-10 when this taken, that hair plus the hot springs are the only reason these guys survive, adaption at it's best.

Great shot, I was gonna go there last week when I was in Nagano but just missed my chance! I'll get there one day!

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:45:36 AM »
One from a snowboarding trip to Hakuba, Nagano. Woke up at the lodge, went downstairs for breakfast and this is the view I saw from the window. Taken with the EOS M + 22mm, through the glass window hence the reflection.

Canon EF-S and EF-M Lenses / Re: Canon EF-M 11-22mm f4-5.6 IS STM
« on: January 01, 2015, 06:33:59 AM »
Here's one recentish pic (November) of a place called Kourankei near Toyota city in Aichi prefecture in Japan. People come here to see the autumn leaves and the night time illumination of the trees by the river.

It's times like this when I particularly appreciate this lens and camera combo! The bridge was packed with people and there was almost nowhere to set up a full sized tripod. There would be no point anyway due to the vibrations from people walking on the bridge.

This was shot at 1/5s, f/5.6, ISO 800 with the lens @ 11mm

I took this pano with my iPhone 6 today while snowboarding. Worked out pretty well. A DSLR is a bit cumbersome up a ski slope and sometimes you have to use what you can. Amazing how good technology is these days. A few years ago this would have taken me ages stitching it together in Photoshop!

For quick snaps you can't beat a smartphone. It's always there in my pocket and anytime I see something interesting or funny I can quickly snap it. Better to have an iPhone shot than nothing at all. I use it mainly as a way to document things not for any artistic quality.

For dedicated shoots I use a DSLR or my EOS M depending on the situation. I probably take more pictures with these as I take hundreds at a time but it feels like I use the smartphone more often.

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