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6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:33:15 AM »
Scarlet Macaw, Disney's Animal Kingdom
(6D, 24-105 @ 1/125, f8, ISO800,105,  about 1:1 crop)

The color is really exceptional.  Vivid without being oversaturated.  Nicely done.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:32:51 AM »
Boats moored on the River Alde, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England.

Shot with the 6D and 24-70 f4L IS @50mm. A four frame panoramic.

The IQ from the 6D is really first class and the high ISO capability is incredible. However I find the soft click stops of the two command wheels annoying. They are so soft that when working under pressure I can't feel them. I'm sure it has been done to differentiate between this camera and the 5DIII and 1Dx.

It's a lovely image.  You are absolutely right about some of the petty things done (deliberately) to cripple what would otherwise by a first class camera.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 28, 2013, 09:31:52 AM »
Many thanks to you both!

And here's another Thanks to you Mr. Dustin Abbot!
I'd say that about 98% of what I've seen you post here has left me in awe, almost speechless. I think you have a very impressive body of work, I'm always pleased to see a fresh post of yours.
I did step up to a 6D late last summer, what a delightful piece of gear to own.
While I have a few issues with it's ergonomics, I have absolutely no issues at all with the image quality it produces.
Part of my purchase decision was influenced by your posts and your review.

That is a very kind compliment.  I'll try to work on the other 2%  ;D

In the Stillness of Winter by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

6D + Rokinon 14mm.  One exposure for sky, one for foreground.  Handblended.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 27, 2013, 04:14:00 PM »
It's beautiful !   Well done Dustin.

+1000...Magnificent! :)

Many thanks to you both!

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 27, 2013, 02:58:30 PM »
My first 6D image. Per Dustin suggestion, was waiting for 6D and finally pulled the trigger and got it for $1800 (6D + 24-105). Moving from Xti to 6D and looking at the quality of pics, I am super exited.

Good for you.  I'm really glad you are enjoying the camera and got such a good price.

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM
« on: December 27, 2013, 09:06:45 AM »
Thanks to the compact size of this lens, I can justify stuffing it in my shoulder bag for a short trip.  Good thing I did, too, my future father-in-law spotted this guy while walking the dog, and called me from down the block to come check it out:

Nice clarity on the shot!

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:51:19 AM »
Here's a Christmas themed nightscape (and yes, the Bethlehem Star was added in post):

One Silent Night by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 27, 2013, 08:47:54 AM »
Here's a Christmas themed image, and another example of why the Rokinon is such a great choice for shooting at night.  (And yes, the "Bethlehem Star" was added in post, but the rest of the scene is a single exposure.

One Silent Night by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Unthinkable: Swapped out 5D3 for 6D
« on: December 23, 2013, 05:35:03 PM »
Just a note for the OP regarding FoCal - be very careful to have the proper EV for running the tests.  Slightly dim lighting produces a different result (sometimes consistently) than the tests run with properly bright EV.  That may not have been your problem at all, but I wanted to throw that out as a possibility.

Good point, Dustin. The thought had actually crossed my mind as well but haven't had the chance to redo the testing in a more ideal scenario. I actually performed the tests at my office during my break and it is not the same lighting that I normally use for FoCal. Will definitely be redoing them when I get some time at home.

I actually just ordered an EG-S focusing screen as well. Hopefully I will also be able to better see through the vf whether the AF is doing it's job properly on my faster lenses. Completely forgot that I could easily swap out the screen on the 6D since I had been used to the thought of not doing it with the 5D3 based on it's restrictions.

Since I had two 6D's, I may do the same on one of mine as I do have quite a few manual focus lenses.  I would be particularly tempted if I picked up a Zeiss to add to the kit.

Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 22, 2013, 03:34:12 PM »
When you guys talk about lens profiles, is that for the in-camera correction or some kind of preset for Photoshop?

Is there any available from 5D Mark III. This lens is definitely interesting, but the distortion is a tad bit off-putting.

This is referring to a Lightroom/Photoshop profile to correct distortion. The 5DII profile will work fine for your 5DIII.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: December 22, 2013, 10:18:22 AM »
Here's another winter scene taken with the 6D/Rokinon 14mm combo:

Winterflare by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 21, 2013, 08:43:05 PM »
Best star-lens for Canon IMHO, I LOVE mine.

I was a skeptic until I tried one for myself, now I'm a believer.

Do you have an idea of the amount of coma for the lens?

About like this:

It is exceptionally low, and many people who do a lot of nightscapes choose this lens over any other.

Lenses / Re: Review: Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8
« on: December 21, 2013, 07:10:12 PM »
Excellent, balanced review.  Its neither fanboyish or skeptical.  Well done.

Reviews / Re: A Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 21, 2013, 07:09:30 PM »
Just to add to the collection, I recently completed a review of the Samyang branded version of the 14mm

Surprisingly good for the money, if you can live with its foibles


Hope it adds some info of interest ;-)

I just read the review.  It is very well done, and your conclusions are very similar to my own.  Unlike me, however, you were able to directly compare it to the 14L, and I found that very helpful.  Thanks for sharing!

Lenses / Re: Two New 24-70's Coming in 2014? [CR1]
« on: December 21, 2013, 04:43:22 PM »
Just my 2 cents, but I think that Canon really needs to stop charging such ridiculous initials MSRP's for their new lens.

$2499 for 24-70II to well under $2000 in just over a year.
$1699 for 24-70 f/4 to under a $1000 street price (as cheap as $899) in less than a year.
$849 for 35mm f/2 IS to $549 in about a year.
Etc... (and don't even get started on the EOS M)

I've heard the arguments that early adopters pay the premium.  Fine, but when a clear trend emerges that new products start well above market value and reach their true value in a year or less some light bulbs start going off, and that core, important audience starts closing their wallets and waiting.  I just think it is a bad business practice.  Yes, market forces often drive the value of new goods down over time, but, in the case of the EOS and the 24-70 f/4 you are talking about near 50%.

I'm a value conscious shopper.  I personally am not inclined to buy any new Canon product within 6 months of release because I fear that my investment is going to be wasted.  Premium lenses are often exceptional at holding their value, but try telling that to someone who is trying to sell a year old 24-70 variant when new prices have dropped by $600+.

The Tamron 24-70 entered the market at a $1299 price point.  Current price is about $1049 for the Canon version, although the Nikon is still at about $1299 for some reason.  That is what I consider more like typical market forces.  One of the advantages in the past to buying a Canon over a third party was the conventional wisdom that the Canon would have a higher resale value.  But what if that advantage is removed?  I bought my Tamron for $1149 by negotiating and shopping around.  I can sell it for at least $900, possibly more.  But at worst I have lost $250.  If I had paid $2499 for the 24-70MKII and was looking at a market of, say, $1800, to sell it, I think I would be pretty ticked.

In conclusion:  if Canon does release a new 24-70mm f/2.8 IS, I think it pricing it over $2500 is a mistake.

You came to the wrong conclusion.

Your conclusion should have been this: I care more for how much I can sell my lens for than the photographs I create with it.

Wow, that is a pretty huge generalization with absolutely no merit to discussion at hand.  You've never sold a lens to invest in something else that fits a need or to upgrade to a newer/better product?  You don't care about your gear holding value?  If the answer to both of those questions is no, then we certainly are different.
I categorically reject your final assessment.  I believe my work speaks for itself.

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