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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5599 via ebay
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:30:08 AM »
Makes me a little sick knowing I just paid $6799 for one a month ago.

That sucks, not to rub it in or anything, but how urgent did you need it?
I mean, it was available for as low as $5474 last august (2013). I only expect it to have sales like this throughout the year... 1 thing I learned is that they never have sales on these things during the holidays.

They did have the 5d mkiii available on black Friday for $2500 2 years ago... but that compatible price didn't show up again until a few months back.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:27:59 AM »
Also let me add I am not speaking about the OP - I have no idea who he/she is or what level their photography is at, and I am not saying they do not make measured decisions - I am speaking purely in generalities.  :)

I thought about teaching a class for. 6th through eighth grade and I don't care about their gear... film... digital... slr... but it should have a manual function.

My intent is to teach then about depth of field and the relationship they have with their subject... angle mostly... I'll leave perspective up to a guest speaker...


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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5649 via ebay
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:21:47 AM »
I'm not in the market for a 1dx... but it is intriguing because it isn't that much more expensive than my 5d mkiii.  Well when I sell my mkiii.

One advice.....try NOT to hold 1D X + 24-70 II. This thing is one AWESOME machine ;)

I don't know any 1dx people... though I am going to b&h to drool a little... so I'll heed your advice.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5599 via ebay
« on: February 21, 2014, 09:25:48 AM »
Makes me a little sick knowing I just paid $6799 for one a month ago.

If you paid with a credit card that doubles your warranty, you got two years of warranty service for the bargain basement price of $1200.

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Just throwing this out there because it came to mind... but could you use the 6d and Wi-Fi to connect to a network area storage and have the images saved onto an external hard drive?

Then you can take a photo every minute and have a more compelling time lapse video.  You also don't have issues with running out of hard drive space.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Canon EOS-1D X Body $5649 via ebay
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:06:22 PM »
I'm not in the market for a 1dx... but it is intriguing because it isn't that much more expensive than my 5d mkiii.  Well when I sell my mkiii.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:14:08 AM »

As long as you understand that changing the distance to your subject changes the perspective, whereas changing the focal length does not.  It's an important distinction, because a zoom lens allows you to change the framing without changing perspective, or to change both together, where as with a prime, you change perspective and framing together and cannot alter them independently.

Perspective... being the angle at which you view/shoot your subject?

JD, I wrote a detailed reply to your question, but didn't want to take over the thread, so I posted it as a new thread in the Techniques forum:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19685.0


Just when I feel confident...

I'll give it a look.. I believe I have noticed 'perspective' in my shots and used it to a certain extent... but there is definitely more to learn.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:00:41 AM »

At the beginning it looks like an increase in focal length, but really you are just cutting away ("cropping") part of the image. The only advantage of crop sensors that is sometimes (!) relevant (except for price) is actually the higher pixel density.

I shoot full frame for the most part.

But there are many situations where the extra range provided by the crop camera IN THE VIEWFINDER is helpful to me. If I am at a school play, sitting in the back, using my 70-200 f/2.8 IS II on a crop camera, the fact is that I can tell better (@320mm on the crop) whether I have the caught the facial expression I wanted - WHILE TAKING THE SHOT. I can't run home, pop up the full frame shot (@200mm) on the computer screen. Sure, I could zoom in AFTER THE FULL FRAME SHOT to make sure I got it - but then the scene is over - it's too late.

I know your first statement is correct and often cited as evidence that crop cameras are inferior, but the extra range available to the shooter in the viewfinder is a reality that can be quite useful in hundreds of situations. So, I must disagree with your second statement.

I look forward to the optical digital hybrid viewfinder... I hope to be able to zoom in with the digital so I can see if the image is in focus the way I can using live view and and the digital zoom function. 

Even better I hope they over lay each other and the camera recognizes where I'm looking so it zooms directly at that location... to dream.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:04:12 AM »

As long as you understand that changing the distance to your subject changes the perspective, whereas changing the focal length does not.  It's an important distinction, because a zoom lens allows you to change the framing without changing perspective, or to change both together, where as with a prime, you change perspective and framing together and cannot alter them independently.
Perspective... being the angle at which you view/shoot your subject? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:29:56 AM »
Dictating that he should only use primes is limiting his artistic options.  I did this really awful long exposure where I zoomed in during the middle of the shot... It wasn't good... but it also isn't achievable using a prime. 

Let him decide how and why... just because he has a zoom doesn't mean he won't zoom with his feet if he composes the shot he wants.

And shooting at wife open apertures and calling it artistic vision is a fallacy unto itself.

Yes ... I do a lot of foot zooming when I'm only with a single camera with the 24-70 mounted on it. I do sometimes need a closer shot at 70mm so the only option is to use my feet.

OTOH, if it were the 28-300L, I would (probably) understand.

Depth of field changes with focal length... so if you compose a shot art 24mm but you want to frame it... some people will walk forward to get the shot they want or they will move the zoom to 35mm... and I believe that is what the other guy is objecting to... because you aren't really composing the shot with depth of field in mind, but just framing.  Having said that.. having three focal length of four or five outings in one lens is convenient to.... 24, 35, 50, 60, etc... but it takes a little dedication to walk towards your target rather than zoom.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:09:33 AM »
I honestly cannot agree with the recommendation that the OP keeps the 24-70mm lens. He's a photography student. He still has to learn and define his version of the art. If he uses the 24-70mm, then IMHO, his photographs will look like everybody else's photographs and he won't develop a style of his own that's marketable in a very competitive business. (Over here in South Africa, every idiot with a "Rebel" and Sigma budget zoom considers herself a "pro" photographer ... heck, scratch "pro" ... considers herself a photographer.)


Dictating that he should only use primes is limiting his artistic options.  I did this really awful long exposure where I zoomed in during the middle of the shot... It wasn't good... but it also isn't achievable using a prime. 

Let him decide how and why... just because he has a zoom doesn't mean he won't zoom with his feet if he composes the shot he wants.

And shooting at wife open apertures and calling it artistic vision is a fallacy unto itself. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:31:49 AM »
I'm also wandering between 5D2 and 6D. Upgrade from 600D, though.

I'd lean towards the 6D.  Wifi, gps, and better low light performance... both are great... but the 6D in terms of shear performance is better.

And for reference... I hated the 6d when it came out.  I thought it was a slightly better version of the 5d mkii and at the same time.. slightly worse... but I've changed my mind.  If you do portrait or landscape... it's perfect... if you shoot action... the 5d mkiii is a good alternative to the 1dx and its cousins.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 20, 2014, 07:06:26 AM »
This past weekend I took a 5D III with me my daughter's dive meet.  I was pretty excited after what I was reading in regards to ISO performance in lower light.   I was thinking that this would be great compared to my T1i that I've got because natatoriums typically have crummy lighting in them.

Now, I'm not a pro, and I'm sure that it was me, but I pushed the ISO up to 6400 here to get a 1/1600 shutter speed to stop action of divers doing flips.   I cropped this image in LR5, but did not apply any noise reduction (color or luminance).   I wish I had my T1i with me so I could take some comparison shot, but I've attached and example of what I got during this trip.  Most of my pictures have similar output. 

After seeing this, I know that the 5D is a superior camera in all regards, but I felt this output was ho-hum.   Again, before I get beat up for speaking blasphemy - I'm not a pro, I was shooting in manual, and I just received the camera the day before the meet, so I didn't have much time to adjust to it.  I'm sure this is due to learning curve.

In this circumstance and from this distance I probably would have brought along a flash.

The image looks like it was still under exposed which is why there is so much grain...

And it definitely needs some grain reduction...

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Lenses / Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« on: February 19, 2014, 07:47:17 PM »
For what it's worth.. I bought an 85mm last summer for 275 and I sold it last month for 320 ish and my take away was around 295. 

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Lenses / Re: Hard choice the 50 1.4 or 85 1.8
« on: February 19, 2014, 02:06:15 PM »
Why do we buy primes... image quality and to shoot wide open.  We buy zooms for the convenience of being able to change focal length.. but I digress.

The 85 is sharp wide open... the 50 is not as it only sharpens up around f2.8...

I abandoned the Canon 50's because I don't want to have to stop down to get a decent image...

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