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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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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:25:41 AM »
My favourite photography genre is macro and I do a lot of it! Shooting with a MR-14 EX and extension tubes, I absolutely love the IQ of my subjects but equally hate the noise and banding in the shadow areas.
In this case, the EOS 70D is the obvious choice. Plus a new one will cost you less than a secondhand EOS 5D2.
Mind showing your math?
In macro, often need to open F11 (on APS-C) to achieve much of the object within the depth of field. In full frame, need to use F16 or more closed to achieve the same depth of field, and this negates (in part) the advantage of full frame at high ISO. Moreover, DUAL PIXEL AF, combined with the 70D articulated LCD is great for macro.

With the same composition and framing... yes... but at identical distances (and I'm not sure why this is) the depth of field for full frame is greater.  It's all very confusing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:11:36 AM »
My favourite photography genre is macro and I do a lot of it! Shooting with a MR-14 EX and extension tubes, I absolutely love the IQ of my subjects but equally hate the noise and banding in the shadow areas.

In this case, the EOS 70D is the obvious choice. Plus a new one will cost you less than a secondhand EOS 5D2.

Mind showing your math? 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:02:41 AM »
So as I move into my 3rd year of photography, I find my 500D isn't able to help my take my photography to the next level and its beginning to feel like my L series lenses are begging to shoot on a full frame body.

What L-lenses do you own? Zooms? In my opinion, you will never get your photography anywhere with zooms. I suggest you try primes ... like the EF 35mm f/2 (non-IS version). Already own L-primes? Definitely go "full frame" then!

I have primes... primes are lovely... but there are plenty of exceptional zooms in the Canon lineup.  I always break out my zooms when I'm not sure exactly how far my subject will be or the subject moves frequently... so yeah. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Full Frame Vs Crop Sensor
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:00:01 AM »
All I have are opinions.  I upgraded from a 60D to a 5D mkiii... and I really really like/love the mkiii... but I also really really liked/loved my 60D.  The 5D is better... and after selling the 60D... the mkiii only cost around $2000... but do I believe the mkiii is worth the money I spent... and here is my answer.  Kinda.

The low light performance of the mkiii is truly impressive.  I never pushed the 60D passed iso 2500... and even then, that is significantly more than most people are willing to push it... some people are 1600 people.  With the mkiii, I try not to go passe 3200... but in a pinch... 6400 isn't a crime.  The images clean up nicely with lightroom and the images are still really really good.

The added shots per second... nice... but not mandatory.  The magnesium core... nice, but I don't drop my gear, so it is a bit of a non factor for me.  I do miss my articulating screen, but that's a small complaint.  I do like the double card slots... I'm not a crazed fanatic of the joystick, but it is nice to have.

In great light, I'm not sure that I can tell a crop sensor photo from a full frame, but in low light, definitely. 

As for the depth of field, focal length issue... I don't miss the 1.6 conversion factor... and it is nice being able to get in closer with a subject with my 100mm L or my soon to arrive, 135L.  As I get closer to my subject, the depth of field shrinks and the aspects of the bokeh can really come out.  If I'm shooting outdoor sports, I throw on a 1.4 teleconverter.

I like my mkiii so much that I don't know that I will upgrade to an mkiv... but I also wasn't blown away by it so much.  Would I make the jump again... yes...

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:29:33 AM »
Croft British Touring Car Championship 2012...
That's cheating, coz he ain't a "photographer" ;D ... he is a videographer  ;D ... but nice image.
It doesn't take stills?  Almost every video camera @ best buy has a stills button.  Unbelievable.
I was not commenting on the video camera ... I was saying he is a videographer, also it was said in jest, hence the grinning smiley ;D

I don't use smilies... thus my jests are often misinterpreted. 

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:16:22 AM »
Croft British Touring Car Championship 2012...
That's cheating, coz he ain't a "photographer" ;D ... he is a videographer  ;D ... but nice image.
It doesn't take stills?  Almost every video camera @ best buy has a stills button.  Unbelievable.

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Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 18, 2014, 10:14:54 AM »
If you are comfortable with it, just take the 50. And a ziplock bag ;) I did just that last summer and was very happy. No weight, no worrying about other lenses getting bumped/lifted/flooded/whatever :D

Yip. Perfect.

It is very humid in Florida... so you may want to read up on switching lenses and waiting for the temperature to normalize before switching. 

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Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 17, 2014, 09:07:17 PM »
I brought a 70-200 II to WDW.  It was useful for the shows and parades, but that was about it.  A fast prime is nice at night.

The fireworks @ night... helps to have a fast prime... something like a sigma 35 art or a 24 f/1.4 would be really nice... but in conjunction with a flash... maybe some 2nd shutter flash...

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Lenses / Re: Need Help Choosing Lenses for Walt Disney World & Cruise..
« on: February 17, 2014, 08:56:18 PM »
I'd vote for the 50mm... or maybe a get a 35prime for indoors and then the 24-105 for outdoors.  F/4 isn't going to cut it for the it's a small world after all ride...

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Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: February 16, 2014, 02:50:21 PM »
Women's rights rally... dude looks like Springsteen to me... in retrospect, I should have cropped/composed this differently.

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I don't care about read speeds... sure it is helpful, but I'm reasonably patient.  Write speeds I do care about.  I used to spray and pray... and when I upgraded from a class 4 SD card to a class 10, the change in speed was noticeable. 

Presently I shoot around 5 to 6 shots at one time.  I time my shots up with the action and then I throw in a little spraying and praying. 

I haven't tried to see at what point my mkiii + my lexar 800x will slow down... but I am curious.  And I want to know if I shoot 30 raw shots in a row with that combo... then will I get 50 in a row with the mkiii and the 1000x?  Having said that... I don't even come close to 30... so it is a non-factor.

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