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Lenses / Re: Help complete my bundle...
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:24:45 PM »
I'm in the process of going through a very similar upgrade from a 40D. I knew I wanted to go FF and similarly, had a $3000 budget. I already had 3 lenses (17-40L, 85 1.8, and 70-300 IS) plus a 430 EX II, so my needs were a little different, but here's what I ended up buying (it's currently in transit):

6D w/ 24-105mm
The 24-105 seems like such a versatile lens and comes at a deep discount in the kit. It was a no-brainer for me.

40mm 2.8 STM
I was looking at the 50 f/1.8 and 35 f/2, but decided to go for a solid build and newer lens in the shorty-forty, even though it's a at least a full stop slower.

77mm B+W Circular Polarizer
For landscape photography with my 17-40 and 24-105.

A bunch of accessories
The extras can really add up, especially if you have a firm budget. I added some cleaning supplies, memory cards, 2 extra batteries, a new bag, Syl Arena's Speedliter's Handbook. I also decided to get lens hoods for my 85 1.8 and 70-300mm.

I'd agree that a flash would be a good item to consider. I don't have experience with anything other than the 430 EX II, but it has greatly improved my photos ever since I bought it last summer. Another +1 for the 85mm 1.8 as well. It's been my favorite lens on crop and I hope it finds a lot of use on FF.

Also, you might want to take a look at your tripod if you plan on doing occasional landscapes. If your current tripod is a cheapie, you might want to consider an upgrade there as well.

All in all, I'm sure you'll be pleased with your new setup, whatever you decide!

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos 6D for $1562
« on: June 11, 2013, 04:46:10 PM »
Nice promotion, but looks like it won't work unless you received the original targeted email.

Software & Accessories / Re: Question on B+W Circular Polarizer
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:15:31 AM »
Thanks for the info, neuro. I was moments away from ordering the B+W Kaesemann CPL when I say this thread. Now, I want to make sure I get the right one.

I'll be using this new CPL on my 24-105mm as well as my 17-40mm. Does the base Kaesemann model use the F-PRO mount and therefore cause vignetting as well? Should I spend the extra $50 on the XS-PRO version?

77mm B+W Kaesemann CPL

77mm B+W Kaesemann XS-Pro Nano CPL

EDIT: I think I found my answer on the B+W website. The base Kaesemann (first link above) does indeed use the thicker F-Pro mount. But, I also found several forum posts of people using it on a 17-40mm without any vignetting (at 17mm).

Thanks for another great post about the merits of the 6D. Your prior posts are part of the reason I was eventually convinced to get a 6D over a 5DIII (upgrading from a 40D). For me, the 6D is just a better fit and I'm planning to spend the $1,500 saved on better lenses and a few other nice accessories. I'll have the 6D in my hands in less than a month and I can't wait!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:37:28 PM »
The 6D definitely got some bad press, but like you, the more I look into the details and actual user reviews, the better it sounds. It'll definitely be nice to have an extra $1500 to spend on other items to improve my kit.

Does the 6D have face recognition? Never heard about that...

On rereading your post, I realize you're not referring to face recognition as in the auto face detect found in some P&S cameras, but rather the effectiveness of the 6D's AF at recognizing faces.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 15, 2013, 12:30:09 PM »
...I looked at both the 6D and 5D Mark III and have chosen quality over cost for a couple of reasons which I think will be important for your consideration...
...The existing 7D isn't enough and the 6D is a downgrade (in part) for the reasons above. That has left me with the 5D Mark III, which in every which way you look is a pretty amazing upgrade (but at a cost)...


You make some good points JD, and trust me, I've gone back and forth MANY times over the past 8 months. Since I'm living in South America right now, I've needed to wait till I return to the U.S. to pull the trigger. If I were still stateside, I would've made a decision long ago! =)

But I agree - compared to the 40D, the 6D is a downgrade in the two key areas that you mentioned (FPS & AF). And that had me hung up for a while. I feel like I can live with the slightly lower FPS - 4.5 vs. 6 is close enough for my purposes. But AF has been the sticking point for me, hence my original question. If it's similar to or better than the 40D, then that would be ok with me. I know on paper, it's not...except for the -3EV center point, but it sounds like it does pretty well in real life.

To be honest though, the other major sticking point for me is price. In nearly every way that counts, the 5DIII is the better camera, but I've been increasingly frustrated with Canon's pricing structure. As of right now, the 5DIII kit is $4099 at B&H. The 6D kit is $2599. If the difference were $500, it's a no-brainer, I'd be getting the 5DIII. If the difference were $1000, I'd be on the fence, but might still end up justifying the 5DIII. But a $1500 difference?!? It's not THAT much better. I can get a new L lens, a grip and other accessories for the price difference and I'm starting to believe those items will have more of an impact on my photography than the extra features of the 5DIII. Everyone has different priorities though...

I should also note that I don't intend to upgrade for a long time after this, but I suspect that I would be tempted to if I chose the 6D.

Even with all my reasoning so far, this one still gives me pause. I will likely outgrow the 6D faster than the 5DIII. And, I can see the 5DIII holding it's value better than the 6D. So, does that make it worth the extra cash? Not sure.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 12, 2013, 07:40:37 PM »
I'm inclined to suggest that you hold off on buying a 50mm prime until you've tried your 85mm on your new FF body - you may not feel any pressing need for a wider one (you can experiment with your 24-105).  And while the 135L is a fantastic lens, 135mm isn't much different from 105mm; for a bit more variety you might want to consider the 200 2.8, which creates images that are very similar to those taken with the 135mm but gives you extra reach.

Thanks for the sound advice sdsr. You're right that my 85mm might be enough for what I need. I'll probably just buy the 50 1.8 for now. It's cheap and seems like one I should have in my bag. If I like the focal length, I can always upgrade to a more substantial 50mm in the future.

The 135L is pretty close to 105, but the 2 extra stops of light and the background blur are what I'm after. I had initially ruled out the 200 2.8 because I think the reach would be a bit too long for indoor shots (indoor volleyball, basketball, etc). But, I'm also used to crop, so I'll give it another look. Thanks!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 12, 2013, 01:27:03 PM »
Thanks for the responses, all. Sounds like the two AF systems are pretty comparable. After doing a little more research, I think I've decided on the 6D option. For action shots, the 5D3 AF could very well get me 90% keepers, but I think I'll be ok with the 50-60% that I've heard the 6D offers.

And the 135L looks and sounds awesome...I can't wait to get my hands on it!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 11, 2013, 03:22:28 PM »
I'm currently living in South America, but will be returning to the U.S. in June and plan to upgrade my aging 40D. I've got a budget of $4000. Current lenses are 17-40mm f4L, 85mm f1.8, 70-300mm IS (non-L). I teach yearbook at a private K-12 school down here and do much of the photography myself (sports, events, mugshots, candids, etc). My 40D has started to show its limitations. ISO performance is by far my biggest reason for upgrade. Given my budget, these are the two options I've been looking at:

Option 1 - 5D Mark III Kit
- 5D Mark III Kit w/ 24-105mm f4L
- 50mm 1.4 or 50mm 1.8 (depending on kit price)
- Accessories (CF/SD cards, filters, etc)

Option 2 - 6D Kit
- 6D Kit w/ 24-105mm f4L
- 135mm f2L
- 50mm 1.4 or 50mm 1.8 (depending on kit price)
- Accessories (SD cards, filters, etc)

So, the 6D option also gets me an awesome lens. Lenses first, right? I use my 85 1.8 a TON, so I imagine the 135 f2L will see a lot of use. I love everything about the 5DIII and it would be a great all-around camera for me, but I'm starting to wonder if the 6D + 135mm might do more for my photography in the long-term.

So, I'll get to my question. I would certainly love to have 61-point AF, but if the 6D AF is equivalent to or better than the 40D AF, that'd probably be good enough for me. Has anyone upgraded from a 40D to a 6D who could share some thoughts? How are the outer points? The 40D has 9 cross-type, the 6D has only one. In actual practice, has that been noticeable?

Thanks so much!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: March 16, 2013, 12:48:43 PM »
Model Helicopter

Looks like it's in trouble!  ;) 

Love the blurred rotors though.

Landscape / Re: How Would You Edit This Landscape Photo?
« on: March 08, 2013, 06:37:02 PM »
Fun little 5 minute project (Lightroom 4). Thanks for posting this!

Blackrapid  sport strap! :)

Easily the best piece of gear I've purchased for under $100.

EOS Bodies / 6D Coming Nov. 30th?
« on: November 16, 2012, 12:05:27 PM »
Was just searching for news on the 6D release date and found this, posted just minutes ago. Not sure if it's a reliable source, but it almost makes it sound like there'll be a 6D + 24-70 f/4 L kit and another 6D + 24-105 f/4 L kit released on November 30th.  Like all these rumors, I guess only time will tell if it's true...


EOS Bodies / Re: First 6D review up - does [KR] read [CR] ?
« on: November 15, 2012, 09:37:31 AM »

The Canon 6D adds an eight-way up/down/left/right control to the big rear control dial, and thus eliminates the need for the old thumb nubbin.

I am over the complaints about the joystick. The 6D grip has a joystick on it, so if people are really that crushed by it, go buy the grip.

That would be cool (I guess) if the grip had a joystick, but according to this photo, it doesn't.  :-\


I've never used the joystick/control dial combo like on the 60D, but it seems like it would at least make diagonal moves a bit easier.

Lenses / Re: from 28-135 IS to... the new 24-70 f4 or 24-105?
« on: November 07, 2012, 01:24:41 PM »
Since you apparently have enough money (~$1600) for option #3, here's another option:

Sell the 28-135, buy either the 24-70mm f/4 or 24-105mm f/4 and a fast prime or two (50mm 1.8, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8). That'll give you decent range plus additional low light capability if you need it. Plus, you might find you like shooting with primes!

As far as the debate between the 24-70 f/4 and the 24-105 f/4, you might want to wait for some reviews of the 24-70. To me, it seems a bit pricey compared to some of the other options, but the price will probably come down a bit over time.

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