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Lenses / Re: Canon 6d vs 24-70mm mark ii
« on: October 30, 2014, 02:18:52 PM »
A lens is always above a body... Go for the 24-70, great lens! :)

Not at all sure that that is always the correct way to look at it, especially when there are leaps forward in technology.

I would go for a 6D and get your 24-70 f2.8 tuned up by a Canon 'L' lens specialist service centre.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 10:01:43 AM »
I'm fascinated by your frame numbers; you haven't got to 9967 already have you ?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Modular DSLR Coming from Canon? [CR2]
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:10:23 PM »
Wouldn't surprise me if the modular bit is the interchangeable viewfinder / prism, one the usual optical pentaprism for use in 'still' photography, and another an EVF primarily intended for video use.

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:51:00 AM »

Glad it is sorted, but there goes your excuse to upgrade!


I disagree. If ever Don needed a really thorough weather sealed camera, here is the proof. Or rather a fur sealed camera.

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HDR just looks tacky,IMHO, even carefully done.

I think jdramirez was referring to creating a higher dynamic range picture through bracket and blend rather than 'HDR'. I agree with you, HDR programs can make the picture look cartoon-like; pretty awful to my eye.

Exposing correctly for the highlights and shadows is vastly superior to pushing data, and blending is very easy to do nowadays: handheld is no problem as cameras shoot faster and programs can auto align. Generally someone is going to get much better results by upgrading their computer / software rather than 'upgrading' to the latest high DR camera.

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 28, 2014, 06:29:32 PM »
Fixing a failing shutter can be done with a $6 part, assuming that you are able / willing to tackle the job, and, of course, that the issue is not with the shutter motor.

Oh my, why didn't anyone mention this before?! You might just have saved me €1000 for a new crop backup dslr.

* Are there any differences between the shutter blades offered on ebay (the price varies a lot), or is this just the sellers making a different amount of profit?

* Did you know how complicated it is to chance the shutter myself, any links on this? Of course I'm going to google it myself, too, but since you brought it up you might have some more insight than the first random search engine hits.
It was an even cheaper repair.
I brought the camera in to work today, so that I could look at the shutter under magnification...I spent my lunch removing tightly wound fine cat hair (thank you Fluffy) from around the pivot point of the shutter with precision tweezers and a scalpel. It now works to 1/8000!

You've got to be joking !?
If you have to leave the camera in the cat's basket try leaving a lens on next time. Or better still get one of those toys shaped like a mouse and put that in instead.

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 28, 2014, 05:53:08 AM »
It's trying to tell you it's time to buy a 7DII.....

Sounds like a shutter failure one way or another to me  :(

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 26, 2014, 04:44:43 PM »
The Keep of Scarborough Castle, northern England, shot from the barbican; that is a fortified, narrow entrance where should invaders manage to get through the gate way they would be herded into a highly vulnerable position before reaching the castle.  A three frame pano stitch, so the sensor size for this picture is actually slightly larger than that of an S2 or Pentax 645.

5DII + 24-105L @ 35mm, f11, 1/40 and ISO 100.

I really like this shot. Nicely done Sporgon.

Thanks Click ! I am pleased with this one.

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: October 26, 2014, 03:20:08 PM »
The Keep of Scarborough Castle, northern England, shot from the barbican; that is a fortified, narrow entrance where should invaders manage to get through the gate way they would be herded into a highly vulnerable position before reaching the castle.  A three frame pano stitch, so the sensor size for this picture is actually slightly larger than that of an S2 or Pentax 645.

5DII + 24-105L @ 35mm, f11, 1/40 and ISO 100.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:44:08 AM »
A view of Scarborough South Bay and Oliver's Mount taken from the walls of Scarborough Castle, England. Scarborough is a very popular seaside resort in the north of England.

4DII + 24-105L @ 50mm, f8, 1/160. A five frame panoramic.


Great view and wonderful in panorama captured. The name Scarborough reminds me of Scarborough Fair (S&G)
New camera?  8)

Many thanks candyman. English Heritage have built a new stairway up to one of the ruined turrets on the walls of Scarborough Castle, so that enabled me to get the shot.

Yes 'Scarborough Fair' does refer to the annual fair that used to be held at Scarborough in the Middle Ages, when it was a 'Borough' of national importance, sited below the castle which dominated the area. Simon & Garfunkel made the traditional English ballad world famous.

4D - CR never saw that coming did they  ;D

I've amended it !

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:12:27 AM »
A view of Scarborough South Bay and Oliver's Mount taken from the walls of Scarborough Castle, England. Scarborough is a very popular seaside resort in the north of England.

5DII + 24-105L @ 50mm, f8, 1/160. A five frame panoramic.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 07:58:22 AM »
I have both and my rather random thoughts would as follows:

The 6D is a really good fit in hand, better than the 5D/5DII. Although only slightly smaller it is more 'handy'.

The AF seems to be more precise than the 5D/5DII on all points.

The 6D uses some kind of colour metering whereas the 5DII doesn't. Haven't made my mind up on this yet, it behaves differently to the 5DII in some situation ( bright blue).

The overall 'IQ' is remarkable. There is a subtle improvement in low ISO, very good, film like tonal graduation and greater latitude at both ends of the EVA range. High ISO is astonishing and way ahead of the 5DII from about ISO 800 onwards. Overall I would put the 6D up against an A7r any day, there is not as much practical difference between 20 mp and 36 mp on FF as you may think, and the whole DR range on the 6D is very useable, making real world differences academic most of the time.

The 6D has a polymer top plate which feels identical to the mag alloy top of the 5DII but does get scuffed and scratched more easily as it is relatively soft.

Now the bad bits, at least for me. It uses the 'second tier' userface and ergonomics. The controls work fine per se, but moving between each is annoying, at least for me. However as you have sold your 5DII you won't have this issue. The top command wheel is very softly click stopped, and the rear command wheel is, well to be polite, disappointing after the 5DII. Also the flash compensation has to be done via the main menu although you can assign it to quick menu and then it is quite useable to be fair. So to summarise I'd say it's not as 'positive' on the controls as the 5DII series, but you get used to it and then it works fine.







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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 22, 2014, 03:46:59 PM »
For canon, exposure for a 400mm 5.6 on a crop (640mm 5.6) is the SAME exposure as a 400mm 5.6 on a full frame. By using a crop sensor the aperture doesn't magically shrink. Just like taking the center section of a full frame image to give the same view as a crop sensor does not shrink the aperture.

Jarrod

That is because correct photographic exposure is dictated by the intensity of light, not volume. So you are of course right that the exposure for a given f stop lens will be ( more or less depending upon the efficiency of the lens) the same irrespective of sensor size or image circle, but when you begin talking about Achieving the same result on different formats you must deal with equivalence in all areas if you want to be correct - not just the 400 to 640 bit  ;)

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:30:39 PM »
Lovely picture Sporgon.

Many thanks Click ! The full panoramic sweeps across to the right taking in the castle walls and tower so I'll post that when finished.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deals: Some Canon Body & Lens Deals This Weekend
« on: October 19, 2014, 12:09:37 PM »
On the subject of lens prices it is interesting to note that in the UK the 24-70 f4 IS retailed price is now cheaper than the 24-105L retailed price.

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