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This is something that has really annoyed me about the 6D. The answer is 'you can't '.
There has been some discussion on this before and Marsu42 has indicated that Magic Lantern have included it in their software, but that obviously means you must install ML to get the feature.

I see no reason whatsoever for the 'SET' button on the 6D not to be used as a 'back to centre point' button. In my post on this about six months ago I thought it must be a programming error, it's such a daft omission, but now it looks like it's deliberate. Ouch ! I use the toggle a lot on the 5DII and find the 8 way controller on the 6D wholly inferior.

The only reason the Full Frame vs Crop sensor debate isn't a Medium Format vs Full Frame is because of accessibility.

If Canon were to release a Medium Format solution, complete with new lenses many would drop full frame like a stone. As someone who shoots a H4D50 I can tell you there's no comparison between the two.

It's not even about MP for me either, 18mp is fine. Just massive pixels, large sensor please.

I disagree with your first two sentences. Firstly the choice between MF and FF isn't just about accessibility. The larger sensor and equipment create their own restrictions on the photographer, something where the size of the 35mm has proved itself to be highly versatile, and MF, even in the castrated guise of 645 and most digital sizes have never been able to match.

Digital has given a massive IQ boost to this highly versatile 35mm size, and the IQ/Versatility/Ease of use/Costings mean that there are now a lot less people who would be prepared drop FF and jump on MF, because there is not the need as there once was.

There are enough people out there to purchase really expensive kit for the sake of it being 'unique'. I'm amazed at how many S2 units Leica sells: having stated earlier that Sony needs MF expenditure like a hole in the head, I suppose I can see the route of losing a load of taxable profit in MF development in the aim of giving the rest of their imaging products more credibility - a little like the F1 in car manufacturers case, because although Moodies gave Sony's stock junk status they still have a load of cash floating about. There are enough well heeled amateurs to buy a few units.

Regarding night and day of the H4 to FF it depends on application IMO. Yes the larger sensor is better, but so much of it depends upon the final print size, and the demand for the size and dpi, intended viewing distance etc is limited.

Fascinating shot of the Mossey on page one by Marauder. I always thought there were none left flying anywhere in the world.

Landscape / Re: Sunset landscape
« on: March 28, 2014, 03:04:52 AM »
6D + 24-105 F4L

"Patagonian Sunset by Ezequiel Bengochea, on Flickr"

I think this is one of those landscapes where the photographer, standing in that place sees the subtle beauty of the scene, but it just doesn't transfer to a picture when recording it accurately.

Try selectively increasing tonal response within the picture and you'll likely get the impact that you actually saw.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 28, 2014, 02:36:09 AM »

The top image is simply stunning ! Very MF, a good example of how far digital has brought the smaller format.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 28, 2014, 02:32:05 AM »
One of the many ghosts of railways past in England, this one is in the East Riding of Yorkshire and used to connect small towns and villages who's road communications are now choked with cars. Remarkable lack of foresight by the Dr. Beeching era.

5DII + 24-105L @ 105 mil f4 iso 640.

Nice work!

Thanks Carl !

Now I've found that location I'm planning a proper shoot there, based around a beautiful girl and an equally beautiful white circus horse. Will post a few when it's done  ;)

Verdict:  After careful consideration, I think I still want this lens (in a G.A.S. way), but even at that great price, my money would better be served elsewhere. 

- A

That's a pretty fair summary and why, in my opinion, we won't be seeing a revised version of the current 135L any time soon.

It'll certainly be something "completely different" from other digital MF: it won't exist. Even though Sony appears to be trying the 'scatter gun' approach to camera systems I cannot believe they will want to develop a system that's in a segment of ever decreasing market share and something of a niche area now. They havent been able to make much inroads into the Nikon/Canon upper end of the DSLR market let alone MF.

I think this rumour's about as credible as the Canon MF one  - CR 0.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:42:40 PM »
Zion National Park.  The Watchman stands near the entrance to the park above the town of Springdale which lends its lights the the mountain. 4:30am,  6D. 30 sec, f4.5, ISO400, 28mm (24-105)

Beautiful shot.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 26, 2014, 04:40:33 PM »
One of the many ghosts of railways past in England, this one is in the East Riding of Yorkshire and used to connect small towns and villages who's road communications are now choked with cars. Remarkable lack of foresight by the Dr. Beeching era.

5DII + 24-105L @ 105 mil f4 iso 640.

Very nice image. Well done Sporgon.

Thanks Click and Rienz. I have always been fascinated by disused railway lines; this one feels particularly special, maybe because it runs between an ancient sacred spring and the site of the largest pagan temple in the North of England circa 600 AD, or maybe it's just my imagination !  ;D

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 26, 2014, 03:09:22 AM »
I will take criticism openly. I am here for that.

1dx. Zeiss 35mm f1.4

I like this picture: the two bicycles are really sharp and this offsets the smooth bokeh of the background. The track disappearing in both view and focus suggests the 'bikes have come from, or are going somewhere together. The roses in the basket of one bike suggests a man and woman together, and the picture asks the viewer to question where they are when it's being taken.

There's also a huge EV range. I'm not sure if you've reflected or filled the 'bikes but the range has been dealt well with by both the photographer and camera; another couple of stops of DR wouldn't have held sky detail when shooting straight into the sun.

This is my Dr Bean analysis of the image  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Medium Format
« on: March 25, 2014, 06:25:27 PM »
Camyx today:
Sony medium format camera is in the works and coming soon
Sony has been supplying 50-megapixel CMOS image sensors to both Hasselblad and Phase One for their new medium format cameras. Furthermore, the Pentax 645D II will employ the same sensor. Enough is enough, says the rumor mill, as a Sony medium format camera is allegedly in the works and could be announced soon.
I'd be amazed if this was true. Sony need a MF system like a hole in the head. MF is shrinking fast and becoming more niche based on the sales volume of MF units. They may have the sensor tech but to date have been unable to meet Nikon & Canon head on with the volume gear, in fact generally not accepted yet at that level, so I can't see where they intend to be with MF.

Larger sensors also create their own issues from a user point of view; 35mm proved itself to be by far the best balance between IQ and flexibility, that has now been given a massive IQ boost with digital, so I personally don't see a trend in sensors larger than 'FF'.

I hadn't spotted this thread, but have just read through it now and have enjoyed what's been said on both sides of the 135L argument.

Personally speaking, I find the 135 mil focal length a bridge between two stools; it's too long to be as universally flexible as an 85, and not long enough to be as useful for medium tele reach as the 200. In my experience a fast 85 can create an equal 'look' courtesy of its fast aperture and a longer, slower lens the same thing courtesy of it's greater magnification.

I can get exactly the same 'look' with my 85 1.8 or 200 2.8. These lenses are much cheaper, smaller, lighter and less intrusive than the 70-200II and there's a reason for the 135L, but if that's the reason for purchase I'd go for a 200 2.8. ( Its about one third cheaper than the 135 too). In fact I did sell my 135 and kept the 200, but of course neither have IS. 

Also with modern cameras the extra stop allowing faster shutter speeds isn't as pertinent as it was due to high ISO performance.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: March 24, 2014, 05:05:09 PM »
One of the many ghosts of railways past in England, this one is in the East Riding of Yorkshire and used to connect small towns and villages who's road communications are now choked with cars. Remarkable lack of foresight by the Dr. Beeching era.

5DII + 24-105L @ 105 mil f4 iso 640.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: March 23, 2014, 12:12:47 PM »
Just to be clear about it: this is my wife's best friend. The animal is treated considerably better than me; it gets breakfast in bed every day, has it's hair brushed and a warm coat 'n scarf put on in cold weather. It's only got to cough or get a runny nose and the doctor is summoned immediately. While I just have to suffer.

5D + 135L @2.5 ISO 100

This picture has a slightly oblique composition, but I think it works.

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