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The Canon Thread #2996629 06/29/19 06:12 PM
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Here's a thread for those of us that use Canon gear. Any discussion related to Canon cameras, lenses, etc, is welcome!

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I'll start with the Canon gear that I have:

My main body is a Canon 6D that I bought new in 2013. For the type of shooting I do (mostly landscape or architectural work) it works well. The autofocus isn't that great, but since I'm mostly shooting stationary subjects it doesn't really matter.

On the lens front, I've mostly bought all used lenses, often a generation behind the current models (saves significant $$ and the results are still good)

24-70mm f/2.8 L II - bought used recently after a good price came up online.
24-105mm f/4 L. Great all-around lens and was my go-to before getting the 24-70.
16-35mm f/2.8 II L
70-200 f/2.8 L
35 mm f/2 - This is the old one with super noisy focus motor. Would like to replace it with something newer at some point
85 mm f/1.8 - I use this lens the least as the 70-200 covers most of my portraiture needs (which aren't many)

I'd like to get a 50 mm prime at some point (maybe the Sigma ART?)

What are you shooting with?

Re: The Canon Thread [Re: RichieP_MechE] #2996643 06/29/19 08:17 PM
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Im a Canon 80D shooter. Been thinking Id go full frame to a 6D MKII or a used 5D of some sort.

Ive been on Canon since 2011 or so and been really happy with it. The 80D is a great, relatively affordable camera that does everything pretty well.

Lenses:
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 G2 - this is my money maker for portrait work. Fast, affordable (more expensive than the camera) and incredibly sharp. Love this lens.
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 - When my gear got stolen a few years ago this was the only lens that I had that I rebought. Landscapes, also portraits and more.
Canon 18-55mm - Yeah its the kit lens. I really dont like it but its the only wide angle lens I have so I dont use it too often.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 - Not the newer one - the previous generation. I bought it used and it has been a regret. It needs to be sent for service due to front focus issues.
Sigma 150-600mm - A lens that my friend said was really impractical, I really love it.

I also have a ridiculous collection of manual focus vintage lenses - maybe for another thread.

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I recently had 10 minutes with a Canon RP. Canons newest full frame mirrorless camera.

Pros:
Full Frame, priced well. EF lenses easily adaptable. Turning, flipping screen (one of the things that will keep me on Canon). Ergonomics were good in that event though it is a smaller body, it fit well in the hand.

Cons:
Different battery than all other Canon cameras. Lack of buttons forcing you to go to the screen to make some changes (including ISO). Slow frame rate.

More detail on the cons:
The rear screen is the place where you can change a lot of the controls. So while touching the screen to reach a particular icon youre simultaneously moving your focus point while trying to change parameters. So after I changed a parameter I would go to take picture using the viewfinder only to find my focus point was in a corner. I also found it infuriating that the rear screen was always in a live mode showing the same thing the viewfinder - I simply wanted controls back there. Maybe Id get used to these things but it simply didnt seem well thought out.

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Re: The Canon Thread [Re: RichieP_MechE] #2996779 07/01/19 01:24 AM
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Im still using a Digital Rebel XT! I think Ive told you guys before, I dont shoot enough with it to justify replacing it even though I could afford it.

I have the 18-55mm kit lens, a zoom I got as part of a bundle I never use (lesson learned there. A cheap long lens doesnt get enough light to do anything), and the Canon 50mm that was cheap but I love.


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Originally Posted by Mike Martin
More detail on the cons:
The rear screen is the place where you can change a lot of the controls. So while touching the screen to reach a particular icon youre simultaneously moving your focus point while trying to change parameters. So after I changed a parameter I would go to take picture using the viewfinder only to find my focus point was in a corner. I also found it infuriating that the rear screen was always in a live mode showing the same thing the viewfinder - I simply wanted controls back there. Maybe Id get used to these things but it simply didnt seem well thought out.

Thanks for the review Mike! I'm surprised that the screen couldn't be changed to just show settings - the RP has an "info" button which on any Canon I've dealt with will change what is displayed on the screen. The RP is the entry level EOS mirrorless body though so maybe some corners were cut. I'm still looking forward to see the rumored "pro" R bodies that are coming out. All of the RF glass also looks amazing. I'll be sticking with my EF stuff for now, but I am definitely starting to have some GAS attacks.


Originally Posted by Joe Muscara
Im still using a Digital Rebel XT! I think Ive told you guys before, I dont shoot enough with it to justify replacing it even though I could afford it.

Hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it cool

Re: The Canon Thread [Re: RichieP_MechE] #3000795 07/29/19 11:03 AM
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I recently found a great deal on a used Canon 60D with 70-210mm lens so I added that to my collection.

Then yesterday I saw a used EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for sale. Is this a good lens? Sharp? It's posted at $180.



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Originally Posted by Synthoid
I recently found a great deal on a used Canon 60D with 70-210mm lens so I added that to my collection.

Then yesterday I saw a used EFS 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM for sale. Is this a good lens? Sharp? It's posted at $180.


Welcome to the Canon club! I don't know much about the 18-135 as I've never owned one, maybe Mike has? But for Canon lens reviews, I like The Digital Picture. They have a nice feature where you can compare results between different lenses

18-135 lens review: https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-S-18-135mm-f-3.5-5.6-IS-STM-Lens-Review.aspx
Click "image quality" at the top of the page, then you can compare between that lens and any number other lenses from the drop-down menu.

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Hey thanks!

It's nice to have a foot in each camp... Nikon and Canon.


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Originally Posted by Synthoid
It's nice to have a foot in each camp... Nikon and Canon.


Dude, you CAN'T do that, it's like owning a Chevy AND a Ford, or a Mac AND a PC. It just ain't right. poke

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I have owned a Mac and PC, a Chevy and a Ford...but I don't think I have ever owned a Canon.

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I'm solidly in the Canon camp. My main three cameras are a 5D iii, 7D ii, and M50. They cover my three needs of landscape, birding and YouTube video. I'm really impressed with the price point for the M50 and bought my great nephew one because he is interested in videography. I will admit that the Nikon D850 almost sucked me in. Great specs, but I cannot afford to abandon my Canon lenses. Still, waiting for Canon's answer to the 850.

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Originally Posted by RABid
I'm solidly in the Canon camp. My main three cameras are a 5D iii, 7D ii, and M50. They cover my three needs of landscape, birding and YouTube video. I'm really impressed with the price point for the M50 and bought my great nephew one because he is interested in videography. I will admit that the Nikon D850 almost sucked me in. Great specs, but I cannot afford to abandon my Canon lenses. Still, waiting for Canon's answer to the 850.


Wow RABid, you've got quite a rig. Nice. Yes the Nikon D850 is a remarkable camera. Like you, I can't fathom changing all my lenses.

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The Canon 90D was announced this week. As an 80D shooter myself the jump up to 32.5MP is really nice. Other improvements:
- Focus selection joystick
- 10 FPS still images at 32.5MP
- 120 FPS Video at 1080p
- Added Bluetooth in addition to Wifi

The video guys are upset because it doesn't do 24 or 23.97 fps video like the 80D, only 30 fps. It is a slight issue for me but not a critical one.

It will be interesting to see how this new 32.5MP sensor tests out. I've been wanting to go full frame in the next year but this camera has me tempted as short term upgrade.

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I agree, the specs on the 90D are a nice upgrade for any crop-frame shooter (the decision to nix 24P is bizarre though)

Lately, I've been tempted to pick up a 5Ds. The price keeps dropping with the rumored high-res EOS R mirrorless on the way.

My main reason for acquiring it would actually be for digitizing film. I see more and more film shooters moving to a macro lens + DSLR on a copy stand for digitizing negatives instead of using a dedicated flatbed scanner (example vid). I particularly struggle with color-correcting color negative film scans, I have a hard time matching colors between images for a consistent look. There is a plug-in for light room, Negative Lab Pro, that takes a lot of the guesswork out of the color-correction process and delivers accurate results. Negative Pro is designed to work with best with RAW digital photos.

I'd want a 5Ds so I can scan a medium format image in one frame quickly. The 8688 x 5792 px sensor is about the same dimensions that I scan a 6x9 medium format negative at. Most people use lower resolution cameras and take multiple shots of sections of the medium format negative and then stitch them together, which works fine, but complicates the workflow. Also, with the 5Ds I could probably scan a roll of 120 film in a fraction of a time it takes me with a flatbed scanner.

It would also work really well as a main body for me given the main subject matter that I shoot (architecture and landscape). I was also surprised to learn that it actually has a slightly faster continuous shutter speed than my 6D! (5 fps vs. 4.5, though I'm not much of an action photographer so it doesn't really matter)


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