leftnose, I thought I your post said that you decided to go Fuji. My friend recommended me that exact same model (or maybe I'm mistaken about your post??) He said it was the ultimate wedding camera.....
My decision to go FF was accelerated by the last event (http://www.flickr.com/photos/hyogen82/sets/72157632641336362/) I shot recently in which I realized I really only needed the 50mm 1.4 (85mm on FF) and maybe an ultrawide. And of course a wider lens like a 50 or 35mm. I used pretty much the 50mm exclusively. On my aging Rebel T1i I was forced to shoot at ISO800, 1/60, and f/1.6. I could have shot at 1.4, but I would have liked to have stopped down to get a greater DoF. I had to rely on the center dot focus + recompose in which sometimes I missed the shot. I didn't want to go higher than ISO800 because of noise and I definitely could have used a faster shutter speed.
I'm going with the 50mm 1.8D because I've read it's significantly sharper than the 1.4 or 1.8G version. I got one on Canon forums for $90...hehe. Fred Miranda buy/sell seems to have high prices, Craigslist has even higher used prices...and eBay is pretty high also. Another example of how much cheaper Canon is for used lenses and how much more available they are is the 135mm F2.0 L lenss which goes regularly for between $700-800 used in-like new condition. It's an amazing lens, which I only hope the Nikon 135 2.0 can match--although it has the Defocusing--it's something like $1000+ used!
Going from some pretty nice and cheap and large lenses with lots of glass like the sigma 50mm 1.4 to an oooold 50mm 1.8 D and 85mm 1.8D which have a manual aperture ring with no built-in motor will be kinda interesting. Even though I'll have a way nicer body, I'll look less like a pro :) In order for me to switch cameras, I had to sign a contract with my wife to not switch bodies for 6 years and not switch lenses (up to 3 maximum)--she added a clause to let me switch one time. So, I need to choose really wisely. Right now I only have the budget for the 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8.............she's gonna get me a wide angle in 6 months for my birthday :) The one switch may possibly be the sigma 35mm 1.4 when it gets cheaper in the next few years (LOL). Or, maybe it'll be something like a 85mm 1.4--Sigma/Nikon.
The high pitched shutter sound of the Rebel was ridiculously annoying and loud during the baby shower at least to me. I prefer the quieter noise of the better Canons...and was surprised at how loud the D600's shutter was. It is a much more mechanical sound and I like it more, but it's still pretty loud. My wife thought it was louder than my Rebel... It at least has a quiet mode, though :)
It was a tough choice between 6D and D600, even though D600 was better overall. The -3EV center focus point of the 6D is really nice, while the D600 is supposed to have an inferior focusing system to the D700 and D4...and will hunt in the dark :-/ The wifi remote camera control via smartphone is really slick and useful IMO, and of course the video quality is better on Canon side. On 100% crops, the D600 has quite a bit more noise than the 6D at ISO6400, but hopefully I wont' really need to use that high.
I'm quite proud of the images I got from the baby shower shoot - here are some of the best ones I think. I cannot wait to start shooting my D600! I particularly like the processing I did with these--I never had thought to move the blacks to the left in Lightroom before. I got a ton of compliments and a couple people wondering if I could shoot their family pics :) Not so bad shooting with a Rebel if I do say so myself :D I hope I don't end up kicking myself for not just getting the 5D mark II and having a little more budget for lenses right now and cheaper lenses to switch to in the future....... but all in all, just $200 or so more to get the newest D600 over a used 5DII made sense to me.
On second glance, a tighter crop on the image above may have been better. There is garbage showing in the lower right.
These two images above... i can't believe they came out of my camera and was taken by me. The bottom one was with the sigma 10-20 and I bounced the flash from the ceiling. But pretty much everything about these two shots I feel like I would have been impressed with them and believed they were taken by my friend who is a pro wedding photographer. I have started getting better skin tones and overall color by simply desaturating a tiny bit....and doing something I had never done before----turn DOWN the blacks slider. Usually I turned them up to make pics look even sharper/contrasty. I might have mentioned that in my previous post. The lighting was a little dark overall (except for kitchen), and the settings I said before on my 50mm 1.4 (iso800, 1/60, f/1.6) underexposed them a little bit. I could have exposed a little more in lightroom, but I only boosted it a little bit. I kinda like the warmer, nostalgic tone for this series. Shooting manual was awesome because I only had to spend a little bit of time instead of having to compensate for all the different exposures like my last church event (took me like 10 hours.....)
Wish I could have stopped down more because of shots like this.
These two were taken pretty much in the dark. I had to pull the highlights/shadows to get them like these--I was pretty impressed with how they turned out considering how little light there was. They were looking at a slideshow projected on a screen
10-20 with flash pointed a little up. A diffuser of some sort may have worked better here.
I read a review that compared the D600's grip to the D7000. Right before I met the guy to buy the D600, I tried out the D7000 inside of Best Buy and was disappointed.......It was very narrow and crampy like a Rebel's grip...and had this weird angle to it that made the camera feel like it was being wrenched out of my hands.. Luckily, I found D600 grip to be thicker and without that weird angle :D
Edited by hyogen - 1/31/13 at 5:04am