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Normally I'd suggest upgrading lenses and not bodies but in this case going to the 6D is going to solve your two problems: The 6D has significantly better low light performance than the T2i/550D Your 50mm will have the same field of view on the 6D as a 30mm on the T2i I recommend you get the 6D and then maybe, if you miss the field of view of a 50mm on a ...


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First, the thing you need to remember about noise is that it is only indirectly related to ISO. The real culprit where noise is concerned is a low Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR). This is technically answered using controlled testing to illustrate the point in this question: Is high ISO useful for photography? This answer to another question addresses the more ...


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Clearly, something is broken. This camera has interchangeable lenses, so the first thing you need to determine is whether the body is damaged or just the lens. Switching for a different lens and testing out the camera is the first thing there. And if you can try the lens on a different body (borrowed from a friend?) you can also confirm that separately. ...


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3200 does seem to be the safe answer, but that said -- don't set your ISO at 3200 and then underexpose. You are far better off to shoot at a higher ISO and get a good exposure, than you are to shoot at 3200 ISO, underexpose and then try and bring it back in post. A well exposed noisy exposure is better than not noisy dark frame. A well composed, well ...


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Have you checked which metering mode you are using? If you are for example are using average metering then the camera will use the whole frame to decide what setting to use. For example if the overall frame is too dark the camera will try compensate for that. Normally the different metering mode are: Average metering - Uses the whole frame Center ...


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Let me start by saying there isn't a wrong answer. Either camera you suggested is a HUGE improvement over an entry level model and you are jumping pretty much clean over the mid-range models. I personally jumped from an xTi (400D) to a 5D Mark iii, but I made that large of a jump because I was starting commercial photography work on the side. I know you ...


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You say the 550D is happily serving all your needs and that you're only looking to upgrade because "it is time". May I suggest keep your 550D. It's a great camera by all means and you're already enjoying it. You can put the money you were going to spend on the camera (both that you mention would set you back more than a thousand pounds) and instead invest ...


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There are many reasons any given camera's images can become less sharp over time. I doubt you're going to get a solid confirmation, as it would be incredibly difficult to isolate this from other sources of sharpness reduction/variation, outside of perhaps a DxOMark laboratory (with controlled conditions, several brand new cameras, known-good lenses, etc). ...


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The support for the Canon 7D's RAW files was incorporated in Camera Raw 5.6 and the latest version of Camera Raw supported by Photoshop CS2 is 3.7 so there are no support for the .cr2 files created by the 7D in CS2. Unfortunately there is no way of opening these files in such an old version of Photoshop (unless there's a strange hack that I don't know of) ...


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You have many questions all wrapped together, which individually already are answered. Used or new: How risky is to buy a used camera? and Are refurbished digital SLR cameras okay to buy (and worth the small savings)? Full Frame: When do the differences between APS-C and full frame sensors matter, and why? Canon vs. Nikon: Is there any significant ...


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LiveView is generally better when using manual-focus lenses (or focusing most lenses manually, as mentioned by others). The reason is that the focusing screen seen through the optical viewfinder in the 7D is tuned for auto-focus shooting, which makes nailing focus manually more difficult. From KatzEye Optics: The standard Canon 7D screen is optimized ...


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Since the Raspberry Pi is just an ARM-based computer you can run Linux distributions that compile on ARM (v6). There is a guide here where photographer David Hunt transforms his old broken battery grip (although this one was for a 5D mark II) into embedded computer that does what you're looking for among other things that can be useful for time lapse such as ...


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You need two different heads for these two things. For the former, I don't have any direct experience, but you really need a tracking head that can counter the Earth's rotation. Such setups tend to be relatively pricey and rather unique to the field of astrophotography. For the later, I'm a huge fan of my Bogen Manfrotto 3046 base with 501HD head, which ...


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For the most part the metering mode will affect the resulting image when shooting in Manual (M) mode only if you take the reading provided by the meter and change your manually selected values based upon that reading. There are, however, a few scenarios with Canon cameras when the meter reading is used by the camera to select a value that affects the ...


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If the edge is only on one corner, it sounds like a lens element is probably knocked out of alignment. I'd try another lens to confirm this and then send the lens in to the manufacturer for service. You aren't going to be able to properly adjust the position of the optics yourself and it is possible something is bent inside that would make it impossible to ...


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In general, moving from one crop sensor to another isn't going to get you much in the way of low-light performance. Certainly, the 7D has (de facto) exactly the same sensor as the Rebel T2i, and the early indications on the 70D's sensor are that it isn't a significant step up in low-light performance. Moving to a full-frame sensor would get you one to two ...


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I haven't shot a wedding, but I have shot many indoor and low-light situations with a Canon 7D. I wouldn't go above ISO 3200 on the 7D. Even at 3200, there can be significant noise, so if you can, you should try to stay under there as well. You can bring a flash unit and use that (in E-TTL mode) to compensate for shooting at faster shutter speeds and/or ...


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Shooting performers in low light, unless they are perfectly still, means for you aperture is the prime consideration. High ISO/ Low Noise performance is a very close second. To get the best results in this environment you need a wide aperture prime lens and a full frame sensor. In addition to the gain in low light performance the larger sensor gives you, a ...


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Either the 6D or the lens would work pretty well. It depends on how you want to proceed with upgrading. One big factor with considering the 6D is to remember that it won't work with any EF-s lenses you have, so if you have aspirations to go full frame, beware of that issue. If you do much shooting other than the low light stuff, the other thing to realize ...


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Well, it depends on your darkest dark and brightest bright you want to capture without hitting the sensor's and signal processor's limit. In general you will have to answer this: why do you do exposure bracketing? E.g. a Nikon 5100 has an EV range of 13.7 by itself, and also uses Active lighting, emphasizing details in shadows and bright areas, so why ...


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You are right in saying the bracketing depends on the lighting situation. It also depends on the sensor (you might say "the camera", but the lens doesn't matter here), as it determines the dynamic range -- how far the sensor can stand before loosing detail or blowing out the whites. The other thing to consider is how many artifacts you are willing to see in ...


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I don't familiar with a thumb rule for that, but taking 3 shots with 0, +2, -2 should cover the dynamic range you need and Photomatix knows how to handle it very good. When I use bracketing I sometimes set the compensation (meaning it's not 0) because for one shot the auto light measurement usually does a good job, but in HDR you might want more details ...



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