The Canon 6d bounces around in price quite a bit, but the average price up until recently has been around $1700. After the round of black Friday and cyber Monday sales started to taper off, the Canon 6d remains at $1507 with free shipping on Amazon. Is this the new standard price for a 6d body? To me it feels like Canon is trying to slot the 6d low enough in the pricing structure to squeeze in yet another full frame or Cinema body.
There have been rumors of lower price Cinema EOS bodies being announced in 2014, but there’s been a lot of arguments about whether this new camera would be above or below the 5d mark III in the pricing structure. Is Canon cooking up a Cinema EOS body at the $2400 price level?
It would be nice to see the Super 35mm 8.3MP CMOS Sensor used in the Canon C100 adapted for a stills body. Sure 8.3MP isn’t game changing for stills, but i know many people that would be willing to take the megapixel hit to enjoy a completely usable 20,000 iso image, especially if the end result is bound for the web. It would also be nice if Canon introduced the C100′s XLR input handle, after all the adapter uses a simple plug on the side of the C100 which should be pretty easy to adapt to a DSLR style body. Sony is already doing this with their Sony XLR-K1M unit, a nice adapter that adds full audio features to many of Sony’s higher end DSLR cameras.
Canon has all the technology it needs to make a giant splash in the video market just like they did with the 5d mark II. Good sensor technology, audio capabilities, and the 50Mbps MPEG-2 4:2:2 XF codec used in their XF300 series cameras. Shove all that into a $2400 Cinema EOS body and cameras would be flying off the shelves.
So far the Canon EOS-1D C is really the only DSLR style camera in the EOS cinema lineup and the only one out of the bunch that shoots 4k in camera. But how many people are really going to spend $11,000 on a 1dc when you can pick up a used red one kit for under $7000 or a Blackmagic 4k cinema camera for under $4000. Both of the latter options shoot raw video (RED’s R3D format is arguably better than Cinema DNG) while the 1dc uses mjpeg.
Instead of trying to make a huge margin on cameras like the C300 and C500, follow the REBEL model. Give us a plastic bodied camera with great internals and a Super 35mm sensor in the $2000 range maybe a dash of 2.5k and you’ll own the market. Give the pro’s and the people with money a $6000 version made out of magnesium alloy with water sealing. You’ll make a killing in upgrade sales as people move from the 6d, 60d, and 5d mark II’s to this new camera. Sure you might loose a little bit of money from the high end markup, but guess what? All of those cameras use Canon EF glass and the more bodies you sell the more money you’ll bring in from lens sales.
The Canon 6d price drop might just be a sign of the times, but it sure would be nice if it was a shift in a new direction. I’m still all in with Canon, but it’s tempting sometimes to jump ship when I see some of the great things Sony and Panasonic have been adding to their cameras.
So you’ve spent all this money on great lenses, a good camera, and all the other kit you need to start shooting. The next question is, how do you travel with it? In the past I’ve shown you a few of the bags I’ve used, but over the last few years I’ve been making the transition to Tamrac Pro series bags. I was working with a fellow film maker who had a couple of these bags in his collection and I fell in love. Great design, lots of pockets, water resistant, and one of the most comfortable shoulder straps I’ve seen on a camera bag.
When I first started searching for some larger camera bags, I was turned off by the price of Tamrac’s pro series. The camera bag above (Tamrac 614) for example, will set you back almost $350 new. That’s quite a bit of money for a camera bag, but the the strange thing is, the used price of this bag is around 1/4 of the price. I picked up the above bag for right around $60 used on ebay.
The design of the bag gives you zippers for every pocket, but also offers up the option to use click locks on all 4 sides of the top compartment. Those 4 latches also pull the water resistant top layer over the front zipper pockets to keep rain and moisture out. There’s also plenty of velcro along the inside of the top flap to keep things secure even when the click locks aren’t being used.
For whatever reason used Tamrac bags are really affordable. Sure you’re not getting a brand new minty fresh bag, but Tamrac’s bags are built well, even with years of ruff use they stand up to abuse. I’ve been using the above bag for almost 2 years now and it doesn’t show much more wear and tear than the day I bought it. As you can see I keep the bag pretty well packed, with little room left over.
The shoulder and hand straps on Tamrac’s pro bags are basically made out of a car seat belt making them thin, flat, and solid. The padding on the straps is made from a nice large piece of soft leather stitched over the handle and shoulder areas. Unless you take a knife to it, these straps aren’t coming apart anytime soon.
That same seat belt makes a full trip around the outside of the bag in one continuous loop. It’s double stitched into the side pockets as well as the bottom of the bag, giving the bag an extra level of support. Even though this bag sees a lot of continues use the thick canvas material on the bottom of the bag has held up very well. No rips, or areas starting to fray, just the usual bits of dust and debris gathered from loading and unloading the bag.
Although few people shoot on film any more, these pop-off pockets are great for loose hardware. Keep your loose audio and hdmi cables in one bag, and mounting hardware in the other. 3 snaps as well as velcro attach each of these bags to the top of the bag giving you plenty of support.
I currently use 2 Tamrac pro bags for two camera shoots, a smaller Tamrac bag for all of the EOS-M stuff, and a Tamrac rally bag for stills. I still have the APE cases around, but they are used mostly to transport light bulbs and batteries.
If you’re in the market for a large camera bag, take a look on ebay for one of these Tamrac bags. They’re an excellent value if the price is right.
I’ve been using Hyperthin cables for almost a year now, great cables, more flexible than a headphone cable, and if you catch them at the right time of year they’re around $14 a peace. Not a groundbreaking price but still fairly reasonable for the amount of flexibility a cable like this provides.
The only complaint I really have with the Hyperthin cables (top cable, above) is availablity. It can sometimes take 2 or 3 months to get the cables you order and sometimes orders are simply canceled. I’m not really sure if it’s a high demand issue, a manufacturing problem, or if they simply don’t keep enough inventory in stock.
I’ve been waiting for over a month and a half for my latest order of Hyperthin cables, so in the meantime I’ve decided to give another Ultra thin cable a try. At $7 a cable the NTW ultra thin 3′ cable comes in at about half the price of the Hyperthin cable and it showed up only 6 days after my order.
While thinner than most ordinary hdmi cables, the NTW ultra thin 3′ cable is still kind of chunky when compared to the Hyperthin cable. The NTW ultra thin cable has a slightly lower profile HDMI plug, but isn’t quite as flexible as the Hyperthin.
I’ve spent a few days with the NTW ultra thin cable and I still prefer the Hyperthin cables, but honestly I don’t have time to wait for Hyperthin cables to be delivered. I wont be canceling my long delayed Hyperthin order, but I’ll be using these NTW cables until they show up. In the end, it’s a little cheaper and it doesn’t feel as good as the Hyperthin cables, but it’s available and does just about as well for the price.
I’ve never really been a Nikon shooter, but the Nikon D800 and Canon 5d mark III have always been neck and neck in the performance department. Well the option to shoot raw video with the ML hack caused a spike in 5dmk3 pricing, the D800 has continued to drift downward in price. Right now you can pick up a refurbished Nikon D800 on sale for just $2348 with free shipping on ebay. That’s a pretty decent price on a very nice full frame body.
Adobe lightroom 5 is currently $99 right now on Amazon as one of their black friday deals. If you haven’t used Lightroom, it’s a great tool for managing your photo and even your video collection. It also has all the tools you need to work with raw files and generate some great looking images. If you’re not sure if lightroom is for you, take a look at the free training videos and see what lightroom 5 can do for you. I’m glad to see that Lightroom is still offered as a stand alone program or as part of the cloud, lightroom is often more than enough for many photographers.
Right now, the Canon 6d body is at the lowest price i’ve seen it. Currently on ebay you can pick up a 6D body for just $1400 with free shipping. Previous to this $1499 has been the lowest new price i’ve seen. The Canon 6d is a great value for the price, and only a few hundred more than a used 5d mark II body at this sale price. I’m guessing this is another black friday deal, so if you want one you might want to jump on it.
You can check out my review of the Canon 6d body here.
The Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC has become one of my go to lenses for many applications. Image quality is great, Vibration Control (Tamron’s version of IS) does a good job of stabilizing the camera, and over all image quality is better than the original Canon 24-70mm f2.8. Normally this lens will set you back close to $1100, but right now you can pick it up on ebay for a buy it now price of $859 with free shipping. These thanksgiving sales don’t last, so if you’re in the market you might want to pick one up.