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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 25, 2015, 02:53:51 AM »
Has Canon pulled the trigger on Generation Next maybe?

According to rumours from this site, the 6Dii, next XXXD and the 50mp seems to be substantial leaps over previous iterations

Perhaps we need to up our ambition in terms of what to expect a new camera to deliver by expanding the possible that new technology can bring.

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As explained to me by a Canon tech; the lenses should all be calibrated to their factory spec in order to allow a uniform calibration of the body to technically require 0 AFMA.

So, if a lens is in on one body and out on another, chances are greater than the body is out but there's certainly a possibility that the lens is marginally out.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: The Pros or The Enthusiasts?
« on: January 23, 2015, 11:28:18 PM »
I consider myself an amateur/enthusiast

There are two considerations I make when I tip my hat to the professionals and it's something that they earned through an investment of time and application of their expertise.

1. Shooting to a brief in a limited time: Taking those sunset wedding pics or being told you only have 4 hours at a venue. Shooting a venue without the luxury of scouting a location.
Then you still need to hit the shots as briefed by the client.
2. On location lighting: Oh mama!!! 2, 4, 8, 12 strobes on location, getting exposure right? Experience right there. All the YouTube videos one watches cannot make you an expert on this.

I have fairly high standards for my photography. I'm still learning so that benchmark changes as time goes on. But I can sit whole day or even a number of days somewhere and shoot. Then I can decide which images I like and delete the rest.

A pro, who's bread and butter is wholly or partly earned through photography does not have such luxury.

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Windows 10 will be out later this year as a free upgrade to windows 7 and 8.  Adobe needs to be working on support for that.

A free update?! Sweet!!!

I dual boot my PC with 7 & 8.1....I'll keep 7 and update 8.1 :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: January 20, 2015, 03:54:32 PM »
I will definitely not take the liberty of saying that I do not need to improve myself to use the 7Dii or any camera for that matter, better.
In fact, I expected to still be learning years into owning the camera.

Fair enough, my comment about an engineering fault was silly so let's take that off the table. Let us also hope it's only a minute number of 7Dii's with these issues.

Still, pretty S___ty to get two faulty bodies and having to wait weeks and weeks for the issue to be sorted.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:18:40 PM »
I have disabled Zone AF, Large Zone AF, Auto Selection 65 point and generally rely on AF Expansion for my images and strive to place the central focussing point on the creatures eye.
I will select the point I consider relevant to the composition I want.

Drive mode is AI Servo.

My camera is placed on a beanbag as I sit in a bird hide. I shoot at stationary subjects like resting birds or knots in branches etc. I disable hi speed and select one shot and then I press the shutter.

Image after image after image is soft, soft, soft! It's highly frustrating that I can't get the crisp eye on stationary birds, how I am supposed to get that on moving animals!?

Sounds like you are going about this sensibly and methodically, but one key piece of information is missing - if the shots are out of focus as you seem to be implying, where is the camera focusing? If nothing is sharp, it's not a focusing problem.

Also BTW try one shot AF for static shots and see whether there is any difference.

I agree. Try the shot as "One shot" and then try the shot as "AI Servo". If it is sharp in one shot and not in AI servo, you may have to send your camera back.... several people have reported this problem.

Thanks for the advice Steve and Don.

I cycled through Single Point AF, Single Point Spot AF and then tried every permutation of assist points in both Single Shot and AI Servo. Took multiple images with each setup.

Canon contacted me earlier, they will have an answer for me by Thursday morning for the very latest. Apparently.

I would love to know the results.... I am going through the same thing with my 7D2.

Don, I will most definitely let you know what they end up saying.

I do believe from a marketing perspective, Canon will not make an official statement advising that the 7Dii has engineering issues.

I believe they will offer me a story of a faulty batch or something like that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:15:35 PM »
I have disabled Zone AF, Large Zone AF, Auto Selection 65 point and generally rely on AF Expansion for my images and strive to place the central focussing point on the creatures eye.
I will select the point I consider relevant to the composition I want.

Drive mode is AI Servo.

My camera is placed on a beanbag as I sit in a bird hide. I shoot at stationary subjects like resting birds or knots in branches etc. I disable hi speed and select one shot and then I press the shutter.

Image after image after image is soft, soft, soft! It's highly frustrating that I can't get the crisp eye on stationary birds, how I am supposed to get that on moving animals!?

Sounds like you are going about this sensibly and methodically, but one key piece of information is missing - if the shots are out of focus as you seem to be implying, where is the camera focusing? If nothing is sharp, it's not a focusing problem.

Also BTW try one shot AF for static shots and see whether there is any difference.

I agree. Try the shot as "One shot" and then try the shot as "AI Servo". If it is sharp in one shot and not in AI servo, you may have to send your camera back.... several people have reported this problem.

Thanks for the advice Steve and Don.

I cycled through Single Point AF, Single Point Spot AF and then tried every permutation of assist points in both Single Shot and AI Servo. Took multiple images with each setup.

Canon contacted me earlier, they will have an answer for me by Thursday morning for the very latest. Apparently.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Samsung NX-1 Epic Shootout
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:09:08 PM »
These 70ish% numbers of in-focus shots for someone running slowly toward the camera just don't seem right to me.  I tend to get high 90s for that on my decade old 20D and 5D even shooting at f/2.8 and even zooming while shooting.  I'm planning to buy a 7D Mark II to improve on this, not degrade it.  For example, these were all shot on the 5D and 70-200/2.8 at f/2.8, I was zooming while she was running, and they are all in focus.


Cute kid you got Lee Jay

I'm pretty convinced the 7Dii is falling a little short of the performance as indicated in Canon's promotional material.

A friend is getting his replacement 7Dii tomorrow. His 50D was killing the 7Dii for sharp images and keeper rate

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Samsung NX-1 Epic Shootout
« on: January 20, 2015, 02:14:36 AM »
Hi Michael

I would like to say a big thank you for the video review and in particular, putting it out there that there is issues with some copies of the 7Dii.

I'm on my second copy of the 7Dii now and Canon are in their 2nd week of running diagnostics on it.

I am of the opinion that as Canon have not yet made an official statement regarding the known issues of the 7Dii, they will endeavour to keep all solutions on the down low and out of the public eye.

For the record:
1st 7Dii: Had focus lock issues, the AF point bounced around and would focus on a different point for each photo in a burst. This was acknowledged by Canon and replaced without a hiccup

2nd 7Dii: Struggles to maintain focus in AI Servo for moving subjects, a sequence of 12 images went from relatively sharp, to totally out of focus.
A second issue is very soft focus. Test shots done in Single Shot/One Shot with single point AF, camera on tripod on a stationary subject. 'Green dot' in the bottom right hand corner of the viewfinder indicates focus confirmation yet the images came out soft.

Please note! These anomolies cannot be replicated 100% of the time, as some shots are sharper than others taken with the exact same setup, in the exact same conditions
The technician advised they are aware of the Jeckyl & Hyde nature of these issues


CameraTek (appointed by Canon as their service dept in South Africa) has had a few 7Dii's in with similar issues to mine and have recognised the problem without official, 100% acknowledgement.

Guys, I am writing this because I feel there are enough 7Dii owners out there settling for non performing bodies. Please do scrutenise the performance of your 7Dii with a critical eye, $1800 is no small investment. If you are not happy with the camera, please hand it back for diagnostic checks. Certain issues, like physical AF system issues, cannot be rectified with a firmware update.

DISCLAIMER* I do know that there will those asking the questions, "does he know how to use the camera?" and "does he understand the AF system properly". The answer is no, not 100% but I know it sufficiently to know the cameras I got didn't work. Also, all my reported issues have been acknowleged by Canon.

Even if I help one of you guys out, that'll be enough for me.

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Lighting / Re: 400 f/5.6 + 600RT + ST-E3-RT + SB-E2
« on: January 17, 2015, 04:55:30 PM »
Thank you gents!

My search continues!

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Lighting / 400 f/5.6 + 600RT + ST-E3-RT + SB-E2
« on: January 17, 2015, 03:26:39 PM »
Hey everybody :)

I've been rather keen to use fill flash for birding ever since seeing Glenn Bartley's tutorial. It will most definitely be a plus for birds under tree canopies or those that are backlit.

I own the ST-E3-RT & 600RT and can pick up the flash bracket (sans cable) for dirt cheap but wondering if this will be practical.

So the flash unit will obviously sit to the right of the camera and I'm wondering if the position, along with the length of the 400mm will cause shadows on my images.

Would this work or should I look at another setup?

Thanks everyone :)

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When I finally get a working 7Dii, it will become my primary body.

When I get a full frame too, then the 7Dii will be my main APS-C body and (probably) the 6D my primary full frame body.

When it comes to usage overlap, I will make a judgement as to use either of them.

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Lenses / Re: Rumored 11-24mm f/4 true or feint?
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:01:30 PM »
The thing is, $3000 for f/4.0 is very, very expensive.

I see many of you saying, "I can't see f/2.8 on this lens" and I ask why not?

The 16-35 f/4.0 has convinced me of one thing and in a most resounding fashion, Canon now have the optical recipe to make incredible WA lenses but the 11-24 needs to make a massive statement of intent from Canon, to their user base.

For essentially double the price of both the f/4.0 & f/2.8 16-35's, I'm asking Canon to make the 11-24 pitch perfect.

Even if it's a fat chick. Let's call it Amy  :o

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF-S 55-25mm IS STM vs EF 200mm 2.8L II
« on: January 12, 2015, 12:30:10 AM »
I also wonder how inconspicuous one can be, trying to zoom with your feet at a concert.

Space is at a premium and I personally think your 70-200 is a far better option

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Lenses / Re: Canon MP-E 65mm - Due an upgrade?
« on: January 11, 2015, 10:07:18 AM »
Unlikely.  It's a niche lens that is nearly perfect for that niche.  Almost never used wide open anyway.  No AF, IS, etc., to be updated. 

If you get one, plan on an MT-24EX to go with it.  That one might get an update, similar to the MR-14EX (which really wasn't much of an update.

Thanks Neuro

I have the MR-14EX. Would you recommend I upgrade it?

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