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EOS Bodies / LP-E6N in 5DMK III
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:42:17 PM »
Haven't seen this discussed yet, but wondering if the 5D MK III will be able to take the LP-E6N.  Seems the only difference is the LP-E6N has 200mA more juice, and I am suspecting Canon looks at the battery in firmware, but wondering if in the future with a firmware upgrade, the 5DMK III will be able to take advantage of stronger and likely longer lasting batteries from the 7D MK II

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 09:43:48 AM »
All an all looks promising - Hard to tell because unsure how well lit, but did not notice the amount of noise in the skin texture I was expecting to see, and looked like a lot more the detail there compared to a lot of noise reduction. 

Best way to judge is RAW in low light, but does seem like it is more serviceable than I was expecting

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:13:20 AM »
Weighing in on it.  Would like to see some image/noise comparisons, but looks like a solid body and I think overall improved over the 7D.  Would have liked a bigger sensor, but at the same time if the buffer stats hold up, the camera seems insane in what it can capture in burst mode, even for raw.

I probably won't pre-order - but pick up up for when the Holiday sales start

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EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:03:08 AM »
Every frame in focus.....hmmm

Give it to Tony Northrup and I am sure he could bugger up the settings and drop that down to 60%

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 01:38:42 PM »
Because, it just doesn't seem to be in Canon's plans to change their sensors.

I think it says to the contrary.

Seeing what is likely a minor improved sensor and much improved AF to me makes me think Canon is putting more into the next generation FF

There was many who thought that the Pro APS-C might be coming to end of life and that is my read into the 7d MK II

Improved AF, solid metal body, high FPS, decent sensor, not crazy High ISO

Basically the 7D MKII is a 70D with slightly more pro features and a more durable body to withstand more use and elements.

I can see a 5DIV, a High MP and a IDXs in the future and think that is where Canon is putting their efforts. 

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The Amazon metrics do not have any real basis as the driver is really new camera releases, which Canon for the most part has been limited in the last few years at the top end of their lines which is where Canon really drives sales - i.e. 1Dx, 5D MKIII, 7D.  Yes there has been 6D, 60D, 70D, t5i, etc... and say with the 70D, I think a lot of that has been for video, but again, what I see as a general formula is

New top body = sales (X) +.5x Prior Body Upgrade.

As an example, when the 810 came out I saw a ton of 800s for sale, just as there were a ton of 5D MK IIs for sale, when the 5D MK III came out.

Even though a lot of people have moved on from the 7D, a lot of people have held on or maybe gone a bridge model, but if Canon releases a decent replacement, you can expect to see not only a lot of sales of that camera, but a lot of 7Ds as well. 

Amazon also tends to be more of a consumer market than a Pro / Prosumer - as a point of reference, no 1Dx of D4  D4s D3 D3x in the top 100. 

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Canon General / Re: Abe's of Maine files for Bankruptcy!
« on: September 09, 2014, 06:44:08 AM »
Seems like a Spam is a coming - all of a sudden bunch of old threads revived with "thanks for the info"?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon D750 to be Canon 5D3 competitor?
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:13:24 PM »
So you are basically saying it has taken Nikon 2 years to create an equivalent to the 5DMKIII so once canon introduces the 5DMKIV in a few months Nikon will be 2 years behind again

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The 100-400 wide open at 400 suffers from some coma which affects a camera's ability to phase detect focus.  I found that the 100-400 hunted more for focus than a 300 with 1.4xiii.... even more than the 70-200 with a 2xiii.

If I were making a purchase decision, the 100-400 would be at the bottom of my list (if cost was not a major driving issue).  All things aside, a used 300mm F2.8L IS (old version) with a 1.4xiii is the best "low" cost choice and still get tack sharp images wide open.

300mm F/4L or 400mm F5.6L would be my next choice.

LOL  Lets see all and all I prefer the Canon 1Dx to the 5D MKII

That is pretty much your comparison almost.  300MM F/2.8 IS (1st version) is a $6500 lens ($12K retail)

I am assuming the new Bigma will be more like the Tamron, but better build all and all, so expecting more $1500 or so. 

Part of the attraction with a Telephoto zoom is range.  I have used the 300mm /f2.8 IS.  Loved it.  At the same time though, hated it as well when shooting sports because often I only had a small field to shoot in, where as having a range, I could continuously shoot action coming towards me and get a dozen shots of an approaching athlete over a few seconds versus a smaller segment of time.

No doubt a 5.6 - 6.3 is limited, but a fair amount of the time when I was shooting the 300MM I was shooting at 5.6 - 8 anyways

This will not be a nighttime or overcast lens, but for daylight, very serviceable.

As well... there is also 200mm of reach more.

Other part of performance... Again... AF.... When using the teleconverters either 1.4 or 2 the AF is deliberately slowed by that same factor as well. 

Having a tack sharp image but just a smidge too late can be useless as well. 

Depends on what you are shooting. 

For sports and action I want to hit the shutter and CLICK and not wait wait click.  Now if Canon introduces a version IV of the Teleconverters where AF not slowed, then that could be a different matter.

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It is an interesting proposition. 

Love the Canon 300mm F/2.8 IS II, and found the 100-400 marginal.  I did find when using either the 1.4 of 2 III teleconverters I really noticed the built in delay in AF / Shooting.

So the question almost becomes if the Canon 100-400 is f/4-5.6  and adding a 1.4 makes it a F/5.6 - 6.3 and 140-560, the resolution seems similar, the Canon probably sharper, but also a built in delay of 40% in shooting.

That can be a significant delay in trying to capture a moment.  I also noticed a delay in burst

Now the 200-400 looks like an absolutely sweet lens, one I covet, but at the price?

Obviously the 300, 400 and 600s are going to be sharper lenses.

I have really debated the Tamron as a fill in lens.  Images look decent but not superb, but for a lot of things that extra reach can be nice.

The Sigma I expect to be 20% maybe 30% higher, and if it is sharper, may be one I bite on.  Not nearly as good at the Canons, but the trade off is perhaps the Sigma, the 7D MKII and some extra compared to what the Canon offering is going to cost way more... To get close, have to sacrifice IS

And more I look at it, I can upgrade my backup 5D MKII to the 5D MKIV, buy the 7D MK II and the new Bigma for probably the same amount as a used 600 MM f/4 IS, and still have cash left. 

Canon lens hands down better, but two new bodies and long lens which is decent but not great is a fairly nice compromise

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Lenses / Re: I'm terrified of my EF 70-200 f/2.8 IS II
« on: September 03, 2014, 09:05:41 PM »
Too Heavy??

I am Hanz and he is Franz... We are here to Pump!  You Up... All you girlie shooters out there...

Yes... You... Ohhh but this lens is too heavy... Try lifting a Buick and see what heavy is... and do some push up while you are at it. 

Never liked the Black Rapids. I use a spider Holster with a shoulder straps to evenly distribute the weight and generally am running around with a 5DMKIII 70-200 F/2.8 IS II on one hip and a 5DMKII with a 24-70 or 16-35 on the other.

One race I shot I had the 300 F/2.8 IS II on my 5DMKII and the 70-200 on my 5DMKIII... Hand holding and shooting both of those over about 8 hours... That was the only time I started feeling it a little in my shoulder by the end of the day.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:25:52 PM »
Perhaps not a clown, but his motivation is the same as KR's – driving Internet traffic to his site for profit.

I will take that one step further.

Either Tony Northrup is:

1)  Incompetent as a photographer

2)  Deceitful

Either one is bad in my book.

If he wants to do a review of two cameras, know how to set them up to get the most out of them,  if he can't, then he is incompetent, should do more research on the cameras he is reviewing, and perhaps even learn a bit about photography.  To demonstrate a glaring lack of knowledge of the Canon system and then make comments related to pro-usage either shows him to be a sham or an idiot.

Or

He can be a down right disingenuous pr&*k who intentionally took bad photos to tilt a review.

I have my ideas and others can form their own opinion.

And while KR is a tool, it is really not nice to throw him in the likes of Tony Northrup.  TN aspires to one day be as suave and savvy as KR


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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 10:02:17 AM »
Most importantly... Lets keep comparing an 2 year old camera to one that was just released.  The fact that it is in the ballpark in most area and better in other... Shesh...

Northrup is a clown... While he bashes the 5D MK III as being an amateur camera only and that Pros like him should be using Nikon, he proves he does not use the Canon as evident by his settings. 

The 810 is a decent camera, so is the 5D MK III.  Is the 810 better?  In some areas maybe, I would expect that for a camera that is two years newer... and while the D5MKIV may be 6 months or even a year out, I wonder is when this leap frogs the 810 if the Nikon folks will be stammering that it is a newer camera so of course it will be better.

If I was a new buyer maybe I would look at the two and choose the 810 over the 5DMKIII.  Don't know.  There is not enough of a difference to make me want to switch. 

But what remains constant... wait another year to 18 months and both sides will have better cameras... In the end, that cannot be a bad thing... Expensive to swap bodies again and again, but that has always been the case

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:36:53 PM »
Hey, I am going on a unicorn photo expedition in January, I need that slightly-better-than-70D high-ISO noise performance.   8)

Bigger pixels give more electron capacity per pixel (say, 4 micron pixel has 30,000 maximum capacity, 7 micro pixel has 100,000 maximum capacity). So, say you have 14-bit ADC, that's roughly 16,000 levels of electrons, or about 2 electrons per level for the 4 micron pixel and 6 electrons per level for the 7 micron pixel. Say you have 30 electrons worth of noise. Noise takes up the first 15 levels for the 4 micron pixel and the first 5 levels for the 7 micron pixel. That's why bigger pixels, all other things being equal, result in less perceptible noise.

Ummm... Where did I put the tylenol... I have a headache

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 11:37:55 AM »
I still can't fathom how folks are demanding ISO performance that meets or exceeds any Full Frame level. Check back into reality or buy Full Frame. Only setting yourself up for guaranteed disappointment. Even Canon is not able to defy the properties of light and matter.  ::)

One I own Full Frame and mainly full frame - 5D MK III and II and use a t4i for backup video

Been less than impressed with ISO above 800 on the 5D MK III especially noise on faces when shooting natural light in studio.  Granted the 1Dx would be a far better choice, but given it has been 5 years since the 7D, 3 years since the 1Dx and 2.5 since the 5D MK III, one would hope that Canon has made significant inroads in sensor technology, especially given what some of the competition is doing.

It would be nice to see Canon release a new "King of the Crop" followed up by a High MP beast, 1Dxs and 5D MK IV

1Dx and 5D MKIII were decent step ups, but in the world of "what have you done lately", Canon's pro level bodies have been fairly stagnant

All things being equal, FF should beat crop on noise, but would not mind seeing a generational jump where a crop comes close and then the next gen FF blows the doors off. 

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