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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by DigitalRev
« on: December 04, 2014, 01:19:57 PM »
I guess it's just a better camera for using rather than talking out.

Well said - that is the reason I am really excited about this camera (and less about each detail in each review).

Software & Accessories / Re: Tripods - CF or Aluminum...?
« on: December 04, 2014, 10:30:56 AM »
I had the same decision and decided for carbon fibre because
I like to walk around a lot to find a good place/scenery so weight
is a concern. Another reason was the good damping of vibrations,
essential for long exposures with tele photo lenses.

IMO (just guessing) a alumium tripod with the same vibration damping
is 2x the mass of a carbon fiber tripod - good CF materials are vastly
superior in this discipline. Add a good ball head (500 grams) we go with a
1500+500 gr CF tripod (2000 gr) versus
3000+500 gr Al tripod (3500 gr.)
which is essential after 20 km of trekking!

I replaced my Manfrotto 190B (Al) with a Sirui 3204 (CF compound):
The Sirui 3204 is lighter than a (25 year old) Manfrotto 190B but gives
much more native height and is a vibration sucker compared to
the old Manfrotto. Using the Manfrotto (aluminum) tripod in direct sunlight
was of no concern. With the Sirui I think about a "radiation protection" made
of white clothing for the legs ...

Another concern is: How fast can you set up the tripod - the right choice of
the leg locks is essential for this! I like the approch with a lock ring around
each leg section: stable and fast!

CarbonFibre:                                       Aluminum

moderate weight                                 higher weight

very good vibration damping               moderate vibration damping

less influence of weight distribution    load deforms structure/legs
of mounted camera-lens-combo

max 100°C over short periods.           virtually no temperature limit within
Sounds exotic, isn't in the                   standard conditions
summer sun

Cannot be repaired if leg cracks          Easier to repair, some bumps don't influence useability

Expensive                                            moderate cost

Reviews / Re: reviewed EF-S 24/2.8 STM
« on: November 30, 2014, 10:12:58 AM »
I am always glad if companies give us OPTIONS to choose from.

For ME: The EF 40mm lens is the holy gral of pancakes because I like the 64mm equivalent on my APS-C cameras. Just for the EOS M it will make a compact lens. If I need 24mm the old and trusty 2.8/24mm will be fine.

For ME: The EF-M 22mm 2.0 is the most interesting choice because it makes a COMPACT EOS M camera but ... as said before: A COMPACT EF-M with 2.0 55mm (lens elements in tele configuration) would be much more attractive for ME, especially if combined with IS.

An EF 24mm pancake is not possible for FF SLRs because of the - mentioned by others - necessity to do some tricks with a negative front element far from the positive groups to keep the mirror area free of stuff ...

Just my 2ct - Michael

Reviews / Re: Lens cap review: (Exploding) Hama 77mm lens caps
« on: November 30, 2014, 10:06:51 AM »
(1) I think we need much more statistics: Buy more HAMA lenscaps and drop your lenses more often ... just kidding.

(2) If something desintegrates it eats up energy which is no longer available to damage e.g. the lens. A polycarbonate camera shell destroys much more energy while getting cracks than a metall hull beeing slightly deformed. The deceleration path is longer with disintegrating things so the maximum forces during the impact are lowered saving the (delicate) rest.

(3) You are all right, modern economics tries to save in material quality, material thickness, design optimization and dislocates different stages of the production process ... that usually keeps prices and ... quality down.

Best - Michael

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Sensor Technology
« on: November 29, 2014, 02:14:44 PM »
Does anyone see hope in this as a realistic approach?
Realistic : cost effective  + an actual improvement + ..

Seems to me like a very good idea: Light sensitive pixels in the focus of the micro lenses and less sensitive pixels with SAME FULL WELL CAPACITY between the microlens focus regions. So it is a modified dual pixel design ...: If the more sensitive pixel is saturated the less sensitive pixel is still measuring valuable data. More than nice to have and something which can give us 15-20 stops of dynamic range. But perhaps not at 10 fps with 50 MPix ...

Thanks Woody for the english/US patent - just scanned it and was much better than the japanes->german translation by go og le tra ns lations.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Fro
« on: November 25, 2014, 03:53:38 PM »
Nice video review...
However, I think his slight out of focus issue could be fixed with AFMA.
There are reasons why AFMA exists!

It's not necessarily a focus issue: On the examples in the video I had problems to see SOMETHING sharp so I wouldn't have the chance to decide between front- and backfocus.

Perhaps it's some hidden noise reduction setting in the JPEG engine: I had the same trouble with my 40D and 2.0 100mm. Some shots where unbelievable sharp, most of them were mushy ... until I found a setting for noise reduction in the RAW files: usually it was activated, sometimes the camera decided not to activate that switch. After deactivating the noise reduction all photos appeared much sharper (except some technically minor images).

So let's wait for well developped RAWs ...

EDIT: By the way: A very interesting review because Jared Polin pointed out the characteristics of the 7D ii as A TOOL for TAKING PHOTOS ...

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 09:09:03 AM »
I browse this website quite often since 2012. I have never seen so many negative comments about Canon these days in comparison with before.
Has Canon really not satisfying its customers lately or is it that there are new members in the forum who like to put down Canon in comparison with other companies?

I think Canon is still very conservative - but that's not bad at all: It means too that Canon is "stable". A 20sth. year old EF 2.8/24 (non-USM, non-IS) works well on a EOS-M which is a bit younger.
Cameras like 20D or 40D are REAL TOOLS with good hardware control layout, nearly flawless ergonomics.

The 7D mark ii is just a minor upgrade in many terms for a 5 year old camera but ... what I see from reviews and samples it has a very advanced AF system and at least the noise characteristics of the sensor is much improved. And changing from 40D to 7D mk ii might be as easy to change from eating tofu with chopsticks to eating chicken with chopsticks.

I am shure Canon will surprise us in the next months with a high megapixel FF body. The sensor tech of the 7D mk ii on a FF chip will give a 50 MPix camera for good to medium light conditions. Postprocessing will allow to get 10 or 20 MPix files with good high ISO results.

One observation - which is NOT representative - besides criticism on canonrumors: A lot of shops in my home town (a smaller town in germany) exhibit only Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic cameras. Some nikon stuff but Canon stuff only in homeopathic doses. The 7d mk ii istn't available at big electronic markets nor amazon germany.

Best - Michael

Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 22, 2014, 05:14:34 AM »
Mr_Canuck: Well choosen title ... "In praise ..."

I like the shorty forty on my EOS M - no longer a pancake but a pan cake stack. But for me the resulting 65mm equiv are a very attractive "wide angle" compared to the other lenses I use on a regular base: 160mm macro, 112-320mm, 640mm! And consumes only one lens compartment with its intelligent rear cap - the EOS M.

Another advantage of this lens is the contralight photo quality (see photo below) which gives great contrast and color under these conditions. For the shot below I came back to the same crop field (first session was spoiled by sRAW setting on 40D = 3 MPix) to get exactly that contralight.

EDIT: New reg to image:;topic=295.0;attach=124928;image

Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:09:11 PM »
100% RAW shooting. I like Neutral (for on site checks via camera screen) because I have to work for better/clearer/punchier colors ... waiting for the right light or modify the existing light with silk clothes, white paper etc. (The latter not for landscapes ...).

In movie mode it might be the best option to preserve editing latitude - with 600D there is no RAW mode for video AFAIK and I wouldn't like their larger size too.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DII lightmeter on top LCD.
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:24:49 AM »
Thanks for the replies!

Davebo, Thanks for your steps to the ECS! But unfortunately it's not the light meter that shows me if my shots get under or over exposed with the manual speed, aperture and ISO I'm using. I'm looking for the option to get the meter I see on the right side in the viewfinder on the top screen LCD(as with previous EOS models in M mode). I don't use exposure compensation that often, I mostly do my work with manual shutter speeds, apertures and ISO speeds.

I'm sorry if I didn't explain it correctly.

I think you explained correctly - IMO only a few use the light meter on the LCD screen. To avoid wrong readings by users maybe Canon has reserved the "scale" in the top LCD for exposure compensation display. The viewfinder displays both scales (AFAIK - I haven't got that camera now).

What a pity, I use it too sometimes if I work with a tripod - it isn't essential but a unnecessary omitting of a helpful feature ...

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 with T3i or 70-200 f/4 with 7d II
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:17:05 AM »
I currently own a T3i and want to photograph my son at his wrestling meets.  I know the f/2.8 will work with the T3i.  However, would the f/4 allow me to still upgrade to the 7dII?  Will the improved focusing and iso quality allow the f/4 to function well inside of a gym?  I know that the f/2.8 will create a nicer background but I am willing to make some compromise with this.  Thanks.

Not the easiest. decision to make!

IMO a fast camera always helps for moving subjects. Fast means fast response esp. the shutter release. I would prefer the 7 D ii with an Image stabilized f/4 tele zoom -- or alternatively the f/2 100mm lens.

Another Point: The anti flicker feature might help to get more light on the sensor for indoor sports ...

The lighter lens might be much more comfortable to handle if you like to have your camera in your right hand to be ready to shoot.

EOS Bodies / Re: I killed my brand new 7D MK2 today
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:02:34 AM »
Just a warning.

When you insert your memory card be carefull.
I managed to kill my brand new 7D MK2 today when i was puting a memory card in it.

This can happen if someone uses a brute force method to insert a card - but this can happen too if e.g. the guiding structure and the pins of the connector aren't aligned properly.

My personal "assessment" lead me to the conclusion (for 20D, 40D which have CF card slots) to use the USB port for the download of the image files. Maybe vastly slower than a modern card reader but USB is designed for plug and play and can be found on many devices which are used by "untrained personnel" -- it is designed for moderate misuse while CF cards are designed for "specialists".  Reparing a "4 connector + shielding" port than repairing a socket inside the camera with 32 + x pins ...

But the 7Dii has - if my memory serves well - a small breakout board with the card slots. So repair will not be a procedure like "changing main board with sensor, processors etc.".

SD cards -- too after my own "assessment" -- are less prone to user errors due to just nine contact surfaces, no filigrane pins on the connector and developped for the "common user".

So good luck that your card board was a lemon and if Canon says it was "mishandling", hopefully service and material cost will be low - Best, Michael

Lenses / Re: Old lenses Canon will phase out
« on: November 09, 2014, 03:34:31 PM »


Personally I'd like to see a EF 135mm f/2L USM replacement come out with IS and a faster f-number like say 1.8 or 1.4.


EF 135mm f/1.4 L IS USM would be a funny lens with roughly 100mm diameter and the price tag would be 5000 EUR/$ - don't know if it will ever be released or build as a small series ...
But it would be great with shallow DOF etc.

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 09, 2014, 05:35:10 AM »
Hopefully this qualifies as landscape - a more abstract one ...

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