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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:00:26 AM »
Wow, AP and PentaPhoto's Alessandro Trovati's 7D2 report is fulsome in praise, 10/10 frames in focus with no AF configuration needed:

He continues: “I wanted to use the EOS 7D Mark II in a very different way to how I would normally work with my usual cameras (Alessandro shoots with an EOS-1D X and an EOS 5D Mark III), and instead of going through the Custom Functions to set it up I used the camera like an amateur would shoot, just to see how well it would take care of focusing and speed right out-of-the-box. I have to tell you, I was so incredibly surprised. This camera shoots at 10fps and it holds focus perfectly, even when shooting subjects that are moving fast in front of you from left to right, or right to left. The sport of ‘Calcio fiorentino’ is like a gladiator match between the players and the action happens so fast you need a very special camera to capture all the atmosphere.”

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:22:51 AM »
Another 1-series feature that gets to be included:

Back to the action at hand, and Alessandro’s thoughts on the viewfinder. A 100% field-of-view ensures critical accuracy for tricky compositions and an electronic overlay – new for the EOS 7D Mark II – allowed him to see the focus points selected. There are 65 cross-type focus points on the EOS 7D Mark II, compared to 19 found on the EOS 7D it replaces. “But you know, because I am old-fashioned, I like to shoot Manual and with just single-point AF,” he laughs. “However, I can see exactly what is happening in the viewfinder, which is clear and bright just like my [EOS] 5D Mark III and which shows in red the active focus points as I am tracking the subject. I can tell you one thing: this camera is more advanced than me!”

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:07:44 AM »
The asterisk/¹ is: Number of available AF points, cross-type points and Dual Cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens.

Another thing I noticed is the digital compass:

Built-in GPS and digital compass
The camera incorporates a range of GPS functions, similar to Canon’s external GPS Receiver GP-E2. Images and movie clips can be geotagged with the exact global position of capture, and thanks to a new time setting, also logged with co-ordinated universal time.
The EOS 7D Mark II is also the first EOS camera to feature a built-in digital compass which features a triple-axes geomagnetic and acceleration sensor, enabling photographers to record longitude, latitude, elevation and compass direction.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:18:34 AM »
Very nice product page here with many sample photos (all at reduced sizes though):

Nice that the BG-E16 has the joystick as well, but what is that lever/switch below it?

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 09:05:31 AM »
Woohoo! Just confirmed, AF at f/8 at the center point and interchangeable focusing screens even with the transparent LCD overlay!!! Infinite JPEG frames with UDMA7 CF cards!

AF System/ Points

65 cross-type AF points (Centre point is an extra sensitive dual-cross-type point at f/2.8, cross-type at f/8 and sensitive to -3EV) (11)

Focusing Screen

Interchangeable (2 types, optional).

Standard Focusing Screen Eh-A

Super Precision Matte Eh-S

Continuous Shooting

"Max. Approx. 10fps. (speed maintained for up to an infinite number of JPEGs or 31 RAW images (1) (2) (10) with UDMA7 card.


EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:54:05 AM »
Where is the AF capability at f/8, all the specs and preview pages I have read so far have not mentioned this.  :(

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:45:26 AM »
The 6D had an introductory MSRP of US$2000, but now retails for around $1500 (and is selling well at this price), I expect this model would sell extremely well when it finally settles at around ~$1300, considering the competition in its price bracket like the Sammy NX1 and even the D750.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:34:58 AM »
Wow, image buffer is improved over the already excellent 7D. 1090 JPEG/Large, 31 RAW, 19 RAW+JPEG/L.

20.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor
Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors
The EOS 7D Mark II’s 20.2 Megapixel sensor works seamlessly with a pair of
DIGIC 6 Image Processors for supercharged processing across the board. These
Dual DIGIC 6 Image Processors help the EOS 7D Mark II capture up to 1090 JPEG/LARGE,
31 RAW, and 19 RAW+JPEG shots* in a single burst for detailed action photography.
They also enable the camera’s powerful image processing on-the-fly:
lens aberration, variances in peripheral illumination, and image distortion
can all be corrected in real time.
*Figures apply to a UDMA mode 7, CF card based on Canon's testing standards.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:59:13 AM »
Okay, thanks for confirming it is based on exactly 0 images from this camera and unpublished specifications for the sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:55:48 AM »
Although I can certainly get great action photos by planning my shots and pre-focusing, having usable continuous autofocus makes a camera much, much more versatile to me. But so far, I've been disappointed with the continuous autofocus performance of almost every mirrorless camera I've used.* Even with these new hybrid AF systems, I still get better continuous autofocus results from most entry-level DSLRs. I was hoping the NX30 would be an exception to that rule.

Unfortunately, the NX30 falls into the disappointing category when it comes to continuous autofocus performance. I have about twenty years of experience shooting high-speed action with autofocus SLRs, including motorsports, cycling, snow sports, etc. With the DSLRs I usually use, I get consistent in-focus high-speed bursts of subjects accelerating towards me. That was not the case with the NX30, though.

I tried all kinds of variations in focus area, point position and focal length, but no matter what I did, the camera's AF system wasn't able to keep up with even relatively slow-moving mountain bikers -- at least not with the 18-55mm and 55-250mm zoom lenses I had for testing. As a control, I also tried shooting bursts as I walked towards a brick wall in bright sunlight. That's a focusing task I think the camera should handle easily. At walking speeds, I did get better results, especially with the 18-55mm kit lens, but they still weren't good enough for me to risk with serious, irreplaceable photo opportunities.

The bottom line is that I need consistent, predictable and accurate performance, and the NX30's continuous autofocus did not provide that -- at least not for the mountain biking that I shoot most of the time. I can't afford to gamble with iffy autofocus. To be fair, the NX30's continuous AF was on-par with most mirrorless cameras I've used, and I was still able to get plenty of great action photos using single AF, planning my shots and pre-focusing. For any kind of racing or paid commercial work, though, I'd leave the NX30 at home and bring one of my trustworthy DSLRs.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:44:21 AM »
The trolling OP, based on his few posts and newly-made account, obviously just made this thread to rile up the fanb0is, notice he never bothered to post here again, and is probably laughing his N0inky a$$ out at the number of posters and replies his thread manged to ensnare. Mods should have closed this thread early on since it's obviously troll-bait and the discussion has been covered in numerous other threads before and since.

If I wanted to read threads like this I would have just gonr to the DPR forums, where the Nikon guys have more posts in the Canon subforum than in their own subforum. Isn't that right bobn2? :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:38:14 AM »
50 pages of trolling based on exactly 0 images from this yet-to-be-released camera? I would like to ask the basis for the assumption that this body would have the same sensor as on the 70D. Or is that based on exactly 0 shreds of evidence as well?

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII vs Samsung NX1
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:28:30 AM »
Man, I couldn't wait to use the NX1 with its fine selection of 3 lenses. :P

Given the current state of the art in on-sensor PDAF, the question is how many of those 15FPS would be in focus shooting moving subjects? It would be lucky to get 3 in focus.

I have also just watched the opening match between Brazil & Croatia, and for the duration of the match I have seen several times a non-gripped body attached to a Canon long white supertele, there appears to be several photographers with that setup scattered around the stadium. That is mildly interesting to me since I am used to seeing mostly 1-series bodies or (less commonly) the equivalent Nikon ones being used for matches at this level. I really don't think pros sent by wire agencies, big international newspapers and magazines to cover this event would be using 5D3s or, worse, 7Ds. At the very least they should be using a grip for better balance while using those superteles on these smaller bodies, if that's what they have to use, which I doubt.

OT: As for the match itself, I think that Jap referee erred in giving that very soft penalty that led to the 2nd Brazilian goal, that Brazilian player was already falling down even before he got a mild touch from the opposing Croat player. Ruined the game for me. I must say Brazil was unimpressive, I really expect better from the hosts and one of the favorites. They don't seem to be good at keeping possession or defense. I think they would get exposed by a better attacking team than Croatia. Croatia played better than I expected, I actually wanted them to win or at least get a draw, they deserved that at least.

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:03:38 AM »
Okay, thanks to both of you. I'd have a look at eBay and see if that Dandelion or Euro EMF programmable chip previously mentioned can be shipped to where I'm at.

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