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The 50mm 1.4 is well known for focusing issues such as back focusing.  It isn't a good lens to test the accuracy of a camera's AF.  Get a lens that has great performing AF like the 24-70 or 70-200.
I mentioned I had both of those in addition to the 50mm  :o

I'm after an idea on the expected consistency of the 7D Mark II with a 24-70 f2.8 (Mk I) and 70-200 IS f2.8 MkII in one shot outside on a target... Anyone tested theirs?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: Today at 04:21:32 AM »
I have a 7D MKII. Let me just start with the fact that I understand that no AF is perfect. I also understand that f1.4. 2.8etc have a very small DOF

I've found that shooting one shot mode at a piece of typewritten paper in direct sunlight 50mm f1.4 I can expect maybe 7 or 8 out of 10 in focus at 100% (admittedly the 50mm 1.4 isn't razor sharp at that aperture) Is this to be expected? When viewed on a 28" 4K display other shots look fine until I get to about a 5CM of the display, and notice the focus is a bit off. Even with my 24-70 (Mark I) at 2.8 its maybe 70-90% spot on. Of course I didn't record my findings, just a casual chimp at the images and review on the screen.

Is it normal to think that at casual print sizes, maybe even upto 13X19, the oneshot AF is OK, but if I want to pixel peep or print bigger I'm better off MF with live view?

I went to the trouble of doing the test after I found it extremely difficult to get the iris/pupil in focus consistently. In fact with my kids I seem to get better results with AI Servo. Any tips there?

Howabout sports/action with a 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM II. Any idea on the keeper rate there? A number for me to strive to? I took it out the other day to the kids sports day and in AI Servo atleast 80% were great. Is that something to be proud/worried about??

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DII lightmeter on top LCD.
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:12:00 AM »
Pressing iso only brings up flash ec scale on the top LCD, unfortunately it doesn't show a meter. It would be good if it showed a light meter there like the other bodies.

Even with auto iso it is not a meter...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 05:11:01 AM »
Still waiting for them to reach Australia,you guys in Northern Hemisphere seem to have snaffled them all up leaving us Downunder to look longingly forums and such

I got one from Teds in Adelaide, they came in about 1100 Monday. They had 6 of them there, and 4 were already allocated to pre orders...
It actually works out cheaper for us to get them locally than from the US because customs add 10% tax.
It's on the front page of Teds November catalogue, so I would expect they will have a healthy supply.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:49:21 AM »
So I've got some handheld indoors cat wasn't around :(
Loaded raws into DPP and turned off sharpening and NR for all, exported to JPG quality max.

They alternate at same exposure settings, then I did it again with them underexposed a bit...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 03, 2014, 03:34:25 AM »
My first impressions coming from a 7Dc in no particular order

The lock button on mode dial is a godsend
Love the minimum shutter speed setting for P and Av
Focus while live view is significantly quicker, same with movie.
Level in VF is miles ahead of 7Dc and can be always active
Edge AF points sure are handy

Might have to do a quick and dirty low light comparison indoors tonight on my cat haha between 7Dc and 7DMKII b4 my 7D finds a new home :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Camera for toddlers
« on: October 05, 2014, 12:31:28 AM »
My son aged 6 has used an Orange Panasonic Lumix tough/waterproof camera for the best part of 3 years. Its fantastic getting his perspective on the world, its interesting how even the simplest things seem so high and out of reach when the picture is taken at his perspective!

My only complaint is in regards to the design of the camera; when taking it out of the water there is a little ledge that water droplets seem to pool on right infront of the lens.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 100D Detailed Specs Appear
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:09:56 AM »
I hate to break it to y'all, but that's not a camera.

It's a mechanical black poodle.

No, really!



That's what I was about to post... that description fits my 7D though haha

Lenses / Re: Center Pinch Lens Caps
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:54:57 AM »
Canon make a 58mm center pinch lens cap. Look for a Canon part number HF G10. It's about $1,400 but you do get a free HD Camcorder at that price  8). It's a pity the manual doesnt actually have a part number for the cap itself  :'(

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D firmware update - wow, could it be?
« on: April 25, 2012, 09:00:40 PM »
Hmmm. I am eagerly waiting to find out what the new firmware will introduce, besides support for the GPE2

If it had adjustable MFA for tele and wide, like the 5DmkIII, and adjustable audio gain that can be disabled, I think I might just wet myself.

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