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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: December 02, 2014, 05:00:45 AM »
I had one situation the other week that DPAF failed over PDAF. It was a galvinised steel pole sticking up and the DPAF just wouldn't lock on it no matter what, even after magnifying. Oddly enough spot PDAF nailed it. Can the 7DMKII still do contrast detect AF?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 30, 2014, 08:29:35 AM »
Woah, interesting discussion going on here. I had no idea when I started this thread lol.

I like to think of these L lenses and bodies as suitable for professionals, but not perfect. I'm happy with the prices now without additional QC and cost. What I mean is the average joe with a bit of saving can afford the exact same system as the 'togs use on the sidelines at any pro sports game. Now think about movies. Independent film makers aren't exactly shooting with the same stuff as Hollywood, are they?

So anyway my issue isn't the body. Its my lens...

I discovered I can check the consistency simply by performing AF and looking at the scale on the lens. If I had thought of this a few weeks ago my shutter count would be a lot less  :-[ I let it focus in live view or MF and make a mental note on the scale of where it landed.

What's happening is at 50-70mm on the 24-70 its pretty much hitting the same spot on the scale every time it AF's. I lost count of good AF after 50 goes... Cool. Between 24-50(ish)mm 5 shots here, 1 there, 6 here, 1 there, etc... If the regular AF falls on that spot, all good. Which it does above 50mm. 

For a minute I thought in horror maybe its my shiny new 7DMKII... So I got the 70-200 f2.8 IS II and performed the same test at 70 and 200. It mis focussed 1 out of about 50 goes. I can live with that, until someone comes along and convinces me that is not acceptable  ;)

I have worried about this for about 2 weeks, doing tests ad hoc time permitting. I came to this conclusion about an hour ago after spending a day at the zoo and in the back yard learning that under 50mm was bizarre.

So I can actually trust this body at f2.8! Now to find a good repair place, and a f1.2 lens haha...


 


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:06:31 AM »
I was afraid I'd get asked that
Tonight I'm scrutinising a jar of garlic with the camera sitting on the table...  8)
Oh and the 2mm difference (at a guess) isn't every shot... 8 are fine, 2 are off... with miniscule differences between the great ones.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:40:35 AM »
At 2.8/24mm on the 24-70, 10 shots in One Shot, after racking each shot to macro I'm seeing maybe 2mm difference of the focal plane at a distance of 100cm. (Camera wasn't moving) Am I being stupid? Demanding too much? Maybe I've forgotten just how bad my kit lens with my 400D was 6 years ago and its long gone. I don't have anything to compare the 7DMKII + 24-70 to, except other lucky owners out there.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:41:24 AM »
My 50 1.4 always soft at 1.4 and correctly focus only about 70% of the time. At f2.2 and smaller sharp and hit rate 90% plus.

I wanted to get the new car but - priorities!!!!
Thanks, that does set my mind at ease!
Can anyone comment on the 24-70 f2.8?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 25, 2014, 03:25:54 AM »
Haha re the car made me laugh

Is it fair that in one shot at wide apertures its ok to miss a shot here and there? That's all I'm really wondering...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 24, 2014, 06:28:41 PM »
Shocking. Just simply shocking. Plus unbelievable.
Care to elaborate?

I'm not 100% satisfied, and rather than send the body in for fruitless repairs I'm just wondering if I have anything to worry about...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 24, 2014, 07:07:29 AM »
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?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 24, 2014, 04:21:32 AM »
Hi,
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??

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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...

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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.

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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.

https://flic.kr/ps/2XpP3t

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

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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

Faster
Quieter
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 :)


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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.

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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!

http://www.upcdatabase.com/item/013803222654

Cheers,

b&


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

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