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Messages - Don Haines

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Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 07:22:29 PM »

3. overnight hike: I had been using the f/stop gear Satori, really a great pack, plenty of space for camping stuff if you use one of the smaller inserts. I made straps to attach a large tripod to the center front of the pack. However, I found the pack fit not right for me for half-day or longer hikes with 30+ pounds (15+ kg). As it turns out, the effective torso length is 18", about average for a man, slightly larger than average for a woman. I, however, have a torso length of 14", and that is enough difference that no amount of strap adjustment and load adjustment will make the pack ride right. So, this year I will be trying an ordinary backpacking pack in women's extra-small (Osprey Ariel 65), and again fiddle with home-made rig to hold tripod to pack. The Osprey pack has a J-shaped front-panel access, so I will probably try to sling the tripod diagonally to preserve access.

A lot of ladies sing the praises of Osprey packs....

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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:55:31 PM »
I am very excited. I want a camera for action, birds, and backcountry camping trips. This camera seems to be designed for that....

As said repeatedly in the past, who cares what the DR or pixel count is of an out of focus picture. This new AF system appears to rock!

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All great and interesting points.

To me, it is most telling when "pundits" bash the cameras without actually and objectively seeing what they can do.  Instant loss of credibility.

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I find it interesting that the people whining about "I don't want video functionality on my stills camera" are being drowned out by the "the camera is crap if it does not have 4K video" people....

The we have the "I want more pixels" people and the "I want less pixels" people...

talk about conflicting demands!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you need a really high ISO?
« on: September 16, 2014, 12:36:22 PM »
In the good old days of film, I shot a lot of Kodachrome64... When lighting was not good your options were to use artificial lights or stop taking pictures. My second body usually had a roll of "high speed" film in it... ISO400 or ISO800..... same problem.... loose the light and you go home.

My first digital DSLR was unusable at ISO800 and topped out at a very noisy ISO1600. Now there isn't a DSLR (or mirrorless) on the market that does not produce better results at ISO12,800 than film did at ISO800.... and the numbers are slowly creeping upward.

Last night I mounted a laser pointer on the top of my camera and tried taking pictures of the cats chasing the red dot. You could not see the red dot. I turned the lights down low and cranked up the ISO to 12800 and it worked very well. These are shots that were impossible before and I have come to accept this as normal.... so yes, I need high ISO....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:54:52 PM »
Pepe Le Pew.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:49:09 PM »
I want to know why the 7D2 does not have a little laser light that shines where the camera is aimed? Everyone knows that the only use of APS-C cameras is to take pictures and videos of cats to put on the internet.... and the videos would be so much better if the cats were chasing that little red dot....

Come on Canon! This is a make or break feature! Why don't you have it!

It might sound funny but I actually wished for a feature like this, not for cat shots but for shots I take from my hip when doing street photography. Then it would be nice to know at which spot the AF is currently aiming. Of course the laser should be off during the shot itself.
and what's really sad is that I had to try this out.....

BTW, the 60D does not have adequate high ISO performance to take good "laser pictures".... I KNEW there was a good reason why I need to upgrade to a 7D2 :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:55:34 PM »
Time will tell if Canon or Digital Preview is correct about the linked spot.

Canon UK and Canon Europe don't mention linking to any AF point, just center spot.  They both mention it for the 1D X.  Just another couple of data points...
In a question as to which of DPR and Canon is correct.... my money is on Canon.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:21:01 PM »
Any mention of whether the metering will be linked to the AF point? That would be icing on the cake for me, but see no mention of it.

I would suspect no, sadly.
I believe that the review on DPREVIEW said that it was linked.......

It did, seems my suspicion was incorrect.  Unless DPR is incorrect, which has been known to happen.  But assuming they're right, that's a good thing - it's a very useful feature, and nice to see it in something other than a 1-series dSLR.

I went through Canon's specs on their own site, and came to the conclusion that it's not linked to the AF point.


Edit: Not much use in pasting what I have in the clipboard buffer. Just look down one post to see the exact same sentences.

In the DPR review...
http://www.dpreview.com/previews/canon-eos-7d-mark-ii?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=mainmenu&utm_medium=text&ref=mainmenu

Find the section "Canon EOS 7D Mark II key differences"

and in the table.... "Spot-metering linked to  AF  point - YES"

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:13:07 PM »
For me, I have no interest in WiFi for streaming images off to the internet. Most of my photography is done outdoors and very little of it is done in Wifi range of anything... probably a quarter of it is done outside cell phone range....

What I was interested in, was the ability to remote control the camera. That will be missed... and no WiFi SD card is going to give me those abilities.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most exciting thing at Photokina?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:08:13 PM »
put my vote down for the 7D2 as well.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:06:48 PM »
Any mention of whether the metering will be linked to the AF point? That would be icing on the cake for me, but see no mention of it.

I would suspect no, sadly.
I believe that the review on DPREVIEW said that it was linked.......

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:58:16 PM »
Interestingly enough, my local camera store is still trying to sell the 7D (body only) for $1500.... That seems like an exercise in futility....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:49:37 PM »

But, back on topic. I think we are not far away from the day when most brides will expect that the picture of them walking down the aisle will be posted to Facebook before the ceremony ends.

Too late! There are already requests for live streaming video.......

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:55:46 PM »
I want to know why the 7D2 does not have a little laser light that shines where the camera is aimed? Everyone knows that the only use of APS-C cameras is to take pictures and videos of cats to put on the internet.... and the videos would be so much better if the cats were chasing that little red dot....

Come on Canon! This is a make or break feature! Why don't you have it!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 03:21:36 PM »
Dare I say it, I'm pretty disappointed that there is no Wifi in the 7DII.

I've got a 70D and have never posted a picture to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, but have had great results using the Canon App to control the camera wirelessly to get up close and personal to wildlife with some great results, and then connecting to my iPad afterwards in the pub to view my shots on a decent sized screen.

I think Canon have missed an important trend here.

Consequently, i can't think of one occasion where GPS would have been of any use to me at all.

Am I missing the point?
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