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EOS Bodies / Re: Purchase 5DIII now, or wait for 5DIV?
« on: January 22, 2015, 09:17:47 PM »
So I'm on the fence about whether I should wait and hope for the 5DIV to come out within the year, or go ahead and finally put down the money for the 5DIII.  Also, any input on what people are thinking the 5DIV is going to be priced at would be nice.  If its more than $1000 higher than the 5DIII or more than a year out, I probably won't be in the market for it after all.  I currently have the 70D and 6D usually paired with the 70-200 2.8 II and I shoot mostly sporting events.  The 70D does a decent job for the outside events, but anything indoors is too grainy.  The 6D does fine on the graininess indoors, but misses focus way to often.  So this is my dilemma, any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

I have the 5d3 and am very happy with it, for what that's worth.  I've found the 5d3 and 7d2 combination a great sports shooting setup.  The 5d3 usually has either my 50mm of 16-35mm on it, and the 7d2 has the 70-200 - 2 different perspectives on an event.  Not knowing the specs, timing or pricing on 5d4, I'd recommend the 5d3.  I like it so much that I think I'll be hard pressed to move to a 5d4 right away.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: December 01, 2014, 08:43:26 PM »
So I got the 18-135 done. It was -1 and 1. The 100-400L was 1 and 1. And the same for the 100-400L with the 1.4x.

Still need to do the other lenses.

In other words your camera / lens combinations were spot on !
Yup. So far. I have another five more combinations to do... But knowing the AFMA on the 5D3, I am guessing it will be similar. We'll see.

I have not had to adjust anything with my 7d2, but have not yet tested all lenses.   When I got the 7d2,I just took the thing out of the box, changed a handful of setting, and went out.  My 300f4 was the first lens on, and based on the results from shooting, it could not be off my very much.  Same with the 70-200.  I did a quick check of the 50/1.4, but nothing formal.  It appeared to be spot on.  I'll eventually go through testing all my lenses, but it's a good sign that I don't feel compelled to rush to AFMA adjustments.

My first Canon DSLR was a 5D Mark II.  I loved it for it strengths, but was frustrated by it's weaknesses.  I wanted to shoot sports and it was slow and did not focus quickly, etc.  I purchased a 7D as a second body and broke my own one body rule.  And I freakin loved it.  I loved having 2 bodies each with their own strengths.  They complimented each other so well. 

Today I have 3.  A 5D3, a 7D, and a 1D Mark IV.  It is rare that I take all three bodies anywhere, but I usually take 2.  For the same reasons.  Admittedly, the control differences of each can be a pain at times.  But the advantages...  Sitting at a pro surf contest on Sat, the 1D4 is pointed seaward, attached to a 400mm f2.8 with a 2X extender.  The 7d is by my side ready to snap the odd looking observer, or not so odd bikini.  A few hours later, the 5d3 and 1D4 are swapping back and forth as I photograph a college basketball tournament.  The 7D is 88 feet up pointing straight down at the other basket, snapping off pics with the remote in my pocket.

Anyway, to each his own.  Good Luck.

I have long had a crop and a ff body, and agree with you that the flexibility (and security) this combination  provides is fantastic.  Now the combination is a 5d3/7d2, and I'm very happy with both.  I'd been waiting for a while for the 7d2, and am extremely please with it so far.  Switching between these two bodies is virtually seamless.

Sports / Re: Post your best Football shot (American Style)
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:15:47 PM »
NH High School Playoffs - 40 degrees F, raining, muddy.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:10:08 PM »
having had the camera for a week now, I really really really don't like DPR. Lightroom is a far superior product and I hope they have an update soon.

I like it for its quikview feature. It opens up fast and is great for viewing rating and deleting. Also good if you want to convert without any additional auto corrections on top of what the camera does because the default conversion is the same as an in camera JPEG.

So why not just shoot jpeg?  If all we're doing is using DPR to convert from raw to jpeg, then why bother. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:00:05 PM »
having had the camera for a week now, I really really really don't like DPR. Lightroom is a far superior product and I hope they have an update soon.

+1 (or more).  I'm going to have to go jpg as I don't have the patience I used to have.  Anyone heard when we might get LR CR2->JPG for the 7d2?

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:08:08 PM »
Crap!  They had to announce this today?  I haven't even paid for the 7d2 yet  ;)
It is next on my purchase list, perhaps in the spring!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:59:11 PM »
I followed up the night soccer game with football today.  The majority of these were shot with the 7d2, 300/4 at iso 100-400. I found the AF to be most impressive.  I still have a test/adjust for lenses, but right out of the box it is either right on or very close.


Crudely, I liken the 7D to 7D2 comparison to that of the 5D2 to 5D3.  The sensor of the 5D2 was excellent but a lot of supporting features (esp. the AF) underperformed, and the 5D3 comprehensively upgraded those features.    The 7D2 -- obviously improving different sorts of features than the 5D3 -- represents that similar comprehensive upgrade.  The IQ is very similar, but the number and percentage of keepers should be higher as a result.

- A

I either own, or in the case of the 5d2, have owned all 4 models you've listed.  I completely agree with your assessment.  Since I've limited experience with the 7d2, I'll wait to finalize my opinion, but so far the slight improvement to high ISO performance, and the very significant improvement to AF make the purchase worthwhile.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:48:41 PM »
Yesterday my local shop called to let me know that my 7d2, grip and battery were all in.  So at 4:30, I picked everything up, stopped briefly at home to unbox, grab the rest of my equipment, and head to a soccer game under lights.  I didn't have time to walk through all the settings and make sure I had it set up the way I wanted until I was on the sideline, as the game was almost an hour away from my home and started at 6.

The setup was so quick, simple and familiar that I had pretty much everything the way I wanted it in about 5 minutes. Given far from ideal lighting, I set the ISO to 4000 and went to work.  I was getting 640-800/sec so, that seemed like a good place to start.   I shot about 120 frames and headed home to see what I got.

So here are my first thoughts (less than a couple hundred clicks in):

1) I sincerely hope Lightroom gets an update to handle raw files soon.
2) The high ISO performance is significantly better than the 7d.  I wouldn't have shot this game at ISO 4000, and have always felt that anything over 1250 wasn't worth it.  4000 was pushing my personal limit, but they were really quite good and a lot better than I expected.
3) With AF in Servo mode, iTr on, etc. the focus was amazing.  I only had 1 shot out of focus, and it was entirely my fault.  I'm not a "spray and pray" shooter at all, but the few sequences I did shoot were all dead on!

I'm still not sure about color, IQ under normal conditions (i.e. any reasonable light), etc. but a couple of daylight games this weekends should answer many of those questions.  Now that I've actually gone through all the setting, and tweeked several, I can hardly wait to get out again. 

I've been waiting for this upgrade for at least a couple years.  All I wanted was better high ISO performance, and better focus/tracking.  I'm not at all disappointed so far.


I love the 5D3/400mm prime combo! One thing that doesn't seem to get mentioned too much here is "the Full Frame look" in regards to telephoto shooting - and I can tell you it's a very real thing!

I agree about the "Full Frame look".  For daylight field sports (soccer,football, lacrosse, etc.) I generally carry the 7d-300f/4 combo, and the 5d3-70-200f/2.8.   It seems that about 60% of my shots are with the 7d, and the rest with the 5d3, providing a good mix of both.  For night field sports, I've been wanting as the 7d combo is just not good enough.  I'm optimistic that the 7d2 will change that.

The 7DII seems to be an excellent camera, but it's main advantage over the 5DIII is lower cost, and since you already have the 5DIII.....

I suspect you'd use the 7DII for a while, then the novelty would wear off.

I'm upgrading my 7d->7d2.  I like having both a FF and Crop body, but still use my 7d more for well lit / daytime sports shooting.  Given my current lens inventory, the reach is really appreciated, and despite much tweeking with the focus options on the 5d3, I seem to have at least equal or better focus success with the 7d in these situations.  I'm really looking forward to improved AF and higher ISO performance as hockey season is starting in earnest.

I have toyed with the idea of selling both the 7d and 5d3 and just getting a 1dx.  My experiences using the 1dx have me wanting.  But I really like having 2 bodies while shooting sports to catch different perspectives. 

Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 30, 2014, 08:43:25 PM »
Sorry for your loss. I keep hearing these horror stories of cameras detaching from BR straps and getting wrecked and wonder many times as to why I keep using them. That said, this has happened to me as well (in a sort of way). Fortunately, I had taken Martin Bailey's advice and the gear was unharmed.

Hope the damage on the 70-200 wasn't too severe and you get your lens back soon. They take too much time repairing lenses here in India.

Thanks for the link and info - definitely going to do this !

Nope. $10k for a DSLR, regardless what it does, is utterly ludicrous.

I agree.... if I did a lot of studio work, perhaps a great MF camera, but that can be had for less than $10k.  I'm happy with my 5d3, am looking forward to replacing my 7d with the 7d2.  But the rest of my  $$s would continue to go to glass.

Seemed a reasonably fair assessment given she uses Canon kit and in her job. A couple of comments are clearly job specific but I think Canon would be happy with her review (given they want pros to use 1dx), and amateurs in the same "shooting category" as the reviewer would be encouraged by her comments...

I agree - seemed reasonably fair.  I rented a 1DX for a 3-day outdoor pond hockey tournament, and didn't want to send it back.  It absolutely blew away my 7d.   But for field sports, I'm excited about a crop sensor that gets reasonably close at 1/3 the price.  My 5d3 lacks the speed and reach, and I use my 7d far more for well lit sports.  Don't get me wrong, I do love the 5d3, but a fast crop that allows me to use a 300 f/4 for outdoor sports -- mine's on order.  (Handing down the 7d to my college senior who has proven her abilities with lesser equipment - don't tell her, it's a xmas gift  ;) )     

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