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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: Today at 01:33:27 AM »

I'm surprised to see so many suggesting a battery grip. I've always thought they looked too bulky, plus most of my work is in landscape mode, but I'll have to try one sometime!

I'll check out the other products that have been suggested.

Thanks everyone,



A grip on a 1 series is rock solid, but on a 7D, I'd pass.  You do not hold a camera with heavy lens by the body / grip combination, you put a hand under the lens to support it.
I've had a lot of grips, and took them all off. 
Unless you have a specific need such as portrait orientation or extended battery life where you can't easily change a battery, I'd pass.

You know, I think Mt Spokane has a point.  I'm sitting here looking at no less than 4 grips in a pile waiting to be sold.  I simply never use them anymore.  No offense but I almost feel like they are newbie-bait.  I purchased and used them for a while when I first got back into photography and purchased them with each new body.  The last two never left the box.

So I would definitely wait on the grip and perhaps also evaluate how you hold your cameras with heavy lenses.

Also, skip the silicone skins and such.  They just get in the way and if you leave them on, dirt/sand/dust, etc gets in between the camera and the skin and will wear/scratch the body worse than if you had nothing on it at all.  Total waste of money!

LCD protection?  Sure, why not?  It's not expensive and doesn't hurt functionality, etc.

Black Rapid StrapBefore you buy one, head over to this thread first... http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19962.0
I've had several Lenscoats (they're neoprene I think, not silicone) and found them to be very useful for keeping white lenses clean, including on African safari. I've never noticed any scratching from dust/dirt being caught underneath but I think an occasional inspection and removal would prevent any lasting damage.

Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:15:39 PM »
I ordered the grip for the camera (the grip has allready arrived  :D). Other things I don't know yet. Maybe a screenprotector, I think the 5dm3 screenprotector might fitt.
Never owned a grip but like you (and on Scott Kelby's recommendation) I will get one for the 7Dii.

Lenses / Re: Which white lenses are weather sealed?
« on: October 24, 2014, 05:20:43 AM »

I have read a plenty of reviews and discussions about various Canon white lenses and I feel more and more confused. Some say that all white lenses are sealed and others tell just the opposite.
I know that the 70-200 L IS II is sealed and 300 f/4L should not be.

I've read topics where one 300 f/4 user complains about mold inside the barrel...

I am considering the 300mm f/4L and 400mm f/5.6L for my next buy but I want to be sure I can use them in difficult weather situations like light rain or dust.

Can anyone share his/her experience about this subject?

400mm f/5.6 isn't sealed but I used it on safari in Africa for two weeks without any issues.

Canon General / Re: What is your Least Used Piece of Gear?
« on: July 31, 2014, 08:09:08 PM »
I sell my least used gear and replace it with gear I'll use until I least use it.

Lenses / Re: 300mm f/2.8 L IS II - what do you use it for?
« on: July 30, 2014, 08:53:22 AM »

Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 27, 2014, 08:02:49 PM »
Matter for you but it sounds like a lot of gear to me. Having three bodies might allow you to cover more possibilities but handling them all in the car/jeep/landrover on safari is another matter. Depends how many people you will have with you and the type of vehicle but I found two bodies with lenses quite a handful.
Also, regardless of weight you may be pushing your luck with three carry on bags. Virtually all airlines have a limit of two. I wore a vest and had no problems (apart from comfort when it was full of lenses).
Hope it goes well.

Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:27:29 AM »
I did a safari to Botswana and Zambia last year and it is an unforgettable experience. I had two bodies and a 70-200ii and 400 f/5.6. I have since bought the 300 f/2.8ii and think it is an amazing lense. I would personally think the 70-200 and 300 + 1.4/2.0 ext combo would work fine but if you have the money to get the 200-400 then go for it. Contrary to what some have said, I found f/2.8 sometimes was the difference between getting the shot and not, particularly where leopard sightings were concerned as it was invariably low light. Even though 300 is short it is such a sharp lense that cropping on either of your bodies won't be a problem.
Enjoy Francois.

Abstract / Re: best missed shots
« on: July 11, 2014, 03:13:14 AM »
Finally a thread topic I can excel at.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Always Hidden Camera at the World Cup
« on: July 10, 2014, 03:05:49 AM »
There is a brand new lens under the cover. It is a super L IS UM f/2.8-800 mm lens. A famous Dutch cycle press agency is testing this canon from Canon. On sale after Photokina 2014 Köln Germany, price about € 35.000.
Composition would be a challenge unless they're shooting from the top row of the grandstand.

Site Information / Re: 1dx users now 300L IS II?
« on: July 09, 2014, 02:20:27 AM »
Neuro is still ranked as CR Geek.
The ranking is related to the pricing of products. So next after 1DX is 300mm f/2.8.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 07:06:00 AM »

I think you really want a 1D-x....but for 7D money, good luck with that!
You think so? If the 7Dii doesn't give lower noise at up to 1600 they may as well not bother.

With that complete list, yes it's a 1D-x requirement. But if you take a single spec in isolation...no it's not too much to ask. But I really can't see a 7DII having a faster frame rate than 8pfs....happt to be proved wrong though.
You should re-read my original post. I didn't compile a list of specs. I just said I wanted slightly more reach, a faster frame rate than my 5D and low noise at up to 1600 iso. That doesn't come close to being a cheap 1DX. Of course, if I had the money for a 1DX I'd probably buy one, but ….

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 04:59:50 AM »

I think you really want a 1D-x....but for 7D money, good luck with that!
You think so? If the 7Dii doesn't give lower noise at up to 1600 they may as well not bother.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:27:31 AM »

Besides that, I'd want better movement-tracking AF (at least 5Dmk3 level, preferably better) and speed (I could live with 8 fps, but I'd want a big buffer - that's my only real gripe with the 5Dmk3 as compared to the 7D).

Yeah, I forgot to mention the buffer gripes me too.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 08, 2014, 03:24:06 AM »
I want a faster frame rate and a little more reach for field sports and wildlife. If the light goes down I'll use my 5Diii. I wouldn't use a 7Dii above 1600 iso with my 300 f/2.8 anyway so if it can give me low noise images at that iso I'll be buying next year after the reviews are out. I'm assuming sensor and AF wise it will be a significant upgrade on the current 7d. After 5 years it should be.

Definitely Retina for photography. I bought the 15" MBP for the bigger screen and separate graphics card. If you have in mind linking to a 4k monitor down the track it might be worth considering.

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