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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:53:20 PM »
Consequently, i can't think of one occasion where GPS would have been of any use to me at all.

I admit I find the built-in gps unexpectedly useful because it doesn't add bulk, uses little battery, is always there and you don't need to have a dedicated tracker and add the gps data in postprocessing. Sorting in LR with but map is very nice if all your shots are tagged.

GPS and WiFi were/are not necessarily deal breakers for me.  I actually would/will probably use the GPS more than WiFi thought I could see its usefulness.  I already use the Canon GP-E2, primarily as a logger since I didn't like having to plug it in to the camera, and like having the data available.  But your phrase, "uses little battery", got me to thinking.  Could the built in GPS be the reason that the "estimated" number of exposures has dropped on the 7DII even though the battery is more powerful?  What do you think?

Reviews / Re: Tony Northrup - Canon 7D MK2 Preview
« on: September 16, 2014, 06:01:02 AM »

have not watched it... please let me know what he says. ;)

i think his reviews suck... but it would be posted here anyway.

I think someone posted it yesterday....or I found it yesterday.  I watched more than half of it when I decided I was tired of the Nikon commercial.

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 01:12:07 PM »
I am generally opposed to the whole shift towards video content.  I hate how many news articles are available as video only,  I can process information so much faster as text, I don't want to spend 3-4 minutes to learn what I could read through in less than one.

I have been trying to find a good text only news site.  I too hate the imbedding of video in news stories.  I suppose I am one of the few considerate people who want to get news without bothering the people around me?
I am in concurrence with both of you.  Lord knows that written news accounts are poorly done in today's world but video is even worse.  Neither contain enough real information in my opinion.

Site Information / Re: Noisy obtrusive ads
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:23:34 AM »
If you are using Firefox you can use AdBlock plug-in to avoid ads altogether.  Not sure about IE since I rarely use it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: How do you say Nikon
« on: September 11, 2014, 11:18:02 AM »
You have to really elongate the 'i' and the 'o' is shortened...  "Niiiiiiiiiii-cone."   

Of course, that pronunciation only applies if you're singing about a popular brand of color reversal film that makes you think all the world's a sunny day, oh yeah.


But they took it away....after I asked them politely not to...

EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: September 09, 2014, 07:42:53 PM »
Yeah, but this is a third-hand rumor, probably translated multiple times from the original ancient Greek!

Even back then they were waiting for a 7D II?   :o

I hear that they found rumoured specs for a 7D2 in hieroglyphics in a pyramid in Egypt.........

I heard they were found in a tablet fragment of early Sumarian Cuneiform...

Don't trust that one.  I wrote it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: And what does Canon do?
« on: September 05, 2014, 08:02:03 PM »
Speaking of poor exposures, I well remember the film days in the 1950's or 1940's when the box cameras with fixed f/8 lenses and fixed 1/125 shutter speeds had exposure corrected by the processing lab.  In our case, the processing lab was Wrights Service Station, Grocery Store, Radio Repair, and Photo Processing. (Elmer was a great guy, I was fascinated by his technical gadgets when I was a kid). 
Are you sure the shutter speed was that fast?  Just eyeballing my first camera (a Brownie Hawkeye) and my mother's camera that I used before that (forget which model that was sort of neat, had two "f/ stops", not marked as for sunny and one for cloudy) I would have pegged the shutter at close to 1/50th.  But I could be wrong.  If I remember the film we used was about ASA 80.  The first rolls I used were orthochromatic then later they were panchromatic.  Does that sound right to you?

EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 05, 2014, 07:06:49 AM »
LOL!  I love it.   ;D

Reminds me of the assumptions people used to make about the color cast lens coatings imparted back in the Old Film Days.

<really bad joke> Every print with a greenish tint is automatically a Nikon shot? </really bad joke>

Sorry, couldn't resist :)

Reminds me of my high school days. I worked for a camera store in San Pedro, California.  Friday nights (the night we stayed open until 9 p.m.) the boss would send me to the donut shop for donuts while he started a big pot of coffee.  A group of older men (they were older to me then, now they would be young middle age men) would gather with cameras, prints, lenses, etc.  And one of the subjects, on many nights, was lens coatings and their effect.  It was much like this forum but more congenial.  BTW, in the group would be Leica, Nikon, Canon, Exakta, and larger camera factions.  And, much like I do on this forum, I kept silent in the face of all that wisdom but was proud to be there.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: September 04, 2014, 07:44:56 AM »
Nikon and Sony, with all their faults, have released cameras that impressed me one way or the other.

You can laugh at Nikon for the DF.
But at least this Company is taking risks.

I didn't laugh at the DF.  It reminded me of my youth, much of it spent working in a camera store.  Too bad it wasn't a better camera.  If canon did something retro like that I might be tempted to buy it.  Last night my wife was watching a Hallmark movie and I swear that camera appeared in one scene. 

Very interesting chart.  Since this is a shipping chart the peaks in mirrorless, and in a lesser degree to DSLR, shipments is just in time for Christmas giving.  DSLR also seems to have some peaks around release dates (mirrorless may have the same but I haven't been as aware of their release dates).  I do think the drop may be related to DSLR technology maturing and it takes more to get the consumer to part with his dollars. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:54:48 PM »
New Battery – LP-E6N

I haven't kept up with the battery changes.  Are the current varients interchangeable and just have different capacities or are they genuinely different?  Is Canon just trying to keep people buying their batteries and away from third parties?

I have, and intend to continue to have, both full frame (5D) and crop bodies but will absolutely demand that they use the same batteries and chargers like my current two do.

This one bugs me.  I am hoping that the E6N designations means that it is interchangeable with the E6, otherwise I will have to carry BP-511 (for 40D...wife's 30D will be given to my son), LP-E6 for 7D, and LP-E6N for the 7DII/X  if I decide to purchase it.  Not a deal breaker....but annoying.

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 09:29:41 PM »
Canon has a problem. I know you do not believe that, but they do. It's a perceptual problem, and it could seriously affect their revenues and ability to fund the necessary R&D in the years to come. Such things have happened before, and often companies, even if they were on the top of the world, NEVER recover (Kodak?) So...seriously...touch screens and touch UIs?

Canon has a perceptual problem?  That depends on who is doing the perceiving.  If you're referring to CR Forums and similar places, perhaps.  Perceived 'poor sensor IQ' is an Internet forum problem Canon has had for years.  Hasn't affected their market share, though.

As dtaylor stated, the analogy to Kodak is a red herring. 

Seriously, touch screens and touch UIs.  Entry level cameras have them.  Canon wants people to upgrade, and people don't like to give up features to which they're accustomed.  Omitting basic features which a majority of their customer base expects to be included (a category into which touch screens fall, but low ISO DR does not) would certainly 'seriously affect their revenues and ability to fund the necessary R&D in the years to come'.

I think you hit the nail on the head.  Personally, I am not real fond of touch screens.  Even so, I use an iPhone, not a Blackberry; I have a Nexus 7, I recently acquired a Surface Pro 3 and use it as a tablet more than I use the keyboard attachment.  A good friend just got a 70D and I helped him set it up.  Ended up using the touchscreen half the time setting it up.  IF the 7DII, by whatever name, is in my price range it won't matter whether it has a touchscreen or not as far as I am concerned.  I probably won't use it much if it has it and I won't miss it much if it doesn't.  I don't shoot video much and since I have it on my G12 and my 7D I don't really care if the 7DII has it or not....but it makes a big difference for some people.  Having features I don't have to use doesn't bother me as long as I get improved IQ, improved DR would be nice, and improved AF would be necessary for me to spend my money. 

EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:56:15 AM »
I expect the 7D MK II, if it is announced, will have a pop up flash (also expect it in $2300.00 neighborhood) and I like them though it won't be a deal breaker for me.  I appreciate the suggestion of the 270 as a substitute and will probably buy one if necessary 

Lenses / Re: Tamron 150 600 woes
« on: August 12, 2014, 06:53:18 PM »

No, they don't. Why would Canon ask them to build a lens for their cameras and then not give them the specs they need?
Canon asked Tamron to build EF lenses?

Yes. Canon and Nikon both use Tamron to build (generally low end) Canon-branded lenses.

And this can be verified....where?

EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:13:23 PM »
This is kinda schisophrenic, to put some of settings in manual mode to auto mode, and then still with manual mode wanting other settings to compensate for this mixture. You really don´t know what you want, right?
You can do what you want in AV or TV modes. With manual, you are in charge, you have nothing to compensate, and if they allowed some glitch or stupid customers request of auto ISO at manual mode, than it will be everything messed up.

Couldn't disagree more.  M mode with Auto ISO is like aperture and shutter priority.  I select the DoF I need and the necessary shutter speed to stop (or show) motion, and I get a metered exposure in rapidly changing light.  Being able to apply EC to bias the metering is plus.

No, I actually understand your needs, would be happy to have this program in machines, but why in the world should this be in Manual mode? Manual is called manual, because it actually IS manual. I´d add your needs to some other program. Messing it all with EC + auto ISO is really wicked to want in manual mode.

And why not remove the metering indicator and focus confirmation in M mode while we're at it, eh? Hey why not have it disable ALL electronics while in M mode after all it should be pure manual, right??  :P

This is very low. You're making it extreme. I just want it to work as manual program. The metering is there to show what camera thinks of the scene. Not what you have to do. With manual mode and even other modes I rely more on histogram than on exposure meter. Automatic is not manual any more. It deserves to fall under program mode.

Wicked?   :o

Simple solution for you – don't set the ISO to Auto. It's not like that's mandatory.  Since Auto ISO is available in the other modes, why not M?  Or perhaps do away with Auto the good old days of interchangeable sensors, a different one for every ISO and WB, and a limited number of exposures per sensor.  What was that called again?   ;)

Film???   ::)  My first 35mm camera, about 1956 or so, was the point that it didn't even have a light meter nor did I, at the age of fifteen, own one.  Every picture was made by mentally evaluating the scene.  And it is surprising how many keepers I got.

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