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I will only use the camera for stills.

Will you both have a CF and a SD card, and if so which are you planning to use. I have several CF cards for my 1Dx, but I would like dedicated cards for the new 7DII.

G.
I have several CF cards and it is always best to have cards dedicated to each body.  I have three bodies (when my Mark II arrives I will still have three as I keep the two latest, my 40D goes to wife, her 30D goes to son, his 20D goes to daughter, etc.) and will have at least two sets of new cards, CF and SD.  I haven't decided on size yet, though I expect I will use 32 gig UDMA-7 and UHS-1 cards....unless someone on here can convince me otherwise.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 04:59:12 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.
Probably because of religous observances... The camera might be released on Oct30, but they will be closed till Nov 01....
I had forgotten that the 30th was Sabbath.  Never having been to the store, having only been to NYC one time, do they reopen on Saturday evening after the close of Sabbath or reopen on Sunday morning?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 20, 2014, 02:34:11 PM »
I called B&H today and they stated November is still the release date for them.
Interesting.  The product page on their website now says October 30.

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Technical Support / Re: Question about cleaning something off of sensor.
« on: October 19, 2014, 03:08:01 PM »
There is a drop of some clear substance on my sensor. It looks like a drop of water but it doesn't dry up which makes me think of something horrible like tree sap. :(

How should I go about getting this "thing" off my sensor?

Its a Canon 5D II btw.

Thanks
I would probably attempt a "wet" method cleaning (copper hill, etc.).  But I'm not too bright sometimes.  With the description you give of the spot I think this should be a Canon Service Center job.

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Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:53:02 AM »
And it wasn't like Kodachrome (wasn't it ASA 10?) had any latitude at all.  You got it right or didn't get it.

You have to go back quite a ways to find ASA 10, as it was discontinued in 1962. I used to shoot Kodachrome 64 and 200 on occasion. They had it in 25 ASA for quite a while too but I don't recall if I ever used it. I shot Velvia 50 (exposed at ASA 40 usually) quite a bit for landscapes. That was slow enough for me - it boggles the mind how people got the shots they did when ASA 8 was all they had!   ;D  :o
I do go back quite a ways....started shooting 35 m/m in mid-fifties.  Before that it was a box Brownie.  Had a small dark room before I had a camera (used my mother's).  Shot a lot of the ASA 10 stuff.  Wasn't the ASA 25 called Kodachrome II and then the 64 was Kodachrome 64.  Problem with being old, memory starts to go. :)

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Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 18, 2014, 05:55:36 PM »
Back in the good old days, you took the shot, bracketed a bit because you were not sure, and sent the film off for processing and a couple of weeks later (for Kodachrome) you got the slides back and got to see if you exposed properly. In those days, having a light meter let you make a far more accurate assessment of exposure than the in-camera light meter did. A separate light meter was absolutely essential in studio work...
And it wasn't like Kodachrome (wasn't it ASA 10?) had any latitude at all.  You got it right or didn't get it.

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Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 18, 2014, 02:38:56 PM »
An excellent choice in meters, my friend, and a good buy.  And now you have joined the ranks of us waiting for delivery of the 7D II.  I to suffer from GAS.

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I was checking the Canon USA website it looks like they only put in a standard speed SD card reader.  There was no mention of a UHS-1 compatibility.  I do not own CF cards.  The 7D II may suffer the same performance issues at the 5D III when using SD cards. 
Page 42 and pagev504of the 7D II manual mention using UHS 1 cards.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark 2 Preorders "sound off"
« on: October 17, 2014, 06:58:46 AM »
I'm just going to B&H on it's release day to pick it up.

lucky u but they havnt updated there system yet too oct 28-30th but i have the same plan but just too warn u there might be a line

And that assumes they have sufficient stock for pre-order fulfillment, both shipped and store waiting list.  They may be sold out before the product ever arrives on the first shipment. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 16, 2014, 08:03:48 PM »

You know, there are people around (like myself) that find the less socialization the better.  There are also people around that just don't want to use computers or be slaves to the constant noise of communications.

I've never really figured out what facebook is for, since you can't "lurk".  So I've never joined.  From what I hear from those I know that use it, it's probably a good thing since the signal to noise ratio on facebook is rapidly approaching zero.

I'm not on twitter, google+, snapchat (whatever that is), instagram (whatever that is), reddit (not sure what that is, but I gather it's some sort of free-for-all forum), pinterest (some sort of bookmarking thing, I gather) or any other form of "social" media.  I follow certain types of media quite actively, but none of it is what I would consider "social", including this site.
I am also a non-socialization types.  But my wife likes to see pictures of the great-grand-kids so we have the grand-daughters log in info  I have examined it carefully to see what we might be missing.  I can tell you that you aren't missing a thing.  The s/n ratio may have surpassed zero....if such is possible.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sigma 150-600mm Preorder?
« on: October 16, 2014, 06:10:01 PM »
I wonder if we will see price reductions on the Tamron once stocks of the Sigma become freely available (assuming they do)?
Isn't that doubtful since the Sigma is twice+ the price of the Tamron?  I have been waiting on a Tamron for several months now.

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Technical Support / Re: Do I Need $ 634 US Dollars Light meter ?
« on: October 15, 2014, 02:51:33 PM »
Like AcutancePhotography, I have an older Sekonic meter, probably close to thirty years old, which I very rarely use for anything except checking exposure when I use my (cheap) studio lights for a project.  When I bought it I would also use it to check tricky outdoor light when using my F1 or my Bronica.  Haven't used it outdoors since moving to digital.

You said that you don't really like studio photography so I would suggest you find something in the middle of the road.  Something like the Sekonic 308 or 478 would be about 1/2 the price of the top of the line and probably do everything you need and more.

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Hey Harv,

You can get a brand new computer with Windows 7 pre-installed, but you'd have to order it via an online shop (NewEgg or Dell come to mind) unless your local computer store has a copy still.  Setup a 2-port USB kvm switch box between your old machine and your new one, and you should be good.  Do it soon, as Windows 7 will be supported for a while, but hardware companies may not be able to sell it after Windows 10 launches.

Lightroom 5.5 is a boxed product, so your local camera store should have it for you.  That and the newest version of Elements and you'll never pay a monthly fee

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=971835&gclid=CJiHhcmyqsECFQqQaQodvGIAqg&is=REG&Q=&A=details

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1004072&gclid=COGhkaKyqsECFQemaQodfGoA7w&Q=&is=REG&A=details

You know, this sounds like a plan if I can find the real estate for another case.  Except I would probably build the new PC and install Windows 8.  Then I could take my time migrating programs and create a virtual machine to handle the one program that is an absolute must as well as others that I am just comfortable using.  Another retirement project for me.

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Harv, you can preorder the 7DII from B&H and get $30 off the boxed LR5.  Would that work?
LR5 requires Windows 7 with service pack 1 as a minimum. Not a big help.

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I am having the same problem.  I use Vista on my main machine (I have a laptop with Vista and Netbook with XP and a Surface Pro3 with 8.1).  I may have to use DPP on my Surface Pro and then transfer the files to my desktop.  You and I are the same age (though I just caught up a week ago) and I don't want to go through the problems of a new OS, with which some of the programs I use most often are not compatible.  But I may have to break down and do it and just run a virtual machine for those programs.  Too much monkey motion for this old geezer.

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