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EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 30, 2014, 06:44:10 PM »
The latest fly in the ointment is the software release which, from the specs, requires a minimum of Windows 7 to run. Uh-oh, the only computer here that I can install DPP on is my wife's and that isn't gonna happen. Still looking into the USB3 for compatibility with USB2. Probably just get a card reader.
I found that to be a bummer also.  My PC and old laptop both have Vista and, because of some legacy programs I would find it hard to do without, I don't intend to upgrade to Windows 8.  My Surface Pro 3, recently acquired, runs 8 so I might put DPP on it.  But truth be told, I rarely use DPP anyway so it is only a minor bummer at this point in time.

Canon General / Re: How Soon We Forget!
« on: September 30, 2014, 09:43:54 AM »
I know when we finally have something better in our hands, we want something else up. Today I hear people saying that ISO1600 clean is just insufficient. How these people were photographing at the time of film? ::)
I have always like available light photography.  I remember the first time I used Agfa Isopan Record.  If I remember correctly is was about ISO 1000 or 1200 (B&W of course).  It was originally designed for a microfilm application I believe.  And you could push it in the darkroom to about ISO 2000.  And you could measure the grain with a ruler.  :)  But is was the fastest thing around so we used it.

Technical Support / Re: Downside Up?
« on: September 28, 2014, 02:34:45 PM »
I occasionally shoot upside down to put the flash under the camera. Essentially puts the flash opposite the sunlight.  Works great for putting light under a baseball cap etc.

I hadn't thought of the ball cap idea but recently I wanted a picture of the rear suspension on a '57 Chevy hot rod that was sitting in bright sunlight....with a chromed bumper on the rear.  I got down on the ground (after putting down a blanket I carry in my truck...I'm turning into a wimp in my old age) and used the camera upside down so it
lit up the undercarriage and not the bumper.  Worked great.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II AF Guidebook Available for Download
« on: September 26, 2014, 10:28:25 AM »
What looks like the full manual is available here

Although I'm quite prepared to be disabused of that.
548 pages, probably is the full manual but what is the meaning of the (G) on the title?

Thanks for the link, I probably have enough time to memorize it before I get my 7DII....if my memory still worked. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 09:28:27 AM »
However, I AM one of a group of people here who are regularly treated like idiots and fools writing useless words because we want more DR in a Canon camera.
A complete  - if utterly predictable - misrepresentation of the truth of the matter.

You're not treated that way because you want more DR.

You're treated that way for banging on, and on, and on, and on about it, to the level of trolling.

And - for what it's worth - the only thing more deserving of criticism than a troll, is a troll who has the bare-faced cheek to present himself as a victim because his trolling attracts the oh-so-predictable reaction from others...
Well, Keith you can expect to be pilloried for your observation but you are exactly right. The "Victim" act has gotten old. Unfortunately, judging by some of the responses here it seems to work on some people.
I stay out of most of these threads because, quite honestly, I'm just not smart enough for them.  But I have observed a few things.  DR problems are, as someone has noted, as old as photography.  You think Canon sensors are bad, try shooting a high contrast scene with a lot of red using a slow orthochromatic film.  IOW, there have always been challenges.  Even though I am not the sharpest knife in this drawer, I have been able to learn some things from reading jrista's posts (only a few things, refer back to my first sentence).  I also have learned from reading Keith or Neuro's responses, along with others.  I think one of the problems is that every thread (at least those that seem to interest me) deteriorate to the exact same DR discussion and then further deteriorate to those who are fond of the (excellent) exmor sensors being referred to as DRones and those of us who like the excellent ergonomics and function of the Canon bodies as "fanboys."  (I'll accept the fanboy title since I have been using Canon cameras exclusively since switching to digital and, along with a Leica, a couple of Bronicas and an old Speed Graphic, for many years prior to that switch). 

I'm not sure there is a solution to the issue.  Certainly a better sensor would be nice in the Canon body.  But I am to old, and poor, to switch systems.  I get a lot of pleasure out of my photography, though my pictures are not usually at the level of those taken by jrista, keith, or others who are more active.  So I will just muddle along with what I have (and the 7DII that is on order).  And I will thank all those that have helped educate this old man while asking you all to tone down the rhetoric toward each other.  Most of you have some great points to make, don't let them get lost in the rhetoric.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:59:29 AM »
I don't think it is a technical problem.   DSLRcontroller and the TL- MR3040 work well on the android system and the cost is about $50.  Camranger does the same at a higher price point.  No one has cloned the canon unit because it just isn't that good.
I believe I looked at the TL-MR3040 for use when traveling in a couple of specific situations.  I assume (as dangerous as that is) that you connect to the camera through the USB port on the TL-MR3040 and that allows a wi-fi connection to the android device using DSLR Controller (which I think I have on my Nexus).  Is that correct?  Interesting idea.  I have also considered the Camranger but haven't delved into it deeply since I would use this type of connection so rarely.

Thanks for your input.  I think one reason nobody has "cloned" the Canon unit is that the market is so small compared to battery grips or RT flash units, etc.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:58:55 AM »
Although I, personally, consider GPS a more important feature than Wi-fi, I can certainly see the usefulness of both.  Which has caused my old brain to start wondering why nobody has reverse engineered the WFT-E7A and produced a cheaper model.  There are off-brand battery grips, selling for a fraction of the cost of a Canon.  Surely it wouldn't be too difficult to manufacture a wi-fi unit which sold in the $300.00 range....or perhaps it is too difficult which is why I'm never heard of one. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-order On Canon 7DII
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:22:47 AM »
B&H is pretty strict when it  comes to their religious holidays.
Something I admire them for.
Did you check the yes button I understand that you would be charged as soon as your order is placed?
I do not recall seeing that pop-up screen.  Had I seen it I probably wouldn't have placed the order using PayPal Credit. 
You should deal with Paypal and if this was done with your credit card, call your credit card company and have them cancel the order.
It was done through PayPal Credit (previously known as Bill Me Later), not another card.  If I had used another card I don't believe the charge would have appeared until shipping (sometime in November). 
I don't see the rush to pre-order a camera you haven't even held at the store or at Photo Plus Expo in NYC next month.
I rarely order things before they are in stock but I had good luck when I pre-ordered the 7D five years ago.  And though I would love to attend the Photo Plus Expo next month, I have only been to NYC once in my life so odds are I won't be there in October (wife and I are planning a trip in October but it will probably be to Rocky Mountain National Park).  There are always some early adopters in technology, this time I chose to be one.  I doubt fifteen minutes in a store would have changed my mind in either direction.  And I don't like fondling things in a brick and mortar store when I intend to purchase on-line.  I am sure that B&H's excellent customer service will be able to work things out once they return. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-order On Canon 7DII
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:12:46 PM »
You might want/need to read this I saw on PetaPixel yesterday --> http://petapixel.com/2014/09/23/psa-need-careful-placing-preorder-paypal/

Thanks, DominoDude.  I don't recall seeing this:

or agreeing to it.  But at my age I can't even remember what I had for lunch.   :)

EOS Bodies / Pre-order On Canon 7DII
« on: September 24, 2014, 04:30:44 PM »
This is probably the wrong place for this but I couldn't find a better sub-forum.  My apologies but some folks might want this information.

I pre-ordered the Canon 7DII a few days ago with the understanding that it would not be charged against my PayPal Credit account until shipped.  Checking my accounts, as I do from time to time, I found in had been charged already.  A little research has shown me that if you pre-order from B&H using the "Bill Me Later" (previous name for PayPal Credit) it is immediately billed.  I don't believe this is true using other forms of credit.

I choose the Bill Me Later option, even though I have the cash on hand, for the six months-no interest.  Rather leave the cash in my account than theirs.  I sent an email, using the B&H form, and just got a reply that since they were closed for Rosh Hashanah I should resubmit the problem on Sunday 9/28.  I think it is admirable that they close for the religious holiday but one would think they could keep the email until they reopen. 

Lenses / Re: Sigma 150-600 Sport PRICE!
« on: September 21, 2014, 06:30:15 PM »
The biggest risk is that most people who want a lens like this will have already bought the Tamron. The Sigma sports will have to be REALLY stellar to convince people who already have the Tamron to trade up. Also, those who do not have the Tamron are likely Canon L users who think the quality is not good enough, so again Sigma sports will have to be REALLY stellar to convince them to buy third party.
This might be true if it wasn't so hard to get the Tamron.  I have been on a "notify when in stock" list for quite some time and if the Sigma were available quickly I might change my mind (assuming the picture quality was as good, I am sure the mechanical quality will be as good/better).  Of course the kicker is if I would want to pay nearly twice the price.

Lenses / Re: how to get 300 2.8
« on: September 21, 2014, 06:43:03 AM »
This discussion reminds me of people calling ammo magazines clips.  Totally derails firearms discussions and doesn't really matter as long as the firearm doesn't jam and you make the shot. 

I will admit that I have used a similar cropped picture many years ago when I was teaching a basic photography course to demonstrate perspective but some still called it compression and it didn't matter if they made the shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Video Tested By Gizmodo
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:47:21 AM »

I'm just wondering how many of us who wanted a stills camera, would've purchased a tricked out, videographer's dream Canon 7Dii at $2799.
That price point would have probably moved me to a FF camera, probably the 5D Mk III.

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby's Promo Videos
« on: September 19, 2014, 06:42:35 AM »

I started using Canon when I picked up a used AE1.
I got started with Canon the same way.  Bought a used AE1 from an individual who needed money.  Moved on with a A1 and then a couple of F1s.  Eyes started to age....as did the rest of my body...so went to an EOS AF camera.  And am still with Canon, the latest being a pre-ordered 7D II.  Too old to change.   :)

I like the way Kelby writes in his Photoshop books.  Easy enough for this old man to understand.

EOS-M / Re: EOS M The positive experience
« on: September 18, 2014, 08:24:33 AM »

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