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EOS Bodies / Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 19, 2014, 06:21:08 PM »
I was getting ready to sell my 7D and pick up a 7DII in the spring.  Pretty much every review I have seen has been favorable.

Not so much this one.

So, who is right?  Should I just hang on to the 7D, or upgrade to the 7DII.  I use this camera for sports shooting.  Night football games, basketball, volleyball - all could benefit from the  higher FPS and improved high ISO performance on the 7DII - if in-fact there is improvement in the high ISO performance.

Has anyone had both a 7D and 7DII?  What are your experiences?

Is Martinsen way off in his review?  His is know for being candid and speaking his mind - and he is a Canon shooter.  But he seems to be a lone voice with such a negative review.

Lenses / EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS versus EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II
« on: August 27, 2014, 12:39:15 AM »
I have a EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS I bought used to use for sports, but I found that the AF never really kept up, so I haven't used it much.  Do I have a bad copy, or is this fairly normal for this lens.  (This is all with a 7D)

Is it worth selling it and getting the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II ?  I have heard the image quality of the mark II is much better.  Is this lens any good for sports, or should I go with a prime instead?


EOS-M / EOS M or Powershot S110?
« on: September 07, 2013, 12:17:45 AM »
I can get a powershot S110 or an EOS M for about $350 USD.

The question is, which one?

I want something for taking video where I don't have to manual focus (like on my DSLR).
I want something small for times when I don't want to carry the bigger DSLR around.  Ideally to fit in a pocket.

For those that have used both the EOS M and a Powershot S95, S100, S110 - which is a better solution?

The advantage of the S110 would be its size.  It will fit in my front pants pocket or shirt pocket.  But how good is the low light ability, or the image quality.

The advantage of the EOS M is better image quality, and if I get in a video taking situation where I need a long lens I have that option with the adapter.  However, I'm concerned how "pocketable" it really is - Especially with the 18-55 lens. 

I'd love some advice, as the S110 will be running out of stock prior to the S120 coming available for $100 more.  So I need to decide or lose the opportunity to go with the S110.

Third Party Manufacturers / FoCal or LensAlign - Which is better?
« on: April 19, 2013, 12:46:24 AM »
I need to AFMA two of my primes with a 7D, which are visibly off in AF, but when I MF them they are sharp.

I am trying to decide which product to get to help me do this - FoCal software or the LensAlign product.

Does anyone have experience using either, or ideally both that can provide some help in my decsion?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 5D III, or 6D+7D combo - your thoughts?
« on: October 12, 2012, 04:50:05 PM »
I have a 7D and love it.  I primarily shoot my kids sporting events.  Football, volleyball, basketball, track.  Indoor/Outdoor.

Here is my dilemma.  I want to buy a FF camera to do more portraits, landscape, etc.  Do I sell my 7D and get a 5D III, or keep my 7D and get a 6D for a second body? (I couldn't justify the cost of the 5D III unless it could replace the 7D as well)

With the 5D III, I really only give up a couple of FPS vs the 7D and some reach which I would probably only miss in football.  I gain much better ISO performance for the indoor sports like volleyball, where the 7D can struggle (even with an 85mm f/1.8 I need ISO 3200 which honestly is poor on the 7D).

I know many of you have owned a 5DII & 7D combo and have some experience with that.  For those of you that moved to a 5D III - did you find yourself still using the 7D much?

I'm not in a hurry.  I want to wait out the release of the 6D and see the reviews, and decide if I would go with the 6D vs. a 5D II (new or used).  So, maybe next spring I would pull the trigger on the FF.

Lenses / 70-300 L vs 100-400 L vs. 70-200 f/2.8 IS MkI with Extender
« on: March 02, 2012, 09:22:57 PM »
I have a 7D, and spring is coming in the US and that means kids sports shooting.
Track & Field, Baseball, Soccer.  All outside, mostly good light - except for some overcast days.

I have been itching for a 70-300 L and am about to pull the trigger, but ..... there are 2 other options for me.
 - I have a 70-200 f/2.8L IS MkI, would adding an extender to this be just as good?
 - How about the 100-400 L?  It gives more reach, but the IS and AF are old vs the 70-300L

For those of you who have used these lenses, esp on a 7D, I would appreciate your thoughts & suggestions.

Lenses / Which is the best "normal" prime for a Crop Camera?
« on: August 13, 2011, 03:40:32 PM »
I have a 7D and want to get a fast prime lens that would be close to the equivalent of a 50mm on a FF camera.  I have a 17-55 f/2.8, so I want it faster than that. 

This will be my "learn composition & photography the old school way" with a standard length prime, zoom with your feet, etc.  I would also use this for indoor pics of the family, children, dogs.  Possibly indoor events like kids plays, or sports in a poorly lit gym when I want a wider angle shot (I have an 85 f/1.8 and a 50 f/1.4 and those usually handle the indoor sports stuff)

Sharpness & accurate focus are important to me.

There are several lenses in this range to choose from, and they all get mixed reviews from what I have read.  I can't see a clear winner.

For those of you that have any of these lenses, I could use some of your advice, thoughts.  I am tempted to rent them all and compare them, but that would be somewhat of an expensive experiment.

I assume the 35 f/1.4L is the best, also Zeiss lenses but that is beyond what I would want to spend. (unless someone could convince me to spend 3x the money  8) )

I am looking at the following lenses
- Sigma 30mm f/1.4
- Canon 28mm f/1.8
- Canon 35mm f/2

Any other suggestions?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Lenses / Noisy IS on EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 - is this normal?
« on: December 24, 2010, 12:36:18 AM »
I just purchased a new EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 from B&H and noticed a noise when using the IS. It is like a switching or soft clicking noise, and it happens during focus (sometimes) and a second or so after I stop pressing the shutter button.
 I have two other lenses with IS and there is no noticable noise (both inexpensive kit lenses).  I rented this lens a year ago and don't remember hearing a noise with the lens at that time. 
Is this normal, or do I have a defective lens?  I'll call B&H, but wanted to know what you guys have experienced.

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