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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: Today at 08:15:23 PM »
I agree with keeping the 5D MK III.  I have a 5D MK III and absolutely love it, I sold my 6D because I thought I'd enjoy owning the GH4, but at the end of the day for me it's just a lot of hype
unless using it for video.  My other plan was to buy the 7D MK II to get extra reach at my grandson's soccer events (he's 5) :)  I rented the 1.4x III extender which worked out great, so I'm going to buy it.
I know the 10 FPS sounds great, but the 6.5 frame on the 5D MK III is plenty, I normally take my time and get the shot I want instead of holding that the button and hoping I get the shot.  There is one thing I learned and that's I never should have sold my 6D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 7D MK II
« on: Today at 12:06:45 AM »
I’m interested in a second body to compliment my 5D MK III. I mostly shoot candids, portraits, my grandson in the park and his T-ball and soccer games.  The 5D MK III has done really well and  I rented a canon 1.4 III extender and will try out this weekend.

The reason I’m interested in the 70D or 7D MK II for my second body are.
The extra reach and video auto focus.

70D advantages
Touch Screen
Articulated Screen
Price

7D MK II advantages
Ergonomics (similar to 5D MK III)
65 Focus Points
10 FPS
Weather Proof
Headphone Port
Viewfinder coverage, 100%

I’m leaning towards the 7D MK II, but I’d like to hear your feedback and suggestions.

Which one would/will you buy or would you buy?

Hi Magnun,

You said you need a second body? You also have the 6D in your bag.
I would wait and see how different is the performance (particularly noise and ISO) of the new 7D2 over the 70D.
Particularly I'll wait to see real reviews of the 7D2 to see if the premiun over the 70D is worth it.

Hi Hjalmarg1,

I sold my 6D when I bought the 5D MK III,  I had plans to buy the GH4, but when I realized the investments i have in canon lens, that just wasn't an option. For example a f/2.8 on the GH4 isn't really 2.8, it's more like a 5.6, so I lost interest.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 7D MK II
« on: September 20, 2014, 11:08:47 PM »
As exciting as I was about the 7D MK II I'm probably going to pass on it for now as well as the 70D.
I rented a canon 1.4x III extender this weekend and I was amazed of the performance with my 5D MK III and 70-200 f/2.8 II. 
I'm still interested in something for video and use the glass I currently own. Time will tell what I choose. Thanks everyone for your suggestions.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or 7D MK II
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:34:32 PM »
Hard to say right now, we haven't seen the raw files to be able to judge if it is a new sensor or the same as what is is in the 70D (my inexpert guess is it is the 70D sensor with more noise reduction applied for jpegs).

You have some sports, I shoot sports and I use the center point for that.  The double cross may be a win, I don't know yet, I don't think anyone does, is there a double cross (it's not double cross, it's a + and /\ on top of that which is better) in some other camera?  Do they get more keepers?  If so then that might  be a reason to buy it.

I shoot birds in flight so I want the reach and the AF so I'll probably buy this body.  But I'm skeptical enough that I'm not going to just buy it, I want to see some real reviews.

I've got the 7D and the 5DIII that you have and the 7D sees no use because the 5DIII is that much better.  Crops from it are better than what I get from the 7D.  The 7DII is going to have to come to the table with something good to make me use it over the 5DIII.  The 5DIII is an awesome body.  If Nikon hadn't patented the crop in the camera I'd just switch the 5D to crop mode for wildlife and have the camera I want.

Currently, I really have no interest in wildlife, but who knows. My grandsons soccer season ends Nov 1 which is 3 weeks behind of when the 7D MK II is 'suppsoively" released.  I have the 5D MK III and only slightly touched the focusing system and it's freaking amazing. I know many of us worry about noise and how the 7D MK II will perform.  75 percent of the photos I take are lower that ISO 800. Living in Florida, the weather can change in in 15 minutes. I get what you are saying though, but that 10FPS on a sunny day sounds very nice for a grandpa trying to get that perfect shot. :)

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EOS Bodies / 70D or 7D MK II
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:19:13 PM »
I’m interested in a second body to compliment my 5D MK III. I mostly shoot candids, portraits, my grandson in the park and his T-ball and soccer games.  The 5D MK III has done really well and  I rented a canon 1.4 III extender and will try out this weekend.

The reason I’m interested in the 70D or 7D MK II for my second body are.
The extra reach and video auto focus.

70D advantages
Touch Screen
Articulated Screen
Price

7D MK II advantages
Ergonomics (similar to 5D MK III)
65 Focus Points
10 FPS
Weather Proof
Headphone Port
Viewfinder coverage, 100%

I’m leaning towards the 7D MK II, but I’d like to hear your feedback and suggestions.

Which one would/will you buy or would you buy?

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:46:18 PM »
Any mention of whether the metering will be linked to the AF point? That would be icing on the cake for me, but see no mention of it.

I would suspect no, sadly.

Wish my 5d3 had this. I almost always shoot in manual mode because of inaccurate metering in many situations. This feature might make me lazy (and happy).  :)

For a few thousand dollars more, you can be lazy and happy.  Just buy a 1D X.   ;)

neuro, made me laugh. Do I need a 1DX no, do want one yes; 3K saved only 3K more to go to get a refurb.  :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 14, 2014, 10:19:31 PM »
The 5D MK III had so much more detail and much sharper than the 70D.

Should not come as a surprise. Even low quality lenses like the 17-40 shine on the 5D3/6D but appear very bad when mounted on APS-C cameras. It's just a matter of pixel density.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=687&Camera=736&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=687&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0


Woody, I agree with you, I should have known.  Here are the photos I was referring to.


The top photo is focussed in front of the seated people. Look at the grass out front. I'd say it's front focussed by a couple of feet, leaving the subjects a little out of focus in behind

It looks like this to me as well.  The lens looks like it got front focused here.  The grass out in front looks pretty detailed.

Etienne, Chris Charles, StudentOfLight,
I went back and looked at the images closer and I found the differences.  When I shot with the 70D the AF point was set to center focus; where as the 5D MK III was set to AF point expansion/surround.

With that said, it still appears to me when looking at the original images posted earlier (yesterday) and looking Benro mono pod it still looks sharper with the 5D MK III. Thanks guys.



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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 11:15:07 PM »
The 5D MK III had so much more detail and much sharper than the 70D.

Should not come as a surprise. Even low quality lenses like the 17-40 shine on the 5D3/6D but appear very bad when mounted on APS-C cameras. It's just a matter of pixel density.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?

Lens=687&Camera=736&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=687&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0


Woody, I agree with you, I should have known.  Here are the photos I was referring to.


The top photo is focussed in front of the seated people. Look at the grass out front. I'd say it's front focussed by a couple of feet, leaving the subjects a little out of focus in behind

Hi Etienne,  I respect your attention to detail, but that is just not the case, I simply changed cameras and focused on my daughter and cropped it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:32:59 PM »
The 5D MK III had so much more detail and much sharper than the 70D.

Should not come as a surprise. Even low quality lenses like the 17-40 shine on the 5D3/6D but appear very bad when mounted on APS-C cameras. It's just a matter of pixel density.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=687&Camera=736&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=687&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0


Woody, I agree with you, I should have known.  Here are the photos I was referring to.


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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:48:27 PM »
Just small incremental upgrades.  Not much to show for all the years of development if you ask me.  I'll skip the mark II, thank you.

Since I skipped the 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D and 7D, this looks like a huge upgrade to me over the 20D I shot with (very successfully) all day today.

I'm shooting with a 60D and it looks like a huge upgrade :)

My biggest question is, should I get a 70D or a 7DII?  Some advantages for each.  I'll wait for the announcement and first tests on the sensor of the 7DII before I make a decision.

Interestingly, I was considering between 70D & 6D versus 7DII & 5DIII.  I like my 20D and 5D because they basically have the same user interface.  But, for what I use it for, the 6D would actually probably be better than the 5DIII (WiFi would help at times, GPS would certainly help to keep the clock accurate, the low-light focusing point is probably more useful for me than the 5DIII's advanced super-fast focusing).  So my wife basically told me to suck it up and get the 7DII and 6D, and just learn to handle the UI differences.  Still thinking about that, but she probably has a point.


I was thinking of the same. I sold my 6D and purchased a 5D MK III and absolutely love it.  I want a second camera, I rented a 70D a few weeks ago and truly enjoyed using it during my grandson's soccer game. I like shooting wide open using a 70-200mm f/2.8 the 70D worked well and I was happy at first, but I took a quick shot with the 70D removed the lens and put it on my 5D MK III took the same shot. When I go home, I compared the two shots and of course I had to crop the 5D MK III. The 5D MK III had so much more detail and much sharper than the 70D.  I really liked the video touch screen and auto focus on the 70D, but wonder how often would I really use video. This past Thursday my grandson had another U6 soccer game, and used my 5D MK III since I returned the 70D and glad I did., because it rained as they continued to play I was able to continue to shooting.  So the 70D isn't an option any longer with only 1 fps better than the 5D MK III. I had big hopes for the 7D MK II mainly for the extra reach, fps and weather proof and it still may not be out of contention for a second camera. Here is a shot with the 5D MK III on Thursdays game.  Suggestions are appreciated.

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Lenses / Re: Soccer and Football IS Mode on 300L
« on: August 03, 2014, 09:29:51 PM »
Turn IS off for sports or your pictures could be soft due to the IS not being settled while you move the lens and press the shutter.
Then, keep your shutter speed high to freeze motion.
Unless you are trying to do something fancy like use a slow shutter speed and pan with the subject then use IS mode 2. In general turn IS off for erratically moving subjects.

I have a 70-200 f/2.8 II and shot with a 5d mk iii which I know it'a a bit short for soccer and football, but would you suggest the same in my case?

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm F/2
« on: August 19, 2013, 09:14:30 PM »
Thanks everyone, I'm going to rent it have it here by Friday.

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Lenses / Re: Canon 135mm F/2
« on: August 18, 2013, 08:19:46 PM »
Only you can decide if the price difference is worth it. But the 85 on crop is like 135/2.8 on FF (in terms of DOF, noise and FOV) with much worse sharpness/CA/PF wide open:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=108&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=2&LensComp=106&CameraComp=736&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0

Those crops do not say it all: the 135L has excellent bokeh.

Wow!!! The results from the link above tells it all.  Thank you.


On the other hand, the 85 should perform quite well on your 6D. Some find 135mm a bit too long.

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Lenses / Canon 135mm F/2
« on: August 18, 2013, 06:11:51 PM »
Question about the Canon 135mm f/2.0/L. I have a T3i as well as a 6D, my favorite lens today is the Canon 85mm f/1.8. Would I gain any thing buying the Canon 135mm for my 6D, vs using my 85mm on my T3i or would it be a waste of money?

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Lenses / Need Help with a 24-70 lens
« on: August 12, 2013, 09:42:39 PM »
I'm thinking of selling my Canon 24-105 f/4 with IS lens.  The two lenses I'm thinking of replacing it with are the Canon 24-70 f/2.8 Mark I or the Tamron f/2.8 24-70 with VC. Has anyone used and/or compared both of these lenses?  I would like to hear of your experience if you have as well as your thoughts, inputs and recommendations. I would use this lens as my walk around lens, indoor functions, sunrises and sunsets on beach and video. As much as I'd like to have the Canon 24-70 MK II, it's a bit out of my budget.  For portraits I'm truly enjoying my 85mm f/1.8.

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