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Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:35:06 PM »
I live in Arizona and I have had SF insurance on my camera equipment for the past 3 years. I have had to use it a couple of times and they have always taken care of me. I think I pay about $130-140ish a year for me and my wife's equipment. (Approx 12-13K) I would recommend it to anyone.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:21:52 PM »
'They' just got a new Rebel, and the 70D is far too new. That only leaves the upper echelon. I know, this sort of reasoning is flawed, history has proven that time and time again.

No, "they" just got a sub-Rebel. They release a new Rebel every year and the 5Ti is a year old.  They speculated 3 new cameras this year, one being a video body leaving a new Rebel. No 7D2 this year...  The lack of any new real news regarding any kind of 7D replacement supports this thinking.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:05:51 PM »
If one of those camera bodies is a Cinema EOS product, the other one might at best be a 7D Mark II? I must admit that I am highly pessimistic about this mysterious second camera being the long-rumored high-MP 1D-style camera. Perhaps it is going to be the year of the new camera body I won't invest in. :-\

I doubt it will be the "7D2" or high megapixel anything. It will be a Rebel. I seriously doubt we will we anything exciting from canon this year.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:59:59 AM »
I was excited about 2 years ago about a 7D replacement but now I don't care much anymore.  I suspect that Canon is waiting to see how sales of the 70D go. If it sells well enough they may forget about any kind of 7D replacement. The firmware 2.0 update lends itself to the fact that Canon may not release a replacement. If they were then why "unlock" a bunch of cool, useful features on a camera you were going to replace soon?  Seems to me it would (even a little) cut into sales of the new model.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:32:40 PM »
I read Ken Rockwell's review of the 6D and I'm thinking it may be the camera to go with...

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I have both. 2 16gb cards and a 32gb. I find when I go out shooting for the day I fill the 16 more often than not. The 32gb cards are getting cheaper and more reliable. My wife has 2 64gb cards in her D7000 and that is totally overkill. She doesn't think so but it mainly comes down to how much you trust your cards. Full 32 and 64gb cards are a lot of photos to lose if they fail. More people choose to keep fewer pics on more cards just in case one fails.

I think we all take an acceptable risk using digital cameras and related equipment and things can and do happen. I have had Lexar cards fail but so far no Sandisk problems but I'm sure they have had their share of problems as well.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 04:33:38 PM »
You are getting a divorce, and his wife shoots with Nikon cameras? It's all explained. :-*

LOL! You guys are terrible. I got divorced a couple of years ago and I have recently remarried. My ex was never serious about photography but she insisted on splitting the camera gear. It was cheaper to give her what she wanted vs paying a stupid lawyer. I can replace gear, nothing is worth fighting over. I actually met my new wife while out shooting. We always tease each other about who has a better camera and people who watch the antics can't believe we are married. I have actually been thinking about selling my 7 for a while and getting a FF instead. I am leaning towards the 5D2 but I have only used the 5D2 and not the 6, so that's why I wanted other people's opinions

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:58:10 PM »
I'm confused. In your gear signature you say your wife shoots Nikon, yet in the divorce settlement she has insisted on taking the 5D II ?

LOL!  Sorry. My new wife shoots Nikon. She will never switch to Canon and it's fun to be able to try out Nikon's offerings without any real commitment. I love the image quality from the D7000 and D7100 and I believe that these were 2 very well thought out cameras. The biggest thing that's keeping me from switching is I cannot stand the ergonomics of Nikon's. Strange, I know but I have heard/read this from more than one person.

I love my 7D as well but given it's hard to tell the images apart between the 7 and the 40 the one to sell would be the 7 and put the money towards a FF body. Granted, I know the 7 is a superior camera to the 40 in terms of certain features but I dont shoot video so it comes down to image quality and I believe the 40 has an advantage over the 7, espically at higher ISO speeds. And IF canon releases the 7D2 in the future I would rather sell it now while before the prices drop even more. Sad, they are 1500 new but you can pick up refurbished bodies for under a grand and used bodies for 7-8 hundred  At least that's what I'm thinking.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 02:56:45 PM »
A friend is borrowing my 7D and I have been using my 40D until I get it back. I have almost forgotten how much I loved my 40D. It has great ergonomics and the image quality is fantastic. Photos are sharp and the AF system, even though is dated a little is very fast and dead on the majority of the time, even in low light. The frame rate is good and isn't far from the 7D. I have always wanted another FF (ex got the 5D2 in the divorce) and I don't need (or afford) a 5D3.  What do you guys think? This would give me a nice crop body for when I need one and a good FF when I want one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:16:03 PM »
The 7D2 was past "due" a couple of years ago. I'm not saying that Canon won't make a 7D replacement but the firmware update seems like Canon was trying to appease the mob while they were figuring out what to do. I love my 7D and I believe that a replacement would be a top seller, provided it not only was fast but also reigned as a low noise camera as well. I would prefer that Canon kept (or dropped) the MP and concentrated on image quality over more megapixels.

It does seem likely that this is not the year for a 7D replacement. I think the 70D is poised to compete with the best Nikon crop sensor offering, the D7100. Canon may view the 70D as they did the 6D. It offered some improvement over the 5D2 in a newer body. But who knows?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:53:43 PM »
Both 70d and esp. d7100 are very good crop cameras and the 7d2 will have to excel in multiple categories to be recognized (phase-af, video af, resolution, fps, durability, ...)

They way I look at it is, if Canon makes a 7D2 then they do, if they don't then no worries. Fortunately my 7D and 40D fit my shooting needs so I really don't need to upgrade anytime soon, unless I go full frame and then I'll get a 5D3.

The fact that Nikons flagship APS-C body is the D7100, Canon may just call it quits with the 7D line and go for a camera that is more video orientated instead. The 70D packs a lot of features and performance. The V2.0 firmware update gives further reason to believe that Canon may be looking at other options than a 7D replacement, which could also explain why there hasn't been any real information regarding one. With the other cameras, there has always been some information leading to an announcement within a reasonable amount of time afterward. We have been hearing rumors after rumors for over the past couple of years and nothing sounds really plausible.

Who knows. I am just glad Canon DOES make awesome camera gear I can use today. I'm gonna go shooting this weekend!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:56:53 PM »
I think one of the problems with Canon's DSLR lineup is that they have too many models on the market. It is not really economical to support future development of all of them.

I believe that that is one of Canon's biggest problems right now. I also believe that Canon, for years, have continued to set the bar of performance for DSLR's.

1) The 5D was the first "compact" full frame DSLR, it was in a class all on it's own. (Nikon didn't follow until about 3 years later with the D700)

2) Even though the Nikon D90 was first, Canon raised the bar by putting video into the 5D2, a camera that was ahead of it's time and far superior to the D90 (at twice the price) in many ways. To this day, it's a very popular camera.

3) The 7D was loaded with features and speed and showed what a high performance crop body could do. A test bed for a lot of the technology that is found in today's Canon bodies.

4) The 5D3 integrated affordable speed and fantastic full frame image quality into a compact DSLR body (compared to dual-grip bodies), not to mention many other great features.

5) The 1DX stands king of speed and image quality. It was smart for Canon to blend the 1Ds and 1D lines in favor of this new powerhouse and sales proves it.

I think a lot of people got used to Canon always leading the way and lately it seems like the semi-professional APS-C segment (I.E. 7D line) has been largely ignored. The 70D is a very nice camera, but it's no "7D". Maybe it's on par with the 7D but certainly not "class-leading".

Something else to consider that didn't necessary exist a few years ago is now we have a market flooded with tons of awesome used camera equipment for dirt cheap. I mean, the 40D was $1600 new and now you can get bodies for $250-$300. It's a powerhouse of a camera and still takes fantastic images. It's getting harder and harder for the companies to "impress" the people with REAL usable features. There will always be the useless features that look good on paper but I'm not too concerned with those. Not to mention the fact that DSLR's are still expensive and not everyone has a grand laying around to just buy new equipment each time a new body comes out.

One more thing is that not everyone shoots video, I don't. My 7D takes video and I have never taken a video with it. I am a still shooter so I don't look at DSLR's from a video point of view and I am sure there are plenty of people out there who feel the same way as I do. I think Canon is starting to forget that people still take still photos. Seems like more attention is being placed on video features than photography features. From a still photography point of view, just about all of the APS-C bodies from Canon over the past 3-4 years have been pretty much the same, just my opinion...

I always figured that when they released the T5i (at 5fps) they would integrate the xD line into the xxD line. Well, the 70D came out and I suppose with 2 entry level cameras under the Rebel line, it is still possible, but I thought they would get rid of the xxD in favor of a 7D replacement rather than the other way around. The fact that Canon has been mum on any news regarding any kind of 7D replacement adding to the V2.0 firmware update unlocking many new cool features to the 7D makes me wonder if they will even go down that road. Again, Nikon does not have a "7D" and they may feel the D7100 is sufficient enough competition to the 7D that they don't need to make a higher performance crop sensor body. The 70D is pretty close to the 7D in terms of features that I believe that a lot of people will buy the 70D on the fact alone that it is simply a newer camera body than the 7D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:04:18 PM »
Yeah, I don't think they are going to release a 7D replacement...

I think it's very possible you are right, for 2 more reasons in addition to the ones you already mentioned,

1) The 2.0 firmware update unlocked some very cool features to an already great camera giving it more "life" and,

2) The Nikon "king-of-the-crop-sensor" body is the D7100. My wife shoots with one and the images are fantastic. Nikon really doesn't have a 7D equivalent and the 70D is lined up to compete with the D7100. I still think the 7D is the better choice (for a couple of reasons) but the 70D and D7100 are very, very nice cameras. I don't shoot video so I can't base my choices on anything other than still shooting and as such I could care less what video features any of these cameras have, but many people do care about video features.

I see tons of 7D's when I go shooting, however I am seeing more Nikon D7000's and D7100's out there. Nikon has a real winner with these two cameras and I think Canon might have realized that they don't need a high performance crop body other than the 70D.

Canon may feel that keeping the 7D around for a couple of more years will keep the budget minded sports and wildlife photographiers happy and the 70D will make the rest happy. I really won't believe anything regarding a 7D2 until I actually can buy one for myself.

Fortunately for me, the 7D suits my shooting needs and I really don't feel the need to upgrade unless the FF bug finally hits me and I buy a 5D3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:17:03 PM »
I can understand Canon "reusing" the 18mp sensor over and over again as Nikon has done the same with their 16mp sensor and now new 24mp sensor. It makes good marketing sense, in a way. I just think that it has been more noticeable with Canon as the last 5 years and 9 camera bodies have been 18mp even though there have been some small changes between certain sensor designs. Noise levels have not gotten noticeably better either, so naturally, people have become frustrated.

The 7D is 5 years old and I still think it is one hell of a camera body that is very capable. All crop sensors have noise so if your job demands noise free images, you are not looking at crop bodies anyway, you are shooting full frame.

I think the last couple great cameras from Canon were the 5D3 and 1DX and other than that nothing has been released (in MO) from Canon that is ground-breaking or anything that would make me want to give up my 7D and 40D backup. I still use my 40D and the images are stellar, I will never give up my 40D!

Hopefully, IF Canon makes a 7D replacement, it will show the "world" what a great crop body can do!

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Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:41:07 PM »
I think the thing to try and keep in mind is that Canon manufacturing understandably (among several other Japanese companies) ground to a halt after the Tōhoku earthquake (and subsequent tsunami) in 2011. Several cameras I'm sure were either put on hold or halted altogether.

In a world where rebels got replaced every year and the XXD line got replaced approx every 18 months, the  T3i ran for over a year and the 60D ran for almost 3 years. The T3 ran for 3 years before getting replaced. The replacement for the 5D2 was released on "time" in the prosumer FF segment. The 1Ds3 ran for 5 years before it was replaced by the 1DX and that camera was released 5 months after it's announcement.

I think what people are wondering is will the 7D be replaced by the 7D2 or will the 70D take the APS-C crown? Personally I won't believe anything about the 7D2 until I see it announced by Canon and I can actually buy one. Nikon's "flagship" APS-C body is the D7100 and it is in line features wise with the 70D.  Nikon does not have a "7D" equivalent and they may feel they don't need one. Canon may follow that thinking.

The 7D is hugely popular and with the V2.0 firmware update it may be Canon's "answer" to a replacement body. I don't think the megapixel race is all that important vs image quality. I would prefer that Canon make a APS-C 14-16MP sensor that is largely noise free vs a higher MP crop sensor. I don't think (based on high ISO noise comparisons) Canon's crop sensors today are hugely better at handling noise than the 7D's, so nothing has really changed there really, just a bunch of 18MP camera bodies that vary a bit from each other. Hopefully Canon will come up with something that will inspire confidence in their DSLR's again.

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