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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Firmware: EOS-1D X Version 2.0.7
« on: January 29, 2015, 01:37:20 PM »
I think the update means a new UWA is coming. It's generally for that lens instead of existing ones

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2014, 04:11:01 PM »
I'd rather have 2 CF card slot, with a optional CF-SD adapter

One thing that better be there (IMO) is dual cf slots. Not sd. Dual!!! ::D

Right now, an 18M sensor shooting RAW makes about a 25Mbyte file.. the larger sensor in a 7D2 will make a larger file, let's assume around 30Mbytes.

Go SD card... the fastest card on the market can write at 90Mbytes/second. The camera could sustain a burst speed of 3 frames per second....

Go Compact Flash... the fastest cards have a write speed of 150Mbytes/second. The camera could sustain a burst speed of 5 frames per second....

Go Cfast Pro.. the INTRODUCTORY! cards have a write speed of 350Mbytes/second. The camera could sustain a burst speed of 11.7 frames per second....

BTW.... from the Sandisk site.... The SanDisk Extreme PRO CFast 2.0 memory card was designed in parallel with leading-edge camera manufacturers. This is good clue that it is coming on "pro" cameras....

I am hoping for dual slots, one SD for convenience/interoperability, and the other Cfast for blazing speed.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2014, 04:07:34 PM »
I hope not. 6D has 5Diii above it while 7dii supposes to be the king of it's kind. If that's the spec and it's priced at ~$2000 I doubt how many will sell. 5D3 or 1D4 will be a better choice than 7d2 then.

I really do not have big expectations from 7DII. Take a look at rumours before 6d release and real camera. In new 7dII i expect the following:

- the same sensor as in 70D
- slightly better autofocus ( worse than in 5dIII)
- slightly higher fps (maybe 10)
- wifi and gps

Forget about better DR and high ISO performance. Canon does not want aps-c camera to match FF camera in performance (i guess it is not possible technically if you do not develop new sensor, which is smaller in size than in 5dIII but is much better).

Canon does not have new sensor, which people expect. When such sensor is ready it will be introduced in 1d camera body for which Canon will rip customers by asking to high price.

All these talks about 7dII remind me rumours about iPhone 5s when people had very high expectations but received practically the same phone. Canon is milking the same cash cow and doing that quite well. What is the purpose of introducing cutting edge technology when you doing so much cash without significant investments in R&D. That's the sad truth.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Not Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 14, 2013, 10:19:04 AM »
If there ever will be a 7dii, I'll definitely grab one. If not, I won't buy their expensive FF anyway. This news is disappointing.

Canon General / Re: I'm so sick of Canon ...
« on: September 24, 2013, 02:06:24 PM »
... I just ordered a 16-35L f/2.8 II and a 70-200 f/2.8 II ... What to do of this addiction?

Add 300mm or 400mm f2.8 IS II will cure it ;D

Congrats on your toys

Agree. Bought a 300 II. Can't afford most lens anymore... It's not because of IQ, it's still because of money...

replaced it with a 1DIV. Pretty nice update on focus and high ISO. But only when I go back the the previous album did I find how many great photos I took with a 7D. That's a very very capable camera.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-M sharper than 6D?
« on: July 18, 2013, 09:56:21 AM »
You shot in JPG. That's the Error here.

OK, I repeated the pictures of the clock in RAW.  I converted as a batch in DPP with all the default settings.  There is less difference here.

(1) M, AF
(2) 6D, AF
(3) 6D, MF live view

This means that you need AFMA. live view and view finder shooting use different AF mechanism where the first one is more precise if the AF is not well calibrated.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Reptiles and Amphibians
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:35:36 PM »
Very nice shoots. How do you manage to focus from an point very close to the ground?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D, DIGIC 6 & 18mp Sensors
« on: March 21, 2013, 03:11:18 PM »
for me 1.6x is great. People can always go FF when they want large pixel size. But there is no very good crop sensor yet. Why feed people when they are already full.

It looks like I guessed correctly.  I will now pat myself on the back!  The 70D will NOT be getting a 24 MP sensor.  Hopefully the "new" 18MP sensor will outshine the 5 year old one used in all crop bodies up to now.  Time will tell...I doubt it will even be a full stop of improved noise performance at high ISO, however much they try to push the "native" ISO range.

As for my own needs...I am just going to go full frame, and keep my old XXD crop body.  I'm emotionally attached to it now. 

The 7D2, or whatever it will be called, should get something completely different in my opinion.  I know it will likely still be a 1.6x crop sensor, so this is NOT prediction, just my wish.  I say it should be a 1.2x crop sensor (larger than 1.3x but smaller than full frame), with pixel size equal to 26 or 27 megapixels on a full frame (so they would be ever so slightly smaller than the 1D4's...while the sensor is larger than 1.3x, with around 21-22 MP resolution).  However, this would have the potential to be a 1DX killer for sports shooters, and would certainly be priced similar to a 1DX....it would be a 1 series body...so I guess really what I am talking about is a mythical "1D Mark 5", or "1DX2".

I do feel a future sports 1 series will go back to some kind of crop sensor, because reach is almost always preferred over wide angle, for sports.  And the next generation high MP full frame 1 series is on the horizon, for studio and similar needs.  I kind of agree with some of the sentiment from the Nikon trolls on here...the 1DX went full frame because Canon wasn't ready to introduce a high megapixel full frame 1 series body as early as they had wished to.  The very large pixels of the 1DX certainly helped Canon climb to the top of the high ISO performance pile...at least with current bodies of "adequate" pixel count (meaning I'm calling a 12 MP full frame sensor inadequate in its resolution...even though the ISO noise is superior in the 6400 to 12,800 range).

I remember when I first looking for a dslr, I look for how old the model is, is it has big enough megapixel count. In this sense, canon is doing the right thing to push out a new camera with good looking specs. Marketing strategy. This line is not for frequent shooter.

actually I like push-pull. It makes the focal length change very fast. It's also very intuitive :)

A little late to the 1998 USM party nikon?

As a prior owner of a dust blower 100-400, I'd send tat memo to canon....and their 50s inspired push, puller.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 01:35:24 PM »
I like everything in the spec except 24MP sensor. I like a clean sensor rather than a high MP one. I don't like the big file size it generated. And it may be too critical for my lenses and I have to put more money on better lenses again. for me, 18MP is already too much. I don't know the resolution limit of 400mm 2.8 and 500mm f4. I definitively don't want to buy them in the near future. But maybe canon can add some algorithm to generate better s/mRAW files

I bought the lens 3 months ago @550 and didn't regret having that. I used tamron 18-270 vzd before. This lens is smaller, lighter and sharper, at least on the long end. It stick on my 7D for my daily use. It has macro mode, which I like very much. Sharpness could be similar to 55-250. I don't have that lens anymore so no real comparison.  The problem is that focus is not very fast, and my lens does need -11 MA to be sharp.

Anyone have any experience/sample images with this lens? I know it is probably not great; but B&H has it on for $399 on sale. Thought it might be ok to stick on my 60D for when the family goes to amusement parks, zoo, etc, for when I don't want to change lenses or carry a large kit.

Thanks for your two cents!

Lenses / Re: New EOS-M Lenses Soon [CR2]
« on: January 18, 2013, 10:11:28 AM »

You appear to have missed the point.... it's not about image quality, it's about how small and inexpensive cameras appeal to the mass market, and that's what pays the bills. This is what Canon is after with the EOS-M.

Look at Olympus, the 4/3 mount, and then the micro 4/3 mount... that's a good example of the evolution of mirrorless....

Do you feel the "Olympus, the 4/3 mount, and then the micro 4/3 mount" are good enough for low light shooting?

If image quality is not important, then why not settle with a $99 P&S

I'm sure some of us don't mind grainy/noisy photos and there are some willing to pay higher dollars to get cleaner images.

My wife has an em5, I should say the low light capacity is better than 7d, noise control is much better

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