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EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 14, 2014, 10:56:40 PM »
I used the 7D II with my 600mm II + 1.4x III last weekend and all 65 AF points were active and available.  It focuses like a dream.  Better than the 1Dx I used to have.

Hope this helps!

  I just read the white paper on the id mark IV. Long over due by the way.
From the little I have read on the 7d II. I would still get the IV over the 7d II. For the lenses I have!
If I were using only 5.6 lenses or higher I would definitely get the 7D II. And the 7d II has a better AF system for sure for BIF. IMO!
I have a 300mm f/2.8 lens and use it with the 1.4 allot. The IV supports 39 cross type point's at f/4 for that lens. Also for the 400mm f/2.8 lens by the way. And if used at 2.8 it has  39 cross types points. Also have a f/4 lens that is supported with a cross f/4 at center only.
  I cannot find the white paper on the 7d II? Does anyone know where or if it is available from Canon?

  Really looking forward to trying one out.. Looks like it will be a good camera. It looks like the 7D II will compliment my IV nicely... :)



Have you told us what it is you like to shoot?  Do you do this professionally...meaning that your livelihood depends on your photography and, therefore, your equipment?

For general needs, I would select a 24-70mm f/4L IS: it has the new IS system and unless you are a wedding photographer, I think it is better as a walk around lens.  You might find that for low light situations, you might add a wider aperture lens like the Canon 50mm f/1.2L. 

If you do not need the reach or the speed of the new 7D II (10 fps), then I would sway you to go with the 5D MK III.  It is every bit as responsive as the 1Dx and gives you more pixels to work with.  It also have a more durable shutter and body.  It can do 1/8000 second exposures; the 6D can only to 1/4000.  The 5D has a respectable 6fps shutter drive which is very respectable and can be used for sports.  The 6D not so much; you will be very frustrated tracking anything with a 6D.

The Canon 5D III is the best all around DSLR on the market.  It does most things well and the image quality is stunning. 

If video is important to you, then you should be looking at a 70D. 

Hope this helps.

Kind regards,
Jason S.

EOS Bodies / Re: Scott Kelby Does a Field Report on the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:24:45 PM »
I really hope they start shipping Oct. 30th.  I ordered mine a few hours after the announcement from B&H, but have not heard squat from them.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EOS-1D X Body $4799
« on: October 05, 2014, 04:50:51 PM »
I am glad I sold mine last month just before the 7d II announcement. I fetched $5200 for it after using it for over a year. It was and still is an amazing camera, but just seemed like a lot of money tied up into one body and is damn heavy, loud and only 18MP.

Got a 5D III and waiting for my 7D II to arrive.  I think those are a better combo.

Kind regards,

Help me understand...how is a mirrorless camera better? 

In the article he says the Sony is good up to 1600 ISO?  Really...my old 7D was good up to 1600 ISO!

Needs an adapter to use larger full frame sized lenses?  What is the advantage of the small sized mirror-less camera if you don't have all the small sized lenses to go with it?  Seems like a kludge!

So you prefer the electric shutter rather than a mirror and mechanical shutter assembly?  Well...at least when the mechanical one wears out, it can be easily replaced.  Good luck with the electrical equivalent goes out!

These arguments seem to have little merit and only serve to justify his idiotic abandonment of truly renowned systems: those being from Canon and Nikon.


EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 22, 2014, 01:29:22 PM »

You ever hear about Canon's cinema line?  The 1D C has 4K video.  Instead of buying 3 7D II's and 4 Panasonics, get one 1D C and the lenses to go with it!

If I was doing 4K video that was serious, I wouldn't want it on a APS-C or micro 4-3rds sized sensor. 

For all people looking at video, it's a huge disappointment, because even if you don't need 4K now, you might need it in the coming 4 years.  definitely you don't need mushy unsharp video now.  in times with very fast developments in technology canon honestly thinks videographers want to work with the same video quality until the year 2018 that they already gave us in 2008?  that's weird, especially as at photokina 2 years ago they already did show what is possible in terms of dslr video.  missing focus peaking etc clearly is a sign that their marketing departments dictate the technology, by falsely thinking giving us those features would cannibalize their expensive cinema line.  i personally would have bought 3x 7D2 if it was 4K as addition to my 1DC, now i have 3x GH4.  bad luck canon, they should fire all of their japanese decision makers.  even for photo people it's a huge disappointment having no wifi, no swivel screen, no high megapixels etc.  as an upgrade 5 years after the first 7D you can say that it won't hurt to simply keep the old model.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 06:12:06 PM »
Yes, I pre-orders on Sep. 15th at 11:30 with BH.  Hope to get on the list of the first shipment available.  Need this for a trip Nov. 7th - 10th.  If not, might need to delay my trip one week.

Really looking forward to testing this baby out.  I sold my 1Dx last month and replaced it with a 5D III + 7D II combo.


The 7D II was never intended to be a video centric DSLR.  Why would a videographer need 10 FPS, 65 cross type AF points?  The biggies that need 4K will pony up for the Cinematic 1D series that Canon offers.  The casual YouTuber or Vemeo poster should be able to make due using a 70D.  Not sure what all the fuss is about.

7D II was made for sports and wildlife photography.  That is where it should excel and has no rival. 

As far as Samsung NX-whatever, I admire their efforts and it might be a fine camera.  But look at the sidelines of any NFL game...what do you see?   A bunch of white honking lenses!  Canon EF system out sells all other systems by wide margins.  They must be doing something right.

Kind regards,

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Specifications Confirmed
« on: September 11, 2014, 05:10:30 PM »
Just as I posted in earlier threads. Same old sensor from 70D and priced around the same as the last 7D at launch (that was 1699.00).  Sucks that we waited so long in anticipation for this?  Nikon has had 24MP Dx sensors for years! 

There might still be hope if the thing can focus like a 1Dx.

Lets see.


Lenses / Re: 35mm f/1.4 L to 16-35mm f/4 L
« on: September 06, 2014, 01:50:02 PM »
The 35mm f/1.4L is a different beast.  It gets you the very narrow depth of field while keeping most of your subject in focus.  The 16-35mm f/4L cannot make the same shallow depth of field. 

You must decide if that is important you.  If it is not, then the 16-35 f/4L IS is a great lens!  It is sharp even in the corners.  If you need wider than 35mm then, you need this or something else.  The 14mm f/2.8L II is good, but might be too wide for all your needs.  It cannot be used with a screw on filter either.  If money is a factor, maybe consider a nice 17-40mm f/4L and keep your 35mm f/1.4L. 

Ultimately, the choice is yours to make and what will better serve your needs.

Kind regards,
Jason S.

Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: August 31, 2014, 01:25:23 PM »
Is this at all related to a stronger dollar?  Just wondering. 


Lenses / Re: New Lens Information for Photokina
« on: August 29, 2014, 05:22:54 PM »
It makes lots of sense that they come out with a new 400mm DO, since the first one that still sells MSRP for $6500 cannot be kept in stock anywhere; it flies off the shelves!

At the price they wanted for the 400 DO, another $500 got you a new 500mm f/4L IS USM.  It made no sense then, and little now.  The 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM with 1.4x III and 2x III will best it for less money. 

Canon really needed a 400mm f/5.6L IS USM! 

How dumb!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II & Photokina
« on: August 28, 2014, 12:45:30 PM »
I bet it will be the same sensor as seen in the 70D.  This would make sense, if Canon wanted to keep the price reasonable ( < $2k ).   I would not be surprised if they price it at the same level of the previous 7D ( ~$1699). 

As far as much better high ISO performance, why would they do that?  It would sabotage the sales of the flagship 1Dx.  Lets get real...a crop sensor will never perform like a full frame.  This should be the go-to camera for fair weather wildlife and sports photographers.

Just my two cents.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 26, 2014, 02:49:01 PM »
Hi Dylan,

Here is the 600mm II + 2x III + 1Dx quality.  I think it is very very good:

maybe this will help a bit
Lisa Holloway 500px profile

almost all of her portrait work are done using 200 f/2 wide open, enjoy!
Thanks for the link.  My GAS just shifted to another state.

Told you long back you have a vacant spot in your shelf with 200/2 written on it ;)
I'm afraid to touch one  :o ;)

@ sagittariansrock - Thank you for the encouragement  :)

@ mackguyver - I know your feeling. I'm testing out my 400 + 1.4x and 2x TC right now. Hope it works as I planned, so I can cross the 600mm off my wanted list. If that is the case, there should be enough room for 200mm f2. Until then, I'm ain't-gonna touch that BEAST ;D

My rental 600mm should arrived next week. I want to see how 840mm and 1200mm IQ looks with 1dx.

Lenses / Re: 200 f/2.0 vs 70-200 f/2.8 II
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:50:25 PM »
300 f/2.8L IS II is awesome.  Sharpest lens in Canon's line-up and killer bokeh.

With 1.4x III added:

With 2x III added:

The results with the extenders is simply amazing.  Any extender on the 200mm f/2L IS and it falls to pieces.

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