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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:01:45 AM »
Sandisk usually includes free recovery software vouchers with their high end cards. I have had to use this once when I accidentally formatted a cf card. The recovery software saved the day. Maybe the other manufacturers also include this, but after my experience I'm sticking with sandisk.

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This advisory makes Sigma's USB dock look that much better,

Why is it better to pay for an accessory, when Canon has included the ability to update lens firmware directly into all recent bodies?  That's how I updated the firmware on my EF 40mm f/2.8 STM. 

Granted, if you need your supertele firmware updated (happily, mine came with the updated version), you need to send your lens to Canon...but that's their business decision (and they pay shipping), not because it's not possible for customers to update lens firmware.

Also, this advisory is over two years old.  This 'update' doesn't change anything.  All they updated was the way they stated the affected serial numbers from 'xx0xxxxxx' to specify the first two digits, most likely to avoid confusion because they've now made enough copies of at least one affected lens that the second digit incremented up.

It's not always best to argue on principles.  Sometimes you have to argue on reality.  Yes, you do have to pay for an accessory, however, that accessory is very cheap (no offense if you have a low paying job).  To many of us, especially those of us who are successful and run businesses, time is money.  I don't get to go shooting whenever I want.  I have opportunities, and they come and go.  I'd rather spend a bit of money, and keep the lens at home, than send it in to get an update and wait a week or several weeks.

Furthermore, each time you ship something, you take a risk of it being misplaced, stolen, lost, or damaged.  While you may get compensated for such an occurrence, it's just another added headache.  Another added reason why being able to plop your lens onto a dock and update the firmware in a couple of minutes, even if it does cost ~$50, is so convenient.

I've sent lenses and bodies to CPS for repair.  Never had a problem and turn-around was very fast.  For me, this is a minor inconvenience especially when considering how superior the lenses ACTUALLY perform in the field.  Sigma has come leaps and bounds and I even own a couple, but there is no lens anywhere, by any manufacturer that comes close to the AF performance, IQ, and overall package that is a Canon V2 SuperTele...  Full disclosure:  I have a lens that falls into this update issue. Not upset at all. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 10:23:52 AM »
I pre-orderd. Wanted to see what this was like before taking the 1DX plunge as a part time free lancer that would have been a major commitment and expense. For me the 7D2 ticks all of the boxes and has good enough IQ for what I need so I see some on here saying they will wait to save money but I have pre-ordered to save money. This camera will be earning me money as soon as I get it.

I was an early adopter of the 5D3 (bought two) and feel the same as you.  While I don't make any income from photography anymore, the amount of enjoyment I got out of these cameras over the course of the year it took for prices to come down was well worth the expense of buying soon after release.  The savings on the 7DII will be even less once the price goes down.  I would be surprised if you could save $200 within the first year of buying.  Is $200 worth the wait?  Not to me.   ;)

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: 7D Mark 2 owners manual
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:29:03 AM »
I emailed Canon and asked why the owner’s manual was not available for download on the Canon site.  For your information here is their reply:   Thank you for contacting Canon product support regarding our new EOS 7D Mark II.  I'm afraid the finalized copy of the manual is not yet available. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It will be posted shortly before the camera ships, so you should be able to browse the manual a little while before the cameras start appearing in stores. We certainly do understand the importance of having this resource available online, and we will post it as soon as we get a finalized version.

This must be why they are not ready to start shipping the bodies yet.   ;D

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:11:14 AM »


If you have an option to not use CF cards, use them.

CF cards = bent pins = broken things and frustration.
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All I use is CF cards.  I have never bent a pin... I don't know anyone who has bent a pin.  You would really need to mash the card in improperly to cause any damage.

If you plan to shoot bursts get a couple of fast CF cards.  My 5D3 only bursts at about 6 FPS and it is HUGELY noticeable if I am writing to CF or SD.  Also, if you are not in a hurry you could wait until SanDisk or Lexar has a rebate or sale.  You can save a ton of money this way.

Just remember that this camera will shoot 10FPS.  You will fill the buffer in no time at all if you are writing to SD.

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The very first thing I noticed about the Canon 7D II, is the battery change, and the asking price of the battery, $99.00.  I'm going to do a little research about this battery.  I'll look at the A/hr, voltage, etc.  I'm thinking they only changed the pin out, and not really changed the specs for the battery.  As Canon thinks, just make it more expensive, the Canon battery may even be chipped, so 3rd party manufactures are shut out.
Surfwooder

Both the 7D and the 7D2 use the same AC adaptor kit.... so that means that the battery is the same physical size, has the same pin-out, and uses the same voltage.... but the new one has the capacity increased from 1800maH to 2050maH (according to rumoured specs). The two batteries can be used interchangeably in cameras, but rhe new version needs the new charger to charge

I wonder if the new battery will be able to improve lens AF speed?

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...maybe it is time to jump to the Nikon ship

The beauty of grey market is that canon still makes the money for the camera and does not have to honor a warranty.  Pretty smart.  Oh... and... Bye bye!

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$1,799 in both the US and Canada. With the CDN dollar so much lower.... all you US guys, buy from Camera Canada!

Notice that the only site mentioning that $1799 is an estimated price and that actual price may change... Is camera Canada.  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:27:38 PM »
I went through Canon's specs on their own site, and came to the conclusion that it's not linked to the AF point.

Yeah, I guess if Canon1 wants to be both lazy and happy, he'll have to spend the thousands after all...   :'(

Oh well...  guess i'll have to give up photography now.  :'(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:25:16 PM »
Something no one has asked about is your lenses. Do you already have any?  Are you planning on purchasing any specific lenses?

If you have a kit full of Ef-s lenses and only budget for a body than a crop camera might make the most sense at this time.

Give us some more details on what your kit looks like.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:33:53 PM »
I pre-ordered.  Got my order in about 30 min after canon price watch emailed me.  Hope they ship before the "rumored" mid november timeframe.  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:32:44 PM »
No pre order here. No post order either, unless the price drops to 1K in the next 6 months or so, in which case I might think about it. There simply isn't anything particularly compelling over my old T3i in this new version of the 7D, so I will wait for something that is.

Such a shame, since I had such high hopes for this camera, but it is not to be :(

Autofocus.  If I had to choose one feature that would be compelling enough to upgrade... unless you are shooting static subjects primarily.

Compared to a 70D? Most subjects I shoot are not moving rapidly, so the autofocus on the T3i is fine, plus I doubt there is going to be a significant improvement in IQ.

The main improvement I would like to see is video of sufficient quality that it can replace the options I currently use, so that I would only need one camera in most situations instead of two separate systems. While the 70D has the basic tools for that (such as a touch screen), the video it produces is substandard. We will have to wait and see what the video from the 7D2 looks like, but based on earlier Canon DSLR/P&S offerings as well as the published video specs for the 7D2 I wouldn't hold my breath. And in any case, without a touch screen the utility of the camera in video mode is going to be diminished. The way I see it the 7D2 has taken a small step forward with one leg, and a step backwards with the other, and that is not a promising start.

Not sure about the 70D autofocus.  But based on the type of shooting it sounds like you do a hyped up AF system is not a priority.  I shoot wildlife, BIF, etc... and my T3i doesn't hold a candle to my 5D3 AF... nor should it.  The 70D is selling for a really great price right now and many people really love it.  Might be a better value for your money than the 7D2, but how much of an upgrade it is over the T3i is not something I can comment on.  Maybe someone on here can give some first hand experience.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:56:42 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.   ;)

Guess I don't have to... looks like I can get it for $1800.   :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:55:25 PM »
No pre order here. No post order either, unless the price drops to 1K in the next 6 months or so, in which case I might think about it. There simply isn't anything particularly compelling over my old T3i in this new version of the 7D, so I will wait for something that is.

Such a shame, since I had such high hopes for this camera, but it is not to be :(

Autofocus.  If I had to choose one feature that would be compelling enough to upgrade... unless you are shooting static subjects primarily. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:23:13 PM »
Time to see if folks put their money where there mouth is... or not.  Just for fun, no trolling please. :-)

Dear Friend Mr. Canon1.
One of my Dear friend , Japanese friend, who work at Canon Co.----Many years ago, He told me that, For the Electronic and Optical Products of Most Companies ( Special Made in Japan)---Never buy the first batch of the new products---Wait another 4 Months= for the second batch from the MFG., After People use the first Batch and Report the Error/ Mistake that company did, And The Second Batch, The Company will  have a chance to correct/ Improve, to fix  their Mistake.
Yes, I do like this in every times that I buy new cameras or new Lenses.
Have a great Work week.
Surapon

This is smart thinking... However, I will mention that Canon has an excellent track record of standing behind their their products.

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