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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:10:34 AM »
The centre AF point focus on the 6D is one of its strong points. I have 2x 6D bodies for my work, and have yet to have bad focus with any of my lenses, L or otherwise.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon SL1 sensor a step back?
« on: May 15, 2013, 04:06:54 AM »
This camera is not meant to be in the same categories as the 7D and 60D...can't compare it as such.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D vs. 6D AF
« on: May 14, 2013, 10:09:22 AM »
I would go with the 6D anytime. I own one, as well as a 40D, 7D and 5DII. The centre AF point on the 6D is far superior than that on the 40D, and is more sensitive than that on the 5DIII, allowing AF at -3EV.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D - How bad is it? Really?
« on: January 23, 2013, 08:43:40 AM »
I shoot wildlife for some very demanding clients with the 7D and 100-400L, and a couple of L Telephoto lenses, and do not hesitate to use ISO 3200 and even ISO 6400 when necessary. I process in RAW, and then run the images through Topaz Denoise. My customers and I are very happy with their A2 and A3 size prints. Go ahead...use the camera and don't let the ISO setting limit your creativity!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D - should i wait or not?
« on: September 30, 2012, 12:05:47 PM »
As the other members have agreed, get the 7D! It is a wonderful addition to any photog's arsenal. Mine compliments my 5D MkII perfectly...the 7D for Sports and Wildlife (8fps and 1.6 crop for longer reach) and the 5D MkII Full Frame Sensor for Studio/Still Life, Portraits and Landscapes, etc.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 7D FW2.0: Problems anyone?
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:59:36 AM »
No problems for me...working perfectly.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS 1D X and Lightroom 3.6
« on: July 26, 2012, 07:25:07 AM »
I believe only Lr 4.1 will support 1DX, but not even with the current version of ACR...might be only included in the next ACR update.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk II still a viable option?
« on: June 08, 2012, 02:49:05 PM »
He does a lot of landscape, low light (high exposure), some sports photography.
I trust my 5DII in no light implicitly...it has never let me down in this regard, and focuses in virtually no light whatsoever without hesitation. I get more focuses in very low light with 5DII than with my 7D

Landscape and low light will be excellent with the 5DII.  Sports will be a challenge with the 5DII's rather poor AF system (AI Servo tracking, in particular) and the relatively slow frame rate.  Still, it's a great camera.

The 5D2 AI Servo isn't THAT terrible. Terrible compared to 1 series for some circumstances but otherwise it does AI Servo better than any rebel, any xxD camera, and, IMO, overall, even better than the 7D which can get rather erratic at times for football and soccer. The 5D2 AI Servo can get a bit slow and wacky when your subject is close in though. For a somewhat more distant subjects it sometimes does as well as a 1D2. Not saying it is amazing or anything, but in the Canon world only the 1 series and the 5D3 do AI Servo any better.

It's trigger response time is a bit on the sluggish side compared to some xxD,7D,5D3, 1 series though and it's fps is very slow compared to xxD,7D,5D3, 1 series, it feels like a sloth crawling through molasses after handing the others right before it.

If you need to use AI Servo with something other than center point then it's pretty awful and 7D, 5D3 and 1 series are all vastly better (even some xxD are probably better then (if not very good at all themsevles)).

The issue with the 7D is that the focus point is too big so careless pointing gets an OOF image (especially when pointing through gap in trees etc

Lol 5d2 is a smooth-bore musket in relation to the near pin-point accuracy of my 7D. If you want good AF the 7D is your best bet unless the 5d3 AF or 1D series AF.

I dont think so - the focus point of the 7D is much bigger than that of the 5D2. Better AF maybe in terms of focussing and focus points - but the size of the focus point was most of the cause of 'soft focus' issue of the 7D

I disagree, have you read the manual? There is the Precise single point selection that is tiny for precise AF on the 7D. Hasn't let me down and the 5D's AF has plenty of times.

Well my 5D2 blew away my 7D in a super incredibly low light indoor one shot focusing test and I trust it a little bit more in general for center point one shot and even for AI Servo if the subject isn't too close and center point with assists can be used, under quite a few lighting conditions.

Interesting, because I can use any of my AF points on the 7D in no light scenarios w\ assist beam and get sharp photos and shoot wide apertures not worrying too much about focus recompose. No need to worry about which AF point to use, as they're all excellent.

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Thanks Canon! Some welcome additions!  ;D

Obviously 7DII won't be coming for some time, but these are really worthwhile upgrades in the meantime.

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Lenses / Re: Wide Angle Lens Recommendations
« on: June 07, 2012, 10:38:03 AM »
For best IQ, 24mm Prime, otherwise the 16-35, which is really an excellent lens. I use both, and love them!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D mk II still a viable option?
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:44:05 AM »
5DII is still a great option. I have both the 5DII and the 7D, and for studio, landscapes, portraits, architecture, etc. my go-to camera is the 5DII. For sports, etc. I use the 7D. The IQ from the 5DII is superb.

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