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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:28:38 AM »
I went for the GPS.  Having the photo come up on the map view in Lightroom is nice.  Wi-fi would also be nice but i really don't use it that often.  I prefer to tether the camera.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:59:52 AM »
Yup...enough with the fear mongering. 

I've been shooting CF cards for 15 years and not once have I bent pins or messed up the mechanical interface in any way.  I've had exactly one card go bad in all that time (of hundreds I've owned), and that was when one fell out of my card wallet and got run over by a fire truck.
+1 Seriously.  Unless you jam the card in the wrong way or something, it doesn't happen.  I've been using CF cards for 15+ years as well with no issues.  I've never had a card failure, either and they are tough as hell and have been through many wash cycles :D in my pants.  I've only had 1 SD card failure, but find the size a bad thing in terms of them being easier to lose. 

If the CF cards are faster in the 7DII, I'd go for them as you're going to need all the speed you can get with that camera!

Roger at lensrentals reported that one  of his main repair issues with the 5D3 was bent pins on the CF card slot.
Canon also apparently made some modifications to the slot  as this stopped being an issue.  One reason not to be an early adopter.

Personally I've trashed  three SD cards, but never had a problems with CF cards.  My original my 16 mb CF card from 1999  is still in use in a photoframe.

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:44:10 AM »
Guys, thank you all so very much.

I've decided to buy a CF card but probably after a few weeks of experience with the SD cards I have.

I'm so excited about this 7Dii  ::)

Watch B&H and Adorama.  Cards do go on sale.  I picked up some 1000x Lexars in a 2 for 1 deal.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:31:32 AM »
I would stick with the 5D.... You might be able to sell it to cover the cost of the 7D alone, but not have enough for a prime (other than a 50 1.8 at best).

There would be at least enough for the 40mm pancake. ;)
Might also stretch to a stack of pancakes,  EF-s 24mm and EF 40mm,  hold the syrop. ;D

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Lenses / Re: Lens 'resolving power' vs sensors.
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:16:22 AM »
Whoa..... all of this technical talk is confusing me. Let's imagine that canon releases a 36mp full frame dslr,  will that render my "less" resolving lenses such as the 35mm 1.4L, 16-35ii and 85mm 1.2L to doo doo?
I've heard that the 24-70ii and 70-200ii are high resolving lenses and shouldn't have a problem. I wonder what happened on the Nikon side with using the same lenses on the D800 hmmmm.....

http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Nikon-AF-S-Nikkor-500mm-and-600mm-f-4G-ED-VR-lens-reviews-legendary-performers-in-the-range/Nikon-AF-S-NIKKOR-500mm-f-4G-ED-VR-fights-off-both-Canon-and-Sony

The "Legendary" Nikon 500mm F4 flops  on the D800's 36mp. 

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Rare for anyone else in Canon worldwide too. Still, the year of the lens has got a few months to go...
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...and who knows what Tamron and Sigma still have up their sleeves. ;)

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:35:12 AM »
800 mm f5.6 DO    with built in 1.4x  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 11:50:00 AM »
I'm waiting to see how the noise at 1600 ISO compares to the 70D.  If it really is a new and improved sensor with respect to noise then I'm in. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 5 Plugin for focus points?
« on: September 14, 2014, 09:07:21 PM »
Nice piece of work.
Works on my DSLR's  and all my point and shoots back to my first Canon A70

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:36:37 PM »
It makes me feel angry and betrayed.  Just kidding.  In reality it makes me wonder if I want to go back to crop.  If it turns out to be a mini 1D X with decent IQ at ISO 3200 and below, I might have to give it a try.  I liked the 7D a lot, but the performance at ISO 1600+ just didn't do it for me.

+1.  The spec tells you nothing about the IQ at ISO 1600.   Need a review to see if it has improved to a useable level.   

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Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 10:30:37 AM »
Yup, Canon doesn't want to eat their own lunch. Problem is that they're then exposed to others eating their lunch. Canon is never very aggressive here.

LOL.  People who speak of f/5.6 zooms or primes 'cannibalizing' supertele sales are rather clueless.  The superteles are on a whole different level of IQ, are 1-2 stops faster, and have better AF.  Pros who need a supertele generally know it, amateurs often move up from the 100-400L, so that lens is sort of a gateway.  Even with a big IQ boost, a new 100-400L won't beat the superteles.  Canon also prices their lenses to ensure profitability. 

As for 3rd party competition, that's been there all along.  For some lenses, the quality has gone up (though Sigma's QC issues apparently continue to plague them)...as have the prices.   The Tamron 150-600mm is a decent lens, with similar IQ to the current 100-400L (similar in the overlapping range, similar at the long end to the 100-400 + 1.4x).  A 7DII/X with f/8 AF will make the 100-400 w/ TC quite feasible as a much smaller and lighter choice over the Tamron.  The Sigma 150-600mm is even bigger and heavier than the Tamron. 

Will we see an updated 100-400L?  Yes, I think we will.  Likely in late 2015 or spring 2016.  Canon is good at extracting profit from consumers.  So...release a 7DII/X now, the new action-oriented APS-C body will spur sales of the 100-400L.  Some of those who have one already will buy the 1.4x because of the f/8 AF.  A year later, release an updated 100-400 to get people to upgrade. 

It might make philosophical sense to release a new 100-400 along side a new 7-series body, but it probably doesn't make fiscal sense.  The economy isn't terribly strong right now.  Spreading out the launch of 'big ticket' items targeted at the same market segment seems logical.

I totally agree that the 100-400mm is more of a gateway drug to the big whites.  Not going to cannibalize sales, only going to give people a taste of  what they want.

I think you are wrong  about the third party lenses.  The Tamron is 1/2 the price of a 100-400mm plus 1.4x III and only weights  about 330 grams more.  I think Canon has missed the boat with the 100-400mm upgrade.  I would expect Canon upgraded lens to be in the same ballpark price wise as the Nikon 80-400mm.  Tamron is going to eat both their lunches.  It will also eat Sigma's  lunch if the weight and price of the Sigma 150-600  are as rumoured.

Canon can improve the 100-400mm  but I don't think they can make it price competitive with the Tamron.
I already know several people who have upgraded from the 100-400 to the Tamron.
Personally I got tired of waiting for the upgraded 100-400mm and added the Tamron to my kit to replace my Sigma 150-500mm.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Sensor Tech in EOS 7D Mark II [CR2]
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:43:00 PM »
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Yeah, but this is a third-hand rumor, probably translated multiple times from the original ancient Geek!


There fixed the typo.

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Burlington, Ontario, Canada   

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Software & Accessories / Re: Portable HD with SD reader
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:49:03 PM »
Needs dual CF and SD card reader ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:45:17 PM »
An interesting result....

Despite the negativity about various rumoured features, it comes close to an even split between those planning to purchase and those who wont. This might indicate a well selling model.... but of course everything depends on what the real camera is, and unfortunately we will probably have to wait for an official announcement for that.

I find it a bit disturbing that only 7% might buy one after they test it, 31.5% will only buy one if reviewed positively.  While reviews are useful for gathering information, I think making a purchasing decision primarily on a review for something like a camera (or lens) is a bad idea.   Reviewers rarely capture and communicate all of the positives and negatives of a device effectively, and only you can see if feels right for you.

I will buy the 7D2 only if it has better usable iso than the 70D.  I will get this information only once one of the review sites I trust  tests the camera.  Playing with it in a store won't allow me to get this information.   If the noise at iso 1600 isn't better than the 70D then I will probably get a 70D instead.   Why should this be disturbing to you?

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