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EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:57:58 PM »
A few ergonomic improvements that I'd like to see for both the 1DX MKII and the 5D MKIV:

* The autofocus points light up in red, and are easy to see, in all autofocus modes

* The camera has back buttons that are backlit for night the Nikon D4

* The ability to program the shutter button, so when it is pressed down half way, the autofocus points can be moved with the joystick on the back of the the Nikon D4

As a former Nikon D4 owner, these are a few of the ergonomics that I wish I had on my Canon 1DX and 5D MKIII.


Reviews / Re: Jeff Cable's 7D2 & High ISO Look
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:10:14 PM »
What was Canon thinking using a UHS-I SD slot in an action camera???

I sure hope Canon doesn't make the same mistake when they launch the 5D MKIV!

Now it was time to put in some memory cards. I put in a 128GB Lexar Professional 1066x CF card into the CF slot, figuring that this new camera would take full advantage of the UDMA7 speed. Many of you know that I was disappointed that Canon did not make the SD slot in the 5D Mark III in the newer UHS-I standard. This means that the 5D Mark III could not write to an SD card any faster than 133x. And that is just not fast enough! So, the burning question in my mind was "Does the 7D Mark II support the most current SD spec (which is now UHS-II)?" And I was bummed to see that the SD slot is only UHS-I, once again showing that Canon is behind in their adoption of the newer standards. What this means is that the SD slot is much faster than the 5D Mark III, but not nearly as fast as it could be. I guess I will stick with CF cards to get the fastest buffer clear in this camera.

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:00:59 PM »
Hi Everybody:
Just wanted to clarify a few things from the broadcast that I saw were questions here:

(1) It's is 20.2 megapixels and always has been since I first heard of the camera. That was just a total brain-freeze on my part. I don't have a 24-megapixel version. That was just me misstating one of the specs.
(2) The reason I didn't shoot in Raw was because I don't have any program that is updated to support the unreleased camera. No support yet for Lightroom or Camera Raw, so I had to shoot JPEGs. That being said, I shoot JPEGs for sports either way, but I would have shot some just for example purposes.
(3) I am not sponsored by Canon. I hope to be one day, but at this point, I am not so I bought my Canon gear by selling my Nikon gear -- it was not given to me by Canon. I did get some loaner gear to try out. Nikon let me use loaner gear from time to time, too. So did Sony. Now, if I could just get Hassleblad… ;-)

High five to Forum member Sabaki. I'm with ya. :)

All my best,

-Scott Kelby


Thanks for taking the time to post on the forum!  Hopefully you'll stop by here more often!

Can you share with us anything you're hearing about the development of the 1DX MKII or 5D MKIV, and when they might be available to consumers?


Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:41:48 PM »
I enjoyed the video, but how can Scott give an honest opinion when he is sponsored by Canon???


Do you have evidence that Scott does not have integrity?

"honest" was  poor choice of verbiage on my part, what I meant to convey is that anyone who owns a certain brand of product, Canon in Scott's case, is going to have a bias opinion in favor of the product they own...this is just human nature!

In any case, being that I own both a 1DX & 5DMIII, I like the fact that Scott is using Canon gear, because it appears that he is giving Canon some good input on how they can improve their products!

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 02:09:26 PM »
I can't believe Scott Kelby, and his assistant, had to break out a calculator to figure out a 1.6 crop camera with the 70-200MM lens attached equals 320MM on the long end...did the guy graduate from high school?!?!

I enjoyed the video, but how can Scott give an honest opinion when he is sponsored by Canon???
   The first part of the video will give you the answer of your question:

   Have a nice day.

Thanks....I feel bad for Scott...people get way to emotional, and aggrevated, when it comes to discussing camera gear!

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 08:55:05 AM »
I can't believe Scott Kelby, and his assistant, had to break out a calculator to figure out a 1.6 crop camera with the 70-200MM lens attached equals 320MM on the long end...did the guy graduate from high school?!?!

I enjoyed the video, but how can Scott give an honest opinion when he is sponsored by Canon???

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 05, 2014, 02:50:48 PM »
That is a pretty cool marketing idea!!! 

I hope this is not just hype, and Canon is actually going to announce a revolutionary new full frame camera or a kick ass lens!!!

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Mark II AF Points Lighted??
« on: October 04, 2014, 05:31:08 PM »
I agree with what others have posted....I sure hope the 5D MarkIV & 1DX MarkII have a bright viewfinder with easy to see red autofocus points that light up in all autofocus modes for low light shooting!!!

I've owned the Nikon D4 & D800 and the red lighted autofocus points in Nikon camera's are easier to see in lowlight conditions compared to Canon! 


1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 03, 2014, 12:04:06 PM »
Love the images I get from the 1Dx. Early morning shot into the light, it catches focus somehow. This one is a slowish shutter speed to get some movement in the wings and water.

First of the day by Tom W W, on Flickr

Awesome photo!!!

5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 03, 2014, 11:54:59 AM »
5D MKIII with 70-300L

Software & Accessories / Re: Messenger Bag for my 5D3+24-70+70-200
« on: October 02, 2014, 08:10:51 PM »
I have several bags: The Thinktank Retrospective 20 works great for carrying the 1DX body with 70-200 f2.8 II lens attached, and there is room for a second lens, but the Vanguard Heralder 38 is what I use when I'm carrying two bodies with lenses attached (1DX with 70-200 f2.8 attached & 5DMIII with 24-70 f2.8), plus I have room for my Speedlite 600 & the Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art lens.

The Vanguard 38 bag only costs $117, which is a bargain compared to Thinktank, plus you can attach a tripod to the Vanguard bag.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 27, 2014, 11:58:17 AM »
I'd like Canon to keep the 5D Mark IV in the 24-30MP range.  If they produce a higher resolution camera, then it should be a separate camera line....3D.

My 5D Mark IV wish list:

* 24-30MP
* Dual Compact Flash card slots
* 8 fps in burst mode with a buffer that can handle at least 35 full resolution RAW files writing to both memory card slots.
* Improved ISO & Dynamic Range performance
* Improved autofocus system with wider coverage of autofocus points
* Red lighted autofocus points that are easy to see in the view finder in low light conditions in all autofocus modes
* A better metering system with metering tied to the selected autofocus points
* 1/400 sec flash synch speed
* The back of the camera should have backlit buttons that are easy to see in the dark, like the Nikon D4

Gino, it isn't 5-6 hours work, it is 5-6 hours on the wedding day at the same location as the couple, with probably another 5-6 in travel, getting gear ready, ingesting the files etc etc plus all the pre and post production work.

$2,000 is the budget end for stills and video, at that price I would probably look to get two separate people in for around $1,000 each to cover the event, this is really on the low side but you will probably find two better people than one good one that is working for so low a price. I would be very suspicious of any photographer who was offering that kind of package for that money.

Questions; ask to see their work, if you like it then keep talking. Ask for references from previous couples, at least five or six, and get in touch with them. Ask to see their contracts, good shooters have good contracts.

Other than that, just talk and play it by ear, but don't think for one second it is 5-6 hours work.

Thanks for your advice.  When I stated 5-6 hours of "work", I meant 5-6 hours of taking photos & video...I understand that doesn't account for set-up time, and post processing time. 

When you suggest hiring two people, do you mean one photographer would do the still photos and the second would do the video?  Also, are most photographers willing to work with another photographer that they don't know?


Hi Everyone,

My sister is looking to hire a wedding photographer to do both still photos and video for her wedding coming up this January in St. Paul, MN.

Can you please give me some advice on what questions my sister should ask wedding photographers when considering who she should hire?  Also, is there anyone in the St. Paul/Minneapolis metro area that she should consider who does good work at a reasonable price?  She has about a $2,000 budget, and she is looking to hire someone for 5-6 hours of work.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1DX vs D4s
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:36:39 PM »
The 1DX v. D4 debate is like comparing a Lamborghini and can't go wrong with either!

I currently own the 1DX, and I used to own the Nikon D4.  Both cameras are very similiar, and here are a few observations from my point of view:

* I don't care what the tests say, in the real world the 1DX has about the same dynamic range as the D4, even at low ISO i.e. with RAW files, I can pull about the same shadow detail in Lightroom from the 1DX that I could with the D4.

* Even though the 1DX has more cross type focus points, I'd say both camera's autofocus systems deliver very similar results.  The D4 obtains focus a little better in very low light situations.

* It was easier to get the correct exposure with the D4.  I think the D4 has better metering compared to the 1DX, especially in challenging lighting situations.

* The 1DX has better automatic white balance, and for me it is easier to fix the white balance of the 1DX RAW files in Lightroom if the camera doesn't get it right.

* I like how the autofocus points appear in the viewfinder of the D4 compared to the 1DX.

* The D4 is about 200g lighter than the 1DX, which can feel like a big difference after a few hours.

* It's so much better having both memory card slots take the same type of memory card, and compact flash cards cost a lot less compared to XQD cards...a big plus for the 1DX.

* The 1DX has a better menu system.

* I like the shape and rubber material of the D4 grip

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