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EOS Bodies / Monitor & Color Questions
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:59:24 PM »
Open ended question: I am shopping for a monitor within $400 or so & wanted to ask general advice from folks. Mainly, I wanted to ask what is the make, model & technology (IPS vs TN) do you guys use and would you recommend the monitor you have or any other monitors in general? Does it make sense to spend the extra on IPS when you have to calibrate it anyway, and does a calibrated IPS monitor show the same colors as a calibrated non-IPS monitor? Any thoughts on these questions are appreciated.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Experiences Switching From Nikon
« on: October 01, 2013, 05:17:52 PM »

There are hardly any Nikon FF lenses for which I have lens envy, whereas I would have considerable lens envy if I switched to Nikon. 
I can't answer your precise questions re APS-C equipment comparisons, but you might find it useful to try the lens comparisons at the digital picture, where you will be able to compare equivalent Canon and Nikon lenses, at least in terms of sharpness.

SDSR, you know your post completely echoes my exact sentiments pertaining to Nikon ergonomics. It's funny, my first DSLR was a D3100 too, and I feel the same way about the controls. In any case, I wanted to ask about the Canon lens envy you are talking about. I have often heard this about Canon lenses, but don't know any specifics. What lenses does Canon posess in its arsenal that Nikon doesn't? All the major lenses (f/2.8 zooms, 1.4's primes) that I know of seem to have their equivalents. Thanks.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Experiences Switching From Nikon
« on: October 01, 2013, 04:42:06 PM »
I apologize to him that my post enabled someone to get started on one of these unnecessary, unwarranted and distracting directions. I shall not respond further to this distraction.

Skulker, it's ok. I appreciate the apology but no need to apologize. Don't take this stuff personally. It's all good.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Experiences Switching From Nikon
« on: September 26, 2013, 12:38:02 PM »
I appreciate the replies on this thread, please keep them coming. It's helpful to know what experiences have felt like.

As for the notion "it's not the camera, it's the photographer" - I don't see how it's relevant here. I am not considering switching to Canon because it will make me a better photographer - as I stated in my original post I prefer Canon ergonomics. 

EOS Bodies / Canon 70D Auto ISO Increments
« on: September 26, 2013, 12:16:37 PM »
I just read a comment on a forum saying that the Canon 70D, when set to Auto ISO only chooses ISO's in one stop increments. So for e.g. if ISO 800 is not enough, it will jump to ISO 1600, and will not select ISO 1000 or ISO 1250 in AUTO ISO. Similarly if ISO 3200 is not enough, it will jump to ISO 6400 and will not use ISO 4000/5000. (Assuming you have set max ISO to 6400).

I would think that by setting ISO increments to 1/3 stops (C. Fn I-2, page 365 of 70d user manual) ISO will increase in 1/3 stops, even in AUTO ISO. Can 70D owners kindly confirm this for me ? I don't have one, but am considering buying one and AUTO ISO is a part of my shooting style.

And yes - I know if I have a problem with higher ISO's I can use Manual ISO and all that - as I mentioned, it's a part of my shooting style and I want to keep it that way.


Third Party Manufacturers / Experiences Switching From Nikon
« on: September 25, 2013, 01:43:26 PM »
I wanted to ask if any Canon users here have switched from Nikon and if so what are their experiences? Specifically can you please comment on:

- What Nikon bodies, lenses, flashes you were using and what you are using now
- Experiences surrounding gear quality
- Other experiences in general.
- How long have you used Canon for and would you do it again?

Specifically if anybody has any experience going from Nikon D300s to Canon 7d &/or Nikon 17-55/24-70 to Canon versions of these lenses, please do chime in. I am considering a switch (I slightly prefer Canon ergonomics and also believe that Canon 7D image quality is superior to Nikon D300s). You would think it would be easy to find opinions of those who have switched on the internet, but apparently not.

Thanks - and do note that isn't meant to inflame a Canon vs Nikon thing in any way.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d vs d7100 Buffer
« on: September 09, 2013, 05:28:05 PM »
yes D7100 is pushing 50% more pixels, but end result is that the buffer is worse than the D7000. Bottomline is that it is less suited for continous shooting than the D7000 or 70D. Most likely deliberate on Nikon's part to create separation between the D7100 and the hypothetical D300S successor.

EOS Bodies / 60D/7D Users & AUTO ISO @ Events
« on: September 04, 2013, 02:34:40 PM »
I had a question for 60d/7D/5DMK2 users: In many situations, when shooting on M one doesn't have time to adjust shutter, aperture, ISO etc. for e.g. events with moving subjects and areas of varying exposure. I would prefer to shoot Aperture Priority with AUTO ISO (since noise levels are perfectly acceptable to me upto maybe ISO 3200). However, this is out of the question since the camera often selects shutter speeds which are ridiculously low and there is no minimum shutter speed setting like the new Canons or older Nikons. If I choose Shutter priority, the camera will select whatever aperture it wants, which I may or may not need. It seems like AUTO ISO is only helpful in M mode.

I was just wondering, for those of you who shoot in these types of situations, how do you shoot? What are your settings? Do you always shoot on Manual and adjust shutter, ISO, aperture? How does one use AUTO ISO without the min shutter speed functionality.

Thoughts appreciated. Thanks.   

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:35:52 PM »
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<strong>A new EOS 7D Mark II mention<br />

</strong>A new EOS 7D Mark II is rumored to be announced some time in January, 2013. The camera would take the place of the  7D and 60D.</p>
<p>Specs are minimal, as should be expected. However, it should have a 20+ megapixel sensor and the ability to shoot 10fps. The frame rate is a “targeted spec” for the camera.</p>
<p>I think we’ll see the APS-C market slow down a bit, now that the D600 and EOS 6D are changing the pricing structure for consumer camera bodies.</p>
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Potentially yes. But also we must bear in mind that the D600 is at the same price point as the D700 (never mind that the specs are a combination of inferior/superior to the D700) and the 6D sits at the original price point of the 5DMKII. When both of these were around, we still had the D300s & 7D. But I agree with you, I think they are pushing the full frame lines first - probably because the full frame lenses were are compelled to buy bring in a higher sales number.

EOS Bodies / Re: Has Canon entered the Graveyard Spiral?
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:32:36 PM »
I can understand the disappointment, but one thing to consider is this: when it comes to specs on paper, I have to admit Nikon beats Canon in quite a few departments. When it comes to real shooting, the ability to take great photographs and have utilities such as dual card slots, the annoying ISO-fixing-at-400 issue a poster talked about, again Nikon seems to be more intelligent. Canon has some catching up to do for sure.

However, I don't think they are going to be gone anytime soon. They still have a loyal fan following, and you can still get great pro-quality photos with their gear. Although yes, unless management gets its head out of the sand and starts to smell the coffee, they are going to continue losing market share to Nikon in my opinion.

EOS Bodies / Re: Where the heck is the 70D or 7D mkII?
« on: November 08, 2012, 12:24:36 AM »
The 60D and 7D, Nikon D7000 and Nikon D300s wars are next, clearly. Not sure why it's taking so long, but hope to see some announcements SOON

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Rumors Surface [CR1]
« on: October 10, 2012, 05:35:26 PM »
I just hope Canon keeps the 7D aka upper end crop sensor body alive. As other posters on this thread have indicated, there's plenty of a market for that, amongst both hobbyists and paid professionals.

EOS Bodies / Re: COSTCO Deal
« on: October 08, 2012, 11:22:18 AM »
oops, ok - I think I stand corrected - for some reason I remember the body only as being $1500 - but that must have been a thing of the past. Thanks guys for the clarification.

EOS Bodies / COSTCO Deal
« on: October 06, 2012, 09:39:35 PM »
just saw a deal in Costco, thought it was a good one so figured I'd share: Canon 7D + 28-135mm USM lens + 320 EX Flash + 8GB CF card: $1799.

Just thought this is a good deal for this in the market for the awesome 7d.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: October 05, 2012, 12:41:08 PM »
Pitbullo, - love love love your first shot!

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