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Very interesting chart.  Since this is a shipping chart the peaks in mirrorless, and in a lesser degree to DSLR, shipments is just in time for Christmas giving.  DSLR also seems to have some peaks around release dates (mirrorless may have the same but I haven't been as aware of their release dates).  I do think the drop may be related to DSLR technology maturing and it takes more to get the consumer to part with his dollars. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:54:48 PM »
New Battery – LP-E6N

I haven't kept up with the battery changes.  Are the current varients interchangeable and just have different capacities or are they genuinely different?  Is Canon just trying to keep people buying their batteries and away from third parties?

I have, and intend to continue to have, both full frame (5D) and crop bodies but will absolutely demand that they use the same batteries and chargers like my current two do.

This one bugs me.  I am hoping that the E6N designations means that it is interchangeable with the E6, otherwise I will have to carry BP-511 (for 40D...wife's 30D will be given to my son), LP-E6 for 7D, and LP-E6N for the 7DII/X  if I decide to purchase it.  Not a deal breaker....but annoying.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 09:29:41 PM »
Canon has a problem. I know you do not believe that, but they do. It's a perceptual problem, and it could seriously affect their revenues and ability to fund the necessary R&D in the years to come. Such things have happened before, and often companies, even if they were on the top of the world, NEVER recover (Kodak?) So...seriously...touch screens and touch UIs?

Canon has a perceptual problem?  That depends on who is doing the perceiving.  If you're referring to CR Forums and similar places, perhaps.  Perceived 'poor sensor IQ' is an Internet forum problem Canon has had for years.  Hasn't affected their market share, though.

As dtaylor stated, the analogy to Kodak is a red herring. 

Seriously, touch screens and touch UIs.  Entry level cameras have them.  Canon wants people to upgrade, and people don't like to give up features to which they're accustomed.  Omitting basic features which a majority of their customer base expects to be included (a category into which touch screens fall, but low ISO DR does not) would certainly 'seriously affect their revenues and ability to fund the necessary R&D in the years to come'.

I think you hit the nail on the head.  Personally, I am not real fond of touch screens.  Even so, I use an iPhone, not a Blackberry; I have a Nexus 7, I recently acquired a Surface Pro 3 and use it as a tablet more than I use the keyboard attachment.  A good friend just got a 70D and I helped him set it up.  Ended up using the touchscreen half the time setting it up.  IF the 7DII, by whatever name, is in my price range it won't matter whether it has a touchscreen or not as far as I am concerned.  I probably won't use it much if it has it and I won't miss it much if it doesn't.  I don't shoot video much and since I have it on my G12 and my 7D I don't really care if the 7DII has it or not....but it makes a big difference for some people.  Having features I don't have to use doesn't bother me as long as I get improved IQ, improved DR would be nice, and improved AF would be necessary for me to spend my money. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 16, 2014, 10:56:15 AM »
I expect the 7D MK II, if it is announced, will have a pop up flash (also expect it in $2300.00 neighborhood) and I like them though it won't be a deal breaker for me.  I appreciate the suggestion of the 270 as a substitute and will probably buy one if necessary 

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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150 600 woes
« on: August 12, 2014, 06:53:18 PM »

No, they don't. Why would Canon ask them to build a lens for their cameras and then not give them the specs they need?
Canon asked Tamron to build EF lenses?

Yes. Canon and Nikon both use Tamron to build (generally low end) Canon-branded lenses.

And this can be verified....where?

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:13:23 PM »
This is kinda schisophrenic, to put some of settings in manual mode to auto mode, and then still with manual mode wanting other settings to compensate for this mixture. You really don´t know what you want, right?
You can do what you want in AV or TV modes. With manual, you are in charge, you have nothing to compensate, and if they allowed some glitch or stupid customers request of auto ISO at manual mode, than it will be everything messed up.

Couldn't disagree more.  M mode with Auto ISO is like aperture and shutter priority.  I select the DoF I need and the necessary shutter speed to stop (or show) motion, and I get a metered exposure in rapidly changing light.  Being able to apply EC to bias the metering is plus.

No, I actually understand your needs, would be happy to have this program in machines, but why in the world should this be in Manual mode? Manual is called manual, because it actually IS manual. I´d add your needs to some other program. Messing it all with EC + auto ISO is really wicked to want in manual mode.

And why not remove the metering indicator and focus confirmation in M mode while we're at it, eh? Hey why not have it disable ALL electronics while in M mode after all it should be pure manual, right??  :P

This is very low. You're making it extreme. I just want it to work as manual program. The metering is there to show what camera thinks of the scene. Not what you have to do. With manual mode and even other modes I rely more on histogram than on exposure meter. Automatic is not manual any more. It deserves to fall under program mode.

Wicked?   :o

Simple solution for you – don't set the ISO to Auto. It's not like that's mandatory.  Since Auto ISO is available in the other modes, why not M?  Or perhaps do away with Auto ISO...like the good old days of interchangeable sensors, a different one for every ISO and WB, and a limited number of exposures per sensor.  What was that called again?   ;)

Film???   ::)  My first 35mm camera, about 1956 or so, was manual...to the point that it didn't even have a light meter nor did I, at the age of fifteen, own one.  Every picture was made by mentally evaluating the scene.  And it is surprising how many keepers I got.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to Make a Big Splash at Photokina? [CR2]
« on: July 30, 2014, 04:05:52 PM »
Yes, but this doesn't preclude EF lenses being 'cropped'. Would be nice as a type of digital TC. However knowing Canon's marketing policies, it's almost definitely not going to happen.

A 'digital TC'?  Nope.  Canon has very nice optical TCs they'll happily sell you for a few hundred bucks.  It's likely Canon will put f/8 AF into the 7DII, the better to induce people to buy a TC to go with their 100-400L...
Which would really please me a lot. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 29, 2014, 10:32:45 PM »
How does the 1DX do it?

In the pdf   http://cpn.canon-europe.com/files/education/technical/eos_1d_x_explained/AF%20guide_EOS-1DX_V2_eng.pdf you can find on page 28 a possible solution for assigning EC to a button.

Be patient: it will take some time to open this pdf.

They assign EC to the set button. Afterwards you can change easily the EC by pushing SET and turning the mail dial.
I'm too old to be patient.  I don't even buy green bananas anymore.  :)  Thanks for the information, even though I'm old I love learning things.

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 29, 2014, 10:24:22 AM »
I have read complaints about not having EC using auto ISO in a manual mode and I usually considered it a silly argument, probably because of my age and being a film user for three fourths (plus) of my life. Reading this discussion has changed my attitude.  Although I am primarily a TV man (and have been since my Canon F-1), I can really see using manual mode with auto ISO if EC were available much of the time.  But the EC would have to be easy to set, a wheel or rocker arm would seem to be best but there isn't really enough real estate for another wheel on most bodies.  Solve that problem and I think it is a good idea I would like to see implemented.  How does the 1DX do it?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:41:18 AM »

Since I have telescopes and telescope parts lying around, this is what I did with nothing more than a rear lens cap and my existing parts.



Another great idea.  I may have some parts like that in the garage.  But I am not great at DIY. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 28, 2014, 09:27:04 AM »
By eliminating the sensor they were able to make the most compact camera of all time that can still mount EF lenses. 

Lens2Scope has beaten them to it, albeit without colored pencils and a sketch pad.



This is the reason I hang around here.  I had never seen this before.  I am tempted to buy one but I usually have my longest lens on the camera at the same time I would want to use this item.  Still a cool idea.  Wonder how well it works.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D now marked as DISCONTINUED at Amazon
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:21:30 PM »
I wonder if this means they're still on track for a September release.  Although sooner would be cool, I don't think it being out of stock at Amazon means that it will be released any sooner.  It might be construed as further evidence that the September release rumours are accurate though.  :)

Actually, Amazon still has some in stock in different configurations even though they are marked "Discontinued." 

I was thinking about this and as I recall, before the 7D was released Best Buy had a SKU assigned that got leaked to some of the photo websites.  Although it was primarily a "placeholder", I think it had some accurate information about features.  I could be wrong, at my age it is easy to forget things.   :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 22, 2014, 02:01:58 PM »
I'm sure mammals require more effort (staying downwind, etc), but I've never attempted to photograph them.

Mammals can be easy.  They let you get nice and close sometimes.  Just make sure any bunnies you try to take pictures aren't from Caerbannog...

I'm afraid I had to look up that reference :-[

I have done rabbits, actually. They used to forage in front of a fixed bird hide at my local nature reserve. Feral British rabbits always seen very timid otherwise, though.
You won't believe that if you watch this:  Holy Grail - Killer Bunny

Reference is to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Abstract / Re: Lets See Some of Your Double Exposures!
« on: July 22, 2014, 01:59:15 PM »
Just figured out how to accomplish this on my 6D (I'm behind the times here) Looking for some inspiration...

I knew we could do this in Photoshop with layers... or long exposures with flash... but I didn't know this was an ooc function as well.

Only a few cameras have a double exposure function.  I used to do some using my Bronica 645.  Did some decent bride pictures that way.  The technique used by Surapon, very effectively, is similar to what we old timers called painting with light.  We would find a location (glass church in Palos Verdes, CA, was a good one), a dark night, set up camera/cameras on tripod, open shutter and one of us would illuminate various areas of the subject with, usually, a large flashlight, like a camping flashlight, or occasionally a couple of flash bulbs (strobes weren't used as much in those days).  Ah, I guess I'm caught up tripping down memory lane.  I do hope the 7DII, or whatever it is called, has a double exposure capability.

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Photography Technique / Re: Help me on using tripod
« on: July 11, 2014, 01:44:18 PM »
Lens over leg, especially when leg spread is reduced.
This is kind of a corollary to Jamesey's post regarding one leg down slope, as best you can, keep the lens over that down slope leg.
I have never heard the "lens over leg" idea and it makes such perfect sense.  I believe I have been doing that instinctively but never thought about it until you mentioned it.  Excellent suggestion.

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