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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 10:58:40 AM »
It is in Norwegian though. It only list 2014 releases. Best pro camera is Nikon D810 ("the amateur´s dream, the pro´s choice"). Link attached:

Well, that makes the 'recommendations' completely useless as far as high-end cameras.  But thanks for sharing.  ::)
No, it is not useless, because it is a reference for people thinking of buying into a camera system. And the advice they are getting does not include Canon. Whether you or I agree with their recommendations, is absolutely irrelevant. Ruling these lists in the past has been one of the main contributors to Canon´s previous success and now they´re gone.
I think that the point Neuroanatomist is trying to make is that Canon did not release any "pro" cameras in 2014, they couldn't be on a list limited to "2014 releases."  Had Canon released the 5DMkIV in 2014 and not made the list then it might be considered a bad sign.  Not reading Norwegian (heck, still working on my native English) I don't know what the categories were but did Canon release any camera's in 2014 in time to be evaluated for this article that fit into any of the categories?

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Fro
« on: November 25, 2014, 05:13:43 PM »
Although his style might take some getting used to, I have enjoyed some of his other videos.  This one I felt was a good ten minute video stretched to thirty-four minutes by repeating the same sentences, in differing sequence, over and over again. 

Technical Support / Re: 7D mark II battery drain
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:30:56 AM »
So far been really pleased with the body till I found out that it drains the battery flat in about 4 days while turned off. This is with the new battery that has been charged twice. I have just put in a known good battery from my 5D mark II to see if it is doing it with that. Should know by the end of today if it is. All my previous canon bodies (30D, 7D, 1Dmkiv) have never done this.

Has anyone else had any similar issues?

Yes, a friend has the same reported.
Full battery discharged (20% in only 1 Day) although the camera was off (GPS was off too).
I replaced the battery in my MKII well over a week ago and have 92% charge right now.  Unless the gps is "disabled" in the menu it continuously draws current and can drain a fully charged battery is less than a week.  Today I will be shooting pictures at my great-granddaughter's birthday and since I might shoot some pictures between here and there (four hour drive) I will activate the gps.  I'll let everyone know how much the battery drains today (average couple hundred pictures at these parties). 

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 17, 2014, 03:30:47 PM »
For some reason i thought this is internal focusing, but the jap video shows external focusing extension.


First, the video doesn't show focus, it shows zoom.
Second, it is internal focus.
Third, the "jap" video is from Hong Kong, so in your parlance would be the ch--k video, don't be so disrespectful it is unnecessary and unbecoming.
My most humblest of apologies would only be a woefully inadequate token of how bad I feel. Written in haste, regretted for a lifetime. Should have said Oriental.
I missed the sarcasm emoticon and feel like this post should have it.  If I am wrong, you might want to know that oriental is considered pejorative among the Asian population.  Japanese would have been proper in the first post....except it was a Hong Kong video so Chinese might be the most polite way to have expressed it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DII lightmeter on top LCD.
« on: November 16, 2014, 07:00:29 AM »
Hello Canon enthousiasts,

Since it's my first post on this forum I'll first give you a short introduction of myself.
My name is Laurens, I come from the Netherlands and work mainly a photojournalist for a newspaper.
I read the topics on this forum quite often and also regularly check the main page too see what's going to be out there.

I'll get down to my issue. I bought a 7D II and noticed that the top LCD doesn't show the lightmeter in manual mode anymore... Like my 7D MkI, 5DII and III do. There is however a exposure correction bar(in AV or TV) that could do this. But I'm not able to find anything about how to make it work like that in the manual, nor the internet.

Does anybody have any idea why Canon deleted that function, and more important, how to get it back?? Noting has taken the place, it's just a blank field when I press the shutter button half way on the 7DII.

You can see the pic's below to understand what I mean.



I'm sorry if there are faults in my post, but English isn't my native language and I haven't been on a forum for a long time now.

All the best,

I thought your English was excellent and you gave a good description of your problem with visuals (though I might have called it the "exposure compensation scale").  I don't shoot a lot in M so I grabbed my 7DII to see how that worked.  I turned it on, went to M and the scale was there.  But I noticed I was still in Auto ISO so I set the ISO to 400 and there was no compensation scale visible.  Then it struck me, perfect exposure would be is a combination of perfect aperture, perfect shutter speed and perfect ISO.  To change exposure compensation you have to change one of those attributes.  With Auto ISO compensation changes the ISO.  And this compensation is visible in a vertical scale on the right of the viewfinder.  The same scale seems to be used for the M mode when using a fixed ISO.  At least that is the way it appears to work on my camera.  I haven't looked at the manual yet but will see what it says.  I hope this explanation is clear enough.  English is my first (and only) language but I've never been proficient in it.   

Edit:  I checked the manual and this behavior is explained on page 222 (at least page 222 of the English manual).

Video & Movie / Re: My Dorito's Superbowl Commercial Submission
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:37:46 AM »
I thought this was an excellent effort.  Great quality video and good writing.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Mark II Reported Issues
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:22:45 AM »

My guess would be that it is a Yongnuo issue and a firmware update, for the third party flashes that have a USB port, will be along soon. Though that doesn't help you with the USB portless Yongnuo 568ex ii.

It is one reason I sold my YN-E3-RT, I wouldn't be surprised if Canon start playing hardball with these third party flash companies sooner or later by messing with new body protocols, just like they did with Sigma lenses a few years ago.
As I recall my Sigma flash unit, which worked great with my 40D, was not recognized by my 7D.  Some had to be rechipped but mine was a generation too early for that procedure so I popped for a 580EX II, exactly what Canon wanted me to do. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 09, 2014, 03:32:09 PM »
I like the idea of a built-in GPS.  I don't figure I will use it much but I like the idea of having it available.  This past weekend my son graduated from college (he was on the 25 year plan but finally made it) and I had to travel to Houston for the ceremony.  I had heard how the GPS would devour batteries and I wanted to see how bad it was so I turned on the GPS before leaving my home in the DFW area.  I did not enable the logging feature (though I thought I fault).  Everytime I looked at the display the GPS was flashing, meaning it was searching for satellites I believe.  Took a touch over 100 snapshots, used built in flash for about three of them (I was really wanting to test available light capability).  Got home on Saturday evening and was tired (major traffic jam at Woodlands, even worse than the norm there) so I didn't even open my camera bag.  Today after church I pulled out the camera and the GPS was still flashing.  Battery (which is an old E6 not an E6N) is still at 48% capacity after 50+ hours.  And, oddly enough, every picture has Lat/Lon information which appears to be correct (the elevation information is wrong, shows about 700m asl in some pictures and the highest elevation in Houston, outside of a building is closer to 40m asl).

I was pleased with the battery usage.  Now the GPS is disabled and probably won't be used again until we take a real trip.

This reminds me of Princess Diana's quote that there were 3 people in her marriage...

If the bride and groom wanted such in-your-face videography, why didn't they just wear GoPros? And why do I think somebody will have already done that in their wedding?
A couple of years ago my son went to Hawaii to participate in one of his best friends weddings.  It was recorded by four or five go-pros strategically placed or attached to participants.  So your thinking was right.

7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: November 02, 2014, 07:06:09 AM »
Did have the anti-flicker function active for these shots - and it probably dropped fps to 6-7, writing to 2 cards (RAW to CF and JPG to SD) and had to do quick on-site edits in between sets to give to my this is as close to real - life sports shooting as you can get. 
As I was looking at the previous picture I asked, in my mind, "wonder if the anti-flicker was on and did it make a difference?" and you answered the question for me.   :)  Thanks for posting these pictures.  I got my 7DII Friday and set up the CF/SD just like you did.

Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:34:18 PM »
Just got my 7dmkII and I'm not impressed with the charger. A wall charger with no lead? Awesome for clogging up multiple sockets of a power board or just looking stupid hanging on the wall. Add an adapter when overseas and this thing will be useless.
I don't think I've gotten a charger with a cord on it since my 20D.  I much prefer my old one with a cord on it and I think Canon used to offer them as an accessory.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D Mark II with selector dial mod
« on: October 31, 2014, 06:14:03 AM »
I found with a battery grip, when hanging on a Carryspeed strap, that it would alter the setting.  That is admittedly an odd configuration and I wouldn't carry it like that again even if I still owned it.

I never figured out why mine would alter the setting and I had the modification done.  But it was when I had the grip on and a BR strap.  Maybe that was the answer all along.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:12:23 PM »

My order at B& H (placed on 9/15) just changed to "In stock, order sent to warehouse".

Mine too  :)
As did mine.

Order now showing "Shipped" with a UPS tracking number.  UPS tracking number not active yet.

Just got the email from B&H, mine has shipped.
Expected delivery via UPS 11/3 though. No overnight for me.
If today was Wed. I would probably get it Friday. Oh well.

I was just told at B&H that the cameras didn't come in and it would be next week.
No e-mail from B&H yet but the order shows "Shipped" and there is a tracking number for UPS Next Day Air.  Of course it is waiting for UPS pick up so that may mean Saturday or Monday delivery to my home.  We'll know more later or in the morning I imagine.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:51:07 AM »
My order at B& H (placed on 9/15) just changed to "In stock, order sent to warehouse".

Mine too  :)
As did mine.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:35:20 AM »
I just got an email from B&H this morning stating the camera is still out of stock as they have not yet received their supply. I pre ordered on the first day of availability.

Yes I got the same email.  I think this is their weekly notification and is automated...and badly ill timed.
Just ill timed enough to cause those of us who received it to wonder when ours might ship.  Hopefully you have the right idea East Wind.

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