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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:45:33 AM »
I kind of agree with you.  If people are ready to jump ship to someone other than Canon due to read noise they are blindly ignoring the other aspects of Canon cameras that makes them far better than the competition.

I for one wont invest in Nikon due to their consistent unreliability.  They are fine for consumers who use them for fun but when your livelihood and reputation are on the line you want equipment that will not break down in the harshest of conditions.

If the shots you are taking as so specialized that read noise is deal breaker then maybe you should be looking at some other technology that involves chip cooling and other technologies specifically designed for low light, high gain, photography.

No one likes noise in their images but don't ignore the other aspects that make Canon a better choice.

Those that speak for others on this forum are completely out of line.  Some of the images that are posted are better than top of the class and to say they are "impatient" with Canons noise progress is pretty ridiculous and invalidates most of their points and consideration here.




Wouldn't this whole sensor read noise debate not be better served over at http://forums.usa.canon.com
They do actually have Canon people participating in those forums, ineffective? Certainly no less so than here!

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So here's a question, how can one determine if an affected model has already had the new firmware installed?  This would be more relevant for those that have picked up the MKII used.

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Reviews / Re: Canon EOS 7D MK II Field Review of THE APS-C DSLR KING .
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:15:06 PM »
Yeah he doesn't even mention the EXIF info so this is more of a "how it feels/democratic" view.  I could have provided a much better review shooting high school football at night with stadium lighting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Time wasted... re: 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:46:16 PM »
I consider this forum noise.  For 1800.00 and a better sensor than the old 7D, it was worth waiting for.  The only reason I perused these forums was to find out when the pre-orders were starting.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:41:53 PM »
It is a respectable upgrade considering the price point.  Puts my old 7D to shame.  Preorder placed as soon as it was posted to the site.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:37:35 AM »
Thanks for the info. Right now, the 7D2 is the only camera on my radar with a CF slot. If I remember correctly the 6D uses SD cards as do my other options.

Every once and a while SanDisk, et al, have crazy deals on cards, so I wouldn't consider the fact that you already have SD cards as a factor for whether you get a 7D2 versus something else... (Not that you said you were...)

Rumored spec says both CF and SD.  Just like the 5D3.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 14, 2014, 08:34:16 AM »
Wow Canon really outdid themselves this time. the industrial design and style are awesome a huge departure from previous generations.. I sure am glad they are not remaining stagnant

 ::)

It looks like we have a victim of the "I've been waiting 5 years, therefore it should look like a camera embodying a magical dragon that farts unicorns". I won't deny, I thought the same kind of thing when I first saw it, but then I remembered, leave what works, upgrade the FPS, sensor tech, AF and possibly video features. That's all the 7d II was ever going to be.
Hi,
    That's what camera upgrade is all about... What do you expect?? Make coffee??

    Hmm... just wonder what the usage for "Can sync time between 7D II cameras"?? For synchronize shooting??  ??? Anyway, since 7D2 got GPS, you can turn on the GPS and both camera will auto sync to the GPS, so why need this feature... hmm... unless your camera are always indoor...

    Have a nice day.

There are a couple of uses for synchronized time source.  Allows multiple photographers to work an area and then all of the shots can be sorted in shot order.  Very usefully during a sports event.

The other use would be video time sync.  The spec rumor didn't mention what kind of time is being synched.  However in doing so for video, it allows for seamless frame transitions when editing or switching video particularly during live editing.  This is probably a spec that is better suited for a cinema camera.  However I wouldnt put it past them to add this now so us schmos can test the tech behind it.
 
Or as neuro stated early just a teaser to get everyone to buy a wireless transmitter for each camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:01:57 PM »
when is this likely for sale ?

Rumor mill says it will be announced officially on Monday.  Deliveries will be end of Oct beginning of Nov.  These are all rumors but generally most likely.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:04:38 PM »
Just small incremental upgrades.  Not much to show for all the years of development if you ask me.  I'll skip the mark II, thank you.

Since I skipped the 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D and 7D, this looks like a huge upgrade to me over the 20D I shot with (very successfully) all day today.

I'm shooting with a 60D and it looks like a huge upgrade :)

My biggest question is, should I get a 70D or a 7DII?  Some advantages for each.  I'll wait for the announcement and first tests on the sensor of the 7DII before I make a decision.

Interestingly, I was considering between 70D & 6D versus 7DII & 5DIII.  I like my 20D and 5D because they basically have the same user interface.  But, for what I use it for, the 6D would actually probably be better than the 5DIII (WiFi would help at times, GPS would certainly help to keep the clock accurate, the low-light focusing point is probably more useful for me than the 5DIII's advanced super-fast focusing).  So my wife basically told me to suck it up and get the 7DII and 6D, and just learn to handle the UI differences.  Still thinking about that, but she probably has a point.


I was thinking of the same. I sold my 6D and purchased a 5D MK III and absolutely love it.  I want a second camera, I rented a 70D a few weeks ago and truly enjoyed using it during my grandson's soccer game. I like shooting wide open using a 70-200mm f/2.8 the 70D worked well and I was happy at first, but I took a quick shot with the 70D removed the lens and put it on my 5D MK III took the same shot. When I go home, I compared the two shots and of course I had to crop the 5D MK III. The 5D MK III had so much more detail and much sharper than the 70D.  I really liked the video touch screen and auto focus on the 70D, but wonder how often would I really use video. This past Thursday my grandson had another U6 soccer game, and used my 5D MK III since I returned the 70D and glad I did., because it rained as they continued to play I was able to continue to shooting.  So the 70D isn't an option any longer with only 1 fps better than the 5D MK III. I had big hopes for the 7D MK II mainly for the extra reach, fps and weather proof and it still may not be out of contention for a second camera. Here is a shot with the 5D MK III on Thursdays game.  Suggestions are appreciated.

Great shot in the worst of conditions.  With the 5d3 just run up the iso.  Ive been using zone af on the 5d3 for soccer games.  It will always af on the closest thing in the box whereas the others maybe not so much.  I also wouldnt think of taking a 70d into a rain shower but have done so with the 5d3 many times.  I always just throw a dish towel on top just in case.  Looking forward to maybe ditching the dish towel once the 7d2 arrives.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 08:36:56 PM »
Just small incremental upgrades.  Not much to show for all the years of development if you ask me.  I'll skip the mark II, thank you.

Since I skipped the 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D and 7D, this looks like a huge upgrade to me over the 20D I shot with (very successfully) all day today.

I'm shooting with a 60D and it looks like a huge upgrade :)

My biggest question is, should I get a 70D or a 7DII?  Some advantages for each.  I'll wait for the announcement and first tests on the sensor of the 7DII before I make a decision.

Interestingly, I was considering between 70D & 6D versus 7DII & 5DIII.  I like my 20D and 5D because they basically have the same user interface.  But, for what I use it for, the 6D would actually probably be better than the 5DIII (WiFi would help at times, GPS would certainly help to keep the clock accurate, the low-light focusing point is probably more useful for me than the 5DIII's advanced super-fast focusing).  So my wife basically told me to suck it up and get the 7DII and 6D, and just learn to handle the UI differences.  Still thinking about that, but she probably has a point.
At the moment, we don't have a clue if Canon has addressed the noise problem or not.... I give it 50/50 odds. Rumours say a new sensor, yet at the same size as the 70D. It is possible that the 70D sensor was the first "kick at the cat" for an APS-C sensor with finer lithography and that the 7D2 builds on that sensor and adds in cleaner A/D... It would certainly make sense, but it is just a guess... We should find out in a week or so.

To me its impossible to compare the 7d2 to a 70d.  They wont have the same af system...in fact the wont have much in common to compare except for maybe the sensor.  The 7d2 is an upgrade to the 7d and its sensor will be better than the 7d. 

The 70d to the 7d2 is like comparing the 60d to the 7d.  Similar sensor but the system cannot be compared.  They have different feature sets and different capabilities.  One is consumer grade one is semi-pro grade.

I am just waiting for the preorders to start for the 7d2.  The 70d is not even a consideration for me and never has.


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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:37:54 PM »
no WiFi, no NFC, no RT-wireless flash commander built in. Seriously crippled in the communications department, ouch. But GPS which sucks much more battery power and is not needed as often by most users.

Why oh why?  ::)

AF looks promising, everything else is ... ok, but nothing more than minimum to be expected.

you know this no wifi thing has got me pondering a bit.  If the rumor is true that multiple 7DII can sync time with each other, it would seem that they have to have some kind of wifi going there to make that happen.  One could assume that a GPS enabled camera could get it's time from the GPS sats and all should be within 50 ms of each other.  However it was specifically mentioned that the cameras can sync time together.  That to me means some kind of wireless communication is going on.  Wifi would be the easiest way to do that with current tech.


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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 05:33:46 PM »
Price and availability would be nice. Need to know when I'll have to sell my 7D Mark 1

You should have probably already sold it.  I believe the used market for the 7D is being saturated and now the offer prices are down about 100.00.  Maybe more.  I wouldnt expect to get more than 500.00 for a trade in in excellent condition.  You could get more in a private sale.

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It is an interesting proposition. 

Love the Canon 300mm F/2.8 IS II, and found the 100-400 marginal.  I did find when using either the 1.4 of 2 III teleconverters I really noticed the built in delay in AF / Shooting.

So the question almost becomes if the Canon 100-400 is f/4-5.6  and adding a 1.4 makes it a F/5.6 - 6.3 and 140-560, the resolution seems similar, the Canon probably sharper, but also a built in delay of 40% in shooting.

That can be a significant delay in trying to capture a moment.  I also noticed a delay in burst

Now the 200-400 looks like an absolutely sweet lens, one I covet, but at the price?

Obviously the 300, 400 and 600s are going to be sharper lenses.

I have really debated the Tamron as a fill in lens.  Images look decent but not superb, but for a lot of things that extra reach can be nice.

The Sigma I expect to be 20% maybe 30% higher, and if it is sharper, may be one I bite on.  Not nearly as good at the Canons, but the trade off is perhaps the Sigma, the 7D MKII and some extra compared to what the Canon offering is going to cost way more... To get close, have to sacrifice IS

And more I look at it, I can upgrade my backup 5D MKII to the 5D MKIV, buy the 7D MK II and the new Bigma for probably the same amount as a used 600 MM f/4 IS, and still have cash left. 

Canon lens hands down better, but two new bodies and long lens which is decent but not great is a fairly nice compromise

The 100-400 wide open at 400 suffers from some coma which affects a camera's ability to phase detect focus.  I found that the 100-400 hunted more for focus than a 300 with 1.4xiii.... even more than the 70-200 with a 2xiii.

If I were making a purchase decision, the 100-400 would be at the bottom of my list (if cost was not a major driving issue).  All things aside, a used 300mm F2.8L IS (old version) with a 1.4xiii is the best "low" cost choice and still get tack sharp images wide open.

300mm F/4L or 400mm F5.6L would be my next choice.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:55:59 AM »
CR still not clarified what electronic MF means, is it manual focus or micro focus adjustment?

I can clarify...

It refers to manual focus.  People would love an automated AFMA like FoCal provides, IIRC Canon had a patent of that sort, but who knows if it'll ever see the light of day given that Canon sort of recommends against doing AFMA in their manual, possibly becuase of the implication that it corrects a 'problem'. 

In this case, "Lens Electronic MF" is merely a setting that allows you to enable or disable the electronic manual focus of lenses which utilize electronic MF (aka focus-by-wire) – the 85L I and II, some of the old non-IS supertele lenses, a couple of others with USM, and I suppose the new STM lenses as well.  I'm not even sure why CR Guy called it out with a bullet point.  It's a 'feature' that both the 5DIII and 1D X have, as well.

Seeing that they are likely trying suit something here for video users, is it possible they are adding a mode by which you can manually adjust focus by way of a couple of buttons or perhaps even a fw trap focus option?  I.e. Focus between 10' and 20' over a span of 20 seconds?


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Having owned the 150-500 OS I swore I'd never buy a budget telephoto zoom again. And lets face it even if this Sigma costs 2K its still a budget telephoto zoom in terms of the focal lenght and features you are getting for your money. I will watch this one closely as I expect the image quality of this lens will be very acceptable.

+1. I dislike f/6.3 zooms but could use something longer than my 100-400.... For motorsports, an f/6.3 maximum aperture is fine, by the way.

The biggest issue with 6.3 zooms is that using them at 6.3 usually yields less than adequate iq.  You still need to stop them  down to f8 or more to clean up the contrast lines.  By then you dont have much to work with when its overcast or late in the day/evening.  You end up with a fair weather only lens.

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