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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 09:32:20 AM »
Resolution aside, I think the specs make sense.  I find it hard to believe that some would be "meh" about a camera with 65 all cross-type AF system!  That is huge! 

The 10fps is awesome.  Not quite as awesome as the rumoured 12fps, but still superb.  I wonder if the dichotomy relates to a latent engineering capability in the camera?  It's possible they engineered the thing to achieve 12fps, then firmware limited it to 10.  Then if a competitor starts to close in on or exceed it's frame rate, voila--a firmware update brings you to 12fps (or faster).  :o

It's not about marketing, it's about economics. And not alienating those Pro's buying your top end kit.

Ditto 4K...

Sony already dropped a crop camera with 79pt AF system (granted, not all cross-type, but still excellent by all accounts), 12fps burst, and a better sensor earlier this year for less than $1700.  There is no reason that Canon should be falling behind Sony of all companies.  As others have said, this is basically the bare minimum that Canon could come out with as an update to the 5 year old 7D and its really just iterative and not revolutionary.  It will really depend on the asking price whether this is a good camera or not.  At $1500 this will be fantastic.  At >$2000, not so much.

I was kind of hoping that Canon would have built a 7DII that would make me seriously think about upgrading from my 1DIV but this spec list, if true, isn't really tempting me.  Also, I'm pretty amused at all the people on this forum who have said that marketing guys have no sway over the engineering department now sagely acknowledging that they are probably purposefully gimping frame rate purely for marketing reasons.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 09:31:29 AM »
Straight from the camera?  You want to run lightroom on a 3.2 inch screen?

Most sports togs run everything through a laptop, and most of the software isn't adobe.  And laptops have usb ports for cards and wifi chips.

Do they carry their laptops on the sidelines, pull their cards and upload in between plays?  Because, personally, I think it would be pretty rad to have the ability to tap a menu item on the display and have that upload a photo/photos to a laptop or straight to the editing desk rather than waiting for a timeout to rush back to the computer, pull the card, copy the files and then upload to the editing desk and risk missing action. 

I'd pay less for a good camera that just takes photos thanks.

This is just absurd.  How much of the cost of any modern electronic device is tied up in wifi in this The Year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Fourteen?  Please.

No. They either pay extra for the wifi add-on that a lot of folk don't want, or they do it at half time / full time.

I think a lot sports photographers are taking pictures and focusing on the sport. Big agencies have runners who grab the cards, while the photographer flips to the other card and continues. Transferring GB of data over wifi? I doubt this would be quicker for the qty that a Pro photographer shoots....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 09:29:04 AM »
Does make you wonder though, if these end up being the final specs, why didn't they bang out a 7D replacement right after the 70D was announced? Why did we have to wait (still waiting) for a 2fps bump from the previous model and what seems like the exact same sensor from the 70D? There is nothing groundbreaking here, which is prob the reason a lot of people are feeling a bit peeved. It's the lowest end of what we expected. The bare minimum. Still, it'll more than likely be an awesome camera for sports and wildlife.

But will it still be awesome in 5 years time??  ???

Maybe the JapaneseCanonfangirlsPost had it right:
"
Information from Japanese Canon fan girls, who are working @Canon:

Information about the successor of the 7D and the 5DIII are under total NDA. And total means total. There is just an small circle of engeneers and managers who know all of these Cameras. Others are just working on fragments of this Cameras to avoid leaks. If anyone says, he knows details on these products, he is not telling the truth.
In earlier times print jobs for tranportation and manuals were given to the printeries weeks before announcement. This time, there ist still just printing time reservated. No files have been sent to them (status from 08/12).


Canon is still thinking that they do not have to produce the best and most innovative products in the low and mid price segments. Sales figures show that the market analysts are right. Canon is still the best power seller on the market. And the analysts know that in future time, the market wil not grow and other brands are coming in. Sony will be very active, maybe an 5DIII and 1DX mirrorless competitor is coming in the near future.
The slow reaction on the D7100 and the still "no reaction" on the excellent D800/810 is well calculated. No need to hurry, Canon products are still sold well. There are not many persons switching to Nikon, because the majority of Canonians will not be able to spend a lot of money on new expensive lenses. The average Canon customer will be satisfied by new Canon products, even if other brands will produce superior products.


And the rumored prices of the 7D successor are just rumors. Some Canon fans in Japan think that there will be an hefty price increase on Canon products on coming products. Analysts say, that customers are willed to pay the increase. The increasing number of tests and scores, where Canon products are often just a few points /percents better than e.g. third party lenses, will prompt the average (and scores fixed) Canon fan to buy this "bettert product".

If you can see that in their pictures? I do not know."

Kind of sad if the once glorious Canon has sunken to such lines of thinking.

Isn't it all about investing your money wisely, especially after the global economic downturn?

Why are mobile phones killing compact cameras? Because you always have them and the quality is good enough for most people.

Canon need to differentiate and show the benefits of an slr - but investing huge amounts if the average punter does not have huge amounts of disposable income, nor appreciates the differences, is fairly silly.

It's about economics, not marketing, and if the analysts conclude Canon are doing it right in terms of keeping their revenues, then that's good for us.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 08:49:43 AM »
Sure but a 20MP vs a 24MP is 10% difference on X and Y axis approximately. Are Canon that much behind the competition?

No they are not. Not too long ago I spent an unreasonable amount of time comparing files from the Sony A7 (24 MP AA filter) to the A7R (36 MP no AA filter). I always resized the 24 MP file to 36 MP with very light sharpening (scaling tends to soften) so that size (and therefore magnification) differences didn't affect my judgement.

You're looking at a nearly 25% axis gain in this comparison vs. 10% for the APS-C sensors.

My conclusion? Occasionally an area of very, very fine detail would be rendered better on the 36 MP sensor. This would be visible while pixel peeping but never in print.

I came to a similar conclusion when I mixed in 5D3 files, though the 5D3 file must be RAW. The JPEGs fell behind. Also, when converting the 5D3 file you have to be a bit more aggressive with the detail and sharpening settings. The Sony sensors would handle heavy processing a bit better because of this.

At the resolutions we're dealing with today I would say you need a 50% gain on each axis before differences become visible in print, all other differences (i.e. sensor size) being equal.

Erm, yes they are... the OP was complaining about a 2MP hike in comparison to the current 7D. Current APS-C is around 24MP and the difference is about 10% per axis (cf 20MP). I was indeed saying the same as you - there has to be a significant gap in MP before for you to notice. So 20 / 24MP gap, really not that much...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:41:35 PM »
the 7D MK II will have continuous AF like camcorders. It's not necessarily required on their higher end cine slrs, and it's the reason the # AF points has increased. Does that not align with the new video features and is a result of the new sensor features. That would put it ahead of everything else?
The number of focus points refers to the amount found on the AF chip, which is completely bypassed when the mirror is up for videoing. That's where DPAF comes in, which has substantially more than 65 AF points - 20.2 million to be precise. There is no increase in numbers here over the 70D. Processing power is the big sticking point, and that's where the 7D mk II could gain.

65 AF points, all cross type, is a big gain for any situation where the mirror is down.

Good point, well made  :(
Still think it will have continuous AF for video  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:40:02 PM »
5 years for a 2 megapixel bump?????? >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(
Thanks for nothing Canon

Sure but a 20MP vs a 24MP is 10% difference on X and Y axis approximately. Are Canon that much behind the competition? I appreciate it would be nice and in terms of those who want the bragging and don't realise then sure Canon are missing out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 05:31:46 PM »
the 7D MK II will have continuous AF like camcorders. It's not necessarily required on their higher end cine slrs, and it's the reason the # AF points has increased. Does that not align with the new video features and is a result of the new sensor features. That would put it ahead of everything else?

It will appeal to sports / wildlife also, based on the specs.

I still recall a comment made by Thom Hogan and others. If you can't take a decent shot with the current cameras available from Canon and Nikon, then it's not the camera at fault. It seems that a lot of people are expecting huge changes for a camera with a designated target market that does not require those things.

It won't need huge DR, as has been discussed elsewhere. And even if the sensor does not improve order of magnitude, will it not still take good pictures and therefore sell? Why has the 7D sold so well, and what in the MK II will not re-enforce it?

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Canon does not let customers talk with their technicians, so that is no surprise.  The tech should have got your note though, something is wrong.

They do in the UK - I always get to talk to the technicians. I've even had a long discussion in their reception where there was definitely an incompatibility between the 600 MK II I had purchased (from Canada) and the 1DX - it never focused correctly at infinity but CPS could not find a problem. v2.0.3 of the firmware fixed it.

I agree with the advice to write to them formally, and I would be interested to hear if / how they reply.

For me, sharing experiences like this, especially using Focal to check lenses, is what makes Canon Rumors useful. I'm sorry for your problems, R1-7D, thank you for posting.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D3 No Longer in Production
« on: August 17, 2014, 04:44:59 AM »
March 2012 the MK III shipped, so Q1 next year is definitely a possibility unless Canon want to grab the Xmas sales. I'd doubt they would go out of stock however in August unless there's a lot to clear...

If the sensor is that much better on the 7D MK II, eclipsing the MK III and 1DX, then I can see launches in the first half of next year. Bearing in mind how much money Canon make from the MK III and the rumoured release of a new FF nikon at Photokina which I think will directly compete with the MK III (not like the D810), then I think Canon releasing a replacement in 2015 is not so far fetched....

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Photography Technique / Re: 46 Photography eBooks You Can Have for Free
« on: August 17, 2014, 04:38:30 AM »
Thanks for posting, just grabbing some of them now. I definitely know Darwin Wiggett so I'm sure there'll be some good reads. Thank you

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 03:56:27 PM »
I expect to try the TP Link TL-MR3040 soon to see how it compares. Only $40.
This is what I use on my 60D.  Works great.  The DSLR Controller app is better than Canon's app and the range on the TP Link is excellent.  I get 30 or so feet -- maybe a bit more -- depending on the environment.  For the money, it can't be beat.

I'm hoping the IQ will significantly increase over what APS-C has to offer now.  If not, I may save my money for a full-frame.
Hi, could you tell me more about how this works please? USB connection from Camera
to TPLink then via the LAN to a Tablet running DSLR Controller?

I am using DSLR Controller from my Tablet direct USB to my 5D, and have played with DSLR Controller
on my smartphone viw WIFI to the Tablet and then USB to the Camera.

Cheers Brain

See this link
http://dslrcontroller.com/guide-wifi_mr3040.php

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 7D Replacement Info [CR2]
« on: August 11, 2014, 11:47:53 AM »
what has wifi to do with higher megapixels and framerate?

give it 802.11ac.  :)

If WiFi means polycarbonate top plate like 6D, they probably sacrificed it for the sake of ultimate build. Also, if you would ever need WiFi, you can always buy Canon WiFi module (for extraorbitant price that is :P).

yes.. but that has nothing to do with MP and framerate as i wrote. ;)

No it only does indirectly. Pro body and therefore Pro spec in terms of MP and frame rate. Downside of pro spec (other than price)? No build in wifi...

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Reviews / Re: Pentax 645z Review
« on: July 31, 2014, 05:54:18 AM »



Here's the first proper review (I've seen) of the "affordable" Medium Format camera.




They like it, and so do I...




http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/pentax_645z_review/
Luminous Landscape has also reviewed it and offer a different conclusion. You have to take into account that Michael Reichmann used to use medium format but based on his age (gear weight) and the increase in quality from high MP dslr and mirror less, then he questions whether medium format has the compelling advantage it used to enjoy.

That being said, Michael still uses a phase one I believe, but less than he used to.

Ultimately it depends on what you want to use it for and where. Certainly the Pentax makes the best bridge in functionality between dslr and MF,  and if money were no object then a MF camera plus lenses would indeed be appealing. Alas I don't make money from my photography, so the £12k I figure it would cost for a body and lenses would be a large investment and for me I think a high MP dslr (Canon preferred) or as an interim maybe a Sony (still put off by lossy compression on their raw files but at least I can use Canon glass) will be a better and cheaper investment.


Either way, Pentax encroaching on 1D / D4s territory is good for us. Be interested to see if Sony are allowed to launch their own medium format into the market - I figure that would undercut Pentax by a couple of grand....

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only 3, not fair  ;D ;D

1. Orbit the earth
2. Submersilble like James Cameron to the ocean depths, but not as claustrophobically small  :P
3. One Way Trip to Mars ? Ok, Amazon Rain Forest

If this list were longer.... I'd add the poles, trip over Alaska by plane (remote regions), Orcas in Alaska, Great White in South Africa, Northern Lights (anywhere!), Brazil, Spitsbergen (polar bears), S. Argentina, Bolivian Salt Flats, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Tetons in Winter, Galapagos, Peru, Japan in winter, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, India (tigers), Bhutan, Tibet, Lapland, Ice Hotel, Husky Driving to remote Scandanavia, Ngorogoro crater, Borneo, New Zealand (N&S Islands), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Great Barrier Reef, Myanmar, Iceland (summer & winter), Lotofen Islands (winter), Northern Norway (winter), Norwegian Fjords, Australian outback, Petra/Jordan, Holy Land/Israel, Poland, Moscow/Russia, Lithuania, Siberia, temples in Iran/Iraq, Eastern Turkey, Southern Italy, Dolomites, Tallin/Estonia, Budapest, Silk Road, East Java, Malaysia, S.Ireland, Hebrides, Costa Rica, Kgalagadi Park S.Africa, Botswana (okavanga delta), Egypt (pyramids), Rwanda (Gorillas), Chimps in Tanzania, Sardine Run in S. Africa, Venice, Vienna, St Petersburg, Mongolia, Iguazu Falls, Madagascar, South Korea, Lisbon, Sri Lanka.


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Canon General / Re: Carry on restrictions on South African Airways
« on: July 28, 2014, 01:32:23 PM »
Sir, not you!  As I followed your questions and reasoning you made it clear you wonted to follow the airlines regs.

The ones with all the other suggestions and ideas!  As far as I can see nobody questioned the consequences for any other passenger due to their suggestions and ideas. 

I still claim, if you have to much carryon, stow your stuff under the seat in front of you.  I seriously want to be able to stow my single carryon in the overhead compartment.
I would be happy to pay a sensible excess for bringing on my camera equipment as hand luggage but the reality is that the airlines do not offer any viable solution. Putting expensive kit into the hold is not a solution as discussed. Where possible I fly BA, AA and those airlines who have a sensible hand luggage policy (1 bag, if you can lift it and it meets the size limits, we're fine). Alas those airlines don't fly everywhere so I use alternatives.

In terms of overhead locker use - I've clearly flown on different flights to you where people shove suitcases in the overhead lockers along with coats, duty free goods etc. my laptop sits with me during flights and I put my camera bag in the overhead. It complies with size regulation. I would happily put it under the seat except the standard seat dimensions cannot accommodate such hand luggage...

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