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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:51:45 PM »
I think Canon satisfies photographers. I think the majority of complaints come from consumers that are way more interested in the latest and greatest gear and technology, and like the science of the technology that goes into making cameras and lenses.

But go over to Nikon Rumors and you will see endless complaints about Nikon not listening to their forum experts and how all every Nikon shooter ever wanted was a "true" D700 replacement and a D300 replacement... Basically people will just complain over what they dont have.

While very true my main concern is that the market for people who are not photographers (normal camera consumers) was very large.  These are the people who generally bought P&S and rebels.  Many are moving to Smart phones others are moving to mirror-less.  If Canon losses completely to others in the mirror-less market or becomes a joke in the eyes of consumers.  We all lose.

If Canon sells fewer low end cameras the cost or R&D will have to be spread over fewer cameras.  That means the cost of all Canon the gear we care about goes up.

I am currently very satisfied with my 6D.  I was satisfied with my 60D when I bought it.  I was seriously pissed off when they released the EOS M instead of a 70D.  My 60D was trashed a month before.  The 6D was two expensive at launch so I had to buy a second 60D.  I was on the market for a mirror-less camera so I pre-ordered a Nex-6.  It could have been a mirror-less Canon to tie me over until the 70D.  Over the next year I used my Nex-6 80% of the time the 60D 20% and if it was not for ML it would have been 10% or less.

I plan on using Canon cameras for my wildlife photography and the 6D in low light.  But I also plan on buying a few Sony FE lens for my eventual purchase of a full frame Sony mirror-less camera for everything else.  Unless things change.  I am intentionally moving slowly hoping Canon will do something.  But all I see is others releasing innovative products. 

For me Does Canon really deserve it? Yes some of it.  The 7D was 2-3 years late.  The 70D was a year late.  The EOS M really should have had a EVF as a option.  The 6D is on paper boring even if the image quality if fantastic.  Released after the Nikon D600 it just looked plain bad.  At the time nobody knew the Nikon was critically flawed oil slinger.   Canons WiFi app to remote control is so bad I often think of hacking my own.   I thought the Sony WiFi App was bad little did I know Canons was laughably worst. The EOS M is a glorified P&S.  I could go on but the complaints about the EOS M have been made elsewhere and do not see the point.

Who knew a company who used to be known as a market leader in innovation could become so conservative.  For full frame photographers Canon make excellent gear.  Nikon is really only competition at that level.  I would chose Canon every time over Nikon.  But in the lower end enthusiast cameras everyone is out innovating Canon/Nikon.   

Around flagstaff there are a number of photo sights:

  • Sunset Crater and Waputki National monument offer unique photo opportunity and Native American ruins.
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

All three can share a single park pass and feature fairly easy hiking paths. Flagstaff has a compact down town it is easy to walk from bar to bar if that is your thing.  It has been a few years so I do not know about were to eat.

The petrified forest/panted desert and Meteor Crater can be work a look. 

If you are passing through Winslow AZ meal time I suggest the Turquoise Room at the La Posada Hotel.  In fact if you can plan around defiantly eat at the Turquoise Room.   We stopped for lunch when going to the Petrified Forest and Meteor Crater and had to return for dinner.  It is a unique dining experience and interesting hotel. 

Winslow's down town statue and mural playing tribute to Eagles song "Take it Easy".

Personally I would leave the 100L and take the 70-200L if I could.   Sometimes it helps framing long distance landscapes and
Take a coat and dress in layers Flagstaff can get cold this time of year. 

Photography Technique / Re: contrast in settings on camera
« on: November 16, 2014, 07:48:09 PM »
I do not think it effects the exposure or anything like that.  However it can obviously effect the picture preview.  In some circumstances it can make a picture look darker than it is. 

I have accidentally overexposed before because in the sunlight the picture review looked under exposed by a stop.  I should have left it alone. 

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 16, 2014, 11:26:43 AM »
I chose other.  I would like to see one of the following in no particular order:
  • Full frame rebel based on current 6D sensor stuck in a rebel body.
  • Landscape oriented high MP Camera at a reasonably price. (No 1D for me I will never buy a camera that is that big.)
  • Serious mirror-less M entrant with A6000 competitor.

I think if canon releases a high MP camera there is no need to immediately release a 5D IV.  I also do not think that the 5D IV needs to be a high MP camera.  I expect the 5D IV to have Canon's dual pixel CMOS AF and keep around the same MP.

I think that Sony and Canon are looking at longer release cycles for their top of the line cameras.  Nikon seems to be throwing things at the wall to see what sticks. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 5 availibilty
« on: November 14, 2014, 11:48:37 AM »
I have been buying it through Amazon as a digital download.  They normally have a reduced price on Cyber Monday.   If you can wait. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 08:19:55 AM »
I pre-ordered body only mid October, pick it up 30th. Primary use will be with Sigma 50-500 OS HSM for birding.

Meanwhile (pending decent birding weather) played around with it taking photos of some of my model cars, did
about 100 shots. Don't claim that is any sort of high-end use, but I was pleased with the results. However, that
is not the reason for this comment. I've been trying to find out if the 7DM2 can be controlled via Android using the
Canon EOS Remote app. Web searches, including Canon's site, have turned up nada. User manual has info on
wireless using a card, but that info is not sufficient to conclude a "yea or nay." Info one way or the other will be greatly appreciated.

7DM2 with Sigma 50-500 OS HSM; 70D with EF 100-400 IS USM; 7D with EF-S 18-200 IS; 60D with EF 28-135;
EOS M with EF-M 18-55 IS STM; SX230; S3IS.

I do not think you can do that through an Eyefi card you will likely need the new wireless transmitter.  Adorama has listed the following but I could not find any info on Canons website.  Without built in Wifi it will most likely need an accessory like the 5D III.  Someone that owns a 5D III might be able to answer that question. 

Then again I have not been impressed by the Android EOS remote app.  Last time I tried to used it it locked up on me.  I do not think I would pay for the wireless file transfer unit just for remote shooting. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is the 7D MK II Really Selling Well?
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:32:34 PM »
I am sure the 7d II is selling fine.  The last several Canon and Nikon camera releases have had general availability within a week in Houston.  I went to my local Best Buy to check out a Sony Nex (because the EOS M was such a disappointment) and found a Nikon D600 three days after it was announced.

This is more a testament to their supply change.  Canon will make sure there is plenty of Cameras available for the Christmas season in the US.  This is one reason that I don't generally pre-order Canon Cameras.  The 5D III was not released in the fall so there was no seasonal ramp up in shipments to go along with its release.

Now Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, etc.  you might not get one for 6 months if you do not pre-order.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 01, 2014, 01:47:46 PM »
I'd guess this lens will end up the standard kit lens after the older 24-105 is discontinued.

I hope not, 24 105 II would be prefered... nothing against he 24 70, just prefer the extra 45 on the wide end...

I believe you mean long end.  ;).  But many agree with you.  However, two of the main complaints about the 24-105 were minimum focus distance and lens creep while walking.  The 24-70 f4 L seems to address both of them. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Nikon D750 Dynamic Range Test
« on: November 01, 2014, 01:26:56 PM »
I was happy to get my Canon 7Dii yesterday and being in the middle of reviewing the Nikon D750, I decided to put them both through a Dynamic Range test I have been working on.  I know it is an Apples to Oranges comparison, but I was curious none-the-less.

As you have stated this is an Apple to Oranges test.  Quite frankly if I was buying the 7Dii I would not be buying one for DR.  End argument.   

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 01, 2014, 01:02:34 PM »
Lets face it the 24-75 f/2.8 IS II has a lager audience...

Indeed, because only people who've had excessive amounts of lager would believe in the existence of such a lens.  :P

What can I say I am an engineer spelling has never been my forte.  This was also BC (Before Coffee).  Misspelled words that are actual words do not get red squiggles underneath.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:43:10 AM »
It was to expensive at launch.  I still think that it will become the successor to the 24-105L.  The 28-135 STM is the replacement for old 28-135 USM.  When stock of the 24-105L parts or contracts to build parts run low I expect it to be discontented.  The 24-70 f/4 L IS will then be sold as an optional kit lens. 

Quite often stores decide what they will carry just because it is discontinued at a store does not mean they will no longer be sold elsewhere in Canada.  They may have decided to no longer carry them because they cannot sell enough. 

Lets face it the 24-70 f/2.8 IS II has a larger audience than the 24-70 f/4 IS.  Many buyers of the 24-70 II are upgraders from either the mark I or the 24-105L.  If I owned ether of the lens I would not be looking at the 24-70 f/4 IS.  The 24-105 f4 is still cheaper in may markets and has a better range. 

I expect that a full frame upgrade will include on sensor phase detection and video features similar to the 70D.  The 28-135 STM will likely be a kit lens.  Who knows this camera could be the 5D IV, 6D II, or some full frame rebel for all I know.   I halfway expect a Full frame rebel before the 6D II.

"Fixed after waking up a little"

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 09:24:53 PM »
One review on Amazon stood out to me.  The buyer was complaining that images were out of focus.  He was using it in complete auto mode and it kept picking the wrong focus location.  Quit frank some of the bad reviews are by people that do not know how to use the camera.  Do not want to learn how to use the camera.  Or have unreal expectations. 

He expected it to just work. 

As for what is wrong with the camera probably nothing if you know how to use it.

I will wait until the technology trickles down to a more reasonable price.  For me the 5D III is over priced.  It looked like the price was going to get to a more reasonable then ML came out with the RAW video and the price skyrocket back up to list. 

No I will buy a used 5D III or more likely a 6D II or III with most of the features of the 5D III.

Technical Support / Re: 60d issues
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:43:46 PM »
The easiest way to adjust the custom controls is from the Q menu.  There is a icon of a camera with some menu items.  If you select it you will see three groupings of button the first group is AF and metering.  You can adjust the back focus option there.  I have no idea what settings you are on if all else fails you can go to the customize menu and Clear all Custom Func. and try again.

After you are done be sure to move the Q menu item to something like Exposure comp.

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:20:19 PM »
Few wild flowers from 2014.

Thanks Click and Candyman...  TCMatthews, I think a good macro will serve you well.  Those are amazing flowers.  You have to get closer.  Well, its just my 2 cents...  ;)  Btw, a 100mm f2.8 macro usm L/non-L will do just fine.

I had it with me but it was just to windy.  It is kind of hard to keep the flower in focus when it is moving back in forth up 5-10 inches.  ;)  I was using a Tamron 28-75 on these and if the wind was less I could have gotten closer.  I was trying for a delicate balance whole flower in focus and back ground still melting.  The Tamron has a sweet spot at 75mm F4 for that. 

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