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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel 750D Spec List [CR1]
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:56:06 AM »
Way more cross-type AF points and MP than the 6D. Lol

So sad, so true. Be nice, im an owner (hopefully not for long!!)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel 750D Spec List [CR1]
« on: January 21, 2015, 11:55:20 AM »
This is gonna be awesome i feel.

24mp would be awesome to directly compete with the nikon 3300/5300.
The touchscreen already rocks. 19 point AF sounds like a variant of the 70d.

Will be interesting to see how it stacks against the 70d, as ive become sold on that camera recently. Besides the plactic-ness, it's feel great and has pretty much everything you need.

Lenses / Re: New Rebel & EF 11-24 f/4L USM Coming Shortly
« on: January 15, 2015, 01:31:27 PM »
RE: 11-24 f4

I would guess no IS because Canon wanted to go all in on sheer optics, and I know historically they have had some issues employing both (like the first 70-200 IS L)  Perhaps a field of view this wide created too big a a hurdle to overcome for an IS motor without having to sacrifice a bit of edge sharpness?  I'm just guessing, Dylan.  That said, the 16-35 f4 (FABULOUS glass, I own it) is such a great all around wide angle for the money.  But, for the high end pros who demand the utmost precision from corner to corner, methinks they are mostly shooting tripod/monopod anyway.  I know I shoot my 16-35 on tripod for landscape stuff as much as possible, negating the use of IS anyway.

This is for a different level of landscape shooting where obviously you're going to spend hundreds more on an expensive filter kit to buckle to the front of this light bulb anyway.

You are quoting the internet lore that the 70-200mm f/2.8L is sharper than the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS? I'm not sure that there is any real difference other than sample variation. The 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II on the other hand is clearly superior to both its predecessors. That being said, there may be more issues with implementing IS on wide angle lenses; I'm sure someone on this forum will have a geeky answer!  ;)

You're right about the filter kit, but it isn't just the price that puts me off: the standard Lee filters are already big enough, how you go about carrying the monsters that are made for the bulbous-fronted lenses without a separate bag would be a challenge.

IS means higher prices?

IS means you make your shots, that's a heck of a lot more important. I really feel its a useless argument,  Canon will still price the lens however they want.  High end pros...heck, everyone uses thier hand for photos also hehe  ;D ;D ;D

The 70-200 2.8 is most definitely not sharper than the II IS version....where would that info even come from...its all in the readily available charts.

EOS Bodies / Re: A New xxD DSLR Coming From Canon [CR1]
« on: January 12, 2015, 02:56:01 PM »
Im cautiously excited!

That 'cheapo' button wheel as it has been called, taken from the last versions of G-series, works WAY better than the ultra-mushy directional pad on the 55i/70d/6d. I feel its amazing that Canon engineers created that mess is the first place. It is so mushy ive passed or fumbled trying to select my af point on many an occasion.  :(

Just from the screenshot alone, that form factor looks pretty sweet already.  A "baby" pro/xxD style body? Sounds good to me! I'm already falling in love with the 70d.

EDIT- Oh wait-? Lock switch?  Nah, this isnt the new standard Rebel. Rebels do not have lock switches....... Now Im thinking that this is an in between model......hmmmm

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Wait for 5D4 or go for 5D3/6D right now ?
« on: January 11, 2015, 11:05:17 AM »
Thanks for all your replies. :)

The lens I have are:
35mm F1.4L
50mm F1.4
135mm F2L
16-35mm F2.8L

And the photos I usually took are landscape and people, so I think the features of 6D can meet my requirement.

I don't think I'll buy 5D3 because it's quite old.  :-\


Rent, Rent Rent.

The Af- you will either think its fine or you will hate it.  It is literally the only reason ill be offloading mine.  It worked well enough for 6000 frames throughout japan (not super accurate, but enough that i got my pictures), but oddly enough its been extremely hit or miss when using locally with models standing still. Focus/recompose is useless for my shooting style, but for landscapes, no big deal.

Best thing about the 6d is extremely well handled iso noise. I mean, its freaking incredible. Of those 6k frame, i have used noise reduction on almost no images- shot day and a lot of night.

Im hoping to offload it in the next few weeks and pick up a 5d3 before my next japan trip involving lot of moving people and landscapes alike.I know the iso noise isnt as good but its all about the AF.

Good luck with your camera purchase.

EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: January 07, 2015, 04:23:11 PM »
Right now im looking at a gallery of photos taken at Bh with one of the 70d's on display. Looking promising so far.  The 28-135 on it definitely needed AFMA but otherwise iso 6400 shots look usable, there's an appreciable amount of detail as well. iso 320 looks noisy...hmm....but ill definitely need to test in high key lighting scenarios.

Ive basically fallen in love with the fast live view AF, especially when constant af is on...its already focused before you press the trigger...wowo.

I loudly have grabbed one for 650 from canon refurb...argh

PS- Im reading and viewing all the material i can find on the center point focus issue...looks like a real, documented issue that canon may not fix for you.  That said, center point focus/recompose is pretty pointless when you have 19 cross type points (IMHO), but hey, do whatcha like :)

Lenses / Re: Where are the new Canon 50mm and 85mm lenses?
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:35:21 PM »
The Canon 50mm primes are the most disappointing set of lenses in Canon's portfolio. I've owned and used professionally every one of them except the 50mm f1.0 L and all of them have been disappointing when compared to the results from other Canon prime lenses. The build of a 50mm f1.2 L is impressive and it's a great lens, but it's just not as sharp as it's price tag would indicate (even stopped down). Shortly after it was released it's new value plummeted and stayed quite low for a long time. Then one day Canon raised it's prices and bumped it's price point because it was erm...f1.2 and therefore worth more. The saddest thing is that it's really tricky lens to use and one which most people go for if they are dabbling with a pro prime lens itch. The 35L and 85IIL are far better performing lenses. 

I'm sure that Canon have a new set of 50's in development, but when is anyone's guess. 

As to 85mm lenses....Canon already have those covered and they are both awesome.

Interesting take.

I feel like the 50 1.4 has a MUCH better rendering profile than most other non L canon primes. The 85 especially suffers from fringing wide open, and has a veeeeery flat profile. Its a great lens and af is blazing, but i sold it because it was too long for crop and all that purple fringing drove me nuts.

A 50 1.4 with IS would simply kill. I think we would all buy one. But i would want it to keep the beautiful rendering of the current version, not so much the still good 35IS.

Lenses / Re: Canon 35mm F2 IS image quality
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:28:45 PM »
I wholeheartedly recommend this lens.

Works great on crop (like a 45mm FF or so) and very journalistic at FF 35mm. Its not an L, so expect a more 'pale' image rendering comparable to the 85/1.8, 100/f2, etc with a fair amount of CA. Ive tried in on my t2i and my 6d- fantastic.

IMHO its way overpriced, even at 500, but if you can get a deal on it, by all means do.  And im always baffled by shooters who argue about IS- its a great feature, and it should be in every lens as far as im concerned.

Lenses / Re: Any ideas on getting good focus when shooting thru glass pane?
« on: December 23, 2014, 09:31:40 PM »
Wife tried shooting XTi with 70-200 IS2 + 1.4 TC3 through glass pane for birds at feeders. The focus confirms, but results are horrible. I put the lens setup on my 5D3 and get the same horrible results.

When shooting the same distance without glass pane in the path, focus is dead on for both cameras. The glass pane is squeaky clean.

Any ideas? I'd guess trying a polarizer but I don't have one the correct size...

Yep, live view and manual focus would help. Polarizer...hmmm

EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:28:36 PM »
I thought we were past the drama.

Not sure what the pot shots will attain, but if it makes you feel good, keep at it. Enjoy, its the holidays after all.

How much experience  does a person need with the 7D II to shoot in single point, single shot AF mode at stationary objects? That is about as basic as it gets.

Oh yes?
You presume that the camera was in single shot AF mode. But where is ashmadux telling that?
What about the presetting of the One Shot AF release priority? is it on Focus or on Release?
Are we outside or inside of the MFD of the lens?
Which lens is used and which single point is used? Not every AF point might be used for every lens, see manual of 7D2.
Is AFMA necessary and done if needed for this lens?
Was there enough light to do a decent AF?

It all seems simple, but if even is mentioned "In my test, the Af began to work when set to spot af. Regular Af select was not working at all." then I have doubts about the knowledge from someone who mentions that Regular AF select was not working at all, which I interpret as AF 65-point automatic selection. How can that work? You don't have any control anymore on the AF at that moment. Might be used for a subject against a flat background like a bird in front of the blue sky. And if Ashmadux is using 65-point automatic selection as the regular AF mode, then a lot of the situation is clear to me !!!

I don't want to tell that the 7D2 is a better camera then the 6D. No, not at all for portrait or landscape because the 6D is a FF, but for action, the AF is better then the 6D. You need to understand al the features of the AF. This is not a camera to start photography.

I've seen lately several photos of "so called" bad AF of 7D2 here on internet, however, they are mostly caused by wrong use of the camera/situation/expectation.



"And if Ashmadux is using 65-point automatic selection as the regular AF mode, then a lot of the situation is clear to me !!!"

If you read earlier posts you would have answered some of your own questions. Youre assuming much with your guesswork regarding automatic AF mode selection.

These posts arent about the 6d. I just happened to have it as a second body that day. Thats it, no mystery behind it. How does this keep getting mixed up. No one is gonna say the 6d has better Af than..well...anything.

Id rather not debate your questions. Some are so elementary its kind of insulting.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: December 23, 2014, 05:08:59 PM »
<p>We’re told that Canon hasn’t been fully satisfied with the sales of the Canon EOS 6D, a camera which I personally love for its size and simplicity. We’re told that the next iteration of the camera is likely to move upmarket

Sounds like a good observation.  I have had two 6D's (last one stolen) and love the IQ of this camera as well as it's size.  However, I think that just the number of autofocus points causes many to look at other choices.  Unfortunately, as I like many others only use the center point anyway.....

My best guess is a price point of 2295 body only for a 6D ii or whatever they call it.

Sounds like something that canon would do, afterwards they will probably try to sell the 5d3 for 3499. They can justify is by saying its half the price of a 1dxm2

Question- why 2 6d's?

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:40:37 PM »


Since you are such an experienced photographer and the M and the T2i according to you have much better autofocus system, stick to what works.

Maybe just stick with your T2i, M, and 6D.  Just a guess but if you rented the 5DMIII or the 1DX I am sure the Af would fail for you as well.

You are correct - when Af is critical, say, at fashion week, the t2i is my lead until it bets a bigger brother.

When i rent the 5d3 ill let you know, to see if your un-educated guess was true or fail.


EOS Bodies / Re: More 7DII focus problems
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:32:26 PM »

The comparing with the cars that Neuro made is just the same. If you are not used to drive a Porsche with manual gearbox and manual clutch and compare that with the car you are used to with automatic gearbox. Then you will decide an hour later that it is to complicated, that he is missing the contact between driver and road, but if you learn to use that car, then you will regret to step in your regular car again.

Don't get me wrong, for portraits and landscape the 6D is much better then the 7D2, but for action, no men, that will be won by the 7D2 when you can drive that car :).

Here is the car comparison problem as it relates to these two bodies.
You are comparing cars.
You should be comparing a car to a pickup truck.
An action camera to a stills camera.

I found the 5DII to be more accurate for still photography than the 7D. It wouldn't be beyond possible that the 5DIII or 6D would be more accurate than the 7D II for still photography.

What this guy said.

I normally test with still objects or parts of the scenery - signs, patterns, buildings, desk items. It erases the variation in movement. As basic as it gets. The unit was a dud. No big deal, but it would have been a big problem for the canceled shoot.

I havent posted the pictures of the af errors because im not out to attack a camera, thats pointless.
However at some point ill post some 7d2 long exposure images (spot AF point) along with the 6d comparisons. They wont be anything surprising to those that do FF night photography.

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 23, 2014, 02:13:41 PM »

Look, you said you didn't try to discredit the AF performance when you did.  That's just fact as shown above.

You had trouble making a simple mode of AF to work that I as a pretty inexperienced photographer (just 3 years as a very part time hobbyist) had no issue with.  Then again it is what I use the most.

You used this experience to suggest that the reviewer in question was right about the camera.  Not that you had a bad copy or might have made some mistake but presented it as evidence he was right. 

I say, based on my brief experience, the one other person I know who raves about the camera and yes the majority of reviewers that you either made a mistake or had a unit that wasn't working correctly.  I am also seeing daily new galleries of excellent images shot with this camera that simply wouldn't be possible with the AF system as you describe it.

So, I'll try once again.  Although we only have your word for it I take at face value everything you have said about your rental experience with that one copy of the camera.  I accept it, I would hate to think that I had spent so much time debating this with the kind of person that would make such a thing up.  Just take it from me, I'm in no way denying what you say happened, okay?  I don't think I have ever said that you didn't have this experience.

What I have said is that if you really are attempting to present that as being typical of the experience that 7dII users who work with the camera will have then you are pushing the bounds of credibility.

For what it's worth, no you don't have the nicest tone but what the hell, it's not like we're neighbours so we don't have to put up with each other any more than we need to do we?  :)

I hear that. All i did was agree with the (apparently disliked) reviewer based on my usage. I cannot say if that situation is typical...heck i hope not.

Photog neighbors...that would actually be very cool.

Cheers, happy shooting (with good Af, heheh :P)

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 23, 2014, 12:45:19 PM »

Have some perspective. You dont see me here trying to discredit the AF as not bein ggood enough.... I stated that I along with others had problems with the AF, as did I. If you works for you, great.

Fascinating.  So what did you mean when you said:-

I have the set of test shots from the recent rental i did. Af was basically a disaster. I was going to use it for a test shoot, but very glad the weather didnt hold up- it would have been a complete waste of time. Sot Af helped, but even with that, the images were not as good as my M, and nothing close to my old workhorse t2i. Without af accuracy, the camera is a brick. There's nothing left to do with it.

I would hate to see just what you would write if you were trying to "discredit" something.


"But it worked for me!" Is not a rational response - you cannot discredit someone else's experience because it wasn't your own. That's just being foolish.

This is a photog forum, is it that hard to figure that many people in here know how to use cameras?  You guys are a trip.

I'd have a think about what you've written so far before you accuse others of being irrational.  It seems the large majority can get this AF system to work for them much better than you are suggesting it did for you.  If you're in a minority of people that can't it has to be worth questioning your experience, I know that if I was in your shoes I would.  I'd at least wonder if the copy I rented had a fault or if I had missed something.

Sorry but i have to go there. You don't make any sense, and your approach to someone else's experience is unfortunately quite popular (and misguided) in these photo forums. Again, I encourage the use of PERSPECTIVE (Sorry, caps).

Your argument is full of holes. Here's why.

You were not there to see an experienced photog (I am :) ) have the AF problems in action. Nope.
The AF was NOT working well. This is a fact. You have no information to discredit it. Nothing.
You havent seen the files. Or have you? :P
OBVIOUSLY it was the unit that i had. I cant speak for other units. Crazy, thinking, right? :P
What "majority" are you speaking of? That you even know of? Show us your sampling data and method of how you reached this conclusion. Anything?...oh..NOPE. Oh.. you read forums.....riiiiiiight. :P

If the camera was not working as it should, what should i write? a glowing review?

You are being fairly ridiculous, and while i probably dont have the nicest tone, it not personal at all. But i believe in talking what you know. You dont have enough info for the statements you are making.

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