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EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 22, 2014, 11:12:08 PM »
A couple of things I noted about the review which seem contrary to all other opinions were:

- Slight disappointment with the sensor performance: To be fair a lot of the early posts on CR were of the same view, some commentators (e.g. Scott Kelby) raved about it, most have now accepted its better than the previous generation but not as good as perhaps they had wished or indeed the competition. However, the strange thing with this review is the implication that its worse than the 70D, which is the first review stating this, but also perhaps this is caused by the fact he is reliant on in Camera JPEG processing!

- AF system inaccurate: This is really strange, he states "I was disappointed with the high number of out of focus shots I got for such a slow moving activity " and also implies disappointment in focus accuracy, this is strange as virtually all other reviews have held this out as a strong point of the camera. One has to ask why, when others were absolutely raving about its performance and comparing with canons top of the line cameras/  For me this is a more important comment if I were buying - is there some merit in what he says and if so why does everyone else have contrary results here!

At the end of the day its an opinion, but remember he is a blogger and wants to drive traffic to his site as he can then get some $$$ for click trough's, controversial blogs do this - after would we have bothered reading it if it had been broadly neutral?

I agree with everything in his review. And yep he's right, the sensor on the first 7d was trash.

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.

Believe what you will, but i do i have the proof. the 7d2 is completely off my list, and especially without the touch screen, the 70d is back on my (eventual) buy list. I learned my painful lessons with the first 7d. Not again.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 7D mark II
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:54:46 PM »
Crop and Full frame night shooting is worlds apart.

Recently i put a 7d2 versus a 6d, long exposure waterfront cityscape. As good as the crops can be at low iso, it's not even close - FF dynamic range int low light is a wonder to behold.


Beware the Af of the 6d. It's pathetic.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 6D Firmware 1.1.6 Released
« on: December 16, 2014, 04:42:39 PM »
Ill install, and will even see what good it does. But Ive all but given up on the shoddy AF of this body. I really wish canon had a body between this and the 5d3  (price wise), but they dont- and for the sake of my shooting plan for the next yeah i have to bite the bullet.

Many, many false focus confirms makes this body troublesome on even motionless subjects. Focal has been unable to help, unfortunately.

I hope you guys are having a better experience than I am, but i cant work with this any longer.

If there's on thing for sure, these deals are "never" deals.

Show me the person who paid 3200US for a 5d3 body. Thats beyond ridiculous. Its been 2800 for some time.

Also show me the lunatic who would pay 700+ for a t5i.

Maybe im a tiny bit seasoned on hardware costs, but these rebates are disingenuous at BEST.
Lastly, the price difference between the 6d and 5d3 is just psychotic. its damn near double the cost. I cant wait to see the 6d replaces, the AF is just embarrassing. Im preaching to quior, i know, but cmon...

I guess the 7d for 1k is a steal also...sheesh.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:28:33 PM »
Ive had the displeasure of renting this over the weekend.

The camera's AF was a disaster, producing wildly inaccurate images - and for many others, if the forums are anything to go by.  I was planning to use it for a shoot over the weekend- and glad that i didn't. I spent most of my time testing it, trying to get it to focus properly. From my experiences with Af fails, it seems like the af unit or the sensor was wacked out. this was using single point.

After changing to spot af, it became much better- but still has a weird noise pattern that looks really crunchy. I didn't observe much color noise, which will really help during noise reduction techniques.

a the end of the day, there's a high chance im not renting this thing again. Canon needs to get the focus/afma nonsense sorted out- so much valuable shooting time goes into matching these cameras and lenses up.

So sadly I have to report that i didnt manage to make a single sharp image in three days with a 7d2. Smh.


Lastly, bridge is on Adobe's kill list- they will make an even harder push to lightroom for the next release for doing any kinds of batch editing.

There is no way Adobe will kill Bridge, Lightroom is designed for editing and storing photos, Bridge is designed for handling pretty much any image file that can be thrown at it, just look at the pathetic number of file extensions Lightroom can handle, it can't even do .psb's! Then find an image or graphic extension Bridge can't handle.

Besides anything you can do in Bridge as a Batch you can run through PS as a Batch. Do Adobe think it makes more sense to handle photo images through their photo imaging program? Probably. Bridge does best what it is designed to do, handle all kinds of files in a creative environment, Lightroom does best what it is designed for, handle photo images principally RAW files, by the tens of thousand.

First, remember this is adobe we are talking about. They do what they want. Bridge has barely change since v1 a very long time ago. One can never, ever underestimate the stupidity of adobe.

And sure enough, if you do enough reading through the adobe forums- where photogs were going ballistic over removing the export functionality - they just removed the functionality altogether.

Adobe has actually never officially responded- but they did recommend using some stupid batch export which has to open every file, process it, close it, rinse repeat. If you dont like it, then use lightroom :)

Not really a gotcha, but PS 5.1 requires downloading legacy Java support

Anyone know if Photoshop CS6 and the other CS6 tools have problems with Yosemite?

I'm still running CS6 on both my 2008 MacPro and 2013 MacBook Pro and both are running fine. Didn't even require an update. Given Adobes move toward the subscription model, I'll probably be running CS6 for a while.  Lightroom 5.x is fine as well.

This, this, and this.

The only thing Im missing in cs6 is the straightening tools in the latest camera raw. However, they are already in lightroom 5, and those functions can be don't at the tail end of an edit anyways.

Bridge CC lost the ultra-valuable export module -so cs6 will always be on my system, regardless of what adobe bridge. The amount of time saved by that single feature is nearly better than the entire bridge application.

Lastly, bridge is on Adobe's kill list- they will make an even harder push to lightroom for the next release for doing any kinds of batch editing.

So yeah, cs6 is alive and kicking over here as well...and will be for a LOOOOOOONG time.

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 18, 2014, 12:03:39 PM »
Why don't you try shooting something "moving" at a nice rate of speed?
Birds maybe or some sporting event?  ???
I don't shoot sports, portraits, wildlife and landscapes.

Maybe the Canon 6D or Canon 5D Mark III (Portraits) would have been better for you, since this camera is aimed towards Wildlife and Sports Photographers.

I would not introduce him to the 6D Af if he's having this issue with a much better Af system like this.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF-S 11-24mm f/3.5-4.5
« on: November 18, 2014, 11:59:22 AM »
Those optics could definitely be better. L class is not. Ive owned it for years.

works well with an M though, it is perfectly weighted to it :)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:28:16 AM »
I am really despising the 6d AF right now. A shoot yesterday yielded soooo many oof/missed focus shots, that im getting very very annoyed with it.  My t2i AF is waayyyy more reliable, and im not sure how long i can keep using this.

And this is with mostly non moving subjects.  Arjghg.

Hold up, wait.

THE BATTERY IS 100 dollars?

Prepare for the LPE6 to sell out. Almost 2 of them for a similar price.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: How to differentiate crop vs. FF
« on: October 22, 2014, 05:14:18 PM »
Crop vs. Full frame.

As a 6d owner - my first full frame- im very unimpressed at its low iso quality. There is no 3d-ish POP that i have seen in so many 5d2/5d3 images over the years - image quality that i could easily see was not reproducible on my crop cameras.

To these ultra pixel peeping eyes, the 6d is only slightly better at dynamic range than my t2i.  High Iso handling is generally FANTASTIC, which is why i figure the low iso takes an image quality hit. Low light photography is a whole other ball game compared to my crop bodies.

So while i enjoy my 6d, its nowhere close to the full frame experience i thought it would be. Still dreaming of a 5d3 and non-ancient AF.  :(


This site posts quite possibly the worst deals ever, unless you love risky grey market items.

Great site, but yeah the deals are not helping anyone.


I agree with the poster.

Not sure if DPREVIEW started this trend, but they certainly mastered it. Thier "First Impressions" Review - even just in name alone is horses**T. Now i see other photo sites doing the same darn thing, and its crazy.

Imaging resource does the same, but they seem to be much more thorough than dp.

thats my 2c

EOS Bodies / Re: Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:36:41 PM »
Isnt he FULL original file better to judge? the files on flickr are half size or less.

they look good and crip, but without raw files, cant judge it.

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