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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 07, 2013, 09:48:57 AM »
Oh well basically the same sensor again.
Yeah but we knew that... They don't want to undermine the 7d2.

I fully expect the 70D will be a refreshed 7D: "new" sensor with on-chip AF, built on the same process. Better sealing than 60D, somewhere in the 6-8fps range, and decent (maybe 7D) AF. Given that 7Ds now go for 1300ish new, I'd think that 7d specs would put the 70d right where they want it in the lineup. That sets them up well for a 7d2 to be a better camera, that they can charge accordingly for.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Batteries and AF
« on: April 07, 2013, 09:36:19 AM »
Thanks all for the replies!

Lets see if I can answer all these questions:
-I do not use ML; not that crazy a question, I've considered it, but no, I'm using factory firmware.
-Longer version of the anecdote: she said she was manual focusing because the camera wasn't focusing, but she thought it was fine at the beginning. Looking at her shots, she nailed some running dogs, so I'm pretty sure it was fine when she got it, and died during that day.
-I have not really tested any of the batteries, since I usually recharge at the end of a day of shooting. But I have fired off 2k frames in one day of ski racing, and not had to change battery. Unfortunately don't remember which battery that was... Statistically speaking, twice as likely to be a third-party one, right? ;)
-battery terminals look clean to me
-both third party batteries AF right down to one bar.
-this OEM battery is ~5months old, can't have more than half a dozen load-cycles. Came with my 7d when I got it, refurb. Makes me less likely to bother returning it... If it is a faulty battery it seems more worth my time to recycle it and get another $15 wasabi power one... They've been great in my gopro for 2 years, and so far so good in this context as well.

Edit: because I got it from canon direct, I'm inclined to think its genuine. Now, it may be refurbed and already have a ton of load cycles, but I think it was in retail packaging...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Batteries and AF
« on: April 06, 2013, 09:39:27 PM »
Question for all of the collective wisdom here:

The other day, I let my sister borrow my 7d. She's used to my dad's 60D, and probably getting a rebel of her own, so I wasn't too concerned about her messing anything up. When she gave it back to me, it wasn't AFing- with any lens, regular or live view, nothing. When I MFd in one-shot mode, I got a focus recognition beep. Checked all the connectors, they were all clean. Finally, I looked at a pin diagram, and seeing that a pin provides 6v for the lens AF motor (something I logically knew, that was just the inspiration) I popped in a fresh battery. Suddenly, AF worked again!

My questions:
Has anyone ever observed behavior, where a battery shows 2 bars of remaining charge on the top LCD, and the camera takes shots, but doesn't have power to AF?
The battery I had in was OEM. I swapped in a Wasabi power LP-E6 clone- any OEM/3rd party compatibility issues? I'm inclined to think no, since the OEM was the one that caused the problem.
Should I do anything? At this point, this is purely an exercise in intellectual curiosity- that wasabi power LP-E6 has now taken 1,000 shots without issue, so I'm curious more than concerned.

Thanks!
Brian

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I agree with what's been said. I subscribe personally, but I also use dreamweaver for a bunch of websites, illustrator for graphics (a lot of which I use for work presentations), and I like to play with new toys, so I'm teaching myself after effects. I doubt I'd feel I was getting my money's worth if I only used PS and LR.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DMk3 at wedding receptions
« on: April 04, 2013, 09:35:28 AM »
Try AF expansion. Avoid single point AF in extremely low light and Its worked good for me.
Hopefully upcoming firmware fixes all of this, though...

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:01:48 PM »
Are you trying to compensate for something????
sounds like buyer's remorse to me...  ::)

This neuro, is why I'm taking handfuls of antacid tablets right now...

If you let the trolls give you indigestion, you're going to need something stronger than an antacid tablet around here.  :P

Dare I ask your medication of choice? As a neuroanatomist you must have access to something stronger... ;-)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:24:42 PM »

Regarding fps:

10fps on 7D2 or for that matter 70D is just plain silly...it ain't gonna happen.

I lean toward Canon keeping the same 8 fps, may be 1 more up to 9fps to throw the fanboys a bone. Canon will be thinking about their bottom line, not the unrealistic "needs" of fanboys who want the whole shop for little money.

Something tells me the shutter mechanism is not the most expensive part to produce. If it was, that would be a different story. But they've already done the R&D: the 1dx shutter mechanism can move a full-frame mirror at 12fps, rated for 400,000 cycles. You really think an APS-C mirror, at 10fps, with a 150,000 cycle rating is that unrealistic? Sounds like a piece of cake to me... I'm not saying they will put 10fps in it, just that I don't see why it's so far fetched. Especially when you say they'd do 9 to "throw the fanboys a bone". If it's that easy to add 1 fps, why not two?

It is not about the value, wheather they already have the technology, or how easy it is to just put it in... it is about how a company "grades" and markets its products at different price-points and "ascribes" a persumed value.... note, I purposefully did not say "actual" value. Some of persumed value has to do with the inherent value of the product, but what differentiates a successful company from a mediocre one is how they mold and stratify and add to this inherent value.

While it is true that no amount of smart marketing or PR will be able to market a grandma as a supermodel...ie, she has a certain street value that is inherent...what a good marketing team can do is take a young, average looking girl, and depending on their ability, get her enough clients. While a much better looking model, with a different marketing team, is sitting at home near the phone waiting for a call that ain't coming.

As unfair as it sounds, fps is fps...weather it is on a APS-C or FF...logical reasonings have little effect on the basic marketing priorities. How the fps are stratified between their 1 series, mid series, and lower-end models will be a an easy call for Canon.   

So they will continue to follow their marketing strategy that is working based on revenues...not what is logical.

so, in a nutshell, you think they'd do 9 but not 10, just because double-digits are reserved for the 1 series?

I really do hate marketing teams...

An APS-C shutter is smaller and lighter than a FF shutter.... and you have less distance to move it. Shutter mechanics is NOT the limiting factor.
This was the basis of my point- the discussion now seems to be product differentiation vs. halo-APS-C-cam, which was my misunderstanding of what RS2021 was trying to say.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:06:33 PM »

Regarding fps:

10fps on 7D2 or for that matter 70D is just plain silly...it ain't gonna happen.

I lean toward Canon keeping the same 8 fps, may be 1 more up to 9fps to throw the fanboys a bone. Canon will be thinking about their bottom line, not the unrealistic "needs" of fanboys who want the whole shop for little money.

Something tells me the shutter mechanism is not the most expensive part to produce. If it was, that would be a different story. But they've already done the R&D: the 1dx shutter mechanism can move a full-frame mirror at 12fps, rated for 400,000 cycles. You really think an APS-C mirror, at 10fps, with a 150,000 cycle rating is that unrealistic? Sounds like a piece of cake to me... I'm not saying they will put 10fps in it, just that I don't see why it's so far fetched. Especially when you say they'd do 9 to "throw the fanboys a bone". If it's that easy to add 1 fps, why not two?

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 01:14:08 PM »
I doubt we'll see the 7D AF in the xxD anytime soon.

I don't see why not... It's a very good system, but they could absolutely improve it for the 7D2. I think putting 7D AF in a 70D would be a huge step up from the 60D AF, and putting the 1Dx/5D3 AF in the 7D2- even if they remove some points so it's 48 (or whatever) instead of 61- would also be a huge step up. Granted, we'd be charged accordingly, but it seems to fit the bill for who these cameras are marketed to- enthusiast (xxD) and pro APS-C (7D)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 09:09:37 AM »
It seems to me that if you believe the 7DII sensor will be cut from the same wafer as the rumored "big megapixel" camera, then I'd say 21 MP is too low.

21x1.6=33.6, and I would be very surprised if the FF biggie came in at only 33.6 MP, less than the D800's 36 MP.

Of course this assumes the two camera sensors would be sharing the same sensor design, but that seems to be what a lot of people are thinking around here. So.... :-\ :-\ :-\

1.6 is the crop factor, not the difference in area of the sensor. I think 1.6 comes from the diagonal, if I'm right?
Not feeling up to doing much math this morning, but that's what google is for, right? I've heard people say FF has a 1 1/3 stop advantage in light gathering, which I assume means more than twice the area (really 2 ^ 1.3333 times the area), which means 52.9mp.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:32:12 AM »
I do like the 21mp number better than 24 for APS-C... I personally have no problem with 18, but I'd be OK with 21. I'd certainly take 21+less noise over 24+more... I'm not trying to print 48" wide.

Splitting hairs a bit aren't you? Personally, I'd like exactly 20.85MP ;)  The difference in file size between 21MP and 24MP is pretty small (though not the files themselves!).  It sounds like you are falling for the "fewer megapixels equals lower noise" myth.

OK, I see your point, and it does sound like that. I'm more in the camp of "I highly doubt canon will give us 24 mp AND much-reduced noise, because that would be too much camera and they can milk us for more money by not putting them in the same camera".

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Lenses / Re: Canon 50 L II
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:29:09 AM »
Sigma: Please release a 50/1.4 mk2 just like the new 35mm with usb dock...

I feel like we should start a petition to sigma:

we, the undersigned, are disappointed with all current 50mm lens offerings from Canon. We know that whatever you come up with, based on your latest releases, will meet all our wants and needs. We hereby pledge $750 to the purchase of a new 50mm f/1.4 (or faster), to be part of your art series lenses, to be released in the coming calendar year.

Sincerely,
bseitz234
....

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:10:24 AM »
I do like the 21mp number better than 24 for APS-C... I personally have no problem with 18, but I'd be OK with 21. I'd certainly take 21+less noise over 24+more... I'm not trying to print 48" wide.

AF and most of those features sound to me like a 70D. And I think releasing this camera as the 70D would set up good things for a 7d2 to come later. In fact, depending on prices, I might consider this over a 7d2, which I'm sure would be a dream to use, but might be more camera than I actually need.

The spec that gives me pause is the 10fps. Now, if they can make the 7d2 do 12 (or, dare I suggest, 14), then 10 makes sense for a 70d. But then the 7d2 is encroaching on 1dx territory. It would make a lot more sense to me as a potential 70d if it had 7-8 fps, leaving double-digit fps for the professional cameras.

That said, if this is the 7d2, I wouldn't swear off it- I'd just wait till the prices came down to what I paid for my 7d, and pick one up then!

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Lenses / Re: 50mm: Wich one?
« on: March 27, 2013, 07:44:42 PM »

I second the notion that sigma update the 50mm 1.4 to join the art line

I third that, hoping it would happen if enough people kept saying it  :'(  Dare I even wish for f/1.2?

1.0, like the 50L from the days of yore?  ::)

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Lenses / Re: 50mm: Wich one?
« on: March 27, 2013, 12:32:32 PM »
And this is why I'm very excited for Sigma to announce the new art series 50 1.4...

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