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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 08:43:43 AM »
I remember someone saying change the card slot to SD....the worse idea I've head this thread, cf all the way I want my buffer clear asap....

also usb3 or better yet gig Ethernet jack to get my files off.

I can't see GigE connectivity on a camera.... consumers like wireless... the throughput of wireless is laughable compared to GigE, but wireless is more convenient... so the poorer solution wins... USB3 has to come soon, at some point people will stop making chipsets that only go up to USB2... USB will win out over Ethernet because all you have to do is plug it in.... no configuration required, and a lot of people use laptops and tablets with no wired Ethernet connection... USB is a more universal solution than wired Ethernet.

I can't speak from experience, as I haven't made the leap yet, but I understand 802.11ac is actually starting to approach the real-world throughput of gigE. While I doubt they'd put an ac antenna array in the 7d2 for space and power reasons, they COULD get the throughput if they wanted.

Also, given that Apple's target market for laptops correlates pretty strongly with pro and prosumer camera buyers, I think a thunderbolt / USB3 combo would be awesome- USB3 for PC users, TB for mac...

Portrait / Re: 'Straight' Portrait of a Young Woman
« on: October 22, 2013, 08:45:04 AM »
I'm always curious about people's monitors- to me, it looks very dramatic and contrasty, but with just enough skin texture remaining that I wouldn't call it 'blown'. I could see how a slightly differently calibrated monitor in this situation would make it look blown or texture-less, but it looks great to me!

Canon General / Re: I hate photographing my family for posed photos...
« on: September 13, 2013, 01:09:44 PM »
I've decided...  I'm going to set them all together....  take a photo and then use a zombie app.   I'll print the photos and when they ask whytheyare all zombies,  I'll say that is how they look and i don't see what they are talking about.

I see no possible repercussions of doing this. ;-) Sounds like a good plan to me!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 07, 2013, 03:52:01 PM »
Well, I'm disappointed with all the rumors coming out that this is just a derivative of the 70D sensor... was really hoping for a new, smaller fab process with next-gen IQ, starting with this camera. I really have no interest in the dual pixel AF, to be honest, and I can't imagine the sports/wildlife portion of the 7D's target market really does. Maybe I'm wrong, it's probably been discussed elsewhere... oh well.

10FPS sounds good, 12FPS sounds like it'd be shut down by the marketing team... New Phase AF sounds good, too, as long as it's a step up from the 7D and not a step backwards. Although by the time this camera is actually available I'll probably have the money for a 1Dx and it'll be irrelevant anyway.  ;)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: First pic of Sigma 24-70 F/2 posted
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:30:00 PM »
Agreed this kind of just looks like a composited 18-35 1.8 + 120-300 2.8

Also agreed it's fun to randomly speculate and daydream about this lens...

Lenses / Re: Canon please show APS-C's some LOVE!!!
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:18:48 AM »
well, the first couple quarters of 2013 have come and gone, so that rumor is already at least partly wrong. Personally, I wouldn't hold my breath for anything- they announced all their new APS-C bodies for the year, without any of these new lenses. I'd have thought any new EF-S lenses would have gone nicely with the 70D announcement...

Lenses / Re: Lens flare.... I want it! :)
« on: July 31, 2013, 08:02:25 PM »
My friend loves flares and this is what i learned from him:
The 50 1.4 has awesome flairs if you put a small light source in a exact spot near the corners.
Sigma 20 1.8 has a circular halo if you put the light at the centre of the frame.

And my favourite is the 16-35 II with a b+w uv filter (not MRC):

If you want,check out his work:

This is fantastic! Great use of flare to make the shot.

I got a good flare the other day with my 28 1.8 + B+W UV MRC. The shot is worthless, except for how cool the flare was. I actually just noticed it in the viewfinder while lifting my camera to take a picture of something else...

(this is at f/2, defying the usual wisdom of using a narrower aperture)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon Refurbished Cameras & Lenses
« on: July 26, 2013, 12:50:04 PM »
Agreed with all of this- to date, I've bought a 7d, 50 1.4, and 2 430ex IIs. Most of them during sales, and they've been indistinguishable from new every time. Once I save up some money, my "go full-frame" plan is to buy a refurb 5d3 with canon loyalty program discount (have an old P&S to use for this), and 24-70 if I can get a discount on that too.

(Canon Loyalty Program makes every day your birthday- trade in an old body (doesn't have to be functional, or remotely new. Could be P&S or film SLR), get a discount on a refurb body, sometimes lenses from what I hear.)

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Announces
« on: July 24, 2013, 10:20:21 PM »
Have any of you bought their used lenses? How did you feel about the price you paid? How was the lens you got with respect to the description of the shape it was in, etc?

Have you had to return one and was that a hassle? Did you get a refund or exchange?

Overall, what's the consensus of buying from them...good, bad, excellent?



Bought my 17-55 from them. Came with a hood (not included new, but included from them). Price was on par with most used copies I've seen- $800 even. Was listed as a 9.0, I think the only flaw listed was some internal dust. Pretty sure my 70-200 I bought new from Canon had just as much dust- for all intents and purposes, the 17-55 was perfect.

If I had the cash to go FF right now, I'd buy a refurb 5d3 from Canon, and a 24-70 from LR in a heartbeat, no hesitation.

Canon General / Re: reassuring stories
« on: July 13, 2013, 11:05:38 PM »
So, as you say....

Score one for the fish.

Question: Do you eat fish? ;)
Score a couple for the fish:
my pride
my camera
my brand new (to me) lens

I would eat more fish if I could outsmart them. Maybe I"ll just go buy a big piece of swordfish and grill it up, to get even. ;-)
I would send it to Canon, they can disassemble it and make certain its dry and  OK.  That would cost less than turning it on and frying a motherboard.  The lens needs service as well.
Of course, if its insured against things like that, just dry it out and try it.

I took both into the lab, put them in a ziplock bag full of drierite dessicant, figured that would do better than rice. But yeah, you're probably right, I'll probably end up sending both to Canon next week... of course this happened on a Saturday.

I saw that... makes me feel good about impact resistance. But water's so much sneakier about the way it gets in places and never comes out....

Thanks all for your comments- I do feel a bit better than I did this morning!

Camera Body Gallery / Re: This sensor is holy
« on: July 13, 2013, 07:05:46 PM »
I wasn't kidding about the bird. Calibrated monitor? Oh, please. I see it in my iPhone.  It looks like the silhouette of an accipiter, an American kestrel to be specific.

Oooh, could it be? I get a chance to correct Neuro on something not at all related to cameras? ;-)

Kestrels (Falco sparverius) are falcons- the only 3 accipiters in N.A. are the Northern Goshawk, Cooper's Hawk, and Sharp-shinned hawk.

Canon General / reassuring stories
« on: July 13, 2013, 04:33:10 PM »
Hi everyone-

So, I took my 7D fishing this morning, which had two unfortunate results.

1) I jinxed myself and did not catch any fish, since I was prepared to photograph one well.

2) I slipped on a rock and fell in the river. 7D, on, with 28 1.8 mounted, took a quick plunge.

I figure about 1/2 second in the water, another second later it was switched off, battery out. Wiped down the entire camera using the dry part of my shirt, came home, put it in rice. Now, when it switched off, I did see the "Sensor cleaning", so I know it didn't immediately short. It was also a very clear stream (which probably contributed to fish seeing me and swimming away...). While drying it off, there was 1 drop of water (probably 5-10 uL) on the mirror, but nothing else in the mirror box. CF card and compartment were dry, etc. Battery compartment looked fine- there was one drop on the clock battery that worried me a bit, but not much I can do about it...

So, on the "not much I can do about it" note, anyone have reassuring stories for me? Camera and lens are in a crock pot with a bunch of rice, cover on, and going to stay there at least 5 days no matter what you tell me. But, I'd probably sleep better tonight knowing other peoples' cameras have survived worse... :-)

Also, I've got the camera upside down, because it is a 7d, and has a popup flash. I figure if there's water anywhere, it's in the flash, and I'd rather that drain out, rather than into the camera. But I can't pop the flash open because it's off. And I'm not about to power it up just to pop the flash open.... If anyone has thoughts / insights in that area, I'd appreciate them.

Thanks for helping me through this troubling time!!


Or if you leave it unattended for too long...

I didn't think that mattered... how long unattended?  I assumed it would just sleep until the battery dies.  I've accidentally left mine powered on on my desktop for days, and when I went back and noticed, I touched the shutter and the screen came back on.

This is how my 7d behaves... pretty sure it's gone at least a day or two.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:12:34 PM »
then,  outside of build quality and a few faster shots per second,  what advantage does the 7d mki have over the 70d?

None...until its specs are known.  But probably better standard phase AF, better sealing to go with the better build, perhaps better metering, definitely more C# modes, more MP, much better high ISO, time will tell...

Ooh! Ooh! I get to correct Neuro!!

That said mki, not mkii ;-) We know the specs on the mki.

I expect your 1dx caused you to forget about your poor 2nd body... ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Images Surface Early
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:27:42 PM »
Hmmm, is it worth upgrading from the 60D? New specs including built in WiFi would be very handy. Are they going to loose the annoying "lock" button on the control dial on the top of the body?

Looking at the pictures, it looks like it locks to me. Sorry....

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