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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 13, 2014, 12:34:25 PM »
I've never been a fan of a separate battery grip either.  The vertical controls weren't exactly the same as the original set, but the thing that bothered me the most was the flex at the BG/body joint.  If it came with an integrated grip, then I'd be more interested.  That and I'd rather not buy 2 L-plates or fiddle with taking the grip on/off so that I can use it on a pod.

An integrated design is lighter, stronger and more water resistant.  That is an idea that I can get behind.  And as for the size difference and being less discrete... how discrete is any DSLR with a 70-200 lens on it amongst Rebels with kit lenses, iPads/iPhones?

The least discrete camera on Earth is an iPad.

I assume you mean discreet, but I will admit that an iPad's camera isn't typically discrete, either.

Gosh...I can't even believe I did that!

I've seen iPad cameras move a bit more toward discrete, after a drop to pavement of the parent device.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 13, 2014, 09:31:38 AM »
I've never been a fan of a separate battery grip either.  The vertical controls weren't exactly the same as the original set, but the thing that bothered me the most was the flex at the BG/body joint.  If it came with an integrated grip, then I'd be more interested.  That and I'd rather not buy 2 L-plates or fiddle with taking the grip on/off so that I can use it on a pod.

An integrated design is lighter, stronger and more water resistant.  That is an idea that I can get behind.  And as for the size difference and being less discrete... how discrete is any DSLR with a 70-200 lens on it amongst Rebels with kit lenses, iPads/iPhones?

The least discrete camera on Earth is an iPad.

I don't care a bit about being discrete.  I care about storage, carrying, and handling, and the 1-series bodies are the worst of the Canon line in these areas for me, which is why I've never seriously considered buying one, and never will.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 13, 2014, 08:12:06 AM »
Almost everyone will buy a grip?  I doubt it.  I know several people with 7Ds, and I have seen many more in the wild, and I have yet to see one with a grip.  Of all the people I know who have non-1-series bodies, only one has a grip, and that one is on a 40D.

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Who needs a 24 Mp sensor in an APS-C action camera? 18 Mp is just fine. I would rather have fewer MP and fast throughput than >=24 Mp and leisurely throughput. If I want to watch my files s-l-o-w-l-y write, I can shoot with the Sigma DP#M camera.
It is. I keep looking for someone to convince me that 7D Mark ii need more megapicles than 1Dx. ::)

My primary use for this camera is reach when focal length limited, and for that, the more pixels the better.

Actually, I'd rather have more pixels in a crop body than in a full-frame.  I'm usually able to properly frame when using full frame, I use the crop body when I can't.  When I can properly frame the 13MP of my 5D is fine.  When I can't, sometimes I'm cropping like crazy and the more pixels the better.  And that is nearly always with the crop bodies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 11:33:39 AM »
If it ends up being an action-oriented crop version of the 5DIII, I might buy both of them.  However, if it has some innovative features that the 5DIII lacks (dual pixel, hybrid viewfinder, other video stuff), I might wait for those to move to the 5D series and buy both at that time.

I've said it before - I shoot with a 5D and a 20D, and I love that they are so similar in UI.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:53:18 AM »
Given the potential customer base of those moving from other APS-C models I reckon
It will have

... the interesting question and imho more worth speculating about: What will it *not* have other than no ff sensor?

Knowing Canon, they will take great care not to deliver a "mini 1dx" at 1/3 of the price that even works better for wildlife in good light because of the gain in reach. Will they cripple the fw? Will the video have moire? Way less sealing? Will it have touch-amateur usability?

Your guess: (insert here)

A 1-series body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:42:28 PM »
I agree with you provided they do not put a pop up flash as it was suggested in this thread.
Otherwise it will be the most joke camera ever!

Why?

The popup flash can be really handy.  Not having it is the biggest thing I dislike about my 5D.  Sure, I have a handful of 550s and 580s, but I also bought a little Sunpack to replace the missing popup for those (many) times I don't need a big, powerful flash, but instead just want a little pop of fill or even just a catch-light, and would rather carry a fast prime instead of the big flash (they occupy the same pocket in my bag).

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 10:20:25 PM »
Touch screens are great, for setting the date and time, and turning on and off custom functions and so on.  But I too want to be able to adjust ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, flash exposure compensation, IS and AF modes, and focus and exposure lock, all while looking through the viewfinder.  It may be important to note that I can already do all of this with my 20D and 5D, and won't willingly give it up.

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Canon General / Re: CF CARDS
« on: June 11, 2014, 04:31:15 PM »
An anecdote.

I went to a personal event, so I just took my camera and not my bag.  When I got there, I realized the CF card was still in my computer at home.  I was in the middle of "shopping central" so I decided to run across the street to the mall and just buy one.

Well, I went to four electronics stores, two department stores and a grocery store.  All seven had SD cards, not one had a CF card for me to buy.

I used to hate SD cards, mostly for the handling.  Several things changed my mind including the above anecdote.

1)  I handled microSD cards.  Compared to those, SD cards are positively enormous and easy to handle.
2)  UHS - they aren't slow anymore.
3)  Cost - they aren't expensive anymore.

So, at this point, I wouldn't mind if CF cards disappeared.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 03:52:53 PM »
Would a 70D be a good fit for you?  Smaller, even than the current 7D, but lots of features and performance, based on the reviews.

I currently use a 20D, and didn't buy the 7D because of a lack of some very specific features (that the 20D also lacks).  The 70D is similar to a current 7D with a little worse body, and a little better sensor with dual-pixel technology.  I'd get it, most likely, if the 7D replacement is a bust, as a I said above.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 03:14:04 PM »
Personally, I'm kind of excited for it the step up to a pro body...although I am finding all of the "Waaaaaa, it won't look like my pre existing APS-C body!"  comments highly amusing! Particularly the ones that say it will be a deal breaker, no matter how good it is, if it doesn't have the body format they expect and want.   8)

I have a very specific shooting style and bag (waist pack - ThinkTank ChangeUp) that I use to support that style by keeping things where I want them and at the ready at all times.  The 1D body won't fit in there, and the 1D cameras I've used in the past have been too large to be comfortable to use for more than a few seconds at a time.  I have small hands, and my 5D fits me perfectly.  My Rebel is too small (hurts after a while) and the 1D series is too large (hurts immediately).  Also, I have no need of a portrait grip since I have very flexible hands and shoulders, so why should I pay for one and carry one around all the time, even though I don't need it?

The 1D series itself should go back to the body style of the 1V/1VHS where the grip was removable, but not like current removable grips - stiffer and better integrated.  Now, if they did that with this camera, that would be first-rate.


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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:04:09 PM »
At my own risk, let me add - and let the bashing begin! - that I'd be happy to see fewer and better MP than the 7D along with FPS equal or higher than the 1Dx.

To me, more pixels means better image quality (yes, including noise performance) and a built-in optically-perfect teleconverter.  The only downsides are file size and the related things like raw buffer depth, both of which can be solved with technology.

So I'd like more pixels - the more the better if in-camera cropping and/or reduction options (good ones - not like SRAW/MRAW) are present.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 01:58:05 PM »
If this is in a 1D body with built in battery grip, I can see a lot of enthusiasts disappointed.

If that happens, I'll probably buy a 70D instead.  The 1D body style is a deal-killer for me.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 03:24:46 PM »

An STM lens.  Really.  That's pretty weak for what is presumably a best-in-class APS-C rig in the $2k neighborhood.  STM is fine for video, and it's also nice upgrade over the squeaky slow AF motors of the older entry level Rebel kit glass, but 7D2 still shooters would want the speed of USM, right?

Are they legitimately going after pro wildlife/sports guys with this rig or just enthusiasts who want a high burst rate?  Surely the days of kitting this with a relatively average lens are over, aren't they?  (I recognize that the people drooling over a 7D2 likely already have a lot of glass, but the same could be said at the launch of the 5D3 and that had a decent lens kit option...)

I think it could make a lot of sense.  Here's why.

First, I think you're right that many prospective buyers would already have a lot of lenses for shooting stills, and would have little interest in either a cheap kit lens, or one of the L zoom options like the 24-70s or 24-105.  However, many of them might have relatively little interest in video and would therefore have few, if any, dedicated video-lenses (STM, wide focal range, usually).  Therefore, a higher-quality STM video lens might make sense.

This applies to me.  I have plenty of lenses for still shooting (though, the rumored Sigma 24-70/2.0 OS sounds pretty exciting if it's real), but I would be interested in, say, an 18-135STM as my video lens if the 7D replacement comes with some great video features (dual-pixel, hybrid viewfinder, good compression, resolution and windowing options, etc.).  Maybe they're even thinking of a power-zoom if this camera is going to have a lot of new video functionality.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:08:14 AM »
A new STM?  Hopefully, it'll start at 15mm.

Actually, a 15-60ish/2.8 to replace the 17-55/2.8 would be a smashing release along with a 7D replacement and a 100-400L replacement.

But, I suspect it'll be either another 18-55 type cheap kit lens, or a hyperzoom like the 18-135 or 18-200.

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