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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 01:03:25 PM »
We’re told the top plate has a noticeably bigger bump around the viewfinder than the current EOS 7D.
A hybrid viewfinder perhaps?  Or maybe the return of eye controlled autofocus?

I was thinking the same.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 11:55:00 AM »
If true, the 7D Mark II's viewfinder will be the exact same size as the 5D Mark III:

5D3 - 1.00 / 1.00 x 0.71 = 0.71
7D2 - 1.00 / 1.60 x 1.15 = 0.71

Crop sensor fans would be elated.

Without other changes, that would make it 2.56x dimmer (or, 39% as bright, if you prefer).

I don't know anything about viewfinders.  Could you elaborate on why it would become dimmer?

The sensor in the 5D is 2.56x bigger, which means so is the mirror and thus the portion of the lens' image circle you are viewing.  At the same f-stop (f-stop controls "brightness" or "light intensity" [technically illuminance]), more area means more light.  Likewise, less area means less light.  If you spread that reduced light over the same area of your vision (subtended solid angle), it's going to be dimmer.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:29:03 AM »
If true, the 7D Mark II's viewfinder will be the exact same size as the 5D Mark III:

5D3 - 1.00 / 1.00 x 0.71 = 0.71
7D2 - 1.00 / 1.60 x 1.15 = 0.71

Crop sensor fans would be elated.

Without other changes, that would make it 2.56x dimmer (or, 39% as bright, if you prefer).

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:42:45 AM »
So what is the point of greater than 1.0x magnification? Wouldn't that aggravate the perspective characteristics of ultra wides and long telephotos?

?????

What does viewfinder magnification have to do with perspective?

Answer:  Nothing.

A larger viewfinder magnification means a larger (and slightly dimmer) viewfinder.  Nothing more.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:39:13 AM »
As a quick counter point... there are certain images that are really hard to get... a ball being compressed by a bat at the moment of contact, a diver just before he puts his fields in the water, etc.

You may have 120 images to sort through, but know which image exactly you want makes it easy enough to find.

But that is about it... no thank you to the remaining 119 images.

The trouble is, I can do single-shot timing reliably to within 5ms or so, and get within around 2ms at a reliability of around 50%.  For spray and pray to do that well, you're going to need in the 200-500fps range.  That's pretty fast, and pretty hard to store.

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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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