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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 09:59:00 PM »
I'm pretty sure the 7D2 will be a good camera but I'm not going to just dump my current 7D and go out and buy a 7D2. UNLESS the high ISO performance is outstanding (which I am not expecting for really ANY crop sensor body, Canon or otherwise) I am not going to buy one.

My current 7D is fast and takes great pictures, it does everything I ask it to do. If anything ever happens to my 7D, I will probably upgrade to a 5D3 or better yet a used 1D4. Hell, by that time the market is going to be flooded with tons of lightly used 7D's, I might just go ahead and buy another 7D!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: f8 AF question or the 7D and 1D4
« on: September 06, 2014, 11:14:56 PM »
Unless it has been upgraded in firmware and I missed it I believe the 7D is not supposed to work at f8.

No, you are quite correct, the 7D is not designed to AF at f8. However, that being said, it DOES AF with the Tamron 1.4x teleconverter 95% of the time. If I keep it just under 300mm it will usually lock on pretty quickly. It's not 100% but when the lighting is good I like to use it.

The 1.4x works much, much better on my 70-300L with my 7D than it does on my 40D. I was mainly curious if the 1DIV can AF at f8 using the same 1.4x tele and my 70-300L.


Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 05, 2014, 11:04:20 PM »
What a great friend. Nice to hear story likes this richard.'s great to have a wife sharing same hobby. You are a lucky man.

Thanks Dylan, I love that Angella and I share photography. We learn so much from each other, but truth be told, I think I learn so much more from her as she is a fantastic photographer.

The funny part is, I shoot Canon and she is 100% loyal to Nikon. :)


Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: September 05, 2014, 10:02:53 PM »
Here is one of my wife and I captured by the famous Rhonda Spencer. :) She is so much fun to go shooting with and always ready to give a helpful suggestion or needed encouragement.

Angella and I were taking photos of a Cooper's hawk high in the tree and my wife decided to lay her head on my shoe for support because her neck was getting tried of looking up so much. Rhonda of course took the advantage to capture the moment for prosperity. (and of course a few laughs later) :)

I know Rhonda may never read this, but I want to say thank you for the years of not only our friendship but also your encouragement and support of my dream (and Angella's dream) of becoming a professional photographers. 

I first met Rhonda about 5 years ago when I first started in DSLR photography when all I had was a second hand Canon XTi Rebel and an EF-s 55-250 lens. Not once has Rhonda ever degraded me because of the equipment I shot with or my lack of knowledge but instead she taught me to learn and use what I had and that it was the person behind the camera and NOT the camera that took the photos. Something I still truly believe in 100% today.

Rhonda has never looked "down" on us (Angella and I) either because of our lack of experience or not having the "proper" shooting equipment. She has always given complements when she felt they were due and is the embodiment of what I believe a true professional should be. She are a very humble and fun person that draws like persons to herself.

It's people like Rhonda, Jay Pierstorff, Kenny Don and many others (Like Leona Biskie and Dave Mathes, to name only a few) who make photography fun and worth the investment and time spent learning how to capture that "ONE" perfect image.  I know I speak for Angella when I say how grateful we are that we have not only become their friends but over time earned their respect as fellow photographers and have been able to help them with many projects.

We feel like we have been adopted by a very loving and awesome family, one of which I am proud to be considered a part of.


I have read a few places that the newest firmware (that allows the 5D3 to AF at f8) is also reporting some issues with registering AM batteries.

I have also read that some AM batteries work better than others. I have used the Wasabi LP-E6 batteries and have been really happy with them on my 7D BUT has anyone used them with the new firmware on the 5D3 and found any issues? Thanks for your replies.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / f8 AF question or the 7D and 1D4
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:46:14 AM »
I have the 7D and a Tamron 1.4 teleconverter. The 7D handles the teleconverter pretty well and if I find it wants to hunt (usually at 300mm on my 70-300L IS USM) and all I usually have to do is back off a little and I can lock AF pretty quickly.

I have tried to search but I can't find much info if the 1D4 will AF at f8. I know its an superior camera to the 7D but it's also the same age as the 7D. I was told it has a much better AF system than the 7D which is one reason why I am considering upgrading to it. I cannot afford the 1DX and the images from the 1D4 are superior to the 7D. I don't want a 5D3 and if I ever do decide to get another FF camera I will invest in a good used 5D2 or a new 6D. I don't need speed for the FF shooting I want to do.

Thoughts? Anyone use a Tamron 1.4x on f4 (or higher) glass on the 1D4?

Thanks in advance.


EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:12:10 PM »
I think another reason why it would be hard for me to justify an upgrade to the 7D2 is that the 7D, even though it is going on 5 years old now, was loaded with leading edge technology when it was introduced, most of which is still found in a lot of Canon's current offerings. It doesn't "feel" like an old camera, like my 40D does.

Ok, lets put the 7D into perspective.

Yes the 5D3 is superior, but it is also a full frame and costs over 2 grand more! It better be a superior camera. I use my camera daily and there is nothing it can't do that I feel the need to drop $3200.00 on a 5D3 to fix it.

If and only if I shot a lot of low light photography (which I don't) I don't feel the need for a 5D3. And even if I did, the 6D is a fantastic camera body for a ton less. I already have a good wildlife camera so I don't need to spend 3 grand for a full frame camera, when the $1500.00 6D will work perfectly.

I feel the same way about the 7D2...


EOS Bodies / Re: Are you planning to purchase a 7D2
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:27:45 AM »
I love my current 7D. It is very fast, responsive and built like a tank. Despite the many complaints from others about the image quality of the 18MP sensor I have been very pleased with the images I have gotten from it over the past 3 years, even images taken at higher ISO's. I shoot well into ISO 3200 if the need calls for it and with a little post-processing the majority of noise is difficult to see under normal viewing circumstances.

No it won't handle low light like FF nor was it designed too. It was designed as an affordable, fast crop sensor body aimed towards sports and wildlife shooting.

I can't see anything about the 7D2 that makes me want to drop a couple of grand on a new body. Unfortunately it boils down to it still being a crop sensor and thereby subject to image noise at higher ISO's and to gain only 2 FPS doesn't seem worth the extra $$$ to get it.

Unless the new body blows the market away with super clean sharp images unseen before in a crop body I am not overly interested. As long as my 7D is firing away I have no reason to switch.

I am more tempted to invest in a 6D (for the times I want/need a FF body) and I am seriously considering a 1DIV. The FPS, AF speed (and accuracy) and not to mention image quality are so much better than the 7D.  It is a nice compromise between fast handling combined with excellent image quality. Those who I have spoken too (who used the 7D and 1DIV on a regular basis) have told me that if I pick up a 1DIV I will never go back to my 7D.

I'm kinda hoping that after the 7D2 is released the prices drop on the 1DIV. 

I hope the rumored specs are wrong because if they are not, I will be a little disappointed in Canon's idea of a replacement flagship crop body. I think they could have designed things a bit better.

Personally I would have gladly traded MP for image quality and speed. I think if Canon designed a 14-16MP crop sensor that was super clean and extremely sharp at the higher ISO's that would also allow for a fast frame rate and larger buffer capacity, that would have been a deal maker for me. I'm not a pixel peeper like some. More MP does not automatically mean a better shot. I am still amazed at the images I get out of my 40D when I put excellent glass on it. Images are super sharp and very clean.


EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:11:08 AM »
Both Nikon and Canon are leading edge companies that produce world-class cameras and have their loyal followers.

I shoot Canon and my wife shoots Nikon. It gives me the advantage of getting to play around with her equipment without fear of spending money and regretting it later. She shoots with the D7XXX (D7000/D7100) series and they are amazing cameras that produce outstanding images.

I shoot with the 7D and while the 7D out guns the D7XXX series in many ways, the image quality alone from the Nikons is a very compelling reason to switch. 2 of the biggest reasons why I have not switched are 1) I already have years or use and thousands invested in my equipment, $$$ I will never get back if I try and sell my camera gear and 2) I personally cannot stand the ergonomics of the Nikon bodies that I have tried so far. (I have not used ALL of the Nikon offerings so my thoughts could change if I used say the D810....) I have larger hands and the D7XXX bodies are uncomfortable for me to hold and operate. The Canon prosumer class offerings feel much more comfortable in my hands and feel more solidly built.

Truth be told, they both make outstanding cameras and it's the photographer that makes the shot, not his or her equipment.


EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 10:27:38 PM »
Outside of the newer technology, it sounds like a upgraded 1D4 with a crop sensor.

I'm not all that worried about it having a high megapixel sensor. I would gladly trade a few megapixels for super clean image quality. I love my 7D and likely won't rush out and buy a 7D2.

I will wait and see how the image samples compare to the 1D4. I still think that the 1D4 will have cleaner image samples over any crop body, unless it comes with a whole new sensor that blows away just about everything else out there. I would upgrade to a 1D4 in a heartbeat.


Lenses / Re: Image quality with or without filters
« on: August 21, 2014, 12:33:57 AM »
If your a pixel peeper you can tell a difference when using UV filters and I did a quick simple test a little while back to show that under close inspection you can tell the difference between shots when you use one vs. not using one.

But I also proved that under NORMAL viewing of images on the PC, you cannot really tell them apart. Of course a few tried to say that I needed to provide the RAW files so you can pixel peep... etc... but that wasn't the point of it. When you look at an image normally, you cannot really tell them apart.

Even a cheap filer will help protect your glass against minor accidents and scratches. It's cheap insurance and you won't reduce the image quality by any noticeable amount. :)


EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII - where are the leaks ??
« on: August 05, 2014, 08:54:43 PM »
OMG, you guys are cracking me up.

The fact that there are no 7D2 leaks must mean that it is left handed!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrading to a 7D
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:28:58 PM »
I love my 7D. It's fast and I'm more than happy with the image quality even at higher ISO's. No it's not a full frame nor do I expect it to be in terms of FF image quality. The 7 is still a fantastic camera even if it is 5 years old. Even IF they release a 7D2 this summer I won't run out and buy one. My 7 does everything I want a crop body to do and more. If I buy another body I'll go FF and get a 6D. That way I will have the choice of speed and reach or wide angle and fantastic image quality.

I would say keep the 40 as a backup. I have a 40D as a backup.  It takes fantastic images and it's still a fast camera.

You won't regret buying the 7D. It's an amazing camera.


Sounds like Canon are about to really push the boat out....... yeh I know I know  ;D

Yeah, the banana boat. The 7D2 is so overdue and so little REAL information is out there about it that I refuse to get worked up until I actually read an announcement from Canon. In the meantime, I am going to grab my VERY real, totally awesome 7D and go take some photos.


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