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EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 14, 2014, 06:58:08 PM »
I will say this, the ONE thing I was really hoping for was one or the other in a dual card slot on the 7D2. In other words, either 2 CF slots or 2 SDHC slots. Personally I like the CF cards over the SDHC cards but recently the speeds of the SDHC cards has gotten much better and they are much cheaper than the CF cards of the same speed and size.

My wife's D7000 and D7100 both have dual SDHC card slots and I love it.

I wonder if the 7D2 SDHC slot will be of a lower speed like the 5D3, would be interesting to find out if Canon fixed that or not.


EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 13, 2014, 09:53:39 PM »
If what we see is true it looks like the "logical" step for a replacement for the 7D. It's a couple of years late but still looks reasonable.

I won't rush out and buy one UNLESS it has superior noise control over other crop sensor cameras, which I doubt it will. Being a crop sensor it will have noise that FF lovers will still scoff at.

But in terms of a crop sensor camera it looks like it is separating itself from the field like the 7D did back in 2009 when it was introduced.

Personally I hope the buffer is impressive and that it handles noise well. Until then I will keep using my 7D until it breaks or gets ripped off... LOL


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 10:35:11 PM »
I am very impressed with the Nikon D750. Yes, I believe this is a camera that could trigger a person to switch platforms. The thought ran through my mind for sure.

Positives: FF, Built-In WiFi, Dual SD card slots, Good AF, 24+ MP Sensor, 6.3fps
Negatives: 1/4000 shutter speed limit, Weather Sealing?
Neutral: Articulating Screen, Built-In Flash, ISO

This camera is going to be directly compared with the 5D MKIII as I think they are targeted for the same segment: Great all-around camera. The 7D MKII is a sports-shooter camera and APS-C. No comparison.

The 1/4000 shutter speed limit doesn't bother me. I checked my Lightroom database and found that shooting above 1/4000 represent .3% of all my images. Weather-sealing isn't a huge issue either. I simply don't expose my camera to elements that warrant it.

I did a couple of shoots lately which reminded me of how useful an articulating screen can be. Getting on the ground and using Live View without it is difficult. Using an articulating screen would be an enormous help and is enough for me instead of using a tablet and WiFi.

There are so many ways I can use this camera. I love my Canon 50D for it's speed and weight. I love the 5D MKII for it's FF sensor and color IQ. But they both have bad AF which is useful for events and sports photography I do. The fps equals my 50D which I find sufficient for sports. The sensor should be more than adequate for my fashion and portrait work.  I love similar card dual memory slots. And at big events where there might be WiFi..  Uploading images in real-time and having someone edit and posting images in real-time?

All for under $2300.

The 5D MKIII wasn't enough for me. It's too expensive for what I get over the 5D MKII: AF & ISO No dual CF or SD slots and WiFi was a deal-breaker.

I think most of us would agree that the 5D MKIV is right around the corner. I'm going to wait to see what that looks like. If the MKIV has the features listed, I'm good and will go with that. I love the ergonomics and UI of Canon cameras. Not to mention the lenses and accessories available.

The only reason I really want a 1DX is that it can do everything I want to do. Unfortunately, even that doesn't have built-in WiFi and it's a $400 attachment. And that attachment looks like it may get in the way when shooting in portrait mode.

The Nikon gives me 85% of what I want from the 1DX. Buying a battery grip is a $400 option which then gets me up to 95%. I can certainly live without the crazy ISO and speed of the 1DX. At 40% of the price of the 1DX especially.

With the Nikon D750, it would certainly motivate me to eventually get a Nikon D810. Which is a superior fashion/portrait camera to anything Canon has right now. If the ergonomics are decent, I could live with the lesser UI from Nikon.

I'm going to try not buying any new Canon specific gear until I see the new cameras from Canon. Hopefully that should happen by early 2015.

I can only hope the buffer can handle a decent amount of photos in RAW. I LOVE my wife's D7100 but the buffer is terrible. You only get 7-8 shots max in RAW...

I think Nikon has a winner with this new body though.


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:50:25 PM »
Looks like a pretty sweet camera, especially for the price.

My wife though, won't give up her D7100. She loves that camera WAY too  much to switch. :)


EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 07:52:45 PM »
The point was, that you can push a crop camera with the much maligned 18Mp sensor to the limits of the camera and still get a decent picture.

I have never put anyone down because of their gear or bragged about mine being better.

No, no, no... I'm very sorry Don, I wasn't meaning YOU personally have put someone down... I just meant it as a general statement. I have met a few so called "professionals" who feel that unless you own the most expensive camera gear you are nothing to them and they treat you like crap.

I honestly wasn't talking about you... I hope you accept my apology.


EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 01:02:33 AM »
I took the identical picture with a 5D2 a couple moments later.... It was definitely a better picture. A better sensor will definitely give you a better picture, but unlike an earlier poster's claim, ISO200 is not the point of no return.

And yes, I hope that they do improve the noise on the 7D2 beyond what we have come to expect from Canon... We should find out in a week :)

I would never try and compare any crop sensor body next to a full frame body of similar resolution. They both have their advantages and disadvantage over each other. The primary advantage of crop is lower cost and usually speed (fps) compared to the FF counterpart.

This really isn't about FF vs crop. It's been proven again and again that FF sensors perform much better.

What does this mean? Well for me it means that I will buy the best camera I can afford for what I need to use it for and use the hell out of it until it breaks.

This is kind of like comparing cars against one another... each model offers something the other lacks and to get both advantages be ready to pay out the nose for it.

Cameras are no different. Not everyone can afford a 5D3 or 1DX. My opinion? Quit putting other people down because YOU own a 5D3 and brag how "superior" it is to a 7D or Rebel. Instead, show them how to use the camera to the best of the bodies ability and let them upgrade later if they feel like it.

Some of my best photos (to date) were taken by my VERY humble XTi and "non-L" 70-300. I still outsell some of those photos over what I have shot with my 7D and with my 5D2...

A true professional does not put others down because they have a "lesser" camera. Instead they teach the "newbie" HOW to learn to use his or her equipment and to learn it well.


EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:07:47 PM »
Now, not to start a war, with price and specs considered (based on Internet reviews) the D7100 is also in the running.

Just FYI, my wife shoots Nikon and she has the D7000 and D7100 and she LOVES her D7100. It is an amazing camera and I love the image quality that it produces. Only three things keep me from switching from Canon to a Nikon D7100.

1) I already have thousands invested in Canon that I can't get a good enough return on...

2) I don't care for Nikon's ergonomics with the D7100, I don't like the way it feels in my hands. The 7D fits my hands perfectly and...

3) The buffer on the D7100 is unfortunately small. You are limited to about 7-8 shots in RAW vs the 23-25 shots I get with my 7D.

But IF I had to decide on image quality alone between the 7D and the D7100, I would choose the D7100 any day.


EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:02:43 PM »
Wait. What? You're shooting sports at 200?  Ok first thing - those dudes are shooting 1600 because no one really cares about noise for sports. Freeze the action, in focus, get a face and a ball and worry about noise some other day. Second, I've shot a lot with a 40D and 7D and yeah they get noisy but not really noticeably bad until 800 at least. I gotta wonder if you might be expecting too much. Also, are you shooting with short lenses and cropping real deep? Because that'll amplify noise like crazy.

+1 I couldn't agree more. I do a lot of wildlife shooting, especially hummingbirds and sometimes I get into the 1600-2000 (even 3200) ISO range with my 7D. I could care less about noise. Once I have processed the RAW file and make a print (even up to 11 x 14) noise is not an issue. The reason I have a camera is to capture a moment in time and to be able to share it with others. My 7D allows me to do that and nobody in the past 5 years of my taking photos have complained about "noise".

Grab your camera and go take some pics...


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...


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