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I have both. 2 16gb cards and a 32gb. I find when I go out shooting for the day I fill the 16 more often than not. The 32gb cards are getting cheaper and more reliable. My wife has 2 64gb cards in her D7000 and that is totally overkill. She doesn't think so but it mainly comes down to how much you trust your cards. Full 32 and 64gb cards are a lot of photos to lose if they fail. More people choose to keep fewer pics on more cards just in case one fails.

I think we all take an acceptable risk using digital cameras and related equipment and things can and do happen. I have had Lexar cards fail but so far no Sandisk problems but I'm sure they have had their share of problems as well.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 04:33:38 PM »
You are getting a divorce, and his wife shoots with Nikon cameras? It's all explained. :-*

LOL! You guys are terrible. I got divorced a couple of years ago and I have recently remarried. My ex was never serious about photography but she insisted on splitting the camera gear. It was cheaper to give her what she wanted vs paying a stupid lawyer. I can replace gear, nothing is worth fighting over. I actually met my new wife while out shooting. We always tease each other about who has a better camera and people who watch the antics can't believe we are married. I have actually been thinking about selling my 7 for a while and getting a FF instead. I am leaning towards the 5D2 but I have only used the 5D2 and not the 6, so that's why I wanted other people's opinions


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 03:58:10 PM »
I'm confused. In your gear signature you say your wife shoots Nikon, yet in the divorce settlement she has insisted on taking the 5D II ?

LOL!  Sorry. My new wife shoots Nikon. She will never switch to Canon and it's fun to be able to try out Nikon's offerings without any real commitment. I love the image quality from the D7000 and D7100 and I believe that these were 2 very well thought out cameras. The biggest thing that's keeping me from switching is I cannot stand the ergonomics of Nikon's. Strange, I know but I have heard/read this from more than one person.

I love my 7D as well but given it's hard to tell the images apart between the 7 and the 40 the one to sell would be the 7 and put the money towards a FF body. Granted, I know the 7 is a superior camera to the 40 in terms of certain features but I dont shoot video so it comes down to image quality and I believe the 40 has an advantage over the 7, espically at higher ISO speeds. And IF canon releases the 7D2 in the future I would rather sell it now while before the prices drop even more. Sad, they are 1500 new but you can pick up refurbished bodies for under a grand and used bodies for 7-8 hundred  At least that's what I'm thinking.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 02:56:45 PM »
A friend is borrowing my 7D and I have been using my 40D until I get it back. I have almost forgotten how much I loved my 40D. It has great ergonomics and the image quality is fantastic. Photos are sharp and the AF system, even though is dated a little is very fast and dead on the majority of the time, even in low light. The frame rate is good and isn't far from the 7D. I have always wanted another FF (ex got the 5D2 in the divorce) and I don't need (or afford) a 5D3.  What do you guys think? This would give me a nice crop body for when I need one and a good FF when I want one.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:16:03 PM »
The 7D2 was past "due" a couple of years ago. I'm not saying that Canon won't make a 7D replacement but the firmware update seems like Canon was trying to appease the mob while they were figuring out what to do. I love my 7D and I believe that a replacement would be a top seller, provided it not only was fast but also reigned as a low noise camera as well. I would prefer that Canon kept (or dropped) the MP and concentrated on image quality over more megapixels.

It does seem likely that this is not the year for a 7D replacement. I think the 70D is poised to compete with the best Nikon crop sensor offering, the D7100. Canon may view the 70D as they did the 6D. It offered some improvement over the 5D2 in a newer body. But who knows?


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 10:53:43 PM »
Both 70d and esp. d7100 are very good crop cameras and the 7d2 will have to excel in multiple categories to be recognized (phase-af, video af, resolution, fps, durability, ...)

They way I look at it is, if Canon makes a 7D2 then they do, if they don't then no worries. Fortunately my 7D and 40D fit my shooting needs so I really don't need to upgrade anytime soon, unless I go full frame and then I'll get a 5D3.

The fact that Nikons flagship APS-C body is the D7100, Canon may just call it quits with the 7D line and go for a camera that is more video orientated instead. The 70D packs a lot of features and performance. The V2.0 firmware update gives further reason to believe that Canon may be looking at other options than a 7D replacement, which could also explain why there hasn't been any real information regarding one. With the other cameras, there has always been some information leading to an announcement within a reasonable amount of time afterward. We have been hearing rumors after rumors for over the past couple of years and nothing sounds really plausible.

Who knows. I am just glad Canon DOES make awesome camera gear I can use today. I'm gonna go shooting this weekend!


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 20, 2014, 09:56:53 PM »
I think one of the problems with Canon's DSLR lineup is that they have too many models on the market. It is not really economical to support future development of all of them.

I believe that that is one of Canon's biggest problems right now. I also believe that Canon, for years, have continued to set the bar of performance for DSLR's.

1) The 5D was the first "compact" full frame DSLR, it was in a class all on it's own. (Nikon didn't follow until about 3 years later with the D700)

2) Even though the Nikon D90 was first, Canon raised the bar by putting video into the 5D2, a camera that was ahead of it's time and far superior to the D90 (at twice the price) in many ways. To this day, it's a very popular camera.

3) The 7D was loaded with features and speed and showed what a high performance crop body could do. A test bed for a lot of the technology that is found in today's Canon bodies.

4) The 5D3 integrated affordable speed and fantastic full frame image quality into a compact DSLR body (compared to dual-grip bodies), not to mention many other great features.

5) The 1DX stands king of speed and image quality. It was smart for Canon to blend the 1Ds and 1D lines in favor of this new powerhouse and sales proves it.

I think a lot of people got used to Canon always leading the way and lately it seems like the semi-professional APS-C segment (I.E. 7D line) has been largely ignored. The 70D is a very nice camera, but it's no "7D". Maybe it's on par with the 7D but certainly not "class-leading".

Something else to consider that didn't necessary exist a few years ago is now we have a market flooded with tons of awesome used camera equipment for dirt cheap. I mean, the 40D was $1600 new and now you can get bodies for $250-$300. It's a powerhouse of a camera and still takes fantastic images. It's getting harder and harder for the companies to "impress" the people with REAL usable features. There will always be the useless features that look good on paper but I'm not too concerned with those. Not to mention the fact that DSLR's are still expensive and not everyone has a grand laying around to just buy new equipment each time a new body comes out.

One more thing is that not everyone shoots video, I don't. My 7D takes video and I have never taken a video with it. I am a still shooter so I don't look at DSLR's from a video point of view and I am sure there are plenty of people out there who feel the same way as I do. I think Canon is starting to forget that people still take still photos. Seems like more attention is being placed on video features than photography features. From a still photography point of view, just about all of the APS-C bodies from Canon over the past 3-4 years have been pretty much the same, just my opinion...

I always figured that when they released the T5i (at 5fps) they would integrate the xD line into the xxD line. Well, the 70D came out and I suppose with 2 entry level cameras under the Rebel line, it is still possible, but I thought they would get rid of the xxD in favor of a 7D replacement rather than the other way around. The fact that Canon has been mum on any news regarding any kind of 7D replacement adding to the V2.0 firmware update unlocking many new cool features to the 7D makes me wonder if they will even go down that road. Again, Nikon does not have a "7D" and they may feel the D7100 is sufficient enough competition to the 7D that they don't need to make a higher performance crop sensor body. The 70D is pretty close to the 7D in terms of features that I believe that a lot of people will buy the 70D on the fact alone that it is simply a newer camera body than the 7D.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 10:04:18 PM »
Yeah, I don't think they are going to release a 7D replacement...

I think it's very possible you are right, for 2 more reasons in addition to the ones you already mentioned,

1) The 2.0 firmware update unlocked some very cool features to an already great camera giving it more "life" and,

2) The Nikon "king-of-the-crop-sensor" body is the D7100. My wife shoots with one and the images are fantastic. Nikon really doesn't have a 7D equivalent and the 70D is lined up to compete with the D7100. I still think the 7D is the better choice (for a couple of reasons) but the 70D and D7100 are very, very nice cameras. I don't shoot video so I can't base my choices on anything other than still shooting and as such I could care less what video features any of these cameras have, but many people do care about video features.

I see tons of 7D's when I go shooting, however I am seeing more Nikon D7000's and D7100's out there. Nikon has a real winner with these two cameras and I think Canon might have realized that they don't need a high performance crop body other than the 70D.

Canon may feel that keeping the 7D around for a couple of more years will keep the budget minded sports and wildlife photographiers happy and the 70D will make the rest happy. I really won't believe anything regarding a 7D2 until I actually can buy one for myself.

Fortunately for me, the 7D suits my shooting needs and I really don't feel the need to upgrade unless the FF bug finally hits me and I buy a 5D3.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Announcement in March? [CR1]
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:17:03 PM »
I can understand Canon "reusing" the 18mp sensor over and over again as Nikon has done the same with their 16mp sensor and now new 24mp sensor. It makes good marketing sense, in a way. I just think that it has been more noticeable with Canon as the last 5 years and 9 camera bodies have been 18mp even though there have been some small changes between certain sensor designs. Noise levels have not gotten noticeably better either, so naturally, people have become frustrated.

The 7D is 5 years old and I still think it is one hell of a camera body that is very capable. All crop sensors have noise so if your job demands noise free images, you are not looking at crop bodies anyway, you are shooting full frame.

I think the last couple great cameras from Canon were the 5D3 and 1DX and other than that nothing has been released (in MO) from Canon that is ground-breaking or anything that would make me want to give up my 7D and 40D backup. I still use my 40D and the images are stellar, I will never give up my 40D!

Hopefully, IF Canon makes a 7D replacement, it will show the "world" what a great crop body can do!


Canon General / Re: Canon lack of innovation
« on: February 17, 2014, 11:41:07 PM »
I think the thing to try and keep in mind is that Canon manufacturing understandably (among several other Japanese companies) ground to a halt after the Tōhoku earthquake (and subsequent tsunami) in 2011. Several cameras I'm sure were either put on hold or halted altogether.

In a world where rebels got replaced every year and the XXD line got replaced approx every 18 months, the  T3i ran for over a year and the 60D ran for almost 3 years. The T3 ran for 3 years before getting replaced. The replacement for the 5D2 was released on "time" in the prosumer FF segment. The 1Ds3 ran for 5 years before it was replaced by the 1DX and that camera was released 5 months after it's announcement.

I think what people are wondering is will the 7D be replaced by the 7D2 or will the 70D take the APS-C crown? Personally I won't believe anything about the 7D2 until I see it announced by Canon and I can actually buy one. Nikon's "flagship" APS-C body is the D7100 and it is in line features wise with the 70D.  Nikon does not have a "7D" equivalent and they may feel they don't need one. Canon may follow that thinking.

The 7D is hugely popular and with the V2.0 firmware update it may be Canon's "answer" to a replacement body. I don't think the megapixel race is all that important vs image quality. I would prefer that Canon make a APS-C 14-16MP sensor that is largely noise free vs a higher MP crop sensor. I don't think (based on high ISO noise comparisons) Canon's crop sensors today are hugely better at handling noise than the 7D's, so nothing has really changed there really, just a bunch of 18MP camera bodies that vary a bit from each other. Hopefully Canon will come up with something that will inspire confidence in their DSLR's again.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel Kiss X70 Specs
« on: February 12, 2014, 12:07:41 AM »
I'm impressed with how much camera you can buy with not much money.

I see your point but you can do that now even without this camera. The market is already flooded with several great 18MP bodies as it is. For 250-600 bucks you can get just about any camera you want, even getting more features for your buck than this new entry level for less $$$.

We really don't need yet another boring 18MP camera from Canon, I am becoming less and less impressed with Canon cameras. Get back to the old days when the sensors and camera bodies were revolutionary and state of the art and set the standard for other cameras rather than regurgitating the same 'ole same 'ole over and over again.

Makes one wonder what Canon is thinking....


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS Rebel Kiss X70 Specs
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:20:37 PM »
Yay!!!  Another 18MP camera from Canon!

This sucks....

Nikon is looking better and better all the time...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 40D with grip for $300, or something else?
« on: February 05, 2014, 10:23:52 PM »
The 40D is a fantastic camera. I truly believe that it was largely overlooked body. Canon (in my opinion) released the 50D early to compete with Nikon's D90 even though the 50D in terms of image quality was not any better than the 40D's image quality even though it is 10MP vs 15MP. Yes the 50D has a few "newer" features than the 40D but none are worth (to me) paying any extra $$$ for them.

I bought my first (used) for $500.00 3 years ago and only replaced it when it got stolen about 2 years ago. My insurance paid for a 7D and I still have it. I had been wanting a second body (back up) and I found a lightly used 40D (w BG-E2 grip) for $300.00. Because of how awesome the photos it takes are I put my EF 100mm macro on it and use it mainly now as my macro camera.

The prices on 40D's are a couple of hundred cheaper than the 50D's right now and the 40D's image quality is fantastic. Excellent sharpness, low noise (even at high ISO) and fast FPS make it a steal for the prices now-a-days. I don't shoot video so it's not even a point of worry that the 40D doesn't shoot video. I have a couple of photography friends who still use the 40D as a primary body and they get fantastic photos. Put good glass on it and it will do anything you ask it to do. You won't regret buying one.


Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 20, 2014, 11:51:20 PM »
With regard to choosing one camera over the other because of ergonomics I will say this, I shoot Canon and my wife shoots Nikon. She has the D7000 and D7100. I had the chance to purchase a D7000 and make the switch a little while ago and one of the reasons why I didn't was because I really don't care for the way these particular cameras felt in my hands. I love the way my Canon bodies feel.

As far as image quality goes Nikons are fantastic. My decision had nothing to do with that. In fact I think Canon can learn a thing or two from some of the features found in Nikon bodies.

I can understand if Scott changed because of ergonomics.... made sense to me.


Lenses / Tamron 1.4 MC4 teleconverter and Canon 7D - Love it!
« on: January 14, 2014, 12:11:33 AM »
I had been interested in getting a 1.4x teleconverter for my lenses but I don't own any lenses that are compatible with the Canon brand tele's, so that leaves the A/M ones like the ones made by Tamron. I currently own the EF 70-300L IS USM, EF 100 Macro and 28-135 IS USM. I wanted to try it out using my Canon 7D.

I have a photography friend who owns a Tamron 1.4x MC4 (non pro) and she let me borrow it for the day at a trip to our local zoo. It was overcast so it was going to be a great test to see how well the AF worked in lower light situations. I have to say that I was very impressed with how quickly it locked on focus 99% of the time. Only at full zoom on my 300mm did it hunt on occasion, but even then, it locked in pretty quickly.

I got home and went through the photos and the image quality was incredible. The images were very sharp and detailed.

I did a search and found a used Tamron 1.4x at KEH for 65 bucks. I used it this past weekend and it worked fantastic. It correctly metered the aperture ( I.E. f4 instead of 2.8 ) and worked well with all settings (I.E. Av mode) I couldn't be happier and would recommend getting one if you have been interested.

The extra reach on my zoom was worth the couple of times it had trouble locking on. The way I look at it is that I can always take it off if lighting is really poor or if I can't risk not getting the shot. I also really enjoyed using it on my 100mm macro, it not only gave me a longer working distance from the subject, it had a magnification factor as well that was awesome.

Just FYI in case anyone was interested in getting a 1.4x tele.


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