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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.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Coming for CP+? [CR1]
« on: January 11, 2014, 09:31:51 PM »
Look at your current equipment list, and be happy with what you have...

I couldn't agree more. Of course I am anxious to see what Canon will come out with if they decide to replace the 7D, but I am really happy with my current 7.

Unless something happens to my camera, I don't plan on buying a new camera anytime soon, even if the 7D2 comes out in the next few months. There isn't a camera body that's currently better than my 7D for the money.

Even if something does happen to my 7D, replacement bodies are cheap right now and will be even cheaper if and when the 7D2 comes out. I will probably be shooting with this camera for quite some time. :)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is the 7d still a good body?
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:40:49 PM »
I love my 7D. Unless you are a obsessed pixel peeper and love blowing up your images on your PC to sizes that no normal people would make prints at, you don't notice "noise" from any of the images taken even at high ISO's.

Too many people are way over concerned about noise and pixel peeping than taking photos, in my opinion. I took the photos I posted at ISO 1000 and 2000 and under normal PC viewing and in 11 x 14 prints they look awesome.

I don't know too many people who make regular prints above 11 x 14 unless you are in the advertising business or for some reason it is your JOB and you NEED to make prints above that size. So unless it is your job, stop worrying about noise.

I set my ISO at "auto" and get the shot, because that is all that really matters in the end.

7D's are fast, responsive cameras and they are cheap right now. Get a 7 and you won't be disappointed. I'm sure plenty of people will answer that the 7 sucks, but oh well. It's built like a tank and 8fps is hard to beat, not to mention that the AF is super fast. It's almost $2000 cheaper than the 5D3 and I have seen refurbished bodies with a 1 year warranty for under a grand at Adorama.  It really is a hard camera to top for the cost.

Even if the 7D2 comes out this year I don't plan on upgrading. The 7 fits my needs and I shoot mainly wildlife which for the most part "requires" a fast camera, in the AF department and fps. I already have a great camera, so I don't need to replace it anytime soon. :)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / 2.0.5 firmware for Canon 7D....updates?
« on: January 10, 2014, 11:01:58 PM »
I am currently running firmware 2.0.3 on my 7D and haven't seen the need to update to the new "strange" firmware announced from Canon.

I have heard it does not work with ML but has anyone else ran into any other issues? Like A/M batteries or ???

I have done a search online and on here and it didn't pull up much.



EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Not Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 14, 2013, 06:07:51 PM »
I wouldn't get all worked up. If Canon makes a 7D2 then they make a 7D2, if they don't then oh well.

I am perfectly happy with my 7D. It's a workhorse and built like a tank. I love the images and since I am not a "pixel peeper" and blow my images up to ungodly sizes on my computer screen, high ISO shooting is no problem either. High ISO images from the 7D look fantastic, even in print sizes up to 11 x 14.

Even if my 7D breaks (or gets ripped off), there are still plenty of them out there for sale at a fantastic price. Less than a grand for a refurb with a 1 year warranty from Canon? Can't top that!

Even if Canon does make a 7D2, I won't be quick to replace my current 7. It's perfect for what I use it for.


EOS Bodies / Re: 7D shutter count
« on: December 14, 2013, 01:41:51 AM »
I believe my 7D has over 60K (I haven't checked EOScount in a while) clicks and it's a tank. I use my camera almost daily but I also take very good care of my equipment. I agree with most people on here, that the shutter is just one piece of a very complex machine.

The 7D was built with very high performance in mind and I think the quality shows, especially with so many people out there with 7D's that have been going strong after years of hard use.

As long as the person took care of the camera and it shows (clean, lack of visible damage... etc...) then you have a good bet it will be a good camera, even if the shutter count is high. But, with refurbished models so cheap from places like Adorama, why would you buy a used one? A 7D for under a grand with a year warranty? That is a steal for a workhorse of a camera. It's speed and image quality is hard to beat at the price.

I love my 7D and I don't plan on replacing it anytime soon, even if a 7D2 comes out.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Is the 5DC 12 bit color or 14 bit?I can
« on: December 13, 2013, 01:29:59 AM »
5D is 12 bit RAW file.

Dang, was hoping for 14 bit. Oh well. :) Thanks!


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Is the 5DC 12 bit color or 14 bit?
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:54:35 AM »
I can't seem to find an answer. I am looking for an inexpensive FF and the 5D seems to be exactly what I am looking for. Does anyone know if the 5DC has a 12 bit color processor or 14 bit? thanks!

Oh, and to anyone who wants to suggest that the 5D2 or 5D3 is a better choice, feel free to either donate one or send me the funds. I have a budget and I don't use FF cameras very much. But there are times I would like one and the images from the 5DC are fantastic and the 12.8MP is more than enough resolution. I am not a "more MP is better" kind of shooter. I believe the 5DC will be a perfect FF camera for what I need.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Thinking of swapping a 5d3 for a 1D4.....
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:13:04 PM »
I have also decided that I would rather have a 1D4 over the 5D3.

It's a beast of a camera and for wildlife shooting I would rather have 10fps and "lesser" IQ and get that shot than a little bit better "image quality" and miss it.

I have spoken with a few well known wildlife photographers and they say that if you switch to the 1D4 (over the 7D) you will never look back. David Hemmings didn't even blink when I asked him about upgrading to the 1D4, the 5D3 was never even mentioned.  Believe me, he is someone who would know.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:04:50 PM »
I agree with a few of the people on here. I don't use the wireless feature so I am not sure if I really need this update. I am currently using 2.03 and my camera is working perfectly.

I'll wait and see if any other "fixes" are supported by this update before I download it to my camera, especially seeing as how you CANNOT go back to an older firmware set. I don't like being forced to keep anything...


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Got a new CF card today for my 7D
« on: December 11, 2013, 09:46:45 PM »
I had purchased a Lexar 32GB Professional 1000X CF card a few months back and had to return it because it had gone bad. The second replacement card had also gone bad. (Both had gone bad rather quickly, within a month) I had the second one replaced and sold it. Since I still needed a card to shoot with I purchased 4 Sandisk Extreme 16GB cards for my 7D. (This is not a rant against Lexar, I simply have no idea why those 2 cards went bad. Before those and after those I have had NO issues with any other cards I own)

The Extreme cards are fantastic, but I loved how fast the Lexar card cleared the buffer on my camera. Now that Sandisk has enhanced their Extreme Pro level of cards (without raising the price), I wanted to see how the new cards worked with my 7D.

My 32GB Sandisk Extreme Pro CF card showed up today in the mail. Got a great deal on it from Adorama.

I stuck a 16 Extreme card in and shot until the buffer was full (RAW), approx. 8-9 seconds to clear.

I then put the 32GB Extreme Pro card in and did the same thing, about 4-5 seconds to clear.

Not a HUGE increase, BUT almost twice as fast and IF you are wating on your buffer to clear before you can take another shot, each second waiting can feel like an eternity. LOL

Seems like for a few more bucks (about $90 bucks for a 32GB Extreme card vs $130 for an Extreme Pro) you can have a speed boost for your 7D.

I only brought this up because, before the V2 firmware update, the 7 did not seem to be able to take advantage of the UDMA 7 standard and now, after the V2 update, it can write at the faster speeds.

Just FYI. :)


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: SDHC vs Compactflash
« on: December 08, 2013, 05:56:07 PM »
Form a practical standpoint, size might matter.  Even if a 64GB CF and a 64GB SD had identical data transfer rates, I personally find the smaller card more difficult to change in the field.  I have dropped the smaller cards a lot more frequently than you'd imagine.  For me, especially in weather extremes, the CF is just easier to handle.  YMMV.

I agree with this one. I like the CF cards more because they ARE larger and easier to handle. I see where everyone is coming from though in regards to both cards.


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