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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.


I know the world is wrapped up in who is going to win the world cup, point and simple, but look, there has to be those present that are camera geeks looking out for new gear.

We have heard that the 7D2 is there taking photos, but where are the spy photos of that gear? At this point in the game I am very surprised that there hasn't been ANYTHING, no REAL specs, no "I caught you" photographs, nothing.

I'm really starting to think that Canon may just drop the XD line and concentrate on more video related cameras. The 70D is a decent replacement, just as the 6D was a decent replacement for the 5D2.

It will be interesting to see what happens in August. Will the 7D2 be announced? My guess? Maybe not...


EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:14:22 AM »
But if I had to bet, I'd still say the 1D4 ends up better than the 7D2.  I just think the 7D2 will be an APS-C sensor with a max useable ISO of maybe 1600.  Guessing again, but I'm also assuming the AF system in the 1D4 will still be superior, there will be no spot metering for active AF point in the 7D2, no faux M mode (auto ISO in M mode with limits set), and there certainly will not be a flash sync speed of 1/300s.  Not to mention shutter durability and camera build.

The 1D4 really for me, is a cropped sensor 1Dx.  It performs less at higher ISO's, but I'm telling you, with shots I did not have to raise in post, at ISO 6400, were totally useable.  Where I see the 1Dx beating that is that you can shoot at ISO 6400 and still raise quite a bit in post and yes the metering and AF beat it off the field.  But a 7D2 will not likely touch any of that.

Again though, I could be wrong.  I actually hope I'm wrong just because of how great I think the 1D4 really is.   

These are my thoughts exactly which would explain why the pricing on the 1D4 has remained strong. I have talked to several people and they said that if I ever got my hands on a 1D4 I would never look back again at the 7D, unless it was a backup.

I really want the 1D4, it's reasonably priced for its capabilities and brute speed and the image quality if fantastic, much better than the 7D.

Unless the 7D2 is just ONE hell of a camera, I am still looking at getting a 1D4. But my gut feeling is that the 7D will just be quietly discontinued allowing the 70D to take its place just like the 6D quietly replaced the 5D2... think about it...

The 70D is about to the 7D what the 6D is to the 5D2, it would go along with Canon's current way of thinking. The 5D2 is better than the 6D in certain things and visa-versa, same with the 70D. Some things are better than the 7D and some are not. Again the LACK of any REAL information THIS late to an announcement date is very strange. I could be wrong, but we will just have to wait and see.


EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 10, 2014, 12:41:52 AM »
It looks like the anticipation has dropped the price of the 1D Mark IV by at least 10%

You know, that's not such a bad thing. I have really been looking at that camera as a replacement to my 7D.


EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:10:34 PM »
At this late point in the game, I am not going to get excited about any 7D replacement until I can actually buy one. Any replacement has been overdue for a couple of years now and several cameras are just as good as if not better than the current 7D, like the 70D or Nikon D7100.

Who knows? I wouldn't be surprised if they just dropped the XD line in favor of the 70D and just concentrated on more cinema cameras. I almost wonder if Canon realizes that some of us actually LIKE taking still photos and could care less if our DSLR can do 4K video?

Besides, I already own a 7D and paid (at the time) almost $1550 for it. I am not just going to take a loss on my 7D (by selling it for, what 600 bucks) just to spend an estimated 2 grand for an "upgrade". I cannot imagine ANY new camera being 2 grand better (in a crop sensor body anyway) than my current 7D.

My camera is fast, responsive and I am more than happy with the image quality, even at higher ISO speeds.

Guess we will just have to wait and see until August.

I talked to a friend of mine who has a lot of Canon contacts and I inquired about the lack of information regarding any kind of replacement body at this point. He only said that Canon was getting better at keeping information contained regarding new cameras. Pft... we had a LOT MORE information about the 5D3 before it's announcement. The true lack of any REAL information about a replacement body makes me skeptical.

May not happen guys... I hope it does, but may not...


EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 07, 2014, 03:00:37 AM »
I bought my 7D new back in late 2011 and I love this camera. After the v2.0 firmware, it is fast, has a great buffer size and supports very fast speeds of CompactFlash cards.

Every camera has limitations, no matter what body it is. Some more or less than others, but they still exist. But here is why I love my 7D and even IF they release a 7D replacement soon, I will keep my current set-up for quite a while.

1) The image quality of the 7D is impressive, even at high ISO in decent light. If you are one who shoots constantly in low light a crop sensor is not for you anyway, so this doesn't apply to you anyway. I have hundreds of good light, high ISO (ISO-1600-3200) shots that are detailed and perfect for print, even without any kind of noise reduction done. Guys, they look great in NORMAL print sizes (even up to 11 x 14) Look if you are a "pro" and you make billboards for advertising, keep your comments to yourself. You wouldn't own a 7D or any crop body anyway, good grief. This IS NOT directed to you anyway.

2) Even though the 70D and Nikon's latest crop body, the D7100 are impressive cameras, they cannot keep up with the OVERALL speed of the 7D, either in fps OR in clearing out the buffer quickly. That alone can make or break the nest shot.

3) The AF system on the 7D is fantastic. Even when I am using my Tamron 1.4x teleconverter, the 7D still locks on 98% even in dim light. The 7D WILL AF at f8, quite a feat in it's self, even if it's not an official spec from Canon.

4) The body and menu is still 100% modern and is build like a tank. I plan on using my 7D for years to come.

5) The last and most important. IF Canon makes a 7D replacement, I DOUBT the camera will produce an Image that is (guessing of course) $1800.00~$2200.00 BETTER than my 7D.

Until such time that the cost to fix my 7D outweighs buying another camera body, I won't switch IF a "7D2" comes out.

Just my 2 cents, take it as that.


I am going to suggest a slightly different camera body. Grab a 40D. You can find very lightly used bodies for $200-300 and the fps is fast and the image quality is fantastic. You cannot really tell the images apart from the 40D and 50D and viewing them normally, they are hard to tell apart from the 7D.

I know several people who still use the 40D (myself included) and I know you won't be disappointed. Invest instead in better glass so that once you have figured out where you want to go with photography you have the glass you need without wasting a bunch of money on a body.

I have owned 2 40D's and they are great cameras.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:39:02 PM »
I'm surprised at this question.  The 1D4 smashes the living crap out of the 7D.  And I have plenty of shots with the 1D4 at ISO 6400.  Not as clean as the 1Dx, but cleaned up very nicely.

Please don't be surprised at my question. I can only go off of the mountains of reviews I read on the internet as I don't have a 1D4 to compare my 7D too. I have READ from some people that the 1D4 sucks with high ISO noise control, but I couldn't believe it because of the physical makeup of the 1D4.

Thank you for taking the time to help me sort out my concerns. I believe the 1D4 will be a perfect upgrade to my 7D and I am seriously considering getting one.


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