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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.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 1D Mark IV or 1Dx?
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:04:06 PM »
I know this is a little off topic but a good place to ask this. I have been wanting a 1D4 for quite some time but I don't know anyone personally who owns one to confirm or deny something that I have heard about the 1D4. I love the 1.6 crop and speed of my 7D, BUT I have talked to some online friends who own/have used the 1D4 and they swear it's a much better camera.

This is what I am trying to deny or confirm. I have heard the high ISO noise control of the 1D4 is horrible, no better than using a crop sensor. I cannot imagine this, because it IS a larger sensor than the 7D (or any other 1.6x crop sensor) and at 16MP (and being a 1.3x sensor) it's got larger pixels than most current crop sensors.

Can anyone shed some light on this? Now, granted, it may not be as good as a FF sensor nor am I expecting it to be. I was just hoping that the noise control would be better than that on my 7D.



Canon General / Re: Insurance for Camera gear
« on: April 15, 2014, 07:35:06 PM »
I live in Arizona and I have had SF insurance on my camera equipment for the past 3 years. I have had to use it a couple of times and they have always taken care of me. I think I pay about $130-140ish a year for me and my wife's equipment. (Approx 12-13K) I would recommend it to anyone.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:21:52 PM »
'They' just got a new Rebel, and the 70D is far too new. That only leaves the upper echelon. I know, this sort of reasoning is flawed, history has proven that time and time again.

No, "they" just got a sub-Rebel. They release a new Rebel every year and the 5Ti is a year old.  They speculated 3 new cameras this year, one being a video body leaving a new Rebel. No 7D2 this year...  The lack of any new real news regarding any kind of 7D replacement supports this thinking.


EOS Bodies / Re: Canon's Plans For NAB 2014 Next Month [CR1]
« on: March 20, 2014, 01:05:51 PM »
If one of those camera bodies is a Cinema EOS product, the other one might at best be a 7D Mark II? I must admit that I am highly pessimistic about this mysterious second camera being the long-rumored high-MP 1D-style camera. Perhaps it is going to be the year of the new camera body I won't invest in. :-\

I doubt it will be the "7D2" or high megapixel anything. It will be a Rebel. I seriously doubt we will we anything exciting from canon this year.


EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 13, 2014, 11:59:59 AM »
I was excited about 2 years ago about a 7D replacement but now I don't care much anymore.  I suspect that Canon is waiting to see how sales of the 70D go. If it sells well enough they may forget about any kind of 7D replacement. The firmware 2.0 update lends itself to the fact that Canon may not release a replacement. If they were then why "unlock" a bunch of cool, useful features on a camera you were going to replace soon?  Seems to me it would (even a little) cut into sales of the new model.


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sell 7D in favor of 6D or 5D2...?
« on: March 01, 2014, 08:32:40 PM »
I read Ken Rockwell's review of the 6D and I'm thinking it may be the camera to go with...


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


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