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Wow!  Obviously there are many of you out there with a ton of knowledge about operating systems.  I fell way behind the curve over the years.

In reading everything that has been posted on this thread, I have come to the conclusion that the first thing I need to do is address my computer needs soon.  Probably should be doing something about it now.

I am not about to take on a computer build myself due to lack of knowledge and will buy a pre-built, likely from Dell or HP.  It appears I can purchase a pretty high capacity machine for the price of a small lens.  The best processor with lots of memory.  I'll just go for their maximum available build.  i7 processor, 16mb memory, etc..  The remaining question for me is which operating system.  Dell still offers Win7 along with Win8.

I have heard many advise against Win8.  What is the problem people have with it?  Which should I be going with?

You guys are the experts.  I can use your help with this.

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Trying to stay on the oldest OS can be a losing proposition from my perspective (35 years industry experience in HW and SW R&D).  You will continue having to upgrade as MS and application providers like Canon cease to support the oldest versions of Windows.  With Windows 10 on the horizon, MS will likely drop support for Windows Vista when it releases - I believe their policy is support for only the last 2 versions (7 & 8).  Canon will follow suit and you will need to upgrade again if you want any updates.  You may also find performance suffers if your hardware is old, the file sizes increase with larger sensors, and new features are added to DPP.  I'd also be concerned about reliability problems looming with old hardware.  Upgrading the OS can exacerbate problems.

Best bet is to leap forward with new hardware and software that will give you several years of service as your original investment did, rather than keep delaying and moving forward incrementally.  You can start with your new photo software and incrementally move other things from your old configuration as time and resources permit.  I assume you already have your images on a separate hard drive (internal or external) so the move should be easy.  If not, that's the first step I'd take and make sure I have a complete backup (or two) - transitions like this are a good time to make an archive.  Then pick the software you want to use in the future and build a new system around that.

This is starting to sound like good advice regardless of whether or not I buy another body.  Thanks for the input.

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I have been a Canon user my entire life.  I love the product, including DPP which is my RAW converter of choice.

I presently shoot with a 1D Mark IV and a 5D Mark III, which are fully supported by my present version of DPP.  The 7D Mark II requires that I update my DPP.

Here is my problem with that.....

The newer version of DPP does not support my operating system.  I run Vista 64.  Updating my operating system requires that I go to Windows 8 which needs a clean install.  Huge job.  Also, I'm not sure that a lot of my current software will run on Windows 8.  I have CS4 as well as plugins such as NIK, Neat Image and a slew of other free standing applications.

As much as I was not comfortable with the user interface of Lightroom when I tried a demo last year, I thought I would now have to go that route.  Guess what?  Right.  It's now only available under CC and I refuse to rent software on a monthly fee basis which is why I still run CS4.

I'm 72 years old so I guess my 1D4 and 5D3 will have to do me the rest of my life or until my computer cr@ps out and I have no choice.

All Canon had to do was continue to support the operating system and I would have added a 7D2 to my bag.

Okay..... rant over.   :D

Quit your ranting and do your homework. LR is available as a perpetual license from any number of sources, even in Canada. Adobe themselves even still sell it!

https://www.adobe.com/products/catalog/software._sl_id-contentfilter_sl_catalog_sl_software_sl_mostpopular.html?promoid=KLXMV

Thanks.  I did my homework but obviously not as well as you.  I searched the Adobe site but never found this link.  All I came up with when I searched was the rental option.  Appreciate your efforts.

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No offense, but it sounds like you are setting up impediments... creative cloud, local vendors, antiquated operating systems...

We don't always get exactly what we want, but we find a way to make it work.

Nah, all that stuff is legitimate complaints.  Most people find it difficult to update an operating system and there's always a cascading set of problems that follow with programs not working, lost settings, reinstalling everything, its a PITA.  There's also nothing wrong with wanting to support local people who spend, hire, and pay taxes in the local community nor is there anything wrong with being annoyed that Adobe has moved to rental scheme.  IMO, it really doesn't seem worth it to upgrade to a new camera that might be, at best, a marginal improvement in a couple of specs over his current bodies if the setup he has works for what he does.  And I'm saying this as someone who built the computer I'm typing this on, regularly reinstalls the OS, buys stuff online and is interested in the 7DII (depending on how it performs v 1DIV).

Thank you.  Appreciate your comments.

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No offense, but it sounds like you are setting up impediments... creative cloud, local vendors, antiquated operating systems...

We don't always get exactly what we want, but we find a way to make it work.

No offence, but.....  I already have Vista which has been working just fine and I have no desire to incur additional cost if not necessary.  I am not the only one who disagrees with renting software via Creative Cloud.  Many others feel as I do.

Also, I live in Canada and find cross-border shopping to be a pain in the butt.  What's wrong with being loyal to my dealer of many years who has treated me well and provides me with great service?

If I can't find a reasonable solution, so be it.  It's not like I must buy the 7D2.  My current bodies work just fine.  The 7D2 would just have been another toy to play with.

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Hmmmmm.... lots of grist for the mill here.  Thanks for all the input, folks.  I was not aware that Windows 7 was still available.

Neuro, that's one path, but I prefer to keep my business with local vendors.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Canon prevents me from buying the 7D Mark II
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:33:36 PM »
I have been a Canon user my entire life.  I love the product, including DPP which is my RAW converter of choice.

I presently shoot with a 1D Mark IV and a 5D Mark III, which are fully supported by my present version of DPP.  The 7D Mark II requires that I update my DPP.

Here is my problem with that.....

The newer version of DPP does not support my operating system.  I run Vista 64.  Updating my operating system requires that I go to Windows 8 which needs a clean install.  Huge job.  Also, I'm not sure that a lot of my current software will run on Windows 8.  I have CS4 as well as plugins such as NIK, Neat Image and a slew of other free standing applications.

As much as I was not comfortable with the user interface of Lightroom when I tried a demo last year, I thought I would now have to go that route.  Guess what?  Right.  It's now only available under CC and I refuse to rent software on a monthly fee basis which is why I still run CS4.

I'm 72 years old so I guess my 1D4 and 5D3 will have to do me the rest of my life or until my computer cr@ps out and I have no choice.

All Canon had to do was continue to support the operating system and I would have added a 7D2 to my bag.

Okay..... rant over.   :D

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Lenses / Re: Canon 400mm f5.6 in combo with the 5D3
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:53:15 AM »
I have not used this combo for sports, but have used it extensively for birds, both static and in flight.  I would think that my application is as challenging as yours.

In my experience, the performance has been stellar.  Fast and accurate AF and great IQ.















If the combo can handle the above, I'm sure it won't have any problem with sports.  If the f/5.6 aperture becomes an issue, the ISO on the 5D3 can be cranked pretty high to get your shutter speed.

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This image won a contest here in Alaska which got me represented by a stock agency. It has earned me thousands of dollars since I took it in 2009.


Spectacular  :D

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 theory
« on: October 08, 2014, 08:53:00 PM »
It's also possible that the reviewers simply misquoted the sensor pixel count.

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I use a military grade Sanyo flip phone and have no idea if I like the camera in it or not.  When I want a picture, I leave the phone in my pocket and reach for a camera.  :D

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The following is an in-depth review by one of the best sources out there.  It's worth a read.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Tamron-24-70mm-f-2.8-Di-VC-USD-Lens-Review.aspx


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Lenses / Re: Sigma APO 120-300mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
« on: October 05, 2014, 11:47:06 AM »
Unfortunately, as with everything else in life, speed costs money.

From what I've read, never having owned either, the latest version of that lens is noticeably sharper.  Here is a review you can have a look at.....

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Sigma-120-300mm-f-2.8-DG-OS-HSM-Lens.aspx

The other option you can consider for a 300mm lens is the original Canon 300 f/2.8L (non-IS) which can be purchased for considerably less.  Just food for thought.

Good luck with your choice.

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Someone needs to get a life.

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:10:12 PM »
I shoot a lot of motocross and sometimes like to get right on the edge of the track on an inside or outside corner and use 'WA' to give a little distortion to add impact.  However, I'm usually shooting around 32 - 35 mm.







I don't know if this is of any help, but it's how I normally use it.

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