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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:49:10 AM »

And just like Neuro, this was one of my most frequently used mode :D


Zone AF was your most frequently used mode? What types of photography are you doing? For my wildlife stuff, I use spot AF / AI servo with my 7D almost exclusively. I have trouble enough getting the focus I want with that and can't see how zone AF would work.

No no, not Zone AF  ;) . Zone AF doesn't let you choose the initial AF point. The mode that Neuro and I were talking about is Automatic AF Point Selection (yes, the one for people who don't really care about what should be in focus). And when you are in Automatic AF Point Selection AND AI Servo, you can select the initial AF point for tracking  :) (I know, it is not really intuitive, and may be that's why the feature's been there for 5 years and still is ignored by some). The advantage of this mode is that all the AF points are used for tracking, so when the subject quits the initial AF point, the other points will take care of it.

YMMV, but I'd avoid using Spot AF combined with AI Servo. Spot AF uses a narrower area for acquiring focus, so it is slower to acquire focus, and it is more difficult to keep the subject within that (narrower) area.

Here are some photos I took with my 7D and my 100mm L Macro, I wish I had the 1D X/5D III and the 70-200mm f/2.8 II L IS for these situations, but that was all I could afford  :D


I just learned a bunch of stuff there marinien thank you

Regards

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United Kingdom & Ireland / Re: Hello...Anyone else from the UK?
« on: September 22, 2014, 08:14:52 AM »
from a little quaint rural village just out side Glasgow....... Ruggie!!!  ;D

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Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:44:13 PM »
I think I see both sides of the argument. I think both are bogus.

I'm unconvinced that innovation would being stifled - whether Sony was the single source or not, I assume they would want to sell more sensors. This means their customers need to offer better imaging performance which - to the extent that the sensor dominates things - means the sensors need to develop.

Being held to ransom - well that's what contracts are for. So that's nonsense too.

There is risk because Sony could close their fab plant... Struggling companies do not close or sell business units that make money. If it's a profit centre, it is safe. This feeds back into my first point - to continue making money, Sony needs to continue selling sensors which means more innovation.

On the different "look" offered by various cameras - I think this is bogus too. Most on the forum will know how to change the colour mapping. (If not, download Lightroom and move the sliders around or look for a preset.) Secondly, a lot of Canon's "warm look" arises from the lenses. If you switch to Zeiss glass, suddenly your images are quite cool.

I like the Canon ergonomics, I do not like the Nikon's. I have lots of EF mount lenses and none with an F.2 mount. I have adapters that let me use legacy lenses on my Canon camera but they would not work on a Nikon. You might say I'm locked in... and I really would like to have a Canon camera with a sensor similar to that in the D810.

Judging from the published performance of the 7D2, Canon is still doing its own thing. That's ok too. Their business is selling cameras not making me happy....

Contracts end and have to be re-negotiated, companies sell off divisions, the buying companies may and very often do have a very different vision, it’s not nonsense. ‘Ransom’ isn't exactly the best word though.

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Lenses / Re: Does it matter anymore who makes the sensors?
« on: September 21, 2014, 10:01:38 AM »
Yes it does matter, not from Sony going bust actually the reverse, being held to ransom is not a business risk I think Canon would want to make.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:53:44 AM »
Wouldn't this whole sensor read noise debate not be better served over at http://forums.usa.canon.com
They do actually have Canon people participating in those forums, ineffective? Certainly no less so than here!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 08:49:19 AM »
I voted wifi but the caveat is it has to actually implimented correctly and be stable!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:43:02 AM »
Looks good and it's a beta camera. Not sure that these tests really mean all that much until proper official RAW software is released from Canon, the 5D3 and 6D releases were the lesson.

Regards

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EOS Bodies / Re: AE-1 Styled DSLR from Canon?
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:22:28 PM »
Only if it was based on the Canon P and takes all my FD's, not a niche market at all   ;D

As has been said, Fuji really has this retro base covered.

It would be a bit of fun but I doubt that's a big driver at Canon central

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Street & City / Re: Street Candid Portraiture
« on: September 17, 2014, 08:33:56 AM »
thanks Guys :)

Great series indeed.
I see you took also a photo sitting on a bike. Do you snap away or ask permission? If so, what is your experience with the first reaction?

If you mean in pic FQ2A6344 ? I think Dan is centre picture in reflection, the technique is interesting and requires a lot of practice I'd have thought.

Dan, do you go round with a group of friends I've often thought that would make street 'easier' as a beginner?

Regards


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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:35:05 PM »
would have loved this to be full frame. would be such a good walk around lens

And they will add VAT on top of that...  >:(

Never mind if they do, as such a simple, low cost lens will be a pretty risk free grey market purchase from the likes of DigitalRev.

+1 exactly, or HDEW they are safe

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EOS Bodies / Re: Video Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:05:02 PM »
I just sat through about 20 minutes of it. He is very biased, and when he can muster any compliments they are all backhanded in nature.  He makes a few points, but overall, it is like listening to nails on a chalkboard because he is so openly contemptuous. 

sek

Every frame in focus.....hmmm

Give it to Tony Northrup and I am sure he could bugger up the settings and drop that down to 60%

He is pretty much doing it now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpiZHZRDRbc

20mins wow impressive, I couldn't manage past 5 !!  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:43:50 AM »
Wow, image buffer is improved over the already excellent 7D. 1090 JPEG/Large, 31 RAW, 19 RAW+JPEG/L.

+1 thought the same then remembered... for 3 seconds! a well swings and roundabouts

EV -3 (for center point only) looks like standard issue now.
The spread of points looks huge to me covering thirds in both orientations?

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Lenses / Re: Official: Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:31:41 AM »
I'll be having some of that, providing the excellent $149 doesn't translate into £200 ! ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:22:44 AM »
Intelligent Viewfinder II


Maybe I'm reading too much into this part but that sounds like a digital overlay ie the start of a hybrid VF ?

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