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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 24, 2014, 04:09:02 PM »
Having said that, I've just bought myself a Grey 70D (for the record, £626 and some pennies from Panamoz!! Best I've found since ProCameraShop crawled up its ass and died)

Hi Khufu, how did you get on with Panamoz in general and import duties specifically?
I got the feeling that Panamoz was ProCameraShop reincarnate.
Didn't really like their import duties get out of jail card in T&Cs so put me off.
£626 is a ridiculously good price for uk though.


EOS Bodies / Re: sotchi - canon prototypes
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:34:35 AM »
These are fun to look back on! This guy was shooting with the "new" 200-400mm x1.4, 600mm, 1DX and 5D3 before either camera was on sale. The 1DX had just been announced, the 5D3 was unheared of and people were speculating that it may be a sneak peak of the 7D2. this was on or before January 23rd 2011... and there was black tape over the Canon branding ;)

Google Image Search '5D III prototype', it's fun to look back on!

Ah fun times I remember it well, particularly the argument over whether that was a detachable grip or not!   ;D

Canon General / Re: Handstrap upgraded...
« on: February 23, 2014, 05:23:27 AM »
Nice handstrap, great box set!!

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Coming in March? [CR1]
« on: February 21, 2014, 05:33:07 PM »
I think it is clear Canon have created a demarkation of the xxD to allow for a top end model, in the same way we have xxD controls on the 6D. For this reason I'm pretty sure the new 7DII will have 'top end' control interface and be about 50% more expensive than the 70D. This would put it just below the 6D: to use current UK prices including VAT - 70D = £858, 6D = 1379. Add 50% to the current 70D price and voila ! - you have £1287. Job done for Canon.

+1 hope your right about that.
And if your willing to go grey that would probably be about £1094 (70D - £729 grey)

Interestingly the 7D is currently at £1029 (bricks and mortar) making a 7D2 at £1289 look like a real bargin even with quite modest on paper improvements say 1 stop better ISO performance, 5D3 quiet mode and AF without the jitters. I say on paper because I think that in the real world that would be a hell of a good camera!

On the other hand....

First pic of Nessie taken with a Canon 7D2.... Scientists are sceptic about the authenticity of the 7D2  :P

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: City Park Photography Fees ???
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:46:13 AM »
Sounds like unenforceable nonsense, as a tourist I'd just ignore and enjoy. Of course there are many places and cultures where that would be a stupid thing to do but an American city park meh

Lenses / Re: DxO ... a little help please!
« on: February 13, 2014, 04:32:44 PM »
Jrista, thank you for that excellent concise explanation.

Software & Accessories / Hopefully not DxO bashing!
« on: February 08, 2014, 10:33:47 AM »
Just been reading through the topic ‘Why the DxO bashing?’ and was going to post a question but thought that although related was sufficiently OT to stand on its own so here goes!

I’m nether qualified too or in truth interested in commenting on DxO testing, although the very eloquent posts from Mt Spokane, neuro and jrista make a conclusion really rather easy, but I am very interested in their software (Optics Pro  9)
I’ve been experimenting with a view to changing my WF from DPP->Elements to OP9->Elements and have been very impressed with it so far specifically NR Prime. The price point is also a good fit (£75).

Jrista when you wrote; (It gets even worse when you download DXO Optics Pro to see how it works, and find that DXO's algorithms result in FAR more noise with Canon CR2 files than ACR/LR, RawThearapy, or any one of various astrophotography tools...makes me even that much more suspicious that DXO doesn't really know how to properly process Canon CR2 files for optimal performance.)

Is that a conclusion specifically around astrophotography or do you feel that it’s generally true for all subject matter? I’ve been amazed at what and how prime can clean up so far, but then look where I’m coming from.

My primary usage would be NR/WB/Sharpening/jpg out any other adjustments in Elements (although I am considering moving on from that too).

If anyone else has any experience/opinions on OpticPro software particularly NR Prime and how it shapes up against other NR solutions I’d be really interested to hear.

Thanks in advance

Hi Surapon,
I was wondering what the quality of the connection was like in the areas I've circled?
If cheap=poor quality metal then that looks like a potential bad failure point?


Canon General / Re: Patent: EF-S 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
« on: February 05, 2014, 08:22:02 AM »
The only way it would make sense for Canon to use Sony sensors would be to buy Sony’s imaging division (or whatever the bit that makes those sensors is called) To be reliant on a company you have no real control over in that industry in this economic climate doesn’t sound like something Canon would or should do.
Anyway a bit OT, it's only a kit lens!

I'm thinking many of the guys in this forum are not married.

Pretty simple, if your wife wants the 70D, you buy the damn 70D.

Happy wife, happy life.


Lenses / Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:49:16 PM »
Thanks Phil and clickit, I'll enjoy checking out those links  :)


Lenses / Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« on: January 30, 2014, 05:31:31 PM »
Does anyone have practical experience of how the 70-300L and 7D AF work together?


I use the 70-300 L as a walk around lens. It works very well with a kenko Pro 300 1.4x teleconverter. Here is a snap from my crop sensor holiday camera with the same senor IQ as my 7d(I did some extensive testing!) The picture was from a 70-300 with converter. The lens works fine on all formats although it does feel a little erm...'FAT'! It helps to balance it with a grip for sure on the rebels/Ti's. The IQ is slightly better without the converter. If you are close enough to minimise cropping and have good light then you don't need it obviously. Only matters on really large prints, again...obviously.

Good Luck!


Do you ever use this combo (without converter) in AI Servo mode? Its really how this lens performs with the 7Ds AF I'm curious about. I guess if that bird was running around at that point pretty darn good would be the answer!


Lenses / Re: Which lens is should I buy.
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:49:14 PM »
Does anyone have practical experience of how the 70-300L and 7D AF work together?


Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Is Sony junk....
« on: January 27, 2014, 05:35:54 PM »
This moody chap sounds like a fun guy to be around

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 18, 2014, 10:44:14 AM »
I would point out, for those of you who want Lightroom on the go, that you can already have it. Not only that, you can have the full Lightroom. Just get a Windows 8 Pro tablet (not Windows 8 RT, you need the full Windows 8).
Exactly. You can take advantage of the "two installation" allowance in the Lightroom license and install it both on your main PC and the tablet, without having to buy a second license ($99 a year for a more limited Lightroom? Crazy price).
I've been using it on a Surface 2 Pro (the 8GB version) and it works pretty well (sure, an 11" screen may be a little to small, but the iPad is not larger, and has no digitizer). Moreover the display can be calibrated as well using a standard calibration tool.
It has a full USB port so you can tether the camera and use it also with EOS Utility for live view and remote shooting without the need of special cables and/or hacks and 3rd party apps. Being an USB 3.0 port is also very quick to import pictures in Lightroom using a card reader.

You two are talking way too much sense for this thread stop it now

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