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EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 16, 2013, 12:35:42 PM »
The 7D was everything I wanted in a camera, except it wasn't FF. That's about it.
Isn't that where the 5DMkIII comes in? ;)

yes, quite possibly. If Canon had sold it at 6D price.  :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 16, 2013, 10:16:42 AM »
Well, I followed your advice and took my wife to a camera shop ... she spent a few seconds looking at a 100D and 700D before losing interest and making a beeline for the CSC section ... she seemed to particularly like a Nikon 1 J2/3 with red body and matching red lens (because it was all red, her favourite colour and 'cute').

hehehe ... what did I say!  Definitely not a bad choice either. While IQ is no match whatsoever for EOS-M and SL-1 it is plenty good enough for party pics to go on facebook. Build-in flash and surprisingly good AF.  And can be found at low price. ;-)

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:30:40 PM »
There's just nothing major that needs to be improved on the 5DIII.

My God, man, the DR...how in the name of all that's holy could you have forgotten about the abysmally horrible DR of the 5DIII?????????


now that you mention it!  ;D

But ... as we know ... DR is just for DRones. Real men expose correctly. Those funny image sensors don't really matter in digital cameras anyways. They're nothing but center-markers in those big fat DSLRs. Put in there so it's not only smoke and mirrors flapping around in all that empty space. It really is the camera surrounding that sensor that counts, stupid! 2 stops less DR than D800 at low ISO? Pah, utterly useless! Nobody uses those boring low ISO settings, ever! Real men will boldly shoot at ISO 3200 and higher, always! That will unlock the 5D III's full potential ... a whopping 0.1 stops more DR than D800. Now that's what counts!  ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 07:08:47 PM »
Preference for a well-specced 7D Mk. II with APS-C sensor is certainly not only an "individual preference" but definitely on the wishlist of quite a few people in this forum and many more outside of it. :-)

Both Canon (and Nikon) have delayed introduction of successors for their hi-end APS-C DSLRs for a very long time (Canon 4+ years, Nikon 3+ years)
meanwhile FF-DSLRs (6D, D6100/610), mirrorless FF cameras (Sony A7/R) are now available in the same price-bracket that a 7D II (or Nikon D400) would likely be launched into (USD/€ 1500-2000+) the target audience for a 7D has shrunk considerably. Especially "general use" enthusiasts and semi-pros on a budget are not waiting for the 7D II as much as they have waited for the 7D (when FF bodies were still considerably more expensive). By now, many Nikon D300/s users have moved on to D800 and (less so) to D600/610. Many Canon 7D users who never or only rarely experience focal length limited situations have moved on to 6D or 5D III. Or are seriously considering smaller/lighter (FF) mirrorless options (e.g. myself ... and no, I am not the only one with such an individual preference).

From my observation, target group for 7D II by now are mainly "action + reach-oriented "semi-pro/enthusiasts" and possibly some semi/pros who don't want to/cannot afford two 1D X bodies. However, this group is still large enough to warrant a 7D II, especially as long as Canon brings no higher MP / higher fps FF DSLR [5D IV] to market.  ;)

That's why I believe Canon will bring a 7D II rather soon in 2014 and a 5D IV only later (2015).

In addition to action-oriented/reach-limited users they will certainly also try to attract some video shooters on a budget lower than 5D III. Plus some "generalists / enthusiasts" who are happy with an (improved) APS-C sensor and willing to pay for a better body than 70D ... AND don't want to spend large sums to replace their existing EF-S lenses in order to go FF. Especially 10-22, 17-55, 15-85, 18-135 STM, 60 Macro ... these are very decent to really good lenses and to replayce them with equally good or better EF (L) glass ain't cheap. 100 L Macro, 24-105, 16-35 II or 24-70 II ... $$$-$$$$  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:39:13 AM »
I am convinced canon will bring a 7D II. I expect it to be a modest iteration.
As un-innovative as they can possibly get away with!

24 MP sensor, only slightly better DR (+ 0.5 EV) and less banding/noise @hi-ISO (good to 6400)
dual-pixel AF with more than 19 but less than 61 sensors (45?)
9 fps
Some slightly better video crap, but not 4k raw
Built in wifi and GPS
Maybe built-in RT radio flash Controller
Articulated LCD, maybe touchscreen
USD/€ 2299

They will sell a decent number to sports/action/birders/wildlifers.
And buy them some more time for the transition to mirrorless.

It will be too little too late.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A 40mm f/0.85 for Your EOS-M?
« on: December 14, 2013, 01:08:43 PM »
Could it be they know something about the future M that we don't know about?  ???

don't think so.
The lens cannot illuminate FF-image circle.
The EF-M mount does not allow FF-sensors either.

Total lunacy.  Taxation levels must be to low, as long as there are people willing to buy this @ 2 grand.   ;D

+1 ... it is the cheapest full frame camera with a kit lens anywhere in the world.
As a bundle, yes.  But here in the USA at least, the 6D + 24-105/4L IS kit is only $84 more than the a7 + 28-70/3.5-5.6 OSS, and you're getting a more versatile body and a lens with a broader zoom range on both ends, constant aperture, and one stop faster at the long end. 
... snip ...

yes, 24-105 is a better lens.
but: http://camerasize.com/compact/#380.21,488.396,ha,t
oops! :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS M with EVF Second Half of 2014?
« on: December 14, 2013, 12:54:01 PM »
Not sure I would have paid top dollar for the M. I swore I wouldn't get another small camera without a viewfinder or at least an add on. I just couldn't pass up the huge price drop to $299 with the 22mm lens. I love this little camera. If it had a fill flash and the option to turn off the touch screen it would be perfect for my use. But I still enjoy using it when I want to go nimble. It produces great images. Here are some from the other night all ISO 1600. The Theater at MSG.

really like your pics #2 and especially #3 ... great stuff! Congrats!  8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 13, 2013, 12:04:36 PM »
M (and M2 probably as well) AF performance not sufficient for intended primary shooting situation - social pics, mainly indoors (=usually low to very low light, people typically moving)
I'm guessing you've either never used the M and are drastically underestimating it's AF abilities or you've never hung around married women in a social situation and are overestimating their level of activity.

Most women get by just fine with a P&S or camera phone in this situation, the AF on the M is superior to either of those, even with the 22/2 which is great for low-light indoor pics (I should know, I use it for my 16 month old daughter).

AF on the EOS M is a dog and definitely not superior to anything. Good P&S cameras like the Sony RX100 II run circles around it. Of course also helped by the smaller sensor and its wider DOF.  And Nikon 1 AF beats EOS-M by miles, it can track moving subjects, M cannot.

"taking pics at parties" is what the TO mentioned as main use for wife's cam. While we don't know how mild or wild those parties usually are  ;D ... I would definitely not recommend an EOS M as the best camera "to take pics at parties".

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 10D, 100D or 700D?
« on: December 13, 2013, 07:02:38 AM »
In all honesty, the only opinion that matters is your wife's...
+1000. Take it from a guy who's been married three times. Your used cast-offs are not an acceptable gift. Get her a new camera and lens kit that is her's and her's alone. Even a 1Dx would be a bargain in comparison to the path you'll be heading down if you dust off some 10 year old camera and hand it to her.

+1000  :)

In an ideal Canon world, it would be so easy to answer this with "EOS-M2"...
  • very compact, "cute" and cool body ... depending on wife's colour preference in black, white or red ;)
  • sensor with very decent IQ ... in good light
  • good-IQ lenses available, compact and reasonably priced, especialy in kit
  • compact 18-55 kit-zoom with IS and even more compact, "cute" 22/2.0 WA prime
  • highly intuitive user-interface including touch screen
  • built-in WIFI, sharing of images possible, depending on how Canon has implemented it
BUT ... unfortunately this is ... Canon. EOS-M / M2 are no option, because ...  :'(
  • M2 not for sale in US, Europe and most of Asia
  • M (and M2 probably as well) AF performance not sufficient for intended primary shooting situation - social pics, mainly indoors (=usually low to very low light, people typically moving)
  • No built-in flash; separate flash unit no enticing option here

Therefore I'd go with SL-1 with 18-55 STM or possibly 18-135 STM if it's got to be a Canon and a DSLR.
EF-S 17-55/2.8 is a great lens (use it as my primary lens myself), but too heavy and big (basically same size as 24-105L) to be a good choice in this scenario.

Nikon1 J3 might be an even better choice. Small, very "cute", very good AF-performance, built-in flash, IQ "more than good enough" for intended purpose. Dirt cheap. WiFi available via WU-1b plug-in wart.

Or Sony 100RX II. Very compact & light, decent lens, decent IQ for intended purpose, flash and WiFi on-board. Might take convincing of wife and Jones' that it is not just another el-cheapo P&S cam, though. :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 12, 2013, 06:13:49 AM »
Warning - The 2.0.5 firmware update is NOT compatible with Magic Lantern. It won't boot from a ML-enabled card at all. You can downgrade back to 2.0.3 easily enough, but if you're a ML user don't go near this patch.

oO ... so much for the "tinfoil hats" ...  :P

first user reports re. this problem: 
ML-Forum: http://www.magiclantern.fm/forum/index.php?topic=7503.2125
http://www.traumflieger.de/forum/viewtopic.php?t=52218&start=0&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight= [german]

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 11, 2013, 08:33:55 PM »
Wow. The level of paranoia here is incredible. Was there a sale on tinfoil hats somewhere?

I do agree, however, that I'm not particularly interested in this update. But, I can also see why Canon did it if it affects its wireless file transmitter.

Of which they sold what ... 100 or 200? I know many 7d shooters myself, but not one who bought this cludgy wft brick. Must be a really tiny percentage of 7d users who might need this bugfix. Really makes one wonder if undocumented changes are also included in this fw update.

But feel free to test it, i'll be happy to get feedback. ;-)

No I think you have it wrong, the YN-E3-RT and ST-E3-RT can both be used as a receiver for remote shooting, but you can't use either as a trigger, that is certainly how the ST-E3-RT works, you need to use a 600 as the trigger, though another 600 can also be a receiver. The ST-E3-RT does not have the REL (release) option on the menu 2 scrolled interface, I expect the YN to be the same.

You need the cable to trigger pre 2012 cameras as they can't be triggered via the hotshoe,, just like the ST, ergo it seems the YN is the same as the ST.
ok - you're probably right, thanks.

Still a rather strange limitation if only the speedlite can be used as active remote trigger, but not the smaller, cheaper controller unit.

But I don't need a 500$ remote.
Are you sure Canon is the best brand for you :-p ?
I assumed you already have a rt system, thus the trigger cost actually is zero because it's built-in.

Yep, that's just another blatant example of marketing crippling by canon. 600ex-rt can remote trigger cameras, ST-E3-RT cannot.

Proof? The yongnuo ST-E3 apparently works as remote trigger.

Remote shutter release, Linked Shot (Need extra shutter cable for cameras released before 2012)


So first, you say that Canon sucks because they don't innovate.  Now, you're praising a third party company for copying Canon's innovation.   Do you wonder why people think you're a troll?

Canon sucks ... both, lack of innovation and even when they eventually innovate.. they're not making it available to their customer base quickly and in one go. But rather over a long period in ever so small incremental steps. Even when it is something as simple as e.g. Auto-ISO functionality. Or a radio-wireless flash trigger. 

So, some Chinese company has to step in, reverse-engineer the Canon innovation (presumably no "rocket science" involved) and bring a product with improved and additional features over the original Canon product. At a significantly lower price.

If Canon would be "innovative" ... it would not take a Yongnuo to bring Canon customers
  • Group mode on pre 2012 Canon cameras
  • no (possible) hit to X-Sync for pre-2012 Canon cameras
  • 2nd curtain sync over radio (though only in manual mode)
  • AF assist light
  • USB-port for easy firmware updates

Only feature missing in my book of desired flash functionality is direct control over zoom-reflector on radio-remote-controlled speedlites.

If Canon was innovative, they would already long ago have re-done their pre-historic and limiting wireless ETTL-protocol which inhibits 2nd curtain sync (and probably also contributes to HSS limitations). And they would be making and selling 430EX-RTs and EX-RT-receivers like hotcakes, even at inflated prices.

But they have again fallen asleep on the wheel and are being passed left and right by Chinese copycat companies like Yongnuo, Phottix, Pixel King ...

It is obvious, that Canon has become rather un-innovative, unwilling and unable to bring (even mildly) innovative products to market quickly. Not even when it would give them a strong USP, make their entire eco-system more attractive and deliver a lot of value to millions of (dearly) paying clients.

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