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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 09:09:03 AM »
I browse this website quite often since 2012. I have never seen so many negative comments about Canon these days in comparison with before.
Has Canon really not satisfying its customers lately or is it that there are new members in the forum who like to put down Canon in comparison with other companies?

I think Canon is still very conservative - but that's not bad at all: It means too that Canon is "stable". A 20sth. year old EF 2.8/24 (non-USM, non-IS) works well on a EOS-M which is a bit younger.
Cameras like 20D or 40D are REAL TOOLS with good hardware control layout, nearly flawless ergonomics.

The 7D mark ii is just a minor upgrade in many terms for a 5 year old camera but ... what I see from reviews and samples it has a very advanced AF system and at least the noise characteristics of the sensor is much improved. And changing from 40D to 7D mk ii might be as easy to change from eating tofu with chopsticks to eating chicken with chopsticks.

I am shure Canon will surprise us in the next months with a high megapixel FF body. The sensor tech of the 7D mk ii on a FF chip will give a 50 MPix camera for good to medium light conditions. Postprocessing will allow to get 10 or 20 MPix files with good high ISO results.

One observation - which is NOT representative - besides criticism on canonrumors: A lot of shops in my home town (a smaller town in germany) exhibit only Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic cameras. Some nikon stuff but Canon stuff only in homeopathic doses. The 7d mk ii istn't available at big electronic markets nor amazon germany.

Best - Michael

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Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: Today at 05:14:34 AM »
Mr_Canuck: Well choosen title ... "In praise ..."

I like the shorty forty on my EOS M - no longer a pancake but a pan cake stack. But for me the resulting 65mm equiv are a very attractive "wide angle" compared to the other lenses I use on a regular base: 160mm macro, 112-320mm, 640mm! And consumes only one lens compartment with its intelligent rear cap - the EOS M.

Another advantage of this lens is the contralight photo quality (see photo below) which gives great contrast and color under these conditions. For the shot below I came back to the same crop field (first session was spoiled by sRAW setting on 40D = 3 MPix) to get exactly that contralight.


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Post Processing / Re: POLL: What picture styles do you use?
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:09:11 PM »
100% RAW shooting. I like Neutral (for on site checks via camera screen) because I have to work for better/clearer/punchier colors ... waiting for the right light or modify the existing light with silk clothes, white paper etc. (The latter not for landscapes ...).

In movie mode it might be the best option to preserve editing latitude - with 600D there is no RAW mode for video AFAIK and I wouldn't like their larger size too.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DII lightmeter on top LCD.
« on: November 16, 2014, 09:24:49 AM »
Thanks for the replies!

Davebo, Thanks for your steps to the ECS! But unfortunately it's not the light meter that shows me if my shots get under or over exposed with the manual speed, aperture and ISO I'm using. I'm looking for the option to get the meter I see on the right side in the viewfinder on the top screen LCD(as with previous EOS models in M mode). I don't use exposure compensation that often, I mostly do my work with manual shutter speeds, apertures and ISO speeds.

I'm sorry if I didn't explain it correctly.

I think you explained correctly - IMO only a few use the light meter on the LCD screen. To avoid wrong readings by users maybe Canon has reserved the "scale" in the top LCD for exposure compensation display. The viewfinder displays both scales (AFAIK - I haven't got that camera now).

What a pity, I use it too sometimes if I work with a tripod - it isn't essential but a unnecessary omitting of a helpful feature ...

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Lenses / Re: 70-200 f/2.8 with T3i or 70-200 f/4 with 7d II
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:17:05 AM »
I currently own a T3i and want to photograph my son at his wrestling meets.  I know the f/2.8 will work with the T3i.  However, would the f/4 allow me to still upgrade to the 7dII?  Will the improved focusing and iso quality allow the f/4 to function well inside of a gym?  I know that the f/2.8 will create a nicer background but I am willing to make some compromise with this.  Thanks.

Not the easiest. decision to make!

IMO a fast camera always helps for moving subjects. Fast means fast response esp. the shutter release. I would prefer the 7 D ii with an Image stabilized f/4 tele zoom -- or alternatively the f/2 100mm lens.

Another Point: The anti flicker feature might help to get more light on the sensor for indoor sports ...

The lighter lens might be much more comfortable to handle if you like to have your camera in your right hand to be ready to shoot.

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EOS Bodies / Re: I killed my brand new 7D MK2 today
« on: November 14, 2014, 03:02:34 AM »
Just a warning.

When you insert your memory card be carefull.
I managed to kill my brand new 7D MK2 today when i was puting a memory card in it.

This can happen if someone uses a brute force method to insert a card - but this can happen too if e.g. the guiding structure and the pins of the connector aren't aligned properly.

My personal "assessment" lead me to the conclusion (for 20D, 40D which have CF card slots) to use the USB port for the download of the image files. Maybe vastly slower than a modern card reader but USB is designed for plug and play and can be found on many devices which are used by "untrained personnel" -- it is designed for moderate misuse while CF cards are designed for "specialists".  Reparing a "4 connector + shielding" port than repairing a socket inside the camera with 32 + x pins ...

But the 7Dii has - if my memory serves well - a small breakout board with the card slots. So repair will not be a procedure like "changing main board with sensor, processors etc.".

SD cards -- too after my own "assessment" -- are less prone to user errors due to just nine contact surfaces, no filigrane pins on the connector and developped for the "common user".

So good luck that your card board was a lemon and if Canon says it was "mishandling", hopefully service and material cost will be low - Best, Michael

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Lenses / Re: Old lenses Canon will phase out
« on: November 09, 2014, 03:34:31 PM »

[...]

Personally I'd like to see a EF 135mm f/2L USM replacement come out with IS and a faster f-number like say 1.8 or 1.4.

[...]

EF 135mm f/1.4 L IS USM would be a funny lens with roughly 100mm diameter and the price tag would be 5000 EUR/$ - don't know if it will ever be released or build as a small series ...
But it would be great with shallow DOF etc.

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 09, 2014, 05:35:10 AM »
Hopefully this qualifies as landscape - a more abstract one ...


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Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 07, 2014, 03:43:00 AM »
[...]

  7Dii + EF 100-400 L IS USM mark ii

[...]

IMHO, unless you mostly use a tripod, just upgrading to a modern IS lens will massively widen your shooting opportunities. I was sceptical until I did.

In forests I will need a tripod just with an IS equipped lens - 0.5 sec. exposure time @ f/11 and ISO 200 is a typical exp. parameter combination.

But there are other situations where I would like to have a 400mm lens WITH IS. So the new lens might a candidate - your experience confirms my liking of the new lens ...

Best - Michael

(1) Fascinating. What are you shooting?
(2) The super telephoto lenses detect tripods and only use IS to correct mirrorslap - but I find the combination still useful for some subjects, especially the moon and planets.
(3) Why do you stay at ISO 200?

Ad (1): I like scenes in deep forests where you have the play of light and shadows. The shadows are DEEP so I need these long exp. times to get the DOF with a telephoto lens.

Ad (2): That's what I meant with "replacing 70-200 4.0 and 400 5.6": Just having one compact lens which substitutes two lenses I usually carry with me is a great option - if the new 100-400 delivers the quality I like!
It will help me too in situations where I have the tripod NOT with me.

Ad (3): I now shoot with APS-C exclusively - a matter of cost/availability of lenses etc. ISO 200 or a maximum of ISO 800 delivers the quality I want with the equipment I have: 40D / 600D / EOS M .
For bird in Flight ISO 800 - 1600 are fine because freezing the motion adds more detail compared to the detail loss by increased noise/NR - but: The EOS 40D AF is good but 1Dx or 7Dii might be a little bit better - so I haven't tried this field of photography a lot ...

Michael

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Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:46:43 AM »
Might replace my EF 4.0 70-200 non-IS and the EF 5.6 400 lenses ?!

Might be part of a good combo:
  EOS M + EF-S 10-22 via adapter (in lens compartment)
  40D or 600D + EF 2.8 40 (in lens compartment too)
  7Dii + EF 100-400 L IS USM mark ii
  EF-S 2.8 60
  2 x TC
all in the slim and smallish Lowe Pro Runner 200 which I really like for smaller gear packs.

EDIT: forgotten the "L" in the lens name ...

IMHO, unless you mostly use a tripod, just upgrading to a modern IS lens will massively widen your shooting opportunities. I was sceptical until I did.

In forests I will need a tripod just with an IS equipped lens - 0.5 sec. exposure time @ f/11 and ISO 200 is a typical exp. parameter combination.

But there are other situations where I would like to have a 400mm lens WITH IS. So the new lens might a candidate - your experience confirms my liking of the new lens ...

Best - Michael

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Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:10:04 AM »
Might replace my EF 4.0 70-200 non-IS and the EF 5.6 400 lenses ?!

Might be part of a good combo:
  EOS M + EF-S 10-22 via adapter (in lens compartment)
  40D or 600D + EF 2.8 40 (in lens compartment too)
  7Dii + EF 100-400 L IS USM mark ii
  EF-S 2.8 60
  2 x TC
all in the slim and smallish Lowe Pro Runner 200 which I really like for smaller gear packs.

EDIT: forgotten the "L" in the lens name ...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:56:11 AM »
I just shot my first soccer game under stadium lights. All I have to say is Holy Sh*T that Flicker function is amazing   ....   But with the Flicker function and the high ISO I know I chose an awesome upgrade from the 7D.

Here's an example of the Flicker function from a high school football shoot:

This anti-flicker technology is great for sports shooters.  It is in fact amazing, a real practical improvement.  My goodness, this will surely send the 7D2's DxO score through the roof!!!

Oh wait ... never mind.  ;D

I think, the score of 70 published by DxOmark is not through the roof (o.k., it depends on the roof height ...) - just 4 more than the first iteration 5 years ago.
But after looking at the images, the specs and - thanks to all here - the first incoming user based reviews I think this camera will rule for those who need a fast versatile camera (which is at least for me compatible with my lenses).

EDIT: Some haven't perhaps read the corresponding article so FYI:
         http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-7D-Mk-II-review-Low-ISO-performance-lags-behind-rivals

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:35:42 AM »
I wonder if the 100-400 mkii was developed in tandem with the 7Dii.

I'm just thinking out aloud here as I'm not a technically minded person but would there be boosted performance if this was the case?

I hear that there was collaborative development between the 300 f/2.8 mkii and the TC MKIII and we all know how well they work together.

I think so:
  - ergonomics will profit from a co-development between camera and lens: center of gravity can be optimized,
    protrusions of lens/camera (flash housing) can be optimized (no collisions etc.)
  - lens optics vs. camera hosted sensor including micro lens array
  - software in lens and camera might be work better (= faster, more precise, more accurate) together

Im always intrigued how well all my lenses (from  2.8 24mm non-IS non USM 2.8 40mm STM) work together with an EOS 33 and the EOS M with adaptor so there must be a great interface between lens and camera and both, lens and camera provide the necessary information. But codeveloping opens up higher potentials.

Best - Michael

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:05:01 AM »
I just shot my first soccer game under stadium lights. All I have to say is Holy Sh*T that Flicker function is amazing   ....   But with the Flicker function and the high ISO I know I chose an awesome upgrade from the 7D.
This is one of the features that I'm most interested in.  Does it seem to affect the shooting speed?  In other words, is the camera timing the lights before taking the shot or does it provide a sort of auto exposure/white balance?


Kathleen

An answer of a hopefully very reliable source:
"If/when flickering of artificial lights is detected, the camera reads the rate of flickering and changes shutter timing in two important ways:

    For single shots, it alters actual shutter lag time, so that the actual firing of the shutter coincides with the instant of maximum “peak” illumination during the flickering cycle of the lighting you’re shooting under.
    For continuous shooting sequences, the fps rate and instant of actual firing for each shot are also altered, depending on the flicker cycling frequency detected. Again, this is to match each successive still image to an instant of maximum illumination of the artificial lights."
(Source: http://learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2014/eos7dmkii_antiflicker.shtml )

It also manages color quality much better than some auto exposure feature -- flourescent tubes e.g. have different phosphors for red, green and blue color which have different delays for emitting their light.

Best - Michael

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