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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 03, 2014, 11:04:36 AM »
Glad I skipped the 7D Mk0 and waited for the Mk II. Huge leap from the 40D/50D to the 7D Mk II. Had I purchased the original 7D, I would be upgrading to the Mk II. The problem is the secondary market for the 7D is rough. The camera has been out for some time, and the prices are really low at the moment.

Autofocus and noise reduction is greatly improved. Still learning the AF features. One quick test series for noise reduction shows ISO-16,000 has noise, but not too bad, and by ISO-2,000 it is looking pretty darn good. Difficult for me to see a difference in the ISO-100 to ISO-800 range in terms of noise.

My 7D Mk II arrived today... 50 miles away. I did take the day off work, but then again, every day is a day off work for me.

I drove over to pick it up there, and now it seems, I'll be making the drive on Monday, when the spare batteries will arrive at the wrong location, too.

Normally, I would not have cared today, tomorrow, next week. However, I will be leaving for Alaska soon, and glad to have received the camera to use before the trip. I can use the extra days to get used to the new camera and its features.

Just got my email from Adorama saying my 7D MkII is overnight shipping... to the wrong address.
Thankfully, just 50 miles out of my way, and I did double check my order information.
They have the right address on my order history. Someone at Adorama was in too much of a rush.


I hope my 7D MkII comes Friday. I had also ordered the powergrip and extra batteries. So, if the body is available, I hope they do not hold it up for the grip.

"We’re told by a few retailers that all their preorders will be filled and they’ll have some stock remaining for more purchases on launch day."

FANTASTIC! Gives me just enough time to shoot with it before going to Alaska. I hear I'll need a new raw converter for these files. I had been using CS5, but looks like I'll have to upgrade unless I want to use Canon software prior to Bridge/Photoshop.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:44:16 PM »

I'd thought we'd start the week looking forward to something.  What features / performance levels would get you excited about the 7D2? 

I want a positive statement from you about what would legitimately fire you up to own a 7D2.   No snarky "APS-C is not for me so I'll say 'A 50 MP FF sensor', ha ha" stuff.  Seriously, what would get you excited when the 7D2 announcement comes?

- A

Disclaimer:  I'm not trying poke fun at Ivan's original thread so much as build some excitement around a release.  Mondays need positive thoughts because they are, in fact, Mondays.
9+ cross autofocus spots.
3-5 fps
Would love to see if Canon integrates in the Magic Lantern's Dual ISO option or their own version of the same.
no wifi, no gps - don't need. don't want to pay for them.
I do want a battery grip - whether integral or screw-on

pretty simple. A small step is all I need to get me to upgrade from my 40D/50D combo. Never thought the 7D was that much improved. Some thought so. I decided to skip a camera, and never in my wildest nightmares did I think it would take this long. Saved a lot of cash over this years.

Lenses / Re: 70-200 f2.8ii or i
« on: June 26, 2014, 11:50:10 PM »
You will not go wrong with either one. For portraits, unless you are enlarging the prints to huge dimensions, you probably will not see much of a difference. For peace of mind, if the money difference is not a major factor, get the MkII. It will last you for decades, well beyond your current body.

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 12:07:20 AM »
I rarely switch modes in the middle of a shoot. I pick one for the scene, and keep it there for most of the shoot. I have accidentally moved the mode selection on my older bodies. I'd welcome this EOS-1 set-up.

Besides, is it easier to take your eye out of the viewfinder to switch modes than it is to hit the button and spin the dial while still keeping your subject in the viewfinder? We all shoot different. I think it would take a day to get used to, and you might not want to go back.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: B&H or Adorama
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:45:29 AM »
Either company is fine. Both have excellent salespeople with the knowledge to get you what you want, and shipping to get you it when you need it. However, there are bad employees at each, too.

I happened to get probably (hopefully) the worst salesperson from B&H on my Canon 500mm f/4L order. First, a refusal to ship to my PMB (UPS Store) when shipping with UPS. I had dozens of previous B&H orders delivered to this same address without a problem, but suddenly this one salesperson decides he will not allow that lens to go to that address. Problem - my residence is unlikely to ever have someone there when the UPS driver arrives. No way of knowing what day it will actually be delivered well in advance. So scheduling a day to be there is impossible. Next this salesperson decides to unilaterally place an alert on my credit card. My truck is stuck on empty at the gas station where they are refusing my card. No where near the limit, and calling the bank on a Sunday is real fun. They have me answer 20 questions, and then tell me the alert was placed on my card by B&H. Ended up having the package arrive without anyone signing for it. Just sitting there. Could have just shipped it to my PMB in the first place and been safer without all the hassles and worries. I became an Adorama customer after that experience. Never found a reason to return to B&H. One bad apple spoils the whole bunch.

I've had two problems with Adorama, but always resolved through their customer service. Perhaps someday, I'll get major hassles from them as well, but my streak is about 8 years without a real problem.

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom Mobile Version Official
« on: April 09, 2014, 11:01:17 AM »
1) Photoshop on an iPad? Might as well skip PS and use Instagram filters to post process your images. I'm unlikely to convince Apple to make a 30" iPad, so it seems I'll stay with my desktop to edit images.

2) I do not always connect to the internet, so the CC thing is a pain for me. If I go off somewhere for months, why do I need to check back in with Adobe when I'm paying the bill? Makes zero sense, and I will not pursue the CC scheme. Their reasoning is twisted, and not based on real numbers.

3) Anyone examine the data throughput to Adobe to see how much you end up paying if not on WiFi but using 3G? More costs involved?

4) The second year is five times the price? And Adobe expects you to fulfill the contract for the first year regardless of usage? Automatic renewal? If you are off the grid then or get the notices routed to your junk folder, you might be looking at the second year contract buy out plan (50% of the remain contract). $300 to say, "No, thanks"?

No, thanks.

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: February 18, 2014, 02:17:32 AM »
Some of us want a lens we can know will perform in the rain and snow. Is this as weather resistant as Canon's L-series lenses? Can this lens go to the windy beach and not get clogged with sand? I've had Canon's 24-105mm f/4L IS in all sorts of conditions, and I have not thought twice about it. Dumb luck or specs, I do not know.

Is there a reliable rating system for such a question?

Hey, no weather sealing, not to mention the double-barrel zoom makes an extra area "exposed" for potential element influx. I don't think Sigma has an "All weather" rating, and neither does Canon (not even all the white L lenses are weather sealed).

"Moreover, with dust- and moisture-resistant construction"

Perhaps not the sealing for a downpour or sandblast, but still tight and "resistant"

Reviews / Re: Review - Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:30:23 AM »
Some of us want a lens we can know will perform in the rain and snow. Is this as weather resistant as Canon's L-series lenses? Can this lens go to the windy beach and not get clogged with sand? I've had Canon's 24-105mm f/4L IS in all sorts of conditions, and I have not thought twice about it. Dumb luck or specs, I do not know.

Is there a reliable rating system for such a question?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Gura Gear Launches New Color for Bataflae
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:23:37 AM »
I have the older Kiboko, and use it to carry a 500mm and 300mm, plus an assortment of other items, including two bodies and teleconverters. I keep the Canon lens shades and leather covers on the lenses with this Gura bag. I would not to leave the lens shades behind.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: January 06, 2014, 05:03:52 PM »
Pictures >> 2013 >> 13.07.04 (fireworks) >> img_1203.cr2 through img_####.cr2
edited images get renamed fireworks_1203.jpg (and *.psd) and placed in the same folder

Then later, when I'm looking for the original to fireworks_1203.jpg, I simply search on *1203.jpg and find it. Sure there are many other files matching, but chances are narrowed that any 1203 file is of a firework. Even if you specialize in fireworks, you'll be able to find that one original in a hurry.

File converters will be around for a long, long time. Your bigger problem is Photoshop not recognizing a newer file format on a new er camera, and having to use their CC as your only option.

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