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EOS Bodies / Re: Where is the EOS 5D Mark IV? [CR2]
« on: January 30, 2015, 04:03:44 PM »
Great news for those chasing megapixels today concerning the 5DS, but really disappointing that those wanting modest improvements in the current line will need to wait until August 2015 for the 5D Mk IV. And even wait longer for the prices to drop a tad.

So, do I go another year with my 5D MkII? Or do I grab a Mk III when prices come down even more? Or wait?

"modest increase in megapixels"? 20+ megapixels is enough for anything I need. I want the increase to be in the quality of pixels themselves, not the quantity. If Canon says the Mk IV would be best as a 18MP, I'd take it, too. when chasing megapixels numbers, I consider the upgrade to my computer to process them as well. Better pixels, not more pixels for me.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon EOS-7D Mark II AF Grid Void
« on: January 28, 2015, 12:20:55 PM »
I received my Canon 7D Mk II on Halloween. I do not find the gap annoying at all, but that could be since it is the first step up from a nine point AF system.

Also, the in the article's photo, the focus is on the eye. Adding the blue-dotted points might have caused the focus to switch to the beak.

I had purchased the 70-200mm f/2.8L without IS. I regretted it instantly, and swapped for the IS version.

I was in the debate between the 24-70mm f/2.8L and the 24-105mm f/4L IS. I went for the latter because a small camera shop had it for less than the big on-line retailers. Looking back on how I use that lens, I probably should have got the 24-70mm f/4L.

I purchased the 50mm f/1.2L since at that time I had all cropped sensor bodies. Had I realized I would be getting a 5D Mk II so soon afterwards, I would have gotten the 85mm f/1.2L.

I probably won't get either the 24-70mm f/4L or the 85mm f/1.2L anytime soon. My regrets are not that great. But should the situation arise, I would seek to replace for those two lenses.

I finally upgraded my EOS 40D after using it for about 7 years.  I am an amateur and can't justify the cost of the 5DIII, although some of the prices of the grey market units were very tempting.

After reading all of the reviews and as many of the personal experiences with the 7DII, I finally bit the bullet and spent my money.  It's been a big learning curve over my 40D, but I couldn't be happier.

I know that most people relegate the 7DII to a sports/action or wildlife camera, but I was wondering if anyone else was using it as their primary general purpose body?

My 7DMkII is my primary wildlife body, and my 5DMkII is my primary studio body. I do use the 7DMkII for low light situations on location shoots. I carry both for most outings, and my 40D and 50D are shelved until I find some other use for them.

PowerShot / Re: Convert the PowerShot N into a Rolleiflex Style Camera
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:29:43 PM »
Aha I identified one of the components; 'round screw with hole' = bicycle cantilever brake parts as shown below.
Now tell me where it goes? The instructions never mention it.

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.

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