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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:12:26 AM »
I think that was the point right from the first post in this thread. I don't think anybody uses it to post to Facebook.

I use it for posting to Facebook all the time when I'm traveling.  In-body Wi-Fi means I don't have to carry any extra gear with me besides my phone and my camera.  No attachment could ever provide that same ease of use.

Everybody has their own style.  If I'm not going to post process I'm not taking my 6D anyway.  I'll use a point and shoot.  Or, more likely, my phone.

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you carry your tripod around?
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:11:02 AM »
  • Room for 6D, 2 small/medium lenses, 1 telephoto, 1 speedlight optional.
  • Some form of weather resistance

A camera and a couple lenses isn't exactly heavy packing.   I'd just grab any of half a dozen old Jansports that I have laying around.  With that little gear I don't need anything fancy, I think that traditional backpacks are more comfortable than camera specific ones (with the exception of really nice packs like F-stop), and I prefer not advertising that I have a bunch of camera gear.

It doesn't have the flashy camera guy appeal that some like, but I'm ok with that.  I have a bunch of those free shoulder bags that B&H and Adorama give away with new cameras.  I pull out the inner padding and just stuff my gear in there.  I'd also grab a dry bag, you can get one cheap on Amazon if you don't own one, and keep it in the pack in case it rains.  You can also get a cheap pack cover, but don't count on those things in a true downpour.

As to the tripod, I too usually just hold it in my hand.  If you were doing a long hike I'd either work out some straps to attach it to the side, or try to put it in the pack and stick out the top.  Ultimately though, the comfort level is going to depend more on the backpack than the way you attach it.  A small little pack will never have the comfort of a framed hiking pack.  Personally I'd just get a good Gorillapod - the DSLR one - unless I was going specifically for some tripod shots.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:00:33 AM »
Amazon.com  Wifi SD Cards $40-50,  Yongnuo Wireless flash Transceivers (a pair) $35.  Love my yongnuo triggers. Buying Wifi Card.  I own a 6D and the internal Wifi isn't all that great.  In a Magnesium body? Probably worse.

You think an EyeFi card is going to perform better than the 6Ds internal WiFi?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:53:43 AM »
For shooting pets, outdoor, wildlife, people, landscape.

If you shoot indoor and nature light, then 6D is your camera. 7D II is more for outdoor sports and wildlife shooters.

Sure.  But in-focus shots with a bit of noise in the fur trumps out of focus and no noise, every time.

I'm not saying 7DII is necessarily the way to go, just that they're two completely different cameras.  I'm very happy with my 6D, and the image quality is amazing, but the in my opinion the internet community drastically overstates the difference between full frame and crop.  Sure, it makes a big difference in low light, but outside of that I think the difference is exaggerated.
I'd recommend the FF for larger wildlife, too.  The lack of noise in fur and feather creates much more pleasing images.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:23:17 PM »
For me, I have no interest in WiFi for streaming images off to the internet. Most of my photography is done outdoors and very little of it is done in Wifi range of anything... probably a quarter of it is done outside cell phone range....

What I was interested in, was the ability to remote control the camera. That will be missed... and no WiFi SD card is going to give me those abilities.

I think that was the point right from the first post in this thread. I don't think anybody uses it to post to Facebook.  But controlling the camera and reviewing on a large screen are big pluses to WiFi.

What really gets me is that all the technology is there to incorporate off-camera flash triggering and controlling; but there's no sign of it yet.  Being able to walk around with an iPad and set all my lighting and camera controls, trigger, and review, would be fantastic.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:34:45 PM »
But, back on topic. I think we are not far away from the day when most brides will expect that the picture of them walking down the aisle will be posted to Facebook before the ceremony ends.

Yes, all this puts more pressure on photographers, but that pressure isn't going away. The public will demand instant posting of images, regardless of what manufacturers do, so why shouldn't camera manufacturers make it easier or their customers (the photographers) to gain a competitive edge.

I can't think of a day in anybodies life where they should be further away from Facebook.  The rest of the day goes by in the blink of an eye after walking down the aisle.  You're rushed off for photos, then meet and greet, a few toasts, before you know it you're on the dance floor.  By that time I was far to drunk to be posting to Face Space anyway.  But I digress...

I'm sure you have a point, and it does increase the pressure on photogs.  But it is something else that helps separate the pros from the uncles with a 5d3 and 70-200 II vying for a good seat on the aisle.  So I guess I can see a good side to it.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:05:46 PM »
Camera battery is probably lacking the power to stream files continously, what would it take to enable that functionality?
Built-in WiFi in Canon 6D is slow and disconnects randomly, not super useful. Are Canon's external $800 accessories faster? One would hope so.
I've got a TP-Link MR3040, costs $40, I'm gonna compare that to the Canon 6D and see.....

I haven't had many issues with it disconnecting randomly.  My tablet shuts off and it disconnects, but that's not the camera's problem.

As far as it being slow: what are you using WiFi for?  There's a little lag on mine, but that's to be expected.  I find it fast enough to work with.  Sadly it doesn't seem much slower than Lightroom takes when tethering with a cable. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:20:46 PM »
For shooting pets, outdoor, wildlife, people, landscape.

For people or landscapes, I'd recommend a 6D; as for wildlife and animals, the new 7D2 will do a better job. If you need both, I'm afraid, only 5D3 will cut it. Or you could just buy 5D2 and 7D and call it a day :)

And even then...  it depends.  If you're shooting landscape with a tripod the FF won't make a huge difference.  If you shoot people in a studio with lighting it won't make a big difference there either.  Wildlife and animals is definitely in the 7D's wheelhouse, but some peoples definition of wildlife are caged animals in a zoo and their fat pet cat.  All of which the 6D is perfectly capable of.  So once again...  it depends.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:16:46 PM »
For shooting pets, outdoor, wildlife, people, landscape.

Nobody can tell you.  You have to decide what means more to you: high ISO performance, or AF performance and crop sensor benefits.

With all the discussions that come up here comparing this camera to that, I have to say this is probably the most cut and dry discussions of them all.  These are two completely different cameras.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:11:47 PM »
For those who aren't aware, I read that Canon was not able to integrate Wi-Fi because the magnesium alloy chassis (as opposed to plastic on 70D) causes too much interference with the signal. They had to decide between durability and features. Though Wi-Fi would have been nice, there's still IR shooting and tethered USB...which works well enough for me.

There seems plenty of options to get around that, from antenna embedded in the outer shell somewhere, or putting in an optional grip attachment (chaching for Canon), or simply a port where you can attach a small external antenna when you want to use WiFi.  Maybe not as nice as having it embedded, but it'd be nice to have the option.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII No Wifi
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:08:35 PM »
Another +1.

The facebook comment made me laugh, as it's the first remark I hear when someone finds out that my camera has WiFi.  And I don't even know if the GPS on my 6D works; never felt compelled to find out.

Lighting / Re: Yonguo YN560-TX Transmitter Released
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:11:28 PM »
I got to give mine a try this weekend, but just for a quick portrait session – my real intent with it is for architectural work where I often have flashes in other rooms or even outside.  For portrait/product work it’s probably faster to just adjust power at the flash.

That said, for $50 I’m pretty impressed.  My only real complaint is that the up/down buttons only do the 1/3 stop increments, I wish I could use them to quickly choose groups and have another button combo for fine tuning.  Lack of AF doesn’t really bother me, as I use manual focus for my architectural work and my 6D usually finds focus regardless of the lighting.  But everyone has their own uses and work flow.  Seems like it wouldn’t have been hard to put AF in, but what do I know.

I’m sure I’ll end up buying another 560 III or two just for convenience, although I have no need for more flashes.  It would have been nice to have them function in groups with the 602/603, but I’m sure the technology just wasn’t there (unless you used channels).  For my work I can’t really see using more than 3 groups, and it’s not usually the absolute power of the lights as it is the ratio relative to the others.  So 2 or 3 controllable lights should be sufficient, and the others can just be dummies.

Lighting / Yonguo YN560-TX Transmitter Released
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:10:09 PM »
I didn't see any other threads discussing the transmitter, other than one on the 560 III.  Looks like Yongnuo released the new transmitter back in June.  Looks promising, remote power and zoom control of the 560 III, plus dummy triggers for 602 and 603/II receivers.


There's a couple of reviews online. Anybody get one of these yet?


Lighting / Re: How to Extend Flash Performance (Life on Site)
« on: September 08, 2014, 12:30:19 PM »
As RLP noted, you can use a wider aperture and up your ISO a bit.  You can also use two flashes (if off camera) at half the power.  Just knocking two stops off your flash can have a significant impact.  My flashes can fire all night long at 1/16.

Post Processing / Re: Too much chroma?
« on: September 04, 2014, 12:03:22 PM »
I agree with both of them, and I'd combine their advice.  I'd warm the foreground, then I'd take the saturation of the whole thing down a notch or two.  I'd probably dim the foreground a tad too, as it just looks to light given the sunset.

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