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EOS Bodies / The next 5D - 100% VF Feature - What is this good for?
« on: February 23, 2012, 07:39:38 PM »
I have only been shooting for about 3 years on a 40D. I am not familiar with this feature. How is this feature beneficial?

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Site Information / Re: Should karma remain on the forum?
« on: February 20, 2012, 03:38:32 PM »
Apologies if this has already been questioned and answered. But what are those little yellow boxes for? I can't find anywhere on this site that gives me a clue.

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I acted too slowly to take advantage of low price ($70) B&H was offering. I may make the switch if I see prices fall again.

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Lenses / Re: Handheld shooting: FF vs. Crop
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:58:14 AM »
(But if you would like have same reach as on crop, you are forced to use longer focal lens = + extender and loss of light or + longer lens and loss of money or some quality depending on quality etc.)

Marekjoz, I have a 2X extender that I don't use with my 70-200 now because I would have to use a monopod. But if I buy a FF and use the 2X extender with a 70 - 200mm lens will i have to use a monopod to avoid camera shake when I handhold the camera?

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Lenses / Re: Handheld shooting: FF vs. Crop
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:42:25 AM »
I guess I was more concerned about camera shake. I am hoping that since the FF is not cropped, it won't be as sensitive to camera shake.

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Lenses / Handheld shooting: FF vs. Crop
« on: February 10, 2012, 10:23:29 AM »
I am not a big fan of tripods or monopods. I prefer to hand hold my 40D camera, but I know that once you go past a 300mm range you risk blurry shots.

 I am considering a FF camera as my next purchase and want to know if there is a difference between hand holding a FF camera and a cropped camera using an IS lens with a long reach.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM??
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:13:32 PM »
not only CAN you use it, you absolutely SHOULD use it with a FF camera.  the 85mm f/1.8 USM is an excellent lens, great for portrait and event shooting.  I like it on FF far better than I like my 50mm f/1.4 USM for some reason, it's got a little less halation and some more pop to the images at f/1.8 and f/2.

That is good to know. I dont use it much. I have a 2.8 70-200 that I use more. But I may be buying a FF soon and will defintatly try it out with the FF. The price on the 85mm f/1.8 UMS is pretty good too (around $400).

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM??
« on: February 09, 2012, 01:34:40 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. I was thinking only red rings (L lenses), I did not know about the red dots... :). I see comments about the EF-S, but i have never used one of these before.

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Lenses / Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM??
« on: February 09, 2012, 01:28:06 PM »
I have a Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM, can you tell me if this can be used with a FF camera?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Anyone else want a cropped sensor?
« on: February 09, 2012, 08:03:52 AM »
I also have a 40D and I do love it for taking soccer pictures. I am considering the 7D now that prices have dropped. However, I really want a cropped frame that has excellent ISO so I am going to sit tight to  see what new cameras are released this year. If Canon does not come out with a new cropped frame, I will move up to a FF that has better ISO.

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"Do FF cameras perform better in low light conditions such as in a high school gym or at an outdoor stadium at night? "

What do you mean by "perform better" Better IQ, Better sensitivity, faster focusing, faster metering?

There are different answers to these different questions, you need to prioritize the issues so you can get an answer that meets your needs

And then the Autofocusing speed and metering speed come in to play as these, too, will limit your ability to get that special shot

There is no absolute here, you need to prioritize your needs and go from there or you will end up with a combination that fits someone else's needs and not yours

archangelrichard, My needs are a new body that will allow better hand held shots in less than perfect lighting. By this I mean action shots with no blur, no underexposure, no noise. Yes there are many factors that contribute to the ideal shot and for every feature there appears to be some give and take. I guess my initial thoughts were that a camera with good ISO would solve most of my problems and I never considered Autofocusing speed and metering speed. Thanks for bringing this up! Can you and other CR forum members please provide your comments on Autofocusing speed and metering speed for the 5D Mark II and the 7D.

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briansquibb, one of the concerns I have with a 5D Mark II is that I would be giving up FPS. My 40D has 6.5 and the 5D has 3.9. I also prefer a cropped frame since I like to shoot zoomed in sports shots. Finally, I was worried that the ISO on the 5D would not live up to my expectations. My 40D ISO is awful at 1600. But as Mt Spokane Photography pointed out, I should keep my ISO below 800 on my 40D. This means I cannot get decent shots shooting outdoor soccer after 5:30 pm, this time of year  :(.

However, I think I can compromise and keep my 40D as a backup for outdoor sports when shooting in bright sunlight and the 5D for sports shots where there is poor lighting conditions and where I don't need as much reach (i.e. inside a gym). I'm just waiting for this month's announcements before I make a final decision :-\.

BTW, Mt Spokane Photography nice shot! I am glad to see that the 5D has good ISO performance.

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Actually I am not worried about reach inside a gym. With my 70 - 200mm I shoot at the low end. However, I do crop all my shots very tight. So your comment about noise concerns me. Thanks for your input.

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Do FF cameras perform better in low light conditions such as in a high school gym or at an outdoor stadium at night? Would a 5D Mark II be my best choice for upgrading from a 40D? I was considering a 7D, however, I have read a couple of entries on this forum where it is mentioned that the 7D is not as clear as the 40D.

I have been using a 40D with my 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM lens. I mainly shoot High School soccer in daylight. I am happy with my clear shots. I want to upgrade my camera. I want a camera that I can shoot indoor sports such as basketball/volleyball in a school gym and nighttime outdoor stadium games. Even with my 2.8 lens (and high ISO setting), I am not happy with my indoor sports shots.

I look forward to your advise on which type of camera I should purchase next.

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