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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Shutter hangs on Canon 7D
« on: March 29, 2013, 09:39:48 AM »
Its a good idea to understand what the settings do before turning them on.

:-> btw: With Magic Lantern there's an option to enable mlu on self-timer only and a feature (if you want it) for "handheld mlu" - the camera releases the shutter after a very short time, but long enough to take away some shake from pressing the shutter button by hand.

Lighting / Re: YN-622 Reviews?
« on: March 29, 2013, 09:21:25 AM »
I ordered a pair of the 622 c's and a yn-565. I am planing on testing them out on my 6d and can't wait to see the results.

Please share your results, given the absolute ridiculous €500+ pricing of Canon's rt flashes I'll also go for cheaper units (either used 580ex2 or yn-565) with the new yn trigger...

Btw: Here's a good page about the triggers:

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2013, 08:10:38 AM »
I seriously miss certain things from Canon

That's interesting - what do you miss that Nikon/d600 doesn't have? Or is it just some hardware that hasn't got a 1:1 Nikon equivalent?

The fact is, as long as people keep buying Canon stuff, Canon will be encouraged to go down this way. In one sense I did a favor to myself and everyone by not buying any product from Canon's recent offering.

+1 - thanks, since I want to keep on using Magic Lantern I hope Canon gets a grip either feature or price-wise. I like my current equipment, but the outlook seems not so bright (mediocre 6d, expensive lenses, isolated rt flash system).

It's just the latest non-innovation/high-price policy that annoys me as I'm not mr. Rich, but at least it's somehow comforting I'm not alone with this opinion because two years ago anyone saying anything against Canon's policy would have been flamed down or penalized with negative Karma :-)

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2013, 07:14:26 AM »
My thoughts exactly.

Question is: Do thoughts (and forum posts) translate into action eventually?

Unless you have something like 5-10000$ invested in Canon glass, when you factor everything in, switching is not a big loss money-wise.

How big "big" is depends on the net gain/loss after buying new equipment - and I know my equipment hasn't got pristine looks because I'm outdoors a lot and horses and such are always interested in inspecting my camera up close :-)

*And* then there's the psychological factor (I'm with Canon since the mid-90s) *and* the Canon/Nikon usability differences *and* the time/hassle to actually switch (time is money). So imho the threshold is very high, that's why Canon gets away with being current Canon.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:25:40 AM »
In fact, I was pretty perturbed at getting screwed on both sides of the equation, both lenses and bodies. So perturbed that I switched to a D700, which is just insanely awesome at $1500 bucks, as well as the 24-70G, which is also unbelievably nice, and which i bought for 700 bucks less than the new Canon version.

Doh - I hope Canon gets the message. If it wasn't for Magic Lantern (I like to program my dslr myself and rely on many features of it) I'd go the same way.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 29, 2013, 05:11:37 AM »
And at those prices i'd probably recommend the D7100 unless Canon has some sensor magic up their sleeves.

... to *new* users, but those will probably go for a sub-€1000 camera (xxxd/xxd) while the existing users will "upgrade" ...

I don't see any way this camera could cost more than $1600 given the D7100's specs.

.. but given the market saturaration with lenses/flashes/other single-brand equipment Canon knows existing users seldom switch brands - you loose money selling gear and you have to get used to a new usability.

So how much would you pay to be able to stick to your old system? €500? €1000? That's what Canon can add on top of the camera price as seen on the 5d3 - and then there's the early adopter's fee of €200-€500. A "reasonable" price will only be achieved after about 2 years after rtm.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:17:28 PM »
As a 60D owner, looking to upgrade to a 7D2, the specs so far seem reasonable and I will probably get one.

"Reasonable" depends on the price, and knowing Canon ... no, as I 60d owner I'm not tempted to pay €1500+ for this, I'd rather get a ff 6d that uses the full potential of my ef lenses - and when the 7d2 is released the 6d will be at or below €1500.

And even if sounding like a broken record: DIGIC6 won't run Magic Lantern for some time (usual guess is 1 year+), so that alone excludes an early upgrade for me.

Lighting / Re: First external flash? Lots of beginner's questions!
« on: March 28, 2013, 11:57:48 AM »
I'm a sucker for big octo-boxes and beauty dishes and a speedlite would limit me too quickly.


And if looking at using longer lenses, the BetterBeamers allow a much more concentrated flash....

Needless to mention the nice thing about the 600rt is that the 200mm reflector is built-in (just like radio) and doesn't need a wiggly attachment - I like shooting with the 600rt for fill flash with my 70-300L when running around outdoors. But if attachments are ok, there are much better and cheaper options than Canon's current isolated solution.

and create a great used market of 430 and 580s

You wish - at least on German eBay the prices are still very high, that's one reason I bit the bullet and got a 600rt. It seems at least atm few people are willing to switch to the 600rt... and I don't think that'll change if the 430ex-successor price is also very high.

Concerning reliability: Canon's 580ex series is known to have a bug when the flash breaks when doing successive high power hss flashes (this is fixed in the 430ex2 and 600rt)...

Lighting / Re: First external flash? Lots of beginner's questions!
« on: March 28, 2013, 10:50:45 AM »
Personally, if I had to do it all over again, I'd buy a 430II straight off and put most of my money in alienbees.

Could you elaborate on that?

How about you just get a camera and go out and shoot. Taking nice pics is not about the best tech ......
his is a forum focused on new technology you know?
so telling people to NOT talk about technology is a bit paradox.

+1 - this is one of the thought-terminating clichés that I don't like (We all do know it's about shooting), the other is "if you don't like the prices go get a better job". It is indeed arguable how much 100% crop sharpness matters, but other than that each photog has to decide for himself how & what he shoots and much weight is put into the newest gear.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 L II
« on: March 28, 2013, 10:44:31 AM »
I feel like we should start a petition to sigma:

... unfortunately, the less good/up to date/reasonably priced Canon lenses are around, the less reason there is to use Canon at all - for me, it's Magic Lantern, but if it wouldn't be for that I'd really think about switching to Nikon.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 08:18:01 AM »
If DR improvement is not mentioned it won't happen

This is just a quick CR1, probably leaked from a beta tester, doesn't mean much either way concerning dr/noise or af performance...

Video ‘stills burst’ mode 30/60 fps
I'm not sure what this means...are they suggesting that it will capture 30 fps in the full 21 MP RAW mode?

It means that the lv buffer is written as a hq-jpeg file as fast as possible (better quality than grabbing frames off a video). What resolution the file has depends on Canon's live view implementation, for example on the 6d it's 1816x1210 ... Magic Lantern can already save this, though only as one shot.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 07:34:11 AM »
"Gamechanger"? My 2 cents... (note that one beta-tester here reported there are several different test bodies in the wild):

* 21mp? Yes, that certainly sounds like Canon, they'll want to keep the specs & price above the "entry-level" 20mp 6d but below the 22mp 5d3 ... big question of course if this is the famed "next gen" high-dr low-noise sensor.

* AF tracking in live view? Come on, that has to be a joke - unless this a completely other design the af pixels on the sensor only tell the camera which way to contrast af.

* GPS/WiFi - so we can expect the camera to miss the external flash (that's where the antennas are) and you have to buy a €300 or €500 (with af assist) piece of equipment just to control off-camera flash just like the 6d? That's probably also the reason why there still is no built-in rt controller even in these 7d2 specs... thanks. Canon.

* Video ‘stills burst’ mode 30/60 fps: Interesting, the buffer on the lv digic5-6d/5d3 is also larger than digic4 - so even these cameras might be able to do quick/large lv "silent pictures" with Magic Lantern when it's out of alpha.

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 L II
« on: March 28, 2013, 06:16:23 AM »
focusses well

Because it hasn't got a correction for focus shift opinions on this are split, I tried the 50L in a shop for some time and it's not hard to stumble across this problem - though there seem to be techniques to get around it.

In my very, very personal opinion this lens is way too expensive for what it does - unless you happen to absolutely require just that. Sigma: Please release a 50/1.4 mk2 just like the new 35mm with usb dock...

Lenses / Re: Canon 50 L II
« on: March 28, 2013, 04:23:15 AM »
If that is the case It seems in the next 1-2 years wont be any update right?

Two years is a long time - but as I see it Canon has other lenses in the queue for an update, and after the recent product delays they seem to want to do one thing after the other - and the 200-400L, the 100-400L2, the 14-24L and probably the 35L2 are in the queue. Maybe even a new 180L macro with IS?

So don't wait for the 50L replacement, if you really want it you have to buy the mk1 version with all known issues (price vs. performance). For my money, they'll even release a new 50/1.4 with real usm and IS first.

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