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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Fickle, very Fickle
« on: August 12, 2012, 08:49:48 AM »
It's been a real education to read some of the replies posted in response to this question, such that I feel compelled to add my own 2 cents' worth.

I upgraded from an EOS40D to the 7D in 2010, partly because of the reportedly much better quality sensor in the 7, partly because of the increase from 6.5 to 8.4fps [I shoot a lot of hawks, owls, buzzards]. I carried a set of L Series glass with me to the new camera: 16-35mm f2.8, 24-70mm (Mk I) f2.8, 70-200mm (Mk I) f2.8, 100-400mm f4.5-5.6.

In almost all respects I find the 7D auto-focus to be a step back from the 40D. I think there are several reasons for this:-

1. You have to partner it with the right lens. Shooting raptors with my 70-200 I get 2-4 times as many pin-sharp "keepers" than with the 100-400mm. Yesterday I shot 650 exposures of the Olympic Sailing in Weymouth with the 100-400mm and less than 1% are keepers. In *all* cases it's [poor] focus that has spoiled the shot. Note that the 70-200 has USM, the 100-400 does not: that makes a *big* difference.

2. I think [I've read but now cannot find] that the 7D actually uses a different, "newer" AF when compared with the 40D. Perhaps this is the equivalent of a "Microsoft Version 1.0 Release"? [ i.e. they shipped it in order to get poor unsuspecting users to help identify the bugs].

3. This might be complete nonsense, but in my highly subjective view the worst possible thing you can give this AF system to work with is a tree-line in sunlight. The broken "surface" of the trees coupled with the hot-and-cold spots caused by sunlight and shade are enough for the "You gotta be kidding me!" warning light to appear in the HUD (if there was one, which there isn't). In other words, perhaps my experience is pushing the camera/lens combination to the limit.

4. I wonder - and I don't know - if the 7D is particularly fickle to "micro-adjustment" requirements for Canon lenses. I have not tried this, and I have no way of knowing if it's good, bad or indifferent, but last night, after a poor result from the Olympic shoot, I went in search of enlightenment and found this:

http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/article_pages/cameras/1ds3_af_micoadjustment.html

As the article explains that there is a "reset" option to keep everything safe, I am tempted to give it a try...

Bottom line, I find that when the 7D gets it right, it is capable of breathtaking shots, head and shoulders above my 40D. Unfortunately, my 40D returned 5-6 times as many "keepers" as the 7, and in *all* cases the reason for ditching 7D exposures is focus.

By way of comparison, I recently decided to treat myself to a 'go-anywhere' camera upgrade. I'd been using a Canon Powershot G12 since they came out [G9 before that, Ixus before that], but on the recommendation of a semi-professional photographer friend of mine, was lured to the Panasonic, and bought a Micro-Four-Thirds DMC-GX1 mirror-less. Wow. It doesn't have the frame rate of the 7D, but *every* shot is pin sharp. Even the kit lens turns in very respectable images... and put a decent bit of glass on it [I recently purchased the 7-14mm ultra-wide] and it just blows my 7D away...

I'm so hacked off with my 7D that I want to sell it. Would love a 1DX but need to wait for the price to come down and the savings to build up to match it... I asked my Father [who inherited my 40D, if he'd swap it for my 7. He knows the trouble I've had with this thing and the rotter won't bite...]


How about a 60D with under 4k clicks? Ill bite on the 7d

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some Pictures with the 1D X
« on: August 10, 2012, 10:15:19 PM »
I dont often appreciate black and white ( too many people think B+W is wonderful, no matter the content)  but that baker street shot is fantastic. Great eye!

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Lenses / Re: How do you pack your lens hoods when traveling?
« on: August 10, 2012, 06:24:48 PM »
Where can I get a 20 - 700 2.8.  :)


I stack all of my hoods together and slide them over the small end of my 20-700 f/2.8.  I sized the divider section for that lens to be big enough to accommodate the hoods, so the hoods fit in snugly and also hold the lens in place.  That lens fits vertically into my bag...I wouldn't use this method if I had the lay the lens down on its side.


Man an ultrawide to supertelephoto f/2.8   35Xzoom. I want it.      haha sounds like something sigma would make and sell for 32 grand.... no wait thats the 200-500  f/2.8

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Lenses / Re: Lens Filters etc.
« on: August 10, 2012, 07:30:22 AM »
I have a $30 77mm UV filter that I still can't get the mustard and water spots off of. Those water spots and mustard would be stuck on my $700 17-55 if I had not had the filter on. That said, I have been shooting without the filter on, unless I anticipate a mess headed my way in a shot

How much was it to put the Katzeye focusing screen in your 50d? Id like a little info and your personal opinion if you dont mind:-)

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Lenses / Re: Lens Filters etc.
« on: August 09, 2012, 10:13:51 PM »
Im too poor to not use UV filters. My basic bunch of gear consists of some of my most prized possesions. It made me sad when my 45 dollar 72mm HOYA filter got scratched, but i was sure glad it was there. I had my camera bag over packed and unorganized one time and my wired remote release popped a lens cap off my 28mm lens and the filter was rubbing against the remote bounching around down the frost heaved roads. The filter was damaged pretty bad.  I do take filters off now and then, like when I shoot night shots and the moon or a light is off to the side of the frame, but then im on a tri-pod, and hooded, so im pretty safejust my .002(yes two tenths of a cent)

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Ahh Nikon, That explains the extreme flares/ghosting and distortion. Haha just playing around.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D long exposure lock-up
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:12:30 PM »
nothing "unfroze" the 60 the red light just stayed on and even turning the mode dial didnt work, had to pull the batt. but i think i just needed to be patient haha

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60D long exposure lock-up
« on: August 07, 2012, 10:52:05 PM »
and this is why i asked. It was set to auto, and apparently only does it sometimes. Thanks for the info! You are dead on as to what was happening!

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Canon General / Re: Suggestsions for nooby photographer's first DSLR
« on: August 07, 2012, 09:18:01 PM »
check out canon's refurb section. I got a 60D with a 18-135 lens for 1000$ from adorama with a 1 year warranty.  refurb is not bad at all, they are more thoroughly check over than the normal quality controll. I solf my 18-135 because i had that range covered with higher quality lenses. No matter what you buy I would also purchase a 50mm/1.8 lens to get your hands on a fast, sharp lens. Dont reject the idea that "comfort is more important than specs" A camera that feels good to you is extremely important. I tryed Nikon and hated the user interface, and zooming was ass-backwards to what felt natural. Nikon's lower end camera need more buttons and less menu's in my opinion.

the T1i is a nice recently discontinued camera, and therefor is cheap used. Its better than the T3, in every aspect im pretty sure, and will be cheaper. The LCD on the t3 sucks. the t1i has the nice 980,000 pixel 3" screen
the LCD screen doesnt help take good pics, but once you see that beautiful near-million pixel LCD you wont go back

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Canon General / Re: Suggestions needed from the community
« on: August 07, 2012, 09:02:58 PM »
I upgraded from a canon T1i to a 60d and Im very happy. The auto-focus is a bunch faster, and hunts less often in dark environments. My fantastic plastic is actually very good in low light with the 60d. Quite a bit less noise than the t1i also. wireless flash I find usefull esp. for macro. 5.3 FPS isnt super quick but it feels fast after using a rebel. Hope some input helps!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 60D long exposure lock-up
« on: August 07, 2012, 08:07:11 PM »
I was wondering if anyone else had their 60D lock up with long exposures. Mine first did it during a 1/2 hour shot of the stars, on a pretty cool (25 degrees farenhiet) night. It has since done it at 5 minutes, and as low as 30 seconds one time. I have used different lenses and SD cards, all class 10. It freezes while trying to save the file. I thought the higher the ISO the more it had to process, and maybe that did it, but it froze on me at ISO 800, 5 minutes one time also. I would say I have had this happen about 5 times now. Also in perfectly warm weather. Just curious on thoughts. Should I shoot raw? Thanks fellow shooters.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: 60D vs. 650D
« on: July 30, 2012, 11:05:27 PM »
I had a T1i before my 60d. That 2nd rear dial is quite nice. the top LCD is nice too. just the handling of the 60d was well worth it for my upgrade. but the rebels are a good bang for the buck, except the t4i haha

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: upgrading from XSi.. what to choose?
« on: July 30, 2012, 10:55:23 PM »
The t4i also features the full time video focusing like the "M", but I have heard it is still nothing great. If you really get into the video itch you will just focus manually. I was able to keep up with a snomobile water skipping at dusk with live view on my 60D with a 50mm F/1.8, so the depth of field was reletively thin. It becomes second nature pretty quick :-)

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Which cheap telezoom for video?
« on: July 30, 2012, 10:49:11 PM »
THis is true the IS was not designed for video, but I owned my 17-70 sigma first which is so smooth in video I got spoiled and thought it to be the norm haha.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Which cheap telezoom for video?
« on: July 30, 2012, 01:38:22 PM »
I own a tamron 70-300 VC which is a nice price point and nice quality and has a ring type USM, However the vibration compensation(IS) is jerky when panning by hand. I dont have a nice fluid head but I would assume it does the same thing, which dissapoints me a lot. I wish the IS had a panning mode. Just a bit of info on this lens. I have a feeling a lot of the cheaper lenses have this issue.

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