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Canon General / Re: What you like the most in Canon 70D
« on: January 06, 2014, 07:15:41 AM »
Got mine just before christmas, also from DigitalRev. Really happy with their service, was so quick and well priced.

I've just stepped up from a 400D, decided to get the 18-55mm IS STM with it as well to replace my old kit lens. Really impressed with everything so far, the AF is nice and snappy.  The live view AF with touchscreen is just excellent.  ISO performance is just fine for me, been trying it out down the beach over the new year and I'm so impressed with how the AF handles tracking moving subjects (you can see some of my first attempts here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikefrancis/

So much more to learn about it yet, I don't think I've even scratched the surface!  Be very interested to see what everyone else comes out with.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:10:09 AM »
Finally taken the plunge and spent some money.  Have ordered the 70D with 18-55mm STM lens from DigitalRev.  Got my last camera (a 400D) from them and had no problems so figured I'd go with them again.  The savings are definately worth it compared to high street retailers here in the UK!

How is everyone getting on with their 70D's?  Any revelations or obvious learning points?  I can't wait to get my hands on it tbh, it's going to be such a jump up from the 400D, I'm really excited to try out all the new features.  Little bit disappointed that it doesn't have spot AF or zone AF, but I've no doubt that a "firmware"  ;) update at some point will fix that :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:39:31 PM »
I got a question please guys.

Most photographers I know don't put much stock into the number of megapixels, often citing printing size as the sole benefit.

Is this true? Is there really nothing else to megapixels other than printing size?

The ability to crop is (or can be) a biggie.  When I am shooting fast moving sports I often give myself a little extra margin in camera knowing that I can crop it later.

Indeed! And with wildlife, small birds, particularly, cropping gets the shot if you don't have a long enough lens.

This is often said, but rarely backup with proof, mainly because it isn't actually true.

Here is a same generation crop sensor at 100% and a cropped ff sensor upscaled to the same pixel number. Whilst there is a fraction more detail in the 7D image this was a bench test under ideal conditions; using AF, hand holding, higher iso etc, would all level the field. The 7D crop has over twice the pixels the 1Ds MkIII crop has!

Is there a good reason to own a crop camera? Sure, it might have better AF, it is easier to frame as the subject is magnified more in the viewfinder, the image you see is closer to the image you will get etc etc, but there is a mere fraction of difference in actual image resolution and even that small difference isn't realisable in real world shooting.

Yes, I believe there is! Cost, FPS, preference! I like a camera with a good FPS as I like shooting fast moving subjects. If I were to demand full frame only, then that leaves me very limited to the expensive end of the Canon range, which, for a poor NHS worker like me, is entirely unattainable without selling organs! ;)

Yes, I agree and even listed others, but not one of those has a lick to do with resolution, the most often sited "advantage" to crop cameras.

Sorry, I think I got the wrong end of the stick! It's the problem of being at the end of a 12 hour shift! I entirely agree with your points too :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:04:34 PM »
I got a question please guys.

Most photographers I know don't put much stock into the number of megapixels, often citing printing size as the sole benefit.

Is this true? Is there really nothing else to megapixels other than printing size?

The ability to crop is (or can be) a biggie.  When I am shooting fast moving sports I often give myself a little extra margin in camera knowing that I can crop it later.

Indeed! And with wildlife, small birds, particularly, cropping gets the shot if you don't have a long enough lens.

This is often said, but rarely backup with proof, mainly because it isn't actually true.

Here is a same generation crop sensor at 100% and a cropped ff sensor upscaled to the same pixel number. Whilst there is a fraction more detail in the 7D image this was a bench test under ideal conditions; using AF, hand holding, higher iso etc, would all level the field. The 7D crop has over twice the pixels the 1Ds MkIII crop has!

Is there a good reason to own a crop camera? Sure, it might have better AF, it is easier to frame as the subject is magnified more in the viewfinder, the image you see is closer to the image you will get etc etc, but there is a mere fraction of difference in actual image resolution and even that small difference isn't realisable in real world shooting.

Yes, I believe there is! Cost, FPS, preference! I like a camera with a good FPS as I like shooting fast moving subjects. If I were to demand full frame only, then that leaves me very limited to the expensive end of the Canon range, which, for a poor NHS worker like me, is entirely unattainable without selling organs! ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 09, 2013, 12:52:56 PM »
I'm curious about the 2 "pro" bodies - one of will be the high megapixel camera but the other will be?.....

1DX MkII?  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 11:09:54 AM »
I haven't seen anything that mentions an actual availability date yet for the UK.  I think it's finally time to take the plunge and spend some money, I think the 7DII will end up being out of my price range at the moment.  This seems like a fantastic upgrade for the 400D and generally looks like a very capable camera with some decent features.

Having not had the joys of video, live view or many of the other features, I feel this alone will provide quite the learning curve.  Bit annoying that I'm going to have to go out and buy a whole load of SD cards now though!  At least the wife can have the old camera and keep all the old CF's.

Other than Canon's official videos, how long would it normally be before this is in the hands of independent reviewers so that we can start to get some decent, hands-on video reviews?  Written articles are all well and good, but my patience for some of them runs out pretty quickly!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 12:41:33 AM »
Looks good. Did anyone actually see what they said about material used for the body? I may have missed that, it's been a very long night so far!

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D a New Benchmark in ISO Performance?
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:45:44 AM »
Sounds very exciting!  Will be very interested to see what it can do, though tbh, I'm usually quite happy with pictures from my 400D, so I guess this'll be a great surprise.

Do you have any idea what sort of time the announcement is going to be made?  I'm never sure what determines which country makes the announcements of products, so can't really make a guess!  I'm going to be working all night here though, so hopefully will be able to keep an eye on the news to see it :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: July 01, 2013, 05:08:55 AM »
This looks pretty good to me!  It would be nice to have an idea of when we could expect the 7DII as well, as I've been saving towards that rather than this.

Having said that, either one of them will blow my 400D away and I'm intrigued how my photography might change with all the gizmo's that these more modern cameras offer.

Here's looking forward to tomorrow!

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Ok, thank you. I'll try signing up with my old name again


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Hi

Has this been done to any existing members as well? I have been rather quiet lately and appear to have had my login details deleted. My previous username was paramike. Is there any way of reinstating this?

Cheers.

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