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EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 20, 2014, 06:47:41 AM »
What in God's name are you prattling on about, Tugela? The 7D Mk II is a wondrous thing in the APS-C space.

Of course, I'm speaking from a position of actual first-hand ownership experience here - I know that's not how things are supposed to be on here.

As to the muppet reviewer - this is what (just) 4000 ISO (chosen by Auto ISO) looks like at 100% from my 7D Mk II, straight out of a capable converter, used well. No post-conversion NR:


Yeah, right...

And at the image level, with only a little bit of selective sharpening in PS - again, no additional NR - the IQ is impeccable:

And I can go a lot higher than this, for almost identical IQ/noise results.

As to its AF system - peerless, certainly in the crop camera space; and it's a threat to the AF of any Nikon (and, according to some reviewers who I respect, any other Canon) out there.

Then there's f/8 AF, fully functional Auto ISO, and a whole slew of other improvements over the original 7D (which - despite Neuro's confident assertions - is fit for a damn' sight higher than 800 ISO).

Just because you don't understand what the 7D Mk II is about, Tugela, or what makes it such an impressive camera, don't assume that your lack of understanding says anything about the camera...

It might meet your needs. It falls way short on meeting MY needs, thus it is a disappointment.

The technology in the camera is all from two years ago or more. The sensor is old tech. The processors are old tech. The body is too large for my hands. The thing is clunky.

It can track black dogs running towards the camera. Super.

Great, only....

I don't have black dogs.
I don't have dogs at all.
I have zero interest in photographing dogs running in any direction, least of all towards me.
99.9999999% of the pictures I take do not have excessive motion in them at all.
I know how to focus a camera, so the focusing system in this model has little to no value to me at all.
I want to be able to fix focus manually accurately so I determine what is or isn't in focus....oops....can't do that because the thing has a dumb ass mirror in the way :o
I have a requirement that any camera I buy in the future be able to take decent video since I don't want to lug around two sets of equipment.
I want a touch screen so that when I do have to change stuff at a moments notice, I can.
I want a camera that fits comfortably in my hands, not some gigantic male jewelry. Bigger is not better. My ego is just fine. I don't need a supersized camera to compensate.

So what are you left with? Not much compared to competing products from other vendors. That is the disappointment since this camera was supposed to be Canons primary APS-C camera for the future, presumable for the next 3 years at least. I find that idea absolutely shocking - the reality is that it is a 2012 era camera designed around an even older paradigm for heaven sake!! Where is the vision? Where is the future? It is not with this camera, that is for damned sure!

There will be a 7D3 coming along pretty smartly I think, I don't see how they can get away selling this thing for the next three years and still expect it to be competitive. At best it has 1 year of competitive life in it.

Again someone that thinks that the camera is no good because it doesn't suit YOUR individual needs.  On what you've described as YOUR needs no DSLR meets them so why look at one?  The 7Dii was always going to be a sports/action/wildlife shooter and yet you're disappointed by it? Some people really need a reality check. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 20, 2014, 03:19:22 AM »
I do believe I have read my last Ron Martinsen review ...

Thanks Eldar.  Your user experience comments are always well balanced and appreciated. I did read a couple of Ron's other reviews and they are inconsistent at best.

Some people blog for kicks while others blog just for the clicks ;D  I'll file him away with Northrup as unreliable and never to be viewed again.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: December 15, 2014, 07:33:21 AM »
Currently shooting a junior ice hockey international series.  These were from the first game ever to be played here with a pink puck. 

Canon General / Re: RTFM. Do you?
« on: December 11, 2014, 03:31:54 AM »
It's a Canon so most of the menu system, button labelling is always familiar but I still read the manual and refer to it from time to time just to make sure I'm getting the most out of it.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:28:27 PM »
I understand what you are saying.  It's fast, the screens are dirty and scuffed, most times the rink lighting sucks but after all that your shots still came out good and will look better with some work in lightroom :)  The shot with the goalie in focus but the players blurred is something I was thinking of trying.  It gives a surreal sense to the goalie's position - calm and focused while everything around is chaos.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Tips on shooting hockey?
« on: November 07, 2014, 06:23:13 PM »
Good luck jd :)Looking forward to seeing the results.

Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: November 05, 2014, 07:09:46 AM »
Falls Creek in Oz

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 05, 2014, 03:18:46 AM »
Hi V8.
More great shots.
Things like this always remind me of that line in Crocodile Dundee, "that's not a knife"

Wonder what his pics came out like?

Cheers, Graham.

Race images:

A few photogs in the crowd were feeling all manly with their big white zooms until this guy showed up. Something tells me he's well equipped in more ways than one :o

I'm sure he got some great shots of the grid girls  ;D

Hi V8.
Lovely pictures.
What a fantastic collection of classic motors, some decidedly fed up looking drivers, the guy in the dicky seat looks particularly peeved, no one to talk to! ;D

Cheers, Graham.

What a race. The side-by-side racing in the middle of the pack was incredible. There were so many passes that weren't captured on TV. I was surrounded by Brits, and hearing them cheer Lewis on was a real treat. Poor Button didn't get any love from his fellow countrymen in the crowd.  I'll post the images up in batches to make them more palatable.

Here's the pre-race stuff:

Snip 8<

Nice to see the variety of cars.  I wonder if they were chosen based on the driver's personality lol. Here they go for equality and have them parade around in the same type of car - Austin Healey 3000s one year, Corvettes another, Mustangs and so on.

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 03, 2014, 10:27:40 PM »
Excellent stuff mate!!  Love the buses lol.  I wanted a Martini Williams hat but they weren't available at Melbourne.  The livery is great plus I've always had a soft spot for Williams since AJ won their first world championship and Canon were a major sponsor of them in the 80s ;D

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:45:17 PM »
A great drive from Lewis, especially after it appeared that Nico had turned the tables on him during quali. A poor start by Daniel was made up for by some brilliant passes during the race.  I love turn one at Texas as it has so many options for lines and passes - a bit like turn one at the old Burke airport course used by CART years ago.  There was certainly a lot of entertainment right up to the finish:)

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 02:14:58 PM »
Yeah I will give it a go, see what happens, can only say no I guess.

I did take a sigma 150-500 in a couple of years ago no problems, funny thing though I was standing next to the toilets near gate 1 and the main guy who talks over the megaphone saw it and said " you did well to get that in here, you wouldn't have gotten that in through my gate".

All 4 days I walked in through that gate. All 4 days the didn't question it, oh well.    :D

Funnily enough, the same gate I go through ;D

I just have to say, that is some pretty good panning. 


Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: November 02, 2014, 09:29:36 AM »
The Mercedes museum and Schlumpf collections are on my bucket list along with Porsche etc.  Thanks for sharing :)

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 09:16:40 AM »
Thanks for posting!!  Great colour and action in the shots  :)

Wish I was there!

Hey Roo, what do you think chances are of getting a 400mm 2.8 into melbourne Grand Prix?
Will security at the gate knock it back? I've seen a few big lenses in there. Just wondering if they had any troubles getting in with it!

They were pretty gung ho on it a few years ago but the last couple haven't been so bad and a friend that runs one of the gates confirmed they've been a bit more relaxed (just not officially).  I haven't had any trouble getting the Sigma 150-500 or the Tamron 150-600 in but they don't quite stand out as much as the great whites.  You could probably get the 400 in no worries.

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:48:21 AM »
Motorclassica was on here last weekend.  It's a combined Concours D'Elegance, auction, mortoshow and club event so it has something for everyone.  This year's event celebrated 100 years of Maserati, 50 years of the Mustang and 50 years since Sir Donald Campbell broke the land speed record at Lake Eyre.

Sports / Re: USGP 2014!
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:41:28 AM »
Thanks for posting!!  Great colour and action in the shots  :)

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