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EOS Bodies / 7D2 Unboxing Video
« on: November 06, 2014, 01:15:35 PM »
Totally dorky, but I was bored, and felt like using my new wireless mic setup, so I made an unboxing video...



EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 Video Review -- Requests?
« on: November 04, 2014, 12:27:02 PM »
So, when my 7D2 gets here, I've decided to take a stab at doing a video review - mainly for the fun of it. Does anyone have any specific features/items they'd like to see touched on? Any suggestions/input for what you'd like to see specifically covered would be great.


Ability track high-speed moving subjects moving from/to the camera, and ability to lose and regain focus when those objects leave the frame or the area of the frame you are using to focus.  According to the manual, face mode will work on those objects (by tracking them) even if they aren't faces.  I do a lot of shooting of airplanes, which is why I'm asking.

Just noticed you are in Denver.  I am too...maybe I could provide the objects to shoot!

I'm talking about video, by the way.  I'm already convinced of it's still focusing capabilities.


Lee - let's do it! I'll send you a PM!

EOS Bodies / 7D2 Video Review -- Requests?
« on: October 26, 2014, 01:28:41 PM »
So, when my 7D2 gets here, I've decided to take a stab at doing a video review - mainly for the fun of it. Does anyone have any specific features/items they'd like to see touched on? Any suggestions/input for what you'd like to see specifically covered would be great.


EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-order On Canon 7DII
« on: October 02, 2014, 02:56:03 PM »
Amazon seems to be slow in filling pre-orders, often leaving buyers waiting when everyone else has theirs.  I stopped when they cancelled my pre-order for a new DSLR model that I had ordered the first day.  They waited a month to do this, and said they had a error in the listing, but I could re-order and go to the rear of the waiting list. 

Honestly, I've never experienced this from Amazon, and actually have received numerous products (actually delivered to me) on the product release day. I do know each retailer is given an allotment of X bodies on launch day. With Amazon being the biggest and most well known, I can certainly see how those farther down the pre-order chain can get burned as their allotment is quickly depleted. And I know one bad experience can spoil one's opinion forever. Like I said, I'll never use BH again. Seems like we've all been burned at one place or another.

I guess if you ask around enough (especially on the internet), you'll find enough horror stories to tarnish every retailer out there.

PS: I certainly agree with you regarding the use of credit cards for preorders. The amount of protection provided by a major credit card (AmEx, Visa, MC, etc.), and the cardmember warranties (ie, refunds when retailers won't grant them), are well worth any yearly membership costs.

EOS Bodies / Re: Pre-order On Canon 7DII
« on: October 02, 2014, 09:43:58 AM »
I know people love B&H, but I've gotten burned by their closures too many times when ordering gear on a tight deadline (yes, this is my fault for not reading/researching further). I'm not trying to make any type of religious statement, that's not my point at all, but being able to contact some one 24/7 for order support has its benefits. Over the years the B&H closures combined with the fact that Amazon's nearest distribution center gets me product reliably in less than 48 hours, has made me an Amazon loyalist. But I know many here hate ordering from Amazon because Amazon isn't a "camera store."

FWIW - I preorded the 7D2 on Amazon and have NOT been charged yet.

Don't get me wrong, when I'm on the east coast, I love popping into B&H. Their NYC facility, with all the conveyors and box movers snaking around the store, is a site to see!

Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / 600EX-RT now $499
« on: September 29, 2014, 08:44:07 PM »
Just saw the $50 price drop this afternoon on Amazon... thought I'd share the savings...

Maybe Amazon is starting their Xmas pricing early. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:54:22 AM »
And, for that matter, why would the 5DIII need to be replaced?

When people say a 5D "replacement," they are just referring to the update cycle. I don't think the 5D will be killed off and totally replaced any time soon. That said, I think everyone is expecting an update in line with Canon's historical 5D announcement schedule...

5D - Aug 2005
----3 years 1 month
5D2 -  Sept 2008
----3 years 6 months
5D3 - March 2012
----3 years ?? months
5D4 - Expected Sometime 2015

EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:15:49 AM »
Not spring. Canon has to milk buyers with the 7D2 for a year or so. If they released 5D4 with 7D2's AF feature in spring (5 months after 7D2 got released (not introduced)), who would buy the 7D2, if the 5D4 offers same or even tweaked AF with slightly lower frame, but better IQ?

I find it strange they haven't introduced a new rebel yet. It's been 18 months now.

I disagree with you on this point.

Those looking only for one camera, namely a 7D2, are not the target market for a 5D4. One is 2x the price of the other. However, those dropping 3600 for a 5D4 can also afford the 1800 for a 7D2. Also, they are two totally different formats/tools (crop&speed vs. full-frame&sensitivity). The extra reach of crop, vs. the creative capabilities of full-frame are huge factors to many pro buyers that cannot be ignored; saying it is just speed vs. slightly better IQ is an oversimplification of what the two bodies offer.

In short, the 7D2 won't effect sales of a 5D4. Buyers on a budget looking for one camera will get a 7D2. Pros with the budget for a 5D4 will either get only a 5D4, or both a 5D4 and a 7D2. They are a dangerous (ie, perfect) pairing.

EOS Bodies / Re: No EOS-1D X Replacement in 2014 [CR2]
« on: September 29, 2014, 10:13:09 AM »
Did anyone really expect another 1DX this year? I thought it was only the announcement of a new 1DX that people were looking forward to this calendar year.

7D Mark 3?

Time traveler trolls.  :o

EOS Bodies / Re: Chuck Westfall Talks Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:29:31 PM »
Elsewhere, someone worked on a 7DII raw file and found rather clean shadows:

This is way out of my expertise, and all though it looked good from a shaddow point of view, I would have liked to see a few more examples. The steel railings (which in the original is quite dark) are somewhat smudgy in the shaddowenhanced picture. I am not sure if that is the way the steelrailing looks inherently, but could also resemble some sort of banding, could it not?

I gotta be honest, those railings don't look smudgy at all to me. What I see are weathered railings with different patches of discoloration due to sun/wind/rain. It's pretty common in moist/humid environments. And if that's the case, and that's the detail we're seeing, this sensor is sick!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 02:20:51 PM »
I'm interested, but waiting on some real world feedback.  If things look good, then I'll be in the second wave of people to make a purchase.  Surapon gave some valuable advice which I will follow.

BTW, from the pictures that I can see, the noise level looks great at iso 3200.   I have not seen any full size images though.  Has canon posted any sample RAW pictures that are downloadable?

I haven't seen any RAW files yet, but you can get 1920 size JPEGs from here...

We should see RAW files when they get their product pages online which, hopefully, should be soon.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:03:29 PM »
YES I preordered.

I think the 6D, 5D3 and 7D2 make a solid arsenal.

Photography Technique / Re: photographing motorsport particularly F1
« on: March 25, 2014, 04:58:14 PM »
I did a blog post on shooting motorcycles a few years back...

I hope this helps!

PS:  Have fun at the races!!!   woots :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 17, 2014, 11:30:54 AM »
I'll be brutally honest, I'm not sad to see them go.

I had a terrible experience with them regarding a BP1500 pack I purchased from them a couple of years ago.  Long story short, the zippers tore out 4 months after purchase (and a total of 35-40 field uses), and it required an act of Congress to get my backpack back from them.

Here's the long story... After the zipper tore out I was disappointed, but patient, and called Calumet regarding their "lifetime warranty."  To my surprise I was quickly helped and immediately given an RMA number.  Cool deal!  I sent the bag in for repair and was told I'd have it back in 2-3 weeks.  Three weeks went by.  Then five, and six.  After 8 weeks I called inquiring about my bag, and it became clear that they had lost my RMA info.  On numerous phone calls I was told "we'll call you back tomorrow," and I never heard from anyone.  I was never contacted once.  I finally had to get angry, and after not accepting the "call back" offer, I was put on hold while some one searched for my file.  The employee I spoke with told me, "we think your bag is at our OEM supplier for repair - we'll send it back to you when we get it from them."

No estimate for time.  Just, "we'll get it to you when we get it" kind of a deal.  I realized I had no other option, so I just waited.  During this time I submitted a review for the BP1500 backpack to the Calumet website.  It was negative, but honest and objective.  A few days after I posted my review, it was deleted from the Calumet website.  Wow - classy.  My backpack finally arrived about 90-days after I sent it in for repair,  and about 10 weeks after Calumet promised I would have it. 

After this incident I personally blacklisted Calumet, refusing to ever give them any of my money again.  I'm all about supporting brick and mortar and specialty camera shops (for example I much prefer buying from B&H over Amazon), however, I can't justify spending money on incompetence.  Especially when that incompetence impacts how I do MY job.

Just my $0.02.

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