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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: upgrade to a 7D?
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:09:26 PM »
Hi All,

I had been thinking about upgrading to a 5D mkIII from my 550D but it's a little out of my price range even body only.  So I figured I'd look at the 7D as a few of my colleagues have it and love it.  I can get it for £870 delivered body only, however just a couple of things from me pushing the "checkout" button on the site.

I do a lot of night time, night time HDR, panoramic photography and just wondered if the 7D would be up to the job for this.  I often do long exposures, in a few shots i've done 20-30 minute exposures on a beach at night and while the 550D was good it wasn't quite perfect, so I wouldn't want to upgrade and lose that performance i have currently.

The one area where I know it will help is my sports photography.  I shoot most sports, football, rugby, golf, motor racing, aqua sports (kite surfing, jet skiing, motor boat races)..So I'm 100% it will fulfill it's purpose on that front.

Was just wondering about the low light.  These are my 3 main lenses...

Sigma 10-20mm f3.5
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0 L
Canon EF 70-200mm F/4.0 L IS

Anyone using a 7D who maybe can advise?

I agree with the other posters.  One of my biggest regrets was selling my 7D.  Some days I wish I still had it.  Since you are shooting outdoor sports, it'll be great.  Overall, it is Canon's best APS-C sensor camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II
« on: June 26, 2012, 09:04:22 PM »
I still believe the 7D2 will be APS-H. 8)

Now THAT would be awesome  8)

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Lenses / Re: Swap 16-35 f2.8 II for 24 f1.4 II on 5D3
« on: June 26, 2012, 08:46:25 PM »
Interesting.  Do you shoot at 24mm a lot?  If you do, I do have the 24L lens myself and that is a really, really good lens.  It will produce better images at 24mm than the 16-35L at 24mm.  If you don't shoot at 24mm a whole lot, I'd suggest something that will surprise you.  With your current kit I'd personally buy the 24-105L zoom lens.  Then you can shoot wherever you want from 24 to 105mm whenever you want.  If you really want a wider angle prime though, the 24L is really good.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 26, 2012, 06:36:05 PM »
$635 is not bad at all.  You can still buy them new at $1699, so $1k less is just fine.  Look for a seller who has low useage/low shutter count, and a return policy.   

Thanks so much @bdunbar79 & @tron for your assistance.  Is 182 rolls of film a lot for a 1V?  They want $500.00 for it, and it doesn't come with the PB-E2 Booster.  So it's not considered the HS.

Not sure you'd need the battery booster.  In film, you don't want to be shooting high burst rates, which the battery booster helps with here in this specific case.  $500 is a good deal and I don't believe 182 rolls is so much.  Even at 36 shot rolls, that's 6500 shutter actuations, and the camera is rated for 150,000.  Even if it breaks, Canon will still fix it.  The batteries it takes are fairly cheap.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The 5D Mark III & SD Memory Cards
« on: June 26, 2012, 02:03:48 PM »
Ever since it was released, the 5D3 appears to have received more criticism than praise. Canon in this case did make many people feel betrayed by cutting corners on a number of things, the SD card being one of them. This is not the first time they did this (remembering the AF on 5D2) and they will continue doing this. So are many other companies. Unless someone does it differently, by including all the best features on a second of the line product, we will have to accept the reality. I just hope Canon would not quickly abandon the 5D3 within a couple of years or so.

You can't please everyone, there will always be critics.  I don't know if I'd call it betrayed, what were people expecting?  You only can put so many features on a 2nd tier camera, you have to draw the line somewhere.  That's why there's the 1 series and the 5 series.

Betrayed - by putting the twin cards of the top of the range 1D4 in the 5DIII :o :o :o

Some people's expections are so unrealistic

Wait, all the 1DX owners will be betrayed too by the 5DIII stealing the AF system.  :o

Just link metering to the active AF point in the 5D Mark III and now you have a betrayal!

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my shots are underexposed with the lens cap on :o
Don't turn the LCD light on when you are taking pictures of your lens cap then  ;D

Just caught this!  +8 million!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Good price for a used Canon 1V-HS?
« on: June 26, 2012, 12:39:02 PM »
I've tossed this idea around many times myself.  $635 is not bad at all.  You can still buy them new at $1699, so $1k less is just fine.  Look for a seller who has low useage/low shutter count, and a return policy.  I'd pay $600-$900 for one depending on the condition, personally.  Should the shutter go bad, no big deal b/c Canon will still replace the assembly, although it will cost you.  I'd say go for it.  I probably will in the future myself, just to explore the film-era again.  I used to shoot film in the 90's and used Olympus equipment.  I wish I had bought the Canon EOS-3 in 1999 though. 

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DR is less than the D800/D800E. 
Half the MP's as the D800
It's too heavy
The AF system is too cumbersome and complicated
DxO rated it lower than the D800 (future complaint)

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Set Safety Shift - Enable, ISO
Av = 6.3
ISO = Auto
Enable Shutter speed range,
Min 500
Max 8000

Worked fantastic.  Wish the 5D III had this feature.  Thanks for the great tip.

The 1D4 is a great camera that has many advanced features that are not obvious from the spec sheet. Until you start shooting with one the gap between a 1 series and the rest is not obvious that difference is very significant.

Other features worth exploring is the constant AF and setting the low speed continuous to 6fps (or whatever suits you). I find I get more keepers this way - but I am shooting slower, more predictable animals.

I have a ton of games I can practice this with, so yes, I plan on getting creative  :)  It's amazing how much detail and color saturation this camera has, even despite the bad press about the APS-H sensor it received (16mp too).  I don't see a difference.  I cropped quite a ways and with a bit of NR, looked just as smooth as the 5D Mk III.

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Yeah, the 50L is definitely worth the money if you can afford it, I have no bad feelings about buying this lens, it's definitely the most used lens I have too, among quite a few nice ones. I still hope they release a new version soon that has a slightly different design. But, I must say, shooting with it on the 5D3 is far different (better) than shooting with it on the 5D2. But, I never had too many problems with the 5D2 either. It's a very dreamy lens, that the other Canon 50s cannot compare to really. It's sharp, plenty sharp enough at f/8, but you don't really buy this sort of f/1.2 lens to judge it at f/8, as it is, it's fine enough there. It's still the best at f/1.2 to f/2.2 or so. And that's like where I shoot with this lens about 99% of the time.

Exactly.  You have to buy TWO 50mm primes to get the best sharpness across all apertures, vs. ONE each at 35mm and 85mm.  And why would you shoot at f/1.2 to f/2.2 at a wedding?  Remember, this thread is about weddings.  So judging it at f/8 is more than justified.  If I need a sharp image f/2.8 and narrower, to get the BEST sharpness, I will not choose the 50L.  I use my 50L for indoor close ups and night street shots.  I use my 50 f/1.4 for outside daytime shots or any shot f/2.8 and narrower.

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Again, we're talking WEDDINGS.  There is no reason ever, to shoot at f/1.6 at a wedding, unless you want a person's nose in sharp focus and their face blurry.  I've shot weddings and I cannot for the life of me remember when I shot wider than f/2.8.  The ring shot maybe?  Ok, maybe, but I sure as hell didn't use a 50mm lens for the ring shots, I used my 85L.  For weddings it just doesn't make sense.  The 24-70L or 50 f/1.4 is better for weddings.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 1D X - ISO test + RAW files
« on: June 26, 2012, 11:42:39 AM »
3.
likely to generate long threads full of flames, trolls, and endless - and pointless - discussion and churn.

4.  not pertaining to DxO in any matter

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Set Safety Shift - Enable, ISO
Av = 6.3
ISO = Auto
Enable Shutter speed range,
Min 500
Max 8000

Worked fantastic.  Wish the 5D III had this feature.  Thanks for the great tip.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS-1D X - June 20, 2012 in Japan
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:23:49 PM »
Maybe someone can answer this question.  If Canon has, in fact, distributed this camera to specified folks in preparation for the Olympics, why hasn't someone taken the camera and done some serious work in evaluating it?  DPReview, I would think, would have gotten one to evaluate by now.....just wondering....I ordered mine back in December from Hunts and just pre-paid the entire amount so that I could go on the 'A' list, which has me #10 to receive my camera when they get them....they are not predicting when they will get them but they did say that they think that they will have them soon, like by July.

I'm guessing because people are full of crap.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS [CR2]
« on: June 25, 2012, 09:22:17 PM »
still though, it would be nice to see a replacement.

Not push/pull?  I could go for that feature.

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