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EOS Bodies / Re: Wrecked my 6D today, what a POS
« on: August 01, 2013, 12:13:57 AM »
So I got over my initial dislike last year of a few of the corners Canon took with the 6D (like 1/4000 max shutter speed) because the image quality was on par with my 5D3.  Today shooting the Collingwood Ontario Elvis festival in the rain with a EF 400mm 2.8 IS on my 5D3 and a 14mm 2.8 II on my 6D and I was shocked to find that my 6D stopped responding after about 20 minutes in sporadic rain.  I got home, opened things up to inspect and found felt-like material at all the seams rather than the expected rubber material that even my EF-S mount 2009 era 7D has.  I'm sorry, but F$#%K you Canon, for my couple of grand I want you to not skimp out on maybe a dollar's worth of sealing material.  My 6D is now in a bowl of rice in my cranked up to the max infrared sauna, I'll see if my hatred of Canon corner cutting sticks.  No wonder I enjoy developing EOS mount solutions for 60's to mid 80's era Canon manual focus lenses, its before they started sucking like it was a sport.


Edit, a few hours later:

Well, the bowl of rice and a couple of hours in the dry sauna seem to have brought the body back to life thankfully.  I'm thinking that the 6D problems had something to do with the fact that it was hanging mostly from my shoulder with the rear buttons facing the rain where my 5D3 was mostly top up since they look like they should both share the same "weatherproofing" levels.


-Ed Mika

The 7D rules!!!  8)

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 31, 2013, 11:58:25 AM »
AV mode for when the light conditions are changing rapidly such as on a sunny day. You will miss many moments trying to adjust shutter speed in situations like these.

Manual mode gets used when in low light and the camera is selecting shutter speeds lower than the length of the lens. eg - Camera selecting 1/60th when shooting with a 135mm.

It doesn't really matter about how people shoot with as long as they get results. The proof is in the pudding.

Haven't yet. It takes about 0.5 second to change two stops of shutter speed. Takes maybe two-three seconds to adjust both shutter and ISO.

Twill take too much time is an excuse to many people to not learn how to read light and exposure demands. It's not hard, I learned about it reading Birds As Art (birdsasart-blog.com).

Based on my wildlife experience, I have to disagree. When animals are moving I have enough to do selecting the AF  point and framing the shot.

Taken in an area of varying light conditions, in manual mode. It's possible to do, with practice and effort. Birds move a lot, and require use of different af points also...

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 31, 2013, 01:49:04 AM »
AV mode for when the light conditions are changing rapidly such as on a sunny day. You will miss many moments trying to adjust shutter speed in situations like these.

Manual mode gets used when in low light and the camera is selecting shutter speeds lower than the length of the lens. eg - Camera selecting 1/60th when shooting with a 135mm.

It doesn't really matter about how people shoot with as long as they get results. The proof is in the pudding.

Haven't yet. It takes about 0.5 second to change two stops of shutter speed. Takes maybe two-three seconds to adjust both shutter and ISO.

Twill take too much time is an excuse to many people to not learn how to read light and exposure demands. It's not hard, I learned about it reading Birds As Art (birdsasart-blog.com).

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Canon General / Re: People that don't shoot in manual...
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:55:41 AM »
Hilarious statement. Why care what anyone uses for settings unless you are looking to problem solve a particular issue? If it works for you, great. When I talk to a new photographer or a beginner, I "suggest" some options....  :)


PS, I love the auto ISO implementation on my 1DX ;)

Actually, I think that manual is the best mode for a beginning photographer. I shoot manual nearly all the time. I shoot mostly wildlife and landscapes. It is a matter of reading the light and making adjustments accordingly.

I need a third wheel for my 7D, to adjust ISO, and I will be good!

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I am sure the censors will be well bitten by their actions in the long haul.

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 27, 2013, 08:57:51 AM »
90. The person with a 18-55 on his whatever trying to ask about my lens.

91. The people with point and shoots asking about and complimenting my "huge camera". (7D with BG, 300 2.8 + TC2x; not really that big, and in the everglades, sometimes rather small... Lens envy is real!)

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EOS Bodies / Re: An Update on the 75+mp Camera in the Wild
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:12:22 PM »
Sweet.  Time to start saving those pennies, just in case. About 1.2 million of them ought to do the trick.

African or European? :)

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Portrait / Re: Portrait Shoot
« on: July 25, 2013, 08:10:36 PM »
Not something I normally shoot, but I've found it unexpectedly enojyable lately, especially when I've been stuck in a bit of rut. Here are some portraits from the weekend, playing around with some ideas.


_F1A6925 by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

_F1A6855 by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

_F1A6853 by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

_F1A6990 by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

_F1A6901 by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr


Good job escaping the rut!!!

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Lenses / Re: Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS
« on: July 24, 2013, 04:13:52 PM »
Is there a particular reason why the IS primes are slightly slower than the original?

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DM2 as a FF? Hmmm...
« on: July 23, 2013, 10:06:25 PM »
I'm curious to know, who thinks the 70D actually is a move upward in the Canon line-up as this rumor says? Personally I think it sits exactly where you would expect an upgrade to sit after three years. It does seem a little skewed though right now when compared to the even older 7D, but the 70D certainly does not move up to occupy the space the 7D - or even the 50D - used to occupy.

I think the 70D is a HUGE step up compared to the 60D. I mean, when the entry level Rebel T5i has pretty much the same burst rate as the 60D, you know things need updating. And if we're talking burst rates, the 70D is the first time since the 40D that the rate has gone above it (7fps vs 6.5fps). There's also the brand new 20.2MP sensor, Digic 5+ processor, Wi-Fi, articulating screen, 7D AF system, AFMA, 12800 native ISO, etc. The 70D is a much needed upgrade for the mid-tier crop cameras.

Now the 70D still has a couple things the 7D does better, such as burst rate and buffer, magnesium body, better weather sealing, 100% VF coverage, and maybe a couple other things, but for the most part the 70D beats the 7D.

What I think this means is the 7D MK2 will be something quite special, and as another poster pointed out, the APS-C version of the 1D X. The 70D you could argue as the APS-C version of the 5D MK3.

7D mk II with integrated grip!

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 23, 2013, 10:05:52 PM »
54: people reading page 1 and the last page of the thread ignoring the 60000 posts in between.

55: people still defending crop sensors, "reach" & equivalencey

(does equivalency mean "need a slightly longer lens"?)

No, it means a 50 1.4 on a ff would require a 35(ish) 0.9(ish) to match on APS-C. Sounds great, around middle focal lengths, FF shines. 10mm  APS-C requires about 16mm FF. The price difference is astonishing... But, move to the long end, and the world becomes murder. To see what APS-C sees at 600, on FF it requires a 900mm lens (basically, 500 +2x, 600 + 1.4x and then some...). Then, you need TCs, and getting anything in focus becomes even harder. You get to stop down an extra stop and a half, so that extra stop and a half of IQ dissappears. FF really is a bit of a few trick pony, not an answer all.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7DM2 as a FF? Hmmm...
« on: July 22, 2013, 05:40:09 PM »
What do you guys think of this rumor?  I'd only heard rumors before, but thought I'd throw it out into the CR forums to see what you guys all think.  Up until now, 7D has been thought of as the flagship for crop sensors.  However, is the 70D the new flag-bearer with big changes to come in the FF lineup?   

Here's a link to the CanonWatch site where it's discussed:

http://www.canonwatch.com/rumor-eos-70d-will-be-top-of-aps-c-line-up-eos-7d-mark-ii-will-be-entry-level-full-frame/


Absolutely no! It would make no sense lineup wise, and it would kill the 7D. A FF camera what shoots 8FPS or better? That's pretty much a 1DX, and it would be priced accordingly. I don't want FF. I have a 5d MK II which I use for landscape. The 7D does everything else, including ceremonies. FF introduces piles upon piles of problems crop sensors eliminate. Once, fil was 4 inches by 5. Then, the pro idea was 35mm. It makes sense for a lot of reasons for the 7D to be a 1.6 crop!!! A lot of pros I have read about are using 2x crop cameras for a lot of uses!

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Canon General / Re: Just For Fun!
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:52:41 PM »
40. Full frame is the answer to everything in the world. (i'm not knocking ff cameras...)

41. People still defending crop-sensor and believing in "reach"

48. People who don't understand equivalency and the real purpose of 1.6 crop.

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
« on: July 16, 2013, 10:34:05 AM »
I have to throw out the "horses for courses" line.  I have the 16-35 II, 24-70 II, and 70-200 II, but I also have the 24 1.4 II, 50 1.2, 85 1.2 II, and 135.  I LOVE my primes and when I'm just walking around or shooting portraits, they are what I use.  When I'm shooting commercial work or carrying my gear on my back for long distances, I take the zooms.  There are plenty of situations where shallow DOF isn't needed or desired and many times when you can't "zoom with your feet" because you are stuck in one place and can't get closer or further back -- or you get eaten -- see shot below of a 10'+ alligator using the original 24-70 at, you guessed it 70mm, from around 20ft away.  If I'd had my 24 or 50 on, I wouldn't have been able to get close enough and I wanted good DOF for this shot.

You choose the best gear you have for a given shoot and hope you have the right lens on your camera at the right time.




Nice! Where's this?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: July 11, 2013, 08:14:21 PM »
RLPhotos official prediction for 7D2.

- 61 Point AF
- 24 MP APS-C
- 10 FPS

Pack those 3 key features in, and canon stole the semi-pro sports market again.

Agreed. I really hope it happens!

Nah. They won't put a 24mp sensor in the 7DII.
This is a sports body, remember.
Sports bodies favor ISO/noise over megapixels.

Here are my predictions:
  • 18mp, 1.5x crop factor
  • new AF system - but not the 1DX/5DIII AF system
  • 9fps

No, it will be 1.6, 9FPS is pretty realistic, but I am certain it will the the 5D III AF...

It is certainly not going to have the 5D3 AF. You can't just stick a FF AF system on APS-C.

You might not be able to put a FF AF UNIT in an APS-C camera...but you could reuse the FF AF sensor in an AF unit designed for APS-C. The AF unit houses the sensor, as well as a special lens that handles splitting light for each AF point and directing it to the appropriate AF strips. No reason that lens couldn't be redesigned for an APS-C frame (and, for APS-C frame with very wide point spread, since vignetting wouldn't be as much of an issue as on the FF).

So sure...I believe the 61pt AF system could find its way to the 7D II.

THey'll get it in there, or something along those lines... I think they fear the D400...

Nah. They won't put a 24mp sensor in the 7DII.

Depends on what people it should appeal to - and more metapixies has consumer appeal

Yes, megapickles appeal to consumers.

The question is, is the 7DII supposed to be a consumer camera?

If yes, why should Canon put their 61-point pro AF system in a consumer camera - as many are asking here.
And if not, why should Canon appeal to consumers with a (noisy) 24mp sensor.

The more the better!!!

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