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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:24:13 PM »
Here are some sample shots https://www.flickr.com/photos/128861033@N06/ I was shooting in JPG only so just cropped the pictures. Some of these shots are below the standard I would normal post but I wanted you to get an idea of how the camera handles. You can check the EXIF data which is why I am posting to Flickr.

After seeing this thread this morning I saw the request for photos but none from yesterday were usable. I have a hide on the river Stour so I went down there despite rain being threatened. I have used the hide a few times hoping to get shots of otters (many people have told me that no otters live on the river), I have spotted them twice but never managed an acceptable shot. As I was setting up my 5Dmk3 I noticed movement in the reeds so grabbed my 7Dmk2 pointed it in the direction of the disturbance when suddenly an otter surfaced right at my feet. Using the Cannon 70-300mm L it was to close for me to focus. It disappeared so I ran down the river bank. Spotting the otter I held my finger down taking over 100 jpgs, that is when I realized I had not set RAW+JPG but just JPG, I quickly changed setting and am hopeful for the shots in RAW. Anyway thank you for demanding photos as I finally have proof otters live in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Thanks for the photos. How did the camera focus cope at tracking them as you followed them?

I may have to try heading up that way sometime to photograph some otters. Can't be any more of the wild goose chase that was deer watching at Hatfield forest last week, I saw nothing but squirrels all day.

Mine should arrive tomorrow.... and I probably will use it on a wild goose chase... there are about a thousand of them on the river at the end of the back yard....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:13:56 AM »
Otters
Nice pose....

What were the settings of the camera and how heavily was it cropped?

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B&H says they are receiving their first shipment on Monday and I will get mine later in the week.

CAN U CALL AGAIN AND ASK I JUST LEFT THE STORE HOURS AGO AND THEY SAID OTHERWISE UGH THESE STORE THEY RATHER TAKE THE MONEY AND PREORDERS OF THE TOURIST AND NON PRO-SHOOTERS THEN THE LEGIT SHOOTERS WHO HAVE BUSINESSES AND MAKE MONEY OFF THERE PHOTOS

You may want to also pick up a new keyboard.... Your Caps key is stuck on and none of the punctuation keys appear to be working either.... :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 29, 2014, 11:31:48 AM »
After all the hype and waiting. I wonder if it will be worth it. Only bought my 7D last year so I doubt I'll be upgrading anytime soon (although I do yearn for the ISO performance of a 5D...).

Then you should be all set on this one... If you want the ISO performance of a 5D, you'll have to buy a 5D.

I believe the 7D2 will have improved high ISO and will be very usable at ISO 1600 (maybe 3200) but won't be a replacement for full frame in very low light.  (disclosure:  I ordered a 7D2, so I think it will be well worth it)
It should have the ISO performance of a 5D.... or even a bit better...

Now a 5DIII.... that's a different story!

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:50:04 PM »
Fixing a failing shutter can be done with a $6 part, assuming that you are able / willing to tackle the job, and, of course, that the issue is not with the shutter motor.

Oh my, why didn't anyone mention this before?! You might just have saved me €1000 for a new crop backup dslr.

* Are there any differences between the shutter blades offered on ebay (the price varies a lot), or is this just the sellers making a different amount of profit?

* Did you know how complicated it is to chance the shutter myself, any links on this? Of course I'm going to google it myself, too, but since you brought it up you might have some more insight than the first random search engine hits.
It was an even cheaper repair.
I brought the camera in to work today, so that I could look at the shutter under magnification...I spent my lunch removing tightly wound fine cat hair (thank you Fluffy) from around the pivot point of the shutter with precision tweezers and a scalpel. It now works to 1/8000!

You've got to be joking !?
If you have to leave the camera in the cat's basket try leaving a lens on next time. Or better still get one of those toys shaped like a mouse and put that in instead.
I have no idea how they got in..... I am very careful to avoid such problems.... yet it happened.

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Technical Support / Re: failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 28, 2014, 06:00:07 PM »
Fixing a failing shutter can be done with a $6 part, assuming that you are able / willing to tackle the job, and, of course, that the issue is not with the shutter motor.

Oh my, why didn't anyone mention this before?! You might just have saved me €1000 for a new crop backup dslr.

* Are there any differences between the shutter blades offered on ebay (the price varies a lot), or is this just the sellers making a different amount of profit?

* Did you know how complicated it is to chance the shutter myself, any links on this? Of course I'm going to google it myself, too, but since you brought it up you might have some more insight than the first random search engine hits.
It was an even cheaper repair.
I brought the camera in to work today, so that I could look at the shutter under magnification...I spent my lunch removing tightly wound fine cat hair (thank you Fluffy) from around the pivot point of the shutter with precision tweezers and a scalpel. It now works to 1/8000!

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So Canon introduces the "ultimate" DSLR for $10,000....

It scores poorly on DXO :)

2 months later Nikon introduces a DSLR that is even better....

next year Sony improves it again, but for only $6000....

Apple claims that the iPhone17 takes better pictures....

Then Canon releases the Ultimate "Ultimate DSLR" for only $12,000....

and the cycle starts again....

Meanwhile, my 10 year old camera still takes great pictures....

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Audio on a DSLR
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:32:33 PM »
I have a Canon T3i with a rode VideoMic Pro which I shoot all my videos with. Recently I got my hands on the Canon XA20 and was amazed at the audio quality I got with it with the Audio Technica AT897 microphones. i now returned it and am considering what to do to get better audio quality. The Audio Technica mic is XLR so i maybe if I get that mic I can get a JuiceLink? but could I instead just get a Zoom H5 and use the XLR jacks in the H5 and then into my canon T3i? Does anyone have any better ideas on microphones? I want to note that I am not doing a duel system, I want a single system for my workflow. On top of all this that I asked, does the Canon 70D have a better preamp then my T3i? On top of upgrading my audio, if its worth it I might buy a new body, but not sure yet since I am really waiting to see what canon does with the EOS line up and their professional camcorder line up next year (2015). Thank you in advance for anyone who answers.
I have a 7D2 on the way.... I am very curious as to how well the microphone input and headphone jack combo works and to see what audio info you can get from it "on the fly"

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There are several comments here about the Tamron being soft at 600mm and slow from individuals who clearly don't have any first-hand experience of the lens and just rely on mythical hearsay or lens test from TDP, which actually shows it sharp at the centre.

I regularly  use the Tamron 150-600, have used extensively the 100-400 L and have the 300/2.8 II.

The Tamron is not soft at 600mm, and it is reasonably fast at AF at 600mm. My first hand experience fits in well with the extensive reviews on ePhotozine and Lenstip. Here is the MTF analysis from ePhotozine, which has measured the values at 600mm to be on the edge of excellent at f/8, and the Lenstip's of the 150-600mm and the 100-400mm, which shows that the Tamron at600mm and f/8 to be similar to that of the 100-400 at 400.

Don't knock cameras or lenses based on hearsay, second-hand and inaccurate information.
That fits in with my tests.

I found that the maximum sharpness on a 60D was at F9... and F8 was very close to that. Above and below, it fell of. I still say it is a bit soft if you don't step it down.... but honestly, don't we all try to use whatever lenses we have in their sweet spot?

It is definitely a great lens, and superior to the existing 100-400 in the overlapping range..... but I do expect a new version of the 100-400 would reverse that, although at several times the price....

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EOS Bodies / Re: It's just me but...
« on: October 26, 2014, 10:40:43 PM »
Being as my 60D is acting up... and they start shipping the 7D2 in 5 days.. for me Canon's timing of camera body releases is just about perfect.....

As to lenses, realistically, I have what I need (except for a FAST wide angle prime) so I really don't feel the urge to rush out and buy lenses... unless someone comes out with a 16mm F1.4 lens... that might make me change my mind...

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Technical Support / failing shutter on 60D
« on: October 26, 2014, 08:52:48 PM »
I have a 60D with about 100,000 actuations on the shutter. Everything still works, but there appears to be no difference in exposure from 1/500 of a second to 1/8000 of a second. It opens and closes, slower shutter speeds seem OK, but fast seems to be stuck around 1/500.

The camera has never been cleaned or lubed... I was wondering if the problem could be solved with a proper cleaning. From everything I have read, when a shutter fails, it just stops... so I am wondering if clean and lube is the solution.

And NO, I am not going to spray WD40 or something like that into the camera :) so please don't tell me not to. I am considering sending it back to Canon for a proper cleaning and tune up... I want to keep it as a "magic lantern" camera...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Where are the Canon fun Pentaxian colors?
« on: October 26, 2014, 07:13:42 PM »
I wouldn't buy an SL1, but if I did I'd consider one of the white ones; other than that the only colour I'd find attractive on a camera besides black is 18% grey for convenient reference.

Jim
That would be a great marketing tool.... because you would need a second camera :)

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Soft at 600mm? I don't think so

I've seen plenty of full-sized shots at 600mm to know that it is soft at 600mm wide-open, even on full-frame.

I'm not a sharpness nut, except on telephoto lenses, where it's common to crop like crazy.  When I can properly frame, I find my 17-40L and 24-105L to be quite excellent.  But on telephoto, it's not uncommon for me to crop 2x into a shot that was shot with a 2xTC on a 1.6-crop camera.  That's only 15% of the size of the image circle, enlarged to a full-frame.  That requires critical resolving power.

Have a look.  This is the Tamron against itself (400mm versus 600mm).  There's a substantial difference.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=929&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=3&API=0&LensComp=929&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=5&APIComp=0
I have the lens. I shoot a lot with it.

The first thing I did when I got it was to check out sharpness at various F stops.

It is soft wide open at 600mm.
Stop it down to F8 of F9 and it is pretty good, but wide open it is soft.


Some people are actually expecting the Tamron to be sharp wide open - at the price it is offered at!!

It actually gives the photographer a remarkable value for money 600/8.

The only way to get a sharp 600 at close range is to get the 600/4 because if your shooting at distance say 100m or more the image will be degraded by airwaves you might as well have the Tamron anyway.

When you consider that you need 4 (or more) times the $s to beat the Tamron 150-600, it is a wonderful deal. I expect a new 100-400 will beat it, but at 2.5 to 3 X the $s.

The Tammy remains the most bang for the buck on long lenses.

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Soft at 600mm? I don't think so

I've seen plenty of full-sized shots at 600mm to know that it is soft at 600mm wide-open, even on full-frame.

I'm not a sharpness nut, except on telephoto lenses, where it's common to crop like crazy.  When I can properly frame, I find my 17-40L and 24-105L to be quite excellent.  But on telephoto, it's not uncommon for me to crop 2x into a shot that was shot with a 2xTC on a 1.6-crop camera.  That's only 15% of the size of the image circle, enlarged to a full-frame.  That requires critical resolving power.

Have a look.  This is the Tamron against itself (400mm versus 600mm).  There's a substantial difference.

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=929&Camera=453&Sample=0&FLI=3&API=0&LensComp=929&CameraComp=453&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=5&APIComp=0
I have the lens. I shoot a lot with it.

The first thing I did when I got it was to check out sharpness at various F stops.

It is soft wide open at 600mm.
Stop it down to F8 of F9 and it is pretty good, but wide open it is soft.

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Hold up, wait.

THE BATTERY IS 100 dollars?

Prepare for the LPE6 to sell out. Almost 2 of them for a similar price.

RIDICULOUS

In Canada, at Henrys, LP-E6 sells for $119.99
                                 LP-E6N sells for $119.99


In U.S.A., at B+H, LP-E6 sells for $59.00
                           LP-E6N sells for $74.95

I'm all for supporting local, but not with getting gouged....

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