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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 05, 2014, 06:16:43 AM »
Maybe not putting my 7D mk1 away in the bag when it rained last month wasn't such a good idea (now I've seen all the extra places the mk2 has sealing). Rain covers will be on Santas wish list this year I think.

Impressive upgrades and an impressive dissection.

Most people can probably get away with not using rain covers. I mean the 60D has been rubbished so much in build and sealing but despite being dropped and rained on quite a bit it still lives. I mean it's all probabilities, but some people make it sound like it's super fragile if it's not magnesium alloyed and sealed like a 1-series.
I heard that the 60D was better sealed than the 6D and the 5D3....... But I freely admit that I didn't trust it in the rain and an umbrella was a standard part of my kit....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 08:09:43 PM »
One surprise I found with the 7D2 is that it lets you change the prefix on the file names. On the 60D you cycled from IMG_0000 to IMG_9999 over and over again.... you had 10,000 unique file names...

On the 7D2 you have 25,600,000,000 possible different file names. even if I go to a scheme where I call the files D14Axxxx, then D14Bxxxx, D14Cxxxx.... and next year start up at D15A0000, this gives me a scheme for 260,000 unique file names per year. A great improvement!

You have been able to do that to 1 series camera files for a long time, just a FYI.

It's funny, I have been a 1 series user for years and there are so many of these silly little things I took for granted, none of them are that consequential, but when you add them up it does make a difference.

A lot of little things do add up to a big difference. I have handled a lot of cameras from several makers (but not a Canon 1 series), and my impression when I first picked up the 7D2 is that this is one solid piece of gear. I'm still learning it, but so far I am very impressed. I shot some test photos at ISO6400 and they are far better than the 60D... I think you would be hard pressed to tell the difference between it and the 5D2.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:09:04 PM »
One surprise I found with the 7D2 is that it lets you change the prefix on the file names. On the 60D you cycled from IMG_0000 to IMG_9999 over and over again.... you had 10,000 unique file names...

On the 7D2 you have 25,600,000,000 possible different file names. even if I go to a scheme where I call the files D14Axxxx, then D14Bxxxx, D14Cxxxx.... and next year start up at D15A0000, this gives me a scheme for 260,000 unique file names per year. A great improvement!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 04:30:02 PM »

In many cultures sticking your tongue out is seen as offensive, a deep insult, and even a challenge to war.

It seems subtleties like that are lost on many of you, ...


Although I sit here confident that I am surrounded(in the U. S.)by an expansive area (as large as, or larger than all of the many tongued countries of Western Europe,) in which I am likely to be correctly understood by the inhabitants wherever I might go, ...it is terrifying to imagine that in some corner of the world, near or far, my facial expressions, phrasing, sense of humor, pronunciation, body language, or other habits or mannerisms could conceivably be considered rude or offensive.

Heaven forbid!

So here I sit, ...mute and paralyzed, fearful that  I might be observed via the internet, even in my own home and country, by that remote, potentially offendable "someone".

I have good news and bad news for you.....

The bad news is that the country you could incite to war by sticking your tongue out is Canada...

The good news is that if you are caught sticking your tongue out, all you have to say is "I'm trying to catch a snowflake, eh" and you will be forgiven....

WARNING!!!!! DO NOT TOUCH YOUR TONGUE TO A METAL OBJECT IN WINTER!!!!!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 46MP body rumor is hoax?
« on: November 04, 2014, 10:00:33 AM »
and this is why I never believe a rumour until the item appears of the manufacturer's website....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 08:13:19 AM »
first impression - This thing is SOLID!

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So when you have a silll photographer and a videographer working the same event, what is the professional etiquette?  Which one gets "priority"?

But in any case, it looks like this videographer was not very considerate.  But then we are only getting one side of the story. I wonder if this videographer is on another forum talking about this wedding he shot were this still photographer kept getting in the way.   ;)

I would think that priority is set by the bride... as professionals, we should realize that this can be a problem so we should address it up front and make sure that all parties know it..... and don't forget "uncle Fred" with his brand new Rebel....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Nikon D750 Dynamic Range Test
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:02:39 AM »
As most of us can't properly process the RAW files yet, I think proper tests are a long ways away....


Hmm...doesn't Canon's DPP 4.1 support "proper" processing of 7D II raws? We may not have official Lightroom support, or Capture One support, etc...but I think it would be a bit of a blunder if Canon released a camera and did not give their customers the ability to edit the RAW files...that doesn't sound like them...
If we were going to go crazy about controlling variables for a comparison test, we would use the same software program at the same settings to generate our images..... We can't do that yet with 7D2 files. I am fairly willing to bet that in a few weeks that problem will be solved.....

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I'm not one to vent but I figured I might as well do it here. 

Anyways we all heard about the intrusive wedding photographer that was in your face.  I experienced it, this time the opposite.  Which was the intrusive wedding videographer team.  I was working with a fellow photographer of mine which we were hired for a wedding.  I get to the grooms house (other photographer is with with the bride)  I started to take pictures and then the videographer shows up late literally missing the groom getting ready and instructed to the groom to mock getting ready.  I did my shots and finished up.  The videographer then asked me can I have a ride to the venue.  I said sure, because I'm a nice guy. (Not to mention he doesn't have a car, his mom dropped him off) The other videographer was late for the bride and forced her to do a mock getting ready. 

But this is when it gets really hairy.  First of all my setup is a 24-70mm on my 5dmiii and a 7d with a 70-200mm.  I like to stand in the back or on the side out of sight out of mind.  My past history with other videographers they were either on the side or at least zoomed in.  These videographers were literally in the ceremony and up close.  I was shaking my head and my other photographer would look at me shaking hers.  I was literally hoping for the kiss shot they would at least move.  Well they didn't.  Luckily with Photoshop I could do my magic. 

Fast forward to the reception, the first dance and the garter toss and so on there were in it too.  (the garter shot the videographer jumped in front of me.)

Luckily we still had great shots of the event because my partner had different vantage point to get that shot or I shot multiple times at least which can be usable but that is usually not my style.   

Lesson learned tho.  Communicate with each other so you're not in each others way.  I wanted to bring this up so other photographers hopefully if they have this issue they would know what to do. 

The pictures down below one of the videographers had a 50mm on a 6D.

You HAVE!!!!! to give the bride a few pictures before and after you photoshopped the film crew out of the picture. I am sure she will have a good laugh and realize that you delivered quality despite the obstacles... it can only be good for business. Don't bitch to the bride about how intrusive they were, odds are she knows already and the before/after pictures will remind her.... Your calmness and delivering quality can only be good for the business.

BTW, at another wedding, while acting as second shooter, I had the bride ask me if I could "get that idiot out of here" in reference to another "in your face" videographer and to explain to him that the still photos took priority. Sadly, I don't think your case was unique.... there are some pathetic videographers out there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Nikon D750 Dynamic Range Test
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:47:54 PM »
A true test of DR will compare similar cameras
There are lots of valid reasons for testing dis-similar cameras... One might be asking how the 7D2 compares to the 5D3.... one might want to know what the differences are between old tech and new tech.... between FF and Crop, between 4/3 and crop, between Canon, Nikon, and Sony... Lots of questions to be asked here and even more answers sought. We THINK we know the answers, but until testing is done, we are just guessing.
Don, you forgot the most important part of my message: Tests comparing a parameter (for example DR) must minimize all other possible variables.

I understand that some want to know "how much" of a difference between equipment of different categories and purposes. But the bottom line is always getting stuck in tests at ISO100 purposely under-exposed to lift the shadows in PP.
Quite true, but the OP's second sentence was "I know it is an Apples to Oranges comparison, but I was curious none-the-less", which I took to mean that this was not a very scientific test.... As most of us can't properly process the RAW files yet, I think proper tests are a long ways away....

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Landscape / Re: Fall colours
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:37:46 PM »
This weekend in bay area
Welcome to the forum. Fantastic pictures!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Nikon D750 Dynamic Range Test
« on: November 02, 2014, 11:58:56 AM »

A true test of DR will compare similar cameras

There are lots of valid reasons for testing dis-similar cameras... One might be asking how the 7D2 compares to the 5D3.... one might want to know what the differences are between old tech and new tech.... between FF and Crop, between 4/3 and crop, between Canon, Nikon, and Sony... Lots of questions to be asked here and even more answers sought. We THINK we know the answers, but until testing is done, we are just guessing.

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:23:40 AM »

This was with the venerable 70-200/2.8 IS II
f2.8 1/640

ISO 10,000 !!!!

Probably not printing this, but for a high school website, or sharing with a parents' phone, unbelievably usable....
For the whole series...

Crappy unbalanced gymnasium light.....
Fast action.....
Dark uniforms that are hard to focus on...
It takes a lot more than a good camera to pull off those shots under those conditions.... Good job!

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Lenses / Re: Why don't Canon make lenses for other mounts?
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:20:16 PM »
Also, look at sigma and their issues with AF consistency.  Canon doesn't give them their secret recipe, so Sigma reverse engineers it... and only somewhat effectively. 

So if canon made lenses for Sony or Nikon or pentax, or even sigma... what happens if they don't share the Colonel's secret recipe... then the Canon brand is hurt as well as their reputation.

I have no issues with recommending either a Canon or a Nikon to a beginner... but it doesn't take much for someone to sour on a brand... because they heard a few bad things.  I still haven't bought a Sigma lens even though I have had a boner for both the 35mm art and the 50 art... so there's that to consider.

When Canon adds a lens to their stable, they add characteristics of the lens to their firmware.

For example, let's say you are shooting with a 1DX and Canon comes out with a 200-600F5.6 lens. The lens would report itself as such to the body, and the body would say "I don't know you, but I will treat you like a 100-400" and the camera would focus the lens. Then Canon comes out with a firmware update for the 1DX and the focusing characteristics of the lens are in that firmware. Now the 1DX knows that if the AF sensor is X distance off that it has to drive the AF motor for time Y and it now focuses the lens faster with less hunting.

The problem with a Sigma (or Tamron) lens is that Canon does not put other manufacturer's characteristics into the Canon Firmware. Sigma (or Tamron) have to cheat and tell the camera body that their lens is whatever the closest Canon lens is to their characteristics. The AF can never be as good as a Canon Lens.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit About the Modular DSLR Rumor
« on: November 01, 2014, 11:04:11 PM »
This whole "modular camera" idea seems a bit strange to me....

The electronics are tightly coupled.... you are not going to be plugging parts in and out... Because of alignment problems, you are not going to be swapping sensors in and out, and if you could, you would also have to swap in all new electronics and all new firmware (a whole new camera).

DSLRs are already modular. You purchase the body(s) you want, the lenses you want, the flash(es) you want, the memory card(s) you want, and mix and match to best suit your needs.

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