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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:35:34 PM »
WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.

This means it will not be a completely mag-alloy body so that they can put an antenna in the body somewhere to receive RF signals.

If you look at the body of a 1DX you will see that it is more full of holes than a swiss cheese. Lots of places for RF to penetrate inside, but it is even easier to put the antenna on the outside of the metal frame and cover it with rubber or plastic.

Why don't you put a metal box with the same number of holes in it as the 1DX around the antenna of your WiFi box at home and see what that does for your WiFi use.
No need to get nasty.....

I mentioned that the metal body is more full of holes than a swiss cheese because it is not a sealed box. there are dozens of holes through it so adding another one will have no effect on sealing. There will be a lot of RF leakage through those holes. Some are tiny, some are big enough to slide a battery through, and there is even one hole as big as a lens mount. There will be lots of RF leakage.

I also said that it would be easier to mount the antenna outside. There are lots of good places, like on the front of the body, like on top of the viewfinder, like around the LCD, like on the camera bottom, or even on the sides.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:41:14 PM »
WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.

This means it will not be a completely mag-alloy body so that they can put an antenna in the body somewhere to receive RF signals.

If you look at the body of a 1DX you will see that it is more full of holes than a swiss cheese. Lots of places for RF to penetrate inside, but it is even easier to put the antenna on the outside of the metal frame and cover it with rubber or plastic.

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The improved processor(s) and high speed memory required for 4K video and DPAF opens up an interesting possibility for the action shooter..... 30fps burst mode in live view....

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Dylan, get a 1DX and you won't regret it! 

I tried talking myself out of buying a 1DX for about 6 months, but I finally bought a 1DX about a month ago, and I'm loving it!

Yeah, the 1DX is big and heavy, but it's like driving a Porsche...there is no substitute! Plus, the files are so much easier to work with in Lightroom...I don't see the banding/color noise in the shadows, like I do with my 5dMkIII.

Until you drive it into a tree, because the car wasn't designed for city driving :)

Also, ever try to carry two canoes, 4 people, camping gear, and two weeks food in a Porsche? Get the right tool for the job YOU want to do, not what someone else wants.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:19:24 PM »

An STM lens.  Really.  That's pretty weak for what is presumably a best-in-class APS-C rig in the $2k neighborhood.  STM is fine for video, and it's also nice upgrade over the squeaky slow AF motors of the older entry level Rebel kit glass, but 7D2 still shooters would want the speed of USM, right?

Are they legitimately going after pro wildlife/sports guys with this rig or just enthusiasts who want a high burst rate?  Surely the days of kitting this with a relatively average lens are over, aren't they?  (I recognize that the people drooling over a 7D2 likely already have a lot of glass, but the same could be said at the launch of the 5D3 and that had a decent lens kit option...)

Just riffing here:  any chance Canon kits this with a really solid L lens?  I recognize that a 24-something zoom lens will be too long on the wide end for a standard zoom.  So...

Kit it with a 16-35 F/4L IS?

Kit it with a first-ever L lens in an EF-S mount?  An EF-S 15-50 F/4L IS?  An L-quality update to the 17-55 F/2.8 IS?

Kit it with the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8?
  ;D

- A

Kit it with the 17-55.  Also kit out a pair of primes like the 35 f/2 and the 135 f/2 L as a cool surprise option.  That would also make some nice white box discounts available on those primes from set-breakers. :)

Now that's a great combo!

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Mine has served me well. It's somewhere around 125,000 pictures and still works fine. There is a cat hair in the viewfinder prism and the rubber grip is getting a bit loose, but other than that it works great.

I do regret not getting the 7D with the superior autofocus, but overall I am happy with it.

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I've been wanting to upgrade my camera body for about two years now... I'm still shooting with my old-ass XTi (yeah, yeah, I know) but it's not been a huge deal since I don't try to make any money off my photography. It's just a hobby, although I do shoot events and stuff for my family and friends sometimes (for no charge, just for fun).

Anyway, so I was all set to buy the 70D but then I read the last few posts on this site about the 7D replacement coming soon and I'm wondering if I should wait and see what that will have. My budget is $1,200, and while I'd like to have a new camera for the summer I really don't *need* one until early fall when I'm taking a big trip.

I know nobody here is a soothsayer, but I am really wrestling with what to do. Do I go ahead and get the 70D? At $1,000 it's well within my budget. Or do I wait until August (if that's when they're expected to announce) and see what the 7D replacement will have?

My concern with waiting is that it will be more than what I want to spend, and unless it's just really super awesome and way better than the 70D I can't see myself going above my budget. So I will have spent three months without a 70D just to go ahead and get the 70D anyway. But I'm also concerned that if they announce in August, it might not come out until later in the fall—after the trip I am really wanting a new camera for.

My concern with buying a 70D now is that the 7D replacement will be announced and it might be within, or around, my budget, and I'll regret getting the 70D instead of waiting for a presumably better camera. Or do people have an idea of what the replacement would likely sell for?
A 7D, before the "end of life" discounts, went for around $1500. It came out at $1700. There is no way that a 7D2 will come out in your budget range. An optimistic estimate would be $2000, a realistic estimate around $2300.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:38:23 AM »
And to all you southerners, this is the strait between Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, two days ago....
I hope you brought your shorts and some high factor sun screen ... ::)

I did!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:56:50 AM »
I'm still prepping my bomb shelter for the hysteria as the 7D2 release gets closer
anyone remember how bad this place got pre 5Dmk3?

That was a fun time -- lots of activity.  Don't think the 7D2 will generate as much traffic as 5D3.  The tech is more mature now (relative to existing market offerings), and Sony's A7x, micro 4/3s, Fuji have all taken some of the market share and tech buzz.

There will be a number of very specific camps posting here once the specs are announced. Each camp can be quite easily predicted.
The Nikon trolls....where anything from Canon isn never good enough.
The Canon fanboys, where everyrhing from Canon is given from the very "hand of god".
The existing 1DX users, who don't see the point of the 7DII compared to their exisiting camera.
The 5DIII users who don't care for the 1.6 crop. The 5DIII users who fancy the 1.6 crop.
The upgraders from the 70D and the side graders from the 7D.
The "we want 15 stops DR or the camera is a failure" brigade.
The people who don't have enough money to justify a 7DII.
The people who don't have any camera but like to post their opinions on forums as if they did.

you are welcome to add or delete to my list

In the mean time....I'll be out shooting during my busiest time of the year.
I'll add another category.... how about those people who say that its a camera that meets my needs, buy one, and then take great pictures despite all the naysayers.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:19:39 AM »
I find the naysayer's comments to be quite entertaining....

I expect it to be to the 70D, like the 7D was to the 60D. Better AF, better sealing, a bit faster, and about twice the price. Anything more will be a bonus.

Since my 60D is getting long in the tooth, for me the time is right for an upgrade.

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:11:56 AM »
And to all you southerners, this is the strait between Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, two days ago....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 05, 2014, 02:49:26 AM »
Not surprising..... Sales of the 7D have plummeted since the 70D came out and my guess is that they have jot made new ones for a while and internal stock is low. With the delays in the 7D2, there might even be a gap between when they run out of 7Ds and the mark 2 version is released...... That would certainly get the  comments flowing from forum members....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Can Canon deliver a FF sensor that is class leading?
« on: June 03, 2014, 05:38:14 PM »
Guys, didn't you read DxOmark? Just downsample your images down to 8x12" and print it. Then you gain at least 2 stops of dynamic range. And if 14-stops isn't enough then just downsample some more.  :P
OK.
I downsampled this picture of my cat to 16x16 pixels, how much dynamic range should I have?

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Answer to Everyone's Complaints
« on: June 03, 2014, 04:16:31 AM »
If Canon were somehow able to poll every one of their users and publish the results, we would see that pretty much everyone is happy with the Canon options out there right now.


I am a happy camper.

I like my 60D. I should have gotten a 7D, but that's my fault, not Canons....

I will be happier when the 7D2 comes out.


BTW, I picked Canon over Nikon for three reasons. First was the ergonomics, second was the 70-200F4IS, and third was the 17-55F2.8. In other words, user interface and glass mattered far more to me than sensor and when the appropriate time comes, the body gets upgraded and I still have that great glass

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Lenses / Re: purchasing 70-200 f4 IS now?
« on: June 02, 2014, 03:43:24 PM »
you may want to wait a bit longer, since it is said to be updated very soon.
I have it and also Sony Nikon 70-200mm f4G lenses and I compared them side by side many times, in absolute term the Canon f4LIS is still a good lens but it shows its age compared to the Sony and the Nikon,espeically to the Sony.
and imho, the Canon f4LIS and Nikon f4VR are overpriced compared to the excellent Sony 70-200mm f4 SSM , the Sony comes with tripod mount and it is about 100US cheaper than the optically inferior Canon f4 70-200mm and the Optically as good but heavier Nikon..
I tested them all on my A7R and see the differences, the Sony was clearly sharper than the other 2 at 70 , 100, 135mm wide open , but at 200mm end , the Nikon was the better lens  at f4 , but stopping down to f6.3 , the Sony becomes better than the other 2 again.    I also compared the build quality of the 3 lenses, to me the Sony seems better made lens but a bit bigger than the Canon, the biggest one is the Nikon f4 and it is a bit longer than the Canon and the Sony.  But honestly I prefer the look of the Nikon lens since it is black and less conspicuous in public.   but if do not  care about the color of the lens, but only optical quality and AF accuracy , then the Sony wins hands down here.  and  after comparing the 3 , I am quite sure, the Sony and Nikon 70-200mm f4 are quite a bit better than the Canon one, and I am sure Canon must update it with better IS and better anti-flare coating very soon to be competitive.  the Nikon has almost 5 stop effective VR , and it focuses very very close, so personally I do not buy the Canon f4 70-200mm IS lens now , and I do not need f2.8 any more in this range(I use the Zeiss 135mm f2 APO instead). So if I need the best 70-200mm f4 zoom now , I will go Sony or Nikon. If you can wait , wait a few months , I am quite sure we will see a new 70-200mm f4LIS lens from Canon at Photokina(it does not mean we can actually buy it very soon , though).
All that having said , the best 70-200mm zoom is the Canon 70-200mm f2.8LISMK2 USM lens.
Your post sounds like that of a lens snob - this is one of Canon's best lenses and other than the aperture being slower than the f/2.8 versions, I have yet to hear anyone complain about this lens.  Besides, there are exactly zero rumors (on CR) about this lens being replaced so I don't know what you're talking about. 

ATC, this is a phenomenal lens, you won't be disappointed with it.

This lens is ALMOST as sharp as the 2.8IS version.... They are so close that with the lens to lens variations one would expect to see, they almost certainly overlap. It is a phenomenal lens, quite possibly the best " bang for the buck" of any canon lens. You would need laboratory testing with test charts to tell the images from the F2.8IS version, yet at half the price and weight it is a lot easier to afford and much much easier to carry and to operate. That extra 2/3 of a stop comes at a big hit in weight and dollars.

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