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As most of us know (and is referenced on threads on many photo forums), the infamous KR has a button on his site asking for donations to help support his growing family. I just came across another site - Clarkvision - that had a donation button at the bottom "if you like what you see" (or something similar). I would be willing to bet there are at least a couple other photo information sites with a donation feature as well (and likely sites for other topics unrelated to photography).

My first thought is does anyone actually donate to them? But my more pressing thought is, isn't this illegal for a commercial site? Don't you have to be a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization to solicit donations in the United States? Do they get away with it just because no one bothers to report them to the IRS or FTC?
I wonder how this works across borders....

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 02, 2014, 12:55:39 PM »
That's not "what people are saying". All that people are saying, 0.2 stops better Hi ISO or 14% of this or that or a few more AF fields ... are NOT game changing.

I'd say that it is.  It's a professional level sports and action camera in a compact body for 1/4 the cost.  That's a game changer for me.  I hate the 1D bodies, and I wouldn't pay for them even if I didn't.  This way, I get a body I like at a cost I can justify, all with terrific image quality and a great support system.

My opinion: The 7D2 is not revolutionary, it is evolutionary. There is nothing in it that hasn't been done before, it's just a bit better than a whole lot of cameras at a whole lot of things... but when all those improvements are rolled in together in one package, it adds up to a significant overall improvement...

AF Almost as good as the 1DX
burst rate almost as good as the 1DX
weather sealing a bit better than the 1DX
DPAF a bit better than the 7D
Video a bit better than the 70D
IQ a bit better than the 70D
noise a bit lower than the 70D
ergonomics about the same as the 5D3

Nothing new here, just the best (or slightly better) features from those that have gone before in one affordable package... Is it a game changer? I don't think so.... but it is a wonderful tool that will probably sell quite well and will have a loyal following, like the 7D before it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:17:45 PM »
So the industry matures, Sony and Canon are making all the FF and crop sensors, and someone (Nikon? Olympus? Panasonic? Sigma?) decides they are tired of getting gouged by Sony, and they start up their own fabrication line or even contract out to Canon.

Everybody buys components from third party suppliers... if the market is there, one will emerge to fill a sensor void when the time is right.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:11:43 PM »
Hat is only a valid point if you need more features than currently available to take the images you need to, and the truth is that is just not true for practically anybody. Sure we will use better capabilities when they come along, but very few need them, that is why we are where we are, people do not need to get the latest camera generation to take the images they want to.

Most of the time, my brand new 7D2 is VERY slightly better than the 60D which preceded it in my kit. The only times where the difference becomes significant is at high ISO (1 to 1.5 stops better) and when pushing the AF system, which is an order of magnitude (or more) better. If the 7D2 had not come out I would have still been happily shooting away with the 60D.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sony to capture all the non-Canon sensor sales
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:04:14 PM »
Sensors are and will be a commodity. Solid state mirrorless cameras will halve current dslr prices and deliver superior imaging capability. No need to panic. We are the buyers. Them ... Are just suppliers. If We dont buy, we will take pictures with our current cams. They go bust. :-)

So you think that Canon, Nikon, etc, etc going "bust" is a GOOD THING ??? If that happens "buyers" will have no-one to buy from :(

No problem, then we will capture images using sony or samsung cameras. Suppöiers dont matter all that much. We, the customers matter. Suppliers dont make what we want ... They'll go bust! :)


Canon and Nikon going bust would be a disaster for everyone who has untold thousands invested in their lenses and other accessories. Adapters only take you so far. Maybe in some cases adapters may work well enough for most things, but there are special use cases where going with a camera system is better. Canon and Nikon going bust wouldn't be a good thing for anyone. Having used the A7r, I would still rather get a Nikon D810 for the sensor, rather than the A7r. It is just FAR more expensive to get the D810, since you need lenses as well (Canon lenses cannot be adapted)...so I have not. You cannot underestimate the value of an existing kit of lenses (which, if Canon were to go bust, would effectively render my entire kit "worthless"...and thus unsellable.)

Why? If Canon went bust tomorrow it wouldn't directly impact me, a professional Canon user, for years. Service might become an issue but I doubt it as all the hardware and techs will still need work. All my gear would continue to work indefinitely and I could continue taking the images I can now.

Digital cameras, despite all the hyperbole, are relatively mature tech products, we are already seeing size increases in the mirror less cameras because more people want bigger cameras, sure we will keep getting incremental changes and people to differing degrees and markets will change purchasing habits, but the days of having to upgrade cameras every two years to maintain competitive image quality output are long gone, now choices, more than ever, should be based on use, personal preference and personally relevant system capabilities.
I agree!

Look at the product cycle times..... 4 to 5 years for a camera body.... even the yearly rebel update is a thing of the past.

The 7D2 was a big update. It offered up a "huge" increase in performance... going from a max ISO of 12,800 to a max ISO of 51,200 in just five years..... a 4 times increase...

The four years before that took us from ISO1600 to 12,800.... an 8 times increase.

Things are slowing down... cycles are getting longer.... improvements are getting smaller...

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 01, 2014, 05:55:43 PM »
I understand that for some people this ia what they were waiting for. But for most of the people 7d2 is an overkill. 6d looks like wiser option. Or a7, if you can live with slower af.

The 7D2 was never designed as a camera for the masses. It was designed as a high speed action camera for those who wanted a crop factor. For most of it's target market, it is the best thing out there.

A 6D is a superb LANDSCAPE camera.... but try tracking a chickadee flying through the trees with it.... Then try it with a 7D2. There is a lot to be said about using the right tool for the job and for the segment that the 7D2 was designed for, a kick-ass AF system is by far the most important aspect of camera performance. Yes, everyone would be even happier with more DR, less read noise, or even FF IQ, but as said many times in the past, who cares what the DR is of a blurry picture.


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Technical Support / Re: Optimal processing platform of still images
« on: December 01, 2014, 03:08:27 PM »
don't forget cooling!

Whatever components you choose, if you don't have sufficient air flow they will fail sooner and introduce bugs...

Look for a chassis that will allow 120mm fans for cooling. The large fans move more air and are quieter than the small fans. As well, look for some of the extra-quiet fans (like Silenx) that will allow you to have an almost silent system.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 01, 2014, 03:02:59 PM »
game changing, game changing, game changing, blah blah..

But show photos from 7d1 and 7d2 to people, and they' won't recognize what camera is where.

What is really game changing, sony A7 or a7s. Or new 5-axis sensor stabilization in A7 II. Btw it cost as much as 7d2.
5 axis stabilization is old news.... just ask anyone with an Olympus OMD camera... it's been out for about 3 years, and they had 3 axis internal stabilizers 12 years ago....
5 axis full frame stabilization?

I think marketing departments are "full of it"

A 14 percent improvement in efficiency is evolutionary, not revolutionary.....
5 axis stabilization on crop to 5 axis stabilization of FF is evolutionary, not revolutionary....
increasing the number of focus points..... same thing.

Realistically, the last three revolutionary things to hit cameras were the digital sensor, live view displays, and DPAF. Despite the hype (and everyone is guilty), pretty much everything else has been evolutionary.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:53:27 PM »
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The approximately 10x lower thermal dark current is a game changing factor, making this camera the top Canon camera for long exposure low light photography that I have tested.

Better than an FF sensor like the 6D?   :o

better per square micron....

The 6D has 2.5 times the number of square microns,  so even if the 7D2 is 20 percent better per square micron, the 6D still generates twice the electrons.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:51:21 PM »
game changing, game changing, game changing, blah blah..

But show photos from 7d1 and 7d2 to people, and they' won't recognize what camera is where.

What is really game changing, sony A7 or a7s. Or new 5-axis sensor stabilization in A7 II. Btw it cost as much as 7d2.
5 axis stabilization is old news.... just ask anyone with an Olympus OMD camera... it's been out for about 3 years, and they had 3 axis internal stabilizers 12 years ago....

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:53:28 AM »
So I got the 18-135 done. It was -1 and 1. The 100-400L was 1 and 1. And the same for the 100-400L with the 1.4x.

Still need to do the other lenses.
I ran all my lenses through manual AFMA and also the dot-tune method. The values by both methods were all either +3 or +4, except for the Tamron 150-600....

Out of curiosity, what settings did you end up having to use for the tamron. So far mine is +6 on the wide end. Currently have the long end set to -4 but that doesn't seem to work so I am waiting for another day to test again. Looks reasonable now up to about 400mm but I need a better subject than the real life shooting from this weekend.

Sort of a catch 22 situation. The lens needs to be wide open but the tamron isn't sharp wide open. Especially at 600.

Rod
+8 wide and +13 long..... but I am not sure I did it properly, I need to redo the 600mm AFMA at a longer distance. It has been very dark and wet here for the last few weeks and I haven't had it outdoors to properly set up...

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: December 01, 2014, 11:49:28 AM »
This thread is getting silly.... Why would you put "polaroid" on your camera and lens..... you should make sure they say CANON in big bright print.... everyone knows that Canon has only 3.2 stops of dynamic range, so nobody is going to steal it from you....

A decent thief would steal a Nikon or a Sony and give it to you out of pity....

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Software & Accessories / Re: compact hard case?
« on: December 01, 2014, 08:18:42 AM »
so after looking at almost all pelican cases, i found nothing to fit my needs, they were either too thin or too large to comfortably carry in a backpack

what i got is this:
http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B009LLVHR4?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

the 70d with a pancake lens will fit with some room left. with attached sigma 17-70C it's a really tight fit so most likely with the 18-55 kit lens it will also fit good
looks good!

If you are looking for protection for a lens, you can either go for the lightweight series of the beta-shell, or you can do what I do to protect my camping stove... It is one of those MSR whisperlite stoves (30 years old and still going strong) that has the pump assembly in the fuel bottle... Get a good bottle of 12 (or more) year old scotch that has a protective cardboard tube for the bottle.... enjoy the scotch, place the fuel bottle/pump in the tube, snap the lid back in place, and away you go....

You can do the same with a lens, just find the right size scotch to fit your lens :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: December 01, 2014, 08:09:02 AM »
So I got the 18-135 done. It was -1 and 1. The 100-400L was 1 and 1. And the same for the 100-400L with the 1.4x.

Still need to do the other lenses.
I ran all my lenses through manual AFMA and also the dot-tune method. The values by both methods were all either +3 or +4, except for the Tamron 150-600....

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Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 30, 2014, 10:58:32 PM »
How about a black t-shirt with the local word for "police" in big letters on the back? :)

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