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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:19:26 PM »
The Mark 1 has a lot of issues, particularly curvature of field, the Mark II is head and shoulder better.  Sigma has said that they are working on a 24-70 F/2, but it might not be possible.  Don't expect it in the next year, or maybe longer. 

Right now, the Canon 24-70 is superb, so don't wait for vaporware. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pricing advice on a used 1D Mark IV
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:14:45 PM »
Typically in the USA, one would sell for $2700 - $3500, it depends on the number of actuations and condition.

I'd not hesitate to pay $2700 rather than $1800 for a 7D MK II.  Don't fall for the early hype.  I had to sell my 1D MK IV because of problems with my hands, but it outperformed my D800 in a side by side use at a theater event, two different shows, actually.  I tried my 7D at one, it was hopeless, gaining 1 stop in raw would not help.

Canon rates the high ISO on it using jpeg, looking at raw files, its the same as the 70D.  Tale a look on Imaging Resource at high ISO's on different camera models.  I look at the yarn hanging on the wall, and compare detail, contrast, and color saturation.  The 1D MK IV has lots of detail and contrast at ISO 12800, not so the 7D MK II.  I'd give the 1D MK IV a 1 stop advantage.  A 6D has about 1-1/2 stop advantage.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM

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Lenses / Re: Inexpensive standard walk around lens question
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:57:12 AM »
I've found that my wife's G1X MK II is pretty good for a walk around camera, it does not match my 5D MK III for IQ, but its still very good.  The New G7 X is also going to have a lot of fans, I noticed on DPR that views have outnumbered 2-1 over the 7D MK II, so many people are looking at it.  It has a nice zoom range and many want a small size.    Having a 2nd camera is also nice.

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Site Information / Re: Canon Rumors Site & iOS 8 Issues
« on: September 24, 2014, 11:39:37 AM »
If you want to Notify CR Guy, send him a e-mail.  He does not read all the forum posts.  He uses a iphone, so if the new Apple IOS is not working right with the site, he will try to make changes as soon as the forum software is updated.

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The 90mm TS-E is noted for high optical quality, mine was wonderful.  Every 2years or so, we see a rumor about a replacement, but so far, it hasn't happened. 

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Right now, Mirrorless cameras with large sensors tend to have slow AF speeds, but small sensors speed that up.  I'd like to see a FF mirrorless that used the same size body and lenses.  No need to create a new series of lenses with a short back focus distance, the simple approach works better than creating something entirely new.

I'd likely buy into a new FF with DPAF and mirrorless.  I'd also likely go for a FF DSLR with DPAF liveview as long as the low light capability was there.

If someone else made such a camera, I'd be interested as long as there was a complete system to support it.  So Far, only Nikon has a really complete system, and their repair service is noted for being very slow, which is still worlds better than Sony.




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PowerShot / Re: New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:44:11 PM »
Canon has publically said that they are abandoning the entry level point and shoot bodies and going after the high end compact market.

It will be interesting to see if they have a 1 inch sensor or a APS-C.

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PowerShot / Re: Looking for some advice
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:37:51 PM »
The G7 X will be out soon.  There are no tests of production versions available, and I do not take advance images very seriously.  It has a big advantage in that the zoom lens has a focal length range that covers portraits, and has a very wide aperture. But ... We'll have to wait and see.

My G1 X II is fine for a APS-C camera at high ISO's, it beats a 1" sensor handily.  I use my FF body when I need high ISO's, but I'd use the 1G X II at 3200 just as I did with my original G1 X.

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EOS Bodies / Re: What to expect on the 80D?
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:29:14 PM »
Canon tends to make few changes for new consumer models.  They spend a few hundred thousand dollars designing and tooling the new logo, a million or two on advertising, and make some firmware upgrades.  The rest is mostly hype.

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Canon General / Re: Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:26:21 PM »
I've just had my first (in 35 years) significant failure of Canon equipment.

One of the little tiny screws holding in the back plate of my 5D fell out and is missing.  The whole plate moves around and sort of crunches when you squeeze it.  The camera still works fine.

$10.80 on ebay for a new set of screws.

I called Canon.  They sent me a set as a courtesy, no charge.

I bought a used 5D recently with a screw or two missing.  I keep a stock of tiny screws that I save from broken cameras and lenses, so I had just the right one.

I pickup a used film SLR or Broken lens from Garage sales for a buck or two, and, if they can't be fixed, I keep the screws and other frequently needed parts like the eye piece.

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Technical Support / Re: Pink/purple streak in pics when using live view
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:19:47 PM »
When the IR filter is removed, the camera sensor will pickup heat from inside the body.  There are various shields for light, and they must be carefully replaced.  I'd ask the company that did the work about a normal expectation.  They should have tested it after the conversion.

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Guys, I gotta stoooooooopid question.

So I'm very near sighted and adjusting the diopter on my 500D gave me a good but not perfect image.

Would the diopter on the 7Dii be superior, or are all DSLR diopters standard?

They are all the same, but you can purchase a additional diopter correction if you need it.  B&H carries them.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Diopters/ci/4661/N/4232860696

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Canon General / Re: Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:20:21 AM »
I've used multiple digital DSLR's and am comfortable with all of them.  They all do the job if you know how to use them.

There are strengths and weaknesses to all systems, So its a pick the system with features you want or need.  I see it as similar to selecting a car, I buy the one that is best for me.

The issue with cameras that is different, is that the cost lenses, flashes, and other accessories do make it expensive to switch bodies to a different brand.  I have spare wheels for my car, but they don't cost as much as just one of my lenses.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:05:24 AM »
Trying to figure out what has changed here. The 7DII looks just as unusable at ISO 1600 and 3200 as the 7D and 70D.

Unusable?  I'd call the 7D usable as 6400 and the 7D2 and 70D usable at 12,800 at least.

It all depends on the purpose.  For a small print or a internet photo, you can get away with high ISO's just fine.  However, some want to print large, and the noise becomes visible, or the detail is blurred by NR.

It all depends on the person and his use.

From what I've seen, the 7D MK II is just a tad better than the 70D at high ISO, and about 2 stops behind a FF like the 5D MK III.

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Technical Support / Re: Scratch 7D focusing screen???
« on: September 23, 2014, 12:48:55 AM »
Relaxed.

See if you have confident doing this simple DIY project.

Instruction link : http://www.focusingscreen.com/work/7den.htm

I'd beware of web sites giving bad information just to sell something.  Shims (Focus Washer) are needed along with other tools to do the job correctly.

For Example, here is a page from the Canon maintenance manual for my 5D.



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