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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Dx vs 5DmIII sealings
« on: June 06, 2014, 03:00:12 AM »
I would like to see if either can handle this:


I'm not going to try with my gear, though. :-)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d2 IQ thoughts.
« on: May 27, 2014, 02:19:47 AM »
For me, I would want IQ at least roughly as good as 5Dmk3 _cropped_ to same size (using same area of the sensor). Especially with high(ish) ISO values. That is the hard part: if they can do that, everything else I want is almost a given. If not, nothing else matters much.

Otherwise, I'd want more speed, especially bigger buffer (that's the one thing where even old 7D beats 5Dmk3), better AF (at least as good as 5Dmk3) - and that's about it. WiFi, GPS, video features I don't care much about. One contraindicator: if it has fixed vertical handle like 1-series, then I won't buy it unless it is otherwise really miraculous or ridiculously cheap.

Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: March 01, 2014, 02:51:10 AM »
You are fortunate that you have the luxury of easy consistent water access.  That makes a big difference with how far you can go and weight reduction overall.
Yes. I have done some hiking in places where I had to carry all water I needed, and it does indeed make a big difference.
Since we put a lot of our stuff up in bear bags at every camp, there is a lot of packing and unpacking every day. 
Right. For whatever reason, Finnish bears are very shy of people, so there's no need to worry about them. I've only once come across a bear in Lapland, and by the time I saw it, it was already running away fast.
IMHO, when hiking, the simpler the better.
So that's why I am trying to really think the whole "better camera" thing through.  Because the group loves my pictures regardless, even if they're just from the little rugged D20.  I'm the only one who really appreciates/enjoys the IQ difference and superior handling of the SLR.
Right. My problem is that besides scenery I also want to photograph wildlife, including birds. The 70-300L is a compromise for that: small enough to carry easily, long enough to be useful - although longer would of course be better. (I have carried the 100-400L on occasion, and the moment I find myself considering dragging my new Tamron 150-600 on a hike... probably won't, though). Otherwise, I might take just the Ricoh GR (then I'd probably get the wide-angle accessory for it though).

Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:50:57 PM »
My current kit for week-long hikes in is 5Dmk3, Voigtländer 20mm, Canon 40mm and 70-300L, plus Ricoh GR. Works pretty well for me.
Wow.  8+ pounds?  Plus the space required in the pack. What kind of hiking are you doing?
Walking in the wilderness (Lapland), away from the civilization - last fall I was there alone and didn't see anybody at all for six days.
  In my case, I will be totally off the grid for 10 days covering ~90 miles in the mountains.  There could be daily rain.
I remember one hike when it rained every day and last three days almost nonstop... it was still fun, though not exactly photogenic. :-)
  I'm in a group of around 14 scouts and adults.  Only stops I will make are for daily program camps, and food pickups every 3 or 4 days.
Being able to refill food en route helps - I carry everything for the entire trip. In autumn there're usually berries and mushrooms, though.
  No power, etc.  So whatever I take, I have to carry for the duration.  The only weight variations are from food/water consumption and whatever weight I might take on for someone else having trouble.
One nice thing about Finnish Lapland is that there's no need to carry water, there's plenty of drinkable water around. Otherwise I have to carry everything I need, too.
So while I have learned that adding a little weight isn't a big deal if I'm in shape and trained for the trip, throwing caution to the wind and taking what you take would likely make the trip miserable for me.
Throwing caution to the wind is not a good idea in the wilderness. I've been hiking for years and know what I need and how much I can carry (about 30kg is my comfort limit), but if you're new to the game, don't overpack.

Lenses / Re: Good lens for hiking
« on: February 28, 2014, 10:58:04 AM »
My current kit for week-long hikes in is 5Dmk3, Voigtländer 20mm, Canon 40mm and 70-300L, plus Ricoh GR. Works pretty well for me.

I'm sure that there is some useful info for 7D users also. I would personally be interested if the 7D also supports my 2 zone back button / shutter button AF method. Let me please know when you find out!
Yes, the same method works with 7D as well. The other trick, switching between zone and all-points focusing does not, however, as far as I can tell.

Lenses / Re: question about 600mm lenses
« on: February 09, 2014, 12:22:15 PM »
[...] the overall complexity of the lens design would have to increase (and mind you, were just aiming to maintain IQ parity with the 150-600 f/6.3 lens, not a 600mm f/4 lens.)

[...] that still doesn't take it outside the realm of affordability relative to a 600mm f/4 lens. The price could double, and it would still only be $2200...
Indeed. If it was optically as good as the 150-600 is at 400mm and priced $2200, it would sell like hotcakes, IMHO. (Tamron, feel free to take a hint.)

How to "possibly" get it 30 - 40% cheaper, for Europe residents:
If you postponed your purchase, until your next trip to USA "assuming you that will go there of course", you can get it delivered to your hotel within 24-48 hours
1- Postage is free for USA addresses. I would have saved 10%
2- No duties or VAT. I would have saved 30%
In my understanding, which could well be wrong; after you use it while you are in the USA, it becomes 2nd hand, thus no VAT or duty (I could be wrong here)
You are: 2nd hand stuff is subject to VAT and duty just as much as new gear, although the value used in calculating them should be its values as 2nd hand stuff, not the original purchase price.

That's the theory anyway. In practice they probably will not bother, if you're bringing in one obviously used tripod, if only because they don't want to spend time figuring out its value or think it'd probably be too low to be worth the paperwork. But if you try to import a carload of used tripods, you'd better be ready to pay duty & VAT.

Software & Accessories / Re: Changing over to Arca Swiss HELP!!!
« on: February 03, 2014, 03:00:08 AM »
I switched out my RRS lever clamp for a Hejnar screw clamp on my small tripod after the second RRS lever clamp I bought began acting as badly as the first
Would you care to be more specific about how they began acting badly?
A side note on lever clamps: they can be finicky with the camera/lens plates used as they have to be built to tight tolerances--usually they only work with the same brand plates +/- one or two other brands.  Mixing brands can lead to headaches.  Hence you may want to buy a screw clamp.
Yes, except compatibility isn't guaranteed even with screw-on clamps. :-(

I've got two RRS clamps on two different ballheads, an old one (bought almost as soon as they started to make them) and it still works just fine but (as advertised) only with RRS plates, and a brand new one, which is slightly different and clamps securely with every plate I've tried - including one that most screw-on clamps I tried won't hold (it's too narrow).

A recent dpreview ballhead comparison tested their clamps as well, might be worth a read.

Lenses / Re: EF 400mm f/5.6L IS on the Way?
« on: December 30, 2013, 07:34:23 AM »
+1, no wobble on the 100-400 or 28-300.

Nor do I have any dust in mine after three years of use.

I hope the push-pull stays - makes it really fast to zoom, and allows you to lock the zoom at the long end or anywhere in between (whereas zoom locks on recent/most rotating zooms only allow locking in retracted position).

Agreed. I've not dust I can see in my 100-400 after... what, almost 13 years by now, no wobble whatsoever, and I really like the ability to lock the zoom at any position. And it is indeed faster to zoom than the more usual twist mechanism.

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 6D v 5D3 body battle...
« on: September 05, 2013, 03:36:45 AM »
I had the same choice and went for the 5D3. For me the decisive factor was AF, not for sports but for nature photography, where effective tracking with multiple AF points helps a lot. Another factor was interface similarity with 7D (earlier I'd found 60D UI very hard to get used to, and the 6D is similar) - and unlike some commentators, I've quite happily used 5D3 and 7D side-by-side, usually with wide-angle lens in the 5D3 and a tele in the 7D.  Yes, 5D3 IQ is better, but in good light 7D is qood enough for me - and in focal-length limited situations with long lenses the crop factor helps.

So: If you've used and like the multi-point AF modes of 7D for tracking moving objects, you'll be be better off with the 5D3. If you can get along with center-point AF only and don't care about differences in ergonomics, go with the 6D.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR2]
« on: August 05, 2013, 06:39:57 AM »
Once you owned 5D III, your 7D will most likely sitting in the bag & collecting dust - or end up on CL.
Mine doesn't. It has been demoted to "second body" position though, but I use two bodies often enough, and the 7D complements the 5D3 quite well. In particular I like it that their ergonomics are pretty similar - much more so than between 7D and 60D I used before. And sometimes 7D *is* better, in particular it has longer burst length, and in good light the extra reach is sometimes actually useful (well, just about enough to offset the generally better IQ from 5D3), so that a shorter lens (24-70, say) in the 5D3 and a long one (100-400) in the 7D make a good combination.

I would still be interested in 7D mk2 if it had sufficiently better IQ, especially with high(ish) ISOs, that it would produce visibly better pictures than the 5D3 in focal-length-limited situations. Better AF, higher fps and longer bursts (with raw) would also be appreciated. Everything else, like WiFi and GPS, would be icing on the cake - nice but not important.

EOS Bodies / Re: 70D or wait for 7D MK II?
« on: July 02, 2013, 03:06:44 AM »
As a 7D owner, am curious for input on if I should wait for a 7D Mk II or just go for the 70D. The 70D does have some interesting features, especially the highly touted AF system, but I worry if I upgrade now the 7D Mk II may be far superior with the same AF system, dual DiGiC 5s, and probably even higher FPS shooting (as a sports photographer that's important!). While I can wait, I can't wait forever. Probably til the end of the year? Anyone know/think they know when the 7D Mk II will come out?? Should I wait?
I will wait - but then I've already bought a 5D3 and delegated the 7D as the 2nd body (moving up from 7D+60D), and one key feature where 7D is better is burst length, and 70D is worse in that respect. I'm also addicted to the custom modes, and the 70D only has one, like the 60D (5D3 and 7D can be customized similarly enough to make switching between them a breeze).

Given 70D specs and price, I expect there will be a 7D2, with 7D-level customization, higher fps and bigger buffer, better AF (with optical viewfinder that is, probably same in live view), weather sealing (but maybe no flexible LCD or touch screen), maybe dual card slots. I hope it will *not* have integrated vertical handle, though; if it does I'll probably skip it.

As for when, who knows. The 70D should be available in August; I would be surprised if the 7D2 is announced before that, but I guess it just might be timed to hit Christmas market. But I wouldn't bet on it, could be well into next year as well.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:36:18 AM »
I think this spells the end of 7D sales, and the resale value of the 7D should also take a big hit.

The only thing the 70D gives up to the 7D is  1 fps (8 fps vs 7fps).

Burst length is also shorter (presumably mainly due to bigger file sizes).

It also loses pretty big in ergonomics: only one custom mode, much less customizable buttons, no joystick. Having used 7D and 60D side by side I find the latter much clumsier and slower to use.

If the image quality and high ISO performance is good. (which is the 7D's biggest weakness, so it isn't hard to beat it), it is game over for the 7d.
Could be. But it is missing enough of the high-end features (customizability, weather sealing) of the 7D it clearly leaves room for a 7D2.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Announced
« on: July 02, 2013, 02:27:43 AM »
360 degree mode dial. That'll please some people  ;)
Not me though. I like the stop in the dial in the 7D, as it makes it easier to use it blind (with eye in the viewfinder), mainly switching between the three custom modes. In particular moving to C3 is very easy, just move it as far as it goes.

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