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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D or EOS 7D, bodies compared
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:44:42 AM »


Interestsing article using nomal people speak.  Useful, as I'm toying with getting either a 7D or a 70D as my crop camera for a forthcoming safari and the 7D2 won't be out by then.

For a safari I would pick up a lightly used 7d (they are so cheap now on the forums).  There are too many reports of some 70D's having trouble focusing at longer distances which is exactly what you need on Safari.  Also the rugged build of the 7d would protect it better versus dust, moisture, drops, getting banged around a jeep off road, etc. 

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:41:30 AM »
Can somebody explain to me HOW lack of a mode dial is a good thing? I've never really understood the button system on the 1D line. To me it seems to be a lot slower to switch modes like this.

Hope it's not a big body like 1DX, but will stay similar sized to 7D or 5D cameras. It would be a little strange to me to change the body size. Target audience will be a little bit different then, maybe. I wouldn't buy it, if this would happen, anyway :P

I want something bigger then 70D (I don't like the controls on that one, I want the joystick and the thumbwheel), but smaller than a pro body. Well, the size can be like the 70D, as long as it will have the 7D controls. If they move to pro body size, I hope the 80D will get the better 7D controls.

Seems I will be keeping the 7D a lot longer, if this turns out to be true. Or I might even switch to a 5D3 later on.

For me button system works fine. I also believe it makes it better weather proofed.

I would be delighted if it were the big body with the assumption that big bodies give the camera all the power and IQ it needs.

I cannot see how the body size has any effect on the IQ but does the bigger battery allow the larger telephoto lenses to move faster?  Would a battery grip have the same effect?

...better noise control, maybe more dr????...

Better than in 6D? Wishful thinking I guess :)

The physics say it is not likely to be better than a FF for noise but there is alot of room for improvement when you look at the old 18mp sensor.    Even if they could get close to 1 stop of high ISO noise away from the 6d it would be a game changer!  I would actually use ISO 3200 on a crop!

EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 11:26:17 AM »
If this is in a 1D body with built in battery grip, I can see a lot of enthusiasts disappointed. When the 80D or 90D comes out, they'll say that is what the 7D2 should have been.

Agreed, I don't want the weight or size of a 1D size body. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:29:35 AM »

(Another reason why the 1DX overlap is smaller than you think:  1DX users aren't looking for 90-95% as good as something -- they want the best money can buy in that format.  That separates the users pretty clearly for me.)

Very true.  The 5d3 is 95% of the 1Dx and it is half the cost.  Once you get that good it is really expensive to get just a little better. 

EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 11:23:39 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.


But, I suspect it'll be either another 18-55 type cheap kit lens, or a hyperzoom like the 18-135 or 18-200.

May be an 18-200, but not another 18-55 or 18-135.
They were both released recently in their STM forms within the last 2 years.

The 18-55 and 18-135 are both very good, I really don't think they need replacement. 

A new 17-55 STM would be interesting but I am wondering about the durability of the STM motors compared to USM.  If a lens that sells for $300 goes bad it is not too big a deal but most photographers who buy a $1K lens for a crop camera will have it as their one good lens and if that goes bad after a couple of years of use it would be disapointing especially since Canon only gives 1 year for its warranty.   

Just to throw this out there... If Dual pixel tech is ever going to hit full frame cameras like the 5d4 or 6d2 or 4d then FF will need a compatable STM lens too. 

My hope is for a dual pixel sensor, with all of the live view and video capabilites as the 70D.

Add some of the same goodies that the 2-year-old 5d3 has like weather sealing, raw video, raw hdr, dual card slots, etc.  but make sure to keep the 100% optical VF and the flash that fits around it.

20mp is fine (though the competition seems to be favoring 24mp) with hopefully a little better hi ISO noise (I know it is not going to be full frame but technology marches on.

Give it the 5d3's af system which is just amazing in its accuracy and speed.  Please please leave the steaming pile of 70D af system far behind!!

Give it dual processors and 7+ FPS

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:26:41 AM »
I would never have purchased the M at it's real price, but I got a great deal on the set with the body, flash, and both US lenses.  I don't really understand the way people go on and on complaining about it - those complaints might have validity in terms of price, but since the firmware update, it's a solid little camera.  As I've said before, my favorite thing about the camera is that it's an EOS.  Other than 2 or 3 unique settings, you can pick the thing up and never read the manual.  I love that.  The other small cameras I have used have such crappy menus they made me want to throw them against the wall.  For example, if I want to set the M to a flash sync speed between 1/60s & 1/200s, I can.  It's just like every other EOS I've used.  The touchscreen is pretty cool, too.

Yes I love my little M.  I plan to convert it to infrared once I find out if canon is going to make an updated version or if they force me to go to Sony or Fuji for my mirrorless needs.

Absolutely agree, I really like my EOS-m, best compact ever as far as I am concerned, mainly because it is an exceptionally small travel backup when I already have the lenses. For me EOS system integration was the primary selling point, but I don't find the AF or anything else about it disheartening. I'll be very interested if they import the M3 and it can use the G1X MkII EVF.

To be truly class leading you need to be better than everything else out there.  When you look at how far behind canon is with DR and even noise to a lesser extent I would be satisfied with just catching the competition instead of leapfrogging it.

Hmmm  A Dual pixel 25-30mp sensor that has similar DR and Hi-ISO noise to Sony/Nikon, that would be awesome!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS M Vanishes from Canon USA Web Site
« on: May 30, 2014, 11:41:25 AM »
Dual pixel AF system in the next EOS M = winning product.
My ha'penny worth.

I hope this comes true.  I love my little M, yesterday was my daughter's school play and when it came time to leave I chose the M with 18-55stm over the 5d3 and I am glad I did. 

I would pre-order the EOS M with dual pixel!  That way I can send my M out to be converted to infrared.

There is also the very strong likelihood it will get dual memory cards (I TRULY hope for dual CF/CFast2, but I suspect the 7D II will be gimped just like the 5D III with a CF and SD slot...in which case the feature is largely useless.)

Why is two different kinds of cards "useless"?  I'm not a pro, so maybe I'm missing something, but I kind of like the two different cards, shoot jpg to one and raw to the other.

It is only useless if the SD slot is not capable of actually using high speed cards.  Unfortunately the 5d3 cannot take advantage of good sd cards.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70d center focus point -bug- problem
« on: May 16, 2014, 11:18:08 AM »
I don't know if there is a bug or not but I just purchased a new 70D from B&H last week and the center focus point works perfectly with the 85mm f1.2 and other faster than f2.8 lenses.

Personally I am willing to bet that there are a few defective cameras out there with some kind of issue and when other people start pixel peeping their fast lenses at long distances the are surprized that the camera has issues getting a sharp f1.4 shot at 20 feet out.  So they think they have the issue too. 

Whenever I shoot a wedding with low light I have the cameras in High speed continuous all the time.  Out of 4 shots of the bride eating her cake maybe 2 are in perfect focus.  The ironic thing is that she will often choose one of the less perfect shiots for her 8x10 and guess what it, comes out great!  Pixel Peeping has made the lives of Canon's engineers in the af department very difficult. 

EF-S 10-18 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM   Meh.....

Less range, slower focus motor, IS where it is not needed, less light, it had better be $300 or less because it is only good for video.

Lenses / Re: Review: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:43:48 PM »
Out of focus looks pretty good, no onion either.  I like what I see.  I am really rooting for this one to be good.  I have lost the sigma lottery way too many times to preorder though. 

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New Samyang Lenses Go On Sale Tomorrow
« on: April 28, 2014, 10:59:40 AM »
If it has auto exposure (auto aperture) it will have focus confirm as well.  Like a Zeiss lens I am assuming.

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