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EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 19, 2013, 07:15:17 AM »
18 MP. 21 MP. 24 MP. Even 15 MP.  Frankly, I don't especially care.  If it does a full stop or more better in terms of high ISO noise performance for RAW images vs. the 7D, a 7DII will be interesting to me. If not, no interest.

+1. And it better be more  :P.
For most, price point will also matter.  I know Nikon is typically considered Canon's competition, but in this case, I think Canon's own 5DIII is giving the hypothetical 7DII a lot of competition as the prices get closer.  Canon had either get the 7DII specs (or an improved spec, such as DR) closer to the 5DIII if they want to price the 7DII >$2,200 or shoot for the 1 stop improvement and be sub $2,000 with the 7DII.

What would get my interest is the "mini-1DX" rumor with new sensor tech, 1.5-2 stop ISO performance, the finer grain noise of the 5DIII, and improved DR.  That said, it is seems more and more likely that the 7DII will be more of a nice but modestl upgrade (1 stop ISO improvement, modest new sensor tech, 10 fps, hopefully better AF) but be priced at $1,600-$1,700.  That would be a great camera for a lot of people, just not one I'll buy.

Software & Accessories / Re: Wrist or Neck strap
« on: April 15, 2013, 04:12:47 PM »
Count me in the black rapid camp.  :)

PowerShot / Re: SX50 outperforming 5DIII +100-400mm
« on: April 15, 2013, 11:41:11 AM »
Thanks Alan, please keep us posted. 

I recently upgraded from the 7D to the 5DIII.  I have pretty much decided to sell my 7D, but am among those that have thought about keeping it "for reach" with the 100-400L.  I am aware of your and others who have argued that there isn't much to that.

But now, perhaps I sell the 7D, and pick up the SX50.

You haven't really said what use you are trying to build your tripod for, so I'll assume general purpose.  But if you have big lenses, you need to think bigger tripods/ballheads.  If you are trying to build a travel/hiking tripod, then you would be concerned about size and weight.

For general purpose, I'd go with the GT2541 or the GT2531 for tripods (if you don't go up to RRS).  For ballheads, look at the RRS BH-40 or the Markins QT3 or Q10.  Your next decision is which plates to buy.  If you buy a ballhead with a quick-release lever, you should stick to one brand.  I use RRS plates.

 A long write up on this is here:

Lenses / Re: Which Lens ... 24-70 II or primes?
« on: April 11, 2013, 09:05:13 AM »
I just sold my 24-70 II last week...i found it a good, sharp lens...but also kind of boring. With my prime Lenses i can get more pictures that just "pops" out.

For me...the primes are the way to go  8)

I don't have hands on experience, but am debating the same thing.  I just upgraded to the 5DIII and currently have the 24-105 f/4.  I am plenty impressed with the 24-105, but I am even more impressed with the comments and reviews I have seen of hte 24-70 II.  So I have been debating, sometime in the next year, do I sell the 24-105 and buy the 24-70 II or do I start collecting primes.  I am also making the same debate in the 70-200 mm range (70-200 f/2.8 II vs primes at 85, 135 and 200).

I am coming down on DOF.  The DOF of f/2.8 at 10 ft is 11.1 ft @ 24 mm, 4.4 ft @ 35 mm, 2.1 ft @ 50 mm, 1 ft @ 70 mm, 0.7 ft @ 85 mm, and 0.27 ft at 135 mm.  Compare to f/1.4 at 10 feet focus distance and you get a total depth of field of 4.7 ft at 24 mm, 2.1 ft at 35 mm, 1 ft at 50 mm, 0.5 ft at 70 mm, 0.35 ft at 85 mm, and 0.14 ft at 135 mm (granted, the 135 is f/2, which has a DOF of 0.2 ft).

So from 70-200 mm, I am currently thinking I will get the 70-200 f/2.8 over primes, eventually, as f/2.8 gives me most of the DOF I will need (I am a hobbiest, not a pro).  But you start getting down in the 24-35 mm range, and I can see how the DOF would limit your "artistic" ability.  If I had to buy my kit right now, I'd probably keep my 24-105 as a walk around lens and buy primes at 24 mm, and 35 mm.

I am coming to this decision a little reluctantly as I have seen so much love for the 135 f/2 and the 24-70 f/2.8 II.  So I may still change my opinion, but I am currently thinking those may be luxuries for much further down the road...for me, that is.

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it too late to buy a Canon 7D?
« on: April 09, 2013, 04:52:21 PM »
Is it too late to buy a 7D?  No.  If the camera meets your needs it is never too late.  The 7D is a great camera.  Is something better about to come out?  Who knows.  The announcement could be a 70D, a 7DII, or something else.

My point is simple, buy what meets your needs at the time and don't look back. 

Software & Accessories / Re: Ballhead for a RRS TVC33
« on: April 08, 2013, 10:17:54 AM »
Looks like you are going for a larger/very solid tripod set up.  I'd consider the BH-55 (maybe the BH-40), Arca-Swiss Z1, Kirk B-1, and Markins Q20. 

I am an amateur as well, but here are some reviews:

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Announcements on April 23, 2013? [CR2]
« on: April 08, 2013, 09:47:34 AM »
But that is exactly the reason that has most people on this forum up in arms, they AREN'T keeping up with advancements in new technology, they are simply rereleasing the same camera over and over again in different configurations. The average consumer may not notice or even care, but we dedicated shooters and die hard Canon fans do!

Fine. But, 'we dedicated shooters and die hard Canon fans' make up an infinitesimal fraction of their market. The vast majority of dSLR buyers are 'average consumers'.

And last week one of them came to me for advice on which camera to buy, saying all their friends had Canon. My recommendation? Nikon, followed by showing him DxO's evaluation of the Canon vs Nikon cameras and telling him to visit some stores and try them both. He bought Nikon. I just can't in all honesty recommend Canon DSLRs to anyone.

I should probably just ignore this thread, but I hope you showed your friends this from DXOMark:

There was a thread dedicated to this here in CR last week.  Turns out even DXO, when they connect the lens to the camera and evaluate the "system" are seeing that Canon and Nikon are a lot closer than it would appear.  Roger/lensrentals found something similar when selecting his camera. 

Site Information / Re: Love or Hate Canon Rumors Forum
« on: April 04, 2013, 05:46:51 PM »
I stopped reading for awhile.  But to be honest, there seems to be a bit of an upswing in the quality of some of the threads.  So I have been reading more often for awhile now.  Ironically, it seems that the fewer "rumors" the better the content of the forums. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 04, 2013, 11:50:10 AM »
Skin tones are better on the 5DIII compared to the 7D. 

EDIT---I know this is common, but I often look through flickr groups when making a decision about a lens or camera.  Here is one dedicated exclusively to the 5DIII

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 04, 2013, 10:49:40 AM »
i guess what i really need is encouragement that i do the right thing with my money. :)

.....all I can tell you is that there is an improvement going from the 7D to the 5DIII.  As I am just a hobbiest, it has caused some heartache as to if that was the best use of my money.  But there is enough of an improvement, flipping through photos my wife even commented that the 5DIII pictures looked better than those from the 7D in low light.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 04, 2013, 09:59:34 AM »
Scenario 1, by far the most likely:  The 5DIII and 6D will be replaced on an increasely slower replacement schedule with increasingly smaller improvements as the technology is maturing.  Earliest, 2015 (3 year), most likely, 2016 (4 yr), possible, 2017-2018.

if that is the case, then i would buy a canon FF camera without hesitation.

If it helps, toward the bottom of the link is a timeline as to when Canon released DSLRs.  The 5D series was already ~4 yrs between releases, which would put the 5DIV release in 2016. 


Now, will the 7DII be released this year or the 3D, 4D, or 1DXS...maybe, who knows.  I just know I can't buy cameras that aren't available and that Canon has shown that they are willing to set higher prices to get as much as they can from early adapters.  So, if if the 7DII is released this year, I probably wouldn't be buying it until next year, which is why I bought the 5DIII in February.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 5D MK3 or 6D Replacements... when?
« on: April 04, 2013, 09:30:00 AM »
First, the most direct answer would be that I can see two scenarios for replacements:

Scenario 1, by far the most likely:  The 5DIII and 6D will be replaced on an increasely slower replacement schedule with increasingly smaller improvements as the technology is maturing.  Earliest, 2015 (3 year), most likely, 2016 (4 yr), possible, 2017-2018.

Scenario 2, less likely IMO:  Canon releases the advanced sensor technology with the 7D II and the large MP camera body.  They feel that they can not have their flagship cameras (1Dx and 5DIII) without this technology, so they release the 1DxN and the 5DIIIN in 2014.

But addressing you situation, now is the perfect time to buy.  The camera bodies have been released for a year, the prices have dropped as all the early adopters bought their cameras.  I am also a hobbiest and just went from the 7D to the 5DIII in February.  I was very concerned that I wouldn't be able to see much of a difference as I was very happy with the 7D.  I can report that the difference is significant and very noticable.  It isn't the increase you see going from a point and shoot to the 7D, but it is significant in terms of high ISO performance, better AF, increased resolution and some other minor improvements in IQ.  More specifically:

  • ISO 100-400, in good light, the competition is close in terms of IQ.  But my keeper rate, even in good light, with the 5DIII is significantly higher than with the 7D.  The AF is so much better.
  • ISO 400-800:  you start seeing improvements with the 5DIII IQ
  • Above ISO 800:  Forget it, the 5DIII IQ is so much better.  I am using it up to ISO 12,800 if you don't crop the image much. 
  • Low light AF: the 5DIII is significantly better.  I was recently shooting birds from forest trail.  Limited light but there was still light.  I alternated between my 5DIII and 7D with my 100-400L.  I had 1 keeper out of 15 shoots with the 7D and ~9 keepers out of 12 shots with the 5DIII
  • AF General:  The 5DIII is just more accurate, especially if you are trying to focus on something specific within clutter (say a bird in a bush).  The 5DIII stays on the subject better where the 7D bounces from the subject to clutter so much more. 
  • Overall, IQ:  Better colors, more color depth, and the noise is a much finer grain that it is easily taken care of in post. 
  • Also, it surprised me, but I need to post process my images less with the 5DIII than with the 7D.  I am simply making fewer adjustments and the image is responding to those adjustments better.

In short, I recommend you make the jump. 

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 09:09:46 AM »
These are not the specs that will really matter if the 7DII is to be anything but an incremental increase over the 7D.  Sensor data such as ISO performance, DR, color bit depth, etc or AF performance (focus to EV -3, etc) are what will truly be "game changing" specs for the 7DII.  Maybe a new more powerful battery to power the AF. 

I was expecting ~24 MP, but 21 MP is more than enough.  19 AF points does not sound like a "mini-1Dx"...so this could be one of the variations being tested with others more advanced.

But overall, this could be a very nice, perhaps incremental, upgrade or a true game changer...but it is more detailed specs that will really matter.

EOS Bodies / Re: How to spend money
« on: March 27, 2013, 04:23:32 PM »
Just moved from the 7D to the 5DIII myself.  The difference is noticable.  Actually, I just got back from a trip where I used both bodies and  my wife noticed the difference in the images.  I believe her comment was "the 5 camera does a lot better in low light, doesn't it?"

AF of the 5DIII is significantly better than the 7D.  After several days of shooting, it was actually a little painful to go back to the 7D. 

So, my advice, get 5DIII and either put the rest aside to save for a lens/tripod or buy something nice for your wife.  If she let you get your current gear, my guess is that she is a keeper.

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