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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:26:22 PM »
Tremendous resolution! No improvements in DR, no improvements on noise, no support for high precision manual focus, due to fixed focusing screen (they put it on the 6D and 7DII, but not on their flagships :o), exposure metering is not following AF, no illuminated AF confirmation ... There are some more, but these were on top of my wish list. I got one out of six. ::)

My problem is that I do not want to buy a Nikon and I can´t stand the ergonomics of the A7r. I can go for the Pentax 645z, but that means two sets of lenses and two different bodies, with different user interfaces etc. etc. I carry enough as it is.

As I said this morning, this is a BIG disappointment ...

I agree with your comments....I had big hopes that we would see bigger improvements with this camera.

Lenses / Re: How satisfied are you with the 100-400 II?
« on: December 26, 2014, 05:22:45 PM »
I finally got around to taking a few test shots with my new 100-400L II mounted on my 1DX, and I'm very happy with this lens!!! 

I used to own the Nikon 80-400mm AF-S, and used it with the Nikon D4.  From what I've seen so far, the 1DX and 100-400L II combo is going to produce better results compared to the Nikon D4 with the 80-400mm AF-S...the icing on the cake is the 100-400L II is $500 less expensive as the Nikon 80-400mm! 

The biggest problem for DSLR sales are cell phone cameras, because for most people, the photos taken by a cell phone camera are good enough to post on Facebook or send via email.  I recently purchased my sister a Canon 70D, so she could take excellent quality photos of her kids, and easily post the photos on Facebook, via the 70D iPhone app. 

To my frustration, most of the photos my sister takes are with her iPhone, because she always has her iPhone with her.  Even when she is around her house, she usually takes photos with her iPhone, because in her words, "the iPhone is always next her to take candid photos", and by the time she grabs the 70D, that candid moment has gone.

I think it will be very difficult, if not impossible, for DSLR sales to regain market share lost to cell phone cameras.  Unfortunately, with the increased quality of cell phone cameras, I think DSLR sales will only go down hill from here.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 21, 2014, 01:08:35 PM »
An improvement in the sensors Dynamic Range would be #1 on my wish list!  Ideally, I'd like to see around 30MP of resolution.  I think it's a given that the 5D Mark IV will have the same improved autofocus system as the 7D Mark II.

A few items that are important to me for the 5D Mark IV, but weren't on the poll:

*  Illuminated back buttons for low light shooting (like the Nikon D4)

Improve the red illuminated autofocus points in the view finder, so they light up  in all autofocus modes, and the autofocus points are translucent, but are very easy to see when they light up (like the Nikon D4)

*  Dual Compact Flash memory card slots...this is as good of a time as any to move to the new CFast 2.0 compact flash cards.  Whichever memory card format Canon decides to use, I just hope Canon uses the same memory card format for both the new 1DX Mark II and the Canon 5D Mark IV, so those of us who own both cameras don't have to carry different types of memory cards with us all the time.

I'd like to see an increase to 8 fps, but I think the fps and buffer go hand in hand, so there is no point in increasing fps, if the camera doesn't have a healthy buffer of at least 35 full size RAW files before the buffer fills.  If they can't give us a buffer of at least 35 full RAW file shots with more fps, then I'd rather they just keep it at 6 fps and increase the buffers capacity.

Cost is only an issue in the absence of value, so if Canon can give me these improvements, then I'm a buyer as long is the price reasonable, which to me would be under $4,000.

I order the 100-400L II from Adorama on November 15th, and I just got an email that they're shipping it to me today.

Great work, Gary Fong!!!

Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:28:45 AM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Question for 1DX owners
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:08:16 AM »
It depends on how much you crop your photos....I usually crop my photos to some degree, and 18 MP leaves some room for cropping, so it gets the job done for smaller prints, but if you crop and want larger prints it might not be adequate. 

My hope is the 1DX MKII has a 24-30 MP sensor to give more flexibility for cropping photos, and yet the camera will still have the world class high ISO performance, as well as be able to shoot 12+ fps.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 06, 2014, 05:11:33 PM »
I own both cameras and I reach for the 1DX the majority of the time, because it produces the best RAW files, and ultimately the best photos.

If size, weight, and price are the biggest factor, then get the 5D MKIII, but just make sure you nail the exposure, because the RAW files do not have the same flexibility as the 1DX offers in post processing.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:57:58 PM »
A few ergonomic improvements that I'd like to see for both the 1DX MKII and the 5D MKIV:

* The autofocus points light up in red, and are easy to see, in all autofocus modes

* The camera has back buttons that are backlit for night the Nikon D4

* The ability to program the shutter button, so when it is pressed down half way, the autofocus points can be moved with the joystick on the back of the the Nikon D4

As a former Nikon D4 owner, these are a few of the ergonomics that I wish I had on my Canon 1DX and 5D MKIII.


Reviews / Re: Jeff Cable's 7D2 & High ISO Look
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:10:14 PM »
What was Canon thinking using a UHS-I SD slot in an action camera???

I sure hope Canon doesn't make the same mistake when they launch the 5D MKIV!

Now it was time to put in some memory cards. I put in a 128GB Lexar Professional 1066x CF card into the CF slot, figuring that this new camera would take full advantage of the UDMA7 speed. Many of you know that I was disappointed that Canon did not make the SD slot in the 5D Mark III in the newer UHS-I standard. This means that the 5D Mark III could not write to an SD card any faster than 133x. And that is just not fast enough! So, the burning question in my mind was "Does the 7D Mark II support the most current SD spec (which is now UHS-II)?" And I was bummed to see that the SD slot is only UHS-I, once again showing that Canon is behind in their adoption of the newer standards. What this means is that the SD slot is much faster than the 5D Mark III, but not nearly as fast as it could be. I guess I will stick with CF cards to get the fastest buffer clear in this camera.

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 07:00:59 PM »
Hi Everybody:
Just wanted to clarify a few things from the broadcast that I saw were questions here:

(1) It's is 20.2 megapixels and always has been since I first heard of the camera. That was just a total brain-freeze on my part. I don't have a 24-megapixel version. That was just me misstating one of the specs.
(2) The reason I didn't shoot in Raw was because I don't have any program that is updated to support the unreleased camera. No support yet for Lightroom or Camera Raw, so I had to shoot JPEGs. That being said, I shoot JPEGs for sports either way, but I would have shot some just for example purposes.
(3) I am not sponsored by Canon. I hope to be one day, but at this point, I am not so I bought my Canon gear by selling my Nikon gear -- it was not given to me by Canon. I did get some loaner gear to try out. Nikon let me use loaner gear from time to time, too. So did Sony. Now, if I could just get Hassleblad… ;-)

High five to Forum member Sabaki. I'm with ya. :)

All my best,

-Scott Kelby


Thanks for taking the time to post on the forum!  Hopefully you'll stop by here more often!

Can you share with us anything you're hearing about the development of the 1DX MKII or 5D MKIV, and when they might be available to consumers?


Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:41:48 PM »
I enjoyed the video, but how can Scott give an honest opinion when he is sponsored by Canon???


Do you have evidence that Scott does not have integrity?

"honest" was  poor choice of verbiage on my part, what I meant to convey is that anyone who owns a certain brand of product, Canon in Scott's case, is going to have a bias opinion in favor of the product they own...this is just human nature!

In any case, being that I own both a 1DX & 5DMIII, I like the fact that Scott is using Canon gear, because it appears that he is giving Canon some good input on how they can improve their products!

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 02:09:26 PM »
I can't believe Scott Kelby, and his assistant, had to break out a calculator to figure out a 1.6 crop camera with the 70-200MM lens attached equals 320MM on the long end...did the guy graduate from high school?!?!

I enjoyed the video, but how can Scott give an honest opinion when he is sponsored by Canon???
   The first part of the video will give you the answer of your question:

   Have a nice day.

Thanks....I feel bad for Scott...people get way to emotional, and aggrevated, when it comes to discussing camera gear!

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 08:55:05 AM »
I can't believe Scott Kelby, and his assistant, had to break out a calculator to figure out a 1.6 crop camera with the 70-200MM lens attached equals 320MM on the long end...did the guy graduate from high school?!?!

I enjoyed the video, but how can Scott give an honest opinion when he is sponsored by Canon???

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