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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark-II as an action oriented DSLR
« on: June 13, 2014, 10:05:18 PM »
I am primarily a sports shooter, and still love my 7d, but......
The 5D3 is so much better in low light and with focus options, I almost always use it in "lower" light situations.

My wish list for the 7D2 has long been:
  • Better Low light / high ISO performance (close to 5D3) 
  • Better focus options ( like the 5D3 )
  • AP-C format with at least 7D speed 
  • near $2K price

Nice to have (but don't need or in some cases want) :
  • Integrated grip (very nice to have, but would buy without) 
  • Improved Video Performance (don't care)

I'll likely be an early buyer, but only if most of the "wish list" is fulfilled.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Announcement in Q2 of 2014 [CR1]
« on: February 27, 2014, 06:06:24 PM »
Hurry up already, Canon!!  I may have to break down and just get the 1DX if you don't  ;)
Joking aside, my 7d is feeling older and older the more I shoot with the 5d3.  I like the combo (7d,5d3), but... that 1DX rental has me craving something new.

EOS Bodies / Re: What's Next from Canon?
« on: February 13, 2014, 08:27:53 PM »
I purchased my 7d as soon as I could get my hands on it in '09.  I had to send it in for its first repair.  I'm hoping that the 7d2 comes out sooner rather than later!!  While I dream of a 1dx, the 7d2 is more likely to be in my price ranger ;-)

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 05, 2014, 07:30:10 PM »
From the 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Tournament in Concord, NH 1/24-26/14

EOS Bodies / Re: 1DX Replacement
« on: February 02, 2014, 07:42:40 PM »
I recently rented a 1DX for an event (outdoor pond hockey tournament in single digit temperatures), as I've been dying to try it one.  It was even more impressive than I had expected.  I'm used to my 7d and 5d3, and this just completely blew them away.  At that price, I guess it should.  I'm looking forward to seeing what the 1DX replacement is, only because I want a discounted 1DX ;-)

1) the autofocus, once I figured it out, was spot on
2) controls were awesome, right where they should be and very intuitive
3) it felt "lighter" than my 7d with grip (was it?)
4) stunning image quality

It truly "hurt" when I had to send it back.

P.S. big shout out to the folks at lensrentals.com - it was my first rental from them - fantastic service and I'll definitely use them again

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 16, 2013, 08:37:19 PM »
Lots of interesting thoughts here.  Since this thread is still titled "Thinking Out Loud...." here goes....

I have had my 7d since the day it hit the shelves.  It is still my "go to" action photography camera, despite purchasing the 5d2, and then replacing the 5d2 with a 5d3.  While I'd love a 1DX, I cannot possibly justify the price, and the corresponding increase in cost for lenses that provide the same reach as my 7d/300f4 combo.

The 5d3 is simply awesome.  When I can only bring 1 body, for whatever reason, the 5d3 comes along.  It is outstanding for everything.   It is vastly superior in low light, and for landscape and portrait photography.  But there is something about the 7d that makes it a joy to use for all sports photography.  It is a poor man's 1D4.

I will buy the 7d replacement, regardless of what they call it, if it provides 3 things: improved low light performance, improved image quality, and an APS-C sensor.   Simply put, I'm a huge 7d fan.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Not Coming? [CR1]
« on: December 14, 2013, 08:38:39 AM »

That would be very disappointing.   I believe there is significant demand for a 7d2, and Canon would be missing a significant market segment.

Lenses / Re: Bargain of the day!!
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:45:34 PM »
Stopped by the local camera shop, only planning to pick up a Black Rapid Sport which I saw on sale, and found a used Canon BG-E7 grip for my 7d for $100.  I had been debating picking a new one up at $160, so I thought it was good deal on Black Friday.  :)

EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 29, 2013, 02:37:27 PM »

I disagree.  First, you have to take the sensor into account - you'll get better IQ out of the combination of L-lens and FF sensor than that lens on APS-C, even considering the soft corners of an UWA zoom.  Second, an L-lens on crop won't necessarily outperform an EF-S lens - for example, the EF-S 17-55mm is better than both the 17-40L and 24-105L on the same crop body.

Since I don't have the EF-S 17-55, I can't comment on that lens.  I have read that it is quite impressive, and some argue that it should be the EF-S 17-55L  ;).  However I am pleased with both the 17-40L and the 24-105L on my 7d, and enjoy the added bonus that I can use either on my 5d3 as well. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:47:46 PM »
i have enough confidence in it being a great camera that i would preorder it now without even knowing the specs

I'm not quite sure I agree with the above, but.... I'm very excited about the potential for a 7d2.  I shoot a lot of sports, and own both the 5d3 and 7d, and tend to pick up the 7d and 300/f4 for field sports, with the 5d3 and 70-200/2.8 as the second setup.  The 8fps vs. 6fps difference is noticeable.  I've been yearning for the 7d2, assuming better high ISO performance, and slight improvements in AF, IQ etc all in an APS-C format.     

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2013, 07:39:26 PM »
I own both a 7D and the 5DIII. The results of the 5DIII are generally so much better, in terms of focus accuracy, color, dynamics and ISO (in RAW). The 7D is hard pressed going above 400 ISO for bird photograpy. With the 5DIII you can take photo's at 1600 ISO without problems, or even higher depending on the circumstances.

But in many cases I need or can use the extra 1.6 crop factor. So having a marriage between the 5DIII type quality, with a APS C camera, and high speed would be great. Basically a top of the line crop camera. I assume the innovative video will be the dual pixel 70D, plus other features?

I will get this the day it gets out.

I agree.  I too own both a 7d and 5d3.  I find I now use the 5d3 in every situation except daylight sports.  I'm anxious to get the next 7d, with better AF and high ISO capabilities in a APS-C format, with IQ at least as good.  All other specs are irrelevant, and as a photographer (not videographer) I couldn't care less about video improvements.

Lenses / Re: First Time: College Football Oh Boy!
« on: September 29, 2013, 09:03:12 AM »
400 2.8 on your main body, 70-200 for red zone. No flash during the game. Only time to bring out your 16-35 would be the scrum (players/coaches meeting near midfield after the game). Hope this helped.

Complete agree - good advice.  As others have stated, stay 10-30 yards behind the defense (unless your trying to shoot defensive players - then slightly behind the offense).  Move with the flow of the game (between plays, not during).  Stay out of the way.  Re: monopods, get a good one (Manfroto, Gitzo, etc.), it's worth the extra $$s.  If you can catch a game before this assignment, watch the more experienced photogs.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D3 or 1Dx
« on: September 01, 2013, 09:32:00 AM »

The question: 5D III or 1DX is really: baaad camera vs great camera..

I guess I don't agree with this comment.  I find the 5D3 to be a very very good camera (the best Canon DSLR I've owned by a fair margin).  I have no doubt I would think that the 1DX is a excellent camera if I could afford/justify purchasing one.  I would be extremely disappointed if, at roughly double the price, the 1DX was not significantly better, but I love the 5D3.

EOS Bodies / Re: Resale recommendations
« on: June 25, 2013, 08:34:35 PM »
How do you guys go about selling stuff on craigslist? like for anything over 100$ I kinda worry that if it were a small expensive item like a lens, that it'd be just so easy for them toget up and walk away or claim it was theirs after you handed it to them for testing out on their camera etc.

I've had good luck selling gear on both Ebay and on Craigslist. 

The downside to Craigslist, for me at least, is that I'm definitely not comfortable shipping and face-to-face should only be in a very public place.   Most people are honest, but it is always safer to have a witness(es).  Craigslist also results in the least "additional" expenses.

The downside to Ebay is the commissions/fees, but... the payment guarantees, etc. make it worth it for me.  I've consistently managed to get top reasonable $ for the items I've sold - free market economics at it's best.   

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