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Sports / Re: Post your best Football shot (American Style)
« on: November 10, 2014, 05:15:47 PM »
NH High School Playoffs - 40 degrees F, raining, muddy.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:10:08 PM »
having had the camera for a week now, I really really really don't like DPR. Lightroom is a far superior product and I hope they have an update soon.

I like it for its quikview feature. It opens up fast and is great for viewing rating and deleting. Also good if you want to convert without any additional auto corrections on top of what the camera does because the default conversion is the same as an in camera JPEG.

So why not just shoot jpeg?  If all we're doing is using DPR to convert from raw to jpeg, then why bother. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:00:05 PM »
having had the camera for a week now, I really really really don't like DPR. Lightroom is a far superior product and I hope they have an update soon.

+1 (or more).  I'm going to have to go jpg as I don't have the patience I used to have.  Anyone heard when we might get LR CR2->JPG for the 7d2?

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Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:08:08 PM »
Crap!  They had to announce this today?  I haven't even paid for the 7d2 yet  ;)
It is next on my purchase list, perhaps in the spring!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 07:59:11 PM »
I followed up the night soccer game with football today.  The majority of these were shot with the 7d2, 300/4 at iso 100-400. I found the AF to be most impressive.  I still have a test/adjust for lenses, but right out of the box it is either right on or very close. 

 http://nhsports.smugmug.com/Football/2014-Football/Bow/D3-Qtr-Final-Bow-vs-Brady-11-8/

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Crudely, I liken the 7D to 7D2 comparison to that of the 5D2 to 5D3.  The sensor of the 5D2 was excellent but a lot of supporting features (esp. the AF) underperformed, and the 5D3 comprehensively upgraded those features.    The 7D2 -- obviously improving different sorts of features than the 5D3 -- represents that similar comprehensive upgrade.  The IQ is very similar, but the number and percentage of keepers should be higher as a result.

- A

I either own, or in the case of the 5d2, have owned all 4 models you've listed.  I completely agree with your assessment.  Since I've limited experience with the 7d2, I'll wait to finalize my opinion, but so far the slight improvement to high ISO performance, and the very significant improvement to AF make the purchase worthwhile.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:48:41 PM »
Yesterday my local shop called to let me know that my 7d2, grip and battery were all in.  So at 4:30, I picked everything up, stopped briefly at home to unbox, grab the rest of my equipment, and head to a soccer game under lights.  I didn't have time to walk through all the settings and make sure I had it set up the way I wanted until I was on the sideline, as the game was almost an hour away from my home and started at 6.

The setup was so quick, simple and familiar that I had pretty much everything the way I wanted it in about 5 minutes. Given far from ideal lighting, I set the ISO to 4000 and went to work.  I was getting 640-800/sec so, that seemed like a good place to start.   I shot about 120 frames and headed home to see what I got.

So here are my first thoughts (less than a couple hundred clicks in):

1) I sincerely hope Lightroom gets an update to handle raw files soon.
2) The high ISO performance is significantly better than the 7d.  I wouldn't have shot this game at ISO 4000, and have always felt that anything over 1250 wasn't worth it.  4000 was pushing my personal limit, but they were really quite good and a lot better than I expected.
3) With AF in Servo mode, iTr on, etc. the focus was amazing.  I only had 1 shot out of focus, and it was entirely my fault.  I'm not a "spray and pray" shooter at all, but the few sequences I did shoot were all dead on!

I'm still not sure about color, IQ under normal conditions (i.e. any reasonable light), etc. but a couple of daylight games this weekends should answer many of those questions.  Now that I've actually gone through all the setting, and tweeked several, I can hardly wait to get out again. 

I've been waiting for this upgrade for at least a couple years.  All I wanted was better high ISO performance, and better focus/tracking.  I'm not at all disappointed so far.

http://nhsports.smugmug.com/Soccer/2014-Soccer/D3-Semi-Bow-vs-Stevens-11-5/

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I love the 5D3/400mm prime combo! One thing that doesn't seem to get mentioned too much here is "the Full Frame look" in regards to telephoto shooting - and I can tell you it's a very real thing!


I agree about the "Full Frame look".  For daylight field sports (soccer,football, lacrosse, etc.) I generally carry the 7d-300f/4 combo, and the 5d3-70-200f/2.8.   It seems that about 60% of my shots are with the 7d, and the rest with the 5d3, providing a good mix of both.  For night field sports, I've been wanting as the 7d combo is just not good enough.  I'm optimistic that the 7d2 will change that.

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The 7DII seems to be an excellent camera, but it's main advantage over the 5DIII is lower cost, and since you already have the 5DIII.....

I suspect you'd use the 7DII for a while, then the novelty would wear off.



I'm upgrading my 7d->7d2.  I like having both a FF and Crop body, but still use my 7d more for well lit / daytime sports shooting.  Given my current lens inventory, the reach is really appreciated, and despite much tweeking with the focus options on the 5d3, I seem to have at least equal or better focus success with the 7d in these situations.  I'm really looking forward to improved AF and higher ISO performance as hockey season is starting in earnest.

I have toyed with the idea of selling both the 7d and 5d3 and just getting a 1dx.  My experiences using the 1dx have me wanting.  But I really like having 2 bodies while shooting sports to catch different perspectives. 

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 30, 2014, 08:43:25 PM »
Sorry for your loss. I keep hearing these horror stories of cameras detaching from BR straps and getting wrecked and wonder many times as to why I keep using them. That said, this has happened to me as well (in a sort of way). Fortunately, I had taken Martin Bailey's advice and the gear was unharmed.

http://www.martinbaileyphotography.com/2011/05/29/podcast-288-camera-straps-and-safety-measures/

Hope the damage on the 70-200 wasn't too severe and you get your lens back soon. They take too much time repairing lenses here in India.

Thanks for the link and info - definitely going to do this !

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Nope. $10k for a DSLR, regardless what it does, is utterly ludicrous.

I agree.... if I did a lot of studio work, perhaps a great MF camera, but that can be had for less than $10k.  I'm happy with my 5d3, am looking forward to replacing my 7d with the 7d2.  But the rest of my  $$s would continue to go to glass.

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Seemed a reasonably fair assessment given she uses Canon kit and in her job. A couple of comments are clearly job specific but I think Canon would be happy with her review (given they want pros to use 1dx), and amateurs in the same "shooting category" as the reviewer would be encouraged by her comments...

I agree - seemed reasonably fair.  I rented a 1DX for a 3-day outdoor pond hockey tournament, and didn't want to send it back.  It absolutely blew away my 7d.   But for field sports, I'm excited about a crop sensor that gets reasonably close at 1/3 the price.  My 5d3 lacks the speed and reach, and I use my 7d far more for well lit sports.  Don't get me wrong, I do love the 5d3, but a fast crop that allows me to use a 300 f/4 for outdoor sports -- mine's on order.  (Handing down the 7d to my college senior who has proven her abilities with lesser equipment - don't tell her, it's a xmas gift  ;) )     

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cool.

The photos look good to me, but i gotta wonder. not that it has any bearing on what is captured, but at the end of the first paragraph, when he listed his camera settings, do many of you guys do things like that? An auto exp mode, with compensation, then manually jacking the iso around? At night, under lights(that is, bright objects moving around the frame with a black background, in an auto mode?)?
again, good shots though.

that is also one amazing HS facility.

I hadn't thought that much about it, but I do sometimes do exactly what he did in this test.   Late afternoon games are particularly difficult, as the light diminishes quickly, yet I try to keep the ISO as low as I can get away with and bump it up as needed.  If the light isn't changing, then I'm much more likely to set and forget.

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 17, 2014, 09:54:28 PM »
I've had my 5d3 for about 18 months, and find very little need for improvement.  It meets almost all of my expectations for a camera in this range.  My 7d is definitely due for an upgrade, and I'm looking forward to getting the 7d2.  But I have to admit I'm not in much of a rush to upgrade my 5d3, and have very few suggestions for improvements.  As always, improvements in high ISO, improvements in DR, and improvements in overall IQ are what we all want.  Beyond that, I still LOVE my 5d3!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II or 6D
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:43:05 PM »
Now that the new 7D II specs have been released...

Should I go with the 6D or the 7DII, I know the one difference is the 6D is full frame.  How will the new 7D II do with taking portraits and everyday shooting?  Lighting ?  I hear the 6D is great with low lighting.

And is there really a HUGE difference from full frame to crop?

Thanks

As others have stated, very different purposes.  I love my 5d3 for portrait, landscape, and poorly lit events.  For well lit sports, I still prefer my 7d, and can't wait to get my hands on a 7d2!!

There is a big difference between FF and Crop, on many levels.  Do a bit more research, and decide which meets more of your needs.

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