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Lenses / Re: Best sports lenses for Canon 7D
« on: March 20, 2013, 07:39:36 PM »
The 7D with a 70-200 2.8 if my primary sports setup.  While I'd love to have a 300 or 400 2.8, they are outside my budget.   I borrowed a friend's 300 f4 and liked it so much I finally ended up buying one. It provides the extra reach for field sports that I was seeking.  It is reasonably fast and very sharp.    While the 300 f4 is a bit on the old side, it is still a very good lens.  I've even tried it with a 1.4 II extender, and was happy with image quality, but probably not the best sports set up. 

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Canon 5D Mark 2 or 5D Mark 3??
« on: March 10, 2013, 09:53:16 PM »
I sold my Mk2 this past week and purchased a Mk3.  While it has only been a few days, here are my far from scientific) observations so far:

  • Significantly better high ISO performance with the Mk3 - I found 3200 about the limit of what was acceptable with the Mk2, and 6400 on the Mk3 better, with 12800 acceptable when absolutely necessary.
  • Much better autofocus, with significantly more flexibility
  • Better build quality
  • Mk2 images seem slightly more "color rich", but not significantly

When I get a larger body of work to compare, I'll update.  But so far, I think I got exactly what I was hoping for in this body.


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Spec List [CR2]
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:27:53 PM »
I was all set to sell my 5d2 and get a 5d3, and then the latest rumor...argh.  While I really "want" the 1dx, it is just hard to justify right now.  About 80% of my shooting is sports - whatever is in season and I can get access to or that I'm hired to cover.  Hockey is a big part of the mix.

I find I shoot sports far more with my 7d than the 5d2, mostly due to the "reach", but partly due to the better focus hit rate of the 7d.  8 fps is nice too.

But I find the 5d2 images significantly better, particularly in the  1600-2000 ISO range required at local hockey rinks.  And like everyone else I've read, I find the 5d2 images (FF) to be noticeably more pleasing by all measures, and infinitely superior for portrait/landscape work.   

I've been holding out for the 7d2.  If it is anywhere near the specs listed, with improved IQ at higher ISO, there will be no way for me to resist.    I don't care that much about more MP, GPS, or video features.  Improved IQ/ISO performance is tops on the list for me, followed by even better AF than the current good 7d.  For me, you can leave video off.  I can count on 1 hand the number of times I've shot video.

OK Canon - hurry up!  It's been more than 3 years now.  The 7d has more than paid for itself!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon DSLR Body Rumors for 2013
« on: January 01, 2013, 04:33:03 PM »
I'm anxiously waiting for / saving for the 7d2.  Sadly, I'd order today if it were available, without knowing the specs.  My expectation is that it will be targeted at the sports photographer, continue to be APS-C, and have significantly improved high ISO performance and somewhat improved focusing.  I'm hoping for a price point in the $2,000 - $2,500 range.   

For me, I'm wanting for a new sports photography setup, and am quite happy with the 5d2 for landscape/portrait photography.  Having 2 bodies (although quite different in nature), provides a measure of insurance. 

Fingers crossed for a quick announcement and release....

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Lenses / Re: Selling 70-300 IS - Suggest Replacement?
« on: December 21, 2012, 09:27:19 PM »
OK, I may end up selling my EF 70-300 IS lens in a little barter deal.  So what to replace it with?  I have the following bodies to use it with... 30D, 40D, 60D, 5D, 5D3, 6D.  I shoot lots of kids on campouts, swim teams in indoor pools, indoor church stuff, etc.



I'd definitely go for the 70-200 2.8.  It is my go-to on either the 7d or the 5d2, and would be great on the 5d3.  I shoot a fair number of indoor swim meets, and for crappy pool lighting, it is great.  You wouldn't need the 70-200 4 any more, so that could reduce the cost.

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Very simple .. I would buy a 5D IIIs like "stils only" .. with LiveView but no video recodring or video out, no video related controls, no microphones and speaker but the holes in the biody covered 100% waterproof, no video-related menue items, no Video-realted ICs and wiring inside ... nothing ..

for the price of a Nikon D800 ... so 500 Euro less ... IN AN INSTANT!   :)

I agree.  I am a photographer, and not a videographer. I would gladly save the $s and buy a camera without video.  If it meant better IQ for photos, or lower costs, I'm in.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Future of APS-C
« on: October 09, 2012, 02:30:40 PM »
Here we go again. It seems like no matter how many times we shoot this zombie idea in the head, it just keeps coming back. One more try:

APS-C far outsells full frame. Full frame remains a niche market in the DSLR world, not the dominant format.

There is a substantial cost barrier to entry with even the "bargain" full frame cameras now being announced. To purchase the lowest cost full frame camera with any lens that can take advantage of the larger format requires an investment of about $2,500 minimum. That is cost prohibitive not only for casual photographers, but for many, if not most, enthusiasts as well.

The APS-C genie is out of the bottle and it's unlikely either Canon or Nikon can put it back in. Serious APS-C enthusiasts prefer the format for a variety of reasons, probably the biggest being the extra reach the format offers for telephoto lenses.

The success of both the 7D and the 60D demonstrates that there is a solid market for higher end APS-C cameras. Neither Canon nor Nikon can afford to leave these customers on the table.

With the current state of technology, alternatives remain inferior. That includes both in-camera cropping of a larger sensor and mirrorless EVFs. While this may change in the future, the future isn't here yet.

The truth is, not even Canon and Nikon know where the market is headed. As responsible, well-managed companies, they are trying to position themselves to take advantage of whatever direction the market goes, but they can't predict or direct the market over any long term.

What they do know is that the bottom has fallen out of the formerly lucrative point and shoot market, thanks to cell phone competition. They know that enthusiasts are a coveted segment because they have disposable income and are willing to spend it. So, all of the companies are trying to offer a variety of products that will appeal to those highly desired consumers who are willing to part with substantial amounts of money for their hobby.

Too many people are confusing the decision to offer a lower cost full frame body with a guaranteed demand  for the product. The truth is, camera manufacturers think there is a demand based on market research, but they won't really know that for a year or two, after they have seen and studied the actual results. In the meantime, they are certainly not going to sacrifice a proven segment of the market. Such an irresponsible gamble with shareholders' money carries risks that no conscientious executive would take.

+1 Well stated

+1 added. 

While I do love my 5d2 for portrait/landscape work (and would certainly like the 5d3 more), I end up shooting with the 7d/300f4 combination for action sports/wildlife.  That combination can be had for roughly $2500, and produces excellent results.  To get the same effective reach with FF, the lens alone would be 5x as much.  (Of course I'd trade "even up" for a 1DX/500f4).  The 7d, with it's APS-C sensor, is a great camera at a reasonable price.  It fills a very significant niche that a FF cannot. 

Here's hoping that the 7d2 is APS-C.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Lightroom 4.2 update
« on: October 04, 2012, 07:22:30 PM »
Once I import photos from my harddrive into LR, before I go into the Develop module, I wait for all the photos to "load", by waiting for the 3 tiny dots to disappear from each photo, indicating the photo is loaded.  The problem is, only the photos that are displayed on the screen actually "load", so I then have to scroll down to have the next line(s) of photos to show on the screen before they actually load.
You don't have to do this.  It sounds like you have LR set to build "minimal" previews on import.  Then it has to work hard to load them later.  Instead, set LR to build "1:1" or "standard" previews on import.  This way the import process takes longer, but the previews are all built when it's done.  This setting (called "Render Previews") is in the top right of the Import screen. 

Also, I've heard it's good to give LR a big cache for Camera Raw Settings.  This is done in LR Preferences, under File Handling.

+1

Thanks, increasing the cache provided a big boost in performance when "developing".  This might allow me to make it through a few more months with my 4 year old laptop.

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Lenses / Re: New Lenses in January [CR1]
« on: September 27, 2012, 08:41:35 AM »
Prices these days are hard to swallow, but I think we'll be lucky if the 300 f4 IS II is near $2000.
I'd expect it to be great, and still be excellent 420mm f/5.6 when the 1.4 teleconverter is attached.

This could be a very interesting "affordable" tele.

I very much like my current 300f4, and would certainly look to upgrade to this lens if it comes out at the right price (<$2K)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II, EOS 70D & 700D in 2013? [CR1]
« on: September 23, 2012, 05:33:35 PM »
If Canon would put out a 7d2 with a APS-C sensor, better high ISO performance than the 7d, better IQ, better AF, same build, at a price point below the FF models, sales would be through the roof.

As tempted as I am to sell both my 7d and 5d2 for a 5d3, I'd rather have the above 7d2 and my 5d2.  I'm waiting and saving for that.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6D or 5D Mk II
« on: September 20, 2012, 03:48:24 PM »
I'd probably buy (after reading reviews) the 6D, but won't be selling my 5D2 to get one.

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Lenses / Re: What to do?
« on: September 18, 2012, 06:37:01 PM »
I have a 5d2 and the 24-105 and am pleased with the results, but....   I love my newer 70-200 2.8 II, and based on the reviews I've read so far, I'd be leaning towards the 24-70 2.8 II.  Everything of read indicate that, while the 24-105 is a very good lens, the 24-70 2.8 II may be GREAT!

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EOS Bodies / Re: At what price point will you consider buying the Canon 6D?
« on: September 18, 2012, 06:18:12 PM »
I purchased a 5d2 about a year ago, knowing the 5d3 was around the corner.  I don't regret my decision.  It is a fantastic still/portrait/landscape camera, with very good high ISO performance.  My only (minor) complaint is the AF, which I know has been improved.  For me, it is not worth moving from the 5d2 to a 6d now.


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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D!
« on: September 18, 2012, 06:10:30 PM »
I have a 7d and 5d2, and both have their strengths and weaknesses.  I really like the APS-C format for sports, etc. and the full frame format for portrait/landscape work.  The 300f4 on the 7d is perfect for field sports, at a reasonable price.  To get the equivalent reach and IQ on a full-frame would be cost prohibitive for me. 

My dream 7d2 would be APS-C, better autofocus, better high iso performance, and improved IQ.  I don't need more mp.  Like pierceography,  I don't care about touchscreen, wifi, gps.  I don't really even care about video.  At $1500-$2000, it would sell like crazy.

I'm not drawn to the 5d3 (would like it but not willing to pay for it), have no need for a 6d, as the 5d2 more than meets my FF needs, but would rush to a 7d2 with the above features.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Nikon user Swapping to Canon with a 5D3
« on: September 02, 2012, 09:16:37 PM »
Welcome to Canon.  I've gone from FTb->F1->EOS 620->EOS 3->EOS 20D->EOS 40D->EOS 7d & 5DII.  Hard to believe it's been more than 30 yrs. 

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