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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.

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!

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?


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.

EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 05:37:34 PM »

It's seriously not even a reasonable question unless you simply don't have the $.  In fact, for your purposes, I'll bet I'd almost rather have this 7D Mk II than a 5D Mk III.

I've been waiting for a while for the 7d2.  I have a 7d and 5d3, and prefer the 7d for outdoor, well lit sports.  I like the extra reach, and "feel" it tracks slightly better.  I have pre-ordered a 7d2, but won't sell my 7d until it arrives.   I'm very excited about the features, and hope low light performance is improved.  The "anti-flicker" feature will be great for indoor sports (thinking hockey and basketball) and if it is even slightly better in low light it will be a winner.  Most of all I'm excited that the price is somewhat reasonable and lower than many had anticipated!!

Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 17, 2014, 10:38:47 AM »
Since we are all having fun predicting...

7D should be less expensive than a 1D BUT - Canon has become greedy the last couple years and they are playing this launch a lot like Apple.  They are trying to get the market in a frenzy by holding back info and tempting everyone with small tidbits of data.  So it will be expensive I'm afraid.  I predict $2799 to $2999.  Half the the price of the 1DX and close but not above the 5D3.  I would love it to be less but from what they are saying, it won't be.  And people will still buy it, esp if it actually works and lives up to the hype by 80% or more.  (Like the 5D3 did.)

I've decided that while WiFi (bigger loss) and Touchscreen would be missed, it wouldn't kill it for me.  But without those, I think Canon should be careful how close to the moon they make the price.

If it has no pop-up flash with a 1D type metal top (meaning no GPS either, sorry) then again, they better not kill us with the price.  I also want RT flash control built in, esp if there is no pop up flash.  It's about time this feature is built-in on every camera Canon makes.

With cinema being such a big deal lately at Canon, I think the 7D2 will be a video powerhouse which will likely make it very expensive, maybe even above $3000.  Which will likely put me out of the running since all I want are the specs we've heard so far, faster fps, solid build and spectacular sensor. 

If the camera magically comes in under $2500, I'll buy it soon.  If not, I'll probably just get a 70D and wait a year or more unless the X-mas deals are incredible.

I have to agree with the sentiment here.  I want an improved 7d still camera and do not really care about video (better IQ and ISO perf, with at least the same speed).  If the camera is under $2500, I'll likely buy.  If not, I still like my current 7d/5d3 pairing.

For what its worth:  I pre-ordered a 7d2 at my local camera chain, and was give a reserve receipt for $1999.  I don't believe that they have any idea what the real price will be, but ..... this is a rumor site isn't it?

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 - 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. 

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