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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 07:41:32 PM »
Got my 7D Mark II, coming from an original 7D.

Some initial annoyances/thoughts:
  • When you switch it on, it is asking for the date/time.  This is because the GPS is initially disabled.  Once you turn on the GPS it should get the time.
  • I can't get the GPS working.....  I turn it on and in the GPS Information Display I only see the compass heading.  On the LCD there's a flashing GPS symbol.  Strangely, when I turn off the camera, the GPS symbol is still flashing on the LCD.  If I turn on the GPS logger, then also LOG shows on my LCD when I turn the camera off.
  • There's so many menu panels it's a bit hard to find your way around.  The Info button usually describes the options in sufficient detail, however certain screens omit any details
  • Playback zoom control is so frustrating, because you cannot use the thumb buttons (AE lock & AF Point Selection) like on the 7D.  You have to zoom using the magnifying glass button and then use the Main dial.
  • It is possible to configure the default magnification to actual pixels, and specifically centered on the focus point.  Note that you can zoom in one click higher than 100% so your image looks unsharp - so that's going to be annoying.

Anyway, I'm about to start reading the PDF doco to find out what I missed.

Just use the touch screen for zooming.  Oh wait.  Never mind.  (LOL!)  Okay, I'm bad.   ;D

Lenses / Re: Canon 6d vs 24-70mm mark ii
« on: October 30, 2014, 04:53:36 PM »
I'm in the 6D camp.  You have good lenses.  You shoot portraits.  The 7D is often criticized for IQ issues due to its sensor.  I would definitely get the 6D first.  (Plus, the 7D is about to be worth less due to the 7D-II coming out while the 6D is probably at it's best price ever while still being a current unit.)

I own the 24-70-II and the 70-200-II.  I also own a 60D which has the same sensor as the 7D.  I'm selling the 60D currently and I would sell the 24-70-II in a heartbeat before I sold the 70-200-II.  They are both great portrait lenses but I'm not nearly as impressed with the 24-70-II as I continually am impressed with the 70-200-II.  I owned the 24-70-I and it was great.  I think the 24-70-II is too overpriced.  I'd wait on that and maybe even get it used someday.

Get the 6D.  You'll be glad you did as so many others have done before you.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:21:46 PM »
I am really despising the 6d AF right now. A shoot yesterday yielded soooo many oof/missed focus shots, that im getting very very annoyed with it.  My t2i AF is waayyyy more reliable, and im not sure how long i can keep using this.

And this is with mostly non moving subjects.  Arjghg.

That doesn't sound right you might wanna get that thing checked out by Canon.

Ditto.  SOMETHING IS WRONG.  Keep in mind that I bought the 5D3 about a year after it came out and the low light AF on it was really bad.  So bad that I returned it and the next body worked better but still not as good as I thought it should have.  So I bought the 6D when it came out.  IT STOMPED THE 5D3 for LOW LIGHT AF.  Eventually the 5D3 got a firmware upgrade that improved it but the 6D has always worked wonderfully for focusing normal event shots that aren't fast sports type stuff.

So the point is that if the 6D AF is so bad that it is irritating you, causing you to miss a high percentage of shots, etc then something is wrong with the camera.  It shouldn't be performing any worse than most other cameras you've used before, it should definitely perform better than a Rebel.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:13:53 PM »
IMHO, I think the OP would be better served for their art needs with a FF camera and I would suggest they get a used 5D first and fall in love with it using the extra money to buy appropriate lenses that they will also fall in love with.  Then, and only then, should they consider spending big money on an expensive FF replacement.  Starting with an expensive body without great lenses to exploit it seems backwards to me.  (And a lot less interesting/fun.)

Get the 70D for faster fps and video.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 27, 2014, 08:11:05 PM »
My photography, is purely artistic. I shoot in full colour, print 16bit grey-scale + 1 32bit primary-colour, and crop to 19:7. I push contrast and saturation also.

You will get noticeably better prints from a secondhand FF camera for your specific output. The 5D MkII can be had for around the same money as the 70D, but if you can find a little more money the 1DS MkIII is the best camera Canon has made so far for print output.

+1!  Kind of what I was thinking as well as soon as I read the OP's post.  And the 6D isn't bad either.  All FF models we've listed can be obtained for under $2K and would likely offer much more versatility, creativity and IQ than a crop sensor camera.  And the original 5D classic has a certain IQ that I've always loved.  But that's just me.

Neat site!  Great work!   8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 25, 2014, 09:03:14 PM »
I was also looking forward to some colorful clown shots or something...

I agree that the OP was a bit out of line.  I think it was meant as harmless commentary but it is my hope that perhaps now in hindsight the boorish nature of it is more apparent.

I gotta say that when I go to swim meets for my son's school wearing two DSLRs, one with a 70-200 or 70-300 white lens and the other with a 24-105 so I can get shots faster and easier, I feel like a show-off pretentious clown that thinks he's some kind of pro photographer.  I imagine there are more than a few folks that have thought or snickered to themselves about 'that parent' that brings so much 'over-the-top' camera equipment just to shoot their son swimming.  (Of course, by now some probably know that I've done this for years and post pictures of several teams' swimmers for everyone to access free of charge.)  My point is that I often feel self conscious like I have too much in terms of gear most of the time.

OH, and count me together with JonAustin... [head spinning!]  The work infared did on his DIY Lighting rig is truly enlightened!!  I'm a tinkerer myself and based on the detailed description, it makes me want to build one like this just for the experience.  SUPER COOL!!   ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 25, 2014, 08:30:09 PM »
I have both the 6D and 5D3 and I agree with everything said so far.  You'll be happy.  Enjoy the camera.

One thing that limits my use of the 6D vs the 5D3 is an incompatibility of the SunPak RD2000 flash.  I have 3 of these mightly little flashes that I have used for years and unfortunately they just don't meter ETTL correctly on the 6D.  This of course has nothing to do with the 6D per se, it's just something that I have to live with.  After all this time, SunPak has not issued a firmware update to work with the 6D and apparently has no plans to do so.   :(

Oddly, the little RD2000 still works fine on the 5D3 and even the much newer 70D.  It also doesn't work correctly on the SL1.  So Canon must have done something different on how they communicate with the flash on the 6D and the SL1.  Weird!

Regardless of my small issue, you'll love the camera.  ENJOY!!   :D

Lenses / Re: Building my lens system - where to go from my basic kit?
« on: October 18, 2014, 07:31:32 PM »
Although I have no idea what you shoot, and therefore have no understanding of what your needs are in this regard, I won't let that little detail stop me from recommending a couple of lenses I feel should be in everyone's kit: EF16-35 f/4L and the EF70-300 f4-5.6L 8)


If I'm traveling and need the broadest range in the fewest lenses, i grab these two.  the gap in the middle is mostly unnoticable, at least to me.

Yep, me too.  However, I gotta say that my bag usually carries these lenses...

24-105L f/4
16-35L (f/2.8 v I)
(These two lenses share the same 77mm filter size which is handy.)
15mm FishEye f/2.8
28mm f/1.8

I only throw in the 70-300L and the 28/f/1.8 when I know I'll use them.  And the 24-105L and 16-35L get 90% use most of the time.  I also own the 24-70 f/2.8L (II) and it receives less use than I expected.  It's a great lens.  If I am shooting something important like an indoor ceremony or something, I will use the 24-70-II and the 70-200-II.  But I would sell the 24-70-II hands down before I ever considered selling the 70-200-II.  Big time.

Thanks for another great video and sharing your time/talent RL!

This might be wish #2 if I ever got my 3 wishes:  All photo flash equipment works flawlessly just like the photographer wishes every time without fail.  (Wish #1 would be that mosquitoes cease to exist.)

I equate making flash equipment work right to making printers work right in the IT world.  There is a lot of unknowns and magic involved, not to mention very strange problems sometimes.

Abstract / Re: This image may have been photoshopped
« on: October 07, 2014, 01:43:05 PM »
Take off at the same time

Not photoshopped.  This actually happened!  In Breaking Bad, when the two jets collided in mid-air.  All the other jets stayed in formation.

Canon General / Re:
« on: October 05, 2014, 05:45:32 PM »
Who's to say it's even camera related?  Canon has several divisions of products.

Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Nightclub photography shots
« on: October 05, 2014, 10:57:48 AM »
I drag the shutter all the time but having color lines that go across the subject are not something I often see.  Strange.  Thanks anyway!

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Why Photography
« on: October 03, 2014, 09:30:45 PM »
My wife actually pushes on me the other way.

I keep equipment for a long time and only upgrade when it's a BIG upgrade.  I have a 20D and a 5D, and am finally looking to upgrade.

When I pointed out that I could get a 70D instead of a 7DII for a lot less, my wife asked why I would get something a little less good when I primarily use that camera for high-speed action and the 7DII is built for exactly that.

Okay, so she has a point.

The 5D replacement will be a 6D or a 5DIV, but not a 5DIII.  The 6D is actually better suited than a 5DIII for my application for that camera, so we didn't have a disagreement there.  But if the 5DIV is even better suited than the 6D, and it comes out in time, then she wants me to get that one instead.  We'll see about that.

Your thoughts about the 6D vs the 5DIV are very similar to my thoughts a few years ago with regard to the 5DII.  I intentionally bought a used 5D back in 2010 and waited until about a year after the 5D3 was released and bought it at a discount from the release price.  I intentionally leapfrogged the 5DII.  It sounds like you are thinking the same way about the 5DIII as I did about the 5DII.

And really, the 5D is a wonderful, beautiful camera.  I love my 5D even if I don't use it much anymore.  I used a 40D + 5D combo for several years with confidence and bliss.   :)

OH... and I've taken thousands and thousands of images for many volunteer organizations, school, scouts, church, friends/family, etc.  All for free because I love to do it.  It feels like a job sometimes but it is appreciated so it's a win/win.

Videography Technique / Re: About the Fisheye lens
« on: October 03, 2014, 08:44:19 PM »
Hey Drizzt321, I don't see a FISH-EYE LENS in your equipment list!  You GOTTA GET ONE, BRO!!!   LOLz!  8)

Seriously, I love mine.  It's a lot of fun, esp in tight spaces!!  I think the EF 15mm Fish-Eye should be in everyone's bag as their 4th or 5th lens purchase!

Thanks for posting, the video was fun.   ;)

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