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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Refurb 70D + 18-135mm IS STM for $815
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:01:37 PM »
So I saw a posting indicating that the most recent coupons for the Canon store could be stacked creating almost a 40% discount. While I was not really in the market for a 70D, this was almost too good of a deal to pass up.

Body and lens + free 2 day shipping + tax = $815ish out the door.

Not sure if there has been a better deal, but I couldn't resist and pulled the trigger.

I am just now starting to get into video which is what I think I will be primarily using it for. Still have this weird feeling that I am just throwing away money even though it appears to be a good deal.

Any thoughts?

Post links ....

I think it was a mistake that only lasted a short time, maybe less than an hour or a few hours.

Canon General / Re: what's wrong with this shot?
« on: October 30, 2014, 10:56:37 PM »
Besides the sleeping kid?
That was my thought, the kid is sleeping and maybe the photographer passed out, dropped the camera and it fired off this shot from the ground.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:31:53 PM »
I'll have one in my hands tomorrow at the PhotoPlus Expo in NYC at the Canon Exhibit, it may not be mine but just to hold one which I'm sure will not be much different than my 7D but I can run it thru it's paces with an expert from Canon to show me the in's and out's of it. Almost like getting a crash course on it before getting my own. Enjoy your cameras guys.

I messed around with one at the expo for about twenty minutes, I like it but now I'm undecided after also playing with the Canon 5D Mark III. I'm getting ready to transition to karate/taekwondo tournaments indoors and the Canon rep said the 5D Mark III would be a better fit. :-\
I'm going back tomorrow..........

In my limited experience shooting indoor sports I guess it boils down to what frame rate you want and if you need the extra reach that the crop will give you.  The 5D3 will seem a bit slow compared to the 10fps of the 7D2.  And if you need extra reach, adding a 1.4X TC to the 70-200/2.8 on the 5D3 slows it down a bit and narrows the gap of high ISO performance between the 7D2 crop without a TC at f/2.8 and the 5D3 at f/4 with the TC.  I've read the threads about crop vs FF noise, etc and they make sense but at the end of the day, what works best for you as a photographer?  Personally, I get tired of manually cropping FF images in post for the slight IQ difference the FF sensor might give me over the 70D or 7D2 crop sensor.  In the end it will all work out, it just depends what you prefer.  And the 7D2 is still a bit cheaper than the 5D3.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:18:52 PM »
got my 7D mark 2 today very happy still paying with it but here my questions
what are the best slider settings for say if i was shooting a fashion show with good lighting and runway
and or if i was on the sidelines of football game just shooting candids or players on the bench or coming off the field?

For shooting the Fashion Show Runway just use this preset on the dial...   :P

I'm really being a stinker tonight... sorry!   ::)

Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 30, 2014, 08:53:13 PM »

I'm surprised to see so many suggesting a battery grip. I've always thought they looked too bulky, plus most of my work is in landscape mode, but I'll have to try one sometime!

I'll check out the other products that have been suggested.

Thanks everyone,


A grip on a 1 series is rock solid, but on a 7D, I'd pass.  You do not hold a camera with heavy lens by the body / grip combination, you put a hand under the lens to support it.
I've had a lot of grips, and took them all off. 
Unless you have a specific need such as portrait orientation or extended battery life where you can't easily change a battery, I'd pass.

You know, I think Mt Spokane has a point.  I'm sitting here looking at no less than 4 grips in a pile waiting to be sold.  I simply never use them anymore.  No offense but I almost feel like they are newbie-bait.  I purchased and used them for a while when I first got back into photography and purchased them with each new body.  The last two never left the box.

So I would definitely wait on the grip and perhaps also evaluate how you hold your cameras with heavy lenses.

Also, skip the silicone skins and such.  They just get in the way and if you leave them on, dirt/sand/dust, etc gets in between the camera and the skin and will wear/scratch the body worse than if you had nothing on it at all.  Total waste of money!

LCD protection?  Sure, why not?  It's not expensive and doesn't hurt functionality, etc.

Black Rapid StrapBefore you buy one, head over to this thread first...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 07:56:50 PM »
i dont want to be rude, but the above picture looks like s.hit. either it was high iso and extremely cropped, or you don't know how to properly use your equipment.

Thank you for your comment. I had thought I had explained adequately but obviously not.

I normally only shoot in RAW but because people wanted pictures I went out on a dark day to shoot in JPEG only. I normally edit in Adobe Lightroom/Photoshop, which do not yet support the camera and I was not expecting to take award winning photos. Pictures of this quality would not make my portfolio but then I would not be shooting JPEGS on a cloudy day if others in this thread had not asked for test pictures. Yes all the photos are heavily cropped, also the lens I am using is not ideal but I am testing that as well. I am not proud of these shots and they were not posted for bragging rights but to help the community here.

Please can I respectfully suggest that if you only want to view good shots maybe a thread about a new camera called "first thoughts" is not the best place. Wait a few weeks and maybe I will have some pictures up to your high standards.

For those who have appreciated my small effort to get some quick shots for you, thank you.

Your response is pretty much what I was thinking... quick JPG shots to show what folks were clamoring for, anything shot with the 7D2.  Thanks for taking the time to post them (and risk criticism in the process).

Next time, just take a quick picture of your shoe or the dog's ass so it will be obvious that it's not your best work!  (Unless you have a whole gallery of high quality shoe and dog's ass shots, then I apologize!)   ::)

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.

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