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Lenses / Re: Reviewing my lens setup (5D3 portraits)
« on: November 02, 2014, 08:37:41 PM »
In reading your post, it seems to me that you have everything covered with your primes and really just need some encouragement/justification to get another 24-105L.  So do it!  I've had mine almost 5 years, I use it all the time and until I read your post I didn't know the error you mention even existed, much less was 'common'.  So get another 24-105L for a great price and/or have the one you already own repaired.

I would also consider the 24-70 f/4L if you wanted to get a similar zoom with a newer design & great IQ.

And if you wanted to get extremely radical, I bet someone will suggest you get rid of almost all your other lenses and get the 24-70/2.8-II and the 70-200/2.8-II.  They are both excellent lenses and many photographers have literally ditched several primes and just used those lenses instead.  In many folks' eyes, those two lenses are indeed THAT good.

I'll be interested in hearing what you decide.  (And I've got a new in box 24-70/f4L IS for sale if you're interested.)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 02, 2014, 10:07:21 AM »
Quick Q:  Did Canon cripple the camera like they did on the 5D3 by putting a dead slow SD slot in it and then slowing down the CF slot in the process if you use the dead slow SD slot simultaneously?

Thanks in advance for your answer in the form of a research paper searching for a grant on the subject and the countless hours of in depth testing you will no doubt perform using the scientific method with multiple cards, testing software and electroshock therapy to discover this!   I'll keep an extra beer in the fridge for you!  :D

(Or I'd also be happy with you just putting two cards in, firing it off and then removing the SD and firing it again to see the difference!)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:49:13 PM »
Just got my 7dmkII and I'm not impressed with the charger. A wall charger with no lead? Awesome for clogging up multiple sockets of a power board or just looking stupid hanging on the wall. Add an adapter when overseas and this thing will be useless.
I don't think I've gotten a charger with a cord on it since my 20D.  I much prefer my old one with a cord on it and I think Canon used to offer them as an accessory.

Ditto.  I liked the corded charger too but the Canon charger hasn't had a cord for many years.

If it's a show stopper for you, get one of these.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/25cm-12A-AC-power-supply-2-Prong-male-female-extension-Cord-cable-US-plug-Black-/271597130607?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item3f3c73536f

Whenever I travel, I carry a power strip and extension cord in my luggage anyway for all the crap that needs power in the hotel room.  Multiple chargers for phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, vibrators, whatever.

Both my 5DIII and M have corded chargers.

Are you somewhere other than the US?  Maybe that has something to do with it.  Otherwise, all the chargers I've seen/received with the 5D3, 60D, 70D, 6D, SL1 and EOS M were all NON-Corded.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:46:16 PM »
I have never understood why some photographers use LCD protectors - especially the bulky plastic ones.  The LCD screen is designed to be scratch and reflection resistant.  LCD protectors will typically scratch under normal wear and will certainly add to the reflection.  I suppose the only justifiable reason to use one is if you are willing to sacrifice a clear screen for future resale value. 

I never used one on my 7D.  I take care of my gear, but am certainly not easy on it - and I just sold it, scratch free.

Ditto for me but I've gone both ways.  I've used them and I've not used them and I agree, it doesn't make much difference... EXCEPT on the 60D.  At some point it got some kind of something on the LCD (pool water, snot, a whack, whatever) and has a couple spots that seem to be permanent blemishes.  The 60D doesn't have the same super tough glass LCD screen as many of the other bodies do.  So I ended up putting a protector on the 60D to hide the blemishes.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:41:50 PM »
Just got my 7dmkII and I'm not impressed with the charger. A wall charger with no lead? Awesome for clogging up multiple sockets of a power board or just looking stupid hanging on the wall. Add an adapter when overseas and this thing will be useless.
I don't think I've gotten a charger with a cord on it since my 20D.  I much prefer my old one with a cord on it and I think Canon used to offer them as an accessory.

Ditto.  I liked the corded charger too but the Canon charger hasn't had a cord for many years.

If it's a show stopper for you, get one of these.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/25cm-12A-AC-power-supply-2-Prong-male-female-extension-Cord-cable-US-plug-Black-/271597130607?pt=Laptop_Adapters_Chargers&hash=item3f3c73536f

Whenever I travel, I carry a power strip and extension cord in my luggage anyway for all the crap that needs power in the hotel room.  Multiple chargers for phones, laptops, tablets, cameras, vibrators, whatever.

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:33:26 PM »
I just bought an RS-7 and the caribeener has a locking clip.  Not sure if the fastenR has any special locking mechanism besides the rubber bushing (friction lock).

I've never had any problem with the FastenR but then I don't ever remove them either.  They go on and stay on.  When I put one on, I moisten the rubber and when I tighten it about a 1/4 turn it pretty much locks on forever.  I routinely check to confirm they are tight.  Are some folks so cheap that they only have one FastenR and they move it from camera to camera?  Well, if that's the case, I guess they can expect some failures as the thing wears out and loosens up easily.

In all the years of using these things, I've never had one loosen up on me.  How does that happen?  I mean, it hangs to the side, it swings up, hangs back to the side, swings up, over and over.  Where does all the twisting happen that causes these things to get so loose?  I just don't get it I guess.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Most ridiculous camera ever?
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:26:32 PM »
Honestly, I doubt you would get robbed because it looks like a cheap fake toy camera to me.  Definitely from a distance.  It's probably safer to lug this heavy POS around than a 1DX with a big L lens that actually looks (and is) expensive.

And I've never quite understood the concept of paying a company for an overpriced product to achieve a charity donation.  Heck, I don't even understand the NPR Pledge drive gifts.  If you want to donate, donate.  Give the money, get a written record and write it off.  Done.  All the rest just complicates matters.

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Software & Accessories / Re: BlackRapid FAIL - grrrrrr
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:17:32 PM »
The BosStrap is a BR alternative that attaches to the camera strap lugs so it doesn't interfere with mounting the camera on a tripod.

http://bosstrap.com/

Can't see dangling a 1D X + 70-200/2.8 from the strap lug on the body, much less the 600/4L IS II...

I've used a BosStrap for years but I use the BR Connector or a steel split ring to attach it to the camera.  Since I don't have a 1DX or a 600/4L, I won't assume what's best for that but my 5D3 + 70-200/2.8L works fine on what I use.  And if I become more concerned in certain instances, I basically do the OP/Tech connector thing (like what is pictured elsewhere) as redundant insurance.  That works great.

My only major scare was when the 70-200 came unlocked from the body on it's own because the 1.4 TC lock button on the side was inadvertently pushed/disengaged as it hung by my hip.  Fortunately I noticed it was loose before it fell off the camera, hit the concrete and rolled into the pool I was standing next to.  (Also narrowly missing the approaching steamroller, acid vats and hot lava pits!  LOL!) 

Now when I use that TC, I always put a piece of gaffer tape across the lock button, lens base, TC and camera when I use that combination to prevent accidental turning or movement if the lock gets pushed.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 11:14:38 AM »


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,

Ashley

http://ashleymiddleton.zenfolio.com

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... http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19962.0
I've had several Lenscoats (they're neoprene I think, not silicone) and found them to be very useful for keeping white lenses clean, including on African safari. I've never noticed any scratching from dust/dirt being caught underneath but I think an occasional inspection and removal would prevent any lasting damage.

Apples and Oranges.  Lenscoat neoprene on lenses is completely different than the silicon skins on camera bodies.  Not only do Lenscoat sleeves fit and seal better than oddly shaped silicone skins on camera bodies, the material is much thicker and more protective.  Plus, it doesn't hamper the operation of the lens at all.  While I think Lenscoat products are overpriced, if I used a $10,000 lens outdoors in the muck, it would be on the lens for sure.  :-)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:12:02 AM »


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,

Ashley

http://ashleymiddleton.zenfolio.com

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... http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19962.0

+1
If you absolutely need to protect your camera from scratches, use the best quality gaffer's tape you can find, and replace it periodically.
Of course, only if you absolutely need to.

Gaffer's Tape ROCKS.  I use it all the time.  Esp on Lenses to prevent nicks and scratches and hide the red ring too.  GOOD QUALITY Gaffer's Tape will not leave any residue and works like magic.

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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.
http://www.canonpricewatch.com/blog/2014/10/38-off-refurbished-bodies-lenses-at-canon-store-price-mistake/

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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.

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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.

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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!   ::)

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