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EOS Bodies / Re: The Canon EOS 7D Mark II Jumps Out of a Plane
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:40:52 AM »
I agree a cool video.

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I am looking forward to even more from Glenn once he gets out in the field with the camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:12:30 PM »
Wildlife and sports shooters need higher ISO more than low ISO DR.  But I suspect the DRones will be out in their usual vein. ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:09:51 PM »
I just shot my first soccer game under stadium lights. All I have to say is Holy Sh*T that Flicker function is amazing   ....   But with the Flicker function and the high ISO I know I chose an awesome upgrade from the 7D.

Here's an example of the Flicker function from a high school football shoot:

This anti-flicker technology is great for sports shooters.  It is in fact amazing, a real practical improvement.  My goodness, this will surely send the 7D2's DxO score through the roof!!!

Oh wait ... never mind.  ;D

I think, the score of 70 published by DxOmark is not through the roof (o.k., it depends on the roof height ...) - just 4 more than the first iteration 5 years ago.
But after looking at the images, the specs and - thanks to all here - the first incoming user based reviews I think this camera will rule for those who need a fast versatile camera (which is at least for me compatible with my lenses).

EDIT: Some haven't perhaps read the corresponding article so FYI:
         http://www.dxomark.com/Reviews/Canon-EOS-7D-Mk-II-review-Low-ISO-performance-lags-behind-rivals

So if you pledge allegiance to DxO, the 7Dii is merely average...

If you go by the title of that DxO article, the 7D2 basically sucks.  Never mind the sports shooter ... low ISO DR is what matters.   ;)

Well yeah, that is all that matters to a techie, ego driven non-shooter.  I mean how many of those DRones do we see posted shots from?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:01:00 AM »
I just shot my first soccer game under stadium lights. All I have to say is Holy Sh*T that Flicker function is amazing   ....   But with the Flicker function and the high ISO I know I chose an awesome upgrade from the 7D.

Here's an example of the Flicker function from a high school football shoot:


Other shots (untouched, straight out of the camera JPGs with various lenses):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/vandarix/sets/72157648657069517/

This post is a great sales tool for the anti-flicker mode.  Canon should buy it from you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:59:36 AM »
I got mine last week and I am in trouble. I have Windows Vista in my PC and can not install the EOS software that comes with the 7D Mark II. The Zoom Browser of the of 5D Mark II opens both JPEG and RAW files of the 7D Mark II but the DPP of 5D Mark II just opens the JPEG files. So for the moment I can not work with RAW files. Any suggestions to overcome this situation that will be met surely by other people?
Thanks

Read the system requirements.  Vista and below are not supported.  OS upgrade time.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:57:37 AM »
Techradar scored the 5DIII a 26 while giving the 7DII a 30.  I don't see it.  Other comparisons were similar.

I don't see it either. The horizontal lines and numbers from the 5D3 are noticeably sharper than the same blurry lines and numbers from the 7D2. Techradar  must use the same logical overall scoring methodology that DXO uses.

You are looking for moire as the lines on the chart get smaller.  The point that you count less than 11 lines is where you read the number.  It is another measure, but one that does not take into account lack of fuzziness.

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Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:47:15 AM »
I will be very interested in this lens once my bank account reloads.  Wait maybe I should say even more interested.  I am already very interested. ;D

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Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:42:39 AM »
I have several hopes for such a lens:

  • Optics near perfection (diffraction limited, little CA)
  • Designed with 1.4x TC III in mind
  • Terrific IS with no optical changes as lens elements move
  • Under $2,000 street within a year.
  • 77mm filter threads
  • Fully removable tripod collar (preferably the same one as the 70-200/2.8 IS II)

I like this and think most are possible.  Not sure about the 77mm thread.  And no way on the collar, no money to be had by having a collar that goes on another popular lens model. ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Broken 7D
« on: November 01, 2014, 05:20:47 PM »
It'll probably be fine in a day or two, when it dries out.  You could speed up the process by using some desiccant silica bags, if you have any. Otherwise, leave it somewhere fairly warm (eg near, but not on, a radiator, etc).  Remove battery and card(s) and leave the hatches open.

I think I would be careful of how warm the camera gets.  Instead I would leave it in a well ventilated area with all doors open and maybe even a fan moving air past it but only use the ambient air temperature.

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Sporgon great work.

I think there is either less detail in highlights than claimed or that detail is so close to maxing out that we are seeing blowing out of the color even though the software can not recognize it.  It would appear that blues may have a lower threshold of data to reach blowout zones?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Nikon D750 Dynamic Range Test
« on: November 01, 2014, 09:05:41 AM »
Thank you for doing the testing and braving wrath.  It is apparent that there are 2 schools of thought and that as you have acknowledged while you are most likely biased towards Canon your test is biased to the Sony sensor since you are only looking at the dark end of the scale. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 31, 2014, 03:50:24 PM »
This camera is really starting to look good. I think we may have a winner here.... This could be the ultimate birding camera... Wow

Yep, impressed. Just found the time to shoot a few hand held shots late this afternoon, with out of the box settings and a Tamron 150-600.

Seems like LR5 doesn't support it yet so I guess I will have to learn the new DPP.

If you prefer to LR just zero out all settings in DPP including ALO and NR.  If you have a Canon lens using the DLO, lens optimizer, is a good way to go then convert to TIFF and process away in LR.  You will probably spend less time this way and be happier as LR is more useful than DPP 4.1 IMO.

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Did anyone Pre-order from Adorama and get an email saying that the 7D was "backordered"? I was thinking that was simply an automated system thing since the camera is technically not "in stock," but was hoping that it didn't mean that they would not be able to fulfill all pre-orders on the first shipments.

Normal response from them.  They have no idea how many pre-orders they will get.  They make what they hope is an educated guess so that they can fill all pre-orders.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:13:59 PM »
If you are using large heavy lenses then the battery grip is a great buy as it helps restore some balance to the setup.  All of the other accessory are good, too.

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