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I would like to see a 1.3x sensor in the new 7D, perhaps at 25MP, if only for improved high ISO performance compared to 1.6x. Or, if they can vastly improve 1.6x high ISO, even better.

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Lenses / Re: Conversation with pro re: 50L vs. 50 f/1.4
« on: September 03, 2013, 05:00:57 PM »
Ever since switching to FF, I've been looking for a decent 50mm lens. I've yet to find one.

I tried the 50L. Couldn't get a SINGLE sharp shot with it even after nearly 100 pics and fiddling with focus adjustment. I really wanted to like it but I know the soft shots would frustrate the --- out of me. So I wrote it off.

The 50 1.4 was much easier to use, but lacked the durability and weather sealing. Pics also had an odd color to it (couldn't really put my finger on it). As another poster mentioned, even on a 5D3 the servo tracking was horrendous...

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Interesting...

I'm contemplating using this same combo to shoot an ice-skating show coming up...the 7D and 70-200 (the IS II version) for the show action and a 5D3 with the 24-70 II for backstage shots. I want the reach of 1.6x for the show so I can get the ends of the rink, but I also want the clean ISO performance/superior IQ of FF when the reach is not necessary. A case to get the best of both worlds, but since I have not handled multiple cameras before, this will be an experience...

The other option is switching out the 5D3 with the 6D for the backstage stuff, but haven't decided here yet. I used a 60D/70-200 before and it's simply too long and awkward when you are up close and personal, although it is ideal for capturing the action.

Would be interested in reading about more of your experiments. I embark on my own test in a couple of weeks.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 6d
« on: August 30, 2013, 12:24:11 AM »
Here's the quick version: If you don't do sports or shoot anything moving quickly, look no further.

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Lenses / Re: New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]
« on: August 21, 2013, 05:08:47 PM »
Can I get it in an M mount please?
Thank you!

+1

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EOS-M / Re: Some EOS M Information [CR1]
« on: August 19, 2013, 04:08:05 PM »
Forget new cameras, that macro lens sounds nice...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D logical upgrade from 7D?
« on: August 16, 2013, 01:32:24 PM »
Yeah...perhaps the new 7D can be 1.3x crop with improved high-ISO performance...the 1D X being FF kills it for me as a sports cam (price too).

APS-H is dead.   :P

I can see the price killing the 1D X as a sports cam, but not it being FF - the IQ of a 1D X image cropped to the 1DIV's FoV is as good or better than the 1DIV.

I understand that...I was speaking more in relation to my own needs/desires though. That's the one time I really value the reach of 1.6x - the lenses you would need to get the same FOV on FF either don't exist or require one to sell his soul. When you can't get closer, the reach is nice to have- can put more pixels on subject/have additional cropping latitude.

I found that most times I can get close enough to where I can benefit from FF, and the IQ is unbeatable. the few times I can't, however...

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D logical upgrade from 7D?
« on: August 16, 2013, 12:47:52 PM »
To me, the 6D wins on IQ and versatility...the 7D wins on AF and speed. Different strengths and weaknesses...can't really say one camera is completely "better" than the other, but if I had to choose one, it would be 6D every time. Covers 80% of my needs (but completely inadequate for the other 20%, which is why I have both cameras)

That's really my main point, and it's why I had both a 5DII and a 7D, and why I now have a 1D X to replace both.

Yeah...perhaps the new 7D can be 1.3x crop with improved high-ISO performance...the 1D X being FF kills it for me as a sports cam (price too).

Actually, out of the cameras I have I'd choose the 5D3 over both the 6D and 7D if I was limited to just one. But all three serve a different purpose, even if just brief (as is the case of the 7D...)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D logical upgrade from 7D?
« on: August 16, 2013, 11:58:20 AM »
Just acquired a second-hand 7d for use for sports/backup/reach. IQ wise it does not hold up to the 6D or current-gen FF but I didn't expect it to. (I can handle more noise in my sports shots if it gets me more reach and more pixels on my subject.)

To me, the 6D wins on IQ and versatility...the 7D wins on AF and speed. Different strengths and weaknesses...can't really say one camera is completely "better" than the other, but if I had to choose one, it would be 6D every time. Covers 80% of my needs (but completely inadequate for the other 20%, which is why I have both cameras)

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EOS-M / Re: My EF M 11-22 has arrived
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:15:40 PM »
Snapshot of camera and lens - I'll see if I can work up the nerve/find the time to post any shots later.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D logical upgrade from 7D?
« on: August 15, 2013, 09:12:18 PM »
You know what - the 6D's outer points are just fine - when you are in good light. I had no trouble with the outer points in a moderately-lit indoor venue. However, if you are trying to focus on anything plain, or you are in low light, they will struggle. Need to use center point in those situations.

If you REALLY need solid, reliable performance from the outer points at all times, 6D is probably not your camera then.

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EOS-M / Re: My EF M 11-22 has arrived
« on: August 15, 2013, 08:55:57 PM »

ETA: Another thing...the IS is doing its job...it helps to make up for the slow 4-5.6 aperture when you can get away with handholding 1/15 sec...

Will be great to shoot landscape at f5.6 to f8 in the evening without tripod ;)

Look forward to see some photos

Took it out for a field test this evening...I think I prefer this more as a walkaround lens for the M than the 18-55...before, I found many instances where 18mm wasn't wide enough and I had to either back up or cut off part of what I wanted...and I'm not even much of a wide-angle shooter.

Oh yeah...did I mention the quality is DSLR-caliber? I have only the 6D/16-35 to compare it to, and while the 6D's FF sensor resolves more detail (in the center) from long distances, the corner performance of the M/11-22 is better. However, I find the M's RAW files to not be as flexible (e.g. more blown-out highlights) as the 6D's. But that's a camera issue, not the lens. The M/11-22 seems to have a little less distortion than the 6D/16-35. 16mm on the 6D, to me, is significantly wider than 11mm on the M. Besides the 2mm difference (11 crop=18 FF) I suppose part of it is having to hold the M out in front of you as opposed to holding a DSLR to your face.

As to which combo I prefer, I think there are pros and cons to both. But I felt I had more fun with the 6D/16-35 than I did with the M and 11-22. It is wider, the 6D RAW files can be "stretched" more, and, of course, nothing beats the ergonomics/operation of a DSLR. The only tradeoff is softer corners on landscape shots. For less than half the size/weight, however, you're getting 70-90% of the quality in the M/11-22 package (depends on your subject). Not bad, I say...

 I really think Canon needs to make this lens available in the US. It's a winner.

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EOS-M / Re: My EF M 11-22 has arrived
« on: August 14, 2013, 12:19:30 AM »
11-22 showed up today...wasn't able to test it outside of my apartment unfortunately but wow...first impressions are very strong indeed. Very impressive lens, really brings out the resolution of the M. I'm even inclined to say it seems to be a little better than the 18-55 but I have not compared like images side by side, so I can't vouch for this. But it definitely holds its own; we appear to be getting true [crop] DSLR quality out of this combo for sure. However, need to give it the true field test before drawing a final conclusion...

ETA: Another thing...the IS is doing its job...it helps to make up for the slow 4-5.6 aperture when you can get away with handholding 1/15 sec...

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EOS-M / Re: ...suggestions for 11-22 M filters (55mm) are...
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:24:03 PM »
Just ordered a 55mm Hoya HMC filter for mine, that should do the trick.

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EOS-M / Re: My EF M 11-22 has arrived
« on: August 08, 2013, 10:23:27 PM »
Mine's shipped! Yes!

Looking forward to playing around with this thing.

The 16-35 on the 6D (my 1st foray into UWA) is quite good overall, but IQ in the extreme corners can be really bad sometimes, like someone smeared oil in that spot or something.

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