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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: November 28, 2014, 01:42:32 PM »
My 7D2 was fine with the 70-300L, but the 24-70 (f4) needed adjustment at the wide end (it was front-focusing). Applying a +4 adjustment at 24mm seemed to help a bit, but there appear to be other issues - I'm going to blame them on the lens though, not the camera (because I saw these same issues on the 6D and 5D).


This does tell me one thing - the STM version is very much overpriced at this point in time. At $250-$300 it would be worth a look and find a place I think...but as of now you can get white-box Ls for about the same or a little more than one of these new. (For a used one in good condition, even less!)

ETA: Also interesting to compare it to the 24-70 F4 IS:


The 24-70 is better except at 50mm where they are pretty close.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:27:22 PM »
One thing I noticed, and would like to ask other owners:

Reading the manual, it looks like the buffer capacity for RAW is 24, or 31 if you use a UDMA 7 CF card.

Now, I have a SanDisk 128GB UDMA 7 card in the CF slot...but I'm still getting the lower 24 count. This is with OR without an SD card in the slot. Anyone else using this card (or is managing to get the full 31 buffer rate)?

Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Pancake
« on: November 15, 2014, 05:44:29 PM »
To my surprise they had one at the store when I went to pick up my 7D2...ultimately couldn't resist. Got one for my SL1.

It is virtually identical to the 40. No complaints about sharpness, either - pretty good.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 15, 2014, 05:24:54 PM »
Finally made the upgrade!

1st impressions, having only shot test images indoors -

- Nice feel to this camera, handles much like a 5D. Pairs with the 5D3 very well.

- Loving the expanded customization abilities of this camera. Particularly the expanded "My Menu" option and the ability to customize entire tabs...awesome.

- 65 pt AF spread has very good coverage of the frame.

- Tested it with 2 lenses - the 70-300L and 24-70 4 IS. The 70-300 was basically good to go, but the 24-70 front-focused significantly esp. at the wide end. An on-the-fly AF adjustment helped a little (I don't have the advanced tools that many other forum members do to get it completely right).

- AF accuracy - can't speak too much to this, as my ability to test was limited...but I can say it's much more consistent than the original 7D. Not perfect, of course, but you can re-focus and take the same shot over and over and have confidence that the shot will be of acceptable sharpness. (Wasn't the case with the original 7D, which was all OVER the place). Servo accuracy seemed a little better, but again, since I have nothing moving I had to move myself. Not the ideal way to test, so more on this later.

- Focusing: Also impressed by the camera's ability to focus in dark conditions, even in Servo mode. This is probably the biggest improvement over the original 7D in my opinion, since that was its #1 weak spot.

- High ISO performance - it's one thing to see test images online, but when you actually pick up and use this camera in your own lighting condition, it tells you so much more. Don't expect the performance of the 5D3/6D but it's a SIGNIFICANT improvement over the 7D - and not just in noise AMOUNT, but in noise QUALITY. Grain appears much finer with no "blotchiness" and significantly fewer "colored pixels" (although they're still there if you look for them). Best high ISO performance I've seen from a crop camera to date. 3200 is good (I set the Auto ISO limit here, as on the original 7D), and for the first time on crop, I find 6400 to be actually usable! Probably would hesitate to push beyond 6400, although I did test all the way to 16,000 and if one really needed the light, at least the files clean up nicely. I underexposed some 3200 shots and attempted to boost it up 1+ stops - much more flexibility in the files, but still not at the level of FF. Overall, if this is the best they could do, I'm happy.

Great camera so far, I like it.

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 06, 2014, 05:24:30 PM »

Another lens I've been wanting a while. Might trade in the 70-300 for this - or try and see if it's worth having both...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 04, 2014, 10:33:50 PM »
Not an owner (yet, I will be soon) but I did play with one briefly in a store this afternoon. Feels a lot like the 5D - a slightly smaller, lighter version of it that is. What also struck me is that the viewfinder seems to be a bit brighter than other Canon crop DSLRs I've used...

Shutter sound is noticeably quieter than the 7D (nice)...

Thing is FAST (although the slow-speed continuous mode seemed to chug along at its own pace at times?)

Feels nice in the hand, I have big hands so I've always been a fan of the larger cameras, they feel better to me...

Unfortunately could not test image quality or AF performance but I like what I see so far.

Can't wait to pick up one of these things to shoot some ice skating...and other stuff...

Pricewatch Deals / Re: 24-70mm f/4L IS: atomic rebate in Switzerland !
« on: November 03, 2014, 09:04:26 PM »
Good lens for its current selling price. Don't expect it to be on the level of the 2.8 version (or even the 24-105 if used around 50mm) but it holds its own.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:49:59 PM »
Waiting to hear the feedback from the early adopters...will be picking one up at some point, could be a couple weeks or a couple months...

Software & Accessories / Re: Canon DPP 4 and 7DMKII
« on: October 27, 2014, 03:56:23 PM »
YES!! Finally!

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 04:07:27 PM »
I will say this: do NOT use flash!! Especially if you are front row. It's a safety issue (skaters can be blinded...).

Just use high ISO as necessary and live with the noise.

Photography Technique / Re: Shooting in a Dark Skating Arena Advice
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:53:25 PM »
Hi, I have a little experience having shot a few skating shows recently...

One of the only situations I tend to prefer APS-C to FF...so I can get additional reach out of my 70-200. The downside is the noise...but at the required ISOs to stop the action you will get a good amount of noise with ANY camera.

But - I will say that even though I've been disappointed with noise levels (esp. using 7D and ISO 3200), not one person I've shown the pics to complained about the quality. So I wouldn't worry so much about noise...I would instead emphasize AF tracking technique and fast shutter speeds (I use 1/500 but for slower skaters you can get away with 320)...hope that helps.

Your T5i will do OK but if you want something better, try a 70D...or if the 7D II is available at the time of your show, that's another option. If you MUST have FF, I would go straight for a 5D III at minimum (if not a 1D series). The 6D is merely average at tracking and you will notice little difference in hit rate..

Lenses / Re: 24-70 swap
« on: October 08, 2014, 04:03:45 PM »
I had 5 version 1 lenses, none were really good.  The AF issue is likely due to some 5 cent internal plastic guides that crack, or break.  You can replace them yourself.  Thher are also internal lens adjustments that seem to need tweaking over the life of the lens which goes out of adjustment due to bumps.
The 24-70mm f/4 is not likely going to be a improvement, its about the same as the 24-105mmL.
I'd recommend having your lens tuned up.  It might cost you $300, but you should see a big improvement.  The one weak area is the curvature of field, at wide apertures, the edges will be oof, or if you focus at the edges, the center will be soft.  This is a lens design issue and can't be fixed.  Its only apparent to those who obsess over IQ.

I have both the 24-70/4 and the 24-105 and the former is significantly better across the range and much better in the corners. Early copies that were reviewed do not seem to have been assembled that accurately; it has an unusually large amount of adjustable elements apparently.

I have both as well.

However, I have different impressions. Both lenses have their own strengths and weaknesses and I have come to the opinion that one can't truly replace the other.

The 24-70 has better:
Performance at 24mm, particularly in corners
Distortion control at 24mm
T-stop advantage (slight increase in exposure despite both being f4)

The 24-105 has better:
Range (71-105mm)
Performance in the 50mm range (significantly better, too)
Performance at/near MFD

At 70mm both seem to be about the same TBH.

Now, you may mention that I didn't bring up the close focusing ability of the 24-70 as an advantage over the 24-105. Why? I find it to be incredibly soft, plus one has to get so close that the lens blocks light. Not that useful in my opinion, but nonetheless it may find some use when I can't be bothered pulling the 100 macro out.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 12:19:14 PM »
No, I will wait for reviews and the ability to try one in a store first, I think.

Also, the initial batches usually have bugs/initial issues that need to be ironed out first, especially with a camera this advanced. However, at the same time, I desire one sooner rather than later because of upcoming events...

The 7D2 and the 5D3 would complement each other extremely well as a combo...glad Canon thought ahead here.

Site Information / Re: NEW ___ Sell Your Gear - Beta Test
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:59:42 AM »
There's some stuff I'm looking to part with in the next couple of months or so...looking forward to see whether this pans out or not.

If it's not too late to be part of the test group...

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