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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:16:21 AM »
GPS not that important for me but WiFi would be as I could shoot remotely using my phone. Also the ability to review images on your phone while the camera is in your bag is a nice feature while your traveling around. I think everything should have some kind of wireless connectivity. There really was no excuse for excluding it on the 7DII.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 20, 2014, 03:36:40 AM »
I'm sure there are multiple factors that go into it.

Location, for example. I live in Colorado...big landscape state. I think people also generally look to DSLRs to give them better landscape photos than their phones. Once mirrorless quality kicks up, I suspect most will go for the smaller, more portable and easier to use mirrorless options instead of DSLRs. We also have plenty of wildlife here, and two large migration seasons for birds. I see a LOT of average people at the local state parks photographing birds and wildlife with DSLRs and moderately long telephoto lenses.

I imagine things could be different in big cities. People always on the move, the inconvenience of draping a large, heavy camera over your neck in thick crowds, etc. I imagine smaller cameras are probably more desirable there. I don't know for sure...don't like cities much myself, I avoid them. I live in Colorado, and I've barely been to downtown Denver. When I go, it's in for work, out as soon as I can be. :P But it definitely seems like a very different environment, and I can't say I see many people walking around with big cameras.

Still, I see the ILC market as a whole as a big market that still has growth potential. I think economies are still contracting somewhat, and still trying to settle from the recessions. I think there have been BIG demographic shifts among large population groups who have shifted from high paying jobs to low paying jobs, no jobs, or retirement. That changes sales trends. Once that whole shakeout is done, and new generations start moving into the market, I think ILC sales will pick up. It's possible new generations would prefer different kinds of cameras as well...mirrorless over DSLR, highly connected (i.e. WiFi or even LTE web access for direct publishing of photos to online profiles like instagram), etc. New markets as well, with asian and indian markets growing considerably.

Yeah, that last point about connectivity is a good one and something smartphones do exceptionally well. A lot of times I find myself grabbing my iPhone and snapping a pic of a product I want to sell (like on a used items forum) or a document (such as an ID card for work) I want to quickly email as it eliminates that extra step of transferring it to a computer. Combine that ability with something like a G7 X and hell yeah I'll take some of that! Getting your media to the masses as soon as things happen seems to be the trend nowadays rather than three weeks later when no one really cares.

Lee Jay I can't imagine having a cellphone for 7 years!  :o  so curious, what kind is it??

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EOS-M / Re: EOS M Accessory question
« on: September 20, 2014, 03:15:49 AM »
Just got the EOS M + 22mm. Like it and will keep it for the long term, so now need to think about accessories.

4. Bag: Neuro earlier had mentioned the Dashpoint 20. Any other suggestions?

Thanks, all, in advance.

The Dashpoint 20 is a good fit for the M+22.  I use a hard case for storage and travel with my M system now.  I use the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover 20 to carry the M, 2 lenses, batteries, etc when I'm out and about.  I also have a 3" aluminum rod tube to carry my M, 2 lenses, and accessories when I'm hiking/backpacking.

+1 for the Think Tank Mirrorless Mover. I have the 100 so it's small enough to fit inside a larger backpack for flying and traveling etc. It just fits camera, 22/2 and 11-22 with hood.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:13:11 PM »
I don't think that most enthisiasts, semi-pros, or pros are going to sit on a camera body for ten years. I think your average consumer tends to churn through cameras at a pretty fast rate as well, although there are certainly some who stick with what they've got as long as they can to get the most for their money.

The vast majority of dSLR purchasers never buy another one.  Only pros and genuine enthusiasts do.  Of all the people I know that have dSLRs, almost all of them still use the first one they ever bought.  I'll provide a list of people I know, aside from me - 10D, D70, 5DII, Rebel XT, 300D, T2i, T4i.  In fact, of everyone I know, only one person aside from me has ever "upgraded" and that was to move from Canon (40D) to Nikon (D200 - still using that one).  And my upgrade was from 10D to 5D when the 5D first came out.

This next path (looking like 20D+5D to 7D2+6D) will be my first body upgrade since 2005.  I've cycled through a great many lens changes since my first DSLR purchase (17-40L, 28-135IS, 75-300IS, 50/1.8, 50/1.4, 35/2, 35/1.4L, Sigma 20/1.8, Sigma 15mm fisheye, 100/2, 85/1.8, 24-105L, 70-200/2.8L IS, 70-200/2.8L IS II, Tamron 1.4x, Tamron 2x, Kenko Pro 1.4x, Canon 1.4x II Canon 2x III, Meade ETX-125PE, Celestron Edge HD 11).

I'm with Jrista on this one based on my experience and living in Japan where buying a new camera every 6 months seems to be the norm. My 5D2 feels very outdated amongst the multitude of 6D and 5D3's out there (some of them are definitely not pro). Perhaps in the past people held on to their gear for longer but (mainly thanks to Sony) things are changing rapidly so naturally folk want to keep up. I can't imagine keeping my 5D2 (which I bought 2 years ago) for any longer than another year, simply because by then it will be really hard to sell.

Also camera's have come down in price considerably so it's easier to justify a new purchase. I went through 3 bodies in 4 years, not even including my EOS M. And I consider that conservative. It's like PCs and laptops now. Who keeps a laptop for 10 years? Yeah it works but why burden yourself with slow ass gear when you can buy the latest for a few hundred bucks?

My longest kept electronic device is a hi-fi that my dad bought me about 20 years ago. Still works (but the speakers gave way ages ago). I only kept it for sentimental reasons. The thing is giant and a first generation iPod could easily outperform it! So in that respect I get why someone might keep a camera for ages.

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Lenses / Re: Lenses that you want Canon to release next
« on: September 18, 2014, 01:43:54 AM »
50mm / 85mm prime updates to the IS versions would be very welcome. The fifty is long long long overdue IMO. I'm not feelin the large and expensive Sigma. I want something the size of the EF 50mm 1.4 that's same price as the 35IS.

Anything wide would also be nice such as a 14-24mm, though it might be out of my price range. I guess the 16-35 f/4L IS is filling the ultra wide needs for the time being so I doubt we'll see another ultra wide zoom anytime soon.

Some more EF-M lenses like a few primes in the short tele range would be cool too.

Lenses I'd like to see released but not likely to buy -

35LII
50LII
100-400LII
TS 45 and 90 updates.
 

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 17, 2014, 01:44:37 AM »
Wow some people must have really high expectations from Matt Granger for him to be able to just pick up a camera he's never even seen before or even existed before that point and to then be handed it and given a short (a minute or two?) time to get a 100% hit rate in conditions he has has no control over? Well he didn't manage that so the only conclusion can be - that the camera is a dud? Because MG cannot miss. Ever. It's not even thinkable.  :P

If he's going to pick up a new camera, post pics online to "showcase quality" then he should make the pics worthy of such.

As it is, Matt Granger has posted pictures for click bait and to drive his views up. That's about all that you can say for the images posted.

He posted the pics for review and should have made sure they were ready to be reviewed. He didn't.

Matt Granger is just another click bait fool like Ken Rockwell.

I agree he probably should have known better. I couldn't care less about these sample images. They're just creating more confusion and debate over nothing. The link Steve posted has good samples but I think once the real reviews come in from trusted sources we can start to form our own, (hopefully) more informed opinions.

Until then it's still just a new camera and a spec sheet. I note some that are pre-ordering probably don't give a toss about these sample images and are quite satisfied knowing assuming that Canon have made a decent camera here.

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 16, 2014, 11:15:03 PM »
Wow some people must have really high expectations from Matt Granger for him to be able to just pick up a camera he's never even seen before or even existed before that point and to then be handed it and given a short (a minute or two?) time to get a 100% hit rate in conditions he has has no control over? Well he didn't manage that so the only conclusion can be - that the camera is a dud? Because MG cannot miss. Ever. It's not even thinkable.  :P

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PowerShot / Re: Official: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 16, 2014, 01:01:23 AM »
The Canon walkthrough video of the G7X is quite interesting. I noticed they mention manual focus peaking as a feature, not seen that mentioned anywhere thought it might interest some.

http://youtu.be/0-8-WV1Zqi4

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PowerShot / Re: Official: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 15, 2014, 12:06:34 PM »
So im curious to know if this is better than my eos m. I like my eos m but if this can do everything the eos m can but faster and even more portable then I might be looking at this camera. I just use my eos m for portablility, eBay, and video stuff.

Bigger sensor on the M means better low light performance.  Interchangeable lenses mean you are not limited to 24-100mm.

Plus the M has a hotshoe which means about a million different lighting configurations are possible with it if you're into off camera flash.

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  Scott Kelby said in his video that it produces the cleanest high ISO images he's ever seen from a crop sensor dSLR. 


Quote from: scott kelby
10-frames-per-second! (Drops the mic. Walks off stage). ;-)

someone show him the NX1. :)

now when it´s about tracking the 7D MK2 will be better i guess but from the FPS alone.. 15 are better than 10.

LOL.  In your experience, do many static subjects require 10-15 fps bursts?  For moving subjects, I bet the 10 fps of the 7DII yields a higher keeper rate than the 15 fps of the NX1.  The 7DII's hit rate will also be higher than the NX1 with native lenses longer than 200mm...it's not hard to be higher than zero.

Wonder what the buffer is like on the NX-1? Can't seem to find those specs. I mean for all we know it could freeze up and choke before it even reaches 15 frames. Any sports photographer will tell you that's nae use at all!

it´s on dpreview. i have seen the specs.

And?? What is the buffer limit? Spit it out man if you know it. I can't find it.

"The extra power also gives the Samsung NX1 a maximum continuous shooting rate of 15fps for up to 77 Fine Quality JPEGs or 40 raw files, the company says."

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2014/09/15/samsung-nx1-price-specs-release-date-confirmed/
A lot less for JPG than 7D II, but 40 raw@28mp~~that's impressive

Hmmm impressive if they are indeed 40 full size RAW files and not some compressed version like sRAW or something. The NX-1 certainly looks good on paper, I'll give ye that! But what good is all that awesomeness when you can't pair it to a decent super-tele? 15fps of a static subject 10 feet in front of you isn't all that useful.

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  Scott Kelby said in his video that it produces the cleanest high ISO images he's ever seen from a crop sensor dSLR. 


Quote from: scott kelby
10-frames-per-second! (Drops the mic. Walks off stage). ;-)

someone show him the NX1. :)

now when it´s about tracking the 7D MK2 will be better i guess but from the FPS alone.. 15 are better than 10.

LOL.  In your experience, do many static subjects require 10-15 fps bursts?  For moving subjects, I bet the 10 fps of the 7DII yields a higher keeper rate than the 15 fps of the NX1.  The 7DII's hit rate will also be higher than the NX1 with native lenses longer than 200mm...it's not hard to be higher than zero.

Wonder what the buffer is like on the NX-1? Can't seem to find those specs. I mean for all we know it could freeze up and choke before it even reaches 15 frames. Any sports photographer will tell you that's nae use at all!

it´s on dpreview. i have seen the specs.

And?? What is the buffer limit? Spit it out man if you know it. I can't find it.

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  Scott Kelby said in his video that it produces the cleanest high ISO images he's ever seen from a crop sensor dSLR. 


Quote from: scott kelby
10-frames-per-second! (Drops the mic. Walks off stage). ;-)

someone show him the NX1. :)

now when it´s about tracking the 7D MK2 will be better i guess but from the FPS alone.. 15 are better than 10.

LOL.  In your experience, do many static subjects require 10-15 fps bursts?  For moving subjects, I bet the 10 fps of the 7DII yields a higher keeper rate than the 15 fps of the NX1.  The 7DII's hit rate will also be higher than the NX1 with native lenses longer than 200mm...it's not hard to be higher than zero.

Wonder what the buffer is like on the NX-1? Can't seem to find those specs. I mean for all we know it could freeze up and choke before it even reaches 15 frames. Any sports photographer will tell you that's nae use at all!

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PowerShot / Re: Official: Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:39:42 AM »
Wow this looks like an awesome compact camera from Canon. I'm actually a little bit interested.

That Panasonic LX-100 also looks tempting. Exciting times! ;D

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Lenses / Re: Rent, adapt or tele-convert?
« on: September 15, 2014, 02:12:56 AM »
Update - for anyone who is interested in the result. As it turned out I was much further away than I anticipated. Not only that, peoples heads were in the way of a clear shot. This was the best I could get. It was a crop from 200mm on the 5D II. I did actually get to try out the 70-200 on the EOS M while I was there and it worked OK but auto focus took forever.

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