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I waited for 60D to be released before I made my decision to purchase a body back when the 60D was announced.  I chose the 7D for various reasons.   AF, AF micro adjustment (which I think is huge), FPS, build, and so on.

If it were I, I'd sell both lens and see if you can get anything out of the body, and put it towards a 7D, and good lens depending on what your needs are--15-85, 17-55, or maybe a 50 1.4 or 8.     Check refurbs and CLP. 

If weather sealing is truly important, you will need a sealed lens.  In my case it wasn't until I was in a rain/sleet storm that prevented me from shooting when I decided to sell my 15-85 and replace it with a 16-35.    Now all my lens are sealed.   So maybe pick up something like a 50 1.8 (or just keep your 18-55) for now and save up for a sealed lens. 

Aside from a damaged sensor, I think upgrading your body for ergonomic reasons is also a good valid. 

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Site Information / Re: Karma is gone?
« on: March 17, 2012, 09:41:04 AM »
Good riddance.    :).   Hope it stays gone.   

468
Not sure what time-frame you're look at, but I'd avoid upgrading from LightRoom 3 to LightRoom 4 at the moment. There's a bug that causes tone curves to be dropped in the upgrade. Looks like they have a fix in the works, though:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lr4_deleted_all_my_tone_curve_adjustments

Shawn L.

Thanks for the heads up on the LR bugs.  Very rarely do I install a first release software of any kind but I wanted to get in on the $79 upgrade incase Adobe raises the price.  Not in a big rush, still need to upgraded to Win 7, just got it in the mail.  Still waiting on B&H, LR is on back order.  Hopefully Adobe will have the fixes soon.

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I too think a video camera would be your best option as opposed to a DSLR for family videos and family users.  From the time my first was born up until now (20 & 17 year olds), I went through 3 video cameras, a Sony and two Canons.  Still have a Canon but don't use it much anymore--teenagers are turds and avoid cameras.

I disciplined myself over the years and took my camera on all significant family outings (as well as casual stuff around the house) and I have hundreds of hours of edited movies all on DVD.  Looking back I am so glad I lugged my gear every where--those movies are priceless.   

Give it some serious though, you might find a video camera is the better option.

I am not up on current video cameras but my one camera recommendation would be make sure it has a view finder in addition to the pop out screen.   For me it was some much easier to compose, pan, and create smooth video using the viewfinder.  My other suggestion is you must edit your videos to make them interesting and pleasant to watch.  Get a good piece of editing software. 

Congrats on the new addition! 




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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Used 7D
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:53:40 PM »
I would choose the new option.   For me the extra $300 is worth the peace of mind plus you know what you are getting....and no surprises.   

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d vs 60d
« on: March 13, 2012, 02:31:40 PM »
Newbie question alert - what is the CLP program?

Be gentle with me  :)

Canon Loyalty Program.   Trade in your old gear for new gear. 

http://canonloyaltyprogram.org/


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EOS Bodies / Re: 7d vs 60d
« on: March 13, 2012, 11:49:49 AM »
No AF micro adjustment on 60D.


Edit:   Much nicer ergonomics on 7D IMO. 

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Thanks Mt.  Spokane, I always appreciate your posts! 

I did not know that Windows 8 was that close on the horizon.  I have already ordered my Win 7 upgrade and its in the mail.   Maybe Windows 8 will be another Vista and I'll be glad I didn't wait.

I just got done building me a new PC (I do this about every 3 to 4 years) and I have 4 physical drives totaling 3.5 Terabytes.  One physical drive is allocated just for images, and another is for image backups and I have a 3rd drive, external USB, for backups as well which goes in my safe.  My LR data is also backed up.  So I hope when I install LR4 and import my old library all goes well.  I'll post my out come for others who might be in a similar situation.   I don't have a lot of edits or presets, but that is my concern that everything stays in tack. 

I noticed after I built my new PC (which also had a clean Windows & LR install), I seemed to have lost all my keywords from my images.  Funny thing is, the keywords were listed in LR but no longer associated with my images.

Not a real big deal on the keywords, but this is the very thing I'm confused on.  What file/s contains the edits for the images?  I always figure it was the lrcat file.


Good grief, what is going on with Karma?  I post a question, comment on a couple of things (very politely) and my smites more than double in just a few days.   ::)

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My current situation is this:  I currently use LR3 with Windows XP (32 bit).  In order to upgrade to LR4, I need Windows 7.  Upgrading XP to 7 requires a clean install--not an upgrade (I'd do a clean install anyway).

So once I install Windows 7 (64 bit) and then install LR4, I'm looking for any tips or precautions to maintain all my LR settings, presets, keywords, etc.  Didn't find much info on the web, so I'm asking the CR community.

I'm assuming if I import my LR catalog (*.lrcat file), I should be good but I'm not 100% sure if that includes everything.   I also have the "Lightroom Settings" folder with its sub folders (presets, etc.) backed up in case I need them. 

Thanks in advance

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@scaleusa - as we're talking about karma here, what's the reason you've got so much negative karma? You're not offensive, etc. If admins collect it so much, then maybe there's something wrong with it from start?

As administrator, I've had to do some unpopular things, like giving warnings, bans, etc.  Undoubtedly some of those start giving smites whenever they can.  It comes with the territory.

Unfortunately, the Karma system is not very flexible, and modifying it requires third party software which might make us venurable to hacking, or just plain be incompatible.  So, its all or nothing.
My vote would be nothing - it detracts from conversations about Canon gear. Let's face it, 99% of the people on here are loyal Canonites. Let's get on with posting about Canon related stuff and leave the school yard antics behind us.

+1

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That video busted my gut!  ;D.  Thanks for sharing.  No smites from me, all applauds

Interesting subject, several weeks ago when there was a poll for keeping karma, I voted to keep it.  Today I'd say pull it unless maybe you could see what post you got  neg or pos karma for.

I have a few smites and honestly I couldn't tell you why.   Read my posts.   I think my posts are either helpful, valid questions, or non controversial remarks.  Just remember, CR has a huge following, lots of folks, opinions, and personalities.

I'm convinced if you list your opinion and it differs from someone else, you will eventually get smitten.    Pretty sure I got dinged for listing "No flip-out screen" on my 7D II wish list.  Not losing any sleep over it ;)


Quoting my own post, 2 new smites in just minutes since I posted this.  I rest my case.

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That video busted my gut!  ;D.  Thanks for sharing.  No smites from me, all applauds

Interesting subject, several weeks ago when there was a poll for keeping karma, I voted to keep it.  Today I'd say pull it unless maybe you could see what post you got  neg or pos karma for.

I have a few smites and honestly I couldn't tell you why.   Read my posts.   I think my posts are either helpful, valid questions, or non controversial remarks.  Just remember, CR has a huge following, lots of folks, opinions, and personalities.

I'm convinced if you list your opinion and it differs from someone else, you will eventually get smitten.    Pretty sure I got dinged for listing "No flip-out screen" on my 7D II wish list.  Not losing any sleep over it ;)


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EOS Bodies / Re: 5D Mark III - Amazon availability?
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:55:35 PM »
Same here, preorders often arrive on release date.   I've even had a couple of items arrive a day early.

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Software & Accessories / Before you upgrade to Lightroom 4...
« on: March 06, 2012, 08:41:06 AM »
... check system requirments.   Just about punched in my online order for LR4 when I decided I better check system requirements.  Good thing I did since I'm still running XP and according to sys requirements, Vista w/SP2 or Win 7 w/SP1 is required.  Planning to upgrade to Windows 7 in the near future, so a bit of a delay for me. 

Hopefully this will warn other XP users upgrading to LR4. 


System requirements
Windows

Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 processor
Microsoft® Windows Vista® with Service Pack 2 or Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1
2GB of RAM
1GB of available hard-disk space
1024x768 display
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for Internet-based services*
Mac OS

Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
Mac OS X v10.6.8 or v10.7
2GB of RAM
1GB of available hard-disk space
1024x768 display
DVD-ROM drive
Internet connection required for Internet-based services*


Edit:  This appears to be a 64 bit issue

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II specs wishlist.
« on: March 05, 2012, 07:09:51 PM »
I am a photographer who owns and uses the current 7D extensively, and I really like the camera. It is a very good step up from other APS-C cameras.

My 7DmkII wishlist is:
  • 5 Custom settings on mode dial (get rid of "Creative Auto" and "Full Auto")
  • Apart from that keep the body the same
  • At least 2 stops cleaner 18MP APS-C sensor
  • Improved DR at all ISOs, especially at 100 and 200 (for landscapes)
  • Exposure bracketing allowing up to 9 photos (+/- 5EV)
  • Dual Digic 5+ (one dedicated to AF)
  • Built in interval meter
  • Price AUD $1800 - $2000

Possibly / optional (points below not critical to me)
  • Possibly up to 30 AF points (all cross-type, need to be well spaced out
  • ISO up to 25,600 (or 51,200 - even if noisy)
  • Fast & full time AF for video & Live View - linked to AF button (can use FT MF on USM lenses)
  • Dedicated mirror lock-up button, or assignable to an existing button eg MFn
  • Sturdy flip out screen (useful for macros)
  • Option of 12fps @ 8MP or 10 fps @ 10 MP
  • Dual cards (SD backup for ultra critical events / photo outings)
  • With these 'optional' points included above, price AUD $2000 - $2200

Am I being unreasonable?

Paul

Really like your list, especially two additional Custom Functions in place of the CA and A modes (I think P is more than enough for "auto" modes)  I've always felt there should be 5 custom modes on all bodies! 

Also like the additional bracketing.  I usually bracket in 2/3 stops but I'd love to do 9 - 1/3 stops.  (Ya, I know I can do 3 sets of 3 by dialing the pointers more and less exposure, and sometimes I do.)

I use to wish my 7D had interval function like my P&S S80 but after I bought a TC-80N3 I'm more than happy to have this function as an accessory (and I'm sure Canon liked the extra bucks).  A built in intervalometer would probably add $150 to the body.

For mirror lockup, I have an option for that under "My Menu"

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