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Canon General / Re: Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« Last post by Dylan777 on Today at 06:48:34 PM »
Good points John. May I ask, what your next steps from here...?

My kids still small and they have activities. Current mirrorless systems couldn't keep up with them. However, I do find my RX1 quite handy on lazzzy days.

Dylan, I too have young kids that are not still even when they aren't participating in activities lol. The current mirrorless systems are definitely a compromise when it comes to AF speed and accuracy. Just like you though, it is nice to have a compact system like the rx or the x100s in my case for day to day snaps.

As far as what my next step is, I think I may put the Sony rig up for sale soon as I am finding that the xt-1 is just way more enjoyable to shoot (for a compact ILC). I would still like to have something that offers me high res and overall high IQ with good focus aids. But I've had so many ongoing issues with the a7r that I just don't think it is worth it to keep around.

I like the Zeiss 55/1.8 on the a7r. But the issue is that I am only shooting in conditions that allow me to be at ISO 100-400 about 10% of the time at best. When I shoot above that sensitivity, the images are no longer offering me anything over my other rigs. As a matter of fact, the colors are always the poorest amongst all of my rigs straight out of camera. So I would not only be dealing with IQ that isn't much different, but colors that are definitely worse.

When shooting adapted lenses, I find that for some reason, I am dealing with shake/softness in a lot of images where I absolutely did not anticipate finding any with the Sony.

Also, the size factor is lost on the a7r as it is full frame which requires full frame lenses like the 55/1.8. While the combo is smaller than a DSLR rig, it is still not small by any stretch of the imagination for what it is. My view has always been to either truly be small, or just have the whole enchilada and be big. To me, there is no sense or use in being smaller but still too big. While the whole size issue isn't really a big deal to me, I figured I would mention it since it is still something that I have noted.

So the only thing left that's leading me to keep the Sony is the fact that I have electronic communication with my tilt shift lenses through it. But is that worth keeping almost 3k worth of kit around for? Only time will tell I suppose.

If a company like Metabones would release an electronic adapter for EF to X mount (or a speedbooster), the Sony would almost certainly be gone immediately.

I agree with you about Fuji cameras - so much fun to shoot it.
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I love what Tamron has been doing with their zoom lenses.

I wonder why Canon seems incapable of making a standard and UWA f/2.8 zoom with IS.
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Landscape / Fall colours
« Last post by Don Haines on Today at 06:44:21 PM »
Fall is coming! Show us the colours!

To start us off, some tamaracks... a coniferous tree that changes colours and drops it's needles in the fall.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« Last post by neuroanatomist on Today at 06:38:32 PM »
Neuro
I own an 800 lens & 5D iii. I  shoot paranoid birds in the west with a 1.4 iii tele 80% of the time. I also blow up large prints all the time. Are you saying that for my shooting I might get a better print at 1280 mm with a 7D ii in good light vs 1120 with a 1.4 converter! That would be insane if its true. Think of the auto focus capture rate shooting a 800 naked. Think of all those af points. Don't get me too excited here. I might faint.

If you need to crop your images to smaller than the APS-C FoV, in good light you'd have an advantage with the 7DII behind your 800+1.4x combo.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« Last post by Marauder on Today at 06:37:18 PM »
Yes, I'm VERY excited!  On the IQ front, I never expected a sensor that would somehow match FF IQ.  I expected something with a moderate improvement over the 70D in IQ (and a substantial advantage over my 7D) and the 7D II appears to deliver. 

Of FAR greater interest to me is the AF system, FPS and buffer--I wanted a killer AF system and a high FPS with a large enough buffer to use it--and Canon appears to have delivered!  And for substantially less than I'd expected, which is a bonus!

Yeah, I'm PUMPED and want one!  Just waiting to hear the first solid reviews and I've got to save some more $$'s, but I want one!!!  ;D

You might have misunderstood something somewhere along the line. :P The 7D II is marginally improved over the 70D.,.most of the improvement is on the color noise front, and less banding (but the 70D already had less banding than the 7D, so that isn't really new.)

It is about 1 stop better than the original 7D. The stop better than the original 7D was expected, given the performance of the 70D...but the 7D II doesn't come close to FF performance in equivalent situations. It will still enjoy the reach benefit with shorter lenses, but I honestly think you might be getting your hopes up a bit too high if you really expect the 7D II to deliver FF-level IQ in identical-framing situations. The 5D III, 6D, 1D X, or other FF DSLRs are still going to enjoy a stop benefit or more at high ISO over the 7D II. Larger frame means better IQ unless your reach limited.

It's possible you misread my post.  I said I never expected the 7D2 to match FF.   I expected a marginal improvement over the 70D and a fairly substantial improvement over my current 7D, which of course is a given since the 70D already has a substantial advantage over the 7D.  In essence, I'm saying that the slight improvement over the 70D is already a sufficient increase in IQ for my needs.  Sure a killer sensor that blows away the IQ of every other crop framed camera would be awesome, but it was never my expectation.  The 7D II looks set to deliver a useful improvement in IQ over my current 7D, while giving a MASSIVE improvement in AF, speed and buffer--and those last three points are the critical ones for me.   8)

Ah. With the "I'm very excited" bit in front, it made it sound like you were saying that you never expected the 7D II to approach FF quality, and that you were "realizing it did". :P If that's not the case, then good. At least you won't be disappointed.

NP. I guess you can say I'm very excited despite much of the negativity about IQ.  I'm excited because the IQ improvements, although evolutionary rather than revolutionary, are sufficient as far as I'm concerned.  And, of course, we only have a few images to go by so far. 

Personally, I think the camera will be a huge hit for the target market of the wildlife and sports shooter.  It will be a hit right out the door, although its ability to sustain that success depends on the AF system, more than any other feature.  If it delivers as promised, this will be a hugely popular action camera, especially for outdoor use. But it all hinges on whether the AF system DELIVERS!  Given the success of the AF system on the 5D III and the 1DX, I think it will be a fantastic AF system.  On the flip side, if it repeats the AF debacle of the 1D III, it would be a punishing blow to Canon, but I think that's unlikely.  I suspect that the reason the camera was delayed so long is that Canon was tweaking and perfecting the AF system---I think they realize how much is at stake if the AF system isn't simply excellent. 
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Canon General / Re: Gets the Job Done....Every Time
« Last post by JohnDizzo15 on Today at 06:32:15 PM »
Good points John. May I ask, what your next steps from here...?

My kids still small and they have activities. Current mirrorless systems couldn't keep up with them. However, I do find my RX1 quite handy on lazzzy days.

Dylan, I too have young kids that are not still even when they aren't participating in activities lol. The current mirrorless systems are definitely a compromise when it comes to AF speed and accuracy. Just like you though, it is nice to have a compact system like the rx or the x100s in my case for day to day snaps.

As far as what my next step is, I think I may put the Sony rig up for sale soon as I am finding that the xt-1 is just way more enjoyable to shoot (for a compact ILC). I would still like to have something that offers me high res and overall high IQ with good focus aids. But I've had so many ongoing issues with the a7r that I just don't think it is worth it to keep around.

I like the Zeiss 55/1.8 on the a7r. But the issue is that I am only shooting in conditions that allow me to be at ISO 100-400 about 10% of the time at best. When I shoot above that sensitivity, the images are no longer offering me anything over my other rigs. As a matter of fact, the colors are always the poorest amongst all of my rigs straight out of camera. So I would not only be dealing with IQ that isn't much different, but colors that are definitely worse.

When shooting adapted lenses, I find that for some reason, I am dealing with shake/softness in a lot of images where I absolutely did not anticipate finding any with the Sony.

Also, the size factor is lost on the a7r as it is full frame which requires full frame lenses like the 55/1.8. While the combo is smaller than a DSLR rig, it is still not small by any stretch of the imagination for what it is. My view has always been to either truly be small, or just have the whole enchilada and be big. To me, there is no sense or use in being smaller but still too big. While the whole size issue isn't really a big deal to me, I figured I would mention it since it is still something that I have noted.

So the only thing left that's leading me to keep the Sony is the fact that I have electronic communication with my tilt shift lenses through it. But is that worth keeping almost 3k worth of kit around for? Only time will tell I suppose.

If a company like Metabones would release an electronic adapter for EF to X mount (or a speedbooster), the Sony would almost certainly be gone immediately.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« Last post by jrista on Today at 06:25:04 PM »
Yes, I'm VERY excited!  On the IQ front, I never expected a sensor that would somehow match FF IQ.  I expected something with a moderate improvement over the 70D in IQ (and a substantial advantage over my 7D) and the 7D II appears to deliver. 

Of FAR greater interest to me is the AF system, FPS and buffer--I wanted a killer AF system and a high FPS with a large enough buffer to use it--and Canon appears to have delivered!  And for substantially less than I'd expected, which is a bonus!

Yeah, I'm PUMPED and want one!  Just waiting to hear the first solid reviews and I've got to save some more $$'s, but I want one!!!  ;D

You might have misunderstood something somewhere along the line. :P The 7D II is marginally improved over the 70D.,.most of the improvement is on the color noise front, and less banding (but the 70D already had less banding than the 7D, so that isn't really new.)

It is about 1 stop better than the original 7D. The stop better than the original 7D was expected, given the performance of the 70D...but the 7D II doesn't come close to FF performance in equivalent situations. It will still enjoy the reach benefit with shorter lenses, but I honestly think you might be getting your hopes up a bit too high if you really expect the 7D II to deliver FF-level IQ in identical-framing situations. The 5D III, 6D, 1D X, or other FF DSLRs are still going to enjoy a stop benefit or more at high ISO over the 7D II. Larger frame means better IQ unless your reach limited.

It's possible you misread my post.  I said I never expected the 7D2 to match FF.   I expected a marginal improvement over the 70D and a fairly substantial improvement over my current 7D, which of course is a given since the 70D already has a substantial advantage over the 7D.  In essence, I'm saying that the slight improvement over the 70D is already a sufficient increase in IQ for my needs.  Sure a killer sensor that blows away the IQ of every other crop framed camera would be awesome, but it was never my expectation.  The 7D II looks set to deliver a useful improvement in IQ over my current 7D, while giving a MASSIVE improvement in AF, speed and buffer--and those last three points are the critical ones for me.   8)

Ah. With the "I'm very excited" bit in front, it made it sound like you were saying that you never expected the 7D II to approach FF quality, and that you were "realizing it did". :P If that's not the case, then good. At least you won't be disappointed.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« Last post by jrista on Today at 06:21:14 PM »

"As for 'reach', unless you've got a 600/4 + 2x, you're still talking about a cost advantage (size/weight, too...but that's also buying you better IQ).  Even if you're at 1200mm, APS-C's greater pixel density is only advantageous at lower ISO and if you want to print large."


Neuro
I own an 800 lens & 5D iii. I  shoot paranoid birds in the west with a 1.4 iii tele 80% of the time. I also blow up large prints all the time. Are you saying that for my shooting I might get a better print at 1280 mm with a 7D ii in good light vs 1120 with a 1.4 converter! That would be insane if its true. Think of the auto focus capture rate shooting a 800 naked. Think of all those af points. Don't get me too excited here. I might faint.

I don't think you would necessarily get better. The difference in aperture negates a lot of the advantage of the larger frame. It's the total light that usually gives FF the IQ advantage. Your either at 1120 f/8, or 800 f/5.6 (effective focal length 1280mm only from a crop standpoint, from a relative pixel area standpoint, it's more like 1160mm). Same effective detail, difference of one stop in aperture. The 5D III probably still has the IQ edge, but it'll be normalized quite a bit.

That means the differences lie elsewhere. If the 7D II AF system ends up kicking total ass (with iTR, it should, even at f/5.6), then the 7D II with it's faster framerate should result in more keepers.
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EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« Last post by Marauder on Today at 06:20:33 PM »
Yes, I'm VERY excited!  On the IQ front, I never expected a sensor that would somehow match FF IQ.  I expected something with a moderate improvement over the 70D in IQ (and a substantial advantage over my 7D) and the 7D II appears to deliver. 

Of FAR greater interest to me is the AF system, FPS and buffer--I wanted a killer AF system and a high FPS with a large enough buffer to use it--and Canon appears to have delivered!  And for substantially less than I'd expected, which is a bonus!

Yeah, I'm PUMPED and want one!  Just waiting to hear the first solid reviews and I've got to save some more $$'s, but I want one!!!  ;D

You might have misunderstood something somewhere along the line. :P The 7D II is marginally improved over the 70D.,.most of the improvement is on the color noise front, and less banding (but the 70D already had less banding than the 7D, so that isn't really new.)

It is about 1 stop better than the original 7D. The stop better than the original 7D was expected, given the performance of the 70D...but the 7D II doesn't come close to FF performance in equivalent situations. It will still enjoy the reach benefit with shorter lenses, but I honestly think you might be getting your hopes up a bit too high if you really expect the 7D II to deliver FF-level IQ in identical-framing situations. The 5D III, 6D, 1D X, or other FF DSLRs are still going to enjoy a stop benefit or more at high ISO over the 7D II. Larger frame means better IQ unless your reach limited.

It's possible you misread my post.  I said I never expected the 7D2 to match FF.   I expected a marginal improvement over the 70D and a fairly substantial improvement over my current 7D, which of course is a given since the 70D already has a substantial advantage over the 7D.  In essence, I'm saying that the slight improvement over the 70D is already a sufficient increase in IQ for my needs.  Sure a killer sensor that blows away the IQ of every other crop framed camera would be awesome, but it was never my expectation.  The 7D II looks set to deliver a useful improvement in IQ over my current 7D, while giving a MASSIVE improvement in AF, speed and buffer--and those last three points are the critical ones for me.   8)
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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« Last post by icassell on Today at 06:20:24 PM »
When do you suppose Canon will put the manual for the camera up on their website?  Will they wait until actual release or will we be able to read it (for those of us who actually read the manual :) ) while we wait?  What have they done with this in the past; I can't recall?
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