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Canon General / Re: First time shooting a wedding...
« Last post by RustyTheGeek on Today at 12:01:19 PM »
I have my daughter's sl1as a backup,  but other than maybe a time lapse at iso 100.  I've seen enough photographers being bad and I don't want to be a part of that.  Flash going of every 8 seconds. .. moving behind the alert to get the shoot. ... it all seems quite daunting because just looking at the bride and from from behind doesn't seem compelling.

I visualize my shots in advance,  and this is a tough nut to Crack.

I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours.  So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.

You'll be fine JD, make sure to bring 2nd body + flashes. I was able to shoot the wedding with just 24-70 & 70-200.

I agree with Eldar "When you´ve done it once, you´ll do it again! The stress is a bit addictive"

I totally agree JD.  I am a bit averse to the Wedding Stress shoot.  But I've been asked a few times and I've done it a few times.  Visit the venue at least once several days before the event at about the same time of day.  Take a friend (or the bride herself!) if possible and shoot some practice shots for evaluation.  Also, make sure the venue will allow you to be in the sanctuary, etc.  Some churches prohibit ANY photography in the sanctuary and others prohibit flash.  Oh, and if you know a pro that would tag along and help, that might also put your mind at ease knowing there will be another set of images that might cover something you miss or can't get a good shot of.

With enough preparation, I think you'll do fine.  If it helps, rent something that will help you get what you need the way you think you need to get it.  I've always liked to have two bodies covering different FLs in these type of events.  Once you've done your homework and the event arrives, try to relax and enjoy it.  And if you're really stressed, have a quick beer (but just one!) before the shoot and loosen up.
EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« Last post by Bundu on Today at 12:00:09 PM »
Howabout sports/action with a 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM II. Any idea on the keeper rate there? A number for me to strive to? I took it out the other day to the kids sports day and in AI Servo atleast 80% were great. Is that something to be proud/worried about??

This is my first post on this forum. Got my 7Dm2 a week ago and read on this forum about focus problems on the mark2. Did some testing to try and determine if mine is a keeper.
Test conditions:
Completely overcast
Tv mode - 1000th shutter speed
auto iso - ranged from 1600 to 3200
Used spot + 4 focus points
AI Servo
A 7 year old child running flat out directly at me from 20 meters away (the only person that was willing to do a lot of running!)
I kept shooting till she ran past me.
Both lenses used micro adjusted
Three tests with 100-400 @ 400
Did not count shots at less than MFD
18/24 in focus
19/23 in focus
17/20 in focus
Three tests with 15-85 @ 85
all three tests all frames in focus - 27, 19, 24 frames
The 15-85 performed faultless and the 100-400 not. Is it because of the focal length or autofocus of the lens?
Is the performance of the 100-400 acceptable? I have noticed that with BIF (also overcast conditions) the keeper rate is higher. The birds did not fly strait at me but at a diagonal.
No problems whatsoever with one shot on stationary objects.
Had to AFMA the 100-400 with the 1.4III to -18

All in all I am very satisfied but do not know if the keeper rate is par for the 7Dm2. It is much better than my 70D, especially fast moving objects coming straight at me.

Thanks for a very informative forum - have been following it for more than a year now.
EDIT: She is 5 years old, not 7 - my granddaughter. Not exactly lightning fast!
Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« Last post by Sella174 on Today at 11:58:06 AM »
Hey Sella ! I thought you had sold up your Canon gear and moved to Fuji ? A Fujifilm XT-1 if I remember. A really neat little camera that has so much going for it - except it's not a FF 6D, with a crisp OVF.

Nope. If you read through the archives, you'll notice that not only do I still have one 30D and the 70-200mm f/4L, but I even bought a 60mm macro. Granted, the Canon gear isn't used for day-to-day out-in-the-field stuff anymore, but it is used for actual money-making functions, like copying rare books.

However, as others have stated, CR is more about entertainment than actual ... erm ... well ... fact things. And it is nice to see how some of my opponents have started to say what I said and for which I got flamed back then. But that's Scopenhauer for you.

A Fujifilm XT-1 if I remember. A really neat little camera that has so much going for it - except it's not a FF 6D, with a crisp OVF.

Do I detect a hint of jealousy there?
EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« Last post by jaayres20 on Today at 11:58:02 AM »
I have a feeling this will beat anything Sony has and frankly will be a little disappointed if it is a sony sensor.  I personally much prefer the colors of Canon sensors to sony.  I remember before the 1DX and 5D3 all anyone could talk about was how disappointing the AF system was for Canon.  I remember all of these jokes with blurry pictures saying that it was shot by a Canon.  Canon responded with the best AF system available and Sony and Nikon has yet to match it in the last few years.  I have a feeling that Canon will surpass Sony in the sensor department and then everyone will find something new to bash Canon relentlessly over.  Like mirrors. 
EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« Last post by Isaac Grant on Today at 11:56:05 AM »
I set up my camera as follows. Please note I am a bird photographer so if this does not interest you just skip over.

AF-ON button has a custom setting for Birds in Flight.  Go to the custom controls (3rd tab in the orange menu).  It should be set for metering and AF start.  Then hit the info button and 4 more options appear.  Mine are set as follows.  AF start position set to SEL.  2nd is set to AI servo case 1. 3rd is set to AI servo.  4th is set to expanded zone focus.  So basically when I hit that button I am immediately in ai servo with zone focus with the sensitivity that I set for case 1.  No excuse to ever miss a BIF shot now.

The * button is set as to sel, case 2, one shot, af area 1 point focus.  So again I hit that button and am automatically in one shot with center point focus.

I custom set the Set button to be the magnifier button at 2x.  So no need to use my left hand at all and can quickly see if I have the correct shot and sharpness that I need.

I custom set the multi controller to direct AF point selection.  so while in one shot or servo I can just move it to pick any focus point or zone that I want without pressing any other buttons.

And the AF lever I custom set to ISO.  so I just need to pull the lever and turn the main dial to quickly change ISO.  Again without taking my eye off of the camera at all. 

All of these can be done very easily while eye is on the subject.  For instance I am shooting a shore bird and am using one shot to do so with my thumb on the * and the bird takes off flying.  Now I only need to move my thumb and I can instantly track it in expanded zone and AI SERVO. 

In addition I have the shutter set to metering and af start.  This allows me to press shutter half way and I have it set to ai servo and 1 point focus.  So now I have 3 options at my fingertips.

Only shutter with ai servo and center point focus easily switched to stay on the eye with my multicontroller.

af-on with ai servo and expanded zone for BIF

and the * with one shot and center point.

Hope that helps.
Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« Last post by RustyTheGeek on Today at 11:52:45 AM »

I totally agree that if a switch is desired, CONSIDER ALL OTHER BRANDS, not just Nikon.  The Pentax K-3 has been tempting me for a long time due to its interesting feature set and super rugged design.

And then there is the new Samsung NX-1 that is about to be available.

Nothing against other brands, but are K-3 and NX-1 a Full Frames???
THe Subject here is "Switching to Full Frame"

No, they aren't full frames but I think the general advice is that when switching to another system entirely, consider all options before making the jump.  Also, I think many here already own both full frame and crop and see other manufacturers' products as good alternatives that might have been purchased instead, had they been available at the time.
Hey Graham.
Opening a camera can quickly turn into a nightmare.
But if you are looking for a reclamation-project, the 450 12mp 6years old now, its still a great camera. It was ahead of its time (just) - back in the day.

If you have the tools and some experience, and there is very little money at stake, it may be worth the effort.
If you are interested, I have some tips and tricks that may be of help.

...speaking from an informed position, ...
Yeah, I guess I have some formal education. Headed-up an R&D think-tank for a bit. I have made my own cameras, glass, lens', mirrors, telescopes, and CCD sensors.
Nothing beats hands-on experience, imo. I started out in 68' 69'. But illness has put the breaks on in the last few years.
Just finished an eleven year project, a 2006mm f3.6 compound lens with 3-axis gyro' stabilization, and adjustable DoF. I hope to have it on the collimation jig in the next few days.

I'm looking at purchasing my first camera ever, atm. The 70d is looking good right now. I will have to rewrite the firmware tho'. Just a matter of saving my pennies.

Marsu42. Yeah, you're right there. And there is no real valid argument against it.
I believe strongly that anyone new to photography, should start out with the most basic gear. So they can learn and appreciate the fundamentals

It's called "planned obsolescence", if people could simply buy old gear and replace the battery, where would new sales be :-o?

a "suicide battery" with acid ! What, did the CIA want you silenced, or something  ;)
Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« Last post by Sella174 on Today at 11:50:00 AM »

 As for the latter (the 7dII), it is a weather-sealed camera, but has no decent weather-sealed companion lens!?

I wish someone had told me this before I spent 4 hours on a hike in the rain with a 7D2 and the 100L lens attached...I just assumed that it was weather sealed.... the rubber ring on the lens mount tricked me! (SARCASM TAG) yet somehow it survived......

(Ignoring the sarcasm tag for a bit ...) The 100L is a "full-frame" lens, whereas the 7DII is a "crop-frame" camera. Yes, it works ... but so would a 1DX have worked. My point is that it is silly to buy a "crop-frame" camera and then use brilliant "full-frame" lenses on it ... 'cause you're wasting that part of the lens you paid through the nose for: the edges. Bad economy, but the shareholders love it!
EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« Last post by bestimage on Today at 11:48:27 AM »
EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« Last post by rossstevens on Today at 11:48:19 AM »
I just got this camera about a week ago . I love all the different custom settings .Its going to take me awhile to go through them . I love that button next to the joystick . I was wondering if theirs a raw format for this camera yet . I would REALLY LIKE to shoot raw . Please let me know . -Stevens-
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