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Jul 07, 2015 11:09 as a reply to  @ post 17623644 |  #5611

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Jul 07, 2015 12:45 |  #5612

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....Can you please comment on your battery life? For most of your still shots, I assume you aren't burst shooting very much. A bunch of us are getting only about 500 shots on full battery charge when we do not do burst shooting and with no info or image review on. Those that burst can get over 2000 shots. My camera came with the 1.04 firmware, others suspect it was the upgrade process.

If it helps I'll but-in if that is OK. Compared to the 7DI the 7DII does seem to chew through the battery a bit faster despite the higher capacity standard issue battery.

It is early days for me, but first outing out I shot about 1300 images, mix of single shot (Low Burst but one shot at a time) and high speed bursts trying out the in-flight, both rates are on the factory defaults. This was about 30 Gb of data mostly on a CF card with some overspill onto the SD card.

The battery symbol was down to one bar, I didn't actually look at the status but I would guess it would say about 20% (Canon seem to have one bar down as about 50-60%).

I was shooting the Tamron 150-600 with the VR on for all except the in-flight testing. In normally shooting Like Jeff I tend to be heavy of keeping the AF and VR/IS refreshed with the back-button whilst waiting for the subject to give me the pose I want.

This seems better than the documented performance which is (manual p520) "670 shots at 23C" the equivalent 7DI spec is 800 shots.

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7DI LP-E6 1800mAh
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Jul 07, 2015 13:45 as a reply to  @ Lester Wareham's post |  #5613

I would say thats about right Lester, one thing I will add is with the 7D I always made sure I had a spare card now if I don't have two batteries I have a look of terror on my face!!


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Jul 07, 2015 13:48 |  #5614

Glad I gripped mine for this very reason! ߘ


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Jul 07, 2015 14:27 as a reply to  @ Aressem's post |  #5615

Mine is gripped and I've shot a track meet and a baseball game in the same day with no battery problems.

Does the GPS enabled drain any of the battery? I never felt the need to turn on the GPS for the type of shooting that I do.


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Jul 07, 2015 15:29 as a reply to  @ McNeese72's post |  #5616

I've never tried the GPS,..Normaly Im trying to hide the where abouts of the game


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Jul 07, 2015 16:41 |  #5617

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Mine is gripped and I've shot a track meet and a baseball game in the same day with no battery problems.

Does the GPS enabled drain any of the battery? I never felt the need to turn on the GPS for the type of shooting that I do.

Sometimes I use the GPS, but I try to remember to disable it after a shoot. A GPS icon remains on the LCD even with the camera turned off, which should remind one that it is running. I still forget. So far I have not noticed any battery drain.

I don't use a grip because of the extra bulk and weight. For me it's sufficient to have an extra battery along.


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Jul 07, 2015 18:34 as a reply to  @ post 17623584 |  #5619

Can you please comment on your battery life? For most of your still shots, I assume you aren't burst shooting very much. A bunch of us are getting only about 500 shots on full battery charge when we do not do burst shooting and with no info or image review on. Those that burst can get over 2000 shots. My camera came with the 1.04 firmware, others suspect it was the upgrade process.

Prior to the 7D2 I used a T3i with a grip. The 7D2 does not have the same battery life, but yesterday I shot almost 800 images (RAW), downloaded them to my computer using the camera instead of a card reader, and I still have about half the battery charge remaining. It was a combination of single and burst shooting, the firmware was not updated, GPS is off, and image review is on.
There is no way for me to know if this is good, bad, or otherwise, but with three batteries available I am ready to go again even if I don't recharge and am confident there will be enough battery to get through the day.


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Jul 07, 2015 19:03 |  #5620

OK.... I have a practical question: I'm using back button focusing. It works very well for me with the exception of white birds like great egrets. I'm trying to figure out a more practical way to change what I'm doing so I'll get fewer blown out white birds. So far, I've had some success bumping the EC down a notch or two, depending.

Now the question: if it worth playing around with exposure lock? When I'm focusing on a white bird that is flying, I often bump the back button focusing (*) button. I'm under the impression that that not only causes the AF, to refocus but also takes another light metering reading. Is this correct? If it does redo the light metering every time I hit *, I lose the "exposure lock" don't I?

I've read the manual a couple times.. and have an eBook that I consult but I can't seem to find a way to wrap my mind around a better process for light colored objects. The EC adjustments work but I would like to learn a better way. I still have to try manual to see if that will make more of a difference....but won't the light metering still readjust itself when I hit the * button?

I realize this is a big jumbled so if you can figure out what I'm trying to accomplish, I'd really appreciate some advice. ;)


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Jul 07, 2015 19:10 |  #5621

Well.... I am the proud owner of a new 7D Mark II. I've snapped a couple of hundred photos so far and I really like it. ;-)a

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Jul 07, 2015 19:39 as a reply to  @ Phoenixkh's post |  #5622

Good question Kim, are you using spot metering or evaluative. White and yellow can be a handful in the sun shine. When shooting in conditions that are overly bright like sun shining through tree's hitting your subject and the shade also giving you a high contrast I will run in manual mode setting my iso and aperture and using the meter inside your viewfinder run the shutter up or down to put my meter where I want it to be. I know some will say they cant see it and yes you can...you just have to smash your face in there until you can see the meter. You could easily run your meter down a full stop maybe two to take the burn off that white. your iso will dictate where your shutter will land. thats how I get better whites and Yellows or back lit subject's . Im sure there are many ways of doing it but when the sun is super intense thats the way I do it.

Edit-- I should say I use EC in the winter but find it is not as effective in the summer sun as it is with the more even light of the winter


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Jul 07, 2015 21:00 |  #5623

Pondrader wrote in post #17623603 (external link)
Super Nice Gus, great effect. Yes I do train them to pose, lol. Truth is they are everything but poser's .. little devils make it as hard as possible,..so if you think they look static and posed Im doing my job lol.

On batt life,...I'm bad for holding the back button down...focusing all the time. I would say this camera is hard on the battery some what. but I've never used more than two in a day taking maybe 1800 images, I'm trying to cut back on the hammer down thing although if I see something going on I just don't let up until its done.
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So would it be fair to summarize your battery as about 900 shots with combined burst and single shots taken?




  
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Jul 07, 2015 21:04 |  #5624

gschlact wrote in post #17623587 (external link)
This is awesome. I might consider +1/3 lightning of the Hobby.
Care to share the before and after?

Sure why not, here I have included the after with a bump of 1/3 on the exposure of the bird and also the before image.

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Jul 07, 2015 21:10 |  #5625

gschlact wrote in post #17624197 (external link)
So would it be fair to summarize your battery as about 900 shots with combined burst and single shots taken?

I also use BBF and on average have found that I get approx 900 shots per battery too.


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