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Observations from my first week with the 7d Mark II

 
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Dec 01, 2015 16:33 |  #31

I am currently hoping that the 7D2 is as good with L Lenses as umphotograpohy says, why? Because mine is ordered and I am waiting, with baited breath, for mine to arrive!
I have been looking around for a second body that I would be happy with to accompany my 1DX and the 7D2 (the 5D3 is tempting but the price and frame rate are against it) looks like the only viable alternative for my wildlife needs as I can't afford/carry another 1DX!
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Dec 01, 2015 17:26 |  #32

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My only issue right now with the 7D2 is the saturation I am getting from the files. I have to run Neutral with even a bit of negative saturation to get files I can use. I shoot both raw+jpg for sports and try to get the jpg results as nearly perfect as I can so that I don't have to spend time with the raw files. However, I am finding the 7D2 to be very different than the cameras I have used in the past. I may do a factory reset/flash to the latest firmware, then reset the camera C2/C3 settings to my sports/quick portrait setup, and see if it changes anything.

I could also do a quick 5D3 vs 7D2 comparison to just see if it is my imagination. I might do that tonight.

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Can you maybe share your Picture Style Setting and Subsettings?
The jpeg soon and after you edit for before/after?

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Dec 01, 2015 22:52 |  #33

I sold my 17-55mm when moving to full frame a few years ago. Now I just purchased a 7D2 with the recent deals and keep dreaming about that lens again. Would be a third of the cost of a 24-70, with the only drawback of not being able to use it on my 5D2. So tempting.


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Dec 02, 2015 02:39 |  #34

mikepj wrote in post #17804131 (external link)
I sold my 17-55mm when moving to full frame a few years ago. Now I just purchased a 7D2 with the recent deals and keep dreaming about that lens again. Would be a third of the cost of a 24-70, with the only drawback of not being able to use it on my 5D2. So tempting.

If you can live without f/2.8, consider the 18-55 STM. It has a bit more distortion at the wide end, and is on par with the 17-55 for IQ from 18-24mm. At the long end (35mm+), it is sharper across the frame, at any aperture than the 17-55. STM is killer for video. It also does not suffer from the RSA issues of the 17-55, and has updated IS. I got mine for $70. Focus speed and aperture are its downfalls. I know its not for everyone, but for $70, I am amazed.




  
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Dec 02, 2015 05:33 |  #35

Sigma 17-50 2.8 is also a great option. Has IS too.


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Dec 02, 2015 06:37 as a reply to  @ post 17803276 |  #36

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I have has inexplicable missed focus shots where it seemed like nothing was in focus, as if the camera was driving the lens at time of shot, and I am still tweaking my AF settings and shooting priorities. Nothing consistent nor occurring often though...


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Dec 02, 2015 08:34 |  #37

I'm happy with the focal length of my 24-105 when using f4 or narrower apertures, so even though the 18-55 STM is a phenomenal deal, I already feel like I have that covered. Would love to have an f2.8 general purpose zoom again though.

I tried out the Sigma 17-50 years ago…that's a great lens as well.


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Dec 02, 2015 08:37 |  #38

mikepj wrote in post #17804444 (external link)
I'm happy with the focal length of my 24-105 when using f4 or narrower apertures, so even though the 18-55 STM is a phenomenal deal, I already feel like I have that covered. Would love to have an f2.8 general purpose zoom again though.

I tried out the Sigma 17-50 years ago…that's a great lens as well.

I shot with a 24-105 on a crop for years and loved it. I sold it after getting a FF.


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Dec 02, 2015 08:43 |  #39

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I shot with a 24-105 on a crop for years and loved it. I sold it after getting a FF.

This may be a little off subject... but have you tried the 24-105 STM? I have had just good luck with the STM lenses I am contemplating picking one up.


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Dec 02, 2015 09:19 |  #40

No. I picked up a 24-70 II but if the 24-105 is as good as my 55-250 STM I would look into it. I looked at Canon USA and it appears that 24-105 is for a FF. Is that correct?


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Dec 02, 2015 09:22 |  #41

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No. I picked up a 24-70 II but if the 24-105 is as good as my 55-250 STM I would look into it. I looked at Canon USA and it appears that 24-105 is for a FF. Is that correct?

Yes it is for FF


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Dec 02, 2015 09:24 |  #42

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Yes it is for FF

If the IQ is good that is a great price point. I travelled with my 55-250 STM and that was the first time I didn't worry about dropping something (not the cam). Drop the lens in a lake? Go buy another :-)


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Dec 02, 2015 09:25 as a reply to  @ gschlact's post |  #43

I still need to dial in my WB, I think I will go with a color temperature this next time out, at around 3900-4100. These new LED lights, combined with older tech lights, is giving me grief. Hotspotting, WB, etc.

With that being said, here is a raw with all standard settings, run through each picture style. Portrait is absolutely useless, and even faithful is saturated. I actually take faithful down a notch or two on the saturation slider so that I can post process, then add saturation back in a little bit. I may have to take the 5D3 out for a spin and try to get the same subject material from each to do a comparison. I really think it has to do with the lights, but can test that out by just doing some kid shots around the house.

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Dec 02, 2015 09:27 |  #44

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If the IQ is good that is a great price point. I travelled with my 55-250 STM and that was the first time I didn't worry about dropping something (not the cam). Drop the lens in a lake? Go buy another :-)

That was my thoughts. And it is a great focal range for walk around. My 55-250 stm was awesome (besides the connection errors)


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Dec 02, 2015 09:34 |  #45

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That was my thoughts. And it is a great focal range for walk around. My 55-250 stm was awesome (besides the connection errors)

Yes. A great travel lens as I miss the 70-105 range. I just couldn't stand my 24-105 at 24mm on a FF. It did me well for 6 years. I'll have to check out the reviews.


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