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Woo hoo 7D!

 
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Nov 10, 2010 20:13 |  #1

Finally took the plunge, picked up a 7D today, with a 580EXii. :D

Now to settle down and read the manual about 7 times, and try to understand the AF system

Gotta love toys!!!


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Nov 10, 2010 20:15 |  #2

Congratulations! Time to change your signature.


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Nov 10, 2010 20:19 |  #3

It's quite the machine...Congrats!


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Nov 10, 2010 20:20 |  #4

Great combo, I sure like mine!




  
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Nov 10, 2010 20:22 |  #5

Tony Goodale wrote in post #11262369 (external link)
Finally took the plunge, picked up a 7D today, with a 580EXii. :D

Now to settle down and read the manual about 7 times, and try to understand the AF system

Gotta love toys!!!

That is certainly cause for a celebration. Congrats on the new kit.


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Nov 10, 2010 20:24 |  #6

Congrats.. You'll enjoy it..

Make sure you read the 'sticky' up at the top of the Canon EOS Digital Cameras forum (Called 7D FAQ thread and directory sticky).. It has lots of good info on the 7D as well as a link to Canon's training video site that has videos explaining the AF in detail.

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Nov 10, 2010 20:26 as a reply to  @ Jim_T's post |  #7

Looks like someone's going to have a very fun weekend! Congrats!!


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Nov 10, 2010 20:38 |  #8

Congrats!! I hope to make the same plunge pretty soon :D


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Nov 10, 2010 20:41 |  #9

LouKango wrote in post #11262372 (external link)
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Fixed!

Thanks for the comments guys, I've been reading on here for quite a while about user issues with this due to the learning curve.

My son is playing hockey tomorrow, the XS has been horrible (slower AF, poor high ISO, slow Raw shooting rates) so I'm excited to start with it tomorrow.

I'm sure it will be an interesting time tomorrow seeing what the camera can do in real life, and then coming home to learn what I did wrong and continue to grow as a photographer with this camera.

Any quick tips for modes, with the 7D as well as the 580?


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Nov 10, 2010 20:47 |  #10

It should do great ;)

I haven't ever had the chance to use the 7D for hockey (just my 40D and no flash) You probably wont even need the flash. I would use your 100 F2 and 70-200 F4 IS (won't need the IS though)

Settings will probably look a little something like this:
For the 100 F/2:
ISO 1600
F/2.8
1/500
and for the 70-200
ISO 1600
F/4
1/400

Probably somewhere right in that range. I would also do a Custom white balance. I'm real hockey shooters will give better advice ;)

Good luck and have fun!


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Nov 10, 2010 20:58 |  #11

The 7D works very well for ice hockey. Combined with a fast focusing USM lens, you should get good results. For the shots below, I shot in manual mode with center focus point expanded, AI Servo, high speed continuous. I do not have an ideal lens for ice hockey, but make do with the 85mm f/1.8 and 70-200mm f/4 IS.

Here's one with a 85mm f/1.8 lens, exposure f/3.2, 1/1000sec, ISO 3200:

IMAGE: http://smerryfield.smugmug.com/Events/Plymouth-Whalers-10022010/IMG0119/1031807670_Hda7H-L.jpg

Here's one with a 70-200mm f/4 IS lens, exposure f/4, 1/800sec, ISO 6400:
IMAGE: http://smerryfield.smugmug.com/Events/Plymouth-Whalers-1016201/IMG0315/1051358474_qUXep-L.jpg

With the added resolution of the 7D, you can crop and still get a decent shot. Here's one more, cropped from the 85mm f/1.8 at ISO 3200:
IMAGE: http://smerryfield.smugmug.com/Events/Plymouth-Whalers-10022010/IMG0117c/1031805920_ZpquY-L-2.jpg

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Nov 10, 2010 21:00 |  #12

Tony Goodale wrote in post #11262551 (external link)
Any quick tips for modes, with the 7D as well as the 580?

+1 on the custom WB

Keep your shutter speed at 1/500 or faster. Don't be afraid to use ISO 3200 or 6400.

Meter the center and both ends of the rink... Shoot manual with a happy medium exposure. I usually go for the brighter exposure(shoot to the right), and bring it back in post. You'll get less noise.

Check your histogram periodically and turn the highlight alert on.

Good luck!


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Nov 10, 2010 21:05 |  #13

Drozz119 wrote in post #11262660 (external link)
+1 on the custom WB


Where would you guys look to shoot the customer WB?

Drozz119 wrote in post #11262660 (external link)
Check your histogram periodically and turn the highlight alert on.

Good luck!

Now I gotta find the highlight alert :oops:


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Nov 10, 2010 21:12 |  #14

Tony Goodale wrote in post #11262684 (external link)
Where would you guys look to shoot the customer WB?

Now I gotta find the highlight alert :oops:


I would shoot a 18% grey target down near the ice.. Then set custom wb in menu

The highlight alert is in the second blue menu


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Nov 10, 2010 21:33 |  #15

Tony Goodale wrote in post #11262551 (external link)
Fixed!

Thanks for the comments guys, I've been reading on here for quite a while about user issues with this due to the learning curve.

My son is playing hockey tomorrow, the XS has been horrible (slower AF, poor high ISO, slow Raw shooting rates) so I'm excited to start with it tomorrow.

I'm sure it will be an interesting time tomorrow seeing what the camera can do in real life, and then coming home to learn what I did wrong and continue to grow as a photographer with this camera.

Any quick tips for modes, with the 7D as well as the 580?

just got the 7D today as well and i'm also planning on taking some pics of my son playing hockey. funny that you should say that you had horrible shots with the xs. i used to have an xsi and i was able to get some nice pics using my 85mm f1.8 lens. i'm looking fwd to seeing what i will be able to get with the 85 and this camera.

taken with my xsi and the 85mm lens:

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