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Thoughts on Canon 60D

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Happy Canon SX50 Owner

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Canon 7D with 85mm 1.2 L II

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extension tubes vs 0.45x wide angle lens with macro

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t5i help

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Upgrading from 50D

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7D or 60d?

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Me and My 6D

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upgrading from the 1000d

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550 D

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Flash & Strobe?

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(Dust issue) Canon 70-200mm L IS II USM

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Canon 60D or 7D?

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Need a new wide angle lens

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Teleconverter for CANON

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Portrait Lenses For 7D.

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Canon 24-105L F4, useful enough?

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430EX flash use with Canon EOS 7D

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Comment by Papa Rotzzi on October 1, 2013 at 7:36am

But adding video features is not taking away anything from the still camera. Canon has the features.. it is a matter of where they are going to put them in the line-up. They may view some of those things as Pro features.. and would not put them in cameras below a certain point, regardless of what they do with video. It is a sales/marketing/brand decision.. not a technology issue. And certainly not a video issue.

Comment by Richard Crowe on September 30, 2013 at 8:10pm

I don't think that video will nullify the still capability but, there are several aspects of a still camera which I would much rather see than any bells and whistles aimed at video work.

1. Ability to auto-focus at f/8 which would allow me to use a 400mm f/5.6L lens with a 1.4x TC and still retain auto focus...

2. ISO at 50 or even 25 which would allow me to shoot long exposures without using a ND filter..

3. Dual memory card slots (BTW I like CF cards - they are virtually indestructible)

The above are perfectly feasible.  Some of the 1D series cameras have these capabilities.  However they would not help video so, why bother with them.

I wonder how many user selected modes that the 7D has.  The 40D has 3; the 50D has 2; and the 60D reduced it to a single mode.  The 7D retains the three User Selected modes of the 40D and I use these all the time. I wish someone would enlighten me regarding the number of User Selected Modes on the 70D.  I cannot fin that information anywhere...

I the 7D has a far more sophisticated auto focus system for still shooting. Although the AF system of the 7D is not as good for video (one nullification of still capability).

I need touch screen capability like I need a third leg or eleven toes...

The creative filters: Grainy B/W, Soft Focus, Fish-Eye effect, Art Bold effect, Water Painting effect, Toy Camera effect or Miniature effect cannot be used with RAW or when you are using a viewfinder. This doesn't nullify the still camera functionality but it certainly doesn't add to it either!

I don't need or want an articulating LCD.

As far as "in-camera" HDR, I think that this is what I need along with the 12th toe!

I paid a lot less for my 7D cameras than the cost of a new 7D since I purchased them as Canon refurbished items.  THE SMARTEST WAY TO BUY CANON CAMERAS AND LENSES...

I am not a necessarily a fan of for comparing cameras but here are the reasons they offer to buy the 70D:

Touch screen, Flip out screen, In-camera HDR, Movie continuous focus

These are the reasons they list to buy the 7D:

Rapd fire 8 FPS, 100% Viewfinder coverage, 131 ms shutter lag, faster shutter speed 1/8000 second

Note:  I seldom need 1.8000 second to stop motion but sometimes need it to shoot wide open in brightly lit conditions.

Comment by Papa Rotzzi on September 30, 2013 at 7:28pm

Just curious what everybody thinks that they can do to these cameras with video that will some how nullify the still camera functionality.. ?

Comment by Gerry on September 30, 2013 at 3:08am

John, I signed up in my local Calumet store a couple of months ago. It can take a while for a particular 'B' stock model to come in. Checked with them last week and was told I was now at the top of their list in my store, Don't think you can do it online.

Comment by John Daly on September 29, 2013 at 7:59pm


How do you sign up with Calumet?

Comment by Gerry on September 29, 2013 at 5:42pm

Thanks Richard, That's more or less the way I have been looking at things. Have my name down for a 7d 'B Class' with Calumet which is basically a demonstration model used by sales staff for demonstrations but is then refurbished and guaranteed by Canon.

Comment by Richard Crowe on September 29, 2013 at 5:19pm

Mike and Oisin.

I shoot with two DSLR cameras and have always shot with different models of Canon cameras.  I used a 30D and a 40D, then upgraded to a 7D and still used my 7D.  I finally bit the bullet regarding the 7D and purchased a second model of that camera.  For the first time I am shooting with two identical cameras which makes things a lot more simple; both use the same batteries etc....

I decided to get the second 7D (both were purchased as Canon refurbished units and thus were less expensive) because the way that Canon is evolving towards video capabilities, I fully expect the 7D II or what ever it is called to be a better video camera at the expense of still capabilities.

So while others are waiting for the 7D II to come along, I am happily shooting with my 7D cameras.  The nice thing is that, contrary to some opinions, a camera doesn't cease functioning as soon as a new model is introduced.  Even if the 7D II is the best thing since sliced bread, the 7D will still be a darn good camera.

Comment by Gerry on September 29, 2013 at 1:56pm

I've been waiting on a 7d as well. Could buy now but would be gutted if the 7d mark 2 is announced for release in 2014. Frustrated!

Comment by Papa Rotzzi on August 26, 2013 at 4:05pm

Welcome to the group, SC. I love the article and it comes to my mind often when reading these camera blogs... and I smile every time. 

Comment by Silent Cougar on August 26, 2013 at 8:57am

I just joined the group, and after reading the 'Hammer blog' and being a genuine carpenters son, I found the article hilarious. I've printed it out to show him next visit. He'll probably need medical help from the stitches caused from the oncoming laughs he'll have reading it. 


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