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Fell off the wagon...

Discussion in 'Canon DSLR Forum' started by ajramirez, Dec 7, 2014.

  1. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    As of last week, it had been two years and seven months since I bought my last digital camera (the Leica M9P). It is with some regret (well, not really) that I confess to having fallen off that wagon, as I have not only bought a new camera, but a DSLR at that. I am now the proud owner of a shiny new Canon EOS 7D Mk. II.

    While I have been mostly a mirror-less user for the last four years (and a Leica M user for the last three), I always kept my Canon EOS 50D, particularly for work I do for the Puerto Rico Museum of Contemporary Art. The 50D has been a trusted companion for six (6) years, but I became increasingly concerned about its low light performance, and was keen to try out a more robust autofocus system for dance and theater photography. After much deliberation about whether I should go full frame or not, or whether I should switch to Nikon (had the D750 and a set of lenses in the B&H cart for a few days), I decided to go for the 7D Mk. II.

    I received the camera last Thursday and took it out for its maiden voyage yesterday. I was able to put the camera through its paces in various shooting environments: street, landscape (seascape, actually), at the Museum, and at a theater troupe rehearsal.

    The day started with a trip to Boquerón, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. Cabo Rojo is a town in the Southwestern tip of Puerto Rico, and Boquerón is a fisherman´s village in the town. I walked around for a bit, and got a few shots (all with the 17-40mm 4.0L):

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    I then returned to San Juan to photograph some art pieces, and some exhibition hall photos, at the Museum of Contemporary Art for a book. I apologize for not being able to show you those shots.

    Afterwards, the youth theater troupe ¨Jóvenes del 98¨ had a rehearsal at the Museum's courtyard, and I stayed and photographed it. Here are some sample shots (mostly with the 70-200mm 4.0L IS):

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    About the 7D Mk. II, I can say the following. The good: (1) The camera is extremely fast and responsive; (2) the shutter is very quiet (for a DSLR); (3) autofocus is extremely quick (near instant) and, dare I say, almost foolproof; (4) the live view implementation is light years ahead of the 50D; the dual pixel technology makes for very quick and responsive AF during live view; (5) image quality is very good; high ISO is quite a bit better than the 50D.

    The bad: (1) the 10-22 EF-S (which is my only ultra-wide solution at this time) is nowhere near the quality of my 18mm ZM Distagon; it's quite soft and smeary at the corners at any aperture; (2) it's big, which shouldn't come as a surprise, but walking around with a 17-40mm mounted (which is my standard zoom lens) feels quite different from walking around with the M9P and a 35mm or 50mm. However, this is not likely to be a problem for the intended use of the camera.

    All in all, I am quite happy with the purchase, and expect to get from it at least the six (6) years I got from the 50D.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I saw some of these on Flickr this morning. Nice shooting. DSLRs aren't the bogeyman - the only downside I can find is the size and weight and if you can keep that within reason with your choice of body and lenses, no reason not to have one...

    Enjoy!

    -Ray
     
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  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I hope coming clean about your dirty little secret makes you feel better. The shots still have your stamp all over them, despite the fact that you used a mirror to assist you. :wink:
     
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  4. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Great photos, congrats on the new equipment. Looks like you are already putting it to good use.
     
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  5. Landshark

    Landshark PhotoDog

    Jul 15, 2010
    SoCal
    Bob
    cool, my only problem with DSLR shooting for fun is that, it is what I use for work
     
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  6. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Wonderful work! (I confess, I sold my RX1r to get a 1Ds MarkIII as my new business is primarily corporate event photography)
     
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  7. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Very nice work. As they say, a fool and his money keep the camera companies in business.:biggrin:
     
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  8. eddie1960

    eddie1960 SC Regular

    35
    Dec 5, 2014
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nice work, and nothing wrong wit a dslr, all cameras are just tools to get the job done and sometimes the dslr is the right tool other jobs may call for a better light super 10k scanning back on an arca swiss (I should be so fortunate to have that kind of money :) )
    the only reason I sold off my DSLR stuff was the Fuji could fill the same spot for me and most of it had been stolen in any case
     
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  9. Isoterica

    Isoterica SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 6, 2011
    Most excellent Antonio. I've been waiting to see what this camera can do. Of course you make it look easy. Nice photos!
     
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  10. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Damn I thought it was an accomplishment to go 10 months without buying a new camera...
     
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  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I spent just over half my photographic life shooting with a Canon digital SLR of some description. I miss the chunky yet oh-so-comfy handling of the bigger x0D bodies, those lovely Canon sensors, and certainly the places that I travelled to with them alongside. For my uses though, mirrorless ILCs had me at hello.
     
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  12. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    Steve
    Th big bodies certainly feel steady. My problem is that most of my photos are taken while I am supposed to be doing something else. That's why I often like to use Disney as a camera test. It's a target rich environment with a wide range of exposure and FL needs, but shooting comes on top of the serious business of fun.
     
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  13. eddie1960

    eddie1960 SC Regular

    35
    Dec 5, 2014
    Toronto, Ontario
    I think I've gone a year in recent times. Pre digital I used to go for quite long periods as long as 8 years (spent the money on film instead)
     
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  14. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Leaping off the wagon ought to be an Olympic sport.

    You get high points for style and form!

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  15. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Even though I have only had "a cup of coffee" with them, Canon DSLRs also have noticeably quick autofocus.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  16. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    That can be the case, but as usual different bodies, different lenses, and different shooting conditions mean that it is not something that can be assumed to always be true.
     
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  17. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    699
    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    I too have been shooting mirrorless for the last 7 years or so. I've had everything from an M9, an RX1r and everything in-between by every manufacturer. Well I'm delving into photography as a business and traded all my mirrors away (for now, I'll probably pick up an X100s), all I have now is my trusty 1D Mkiii It's a rig I can still have fun with too. Here are a few pre-Spring shots I'm hoping will encourage the seasons here to change a bit faster.
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  18. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    699
    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Well, I traded in the old 1D Mkii for a 5D Mkii. Nice to be back in full frame territory.

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  19. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    699
    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    20150216-IMG_8235. Ok, now I see how to upload a photo... (duh) very easy, MUCH better.
     
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  20. MiguelATF

    MiguelATF SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 27, 2013
    Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
    Miguel Tejada-Flores
    Antonio -

    The black & white theater rehearsal shots are, simply, wonderful. Obviously your new Canon is a fine photographic instrument, but what I am especially impressed with is not the tools....but the eye of the photographer.

    Amazing images......Bravo!
     
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