JoeAmateur

JoeAmateur

Lives in United States Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.joeadair.com
Joined on Jan 25, 2007

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On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: I loved the idea of a 7D and it felt so good in the hand - but three things put me off - 1st high ISO was said to be poor, 2nd problems with the complex AF, 3rd it was very expensive (when brand new) and you could also throw in that almost every Canon DSLR shared the same sensor, so the 7D could not give a better image than a camera from the bottom of the range. Well, having disliked the EOS-M but having finally brought not one but two (and I love the images I get) I'll hold my fire. I wonder just how many people who diss a camera ever actually use it ? Not many I'll bet.

Thanks Sierra!

Direct link | Posted on Sep 23, 2014 at 22:44 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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JoeAmateur: After re-reading all the comments, I have come to a conclusion: the 7D Mk II is one of the worst cameras ever made for people who read about cameras, ever. On behalf of all actual Canon shooters, I apologize for the lack of serious readability this new model provides; it's not nearly as cool as other cameras I've read about.

Sadly, I will be just using it instead of reading about it.

So you've used the Samsung? Wow. How was their 400mm f/2.8?

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:47 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)

After re-reading all the comments, I have come to a conclusion: the 7D Mk II is one of the worst cameras ever made for people who read about cameras, ever. On behalf of all actual Canon shooters, I apologize for the lack of serious readability this new model provides; it's not nearly as cool as other cameras I've read about.

Sadly, I will be just using it instead of reading about it.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 19:18 UTC as 426th comment | 6 replies
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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FF Pro: This looks to be a great camera and solid upgrade over the previous. I believe the APS-C sensor will always have a place in professional sports because it transforms a 300mm 2.8 into a 480mm 2.8 and is especially useful on the 70-200mm 2.8.

What this camera is not is a 1DX replacement and I believe Canon has ensured this to be the case looking at the ISO capability of the 7Dii on paper. I am not sure what everyone expected but it is a solid upgrade in my opinion.

Canon can't get too carried away with high iso performance without cutting into the FF line of cameras. It is a delicate dance.

Would make a great second body for most pro photographers.

Yep, I'll be ditching my $10K in Canon glass tomorrow, for that snazzy Samsung. Please. Let us know how the Samsung performs professionally too; I already know the Canon 7D is a superb camera and the Mk II is only an improvement. Shoot, don't just read.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 18:58 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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topstuff: I am sure that this will be an excellent camera for the sports photographer - truly it seems perfect for them.

But how many people really need a dedicated sports shooter? I would guess that plenty of people will buy this camera even if they won't use the sports abilities. That seems rather a waste.

Taking the AF and sports use aside, the rest of the camera is rather conservative IMO.

If you aren't shooting sports, I dare say the other APSC camera launch today ( the Samsung NX1) is bristling with new features and new sensor tech that for me ( I don't shoot sports ) seems much more interesting.

More evolution from Canon, while others innovate.

Not only sports photographers need this kind of performance. Nature photographers and event photographers do as well, as do many you or I can't fathom. I shoot events, and the power to get fast, in-focus shot trumps all else. Imagine, you're getting a one-time photo with someone famous, and you close your eyes, or that person inadvertently frowns and they look like they hate being with you? I loved the 8FPS of the 7D and can't wait for all the added features and speed of the Mk II.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:55 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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chlamchowder: I'm a Nikon user, and this camera looks awesome, even for the rather high price. It has everything a daylight action shooter/birder could ask for - an excellent AF system, a high burst rate without having to crop, and a deep buffer. This thing would be awesome for shooting soccer/football, or pretty much any outdoor sport where a large field is involved. I wish it had a Nikon mount.

And for those of you complaining that it doesn't have FF ISO performance - the best FF for action you can get at that price is the D610. It doesn't shoot at 10 fps, and doesn't have the 7D II's pixel density for telephoto reach.

ANYONE who shoots birds in flight and action NEEDS, I repeat, NEEDS 10FPS. I can't tell you how many shots would've been amazing, if only they were taken 1/10 second sooner or later.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:40 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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whyamihere: Dear Canon,

Cute camera. If this were Photokina 2012, I'm sure everyone would have been excited. Today, it's just the Canon 70D, Spray & Pray Edition.

I'm sure you'll sell tons, anyway, because: Canon.

Agreed Joseph. You can tell these techies aren't in the trenches using cameras, just reading specs.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 17:33 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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Photato: Wow, I had my expectations low with Canon and was patient thinking they were working hard in fresh and innovative products. But this is disappointing I think is reasonable to say Canon golden days are over. I have the impresion they are ripe for a corporate management shake up.
Their latest products are boring and some are just late reactions to what the competition has been doing for some time.
too bad since most my gear is Canon and they have an excellent service here in the US.

Quit reading and shoot with one.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:28 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: I loved the idea of a 7D and it felt so good in the hand - but three things put me off - 1st high ISO was said to be poor, 2nd problems with the complex AF, 3rd it was very expensive (when brand new) and you could also throw in that almost every Canon DSLR shared the same sensor, so the 7D could not give a better image than a camera from the bottom of the range. Well, having disliked the EOS-M but having finally brought not one but two (and I love the images I get) I'll hold my fire. I wonder just how many people who diss a camera ever actually use it ? Not many I'll bet.

You're right, spec-junkies rarely use the products they diss. All I can say, is that everyone who has used my 7D (including my Nikon-Junkie friend), has said the same thing: "Wow!" There is a big difference between specs on paper and reality. People LOVE the ergonomics and responsiveness of the 7D, and the image quality is great for a 5-year old camera. The Mk II is a continuation of its Just Do It predecessor.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:23 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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JoeAmateur: I can tell that a lot of commenters have never used the 7D. The MkII has everything an action/birding/event photographer could ask for: super fast focussing and shooting, great movie capabilities, super-rugged. Great job, Canon! (Except the missing touch screen.)

None of which matters in my work; I want fast, rugged, reliable performance, just like my 7D has given in spades, earning more than 100x its cost in semi-pro use.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 16:02 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)
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cmvsm: Still don't get a camera's ergonomic design where one cannot turn the camera on and off with one hand. Even when Canon puts the switch on the correct side, one needs to move their thumb off of the pad to turn it on, which can easily lead to dropped cameras. This is the primary reason why I never bought into Canon DSLR's.

Yay! You get the award for the most inane reason to dismiss a brand in history.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:29 UTC
On Canon EOS 7D Mark II First Impressions Review preview (2602 comments in total)

I can tell that a lot of commenters have never used the 7D. The MkII has everything an action/birding/event photographer could ask for: super fast focussing and shooting, great movie capabilities, super-rugged. Great job, Canon! (Except the missing touch screen.)

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2014 at 15:19 UTC as 508th comment | 7 replies
On Nikon D4s First Impressions Review preview (1048 comments in total)

It's cool how we can compare the flagships models from other manufacturers. Oh wait, DP never reviews anything from other manufacturers. I guess they're waiting for Sony and Canon models to age and mellow a bit before they're reviewed. It's probably nearly impossible to get your hands on anything but Nikon within the first two years after release, especially if you have to get them through Nikon. Nice first impression review on the Nikon though. Any word from Nikon as to when they'll release the Canon 1DX for review?

Direct link | Posted on May 9, 2014 at 21:11 UTC as 36th comment | 1 reply
On Canon EOS-1D X overview article (361 comments in total)
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Jose A. Pacheco: After more than two years of releasing this overview, I guess that Canon will release the 1D X Mark II before we see the full review of the 1D X here.

Anyone whose read a review by a site that cares enough to write one knows what an incredible focusing machine the 1D-X is, Plevy.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 15, 2014 at 13:35 UTC
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Tony Ellis: Photography always lies

Lie is kind of harsh. I think photographers should present their work as the moment felt to them, to convey that extra dimension to the viewer that is part of the experience. If you're a photojournalist, you can't add or delete objects, because it removes truth, but adjusting the image color and/or contrast has been a practice since the first accidental mis-timed bath.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 23, 2014 at 22:53 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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Sad Joe: Well, as expected what the 6d does it does well, but the AF system is the massive let down we all knew it would be. Buying a FF camera even one at a reduced price sticks in my guts knowing that the AF system from much cheaper APS-C cameras are much better. Canon should be thankful that Nikon have cocked up their new FF camera just as badly - the D600 has images with a green cast on images and dirt/ muck on the sensor.....seems that despite waiting most of us hard pressed camera users will keep their hands deeply inside their pockets. 6D MK2 anyone?

If you use focus and recompose (as most advanced/pro photographers do,) the number of focal points is meaningless for anything but wildlife & sports. A friend of mine recently got a 6D and loves the focus; I tried it after dusk on a low-contrast subject and the focus snapped on it. Not exactly a proper field test, but I was impressed.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 19:39 UTC
On Canon EOS 6D preview (1035 comments in total)
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sportyaccordy: 6D may be DOA it seems. Truthfully I think for folks outside of the pros and SLR devotees the DSLR is losing relevance anyway. As great as the new Nikons are, they are weak in the mirrorless game and the mobile game. Now is the time, I think, for Canon to double down on its EOS M bodies/glass, and partner up with a mobile manufacturer to start a mobile phone camera platform to tie everything together. A lot of phone companies are hurting right now and could use the boost- plus Samsung really dropped the ball with that g-d d-mn Galaxy Camera. A Motorola or Nokia phone w/Android Jellybean, a Canon 3x zoom P&S and a built in phone in a pocketable body would be a game changer and a good revival for all parties.

In this area, those cameras are very relevant ...just because lots of people are buying compact cameras and camera phones, doe not mean that the photos they're taking with them are relevant.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 24, 2013 at 19:26 UTC
On HDR for the Rest of Us article (199 comments in total)
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Pavel Kohout: The point is that the Oregon coast picture would be much better if it showed the starfish in detail only, not the boring stone, sand and sky.

Actually, I prefer this view. The barnacles are interesting to me as well, remembering them from my Puget Sound days. Those rocks are creatures unto themselves, every inch teeming with life.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 18:37 UTC
On HDR for the Rest of Us article (199 comments in total)

Thanks for all your suggestions Rick. Look forward to trying them out.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 18:30 UTC as 32nd comment | 1 reply
On Canon significantly improves EOS 7D with firmware v2 article (296 comments in total)

Wow, what a bunch of ungrateful Idiots here. We get an amazing update to an already great camera, and most of you act as though Canon slapped you in the face or something.

Losers.

Direct link | Posted on Jun 29, 2012 at 14:15 UTC as 27th comment | 3 replies
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