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clcochrane

Lives in United Kingdom Coleraine, N. Ireland, United Kingdom
Has a website at http://www.portb.smugmug.com
Joined on Jan 11, 2007
About me:

Spent 4 years enjoying and learning with a Canon G3, now broke and learning again thanks to a 30D, 24-105
f4L IS USM and a 70-300 f4/5.6 IS USM. Whilst I hope these will help me take better photographs, what I really
need to do is 'get out more!'

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On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (689 comments in total)
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jbancroft1957: I've come close to buying the 70D several times but the rear control dial has put me off on each occasion as it doesn't feel easy/pleasant to use. YMMV.

I'm enthused by the 80D but the design of the rear dial appears unchanged?

Thanks Djaaf, but I believe we are both correct. If you press the AF area select button beside the shutter release first and then use the D-pad to select the AF point then the Set button will select the centre AF point.
However, if you set the D-pad to select AF point by default in the custom menu, so you don't have to press the AF area select button first, then the Set button can no longer be used to select the centre AF point and neither do the all the points display or illuminate in the viewfinder when using this method. This discrepancy is annoying as I very rarely change AF area, so using that button is not only an unnecessary step but one which can result in changing the AF area unintentionally.
Anyway, I hope the 80D has fixed this! Especially as with the big increase in AF points I imagine that scrolling through them all using the dial may be less efficient than on previous models.
Judging by the rate I change camera bodies I won't need to worry until the 120D comes out!

Link | Posted on Feb 24, 2016 at 09:47 UTC
On article Newly enthused: hands on with the Canon EOS 80D (689 comments in total)
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jbancroft1957: I've come close to buying the 70D several times but the rear control dial has put me off on each occasion as it doesn't feel easy/pleasant to use. YMMV.

I'm enthused by the 80D but the design of the rear dial appears unchanged?

I switched from a 30D to 70D last year and am finding it very capable, but I do miss the larger rear dial and the joystick for focus point selection. The D-pad is okay for direct selection but the autofocus points don't appear or illuminate when you use it and even more annoyingly you can't customise the set button at the centre of the D-pad to select the centre autofocus point, which is truly frustrating.
It's great to see the extra autofocus points on the 80D, and the faster AF on the kit lens, I only wish Canon would also improve the direct selection controls to get the most benefit from them. I realise you can use the autofocus selection button beside the shutter release or the touch screen but I prefer to keep my finger on the shutter and my eye on the viewfinder!

Link | Posted on Feb 18, 2016 at 09:59 UTC

Come on Nikon! Giving a quality compact a faster lens, longer reach and lower noise are all technically difficult and your engineers have done well here (still room for improvement of course). BUT having too slow a processor is UNFORGIVABLE because it is not a limitation of technology or the laws of physics, it is a tight-fisted marketing decision. SORT IT OUT in the P7800.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2013 at 09:48 UTC as 13th comment
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Scottish Kev: Forgive me if this has already been covered but I spent a long time looking for a backpack that would carry camera gear and hiking gear, as when you are out in the wilds you dont have "just" your camera gear and then wear everything else. This bag like many out there only does camera gear.

Why dont more bag manufacturers actually design bags to carry camera gear and personal gear.

Oh and I did find a 1 or maybe 2 manufacturers who do what I think is a sensible back pack for hiking/carrying personal gear and I bought one but it was stupidly expensive (such is this camera/hobby/addiction ah well) but it does an awesome job!

:)

Any camera bag manufacturers listening? From the number of 20-30 litre backpacks for non-photographers out there, surely we are not the only ones who need to carry 20-30 litres of clothing, food and equipment AS WELL as our camera, tripod, lenses, filters etc. I cannot understand why there aren't more backpacks suitable for storing at least 20l + photographic gear, it's very frustrating. To venture into the mountains in the UK & Ireland without extra clothing and food is downright dangerous!

Link | Posted on Mar 12, 2013 at 09:23 UTC
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)

The P7700 is the only camera I have really got excited about since I swapped my Canon G3 for a 30D. Fast (relative to other longer zoom compacts) lens, longer zoom range, flip out screen and lots of external control. Shame about the processor it seems. Come on Nikon, give us a faster processor and I'm in! But if Canon bring back the flip out display next time round it would be a tough call.
I'd love a bigger sensor like the G15 but I frequently use the 140-170mm range of my 24-105 +30D combination, physics can be really inconvenient sometimes! So I'll save my pennies and wait for the G16 vs P7800.

Link | Posted on Dec 21, 2012 at 09:57 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
On article Roundup: Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras (424 comments in total)

Am I missing something, or is there no way of navigating to the review you wish to read from within this otherwise very useful article?

It's a bit frustrating having to guess which page of the article refers to the G15 or P7700, etc. Could you change the navigation to include shortcuts to the individual pages which include the camera's names please?

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2012 at 10:36 UTC as 107th comment | 2 replies
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