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This will be an evolving blog post based on the experience we had with the Canon 90D. Why do I make such a list in the first place?
It has to do with pixel density. 32.5 MP in an APSC sized sensor translates into about an 80MP Full frame density. At a pixel pitch of 3.2 microns, a 32.5 MP sensor is one of the most tightly spaced sensors for an interchangeable lens camera at the time of this writing, tho we expect this to change with the release of the Fuji XH2 later this year.
Because of this very tight pixel density, what we have learned is that older lenses and "super zooms", also those lenses designed for much smaller MP cameras run into resolving problems resulting in "soft images". I also want to be clear, that the lenses will "work" meaning you can put them on the mount and they will focus and they will take pictures, this issue is specifically in regards to how sharp the images are. So if you see a "No" that means the lens cannot resolve to the full capability of the sensor.
What this means is, if you were happy with your 70D and 80D and you have older lenses for those that were perfect and you try to adapt over to the R7, you cannot expect the same sharpness result. It will depend on the lens you are using and its resolving power. There is also some subjectivity to this, what is sharp to you may not be sharp to me, so if it is a lens I am making a judgement on, you also have to know this is in my professional opinion, and we can disagree.
Because we are adopting the 90D list to this list (the density is pretty much the same), we have scores (Recommended or not) for most of them, but will be adding and updating as we go.
A couple side notes because of so many questions I am getting about this:
1. Many of these lenses have been confirmed in our 90D FB group, the R7 Group should be the target for uploading and inspecting new images: Michael's Canon R7 FB Group
2. If a lens isn't on this list, I strongly recommend searching our R7 Facebook group for the name of the list to see examples.
3. The general rule of thumb is that if it is both an older lens and a zoom lens, it might have issues. Older lenses mean the design of the lens is greater than 10 years. Most newer zooms and primes seem to do better generally but there are some exceptions. I talk about it in this video:
Confirmed = Multiple Users have demonstrated sufficient resolving power with images on our FB group
Unconfirmed = Verbal Only from different sources
50/50- Some good, some bad examples from the FB group, might come down to the copy you have or how stopped down your aperture is.
Italics = Likely /Likely Not (Depending on list) based on MTF Charts
NR - Not Recommended due to resolving issues.
No Mark = We don't know yet
Im happy to announce that I have a Canon R7 in hand and am taking it through its paces. So far, it is a beautiful and very capable camera. Very impressed. Canon has outdone themselves with tremendous value in this 32 MP APS-C camera using the RF mirrorless mount.
That said, our free YouTube tutorial on the R7 is nearly finished, and we are already under production on the full Crash Course.
If you are interested in being notified as to when the Canon R 7 Tutorial Crash Course is ready, be sure to leave your name and email address in the comments and we will reach out to you as soon as it is ready!
Im back in the USA after a recent deployment to Ethiopia (more on that later) and was finally able to see Top Gun 2.
I realize Im likely a little late and many of you have already seen it. That said, if you haven't yet, this is something you are going to want to see on the biggest screen possible. It was AMAZING.
Someone asked me if I thought it was better than the original, and Im not sure that question can be answered fairly. Many, many aspects of the film were better, for example the use of actual jets instead of CGI, you really feel you are in the seat. The final part of the movie is 100% edge of your seat for what feels like 2 minutes (but its actually 35+). I have a hard time saying its better than the first, because the first was so Original and New and Fresh, Top Gun 2 took many of the elements that worked in the first and built upon them.
You will notice some aspects similar to the original as well as other movies, but make no mistake, I think we are looking at Best Picture of 2022.
I am most impressed with Tom Cruise's decision of not release it during COVID. To sit on a completed film like this for 2+ years took incredible patience and foresight.
Lots of mixed vibes about this movie. Michael Bay is usually pretty solid. This movie is a mix of Heat & Speed, with a mix of parts of To Live and Die in LA and a couple other movies. Really well cast, some of the most impressive drone shots ever, but there was a big writing and editing problem. Can't put my finger on it, should have been about 45 minutes shorter and a better reason as to why they couldn't just block the Ambulance off.
All that said, I enjoyed it enough to say if you have seen any of the above movies and enjoyed them, you'll probably like it. Its kind of nice to see a nice line up of movies coming, especially in May! (Dr Stange & Multi Verse of Madness and Top Gun - Maverick).
I was honestly looking forward to this for a long time....
This had a lot of potential. I think Jared Leto is a fine actor. Morbius' issue was Bad Writing. Bad Editing. Bad Casting of Tyrese Gibson as the rational cool minded FBI agent (Was too hard to take him seriously after all the Fast and Furious Movies).
Even the attempt to whet our appetites for more with a post credit sequence (which felt entirely added on because of the success of Spiderman No Way Home) was not enough.
This is one of the worst Marvel Movies Ive seen, right next to Eternals. I would say skip it all together.
Im happy to report that with the addition of a Kindle (my first ever) and traveling a lot, I have rediscovered my ability to read. Being that in todays world we are so targeted by distractions, short attention spans have led many, myself included, to not reading as much as we want to. I have several friends who have confided in me that they have complete lost the ability to read a book "because they don't have the patience". This is dangerous.
I finally got around to reading a highly recommended book "Make Time":
There were two really big take aways for me from this book:
1. We should categorize anything that eats up our time unproductively as "infinity pools". Social media, news, email, etc. These are anything in your life that takes and takes and takes without offering anything meaningful in return. I found once I properly labeled my "infinity pools" as weaknesses, I could more easily target them for elimination. I have deleted Social Media apps from my phone, and the result has been astonishing. I have far more time now to focus on much needed work, exercise and productive recreation.
2. Pick one "Highlight" every day. It's the one thing you want, should, need to get done. I completed 1 very difficult assignment each day, including leaning a brand new skill set, (making fully colored, custom shaped stickers), and a report I had been putting off for months. There is real magic in picking one and only one special task per day, and then fighting like crazy to get it done fast and early.
It was a phenomenal book and I highly recommend it!
It's nice to be back in the USA. Arrived last Saturday night and still getting settled in from 2 months in Africa, so I decided to check out "The Batman" last night!
A lot of mixed feelings on this. First two words that come to mind were Dark and Loud, also violent, raw and gritty. Some aspects of it were GREAT like the visuals, I appreciated the time the director took to have so many great looking shots in it.
Other parts of it were not so great, literally too loud in some parts, and there was a repetitive theme song that never seemed to go away.
And...the obvious...how many more new batman movies are there going to be? Well, if its profitable (and they are) it looks like it will be an infinite amount, meaning we should probably expect a new batman reboot every 3-5 years.
See it in theaters? If you are a Batman fan, yes. That said I wasn't overly pleased with it, rather it was a nice (but long) way to come back to the USA for me.