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06.29.22         photography  

Canon R7 Free Training Part 2 - Menu System


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0:00:00 - Start
0:01:07 - Image quality
0:07:07 - Dual Pixel RAW
0:07:34 - Still img aspect ratio
0:08:18 - Expo.comp./AEB
0:10:45 - ISO speed settings
0:12:08 - HDR shooting
0:12:55 - HDR Mode
0:13:20 - Auto Lighting Optimizer
0:14:16 - Highlight tone priority
0:14:50 - Anti-flicker shoot
0:15:19 - External Speedlite control
0:16:08 - Metering Mode
0:16:50 - Color space
0:17:10 - Picture Style
0:18:53 - Clarity
0:19:15 - Lens aberration correction
0:20:39 - Long exp. noise reduction
0:21:24 - High ISO speed NR
0:22:25 - Dust Delete Data
0:23:39 - Multiple exposure
0:24:20 - RAW burst mode
0:26:11 - Focus bracketing
0:27:14 - Drive mode
0:28:26 - Bulb timer
0:29:34 - Silent shutter function
0:30:07 - Shutter mode
0:31:21 - Release shutter without card
0:31:35 - IS (Image Stabilizer) Mode
0:31:51 - Auto Level
0:32:07 - Customize Quick Controls
0:33:35 - Touch Shutter
0:34:11 - High speed display
0:34:54 - Metering Timer
0:35:28 - Display simulation
0:37:12 - OVF sim. view assist
0:37:34 - shooting info. disp.
0:39:48 - Reverse display
0:40:01 - VF display format
0:41:03 - Movie rec. size
0:42:02 - Sound recording
0:43:34 - ISO speed settings
0:44:16 - Shutter btn function for movies
0:44:40 - AF operation
0:44:51 - AF area
0:45:26 - Eye detection
0:45:48 - Servo AF
0:49:05 - One-Shot AF release prior.
0:49:34 - Preview AF
0:49:58 - Lens drive when AF impossible
0:50:28 - AF-assist beam firing
0:51:02 - Touch & drag AF settings
0:52:51 - Limit AF areas
0:53:49 - Joystick sensitivity- AF pt select
0:54:07 - Orientation Linked AF point
0:55:11 - MF peaking settings
0:55:21 - Focus Guide
0:56:03 - Lens electronic MF
0:57:12 - Focus ring rotation
0:57:37 - Protect images
0:58:29 - Erast images
0:59:02 - Rotate stills
0:59:24 - Change mov roate info
0:59:46 - Rating
1:00:31 - Image copy
1:01:09 - Print order Photobook Set-up
1:02:01 - RAW image processing
1:02:39 - Creative Assist
1:02:55 - Quick Control RAW processing
1:03:12 - Cloud RAW image processing
1:03:34 - Resize
1:03:54 - Cropping
1:04:24 - HEIF to JPEG conversion
1:04:43 - Slide show
1:05:18 - Set image search conditions
1:06:20 - View from last seen
1:06:46 - Magnification
1:07:34 - image jumpu with selector wheel
1:08:27 - Playback information display
1:09:35 - Highlight alert
1:10:15 - AF point disp.
1:10:42 - Playback grid
1:11:41 - HDMI HDR output
1:12:00 - Wi-Fi Tab
1:12:26 - Record func+card/folder sel.
1:14:46 - File numbering
1:15:17 - File name
1:15:51 - Format Card
1:16:25 - Auto rotate
1:16:35 - Add movie rotate info
1:16:51 - Date/Time/Zone
1:17:10 - Video System
1:17:24 - Help text size
1:18:07 - Headphones
1:18:20 - Power saving
1:18:42 - Screen/viewfinder display
1:19:51 - Screen Brightness
1:20:39 - HDMI resolution
1:20:53 - Touch control
1:21:05 - Multi funcion lock
1:21:24 - Switch (AF/MF)
1:21:45 - Shutter at shutdown
1:22:04 - Sensor cleaning
1:23:09 - Choose USB connection app
1:23:24 - Reset camera
1:23:47 - Custom shooting mode (C1-C3)
1:24:16 - Battery info.
1:24:36 - Copyright information
1:24:54 - Manual/software URL
1:25:30 - Certification Logo Display
1:26:44 - Exposure Level increments
1:27:14 - ISO speed setting increments
1:27:40 - Bracketing auto cancel
1:28:01 - Bracketing sequence
1:28:17 - Number of bracketed shots
1:28:32 - Safety shift
1:29:13 - Same expo. for new apertrue
1:30:01 - AE lock meter. mode after focus
1:30:31 - Set shutter speed range
1:30:50 - Set aperture range
1:31:15 - Direction to set Tv/Av
1:31:31 - Control Ring direction to set Tv/Av
1:31:47 - Switch Primary/Secondary when shooting
1:32:01 - Customize buttons
1:33:13 - Clear customized settings
1:33:31 - Audio compression
1:33:47 - Default Erase option
1:34:30 - Release shutter w/o lens
1:34:56 - Retract lens on power off
1:35:08 - Clear all Custom Func. (C.fn)
1:35:20 - My Menu
1:38:02 - Video Settings
1:39:32 - Movie rec. size
1:43:34 - High Frame Rate
1:44:04 - Digital Zoom
1:44:20 - Sound recording
1:44:59 - AV 1/8-stop incr.
1:45:11 - Movie Auto slow shutter
1:45:47 - Canon Log settings
1:48:46 - Time-Lapse movie
1:49:07 - Movie self-timer
1:49:23 - Remote control
1:49:57 - Zebra Settings
1:50:58 - Standby: low res
1:51:17 - HDMI display
1:51:40 - Time code

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06.28.22         photography  

Canon R7 Tutorial Training FREE Part 1


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0:00:00 - Start
0:03:19 - Camera Setup
0:12:16 - External Buttons
0:21:05 - Format Card
0:22:16 - Info Button
0:24:16 - Symbols and Icons
0:26:41 - ISO Demonstration
0:44:45 - Focusing Systems
0:58:28 - Eye Detections
1:07:22 - Video Focusing
1:10:19 - Button Customization - Back Button Focusing
1:12:42 - Shooting Modes / Exposure Control
1:13:24 - AV Mode - Aperture Priotity
1:26:58 - TV Mode - Shutter Priority
1:30:52 - Program Mode
1:32:15 - Manual Mode
1:35:46 - FV Mode - Flexibly Priority
1:37:14 - Bulb Mode
1:37:58 - Scene Modes
1:39:08 - Effects
1:39:42 - Custom Modes
1:41:00 - LED Banding Issue
1:45:02 - Drive Modes
1:46:35 - White Balance
1:52:11 - Metering Modes

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06.28.22         photography  

Canon R7 Recommended Lenses - Which have enough Resolving Power? Which Do not?


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

RF Lenses (We expect All RF lenses to be good to go, with the exception of possibly the 800 F11, which we will test and confirm):
RF-S 18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM This looks good to go from what I have seen
RF-S 18-150mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM This looks good to go from what I have seen

RF 400 2.8 With 1.4x - Looks Good!

Canon's Recommended Zoom Lenses For High Megapixel FF Cameras (Basically Recommended)

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (Confirmed)
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM (Confirmed)
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM(Confirmed)
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM (This is the more expensive white lens)****DISCONTINUED*****
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM (50/50 - This is the much more affordable black lens, which several different models over the years. That said, Ive seen some good ones and soft ones across all models, It might come down to the copy you have, the newer copies do much better. Please carefully check the FB group for examples.)
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM (Confirmed- Side note, on the EF mount this was one of the best we saw)
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x

Wide angle fixed focal lenses - All of these are good to go

TS-E 17mm f/4L
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM ****DISCONTINUED*****
EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM - Confirmed
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Standard fixed focal length lenses

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro ***DISCONTINUED*****

Telephoto fixed focal length lenses- All of these are good to go

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/802506067-USE/canon_1056b002_ef_85mm_f_1_2l_ii.html
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF 85mm f1.4 USM
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM - (Yes, but has a communication bug with the 90D in many cases)
TS-E 90mm f/2.8
EF 100mm f/2 USM ***DISCONTINUED*****
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM***DISCONTINUED*****
EF 100mm f/2 USM(Confirmed)
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USMEF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM***DISCONTINUED*****
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM (Confirmed)
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM


Canon APS-C Lenses

APSC Zooms

EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM- Good, Not Great, better when stopped down.
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM (We've seen good and bad examples, does better stopped down & might come down to lens copy. I prefer the Sigma 18-35 1.8)
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM-(Confirmed)
EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM (Confirmed) - Good, Not Stellar
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (Confirmed- Get the newer version)


APSC Primes
EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM (Confirmed)
Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM (uncomfirmed) ***DISCONTINUED*****
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM(Confirmed)

Third Party Lenses that Seem to be Working Well:

Wides:
- Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens (Confirmed)
- Tokina atx-i 11-20mm f/2.8 CF Lens for Canon EF(Some users love it, but may have Chromatic Aberration issues)
-Tamron SP AF 10-24mm f / 3.5-4.5 DI II Zoom Lens

Normal:
- Sigma 17-50 2.8 (50/50 - Many are happy with it) ***DISCONTINUED*****
- Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Decent but, Much better stopped down)

Telephoto:

Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art Lens for Canon EF (Confirmed)
Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF (Confirmed)
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2 Lens for Canon EF (confirmed) - Though in two cases needed to be micro adjusted
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Canon EF(Confirmed)
Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Canon EF- We have seen both good and bad examples of it. Might come down to lens copy / if it is micro adjusted.
Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens for Canon EF- Ive only seen a few examples from this lens. One of the images was not good, the other was acceptable. Not enough data to say for sure either way. Super zooms tend to struggle more with very tight pixel density.

Lenses That Do Not Seem to have Enough Resolving Power

Wide Angle

- Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM(Not Good)

Problem Zoom Lenses
- Tamron 16-300 3.5-6.3 Confirmed Low Resolving ***DISCONTINUED*****
- Tamron 18-270 (No)***DISCONTINUED*****
- Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD Lens for Canon EF(*We have seen both good and bad images with it, seems like a good copy will work but not at extreme ends, better when stopped down)
- Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD Lens for Canon EF(50/50)
- Canon 24-70 2.8 I - (Not Great) ***DISCONTINUED*****
- Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS I USM, V1 is far worse, V2 is better but may come down to copy.
- Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6 v1 (very soft at the 400mm Focal Length)(Confirmed Low Resolving) - this is one of the worst **DISCONTINUED*****

Primes-
- Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM - 50/50

Feel free to leave links in the comments that demonstrate good or bad samples and I will add them

06.26.22         tutorial & training videos  

Canon R7 Crash Course Tutorial Training Video


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!

Best wishes!

Michael

06.10.22         movie reviews  

Jurassic World Dominion


About the same as we have seen in other Jurassic Park Movies. 6/10. Fun to see all the big actors from previous films together.
It was ok in Theaters. If you havent seen Top Gun, go see that first!

06.06.22         movie reviews  

Top Gun Maverick


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.

04.08.22         movie reviews  

Ambulance


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).

04.01.22         movie reviews  

Morbius


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.

03.12.22         book reviews  

Make Time


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!

Make Time Book

03.07.22         movie reviews  

The Batman


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.

Otherwise its a rental.

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