Living with the EOS 70D, a hobbyist’s view

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Before I go any further, a disclaimer:

I am not a professional photographer. I am a hobbyist at best. As such, this is not a review. Far from it. It is more a diary of my time using the Canon EOS 70D.

Right, the “legalities” taken care of, lets get started.

Let us get the “technical fluff” out of the way. Here are the camera’s specifications taken from the Canon website.

My previous DSLR is an EOS 500D,near on 5 years old. The difference between the two bodies is staggering. Purely from a build quality perspective, the 70D stands head and shoulders above the xxxD series bodies. It boasts weather and dust sealing (not quite to Pro body standards, but not far off), a fantastic variable position touch screen and a has an optional battery grip (more about why you must have this later on in the series).

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Firstly, a couple of gripes:

Although bigger in size than my 500D, I still find the width of the body to be a little narrow. I have the same complaint with my 500D although the battery grip on that goes a long way to making it  more comfortable to hold and easier to shoot in portrait. To be honest, the only two DSLR bodies I have found to be the right width are the EOS 5D III and the EOS 1DX. Since I am not willing to   re-mortgage the house to buy either, I make do.

Secondly, I find that when shooting in RAW, the buffer will only store 12 shots before having to download to the SD card. Download takes approximately 8-11 seconds depending on the size of the files. Unlike the EOS 7D, the 70D will not shoot at maximum fps whilst downloading. This limitation was especially evident whilst shooting an airshow this year. I did shoot over 110 large JPEGfiles with no hang ups due to buffering however.

Although Canon claim the touch screen as “smudge resistant”, I have found the opposite to be true. Fingerprint wise, it isn’t bad, but the smudges from being up close and personal with my face soon has the screen pretty hazy. Having said that, I don’t recall any other camera that I have used being smudge free. The screen is very easy to see in bright sunlight which is great. It does however lack the auto brightness control found on the EOS 7D and 5DmkIII.

A minor gripe is that the top LCD does not show what file mode you are shooting. Want to see if it is RAW or JPEG? You need to look through the viewfinder or on the back screen.

Well, that is it for now. More later.

New Toys

So, I finally got my new camera. I am now the proud owner of a little baby EOS 70D. To add a little icing to this lovely cake, there was a 100-400mm L thrown in.

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Murphy’s Law has dictated that the much anticipated (on my part at least) ritual arrival of the SAAF Hawk trainer jets over our area for the Rand Easter Show has not materialised so I am at a loss for subject matter to try out my new toys.

Rest assured, I will not waiver until I have found at least ONE subject that is worthy to shoot.

 

–=UPDATE=–

A visit to the 2014 Swartkop Air Force Base last weekend for the annual airshow yielded some interesting results for the 70D/Ef 100-400mm L combo.

First of all, suffering with a pinched nerve cluster in my shoulder and neck, it is DAMN heavy. I trust that once the meds take effect, I will not struggle as much.

The AF is phenomenal (compared to my 500D anyways). Hit rate with fast movers (jets) was around 8 out of 10 which I class as pretty good.

Below are a couple of shots.

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