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Canon 70D
Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 4:17 PM on 08.16.14
->> Has anyone had a chance to use this camera? I was curious what people's impressions might be both of its video autofocus capabilities and its other aspects such as autofocus, particularly compared with the 7D. The ability to track video autofocus on a DSLR is pretty exciting.
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Jeffrey Nycz, Photographer
Warsaw | IN | USA | Posted: 10:30 PM on 08.16.14
->> Tried one for several weeks and the video tracking is very impressive. At times it will lag a second or two but for the most part worked extremely well. I also ran a few tests on usng the 70D for shooting from center field with a 600 F4 versus shooting with a 1DX and cropping the image for a tighter shot. Worked quite well, response time is a little slow as well as the frame rate. Image quality uncropped compared to a 1DX that was cropped is the same or in some cases better.
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Darrell Miho, Photographer
Los Angeles : SFO : HNL | CA | usa | Posted: 3:20 AM on 08.17.14
->> if you are shooting with a 7D now, run out and buy a 70D (or two) as fast as you can! there is almost no comparing these...

AF is faster and better on the 70D. the dual pixel AF system lives up to the hype.

photos shot at 3200 ISO are very clean, nearly grainless. i have no qualms shooting indoor volleyball or basketball at 3200 or 4000.

for video, the facial recognition/tracking works very well.

the audio is pretty good too if you use a quality external mic.

the two things i don't like about the 70D is that you can only change the white balance using the menu (unless i missed something) and they removed the little quick control button and replaced it with a bigger quick control inside the back dial. so it's not as easy to change your af points without taking your eye from the viewfinder.
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 6:01 PM on 08.17.14
->> Thanks for the input guys. The WB and quick control issues seem annoying, but probably something that could be tolerated. I'm mostly interested in the camera for the video AF and the potential to ship breaking news images via the WiFi and my phone, but since it will also be used as an additional body for all my general assignment and sports stuff I want to make sure it can handle the work effectively.
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