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Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 02:47:39 AM »
1. Does my camera have sufficient DR?

2. Curse the gods because I shoot with a lowly Canon

3. Refuse to take the shot with my Canon

Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 12:30:38 AM »
1. View the scene as a photographer and not an observer

2. Where is your natural light coming from or falling on?

3. Calm all the way down and don't let excitement or adrenalin affect your judgement

Lenses / Re: Landscape Lens for Crop To Make Me Go Wow!
« on: November 26, 2014, 03:14:30 AM »
AlwaysLearning, I would strongly recommend looking closer at the focal lengths on the wide side, between 10-11mm as you are looking to invest in a wide angle.

Remember that 10mm is effectively what 16mm is on a full frame camera.

Focal lengths of 18mm are rather common but bare in mind, its not that wide on a APS-C body.

My recommendations would be the Canon 10-22mm, Canon 10-18mm and the Tokina 11-16.

Nice thing about WA's for landscapes is that it's not dependant on AF, meaning the general concerns regarding AF with third party lenses is a moot point here, so have a good look at that Tokina, as it's widest aperture of f/2.8 is not matched by any other viable wide angle lens for a crop body.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by Fro
« on: November 25, 2014, 12:18:40 PM »
The soft focus phenomenon is precisely why I returned my first copy of the 7Dii.

The thing is, I'm not quite sure the softness is due to AFMA, more than it may be something off on the software managing the focus.

It's almost like an electronic 'hiccup' that softens the image somewhat.

 Hopeful that my replacement unit arrives before the weekend and I'm going to shoot until the battery dies. Hopefully it's not an issue affecting the entire production line.

Lighting / Re: Review: Canon MR-14EX II Macro Ring Flash
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:17:48 AM »
I like my MR-14EX and I enjoy my images I get with it.

A feature I often use is changing the flash power between the left and right tubes, which does give dimension to the lighting.

I shoot with a 100mm L macro and often in combination with extension tubes.

I'm not a flash fundi and I'm sure you may get different answers to mine but I do enjoy the results from my ringflash.

Lenses / Re: 6D and BIF
« on: November 24, 2014, 10:38:23 AM »
Birds in flight is one of my favourite genres, even though I can't say I'm great at it.

I have seen some SUPERB BIF images and for handheld, the 300 f/2.8 mkii, 400 f/5.6 and the 100-400 are the lenses usually partnered with a 7D classic, 70D or the 7Dii now.

Yes, birders with the 200-400 or big whites do shoot handheld but I find that they "beanbag" or use a tripod more.

Birds in flight has a few criteria for me: sharpness, frame fill and intimacy.

Sharpness is self explanatory but intimacy with your subject is important as if you don't fill a sufficient portion of your frame with the bird, it lacks that WOWS factor.

7Dii and a 400 f/5.6 or better still, 300mm f/2.8 with x2 TC would be my recommendations. Start with bigger birds, learn to track and then move onto slower ones

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 24, 2014, 08:45:09 AM »
I've just returned my 7Dii and will get a replacement in the next day or two.

I spent some time analyzing my out of focus images and then the (almost) in focus images. The issue it seems is not a lens-to-body calibration scenario but rather the AF system that isn't doing its job right.

I spoke at length to a senior Canon rep who advised that it sounds like an AF sensor malfunction.

I'm crossing everything I can cross, hoping the next body is perfect.

Reviews / Re: Bryan Carnathan has completed his review of the 7D Mark II
« on: November 24, 2014, 12:21:30 AM »
This review is the one I've been waiting for and I find that it's telling me I bought the right camera for what I want to shoot.

The 70D is still a fairly new camera and that the 7Dii, IQ wise, improves over it, even by small margins, is enough for me.

After all, it is easier going from 0-100 than from 100-200.

Now it's less about reading up on the camera and more about taking photos with it :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 22, 2014, 02:15:22 PM »
So I had my first real run today with my Canon 7D mark ii and sadly, I have a lemon.

80%+ of my images are showing a focus point on Canon's ZoomBrowser, that were nowhere near where the camera confirmed during the shot being taken.

I'll be asking for a straight swap out, can't keep this body :(

Here's the best of an unsharp bunch

Focuspoints in zoom browser or DPP are not accurate.  They only give you a general idea of which point was active and where.  I wouldnt consider the camera a lemon because of a software issue.  More likely you need to micro focus adjust your camera to your lens.

Can I add lenses my camera doesn't recognize?

EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 22, 2014, 12:15:10 PM »
So I had my first real run today with my Canon 7D mark ii and sadly, I have a lemon.

80%+ of my images are showing a focus point on Canon's ZoomBrowser, that were nowhere near where the camera confirmed during the shot being taken.

I'll be asking for a straight swap out, can't keep this body :(

Here's the best of an unsharp bunch

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 20, 2014, 12:45:22 AM »
Have had my 7DII for 24 hours, playing with the raw the last few hours on LR5.7. I have to say I find it much better than my 7D. Maybe lab results show "just" a 2/3 stop improvement in quality, but in real life I find it so much more than that. I look at my 3200 ISO shots and I'm liking them more than anything at ISO 800 with my 7D. Besides IQ, I find it a great improvement, I will definitely be using it next to my 5DIII, something I didn't do with my 7D.

I echo your sentiments.

just got my 7Dii late yesterday evening and took a few test shots at about 10pm, in a room with a 60w bulb.

Setting at ISO 3200 and when I ran my standard noise reduction I use for my 500D, the noise cleaned up far, far better than my 500D would at ISO 800

Lenses / Re: Roger Machin shows new 100-400mm
« on: November 17, 2014, 05:33:11 AM »
Roger Machin is actually a very senior Canon official and highly knowleagable on their lenses and their bodies.

I'm attending the Cape Town leg of Canon's Roadshows Saturday coming and Roger normally gives superb presentations.

He is a Canon man and does plug their wares a little too vigorously but it is the only platform they have to address their clients en masse.

He is very highly respected down here.

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 16, 2014, 08:49:46 AM »
6D Mark ii with 45 AF points, mostly horizontal for better portraiture composition.

I'd like RAW HDR file output with better DR.

Digital level, touch and swivel screen and another that will help deliver superb landscape photographs.

Here's a silly one, tell me what you guys think:

Internal hypo focal distance calculator that will create a horizontal line, indicating the focus point, for which ever lens is attached.

Lenses / Re: The Next L Primes
« on: November 15, 2014, 06:06:10 AM »
It's undoubted, that Canon will bring someday Cameras with more than 22 MP, maybe up to 100 MP in the next xx years. What then? Are the current zoom lenses as good to fill out 100 MP? I think not, but maybe really good primes are...

It's much easier to make a cheap high resolution sensor than it is to make a cheap sharp-as-the-sensor lens. As example, nobody expects lens prices & sharpness to follow the same curve as processors prices & sharpness.

[Actually, making a modern processor in mass amounts is so hard, most have dropped out of the game, forcing Apple to leave both Motorola and IBM in favor of Apple. Many of the workstations so popular in the '90s have disappeared or become niche, e.g. DEC VAX & Alpha, HP w/ HPUX, IBM w/ AIX, Sun w/ Solaris, etc.]

Which raises two questions:

1. How many photographers would be willing to buy not only a 100MP camera, but glass to match as well?

2. At what point will photographers understand they're stuffing their HDDs with over-sampled images, and what will they do at that point?

[I wouldn't be the least surprised if APS-C sensors already over sample lenses. DxO Mark scores the 200-400mm on the 7D at 10MP, and both the 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM & 600mm F/4L IS II USM at 12MP. This might leave room for FF sensors with up to 36MP, but 50MP or more? I don't see it.]

Are you guys saying that the current zooms are good enough for current and maybe next-gen bodies but that they may be shown up on bodies that could end up with many more MP?

Lenses / The Next L Primes
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:02:00 AM »
A Google search later, it seems that the last non telephoto primes lenses released, were the 17mm TSE, 24mm TSE and the 100mm L Macro in 2009.

I believe it's fair to say these lenses are extraordinary in performance, with few faults.

But I'm beginning to wonder, just how far Canon can turn up the performance dial for any new prime they intend to release?

When I began photography three years back, a common bit of wisdom I found was that primes are just better than zooms and this was due to the simplified engineering required.
Then along comes 4 zooms, 16-35 f/4.0L IS, 24-70 f/2.8L ii, 70-200 f/2.8L ii & the 200-400 that had reviewers saying something along the lines of "this zoom performs good enough to make me sell any prime lens covered by that range."

I'm paraphrasing there, don't sue me  ;D

So back to the subject of what a brand new prime could bring to the table.
1. Sharpness from corner to corner at largest aperture
2. Contrast
3. Autofocus
4. Colour rendering
5. Bokeh/Aperture blades
6. Image Stabilization
7. Size/Weight/Filterability

Canon's latest zooms are a strong indication that the engineering process has become highly refined and that the next primes should truly shine.

I feel that Canon's next L prime should be able to deliver astounding image quality and simultaneously consign issues such as jittery or slow AF, sterile contrast and any fringing to the past.

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