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Macro / Re: I've used them on a 500mm lens.
« on: February 24, 2015, 04:08:24 AM »
We get birds at our back deck feeders which are about 10 feet from the doorway. I have used a full stack of Kenko tubes (68mm) to get the 500mm f/4 to focus that close and it works well. Most times though, the 100-400 II works better as I can handhold it more easily to keep up with the birds. Attached is a photograph using the 500mm f/4 on the new 7D MK II and extension tubes. ISO 500, 1/1000 @ f/5.6, +1 EV.

Wow, splendid shot!

I reviewed all your suggestions, the F-Stop Tilopa seems to be the best option for me, but it's probably a little too big. So I give the F-Stop Loka a shot, hopefully it's big enough.

If you're not sure wether the Loka will be big enough, I would take the Tilopa BC. If you don't stuff it to the max it does not take up a lot more space than the Loka. Besides, if you want to carry all your stuff including clothes for a week, the Tilopa with its more padded shoulder straps and hip belt is quite a bit more comfortable.

Thanks for all advices, now comes the hardest part: actually getting it. The ICUs seem hardly available in Europa and the current EUR/$US quote makes my cry anyway ;)


Don't cry for the money, it will be very well spent and the pack will last a few years.

Have a look at the F-Stop Tilopa BC (48 litres), it could fit your needs:

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Most wanted new features for 5D Mark IV
« on: December 21, 2014, 09:42:31 AM »
How about "Elimination of horizontal/vertical noise banding"?


Does anyone know wether the noise reduction algorithm has been reworked/made more subtle for this new version DPP? As a 7D user I was restricted to version 3.14.41 until yesterday and I'm not sure wether to upgrade is worth the hassle…

Yes, all the adjustment are now by 1/10th, the main slider is still by one then the up/down buttons are 1/10th. I haven't actually compared the same photo from both versions but it seems smoother to me.

Thanks – that would be something worth the upgrade.

Does anyone know wether the noise reduction algorithm has been reworked/made more subtle for this new version DPP? As a 7D user I was restricted to version 3.14.41 until yesterday and I'm not sure wether to upgrade is worth the hassle…

Have a look at the F-Stop Satori EXP
It has a volume of 62 litres and a nifty system of different Internal Camera Units (different shapes and sizes). The pack itself is very sturdy, has a lot of possibilities to attach things (from tripod to ice axe, tent or hiking poles) and carries even heavier loads very well. I love mine to bits…
And if you like it even larger than the Satroi EXP, there will be the new F-Stop Shinn It comes at a hefty price and won't ship until March 2015 but by the looks of that beast you won't need another pack in a hurry  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 02, 2014, 04:21:53 PM »
I'm in for the 5D IV, primarily for landscapes but for wildlife/birds as well if it's at all possible (been rather disappointed with the 5D III for landscapes). I really want a D810 competitor that brings in some 7D II/1DX like features.

Something along the lines of:

  • 30-40mp (minimum, bayer array...I'll take more if they offer more; 20mp layered/60 million photodiode sensor would work as well)
  • 8fps (Yup! With the 7D II at 10fps and the 1DX at 12/14fps, I think it's time we get 8fps in the 5D line)
  • 150k pixel iTR Metering & AF system
  • 61pt AF (I don't know that the all-cross-type 65-pt system of the 7D II would work in a full-frame spread...I'm currently quite happy with the existing 61pt system, honestly don't know how it could be improved outside of gaining the full iTR system)
  • High Dynamic Range (13+ stops) (Yes, it's me, so of course I want this! :P)
  • CF/CFast2
  • 4k Video (I have some video projects I want to work on, like chronicling the life cycle of the prairie dogs in the nearby Cherry Creek State Park...and if I put more money into a Canon body that should last me for the next three years, 4k is now absolutely non-optional as far as I am concerned.)
  • GPS (Out in the wilderness, this would be really useful; assuming it doesn't compromise weather sealing...)
  • WiFi (Assuming it including it does not in any way compromise weather sealing...)
  • All the standard Canon bells and whistles/ergos/button placement

I would happily rob a bank to buy that cam  :D

EOS Bodies / Re: Upgrade?
« on: October 17, 2014, 05:56:04 AM »
Hi Michael,
looking at your photo stream on Flickr tells me two things: a) you're already good at what you're doing with your current equipment (your bird shots are impressing). And b) I guess at this level you'd certainly profit from an upgrade. Better AF and ISO performance as well as much better ergonomics/customizability will probably get you some shots you could not get with the 600D – or at least it will boost your keeper rate and lessen the need to post-process the pictures.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:42:57 PM »
I seem too dumb for Nikon ergonomics, they just give me a headache. I feel a lot more comfortable with Canon's menu and button layouts. And I like their lenses better.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:13:16 AM »
I shoot mostly landscapes and some wildlife. For my shooting purposes, I prefer to have GPS data in the EXIF. Taking out the CF card and putting it into a card reader to download my pics to my computer is no problem for me, therefore I don't miss Wifi.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:09:13 AM »
I might be naive, but would it not be better to wait for the codecs to appear in EOS Utility and Adobe programs before making judgments based on work-arounds?

Of course it would be better – but who is that patient nowadays?  :P

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images - High Res
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:35:39 AM »
...the actual quality of the sensor or the IQ of its RAW output... is the only thing that matters (for me anyway).

Then it's time to preorder.

Oh yeah, a Hassy would be nice. But that's a bit out of my league  :D

I am perfectly aware that no APS-C sensor will deliver the same IQ as a FF. I just want to see what they can do. I would be perfectly OK with a sensor that performs slightly better than the 7D for high ISO and gets rid of the banding noise showing up even at low ISOs. I hope that this is not too much to ask after five years…

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images - High Res
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:31:06 PM »
As nice some of these pics look, they do not tell us a lot about the actual quality of the sensor or the IQ of its RAW output. And that is the only thing that matters (for me anyway).

EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:40:37 AM »
For me as a 7D owner, the mkII looks very impressive on paper. I will decide how excited I am when I see some reliable tests concerning sensor performance and IQ. 

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