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Photography Technique / Re: Perspective correction
« on: December 29, 2013, 07:26:44 AM »
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Rather than try to explain the way I do it, I thought a video would better illustrate the method, so I made one, here, forgive the questionable production quality, I only ever did one of these before.

Super cool! Thanks for the video.

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I hear that it will be named the Mephitidae Mephitis and that the only new feature will be a mode dial that goes all the way around :)
:D
As long as the new camera doesn't stink like a skunk I won't mind Mephitidae Mephitis as model designation…  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 29, 2013, 06:48:04 AM »
Very Good ISO performance would be an upgrade for me (assuming that means at least one and possibly two stops lower noise)

That's a very optimistic interpretation of 'very good ISO performance'.  A full stop improvement would be a significant jump in technology (especially if it was a 24 MP sensor).  Two stops would be groundbreaking.  Not going to say it's impossible, but making a crop sensor with better ISO performance than the best full frame sensors would be huge, and it wouldn't be premiered on a $2000 camera.

Given that the 7D has about 40% QE, a 2 stop improvement of the (photon) noise would mean 160% QE, enough to earn Canon a Nobel prize, and shake the foundations of physics.

I don't need them to find new physics and win a Nobel Prize (I wouldn't complain if they did) but getting rid of that annoying banding noise the 7D sensor produces would count almost as much for me  8) 

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Spec List Surfaces [CR1]
« on: October 28, 2013, 08:28:33 AM »
I really liked the 7D, it's a fantastic camera for it's day except for the very poor quality sensor. It was noisy at low ISO's and it lacked the micro contrast and sharpness of it's full frame brothers of the similar era. Every other part of the camera was excellent. It's handling and UI were a big step forwards for Canon. Certainly better than the XXD which pre-dated it. If there wasn't a 7D then I doubt the 5DIII or 1DX would have been quite as stunning.

Except that I would use present tense (the 7D still has a slightly crappy sensor but is a very capable camera in every other respect) I agree wholeheartedly!

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Try the autopano demo. I love that tool, it handles raw and can do exposure blending.

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Of all the stitching tools I tried Kolor Autopano performs best. It does a terrific job with blending the skies – even if you use a circular polariser for contrast. And it gives you a lot of control over what you want done with the stitched picture. Not cheap but well worth the investment if you are serious about high quality panos.

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Lenses / Re: Is There Such Thing As a "Best" Normal Lens for Crop?
« on: September 10, 2013, 03:46:28 AM »
"Best" is a big, broad, diverse place. What is "best" for you depends entirely on your unique style.

Exactly! For a lot of things I use the 15-85 on my 7D because it has a very nice zoom range. There is a price to pay for every lens choice though. You'll have to weigh limiting factors such as aperture (e.g. the 15-85's widest aperture is f3.5 on the wide end) and optical aberrations (making corrections in pp can be cumbersome and time-consuming) against benefits like the versatility. In the end, what the "best" lens is for you depends on your specific needs and may vary with different situations.

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Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:12:20 AM »
Depending on your style and your interests this could well be very good lens for landscapes as well as for wildlife and birds.   I often use my 70-300L for landscape work.

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Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:07:35 AM »
I can't tell you about special lenses (I use always "normal" ones as the EF-S 15-85), but for software I chose Kolor Autopano (http://www.kolor.com –> you can check the software out in trial mode). It delivers much better results than any other software I ever tried.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 08:03:32 AM »

So, I believe Canon could have a new sensor in the 7DmkII - as well as 1 or 2 other 'great features' (eg improved AF, eg more pts and dual focus LiveView & improved optical focus).

Hoping for such a camera, sometime in 2014!

Regards

Paul

I really hope they do have a very good new sensor for the 7DmkII. I'm still using my 7DmkI and I still like it very much – except for the excessive noise caused by the sensor/signal processing. I especially hate the banding which is often very visible (think of skies) and rather cumbersome to get rid off in post processing.  :-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 07:57:57 AM »
canon should do the following:  ;D

- don´t bring a 7d2
- instead bring the 5d3 down to 2000 and the 6d to 1200  ($/€)

result
...the 7d´ler (aps-c´ler) buy the 5d3 and getting superb image-quality. (hey, 2000 is still a lot of $$$).
...5d3 sales growing
...and with the 5d3 you have enough space/quality for cropping the image.

most of the users will be happy  8)

Actually, I'm not so sure wether a price drop for the 5D to 2000$ would be enough to entice 7D users to buy into FF. Even now the price of the 5D is not the biggest obstacle, the prices of the lenses are…

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Software & Accessories / Re: Normal RAW vs Dual ISO Raw Example Video
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:30:13 AM »
The Dual ISO pics look somewhat plasticky and lacking in detail, like they'd undergone pretty heavy NR. Looks like a hefty price for lower noise  :-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:21:30 AM »
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I don't get how you people equate the use or non-usage of foul language as a representation of a person's intelligence. I know people who sound like very eloquent idiots. They use large words to sound intelligent but have absolutely no substance in what they are saying.

How very true  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:36:37 AM »
Tough choice – in the end, it all boils down to your definition of usable… Best option would be 24MP with very clean/usable (i.e. no patterned read-out/banding noise) pictures up to ISO 12800  8)

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Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:49:38 PM »
I had two versions of the non-L 70-300 (I + III) and I never got happy with them. The pics were not too bad but not too good either (lack of contrast and sharpness). But where the non-L version really do not deliver is build quality: the barrel is made of plastic and not weather/dust sealed at all. There is a considerable amount of lens creep to deal with too. The L-version on the other hand is extremely well built and has a zoom lock. I never regretted shelling out the money for this lens .

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Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:39:06 AM »
+1 for the EF 70-300L
Not only great optical quality and very usable IS (translates into good pictures) but also a rather compact and portable and weather sealed lens as well. It's one of my two lenses I put on my 7D for hiking and mountaineering (the other one is the EF-S 15-85).

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