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EOS Bodies / Re: Using full frame lens on crop body cameras ?
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:05:05 PM »
If you're going for sports or even medium paced action I wouldn't hesitate to get the 70-200ISII and 7DII, even if sharpness isn't optimal you aren't going to get blazing fast AF on an EF-S lens.
So that's a resounding NO as far as whether or not crop specific lenses are better than full frame lenses in that application.

If you're more into landscapes and slower paced shots I would put the money into a full frame body rather than a nice lens, a used 5D2 and the Pancake is an amazing combo (actually with prices on the 6D lately that's probably your best bet).
The 7D2 is going to be a favourite in many applications for a long time to come though, it can't hurt to have a machine gun even if you only need a pistol.

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: EF-M 70-400 f/4.5-7.2 STM
« on: December 09, 2014, 09:57:45 PM »
Looks like a great lens.

This should be amazing compared to the small aperture and manual focus mirror lenses out there.

Software & Accessories / Re: Two monitors vs ultra-wide one?
« on: December 07, 2014, 06:54:31 PM »
Why get a 2560x1080 monitor when you can get 2650x1440?

I really don't get the "ultrawide" fad.

In a year or so these will be coming out.

How does having the equivalent of sixteen 720p monitors sound?

For now I would just pick something from here.


Umm, the most critical thing to making that photo happen is Photoshop, any camera could have been used.

Lee Jay gives a much better example of why DR is a good thing, except that 10 stops was still more than enough.

I guess the lesson today is that post processing trumps all.

Street & City / Re: Why is poverty so photogenic?
« on: December 02, 2014, 08:35:56 PM »
I find rich countries, especially in North America, like Canada for example, the worse places to take people photos.

When your battery isn't frozen.

I like the fact that people can't just wander around aimlessly for half the year.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MKII -- Love the low noise!
« on: November 30, 2014, 05:52:25 PM »
At the size we see on the forum you probably could have shot at ISO 6400 with minimal loss of IQ (that might be an exaggeration but the point is, everything looks bad when you're a pixel peeper :P )

However, I must say I really like the composition of that picture. Very nice.

I'm finding that lighting is the next big step.
I've always struggled with light in my macro and product shots, but I didn't realize how much it was controlling me before I bought a light box and discovered that you can do a lot more stuff with the proper equipment.
After doing a bit more reading it almost sounds like your lighting equipment should be a higher priority than your camera body.

Though if I'm not at a desk shooting little things I usually prefer to just shoot what's there rather than trying to manipulate everything.
Which is probably just as much an indication of my photographic philosophy as anything, that it's mostly about documentation and not so much artistic expression, discussion of which just makes my eyes glaze over.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:19:22 PM »
Canon now has a few chinks in their armour vs. totally dominating the industry. If you're used to having the best of everything all the time then that's a big change.

I just want some higher resolution bodies.


More redundant features that we already have on Canon cameras (IS via the lens). Notice the MP is right back to Canon standard range, does that mean they were right about keeping the MP count low all this time? (no)

I wish someone would just go ahead and make a 64MP full frame body.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:49:01 PM »

And the lens gap between Canon and Nikon grows yet again.

What are you saying??  Doesn't this pretty match the New Nikon 80-400mm lens announced a little over a year ago for $2700?
difference in quality, we will need to see.

You expect Canon to make a new lens worse than the model they released 16 years ago?
Other reviews put the Nikon ahead of the Canon, but given the discrepancy between reviews I can only assume once variation is accounted for the two will turn out nearly the same

The real competition is with the new third party superzooms.

It will be very interesting to see if the 100-400 Mk2 on the 7D2 will be able to compete with the Sigma 150-600S on full frame.
Of course Canon always has the AF advantage, and the MFD is a big deal for me. As much as I like Sigma, unless the 100-400 Mk2 is screwed up somehow I don't think I'm going to be able to give them my cash this time around.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 10:05:41 PM »
Just curious -- so many folks are ga-ga about the 0.31x, which I'm interpreting to mean that people want to fill the frame with their subjects and have to crop less.  How often are folks pushing their MFD with lenses this long?

With the 400f5.6 it's impossible to fill the frame with a small bird, even on a crop body. This is officially the best "general wilderness" lens ever made.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 03:01:49 PM »
I might be tempted to glue one of these onto a 7D2.
(the close focus capability makes this one lens good for just about everything I want to do with a camera)

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 03:00:00 PM »
Very nice. 2014 may not have been the "Year of the Lens" some were hoping...

No no, it's "year of the lens", the comment was always meant to be singular.

I have a feeling the "Nov 11" date is when they'll do the "official" announcement.

And the lens gap between Canon and Nikon grows yet again.
With the way lens development has been going lately, I'm expecting this to one-up the 400f5.6.

Lenses / Re: First Image of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens
« on: November 08, 2014, 12:01:08 AM »
.31x maximum magnification makes this an almost instantaneous "must have" for me.

Living with .12MM on the 400f5.6 is a bit of a pain, getting three times closer will be great for small birds.

If it actually gives good quality at minimum focus distance, this lens will replace a lot of other potential lenses.

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