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Lenses / Re: Lenses for Madagascar
« on: October 31, 2014, 10:43:56 AM »
Max, its an organised tour around the various national parks (Andasibe, Ramanofara, Isalo, Andringitra) including stops at private reserves and wildlife parks.   The focus will be on nature and wildlife. Also,  I some relaxation is planned at a lodge (Anjajavy) at the end of the trip which is in a private reserve.    The duration of the trip is three weeks.  At the national parks I expect we will be walking 3-5 hours a day in hot conditions.  At least in the rainforests the ground is undulating and hard work to trek around.  So weight would be a consideration.  In the smaller parks and private reserves we might not need to do very much walking.

AJ, that's an approach that makes sense and is certainly another way to go about it.  Did you feel that you sacrificed much in the way of IQ?  Also, did you often find yourself at the end of the zoom range when photographing wildlife?  To get the equivalent range of 300mm on a 7D, I would need  480mm on my 6D.  How did your set up cope with taking shots in the rainforests?  5 weeks must have been quite the trip, which areas of Madagascar did you visit?
Do you mind asking how did you get the organized tour?
April in Madagascar is still rainy green period (as opposed to October). I would focus on either macro or wildlife. You could shoot both but with a focus mainly on one - Just a suggestion. The 100mm L will do really well if you are a macro fan. I envy you, shooting macro with a full frame in that country during the rainy period! I am planning, but in two years.
300mm on a full frame could be too short, unless you take an extender. Try not to be too heavy.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Would you buy a 7d mk ii if you own a 1DX
« on: October 31, 2014, 08:17:11 AM »
Hi :)

Apart from the 1.6 crop factor is there any other reason to buy a Canon 7d mk ii if you already had a 1DX ?

Thanks :)
I won't buy it now, because of financial calculation, but might be in the future, depending on what comes out. I shoot using live view from time to time so DPAF is highly needed.
Besides, I cannot crop 1080 video successfully yet, so a longer reach is needed for shooting from the back of the church, as a second camera, depending on how clean is 1600 ISO. It would be a nice combination with the rumored 100-400 and a Camranger for zooming in and out from far away, for both photo and video.

Canon General / Re: what's wrong with this shot?
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:48:22 AM »
Ha that was easy - it wasn't shot with a 7D Mk.II  :D
Nothing is wrong with it. It is the photog who has a twisted mind and force people to turn their head in order to watch it. It took half a second for my dog to realize it, while I was still thinking about CA and vignetting.  :-[

Lenses / Re: DO you correct lens vignetting when sot wide open??
« on: October 30, 2014, 06:13:01 PM »
I do, nearly always.

Same here, almost always.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 03:16:37 PM »
For those who have appreciated my small effort to get some quick shots for you, thank you.

And thank you! The effort is very much appreciated indeed.

Indeed, thank you very much I too appreciate your effort :-)
Same here!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 11:19:40 AM »
i dont want to be rude, but the above picture looks like s.hit. either it was high iso and extremely cropped, or you don't know how to properly use your equipment.

You may actually want to read the descriptions of why they posted the shots and how they knew they were not the best quality...point was that in a bad, sudden situation they did get the about you just say thanks for sharing and keep the negativity to yourself.

Canon General / Re: Just another day at work.
« on: October 30, 2014, 09:55:02 AM »
Recognize her?
That was when telnet was the only way to download photos from the internet and it took 10min to download her, and could count the bits coming in. Am I right?

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 29, 2014, 07:35:56 PM »
35mm is probably my favorite focal length.  I have both the current 35 L and the Sigma 35 Art and love both of those.  I keep thinking I'll get rid of one, but I just can't bring myself to do it.  And I'll probably end up adding the 35L mk II to my kit while keeping the other two. 

Thankfully no one is advocating IS on it yet!  Let's leave that to the f/2 IS USM version (which will be added to my kit shortly for video purposes).
That is real love!

EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:05:29 PM »
Hi Neuro,
What are the weak points in current 35L? I would like to add fast 35mm in near future.

Me too, I have never tried that focal length for photo before. I rented the Canon version past week-end and I was very surprised how much I loved what I saw.
As someone stated, the only thing I found weak was the dull color. I had to boost it in post.
I am tempted to rent the Sigma version and see which one I like more. I am not in the plan of buying the II but I wouldn't mind a second hand current version, for a lesser price. It is good enough for my need.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:50:14 PM »
Mine just arrived  :D . Time to play!
Have fun and let us know.

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy a 1dx
« on: October 29, 2014, 12:31:49 PM »
I don't mind the focus system of my 5Dmk3.  Sure 1Dx would be better but I have plenty of pictures to choose from.
Then, I don't see the reason for the upgrade.

I am not a full time pro, nor a technical photographer and hope that someone more technical will correct what I am saying for your benefit.
To me, the main advantage 1DX gave me was more power and I assume this is because of the battery.
My lenses work better, my focus is faster, buffer is bigger and I can shoot raw on both cards. I usually shoot 5-6 in one burst.
When I got it, I made a wrong assumption that it is just a higher frame rate version of the 5D so I used it the same way. Wrong, only the menu are the same. Everything else is different.

Let's be honest; $6000 is a lot of money, whether you make money out of it or not. So if it is just GAS, knock your head on the stone to wake you up for good. If you have the money and the reason for upgrade, why hesitate?
I see two or three reasons for someone with 5D III to upgrade
1 - you don't have enough keeper to deliver to your customer (or for your need)
2 - almost there is not acceptable, it has to be precisely there, and very often
3 - cold and need more power.

1 - See photo below; I pan with a very slow shutter. The keeper rate is 2-3%, which means you shoot 2000 photos and you end up with 40-50 good photos. I tried this with 5D III 3 years ago and I came back home with 5 or 6 photos. This year, I had around 100 keepers.
2 - boxing is a good example; there is a lot of movement on that head. With 5D III I came back home with 2 or 3 good hit, and a hundred of almost there and that frustrated me big time. Now I have around 50 for every evening fight. That is worst my time.
3 - I leave in Canada, I chimp when shooting with a viewfinder, I use live view a lot as well. I need bigger and stronger battery than what the 5D III's can deliver.
And finally, I am not a JPEG shooter. I shoot raw at all time and I need back up. I couldn't do that with 5D III, no problem with 1DX. I use two Lexar 64G 1066X and they are enough all the time, unless I am shooting a video as well.
I decided to pull up the trigger when the 5D III gave me an error during a fight and I realized that I need a back up, so why buy the same? I decided for something bigger.

The only thing that good in the 5D III that 1DX doesn't have is the silent shooting. That is the only reason I use the 5D nowadays; when I shoot a goalball (a play for the hearing impaired athletes), or a wedding reception in a church.

What I miss on the 1DX? Dual Pixel auto focus and 4K, if you need any of those, then definitely wait.
Why do I need the first? When shooting on the ground, I use an external display (Currently I am using Swivi but causes me irregularity), and autofocus using live view is very weak on 1DX. I have to endure the pain when manual focus is not an option (but I use that more often). The DPAF of the 70D would be really, really nice.
See the second picture as an example of how I use it that way.

OASIS_00002 by Besisika, on Flickr

Zombie Walk_015 by Besisika, on Flickr

Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:45:52 AM »
Canon 35mm 1.4; from Montreal Zombie Walk 2014
Zombie Walk_015 by Besisika, on Flickr

EOS Bodies / Re: Should I buy a 1dx
« on: October 28, 2014, 10:40:03 AM »
Most probably you know already the main answer.
It depends on what you do, if you have the fund.
The more we know about why the 5D3 is not enough the better we can suggest.
I made my move from 5D3 to 1DX because of boxing and ever since my 5D3 is used may be once in a month or two unless I am shooting video when I need both.
My next move would be a full frame with DPAF and 4K if comes to the market whenever it will be. Otherwise there is no need as I have never met any situation that 1DX couldn't handle in what I do.

Hmm... That'd require a lens with IS.
And a very high shutter speed.

And what if someone has bad teeth? Or lack of sense of humor?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: clown* photographer
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:45:31 AM »
I think it is more about a souvenir than a photo.
It is like my friend, whenever he visited a place or a country he has to go to the toilet in order to leave something of his behind as a proof that he was there. Everybody is different. Silly in your eyes, good stuff in his.

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