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EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: Today at 08:53:19 AM »
Sounds exciting!!! :D
4 pro-level DSLR's in one year (7DII included) + two amateur-level cameras...

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Switching to Full Frame
« on: Today at 08:50:37 AM »
The AF of the 5DIII is way ahead of the D750.
I, personally like the handling of Canon's SLR's (including the 5DIII) much better than the Nikon one.
The 5DIII is way more rugged, robust and targeted at pros.
The IQ difference should be marginal, unless you care about DR and nothing else; I have used RAW files from this camera and they are absolutely amazing.
With the Nikon you get small accessoires like a tilty-flippy-screen or a built-in flash, which I do not consider to be very important.
But with the Canon you buy into an incredible lens system! The Nikkor 24-70 is not much better than the Canon version I, the 70-200/2.8 suffers from huge focus breathing and their supertele lineup is as outdated as their 1.4 primes.
I'd go with the Canon. :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Samsung NX-1 Review
« on: Today at 08:38:16 AM »
Certainly sounds like a great camera! :) But there are not many else good lenses than the two mentioned in this review...

Wasn't there something about 15fps only being 8bit RAW output?  ???

Reviews / Some Video reviews of the 7DII
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:49:55 AM »
This is from the Camera Store:

And this is Jared Polin:

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 06:47:18 AM »
Seriously, anyone who can afford a DSLR is most likely to live in a certain comfort and fortune. And when you have no big problems like how to get money for food or water, you need something to let off steam; and that is why people are stomping on Canon all the time.

I am happy with what my gear delivers, because when I bought it back in 2011/12, it was the perfect choice for me and I have not enough money to switch systems. Once you bought into a certain brand to a considerably high degree, probably sticking to it for at least 10 years, you want the flaws to be better.
I have a 7D, one of most love-or-hate-ish bodies Canon made in the nearer past. It shows all the signs because of which its haters hated it: it is noisy at high ISO, there are some AF inconsistencies and the DR is not top of the line. But it delivers. If you know your gear, its strengths and weaknesses, you can produce some stunning images!

The main reasons why Canon is critizised are conservativeness, IQ and no innovation in the CSC segment.
They are to blame that they did not evolve the M system in the past, let's see what comes. Fuji, Sony and Samsung did come up with great products here.
When people talk about how bad Canon IQ is, they always refer to DR. I never heard anyone complaining about noise in recent bodies, Canon is top here. Sony has some great DR, but if you apply NR to a degree so that the image is less noisy than the Canon one and sharpen it, there are artefacts at ISO 1600 that destroy your image.
As for conservativeness, they are lacking a high MP body, that is right, there is certainly a demand for that and their lenses cry for it. But anything else: the 7DII is a conservative body, no question. But is it bad? It is, by general agreement, one of the best APS-C cameras on the market and the best for sports and wildlife. And what was it targeted for again? Sports and wildlife? Looks like they developed the right body here... If they had made it mirrorless, the AF wouldn't have been half as good and everyone would have said: "Look at Canon, trying to keep up with the other manufacturers..." The 5DIII is also a conservative body. When the D750 (which is basically a 5DIII for a little less money) came out, everyone was shouting: "This is a perfect camera, this is what we've been waiting for!!!" I still think the 5DIII is one of the best bodies on the planet, alongside with the 1DX, the D4s and the D810.

People buy Canon because of their lenses, their AF (which is the best you can get) and their reliability.

And I'd like to see all those critics buying other brands... As if Canon was the only brand with flaws!
Nikon - the handling is a joke, you need two hands to set ISO!! The AF and lens selection are  behind Canon.
Pentax - not a good lens selection, AF is a joke.
Samsung - lacking mid-range lenses, but these guys are really coming up
Fuji - still no RAW at ISO 100 and > 6400... What is that? Also, AF is not that great...
Sony - great sensors, but no fast zoom lenses, I don't like the handling, AF with the FF bodies is not that good.

All in all, when I think about it, there are no-go's with some brands and some decisive factors with the others; I would still buy Canon.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 7D mkII?
« on: November 22, 2014, 05:15:05 AM »
If you shoot mostly landscapes, go for the 6D; there are way better UWA options for FF than for APS-C.
For safaris, your landscape lenses probably won't be long enough, so rent what you need. :)

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Sony - Question of a Differing Variety
« on: November 21, 2014, 01:59:19 PM »
I am not a technician, but I could imagine that your Zeiss lens has a much less sophisticated AF than modern lenses. I think modern lenses are much more difficult to adapt than old ones.

Post Processing / Re: POLL: Do you need to fill the histogram in post?
« on: November 21, 2014, 01:56:06 PM »
I use the histogram only for the highlight and shadow regulation, I don't know if that is professional, but I do so.
I never cared about filling the histogram, I just want the photo to look good.

As you said, you have to differ between "natural" and "creative" shots, noting that natural shots can also be creative ;)
Of course, a bird's eye should not drown in the shadow, as well as the wings shouldn't be blown out by highlights. In high contrast situations, making the eye brighter and the wings darker leads to an entirely boring, flat and uncontrasty photograph (at least with my 7D). Therefore, I try to make the best compromise between recovering details and maintaining a contrasty image despite not having a perfect histogram.

Post Processing / Re: My RAW Processing Workflow
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:53:46 AM »
My workflow in Lr looks like this:

1. Lens corrections and aberrations
2. Cropping, tilting etc. if needed
3. WB
4. Brightness/Clarity (don't know the exact english word)
5. Gradation curve + white and black
6. Color Management
7. Sharpness
8. NR; every picture of mine has some NR applied, which I find to be absolutely crucial with the 7D

Interesting to learn how other photographers treat their images! :)

I can only contribute to the gear question, as I have never been in and around Flagstaff.

I personally would go with:

- 16-35 (covers landscape, architecture and a little street)
- 50 (street, low-light, creative stuff, standard FL)
- 70-200 (you can use a tele for just about anything and 100mm would be too short for me)
- 100 - I would not take the Macro, but you want to shoot macro, so take it.
- tripod for landscapes and macro, I hate to do that without a tripod
- batteries, chargers etc.
- ziplocks and desiccant
- 90EX (emergency flash is a good idea)
- the only filter I would bring is CPL for the 16-35. I'm not a big filter user, I'm happy with what Lightroom and RAW give me, but for eliminating reflections, a CPL is great.

Have a nice trip!!! :D

Lenses / Re: 70-200 or 100-400 conundrum.....
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:01:31 PM »
I would go for the 100-400 as I would rather use a bare lens than always slap on a TC...
You have a fast tele prime with the Macro, that area is covered and for wildlife, the 100-400 is surely the better choice.

A very nice camera indeed, the AF upgrade was needed as far as I heard.

Too bad they don't have a into-the-corner sharp, fast standard zoom...  ::)

Lenses / Re: What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 01:42:35 PM »
I love every focal length for their specific look and feel and I think it is most important that you very a lot.

For me, personally, I have taken my best images in the telephoto area between 144 (my Macro lens) and 300mm. There are some exceptions in the UWA area, though. :)

Lenses / Re: 6D and BIF
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:24:05 AM »
You don't need that long lenses for BIF, I'm perfectly fine with 300mm on my 7D.

For me, important factors for a good BIF lens are: relatively lightweight, zoom, equiv. ~500+ mm, weathersealed and of course good tracking.
In your case, I would go for the 7DII and the bare 100-400 II. For an area of photography where reliable AF is crucial, I would not rely on a third party lens, despite loving them for anything else.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D II sensor measurement
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:18:24 AM »
Good news: the 7DII review by TheCameraStoreTV is coming this week! :)

I always like their practical approach.

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