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EOS Bodies / Re: CES 2015
« on: November 28, 2014, 08:29:02 AM »
The only ones Canon will disappoint are those with unrealistic expectations.

+1 :)

Lenses / Re: UWA
« on: November 27, 2014, 10:27:29 AM »
The Tokina without question, for IQ and build purposes. :)

The 5DIII is the better wedding camera and I would hate to shoot simultaneously with two bodies that have a different AF system (e.g. at a wedding). If you have long enough lenses, go for the 5DIII. :)

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 & 600mm f4 ii for BIF?
« on: November 27, 2014, 10:23:49 AM »
Doug, that is a great picture! :D
I am shooting BIF with equiv. 500mm and do find it enough... For the 7DII I'd get the 300/2.8 with both extenders.

But, to answer your questions:
The grip won't give you any extra features, it will just increase your possible number of pictures.
It is a difficult question about the camera. The 1DX is targeted at big white users, as Mr Westfall explained, but the 7DII has that enormous coverage of AF points. For BIF, you often need 1/1000 or more, so good High-ISO capability is a must. I'd probably go for the 1DX, but with the 500/4. ;)

If I had to choose one, I'd take the lens simply because of the FL.
But if I had the money, I'd go for both. ;)
The USB dock isn't that expensive, but an absolute must with Sigma lenses. :)

Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 10:14:48 AM »
Nice idea! :D

1. Shoot RAW!
2. Do not put everything in the middle of the frame!
3. Look out for a nice background, the foreground isn't everything!

EOS Bodies / Re: Another 50mp FF DSLR Mention [CR2]
« on: November 24, 2014, 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: November 24, 2014, 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: November 24, 2014, 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! :)

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