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EOS Bodies / Re: A New EOS Pro Body With 46mp Next Month? [CR1]
« on: September 18, 2014, 05:51:05 AM »
Wow....so many negative comments from one post wonders!

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EOS Bodies / Re: High ISO Samples from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 17, 2014, 06:04:33 AM »
I find photographers a curious bunch. If I choose to buy a 7DII...why does some one else get all stressed about that? What is it to them? It's my money, no theirs. If I choose to buy a camera with a useful 20mp and an AF system which is world class over another brand which has more pixels but the same frame rate, AF ability, high iso ability and it fits my range of stunning top tier lenses....what is that to them? I couldn't care a stuff if someone else buys a Nikon or Sony camera...so why do they get all huffy about my purchase?
Winston Churchill had a great saying "A fanatic is someone who won't change their mind and won't change the subject"

I think the 7DII is a winner and it'll sell REALLY well. I think Nikon now have a marketing problem, because they have nothing in their portfolio which comes close to this camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images - High Res
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:05:22 AM »
How do i get at the high rez versions? These are small thumb nail web sized versions

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images - High Res
« on: September 17, 2014, 05:04:02 AM »
As nice some of these pics look, they do not tell us a lot about the actual quality of the sensor or the IQ of its RAW output. And that is the only thing that matters (for me anyway).

As someone wrote they look like any other image from canon APS-C.
Image quality and sensor in the 7D MK2 is nothing Canon can be proud of.

Im off.

Goodbye guest...another one post wonder Nikon troll....

I switched to Nikon for Landscape work and i doens´t look as if Canon will get my money again.

If your looking for a great high MP camera don´t wait... it is here already.
It´s called D810.

Goodbye......

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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:55:24 AM »
Yep, for me to buy another 1.6x crop camera, it will need to have great low iso ability. Matching my 5DIII...if not it's a waste of a great camera casing.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:28:40 AM »
Any news on the camera's IQ performance yet?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:59:32 AM »
I have a Canon 5D Mark III and I'm wondering besides the "full frame" sensor, just why would anyone spend more money on the 5dm3 and not buy the 7dm2? the 7DM2 seems like a great camera in every way...
Welcome to the forum. :) Yes, 7D Mark ii does everything equal or better than 5D Mark III, with the exception of the full frame sensor at high ISO. ::)

The original 7D was an amazing camera with a mediocre sensor...the 5DII was a mediocre camera with an amazing sensor...I'm wondering how much has changed with the 7DII.
The 5DIII's IQ is far better than just being a better chip. It's iso abilities and per pixel sharpness are in a different league to any of Canon's 1.6x cameras. Hopefully the 7DII can close some of that gap.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:35:46 AM »
If they solved their bokeh problems, perhaps the lens would have more appeal, but I think that bokeh is a problem inherent in the DO design?

The 400 didn't have a bokeh problem.  The 70-300 DO was the lens with the sometimes weird bokeh. The internet seems to have lumped both lenses together as if they were one and the same.  Spec highlights on the 400 could have a bit of a bullseye effect but that was about it. The OOF areas aren't as nice as the 300 2.8 or 400 2.8  in my opinion, but they aren't really problematic either.

I think the 400 f4 DO II would be pretty amazing if it were about 2/3rd or 1/2 the cost of a 300 2.8 IS II but that's really unlikely.


That depends on your definitions of "problem" and "bokeh".

I think the 400 MkI does have bokeh problems, I used one for a day and got it to do stuff like this, I am sorry but for >$6,000 I want much better than that. Now I will admit that I personally shot over water like this regularly, so for me it was an unsurmountable issue, and I can well understand others happy and extensive use that never induces such low quality, but for me the 300 f2.8 IS MkI and 1.4TC was a much better, and cheaper, buy and in my opinion DO sucks, yes the 400 DO sucks less than the 70-300 DO (which really sucks) but they both suck.

I'm not seeing any Bokeh or contrast issues with that pic you've posted. Shooting into the light (contre-jour) with sparkly waves regardless of the supertele will pretty much give you what you've posted.
In the image you posted, I would be more concerned with your burnt out highlights than the quality of the Bokeh.
The contrast in this image is particular high and prolly needed better post prod to pull more out of the RAW file.







Careful metering & careful post prod. Notice the quality of the bokeh is very similar and the contrast is less.
These were taken with a 5DIII, ef 400mm f2.8 LIS and with 1.4x or 2x TC's
I choose the far more heavier f2.8 version because it's IQ is a lot better than the f4 DO version (I can use a 2x TC and get amazing sharpness wide open) and I really like the extra stop...sometimes f2.8 is the only way to go!

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:39:01 AM »
I wish people would STOP calling this lens a telephoto. It's 100mm long with a focal length of 85mm. It's NOT a telephoto lens...ok. The Canon, Sigma and Nikon are...but this Zeiss is not.
I'm also sick of reading on "review" sites that 85mm is a semi telephoto focal length....no it isn't. A lens is either a telephoto or it isn't.
Go look up the definition on Wikipedia.

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Lenses / Re: The New Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 11, 2014, 10:29:48 AM »
I'm more than a little confused with this new lens...it's actually heavier than the outgoing model? Surely the whole point of a DO lens is that it's uber small and light. And Canon have made a heavier versions? Whaaaaat?

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:45:34 AM »
I'm sure these are wonder optics that live up to their billing, regardless of how overblown some of the verbiage is in the marketing slicks. 

But for my money, I think I would pour my $ into a medium format system for portraits before I considered the Otus lenses.  I could do a lot more with, say, a Pentax 645Z and a couple of lenses, than by adding the Otus lenses to my lineup. 

Just my take on them. 

Doesn't mean I won't lust after this 85mm...

How much better is this lens compared to the Canon EF 85mm F1.2L II?  Is it worth over twice as much?  I  don't know and I am not trying to be cynical.  I would just like to hear what people say.  Thanks.

I'm not jumping ship...my 85mm f1.2 II L is a thing of photographic joy and beauty.

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Lenses / Re: 35mm f/1.4 L to 16-35mm f/4 L
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:43:40 AM »
I regularly swap between them, I use a 16-35 for a wider view on the world. But the 35 f1.4L is my preferred "weapon of choice". I prefer the look I get from it's images than I do from the the f2.8 at the long end

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Lenses / Re: Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye - Durability?
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:41:59 AM »
It's as durable as you are careful with it. If you bounce it off a concrete floor...it's going to mark and chip. But objective lenses are far more durable than people give them credit for and usually far more durable than the expensive but crappy filter people buy to protect their objective lens.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:38:27 AM »
Don't you just hate the moronic marketing blurb that goes with lenses these days? What a load of B/S!
Why can't they just say...hey! it's got amazing optitics, you REALLY need to try this puppy. It aint a real f1.4...but most f1.4 lenses aren't either. It's big and heavy and it's manual focus which makes it crap for sport and nature. But use it for available light portraiture and it's amazing. Don't use it in the studio under monoblocs...why use an f1.4 lens at f11? Seriously...get out there on the street with this and be amazed. Or go shoot some walls and boast on a forum how great it is. Or pop it on a shelf and admire the Carl Zeiss craftsmanship.

honestly? Nature? Studio? gimme break. Low light portraiture is what this lens is built for, nothing else. In that genre it will excel.

What exactly is it that makes you an expert for the use of this lens?

Yeah...look me up numpty. Don't attack who you don't understand.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Zeiss Otus 1.4/85: The New World-Class Lens
« on: September 08, 2014, 06:33:06 AM »
Don't you just hate the moronic marketing blurb that goes with lenses these days? What a load of B/S!
Why can't they just say...hey! it's got amazing optitics, you REALLY need to try this puppy. It aint a real f1.4...but most f1.4 lenses aren't either. It's big and heavy and it's manual focus which makes it crap for sport and nature. But use it for available light portraiture and it's amazing. Don't use it in the studio under monoblocs...why use an f1.4 lens at f11? Seriously...get out there on the street with this and be amazed. Or go shoot some walls and boast on a forum how great it is. Or pop it on a shelf and admire the Carl Zeiss craftsmanship.

honestly? Nature? Studio? gimme break. Low light portraiture is what this lens is built for, nothing else. In that genre it will excel.

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