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Canon General / Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:14:53 PM »
I was there several times in the late 80's. I remember liking Mount Pilatus, the picturesque Chapel Bridge and boat excursions on Lake Luzern. Show us you photos when you get back. Enjoy. :)

Photography Technique / Re: My wedding photography job.
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:21:14 PM »
+1 8)

Great equipment and beautiful photos. Gorgeous ceremony.

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:46:02 PM »
Hi Everybody:
Just wanted to clarify a few things from the broadcast that I saw were questions here:

(1) It's is 20.2 megapixels and always has been since I first heard of the camera. That was just a total brain-freeze on my part. I don't have a 24-megapixel version. That was just me misstating one of the specs.
(2) The reason I didn't shoot in Raw was because I don't have any program that is updated to support the unreleased camera. No support yet for Lightroom or Camera Raw, so I had to shoot JPEGs. That being said, I shoot JPEGs for sports either way, but I would have shot some just for example purposes.
(3) I am not sponsored by Canon. I hope to be one day, but at this point, I am not so I bought my Canon gear by selling my Nikon gear -- it was not given to me by Canon. I did get some loaner gear to try out. Nikon let me use loaner gear from time to time, too. So did Sony. Now, if I could just get Hassleblad… ;-)

High five to Forum member Sabaki. I'm with ya. :)

All my best,

-Scott Kelby

Thanks for the clarification. I watched the entire video. For the price, I think this is going to be a great crop DSLR and am going to upgrade my 7D. Your enthusiasm was entertaining ;D

Post Processing / Re: How to start using Photoshop
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:05:19 PM »
On 16-17. Oct you can watch "Advanced Photoshop Techniques" on CreativeLive  for free. Maybe it will be too advanced, but anyway.


I really love this site. Lots of very informative courses that are free when they are broadcast live (from Seattle). I used to use Safari, but now on my Macbook, it only seems to work when I use Google Chrome. Check out their calendar for upcoming courses. I have 5 or 6 courses scheduled to watch in the next month. I even purchased one of their courses on Lightroom/Photoshop I initially watched for free since I liked it so much. :)

Galileo already did that long ago in Italy.

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity states that there is no real gravity as a force but it is the apparent effect of the warping of space-time by matter.

Yeah, but the real question is how does that all relate to Quantum Mechanics ;D?

Figure that one out and the Nobel prize is all yours 8)

  If you're a fan of entirely predictable 'experiments' perhaps you'd like to drop an object – tennis ball, apple, your camera – from a couple of meters above the ground, and verify the existence of gravity.  Be sure to start a new forum topic to educate all of us on your findings.
Galileo already did that long ago in Italy.

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity states that there is no real gravity as a force but it is the apparent effect of the warping of space-time by matter.

I could take a picture of my ass with the A7 and there'd be "X" amount of dynamic range.

I could take a picture of a smiling baby with my 60D...not as much.

Which would you rather BEHOLD?


If you are Miss Minolta I think you should post some examples.

 ;D ;D ;D

Technical Support / Re: Dynamic Range questions..
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:43:40 AM »
Maybe a dumb question, but what is/was the DR of film (such as Kodak ASA 100 or similar)? Was it better or worse than today's DSLRs?

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 02:37:31 AM »
Because they're the best ;)

Edit: The only Nikon I've ever owned was a film P&S (before DLSR) and it was run over and crushed when I got out of a cab at my son's graduation. Bad Karma 8)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:52:59 PM »

This subject reminds me of the riddle in the movie, "Roxanne":

"What can you sit on, sleep on, and brush your teeth with?"
a) A chair, a bed, and a toothbrush.

My guess was water 8)

Lenses / Re: Do you keep all your boxes?
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:17:43 PM »
I have purchased used lenses that did not include a box,... and then I purchased a used box.

 ;D ;D ;D
Great idea! I keep all my boxes...maybe I could sell them to those who threw them away. ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:15:41 PM »

EOS Bodies / Re: 5diii to 7dii?
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:15:07 PM »
I think you would miss FF quality...  or FF feel... or that FF what ever. That Je ne se Qui (I failed French in HS)

C'est la vie ;)

Technical Support / Re: 5D III OR 6D or 7DII
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:13:13 AM »
I remember this from ALAN F comparing actual reach of crop vs FF...it's not 1.6 times better as I always thought.

Here is a way of calculating the effective extra reach or resolving power of a crop body versus FF, which will amuse the geeks among us.

Measure the MTF of a lens on the crop (= MTFcrop) and the same lens on the FF (= MTFff). The ratio of the MTFs, MTFcrop/MTFff, gives the relative resolving power of the bodies with that lens. However, the crop body can be placed 1.6x further away to give the same field of view. Therefore, the true effective relative resolving power, R, is given by:

R = 1.6x MTFcrop/MTFff.

Photozone lists measured MTFs for a set of lenses on the 5DII and 50D. I calculated their ratios for the Canon 200mm f/2.8 II, 85mm f/1.2 II and 35mm f/2 at wide apertures below the DLA. MTFcrop/MTFff is very close to 0.726 in all cases.

This gives R for 50D/5DII = 1.16.

So the effective extra reach is 16%.  (Based on the ratio of their pixel sizes, a value of 36% is expected.

The dpreview widget gives values for the 5DIII and 7D only for a few lenses. I did the same calculations with the Tamron 150-600mm (between 150-400mm), the Canon 200-400mm and the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 A at wider apertures below the DLA. In all cases, MTFcrop/MTFff is close to 0.742.

This gives R for 7D/5DIII = 1.19.

So, the effective extra reach is 19%. (Based on the ratio of their pixel sizes, a value of 45% is expected).

There are always arguments about using MTFs quantitatively, but I think in this particular calculation it is reasonably valid to use them. It fits in reasonably well with experience - Jon has shown there is better resolving power in photos of the moon with the 7D, but it doesn't look 45% better. And my own experience is that the 7D and 70D aren't much better than the 5DIII, certainly not 1.6x.

This gives R for 7D/5DIII = 1.19.

So, the effective extra reach is 19%. (Based on the ratio of their pixel sizes, a value of 45% is expected).

That might be true in a testing scenario, but few of us shoot in those. Factor in AF, handholding, higher than base iso, less than ideal aperture or shutter speed etc etc etc and the differences become minimal, as so many people who have owned both have attested to.

As I've stated, the most significant advantage to APS-C is lower cost.

Technical Support / Re: 5D III OR 6D or 7DII
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:04:07 AM »
I may be misquoting him but I think Neuro often says the main advantage of crop vs FF is that the crop camera is cheaper. Also cropping 5D3 FF to 7D crop sensor size is very similar except now you have a 8MP file instead of a 18 MP file (for the 7D).

Well, idea is, if you have a bottomless pit of money with full frame you can just buy a longer lens and get better results than crop with a shorter lens.  But, the OP has a 100-400 and shoots wildlife; the FOV at 400mm on his current camera is ~640mm.  In order to get that on full frame he'd have to spend $10k on a Canon EF 600mm f/4L or start putting on teleconverters which will negatively impact the image quality (and often autofocus) more than a crop camera will.

So yeah crop is cheaper, but its not just the camera but more importantly the lens when you get to longer focal lengths.

As for cropping full frame to APS-C, when you are reach limited there will be more pixels on the target with crop.  Cropping full frame will work but you will lose detail because of this.  The exception to this rule would be when shooting in low light (i.e. ISO6400) when the lower noise & higher contrast of full frame would likely be a better tradeoff for a little less detail.  Some feel that cropping full frame is at worst no difference but that is not my experience at lower ISOs and it does not logically make sense to me knowing how digital imaging works.

jrista did a fairly well controlled test here that can demonstrate the loss of detail when cropping full frame vs using a crop camera on a reach limited target for a visual demonstration; you can see in his test the full frame crop loses a ton of detail on the moon surface/craters because there just aren't enough pixels to fully reproduce it on full frame due to the cropping:

Thanks, Ruined for your reply. As an old guy newbie hobbyist, I don't understand a lot of this technical stuff. I looked at your link to jrista's moon shot comparison and that actually is where I got  the Neuro quote reference.
Thanks for the comparison!

As I've often stated, APS-C does have a 'reach advantage'...if you're FL limited AND at low ISO (~800 or less) AND printing larger than 16x24"/A2.

Something else I'm curious about...how small is too small?  For your moon shots, would a 16-18 MP m4/3 body via adapter yield more detail than your 7D?   How about an SX50 HS (granted, not the same lens - but AlanF has posted some provocative comparisons).

Moon shots aside, I'm not convinced of the advantages for bird photography, for several reasons.  If I'd need to crop an image too deeply, I would just delete the shot (more likely, not have taken it).  With the shutter speeds needed, ISO often needs to be raised beyond the tipping point, where the greater noise of APS-C means less detail.  Those are sensor-based factors, and as I've also often stated, we don't take pictures with bare silicon sensors.  Many people have reported that the AF of the 5DIII yields a higher keeper rate than the 7D, and a higher keeper yield of in-focus shots despite the lower frame rate (and with the 1D X, both rate and yield are higher).

I appreciate the careful testing in the specific situation you describe.  I'd be very interested to hear, after you've used the 5DIII to shoot birds for a while, how frequently you grab the 7D for that purpose, instead.   Like Skulker, I kept my 7D for a while...and didn't use it, so eventually sold it (and for far more than it would fetch today, with 7D prices dropping like a stone). 

Despite the 'reach advantage' held by APS-C in certain specific scenarios, IMO the main advantage of APS-C is not reach, but lower cost.

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