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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:52:05 PM »
The action at my local pond was good for fishing animals.  While watching a common merganser play twister with a fish, a bald eagle appeared to end the game. 

1DX  700mm  iso 1800   1/1250 f7.1

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:38:50 PM »
New game in the pond:

Jump the duck

Shot with 1dx at 700mm 1/1000 iso 1250 f 6.2.

The bird is a common merganser the fish? don't know. 

Photography Technique / Re: Would electrical tape damage the red ring?
« on: November 23, 2014, 01:21:10 PM »
Here's my 70-200 taped for tone down camo not theft.  I laid a base of
 gaffer tape down before the camo.

I always try to put a few pieces of gaffer tape on my bodies or larger lenses in case I need a little to black out an eyepiece or tighten a lens cap or strap. Not as much as on the pictured lens as the goal there is different- profile disruption.

Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:59:48 PM »
The second from 4000 ft night sky...

While I love this lens  i think I see coma in the periphery too bad cause it would be a great night sky hiking lens, also the f2.8 is maybe a tad slow for stars, though the alternatives tend to be softer at less than f 2.0 anyhow, AFAICT

Had to crop the image to get under the 5000 limit so the coma is only on the right side.

Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 22, 2014, 01:52:06 PM »
Well what'd'a know all this time I thought I was taking lens cap images, but lo and behold it twas the shorty forty.

The first is at crystal springs in portland (on what was supposed to be a xmas goose acquisition fore)  and the second a vertical lens cap shot to test for dead cooper spur at 4000±ft  in next post.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sending my 7D2 back due to high ISO noise
« on: November 21, 2014, 03:25:38 PM »
Kirispupis where are you in the PNW?

I'm in portland and while the wildlife opportunities are legion this time of year, the light is not.

I shoot with the 5diii and 1dx at between 800 and 3200 and sometimes higher usually in order to get a shutter speed of 1250 for large lumbering birds and 2000 for fast flickering birds.

I think that a climate with consistent snow cover would brighten images and make a crop camera viable.  But for me if I can't use iso 1600 to 6400 I might as well paint watercolors.  Passing on 7d2, eager to see what the 5D4 and dx2 bring to table,  but even there more smaller pixels probably means worse high iso performance, I would think that canon's dilemma here is that adding pixels  would push iso performance down, and that is not the way to sell more bodies.

Two things:

the MTF looks outstanding to me, my decision is between this and the new 400 DO, or at tele range f4-5.6-8 vs f5.6-8-11 with extenders.

Second since only 3% of US workers make minimum wage, use of median wage of $16.47 would be more appropriate if if  if anyone set their prices based on such things which I doubt canon or anyone else does. 

Maybe all photographers make minimum wage so that justifies it's use :)

or not.

On the digital photography review site targeting the jack of hearts, and his "hair" and the text below him, the sony is head and shoulders better than any of the other sensors in raw at least.  The lines of "hair" are visible in the sony, not so much in any other of the default camera choices.  The noise looks similar in each of the cameras, the sony just seems to have much better resolution as the text in the red-orange bar below the jack is readable in the sony then the nikon 7100 next best, at least when expanded on this part of the test object.  I think one could flip a coin as to which of the 7dmii or 70d is better, neither is legible.

I don't see anything that would let me say that the 7dmii is the best imaging crop sensor camera based on this subset of tests.  Wish I could though.

EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:00:25 PM »
This is what I'd like to see in a new 5 d  order of importance:

Same mount or at least use of current lenses w/o adapter.

MP in range of 26-36 for better crop resolution.  I expect we'll get 24MP.

Gain in high ISO quality, decreased noise. One stop would be wonderful.

Better autofocus.

Wifi and gps and eos utility for iOS to tether to ipad.  Built in radio flash control

6-8 frames per sec.

Price $3500 range compete w d810

And almost last in order of importance to me better DR.

Intervalometer, focus bracketing.  No loss of current functions HDR etc.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:31:52 PM »
Green flash on wing?

Canon SL1 1/160 f5.0 iso 400 35mm f/2 IS

From 25B

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:39:38 PM »
 They ll go incremental.  23mp 5div,  24mp Dx s......  This is canon we're talking about after all.   And really do I want a 120mp body?  Seriously I don't want to take any steps backward in high ISO IQ for the sake of MP's.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:46:07 PM »
Corey I like your bird shots, especially the composition.  I really wish that you and everyone really would show full exif info to show on flikr, but that's just my pet peeve.

My criteria of a sharp bird picture like yours is to be able to see the little dots around the birds' eyes.  When the eye dots show the feather detail is there as well and there is no reason one should not shoot to capture all these details.  BTW if anyone knows what the dots are called I'd like to know. 

 For web use the crop does a decent job, for prints I still want to see the fine details, and for that FF is my boat.  So I'm with Michael Hodges on this one.  So far the 7Dii raws haven't given me a reason to change my thinking or shooting.

Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:59:34 PM »
Milky way view looking south over Nantucket Sound sept 17th isn.

Needless to say the skies were not truly dark.  Shot with an sl1 and canon 35mm f2.0 IS shot at f2 and 6 seconds.

I wanted the look of dark sky with sharp pointy stars that others in this thread have achieved, so suggestions welcomed.  Shown pp'ed two different ways.  There was a bit of water effect fog over the ocean, making the terminator a little dark.

Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:32:37 AM »
Can we assume from the mtf curves that the new 400 is going to do real well with extenders ?

It looks like the center is going to be good in sharpness but can anything be said about boka flair ,  ca or saturation from the curves?

This might make a kick ass hiking wildlife lens.

Lenses / Re: 100-400mm and more DO lenses confirmed
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:13:44 PM »
Dolina I think the conflation was directed to s rock's comment as you separated the propositions with a conjunction.


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