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Lenses / Re: TDP Results for 7D MK II and 100-400mmL MK II
« on: December 25, 2014, 08:13:51 PM »
So if we look at these charts it would lead us to believe we would get a bit more reach with the 7D II. This sound very good. But this is a zoom lens, and that cripples the benefit, why buy a zoom lens to only shoot at the longest length like a prime? Any shot you can make under 400mm that can be properly framed will have a greater benefit in IQ with the FF than the gain you make in reach using the crop. This is just something to weigh out if a person is choosing a body to go with the lens.

I'd choose any modern FF camera, no matter how gimped, over a 7D or 7DII for wildlife.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:04:07 AM »
I think it's fair comment when people are reduced to excusing away low ISO noise and DR quality.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:51:52 PM »
Canon's high mega-pixel APS-C cameras fair poorly in crepuscular conditions, which are usually the best time to film the charismatic mega-fauna found in the Northern Rockies.

I went out with an open mind the last two years, shooting Canon crop and FF in the same conditions. The results speak for themselves.

But I agree, use what works for you.

If you are shooting birds in brightly lit beach environments or using flash, grab the 7DII. If you are unable to control the light and shoot in crepuscular conditions, go FF.

And apparently, the target market for the 7DII is those who don't care about image quality. Interesting rationalization.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:47:46 PM »
Really? The 7d & 7d2 not even as a door stop?

That was a quote from the best wildlife photographer in the Rockies, not mine.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:44:24 PM »
I though it was generally fair. I wouldn't have put so much space into the low ISO DR testing since the results were to be expected and didn't reflect the 7D2's intended High speed/High ISO/ Long Lens use.

The 7DII isn't intended for high ISO use. That's the 6D and 5DIII. Oh, and the 7DII isn't intended for low ISO, low noise landscape use either, that's intended for the 6D and 5D III.

See where this is going?  ;)

I concur.  I liked the review.  I think they spent a bit more time dwelling on low ISO noise than was probably warranted for the target market.

A $1900 DSLR market isn't interested in low ISO noise levels?

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:37:26 PM »

Generalize much? That statement could not be less true. Many of the worlds best wildlife photographers were still using 7D's as recently as a month ago, That was when they switched to 7D2's. You should get out more or find some new "professional" wildlife photographers to shoot with.

I've been shooting with the world's best in Montana the last three months, and none of them would use a 7D or 7DII as a doorstop.

The sensor is ancient tech.

Canon's high MP, APS-C cameras are great for situations where you control the light, such as fashion or portrait. But when filming wild animals during winter inversions, they're just not up to the task. FF is.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:36:32 PM »

I posted this to the BIF thread earlier today. Center 15pt small zone AF. I have a sequence of about a dozen of these and they are all sharp despite some very erratic movement. The AF works great if you put the effort into it. It took a while for me to get it dialed in.

Really nice capture but the noise is quite high.

Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 07:41:40 PM »
You would think, but my experience had been that I would rather crop than deal with the IQ from the 7D

Agreed. And so does every professional wildlife photographer I shoot with. They exited the crop game with the 7D and never went back. Crop or get longer glass.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 7D mark II
« on: December 10, 2014, 08:56:45 PM »
The 6D will beat out the 7D in all circumstances related to low light, both for focusing and high ISO noise. 


EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MKII -- Love the low noise!
« on: December 10, 2014, 01:25:53 AM »
there is no match when you compare it to other brands as a system and not just on noise.

Lots of qualifiers there.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 70D/7DII vs 5DIII + TC
« on: December 10, 2014, 01:24:09 AM »
I think it is a better tool for bird and wildlife photography than a full frame camera.

I've used both recently here in the Montana wilds. Even the 6D is better than the 7DII for anything but tiny birds.

You have to look at the aesthetic of the entire image, like background vegetation metering in harsher light, exposure consistency, and micro-contrast. FF just takes more professional looking photos.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 7D mark II
« on: December 09, 2014, 01:40:30 AM »
I don't think it would even up much.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 7D mark II
« on: December 07, 2014, 10:41:48 PM »
I would not recommend an APS-C camera over the 6D for any purpose except tiny birds.


Please explain: how can a sensor compensate for inappropriate or low-quality lens?  How can a sensor compensate for very poor focus?  How can a sensor compensate for poor composition?

Composition is a poor comparison, because it's not really a measurable, repeatable technology like a sensor.

A lens is only as good as the sensor. The sensor is the foundation. A mediocre lens will come to life when swapping from APS-C to FF.

The goal of all of this, of Canon Rumors, of camera tech chat forums, of speculation, is the holy grail of IQ. This reveals itself in having to perform less post processing on original RAW images. Lenses do play a role, but not in noise and DR.

I guess the lesson today is that post processing trumps all.

Sensor trumps all. The better the sensor, the less post processing.

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