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EOS Bodies / 7D Mark II Amazing Custom Settings
« on: November 13, 2014, 07:01:38 PM »
Every day I am discovering something new with the 7D2..well at least new to me so thought I would start a thread on custom settings that you swear by and why you like them.

The first I would like to share is the re-assignment of one of the back buttons (I used the AE lock button) to assign a recall of a custom setting.  Here you can register any number of settings to instantly load at the push of a button.  So if that's not enough, you can also assign an AF mode.  For this button I unchecked all of the options except for AF area selection mode.  I assign this to spot focus.

Now when I am in zone AF or 65 point or any other mode tracking a bird in the open and need to suddenly stick pick my shot I can just press the AE (*) button and I get an instant spot to focus on.

I am also playing around with the reverse.  It gets tricky when you need to manually move the spot :)  However I am finding this new feature pretty useful.

Please share what you have found.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7D Mark II Reported Issues
« on: November 09, 2014, 01:35:59 PM »
Thought I would start a thread today for issues noticed with the 7D Mark II.

I will start with one issue I discovered today shooting a Soccer game.  First of all my setup:

7D MKII with 300mm F2.8L IS II [ AFMA +8  :( ]  Ok got that taken care of.  The one issue I noticed is a lag from the time the shutter button is pressed to when the AF locks on.  No hunting just a noticeable lag in acquiring initial focus.  Most may not notice but in sports it can make the difference between getting the shot and not.  This condition does not exist on my 5DIII so it's something specific to the 7DII.

I was using center AF point only (though the condition exists on all of the AF area settings I tried).

Hopefully this is something that can be resolved in a firmware update.  Hopefully someone here may have discovered a setting which minimizes this issue.

Software & Accessories / BIF and Wildlife using Magic Lantern Dual ISO
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:03:22 PM »
I spent a day shooting wildlife using Magic Lanterns Dual ISO mode on my 5D3 and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

I was wondering if anyone else has used Dual iso for such and care to share their settings and experiences. 

I was using 400/1600 on a day with full sun which i think maybe was a little aggressive.  However i was able to use shutter speeds of around 1/1250 at f6.3 with my 600 f4L.

One thing that i did notice was that i did not have to compensate exposure for shots against bright backgrounds or sky.  Typically with BIF i need to overexpose 1 to 2 stops and blow out the sky to get good shadow exposure.  Dual iso allowed me to pull up the shadows with the benefit of low noise and no blown out highlights.

Wondering if anyone has experimented with this much and cared to share settings they have used in varying conditions.

EOS Bodies / Anything shot with an EOS-3 35mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:30:27 PM »
I felt a bit nostalgic and picked up an EOS-3 35mm film camera and was pleasantly surprised i could still find 35mm film being sold at CVS.  Ive been shooting with a 5diii and 7d for so long i forgot what film images really look like.  Im still on my first roll of film but wondering if anyone else still uses a 3 for photography.  I used to shoot a lot of black and white in the day and barely recall the excellent dynamic range that film can capture.  I am somewhat excited over this...maybe as much as when i first switched to digital in the 90s.

Post some of your digitized images here.

EOS-M / How do you pack and carry your EOS-M?
« on: January 11, 2014, 06:48:45 PM »
Wondering what everyone uses to pack and/or carry your Eos-m around with along with its accessories?

Landscape / Post Your Comet Pictures
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:57:59 AM »
Comet 2011L4 has been putting on quite a show in the southern hemisphere and next week (3/10/2013) those of us in the northern hemisphere will get a chance.

Please post your comet pictures and let us know what equipment/settings you used.

EOS Bodies / Canon 1DX vs 5DIII Wildlife Comparison
« on: February 18, 2013, 10:41:01 AM »
I just completed my two week eval of the Canon 1DX shooting wildlife exclusively.  I shoot regularly with a 5DIII and was curious to see what the 1DX might offer over the 5DIII.  I paired it up with a 600 f/4 and shot with and without a 1.4X III converter.  I tried the 2XIII but at AFMA -20 it was still not focusing...tried a few manual focus shots and LV but gave up.  I spent the first few days getting the 600 and 600+1.4x focus adjusted using AFMA.  Tried the dot method and Focal and just gave up and did it by hand shooting ducks on a lake.  All of my testing was done in RAW mode and images were compared/processed using PS CS5.

Here are my comments after using the 1DX for two weeks shooting various waterfowl and bald eagles:

•   12 fps does not really offer much.  Sounds nice in theory but for wildlife I think it’s excessive.  6 to 8 gives you enough to work with.
•   1DX shutter is LOUD!!!!  So loud that it scares away anything in earshot.  The 5DIII even in high speed drive mode is much much quieter.  Drop the 5D3 into silent mode and ducks within 20ft still cant hear it.
•   Shooting up to ISO 1000 I did not see any improvement in noise levels.  I’m sure it’s better but not enough to notice in real world situations.
•   1DX is 18MP full frame.  Compared to my 5DIII at 22MP full frame, I believe the noise patterns on the 5D3 are actually smaller and less noticeable.  Probobly due to the slightly higher pixel density.
•   I did not see any improvement in image sharpness
•   I did not see any improvement in dynamic range…though I’m sure it’s better…just cant see it in real world wildlife use.
•   The thing soaks battery like no tomorrow.  Had to charge the battery at 50% after two shoots.  Compared to two weeks with the 5DIII and dual batteries in the grip.  1DX you can only have one battery at a time.
•   Some of the added firmware features are nice and there are more programmable buttons but I didn’t find them useful or necessary over what I already have on the 5DIII.  None of the extra features on the 1DX offered anything useful for wildlife photography over the 5DIII.
•   1DX costs twice as much.

The 1DX is clearly geared up for action sports photography and is a bit more rugged and water sealed than the 5DIII.  As much as I wanted to qualify it as a BETTER wildlife camera, I just could not.  Pixel peepers will have their say but for those of us that live in the real world, the 5DIII is just as good as the 1DX and due to the higher pixel density I would put it slightly ahead of the 1DX for this kind of work.

These comments are based on my opinion shooting wildlife for 30 years.  Others will have their opinions and I welcome them for the sake of open discussion.

Lenses / 600mm F/4L IS AFMA settings
« on: November 20, 2012, 09:18:32 AM »
Can anyone provide guidance on their AFMA settings used with their 600 F/4L IS?  I primarily am using a 5DMIII now.

Also If you've used Focal to calibrate your AFMA settings, what target distance and size has worked best for you?  I have had issues getting the software to finish a test and my thoughts are perhaps I am out too far for the software to properly analyze the target.  Curious as to others experience.

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