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EOS Bodies - For Stills / FotoBuzz 7D Mark II Update
« on: December 12, 2014, 01:33:02 PM »
Andy Rouse has updated his review on the 7D Mark II.

Some great new pics!

http://www.foto-buzz.com/index.php?script=page&id=77&type=fotoskool

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: December 11, 2014, 03:49:01 PM »
I'm wondering if the next firmware update will sort out some of these niggles

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Software & Accessories / Re: UNBOXING: Battery Grip BG-E16 for 7D2
« on: December 09, 2014, 11:24:37 AM »
Thanks for the very informative video and I think you presented it very well.

When the other poster said you spoke to fast, I was expecting Busta Rhymes  ;D

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Seriously !!! "firm plastic" !!!
You do realize that is an oxymoron right !
I urge you all to look-up the meaning of these two words, particularly "plastic".
Our brains are Plastic, but calibration tools should not be.


 Se il vous plaît assurer cerveau est engagée avant la bouche d'exploitation

Some L series lenses are firm plastic

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 08, 2014, 05:07:04 PM »
I posted something similar a few months back and with all the answers I got, it still brought me back to something I needed to look closer at.

Me and my thinking.

What exactly do I mean? Well, how willing am I to truly learn as opposed to stubbornly deciding what I will take in.

Example: I started my photography 3 years back and read up on the rule of thirds. The article I read spoke a great deal of novices needing to compose according these rules, learn their effect and value and once part of your methodology, begin breaking them occasionally in order to differentiate your photography.

What did I do? Decided to skip the the entire step about composing according to the rule of thirds.

In doing that, I lost compositional value and effect in many photographs and I'm still trying to unlearn some silly habits I built into my workflow.

Certainly with the short window one has for landscapes during the golden hour, compositional understanding and application is critical. Especially considering the time you have to get up, the travel to your scene.

The Film Era Photographers, I believe, have greater respect for composition. They have better trained inclinations towards what makes a scene work.

Like I dismissed understanding the rule of thirds, I believe dismissing the knowledge Film Era Photographers have, is to rob yourself of a chance to learn.

So I have something I ask myself quite a bit: "Paul, just how many sharp, well exposed photos have you taken that have little to no impact?"
What makes it dull? Crappy composition.

Don't know if this is the kind of reply you wanted but I do believe that art is not in the technicalities but in composition.

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I've just bought the 7Dii and it is a stunning performer for what it does.

The question is, is what it does, what you're looking for a camera to do?

Shooting indoors, even in well lit spaces, still requires an ISO crank and between the two, the 5D3 certainly outshines the 7Dii, not to mention that with your 70-200 f/2.8 mkii, you will get superb images.

I would say that the 5Diii would be my recommendation, even though the 7Dii's ISO performance is fantastic for a Canon APS-C body.

As a graphic designer, I'm sure image quality is a non negotiable for you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:44:40 AM »


After editing are they still not very sharp? Are we taking about jpgs or raws?

Raws at 100% in Lightroom or Photoshop. I'd say they they just aren't as tack sharp as a full frame image from my 5D3. It's not that they aren't in focus. Sharpness might not be the best word. More like a 5D3 file that's been cropped and then rez'd back up to a higher resolution. 7D2 files are a 60% magnification of 5D3 files so its no surprise that it shows. I'm sure lots of folks won't agree, but I'd say the 7D2 vs 5D3 gives you an additional 20% increase in resolution (7D2 vs croped 5D3) but magnifies your files by 60%. So the extra 40% shows up as a lack of sharpness if that makes sense. There is a price to be paid which can be seen at 100%. Sorry about all of the %'s. ;)

Got you that makes sense. Thanks for the reply.

Sure, it's a simplification but I think it gets to the core of the issue. Added an edit so I thought i'd bump it

edit...this is just for 100% pixel peepers. Normal size prints and electronic files for distribution look fine. But, if you won't be happy with anything less than the highest possible IQ. Well...do you need me to say it...1DX, Big Whites and a bird blind to hide in...

So this thing, where an image looks pin sharp on the LCD (yup, I know it's a jpeg preview) and impressively sharp in ZoomBrowser but looks super soft in ACR, is to be expected with 7Dii files?

Process with DPP4 and it will be sharp like the JPEG previews. Keep in mind the JPEG you are looking at on the LCD and in ZoomBrowser has already been sharpened. In ACR it will start out by looking soft but should sharpen the same, it just starts at 0.

It is to be expected, LR is the same way and it will sharpen to equal the JPEGS.

Thanks takesome1, it was really bugging me that the RAW images looked so poor.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:22:23 AM »


After editing are they still not very sharp? Are we taking about jpgs or raws?

Raws at 100% in Lightroom or Photoshop. I'd say they they just aren't as tack sharp as a full frame image from my 5D3. It's not that they aren't in focus. Sharpness might not be the best word. More like a 5D3 file that's been cropped and then rez'd back up to a higher resolution. 7D2 files are a 60% magnification of 5D3 files so its no surprise that it shows. I'm sure lots of folks won't agree, but I'd say the 7D2 vs 5D3 gives you an additional 20% increase in resolution (7D2 vs croped 5D3) but magnifies your files by 60%. So the extra 40% shows up as a lack of sharpness if that makes sense. There is a price to be paid which can be seen at 100%. Sorry about all of the %'s. ;)

Got you that makes sense. Thanks for the reply.

Sure, it's a simplification but I think it gets to the core of the issue. Added an edit so I thought i'd bump it

edit...this is just for 100% pixel peepers. Normal size prints and electronic files for distribution look fine. But, if you won't be happy with anything less than the highest possible IQ. Well...do you need me to say it...1DX, Big Whites and a bird blind to hide in...

So this thing, where an image looks pin sharp on the LCD (yup, I know it's a jpeg preview) and impressively sharp in ZoomBrowser but looks super soft in ACR, is to be expected with 7Dii files?

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: December 07, 2014, 02:20:59 PM »
That's a very nice shot Sabaki. Well done.

Thanks Click :)

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: December 07, 2014, 01:52:59 PM »
Garden Locust

Canon 7D mark II | Canon EF 100mm L IS Macro | Canon MR-14EX Ringflash

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: December 06, 2014, 02:31:29 PM »
African Sacred Ibis

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Lenses / Re: Review: Sensor Performance of the 7D Mark II
« on: December 05, 2014, 12:18:13 AM »
Roger N Clark, you've just taken me to school!!!

You've just become my reference point for sensor discussions.

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Lenses / Re: What is your favorite lens/camera combo in your camerabag?
« on: December 04, 2014, 06:13:45 AM »
7Dii + 100mm L macro

7Dii + 400mm f/5.6

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: December 03, 2014, 06:02:47 AM »
I ran into the focusing problem today with the Canon 7Dii during my Servo Testing. It is consistently focusing behind the subject, nearly all of it's side to side test shots were out of focus. The 5Diii as a control had no issues with the same lens.

I am looking to send it back for a swap out. Ill update if the replacement is better.

AFMA?
meywd, this is what I did before I returned my 7Dii for a swap out.

I ran my images through Canon's ZoomBrowser to ascertain where the camera was focussing. Why? Well, via the results, I could determine whether it was merely a calibration issue or perhaps there was an issue with the focussing system/mechanism.

It was the focussing mechanism and not calibration.

Secondly, test the camera with shutter focus/release and do not setup for Back Button Focussing. This way, you can eliminate potential user issues/misunderstanding of the focussing set up and see how the images turn out.

For the record, the new copy of the camera I received works 100%, no AFMA required and it's performance is far better than the first.


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Have the BG-E5 on my Canon 500D and simply adore it. Awesome when you go out for the day shooting whatever and never have to have that little voice in the back of your mind saying "how's the battery holding up?"

I just got the 7Dii and I'm definitely getting a grip for it. Battery life is not good at all and when shooting birds, your concentration is better spent on what could be entering the scene.

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