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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 27, 2014, 12:42:57 PM »
I seem too dumb for Nikon ergonomics, they just give me a headache. I feel a lot more comfortable with Canon's menu and button layouts. And I like their lenses better.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:13:16 AM »
I shoot mostly landscapes and some wildlife. For my shooting purposes, I prefer to have GPS data in the EXIF. Taking out the CF card and putting it into a card reader to download my pics to my computer is no problem for me, therefore I don't miss Wifi.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:09:13 AM »
I might be naive, but would it not be better to wait for the codecs to appear in EOS Utility and Adobe programs before making judgments based on work-arounds?

Of course it would be better – but who is that patient nowadays?  :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images - High Res
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:35:39 AM »
...the actual quality of the sensor or the IQ of its RAW output... is the only thing that matters (for me anyway).

Then it's time to preorder.

Oh yeah, a Hassy would be nice. But that's a bit out of my league  :D

I am perfectly aware that no APS-C sensor will deliver the same IQ as a FF. I just want to see what they can do. I would be perfectly OK with a sensor that performs slightly better than the 7D for high ISO and gets rid of the banding noise showing up even at low ISOs. I hope that this is not too much to ask after five years…

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images - High Res
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:31:06 PM »
As nice some of these pics look, they do not tell us a lot about the actual quality of the sensor or the IQ of its RAW output. And that is the only thing that matters (for me anyway).

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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:40:37 AM »
For me as a 7D owner, the mkII looks very impressive on paper. I will decide how excited I am when I see some reliable tests concerning sensor performance and IQ. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: How can we improve on 5D3 to 5D4?
« on: September 16, 2014, 02:58:36 AM »
I know it's just bells and whistles, but I would quite like the GPS, USB3 and that new lever around the joystick to choose AF settings quickly. Otherwise I would only expect the 5DIV to change in small ways – like getting the new metering and AF systems that look so good on the 7DII spec sheet, a sensor with really low read noise (no banding) and perhaps a few megapixels more resolution, a higher frame rate and a bigger buffer for RAWs (and probably a double processor to handle the data volume), two CF card slots and the weather sealing of the 7DII. That would be all, tank you  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:52:53 AM »
On paper this looks like a real winner and I can sense that curious urge to hit the pre-order button in my fingertips. But I will resist at least until there are reliable tests of sensor performance and IQ.

By the way: I could not find any info wether the radio flash trigger is still on board. I hope I just missed that…

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:42:20 PM »
If you want both IQ and features, you need to fork out another $1000-$1500 to move up to the 5DIII.

If you already own EF lenses, that is. If your glass predominantly consist of EF-S lenses, you'll have to shell out a whole lot more for the lenses to go with the 5DIII…   :-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 04:02:26 AM »
As a 7D owner I am not overjoyed by the prospect of a hand-me-down sensor from a previous APS-C camera. I really like my 7D except for the awful banding noise showing up even at low ISOs. If they managed to get rid of that and get the remaining noise to look a bit less gritty, I would be much happier and might consider to get one. Apart from sensor quality (an unknown as of yet) the specs of the 7D II look rather good to me. Especially the new AF systems sounds like a real killer. Let's see what the camera can deliver in real world conditions. Until then – happy shooting everybody!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is this a joke?
« on: August 15, 2014, 03:55:28 AM »
Bogus – the entries are several months old and unless Canon has deployed the 7D II without telling anyone, there is no 7D II (yet)  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:19:09 PM »
With auto-ISO enabled, the Manual camera setting isn't really fully manual. It would be great if the camera allowed exposure compensation for the "not quite manual" setting where shutter and f/stop were fixed but ISO was automatic. 

+1
I miss this functionality on my 7D as well…

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:34:31 AM »
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You can always put camera gear in to a serious hiking backpack but it's hard (if not impossible) to take an expensive photography backpack and use it for serious hiking.


I could not agree more. I've been using a F-stop Loka for a few years now, and while it's a great backpack and probably one of the finest camera backpacks available, I feel a lot more comfortable with my Arcteryx Astral 65 even if I put twice as much weight in it. There is a world of difference, at least to my me and my back. I would say that camera backpack manufacturers have a very long way to go, when it comes to ergonomics.  I'm thinking of adding a Lowepro Toploader AW 50 to my kit, now that I have sold the Loka, to be chucked in with the rest of my hiking kit. It should hold a L-plated 6D with a wide angle zoom nice and snugly.

Generally I agree that trekking/mountaineering-specific packs are the best available in terms of wearing comfort. But the comparison of the F-Stop Loka with the Arc'teryx Altra is not really fair. The Loka is a 37 litre pack with not that much padding on the hip belt and the shoulder straps. It is not meant to carry 30 kilos like the Altra (which is a fabulous pack by the way). If you try a Tilopa BC (48 litres) or a Satori EXP (62 litres) you might get a rather different experience: both packs are very well constructed and padded so that you can carry your 20-30 kilos of photo gear, mountaineering stuff, clothes, food etc. quite comfortably. It's still heavy to lug around 20 kilos though…  ;D

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:33:47 AM »
… oh, and I forgot the EF 24-105L II with better IS, coatings and really good sealing 8)

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:30:44 AM »
I'd like to see UWA lenses for both FF and APS-C that are
  • fast
  • sharp (even if wide open)
  • and do not suffer from the beastly coma aberration that turns stars into wedge-shaped UFOs like the EF-S 10-22 does.

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