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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some thoughts on the 7D2...
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:59:53 AM »
My sincere apologies 'whothafunk', I should have give it more thought...perhaps you can ask the admin to re-route to a thread you think more appropriate.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Some thoughts on the 7D2...
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:49:55 AM »
I wonder if:

...the dual sensor technology does not limit Canon on the pixel density of their sensor developement, and that's why we 'only' got a 20mp sensor in the 7d2? We are in theory looking at a 40mp sensor here aren't we?

...this camera is not aimed at 'budget' sport shooters who cant afford the FF 1Dx? The 1Dx guys are not complaining about 'only' having 18mp's. So the prosumer gets a crop sensor 10frames per second 20mp camera for quarter of the price? Seems like a fair trade off to me...Canon seems to have this 'two camera' with same images quality but different hardware strategy, 5d3 vs 6D, 70d vs 7d2,  and now also 1dx vs 7D2??

In my neck of the woods, South Africa, most keen photographers do wildlife, and I see many Eos apsc bodies in the Kruger National Park, mostly with long Sigma zoom lenses attached. I think they would just love a camera like this...something to aspire to even though the price here is just south of the 6D. Having the 7D2 will label you as a serious  amateur  with a bit more money than most :) ( after all a cameras is just 'male jewelery' for a lot of guys, isnt it ?  ;D )

...how good the high iso noise is? I suppose that is the one question we would all like to know....But if it is substantially better than the old 7D then I suppose we could look forward to this technology trickling up to the FF models....lets hope so at least.

...how good this Samsung will turn out to be? And how it will compare to the 7D2?

BTW I had a look at a D800 and the Nikon 24TS yesterday and took some Raw images which I then processed at home and compared to my 6D files. Not the same image but I have shot enough 6D 24mm shift images to be able to do some sort of a comparison. I was mightily disappointed in the images from the D800...dont know it it was the lens or maybe photographers ignorance, Nikon is just so different from Canon,  but they just weren't crisp and punchy like the ones from my 6D.... whereas I looked at some Sigma quattro images, jpegs from the web at Imaging resource, and they did impress me, far greater resolution than what I can get from my 6D, rather depressing actually to think how much more resolution one can squeeze out of an aps-c sensor...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:15:43 AM »
I am sure the 7d2 will be as good as it can possibly be...everything will work well & smoothly with more  refinement & accuracy etc etc just like my 6d and also the 5d3 just feels so much better than my old5d2.  But it seems that it will no longer have the best image qualitya t any iso (yes/no?) nor frames per second, nor features, nor almost anything one can think off...what it has going for it is a bunch of mostly very good lenses. But from all I have read Samsung also makes good lenses. It is going to be a while before they will become mainstream, but it sure looks like they left the starting blocks with a bang! It remains to be seen if Canon will pick up the challenge or just continue in their, so far very good, ways, but just not cutting edge anymore like in the days of the 5d and 5d2.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:39:50 AM »
Perhaps the question should be, is the 7d2 now two generations behind the Samsung NX1?? :)

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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:46:45 AM »
Nice, but where is the EVF???

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you need a really high ISO?
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:21:02 AM »
I use it all the time, gives one a lot of freedom! I shoot a lot of interiors using small portable speed lights, they are relatively weak so higher iso helps if you want to shoot at f11/16. Also I have had superb results shooting at iso25000 doing school plays etc. high iso quality depends very much on available lighting, lots of dark backgrounds with bright highlights work well, whereas flat scenes with lots of grays give poorer results. The 6D of course, imo, is much better at high iso than the 7d/70d and if you want the best high iso quality, imo, I would seriously consider FF...

Pic of airplane below, and 100% crop,  at at25000, no way else to shoot it!

Pic in restaurant and 100crop, also at 10000iso

In all the above, I needed the high iso  to keep shutterspeeds high enough to avoid camera shake.

more high iso pics here: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/03/eos-6d-review-part-3-homage-to-tri-x.html

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What worked for me in Namibia....
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:56:51 AM »
That's three separate posts on your trip to Namibia so far...  ::)

By the way, while you were there did you rent a quad bike in Swakopmund? it's a cool adventure :)

Yip, one has to generate traffic somehow! ;) No I didn't do the quads but went fishing with a pro and previously sand boarding which was great! Will post all the details in future...wait till you see my pics of the dunes and deadvlei!

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:52:06 PM »
Has anyone noticed that the 'true' max apertures as indicate by the Tstop is nowhere near the manufacturers claim? The Zeis is closer to a f1.8 lens than f1.4 and the rest fare no better....

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Landscape / Re: My Namibian Adventure!
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:12:46 PM »
yes you cant actually go wrong there....

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Lenses / Re: When will we see a replacement for the 100-400?
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:11:32 PM »
You aint...was told a while ago that 'improving' it would price it out of its target market....our host didn't believe me then, maybe he's right but why are we still waiting, in this 'year of the lens'?

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Black & White / Two weeks in Namibia!
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:17:04 AM »
I have just come back from a fantastic Namibian adventure! more info and images can be seen here:http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

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Landscape / My Namibian Adventure!
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:13:19 AM »
My two weeks in Namibia, more info and photos here at: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / What worked for me in Namibia....
« on: September 10, 2014, 11:10:57 AM »
I have just come back from two weeks in Namibia. I traveled from South Africa, via Botswana to the central part of Namibia including the Namib Naukluft. I have written a blog of my experiences and the equipment I used on the first part of my journey up to Sesriem which can be seen here: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon T3i, 60D, 7D comparison (same sensor??)
« on: September 10, 2014, 02:18:29 AM »
One reasons I am not much interested in the 7d, 70d, 700d etc is that I got the same sensor, which means same image quality, in the hugely discounted Eos M. Now the eos M is hugely flawed, we all know that and at launch price was a bit of a joke, however at these discounted prices it has become quite a nice little camera, of course nothing has changed but the price, its just that the flaws are more palatable at current prices.

Looking at the whole apsc line up, the differentiation is not in absolute image quality from the sensor, they all basically have the same sensor, its just that the AF is a little bit better, better quality body etc etc. this strategy must have saved Canon millions if not billions. Its just for us consumers its a bit of a let down when I have a semi pro 7d that gives the same image quality as an Eos M...of course the opposite is also true, I am trilled that my el cheapo eos M can give the same image quality as the top of the range 7d!

The more I think about it the more it looks like that is Canons strategy...same sensors across the range with ever better bodies and functionality as the price goes up. If I look at the image quality difference between the 5d3 and 6d, I see the same reasoning. Which makes me think,  will the 7d2 will basically have the same image quality as the 70D, just in a better looking body?

The rumored Samsung 28mp camera could be quite interesting. Even if we will not buy it en mass for whatever reason, if the sensor and camera is all what its rumored to be, it could be quite a dilemma for Canon/Nikon etc being upstaged by a 'mere' cell phone maker .....

We live in interesting times!

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if canon sales are indeed falling it will only be good news for us. Because then they might become more competitive either ito price, quality, specs, dare I mention sensor design? etc etc. But I fear that they are still no1 all over...so they will only 'improve' slowly and incrementally

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