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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 5D Mark III Replacement Talk [CR2]
« on: January 27, 2015, 03:51:21 PM »

personally...my 5DIII's are doing a great job. A 5D4 needs some killer features for me to consider upgrading. Which at the moment, I don't have an obvious need.

+1 Same here.

I think the 7D2 would make a great primary body.  I own/owned them both.  Now I mostly shoot my 5D3 and the 7D2 when I need more reach, better AF/fps for swimming and action the 5D3 is lacking for.

For me, once I used a Full Frame (5D), I knew that FF would be my primary body for good.  I shoot more wide than long so FF is more conducive to what I prefer.


Lenses / Re: Talk about your ef 300mm f/2.8
« on: December 08, 2014, 12:17:03 PM »
This is a very timely thread since I'm in the market for VI or II.  I'd be using it for wildlife shots with 1.4 or 2.  I like the versatility of it.  I'm leaning towards the VI since there's almost a $2000 difference in prices and if I dropped the sucker, I don't think I'd feel good for quite a while. 

Lenses / Re: Extender EF 2X III Help
« on: December 04, 2014, 05:52:45 PM »
It's pretty snug Dylan.  Once its locked in, it doesn't move.  The contacts look clean too. 

Lenses / Extender EF 2X III Help
« on: December 04, 2014, 05:29:22 PM »
I bought 2 X Mark III extender on ebay to use with a 300mm f2.8 II (which I haven't bought yet) and tried it out on my 5dMarkIII and 7dMarkII with my 70-200mm f2.8 lens.  No autofocus at any aperture.  I checked the autofocus on the lens and it was on.   Did I make a mistake in my assumptions that it would work on these cameras? or is something wrong with the extender.  I use my 1.4 extender and it works fine.   The 2X extender looks immaculate with everything clean and the sensors bright and shiny. Any ideas would be appreciated. 

Photography Technique / Re: Share 3x your own advice to yourself!
« on: November 27, 2014, 12:51:50 AM »
1. see what is in the background
2. buy the best glass the first time
3. when you "zoom" with your feet watch where you are going.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 26, 2014, 05:47:52 PM »
Well done allkar. I really like this shot.

+1  Excellent work.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 04:44:57 PM »
any examples?
your flicker site is impressive

I just checked his flicker page too and they are impressive.  Great moose shots too.  You should teach or at least have your own website.  Nice work.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 02:08:49 PM »

westr70, can you tell me which version of DPP came with the camera?


It is  Hope that helps.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 01:15:40 PM »

Nice. So I am guessing that there was no difference between Live View and normal AF as you shoot through the viewfinder.

I don't typically use liveview since I'm generally doing BIF.  So far the images are great.  Thanks for your help.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:14:40 PM »
Okay, I have resolved my DPP issue.  I had been using the most recent version and that didn't seem to work.  I installed the one I got with the camera and that worked just fine.  The resulting test pictures (raw) out of the camera were great once they were converted to TIFF and then to LR and then to PS.  Attached image is unmodified except for the various transitions.  This is a 100 percent crop but reduced to 800 px.  The head is OOF but the feather detail is excellent. I'm happy.  Thanks to everyone for their help and input. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 04, 2014, 07:21:29 PM »

This is an example of a in camera jpg.  The feather detail is simply not there. 

EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:53:35 PM »
So got to Lynda.com sign up ... then sign up to Adobe CC .. and get going learning with Adobe certified instructors.

+1 to an external mic ...

+1 I agree, IMO its the best way to go.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 04, 2014, 06:48:26 PM »
I don't have the 7Dii but with my 7D and 5Diii I've noticed that the default sharpness settings are lower than I would normally use. I suggest you shoot some RAW files and use DPP to convert to jpg.
If it still looks soft, check your MFA.

Unfortunately, I can't open the raw files in DPP.  Never used it before and the tutorials for it are for a previous version.  In any event the raw files are locked. 

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