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Lenses / Re: 400 DO II continues to test out as superb
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:14:05 PM »
luckydude, that looks impressive to me!  Please do the comparisons, they'll be very welcomed.

Jack

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon EOS-7D Mark II AF Grid Void
« on: January 29, 2015, 06:09:25 PM »
Thanks East Wind Photography and bluenoser1993,  I agree with what's being expressed.  I have until the end of March to decide and maybe just stick with my 6D for now.  Still spending time on the Queen Charlotte Islands is the plan and there are birds and wildlife in abundance including bears, eagles etc. so ........??

I'll be watching all the threads!  :-\

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:24:27 PM »
ERHP, we now seldom even get them (any bluebirds) on a post let alone opportunities to try flight shots.  That is really nice.

A side note here.  Sometimes a few waterbirds end up in some Alberta oil producers pond and all the well meaning environmentalists raise a huge cry, it can be 5 birds and it's on the news.  Recently, I read that pet cats are killing multiple millions of birds in N A and represent a threat to some populations.  Not news worthy, of course! :(  I'm all for protecting our environment but sometimes I think the birds have more brains than the people.

Jack

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon EOS-7D Mark II AF Grid Void
« on: January 29, 2015, 12:09:27 PM »
Thanks, East Wind Photography.

Reading the other threads, it seems you started out shooting a basketball game with glowing reviews when others were beginning to to knock the AF.  It is really hard to sort out the chronic incapable complainers from those that have had legitimate issues.  Have you, or others you're aware of, had extensive communication with Canon on this?

The old truth floated back into my consciousness yesterday - generally, you get what you pay for. :(

Jack

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: The Canon EOS-7D Mark II AF Grid Void
« on: January 28, 2015, 07:23:36 PM »
Boy I'm all ears and hope to hear more one way or t'other since I was looking at the 7D2 for BIF and my 6D is a dog in that area.  I'd like more reach, sure, but 300 2.8 II X2 III has been really satisfying for me and 6D IQ is fine for my static bird shooting etc.

I guess what's needed is for more owners shooting 1Dx AND 7D2 to relate their experiences with AF since we know the 7D2 is a significant improvement on the 7D.

Jack

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EOS Bodies / Re: Big Announcements Coming Next Week [CR3]
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:36:03 AM »
Since canon eventually introduced a proper auto ISO function for M and Av in the 7D II we can expect the new FF bodies will also get it. Nikon already had it in the D800.

With the 5D III and 6D Canon at least introduced "minimum shutter speed in Av + auto ISO". This is a simple but very powerful feature not existing in older FF bodies. Before this function was availible, the shutter speed choosen by the camera was 1/focal length. This deprecated rule is just not valid for high megapixel cameras like the 5D II.

However I do not understand why they didn't allow the user to alternatively set the factor between focal length and shutter speed. This is so useful for zoom lenses and non-moving subjects. They also did not implement exposure compensation in M with auto ISO. This would just make so much sense. I always envied the Nikon shooters for having both features implemented nicely in the D800  ;). Now the 7D II has it! So I hope the "5D whatever" will also have it.

I my opinion the "auto ISO + min shutter speed in Av" feature is so powerful that it would really make sense to enable the user to set the min shutter speed via a dial on the camera (similar to setting the iso value). This would be easy to implement but would give big improvement for many photographers.

Agreed.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 27, 2015, 09:01:22 AM »
Haven't been posting here because, ah, um, well, I only have a 6D and furthermore I'm not (yet) very good at all with quick aim and shoot and all that.  But with January boredom setting in, I started playing with chickadee captures, kind of in flight but more like landing shots and here's one that is cute.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:14:55 PM »
Thanks AlanF.  Your comment sounds like one that someone that just got married would make!  I'll be waiting with greatest interest for your "after the honeymoon comments".  ;) ;)

Still, it sounds like I wouldn't regret a 7D2 if I must, before May's trip.

Jack

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 26, 2015, 01:04:18 PM »
Marsu42, I'm with you on these comments.  As a knowledgeable "beginner" and two years with the 6D, with its shortcomings, I don't regret the purchase and purchase price for a millisecond.  I've gotten many shots that people rave about in spite of its AF and FPS.  The 300 2.8 II and the 70-200 2.8 II were much more important to me than the camera.  However, I'm now on the fence for a new Canon body and all this talk is a lot of fun to follow so that my next purchase will be the correct one.  It's Canon for me.

Leave out wifi everyone goes ballistic, put it in everyone criticizes - oops it's not really everyone, just - some who are very vocal - now I know but two years ago I was really perplexed. ;)  CR has been very helpful to me and all opinions are useful and worth considering.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 25, 2015, 11:21:05 PM »
LarryC1973, what a wonderful experience and to capture such lovely shots.

Jack

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 25, 2015, 10:16:12 PM »
Wow, what's that - I had to look it up -wiki.  Nice shot.

"The magpie-lark was originally described by English ornithologist John Latham in 1802. Like many Australian birds, it was named for its apparent similarity to the northern Hemisphere birds familiar to European settlers. In fact, it is neither a magpie nor a lark and is not particularly closely related to either—though its actual relationship to other birds remains uncertain: it was traditionally placed somewhere in-between the mud nest builders and the currawong family (both of which look rather similar) but, in the light of modern DNA studies, is now grouped with the monarch flycatchers."

Jack


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:57:08 PM »
AlanF, from time to time don't forget to give your evaluation of the 7D2 from personal experience.  I'll be on the fence until March or maybe early April.

Jack

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 25, 2015, 07:53:31 PM »
Thanks LetTheRightLensIn for another sample.  Did my waxwing sample fall into the range that photographers would likely take exception to - I'm new to all this.

Jack

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 25, 2015, 03:19:20 PM »
Thanks bluemoon,

I've seen the effect in the items previously mentioned but then I saw the comment that it doesn't occur in nature and so I went back to look at my waxwing shots and found this sample.  I believe I've had similar and worse on some other waxwing shots and didn't like it and wondered where it came from.  Never noticed it on other birds.  Curious bird me is I guess.

Jack

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EOS Bodies / Re: 50mp Cameras Coming in March [CR1]
« on: January 25, 2015, 03:57:22 AM »
Tell me is this and example of moiré?

Jack

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