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EOS Bodies / Re: Possible Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Spec Talk [CR2]
« on: February 22, 2015, 10:58:22 PM »

But if you only have 18MP to start with, you can't afford to crop your image because you have so few pixels to work with. Lets say you want to crop to 1.6x, that leaves you with a 7MP image... that isn't even enough to display on a 4k monitor, let alone print in large sizes... So it seems you would be better off with more MP and slightly higher per pixel noise, since you would still have a useable image when you were done.

I think 30-50 MP is the sweet spot for current sensor tech. It lets you get great high ISO noise and still have plenty of room to crop your pictures. The A7r and the D810, both have great high iso performance and both have >30MP's. I would rather they keep the pixels from 30-50 and just keep improving the ISO performance and FPS and AF.

Is funny seeing text that suggests 18 million pixels is not very many. Another advantage is the effects it has on computer processing. The 50MP files in Tif format will be quite large and doing manipulations in Photoshop etc will be affected.

I guess it depends on how you're looking at the images. I found moving to a retina iMac+SSD both terrific (because it's pretty quick, and I don't have to wait long for Photoshop) and hard on the photos I take. I don't have to crop the 7dii images much before the loss of quality is obvious. I still need to able to crop, to fix composition when a bird is flying past at speed, etc, and over the last few months having a 5k screen is really making me work harder in the field to get the composition exactly right, because there isn't much room to move in post. But then I'm looking at the images on screen, not printed etc...

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Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom 6 Coming Very Soon
« on: February 18, 2015, 07:54:46 PM »
I hope it fixes the sluggishness of Lightroom on retina iMacs. Great screen but lightroom is slower than on my retina MBPro.

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EOS-M / Re: Poll: Would you have bought the M3? (North America)
« on: February 09, 2015, 10:54:12 PM »
I've lost the thread of why this topic exists. What's the downside of buying one online? What difference does it make whether or not there's a US distributer? (I'm not in the US, but I still managed to buy RRS gear, and Markins, and any amount of other stuff for which there is no distributer in my country.)

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: January 22, 2015, 10:47:20 PM »
7dii, 400 5.6. Check out my new website: http://michaelhooperphotography.com

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: Do you need 1/8000s shutter speed?
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:06:41 AM »
I went for a walk recently and ended up with about a dozen photos at 1/8000. It was on the top of a mountain, very clear air and very very very bright light. The landscape shot was under cloud, and still at 1/8000. (35mm at 1.4 on a 7dii)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 05:33:20 PM »

Oh, I see. Thanks for that link. Back to googling.
I like the look of the BH-40, but after exchange rate changes and shipping I'm not sure it's in my price range. It's obviously better and lighter but I guess that's why it's exactly twice the price of the manfrotto.


A copy stand will serve you far better than a tripod with the camera pointed downwards, for photographing documents. Much cheaper, more accurate leveling, and fine adjustments of focal length possible. You can even build yourself one if you are inclined towards DIY.
For your secondary use, the 055CX is very good, but it is heavier than the Gitzos or RRSs with similar load bearing capacity.
I wouldn't buy a non-Arca Swiss head- it is future proof. Markins, Arca Swiss (without the quick release plate), RRS, Acratech all make excellent heads. Can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks for your reply. I should have said that it's in a library and I've seen other people using tripods but I doubt if a copy stand would be permitted. They have some tricky rules...
(The Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6 is arca compatible)

I wouldn't consider something compatible if it only works with proprietary equipment. To the best of my knowledge Manfrotto Q6 doesn't work with RRS, Wimberley, Kirk, etc. Please see link below for explanation:
http://www.scvphotoideas.com/2013/08/manfrotto-q6-top-lock-qr-adaptor.html?m=1


I wouldn't use a BH-40 with the 400/5.6. RRS is more expensive, you might want to try Kirk, Markins, Acratech, buying used, etc.

Which models should I be looking at? (It will mostly not be with the 400, but it would be good for that to be a possibility.)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 04:12:41 PM »
Oh, I see. Thanks for that link. Back to googling.
I like the look of the BH-40, but after exchange rate changes and shipping I'm not sure it's in my price range. It's obviously better and lighter but I guess that's why it's exactly twice the price of the manfrotto.


A copy stand will serve you far better than a tripod with the camera pointed downwards, for photographing documents. Much cheaper, more accurate leveling, and fine adjustments of focal length possible. You can even build yourself one if you are inclined towards DIY.
For your secondary use, the 055CX is very good, but it is heavier than the Gitzos or RRSs with similar load bearing capacity.
I wouldn't buy a non-Arca Swiss head- it is future proof. Markins, Arca Swiss (without the quick release plate), RRS, Acratech all make excellent heads. Can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks for your reply. I should have said that it's in a library and I've seen other people using tripods but I doubt if a copy stand would be permitted. They have some tricky rules...
(The Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6 is arca compatible)

I wouldn't consider something compatible if it only works with proprietary equipment. To the best of my knowledge Manfrotto Q6 doesn't work with RRS, Wimberley, Kirk, etc. Please see link below for explanation:
http://www.scvphotoideas.com/2013/08/manfrotto-q6-top-lock-qr-adaptor.html?m=1

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Software & Accessories / Re: What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 02:14:03 AM »
A copy stand will serve you far better than a tripod with the camera pointed downwards, for photographing documents. Much cheaper, more accurate leveling, and fine adjustments of focal length possible. You can even build yourself one if you are inclined towards DIY.
For your secondary use, the 055CX is very good, but it is heavier than the Gitzos or RRSs with similar load bearing capacity.
I wouldn't buy a non-Arca Swiss head- it is future proof. Markins, Arca Swiss (without the quick release plate), RRS, Acratech all make excellent heads. Can't go wrong with any of them.
Thanks for your reply. I should have said that it's in a library and I've seen other people using tripods but I doubt if a copy stand would be permitted. They have some tricky rules...
(The Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6 is arca compatible)

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Software & Accessories / What head with 055cxPro3?
« on: December 19, 2014, 01:40:49 AM »
Hello All,

I'm new to tripods and need some advice. The primary use of the tripod will be photographing documents, and so the horizontal column possibility of the Manfrotto 055CX looks good. I played with one yesterday and it seemed nice. (I can get it for about AUD$600.)

The camera I'll be using is my 7dii, probably with a Sigma 35 1.4 (it may be that I need to go wider, but that's for another thread!).

What head should I buy? I was looking at the Manfrotto MH055MO-Q6. Would that be too heavy on the horizontal column of the tripod? That's about 3kg on the end of the column. I'd have to put some weight on the back end to balance. (Cost is about $300.)

The secondary use would be out and about, mostly with the same camera/lens, but sometimes with my 400 5.6. This would always be with the column in the vertical arrangement. (I don't want a gimbal as I'd be hand-holding for birds of flight etc.)

The weight of the MH055 seems a bit high compared to Markins, say, but it's also cheaper ($300 (and I can get it from a local shop) vs the Q10 at $450 (on ebay)). I'm in Sydney, Australia, so I'm mindful of shipping costs… and trying to keep this all under $1000, unless there is a really compelling reason to spend more.

The other options is to get a ballhead for out and about, and an quick release clamp that goes right on the legs (since when I'm photographing documents the camera will be pointed straight down anyway).

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Thanks for reading. Here's a kestrel for your troubles :)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: December 08, 2014, 03:24:08 AM »
Pair of Northern Shovelers at Heinz NWR this afternoon with the 7D2/400 5.6L. f5.6 @ 1/2500th. Shooting duck BIFs always gives me a sore neck. Those Shovelers can really pull some G's. These two are cruising at about 60 mph.
Nice shot! Especially with them both in focus at 5.6  :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / 7d Mark ii not responding F00
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:38:22 AM »
Hello All,
In the last couple of days I have had the 7d Mark ii I have twice had it freeze on me and the display said F00. Both times with the 400 5.6 attached. Anyone else having problems? I've never had a problem with the lens before.
(I'm also finding a lot of shots look soft and a little bit like motion blur, even for static objects at 1/1600. I'm hoping it's an AFMA issue. But it's not a problem I ever had with my 600d with the same lens, which were always crystal clear.)
Thanks!

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Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:00:30 PM »
I just e-mailed 3 stores here in Australia asking if they had prices and a delivery date yet, they have all got back to this morning me saying they have no information about this lens yet.
Cue the crickets and rolling tumble weed.
Yep. I made the mistake of preordering a 7dii from an Australian store. ETA now late November  :-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 03, 2014, 07:22:21 PM »
WTF !

NO REAL USER MANUAL!

Paper manual = recycle material.
PDF manual = useful, searchable, and takes no space.

Impossible to read with just your eyes, thus not a user manual!  Only a computer file.

Exactly. The problem with the 7d Mark ii is that without a paper manual it's impossible to figure out where the film goes.  ;)

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:02:48 AM »
Can anyone recommend a strap that would work well both for carrying around a 400 5.6 or a 35mm 1.4? I tend to use one or the other for a day's photos, and I'm looking for a convenient strap (attaching to the tripod ring on the 400 and the camera for the 35mm)


+1 on the Black Rapid strap. Maybe the 15-85 also.

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OK! How long do lightroom updates usually take to come out?


Hi,
What is the state of raw and this camera? I have one on order :) How am I going to be able to work with raw files? (In lightroom?)
    Use the latest version of DPP. If you are on Lightroom 5, wait for the update.

   Have a nice day.

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