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EOS Bodies / Re: Skipping the 5D-s. What do you want in 5D4?
« on: February 19, 2015, 11:29:16 AM »
I agree with Mark 99.
For a 5D4 Canon need to unhandicap the 5D Mark III.
10 FPS would be no issue for a new camera if they really wanted to do it.
The video too I'd say is handicapped.
In other characteristics
A better ISO performance would be great.
A higher megapixel to match or exceed D810 would be essential for their marketing (else a much better pixel quality). It has to clearly produce better pictures than it's competitors.
Not sure if they can even do it but better dynamic range ability would be a winner.
It would be great to have a 20x zoom but a clearer sharper image to manually adjust.
It should have a built in intervalometer.
I like the fact the level can be seen through the view piece on the 7D Mark II.
Some of those gimicky photo options like minature would be an easy addition
An ability to remote control the camera by a phone app.
A spare button to program what you like to it would be good.

Easy peasy Canon its not even pushing the boat out too far.

Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 17, 2015, 06:54:56 AM »
A very interesting conversation for me because I have been pretty disappointed with the 7D Mark II.
I have very good eyesight and the view through the viewfinder and a 100-400 L II is really very good.
The camera looks as if it's locking on focus extremely well.
The photos however I am finding are disappointing.
I would say quality wise no better than my old 500D.
I had though APS-C sensors had come along way since the 500D but it doesn't seem so with my copy of the 7D Mark II.
It's a lack of resolved detail I'm finding most disappointing.
Maybe I'm spoiled by the 5D Mark III but I find the pixels seem to smudge into each other alot earlier than I am expecting. No better than a 500D sensor.
I understand it's a cropped sensor but I thought at 20+ MP it would resolve detail better.
Photos do look a bit soft compared to how they seemed through the viewfinder.

EOS Bodies / After a 50MP camera what is the next breakthrough?
« on: February 10, 2015, 04:01:05 AM »
I'm sure at some point every piece of technology reaches it's point of perfection and can't be improved upon to any great extent.
What's next for Canon Cameras.
I know people want a great dynamic range but how else can cameras improve.
Will we have 30 FPS.
Will Lytro style photographs which can have their point of focus changed after in processing become the norm.
Will we have incredibly high ISO capability.
Will it be electronic view finders, better white balance, reduced size, in camera processing?
I am just wondering what people's ideas are of where the future lies in terms of camera technology.

EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 08, 2015, 11:39:03 AM »
His name always come up here but I never heard him speak before.
Maybe it's just his style but he didn't come across very enthusiastic or give any compelling reasons to buy the new cameras. He seemed to more recommend the 5D Mark III .
It has a feel of a last hurrah for Canon sensors. It's a maxed out full frame version of the 7D II sensor.
I'm not over enthusiastic so far with the picture quality of the 7D II .
Canon have gambled here that 50mp outweighs a total lack of any other improvements (in fact almost a downgrade from 5D III in some specs).
I'll be really curious to see detailed reviews on it.
I hope the detail is amazing or I won't be buying.
I am a typical Canon customer, heavily invested and looking for a compelling reason to upgrade . I had expected a little more than 50mp in the three years since the 5D III launched.

I'm sure it's a fine camera like the 5D Mark III but a bit underwhelming other than the megapixels.
Does it shoot any faster that 5FPS in crop mode?
I'm not huge into video but they could have advanced that a bit.
I am very unwhelmed already with the image quality of the 7D Mark II.
This new camera seems to have a similar but bigger sensor.
It will be interesting to see more detailed reviews and comparisons to Nikon D810 and the Sony full frames.
I hope there is some magic inside that's not apparent on the box.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 5DS & 5DS R
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:34:21 AM »

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

They have pretty well thought-out ergonomics and their consistency allows us to migrate between bodies with little effort.

Any radical change would likely be a step, fall or plummet backwards.  Why do change things for the sake of a gimmick unless there was some huge gain to be had?
If it ain't broke, don't fix it was probably Microsofts philosphy and it allowed Apple to flourish. Now Apple have the same problem with it's user interface. It's hard to improve it without a radical change whereas Android probably has alot more scope to change gradually.
This is evolution I suppose. The dinosaurs were pretty happy they way things were at some point but the small furry animals adapted and modified to the changing world.
Usually we don't spot extinction coming until it's too late.

EOS Bodies / Re: The Dawn of a New Digital Resolution
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:25:05 AM »
I can't find that header at the moment. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong spot.
Hardly the dawn of a new Digital Resolution.
More of a catch up with Nikon. It will be interesting to see the exact specs and sample photos for the new cameras.
I've been disappointed with the 7D Mark II and it's image quality (maybe expecting too much from an APS-C sensor).
It will be great if it is actually a fantastic camera.
I'm surprised Canon don't look for a sensor bigger than full frame but smaller than medium format.
Maybe it's too tricky to invent a new format.

EOS Bodies / Re: More Images of the Canon EOS 5DS & 5DS R
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:18:31 AM »
It's like as if Canon have come to the end of the road on external design.
Amazing their design team haven't come up with some sort of clever new design or alternative design.
An odd extra a button or two seems to be it.
I don't have any great ideas how to improve it and a similar button layout helps me but I would have thought they'd have a team of designers.
They could be vulnerable to be wiped away someday by a radical redesign by some more radical company when sensor improvement reaches a limit where any improvement is only minimal.
The difference between 50MP and 75MP will probably harder to detect than 22MP to 50MP.

Animal Kingdom / Re: First week of BIF action with 7D MK II
« on: February 05, 2015, 03:59:44 AM »
Hi Phil,
I'm very impressed with your photos. Regardless of the camera you are a very skilled photographer.
I was wondering after having the 7D Mark II for a while what you make of the image quality.
I bought it and the 100-400mm L II.
What I find is that looking through the viewfinder (and I have very good eyesight) I find them image really sharp and crystal clear. The photo itself I find a much lesser quality than a 5D Mark III.
Maybe I'm spoilt with the full frame and need to lower my expectations.
I find the image in focus but not detailed when I zoom in. Pixels don't seem to be clearly defined, noisier than I'm expecting. The picture seems to be unsharp , sharpening improves it but somehow it's not fully satisfactory.
I may have a bad version of the camera but there is nothing obviously wrong with it.
The image through the viewfinder seems remarkably sharp. The lens does look as if it's locked on correctly.

Canon General / Re: New Gear Resolutions for 2015
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:30:11 AM »
My New Years Resolutions are:
a) Don't repeat the mistakes of 2014. Over Christmas in a burst of inspiration I bought a 7D Mark II , 100-400 L II and a Canon Pro-10. I don't think I'll regret the 100-400 and the Pro-10. I'm underwhelmed by the 7D Mark II picture quality (focusing, FPS are good, image quality on APS-C doesn't seem to have moved on to much).
b) Don't buy a Canon 5DS or whatever it's going to be called. 50MP would be lovely and tempting but I should get the best out of my 5D III first
c) Don't buy the 11-24 MM when it comes out. I have loads of lens, I should use them to death first
d) Don't buy any more flash modifiers until I actually use a flash in a real life situation. I've great plans that are never executed
e) Learn Photoshop properly. I'm doing something wrong with it. I need to enhance a photo without being too obvious.
f) Take less photos but of better quality
g) Find a genre that I become expert in. At the moment I am a jack of all trades and master of none
h) Teach more, I learn alot by teaching others, you really have to know what you are doing
i) Spend money on experiences and locations and less on gear
j) Contemplate whether a 300 F2.8 II would really be worth it. It's a source of great desire and wantoness but probably not practically usable with how I take photographs
k) Don't over do the photography, it's meant to be a hobby not the be all and end all

Lenses / Re: Canon Tilt Shift Lens Question
« on: January 30, 2015, 08:42:32 AM »
Thanks for the replies.
I actually didn't understand the height of the ground factor.
I guess I am always using it at the same height off the ground.

I probably need to adjust height with this lens to change perspective.
It's certainly made me think.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D2 + 100-400 markii review
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:49:27 AM »
Nice review Kent. You went to alot of trouble.
You are talking some nice shots
Personally I have found the Canon 100-400 works better on a 5D Mark III.
Not to do with the lens but the fact the picture quality on the 5D Mark III is much better than the 7D II.
The 7D II might be good for an APS-C but when you work with Full Frame it seems to be hard to accept the quality of current APS-C sensors

Kind Regards

EOS Bodies / Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: January 30, 2015, 07:42:45 AM »
My First Impressions

10 FPS is great fun (even if you produce way to many photographs)
Layout is great if you are used to a 5D Mark III.
ISO performance is disappointing. I can't compare it to a 7D but alot poorer than a 5D Mark III.
Maybe I am expecting too much from an APS-C camera but I've found it disappointing.
I could be spoilt by the 5D Mark III.
I find cropability of picture is much less than a 5D Mark III. Pixels seem to break up faster.
Again here maybe an unfair comparison but it's the first camera I've bought that is lesser than the previous.
I wouldn't see a huge difference in picture quality from a 500D to a 7D Mark II.
Whereas there was a huge difference between a 500D to a 5D Mark III.

Focusing is very strong on the camera. It's snappy and accurate.

So in summary it is a good camera for an APS-C.
I'd be surprised if it is king of the APS-C. If so they are not progressing much in the last few years.
It's not a great leap forward.
It's main positive is 10 FPS.
I would see that as the only reason to buy it over a 5D Mark III.
I don't you'd actually get better reach using it over a 5D Mark III.
A crop on a 5D Mark III would give a better result.

Lenses / Canon Tilt Shift Lens Question
« on: January 26, 2015, 10:58:43 AM »
I was wondering if anyone here has alot of experience with a Canon T-SE lens.
Specifically maybe the 24mm which I have.

I am wondering what degree of Tilt is required to get the maximum depth of field in a landscape shot.
My understanding it's typically not even one notch (1 degree) down.

I know you should focus on the distance and then tilt until something near is in focus.

I am wondering what do people do when they are taking a landscape shot and they want the maximum depth of field in focus. Do they set it to 1 degree down or would they attempt to put it somewhere between 0 and 1 (which because the notches are so small tiny adjustments).

Kind Regards

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: January 18, 2015, 06:20:30 AM »
Eventually got my copy.
It's a great lens. I've probably been using it under fairly ideal conditions but it's performing great.
Autofocus is fast and slick.
I love the feel of the photos out of it .
The 70-200mm II is in  danger of becoming my second favourite.
Has worked very well with both the 5D Mark III and 7D Mark II .
10FPS is a nice experience with it (the downside being the number of similar photos you get. Lots of post deleting required).
An expensive lens but undoubted quality.
I'm looking forward to taking more great photos with it.

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