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EOS Bodies / Re: Ron Martinsen Blasts the 7DII in his review
« on: December 20, 2014, 12:46:03 AM »
Checked his portfolio... he is not even a sports, wildlife, or, especially, bird photographer!!!

Yet, he speaks with massive authority on all things. Likely, we should go to him for dating advice as well, and also information about how and when to plant our crops.

I quote Russian Proverb: Ocean is knee deep to him.

Who is this person? Someone we should quickly forget, as there is nothing memorable about him.

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Photography Technique / Re: What can old-school photogs do better (or not)?
« on: December 14, 2014, 12:07:55 AM »
Long live film

I'm of two minds concerning this. I experienced the film days when I was in school, they had a b/w lab there. It was the time when I bought my slr gear (a Canon 620 with a "golden ring" usm lens: listen, no af noise!) which felt like space age gear in comparison to a viewfinder camera. You can actually look through the lens :-)

Psychology has it that people look upon the past with pink eyeglasses because they forget the problems. However, with film development I don't: It was expensive, you had to use the chemicals or you had to dump them and the quality of our school gear was mediocre at best.

It was fun working with color filters, pushing the exposure and fanning the light and shaking the development tank. But I'm still happy that time is past, the wildlife photography I'm doing today was unthinkable back then. Esp. since I just experienced what an "old-school" approach does to the keeper rate :->

Craft and passion beats out expense and convenience anyday imo

Sounds good, but meaningless in reality... My Crown Graphic will never work for Bird In FLight photography...

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Canon General / Re: Resurrection, of the posting kind.
« on: December 13, 2014, 02:44:42 PM »
Ah, the glorious internet!!!  ;D ;D

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Technical Support / Re: QUESTION ABOUT RECHARGABLE AA BATTERIES.
« on: December 06, 2014, 12:12:24 PM »
6-7 years? I am going to have to get me some...

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maybe some little boxing-glove icons could be added in there too, for adversarial and combative posters. ;)

We had a Karma system for that. Then adversarial people would go through and click all of your posts negative.

Saying something nice about Apple was an immediate penalty.

Those were the days.. Saying something good about the 7D was also an immediate smiting...

Now, as far as the camera or lens or whatever next to our name, how is that decided? The mroe expensive the item is the more post count?

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Funny, I am seeing quite a lot fulltime wedding, portrait and landscape photographers in my vincity, who use 5D mk2 bodies with 17-40, 24-70 mk1 and 70-200 mk1 lenses, while making a living and creating spectacular images. I guess somebody should tell them the wrong of their ways :P

All of these photographers are obviously living under a rock because the 5D Mark III is so much better than the 5D2 that everyone should upgrade - just ask our leading commentator, neuro, who goes on incessantly about how the 5D3 is worth every penny of the markup over the 5D2.

Just because an upgraded model is significantly better in many/most respects doesn't mean the model it replaces suddenly stops taking the same pictures it's been taking all along.  But I wouldn't bother asking our leading miscommentator, dilbert, who once mistook a lens for a camera but never admitted his mistake.

Dude, this has escalated quickly. There are planty of reasons for not sticking with an old model. I don't get though why this is such a reason to argue and get snarky.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sending my 7D2 back due to high ISO noise
« on: November 20, 2014, 06:35:21 PM »
I received my 7D2 last Thursday and immediately set out for wildlife to photograph.  My primary interest is wildlife photography and I spend one hour in a park every day before going to work.  I currently use a 5D3 with a 200-400/1.4x and a 6D as my backup body (mainly for landscapes).

Going in I expected ISO 1600 on the 7D2 to be roughly the same as ISO 3200 on my 5D3.  On my 5D3 at ISO 1600 I can still count the feathers on a bird, while at ISO 3200 the feather detail begins to break down but the image is still usable for most purposes.

What I found was that on the 7D2 there was still a noticeable lack of detail at ISO 1600 compared to ISO 3200 on my 5D3.  Even worse, when I went down to ISO 800 there was still noticeable noise, though the images were certainly usable.  This morning I spent some time photographing identical subjects with the two, and I came to the conclusion that the 7D2 simply would not work for me.

I am glad I bought it at unique photo - who said they'll take it back as long as the box is in good condition.  I had hoped this would give me a bit more extra reach, but again I found myself learning the painful lesson of cropped sensors. Instead I intend to wait and see what Canon does with the 1Dx2.

Unfortunately my sample images are not up, but you can get an idea from this one (ISO 400).
Predator by CalevPhoto, on Flickr

What's wrong with the image?

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Lenses / What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:37:34 AM »
Hi everyone! What's your favourite focal length?

Mine is: 600mm, on 7D, and 300mm, on 7D also, 24mm, on 5D, and also 35mm on 7D.

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Lenses / Re: 6D and BIF
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:44:40 PM »
BIF is a large part of my work. You will want:

7D MK II. Then, if you can swing the money, a 500 f4 would be perfect for you. It will do great with the 70-200 you alread have, and will work great with the TC. If money is an issue, you will be fine with the 500 f4 mk I. Also, I would advise you to spend a lot of time in study and in practice. BIF is the hardest general field of photography. Failing a 500 F4, a 300 2.8 will work great for you. Also, about fast fstop... I usually shoot a f7.1 on my 7D with a 300 2.8 with 2x TC. I like my results.

study birdsasart-blog.com Also, featheredphotography.com. Glennbartley,com is good too.

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Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 15, 2014, 03:28:08 PM »
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What possesses someone to hand down a slate of commandments for how other people should behave?

Strikes me as the epitome of arrogance.

I would love to see you say that in a court of law to a judge.

Indeed, Dilbert!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 07, 2014, 01:07:29 AM »
Looking at these examples, these birds are extremely small, which means very shallow DOF. It seems several of them are not really all that in focus. I hate to say it, but operator error may be far more at play than APS-C inherent insharpness.

Of course, the internet loves to hate on APS-C, sooooo....

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: November 01, 2014, 04:21:35 PM »
50/1.2L at f1.2
1/1000
ISO 4000

I am still new at sports photography.  For this sport, do you think you needed 1/1000th shutter?  Would 1/500th work and that would enable a slightly aperature at the same ISO.  I am thinking of a sharper image and a little more DoF.

Choosing the right shutter speed is one of the hardest problems when I started moving away from static landscapes into "things that move".   :)


Yes, one needs a 1000. The action will not be sharper 1/500, no matter the dof (motion blur).

So, please post more!!!  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 01, 2014, 04:18:03 PM »
I have been waiting for one of these for years and eons upon end... soon, my savings will be adequate!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hello FF!
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:20:23 AM »
I think 'Shootit' was right to be pissed off with you people! I also think you guys are more interested in imaginary stuff than real S___! Judging from your 'work' most of you need some serious imaginary cameras to achieve a decent photo!!

HAHAHAHAA!!!!

Salut, stupid CR forum!!


Ps to Shootitalready: don't hang around with these dumb LOOOOOOSERS, mate, they don't know the first thing about photography!!!!!! >:(

Salut, troll! The others were merely pointing out good truths.

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- reliable AF tracking

the A6000 tracking abilities are better than canons rebel line of DSLR´s.
and that´s the competition too the A6000 from a price point.
you have to pay a lot more for a canon camera to get a better AF than the A6000s.

and BOB is no sports photographer. so yes he has no need for a 1DX or D4s AF.

Quote from: imaging resource
That the Sony A6000 can deliver 4-6 sharp images per second on a reasonably regular basis is very impressive for a mirrorless ILC camera costing 1/10th the price of the D4S.

can´t wait until sony releases the A7000.
the mirrorless AF makes bigger steps than the phase detection AF in DSLR´s.
i can see it matching traditional PD in 2 years if development continues with the same speed.

i am pretty happy with the A6000 AF.
it´s not a camera for BIF anyway.

features like the eye focusing are just great and they work.
i guess it´s nothing a pro photographer would use regulary... but i know that many customers who just want a good camera to make family pictures love it.
i have put the function on the C2 custom button and i use it more and more because it works so well.

So now you are admitting you are BOB, and this name is a sock puppet?

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