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On the digital photography review site targeting the jack of hearts, and his "hair" and the text below him, the sony is head and shoulders better than any of the other sensors in raw at least.  The lines of "hair" are visible in the sony, not so much in any other of the default camera choices.  The noise looks similar in each of the cameras, the sony just seems to have much better resolution as the text in the red-orange bar below the jack is readable in the sony then the nikon 7100 next best, at least when expanded on this part of the test object.  I think one could flip a coin as to which of the 7dmii or 70d is better, neither is legible.

I don't see anything that would let me say that the 7dmii is the best imaging crop sensor camera based on this subset of tests.  Wish I could though.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 12:00:25 PM »
This is what I'd like to see in a new 5 d  order of importance:

Same mount or at least use of current lenses w/o adapter.

MP in range of 26-36 for better crop resolution.  I expect we'll get 24MP.

Gain in high ISO quality, decreased noise. One stop would be wonderful.

Better autofocus.

Wifi and gps and eos utility for iOS to tether to ipad.  Built in radio flash control

6-8 frames per sec.

Price $3500 range compete w d810


And almost last in order of importance to me better DR.

Intervalometer, focus bracketing.  No loss of current functions HDR etc.


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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: September 25, 2014, 11:31:52 PM »
Green flash on wing?

Canon SL1 1/160 f5.0 iso 400 35mm f/2 IS

From 25B


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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:39:38 PM »
 They ll go incremental.  23mp 5div,  24mp Dx s......  This is canon we're talking about after all.   And really do I want a 120mp body?  Seriously I don't want to take any steps backward in high ISO IQ for the sake of MP's.


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 01:46:07 PM »
Corey I like your bird shots, especially the composition.  I really wish that you and everyone really would show full exif info to show on flikr, but that's just my pet peeve.

My criteria of a sharp bird picture like yours is to be able to see the little dots around the birds' eyes.  When the eye dots show the feather detail is there as well and there is no reason one should not shoot to capture all these details.  BTW if anyone knows what the dots are called I'd like to know. 

 For web use the crop does a decent job, for prints I still want to see the fine details, and for that FF is my boat.  So I'm with Michael Hodges on this one.  So far the 7Dii raws haven't given me a reason to change my thinking or shooting.

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Landscape / Re: Stars above.
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:59:34 PM »
Milky way view looking south over Nantucket Sound sept 17th isn.

Needless to say the skies were not truly dark.  Shot with an sl1 and canon 35mm f2.0 IS shot at f2 and 6 seconds.

I wanted the look of dark sky with sharp pointy stars that others in this thread have achieved, so suggestions welcomed.  Shown pp'ed two different ways.  There was a bit of water effect fog over the ocean, making the terminator a little dark.


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Lenses / Re: Hands-on With the Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II
« on: September 17, 2014, 11:32:37 AM »
Can we assume from the mtf curves that the new 400 is going to do real well with extenders ?

It looks like the center is going to be good in sharpness but can anything be said about boka flair ,  ca or saturation from the curves?

This might make a kick ass hiking wildlife lens.

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Lenses / Re: 100-400mm and more DO lenses confirmed
« on: September 16, 2014, 05:13:44 PM »
Dolina I think the conflation was directed to s rock's comment as you separated the propositions with a conjunction.

 

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Landscape / Re: Moon photos
« on: September 04, 2014, 03:07:13 AM »
Here are two from today, Sept 3 14.

The first is from the 5diii with 600mm > 2Xii>1.4xiii  the best i got was at f16.

The second was from sl1
 with 600mm > 2Xii>1.4xiii those were at f20 and whatever time was needed.  A good tripod and remote release all, manual focus.  though the live view focus did work on the 5diii.
Processed with adobe bridge only. Let me know what you think.  Would there be any additional benefit to sharpening in photoshop?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 31, 2014, 03:07:21 PM »
Slightly out of focus, I just like the juxtaposition.  Taken with a "classic birding lens" the 24-70mm.

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Landscape / Re: Waterscapes
« on: August 31, 2014, 11:55:39 AM »
Low tide  Oregon coast, on a foggy summer morning.






And low tide with dog.

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EOS Bodies / Help with broken 7d, loyalty program, and more
« on: August 16, 2014, 12:12:15 AM »
With all the talk about the 7dii, I grabbed my previously trusty 7d only to find it won't boot.  Tried multiple otherwise good batteries (tested in 5diii also) and replaced the clock battery, so it is not the battery.  Also tried to reboot by holding down the shutter button while empty of battery and cards.  Also tried cycling all the door buttons, no joy.
My summary is that I've done all I can and it needs a trip to repair, for out of warranty repair, unless anyone else has a shining idea.

So these thoughts come to mind:  Is there a current loyalty program to trade broken bodies towards new?  I could not find one but it may be a well kept secret.  Or rephrased should I plan to use this body to apply to loyalty program.

Is it worth it to fix this body given a guesstimate that it will run $350 + even with CPS or should I save toward a future new body?

If there was only one axis of decision fix or not it would be an easy decision.  The other considerations make it interesting as a decision.

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Photography Technique / Re: Questions about Shooting the Supermoon
« on: August 10, 2014, 10:47:42 PM »
Supermoon all kinds of extenders and big white.  I'm quite pleased with the resolution given that two 2x extenders were used.  Eyeballing them I'd say they are comparable to jrista's  thousand points of moon light with the 7D.

5Diii 2xii>2xiii>600EF ii moon f20.0 1/6sec iso 100 no cropping adjustments done in adobe bridge. So essentially this was a 2400mm moonshot, maybe tonite I'll try a 7D but at 2400mm it is hard to get the moon within the frame, so the 7D should overfill the moon.  And I'll try to up the iso to 500 or so and shutter to 1/30 sec.
Also on Flikr https://www.flickr.com/photos/56580542@N05/14695787710/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/56580542@N05/14695823009/in/photostream/


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Lenses / Re: Safari 300 2.8 Mkii or 200-400 1.4x
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:58:48 AM »
The 28-300L never gets any love in these situations.  Should it?  If not why not.  Seems like it would at least cover  all the bases except beyond 300. 

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 60d results - the bird feeder
« on: July 16, 2014, 04:06:19 PM »
You said that the images looked a little soft but that you did edit in LR.

Question were you shooting raw or jpeg.  How much in camera sharpening was selected?

If Raw did you sharpen in LR? My work flow is usually to use bridge to adjust raw images and  I usually boost up the sharpen to about 70-75 and the radius to 1.2-1.4 and luminance as needed to get rid of grain. 

The other thing is that shooting at 2.8 give yourself a pretty narrow dof, I try to shoot at 5.6 if the light permits and at least with a 5diii go up to 2500 iso if needed.  The 7D and presumably your camera is not as friendly of high isos but I go to 640-800 or 1000 so to get shutter speed higher for the tweety birds.

The temptation to blame micro focus adjustment t is there but I'd look at some of the other variables as well.  Sounds like you have a good set up to get great picts.  More cardinals please.....

Do you put orange halves out?

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