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Drake Canvasback at the Choptank River, Cambridge, Maryland.
7Dii EF100-400mm
f/8 1/1600 iso1000
Canvasback Drake by RayLotier (Been So Busy), on Flickr

RayL,
What were your AF settings when you took this picture?

All,
It would be extremely useful for those of us who are just getting started with BIF photography to have the AF setting information as well as the exposure settings given with the great photos you are sharing.

Cheers,
DJD

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II Firmware update??
« on: Today at 01:00:09 PM »
Are you using AI Servo or One Shot auto focus mode? If you're using AI Servo make sure you set "AI Servo 1st image priority" and "AI Servo 2nd image priority" to Focus priority.

[EDIT] There is also a One-Shot AF release priority setting that can be set to "Focus priority"

Cheers,
Doug

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Abstract / Re: Beautiful bokeh! Let me see yours!
« on: March 02, 2015, 02:13:05 PM »


Focal Length 50mm (with 25mm extender)
Exposure   1/500
F Number   f/4.5
ISO   100

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Lenses / EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 Going Away?
« on: February 27, 2015, 12:53:36 AM »
This morning I noticed that the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 was no longer showing on the Canon EF Lens Lineup page. I just check again and the picture is there with no price but if you click on it you are take to this page:
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/home

It looks likes this lens is on the way out. Has anyone else noticed this or know anything about this?

DJD

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Photography Technique / Re: How to frame a good bird/animal shot
« on: February 24, 2015, 05:53:52 PM »


The portrait as envisioned by the pigeon when he commissioned the work...




The portrait as delivered by the hipster street photographer claiming to be a portrait artist.  :)

Just a little humor.
Cheers,
DJD

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:39:36 PM »


thank you very much for this post.  this is what i was looking for.  i have though about renting lenses but never bodies.  I will have to check that out at my local shop. 

thanks again.

FYI - I used LensRentals.com and was really happy with the cost and the service. Good luck.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Difference in image from APS-C to FF
« on: January 07, 2015, 03:28:40 PM »
The OP specifically asked for some photographic examples so here are mine with some explanation.

I've had a 7D for several years now and have been very happy with it's performance and image quality. But I have to admit, after reading a lot of the discussions on this board, I've wondered if a 5DMkIII would help me take better bird pictures. Is the noise performance that much better, etc.

After the announcement of the 7D MkII, I decided to rent a 5DMkIII for the weekend and see difference for myself. I was expecting to be blown away by the incredible performance difference in high ISO performance. I was expecting to be left wanting to get a 5D after my testing. But that was not the case.

It just so happened that I found two shots taken from the same spot of a similar bird with the same exposure and processed in Lightroom with the same setting. I've had to crop the 5D image to account for the 1.6 crop factor and below are the shots. These were take with ISO 2500 so if the 7D is so much poorer at high ISO you'd expect to see a difference.  I know this test wasn't done in a controlled environment with test charts. And the lighting is different because they were taken on different days. But these two images look pretty much the same, don't you think.

So my advice to you is to rent a FF camera, take the kind of pictures you are interested in, and see the difference for yourself.

Cheers


Model: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 2500
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 400mm


Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
ISO: 2500
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 400mm

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Canon General / Re: RTFM. Do you?
« on: December 10, 2014, 05:11:47 PM »
The truth is, I usually read the manual before I buy the product. It is part of my pre-purchase research. I like to know what the product really does, rather than relying on what some reviewer (or forum commenter) thinks the product does or should do. 

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: October 10, 2014, 02:35:22 PM »
I like this one because it looks like this little Bushtit has the weight of the world resting on his shoulders...
Cheers,
DJD

Canon EOS 7D
Lens   EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Focal Length   400mm
Exposure   1/250
F Number   f/5.6
ISO   1250





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I've also had a 7D for several years now and have been very happy with it's performance and image quality. But I have to admit, after reading a lot of the discussions on this board, I've wondered if a 5DMkIII would help me take better bird pictures. Is the noise performance that much better, etc.

After the announcement of the 7D MkII, I decided to rent a 5DMkIII for the weekend and see difference for myself. i was expecting to be blown away by the incredible performance difference in high ISO performance. I was expecting to be left wanting to get a 5D after my testing. But that was not the case.

It just so happened that I found two shots taken from the same spot of a similar bird with the same exposure and processed in Lightroom with the same setting. I've had to crop the 5D image to account for the 1.6 crop factor and below are the shots. These were take with ISO 2500 so if the 7D is so much poorer at high ISO you'd expect to see a difference.  I know this test wasn't done in a controlled environment with test charts. And the lighting is different because they were taken at different times in the day. But these two images look pretty much the same, don't you think.

Now, if the 7D MKII turns out to be much better has high ISO and auto focus I really think there will be no reason for me to think about a 5D MkIII.

Cheers


Model: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 2500
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 400mm


Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
ISO: 2500
Exposure: 1/250 sec
Aperture: 5.6
Focal Length: 400mm

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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: August 17, 2014, 09:54:21 PM »
Cannon Beach, Oregon...

Canon EOS 7D
Lens: EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Focal: Length 47mm
Exposure: 1/320
F Number: f/11
ISO: 100

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One fleeting moment last Christmas.
Model: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 1/25 sec
Aperture: 4.0
Focal Length: 55mm

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Landscape / Re: Please share your snow/ Ice Photos with us in CR.
« on: February 22, 2014, 11:36:14 PM »

It was so cold my wife had to thaw out the feeder every couple of hours.

Model: Canon EOS 7D
ISO: 800
Exposure: 1/200 sec
Aperture: 4.0
Focal Length: 105mm

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM by DxO Mark
« on: February 01, 2014, 11:29:17 PM »
I've had mine for several years and have never been disappointed with it. I shot the America Cup races with it on a monopod using the 1.4 and 2.0 TC together for 1120 mm total. Shooting the Cats at 50 MPH it did great. You can see the images at FM Forums under sports.
Paul

SJPRG,
Could you include a link to your pics on FM Forum. I'd love to see them but there are so many in the sport corner I gave up searching :(
Thanks,
DJD

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EOS Bodies / Re: L Lenses for crop bodies
« on: November 24, 2013, 08:15:37 PM »
The following link has been shared before. But as far as I'm concerned, the article is one of the best real world comparisons of a 5DII vs 7D IQ when reach limited. It's worth the read...

http://iwishicouldfly.com/iwishicouldfly/journal/html/020112b.html

Cheers,
DJD

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