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Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:39:20 PM »
It is not a "touch out of focus", it is a touch soft.

It is soft because it is totally unsharpened from RAW,


Unsharpened RAW can still be crisp. This is not.  Looks mushy, which is a characteristic of Canon's antiquated 1.6x high MP sensors.
 

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Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 17, 2015, 12:50:25 AM »

Here is a great tit taken on the 7DII + 300/2.8 II + 2xTC.

Hmmwellyes, maybe great for crop and certainly all nice and such. But such a shot makes you realize why there's a market for ff cameras. There are blown highlights on the head's feathers, the background gradient lacks, well, gradient and the shot isn't especially sharp - though you tried to compensate by cranking up the sharpening of the postprocessing software :-p

Essentially, this is no good for 100% crop, but if it isn't there's little point in using a 20mp sensor in the first place. As this is a "sitting duck" the shot might have been better with a 6d full frame, even though the 7d2 is certainly "good enough" as 20mp is way over top for most purposes anyway and downsizing is common.

I just posted this shot to show that the focussing is generally spot on and the image is reasonably sharp. If the highlights are blown to you, here it is again with the highlights dimmed and zero sharpening (it had only 0.5 pixels 100% USM last time). Show us some of your shots.


This looks a touch out of focus. It even has (I hate to say this) the dreaded "soft focus" look the 7D was famous for. It's an almost-but-not-quite twilight zone thing going on.

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Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:33:07 PM »


I would have expected a camera with a better than 10% keeper rate in servo AF mode.  This camera is fine for Harry homeowner taking shots of his kids playing in the yard.  It is NOT a body I would trust on an expensive trip or assignment.  Not in its current state.

Same for my 7D, the 7D II I tried, and the 70D I own. 


 

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Lenses / Re: Why does 7D II seem COMPARATIVELY soft with certain lenses?
« on: February 15, 2015, 05:29:57 PM »
Same lens on my 5d3 is perfect. 

Not a surprise at all.

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPReview Interview with Chuck Westfall of Canon USA
« on: February 08, 2015, 07:24:54 PM »
As a long time Canon customer, I'm not thrilled with the apparent complacency.

Not sure why they would release a 50MP sensor that can't at least match the competition in dynamic range, or release a UWA for full frame that matches the base aperture of their chief competitors FF UWA.

Someone is sleepwalking over there.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R Preview
« on: February 06, 2015, 03:03:50 PM »
No DR improvement?

Not much point to any of this, then.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 13, 2014, 01:04:07 AM »
I think it's fair comment when people are reduced to excusing away low ISO noise and DR quality.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:51:52 PM »
Canon's high mega-pixel APS-C cameras fair poorly in crepuscular conditions, which are usually the best time to film the charismatic mega-fauna found in the Northern Rockies.

I went out with an open mind the last two years, shooting Canon crop and FF in the same conditions. The results speak for themselves.

But I agree, use what works for you.

If you are shooting birds in brightly lit beach environments or using flash, grab the 7DII. If you are unable to control the light and shoot in crepuscular conditions, go FF.

And apparently, the target market for the 7DII is those who don't care about image quality. Interesting rationalization.


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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 11:47:46 PM »
Really? The 7d & 7d2 not even as a door stop?

That was a quote from the best wildlife photographer in the Rockies, not mine.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:44:24 PM »
I though it was generally fair. I wouldn't have put so much space into the low ISO DR testing since the results were to be expected and didn't reflect the 7D2's intended High speed/High ISO/ Long Lens use.

The 7DII isn't intended for high ISO use. That's the 6D and 5DIII. Oh, and the 7DII isn't intended for low ISO, low noise landscape use either, that's intended for the 6D and 5D III.


See where this is going?  ;)


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I concur.  I liked the review.  I think they spent a bit more time dwelling on low ISO noise than was probably warranted for the target market.

A $1900 DSLR market isn't interested in low ISO noise levels?


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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:37:26 PM »

Generalize much? That statement could not be less true. Many of the worlds best wildlife photographers were still using 7D's as recently as a month ago, That was when they switched to 7D2's. You should get out more or find some new "professional" wildlife photographers to shoot with.

I've been shooting with the world's best in Montana the last three months, and none of them would use a 7D or 7DII as a doorstop.

The sensor is ancient tech.

Canon's high MP, APS-C cameras are great for situations where you control the light, such as fashion or portrait. But when filming wild animals during winter inversions, they're just not up to the task. FF is.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 10:36:32 PM »

I posted this to the BIF thread earlier today. Center 15pt small zone AF. I have a sequence of about a dozen of these and they are all sharp despite some very erratic movement. The AF works great if you put the effort into it. It took a while for me to get it dialed in.

Really nice capture but the noise is quite high.

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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: December 12, 2014, 07:41:40 PM »
You would think, but my experience had been that I would rather crop than deal with the IQ from the 7D

Agreed. And so does every professional wildlife photographer I shoot with. They exited the crop game with the 7D and never went back. Crop or get longer glass.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D vs 7D mark II
« on: December 10, 2014, 08:56:45 PM »
The 6D will beat out the 7D in all circumstances related to low light, both for focusing and high ISO noise. 

Agreed.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MKII -- Love the low noise!
« on: December 10, 2014, 01:25:53 AM »
there is no match when you compare it to other brands as a system and not just on noise.

Lots of qualifiers there.

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