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Lenses / Re: 400 DO II continues to test out as superb
« on: February 07, 2015, 08:07:51 PM »
  I have the 300 II and was going to sell it and buy the 400 DO II. Especially when I saw the results here. I googled it and went to SLR gears site and just the oposite is stated. Looks like there copy of the 300 II was better at 2.8 than the DO II was at F/4.0. Not sure what to think. Maybe just a difference between models? Not sure.
  I am holding off until more real live tests come in. My 300 is biting sharp at F/4.0 with a 1.4. The only thing I see that will help me is AF without a T.C.. I also find 400mm to short for BIF most of the time.
  My two cents anyway.

Lenses / Re: Backlit subject focus problems with 300 2.8 II
« on: December 31, 2014, 10:50:43 AM »
  I have that lens, and the 500 II. Both act the same way. I personally try to avoid taking photos in that kind of lighting.
  Personally I don't like the photo's either. Years ago I thought it was a problem with the lens. But, the 1d IV and my 7d are the same. The IV has a tighter circle of confusion on the center point I think. It is a little better. But, it is a problem that is very common I think. I Also shoot with other systems now, and it is the same with my other system as well.
  Shooting small birds is about the same as a small critter I would imagine.

Canon General / Re: Canon USA Addresses the Gray Market
« on: December 17, 2014, 05:04:32 AM »
  I live in Asia several months of the year. The prices here are much different on some things. Canon sets there prices a little strange here.
  I  bought a 1D IV, 300mm and 500mm lens here. When I go home to America I use a plug adaptor and they work just as good in America as here.... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 14, 2014, 07:51:09 PM »
  I just read the white paper on the id mark IV. Long over due by the way.
From the little I have read on the 7d II. I would still get the IV over the 7d II. For the lenses I have!
If I were using only 5.6 lenses or higher I would definitely get the 7D II. And the 7d II has a better AF system for sure for BIF. IMO!
I have a 300mm f/2.8 lens and use it with the 1.4 allot. The IV supports 39 cross type point's at f/4 for that lens. Also for the 400mm f/2.8 lens by the way. And if used at 2.8 it has  39 cross types points. Also have a f/4 lens that is supported with a cross f/4 at center only.
  I cannot find the white paper on the 7d II? Does anyone know where or if it is available from Canon?

  Really looking forward to trying one out.. Looks like it will be a good camera. It looks like the 7D II will compliment my IV nicely... :)


Lenses / Re: Preorder: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 11, 2014, 06:20:29 AM »
oh great, price in europe is 2499 euro = ~3155 dollar.

thank you canon!

and if someone comes with the stupid tax argument.. i say get a clue what you are talking about.   :P

   LOL,,,, I know it is not funny. I live in Asia most of the year and on many products it is the same here. Luckily I go back home about every year or two... I don't understand it either. Sometimes Canon has their products priced really competitive. Other times I just shake my head and walk away.... Just what ever you can get away with I guess. Just a roller coaster ride over here...

EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: November 09, 2014, 10:43:55 AM »
  Here is a pretty good read on the subject...

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:58:58 AM »
From Roger, the respected sensor reviewer of Clarkvision:

"A note on DXO numbers. It appears that DXO is not correcting Nikons truncating of the raw data, which artificially improves dynamic range by about a stop. Also Nikon filters the raw data, improving noise and dynamic range further. I believe, based on some experiments, that if the canon data were treated similarly, it would result it numbers at least as good.

Previous to the 7D2 and 6D, pattern noise was a real limitation in Canon cameras (the 1D4 and 1DX are also pretty good, but not a good as the 7D2 and 6D). That pattern noise produced poor shadow areas compared to what could be extracted from Nikon sensors, especially at some ISOs (like 200 and 400 on many canon cameras). But Nikon's raw files look "wormy" in the shadow areas from the in camera filtering of the raw data. The Canon 7D2 raw data looks much more random, as it should be." -

I just read that also. I am waiting for the final paper from him. Looks pretty promising. 

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:52:42 AM »
seems the 7d2 may still have some ugly noise structure, if not the heavy banding of its predecessor, based on some of the shots in the review here and elsewhere.

but that kind of noise is still workable

Not at all surprised that dxo-measured DR has barely improved at base and low iso.
However, the AF system, weather-sealing and speed still appeal to me, so I'll be getting one.
I missed the performance aspect of my old 7d, even if I despised the stripey low ISO performance.  The 7d2 gives me a bunch of useful upgrades, misses a few it should have had, and the sensor is... possible Canon's best crop sensor yet, if not nearly as good as the competitors.'

All that will, to me, provide a body that is "good enough" for some of the long lens wildlife type shots I'll use it for or some fast paced action shooting.  if I didn't still have a decent stock of Canon EF/s glass I would not bother with it.
If I find it still underwhelms, out it goes, and the rest of the $L lenses with it.  This thing will be my make-or-break decision on maintaining higher end Canon crop gear.  I can see MFT bodies coming up another notch or 2 in the next 2 years, possibly enough to challenge even sports-shooting DSLRs for capability as they're already close to par for IQ.

  Spot on. I will not give up my two Canon lenses for anything.. I am really spoiled.  Until, I think the mirror less is at a point where I will be happy shooting with them.
Will wait until the next high end Oly comes out, and wait for the results of the new Oly 300/4 lens.

I'll shoot both for a few years then decide. No big hurry. Really looking forward to it.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 02:35:55 PM »
  A little disappointed with high ISO. Certainly not enough to replace the Mark IV. But, enough to replace my 7D for sure.
Personally as a stills shooter,  I think it is overpriced. I will surely pick one up. But, in no hurry now.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 31, 2014, 09:16:12 AM »
This camera is really starting to look good. I think we may have a winner here.... This could be the ultimate birding camera... Wow

  On my computer the text is much clearer on the 7100? Not sure why. 7D II and 7D are very hard to read. Where the 7100 and 6000 are pretty clear on my mac. Don't guess it matters I will surely get the new 7D II. Just saying.
At 800 and 1600 ISO. Which is what I am interested in..

EOS Bodies / Re: 7d mark II as reviewed by Artie Morris
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:28:17 PM »
  Wow, he is switching from a 1D series to a 7D II. Can't wait to see his shots with it in the next few years.

EOS Bodies / Re: Can the new 7d mark ii challenge the 1d mark iv?
« on: October 02, 2014, 10:54:44 AM »
  Since AF is number one with me. I google translated the interview with the engineers that designed the AF system and other parts at:

  Pretty tough to read, but what I got out of it is. If you are using F/2.8 or F/4.0 lenses the AF module is much better in the Idx and 5D III. If using slower lenses. What I get out of it is. It will be a little better with the 7D II because of the spread of the points.

  Interesting is the target for this camera also. Amateur, and some pro's. IMO it falls exactly where the original 7D did.

  You should read it if interested. This is what I got out of it. I hope I am wrong.

  Since I only have 2 Canon lenses one is F/2.8 and one is F/4. It looks like the Mark IV will be my camera for a long time. :(

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 29, 2014, 12:33:53 AM »
7D II AF sensor specs.

1Dx AF sensor specs.

It took me all of about 5 minutes to find the difference.

No matter what difference you're talking about (there are several), none of them come anywhere close to correctly being described by the term "light years".  And several of those subtle differences are in favor of the 7D Mark II, including coverage.

  No sweat. Enjoy your new 7D II. I personally will pass.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 28, 2014, 08:50:18 PM »
I flipped through the AF guide the other day, and people need to start really seeing how much awesomeness that has trickled down from the 1dX, plus new features. This camera is a sports/bif dream if you ask me. Superb AF coverage, must be the best coverage ever? And all the tuning you can to to the AF in the same way as the 1dX will open a brand new world for people not in the 1d market. I would be over the moon excited if I wasn't in the 1d crowd, and even now I can't wait to have a go.

And the anti-flickering mode for fluorecent light? Are you kidding me? That is a game changer...

It is going to be as huge as the original 7d.

-And buyers, PLEASE do read the AF guide and really understand how to make use of the AF system, because if you don't, you will miss out BIG TIME...

I saw the 7d2 also now can assign different AF settings to the AF-ON button and the *-button, and that is probably my most favorite feature of the 1dX.

Yes, I do realize this thread is about IQ and noise, but that shouldn't be the main reason to buy or not but the 7d2. But you take a fantastic shot with perfect focus in a ridicolous fast pace situation and that epic moment, or would you like a miss focused shot that is superclean with 14 stops of DR? Then buy another camera.

  It's got the functions, but that is it. The AF module on the 1Dx and 5DII are light years ahead of the 7D II.

Do you have proof?

 7D II AF sensor specs.

1Dx AF sensor specs.

It took me all of about 5 minutes to find the difference.

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