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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.

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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:  http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/interview/20140930_667620.html

  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. :(

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 29, 2014, 12:33:53 AM »
7D II AF sensor specs.    http://www.brochures.canon-europe.com/getFile.php?productid=9090&languageid=-111

1Dx AF sensor specs.      http://cpn.canon-europe.com/files/education/technical/eos_1d_x_explained/AF_guide_EOS-1DX_eng.pdf

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.

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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.    http://www.brochures.canon-europe.com/getFile.php?productid=9090&languageid=-111

1Dx AF sensor specs.      http://cpn.canon-europe.com/files/education/technical/eos_1d_x_explained/AF_guide_EOS-1DX_eng.pdf

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

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II: More High ISO Samples
« on: September 28, 2014, 10:12:43 AM »
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. I for one am very disappointed. Just because of that I will never buy one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 24, 2014, 09:35:09 AM »
  After a little reading and reviewing the RAW files I have canceled my pre-order here in Thailand. I was caught up in the hype. hummm

Here is some good reading about the AF systems on EOS cameras if anyone is interested.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/canon-eos-dslr-autofocus-explained.aspx
Hi,
    I just wonder what the expectation everyone had with 7D2... it's quite obvious that this camera is not IQ priority... the 7D2 is all about speed... speed to capture the moment.

   I sold my 6D once 7D2 is announce... 6D is an excellent camera with very good IQ, but since I use my camera mainly for birding, I had a problem with 6D: 6D don't focus well when subject is small and most birds are "small" especially for FF camera... even my old 60D focus better than 6D for birds. So basically:
1) 6D will give an excellent IQ, but high chance of out of focus image, Or
2) 7D2 had high chance of getting an in focus image, but there will be a lot more noise. 

   So my conclusion is to sell the 6D and get the 7D2 (since I can't afford 5D3 or 1Dx) because as noise reduction algorithm and computation power improve, the possibility of cleaning up a noisy image is higher than to make an out of focus image in focus.

   Have a nice day.

  I think the 7D II IQ will be just fine actually. I guess I didn't explain my position good enough.
I already have a camera with AF ability as good or better than the 7D II. All I would be gaining is a little more reach.

  I will pick one up for sure. It will make a great camera for me with a little more reach. But, at this point will wait a while.

  Have a good one.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Am I the only one excited about the new 7D mk2?
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:40:10 PM »
  After a little reading and reviewing the RAW files I have canceled my pre-order here in Thailand. I was caught up in the hype. hummm

Here is some good reading about the AF systems on EOS cameras if anyone is interested.
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Photography-Tips/canon-eos-dslr-autofocus-explained.aspx

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7DII - Did you preorder?
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:06:16 AM »
  I don't make any money at it either. This will be the first new body I will go after. I personally could care less about the 1Dx or the 5D III. Unfortunately, the dealer here has never heard of the 7D II and Canon web site here is still pushing the 7D? I may have to buy from another country and have it shipped in. Not sure yet.. But, I will definitely get one as soon as it is available.

  Just for grins I took my 7D out yesterday after I heard the news. Sweet camera, and with improved AF.... I am thinking perfect for me...

http://flickr.com/photos/avianphotos
http://www.birdsthatfart.com

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EOS Bodies / Re: How excited are you about the new 7D II?
« on: September 16, 2014, 10:03:54 AM »
  Perfect!  Just coming in from a shoot and seeing this made my day....
Waiting on the raw files also. But, .5 stop better ISO will be a great camera for me.
I am really hoping when the RAW's start coming in it won't disappoint.
Every thing I had hoped for, and wanted in a birding camera!
1.4x t.c. on the 300 II with this AF will be my new BIF tool , WOW.
Pick up a 2.0x t.c. and my 500 II will be my new shore bird shooter.
Absolutely perfect for me.   :)

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: August 31, 2014, 10:25:51 PM »
I am kicking myself. A few months ago here in Thailand Canon put the 500 & 600 II on sale for about 8000 & 10,000. It lasted about two months. I really want a tripod mount 600 II + 1.4 for some stationary work....   >:(

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 25, 2014, 08:18:48 PM »
  I have always said if the 7D had good AF and frame rate it would be a killer combo... Since i have the Mark IV I will have to wait until the camera comes out and is rated, and compared to the Mark IV.
  Reading this thread it sounds like the sensor is going to be extremely poor compared to Sony sensors.  If the 7D II sensor can match the EXCELLENT Sony 24mp crop sensor? It will be in my bag as soon as it comes out. That will be the camera I have been dreaming about for years...

www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos
www.birdsthatfart.com

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:07:16 PM »
If interested here is a quick informal test I did yesterday. Crop cameras are the best birding cameras IMO beating a FF pretty handily. Especially with the new crop sensors from sony.

Interesting that Art Morris (of who's website your URL is seemingly a parody, and who actually shoots birds instead of posed pooches) uses the 1D X and 5DIII with Canon 500/600 II lenses and delivers impressive images. 

I must say, your opinion smells like birds that fart.  :-X

  Non sense.  I personally do not like his pics that much, but many do.  Many others that use Canon equipment I like much better.
Just went to your site. Looks like you use the 1dx and 5D III & 600 II.  Birding photography, you are not very good IMO. Very poor.  Jrista, on the other hand is very talented IMO. But, I don't have to agree with him for sure.

  Great hobby though.... all the best.

Thanks again for sharing your opinion.  You already know what I think of it...

Enjoy your hobby!

Same here.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:57:15 PM »
If interested here is a quick informal test I did yesterday. Crop cameras are the best birding cameras IMO beating a FF pretty handily. Especially with the new crop sensors from sony.

Interesting that Art Morris (of who's website your URL is seemingly a parody, and who actually shoots birds instead of posed pooches) uses the 1D X and 5DIII with Canon 500/600 II lenses and delivers impressive images. 

I must say, your opinion smells like birds that fart.  :-X

  Non sense.  I personally do not like his pics that much, but many do.  Many others that use Canon equipment I like much better.
Just went to your site. Looks like you use the 1dx and 5D III & 600 II.  Birding photography, you are not very good IMO. Very poor.  Jrista, on the other hand is very talented IMO. But, I don't have to agree with him for sure.

  Great hobby though.... all the best.

 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:36:58 PM »
How big is the birding/ wildlife photography base for a high end crop camera? I know that the bird/ wildlife pro photographers trend toward 1DX, but there are some very well respected pros using 7D and the Big Whites. Amateurs with this interest are grouped into "money no object (already own a Big White)", "value for money, middling budget (using a Little White 400, 100-400, or a Tammy, planning on upgrading to Big White eventually)", and "bargain basement / don't plan to invest in a Big White, will stick with Little White". I am in the middle group and am a good sales target for a high end crop camera. The last group will be reluctant to pay a premium over the 70D for a higher frame rate.  The first group? I have to say that I have not seen many 1DXs in the hands of amateur bird/wildlife photographers locally, with the exception of a very few tripod/blind shooters.

   I can afford a Idx, and I would not buy one for birding even at half the price. I tried one and tried the 5D III. Those are not birding cameras IMO. Or at least not for me.
  After the new big whites came out with the new FF cameras. My friends that I shoot with changed very quick. And just raved. I have been looking at there photos for the last two years. The detail and quality of there photos have gone downhill. And not just by a little. All of them also bought the new 600 to go with the new cameras.

 If interested here is a quick informal test I did yesterday. Crop cameras are the best birding cameras IMO beating a FF pretty handily. Especially with the new crop sensors from sony.

http://www.birdsthatfart.com/1/post/2014/07/pentax-k-3-sigma-300mm-f28-lens-vs-canon-1d-mark-iv-7d-300mm-f28-ii.html

Good thing in your post you put "IMO."

  LOL, yea,, I knew this was coming...
The ISO performance is much better also. But, everyone has there own views..

  Cheers, and chill out.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 18, 2014, 03:11:43 PM »
How big is the birding/ wildlife photography base for a high end crop camera? I know that the bird/ wildlife pro photographers trend toward 1DX, but there are some very well respected pros using 7D and the Big Whites. Amateurs with this interest are grouped into "money no object (already own a Big White)", "value for money, middling budget (using a Little White 400, 100-400, or a Tammy, planning on upgrading to Big White eventually)", and "bargain basement / don't plan to invest in a Big White, will stick with Little White". I am in the middle group and am a good sales target for a high end crop camera. The last group will be reluctant to pay a premium over the 70D for a higher frame rate.  The first group? I have to say that I have not seen many 1DXs in the hands of amateur bird/wildlife photographers locally, with the exception of a very few tripod/blind shooters.

   I can afford a Idx, and I would not buy one for birding even at half the price. I tried one and tried the 5D III. Those are not birding cameras IMO. Or at least not for me.
  After the new big whites came out with the new FF cameras. My friends that I shoot with changed very quick. And just raved. I have been looking at there photos for the last two years. The detail and quality of there photos have gone downhill. And not just by a little. All of them also bought the new 600 to go with the new cameras.

 If interested here is a quick informal test I did yesterday. Crop cameras are the best birding cameras IMO beating a FF pretty handily. Especially with the new crop sensors from sony.

http://www.birdsthatfart.com/1/post/2014/07/pentax-k-3-sigma-300mm-f28-lens-vs-canon-1d-mark-iv-7d-300mm-f28-ii.html

The fact that your friends bird photo quality went downhill is not indicative of the equipment, it's indicative of their own skill. I'd wager that they are having a harder time with the larger, heavier equipment, but that is something that can be dealt with via practice.

Big name, long time pros use the 1D X and the 5D III, and they make phenomenal bird photos with both. There are also some pros that use the 7D and 100-400, and their work is still excellent. It's a matter of skill, really. There is certainly the IQ benefit if you can get closer with a bigger frame and a longer lens...more pixels on subject and more light gathered. If you know how to use a 7D and a smaller lens, and use it in good light, it is extremely difficult to tell the difference.

I think the 7D line with the 100-400 and Tammy 150-600 really fill the growing market of budget birders, who can't spend $20,000 on a 1D X and 600/4 II, or who simply refuse to/can't justify it, don't want the big heavy equipment, whatever reason.

I use a 7D and 5D III with a 600/4 II myself. There is no question that the 7D has the reach, but I've got the skill...and more importantly the patience, to get close. The large frame of the 5D III definitely gets the better IQ if and when I fill the frame. Assuming the 7D II get a good still photography IQ boost and gets a much-improved AF system, I'll probably get one to replace the 7D at some point in the future. If instead the 7D II hits as a "big time" DSLR video camera, I'll skip it.

  Yea, that is why I do not get a full frame. My buds, with the extra bulk, it is killing them. Skill level? Sure, you can sneak up closer, and in a hide it is a big plus. 
  IMO, FF Canon bodes are  a bust for all around birding, But Canon does not have a good crop sensor camera either. Canon shooters do not have much of an option.
 The new Nikon 810 FF might change my mind shooting FF. I cannot wait until pics start coming in.

 Just not there yet IMO.

 
 

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