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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 17, 2014, 02:22:49 PM »
... the days of the mirror-flipping high fps beast seem to be almost over.
Marsu, don't tell me you're buying into the mirrorless hype. :)

Well, this forum is the stronghold of the old school "80s" dslr community, but alas, tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.

I'm buying the fact that in the near future, you can do 100fps full res with mirrorless - at amateur price w/o 1d-type construction and for shootings styles that need "take your pick". Me, I'm always using flash so 1fps is enough :-)

But really, the whole mirror idea is based on the fact that the analog film needs to be hidden, with a digital sensor it's on its way out except for people who also use digital watches that were once cool. Your camera is a high-performance computer, but this fact is only used up to a tiny fraction by existing designs and software.

Canon is working on this with the whole dual pixel af gadgetry, and the 7d2 delay indicates they won't release it as the last flagship incarnation of the old school dslr system with "everything Canon has" stuffed in.

Lol.  Just for the record i picked up an eos-3 two weeks ago.  For the life of me i cant figure out how to do video with it.  ;)

Just installed on 1.2.3.  So far works perfectly.  Little complaints from me other than the slow start up time after sleep.

Messin around with Dual ISO now.

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 17, 2014, 09:18:35 AM »
By the time you add free shipping and no sales tax collection, plus the 30 day free returns.  It doesnt make much sense to pay more at a local store unless you need something for a shoot tomorrow.

For less expensive items it doesnt matter much.  However for bodies and lenses, the buy local fees can be huge.

I personally buy from only companies with really good return policies as ive had my fair share of returns for items that did not meet upmto my expectations or had some manufacturing tolerance issues.  I sometimes pay a bit more just to have that safety net to return something.  If more local businesses were like that i would do more business.

Also remember that even though you are not charged sales tax for online orders, you are supposed to pay the tax to your state.  If you dont you are evading taxes and thats a crime.  ;)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: AF problems with 70D and fast lenses
« on: March 16, 2014, 10:15:02 AM »

I have similar issues with the 5d3.  I discovered some things

1. The 24mm and in fact many lenses have quite a different afma depending on focus distance.
2. Focal is not very reliable.  I have never obtained consistent results using my 5diii or 7d with 10 different lens combinations.
3.  Fast lenses have a very thin dof so any error is more apparent.  You can try the lenses at f4 and see if your curves stabilize.

I ended up having to manually verify focal with a Spyder lenscal and ended up just not using focal as i got better results doing it manually.

I have similar issues with 5D III with its "Advanced 61 AF points", something I'm sure is prevalent with all phase-detect/mirrored bodies out there.  There is good reason live view with magnification is recommended for critical focus.  The problem is current DSLR's are slow as molasses to AF in live view. 

I do think the future is mirrorless bodies with advanced AF, not having to go through the mirrorbox mechanism, such as the upcoming Sony A6000.  Having tried the Sony A7R, I do look forward to the day the A6000 AF system is implemented on that A7R sensor.

I agree.  Future of af is to do it in the sensor where the image is obtained.  Need to speed up af times, faster than phase detect, and do it with an accurate viewfinder for object tracking.  7dii may try to address these issues but i doubt the af speed will improve much....which is why it will first be marketed for video use.

As far as fast lenses go its best to afma them at the focus distance you expect to use the lenses the most.  Outside of that, use manual or live view focus, or use a higher f stop to increase dof.  Id like to see afma tweaked to allow for afma at distance and minimum focus distance then extrapolate between the two.  Similar to what they do now with zoom lenses at wide and tele.  That should help considerably.

EOS Bodies / Re: Calumet Photo Files Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
« on: March 14, 2014, 04:54:04 PM »
maybe assets are all on credit and need to be returned.   they probobly did not technically own much.  got over extended and couldnt pay their loans.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 12, 2014, 04:40:32 PM »
So whats been talked about is a hybrid vf.  Electronic vf used during video and live view shooting and optical vf used during stills.

Seeing pixels when shooting video is not a big deal for me...especially when considering the alternative of using the display on the rear of the camera.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Replacement Mentioned Again [CR1]
« on: March 11, 2014, 01:41:33 PM »
I beg to differ.  The 7d is very dated by todays standards.  Ff models of today blow its doors off.  I would say it will be successful regardless of how feature rich it is.  A high quality crop sensored camera with modern af and noise levels will fill the gap for those wanting the extra reach and are not happy with a ff solution.

The sooner it comes to market the sooner we can retire these old 7Ds for our kids to use.  May it RIP soon!

Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 08, 2014, 10:32:22 AM »
I have a question for the 500+ guys - how many of you shoot bare glass (i.e. with no extenders?).  I was reviewing Art Morris' blog posts the other day and noticed that he almost always has an extender (usually the 2x!) on his 600mm.  I realize he has a style that requires close shots, but it mirrored my experience with the 800mm.  It just didn't seem long enough - or should I say it was too long for stuff that was close to mid-distance but not long enough for nesting eagles and such.

600 no extender = 95%
600 with 1.4iii = 5%
600 with 2xiii = 0%

300 no extender = 50%(sports mostly)
300 with 1.4iii = 40% (Sports mostly)
300 with 2xiii = 10%(birds on walkabout but bright sun only like on a beach)

The bottom line is that I do not find that adding the 2X buys a lot.  I often find I can crop the 5diii and get better IQ.  If the subject is too far away that you need the 2X then you probably should try something else.  I speak for at least what I shoot most, large to medium size birds and sports looking for the highest IQ possible to minimize post efforts.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5D MkIII buffer
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:32:31 AM »
Valvebounce - Yes, my laptop is running Windows 7.  Too much trouble to resuscitate one of my XP desktops.  However, I find it very curious that when formatting cards in the 5DIII for the SD there is the option of a low level format while for the CF there is no option for a low level format.  Presumably the CF format is the equivelant of the Windows Quick Format.

SD normal format just erases the file table.  Each sector write must be erased first before writing.  Low level format does the erase at format time thus speeding write speeds.  I always LL format for camera use.

CF is different.  It doesnt need to erase first...so only one format option.

EOS Bodies / Re: Anything shot with an EOS-3 35mm
« on: March 05, 2014, 08:39:22 AM »
I still have an EOS-3 that I bought brand new in 2002, & it has a roll of Provia 100F that has been in the camera now for 2 years, mainly because I only use it on sunny days.  I only use my 24-105 or my 17-40 lenses right now with it  - sometimes my 50mm 1.8 as well. I also have an Epson 4990 scanner that I bought about 7 years ago & it still works fine.  If you scan your slides or negs, you'll need something to clean up the images because there is still some noise even in ISO 100 film compared to what I get in my 50D or my 30D.  The EOS-3 is a Beast in my opinion & focuses Very fast!  Enjoy it!

Yeah the scanning process can introduce noise.  I wonder if stacking multiple scans can reduce the scanning noise?  Im thinking the process would be similar to that used for astrophotography.  Well i have some things to try.  :)

I took it out this weekend and used it with my 600mm f/4L.  I did notice that it focused very fast. I was surprised at the speed for an early 2000 model.  Cant wait to finish up this first roll so i can see how it performed.

EOS Bodies / Anything shot with an EOS-3 35mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 10:30:27 PM »
I felt a bit nostalgic and picked up an EOS-3 35mm film camera and was pleasantly surprised i could still find 35mm film being sold at CVS.  Ive been shooting with a 5diii and 7d for so long i forgot what film images really look like.  Im still on my first roll of film but wondering if anyone else still uses a 3 for photography.  I used to shoot a lot of black and white in the day and barely recall the excellent dynamic range that film can capture.  I am somewhat excited over this...maybe as much as when i first switched to digital in the 90s.

Post some of your digitized images here.

Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 04:46:09 PM »
That's the advantage of retirement! ;)
I'm very jealous!

The disadvantage is that most cannot afford a 500 or 600 mkii in retirement.  Need to get your hard working kids to get you one for fathers day.  ;)

Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 04, 2014, 08:23:29 AM »
mackguyver, you and I and AlanF have pretty much expressed the same thing in different threads and I haven't changed my opinion on the 300.  I also influenced a friend to buy it.  However, in my case so far for birds I would almost never go out without 300 X2 and then I typically would end up cropping somewhat and so when I see the 600 prime shots, well, you know ......

Thinking about the 500 and getting to 700 without much degradation is tempting but I'm afraid it would be competition for the 300 and unless my better half was willing to pack it for me I can't see doing what you describe (trekking through the bush) carrying both! 

The result would probably be using the 300 for longer hikes and the 500 when stationed closer to a favorite spot and being quite immobile.  The gimbal head is really good at times but often it's a pain and I don't pack a tripod on longer hikes unless I know for certain I'll want it.  For me stalking is a mix of going where things look hopeful and then often just sitting, since many birds really do get used to one's presence after 15 or 20 minutes and I enjoy reflecting on the scenery and action in a given location.  Usually, I don't prefer just walking and walking and walking but I'm at retirement age.

Compromises and more compromises, ugh.  It's probably better when you just can't possibly afford it! ;)


The gimbal head has its purpose.  Its useful in situations where you want to be ready with minimal movement.  When im out shooting eagles fishing ill use my wimberly as most of the time you are waiting for something to happen.  With a monopod you still need to hold it up for hours or raise the entire setup when its time.

I use the wimberly exclusively with my 600 mk1...painfully heavy.

I use my 300 mostly when im walking about...but sometimes i will take my 600 walking...and will pay the price later.  ;)

« on: March 03, 2014, 05:29:00 PM »
Ah.  When I ordered mine I ordered the kit.  2 batts, charger and 12V vehicle cord to charge from car battery.

Is this the kit you bought East Wind?


That's it.  Be mindful that that everything runs down the battery faster (IS, Servo AF, Continuous AF, too long of a display off timeout).  It all adds up. 
The factory battery is 875mAh. These are 2200mAh.  More than double the capacity.

Lenses / Re: Birding 11 Days with the 600mm
« on: March 03, 2014, 03:43:16 PM »
revup67, you make very good points.  Sometimes the "focus" is so much on the eye that one tends to forget that it's nice to see all of the bird's beauty.  I'm presently trying to come to grips with just that.  Then there is the issue of not wanting background that is distracting due to too much DOF.  If I've only learned one thing it's this: If you don't like compromises don't get into photography! ;)


Yes it's good to know the DOF for your lens and camera.  A DOF app can help so you can get what you want in focus but still blur the background enough to isolate the subject.

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