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If this can be done with a 1.6x crop sensor, then the next generation of full frame cameras with 2.5x the  sensor area should mute the critics, at least for a short while.

Fat chance.  ;)

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: Today at 08:16:19 AM »

Face it, Canon, the "Rebel" line is dead, so bury it ... along with the 70D and the (still-born) 7DII.  As for the latter (the 7dII), it is a weather-sealed camera, but has no decent weather-sealed companion lens!?

Odd my 70D is working out just fine and when I wear that out I'll probably go for a 7DII - which seems to be getting a great reception . . . I think it might be you that isn't listening to what Canon's customers are actually saying.

That's one thing this forum certainly doesn't lack – people in a small minority who mistakenly believe that their opinions and needs represent those of the vast majority.

The size of the human hand/fingers has not evolved as fast as the size of electronics.  :D

For many years, the trend in the mobile phone/device market was to get smaller and smaller.  The current trend is the opposite - iPhone 6 Plus, for example. 

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:50:17 PM »
One more from yesterday, taken by a friend.  This one is me, shooting a young buck in the field next to the parking lot on a blustery day at Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.

Portrait / Re: Post photos of other photographers in action
« on: November 23, 2014, 10:45:33 PM »
Here's one from Shamian Island, Guangzhou, China.  It's a popular spot for wedding and fashion photography, saw several shoots going on while walking around each day.

EOS 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 200mm, 1/160 s, f/4, ISO 125

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 07:12:52 PM »
What about lenses?

...but the whole TS-E 17/4 or 840/5.6 argument is largely moot with mirrorless options these days. Why?


My point, in keeping with the context of this thread, was that there are areas of the spectrum of photography equipment where Canon lags behind other manufacturers, and areas in which they are ahead.  One area in which they are generally superior is lenses (RT flashes is another).  Some people – including some who apparently don't even own Canon gear – seem quite willing to bash Canon's sensors, but give no credit in areas where they are the innovative leader. 

BTW, have you spent some time shooting handheld with your 600/4 and an adapter-mounted MILC?  I have, and it's an ergonomic nightmare.  If you find it comfortable, great.  If you haven't tried it, you should do so before suggesting adapters and MILC's render unique lenses moot (not to mention AF issues, because you went on to do just that, and 'hope that maybe the 5th incarnation will solve the problems', which the first four apparently failed to do).

Do you enjoy emberrasing and belittling and degrading people? Honestly, dude.

This place would be FAR more peaceful if you would just leave people alone. Regardless of how wrong they may be.

And I think we all need to back the hell off of people, and stop antagonism.

I don't know if it is simply ignorance here, or whether it is just conveniently forgetting,

You go right on making the forum a more peaceful place and stopping the antagonism.  Calling me ignorant or deceitful is a great effort toward those laudable ends.  Honestly, dude.

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 23, 2014, 11:01:50 AM »
But Neuro currently is much more than DR. Mirror less, MP, 7d2 sensor improvement and such are in the scanner.

What about lenses?  Yesterday I went on a 5 mile hike with my 840mm f/5.6 combo (600/4 II + 1.4xIII), shooting flying raptors entirely handheld.  After lunch, I shot a lighthouse, and on the narrow spit of land, only an ultrawide lens with shift could capture the full height with correct verticals, so I used my new TS-E 17/4.  How's the competition doing on meeting those needs?  Should I go to forums dedicated to other brands and complain about their lack of innovation in areas which matter to me?

I get that people want it all (and usually for free).  But no single manufacturer offers it all.  So, you have to make a choice... 

  • Keep wishing for one system to offer everything.
  • Complain incessantly on the Internet.
  • Pick the system that best meets their needs.

Regarding the first, my dad used to say wish in one hand and...well, you get the idea (or Google will fill in the rest).  Regarding the second, that's certainly your prerogative, but hopefully you understand that doing so here is worse than useless.  That leaves the third option as the most logical one, by far.  Kind of sad that people are so illogical...

Ziploc makes Big Bags, too (even before they bought Space Bags).

Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 22, 2014, 07:14:58 AM »

Lenses / Re: In praise of the 40mm f/2.8 STM
« on: November 21, 2014, 05:29:42 PM »
I take my 40/2.8 on almost every outing with my 1D X + 600/4.  Just in case.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: REVIEW: Canon 7D2 For Events? Perhaps...
« on: November 21, 2014, 02:55:13 PM »
I guess I don't understand the point of your post.

The point of that part was mostly that I have about as much use for Tony Northrup as for Ken Rockwell – that is to say, less than zero.

I simply state, for low-light work, where some photographers crop images to get a desired composition, the 7D2 will provide you with similar performance (at certain ISOs), and double the megapixels.

This was true for the 5DII vs. 7D as well.

But for what it's worth, the keeper shots on the 7D2 were higher than that on my 5D3. I put that down to the dual-pixel AF, though, more than anything else.

Are you usually using Live View?  That (and video) are when Dual Pixel AF is used.  If you're looking through the VF, you're not using DPAF.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sending my 7D2 back due to high ISO noise
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:28:50 AM »
Essentially, are 5DIII @ 1000mm f/10 and 7DII @ 700mm f/5.6 basically the same (and not worth buying a new camera for), or in low light is there a little advantage to the crop here?

I suspect the 5DIII would have an IQ advantage, more so as the ISO rises.  The 7DII would have a clear AF advantage in that comparison. 

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: REVIEW: Canon 7D2 For Events? Perhaps...
« on: November 21, 2014, 07:22:38 AM »
This is why I implore all "photonerds" to really watch Tony's video. He explains why sensor efficiency is so important, and just how impressive the 7D2 really is, given how many (smaller) pixels they've crammed into such a tiny area.

You and Northrup find the 7DII impressive, and you're arguing that the 7DII's IQ is as good as the camera Northrup suggested might be ok for non-pros posting images to Facebook.  Impressive, indeed.   ::) 

At those conventions and conferences, do presenters ever walk slowly across the stage?  If so, you should test the 7DII's AF tracking ability on a subject walking sedately.  You could call it a 'sports test' just like Northrup does.  Maybe the 7DII can beat the ~60% hit rate Northrup achieved on the 5DIII.   ::) ::)

Remember. The 7D has almost the same amount of pixels as the 5D3, in just about half the area!!

Remember. The PowerShot G7X has almost the same amount of pixels as the 5DIII, in just about one-eighth the area!!

Remember. The Nokia Lumia 1020 has almost twice as many pixels as the 5DIII, in just about one-fifteenth the area!!!!!

I know which one delivers better IQ.  I'm amused by people who don't.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: REVIEW: Canon 7D2 For Events? Perhaps...
« on: November 20, 2014, 10:33:16 PM »
Watched the video.
So what you are telling me is that the 7D2 with the right lens (at 100mm) is better than the 5D3 (with the wrong lens) at a similar focal length.

I didn't watch the video.  But if the OP is comparing the 7DII + 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II (arguably the best zoom lens available, at least the best under $10K), vs. the 5DIII + 24-105mm f/4L IS (a good lens, yes, but not nearly the quality of the 70-200 II), then I suppose I'll have to fetch my broom and declare shenanigans.

With the 7D2 and a 70-200mm lens, I can get 360mm framing with 5D3 ISO performance in a lightweight package.

If you're suggesting that image noise of a 7DII image and a 5DIII image with same lens/distance cropped to APS-C FoV are similar, ok.  If you're suggesting that the high ISO performance of the two cameras is similar when comparing the same framing (e.g., a longer focal length on the 5DIII, aka 'using the right lens'), then try the comparison again once the effects of the mind-altering drugs have worn off.

Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 20, 2014, 08:35:50 PM »
I'm thinking about buying the 300 and a couple years down the road adding a 600.

I bought the 600/4 II a couple of years ago, and the 300/2.8 is on my short list.

Lenses / Re: Really bad GAS
« on: November 20, 2014, 05:12:31 PM »
Adding in a crop body gives another 1.6 factor.  Thus we get 300 f/2.8 to 960 f/5.6 f/9.  Both of the shots below were handheld.

I fixed that for you.   ;)

Great shots, BTW.

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