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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review
« on: September 19, 2014, 07:42:09 PM »
What I saw was a pop up ad covering the screen.  Click bait at its worst.
Sorry about that - it didn't do that to me.  I didn't watch the video, just scrolled down through the review.

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Third Party Manufacturers / iPhone 6 Plus Camera Review
« on: September 19, 2014, 04:47:27 PM »
I'm not an Apple guy or a fan of phone photography but I thought this was a good review and certainly shows what can be done with a modest tool in the right hands (and in an amazing location...):

http://austinmann.com/trek/iphone-6-plus-camera-review-iceland

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Lenses / Re: What do you use your wide angle lens for?
« on: September 19, 2014, 03:35:07 PM »
Don't buy one "to get it all in" the frame as they saying goes.  Wide angles are tricky to use (esp. below 20mm), but once you get them, they result in really dramatic shots.  A quick Google search pulled up a lot of links - I took a look through them and here are the better ones that you might find helpful:

http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0403/dw0403-1.html

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/wide-angle-lenses.htm

http://www.photographymad.com/pages/view/wide-angle-lenses

http://photography.tutsplus.com/articles/mastering-wide-angle-photography--photo-9243

http://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tip/3892/5-uses-for-a-wide-angle-lens/

http://www.trilliumphotoclub.org/Tutorials/Wide%20Angle%20Lens.html



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: One is the loneliest number...
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:38:57 PM »
I nearly always bring two cameras with me, but when I'm shooting landscape photos, it's rare that I ever need the backup body.  In fact, in the 6+ years I've used Canon DSLRs, I've never had a camera failure (knocks on wood).  In most cases, the back up battery has actually served as a very impractical backup battery & memory card holder for the times when I've forgotten to pack spares.  Unless you're shooting professionally or going on multi-day hikes, save your money and stock up on spare batteries and memory cards instead :)

For other types of shooting like events/sport, wildlife, and any other time you need to be able to change the lens (but don't have time to do that) two bodies are great.  For events, I usually have a 24mm on on body and 50mm on the other.  For wildlife, I keep a 300mm on on body and the 70-200 on the other.

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Lenses / Re: Wildlife lens setup
« on: September 19, 2014, 01:32:10 PM »
I would disagree with the use without IS. When you are shooting wildlife you are probably shooting fast enough to make IS void.

70-300mm L is a really nice lens. The 400 F5.6 is probably the best bang for buck. More important is the understanding of the animal you are shooting.

No no no no no! Noooooo. IS is so important for wildlife. Many many great wildlife activity and sightings happen in low light and IS is paramount in those situations…. Not all wildlife photos are hunting cheetahs! And it gets worse in ever green forests like India and Costa Rica…
IS is great and as sanj points out, many shots are taken well below 1/focal length, but IS isn't necessary.  I made do with the 400 f/5.6 for many years.  I had to use a tripod in low light, well most light, but it's a great lens.  Tough, top notch USM autofocus, light, sharp and with great color and contrast.  Take a look at the sample thread to see lots of examples, including a few of mine.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:42:31 PM »
A camera which OFFERS better IQ isn't always a guarantee for BETTER IMAGES

Ergonomics and reliability of its subsystems for exposure metering and AF might be of much higher importance depending on the purpose ...
And I have a set of lenses which I am very satisfied with.

But, wouldn't you love to have a Canon camera with good ergonomics, reliability, good AF, good set of lenses AND IN ADDITION, a 24MP APS-C sensor with tons of DR and better low noise performance?
Sure, that would be great, but if I had to choose, I'd go for a great camera with lesser IQ any day.  Look no further than the Sigma Foveon DSLRs.  Great IQ, but lousy everything else. 

Besides, for all of the sensor superiority of the Sony/Nikon cameras, why is Canon selling more cameras, and why can't you tell which camera was used to shoot advertisement or magazine photos? If they were so much better, shouldn't you be able to tell just by the looking at the photo?  There is SO much more that goes into getting a photo other than the sensor.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: POLL: What's more important, gps or wifi?
« on: September 19, 2014, 12:24:59 PM »
I find GPS most useful, but WiFi would also be nice.  Adding a EyeFi card is a lot cheaper than adding a GPS module, too, so that's why I voted for GPS.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:43:07 AM »
I'm stunned.  The 7DII matches or nearly matches the 5DIII even at ISO 12,800!  Wow.  It's still no match for the 1D X at higher ISOs, but I can't believe they have pulled this out of an APS-C chip.  It looks like I might have to get into the pre-order line after all.

EDIT - I must have used the Comparometer(TM) incorrectly.  The performance still looks quite good, though, and a big improvement over the 7D.

I was worried about your first remark which you corrected just few seconds before. Your posts make always sense but this one was strange  ;)

Compared to the 7D I see a good advantage but the images in the comparometer made with the 600d/T3i look not too bad compared to the 7D mark ii.

If I should buy the 7D mark ii I will buy it for it's ergonomy (600d has beeing euphemistic inferior ergonomics) and AF system if it shows great performance  - not sheer IQ. And things are not easier now: perhaps a 6D for HQ imaging?
I guess I need more caffeine!  The one other thing I noticed is that the 7DII seems to hold color saturation a bit better at high ISOs.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy the 7DII at all.  In all of the years I've been shooting wildlife, I've rarely shot anything over ISO 6400 (and that's before sunrise) and within 30 minutes of sunrise, I'm usually at ISO 1600 or less, depending on the lens to get 1/500s or higher.  Even with a Rebel and the IS-less and slow 400 f/5.6, the vast majority of my shots were at ISO 400 + or - 1 to 2 stops.  For sports where you need to be at 1/1000s or higher, it will be a bit tougher, but I think the 7DII is still up to the task from what I've seen.  Besides, noise isn't the end of the world and I'd rather have a noisy shot than no shot.  The AF, frame rate, etc. will give you much better odds of getting the shot.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 11:24:49 AM »
I'm stunned.  The 7DII matches or nearly matches the 5DIII even at ISO 12,800!  Wow.  It's still no match for the 1D X at higher ISOs, but I can't believe they have pulled this out of an APS-C chip.  It looks like I might have to get into the pre-order line after all.
I am anxious to see if you would consider this as the backup of your 1DX. Let us know if you decide to go for it. I am currently use a 5DIII as back up but if it is close to the 5D I would consider the 10fps as a serious candidate.

The 7DII samples look substantially worse than the 5DIII samples. I'm betting the RAWs would be even farther apart.
Yikes, must have been a user error on my part.  I could swear I selected everything correctly but with all of the frames and such in the Comparometer(TM) thingy, I must have screwed something up earlier.  The 7DII appears to be around 1/2 to 1 stop better than the 7D, but still isn't nearly as good as the 5DIII.

I'm stunned.  The 7DII matches or nearly matches the 5DIII even at ISO 12,800!  Wow.  It's still no match for the 1D X at higher ISOs, but I can't believe they have pulled this out of an APS-C chip.  It looks like I might have to get into the pre-order line after all.
I am anxious to see if you would consider this as the backup of your 1DX. Let us know if you decide to go for it. I am currently use a 5DIII as back up but if it is close to the 5D I would consider the 10fps as a serious candidate.
I have been considering it, but after looking at what the 5DIIIs are going for on eBay this morning - around $2400 US (or $2160 after fees) - I would just about break even on the purchase.  That doesn't include the loss I would take on the RRS L-bracket and other items, so the idea of losing roughly $1,000 (from what I paid for the 5DIII) just to get a newer camera with a crop sensor doesn't seem so appealing after I did the math. 

The 1D X does everything I could ever want and I think I'm going to stick with the 5DIII for now, especially after seeing the comparison again (correctly this time!).

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EOS Bodies / Re: Sample Images From the EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 19, 2014, 09:29:36 AM »
I'm stunned.  The 7DII matches or nearly matches the 5DIII even at ISO 12,800!  Wow.  It's still no match for the 1D X at higher ISOs, but I can't believe they have pulled this out of an APS-C chip.  It looks like I might have to get into the pre-order line after all.

EDIT - I must have used the Comparometer(TM) incorrectly.  The performance still looks quite good, though, and a big improvement over the 7D.

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Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: September 18, 2014, 04:56:00 PM »
check out the cyber commander manual PDF from the buff website. lots of nice features. the metering was one of the benefits i really liked - single lights or groups, ambient, etc.

will be taking the commander off camera to do the metering and adjustments, then putting it back on hot shoe for shooting.
It definitely looks cool and I already have the CyberSync Trigger so I'd be able to leave that in the hotshoe and just use the Commander for metering and adjustments off camera.

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The GP-E1 is pretty nice, but I find that elevation readings can be totally bonkers in anything but the best conditions (outdoors with no trees or buildings).  When I contacted Canon, they informed me the "3D" satellite icon must be present for elevation readings, but this icon is hidden beneath many menus and button presses and can't easily be checked every time you want to take pictures.

The upside is that you can add the height information later on with a program that interfaces to Google Maps. As far as I remember "GeoSetter" (windows) should work to fill in the height field if it's missing, probably even overwrite it if you know it's bogus. I haven't used the software though since LR has the maps interface, and where I live the earth is flat so a 3d gps fix is an optional extra :-)
That's true - I had forgotten about that.  I have the Garmin BaseCamp software and it uses the (rather expensive) topo maps I purchased to correct the elevation.  It does it on import so I had forgotten about it.  Canon's map utility doesn't do it unfortunately.

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Right, I've been checking for that in the preview occasionally.

It's just nuts though!  I have 3 pictures I took in my backyard, across 30sec, and 1 has a reading of 6m above sea level, the other is -18m, and the last is 1350m

 :o
Wow, that is crazy!  My readings have varied by 2 or 3m at most.  Does it do the same in open areas?

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Speedlites, Printers, Accessories / Re: CF Cards Vs SD Cards
« on: September 18, 2014, 03:58:36 PM »
Guys, if you were recommend one CF model for the 7Dii, what would it be?
It depends on what you shoot, but the I'd go for at least 32GB and probably 64GB and the latest 1066x / 1067x cards from Sandisk or Lexar.  They aren't cheap, but will last you for many years.  Also, Adorama runs really good sales on the Lexar cards pretty frequently.  The 1000x cards are a good compromise if you don't want to spend so much, but make sure you don't fall for the 800x cards.  They are a lot cheaper, but they only read a 800x, and write far slower.  It's great to download, but lousy for burst shooting.

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The GP-E1 is pretty nice, but I find that elevation readings can be totally bonkers in anything but the best conditions (outdoors with no trees or large buildings).  When I contacted Canon, they informed me the "3D" satellite icon must be present for elevation readings, but this icon is hidden beneath many menus and button presses and can't easily be checked every time you want to take pictures.

So even when the GPS indicator is solid and not blinking, one can't be sure if elevation readings will be captured. 

I'd actually much rather prefer no readings to incorrect ones.
I've noticed that it's off a bit, too, but so far it's been pretty close to reality and no less accurate than my other GPS from Garmin, which I found last night (tucked away in a dark drawer!).  Also, if you take a photo, you'll see the elevation displayed in the Preview if you press the Info button to see the GPS details.  From what I can tell, if the elevation isn't there, it means you are still 2D and not 3D.

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