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EOS Bodies / Re: Official: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
« on: September 15, 2014, 10:52:53 AM »
On paper this looks like a real winner and I can sense that curious urge to hit the pre-order button in my fingertips. But I will resist at least until there are reliable tests of sensor performance and IQ.

By the way: I could not find any info wether the radio flash trigger is still on board. I hope I just missed that…

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Nikon announced D750
« on: September 12, 2014, 02:42:20 PM »
If you want both IQ and features, you need to fork out another $1000-$1500 to move up to the 5DIII.

If you already own EF lenses, that is. If your glass predominantly consist of EF-S lenses, you'll have to shell out a whole lot more for the lenses to go with the 5DIII…   :-\

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EOS Bodies / Re: How does the reveal of the final 7D2 specs make you feel?
« on: September 12, 2014, 04:02:26 AM »
As a 7D owner I am not overjoyed by the prospect of a hand-me-down sensor from a previous APS-C camera. I really like my 7D except for the awful banding noise showing up even at low ISOs. If they managed to get rid of that and get the remaining noise to look a bit less gritty, I would be much happier and might consider to get one. Apart from sensor quality (an unknown as of yet) the specs of the 7D II look rather good to me. Especially the new AF systems sounds like a real killer. Let's see what the camera can deliver in real world conditions. Until then – happy shooting everybody!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is this a joke?
« on: August 15, 2014, 03:55:28 AM »
Bogus – the entries are several months old and unless Canon has deployed the 7D II without telling anyone, there is no 7D II (yet)  ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 28, 2014, 12:19:09 PM »
With auto-ISO enabled, the Manual camera setting isn't really fully manual. It would be great if the camera allowed exposure compensation for the "not quite manual" setting where shutter and f/stop were fixed but ISO was automatic. 

+1
I miss this functionality on my 7D as well…

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 21, 2014, 07:34:31 AM »
Quote

You can always put camera gear in to a serious hiking backpack but it's hard (if not impossible) to take an expensive photography backpack and use it for serious hiking.


I could not agree more. I've been using a F-stop Loka for a few years now, and while it's a great backpack and probably one of the finest camera backpacks available, I feel a lot more comfortable with my Arcteryx Astral 65 even if I put twice as much weight in it. There is a world of difference, at least to my me and my back. I would say that camera backpack manufacturers have a very long way to go, when it comes to ergonomics.  I'm thinking of adding a Lowepro Toploader AW 50 to my kit, now that I have sold the Loka, to be chucked in with the rest of my hiking kit. It should hold a L-plated 6D with a wide angle zoom nice and snugly.

Generally I agree that trekking/mountaineering-specific packs are the best available in terms of wearing comfort. But the comparison of the F-Stop Loka with the Arc'teryx Altra is not really fair. The Loka is a 37 litre pack with not that much padding on the hip belt and the shoulder straps. It is not meant to carry 30 kilos like the Altra (which is a fabulous pack by the way). If you try a Tilopa BC (48 litres) or a Satori EXP (62 litres) you might get a rather different experience: both packs are very well constructed and padded so that you can carry your 20-30 kilos of photo gear, mountaineering stuff, clothes, food etc. quite comfortably. It's still heavy to lug around 20 kilos though…  ;D

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:33:47 AM »
… oh, and I forgot the EF 24-105L II with better IS, coatings and really good sealing 8)

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Lenses / Re: What Lenses are missing from Canon's range
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:30:44 AM »
I'd like to see UWA lenses for both FF and APS-C that are
  • fast
  • sharp (even if wide open)
  • and do not suffer from the beastly coma aberration that turns stars into wedge-shaped UFOs like the EF-S 10-22 does.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:02:34 AM »
In general:

This may be a bit above your price range, but this Gura Gear bag is designed expressly for mixed cargo:
http://www.guragear.com/uinta/

The F-stop Mountain series is similar in its configurability and chambering of different types of items:
http://shop.fstopgear.com/us/products/mountain.html

It seems a small distinction to have separate compartments, but it lets the nasty dirty campy stuff stay in a separate chamber. 

But in specifics, the type of camping you are doing defines your answer.  Car camping is not backcountry camping...

- A

The Uinta looks good too but if you want to strap half a ton of additional gear to your pack and still be quite comfortable, I think there is nothing better than the F-Stop packs out there.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:27:16 AM »
One possible solution for not having to take off the backpack to get to your camera is a clip like Peak Design's Capture Pro (https://peakdesignltd.com/store/?c=clips). Works great if the weather is good  8)

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Software & Accessories / Re: Camera bag for camping
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:14:34 AM »
You might want to have a look at F-Stop packs like the Tilopa BC (http://shop.fstopgear.com/us/products/mountain/backpacks/tilopa-bc.html#.U8d29VY_Hoo). They don't come cheap (about 130$ over your budget) but they really deliver in terms of quality and versatility. I use them for skiing and mountaineering, trekking and for camping.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:46:08 AM »
While we are at the subject: Does anyone have experiences with both CaptureOne and DXO? How do these two compare?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Unexpected Events
« on: July 02, 2014, 03:05:54 AM »
Wow, good catch and a very nice sequence! I quite often see herons in my neighbourhood but I never saw one catch and devour a fish.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:25:30 PM »
They're about to obsolete all the head phones all their customers currently own and use, and the likely path to "continue using what you have" is bulky, cumbersome and expensive.

I must have missed that one. What could they do to my head phoes?

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Landscape / Re: Mountains, Lakes and Rivers
« on: June 27, 2014, 07:39:14 AM »
I would like to ask what do you think about brightness of this image. Do you see it as too dark/too bright or OK? Especially in the rocks. I'm asking this because if I look it on my display (MBP retina) it looks OK, but if I look it on my older (cheap) display it looks brighter (actually too bright).

Thanks

Looks good to me (Macbook Pro), not too bright and not too dark. Very nice shot!

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