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Lenses / Re: Long telephoto prime lens for landscapes?
« on: September 04, 2013, 09:12:20 AM »
Depending on your style and your interests this could well be very good lens for landscapes as well as for wildlife and birds.   I often use my 70-300L for landscape work.

Lenses / Re: What lens for panoramic tour + what software?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:07:35 AM »
I can't tell you about special lenses (I use always "normal" ones as the EF-S 15-85), but for software I chose Kolor Autopano ( –> you can check the software out in trial mode). It delivers much better results than any other software I ever tried.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 08:03:32 AM »

So, I believe Canon could have a new sensor in the 7DmkII - as well as 1 or 2 other 'great features' (eg improved AF, eg more pts and dual focus LiveView & improved optical focus).

Hoping for such a camera, sometime in 2014!



I really hope they do have a very good new sensor for the 7DmkII. I'm still using my 7DmkI and I still like it very much – except for the excessive noise caused by the sensor/signal processing. I especially hate the banding which is often very visible (think of skies) and rather cumbersome to get rid off in post processing.  :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Basic Specs [CR2]
« on: August 08, 2013, 07:57:57 AM »
canon should do the following:  ;D

- don´t bring a 7d2
- instead bring the 5d3 down to 2000 and the 6d to 1200  ($/€)

...the 7d´ler (aps-c´ler) buy the 5d3 and getting superb image-quality. (hey, 2000 is still a lot of $$$).
...5d3 sales growing
...and with the 5d3 you have enough space/quality for cropping the image.

most of the users will be happy  8)

Actually, I'm not so sure wether a price drop for the 5D to 2000$ would be enough to entice 7D users to buy into FF. Even now the price of the 5D is not the biggest obstacle, the prices of the lenses are…

Software & Accessories / Re: Normal RAW vs Dual ISO Raw Example Video
« on: July 17, 2013, 11:30:13 AM »
The Dual ISO pics look somewhat plasticky and lacking in detail, like they'd undergone pretty heavy NR. Looks like a hefty price for lower noise  :-\

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 70D Reaction
« on: July 01, 2013, 11:21:30 AM »
I don't get how you people equate the use or non-usage of foul language as a representation of a person's intelligence. I know people who sound like very eloquent idiots. They use large words to sound intelligent but have absolutely no substance in what they are saying.

How very true  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 07:36:37 AM »
Tough choice – in the end, it all boils down to your definition of usable… Best option would be 24MP with very clean/usable (i.e. no patterned read-out/banding noise) pictures up to ISO 12800  8)

Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:49:38 PM »
I had two versions of the non-L 70-300 (I + III) and I never got happy with them. The pics were not too bad but not too good either (lack of contrast and sharpness). But where the non-L version really do not deliver is build quality: the barrel is made of plastic and not weather/dust sealed at all. There is a considerable amount of lens creep to deal with too. The L-version on the other hand is extremely well built and has a zoom lock. I never regretted shelling out the money for this lens .

Lenses / Re: Tele for backpacking
« on: June 03, 2013, 05:39:06 AM »
+1 for the EF 70-300L
Not only great optical quality and very usable IS (translates into good pictures) but also a rather compact and portable and weather sealed lens as well. It's one of my two lenses I put on my 7D for hiking and mountaineering (the other one is the EF-S 15-85).

Lenses / Re: Need Some Advice
« on: May 01, 2013, 04:49:59 AM »
If it is not too dark I would bring a good tele (like the 70-200 f2.8 ) for the reception too. I like to shoot people from a distance without them noticing – much more natural than the cheesy smiles you get when they are aware of being photographed (just my two cents).

EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:01:34 AM »
I'm still saving the money to buy a 5DIII and the glass to match it (24-105 and 16-35 II). But if Canon puts out a 7DII with better DR, good high ISO capabilities (i.e. pictures without ugly banding noise up to ISO 6400), AF system, frame rate and weather sealing at least as good as the one of the 7D I would gladly take one. Even if the body would be more expensive than the original 7D I would take it because I would not have to spend anything on new lenses.

Yes but it was not because of the brush he used...

 ;D Good one!

Video & Movie / Re: 800 pictures in 4:02 minutes
« on: April 18, 2013, 08:58:12 AM »
Wow, very impressive and very well done! Cool one!

Technical Support / Re: MacBook Pro : Best RAW Processing Software?
« on: April 17, 2013, 03:10:17 AM »
I use DPP for my RAW conversions. Yes, its user interface feels clunky and cumbersome but the possibilities to correct aberrations (lens specific profiles), sharpen and optimize your files before producing a TIFF or JPEG (or whatever format you prefer) are rather good. For my eye, DPP delivers the best output files. As you can't apply corrections like noise reduction only to specific parts of the picture, you might want to a) be careful with the NR and sharpening sliders and b) use some other app for the finer touches – I use PS6 with NIK software mainly for NR and sharpening the  final output files.
For all of this you could use LR or Aperture or DXO or Capture One which all do a good job – in the end it comes down to user preference. One important thing DPP is lacking is the possibility to add keywords/tags and manage the files. LR, Aperture and all the other apps do this.

Lenses / Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:33:33 AM »
If you stick to your 7D I would take the 15-85 – it is a good all around lens with a very decent optical quality. To complement the focus range of the 15-85, I take my trusty 70-200L f4. It is light and has an outstanding optical quality.

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