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Have a look at, I think they have everything you need.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon brochure library
« on: January 01, 2013, 05:31:07 AM »
Very handy, thanks for posting!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: December 27, 2012, 08:10:26 AM »
Found on an German IT-news page:

Maybe interresting: Fast, good image quality.

The article is actually nothing more than a collection of RUMORS from CR and Northlight but selling them like an official Canon press release…  ???

1994: Canon EOS 100 (still in use, occasionally)
2006: Canon PowerShot A710 IS (got stolen)
2007: Canon EOS 400D (felt too toy-like in my hands, sold)
2007: Canon EOS 40D (I really liked the feel of that camera, serves now as backup body)
2007: Canon Powershot G7 (for concerts were DSLRs are not allowed and some everyday snapping, still in use)
2010: EOS 7D (a great step up from the 40D, will become my 2nd body as soon as funds allow for a 5DIII)

Contests / Re: Gura Gear Giveaway!
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:41:51 AM »
I'd like to win too! Pretty please?  :D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Upgrade from 40D or upgrading lenses
« on: December 06, 2012, 09:58:38 AM »
As someone who went from the 40D to the 7D I would say it definitely was a worthwhile upgrade. Although noise levels even at moderately high ISO settings are considerably high, I quite like the overall image quality of the 7D – better than the already good 40D. Resolution, AF, speed and ergonomics are far better in the 7D. But if you are after a camera with superb image quality especially in low light/high ISO situations, you'd probably be better off with a 5DII.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Skiing picture advice
« on: December 05, 2012, 05:33:19 AM »
If you're planning on action shots you might want to have a look at Dan Carr's blog: There you can get some useful advice for setting up and exposing ski action shots.

1. Canon EF 14mm f2.8L II
2. Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II
3. Canon EF  24-70mm f2.8L II
4. Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8L II IS
5. 400mm f2.8L II IS (+ Extender EF 1.4x III)

And if I still had money left I would also like

6. Canon TS-E 17mm f4L
7. Canon MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x Macro
8. Canon EF 180mm f3.5L Macro

I use DPP for all my RAW pictures. I never used LR but in my experience some of the RAW conversion possibilities (especially the lens correction tools, colour correction) in DPP are better than in ACR or Aperture. But others are very inferior, e.g. the NR. And DPP has a lot of ergonomic deficits. Especially cumbersome is the fact that you can rate your pictures but you cannot give them tags/keywords. There are things DPP does better than other apps but there is a lot of room for improvement there.

Lenses / Re: efs 15-85 or ef 24-105L
« on: October 23, 2012, 04:31:22 AM »
For APS-C you should get either 17-55mm or 15-85mm.  I used to have 17-55mm and loved it.  If you don't need F/2.8 go with 15-85mm.  24-105 is not wide enough for APS-C.


Lenses / Re: EF-S 15-85mm
« on: October 20, 2012, 07:51:07 AM »
Optically, the 15-85mm is already delivering L-series performance (though without the L-series build).  Given that, I'm not sure there's much of a need for an update.

True, the optical quality of the lens is very good. But the build quality is not that great. I especially hate the lens creep that mine showed from day one. I would welcome an "L"-ish version/update of that lens and I would gladly pay for it.

Canon General / Re: Shuttle Endeavour's 26th Mission
« on: October 17, 2012, 09:36:13 AM »
Very cool shots, congrats! I like the first one and the one with the wing almost knocking down the street sign best.

It's a blody shame though that they retired the shuttles – they are probably the most awesome machines mankind has ever built.

Software & Accessories / Re: Poll: What NR do you use
« on: October 10, 2012, 07:08:28 AM »
The NIK NR software is called Dfine.

Software & Accessories / Re: How do you get rid of (de)banding noise?
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:01:42 AM »
Thanks guys for taking the time to write an answer. But it seems that I did not make clear what my problem is. To get rid of banding and other noise in my 7D RAW's I use NIK Dfine 2.0. But in some cases the debanding algorithm seems to introduce some really annoying artifacts of its own (see the picture in the original post –> the encircled "spikes"). This seems to occur especially where starkly contrasting edges are involved, like a snow covered mountain ridge against a (fairly) blue sky.
My question now is how to prevent or to get rid of these NIK-introduced artifacts?

Software & Accessories / How do you get rid of debanding artifacts?
« on: October 05, 2012, 03:29:43 AM »
This might sound stupid but maybe someone can help me out: I shoot with a 7D and in RAW and even in broad daylight the pictures suffer from quite a lot of banding. I use NIK Dfine 2.0 in Photoshop CS6 to clean up noise and banding. The debanding produces strange spiky artifacts around edges though (see pictures below). Does anyone know how to avoid those or how to get rid of them?

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