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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D Mark II on Cameraegg
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:38:22 PM »
Talking to professional sale staff from 2 CP shops:
They believe that the 7D2 will be a well sold product ( if the sensor at least will be a little bit better than the 7D´s in ISOs). Because of the F8 feature and the improved AF system. The ability to use e.g. an 100-400 with an 1.4 extender is highly wanted by sports/wildlife... photographers.  And paired with an new AF system (double cross, AF @ f8, ... fast,... accurate) this will satisfy the needs of a lot of photographers.

In their opinion, the f8 feature & better AF will be the major reason why someone buys the 7D2, mainly not an improved sensor.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 24, 2014, 05:26:53 PM »
My personal experience/opinion: The 6D works good in critally light conditions, the 5D3s AF is superior.
Visited an workshop in Munich´s zoo. Compared the shots with the 8 other fotographers (4x6D, 5x7D, 4x5D3. Mostly 100-400mm, 300mm2.8+2x, 1x 400mm, 1x500mm):
5D3 was superior, shooting the fast flying hawks and milans. Sharp pictures: 6D ~50%, 7D~75, 5D3 ~80-90%.
But when we shot swimming sea lions (dark objects), the AF of the 6D could (nearly) reach the 5D3s. And the details of the black and dark brown lion pelts were as good as the 5D3s. 
An good lens helps the AF of the 6D @ moving objects more than if you use it on the 7D. Using the outer AF points in moving objects, is a clear point of the 5D3 or 7D.

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 24, 2014, 04:59:21 PM »
Looks better now...

I heard an rumor (discussion between some CPS workers), that the sensor could be an updated 70D´s one. With an improved layer concept (not multilayer). Slightly better DR, 1/2 better aperture in noise. Could this be true?
And an better internal jpeg algorithm, to "pimp up" the jpegs electronically

EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:50:54 PM »
No new sensor? 20.2 MP looks like an "Well known" one... DR & IQ better? Or just electronically "optimized"?
Just an new AF system...

Ok, lets have a look @ IQ when it has been released on real world samples...


How much will it be? 15.000€?

Software & Accessories / Problem: Infrared Filter & 6D
« on: August 13, 2014, 04:04:00 PM »
I ordered a lot of new filters in the last weeks (thanksto all for the tipps for an good filfter-holder!). A 720nm infrared-filter has been ordered too.
My problem: When I use the filter on the 6D, the picture stays black. Tried it @ high and low iso, exposure time from 0,5 to 30"... but the picture stays black.

I read in an infrared form, that not each camera is able to deal with infrared filters. True? - Is the 6D not able to deal with the IR filter?

Lenses / Re: Canon EF 11-24 f/2.8L Coming [CR1]
« on: August 07, 2014, 03:37:44 PM »
Sorry, but 2800$ are 2800€+ in Germany.
11-24mm 2.8L... What is this lens made of?
I´m sorry, but Canon is getting a little bit to expensive for me.

EOS Bodies / Re: 7DII - where are the leaks ??
« on: August 05, 2014, 02:15:08 PM »
One normally well informed "source", who produces things "around" or for the transport-safety of the products we want to buy, do still not have the any information about the coming job they have to do. Canon has reservated production capacities, but - other than normally - this will be an "last minute" production job.

My starter kit was the Lee holder, Lee adapter rings in the several sizes needed (including WA rings), Lee 0.6 soft ND grad, Hitech 0.9 "reverse" ND grad. Next up will be the 105 mm adapter plus 105mm CPL. The Hitech reverse grad is quite nice, I don't see any difference in quality between it and the Lee, at least in the few comparative shots that I have made. If you want to use a CPL plus grad, I would guess that you might have to reduce the number of slots from 2 to 1 in order to minimize or avoid hard vignetting.

Much thanks.

I ordered the Lee holder system and Hitech (ND hard and soft set) filters today. the reverse filters will follow in some weeks. (A question of money, as the whole system is not quite cheap).

As 105mm CPL filters I prefer the Heliopan High Transmission Polfilter circ. SH-PMC in the slim version. The advantage is, that this CPL is not as dark as the B&W Käsemann, I owned before.

@ RobertG: Much thanks for your personal help and the pictures!


I use a product of the company Neewer (bought via Amazon). The clear cover is thicker, so there are not so many folds and the water is drained better. It is easier to get this shell dry again.

In winter, I use a shell from Enjoyyourcamera (M-6399), that protects against storm and icecold conditions.

Maybe someone can post better products

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 11:07:16 AM »
Hey Mike,

Maybe rent both of them over a weekend and run them both through their paces.  Either way, macro is super fun!


This is an good idea!
In which countra are you located? In nearly every country there exists an lens rental service. If you are living in Europe, Zeiss will be an common lens in rental service companies.

Lenses / Re: Help deciding on a macro lens
« on: August 04, 2014, 10:58:15 AM »
Sir, the Makro-Planar T 2.0 lens is one of the best and sharpest lenses, you can own. My youngest son, who works as an biologist uses this lens nearly each day on the Nikon 800E for off-laboratory shots. And the shots are really superb. You will find no better lens in image quality.

But: The lens (and the Camera) alone are no guarantee for superb pictures. As the posters before mentioned, there are a lot of other factors that influence the IQ.
My son uses an very expensive tripod, an Nikon multiflash system with (I think) 6 flashheads, an micro adjustment slider, and a lot more things to get the shots for their scientific magazines.

If you own this or similar equipment, the Zeiss lens will be the lens of your choice.

If you want to be more flexible the Canon 100L might be better for you.

Dear xps,

I recently bought the Lee filter foundation kit, 77 mm slim adapter, and a 67 mm regular adapter. I also bought two Hitech filters--a 2-stop ND grad and a 3-stop reverse grad filter. Finally, at the Calumet going out of business sale in New York City, I bought three Lee filters in various colors for $50. I wouldn't have normally bought the colored filters but at 75% off the regular price, I thought it would be fun to experiment with them.

Although the Hitech filters are 1.5 mm in comparison with the 2 mm Lee filters, the Hiech filters fit firmly into the Lee filter foundation kit and do not slip or slide around.

I am also very concerned about scratches on filters even though I am very careful with my gear. So I bought the following filter case:


I like it because the filter insert can be removed from the outer case, so essence you have two cases. It is a pretty well-designed case and you can wear it on a regular belt. I just recently received it and placed my filters into the filter case. I actually needed to remove the insert and put the foundation kit and adapters into the outer case due to the bulk. I am going to be taking everything with me to Hawaii next week and I will let you know how things go in terms of how well this case will protect my filters. The only thing I would've done differently if I would've designed this case would have been to use a different fabric for the filter insert. I am really hoping the fabric they chose for the filter insert case will not itself cause scratches to my filters. Again, after my two week trip, I can let you know.

At this point, my only other concern is to prevent the filters from breaking during transit. I'm not so concerned about how they'll be in my camera bag if I am hiking around, but whether they will survive the plane flight as bags can often get squished in overhead compartments in transit. Even if I put the filter cases in my rolling bag, there is still be issue of other stuff in the case mashing up against the filters. This may also be of concern to you for your mountain hikes. So I think I will find some sort of hard plastic case around the house that I can fit the filter insert case into.

Hope this helps,


That would be fine!
I store my filters in an microfiber inlay, which normally is used to store sunglasses towers. (10 filters up to 11x16cm). The inlay is protected in an normal tupperware box with an lockable cover, that has the same size like the inlay. It can be easily stored in my backpacks

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