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I like it when I need to eliminate very high iso noise, but for general stuff LR works even easier for me....

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:25:04 AM »
Has anyone with access to 7d2 raw files tried processing them in DPP4 ? I am not in the market for an aps-c body, FF gives me the quality I need and want. For me the interest in the 7d2 was in seeing what the latest Canon sensor R&D was capable of. But I just cannot believe that the high iso quality of the 7d2 is s till the same as the 7d, especially when Canon claim there is an improvement. So forgive my scepticism on the images and comparisons posted here...I need more proof! ;)

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Yeah, I swore I will keep my 5d2 until the 5dmk4 came out..then I picked up a 6d and read a few reviews. I have one now and just love it and have not regretted it for a moment! I cannot believe how much better it is than the 5d2 except for two things: low iso quality is the same and damn do I wish it had a joystick like the old5D2!

So I am pretty sure once 7d2 owners have coveted and compared a bit life will become miserable until ownership of the 7d2 and then of course for some a bit of buyers remorse :)

The nice thing is that when one gets in right in the beginning of a new product release one has 3years or so before the next one is due. I sold my old 5d2 for 50% of what I paid after 4years ...I really can't complain.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Posting about sensors and DR!
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:03:46 AM »
I don't care. I am not forced to read each and every post here. I have free will and can choose to read, respond or ignore.


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Yes its because it is...just saw now that the sharpening was at default in LR for the first twoimages whereas in DXO I turned it off...you have sharp eyes :)


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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Eos6D at 25000iso...image quality reality check!
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:16:07 AM »
With the launch of the 7d2 most of us have been somewhat disappointed that our beloved brand Canon didn't introduce a higher megapixel sensor to rival that of the competition.....but you know what we have right now still works pretty well...

I have the cheaper 6D that I use daily for my professional work and also for my private photography. This cameras high iso quality has just blown me over. Of course I have not compared it to the competition but the image quality of this camera has never let me down professionally. Personally I would like a few more pixels at 100 iso.

Enclosed a 25000 iso shot of my daughters school play. First image as it appears in LR without any tweaking also a 100% crop of the same image to show noise etc. the first two images are at LR default settings which include some sharpening.

Last image is after Raw processing via  DXO optics pro 9 using the 'prime noise reduction tool' and then in LR I added a bit of 'grain' afterwards to my own taste. No sharpening for the DXO image. for me a high iso image shouldnt be devoid of noise, hence the added grain which also helps to improve the 'look' of sharpness. Actually sharpening the image didn't really improve it much so I left it as is - something I have noticed before with high iso images...

What I see here is that I could open the shadows quite a bit (contrary to conventional wisdom)and also that there was  still quite a lot of detail  left in the highlights. Also that the noise reduction software is really very very good and that its just really a matter of taste how much more or less one wants to reduce the noise. I have made quite large prints, A3 to A2, of these 25000 iso images and the image quality is just superb! Of course one cant use 25ooo iso images on every subject matter but with lighting conditions like in the sample image here it works just well!

I am not saying its the best or better than Nikon, Sony, Fuji etc...I really couldn't care, just that its pretty good for my requirements and in fact, for an old timer like me that grew up with film and large view cameras ...I just cant believe how good and easy we have it today!

These images are not an illustration of absolute image quality but just to show how good our existing technology is and what can be achieved with a few tweaks in software...

More of my high iso images can be seen here: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/03/eos-6d-review-part-3-homage-to-tri-x.html

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 03:35:19 AM »
Apart from the 'untested' Samsung the highest pixels in apsc is 24mp so about 10% increase in pixels compared to the Canon offering. That's not enough to switch systems imo. The 7d2 image quality is untested as yet. The few off the cuff jpegs are really no indication of image quality of the 7d2. So no one can say right now that the sensor is rubbish. It may not be what we wanted but it may be very good ito of Canons definition of image quality. Sounds reasonable to me.

If the 7d2 is to be THE apsc sports camera with 'only' 20mp but very good high iso quality, I am happy with it. After all the 1dx is 'only' 18mp and I have yet to hear anyone complain about that.

I am not in the market for the 7d2 nor the 1dx nor the 5d3, for me the 6d has just been the most amazing commercial tool ito features and price/quality ratio. The lamented low 'dynamic' range everyone  complains about has been a non event practically speaking in my experience. The 6d sensor has an amazing ability to capture highlights, which are more important to me than shadow detail....I am not really into HDR looking images...

I have been using high iso more often than I would like to admit, they are just so good. It has opened a whole new world for me ito more flash power, shooting in really dark environments handheld etc etc.

What I would like to have is a higher mp FF camera and MR Canon has promised that...I am willing to wait a bit longer for that. I am sure even if the rumored beast from Canon is going to cost 8/9 K the technology will eventually filter down to cheaper more consumer orientated models that are also more affordable.

In the meantime the 6D is 90% there ito what I need right now in low iso image quality an 100% ito high iso image quality.

I, for one, ( and reading here probably the ONLY one!), am prepared to take the man at his word and wait a bit longer....

And if all else fails in the short term there is always the possibility of an A7R MK2 with a EF lens adapter..... :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Some thoughts on the 7D2...
« on: September 17, 2014, 03:59:53 AM »
My sincere apologies 'whothafunk', I should have give it more thought...perhaps you can ask the admin to re-route to a thread you think more appropriate.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Some thoughts on the 7D2...
« on: September 17, 2014, 02:49:55 AM »
I wonder if:

...the dual sensor technology does not limit Canon on the pixel density of their sensor developement, and that's why we 'only' got a 20mp sensor in the 7d2? We are in theory looking at a 40mp sensor here aren't we?

...this camera is not aimed at 'budget' sport shooters who cant afford the FF 1Dx? The 1Dx guys are not complaining about 'only' having 18mp's. So the prosumer gets a crop sensor 10frames per second 20mp camera for quarter of the price? Seems like a fair trade off to me...Canon seems to have this 'two camera' with same images quality but different hardware strategy, 5d3 vs 6D, 70d vs 7d2,  and now also 1dx vs 7D2??

In my neck of the woods, South Africa, most keen photographers do wildlife, and I see many Eos apsc bodies in the Kruger National Park, mostly with long Sigma zoom lenses attached. I think they would just love a camera like this...something to aspire to even though the price here is just south of the 6D. Having the 7D2 will label you as a serious  amateur  with a bit more money than most :) ( after all a cameras is just 'male jewelery' for a lot of guys, isnt it ?  ;D )

...how good the high iso noise is? I suppose that is the one question we would all like to know....But if it is substantially better than the old 7D then I suppose we could look forward to this technology trickling up to the FF models....lets hope so at least.

...how good this Samsung will turn out to be? And how it will compare to the 7D2?

BTW I had a look at a D800 and the Nikon 24TS yesterday and took some Raw images which I then processed at home and compared to my 6D files. Not the same image but I have shot enough 6D 24mm shift images to be able to do some sort of a comparison. I was mightily disappointed in the images from the D800...dont know it it was the lens or maybe photographers ignorance, Nikon is just so different from Canon,  but they just weren't crisp and punchy like the ones from my 6D.... whereas I looked at some Sigma quattro images, jpegs from the web at Imaging resource, and they did impress me, far greater resolution than what I can get from my 6D, rather depressing actually to think how much more resolution one can squeeze out of an aps-c sensor...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 15, 2014, 07:15:43 AM »
I am sure the 7d2 will be as good as it can possibly be...everything will work well & smoothly with more  refinement & accuracy etc etc just like my 6d and also the 5d3 just feels so much better than my old5d2.  But it seems that it will no longer have the best image qualitya t any iso (yes/no?) nor frames per second, nor features, nor almost anything one can think off...what it has going for it is a bunch of mostly very good lenses. But from all I have read Samsung also makes good lenses. It is going to be a while before they will become mainstream, but it sure looks like they left the starting blocks with a bang! It remains to be seen if Canon will pick up the challenge or just continue in their, so far very good, ways, but just not cutting edge anymore like in the days of the 5d and 5d2.....

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EOS Bodies / Re: Is Canon now two generations behind Nikon?
« on: September 15, 2014, 06:39:50 AM »
Perhaps the question should be, is the 7d2 now two generations behind the Samsung NX1?? :)

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PowerShot / Re: The New Canon PowerShot G7 X
« on: September 13, 2014, 10:46:45 AM »
Nice, but where is the EVF???

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Do you need a really high ISO?
« on: September 11, 2014, 03:21:02 AM »
I use it all the time, gives one a lot of freedom! I shoot a lot of interiors using small portable speed lights, they are relatively weak so higher iso helps if you want to shoot at f11/16. Also I have had superb results shooting at iso25000 doing school plays etc. high iso quality depends very much on available lighting, lots of dark backgrounds with bright highlights work well, whereas flat scenes with lots of grays give poorer results. The 6D of course, imo, is much better at high iso than the 7d/70d and if you want the best high iso quality, imo, I would seriously consider FF...

Pic of airplane below, and 100% crop,  at at25000, no way else to shoot it!

Pic in restaurant and 100crop, also at 10000iso

In all the above, I needed the high iso  to keep shutterspeeds high enough to avoid camera shake.

more high iso pics here: http://thelazytravelphotographer.blogspot.com/2014/03/eos-6d-review-part-3-homage-to-tri-x.html

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: What worked for me in Namibia....
« on: September 11, 2014, 02:56:51 AM »
That's three separate posts on your trip to Namibia so far...  ::)

By the way, while you were there did you rent a quad bike in Swakopmund? it's a cool adventure :)

Yip, one has to generate traffic somehow! ;) No I didn't do the quads but went fishing with a pro and previously sand boarding which was great! Will post all the details in future...wait till you see my pics of the dunes and deadvlei!

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Lenses / Re: DXOMark Reviews Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4
« on: September 10, 2014, 12:52:06 PM »
Has anyone noticed that the 'true' max apertures as indicate by the Tstop is nowhere near the manufacturers claim? The Zeis is closer to a f1.8 lens than f1.4 and the rest fare no better....

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