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I had a very tame osprey this morning - I was able to get within about 30 feet in my mobile blind - aka car :):


Amazing. Wow

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:17:34 PM »
When you have to get "the shot" and you're under crappy stadium lights at night, the 1DX can't be beat!!

ISO 12,800 - (thanks 1DX)
f2.8
1/640th
300mm 2.8
About 25600ISO right before the sunset  :)

Beautiful photo Dylan! 

But it's a little different shooting at very high ISO during the "golden hour" versus very high ISO shooting in the dark of night where the only light available is coming from an insufficient number of stadium lights that like to cycle to screw up your white balance/colors.  ;)

Thank you Northstar

You 100% correct about the 1dx. The X is my 1st 1d body. I'm loving it.

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 23, 2014, 02:13:14 PM »
Awesome.  8)  Well done Dylan!

Thank you Click.

Will do some surfing photography tomorrow. Not sure if I want to use 1.4x or 2x TC with my 400mm yet ;)

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 23, 2014, 01:53:16 PM »
Very nice Petach. I especially like your second picture.

Cheers. I nearly cried when I saw the results. Having Parkinson's tremor I could take 10,000 or 100,000 shots of birds in flight and not one would be sharp. To have 2 (in fact I had 4 or 5) as sharp as these is unheard of for me.
So, cheers again.
Congrats Peter ;)

I agree with Click

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:59:57 PM »
When you have to get "the shot" and you're under crappy stadium lights at night, the 1DX can't be beat!!

ISO 12,800 - (thanks 1DX)
f2.8
1/640th
300mm 2.8

About 25600ISO right before the sunset  :)


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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:18:39 PM »
Too many replies for me to browse through.  I just registered in order to comment.

Very simple:  If these are truly the Specs, then this camera should have been released 2 years ago.  Why the secrecy for such Specs?

Nowadays I shoot mostly birds and use ONLY the centre focusing point.  My main upgrade requirement would be for more pixels to define the tiny subjects.  Second upgrade requirement would be faster focusing speed.  Subjects are extremely flighty.

I broke my 7D to unrepairable condition and ignored the service department's offer to allow me to purchase a replacement body for a price greater than local stores were charging.  Instead I purchased a 70D and it gives me more pixels on the subjects and focuses faster than the 7D.  One feature I would like is GPS.  If there isn't a built-in GPS, then I shall not purchase an add-on, but instead do a time-synch to a portable GPS and use Lightroom's feature to add GPS data to Exif data.

A camera with these Specs just is insufficient to bother with an "upgrade".  Very disappointing.  I may pick up a Nikon 7100 and obtain lens conversions for the long lens.

Best wishes... ::)

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:15:39 PM »
I think Canon understands it's target market far better than most of the people here...

+1

The 7DII/X looks to be a mini-1D X in many respects.  It'll have the best AF of any APS-C camera on the market.  65-pts will push AF point coverage almost to the sides of the frame.  10 fps.  Dual cards.  The iTR suggests a new RGB metering sensor.

The minuscule number of forum DRones will whine and complain, and say they won't buy it (not that they intended to anyway, in most cases).  Meanwhile, the camera will be very popular with buyers.

+1+1

Whenever Canon (or Nikon) comes out with a new camera, I enjoy trying to reverse-engineer their market research.

It was clear from the 5DIII that they had done excellent research on what wedding and event photographers wanted and hit the bulls eye (while still offering a camera that would be great all-around for other serious users).

I wondered what their market research showed about the 7D. I figured that it would be targeted at sports, birders and wildlife shooters. But I really thought they would up the pixel count significantly and sacrifice higher ISOs, in part to protect the full frame line.

What's interesting to me with these rumors (and I am fully aware that they are rumors) is that Canon appears to have decided to try to reach a balance between resolution and ISO performance, possibly deciding that a 24 mp sensor was just too noisy at modestly high ISOs (Which, by the way, is also very evident in reviews of Nikon and Sony 24mp APS-C sensors, despite what some people on this forum think.)

People love to talk about Canon "crippling" one camera to protect another more expensive model. That's almost always B.S. and it appears it might be the case here as well. By holding the resolution down to 20 mp, they may be trying to keep the noise level manageable at higher, but reasonable ISOs, like 1600, 3200 and even 6400. Even though there may be some risk that potential 6D or even 5D buyers would go for the 7DII.

These specs show a company that knows what their target audience wants and I suspect it will sell very well when it's released.  At a minimum, it will certainly outsell the Nikon D400. :)

Agree with unfocused. 7D II rumor specs seem to target outdoor shooters.

I can see Speed and acuracy:
•Dual Pixel CMOS AF
•Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
•65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
•10fps

You can only put so much marbles in small bucket.

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Lenses / Re: A New Pancake Lens? [CR1]
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:58:32 AM »
I would love to have 20mm pancake on FF

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 23, 2014, 11:53:00 AM »
Until then, comment likes "6D center AF point works better than 5D III in low light" is just an imagination.



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Photo below was taken today, around 8:30PM California time. 5D III + 40mm pancake, Av mode @ f5.6, shutter 1.3sec, ISO12800. SOOC, no edit, only resized to post here.

This is also a fast lens (f2.8, the af system works wide open), as for example the 70-300L @300mm really autofocuses at f5.6.

As for the scene: Focus capability not only relies on the LV calculated by the exposure, but you also have to have some edges for the af system to lock on and an *even* light distribution. The enhanced 6d af system is beneficial if you for example af on a landscape scenery in ambient moonlight (and not on the moon edges itself).

In your case, you had more than ideal conditions - the candle center would be rather bright, and the book provide good edges - that's why the af worked so fast. If it would have really been the 5d3's ev limit, I suspect the af would have been much slower. The LV calculated from your very uneven exposure doesn't tell us anything.

It's unfortunate nobody ever did a real comparison 6d vs 5d3 on the *same* scene so we could tell if the 6d superiority here is a myth or not.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 23, 2014, 12:04:07 AM »
Once again, I disagree. I don't have any issue taking picture with 5D3 under any lighting condition.

That's probably because you've got fast lenses, try af'ing with a f5.6 lens (70-300L on long end) at dusk and you're happy about the 1 more stop of af capability the 6d provides. It's very slow though in these cases, but nice for landscape and such. It really does af in moonlight, I've tried it with my one fast f2.8 100L lens.

Photo below was taken today, around 8:30PM California time. 5D III + 40mm pancake, Av mode @ f5.6, shutter 1.3sec, ISO12800. SOOC, no edit, only resized to post here.

I closed all window blinds and main door - completely darkness. I lit up a small candle and left it in the middle of 17x20 feet office. Set my camera to 2sec/remote and left it on a office chair. I shut off the office light - the office was extremely dim. Looking through the view finder, I wasn't able to see any text on those book at all. Pressed the shutter, heard beep sound from AF confirm instantly. Without looking through view finder, I moved the camera slightly left and right. Pressed the shutter, again... the beep sound was on instantly.

I prefer to shoot with flashes under this lighting condition.

EDIT: my wife gave me a funny look when she saw me walking into the office with a candle, lighter and a camera :o

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:15:36 PM »
My prediction, this thread will go beyong 30 pages. I haven't seen the exciment like this for long time  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 22, 2014, 08:05:50 PM »
Once again, I disagree. I don't have any issue taking picture with 5D3 under any lighting condition.

That's probably because you've got fast lenses, try af'ing with a f5.6 lens (70-300L on long end) at dusk and you're happy about the 1 more stop of af capability the 6d provides. It's very slow though in these cases, but nice for landscape and such. It really does af in moonlight, I've tried it with my one fast f2.8 100L lens.
The only time my 5d iii didn't focus was when I had lens cap on. I can really see how 6d iq in -3ev lighting condition, since it focus well with f5.6 lens.

I do not think 6d is bad camera. 6d is great ff body for those looking to shoot high iso with no need advance AF.  I do not believe the theory 6d af has more adv. AF in low light over 5d iii. Just because specs showed -3ev...it doesn't mean is useful.  Can the center point focus properly in -3ev is a bigger question.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Are These The EOS 7D Mark II Specifications?
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:23:29 PM »
Very impressive. Sounds like an outdoor sports camera 8)

•Dual Pixel CMOS AF
•Dual DIGIC 6 Processors
•65 AF points “All Cross-type”. Dual cross on the center point.
•10fps

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 6D True High ISO King?
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:54:36 PM »
I have to say the 6D does look amazing at High ISOs which is incredibly important for me since I often shoot indoor events with available light only (mostly using f/1.2-f/1.4 primes).  The 5D3's less impressive performance in this area and its lack of user interchangeable focus screen (huge issue for me not being able to use high precision focusing screen when using 1.2-1.4 lenses) are two things that prevent me from considering that camera.

Once again, I disagree. I don't have any issue taking picture with 5D3 under any lighting condition.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: August 22, 2014, 10:19:27 AM »
Bald Eagle flyby...

Love those fully expanded wings - Wonderful capture.

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