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Software & Accessories / Re: Capture One
« on: July 03, 2014, 12:33:21 PM »

I strongly prefer using Capture One over LR for import.  The tools, once you figure them out, are just stronger and the results much more to my liking, especially the hightlight/shadow/histogram graph tools for images with a large range.

That said, once I have saved to TIFF / ProPhotoRGB, I immediately re-import in Lightroom for the better catalog and support for NIK plugins.    Any further development will be done from within LR/NIK, or if special surgery is needed, Photoshop.

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Lenses / Re: 300 2.8 IS Mk1 v Mk2
« on: June 23, 2014, 09:23:06 PM »
Congrats on pulling the trigger.

Just to throw my thoughts...   The 300mm f/2.8 IS II USM is just a thoroughbred sports photo machine.   I have used it all day at various auto races with not much wear on my arm.  And yeah, with the TC 2.0x III, you'll get 600mm f/5.6 images that look great!   I have no regrets.   

The only hazard is I am now looking at the 200-400 or 600/4 :)     

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CF or CFast.  As long as it is reliable.  Working as a software developer, I dont trust SD.  As a photographer, certainly not to hold my photos even for the day. 

USB 3.0.  Nice.  I normally drop the Card in a USB 3.0 standalone reader and transfer. 

Announcement timing -  Perhaps they have held back the 7DII until they were closer to having the full frame sensor version ready.   

For me, I really want to move to two full-frame bodies for sports work.  Having a full and a crop as I do now confuses my lens lineup for sports.  Even with the 7DII - unless it is spectacular - I am more likely to pursue a 1DX as it meets my needs.  If its coming rapidly, I could hold up a bit.  Only a 7DII better than a 1DX gets me looking again at crop.   And crop does not help me with landscape when I have a full.  So yeah, a phenomenal new sensor in a 7DII frustrates me as I want to see it in full frame almost immediately.
 

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Curved so its easier to roll up your shots and send them to processing.

:)

Actually, see a bunch of curved panels.  Curved sensors for correction... hmm,, it would seem hard to make that accurate.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 05:32:19 PM »
HEY.. its june 12th tomorrow.. first official day of WORLD CUP... do you think we are going to see any pictures or mini reviews/ first impressions this week of the 7d2?

I an sure everyone who got their hands on a 7d2 signed some legal documents to not disclose anything.

Everyone be on the lookout for 1DX-type bodies with EF-S lenses!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 04:30:58 PM »
Not too displeased - and having a 1D top plate does not mean it would have a permanent battery/grip.

I think it comes down to intended market.   Sports/wildlife shooters could use a high quality crop alternative to the 1DX.  Being ruggedized with sealed buttons with a similar interface to the 1DX might be a selling point to that market.

As to Wi-Fi / GPS, could be a "bump" on the body.   Neither feature band requires much antenna, but you dont want to put an antenna inside a "metal Faraday cage".   

If rumors true, I see the 7D style we know staying in the domain of the xxD line.

For me, I might consider it, but now that I own a supertele, I really want two FF's - the other running the 70-200 to make sense along the track.   But if the IQ is high, maybe I would run the supertele on the 7D II.

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Awhile back I might have been more excited.   I have the 7D and 5Dm3 pair - however current needs really have me looking for a second FF.

Most of my work these days is Landscape and Motorsports.   Yes, an odd mix but I enjoy the different work and thought processes. 

For Motorsports - now that I got the 300/2.8 II which works great with the 1.4 and 2.0 TC's, what I really want at the track is one FF with the 300 and one with the 70/200.  Having a Crop Body just doesnt work for me.  But I could really use a 1DX in this case.  If the sensor was a significant jump, maybe I would use a 7DII for the long shots.  But for the next year, I have wondered if just getting a 6D as second body would be the better pairing.

For Landscape, I am almost always 5Dm3.  Only when I need the extra reach, maybe wildlife, do I use the 7D.  At present it comes along primarily as backup.  What I am really looking for is the next FF high MP camera.

In neither case does the 7Dm2 enter the discussion, except as a reason to get an updated crop body.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: May 01, 2014, 03:22:49 PM »
Yep,  that is what I am saying and seeing; and it makes no sense.
That is bizarre!  Does it happen on your 7D?  Also, do you have a grip on the 5DIII?

I'd have to check the 7D.  Good point.

No grip on the 5Dm3 - yet.

I will run some controlled tests this weekend - see if I can get some real data.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 30, 2014, 11:34:31 AM »
But here is a question.... Exposure Compensation creep on a 5Dm3 with the 300.    I set everything up, running sometimes in Av or Tv modes - and after a handful of shots I see the exposure comp go up by a few stops.  And its not just reporting - the shots go over.  I found myself really having to monitor and reset back to zero.  My other lenses do not cause the 5D to exhibit this behavior.

Any ideas?
Congrats on the new lens and that is an odd thing, but I'm not sure I understand what's happening.  Are you saying that the exposure compensation setting is going up by itself?  I don't think that's possible - maybe you're bumping it because of the way you're holding the lens, which might also explain why it doesn't happen with other, smaller lenses.  Maybe I'm not understanding your question, though.

+1

Doesn't make sense.

Yep,  that is what I am saying and seeing; and it makes no sense.   

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
« on: April 29, 2014, 03:52:19 PM »
Recently got the 300 f/2.8L IS II USM and loving it.   Given the battleship construction; weight relative to what it is; and sports-centric modes and features, I have no regrets making a capital investment in this lens.   This thing is a thoroughbred!

I use it primarily for motorsports of all types and tracks.  Sometimes it can be too close (NHRA top fuel dragsters tend to be long in the frame) and I got to run back to the 70-200..  But for pure adrenaline-infused shots, its the go-to.

I also use it with the TC-III 1.4 and 2.0.  I find very little IQ loss with the 2.0 - it is well matched and makes a fine wildlife lens.   I did try stacking with the 12mm extension tube - then it goes soft.

But here is a question.... Exposure Compensation creep on a 5Dm3 with the 300.    I set everything up, running sometimes in Av or Tv modes - and after a handful of shots I see the exposure comp go up by a few stops.  And its not just reporting - the shots go over.  I found myself really having to monitor and reset back to zero.  My other lenses do not cause the 5D to exhibit this behavior.

Any ideas?


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Lenses / Re: Canon SuperTelephoto Hood Construction
« on: March 20, 2014, 08:53:00 PM »

Thank-you for the responses.

Based on the last reply, I have opened up a ticket with Canon Professional Services.  Maybe I can get a small sample (broken lens hood in their repair shop perhaps?)

I'll reply once I know, and if I do a go ahead, may post a pic of the result.

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Lenses / Canon SuperTelephoto Hood Construction
« on: March 20, 2014, 02:23:37 AM »

I am considering having my 300mm f/2.8 II lens hood laser-engraved with logo / company name (self-promotion).

(yeah, I know I can throw a sticker/vinyl on it, but the logo / info is monochromatic, so it may look very classy).

Looking for information on material underneath white coating?  Any issues with a laser?

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Just renewed for the third year.

I had a 70-200 / 2.8 with impact damage from a fall.  They replaced the barrel assembly with the 30% discount and had it back to me 3-4 days after I shipped it; sent back FedEx.

I live in Las Vegas, so CPS has some added advantages for me - they come to various events throughout the year including WPPI, LVMS NASCAR, and NAB.  I can take advantage of free cleaning each and every time; and at WPPI they offered limited free printing on a ipf 6450 and Pro-1.

So yes, I am sold on CPS Gold.  I am not sure I need CPS Platinum unless one considers it insurance for time-critical situations.  Thats why I carry a backup body.

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Canon General / Re: Interview With Canon Executives
« on: March 04, 2014, 03:30:17 PM »

I found the Rebel SL1 Americas size comment interesting.

I'll relate it to cars - I really enjoy my VW (German) Touareg because I can get my 6' frame into it easily; whereas the last time I tried to get into a Nissan (Japanese) Pathfinder, a vehicle I loved twenty years back, I had to literally crawl into it.

They have to realize that big hands can not possibly handle a small camera comfortably.

They should also take note that small point&shoots are nearly impossible for older people, some with arthritis, to work properly.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Canon " RED CARPET" for you
« on: March 03, 2014, 07:46:07 PM »
They are at WPPI in Vegas now; and at the end of the week at the LV Motor Speedway for NASCAR.

NAB next month.

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