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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: December 07, 2014, 11:13:12 AM »
Canon 7D Mk II
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L

I'm torn ... I think I want the new 100-400 v. 2, but need to sell this sharp/fast 400 to be able to get it ...

Dont… :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: buying suggestion: a 5D3 or 1Dx?
« on: December 07, 2014, 11:11:51 AM »
In this instance, it is. A 3 year (approx) cycle on the 5D bodies makes rumours of a new body next year more reasonable than waiting up tp... four... eight years. ;)

In that case, perhaps we should discuss the validity of the 7DII rumors from 2012, three years (approx) after the 7D was released...and the two more years that elapsed prior to the actual announcement of the 7DII.   8)
Which was released a lot later than Canon wanted, hence the v2 firmware update to prolong the life of the 7D. 8)

So, you're privy to Canon's internal discussions on dSLR strategy?  How else would you know the 7DII was delayed beyond when Canon wanted to launch it?   It couldn't have been because the 7D was still selling pretty well, right?  Nothing to do with extracting additional profit from a highly successful camera?  With your inside info, you must already know exactly when the 5DIV will be announced. 

You can plot past release dates until the cows come home, the global market is different today, the competitive landscape is different, too.  Yet like the 7D, the 5DIII remains a very popular camera, and the longer it remains so, the greater Canon's return on investment.  I assume such things matter to them, I guess you'd know better than me.

Neuro when do you guesstimate 5d4 will be released? I trust your judgement and am curious. Thanks for your reply in advance.

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: December 07, 2014, 11:08:49 AM »
I am certainly no expert, but the sun is blown, the sky is posterized, there is virtually no colour in the lions and grass, and there is no point having a photo of lions without being able to see them.  So I have got rid of the colour problems by going B&W.  Unfortunately the sky is still a long way from being acceptable, and I think the only way to get a reasonable sky would be to cut one in from another photo that had similar colours, but wasn't posterized.

I haven't processed it to the nth degree, but thought it might be another perspective.

To the OP - how about nominating your favourite processed image.

I am not qualified enough to even dare to do that. I intended to discuss each post individually but even that I am unable to do. Do not feel I know enough. I just learnt a lot from each post.

Thank you so much Rob.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: The 1200mm Sharpness Test
« on: December 07, 2014, 11:04:01 AM »
Thanks for posting.

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It is nice to have DR if one needs it. But I like some blown out, some black areas in my photos. I like the range generally. This photo I do NOT like. It looks unnatural and too much like bad HDR. My opinion of course!

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: December 07, 2014, 09:15:06 AM »
Wow guys! A BIG thank you to all of you. Each post made my mind go 'ting' and saw the photo differently. Thank you for the participation. I am here for you if you want me to work on any of your photo. :)

Btw this is as wild as it gets - it is bang in the middle of Tanzania. A scientist was studying this pride of lion.

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 11:50:29 PM »
Thank you everyone for the effort. I am going away to a hotel for 4 days without any internet to do some writing and when back will reconnect and thank you all individually and, if I may, give my take on each of the posts.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7DMKII Focus keeper rate ideas?
« on: November 29, 2014, 12:27:22 PM »
I am a cinematographer working with top end gear. Before start of every movie my 2nd AC visits the rental house with test charts and checks focus distance with tape measure vs eye focus, zoom lens calibration, flare etc to see if all is ok. OCCASIONALLY he has to ask the rental house to change a lens. This is a perfectly normal procedure in the industry.

All good rental houses have a calibration bench and a tech works on it non stop calibrating lenses.

But are normal consumers supposed to do this with their small cameras is the question….

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Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
« on: November 29, 2014, 10:30:15 AM »
First post:

Have had the lens for about one year now. I use it daily and love it all focal lengths; with and without extender employed.

This at 560mm on 1DX



Nice picture BUT: have you missed the focus? It seems like the focus is on the reflection and not on the bird. Pls correct me if I am wrong.

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 07:44:10 AM »
Thank you everyone for your efforts. REALLY appreciate. Am seeing so many different 'minds'.

I really like to compare development approaches, I wish there would be a "develop that!" raw file of the week, people would have a go and share their .xmp sidecar so everybody could see what's been done.

Maybe we should set up such a thread in the postprocessing section?

Lets do it! You start it, I will actively participate…!!

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 29, 2014, 07:17:08 AM »
Thank you everyone for your efforts. REALLY appreciate. Am seeing so many different 'minds'.

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Lenses / Re: I *HATE* UPS.
« on: November 29, 2014, 06:45:36 AM »
You've got this in German towns: there are automated delivery stations, parcels get put in, you get there, type in your secret code and get your parcel 24/7. I don't use it as it's a job killer and jobs are scarce enough around here.

I personally think this is a brilliant idea.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: ORYX against the backdrop of Namibian dunes..
« on: November 29, 2014, 06:43:43 AM »
Well done Ivan.

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Canon General / Re: Does Canon really deserve this?
« on: November 29, 2014, 03:00:16 AM »
One thing I don't understand is if you have the established position that there are better sensors in the market, why are you still using canon?
I know some people have a significant investment already in Canon and that is why they don't swap, but I am quite confused why many people who seem to be unhappy with canon gear continue to use and post on this forum, particularly stating how the next competitor camera is the best etc and they will be swapping.
Is the reason you are still here because of Canon gear in some way or another?
If all lenses were made with a universal mount, then a lot of people would have used a lot of different cameras. But since we´re sitting with so much invested in EF lenses, we´re also stuck with the cameras with EF mount.

I also think it is worth repeating that most of us are very happy with most of what a Canon body delivers, including build quality, ergonomics, AF and their CPS service, to mention a few. But knowing that there are significantly better sensors out there, we want to see the same performance from a Canon sensor.

I don´t believe you'll find very many real Canon bashers on this forum, but you´ll find quite a few who are getting a bit impatient, having waited for a new high resolution, improved DR, improved low ISO noise sensor for a bit too long.

Very well said.

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