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It's shocking, IHMO, that the new 7DII has lower scores than cameras with even smaller sensors.

Only for lower ISO dynamic range. (of course that can be quite important for some shots)

Not for say shooting at ISO4000. The 7D2 does better than any 4/3rds there.

I was just looking at the raw SNR charts for the 7d2 vs EM10 on DxOmark - looks like the little MFT Oly is a match or win over most of the chart from base to top ISO.  The Oly's a bit less colorblind too.

EDIT: so the DR plots I'm seeing are a little puzzling considering the SNR chart /edit

Still, I'm getting a 7d2 for the AF system which will undoubtedly blow the Oly into the weeds for anything requiring fast focus with long lenses.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II - DXOMark Review
« on: November 05, 2014, 11:19:41 PM »
seems the 7d2 may still have some ugly noise structure, if not the heavy banding of its predecessor, based on some of the shots in the review here and elsewhere.

but that kind of noise is still workable

Not at all surprised that dxo-measured DR has barely improved at base and low iso.
However, the AF system, weather-sealing and speed still appeal to me, so I'll be getting one.
I missed the performance aspect of my old 7d, even if I despised the stripey low ISO performance.  The 7d2 gives me a bunch of useful upgrades, misses a few it should have had, and the sensor is... possible Canon's best crop sensor yet, if not nearly as good as the competitors.'

All that will, to me, provide a body that is "good enough" for some of the long lens wildlife type shots I'll use it for or some fast paced action shooting.  if I didn't still have a decent stock of Canon EF/s glass I would not bother with it.
If I find it still underwhelms, out it goes, and the rest of the $L lenses with it.  This thing will be my make-or-break decision on maintaining higher end Canon crop gear.  I can see MFT bodies coming up another notch or 2 in the next 2 years, possibly enough to challenge even sports-shooting DSLRs for capability as they're already close to par for IQ.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Roger Cicala cracks open 7D II!
« on: November 05, 2014, 01:24:23 AM »
As always, he gets to the nooks and crevices to get the answer  ;D.

Thanks for the link, interesting how many points there are where sealing is required/possible and wasn't there on the already "outdoor" 7d1.

yes, I quite like what I see here for attention to detail in the build of the thing.
I wonder how the oft' touted weather-proof Pentax bodies are built in comparison.

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:58:14 AM »
Slovenian highest mountain - Triglav, 2864 m.

I really like your picture. Well done climber.

Ditto, very nice image

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:57:10 AM »
How many times have we heard of a salesman telling someone that a certain product has been discontinued and offer to sell them something more expensive that just happens to be in stock.

yeah it might just be this sort of nonsense

i can't fathom them pulling this new lens, it performs well, what other zoom performs better at 24mm than this other than the larger, heavier, much more expensive 24-70 II?

maybe they were just trying to upsell the 24-70 II (which is a great lens though)

certainly wasn't an upsell tactic in this case
but could have something to do with Canon re-jigging how they stock and kit the lens for the Cdn market.
Maybe just a temporary stop on orders while the 7D2 kits get fulfilled with allocated lenses.
Only spoke to one other supplier today, they were not aware of any discontinuation or even order holdbacks due to allocation.  So I might just have been fed something that was store-chain specific.
I think this would be a nice lens to see kitted with 6D or even a crop body for about $400-450 extra.

Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 01, 2014, 01:43:45 AM »
Despite the slow sales i was told of I think it's still quite a desirable lens with a good performance, features and price compromise.  Which is why i find this hard to believe.

Considering the blow-out price they had them at for 7D2 preorders ($400!) it seems plausible they're trying to clear the (cdn) channel of stock for some reason.  That's a ~65% discount from MSRP!  I've never seen a Canon discount that big on such a young product.  If not outright discontinued, perhaps they're being moved for an update of some sort. I'm scratching at straws here... ???  I'll try do some digging Saturday with some other suppliers.

Lenses / EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS - Discontinued?
« on: November 01, 2014, 12:38:55 AM »
I was told, today, that this lens, which didn't sell very well compared to the pricier f/2.8 v2, is no longer available, at least in Canada.
Heard that at one of my local camera stores. (sales ratio about 7:1 for the 2.8/4)

Can anyone confirm this?

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Shipping October 30, 2014
« on: October 30, 2014, 01:18:58 PM »
Just got a call from my LCS in AB Canada and my 7D2 is ready for pickup this morning, (Oct 30)
ouch, my aching VISA card!

looking fwd to testing it, shooting some lens cap tests to push in post and reporting what I find, despite being pressed for time from every direction right now.

really pushing some samples, various video curves and still-grabs...  This is quite a nice toy.

is it popcorn time again? ;)

If I weren't actively avoiding getting into Sony mount at this time, this, and the A6000, are rather tempting.

Photography Technique / Re: how NOT to use studio lighting
« on: October 28, 2014, 11:07:59 PM »
Perhaps there is some difference between his intent and what we see?


Or we can generously allow that he's got his monitor set with some crazy gamma curve?... (doubt it)

Photography Technique / how NOT to use studio lighting
« on: October 28, 2014, 01:43:56 AM »
Is there a thread here somewhere about how to apply horrible lighting?
If not, whenever I see this guy's work I feel a bit bad for the young ladies who are his subjects.

There are other shooters who contribute to this chain's particular subject here, and IMO, many of them do a much better job of lighting than this Mr B, who seems to like hot spots, gross underexposures and everything possible to make a less than flattering image of otherwise fine subjects.
The only time I see consistently decent lighting in a set of shots is when it's outdoors, and even then it's often underexposed.

What do you think, art, or ignorance?
I think he thinks it's art by the way he likes to brand at least one of the shots with his name on it.
I certainly don't appreciate his style.  ???

EDIT:  the link would be helpful..

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Pulling the trigger on a 6D
« on: October 27, 2014, 01:39:54 AM »
Bad...well I miss the joystick, even after a year, and outer focus points are not reliable even when they indicate AF was achieved, which is not often anyway. And getting there without a joystick is just too cumbersome to even try

I don't have the 6D but isn't it like every other Canon body where you can hit the AF pt button and can then rapidly scroll thru all (the few) AF points superfast using the control wheel?  On bodies with few AF points i found this method quick and easy to do without removing the camera from my head, and often far easier than the joystick.

And to the OP, I hope you got a great deal on the 6D, IMO, Canon's best IQ FF body so far.

I wanted a camera for taking pictures of red canoe against a green background....

pentax will do that for you and provide an indigo sky too


it's not possible to select the 7D in their new comparison tool on DPR.

?  If you click on the OP's link, it's one of the three cameras selected to compare with the 7DII (it's right next to it).

sometimes you gotta dump your javascript caches?...
I was getting totally bad data from dxomark a couple years ago, thinking it was real.  Made a fool of myself here posting it.
turned out my browser was displaying incorrect data - different computer, same page, same time, was displaying correctly.

Reviews / Re: Camera Store Trashes New G7X
« on: October 26, 2014, 12:38:18 AM »

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