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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:49:38 PM »
Av mode, wide open, spot metering, +1 EC.  I take two shots at even values from |12-20|, three shots every value from -10 to +10.

You could also shoot by 5's, analyze, then shoot by 1's for a set of values around the first result.
Cool! Thanks. So I do have work for the weekend.

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Post Processing / Re: Post processing opinion/advice
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:36:49 PM »
I would be delighted if anyone works on the raw. How to send the RAW across?
Put it into your Dropbox and post the link.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:34:09 PM »
I started using FoCal's Manual Mode when I got my 1D X, before it was supported.  Take pictures of the target with various AFMA values applied, then load them into FoCal and let it plot and calculate the sharpest value.  Easy and effective, I still do it that way even though the 1D X is now (partially) supported.
Cool! Thanks.

I kind of remembered you did it that way. 3 shots for every AFMA setting if I remember it right. The f stop should be at the largest aperture and ISO set at 100 - right?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:30:39 PM »
Coyote in my neighborhood.  Photographed from my car.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 640, aperture preferred setting, f6.3 @ 1/1250
Lovely!

And I am talking about the animal - not the picture  :P

Not really :)

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Technical Support / Re: 60D On/Off switch
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:27:05 PM »
Since you are asking, like Mt Spokane Photography said "to the shop" is your best bet.

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:22:52 PM »
Put the camera on a tripod and take some test photos using liveview and live AF.  Its very accurate, and will be the best you can get.  That will tell you if it needs AFMA.
 
I can usually mount the camera on a tripod, do a autofocus, turn on liveview at 10X and manually turn the lens focus to see which way improves the image.  Then its just a matter of how much AFMA to apply in that direction (near or far).  I use FoCal, of course, but if I need a quick adjustment, that helps.
 
The dot tune method will get you in the ballpark, just make sure you do the adjustment in excellent light.
Thanks!

That is the task for tomorrow morning :)
Or afternoon... :P

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 & 600mm f4 ii for BIF?
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:04:52 PM »
Sometimes 960mm FOV is not enough ;)

Here's a BIF at 1920mm - 7D2, 600mm f4 + 2X tele, f8, iso 640, 1/3200, tripod

Rising to the Perch by seattlebirdman, on Flickr

WOW! Beautiful capture. 8)
WOW!

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:01:42 PM »
Focal is supposed to be coming out with the 7D2 upgrade very soon.

I tried manually doing AFMA and the lenses were close to 0 (+/-4) except for the tamron which is at +17 on the long end!!!!!

I really don't trust the manual AFMA and as soon as Focal has their update, I'll run the gear through it.
Hey! Thanks. I actually wrote to them telling them I would be very willing to do some testing with what they have. And yes, I trust FoCal more than having to peer through a large number of pictures to decide if the setting is  "the one". Well, the "committed" folks know that selecting "the one" is hard  :P

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Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:56:27 AM »
Hi GraFax.
Yep that's kind of what I was getting at when I posed the wing fence question! But then they have been at it a bit longer than us!

Cheers, Graham. 

Hi Graham,
I just knew that if I mentioned fluid dynamics I'd get an interesting reply. I have to admit that I had to google "wing fence". I didn't know that's what those where called. You can learn something new every day if you try. Thanks! - Brian
Thank you Graham and Brian, I learned something new today.

I wonder when the aircraft designers will get them to be configurable and responsive...

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Enjoy and please report on your experiences and share your shots. What would I have done? I think you already have a superior body and would have gone with the glass.
I would too, but I don't have the moolah for the 600L...

Life is full of compromises. Some of them come in the shape of a body - and I am not talking 7D II here ;)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:43:30 AM »
Anybody else noticed on the 1Dx Gallery you can no longer post images ??, make comment etc ?? Or is this issue particular to me ??

1Dx & Otus 55f/1.4 @ f/4 1/60th ISO 100

Naoshima Island Japan

What an unusual picture !

And just shouts quality. I've always been a fan of 50 mil on 35 mm format, looks like the Otus and Sigma will rekindle interest in that focal length, a good thing.

Hi Sporgon, Naoshima Island on the Japanese Sento Sea, place has been given over to some amazing artists, a Japanese Business Chap with exceptionally deep pockets has basically turned this small Island into an Art Museum.

The "Yellow Pumpkin" sits on the end of a stone jetty just in front of the Hotel I was staying at, "Benesse House", for anyone interested in Japanese Art the Island is a must, it's about 4 Hours by Bullet Train South of Tokyo, then a Ferry to the Island.

The attached is closer to Tokyo, Hakone, the Shinto Shrine on the side of Lake Ashi

Also 1Dx & Otus 55 @ f/1.4
Lovely!

But where are your cats or bears or elephants?

 :)

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Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:42:02 AM »
White House Ruin, Canyon De Chelly, AZ

Film....
Wow! Love it.

Mackenna's Gold site?

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EOS Bodies / 7D II owners, did you need to AFMA your camera?
« on: November 28, 2014, 11:36:07 AM »
Hi!

Well, yesterday I succumbed to my CAS and got me the 7D II. The pictures I took today seem to be a bit OOF. I think I need to AFMA it. Unfortunately, FoCal has not yet released the version for the 7D II so I guess I will have to do it the good old way for now.

Did you guys have to AFMA? I have the kit lens - the 18-135 (not L  :P ). I will start with that and then go to the 70-200L, and the 100-400L and then both those with the 1.4x multiplier. And then the 100L macro and the shorty forty. in that order. Lot of work - I wish FoCal was there... If wishes were horses...

Thanks in advance :)

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Congratulations!
I would have bought the Sigma.  :P

:) Well, I want to take care of my wrist. Not getting any younger :P. And the 100-400L has spoiled me. In weight, balance and length...

Good luck with it.  You may be able to wait and see how all the new telephoto lenses compare.
Thanks. Hopefully I will be able to sell my 100-400L and get the II version of that lens in the next year (or so).

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All, a big thank you. You helped me decide. I was skewed towards the 7D II and so I bought it. I think the length and the weight of the Sigma lens decided it for me. So today or tomorrow I set it up and hopefully post a picture or two. :)

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