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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 & 600mm f4 ii for BIF?
« on: November 26, 2014, 10:48:03 PM »
I shoot rifles and it's the same thing, no splatter, just time the shot.
No difference (in technique) between a long lens photographer and a sniper :)

I'd not worry about compatibility, Sigma has the dock feature that allows you to upgrade lens firmware if any issues pop up.  It also lets you fine tune the AF accuracy with one body.
I'd get the lens over the 7D MK II.  Its going be be fine on your 5D MK III.
Ah! The dock! That adds to the cost too...
The 7D2 gives me a backup/second body too. If only the 15-85 was not an EF-S lens...

I would get the 7DII. Tamron is heavy and may exhibit incompatibilities with future bodies.
Hmmm. You have a point about the future.

So here is the deal. I am looking for advise to see if my choice makes sense to you folks. I must admit that I have been coveting the 7D II even before the 5D III rumours came out. However, GAS is what it is and so I look for advise from folks who have the 7D II or the Sigma 150-600 (S) or both! Or others who would like to chime in. Just don't ask me to switch to another system unless you are funding me  :P

I am in India and needless to say that closer to the equator, the light is quite OK. So this whole low light shooting bit with the 7D II does not worry me so much. I have the 5D III for low light so I am covered - or so I think - as I use MagicLantern on the 5D III. Have been using it for a loooooong time. But then, back to the question.

Much of my shooting (attempts :P) is bird photography. So more pixels on target is better. On the 5D III  I believe that I get 8.66 M pixels for the same FOV as the 7D II. On the 7D II I believe it would be 20 M pixels. Another way to get more pixels on target is to get a longer lens. I currently have the 100-400L and with the 1.4x it gets me to 560mm on the 5D III. I loose some light and some AF speed. So I was thinking if I got the 7D II I would get to 640 mm equivalent @400 mm. Getting the 7D II would also get me a backup camera.

The advantage of the lens is also it's price. The down side of the lens is its weight. It is significantly heavier than the 100-400L. The lens seems to be sharp.

So people, what do you advise?

Thanks in advance.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:30:18 PM »

The marsupials get all of the press but Australia has awesome birds!

Australia has all kinds of awesome animals. The women aren't too bad, either ;D

BTW, nice shot :)
It has a dinosaur crown too!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:28:08 PM »
Awesome portrait! I am glad everyone on CR are level headed enough not to go all bat-S___ crazy over how intimate the portrait was.

fandf-15 by lozwilkes, on Flickr

At Feathers and Fur, a small experience centre near Reading, UK

Now THAT is a bird portrait!
Lovely! Just perfect.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 19, 2014, 09:26:25 PM »
American Kestrel,  my spark bird.   Canon 7D and yes this is a wild bird.

Great shot Northbird.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 15, 2014, 11:09:44 PM »
Rare for SoCal- a Reddish Egret

At first glance the wing and the beak combined looked to me like an umbrella!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 11, 2014, 11:36:08 AM »
Nice image, Sporgon. Is that your neck of the woods, or are you a music tourist?

 ;D  Thanks Nancy, are you referring to Benjamin Britten ? No I don't live near there, I'm in the North of England, and I'm afraid that Benjamin Britten is about the last composer I would travel to either listen to or haunt his local. Hope he wasn't a relative of yours ! My dislike probably stems from doing a Britten opera at school, Noye's Fludde, and it was just - well, noise !

If you are familiar with Aldeburgh I did a few panoramics which have been lost to filing and never used, so I'll show them here for you. They are actually sunrises but still in the spirit of the thread. The stainless steel shell sculpture caused a lot of controversy with the locals apparently. It has cut into it some of the lyrics from Britten's Peter Grimes: " I hear those voices that will not be drowned". I presume it is a memorial to both Britten and those that have lost their lives at sea working out of the fishing town.

You are outdoing yourself, Sporgon!
That shell is a true work of art. I hope you make money on shots like these - you deserve it.

Lovely pictures Sporgon!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
« on: November 10, 2014, 03:40:54 PM »
March Fly in flight.

Wow! How did you manage to shoot this?

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: November 07, 2014, 08:09:14 PM »
My wife suffered a severely broken ankle a few months ago and I have been playing care giver pretty much 24/7.  Consequently the camera gear has stayed stored away for a while.  But she finally recovered enough that I could leave her home alone for an hour or two and these 2 sunset shots from 2 nights this past week represent my reentry in to the craft.
Nice shots. Hope she makes a full recovery soon.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:36:22 PM »
Beautiful series Andy.

Love the lone crane against the golden sky. (I thought it was a crane)

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:26:59 PM »
Okay, I have resolved my DPP issue.  I had been using the most recent version and that didn't seem to work.  I installed the one I got with the camera and that worked just fine.  The resulting test pictures (raw) out of the camera were great once they were converted to TIFF and then to LR and then to PS.  Attached image is unmodified except for the various transitions.  This is a 100 percent crop but reduced to 800 px.  The head is OOF but the feather detail is excellent. I'm happy.  Thanks to everyone for their help and input. 
Nice. So I am guessing that there was no difference between Live View and normal AF as you shoot through the viewfinder.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:21:21 PM »
I fixed mine with a lens adjustment.

here is a bluejay shot at ISO 1000 and 30% crop
BlueJay - 7Dmkii by Corey Hayes, on Flickr

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 04, 2014, 09:15:23 PM »
Silly question, but did you AFMA the lens? If you did, does shooting at twice the shutter speed you shot the picture earlier that was soft sort the issue? Is it soft when shooting from a stable tripod?

That would be my guess, the entire bird seems a bit OOF.

Testing with manual focus in 10x live view might be a good way to test if it's body or AF.
Also if live view on stand focuses better than the normal AF, you need to AFMA.

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