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Lenses / Re: Shootout: EF 16-35 f/4L IS vs EF 17-40 f/4L
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:46:50 AM »
Great review  :)

Will keep my 16-35mm F2.8 for now.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why haven't you left canon?
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:38:24 AM »
Ive been shooting Canon for 10 years starting with my first SLR film camera, then a 350D then 40D and now been shooting my 5DMKIII for 2 years and it continues to impress me, anything I demand of it, it delivers. Great AF FPS handling and love the IQ 50-6400 fantastic useable range. The only thing I wish it had was built in GPS when I'm traveling as the GP-E2 is bulky and a pain.

Love my lenses too, but wish the system was a little lighter, not a problem for commercial but for my own personal use is a little bit of a pain to carry.

I see no need to upgrade it until something decisively better exists, and nothing really does. You can say the Exmor chip is worth it and yes it delivers but the comparison only really shows its head in extreme circumstances. I generally don't shoot extreme circumstances so for me the difference is minimal. Yes it would be nice for the odd occasion but as a photographer I ensure the images come out correctly so I don't have to worry in post and rely on the tech.

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A lot of these examples are worst case scenario pushing the tech as far as it can go.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 09:07:32 AM »
SRAW and MRAW aren't the answer to full Raw file on a higher MP Camera. The whole point of Raw is that they aren't compressed and contain all the original data.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Poll: Would you buy a high MP Canon EOS 5DIV?
« on: September 26, 2014, 06:55:51 AM »
The 5D line has always been an event photographers camera and thats who buys them. The files as they are are a good size, making the MP 30+will increase the files by a 1/3 and after editing a raw and saving it as a PSD they are already in the 250mb range which is more than enough. You can only fit 1000 images on a 32gb card so at a typical wedding your shooting 64gbs as it is shooting redundancy is 128gb. It basically means more money to be spent on storage reducing profit margins. When your not printing past A2 or even A1 that space is wasted. Granted it gives you room to crop, but most event shooters don't shoot to crop just adds time in post.

its not a landscape camera and most event shooters don't need that kind of resolution.

The high MP camera designation was always the 1DS and I hope that continues or I for one as an event photographer will be disappointed as Canon won't make a camera for lets be honest the main area photography is still commercial. Landscape photography is a niche, there are not many photographers making a living from it anymore.

I would be happy with a modest boost to 24 or even staying the same with an improvement in noise performance and adding a few other features like GPS and possibly making the camera a little lighter.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 10:23:39 AM »
So basically you will only buy a product when they beat the opposition in all aspects?

It won't happen. There are always pros and cons.

What baffles me is you say your happy or were happy with the 18mp sensor which was a dog when it came out and your still using it and saying how bad the FF sensors are when they are a such huge improvement your almost kidding yourself.

Should try them before coming to your conclusion. I also don't think the 5D is poor value and wouldn't hesitate buying another one I think its the best camera Canon has ever produced and is currently one of the best available as a whole unit, for the event photographer it is pretty much perfect (which is where the main economy of photography is) The 6D is also great value, in the right hands they make and will continue to make incredible imagery.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 08:31:09 AM »
No offence AvTvM your the type of customer that won't be happy with any camera.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:22:55 AM »
axtstern there is no point waiting and wishing, buy what you need. Resale value is always good, if you don't think its good enough some one else will.

Its backward to wait for the perfect camera it will never come. There will be pos and cons to every cam that comes out.

+1 ... exactly my situation too.
7D sold. Some glass sold, some L glass still here. 7D II not interested, 5D III not interested, sensor not good enough, no Wifi, end of life. 6D way too crippled. EOS-M used as transitional "good-weather camera". Waiting for killer M3 and/or killer 5D IV.

The 5DMKIII sensor isn't good enough? Its not at the end of its life either and there is some great deals on them. If you thought the 18mp sensor is ok the 5DMKIIIs will blow you away so will the 6D. Sounds like you need to actually try them. The 5DMKIII is one of the most capable cameras on the market regardless of you thinking its a poor offering. What rubbish.

Half of you sound like spoilt children throwing toys out the pram because Canon hasn't made a camera just for you.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Says Higher Resolution Sensors Are Coming Soon
« on: September 25, 2014, 04:52:06 AM »
I don't get the hate on the 5DMKIII yes it doesn't have as much DR as the D800 but we've known that for 3 years. Personally I've not had many situations where DR has been an issue. As a photographer you work the situation and by doing so solve the problem.

Relying on a cameras DR to recover is useful but what have photographers been doing for the last 100 years, there are ways and means, some of the best images in the world have been taken with Canon cameras. Yes the sensor is long in the tooth but it works and it works for a huge amount of photographers and I continue to love shooting with the 5DMKIII and I'm always impressed with how far I can push the files so I don't know why people have such issue. If your struggling so much bracket…

I have also tried the A7 and A7R, its impressive the DR and a nice little camera, but I find the camera a pain to use and the glass inferior and using an adapter a pain because the AF is so slow. The whole ecosystem is too juvenile and needs to grow.

I agree with the disappointment of the 7D. The original 7D was a fantastic camera, truly fantastic camera with a crap sensor and it seems true in the MKII. That sensor was crap when it came out 6 years ago and they are going to use it in a camera for another 5 possible years, for that reason I wouldn't buy one. I had my 7D 2 weeks and hated the noise at low ISO so much so bought the 5DMKIII and never looked back.

I really wanted to buy a smaller Canon camera to take traveling with me and the SL1 is a nice camera but I know how disappointed I was with the 7D sensor and Wouldn't want the images of a lifetime to be taken with it so I'm lugging my 5DMKIII instead because the A7 just doesn't fit the bill for me and swapping to it with the mediocre glass is a £3000 change which is insane.

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Lenses / Re: EF 24-70mm
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:30:08 PM »
I must have a good one mine is a fantastic performer. Better than the 24-70mm F4 and the 24-70mm MKII at nearly 3 times the price doesn't deliver 3x the IQ. Its a cracking lens IQ wise but doesn't seem its build is quite up to the MKI.

The 24-70mm MKI is also a good design with its reverse zoom, more protection better hood. etc etc

Unless you 100% need it I would keep the 24-70mm until the new version comes down enough to make it better acquisition.

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Its an nice idea, but its not reliable enough for the power you need. Better off buying a Rav Power 14,000mah external battery about the same size as a 2.5" HDD and buy a Hahnel Pro Cube and a DC to USB adapter.

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I don't know how you can love the IQ of the 7D, I really disliked it the noise at base ISO is awful and where the IQ counts. I sold it on very quickly within 2 weeks and bought the 5DMKIII never looked back.

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Farne Islands, Northumberland UK
« on: September 24, 2014, 05:54:48 AM »
Thanks.

Ye really is a great place to see a variety of wildlife. Worth the trip :)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:22:23 AM »
I don't know how you get away with only shooting 800ISO with wildlife, keeping the shutter speed at 1/1000 on an overcast day requires 1250+ in my experience. If you are in a darker environment like a forrest or under cover 3200+ is where you need to be.

I would never use ISO 3200 for wildlife on a crop camera.  You might be able to get away with it for indoor sports, but it's not going to cut it for antler and fur detail in RAW. The shots I've taken at 3200 are strictly for memories (wild bobcats, grizzly bears).

ISO 800 is about the limit of my friends usage on crop as well. I do dip into ISO 1600 from time to time, but these need major work to restore fur and antler detail.

If you are routinely using ISO 3200 on a crop camera for wildlife, you need to consider moving to FF ASAP, because that's shooting a weakness.

Thats why I shoot FF… Which is why I said i don't know how people get away with only shooting ISO800.

I think the squirrel image is pretty good, it is a little muddy but with a little too much sharpening.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D MK2 RAW Files
« on: September 23, 2014, 06:42:51 AM »
I think half the problem here is the conversion. When the codec comes out I think the 7DMKII will give slightly bette results than the 70D. Saying that useful up to 1600 3200 at a push, pretty much the same story with all APC. 3200 and 6400 are perfectly useable on the FF cameras like the 6D and 5DMKIII.

I don't know how you get away with only shooting 800ISO with wildlife, keeping the shutter speed at 1/1000 on an overcast day requires 1250+ in my experience. If you are in a darker environment like a forrest or under cover 3200+ is where you need to be.

Therefore for a lot of wildlife photographers the 1/2 stop advantage of the 20mp sensor might be pointless.

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