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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:37:25 AM »




Sea birds in Ireland. All shot with 7D and 300 1:2.8 II

Hi Birdlover....I'm wondering if you happen to be Dutch? If so, Hi Martin from Gareth!

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 08:33:04 AM »
It's interesting that Canon in the past commented that a 100% viewfinder and pop up flash was unweildy and not a workable solution....looks like the 7DII with have both....lol!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:46:46 AM »
I'm rather surprised no one has captured a picture of a 7D2 at the World Cup yet---if they're really there!
 :o

As speculated in the neighboring thread about pre-production models, the earlier incarnations are most likely inside the old camera body so you won't recognize the 7d2 from the outside.

People who deride
P mode are idiots

Fyi Magic Lantern users: There's a module called "autoexpo" which is essentially P mode, but it lets you pre-set av/tv/iso for every lv value. Afaik it doesn't support shifting (yet) and doesn't take the lens' focal length into consideration, but if you exactly know what settings you want for what available light I'm reading it's very useful.

To quote two very famous and widely regarded wedding photographers, Yervant and Jeff Ascough (the main input who directed Canon to spec the 5DIII). Yervant uses P all the time, Jeff uses M all the time.
Both are highly regarded, but I know who's photos I prefer.

Another great photograher who I have a lot of time for is Guy Edwardes. He's a M user, with the occasional Av use. Go check out his diary page for some of the finest landscapes, flowers and wildlife I've yet to see.

Personally I see little use for P, my default is AV with exposure compensation applied. But I know many other pros who feel the same about M, once fully mastered, there is little reason to have any other mode. My personal view is that Av or Tv is faster to operate and less of hassle in environments with constant lighting changes / challenges. Another useful feature of M is that it can be used as an "Iso Priority" (Iv?) mode if "Auto iso" in engaged. Not my bag, but I've used on the odd occasions.
As for Ken Rockwell and his "P is for professionals" comment....yeah right....becareful of what you read on the internet....especially if the advice is for free? I certainly wouldn't go on one of his workshops.

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EOS Bodies / Re: New Full Frame Camera in Testing? [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:33:04 AM »
The most anal people I know about image colour are flower photographers and ceramicists, ever photograph a red flower and it not look anything like the flower did? Try deep blue, purple, and mauve flowers, they are a very difficult to get accurate and you have to use a camera profile specifically for the light you shot in.

A lot of trouble with flowers is even more that people seem to stick to sRGB which makes many flowers impossible to show correctly. A wide gamut monitor will give you a much better chance (of course it's true that the WB and profiles and all can still mess with things).

But with any gamut, you have to ultimately prepare the image for the end viewer who is likely using sRGB.

That's exactly it. I don't bother with a high end monitor with wide gamut and all this, because the print shops I use only accept sRGB and if I tinker with a file to make it perfect and anyone I send it to uses a medium quality laptop
To view it in, what's the point? For professionals that do commercial work and advertising posters etc, or magazines and all that stuff I can certainly see the point. But for me and lots if others, creating a ColorChecker Passport profile for daylight and tungsten in LR gets you very far from the standard colors out of your camera.

sRGB can cover every hue (colour) it might not be able to render the saturation (intensity) or the brightness (or darkness) of a specific colour, but my point was about getting the hue correct. As you point out, for the vast majority of the time a very good colour workflow can be covered with the simplest of techniques, a ColorChecker and a custom camera profile in post.

All wide gamut monitors do is give you more degrees of saturation and contrast levels, not hue capability. But wider gamut files and workspaces give you much greater post processing latitude, that doesn't mean the end product can't then fit into a smaller gamut like sRGB, just that it is much easier to get an accurate rendition into a smaller gamut of you start out with the wiggle room inherent in a bigger one.

And yet many photographers choose Canon becuase of their inherant colour rendition. Skin tones are far nicer on Canon than Nikon. I belive this is due to hot reds on the Canon gamut. I don't want a clinical colour accuracy, that would be boring. I want a colour interpretation whihc is nice and pleasing on the eye. In a simular way to hi fi...some components are very neutral and a little bland. I like speakers and amps which inject a little colour to the sound and add some charector to the performance. This is why I like Arcam amps and Ruark speakers. Unfortunatly, both companies have been pretty much killed by the iPhone market....go figure!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:49:25 PM »
A few birds from the last few days in Ireland:

Canon 5DIII and a 400 f2.8 LIS
None of the images shows up ...

>Sigh< Flickr's gone and changed again and I can't see where I can obtain the link to the images.
Can anyone help? Anyone figured out the new Flickr UI?

Here we go......

Some from the last 4 days in Ireland:























Canon 5DIII, 400mm f2.8 LIS and sometimes extenders

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:47:49 PM »
Some from the last 4 days in Ireland:























Canon 5DIII, 400mm f2.8 LIS and sometimes extenders

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Lenses / Re: Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 15, 2014, 07:24:20 PM »
It's a heavy lens but worth it. Not many lenses can come close to this level of quality

Sure, but if you're going to spend the money and carry the weight, you might as well get a 600 f4, at least if your main shooting subject is going to be wildlife.

That's what I did.  I'll take 1200mm over 800mm, and 840mm over 560mm...

Absolutely true if you assume you need 1200mm to reach your wild life. I regularly need 400mm for my working distance. The original OP requested a 600mm not a 1200mm.

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Lenses / Re: Need a 600mm. Don't want to pay for one
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:26:23 PM »
Here's a recent 400 f2.8 LIS (mkI) with a 2x converter. One image over view and the other at 100% crop.
This is very nearly wide open:




It's a heavy lens but worth it. Not many lenses can come close to this level of quality

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:20:56 PM »
So, for example, is you never use P mode - cause you're not a loser ;) - you can take it out of the rotation.
P mode can be used as a modified Av mode, in that you can still override the aperture setting and also compensate. Used this way it can be useful. So it's not as much for 'losers' as you might at first think.  ;)

Av or Tv or M.....there is no other requirement

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Lenses / Re: When does the 16-35/f4L IS arrive?
« on: June 15, 2014, 06:04:48 PM »
Anyone have any suggested or predicted dates?

Who cares?  Since Canon sensors have such poor DR, any lens is basically useless if it mounts only on Canon bodies.

 ::) ::) :P

Please don't write this kind of tripe here.....even in jest.

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:34:32 AM »
A few birds from the last few days in Ireland:

Canon 5DIII and a 400 f2.8 LIS
None of the images shows up ...

>Sigh< Flickr's gone and changed again and I can't see where I can obtain the link to the images.
Can anyone help? Anyone figured out the new Flickr UI?

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:13:55 AM »
I'm rather surprised no one has captured a picture of a 7D2 at the World Cup yet---if they're really there!
 :o

It probably looks a bit like a short 1Dx so no one's probably noticed yet!

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: June 14, 2014, 09:21:57 PM »
A few birds from the last few days in Ireland:






















Canon 5DIII and a 400 f2.8 LIS

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 14, 2014, 09:09:54 PM »
Can somebody explain to me HOW lack of a mode dial is a good thing? I've never really understood the button system on the 1D line. To me it seems to be a lot slower to switch modes like this.

It's quite simple, the mode dial is the weakest part of the top plate. If the camera takes damage to the top plate, then it's very common for this to get smashed. It's not a functional design on the 1D series, it's a robust design.

I've smashed the mode dial once on one of my 5DIII's and the cracked the top LCD too. All the riggors of pro shooting...it happens and that's why I carry a few spare camera bodies.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Reports of EOS 7D Reaching End of Life [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 10:41:51 AM »
I'm still prepping my bomb shelter for the hysteria as the 7D2 release gets closer
anyone remember how bad this place got pre 5Dmk3?

That was a fun time -- lots of activity.  Don't think the 7D2 will generate as much traffic as 5D3.  The tech is more mature now (relative to existing market offerings), and Sony's A7x, micro 4/3s, Fuji have all taken some of the market share and tech buzz.

There will be a number of very specific camps posting here once the specs are announced. Each camp can be quite easily predicted.
The Nikon trolls....where anything from Canon isn never good enough.
The Canon fanboys, where everyrhing from Canon is given from the very "hand of god".
The existing 1DX users, who don't see the point of the 7DII compared to their exisiting camera.
The 5DIII users who don't care for the 1.6 crop. The 5DIII users who fancy the 1.6 crop.
The upgraders from the 70D and the side graders from the 7D.
The "we want 15 stops DR or the camera is a failure" brigade.
The people who don't have enough money to justify a 7DII.
The people who don't have any camera but like to post their opinions on forums as if they did.

you are welcome to add or delete to my list

In the mean time....I'll be out shooting during my busiest time of the year. 

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