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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Mark II Talk [CR1]
« on: June 17, 2014, 08:07:28 AM »
An announcment...and an offically leaked spy shot can't be far around the corner.
And when it does....this place will go into melt down. I might avoid it for a few days until the fever calms down.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 16, 2014, 10:02:50 AM »
To imply any differences between Yervant and Jeff Ascough images are down to program mode choice is really, really wrong.

Yervant's images are post process driven, Ascough is a natural light narrow dof "B&W gritty" look. To suggest that Ascough couldn't take exactly the same images he does in M using Av is disingenuous, he is a master of his craft. If you watch some of his videos you would realise he actually relies on RAW post capability much more than a slide film shooter ever would, but people who come from a B&W film background do that, they generalize exposure and rely on the depth in the file, and that is a technique that lends itself to M mode shooting.

I pointed out Joe Buissink as a user of P mode just to illustrate that some high end pros work with it quite happily, not that you need to use one mode over another to get a style of image.

Wow, you fly off the handle quickly! Perhapse you mis read my post. That's not what I was alluding to at all. I was pointing out that some photographers choose different modes to others regaqrdless of popularity or success. I prefer Jeff's style and generally agree with his point of views, at a wedding you need to meter for each room manually and stick to that metering so the exposure is consistent from frame to frame. It cuts down post prodding images where the meter has jumped about all over the place. I know Jeff quite well from when we were both on a private forum together. While I admire Yervant's work and success, his work is generally not my style or inspiration. I like George Weir too, again another photojournalist who uses M mode. Maybe it's PJ thang vs the art crowd? I'm just musing out loud here.

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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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