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Buy a Sony today, in a year it's 5 models old and worth absolute squat. No thanks..

When VCR's first came out, research revealed that the Sony Betamax was better in many ways than the competing VHS. So around 1986 I bought the top model Sony Betamax and a lot of Betamax cassettes. After several years, Betamax disappeared and all you could find was VHS. My Sony was worthless.

The best technology doesn't always win.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:27:45 PM »
Steve beat me to the punch by 2 minutes ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:26:19 PM »
having had the camera for a week now, I really really really don't like DPR. Lightroom is a far superior product and I hope they have an update soon.

+1 (or more).  I'm going to have to go jpg as I don't have the patience I used to have.  Anyone heard when we might get LR CR2->JPG for the 7d2?

I don't have LR but I've seen CR posts here recently that say you can just convert the RAW in DPP to TIFF and then import that TIFF into LR easily to PP in LR, if I remember correctly.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 05:31:13 PM »
I think the optical performance specs will be a significant improvement.  What would be the point of a new version if it weren't?  Just saying.

My copy of v1 is quite sharp. I doubt the new one will be significantly sharper (perhaps I have a particularly good copy). What it will have is greatly improved IS, lens coatings and (hopefully) weather resistance. The slotted hood for filters is also intriguing. Though I'm not particularly interested in upgrading, I will keep an open mind.

My lens is quite good and others have noticed the fact.  I think it's more about techniques and lighting.  This is at f6.3 ISO 200 on a 5D III  (click on the photo for a larger size)

 F-22 Raptor afterburner turn ¬© Keith Breazeal by Keith Breazeal Photography, on Flickr

Wow! Fantastic shot Keith 8)

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 05:27:24 PM »
This is the second lens in a few weeks to cost LESS than expected - the other being the 400 DO MkII. What's happening??

This is to make Nikon users bang their head against the wall.  :o

 ;D ;D ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 05:24:45 PM »
A few flowers from Longwood Gardens 3 years ago with my SX230.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 08, 2014, 05:17:56 PM »
Sorry if I'm beating this to death. Here is another one. ISO 1600 subject with high DR (14stops?). The kind of picture you are not supposed to be able to take with a 7D2. Not perfect but completely acceptable for many uses in my opinion. Not what I bought this body for but good to know it'll do in a pinch. Canon 24 f2.8 IS, ISO 1600, f5.6 1/40th of a second handheld.
All that aside, I think your photos are wonderful. Is that a botanical garden somewhere? It looks pretty awesome.


Thanks for the compliment. I was curious about the 7D2's use for general photography outside of the sports and wildlife stuff where I'm pretty sure it will be great. I thought it did a fine job. You aren't going to mistake these for full frame shots at 100% in Lightroom but for general photos they're OK with me. It was raining heavily all day so I needed an indoor spot to shoot. The photos are of Longwood Gardens in southesterm Pennsylvania, USA. A great spot to visit if you are ever in the area. About an hour from Philadelphia. I go once a month or so.

I have only been to Longwood Gardens once (3 years ago) and I loved it. I was visiting my wife's family in Philly and only had my Canon PowerShot SX230 with me. Fabulous place and I must return with a DLSR for better shots. Here are but a few of the hundreds of photos taken there that day. I highly recommend this place if you like gardens.

Lenses / Re: Introducing the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 08, 2014, 04:26:28 PM »

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:28:27 PM »
I hated the 7D after I got the 5D, it was way soft.

I never got a decent image from my 7DI ... and everyone told me it was because it was "too much camera" for me.  :P

I'd take a 40D, 50D, 60D, 6D, and any 5D over a 7DI, any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. There are people who swear by theirs; I just happen to think those people have poor vision. :)

It's not a 1DX but it's a lot cheaper. My lousy 7D1 and cheap 100-400L (never AFMA'd) operated by an amateur without tripod still managed to take many amazing and sharp photos of tiny birds.

Now, where did I leave my glasses? ;D

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:23:40 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


+1, very nice sharp capture 8)

Photography Technique / Re: Travel photography: Estonia 2014 - Part 1
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:13:04 PM »
Fabulous is the only word matching to this series ! Great job and thanks for sharing !
Indeed, I enjoyed reading it.
I wish every satisfied traveler took the time to create something so nice about the places he visited. Good job and thanks for sharing.


Canon General / Re: Lucerne, where to go?
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:14:53 PM »
I was there several times in the late 80's. I remember liking Mount Pilatus, the picturesque Chapel Bridge and boat excursions on Lake Luzern. Show us you photos when you get back. Enjoy. :)

Photography Technique / Re: My wedding photography job.
« on: October 28, 2014, 03:21:14 PM »
+1 8)

Great equipment and beautiful photos. Gorgeous ceremony.

Reviews / Re: Scott Kelby 7D Mark II Real World
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:46:02 PM »
Hi Everybody:
Just wanted to clarify a few things from the broadcast that I saw were questions here:

(1) It's is 20.2 megapixels and always has been since I first heard of the camera. That was just a total brain-freeze on my part. I don't have a 24-megapixel version. That was just me misstating one of the specs.
(2) The reason I didn't shoot in Raw was because I don't have any program that is updated to support the unreleased camera. No support yet for Lightroom or Camera Raw, so I had to shoot JPEGs. That being said, I shoot JPEGs for sports either way, but I would have shot some just for example purposes.
(3) I am not sponsored by Canon. I hope to be one day, but at this point, I am not so I bought my Canon gear by selling my Nikon gear -- it was not given to me by Canon. I did get some loaner gear to try out. Nikon let me use loaner gear from time to time, too. So did Sony. Now, if I could just get Hassleblad… ;-)

High five to Forum member Sabaki. I'm with ya. :)

All my best,

-Scott Kelby

Thanks for the clarification. I watched the entire video. For the price, I think this is going to be a great crop DSLR and am going to upgrade my 7D. Your enthusiasm was entertaining ;D

Post Processing / Re: How to start using Photoshop
« on: October 08, 2014, 06:05:19 PM »
On 16-17. Oct you can watch "Advanced Photoshop Techniques" on CreativeLive  for free. Maybe it will be too advanced, but anyway.

I really love this site. Lots of very informative courses that are free when they are broadcast live (from Seattle). I used to use Safari, but now on my Macbook, it only seems to work when I use Google Chrome. Check out their calendar for upcoming courses. I have 5 or 6 courses scheduled to watch in the next month. I even purchased one of their courses on Lightroom/Photoshop I initially watched for free since I liked it so much. :)

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