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EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 22, 2014, 08:45:29 AM »
Typically I bring both cameras in the field, if possible. However, if I have to choose one it will be the 7d. Thats because the extra pixels on the subject gives me more details and less noise after pp and downsampling of the 7d crop to the same images crop  as 1d4.

Haha, what?  I've had both and the 1DIV is vastly superior in every way -  IQ, AF (especially tracking AF), noise handling, etc + I can crop deeper into a mkIV image without it turning into a noisy mess than I ever could with my 7D.  The 7D is useless past ISO 800 imo if you intend to crop at all, which, if you are shooting birds, you will be 99.995% of the time.  When I first got my 1DIV I was positively giddy at how much better the images were to work with and how much better they look.  Whatever small advantage can be gained with the crop factor is absolutely steamrolled by every other aspect of the APS-H and the 1D body.

Actually, the one thing I really do miss about the 7D is the precision center AF point.  That was pretty badass.  I don't miss how it dropped focus every other frame in servo mode, however.
Sounds like you are shooting jpg only.  ;)
To compensate for the higher amont of pixels on the subject you need to put a extra tc on the lens on 1d4.
This will cancel out the one stop iso advantage 1d4 has vs 7d.
Also the af will be slower due 1 stop slower lens (with tc).
If You are in a reach limited situation with the 500mm + tc's and the two bodys, what combination would you use?
1d4 + 2x tc or 7d+1.4tc?
The 7d combo will win regarding details and AF speed. Noise will be equal.
Maybe you would stick with 1d4 +1.4 tc. In this case the 1d4 af will be better.  7d will have better details but more noise. However, you can easily pp the more detailed image from 7d and then downsample to show same subject size at 1d4. Again, the 7d will win. At least for isos up to somewhere betwen 1600 and 3200.

You said spot af is the only thing you miss from 7d. What about a quick way of change shooting setup from BIF mode to static mode? If you are a birder and dont miss that, I doubt you seriously have used these bodys. Or maybe you can give me a good tip ;)

Since nobody asked it yet, I will:  WTF??

Lenses / Re: Bought the 300mm 2.8 ii and think its huge
« on: April 19, 2014, 06:10:55 PM »
Are you a professional sports photographer?  Otherwise, I think if you don't know what to do with the lens, you probably made a mistake spending that much money on it. 

Additionally, he adds in that the 1Dx and 5D3 would have never AF'd in a particular situation that the 6D did.  He also makes the accusation that we've never shot with the 6D so how can we comment?

1.  The 1Dx and 5D3 would have easily AF'd in that case, so that point right there is simply objectively WRONG.
2.  He hasn't shot with the 1Dx or 5D3, yet makes the above comment.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. 

Is he for real?  There's NO WAY any sane person could both make the arguments he's making and simultaneously believe in those arguments.

The AF system of the 1Dx is best = $6799
The AF system of the 5D3 is second best = $3399
The AF system of the 6D is the "least good" out of all 3 = $2000 ish

Hmm, surprising!

Which is the whole point.  With the 5D3/1Dx/1D4/1Ds3 etc., you don't have to use focus/recompose.  Focus/recompose sucks hardcore.

I see the 24-70 f/2.8L II lens a different way than I normally do regarding zooms vs. primes.  I don't shoot wider than f/2.8 on FF typically, so the added cost of the zoom was well worth it.  It beats any of Canon's primes in the 24-70 range, at f/2.8 and narrower.  I sold my 24L, 35L, and 50L when I got that lens, because the IQ was certainly better than yes, even those primes.

I don't recommend a 24-70 zoom lens, however, on a crop body (APS-C).  FF though, yes, for once, you really do get all of your $2299 worth.

EOS Bodies / Re: 1d IV vs. 7D II
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:37:42 PM »
That's all fine and dandy... but neither will approach the airspeed is of a swallow carrying a coconut

African or European swallow?

I, I, I don't know that...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 1Dx EC in Manual Mode Question
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:28:15 PM »
Thanks guys.  That's awesome.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1Dx EC in Manual Mode Question
« on: April 14, 2014, 11:41:44 AM »
Excuse my ignorance (not just on this topic, but everything else too). 

I noticed recently that having been shooting in Tv mode with a +2/3 EC, I must have changed some setting where it obeys the EC setting in Manual.  Not full manual obviously, but when using auto ISO.  So for instance if I shoot at 1/500s, +2/3 EC in Tv mode, then switch to M mode and set 1/500s, f/4, auto ISO, the +2/3 EC still remains and it adjusts accordingly.  Previously, when I switched from Av or Tv mode back to M mode, the EC bar was never there and I couldn't do it.  I wonder what I did?  I'll check through my settings more but could it be from the newest firmware version where you CAN do EC in M mode and I just didn't know it?  Thanks.


To further add, my 1Ds3 and 1Dx never miss at f/1.4 on the outter points.  Never.  Always exact.  No variability.  Nails it everytime and that's even without AFMA. 

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 23, 2014, 08:41:08 AM »
Gary, that thin DOF at the eyes is just classic.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: March 16, 2014, 01:15:02 PM »
All-American this weekend at NCAA meet.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 6D or 5Dm3?
« on: March 05, 2014, 12:49:28 PM »
It always amazes me as to how users think that AF is such a big issue with modern cameras, I guess that they somehow don't wonder how photos were taken for 100+ years without any autofocus at all, and yet fantastic images were captured of sporting events, bif, and other demanding events.  Certainly, good AF is nice, but hardly a big issue for me.  I did just as well with my Argus C3, my Yashica TLR, my Canon FTQL, any number of P&S cameras, and several early DSLR's.  I have had several 1 series DSLR bodies as well as Rebels, all the 5D series, even a D800!  I've had no issues capturing sports with any of them, its just a matter of paying attention and learning timing.  There were probably a billion supurb images captured with those old Graphlex 4X5 cameras where you had to slide in the film carrier, then pull out the film cover, and capture the image as quickly as possible.  Then reverse the process, flip the carrier over and take a image using the film on the other side.  They could do that in a second or maybe two.
I recently discovered some old pre 1920's National Geographic issues in my attic, and, sure enough, there were great photos of sporting events, wildlife, and birds in flight from the early 1900's using primitive cameras, the photographer just learned to deal with what he had..
Get as good of a camera as you can afford, and learn to use it.  You will do fine.

Sorry, but as a sports photog that is a load of crap.  Rare photos back then are very commonplace and expected now, due solely to accurate/better AF.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / 1DX Question from a friend of mine...
« on: February 24, 2014, 10:53:44 AM »
He posed the following questions.  We would really appreciate any help!

Although I haven't had time do more than minimal processing, I'm pretty pleased with the results and with the camera in general. I'm puzzled by two issues - probably due to lack of knowledge about the camera settings. I've searched through the manual without success. Perhaps you know where these functions can be found.

1. I get no audible beeps for either of the self timer functions. I often use the 2 sec self timer for long lens tripod shots in lieu of the remote cable release. But the camera doesn't give me the audible tones I'm used to as it counts down.

2. I often shoot with spot metering in manual mode to give me full control over changing conditions. But the top-side display doesn't provide active meter readings in "M" mode regardless which meter mode I select. The viewfinder DOES provide a meter reading that changes with the lighting but neither the top-side display nor the live view display show active meter readings.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: February 23, 2014, 03:42:08 PM »
To demonstrate just how bad lighting can get.  Here's a shot at 1/500s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, and still had to bring up to about +0.70 in ACR.  This was using the 70-200 f/2.8L II IS lens.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: EOS-1D X Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
« on: February 23, 2014, 03:38:47 PM »
There doesn't seem to be very much feedback about the new firmware update, so I'm curious to know if the 1DX owners are noticing much of an improvement with autofocus in low light conditions with the new firmware update...or noticing any improvements at all for that matter?


Shot a lot of low light sports so far from my last post.  I haven't noticed anything at all or any difference.  My hit rate isn't higher and I'm not tracking anything better. 

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