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I received my 7D2 last Thursday and immediately set out for wildlife to photograph.  My primary interest is wildlife photography and I spend one hour in a park every day before going to work.  I currently use a 5D3 with a 200-400/1.4x and a 6D as my backup body (mainly for landscapes).

Going in I expected ISO 1600 on the 7D2 to be roughly the same as ISO 3200 on my 5D3.  On my 5D3 at ISO 1600 I can still count the feathers on a bird, while at ISO 3200 the feather detail begins to break down but the image is still usable for most purposes.

What I found was that on the 7D2 there was still a noticeable lack of detail at ISO 1600 compared to ISO 3200 on my 5D3.  Even worse, when I went down to ISO 800 there was still noticeable noise, though the images were certainly usable.  This morning I spent some time photographing identical subjects with the two, and I came to the conclusion that the 7D2 simply would not work for me.

I am glad I bought it at unique photo - who said they'll take it back as long as the box is in good condition.  I had hoped this would give me a bit more extra reach, but again I found myself learning the painful lesson of cropped sensors. Instead I intend to wait and see what Canon does with the 1Dx2.

Unfortunately my sample images are not up, but you can get an idea from this one (ISO 400).
Predator by CalevPhoto, on Flickr

What's wrong with the image?

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Lenses / What's your favourite focal length?
« on: November 19, 2014, 05:37:34 AM »
Hi everyone! What's your favourite focal length?

Mine is: 600mm, on 7D, and 300mm, on 7D also, 24mm, on 5D, and also 35mm on 7D.

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Lenses / Re: 6D and BIF
« on: November 18, 2014, 01:44:40 PM »
BIF is a large part of my work. You will want:

7D MK II. Then, if you can swing the money, a 500 f4 would be perfect for you. It will do great with the 70-200 you alread have, and will work great with the TC. If money is an issue, you will be fine with the 500 f4 mk I. Also, I would advise you to spend a lot of time in study and in practice. BIF is the hardest general field of photography. Failing a 500 F4, a 300 2.8 will work great for you. Also, about fast fstop... I usually shoot a f7.1 on my 7D with a 300 2.8 with 2x TC. I like my results.

study birdsasart-blog.com Also, featheredphotography.com. Glennbartley,com is good too.

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Canon General / Re: Forum Decorum....Deshmorum?
« on: November 15, 2014, 03:28:08 PM »
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What possesses someone to hand down a slate of commandments for how other people should behave?

Strikes me as the epitome of arrogance.

I would love to see you say that in a court of law to a judge.

Indeed, Dilbert!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 07, 2014, 01:07:29 AM »
Looking at these examples, these birds are extremely small, which means very shallow DOF. It seems several of them are not really all that in focus. I hate to say it, but operator error may be far more at play than APS-C inherent insharpness.

Of course, the internet loves to hate on APS-C, sooooo....

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7D MK II Sample Images / Re: Anything Shot with a 7D MII
« on: November 01, 2014, 04:21:35 PM »
50/1.2L at f1.2
1/1000
ISO 4000

I am still new at sports photography.  For this sport, do you think you needed 1/1000th shutter?  Would 1/500th work and that would enable a slightly aperature at the same ISO.  I am thinking of a sharper image and a little more DoF.

Choosing the right shutter speed is one of the hardest problems when I started moving away from static landscapes into "things that move".   :)


Yes, one needs a 1000. The action will not be sharper 1/500, no matter the dof (motion blur).

So, please post more!!!  ;D

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: November 01, 2014, 04:18:03 PM »
I have been waiting for one of these for years and eons upon end... soon, my savings will be adequate!

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Hello FF!
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:20:23 AM »
I think 'Shootit' was right to be pissed off with you people! I also think you guys are more interested in imaginary stuff than real S___! Judging from your 'work' most of you need some serious imaginary cameras to achieve a decent photo!!

HAHAHAHAA!!!!

Salut, stupid CR forum!!


Ps to Shootitalready: don't hang around with these dumb LOOOOOOSERS, mate, they don't know the first thing about photography!!!!!! >:(

Salut, troll! The others were merely pointing out good truths.

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- reliable AF tracking

the A6000 tracking abilities are better than canons rebel line of DSLR´s.
and that´s the competition too the A6000 from a price point.
you have to pay a lot more for a canon camera to get a better AF than the A6000s.

and BOB is no sports photographer. so yes he has no need for a 1DX or D4s AF.

Quote from: imaging resource
That the Sony A6000 can deliver 4-6 sharp images per second on a reasonably regular basis is very impressive for a mirrorless ILC camera costing 1/10th the price of the D4S.

can´t wait until sony releases the A7000.
the mirrorless AF makes bigger steps than the phase detection AF in DSLR´s.
i can see it matching traditional PD in 2 years if development continues with the same speed.

i am pretty happy with the A6000 AF.
it´s not a camera for BIF anyway.

features like the eye focusing are just great and they work.
i guess it´s nothing a pro photographer would use regulary... but i know that many customers who just want a good camera to make family pictures love it.
i have put the function on the C2 custom button and i use it more and more because it works so well.

So now you are admitting you are BOB, and this name is a sock puppet?

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A few thoughts.

1)  The guy is a jackweed - Seems he gets mugged / robbed a lot, and I think I understand why

2)  Half the features he talks about are available for Canon and Nikon - Plop in an Eye-Fi card and I can do remote shooting and change the settings from my phone or tablet with an App. 

3)  Remote tethered shooting can be great (getting camera in hard to reach places for interesting shots) but Wi-Fi gets overloaded quickly.  Here is a test.  Do a 3 second burst at 11 FPS with moving subjects from a tablet and wait to see how long it takes to get images transfered or get responsiveness back to your camera. 

4)  I actually PREFER the Eye-Fi route - why?  Because TECHNOLOGY changes. Wi-Fi standards change over time and if you bake it into the camera, you are stuck.  The next version of wi-fi is not something you will be able to change with a firmware update

5)  Construction. Construction.  Construction.  The Sony is NOT weather sealed.  Most of the heavier more rugged pro-DSLRs have some for of magnesium alloy body.  I do notice a difference in range and strength of connection between my 5D MK III and my back up video t5i body. 

6)  I do like the Electric Viewfinder and can see some of the benefits. 

7)  I like "big"  I find the size of the Canon's to be great as well as the layout of the controls to be superb where it is easy for me to adjust while still looking through the viewfinder.  I find with smaller camera, the layout is more "awkward" at least for me to change several settings very quickly.

All and all I am glad some of these cameras are out there.  Nice to have options, a decent travel backup, and have a feeling these will start pushing the bar on both Canon and Nikon.  Survival instinct is a good thing. 

8)  I am not a big fan of Wi-Fi built in.  I have used it, and in so many cases, I notice it gets bogged down.  Might be nice if instead of building it in, Canon and Nikon give the ability to add modules for it, main reason being standards change... for example, MU-MIMO will only really start coming into being next year.  The new 802.ac standard is just really hitting the market in stride and while 802.ac is nice, 802.ax looks to be monster with 10+ GBps transfer - so to my point, as these new standards come out, new antennas and hardware are needed, I would rather pop in an  Eye-Fi Mobi Xtreme (Made the Xtreme up) into my Canon 5D MK IV and take advantage of 802.ax than be sitting there waiting on 802.n. 

Expandability is nice.

Indeed!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Patent: Canon EF 2.0X TC With Diffractive Optics Element
« on: October 19, 2014, 01:49:36 PM »
Maybe the patent isn't for size/length/weight reduction, but rather IQ improvement. Diffractive optics are better at managing light dispersal. That can allow for a shorter lens, but that isn't necessarily the sole purpose. I for one would like to see better IQ out of a 2x TC...the current TC III is good, but it does impact IQ.

That's what I was thinking too when I saw it. It would be indeed fascinating if they can improve it!

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And the guy's pictures were not at all stand out for anything...

says mr. anonymous on the internet.
at least he made it to nat geo... you? :P

care to share some of your work?

he does:

http://bobkrist.com/

Oh, and I have posted several pictures here on this forum, and other places on the internet as well, which you likely would have checked first, if you were not a sock puppet for Bob Krist. Self promotion is all well and fine, but be honest about it, no need to hide behind fake names and insult people who disagree with you.

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what he doesn't do is illustrate his decision with one half descent picture! Certainly nothing that I would deem National Geographic worthy!

unlike you. a self proclaimed critic who has not shown a single picture.  :D

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Bob Krist is a freelance photographer who works regularly on assignment for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and Islands. These assignments have taken him to all seven continents and have won awards in the Pictures of the Year, Communication Arts, and World Press Photo competitions. During his work, he has been stranded ona glacier in Iceland, nearly run down by charging bulls in southern India, and knighted with a cutlass during a Trinidad voodoo ceremony. He won the title of “Travel Photographer of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008. In 2000 his work was honored at the Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography in New York City.


now i would really like to see some of your images guys.
you know something that shows your DSLR´s are superior. ;)

you seem to have the idea, that because he changed the camera he suddenly became a worse photographer.
i mean sure all the snapshots you take on vacations are masterpieces.... so don´t be shy!

but hey why i ask... mr. and mrs. anonymous on the internet sure know better than this guy. :P

Very low post count, blatantly re-posting the link to a personal webpage, taking on regular members of the community, and calling them anonymous... Are you sure your name is Jon D and not Bob Krist?

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Hmmm....

At a recent wedding held in a wonderful, ancient Saxon church ( part of it from about 980 AD) the vicar, who was extremely strict about photography in the church, allowed me, after suitable arm twisting, to shoot from one of the chapels in the sacrestry, "as long as there was no flash and no sound whatsoever". Using a 5D I just shot that part in live view, totally silent.

1/1600 flash. Wow ! I just use HSS.

Ten frames per second ? OK I'll have to get a 7DII ( which doesn't cost $3300)

Dust on the sensor ? Now that really is stretching the boundaries of reasons to change systems.

So to conclude this is one of the weaker lists of reasons that I have seen for changing.

What you said. Also, it sounds like what he wants for video is a camcorder. Moreover, downsampling isn't the only thing which causes moire...

This reads like a cheap advertisement for sony, written to lure in entry level people looking to upgrade.

And the guy's pictures were not at all stand out for anything...

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Canon General / Re: seeimpossible.usa.canon.com?
« on: October 07, 2014, 09:40:10 AM »
I must say I was expecting something totally different than Irista 2.0. I was expecting a gear announcement. What I am confused about: what is so impossible? Youtube shows videos... If Canon became amazed because they can have people share  videos like youtube...

I was expecting the high res thingie, though I am not interested in it. Twas merely for the shiny! I await more eos-m mount stuff. 85 2.0?

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