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Lenses / Re: Lens suggestions
« on: December 23, 2011, 08:37:14 AM »
Some of the wildlife/bird photos can be taken with a wide angle lens.  You just have to get really close.  See the above for some examples.
I think he communicates with the animals because they always seem skittish with me.  Amazing photos though.

I need to learn this skill!!! ;D

EOS Bodies / Re: How many of you would....
« on: December 23, 2011, 04:03:16 AM »
1. The 7D already has 8fps
2. The 7D already expands to 12800 ISO
3. The 7D's major draw: The 1.6x crop factor
4. The 7D's next major draw: 18 MP

The ASP-C is the poor man's teleconverter; loss of the 1.6x crop would make all my lenses shorter. Further compounding this problem would be the loss of resolution; unless they significantly increased the megapixel count, my crops would be weakened mightily. I use my 7D largely for bird photography; a 7Dmk II ASP-H would really not work as well for this. Further compounding the problem would be that my ef-s lenses would not work. And, yes, I have several... 

However, what Dr. Croubie mentioned:

18MP 7D aps-c sensor, 1D4 gripped body, well sealed, 45pt AF with f/8, long-life shutter, 10fps and buffer to match, dual cardslots, 7-shot bracketing

I would totally buy one of these...

EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 22, 2011, 04:52:47 PM »
17 page thread in such a short space of time not relating to a new announcement or release...

Well Done :D

My 7D is an emotional matter! :)

EOS Bodies / Re: The rift between the vocal "ISOers" and the "MPers"...
« on: December 22, 2011, 01:21:04 PM »
If Nikon puts out a 36mp camera in a pro level body, then I'd expect it to be good!  I think that 36mp is approaching the area where with todays technology noise will be acceptable.  If not, they won't make it.

I'm always in favor of seeing different manufacturers develop new products and offer options.  It would really be boring if they were all the same, photographers need a choice.

Still, as long as I get enough pixels to crop my FF image, I'd go for low noise and better light sensitivity if that was a option.  I did not get a D3S because 12 mp did not meet that criteria, but 18mp does.

Ahhh... the joys of competition in the free market world... If they do make one, I can't wait to see the "I'm switching to Nikon" threads popping up!  ;D Seriously, though, tech progresses, and perhaps, our grandchildren's grandchildren may not even know what SLR means...

EOS Bodies / Re: Earthshatteringly Disappointed With 7D
« on: December 22, 2011, 01:06:48 PM »
If you're shooting with a deep DoF, such as at f/8, focus errors are masked quite well.  But as I stated in that other thread (apologies for repeating myself), most people expect a $2K+ camera to focus accurately even with a shallow DoF.  Speaking for myself, I certainly didn't buy a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 135mm f/2L, or 85mm f/1.2L II to 'f/8 and be there.'

Good point there.  This is why I am looking forward so much to the 1DX for its AF capability in those situation.  In the mean time though, I will try your suggestion to focus at F8 and see if I can catch my little girl!

Use f8 on people pictures only if your reason is to ensure adequate depth of field or to balance flash ratios (this happens a lot in studios and other controlled pictures...)

For a running child, take a lot of pictures with shallow deoth of field and LEARN how to use shallow dof to your advantage... By the way, at f8, you'll need a flash too for any indoor picture... or mad high ISO... or both... If you want natural pictures. learn how to use your lenses, don't rely on crutches.

When I use f8 when taking pictures of birds, it is because I am taking pictures of large birds in flight (herons and egrets), and am doing so in broad daylight. I usually want both wing and beak in focus, so this is necessary. But for a child? all you need is an eye in focus! And sometimes, not even that! The purpose for your pictures is the emotional connection to the memory, not technical image quality. "Sharpness is a bourgeois concept." (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 22, 2011, 12:54:33 PM »
Watch out for too shallow DOF ( #3 )

I actually like the shallow DOF on #3...

I think the keyword here is "too"--the shallow DoF is nice, but a half inch to an inch so deeper might be a little better effect, IMHO.  Hard to say for sure without comparing directly.  When I'm uncertain with this kind of shot, I'll just shoot 2 frames with the second one stopped down a bit and then I can decide which is better after the fact.  Of course this could just be do to my lack of experience.

An eye is in focus, what more do you need?  ;D

Anyway, as Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "Sharpness is a Bourgeois concept."  8)

Lenses / Re: How do you correct chromatic aberrations?
« on: December 22, 2011, 12:51:11 PM »
I rarely bother to, unless it is severe, in which case I use Lightroom's or PS's functions for it... I rarely have much CA, though... Due to lens choices and subject, prolly... and likely partly due to not really caring a lot about it...

EOS Bodies / Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« on: December 21, 2011, 10:36:33 PM »
Watch out for too shallow DOF ( #3 )

Give them space ( #3)

Avoid taking pictures up the nose ( #2, #5 )

Avoid taking wa pictures - unless they are very wa when it is obvious that is what you are aiming for

The 7D is nore than good enough for weddings but you will have to work on the pp to get the best images

5DII, 1Ds3, 1D4 are the only other options and they will introduce new issues, including a big cost.

Just remember that a wedding albumn is reportage, 90% 'standard' images, 10% 'artistic' images. Keep focussed on the standard images as they wont forgive you if the picture of mum and pop look bad.

I actually like the shallow DOF on #3...

Lenses / Re: Why no fixed Super-Tele-Lenses for APS-C?
« on: December 19, 2011, 10:38:51 AM »
Well, there is  200 2.8 which is usually pretty cheap, and, as mentioned above, the 300 f4 IS is also really cheap...

A 500 5.6 would be great, but Canon will likely never make one. Perhaps sigma could hook us up? Actually, I think they sell a 500 F4.5, but I think it doesn't have OS, sooo........

Would I love EF-S 600 F4? Indeed. Will we e'er see one? Never. However, a 600 f8 which lies to the camera and says it is only 2.8 so you can still use a 2x TC in broad daylight would be really nice...

EOS Bodies / Re: any flaws in the canon 60d?
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:40:33 AM »
Get a used 7D! You will love it!

Lenses / Re: Buying lenses, do you listen to your heart or your head?
« on: December 19, 2011, 04:38:40 AM »
Exclusively my heart.

I hated the 18-55, and as such, could never abide anything with a similar focal length. I will never get a 17-50 2.8, no matter how good they may be...

I love the focal length 300. I have a 300 F4, and a 300 2.8. I got the 300 F4 over the 100-400 largely because I prefer 300.

I love the 50mm focal length (which seems to contradict the above...). My 50 1.4 is bea up, but hopefully I can get a new one at some point...

United States / Re: Prime lenses you currently own or on your wishlist.
« on: December 18, 2011, 03:00:54 AM »
I have:

24 2.8
30 1.4 (Sigma)
50 1.4
50 1.4 (Super Takumar)
180 3.5 Macro (Sigma)
300 F4
300 F2.8

I want:
600 f4
85 f1.4 (Sigma)
8mm f2.8 (still needs to be invented)
200 f2

I also own a 135 4.7 Raptar, and a 90 6.8, but they aren't hugely mountable on the eos system...

Site Information / Re: Applaud or smite?
« on: December 16, 2011, 02:14:24 PM »
I got a lot of smites from the 5D mk III thread... it seems people get smitten sometimes for disagreeing...

EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2, 5D3 and Megapixel Insights
« on: December 14, 2011, 12:40:59 PM »
I am eagerly awaiting 7D mk II, but I won't likely be pre-ordering... Not unless it has something extra good going for it... Prolly, given my current finances, I'll need to wait until 2013 to get it anyway...

My guess is that the 7D mk II will be announced in September... when it will actually be available is anyone's guess...

Lenses / Re: Which telephoto lens has the fastest AF
« on: December 13, 2011, 06:29:33 PM »
My 300 2.8 is MUCH faster than my 70-200 2.8... which is MUCH faster than my 70-300 IS (non L) was... which was MUCH faster than my 75-300 was... which was MUCH faster than my my Quantaray 70-300...

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