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Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: June 14, 2014, 02:05:48 PM »
Hi dilbert.
Please could you show us a picture of yours to show us how it should be done, or if you don't have one perhaps a detailed explanation of the technique and processing needed to achieve no blown highlights. Whilst you at doing that the rest of us can take our pictures wih blown highlights and at least have something to show!

Cheers Graham.

I can't believe how many of these images have blown highlights.
It is very easy to take sunset pictures without blown highlights. All you have to do is wait until the sun is well below the horizon, or you can use photoshop to subtlety darken the offending area in a manner so that the blown highlights will not be noticeable :)

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It was 600EX-RT and Gary Fong's collapsible lightsphere with the amber dome, which I just purchased. Usually this amber dome is supposed to give you a warm skin tone during the sunset/sunrise but I decided to see how it works when a subject is in the shade of trees. On these pictures you can compare how my gf looks with and without this amber dome.
The facial expression in the second picture is wonderful! Don't get so lost in equipment and technique that you loose the subtleties of expression and pose.... they are what turns an OK picture into a great picture.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:36:23 AM »

Professional also means 1dx-like shutter cycles. Burst with mirror/shutter up in lv have the advantage of not eating through your shutter - but did you ever calculate how long your 5d3 lasts @max fps and 150k warranty cycles :-p ? How long a supposed 7d2 lasts @10+fps ?
3 hours

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:31:11 AM »
when the c100, with its 4k technology came out, there was a video about exporting stills from video.  It seemed like too much Damn work... review 24000 frames.
Without wanting to open up a whole huge new area of debate, I remain unconvinced about this. I'm hardly wedded to old school methods or technology, I only took up serious bird photography a couple of years ago. And I hope your optimism about tracking and suchlike are well-founded, but I don't relish having to wade through hundreds or thousands of frames to find the ones that aren't motion blurred or otherwise unusable. There has to be an upper limit of what is workable per session - more than a few hundred takes too long to sort through in a day or two, especially if the shots are very similar.

Last  week I shot a time lapse with 36,940 frames. I can assure you that going through that many images looking for a particular frame is not a trivial task....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 14, 2014, 07:19:09 AM »

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) by alabang, on Flickr

The little egret (Egretta garzetta) is a small white heron. It is the Old World counterpart to the very similar New World snowy egret. In Botswana, it is known as the yellow-footed egret.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_egret

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Rice_Research_Institute

Beautiful!

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 12, 2014, 05:55:14 AM »
Yes.... the touch screen is a game changer... either use it like a 1DX or tap the screen.... as touchscreens mature it will be interesting to see what happens.
I think touch screens will have a lofty place among entry level cameras and mirrorless cameras. When it comes to professional grade cameras...I don't really think that touch screens are going to be all that important. They introduce a highly disruptive workflow for changing camera settings, one that is not conducive to action shooting at all (and, since this is the 7D II were talking about...action is basically what it's designed for.)
Touchscreens? I wouldn't want to swap the major controls on my 1-Series or 5D3 bodies for touchscreens...too slow...but the touchscreen is here to stay. I got a little SL-1 as a lightweight travel camera and was frankly surprised how well sorted its touchscreen is. The SL-1 is much slower than the premium bodies to make adjustments to all sorts of settings, but some of the functions are just plain excellent. Bring them on!

-pw
Some things are better with buttons/knobs/dials, some are better with touch screens. Why not enjoy both?

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 07:29:49 PM »
Pros aren't the only ones who just use M or Av, old-timer film-shooter amateurs grew up with manual. I prefer manual for most situations, use Av the rest of the time.  I could be perfectly happy with setting up a button to toggle between M Av Tv . How does one select custom settings on non-dial cameras? Toggle would be fine here too.

The main appeal of the 1 series grips for sports / wildlife shooters is the HIGHER VOLTAGE BATTERIES of 1 series versus the good old LPE6 battery. Supertelephoto lenses are said to have faster AF on 1 series than on other Canon cameras. I don't own either a supertelephoto or a 1 series camera, just a 60D and 400mm f/5.6L. That's reasonably fast to AF.
+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 06:40:19 PM »
So, if this CR1 is true

Please never mention "CR1" and "true" in the same sentence again, people might get confused :-p ...

... but killing the dial makes sense if you don't have all these fancy but useless style programs in the "creative (sic!) zone". With some button customization, I imagine swtiching through Av/Tv/M and some C is quicker if you see the result in the vf and don't have to look up to the 6d-style spin-around top wheel you cannot operate blindly.

+1,000,000

I have the 60D and it annoys me to have to move from Manual/Av to movie mode. I have to go through 10 modes that I never use.

A customizable list in firmware is much more practical. That way, if you want "Sports mode" or "Portrait mode" you can put a check next to them in custom function and make them selectable. That way you only have the modes you really want to use (and have quick access to) with no junk modes that waste your time. Plus as others have mentioned better weather sealing with a button.

A touch screen is a possibility if the camera is going to be video-oriented but I'd prefer non-touch screen with fast Wifi for wirelessly tethering. Hopefully we will be able to shoot video from Wifi app.
Yes.... the touch screen is a game changer... either use it like a 1DX or tap the screen.... as touchscreens mature it will be interesting to see what happens.

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The improved processor(s) and high speed memory required for 4K video and DPAF opens up an interesting possibility for the action shooter..... 30fps burst mode in live view....

Interesting indeed. Here's what's most interesting:

Assuming a 24mp sensor, which has a "full" pixel count of say 27mp (including masked border pixels, inactive calibration pixel rows and columns, etc. all of which DO get read and which ARE included in every RAW image). Also assuming the ADC is 14-bit. Then, for a 3-second burst:

(3 * 30 * 27,000,000 * 14) / 8 = 4,252,500,000 bytes

In one three second burst at 30fps, you generate 4.2GB worth of data! :P If you tend to take 3-5 second bursts, and shoot at least a few dozen bursts on any given outing... Well, S___...now those two new 3Tb hard drives I just purchased aren't going to be going very far...and I'm going to need four times as many long-term backup and storage bluray disc for permanent backups...and my import/review/cull time is going to go through the roof...

;) Be careful what you wish for...   :D
:) I know :)
Storage demands are constantly going up.... I remember buying a hard drive for work $9995 for 10Mbytes and my first digital camera shot 640x400 with 8 bit color... Todays camera storage requirements were unthinkable back then.... two days ago I shot a time lapse on a GoPro that sucked back 48GBytes...

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:35:34 PM »
WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.

This means it will not be a completely mag-alloy body so that they can put an antenna in the body somewhere to receive RF signals.

If you look at the body of a 1DX you will see that it is more full of holes than a swiss cheese. Lots of places for RF to penetrate inside, but it is even easier to put the antenna on the outside of the metal frame and cover it with rubber or plastic.

Why don't you put a metal box with the same number of holes in it as the 1DX around the antenna of your WiFi box at home and see what that does for your WiFi use.
No need to get nasty.....

I mentioned that the metal body is more full of holes than a swiss cheese because it is not a sealed box. there are dozens of holes through it so adding another one will have no effect on sealing. There will be a lot of RF leakage through those holes. Some are tiny, some are big enough to slide a battery through, and there is even one hole as big as a lens mount. There will be lots of RF leakage.

I also said that it would be easier to mount the antenna outside. There are lots of good places, like on the front of the body, like on top of the viewfinder, like around the LCD, like on the camera bottom, or even on the sides.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Few EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: June 11, 2014, 12:41:14 PM »
WiFi & GPS will be internal. We all figured this one.

This means it will not be a completely mag-alloy body so that they can put an antenna in the body somewhere to receive RF signals.

If you look at the body of a 1DX you will see that it is more full of holes than a swiss cheese. Lots of places for RF to penetrate inside, but it is even easier to put the antenna on the outside of the metal frame and cover it with rubber or plastic.

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The improved processor(s) and high speed memory required for 4K video and DPAF opens up an interesting possibility for the action shooter..... 30fps burst mode in live view....

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Dylan, get a 1DX and you won't regret it! 

I tried talking myself out of buying a 1DX for about 6 months, but I finally bought a 1DX about a month ago, and I'm loving it!

Yeah, the 1DX is big and heavy, but it's like driving a Porsche...there is no substitute! Plus, the files are so much easier to work with in Lightroom...I don't see the banding/color noise in the shadows, like I do with my 5dMkIII.

Until you drive it into a tree, because the car wasn't designed for city driving :)

Also, ever try to carry two canoes, 4 people, camping gear, and two weeks food in a Porsche? Get the right tool for the job YOU want to do, not what someone else wants.

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EOS Bodies / Re: More EOS 7D Replacement Buzz Going Around [CR2]
« on: June 09, 2014, 08:19:24 PM »

An STM lens.  Really.  That's pretty weak for what is presumably a best-in-class APS-C rig in the $2k neighborhood.  STM is fine for video, and it's also nice upgrade over the squeaky slow AF motors of the older entry level Rebel kit glass, but 7D2 still shooters would want the speed of USM, right?

Are they legitimately going after pro wildlife/sports guys with this rig or just enthusiasts who want a high burst rate?  Surely the days of kitting this with a relatively average lens are over, aren't they?  (I recognize that the people drooling over a 7D2 likely already have a lot of glass, but the same could be said at the launch of the 5D3 and that had a decent lens kit option...)

Just riffing here:  any chance Canon kits this with a really solid L lens?  I recognize that a 24-something zoom lens will be too long on the wide end for a standard zoom.  So...

Kit it with a 16-35 F/4L IS?

Kit it with a first-ever L lens in an EF-S mount?  An EF-S 15-50 F/4L IS?  An L-quality update to the 17-55 F/2.8 IS?

Kit it with the Sigma 18-35 F/1.8?
  ;D

- A

Kit it with the 17-55.  Also kit out a pair of primes like the 35 f/2 and the 135 f/2 L as a cool surprise option.  That would also make some nice white box discounts available on those primes from set-breakers. :)

Now that's a great combo!

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Mine has served me well. It's somewhere around 125,000 pictures and still works fine. There is a cat hair in the viewfinder prism and the rubber grip is getting a bit loose, but other than that it works great.

I do regret not getting the 7D with the superior autofocus, but overall I am happy with it.

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