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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:07:06 AM »
Who in the world, ESPECIALLY pros, want to pull the camera away from their face so they can fiddle with a clunky touch screen?

Well, how about pros (or amateurs) who shoot with the 600 EX RT? Or Pros or amateurs who want to change tracking sensitivity or accelerate/decelerate tracking? There are dozens of functions that cannot be adjusted with a camera glued to your face that would be much easier and quicker to accomplish with the swipe of a finger rather than having to work through buttons and joysticks.

People need to open their minds a bit and quit being such Luddites about technology (especially ironic on a forum filled with gearheads). No one has ever suggested that a touch screen would replace the buttons and joysticks, but it is proven technology that would add significant functionality and convenience to enthusiast and pro-level cameras.
+1

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 07:29:04 PM »
This is probably the truest statement anyone has made about the 7D II so far. ;) I've tried and tried to demonstrate to everyone, through theory, math, and even some visual examples (of which I clearly need to do more) that an APS-C sized sensor will NEVER perform as well as a FF sensor (all else being equal). The 7D II may close the gap, temporarily, between the 7D line and the 5D line, but it won't overtake the FF in terms of IQ.
and even if there was some new magic technology that allowed the 7D2 to outperform the 5D3, you can bet that the same magic technology would be rushed through development and we would see a 5D4 that restored the FF advantage....

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:50:09 PM »
So some rumour comes out that the camera will have feature X. The rumour gets recirculated on various websites and eventually people start using the recirculated rumour as "proof" that the initial rumour is correct. Someone else repeats the rumour and then it is considered confirmation.

Until it is announced by Canon, I will not believe any rumour.... but it is fun to speculate on what colour the 24Mpixel, binable to 6Mpixel, DPAF, 16bit A/D and 18 stop DR, 12FPS, 4Kvideo, WiFi GPS touchscreen, superior low light to 1DX camera will come in :)

(and before anyone attacks those specs... NO, I am NOT serious about them! ..... or maybe I am......)

But once again CR guy calls those ones CR1 and doesn't say these are WHAT WE KNOW WILL HAPPEN.
Then why isn't this rumour a CR3?

We don't know for sure until an official announcement. For all we know, Canon had prototypes out for testing with an incomplete list of features and that these are the people supplying the rumours... For all we know, the CR guy could have one of those incomplete prototypes... the point is, until an official announcement, we don't know.

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:39:48 PM »
Have you tried digiscoping?

Top image is with an iPhone through 15X binoculars, bottom image is the full view (rescaled to fit website) with a 60D and 150-600MM at 600mm....

Wow, Dear Friend Mr. Don Haines----Wow ---Great Comparision, Sir, I will Dump both of my Canon DSLR,  Canon EF 600 mm and  Stupid Cell Phone and Buy I-Phone  and Binocular in my next Birding Trip.
Thanks you , Sir.
Surapon
Quite frankly, I'd rather have the 600F4 and DSLR myself :)

It's an example of how you can get creative with what you have... Some of those spotting scopes that birder's carry around are impressive chunks of glass....

Sirs, Surapon and Don,
I've seen some of my fellow birders with Swarowski's ATX 30-70x95 (Swarowski -> http://www.swarovskioptik.com/nature/atx-stx-c210201/atx-30-70x95-p5006351-B3). They get some decent reach with those beasts! And from what I've been told they are not so bad when it comes to digiscoping either... ;) Easy to carry, and they'll even make your wallet substantially lighter to drag along.
An alternative that I have the hots for, is the Celestron C5 Spotter 5" - mostly because that's one I easier could afford if I had any money. (Celestron -> http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/485314-REG/Celestron_52291_C5_Spotter_5_0_127mm_Spotting.html)
and the Celestron can use a t-mount adapter to mount your DSLR to it.....

and yes, I have seen a birder using an 8 inch Celestron telescope! Some of them are true fanatics!

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Software & Accessories / Re: In Hawaii - filter help needed
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:25:41 PM »
Hi all,

I am hoping some of you can give me some advice.

I'm in Hawaii and have been having fun with my B+W UV and CPL Kasemann filters and my Lee and Hitech 4x6 filters.

Unfortunately, they all now have this film of salt and possibly fine sand on them. 

How do I clean them with scratching them?

What I have with me: lots of micro fiber cloths, a brush, some Calumet wet and dry disposable wipes, and one lens pen. 

I'm about to get on a plane for Kauai and am hoping you can tell me what to do or what I need to buy. I have three more days on the island and would like to get theses filters cleaned while I'm still here.

Thank you in advance!

Vivid
warm fresh water for the salt... hopefully that will get rid of the sand too... you really don't want to rub them as it will scratch the coatings.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 06:22:21 PM »
So some rumour comes out that the camera will have feature X. The rumour gets recirculated on various websites and eventually people start using the recirculated rumour as "proof" that the initial rumour is correct. Someone else repeats the rumour and then it is considered confirmation.

Until it is announced by Canon, I will not believe any rumour.... but it is fun to speculate on what colour the 24Mpixel, binable to 6Mpixel, DPAF, 16bit A/D and 18 stop DR, 12FPS, 4Kvideo, WiFi GPS touchscreen, superior low light to 1DX camera will come in :)

(and before anyone attacks those specs... NO, I am NOT serious about them! ..... or maybe I am......)

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:38:36 PM »
Google photos of your favorite sport, from the 1950. You'll be amazed at how good they are.

http://292fc373eb1b8428f75b-7f75e5eb51943043279413a54aaa858a.r38.cf3.rackcdn.com/motoring_01_2_temp-1363778487-51499bb7-620x348.jpg
As my favourite sport is canoeing.... and having 4 pre-1950 canoes, I don't understand the question :)
The picture is of the 1910 Dean sailing canoe, taken earlier this week.....

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:10:10 PM »
Have you tried digiscoping?

Top image is with an iPhone through 15X binoculars, bottom image is the full view (rescaled to fit website) with a 60D and 150-600MM at 600mm....

Wow, Dear Friend Mr. Don Haines----Wow ---Great Comparision, Sir, I will Dump both of my Canon DSLR,  Canon EF 600 mm and  Stupid Cell Phone and Buy I-Phone  and Binocular in my next Birding Trip.
Thanks you , Sir.
Surapon
Quite frankly, I'd rather have the 600F4 and DSLR myself :)

It's an example of how you can get creative with what you have... Some of those spotting scopes that birder's carry around are impressive chunks of glass....

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:25:39 PM »
I agree with you Don, it's not easy to approach this bird. You did very well.
A folding chair and a good book are an essential part of my kit :)

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Canon General / Re: Gear Realities
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:20:32 PM »
Have you tried digiscoping?

Top image is with an iPhone through 15X binoculars, bottom image is the full view (rescaled to fit website) with a 60D and 150-600MM at 600mm....




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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 04:14:25 PM »
haven't read the whole topic, just few first pages, but are you people really believing this rumour? its a rumour, yet you are treating it as a fact.

"We’re getting little bits of information, and what we’re getting is going to be true."
I also believe in Santa Claus :)

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 03:01:51 PM »
WTF? No Wi-Fi?  >:(

Don't worry.... it's all rumours anyway. The truth is that nobody knows anything about the specs and that the rumours are all guesses.

Until it appears on the Canon Website or is officially announced by Canon, it means nothing.

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Canon General / Re: A Rundown of EOS 7D Mark II Information
« on: August 15, 2014, 02:58:11 PM »
I'll be waiting on this one, not because of specs, but because my finances dictate that I won't be replacing my 7D until early 2016. I should be up to 110K exposures by then, which seems like a good point to make it may backup body. Who knows, maybe by that time Canon will have come out with a 50MP camera with a built in coffeemaker and a unicorn for $500.  ;D
In any event, it looks like I will have to have plenty of napkins on hand to wipe away the drool for the next 18 months.

Built in coffeemaker AND a unicorn!  Bet it also makes rainbow flavoured popcorn!  Sign me up! LOL ::)

If it comes with a unicorn OR rainbow flavored popcorn, I would be ready to pay up to 3500$. Otherwise, I'll stick to my 60D.
and then a thread will start about how Canon's rainbow popcorn does not have the same DR as Nikon rainbow popcorn and another thread about how it does not match the Adobe colourspace...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:58:02 PM »
A heavily cropped picture of an egret... They are very shy and one has to stay hidden and still for a long time for them to wander even this close.... Shot with a 60D and Tamron 150-600 at 600mm and F9.0.

The neck is very snake-like when they are walking towards you...

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: August 15, 2014, 01:53:49 PM »
Just returned from the worst boat trip ever to see puffins from Peggy's Cove. The tiny vessel rocked so much in the waves that we couldn't stand up and one poor guy kept vomiting over the side. The captain briefly approached to within 100-120 metres to one part of the island and quickly turned back, within about 4 or 5 minutes. My wife couldn't use her binoculars because of the violent motion of the boat. I asked if we were going to do a circuit of the island and was told that nothing was to be seen the other side. Yet, when I checked Tripadvisor afterwards one delighted tripper wrote how they had circuited the island so the photographers could get every angle! I pointed the 5DIII plus Tamron at 600mm in the rough directions of the bird dots in the distance and fired at random at high speed. Surprisingly, I got some usable shots. The puffins occupy only about 150-200 pixels square of the image.
Wonderful shot considering the conditions....

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