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Lenses / Re: 16-35 ii on crop
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:46:41 PM »
I haven't had any negative feelings about images with my ef-s 17-55mm lens.  I still love the compression I get with my ef 70-200mm f/2.8 II, but when quarters are too tight, that ef-s lens hasn't failed me yet...  : :)

Macro / Re: Playing with water drops
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:39:55 PM »
Here's a fantastic gallery called Dreamy Images Reveal Beauty in Physics:

Cool!  Thanks!  8)

HDR - High Dynamic Range / Re: Post your HDR images:
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:39:10 PM »
5DIII and Zeiss
Just shows you, HDR's don't have to be overexposed and exploding with color... Although this image isn't one, B&W hdr's can also be quite dramatic! 

Lenses / Re: Is this the normal bokeh for an L series lens
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:35:45 PM »
This is one of my fav shots...
Any comments?

@RAT: I have a "lemon effect" too!!

(the subject went out of the frame... her joke->good pic at all!)

I like it!

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:34:48 PM »
Long time lurker, first time poster.

Attached images are from Northern Irleand's Giant's Causeway taken with my 7D and the Tokina 11-16 2.8.
That's an interesting location!  Seems like those pilings(?), could make for some dramatic and interesting HDR shots as well... hmmm...

Landscape / Re: Post Your Best Landscapes
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:33:20 PM »
Long-time visitor; first-time poster. Here's a couple from Fall 2011.
Nice Pug!  I really like that first one!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:30:39 PM »
Sunset in Minnesota
Makes Minnesota look very appealing!  Nice job... My only other comment would be regarding more of a rule of thirds composition.  Otherwise, it's an absolutely beautiful image!

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:29:10 PM »
+1.  I am less than impressed with the noise on my 5DIII. I find the 22mpx enough for me, but expected far better low noise performance. Using Topaz denoise doesn't help much either. OTOH the problem is probably behind the Camera.

Here is an example 1/4000s, 400mm F5.6 ISO4000, its easy to see in the two squares. Now thats
at ISO4000, so obviously at anything higher its worse. In this case when I tried Topaz denoise
(the example here is the BEFORE state) it worked pretty well.

So, is this too much noise? And its not in the darkest parts

Those settings don't make any sense to me... and why is the bird & his wing not frozen at 1/4000?  And not in focus at f/5.6 with a focal length of 400mm?   

I may be wrong, but shooting this at 1/1600th, f/3/2 since it's 400mm focal length, and iso 100 - 400 depending on time of day,  seems like could be a quick and easy solution to take care of all your noise problems, to me anyway...   At ISO 4000, you're just asking for issues IMHO... No offense intended... :)
I like both sharpness and ...noise (It does not seem bad for ISO4000, but that's me). However, is this a screen capture at 100% from DPP? DPP uses the jpg file for high quality view as far as I have found so actually the noise is higher in raw.
Actually, I totally agree with you about the noise... looking at it at normal sizes, the noise won't even be an issue.  The image doesn't seem sharp to me at all though.. perhaps it was handheld I suppose... 

Landscape / Re: Beautiful sunsets
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:24:08 PM »
Urban Sunset, Singapore

Urban Sunset by [shutterwideshut], on Flickr

A fiery sunset over South China Sea

A fiery sunset over South China Sea
by [shutterwideshut], on Flickr

Love that first image.  Very dramatic, elicits an emotion and tells a story... Nice!

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:21:05 PM »
A dog's gotta do, what a dog's gotta do!  :-\
Amazing! :)
Yes, I thought it was pretty humorous!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:19:52 PM »
Awesome images in this series, Malte!  Congrats, they are really beautiful!  What bird is this?  The woodpecker I know, but I'm not familar with this other bird.  Looks like a cross between some sort of Titmouse and a Warbler and a Blue Jay!  So pretty!  Love the line down the breast too, great images!

i have searched the english name:



the blue tit is as numerous as sparrows here in germany.  ;)
and they are the first at the feeding station.. 10-20 seconds after they visit the feeding station the sparrows arrive.

when they fly away they are the first to come back short after them the sparrows... the bue tit is a cheeky little bird.
that´s what i learned the past 2 days.

hell im really a bird noob, i have so much to learn about their behavior. :)

The blue tit (along with the several other European tit species) are in the same family (Paridae) as the titmouse and chickadee. The Latin name used to be Parus caeruleus, but they've reclassified it as Cyanistes caeruleus. The coal tit looks very similar to a chickadee.

Coal Tit on Pine by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

Then you have the great tit.

Great Tit in a Tree by Kernuak (avalonlightphotoart.co.uk), on Flickr

My favourite is probably the crested tit, probably because of the rarity, but I only have a single very distant shot from several years ago. I haven't even seen the equally rare bearded tit, unless you count a speck through binoculars, where I wouldn't have been able to ID it without someone else telling me it was there.

Great info!  Thanks... :)

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:17:00 PM »
I only want two things in the 7D2.  Less noise at higher ISO -- ideally a 2 stop boost.  And a locking mode dial.  More AF points and higher FPS would be nice pluses, but not necessary for me.

I hope I'm wrong.  I don't really care about the video improvements.  All I want is better low light performance -- and a locking mode dial.


It's odd how frequently the mode dial has turned accidentally lately! It amazes me that it could happen to me! When I heard initially one could get the locking one for an extra $100 I thought who needs it?
I've been knocking my mode dial off kilter lately too!  Strange, never did until the last couple of months.  I don't think it's a bad deal to have one, just didn't see the value for the $100+ upgrade when they originally offered it...

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:07:59 PM »
HMMM...New ergonomic design? Why? The 7D's, and 5D III which borrowed from it, ergonomics are pretty damn stellar...

7D & 5D3 ergonomics are pretty good but I'd comfortably reserve the Stellar award for 1-Series bodies.
Non 1-Series bodies feel almost clunky by comparison. I use both on a daily basis. Ergonomics is one of the defining points of difference between 1-Series and 7D/5D3. Once used, it's hard to settle for less.

If the 7DII can close the gap with further ergonomic refinement then what's there to argue?

+1 Here, here!

EOS Bodies / Re: First Round of EOS 7D Mark II Specs [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2012, 02:05:55 PM »
I find it easier to stash a 5DIII body in my coat pocket than a 1DX.  ;)

I wish they would build it with the battery grip, however I know that would be very inconvenient for many folks that don't like it or it's too large for.

I don't see why anyone would want the grip to be built in and not removable.

Ha, ha!  True, but not if the 5d3 is gripped East Wind!  ; ::)

Granted, it's a limited and self-selecting population, but in the recent Custom Brackets poll, more people have gripped bodies than not, and the majority of people who have a grip on their body use it frequently.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Information [CR1]
« on: December 01, 2012, 01:57:00 PM »
The tidal wave of used 7D bodies hitting the market will obliterate Rebel and 60D sales. I can get a well worn 7D for a hair under $1000 and a barely used one for a little bit more. Hate to think what would happen when that price drops down to compete with new T4i bodies

I'm curious about this "tidal wave of used 7D bodies hitting the market." Where are they coming from? As of a few minutes ago, there were about 140 7Ds listed on eBay in categories other than new (used, refurbished, etc.)

That's a decent quantity, but it doesn't comes anywhere close to the new sales every day of the 60D, T4i, T3i, etc. Certainly not enough to skew the new market in any significant way. Most customers don't buy used and don't want to buy used, which is the reason you can buy a "well worn 7D for a hair under $1000." Plus, one shouldn't assume that the introduction of a 7DII will suddenly prompt all current 7D owners to sell their current bodies. I, for one, will be keeping mine.

What can these people be thinking?

Did the introduction of the 5D3 send a tidal wave of 5D2 bodies to the used market? I don't watch it that closely, but I didn't feel the marketing earth move. What I saw were a lot of people who were rather stunned at the price of the 5D3 so they decided to keep using their serviceable and capable 5D2 equipment. Same thing is going to happen with the 7D2.

As I've been saying for a year or so the price of the 7D2 will be at or near $3K. That's going to stun most people into keeping their 7D.

And speaking of current prices relative to hair. A virtually new 7D body is now at the Canon refurb store for $1023. You can have a 60D body for $640. I can't imagine why someone would go into the jungle of the used 7D market with all its pitfalls when you can have a Canon-assured refurb for the same price -- or at least within a monkey hair of it!
I'd have to agree, tidal waves are usually more than ankle deep...  ;)

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