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EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:18:43 AM »
DXO tells us the sensor is useless, yet somehow people manage to take great pictures.

I managed to take great pictures 15 years ago with my SLR and yet I use DSLR nowadays (beyond micro 4/3).
I managed without mobile phone 20 years ago but I use it continuously nowadays.

Technology moves on. Not so Canon's APS-C sensor tech. They are still living in 2009.
The 18 MP is perfectly fine for me and I think for the most (the last thing I'd wish for more MP with Canon's sensor tech from 2009) but hopefully they improve the per pixel quality.
All those things are true for me as well but you're comparing 4 years ago technology as apples to apples with regard to sensor technology and you're other comparisons are comparing technologies 15 years and 20 years or more apart.. the technology will keep moving as you so aptly say, yet so many seem unsatisfied that it doesn't move on fast enough... I see the future sensors continuing to evolve in pixel density and pixel quality... let's see what we think in another 11 years!  We'll probably be blown away!

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:10:31 AM »
The camera will likely be `good' in absolute terms, if this is any indication.  It is really the strength of the competition at present that is the issue.

The 7D mk ii is what I'm really waiting for.  But even then I will be doing a careful comparison with the Nikon offerings.  I could end up with a hybrid system (since I can't give up my workhorse MP-E 65mm).
I think you've said a lot in that first paragraph Bard.  Almost all Canon cameras are "good", what everyone one wants is one that is "Great" for the price of one that is "Good".   

Not that I blame anyone, who wouldn't want that!  It goes along with the "song of the silly" that is sung everywhere,  those are all wanting and expecting a FF offering for under $1000!  It's just not real, not yet anyway.  I'm sure in a couple of years folks that want a FF camera under $1000 will be able to pick up used 6D's and used 5d2's for $1000 and under, it's just a matter of time...  ;)

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 10:04:07 AM »
Add the 19 pt AF system from the 7D to this and it would fly off the shelves. (I would like digic 6, better hi-ISO, and wide-tele AFMA also). If these things come through, the 70D will be many peoples choice instead of the 7D.

Perhaps. But if all that goes into the 70D, I can't wait for the announcement of the 7DII!
Indeed!  One would assume that Canon would want to win back so many 50D players that never made a jump, the 70D could be a great opportunity.  I can't see it replacing a 7d, as the 7DMKII will be the opportunity for Canon to continue to evolve continued success with one of their best sellers ever! 

I think Canon can fix a lot with marked improvements to both the xxd line and the xd line with these two offerings, depending whether or not they actually care about that or they just want to keep on the path they've been on with some new offerings like the T5i... Hopefully the former over the latter... We shall soon enough see...

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 09:58:37 AM »
This sounds like a sweet upgrade from the 60D.  I bought the 50D over the 60D because of the body-design and materials. Even though it was lower-spec in some ways. Add WiFi, GPS, weather-sealing, 6.5fps and Digic 5? I'd seriously consider it if I wanted a crop-camera..
Might as well throw MFA back into the picture as well.  I think the 50D had it but they dropped it for the 60d, no?

EOS Bodies / Re: A Bit of EOS 70D Info [CR1-CR2]
« on: April 16, 2013, 09:56:44 AM »
Seems like the XXD line is back on track.
I was thinking the same thing, perhaps the 70D will be the true replacement that all the 50D owners were originally looking for...  ;)

Software & Accessories / Re: Wrist or Neck strap
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:33:20 PM »
I think that quite a few folks don't know about shoulder straps or don't carry heavier cameras or lenses.  Once they do, I don't think they will ever go back to a neck strap...  :o

Software & Accessories / Re: Wrist or Neck strap
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:31:53 PM »
Canon E-1 hand strap and BlackRapid. It's like wearing a belt AND suspenders..........
+1~  Good one!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:31:12 PM »
Here is a White Cheeked Bulbul (Pycononotus leucogenys) ... this guy (or gal) was perched on the tip of a branch singing during a nasty dust storm ... the brown background is the dust storm but using a better beamer (on 600EX-RT) helped isolate the bird and make the background look a lot better than the horrible dust storm my eyes could see.
Image made with:
5D MK III + Sigma 150-500mm OS at 500mm, f/11, ISO 160 & 600 EX-RT with Better Beamer Flash Extender
Nice!  Do you find yourself using your better beamer a lot or just occasionally?  I throw a Rogue Flash Bender on my 580EX II quite often, I just wasn't sure if the better beamer was a noticeably excellent upgrade or if was "for the birds"! 

Have you used both that you may be able to comment?  Seems like the BB would get me a bit more reach in some cases, I just don't know that for sure...

Ken :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:23:42 PM »
Pretty Bird (NOT!)
Seems to serve no purpose, not to have feathers on their heads!!

As I understand it, since they eat carrion, the lack of feathers reduces the chance for picking up diseases, bacteria, and other nasties when they stick their heads in the carcass.
+1  Gotcha, you'd think that more eagles would be the same then...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:21:42 PM »
Green bee-eater shot with 7D + 100-400mm
What a pretty bird TF!  Nice image!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:20:24 PM »
Sarcoramphus papa (King Vulture)

200mm f/2.8L II USM on a 5D Mark II
Wow, that's a pretty awesome looking bird!

Canon EF Zoom Lenses / Re: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
« on: April 15, 2013, 03:00:58 PM »
some of mine... 7D + 24-105... me like it  8)

we had an amazing sky few days ago.
The lens is serving your 7d well, Pitspics!  I really like the first image!

Software & Accessories / Re: Wrist or Neck strap
« on: April 15, 2013, 02:55:51 PM »
I use a shoulder strap (Blackrapid) and a hand strap (Canon E1).
Neck straps are a problem for me, but I can use the Black Rapid with heavy outfit all day with no pain.
I'm with Neuro and Spokane, Shoulder strap is the only way to go, forget about the neck or hand straps...  I use "Carry Speed" shoulder straps on my 7d and my 5d3 and wouldn't think of leaving home without them!  As Spokane said, you can go all day with them on, without issue or discomfort and added safety for your gear, at least in my opinion anyway... Good luck!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:33:25 AM »
Wow Don! That's one surprising photo! Wish the birds here were as friendly!

Luzon Hornbill (Penelopides manillae) by alabang, on Flickr

The Luzon Hornbill (Penelopides manillae), sometimes called Luzon Tarictic Hornbill, is a species of hornbill in the Bucerotidae family. It is endemic to forests on Luzon and nearby islands in the northern Philippines. As is the case with all Philippine tarictic hornbills, it has been considered a subspecies of P. panini.[2]

There are two subspecies of the Luzon Hornbill: The relatively widespread nominate, and subniger from the islands of Polillo and Patnanongan.[2] It was hunted for meat, but now is considered to be safe as a new hunting ban has been enforced.

Source: Luzon Hornbill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Taken: Ternate, Cavite - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Settings: Exif | Luzon Hornbill (Penelopides manillae) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
You guys definitely have some cool birds!  8)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:30:55 AM »

Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) by alabang, on Flickr

The Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) is a distinctively coloured, highly dispersive, medium-sized rail of the family Rallidae. This species comprises several subspecies found throughout much of Australasia and the south-west Pacific region, including the Philippines (where it is known as Tikling), New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand (where it is known as the Banded Rail or Moho-pereru in Māori),[2] and numerous smaller islands, covering a range of latitudes from the tropics to the Subantarctic.

It is a largely terrestrial bird the size of a small domestic chicken, with mainly brown upperparts, finely banded black and white underparts, a white eyebrow, chestnut band running from the bill round the nape, with a buff band on the breast. It utilises a range of moist or wetland habitats with low, dense vegetation for cover. It is usually quite shy but may become very tame and bold in some circumstances, such as in island resorts within the Great Barrier Reef region.[3]

The Buff-banded Rail is an omnivorous scavenger which feeds on a range of terrestrial invertebrates and small vertebrates, seeds, fallen fruit and other vegetable matter, as well as carrion and refuse. Its nest is usually situated in dense grassy or reedy vegetation close to water, with a clutch size of 3-4. Although some island populations may be threatened, or even exterminated, by introduced predators, the species as a whole appears to be safe and its conservation status is considered to be of Least Concern.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buff-banded_Rail

Taken: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Ba%C3%B1os,_Laguna

Settings: http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8640215278/#meta/
That's a beautiful bird Dolina!  Thanks for sharing! :D

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