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EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 25, 2013, 04:56:01 AM »
None of them.

20/21 Megapixel with 9/10 frames per second, two CF card slots, superfast Hybrid AF System (usable down to -5 EV), new sensor design, new battery, ISO usable to 3200, outstanding image quality from ISO 50 to ISO 800, AEB (with 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 shots), build in electronic ND and GND filter, shutter durability up to 200.000 shots and without all the junk like in camera HDR, HTP, ALO, rate function etc.

I'll have whatever he's smoking! :-)
Highly unlikely but it would be the dream machine....

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Lenses / Re: AFMA - Is is really necessary?
« on: June 20, 2013, 04:25:59 AM »
Then again, there's the cheap-o DIY version
A 2x8, a step ladder, and any kind of target (in this case, a cardboard box) - see setup.
I take a few photos, manual defocusing before using AF, and estimate the number of inches front or back focusing. Adjust the micro adjust and repeat.
But ... where is the camera actually trying to focus?  You can't tell by the red box, because the aF area is larger, and it makes a difference based on exactly where the camera focused.  A Camera sensor tends to grab horizontal lines in preference to vertical, and that can have a effect.
There can be lots of gotchas that can lead to wrong conclusions, or they could be right ones, the problem is in knowing which is which.
I'm focusing (with spot focus) on the flat surface of the box which is in the same plane as the 16" mark (if I recall correctly - its hard to tell from the straight-on photo but easy to see when you're sighting along the surface of the box) on the tape measure. Then I have to estimate where the center of the sharp DOF is.

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Lenses / Re: AFMA - Is is really necessary?
« on: June 19, 2013, 08:35:46 PM »
Then again, there's the cheap-o DIY version
A 2x8, a step ladder, and any kind of target (in this case, a cardboard box) - see setup.
I take a few photos, manual defocusing before using AF, and estimate the number of inches front or back focusing. Adjust the micro adjust and repeat.


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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 11, 2013, 12:13:49 AM »
My view is quite a simple one. If you look at National Geographic magazine you will see photographs beyond what we see on here. Yet,they were all taken in camera. If such can be taken in camera, why do you need a computer to make your images look better when they dont?
+1

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Wrong Photography Ethics?
« on: May 09, 2013, 03:10:15 PM »
Once you composite images, Its no longer Photography to me.

Even HDR?
Ansel Adams pushed the technology of the developing and printing but it was all there in the negative.
Putting something into the frame that wasn't there is something else, and not what I would call photography - more like graphics arts.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 08, 2013, 12:37:40 PM »

7D is an outstanding camera but IQ struggles with higher ISO.
500 IS lens is one of the best wildlife lenses available. You still get very good image quality with 1.4x and decent with 2x.
5D III is also an outstanding camera and if you do not live from wildlife photography there is no need for "more".
The new 500 and 600 IS II lenses are maybe the "best" available wildlife lenses available. Adding 1.4x almost shows no difference than without and adding 2x the image quality is still superb.
The 7D II is not beeing released soon and who knows which features it will provide. I personally would actually go ALWAYS with the 5D III which gives you also everything you need beside wildlife.

thanks much
Bill

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 08, 2013, 11:50:54 AM »
...
but now I have to admit that I just bought a 5D III and I am delighted!
I use it with the 1.4x on the 100-400 and with the 1.4x and 2x (with the new firmware) on the 600 IS II - all setups make me very happy ;) I do not miss the "more" in fps since I have a much higher keeper rate right now.
By 2014 the price of the 5D III may have come down more - making the 7D II obsolete for myself.
Personally I am much more interested in the 100-400 II release date now...

Hmmm, that's interesting. I've been wanting another body for years and have been waiting for the 7D II.
Do you think the 1.4x affects the resolution of the 600 II much? I'd be using my old 500mm plus the 1.4 on the 5D III to get close to the same reach.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:37:55 AM »
History lesson - Olympus produced four significant SLR's between 1970 and the end of production in 2002. Sure, a couple of cosmetic upgrades appeared and new firmware was developed to expand the compatibility with newer components, but there were essentially four pro-models over 32 years.

Well, yeah - but when a brand new 'sensor' was developed by Fuji or Kodak with higher ISO or better color fidelity, you didn't need to buy a new camera, you just popped in a new roll.  ::)

+1
To carry the analogy further, the 7D is like being limited to buying ISO 400 film while there are boxes of 800 and 1600 sitting behind the counter.

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EOS Bodies / Re: No 7D Mark II in 2013? [CR2]
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:35:13 AM »

Before complaining about another year with the same toy, it could be worthwhile considering "What do I need in a camera that the 7D doesn't offer?" If it turns out that you want 1DX performance at an APS-C price... Well sorry mate, you're SOL ... maybe you can come back in a decade.

I've considered your question a lot over the years I've owned my 7D and the simple answer is "better ISO performance". The 7D can't touch the SONY sensors for ISO performance so the only reason I might have to wait a decade is because Canon doesn't want to work that problem.



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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: LCD Protector
« on: May 01, 2013, 09:11:41 AM »
It looks like Giottos doesn't make one for the 7D. Does anyone have experience with Vello?

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Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 29, 2013, 01:31:38 PM »
Harlequin ducks from this weekend, cropped
7D, 500 f4L

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EOS Bodies / Re: 21mp Sensor in the 7D Mark II? [CR1]
« on: April 26, 2013, 11:33:54 AM »
...

BTW, I'm not sure of the physics but what sort of processing power would a 21/24MP @ 10 fps require?


Something similar to what the Sony A-77 has, I guess.
http://store.sony.com/p/Sony-%26alpha%3B77-DSLR-Camera/en/p/SLTA77V#features
"Shoots up to 12 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame)."


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Lenses / Re: Insurance on camera equipment
« on: April 17, 2013, 10:20:21 PM »
What a great thread. It should have been obvious but I just didn't think of talking to my insurance company.
I need to get on that!

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Software & Accessories / Re: PP for realistic look - is DPP the best?
« on: April 17, 2013, 04:37:48 PM »
I use both LR and DPP. I'm actually satisfied with DPP's tools for PP although LR does have some nice things that DPP doesn't, like the graduated filter and better brushes. However, LR's catalog management system and keywording are invaluable when you're talking a large number of photos.

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