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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.

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?

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

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.
"Shoots up to 12 frames per second at full-resolution 24.3 megapixels with continuous auto focus (AE locked after first frame)."

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!

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.

Lenses / Re: Lightweight lens for backpacking and bicycle touring
« on: April 16, 2013, 01:22:04 PM »
i'd get a mirrorless comapct system..

+1 at least for compact. I think it is a nice idea to take a DSLR on such a trip but is it really practical? I think not, and you will find, packing and unpacking your camera, lens of choice for that moment, charger etc a pain and time consuming.

+1 the +1

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 13, 2013, 09:05:15 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.

Lenses / Re: 100-400 f4.5-5.6L or 2x extender
« on: April 13, 2013, 01:08:04 AM »
But more often, you'll need all the length you can get. I find that even with my 500 f4 IS USM and 7D at 100 yds (the minimum distance the rangers let you get close to anything interesting) I'm still cropping. With your FF, that will even be worse. So, if you're really serious about wildlife, you might consider renting a 600mm. On the other hand, lugging the big whites around is a pain, and you'll need a tripod (and big backpack, if you're going off the road...). If its more about recording your vacation, I'd say stick with the 70=200 and the 2x.

Lenses / Re: 100-400 f4.5-5.6L or 2x extender
« on: April 13, 2013, 12:45:58 AM »
The 70-200 is a good lens and if you get close enough you can get some good shots.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:30:56 PM »
maybe a little off topic but its got a bird in it!

7D 500 f4 IS USM 1.4x II

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 12, 2013, 11:14:00 PM »
Pretty Bird (NOT!)

Site Information / Re: Minimum CR Forum IQ?
« on: April 11, 2013, 04:24:33 PM »
No offense offence intended.  It appears my attempt at humour may have fallen apartment flat.

Now THAT's funny!

EOS Bodies / Re: Is it too late to buy a Canon 7D?
« on: April 10, 2013, 02:02:48 PM »
I don't know what venues your sports photography covers but you might find the 70-200 a bit short. If you haven't tried the 200 in your typical situation, you should.
There's really something to be said for putting your money into the good glass, as others have recommended. Even a Ti takes great photos with a 300mm f2.8 IS USM (probably more than you want to spend but...), based on some bird photos a friend of mine has been taking lately.
Also, you mentioned a lens seemed soft. It could be the lens, or it could be the focus. Another nice feature of the 7D is the AF microadjustment. I have used the AFMA on both my 70-200 f2.8 (not II) and 500mm f4 (also, unfortunately not a II).

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