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EOS Bodies / Re: One other hoped-for feature on the 7D2
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:34:08 PM »
In order to keep my shutter speed fast (for my 400mm lens without IS) and an F-stop a little less than wide open for a greater depth of field, I need to set the camera to manual. With those two settings fixed, in order to adjust the exposure, I need to manually adjust the ISO.

With auto-ISO enabled, the Manual camera setting isn't really fully manual. It would be great if the camera allowed exposure compensation for the "not quite manual" setting where shutter and f/stop were fixed but ISO was automatic.  [BTW, let me know if this is already a feature and I missed it somehow.]

That's assuming we get the high end ISO performance we're (at least I'm) hoping for. My basic process with my 7D is set the iso as high as I can stand it (which is usually 400, maybe 800 in a pinch) and then just use
Av or Tv, depending on whether I think dof or shutter speed is more important.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: July 28, 2014, 08:28:52 PM »
I havebeen seeing this doe in the same spot for 3 days now so I threw on my camo and stalked to the edge of the bean field where i saw her yesterday. It took almost 2 hours of crawling but i got to within 10 yards . I hope she makes it through another hunting season , she is real pretty to look at.

Which brings up the question that's occurred to me often - how much do we photographers acclimate wildlife to humans?

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 22, 2014, 09:41:46 AM »

Time can be a factor, but gear is not immaterial. If I wanted to get a shot of bears, I'd much rather have a 1DX/5D III and a 600/4 + 2x TC, or a 7D and 600/4, than anything else.

Think I'd go for a helicopter first myself  ;D

You wimps!   ;D

A bit off topic, but...
Like most tourists, I don't think you understand how quickly things can go bad in the wild. Sure, black bears seem more timid than grizzlies but many animals may look quite docile and then the situation changes in a heartbeat.

EOS Bodies / Re: Eos7D mk2, How EXCITED will you be if . . .?
« on: July 17, 2014, 09:52:35 AM »
I dunno. I've read the subsequent DPAF patents, and there isn't anything remotely revolutionary in there. Mostly just using different sized photodiodes for the AF part, and a means of increasing sensitivity for AF without reducing IQ. If that's all Canon's got for the 7D II, they are going to take a HUGE reputation hit...and they HAVE to know that... (If they don't, then they've totally lost touch with their customer base, and I am seriously hoping that's not the case.)

Are you suggesting that the people here are representative of Canon's customer base?  I see lots of clamoring for better IQ on forums but until the 70D, the 7D remained a strong seller.  I'd bet a 7DII with 41ish AF points and 10 fps, and a 24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, would sell quite well.

It may sell, but I think it would still hurt Canon's reputation. To date, they actually have a very good track record of listening to their customers and delivering on their customers demands. Both the 1D X and 5D III are excellent examples of that...Canon pretty much NAILED both on the head, delivering exactly what their customers wanted.


I agree, jrista.
Maybe the 7DII with 41ish AF points and 10 fps, and a 24 MP DPAF sensor similar in IQ to the 70D, would sell quite well but I wouldn't buy it. Nothing in that list (except maybe the 41 AF points) is "must have" IMO and I'd be really disappointed if my 2009 7D is really the best Canon can do for higher ISO in a crop. And, I don't see the attraction of the DPAF at all. I only use live view if I've got a relatively stationary subject and that's to zoom in and use manual focus in a situation where there is a lot of brush to confuse the AF.
I'll bet I've used live view auto focus in less than 1% of my photos.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II Speculation [CR1]
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:25:09 AM »
These two points seem antagonic:

*Quite high MP count
*Greatly improved low light and ISO / noise performance

Those are NOT opposed to each other!  At the same final size, more pixels on the same size sensor will produce LESS noise at the same final level of detail, not more (this myth got started because of comparing at 1:1 rather than constant final size and detail level).  The only exception is at very extreme ISOs up into the 6 digit range.

Cue jrista...

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 10, 2014, 07:32:42 PM »
So, finally got around to picking up a Canon 5D III.
Thanks for the post. I've been holding off buying a second body for (literally) years. I shoot a lot of wildlife and your assessment is making me lean towards biting the 5Diii bullet myself.
although, I've only got an old 500, not that snazzy new 600 :-), so my focusing might not be as quick as yours.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:40:00 PM »
Young female Bobcat portrait.

Canon 5Diii, 400 DO, ISO 400, aperture preferred, f7.1

Steve and Eldar,
I'm envious - I've got bear photos but very few cats [outside of our housecat:-) ]. Nice work.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: June 02, 2014, 11:21:15 PM »
A couple of photos from Trout Lake in Yellowstone. No otters but a couple of cooperative waterfowl. I hadn't noticed the serrations on the golden eye's beak before - the better to hold the fish, I guess.

7D, 500mm IS USM, iso 400

Software & Accessories / Re: Shooting in the rain
« on: May 23, 2014, 03:10:40 AM »
I've got the Lenscoat Raincoat Pro for my 7D and 500 f4. I like it much better than the cheap plastic.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: May 21, 2014, 09:23:47 PM »
29 turtles sunning on a log....

I don't think I could remember 29 verses if we tried to put that into a song.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 11, 2014, 11:20:23 AM »
I'm not sure what these are but they were beautiful in the early morning field.

Nice sharp shot. They're Sandhill Cranes

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 09, 2014, 05:25:07 PM »
baby Great Horned Owl.... spring time is great

Yes it is. Especially before the trees fully leave and hide things.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 09, 2014, 05:19:15 PM »
Common Goldeneye, male
This is one of my favorite ducks, with very cute kids.
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II + 1.4xIII
1/500s, f5.6, ISO1600, handheld
Hello Eldar,
Have you ever seen them do this? This photo was taken in Feburary and I think it is some kind of courting display.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 27, 2014, 02:01:08 AM »
A great tit enjoying the evening sun up in the mountains. (The bird is 4-5 inches, so Great is a bit of an overstatement though ;))
1DX, 600mm f4L IS II, 2xIII extender.
1/800s, f8, ISO1000

This is one of my favorite activities, to walk around in the birch forest around my cabin, just below the timberline, with the 600mm, often with the 1.4xIII extender, since the birds are so small and easily spooked, monopod and my flag bandoleer harness. In this case I used the 2xIII extender, so it shows that with the monopod stuck in the bandoleer cup, handheld 1200mm is quite doable.

very nice light and sharpness

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:47:00 AM »

Is that some kind of food delivery system for raptors?

Actually, I wonder what happens to the goslings. Surely the parents don't feed the goslings, so do they just fall out? Can they survive the fall?

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