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Lenses / Re: Another EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Mention
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:42:39 AM »
I have several hopes for such a lens:

  • Optics near perfection (diffraction limited, little CA)
  • Designed with 1.4x TC III in mind
  • Terrific IS with no optical changes as lens elements move
  • Under $2,000 street within a year.
  • 77mm filter threads
  • Fully removable tripod collar (preferably the same one as the 70-200/2.8 IS II)

I like this and think most are possible.  Not sure about the 77mm thread.  And no way on the collar, no money to be had by having a collar that goes on another popular lens model. ;D

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Broken 7D
« on: November 01, 2014, 05:20:47 PM »
It'll probably be fine in a day or two, when it dries out.  You could speed up the process by using some desiccant silica bags, if you have any. Otherwise, leave it somewhere fairly warm (eg near, but not on, a radiator, etc).  Remove battery and card(s) and leave the hatches open.

I think I would be careful of how warm the camera gets.  Instead I would leave it in a well ventilated area with all doors open and maybe even a fan moving air past it but only use the ambient air temperature.

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Sporgon great work.

I think there is either less detail in highlights than claimed or that detail is so close to maxing out that we are seeing blowing out of the color even though the software can not recognize it.  It would appear that blues may have a lower threshold of data to reach blowout zones?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7Dii vs Nikon D750 Dynamic Range Test
« on: November 01, 2014, 09:05:41 AM »
Thank you for doing the testing and braving wrath.  It is apparent that there are 2 schools of thought and that as you have acknowledged while you are most likely biased towards Canon your test is biased to the Sony sensor since you are only looking at the dark end of the scale. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 31, 2014, 03:50:24 PM »
This camera is really starting to look good. I think we may have a winner here.... This could be the ultimate birding camera... Wow

Yep, impressed. Just found the time to shoot a few hand held shots late this afternoon, with out of the box settings and a Tamron 150-600.

Seems like LR5 doesn't support it yet so I guess I will have to learn the new DPP.

If you prefer to LR just zero out all settings in DPP including ALO and NR.  If you have a Canon lens using the DLO, lens optimizer, is a good way to go then convert to TIFF and process away in LR.  You will probably spend less time this way and be happier as LR is more useful than DPP 4.1 IMO.

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Did anyone Pre-order from Adorama and get an email saying that the 7D was "backordered"? I was thinking that was simply an automated system thing since the camera is technically not "in stock," but was hoping that it didn't mean that they would not be able to fulfill all pre-orders on the first shipments.

Normal response from them.  They have no idea how many pre-orders they will get.  They make what they hope is an educated guess so that they can fill all pre-orders.

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Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:13:59 PM »
If you are using large heavy lenses then the battery grip is a great buy as it helps restore some balance to the setup.  All of the other accessory are good, too.

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Software & Accessories / Re: DxO OpticsPro 10 released
« on: October 29, 2014, 05:11:07 PM »
From the site 7D Mark II support is scheduled for 12/14.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 29, 2014, 01:10:40 PM »
As I cannot edit my RAW action shots I have taken a JPG f2.8, 1/40, ISO 1600 in low light so you can see how it looks. https://www.flickr.com/photos/128861033@N06/15660661512/ I took the same shot with my 5Dmk3 using the same lens and the 7D2 came out a touch better which surprised me.

Probably due to a better JPG engine in the 7D2.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 28, 2014, 01:22:54 PM »
That should help us late receivers knowing what you early receivers have discovered.  Makes waiting the extra 2 days, at least, more interesting. ???

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EOS Bodies / Re: DPR Adds Studio Samples for EOS 7D Mark II
« on: October 28, 2014, 09:21:06 AM »
Had a quick play myself just now (with 70D). Going off various spots on the RAWs at 800/1600/3200 the only difference I see is they've further reduced the shadow noise (ever so small though!). Tweaked electronics or circuit tracing to reduce the things which gave the read noise issues originally?

I think that is what they have done.  The files clean up nicely in relation to the 7D2 so they seem better than the unprocessed RAWs show.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Whats wrong with the 70 D ?
« on: October 28, 2014, 09:18:23 AM »
One review on Amazon stood out to me.  The buyer was complaining that images were out of focus.  He was using it in complete auto mode and it kept picking the wrong focus location.  Quit frank some of the bad reviews are by people that do not know how to use the camera.  Do not want to learn how to use the camera.  Or have unreal expectations. 

He expected it to just work. 

As for what is wrong with the camera probably nothing if you know how to use it.

I had the same problem when I moved from a P&S to a DSLR.  Then I read RTFM.  Problem solved.  I suspect most if not all of the review of poor performance are closely related to not RTFM.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon DPP 4 and 7DMKII
« on: October 27, 2014, 05:00:47 PM »
Come on guys, how many more times do I need to check this thread before you guys-in-the-know are done with tinkering and can give us the answers we want? ;O

We don't wish to be accused of telling you what to think. ;D

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Software & Accessories / Re: Canon DPP 4 and 7DMKII
« on: October 27, 2014, 03:22:46 PM »
I was browsing Canon's 7D MKII page and noticed that they now have a link to DL DPP 4.x... I am surprised to see that there. Anyone else noticed that? I'd love to have a CR2 example from the 7D MKII to test with in the software.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_7d_mark_ii#DriversAndSoftware

I just checked it after seeing your post.

DPReview and Imaging Resources have CR2s available for the test shots they have taken.

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According to these samples, I must say that it seems to me the best APS-C image currently. :o :)

OMG!! Canon actually did that. ::)  Must be some very angry haters out there now.

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