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Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 03, 2015, 05:39:40 AM »
Okavango Delta, Botswana, Sept 2013
200mm, 1/500, iso 250, f/2.8
Cropped and tweaked in LR

Animal Kingdom / Re: Your best animal shots!
« on: January 02, 2015, 08:23:14 PM »
A tiger taken in Kabini, KA, India.

5Dmk III + 500mmLII
ISO400, 500mm, 1/500

It was just sat there, so close...  for 20 secs before disappearing into the bush
Great get. As someone who spent four days at Kabini a couple of years back and didn't see one predator, I can appreciate it even more. Well done.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: November 16, 2014, 01:45:59 AM »
7DII and 70-200 f2.8Lii

EOS Bodies / Re: I killed my brand new 7D MK2 today
« on: November 13, 2014, 05:05:52 PM »
Did it years ago with my 5Dc. Pins must have touched and shorted out the mother board - cost $350 to fix.

Lenses / Re: Danny Green Talks the Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II
« on: November 13, 2014, 12:51:56 AM »
Sure, it's a advert, with all the attendant hyperbole and the occasional error (as pointed out above), but the image gallery is impressive ... virtually all shot at 400 f/5.6; i.e., wide open at the long end of the zoom range. Too bad they didn't see fit to enable clicking on the images to open them at full resolution.
Yeah, seems they were all at f5.6 and mostly at 1/250. On the one hand, its impressive to be able to get relatively sharp shots (as far as we can tell) wide open. On the other hand, f5.6 would have been imperative to maintain an acceptable shutter speed (marginal at 1/250 @400mm handheld you would think) and an iso below 1,000. Bearing in mind not everyone has the luxury of a 1DX.

Well, this could get ugly.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D2 acting up?
« on: November 12, 2014, 10:02:37 PM »
It is basically a 70D in a different shell, so it should take similar pictures ;)

That is true to a point. I have a 70d as well and I think its probably a better all around camera but If you are into bif or do a lot of action shooting where the framerae and buffer are important then the 7dii is much better. The IQ is pretty much the same but the af on the 7dii is much faster, more accurate and more configurable. So in short it allows you to get more in focus action shots.
I just bought the 7Dii and plan to use it for sports and wildlife. Im interested to know, from your experience, why you think the 70D is a better all round camera given the 7Dii seems to offer all that the 70D does and more, save for its fixed non-touch screen and Wifi.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7D Mark II Reported Issues
« on: November 10, 2014, 09:51:21 PM »
From this afternoon. 7D2 with 400 5.6L prime. Last time I shot here was with my 5D2 and nothing was this sharp. I can see the individual drops of water dripping off his tail from 100 yards away. This is a 50% crop with virtually no post or added sharpening. Still not seeing the great results at higher ISO's that others are getting but that could be me. Still, so far so good. :)

edit..think I need to adjust the color space of my jpgs for this site, I use Pro Photo RGB but my photos in the threads look flat and kind of dark. When I open them into a window here they look fine. I guess I need to convert them to sRGB? Man I hate web color management.
Great shot - as you say, very clear. Nearly pulled the trigger on the 7dii today. Keep this up and I won't be able to hold out much longer.

300mm f2.8ii and 2xiii

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: November 02, 2014, 06:39:52 AM »
Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: November 02, 2014, 06:32:08 AM »
Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: November 02, 2014, 06:25:12 AM »
Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart

Sports / Re: Cars cars cars (and some bikes)
« on: November 02, 2014, 06:16:59 AM »
From the Mercedes Museum, Stuttgart

Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 31, 2014, 01:33:27 AM »

I'm surprised to see so many suggesting a battery grip. I've always thought they looked too bulky, plus most of my work is in landscape mode, but I'll have to try one sometime!

I'll check out the other products that have been suggested.

Thanks everyone,



A grip on a 1 series is rock solid, but on a 7D, I'd pass.  You do not hold a camera with heavy lens by the body / grip combination, you put a hand under the lens to support it.
I've had a lot of grips, and took them all off. 
Unless you have a specific need such as portrait orientation or extended battery life where you can't easily change a battery, I'd pass.

You know, I think Mt Spokane has a point.  I'm sitting here looking at no less than 4 grips in a pile waiting to be sold.  I simply never use them anymore.  No offense but I almost feel like they are newbie-bait.  I purchased and used them for a while when I first got back into photography and purchased them with each new body.  The last two never left the box.

So I would definitely wait on the grip and perhaps also evaluate how you hold your cameras with heavy lenses.

Also, skip the silicone skins and such.  They just get in the way and if you leave them on, dirt/sand/dust, etc gets in between the camera and the skin and will wear/scratch the body worse than if you had nothing on it at all.  Total waste of money!

LCD protection?  Sure, why not?  It's not expensive and doesn't hurt functionality, etc.

Black Rapid StrapBefore you buy one, head over to this thread first... http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=19962.0
I've had several Lenscoats (they're neoprene I think, not silicone) and found them to be very useful for keeping white lenses clean, including on African safari. I've never noticed any scratching from dust/dirt being caught underneath but I think an occasional inspection and removal would prevent any lasting damage.

Software & Accessories / Re: What accessories for 7d Mkii?
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:15:39 PM »
I ordered the grip for the camera (the grip has allready arrived  :D). Other things I don't know yet. Maybe a screenprotector, I think the 5dm3 screenprotector might fitt.
Never owned a grip but like you (and on Scott Kelby's recommendation) I will get one for the 7Dii.

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