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Lenses / Re: Review: Canon EOS 7D Mark II by FroKnowsPhoto
« on: November 25, 2014, 11:10:04 AM »
More a comment about Jared than the camera...

The first few videos I saw of his seemed a bit over-the-top. As I've watch over the last year or two, though, he's grown on me. He keeps it real -- and entertaining. His YouTube page is now bookmarked with some others in my browser.

Being a Nikon guy, the fact that he not only took a look at the 7DII but even purchased one for himself tells me he's more interested in what you can do with a camera than what badge is on the front. That gives him a lot more credibility in my view.

Interesting comments about the focus just "missing" sometimes. I find my 70D does the same thing..quite often. I tend to shoot more in Live View (DPAF really helps here) when I need critical focus because I just can't trust that the PDAF will be on -- even after several attempts at wide/tele calibration using FoCal. I'll be watching to see if he finds a solution/explanation in the coming weeks or months...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Sending my 7D2 back due to high ISO noise
« on: November 21, 2014, 11:57:07 AM »

Great photographs, Joseph. Thanks for sharing. I really like the head-on portrait of the bull elk with one antler growing from near the middle of his forehead -- never seen that before. If he sheds the other first, he'll be a unicorn elk for a while. :P

Photography Technique / Re: Game Ranches for photography
« on: November 19, 2014, 04:54:42 PM »
And outside you can photograph the rare chickadee eating sunflower seeds from the wooden boxes that hang from trees and the squirrels that sit below waiting for seeds to fall off.

Those must be some lazy squirrels (or you have some really effective baffles). :P I was always amazed at how determined, resourceful and successful the squirrels were in getting to the jackpot when I was a kid watching our feeders...

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 15, 2014, 08:01:16 PM »
Oh, and if Canon really released such a camera, I would also need to buy some EF lenses. Probably a 24-70 F4L and a 70-200 F4 L IS (I'd get the F2.8 versions, but I just don't have the money).

So...Canon releases something else, I stick with my 70D and EF-S lenses. They release my suggested 6DII, they get a FF camera sale, plus another couple grand in lens sales. Come on, Canon -- entice me to part with my money!

EOS Bodies / Re: what is the body you want to see canon release next ?
« on: November 15, 2014, 07:54:37 PM »
Like the OP, I would like to see a cross between the 6D and 70D. It would have:

1. DPAF version of 6D sensor.
2. A 19-point cross type AF system
3. Articulating touch screen

Anything else is just gravy to me. If they release this camera around $1,800 MSRP, I would order it as fast as I can sell my 70D.

Post Processing / Re: Why isn't there a magic wand in Lightroom?
« on: November 13, 2014, 02:42:40 PM »
Actually... LR and facebook are not playing nice together... what I'm seeing in LR is what I expect, but FB is making the black look horrible... I'm guessing it is just FB's compression...

If you calibrate your monitor, could it be that your browser is not set to use your monitor's color profile?

Calibrating your monitor is a good start, but you also have to tell your browser which color profile to use for images, too. For Firefox, I use the Color Management add-on. It works well, but you have to manually select the profile to use (I wish it would dynamically apply whichever profile is in use by Windows for the monitor the browser is displayed in). Since I move between a two-monitor setup at home and another at work, I have to switch the profiles back and forth in the add-on. It's a minor inconvenience.

If you don't calibrate your monitor, well, all bets are off... :P

EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 06, 2014, 02:40:14 PM »
Okay...I'll bite.

No, it would not be good for Canon to switch to Sony sensors for their DLSR cameras -- despite Sony sensors being considered "better" in some ways.

Why? Because this is how competition works! When Sony-sensored DSLR/mirrorless cameras threaten Canon's market share enough, Canon will respond. If/when Canon (or some other company) leapfrogs Sony's sensors, Sony will respond. This dynamic is critical to the "innovation" you demand and is ultimately best for the consumer. If your current camera/system doesn't meet your needs and one from another company does, then switch. That will help move the wheels of competition, too. :)

If Canon used Sony sensors, it reduces Sony's incentive to innovate. You'd have Sony, Canon and Nikon all using the same sensors. You want to talk about a company riding sensor technology for as along as it can? That's exactly what such a non-competitive scenario would encourage!

All that useless ::) business crap aside, I've yet to peruse a pro photographer's portfolio and have any clue from the photographs which company made the sensor that was used to capture the image. Until that happens, I'm happy as a clam thinking of cameras as systems and not sensors.

Sure, I'd love as much dynamic range and as little high ISO noise as I can get, but somehow, digital photography thrived before Exmor, and plenty of pros manage to produce amazing images with...gasp...Canon sensors.  ::)

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 31, 2014, 02:56:19 AM »
Agreed -- that looks pretty amazing. Am I understanding you correctly? These were processed from RAW in DPP with only lens correction and no additional noise reduction? These aren't out-of-camera JPEGs that have had in-camera noise reduction applied?
I opened the RAW files in DPP 4.1 (which I downloaded today).  It has a standard noise and sharpening setting in its opening settings like Lightroom and I left them on and didn't  modify any of the other settings for contrast, clarity, etc, etc. No extra noise reduction was done in DPP and no additional noise reduction programs were run. The files can be converted to TIFFs in DPP and exported to Photoshop for additional modification.  I then exported them from DPP as a JPEG to upload to the internet.

Most excellent. Thank you for sharing!

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 31, 2014, 12:26:34 AM »
Agreed -- that looks pretty amazing. Am I understanding you correctly? These were processed from RAW in DPP with only lens correction and no additional noise reduction? These aren't out-of-camera JPEGs that have had in-camera noise reduction applied?

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:43:22 PM »
For those who have appreciated my small effort to get some quick shots for you, thank you.

And thank you! The effort is very much appreciated indeed.

Whew! One-way definitely makes it a bit easier to fit things in. If that's the case, unless you really want to see the sites in Utah, I'd do Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, Redwoods, then on up 101 until Lincoln City (or until you're tired of the coast), then east over to Portland. Once in drizzly Portland, Powell's books, as mentioned, is a great place to chill -- if you like reading. :)

I've actually always loved the coast during the nasty weather. The clouds, mist, rocky cliffs -- can make for some great photos. Get the sun to peak through those clouds once or twice during sunset, and you've got some dramatic skies just begging to be captured. I'd bring an ND filter and stout tripod for some silky water shots on those rocky shores.

Should be a great trip! Drive safely, and enjoy the journey as much as the various destinations...

PS: If you like split-pea soup, be sure to stop at Andersen's in Buellton, CA (right on 101, about 40 minutes north of Santa Barbara). Could really hit the spot if it's a bit nippy outside.  :P

If you had a shload more time, I'd consider a loop like this:

1. White Sands National Monument (Up I-10 to Las Cruces, then east on 70)
2. Grand Canyon (West on I-10 to Phoenix, then I-17 to Flagstaff, then HWY 180?)
3. Antelope Canyon Photo Tour (HWY 89 to HWY 98)
4. Lake Powell (HWY 89)
5. Zion National Park (HWY 89 to HWY 9)
6. Bryce Canyon (Back across HWY 9 to HWY 89, then HWY 63)
7. Salt Lake City and Temple Square (Go West to I-15, then head North)
8. Park City (East on I-80)
9. Columbia River Gorge (I-80 West to I-15 North, then I-84 West*)
10. Portland (You made it!)
11. Oregon Coast (Perhaps HWY 99/18 to Lincoln City, then down HWY 101)
12. Redwood National and State Parks, Fern Canyon, etc.
13. Agate Beach at Patricks Point State Park? Lots of seals at Patricks Point...
14. San Francisco
15. Yosemite (Whatever route Google says is best :) )
16. Death Valley
17. Las Vegas
16. Back to El Paso...

According to Google, hitting everything on this list would require about 70 hours of driving. Yikes. That would be 7 hours every day, without stops, so that definitely qualifies as a whirlwind tour (although only 2 hours a day more than Google's recommended direct routes). Better to have 30 days for this one...

* If you can hit Dead Man's Pass at sunrise or sunset, all the better! Not many other photo ops between Salt Lake City and the Gorge. :P

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: DxO mark: here we go again!!!
« on: October 24, 2014, 03:53:24 PM »
From Nikon rumors:

Let the trashing begin.

I think the one that I find most amusing is that they rate the Nikon D810 higher in low-light ISO performance than the 6D. Yet, if you use the comparisons on DPReview even a blind squirrel can see how awful the D810 is at higher ISOs.

They reduce the resolution of both to 8mp which has the effect of removing visible noise.  Some buy a D810 to get the high MP count, reducing it to 8mb in order to make it look good is misleading.  If you want 36 MP but have to reduce it to get the quality, that's a disadvantage.  I often have to severely crop my images, and quickly found out that it was a big error with my D800.

Don't you know you're supposed to check your real-world experience at the door login?  :-X

Any chance you can fly into Portland, then take a one-way rental car down the coast and back to El Paso? That could be expensive, but it would give you time to actually stop and see some things. :P

For that matter, any chance you can skip El Paso and spend your time on the west coast?  8)

Is this a round trip (El Paso to Portland and back), or is it one-way?

If round trip, good luck having much time to see anything along the way in only 10 days. Using Google's recommended route from El Paso to Portland, it's still about 25 hours of driving, without stops along the way. For a return trip through California using Google's recommended route, it's another 26 hours, without stops, for a combined 51 hours of driving. That's still 5 hours of driving every day, without any stops.

If one-way, you've got a bit more time to spend at each place you choose to stop, but the route you choose will be more important. I'd rather spend a meaningful amount of time at a few neat places than rush through as many as I can hit.

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