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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: Today at 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.
Catherine

Most excellent. Thank you for sharing!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: Today at 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?

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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.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 12:39:50 PM »
Protip:  If you have to start your comment with "I don't want to be rude, but..."  you probably should not make it.

It kinda ranks up there with "don't take this personally, but..."


Negative comments are good when they are helpful.  When they provide information that helps the discussion or helps the person being responded to.

Simply stating that the pictures look like they were made by a cell phone or that the photographer does not know how to use the equipment is not helpful, but is, in fact, rude.

Negative commonts are not forbidden on this forum.  Rude comments should be forbidden.  Knowing the difference should be required.  ;)

+1

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 7D Mark II Owners first thoughts
« on: October 30, 2014, 10:59:25 AM »
i dont want to be rude, but the above picture looks like s.hit. either it was high iso and extremely cropped, or you don't know how to properly use your equipment.

If you don't want to be rude, then be polite. It's really quite simple. Reading the thread would probably help you avoid putting your foot in your mouth, too.

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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

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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

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

http://nikonrumors.com/2014/10/23/nikon-d750-camera-tested-at-dxomark.aspx/

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

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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)

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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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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:56:57 AM »
Typical Canon response:

Person 1: We are not making enough money

Person 2: Well then raise the price.

Fixed that for you.


The Economic LAW of supply and demand says when the price goes up the quantity demanded goes down...   ;D

True, but both economics and mathematics also allow that maximization of the revenue curve might actually call for an increase of prices, even if units sold decrease.

We naturally want to increase units sold, but if carefully raising prices brings higher revenue with fewer units sold than with the current price and higher units sold, revenue wins.

Of course, this doesn't factor in lost lenses sold for the lost units sold... :P

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1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:32:50 AM »
Had a rather heavy trip in the mountains today, Very windy, wet, low clouds and slippery. The attached looks a bit boring, with just rocks and more rocks. But up in the right corner ...
16-35 f4L IS, 1/80s, f5.6, ISO800

This reminds me of hiking to the top of Ben Nevis while backpacking Scotland a couple decades ago...

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 6D Mark II to Move Upmarket? [CR1]
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:29:27 AM »
I could see them matching the features and AF of the 70D to the 6D's replacement.  Maybe increasing the FPS a bit and adding a 19 pt auto focus and DPAF.    Give it an articulated screen and you would have a very nice successor.

This is my hope. If they make the 6DII essentially a full frame 70D, I will immediately sell my 70D and buy the 6DII.

When I chose the 70D, I would have saved up a few hundred dollars more and bought the 6D if it had DPAF and articulating touch screen. I just can't live without the articulating screen...

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EOS Bodies / Re: More 7D mk ii samples
« on: October 09, 2014, 11:31:37 PM »
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

I'd love to see the RAW files to get an idea of what the noise is like to start with and then what I could get as a final result in Lightroom. For web-sized photos, the cat image at 6400 ISO is pretty awesome. Makes me want to get out my 70D to see what it would do in similar circumstances...

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EOS Bodies / Re: Next Rebel Going EVF? [CR1]
« on: October 02, 2014, 12:19:10 PM »
If Canon retired the EF-S mount, wouldn't that harm the upgrade path to EF lenses (particularly L series)? Would someone using an entry level body with EF-M mount really be as likely to buy an L lens if they have to buy an adapter, too?

I just don't see Canon dumping EF-S any time soon...

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